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Danny Comes Home

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Eric Braeden (Victor) revealed on Twitter that Michael Damian (Danny) would be back on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS very soon. "He'll be on the show in a few weeks," Braeden posted. For his part, Damian tweeted: "I am a man of mystery and I am not allowed to confirm."

Most likely Danny is returning for Katherine's memorial service, so expect some more familiar faces to be popping back up in Genoa City in the near future!

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Davidson's DAYS Are Over!

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Eileen Davidson's return as Kristen on DAYS OF OUR LIVES reinvigorated the NBC soap, so it comes as a major surprise that the actress is leaving!

Davidson confirmed the news on her official Facebook page. "My last day was July 16," she posted, "but I will be airing until November. I'm taking some time off to enjoy my family, however I am not retiring. Not really sure what's next for me workwise. But I am looking forward to figuring it out! Thanks to all of you for your support and love. I've had an incredible time on DAYS."

Of course, now the question remains: Will it just be a matter of time before Kristen resurfaces in Salem, or could Davidson once again find herself back in Genoa City as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Ashley?

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Viva Vivien!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Judith Chapman (Gloria) continues her portrayal as the legendary Vivien Leigh, in her one-woman stage production, Vivien. "My Viv dream has come true!" smiles the soap vet, who is especially thrilled to bring the play to Atlanta in November for Leigh's birthday. Fans and theater goers should mark your calendars for the following dates:

September 14: Santa Fe College in Gainsville, FL
October 25-27: Palm Canyon Theater in Palm Springs, CA
November 1-3: 14th Street Playhouse in Atlanta, GA

You can click the name of the venue you're interested in to link to their official site for more information and to buy tickets!

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CBS Prez Predicts B&B And Y&R Will Be On "For A Long, Long Time"

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Fans of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS can relax and look forward to many more years of daytime drama according to CBS president and CEO Les Moonves. At the 2013 Television Critics Association Press Tour today, he declared that B&B and Y&R were both doing well for the network.

"They're profitable," he said. "They were able, a few years back, to do the shows a bit more economically. Our daytime has gone way up this year, and their profitability has gone way up. So we believe those two soaps will be on for a long, long time. We don't think the form is dead. Obviously, there are a lot less than there used to be, but we're very pleased with what they're doing."

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ATWT Actress Joins BLUE BLOODS

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This fall, AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Vanessa Ray (Teri) will be joining the cast of the CBS drama BLUE BLOODS as Eddie, the new partner for Will Estes' Jamie. In last season's finale, the Reagan family rallied together to take down the gang responsible for the death of Jamie's partner, and as this season begins, new partner Eddie will find herself thrust into the conflict alongside them! BLUE BLOODS' fourth season premieres on Friday, September 27, at 10:00 pm EST on CBS!

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ROOM 8 Gets Real!

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A plotline from THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL is about to become reality as the Web series-within-a-soap, ROOM 8, makes its debut on Thursday, August 8 at Room8TheSeries.com!

B&B characters Maya and Carter were cast as the leads on the Web series, and now fans can watch the show for real! Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter) plays struggling artist Lance while Karla Moseley (Maya) plays unemployed business analyst Scarlett, who are forced to become reluctant roommates. ROOM 8 co-stars Sean Whalen as Randy the Landlord, Deborah S. Craig as Missy and Ross Kiddor as Dex.

"The proliferation of new platforms allows us to extend the B&B storyline in ways never before imagined, allowing viewers to dig deeper in to the lives of our characters," says Bradley P. Bell, executive producer and head writer of B&B. "We are proud to be the first in daytime television to create this extended story arc in which the works of fictional characters come to life in a separate series and we will continue to look for new ways to engage with our audience."

So you can watch Maya and Carter working on their Web series over on B&B, then click on over to Room8TheSeries.com to see the fruits of their labors. The show doesn't debut until Thursday, August 8, but you can watch a sneak peek below!

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Bowl A Strike With The Stars!

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It's almost time once again for the annual Daytime Stars And Strikes Charity Event to benefit The American Cancer Society! Hosts Jerry verDorn (Clint, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Ross, GUIDING LIGHT) and Liz Keifer (Blake, GL) are gathering up all their famous friends from daytime and Web soaps to hit the lanes and bowl with fans!

The event will be held on Sunday, October 13, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Bowlmor Lanes in New York City's Times Square. There are two kinds of tickets — one for actually bowling with the stars, and one for just watching from the sidelines. But both include a T-shirt, unlimited food and soda, and participation in auctions, raffles, autographs and photo ops with the stars!

Click here for more information and to reserve your tickets!

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Cast Your Vote #32

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*** VOTING HAS CLOSED FOR THIS ROUND ***

Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Can Bill and Katie's marriage be salvaged?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Should Lily give in to her feelings for Tyler?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, August 1. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

CBS Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

VOTES FOR ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND COUPLES CAST IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

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A "Rose" By Any Other Name...

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Now, that we've finally seen the mysterious and often-talked about Rose (the mystery woman from Neil's past) on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, here's a little more background direct from her portrayer, Leslie Stevens!

"Rose is a good person, who's managing a lot of stress," says Stevens. "You may not agree with the choices she's making, but they're not out of malice. Rose's vulnerability shows through even though she tries to be tough."

There's conflict between the two characters, but working with Neil's portrayer, Kristoff St. John, has been a dream. "You never know what it's going to be like when you come in as a guest," Stevens notes. "But I couldn't have made up a scenario that was more fun. "[Kristoff is] extremely handsome, charming and gracious. He was like, 'Hey, how are you?' I felt so included."

Having supportive co-stars is nothing new to Stevens. When she played Justine on SEARCH FOR TOMORROW in 1985, she received some great advice from the legendary Mary Stuart (Jo). "She leaned over to me one day and said, 'There are always three things on a soap opera — one: something happens, two: you take it in and three: you respond. You like to skip number two, and you shouldn't!' I said 'Thank you!' Even while she was giving me a lesson, she was so gracious."

This weekend, Stevens can be seen in a production of Chicago at The Hollywood Bowl. (Click here for tickets!) "I play June, one of the women in the 'Cellblock Tango' number. My character's husband ran into her knife — 10 times!"

Y&R's being mum on the length of Stevens' stay, but it'll be at least a handful of episodes. "If I'm lucky, I'll get to go back and play some more," the actress says with a smile.

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Soap Grads Head Into The Woods!

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Fresh off his Tony Award nomination for his role in Broadway's Vanya and Sonia And Masha And Spike, AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Billy Magnussen (Casey) has now been cast in the feature film musical Into The Woods alongside stars like Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp. Magnussen is reportedly replacing Jake Gyllenhaal as Rapunzel's prince, and another CBS Daytime grad is playing the princess with the long locks: THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Mackenzie Mauzy (ex-Phoebe)! In addition, GUIDING LIGHT alum Tammy Blanchard (Drew) has been cast as Florinda.

The film adaptation of the Broadway musical is set to begin filming soon, and is scheduled to debut in theaters in December 2014!

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Wagner & Mathison Team Together!

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The Hallmark Channel has cast daytime fan favorites Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Jack Wagner (ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL) in My Gal Sunday, a two-hour backdoor pilot and potential primetime series. Production begins today in Vancouver on the film, which is based on the book of short stories of the same name by bestseller Mary Higgins Clark.

The show will also feature CLUELESS star Rachel Blanchard as renowned attorney and private investigator Sandra "Sunday" O'Brien-Parker; Mathison plays her new husband and sleuthing partner, retired White House Secretary of State and former California governor Henry Parker. Wagner is Sunday's Secret Service Agent father, Danny, who is kidnapped along with her mother en route to a high-profile event. Believing they are the true targets of the crime, Sunday and Henry team together in their most personal case yet.

My Gal Sunday is scheduled to premiere on The Hallmark Channel next year.

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Cruise With Byrne!

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How would you like to take a cruise with AS THE WORLD TURNS' Martha Byrne (Lily)? Well, technically the ship isn't going to go anywhere, but Soap Fan Cruises and Carnival Cruise Lines are holding a luncheon on one of their ships in New York City on Saturday, August 24, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm where fans will have the opportunity to take a tour of a Carnival Fun Ship and enjoy lunch with the actress!

The ship is the same one that will host the Soap Reunion 2014 cruise, where fans will be able to cruise with ATWT stars Byrne, Colleen Zenk (Barbara), Trent Dawson (Henry) and Michael Park (Jack). And for just the cost of a $25 ticket, you'll be able to get a taste of what that cruise might be like. As a bonus, Carnival Cruise Lines is donating 100% of that ticket price to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a charity near and dear to Byrne's heart.

You can find more information and buy tickets by following this link!

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Haiduk Takes A Bite Outta Primetime!

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Everyone needs a pal who's got their back. THE YOUNG & THE RESLTESS' Stacy Haiduk (ex-Patti/Emily/Mary Jane) proves to be just that for Ashley Scott in Lifetime's The Nightmare Nanny (premiering Saturday, July 13, at 8 p.m. EST). In it, Scott's character, Annie, has left her three-year-old daughter (Elizabeth and Mariam Tovey; ex-Sydney, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) in the charge of a seemingly lovely young woman (Mekenna Melvin from CHUCK) and returned to work, only to start feeling replaced at home. "I play Elise," Haiduk offers. "I'm Annie's confidante and a high-powered, sassy boss at a big company."

As she soon discovers, Elise will need to become supportive in more ways than one when the nanny's true character is revealed. "It's about a family whose child gets taken, which always devastates me when I hear about it," Haiduk relates. "But I got to work with Ashley, which was an absolute pleasure." For a sneak peek at the soapy flick, which also features GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan), check out the trailer. The movie will repeat on Sunday, July 14, at 12 a.m. and 3 p.m. EST, and again on Saturday, July 27 at 6 p.m. EST.

Then, HBO's TRUE BLOOD is about to get a whole lot sexier when Haiduk joins the cast. Look for the actress to appear in episodes airing Sunday, July 14, and Sunday, July 21, as Jenny, a werewolf prostitute who bluntly lays down the ground rules to a prospective client. "She's just a fun, Southern, fabulous, funny character," Haiduk reveals. "I just adored playing her." Aside from the chance to do more primetime, Haiduk says the bet part of her stint was sharing scenes with one of the show's stars. "I got to work with Robert Patrick!" she says grinning. "He's been in so many amazing movies and worked with so many incredible people -- he tells fantastic stories."

For details on the in-demand actress' next recurring role on ABC Family's murder mystery, TWISTED, this summer, don't miss her exclusive feature interview in an upcoming CBS issue of Soaps In Depth.

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Roberts And Penny Have The Perfect Summer

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This Saturday, July 13, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Eric Roberts (ex-Vance) and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Sydney Penny (ex-Sam) hit the beach for the UPtv original movie The Perfect Summer. And Soaps In Depth caught up with the two actors to talk to them all about it!

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Cast Your Vote #30

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*** VOTING HAS CLOSED FOR THIS ROUND ***

Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Do you think Wyatt is a good match for Hope?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you want to see Billy and Chloe reconnect romantically?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, July 18. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

CBS Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

VOTES FOR ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND COUPLES CAST IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

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ATWT Alum's Real-Life Drama!

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This sounds like something that could have been taken right out of an AS THE WORLD TURNS script: Zach Roerig (Casey) -- who now stars as Matt on the CW primetime drama THE VAMPIRE DIARIES -- is locked in a legal battle with a woman named Alanna Turner for full custody of their 2-year-old daughter. According to documents obtained by TMZ, now that Turner has been sentenced to Federal prison for "various crimes," Roerig is seeking full custody of their child. Read the full story at TMZ.

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See Rikaart In Snapshots!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Greg Rikaart (Kevin) would love for you to come see him in Snapshots, a theatrical benefit that will raise money for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day For The Cure for breast cancer research. The show is a series of one-act plays, and Rikaart will be starring in one of them.

Snapshots will run for five nights from Wednesday, July 10, through Sunday, July 14 at the Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood California. If you're interested in attending a great show and helping with a great cause, you can click here to purchase tickets!

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Spears Stars In BET Movie

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL'S Aaron D. Spears (Justin) is starring alongside Gabrielle Union in the BET original movie Being Mary Jane, which will air Tuesday, July 2 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

He'll also be a regular cast member on the one-hour drama series of the same name, which is expected to premiere on the network early next year.

Spears plays co-worker and confidante to Union's character who is a single woman trying to balance her career with finding Mr. Right. "We work at the same cable news company," says Spears. "My character is kind of like her best friend. I'm the male she can confide in."

The project is helmed by power-producing couple Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, whose credits include the series GIRLFRIENDS, THE GAME and the film Sparkle. "Tika Sumpter (ex-Layla, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) also appears as one of the title character's gal pals.

Though Spears has spent the better part of the past year commuting from his home in L.A. to where the show films in Atlanta, this doesn't mean B&B viewers have seen the last of Bill's best friend and counsel, Justin. "I've been more busy, but I'll always make an effort to come back to B&B," he says. (In fact, you'll see him back on the soap on Friday, July 12!)

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What Do You Think Should Be Included In The Smithsonian Daytime TV Collection?

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The Smithsonian has begun gathering items for its collection of iconic items from daytime television for the National Museum Of American History, starting with the gown and shoes worn by Susan Lucci (ex-Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) after her memorable Emmy win, as well as items from JEOPARDY and BARNEY. You can watch a video of the presentation below including Lucci's emotional speech. The next soap item donated was announced by Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) during the most recent Daytime Emmys: The wedding worn by Nikki during her wedding to Victor.

The Smithsonian is creating a wish list of items that currently include the DAYS OF OUR LIVES hourglass, the AMC opening book, Barnabas' cape, ring and cane from DARK SHADOWS as well as memorabilia from daytime talk shows, children's shows and more. But they are aware that nobody knows daytime better than its fans, so they're looking for your input on what their collection should include. Put your ideas in the comments or send NATAS a message via the Daytime Emmy Awards' official Facebook page!

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