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Daytime Emmy Pre-Noms Announced!

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, have announced the pre-nominees in the acting categories for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Due to a rule change, the on-line versions of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE were able to join GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and DAYS OF OUR LIVES in the broadcast categories; However, they only scored pre-nominations in the younger performer slots.

An on-line ballot featuring all entrants in each of the six categories were sent to judges who viewed clips of their work before selecting their top ten performers in each category. However, due to ties, Outstanding Lead Actress contains 12 performers and Supporting Actor has 13. The candidates who received the highest number of votes will now advance to the blue ribbon screening round set to begin on Wednesday, March 26. This will determine the final nominees and ultimate winner.

The final list on nominees will be announced on Thursday, May 1, but you can find the full list of all the pre-nominations after the break. Did your favorites make the cut? Who would you vote for?

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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."

Continued after the jump

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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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