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Exlcusive: Details On New SudsvilleTV Show!

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Two days after SudsvilleTV announced that Michael O'Leary (Rick, GUIDING LIGHT) would be hosting one of the game shows on the new Internet channel, Soaps In Depth has learned that the fan favorite is getting his name built in to the program, too!

SudsvilleTV creator Meg Kelly tells In Depth that O'Leary is so thrilled about the concept of the game show, that she and her partner, Joseph Craig, decided to add his name to the title and it will now be called MICHAEL'S AMAZING SOAP TRIVIA CHALLENGE! "We couldn't be happier that Michael is part of the SudsvilleTV family," says Kelly.

O'Leary adds that the concept of the trivia show is "fresh and fun. Fans will love the fast pace, the surprises and the big cash prizes."

One of the Emmy nominee's favorite aspect to the program is how fans will be included. "I love that they not only get to nominate friends and family to be contestants, but that they get to review and vote on the selected submissions," he says. "Daytime fans are the best and I'm excited to be connecting with them again. They gave me a great job for years and a lot of joy. When I meet them, they often say, "Oh my God, you've been a part of my family.' I get it, because they've been a part of mine."

If you haven't already, head over to www.SudsvilleTV.com to sign up for alerts, sneak previews and the chance to enter some cool contests!

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Maya's Parents Are Coming!

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Maya's story is about to get even more dramatic now that THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has cast the parents who rejected her. TV Insider broke the news that Anna Maria Horsford and Obba Babatundé will be playing Vivienne and Julius Avant.

Horsford is best known for her work on AMEN and THE SHIELD, and got her start with a role on GUIDING LIGHT as Clara in 1979. And you might recognize Babatundé from DAWSON'S CREEK or his voice from a number of animated series. He also had a stint on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Carter in 2007.

Horsford is scheduled to make her first appearance on Friday, July 3, followed by Babatundé on Thursday, July 9. How will Vivienne and Julius react when they meet Maya for the very first time and see what their son Myron has become?

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New On-Line Soap Network Coming Soon!

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Later this fall, there will be a new Web site completely dedicated to daytime fans! Veteran soap scribe Meg Kelly (who has written for AS THE WORLD TURNS and DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and entertainment marketing pro Joseph Craig have partnered with Conklin-Intracom to create SudsvilleTV.com.

Kelly tells Soaps In Depth that both she and Craig believe "that you can deliver a strong production for not a ton of money. If it's well-written, well-acted and smartly produced, you can deliver high-end entertainment."

To that end, SudsvilleTV plans to offer more than a dozen shows when the channel launches in late October. "I've created 16 shows for our new network, all 10 episodes each and a lot of fun," shares Craig, who has experience as both a movie and Broadway producer. "We have two game shows, a talk show called A.M. SUDSVILLE that will be three times a week, and then a mix of reality and improv shows. They are all themed around things that our soap audience really loves."

Craig adds that they are in the midst of casting all of the shows now, including a 40-episode series that Kelly is penning. Starting today, fans can sign up at www.sudsvilletv.com to get alerts about the upcoming programs -- including exclusive casting news and previews! "We're very excited about it," says Kelly, promising that there will be some familiar faces from the world of daytime attached to the SudsvilleTV shows, like GUIDING LIGHT fan favorite Michael O'Leary (Rick), who will be hosting THE AMAZING SOAP TRIVIA CHALLENGE game show! "We want to take soap operas to the next place."

Once fans have signed up, they will get alerts to all new Sudsville developments, as they happen: casting, special previews, interviews from the sets, behind the scenes footage. And fans will also be able to enter contests to win great prizes! You can also follow SudsvilleTV on Facebook and Twitter.

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No Moss Under His Feet!

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If you've been missing seeing THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge) on your screen, now's your chance to see him in person! The multi-talented performer is hitting the road this summer with his band, Player (best known for their 1977 hit, "Baby Come Back") as part of the Rock The Yacht 2015 tour.

"We've combined Player with Ambrosia, Little River Band, Robbie Dupree and Stephen Bishop," he reveals. "It's the kind of relaxing music you'd listen to if you were cruising." But don't expect the crowd for this bill of 70s artists to be full of baby boomers alone — Moss says it's more of a mixed bunch. "People bring their kids, and they love it too," he offers. "My daughter is 16, and she plays the old rock 'n roll stuff as much as anything."

Also this summer, Moss is headed first to Europe and then to US clubs where he'll be performing with two of his former Player band mates as the more melodic group, Ronn Moss And The Muscle. "What we're going for," he explains, "is a real musical, intimate, coffeehouse atmosphere." It's been nine years since Moss released his solo album, Uncovered. If you've forgotten how great he sounds, check out the music video below that he made for his Web drama, THE BAY using his song, "You're My Addiction." For more news about Moss, look for his upcoming Keeping Track feature in Soaps In Depth.

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Cast Your Vote #24

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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: Do you think Wyatt and Nicole should pursue a relationship?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Can Lauren and Michael's marriage be salvaged?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, June 4. 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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Collins Is Out At Y&R!

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According to Daytime Confidential, Jessica Collins will be exiting as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Avery later this summer. The alumna of LOVING and THE CITY made her Genoa City debut in 2011 as Phyllis' sister.

When Soaps In Depth reached out for a statement from the soap, a spokesperson replied that the show does not comment on contract status of their cast members.

Tell us below, are you surprised by the news that Collins will be leaving the show? How would you like to see Avery exit the canvas?

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It's Tea Time!

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No one manages to combine having a fabulous time with a great cause quite like THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kate Linder (Esther) -- who will be hosting her 17th Annual Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver, Canada, on Sunday, July 19th. Y&R actors scheduled to attend will be: Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael) -- who will also be emceeing the event -- Sean Carrigan (Stitch), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Scott Elrod (Joe) and Justin Hartley (Adam), as well as the sudser's top makeup artist, Patti Denney.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the event go to www.katelinderafternoontea.com or call, (604) 836-7929. All proceeds will benefit the Canadian Cancer Society.

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St. John Brings Lawsuit

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kristoff St. John (Neil) and his ex-wife, Mia, this week filed a lawsuit against La Casa Psychiatric Health Facility claiming that their negligence led to the death of their son, Julian.

In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, St. John opened up about the loss of his son and his belief that the Long Beach, CA, facility regularly skipped mandatory check-ins and observations of Julian and that employees falsified documents to cover up their alleged neglect.

Following an earlier suicide attempt, Julian was supposed to be checked on every 15 minutes, but St. John alleges that surveillance footage shows that no one checked on his son for almost an hour before they found him unconscious. The suit also alleges that the staff did not react to the discovery in an appropriate way, not treating it as an emergency. "How do you not call 911 immediately?" the actor asked in the interview.

St. John hopes that this case will shed light on the lack of proper care in mental hospitals nationwide, and as well as bringing justice for his son's death, help other struggling patients experiencing inadequate care.

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Send Me An "Angel"

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Frank Runyeon (Steve, AS THE WORLD TURNS) makes his THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS debut as a helpful character named Angel on Thursday, May 28 . The soap vet says he received an invitation to play the spiritual force who interacts with Nikki and Victor from Y&R's executive producer/headwriter, Charles Pratt, Jr., who was his former boss on SANTA BARBARA, where he played Michael.

"It's always fun to come in and do this stuff," Runyeon tells Soaps In Depth. "Chuck comes up with something and says 'How am I going to get anyone to do this? Then he goes, 'Oh, I bet Frank can do this!' It's always fun."

Ironically, Runyeon was given the dressing room belonging to his former ATWT co-star Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael; Kirk, ATWT) during his brief visit to Genoa City. "I knew Eric Braeden (Victor) from the Daytime Emmys, and I knew Peter Bergman (Jack) back in New York from ALL MY CHILDREN [where he played Cliff]."

In addition to touring across the country in religious shows, Runyeon is writing his autobiography that has the working title Escape From Hollywood: An Actor's Journey to Faith. "It's the story of my life," he says. To learn more about Runyeon's work, check out his Web site www.frankrunyeon.com.

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DAYS Star As You've Never Seen Her Before!

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Patsy Pease is currently making a brief return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Kimberly Brady, but the actress will also be reuniting with one of her DAYS castmates on the Web soap THE BAY!

"Patsy starts shooting this Sunday as Lola, a woman who is going to be connected to two major characters on the show," series creator Gregori J. Martin shares with Soaps In Depth. "It's a very rugged and gritty role that you've never seen her in before. Several of her scenes will be with Mary Beth Evans (Sara; Kayla, DAYS). But don't expect to see clean-cut Kimberly Brady!"

So keep an eye out for future episodes of the Emmy Award Winning THE BAY to see Pease's debut and all the other twists and turns!

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