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A Who's Who Guide For BEACON HILL!

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Next Wednesday, March 5, marks the launch of an exciting new Web soap, BEACON HILL! New media pioneer Crystal Chappell (Dani, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT, etc.) is part of the team behind the drama, which centers on two Boston families at opposite ends of the political spectrum.

With political rivalries, romances gone bad, blackmail and family dysfunction, BEACON HILL has all the makings of a must-see series! In anticipation of the show's premiere, Soaps In Depth chatted up some of the top players in the drama for the scoop!

Alicia Minshew (Sara Preston)
"Sara left the love of her life, Kate, for this reporting job, and the break-up was painful. She's now come back to Beacon Hill for a job and bumps into Kate, so it's reigniting feelings. There are issues with Sara and her grandfather, whom Kate is now working with, and she has a tumultuous relationship with her mother, who is a drinker. She's trying to be a good reporter but stay true to her family. Everything kind of gets mixed up and muddled!"

Sarah Brown (Katherine "Kate" Wesley)
"When Crystal sent me the script, I read all 12 episodes and called her immediately. I originally wanted to play the character of Sara -- I understood where she's coming from. But Katherine ended up being much more of a challenge. I love every bit of this."

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ATWT Star Travels THE RED ROAD

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Tamara Tunie (Jessica, AS THE WORLD TURNS) plays Marie Van Der Veen in THE RED ROAD, a dark and dramatic primetime serial that premieres on the Sundance Channel Thursday, February 27, at 9 p.m. EST. The edge-of-your-seat drama deals with two conflicting communities (Native Americans and local townspeople) and stars Martin Henderson (The Ring) as lawman Harold Jensen, who's trying to keep his crumbling family together, and Jason Momoa (GAME OF THRONES) as Phillip Copus, an ex-con who uses both his charm and commanding presence to scheme and manipulate.

"Marie's very strong and is rooted in the earth," Tunie tells Soaps In Depth. "She's a nurturer and an advocate, but she has also has a dark past. She appears to be on the side of the right, but she's made some mistakes in her life as well."

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Cady McClain Is Y&R's New Kelly!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kelly is about to get an extreme makeover as daytime vet Cady McClain (Dixie, ALL MY CHILDREN; Rosanna, AS THE WORLD TURNS) is taking over for Cynthia Watros, who was unable to juggle the soap with her new role in the upcoming MTV series FINDING CARTER. A rep for Y&R confirms the recast, adding "We are excited to welcome Cady to the show."

Watros posted to Facebook that she was leaving for Atlanta in two weeks for a five-month shoot. "A big, big thank you to the Y&R cast and crew," she wrote. "I loved being on your show. Thank you Y&R fans, I love how passionate you are. I'm sorry I couldn't stay. I hope I didn't let you down."

Watros' last day on set will be Friday, March 14, and she is scheduled to last air as Kelly on Wednesday, April 16. McClain first reports for work on Wednesday, March 26, and will first air on Thursday, April 24. So it looks like Kelly will be sticking around Genoa City for a while, now. But will she keep pursuing Billy or set her sights on another man?

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B&B Goes On Location In The Middle East!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has traveled all over the globe for location shoots in the past, but now the soap is headed for the first time to the United Arab Emirates! According to TV Guide, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) and Don Diamont (Bill) will be headed to Abu Dhabi and Dubai next month for a story set to air probably in time for May Sweeps.

Apparently, the idea was sparked when Lang asked for time off to participate in a triathlon in Abu Dhabi and B&B executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell suggested that they tag along to shoot some location footage at the same time! Hopefully the actress will still have the energy to make sure Brooke can keep Bill and Ridge from tearing each other apart!

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Y&R Wins NAACP Image Awards

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Congratulations to Kristoff St. John (Neil) and Tatyana Ali (ex-Roxanne), who won Oustanding Actor In A Drama Series and Outstanding Actress In A Drama Series at the 45th NAACP Image Awards.

Ali has won this award the last three years in a row, and St. John has brought home the trophy nine times in the last two decades.

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Bob Barker On B&B!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has crossed over with THE PRICE IS RIGHT before, with Pam and Donna appearing on the CBS Daytime game show. And now, retired PRICE host Bob Barker is set to make a guest appearance on B&B!

Barker is scheduled to appear in the episodes airing Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 1, in scenes with Hope and Liam. As a longtime animal rights advocate, it's no surprise that the storyline will involve animal rescue!

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Superbowl Champ Guests On Y&R!

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Michael Robinson, fullback of the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks, will be making a guest appearance on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS appearing opposite Eric Braeden (Victor)!

After learning that Robinson had confessed in a recent interview that "watching the stories" was a guilty pleasure, producers of the soap approached him to visit Genoa City. And he was thrilled to get to the set and learn he would be sharing scenes with the legendary Victor Newman.

"It was an amazing experience!" the athlete enthuses of his acting debut. "I've been a fan for years, and it was great to meet the personalities on the show. I've always thought Y&R was the best show on daytime television because their story lines are always entertaining and intriguing. They welcomed me with open arms and I felt like a part of the Y&R family."

You can catch Robinson's guest spot in the Y&R episode airing Thursday, March 13!

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Cast Your Vote #10

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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: Should Maya walk down the aisle with Carter?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you believe that Adam is really dead?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, February 27. 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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Stars Team Up For Good Cause

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It's been a full decade since Kelly Kruger played Mac's teen angst on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. Now, there will be real grown-up drama ahead when she appears in the Monday, February 24, episode of ABC's CASTLE titled "Room 147." In it, a mystery unfolds when more than one person confesses to the murder of a struggling young actor. "I'm playing the girlfriend of the victim," Kruger reveals. "I'm interviewed by both Castle and Beckett, and it was very emotional."

Kruger says that the show's stars — who happen to be fellow Canadians — were key to making the long shooting day easier. "They were the most humble and most welcoming people I think I've ever worked with," she enthuses. "I was also really sick that day, which would have been challenging somewhere else, but they looked after me and made sure that I was okay. They were really sweet."

The actress — together with boyfriend Darin Brooks (Wyatt, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) — is also partnered with an organization called Aid Still Required on another exciting project. "When a natural disaster hits, it's a big deal and people are quick to donate and help," she explains. "But years later, when the disaster has left the headlines, people are still living in the worst conditions and not getting much help."

In an effort to assist those still affected by the tragic 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Kruger and Brooks are trying to raise $15,000 to purchase a seed oil press. With it, the Haitian farms could produce a bio-diesel fuel from their newly-planted jatropha trees and thereby contribute to a self-sustaining economy.

"We wondered: If we don't do something, who will?" she says. As an incentive to donate, Kruger and Brooks are offering everything from wristbands and tote bags to B&B set visits and even autographed scripts. "Visit www.healhaitinow.org to donate and learn more," she says of the campaign that's running through Sunday, March 16. "If everyone would donate just $10, we would reach our goal."

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The Toms TALK!

If you missed Heather Tom (Katie, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and David Tom (Billy, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) when they appeared on THE TALK, you can watch the segment with the sibling stars in the video above!

"This wasn't live," Heather says of the pre-taped episode, "but I really enjoy live TV. It's exciting and fun. I hosted THE VIEW a couple of times [when I was on ONE LIFE TO LIVE as Kelly]. This is really fun. It's great to have somebody [like soap fan Sheryl Underwood] who kicks it into gear. It makes it high-energy. Anything underplayed just doesn't read on these shows. So yeah, go for it!"

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GL And OLTL Alums Star In New Film

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Trevor St. John (Victor, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Wendy Moniz (Dinah, GUIDING LIGHT) will starring in the upcoming film The Grief Of Others. According to Variety, the daytime alums are set to join SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE's Rachel Dratch in the adaptation of Leah Hager Cohen's book about a couple (St. John and Moniz) whose baby dies soon after his birth and the parents struggle to put their lives back together. The emotional drama will begin filming in April in Nyack, NY.

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ATWT Star Pens Emotional Memoir

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Cady McClain (Rosanna, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Dixie, ALL MY CHILDREN) is self-publishing her memoir, titled Murdering My Youth. And the actress is having a contest in which fans can vote on what the final cover will be! Click here to pick your favorite!

"The book is a series of my memories about growing up in an alcoholic environment," McClain shares with Soaps In Depth. "It is also a raw, brutally honest look at what being in 'show business' can entail for a young girl and the extremely close relationship I had with my mother."

The two-time Emmy winner says that she's been told that the book should come with a warning. "There's a lot of violence in it," she allows.

What led McClain to join the list of soap stars who've chronicled their life stories? "I was inspired by a woman who asked me to be the keynote speaker at her writers' conference in Kansas City called Write The Dream," she says. "She had followed my blogs throughout the years and offered to help me self-publish this book. Her encouragement was a huge part of me letting this story out into the world. I hope it inspires others to tell their story or at least to not feel so alone with their experiences."

McClain will be signing copies of Murdering My Youth at the Write The Dream Conference in Kansas City, MO, on Friday, March 7. Click this link for more information. And as the keynote speaker, she will be encouraging her audience to find their voice via a method she calls "dreaming your way to a great, personal story. It's basically like taking a person's psyche and putting it in the structure of a fairy tale or myth."

McClain say that she loves to teach and interact with other creative minds. Curious what else has been going on in her head? Then check out Flip Fantasia, her trippy short film about four young urban men coping with the tragic after-effects of a wild night out in New York City, when it screens as at the Macon Film Festival. Catch it at the Cox Capital Theatre in Macon, GA, on Friday, February 28 a 4:14 p.m. or you can watch it on YouTube by clicking this link!

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B&B Star Turns Storyteller

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Dan McVicar (ex-Clarke, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) is taking on a new role — comic book creator. The actor has teamed with Italian screenwriter Roberto Pretti and artist Gianluca Gugliotta (DC Comics' Mister Terrific) to bring to life The Last Cavalier, a graphic novel that tells the story of Michael Cross, an adventurer who returns to Italy to help locate the missing Shroud Of Turin!

"I'm very excited about this project, and I see it having life in many forms," McVicar tells Soaps In Depth. "It's a combination of fantasy, history, spiritualism, and action. Michael Cross is a mature hero, happily married to a loving wife, Anna, who gets caught up in the story as well." Perhaps influenced by the triangles he was involved in as Clarke, McVicar says that Michael's got one going on, too, with the character of Marta De Paolis. "As writers, we know a lot about her, but readers won't — for a while."

The Last Cavalier is seeking funding through Kickstarter. Interested folks can bid at this link. Backers can receive everything from having their name mentioned on the comic's Web site to having themselves or a friend drawn into the story!

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Fifth Annual ISA Nominees Announced!

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The nominees for the Fifth Annual Indie Series Awards were revealed recently, and include many familiar faces from daytime soaps who have done some incredible work in Web series over the past year.

Van Hansis (Luke, AS THE WORLD TURNS) was nominated for Best Lead Actor - Drama for his work in EASTSIDERS, while his former daytime castmate Colleen Zenk (Barbara) earned a nod for Best Lead Actress - Drama for THURSTON. Alicia Minshew (Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN) was also nominated for Best Lead Actress - Drama for her role in TAINTED DREAMS. Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Rick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) was nominated for Best Supporting Actor - Drama for DEVANITY while Deidre Hall (Marlena, DAYS) is up for Best Supporting Actress - Comedy for DATING IN THE MIDDLE AGES.

Click here for a full list of nominees. The ISA's will take place on Wednesday, April 2 at the historic El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, hosted by Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GENERAL HOSPITAL), who was also nominated for Best Guest Star - Comedy for SINGLE SIBLINGS. How many of the Web soaps have you seen? Are you supporting these Internet series?

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Puppy Love On B&B!

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In case you thought Oliver and Maya's flirting on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL couldn't get any cuter, brace yourself: The couple will have an encounter with two adorable puppies on Monday, February 10, when Brandon McMillan, host of the CBS show LUCKY DOG, drops by to say hi to his friend, Ollie!

McMillan, who rescues shelter dogs and finds them loving families as part of his heartwarming series (which airs Saturday mornings) plays himself in today's episode, though he jokes that viewers will hardly notice him! "Honestly, I didn't think I was going to make it out of CBS Studios with them that day because there were about 80 people on set and they wouldn't let the dogs go!"

Incidentally, the pups making a B&B cameo are ones McMillan rescued from a shelter. "Every year in America, about 1.5 million dogs are euthanized because they can't find homes," he says. "LUCKY DOG is basically a show about second chances, a journey of me rescuing dogs and the process of finding the perfect home for them."

Despite training all sorts of animals for the film and television industry for the last two decades, McMillan says acting isn't necessarily his strong suit. "It never has been," he says, "but it was fun getting my feet wet. If this whole 'dog training' thing doesn't work out, maybe I can become a staple on B&B!"

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Y&R Star's Spouse Joins DAYS!

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Melissa Ordway's (Abby, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) husband, Justin Gaston, has been cast on DAYS OF OUR LIVES in the newly-created contract role of Ben. A singer and model, Gaston appeared as a contestant on the sixth season of the reality series NASHVILLE STAR, so it's appropriate that his DAYS alter ego is described as a musician from the South. Ben is also rumored to be Jordan's brother.

Gaston reportedly began taping later last year, and should first air on DAYS later in February.

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Cast Your Vote #8

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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: Is Hope a better match with Liam or Wyatt?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Which local lady would you like to see Stitch paired up with?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, February 13. 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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Crazy About Zima!

On THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Yvonne Zima knocked our socks off as Sheila Carter's dangerous daughter, Daisy. Now, the actress is set to do it again when she stars opposite actor Shawn Roberts in Lifetime's The Girl He Met Online. "It's a cautionary tale about on-line dating and I think warns against seeking love too desperately," Zima offers. "My character, Gillian, is constantly finding herself in relationships and not taking any time alone to recover... it culminates in disaster!"

In fact, the emotionally unstable gal is not even close to being the cat's meow that Andy (Roberts) thinks she is. While Zima clarifies that the character isn't as sadistic as Daisy, it was equally challenging to play. "I think she might have both bipolar disorder and a borderline personality," Zima suggests. "She's moody and she believes her own lies."

The situation could get complicated when Gillian's adoptive mother (Mary Margaret Humes) enters the picture, and Andy's sister pays a heavy price. Zima says that she was thrilled to work with the actress whose career she'd long followed. "I'm such a huge fan — I was star struck because of knowing her from DAWSON'S CREEK. Working with her was also lovely because she is so similar to my older sister, Madeline."

The film's star is excited for her soap fans to see this tale ("They'll have a lot of fun watching it — it's a wild ride — but they might want to hate my character," she teases). But more importantly, she wants people to get the message. "I think everyone should see it because on-line dating has become so prevalent," she suggests. "My friends are on all the weird Web sites that I refuse to be a part of [now]." The Girl He Met Online premieres Saturday, February 8, at 8 p.m. EST on Lifetime.

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Marcille's A Mom!

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Congratulations to former THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Eva Marcille (ex-Tyra), who just became a first-time mother! On January 31, the actress and boyfriend Kevin McCall announced the happy news on Instagram that they had welcomed daughter Marley. Welcome to the world, little one!

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