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Kristoff St. John Prepares For Emmy Night

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kristoff St. John (Neil) missed seeing his name announced live on television for his nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor! "I thought I'd find out today on THE TALK," he says, "but then I heard it came out East Coast time."

The actor was also taking the nod with a grain of salt. "I've been in the business a long time," St. John muses, "and it is a wonderful feeling to be part of the elite pack, but the truth is all the actors and actresses, the people who work behind the scenes, we're all doing it for the same reason. We're all part of that elite group, but for this brief shining moment, there are five in a category and one will be singled out and be able to hold the gold trophy."

While St. John had lots of good material to choose from, he earned his nod with the episode where Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm) returned for a brief visit. "The second one I considered as well," he admits, "but I thought the first one had a little bit more meat and substance to it. There was a consistent, steady back and forth between these two brothers, and I felt it had a better chance than the other episodes."

Although thrilled for his fellow co-workers who are also in the running for awards, St. John confesses he's surprised his on-screen son isn't with them. "I'm very disappointed that Bryton [James, Devon] didn't get a nomination after he did such really raw, moving emotional work last year."

A two-time Emmy winner, St. John says he's never prepared an acceptance speech in advance. "I'm going to cast my fate to the wind," he declares, "and if I should be so lucky and walk up on that stage... we'll see what happens. I'm in a tough category. I'm honored to be invited to the dance!"

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Y&R's Tognoni Reacts To Emmy Nom!

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Gina Tognoni (Phyllis, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) was back home in New Jersey when the 2015 Daytime Emmy Award nominations were announced, and was reminded by her mother that morning to tune in to THE TALK for the announcement.

"I got myself situated, I was trying to eat my lunch," she recalls. "I'm telling you, I'm psyched at all the nominations. I'm psyched that Hunter King (Summer) got nominated. Christian [Jules LeBlanc, Michael]... it's a very nice year. I like the nominations!"

However, immediately after learning she had snagged a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress, Tognoni was unable to get ahold of her mother! "She won't pick up her phone!" the actress laughs. "I'm thinking, where are you now that I need you? But you know what she's probably doing? She's probably talking to all of her friends. My mom is the biggest cheerleader of my life. Both my parents are. But she really loves all this. She loves the show."

To earn the nomination, Tognoni submitted the scene with Peter Bergman (Jack) as Phyllis confronted Jack about Kelly. "Basically it was a scene about 'Did you love another woman? Did you fall for another woman?'" she says. "I just loved it. It was a well-written scene."

Tognoni is grateful for her good fortune this year, but disappointed that co-stars Bergman and Cady McClain (Kelly) didn't receive nods. "I was surprised because she's so good," she admits. "There were a few surprises. I'm surprised that Peter didn't get nominated. He's so celebrated and he really is a big part of why what I submitted I was so proud of, because he is so incredible to work with. You can't do it alone."

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Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced!

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The nominations have been revealed for the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, so it's time to start rooting for your favorites!

Be sure to tune in to the ceremony live on the cable channel Pop on Sunday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET. (Click here to find out if your cable company carries Pop) And don't forget to stay tuned directly after the awards for the premiere of QUEENS OF DRAMA, a new reality series starring some of daytime's brightest stars!

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It's Tea Time Again!

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Kate Linder (Esther, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is hosting another Opportuniteas With Kate Linder & Friends High Tea on Sunday, April 19, at 1:00 p.m. at the Westin Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta. The actress is bringing along co-stars Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael), Mishael Morgan (Hilary) and Scott Elrod (Joe) as well as other special guests. The event will include a question and answer session, a raffle, an auction, a gift bag and an exclusive Y&R merchandise store.

Tickets can be purchased at this link, and the event raises money for The March Of Dimes Canada.

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Bid On A Y&R Set Tour!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Tristan Rogers (Colin) is auctioning off a tour of the soap's set to benefit the American Cancer Society. Beginning Sunday, March 29, Y&R fans can place their bid to win a tour of the iconic soap's studio -- escorted by Rogers, Jess Walton (Jill) and a mystery guest! The winner and their guest will also get to share lunch with Rogers and Walton in the CBS commissary.

But the Y&R set tour isn't the only prize that Rogers is offering as part of the on-line auction! You can also bid on a chance to win a private lunch in Palm Springs, CA, with Rogers and some of his soap star friends, like Judith Chapman (Gloria, Y&R), Sean Kanan (Deacon, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and more! This auction item also includes a one-night stay for two at the Riviera Resort in Palm Springs. (Travel to Palm Springs is not included.)

For full details on the set tour and to make a bid, click here.

To bid on the lunch date with Rogers and his pals in Palm Springs, click here.

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Y&R's King Gets Nasty!

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On THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Summer continues to be tormented by the mysterious murder of her hubby Austin, but her portrayer, Hunter King, takes on the role of tormentor in the big screen movie, A Girl Like Her, which opens nationwide in select theaters on Friday, March 27.

King portrays Avery, a teenager viciously bullying a former friend, Jessica (played by Lexi Ainsworth, GENERAL HOSPITAL's ex-Kristina.) "It was a really difficult role [because of the subject matter], but most of the film was improvised, which was a really different way to shoot a film," shares the Emmy winner. "The director [Amy S. Weber], who also wrote the film, gave us an outline and an idea of what she wanted in the scene. We'd brainstorm about what she wanted for us to achieve and portray, and then we'd go into the scene and improvise. It really added a different element to it, and was something that I've never done before. It made the film so real!"

So real, in fact, that King admits she had a hard time letting the role go when she left the studio. "It was very difficult and upsetting," she concedes. "But it's also so important. Everybody, of course, wants to solve bullying. What's so different about this film is that it doesn't just show [bullying] from the victim's point of view, or the bully's side or the bystander's side. As the director explained it, people who were [emotionally] hurt end up hurting other people because that's their defense mechanism. They don't want to feel the pain, so they wind up hurting other people to make themselves feel better. That's why we need to promote dialogue about it."

Hear more from the actress about the challenging role in the issue of CBS Soaps In Depth on sale now, and check out the film by clicking here.

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Y&R Actor Turns Congressman

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Look for THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Chris McKenna (Mark) in tonight's episode of CRIMINAL MINDS, airing at 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS. In the episode titled "Rock Creek Park," McKenna plays up-and-coming congressman Benjamin Troy, whose wife disappears mysteriously. When the BAU investigates his political enemies, will the congressman remain a victim or turn into a suspect? Academy Award-nominated actress Tess Harper plays his mother, Sophie, and of course, Y&R alum Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm) stars in the primetime series.

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Emmy Nominations To Be Announced On THE TALK!

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Nominations for the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be announced next Tuesday, March 31, live on THE TALK! Tune in at 2 p.m. EST (1 p.m. PST/CST) to see which of your favorite soap actors will be vying for the gold. (If you miss that broadcast, encores will air on Pop -- the cable network hosting the ceremony -- later that evening at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. EST/PST.)

The Daytime Emmy Awards airs live on Pop on Sunday, April 26, at 8 p.m. EST. The following day, Monday, April 27, THE TALK will continue the celebration with their fourth annual "After Party," honoring some of the biggest winners from the previous night. (Those guests will be announced early that morning.)

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THE LATE LATE SHOW Does Daytime!

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If you ever wanted to see CSI: CYBER's Patricia Arquette and Star Trek's Chris Pine on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, this is about as close as you are going to get! The actors were last night's guests on THE LATE LATE SHOW with James Corden and hysterically acted out a scene from the CBS soap with the host.

In setting up the sketch, Corden explained that his studio is in the same building as the iconic soap -- and they even share a printer, where one of his writers' assistants found a Y&R script left behind. Watch the video below, and then let us know in the comments if you think their performance is worthy of a Daytime Emmy Award!

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ATWT Alum Engaged!

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Congratulations are in order for Vanessa Ray, who currently stars on CBS's primetime drama BLUE BLOODS, but soap fans will remember as AS THE WORLD TURNS' Teri — she recently became engaged to boyfriend Landon Beard!

According to Hello Magazine, Beard proposed to the actress at one of their favorite spots in New York City, Pier 84 on the Hudson River, despite the frigid East Coast temperatures. And photos of the actual proposal were taken by a conveniently-placed tourist who was revealed to be Ray's good friend Kelly Sullivan (Sage, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS)! "Totally unbeknownst to me, he had Kelly fly out from L.A.," she confided to the magazine. "She was disguised in a black wig pretending to be a tourist taking pictures during the whole thing."

Best wishes to the happy couple for a lifetime together!

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