Recently in November 2013

Celebrate Thanksgiving With B&B And Y&R!

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On Wednesday, November 27, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS will celebrate Thanksgiving as Jack gathers his family to celebrate the holiday and is thrilled by a surprise guest. Meanwhile, the Newmans are still reeling over Nikki's shocking revelation. But over the actual holiday on Thursday and Friday, Y&R will air two repeat episodes honoring the memory of the late Jeanne Cooper (Katherine). First, on Thursday, November 28, they will run the classic episode where Jill and Katherine fight in the Chancellor attic. Then, on Friday, November 29, they will rerun the tribute episode from this past spring where cast members, family and friends gather to celebrate Cooper's life.

And over on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, Hope tries to gather all the Forresters, Logans, Spencers, Fullers and Waltons together to celebrate Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 27, but will everyone be able to put aside their differences for even one day? And on Thursday, November 28, a repeat of the episode where Hope and Liam tie the knot on location in Italy will air. No episode of B&B will air on Friday, November 29.

Enjoy the holiday!

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Muldoon Hits The Road!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Patrick Muldoon (ex-Austin) is kicking off Christmas with his new romantic comedy, Holiday Road Trip, on ION TV. In it, a recently heartbroken, stressed out staffer (Ashley Scott) of a major pet supply company gets tasked with taking both the company's canine mascot and the owner's slouchy son (Muldoon) on a cross-country media tour. Will hilarity ensue? "Playing opposite Ashley made me very, very happy — she's gorgeous and really funny," Muldoon offers. "We fall in love along the way, but we have to overcome quite a bit as far as the personality differences between us. That's the fun of the movie."

Add in the fact that they're sharing a car with Auggie (the dog from The Artist) and are joined by an all-star cast that includes George Hamilton, Kip Pardue, Shelley Long, Susan Olsen and Wink Martindale, and viewers are guaranteed a good time. "It was awesome that George plays my father — the guy is so funny and classy," Muldoon says. "He brought five of his expensive suits to the set and when the one that wardrobe provided me didn't fit, he loaned me one of his. And it fit like butter! So in the movie, I'm wearing George Hamilton's suit." Much like the chemistry that Austin shared with DAYS' Sami, Muldoon says that the sparks in this movie are something to behold. Find out for yourself when Holiday Road Trip premieres Sunday, December 1, at 9 pm EST. And if you can't wait, catch a preview by clicking here!

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B&B Follows Y&R To TVGN!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL fans have never had a way to watch encore episodes of the soap on TV... until now! Beginning on Monday, December 2, B&B will air an encore of the previous day's episode at 6:30 pm EST Monday through Friday on TVGN (TV Guide Network).

With SOAPnet leaving the airwaves, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS moved to TVGN this summer, and now B&B is following its lead. Although B&B will air at 6:30, before Y&R's 7:00 episode!

"I am looking forward to a successful partnership with TVGN," said Bradley Bell, Executive Producer and Head Writer of THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. "Our fans have asked us for an opportunity to watch a second run. I'm delighted that we will now be able to fulfill that desire with such an esteemed cable network."

In addition to the the encore episodes airing weekdays, TVGN will also air a marathon of all five of the prior week's episodes on Sundays, from 11:00 am EST to 1:30 pm EST, beginning on Sunday, December 8!

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Miller Out At Y&R, Tom Back In!

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Rumors have been circulating recently that Billy Miller (Billy) was embroiled in some contract negotiations with THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS that weren't going particularly well. So it comes as no surprise that the soap has confirmed that the actor will be leaving the role that he's played since 2008 and won him two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2010 and 2013.

But what is a surprise is that David Tom, who played Billy from 1999-2002, is returning to reclaim the role! "Please join me in welcoming Daytime Emmy winner David Tom back to Y&R and CBS Daytime as Billy Abbott's exciting storyline continues," head of CBS Daytime Angelica McDaniel tweeted. "I respect Billy Miller's decision to move on and wish him great success in his future endeavors."

Tom earned a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2000 for playing Billy on Y&R And luckily, his sister, Heather Tom, is now playing THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Katie, instead of her previous Y&R role of Victoria, Billy's wife!

According to TV Guide's Michael Logan, Miller will continue taping at Y&R until the end of the year, and will reportedly last air on Thursday, January 30. Tom will first air on Monday, February 3.

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New Friend For Summer?

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Remember that casting notice a little while back looking for a model? Well Soaps In Depth has learned exclusively that Briana Nicole Henry has been cast in the recurring role as Summer's new model pal, Esmerelda! Look for her to take Summer under her wing during a modeling session on Thursday, December 12! (And for trouble to no doubt ensue shortly thereafter!)

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Reunite With McCook!

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If you're in the Malibu area, you're invited to attend a play reading featuring THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's John McCook (Eric) on Monday, November 18 at 7:30 pm! He'll be performing in a reading of the play A Reunion Of Sorts written by Jerry Lacy. Along with McCook and the author, Julia Duffy, Tyler Ritter and Molly McCook will also be participating.

A Reunion Of Sorts centers around a woman who resurfaces after 30 years forcing her former boyfriends to confront the past. The reading will be at the Malibu Playhouse (29243 PCH, Malibu, CA), and there are only 99 seats in the house. They are not technically selling tickets, but they are asking for a $10 suggested donation at the door. For more information, visit the Malibu Playhouse Web site.

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Confirmed: Rogers Returns To Y&R!

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UPDATE: Angelica McDaniel, senior vice president of CBS Daytime, confirmed the news on Twitter that Tristan Rogers would be reprising Colin. "Join me in welcoming @tristanrogers back to the family!" Adds a spokesperson for Y&R, "We have an exciting story planned for Tristan Rogers and Jess Walton (Jill). Look for Colin Atkinson to be back in Genoa City in early 2014."

Rumors have been flying fast and furious since Daytime Confidential first posted that Tristan Rogers (Robert, GENERAL HOSPITAL) would be leaving Port Charles to return to Genoa City, reprising his role of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Colin. And while neither soap has officially confirmed the news at this point in time, GH headwriter Ron Carlivati has essentially confirmed it on Twitter.

"I had no idea Tristan Rogers was leaving," he posted. "I found out last night. Now I have one day to write him out of a big February Sweeps storyline."

As to whether or not Rogers will be returning to Y&R and reunite Colin with Jess Walton's Jill, we'll be sure to let you know as soon as we hear anything official. But in the meantime, Carlivati promises "you will see a lot of Robert between now and February." The scribe also called for fans not to start trying to throw blame around. "Please respect Tristan Rogers and his decision," he wrote.

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Cast Your Vote #48

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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: Would you like to see Eric and Donna back together?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Will Jack and Jill manage to bring Victor down?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, November 21. 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's Park Is A Baron!

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We already reported that Joe West, the son of Maura West (Ava, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Carly, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and Scott DeFreitas (Andy, ATWT), had been cast in the upcoming The Sound Of Music Live, but it turns out that the actress has a connection to yet another member of the cast! Her ATWT hubby Michael Park (Jack) will be playing Baron Elberfeld in the special live telecast!

The Sound Of Music Live stars Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer, but soap fans will also spot John Bolger (ex-Mayor Floyd, GH; ex-John, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) as Admiral von Schreiber. The three-hour live show will air Thursday, December 5 at 8:00 pm EST.

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SOAPnet Switched Off For Good

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How much more bad news can soap fans take? Back in 2011, Disney announced plans to pull SOAPnet from the air and replace it with Disney Junior, a channel aimed at toddlers. That channel launched as planned in early 2012, but many soap fans found that their cable providers were still offering SOAPnet. However, Disney has now notified cable operators that they will no longer provide programming for SOAPnet after December 31. Which means that when 2014 gets underway, soap fans will have to find another way to watch their favorite shows. Same-day episodes of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS began airing on TVGN earlier this summer.

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DAYS Star Spreads The Love

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Holiday season is fast approaching, and if you'd like to support a worthy charity as you mail out your holiday cards to friends and family, you should send out the lovely card designed by DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Deidre Hall (Marlena)!

The actress has turned one of her lovely watercolor paintings into a holiday card that you can send to your loved ones. Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity that supports veterans. The back of every card reads: "100% of the proceeds of this card is being donated to Wounded Warriors because they gave 100% to us."

Click here to visit her Web site and purchase a set of cards to do good while spreading some holiday cheer!

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Join Y&R's Linder And Friends For Tea!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kate Linder (Esther) just loves inviting fans to tea. And on Sunday, December 8, the actress will be holding the second annual "Opportuniteas For Independence" high tea in Toronto. Proceeds will benefit March Of Dimes Canada.

Linder will be joined by Y&R co-stars Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael), Jess Walton (Jill) and Marco Dapper (ex-Carmine) along with other special guests. After tea time, there will be autographs, a Q&A session, raffle, auction, gift bags as well as a Y&R merchandise store! The event will be held at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Ontario from 2:00-5:00 pm. For tickets, click here!

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Win A Christmas Story!

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As we head into the holiday season, it's the perfect time for you to click this link and win yourself a copy of the classic film A Christmas Story in our special contest!

Then make sure to pick up the current issue of CBS Soaps In Depth that's on sale now to read our special feature where we suggest what your favorite soap characters should probably have on their holiday wish lists!

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A Baby For Belle!

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Congratulations to Martha Madison (Marly, THE BAY; ex-Belle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and her husband A.J. Gilbert, who welcomed daughter Charley Elizabeth into the world at 11:18 pm on Sunday, November 3!

"35 hours of labor = totally worth it!" the actress posted to her Facebook page. "Pix to come!"

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B&B's Macy and Thorne — Together Again!

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Throughout the '90s fan favorites Bobbie Eakes and Jeff Tracta played star-crossed songbirds Macy and Thorne on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL. The two will be reunited this Friday, November 8, when Tracta joins Eakes on stage for her one-woman show at The Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs, CA. "It's been nearly 20 years since our first double platinum CD in Europe," Eakes wrote on Facebook, adding that Tracta is "one of the most talented people I've ever known. I'm so grateful he is appearing with me." Eakes' show is called "Turn The Page." You can click here for tickets or call (760) 322-3554.

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West's Son Follows In Her Footsteps!

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Maura West (Ava, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Carly, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and husband Scott DeFreitas (Andy, AS THE WORLD TURNS) have some very talented kids who are following in their footsteps, especially son Joe West. Having previously appeared on Broadway in A Christmas Story and in a production of Sleepless In Seattle, Joe has now been cast as Kurt in NBC's telecast of The Sound Of Music Live! (That's him sitting on the right side of the couch in the photo above.)

The three-hour live telecast is scheduled to air on Thursday, December 5, at 8:00 pm EST. The Sound Of Music Live! stars Carrie Underwood as Maria and TRUE BLOOD's Stephen Moyer as Captain von Trapp.

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