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The Pecks Have Added To Their Pack!

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AS THE WORLD TURNS stars Terri Conn (Katie) and husband Austin Peck (Brad; ex-Austin, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) welcomed their second child together over the weekend! The couple announced on Twitter that Conn had given birth to Morgan Theresa Peck on July 18. (You can see an adorable pic of the newborn here.)

The new addition joins the couple's daughter, Keira (2 1/2), as well as Conn's daughter, Julia, and Peck's sons, Aidan and Roman. Congratulations!

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Baby On Board!

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Matthew Ashford (ex-Tom, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Stephen, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Jack, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and actress/teacher Lana Buss are expecting their second child in November. "It's gonna be a girl," he reveals to Soaps In Depth. The new addition will join big brother Henry (2) and Ashford's daughters, Grace and Emma, with his former wife, Christina Saffran.

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A "Million" Reasons Bring Chappell Back To DAYS!

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In the upcoming film, A Million Happy Nows, Crystal Chappell (Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Carly, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) stars as Lainey Allen, a popular soap opera actress, who exits her daytime drama after finding out she has early-onset Alzheimer's disease. She and her publicist/partner Eva, played by Jessica Leccia (Natalia, GL) move to a beach house overlooking the Pacific Ocean as the couple deals with the devastating diagnosis. Chappell, who also serves as a producer on the project, says the film's soap opera scenes were shot late last year at her old stomping grounds — the DAYS studios in Burbank!

"First, we were going to build a soap opera studio in another studio, but I told [DAYS' co-executive producer] Greg Meng about this film and that I needed a studio," the Emmy-winning actress/producer tells Soaps In Depth. Another co-executive producer of DAYS, Albert Alarr, directed the film, and was helpful in securing the studio space, too. "It was totally fun shooting there," Chappell declares. "Everyone was so accommodating. We could have shot it elsewhere, but filming at DAYS gave us an authentic vibe."

A Million Happy Nows both sheds a light on Alzheimer's and tells the love story of how Lainey and Eva deal with this tragic twist of fate, which, it turns out Lainey knew there was a 50/50 chance of happening. The film's cast is jam-packed with familiar faces from the soap opera world including Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie, DAYS; ex-Joanna, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Robert Gant (David, Y&R), Hillary B. Smith (ex-Stacy, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Margo, AS THE WORLD TURNS), and Michael Corbett (ex-David, Y&R).

"We needed someone to play Lainey's rival and someone suggested Susan," says Chappell. "I reached out to her and she said yes. We did some good old soapy catfight scenes that you'll see. It was so much fun. She is so talented."

As a fan of GL's "Otalia" storyline, the film's writer, Marisa Calin, specifically wrote the movie with Chappell and Leccia in mind. "That's really flattering," notes Chappell. "It's important to not only bring more awareness to this disease, but to also show that it can [afflict] same sex couples."

Stay tuned for an upcoming feature on Chappell in the magazine for more on the project, but In the meantime, you can check out a preview of the film here.

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Welcome To Candy Land

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In the whimsical new Internet drama, WINTERTHORNE (premiering Thursday, August 27) star Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) is set to find herself in some truly sticky situations -- and they don't come from the sweet treats that her powerful clan makes. "The family [and its business] is run by its women, and they've reached a crossroads," explains creator Michael Caruso (DEVANITY), who also plays Madison's husband, Victor, in the show. "Martha's complicated character, Miranda, is taking over, and we'll see over the course of four episodes where she started from and some of the good and not-so-good choices she's made in order to control her family."

Look for Madison to turn in the kind of dark performances that match her gothic wardrobe and to play opposite fellow soap veterans Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig, DAYS), GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), Linda Gray (ex-Priscilla, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), Gordon Thompson (DYNASTY), and John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex, ONE LIFE TO LIVE).

For more on the new series, check out Madison's Catching Up feature in the new issue of CBS Soaps In Depth, on sale now. For more on the unique production, which used 5,000 marshmallows in a scene, pick up the issue that's on sale beginning Monday, August 17, for exclusive, behind the scenes photos!

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Braun Heads Back To DAYS!

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Tamara Braun (ex-Carly, GENERAL HOSPITAL) will reprise her role of DAYS OF OUR LIVES Mob princess Ava Vitali later this year. TV Insider's Michael Logan broke the news that the actress, who won a Daytime Emmy for her portrayal in 2009, has already begun taping and will return to the screen on December 9. Braun also briefly appeared on DAYS as Nicole's sister, Taylor, in 2011 when she assumed the role from fellow GH alum Natalia Livingston (ex-Emily), and was ALL MY CHILDREN's Reese.

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AMC Alum Joins DAYS!

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Sal Stowers -- who played Angie and Jesse's daughter, Cassandra, on The OnLine Network reboot of ALL MY CHILDREN -- has joined the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES in a contract role.

"So beyond excited and honored to announce that I have joined the Emmy-winning cast of Days Of Our Lives!" the actress, who won the ninth cycle of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, shared on social media. "My episodes will start airing this September."

Who do you think Stowers will be paired with in Salem? Share your theories in the comments below!

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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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View The WINTERTHORNE Trailer!

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Candy may be the Winterthorne family business, but it won't be the sugar that kills ya in this crazy clan! The highly-anticipated Web series -- starring DALLAS icon Linda Gray (Sue Ellen; ex-Priscilla, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), ONE LIFE TO LIVE fan fave John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) and DAYS OF OUR LIVES alum Martha Madison (ex-Belle) -- will debut on Saturday, August 27.

Can't wait until then? You can catch a sneak peek of the tasty new show below!

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DAYS Talent Search Winner Named

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES has announced that Alexander Bruszt is the winner of the soap's Search For A Star competition. The 32-year-old Sydney native was one of more than 300 Australian actors who entered the talent search, and flew to Los Angeles earlier this month with two other finalists to screen-test for the chance to win a role on the iconic soap.

Bruszt (an alum of the popular Australian drama HOME AND AWAY) will play Fynn, a handsome, rugged Aussie doctor who arrives in Salem to do his surgical residency under the tutelage of Daniel. "This has been the most amazing time for me," he shares. "I could have only dreamed of a role like this."

The actor will return to the DAYS set in Los Angeles next month to begin shooting his episodes, which will air in time for the soap's 50th anniversary in November.

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Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Winners!

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The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards were held last night, and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL was the big winner, taking home eight trophies. GENERAL HOSPITAL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS nabbed three each, and DAYS OF OUR LIVES got two. And for the first-ever Guest Performer In A Daytime Drama, it was a three-way tie!

Read on for the full list of winners, then be sure to tune in to the Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony on Sunday, May 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET on Pop!

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UPDATE: More Emmy Announcements!

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The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences has already announced many of the actors who are slated to present at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and now they've revealed some more surprises!

Look for Eileen Davidson (Ashley, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Kristen, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and Mario Lopez (ex-Christian, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) will be joining the ranks of presenters, as will the cast of the new reality series QUEENS OF DRAMA (which premiers directly following the ceremony), Donna Mills (ex-Madeline, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Lindsay Hartley (Cara, ALL MY CHILDREN), Crystal Hunt (Lizzie, GUIDING LIGHT; Stacy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Chrystee Pharris (Simone, PASSIONS).

As a special tribute to the fans of daytime drama, the ceremony will also feature some special fan awards, including Favorite Daytime Hottie, Most Romantic Duo and Favorite OMG! Moment. You can vote on those by clicking here.

Producers are also promising many surprises and star appearances, including teasing that the evening will reunite two soap star legends! So be sure not to miss this year's Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony live on Sunday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET on Pop!

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DAYS Names Aussie Finalists!

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More than 300 actors entered the DAYS OF OUR LIVES "Search For A Star" Australian talent hunt, held in conjunction with Arena, the network that airs the soap Down Under. Last week, the three finalists -- Tom Dalzell, Andrew Steel and Alexander Bruszt -- did a screen test at the soap's Los Angeles studio for the role of Fynn, a rugged doctor who arrives in Salem to do his residency under Dr. Daniel Jonas.

The winner is expected to be announced this week, and the lucky gent will be awarded a 13-week contract with the soap. He'll make his Salem debut in late October, coinciding with DAYS' 50th Anniversary.

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Daytime Emmy Awards Presenters Announced!

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The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced the first round of presenters for the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Tyra Banks will host the ceremony, airing live on Pop on Sunday, April 26, at 8 p.m. EST.

Joining THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Daniel Goddard (Cane), Justin Hartley (Adam) and Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) on the stage as presenters will be THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL stars Jacob Young (Rick), Karla Mosley (Maya) and Linsey Godfrey (Caroline); DAYS OF OUR LIVES trio Christopher Sean (Paul), Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Guy Wilson (Will); and from GENERAL HOSPITAL, Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Ryan Paevey (Nathan). Additionally, Deidre Hall (Marlena, DAYS), Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm, Y&R), Regis Philbin, Steve Harvey, Marie Osmond, Craig Ferguson, Nancy O'Dell and Alex Trebek will present on stage during the broadcast.

Additional presenters will be announced prior to the awards show, so check back for updates!

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Soap Stars Head To Florida!

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Tickets are now on sale for the Southwest Florida Soapfest Charity Weekend, taking place from Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25, on beautiful Marco Island. Some of the actors confirmed to attend are THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Sean Carrigan (Stitch) and Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael); DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Melissa Archer (Serena), Molly Burnett (Melanie) and Christopher Sean (Paul); GENERAL HOSPITAL's Ryan Carnes (Lucas) and Ryan Paevey (Nathan); and daytime alums Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan, Y&R; Shayne, GUIDING LIGHT; Jonathan, ALL MY CHILDREN) and John Driscoll (ex-Chance, Y&R; Coop, GL).

Some of the weekend events include a kick-off dinner, a karaoke sing-along at a local watering hole where the celebrities will be playing bartender, a cruise onboard the Marco Island Princess and much more! For a full list of events and ticket information, visit www.theateronmarco.com.

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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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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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Two Stars On Primetime Tonight!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Christopher Sean (Paul) heads back to HAWAII FIVE-0 tonight, where he recurs as Chin Ho Kelly's brother-in-law, Gabriel Waincroft. In this evening's episode, "Pono Kaulike" (Hawaiian for "Justice For All"), Danny and Chin are arrested for some rather deadly past transgressions. Tune in at 9 p.m. EST on CBS.

And after HAWAII FIVE-0 is done, keep your remote tuned in to CBS and you'll catch THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum John Enos (ex-Bobby) as one of the guest stars on BLUE BLOODS, airing at 10 p.m. EST!

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Blast Off!

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It's not often that you can see three of your favorite daytime stars in one film, so if you missed the theatrical release of 23 Blast last fall, now's your chance to make up for it! The inspirational picture, which stars DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Mark Hapka (ex-Nathan) and features GUIDING LIGHT's Kim Zimmer (Reva) and Crystal Hunt (Lizzie), will become available on DVD at Walmart beginning Tuesday, January 20.

"It's the true story of Travis Freeman, a high school football player from Kentucky who was at the height of his game when he was struck by bacterial meningitis and lost his sight," Hapka offers of his starring role. "He had to readjust to life afterwards and went through a bout of depression, but eventually his coach convinced him to come back to the team."

Look for Hunt to play the cheerleader who breaks Travis' heart, and for Zimmer to bring the heat as his emotional mom in this film produced by former ONE LIFE TO LIVE director Gary Donatelli. For Hapka, who rose to the challenge of playing blind, the best part of the film was getting to do some of the football training he recalls from his own youth. "It was really nice to put the gear back on," he confirms, "and get back out there!"

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Dark Days For Foster?

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On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Quinn Hudson was the guy hired by Kate to stir up trouble for Chloe and who later blackmailed EJ. Might his portrayer, Bren Foster, be someone as equally challenging to contend with when he debuts in a new recurring guest role on THE LAST SHIP, the addictive drama from executive producer Michael Bay?

"Going on set and bringing Senior Chief Wolf Taylor [the Australian naval officer that joins the crew in Norfolk, VA] to life is one of the best experiences in my career so far," enthuses Foster, who was himself a big fan of the series' first season. "I'm honored to be surrounded by such an amazing group of talented actors, writers, producers, directors and great crew. From the moment I stepped on set everyone has been extremely welcoming."

The drama, which deals with a group of sailors who avoided the pandemic that wiped out 80 percent of the world's population by being out to sea, is shot aboard some of the U.S. Navy's real-life destroyers. "Being on THE LAST SHIP has really made me appreciate all the men and women in our military. They play a huge part in allowing us to live the way we live," Foster confesses. "[In the show], we portray life-and-death situations, but as you find yourself in the midst of the scene, you realize that there are people doing this for real every day and for that, they have my deepest gratitude."

THE LAST SHIP, which stars Eric Dane and features ALL MY CHILDREN's Charles Parnell (Derek) as a series regular, returns to TNT for its much-anticipated second season next summer.

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Second Chance Christmas

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Aloma Wright (Maxine) and Rolonda Watts (ex-Cameron) appear in the new TV One original film Second Chance Christmas. The heartwarming story centers around a young boy's struggle to accept his stepfather after the untimely death of his mother. Can a Christmas miracle bring this fractured family together? Tune in at 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 6, to find out. But first, you can watch a preview below!

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Spend Christmas With The Bay!

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Throughout December, the award-winning Web drama THE BAY will return with two more exciting chapters of story which will be told weekly over the course of eight 20-minute episodes. The chapters will feature another tragic death, as well as address last summer's cliffhangers. Will Lianna (Jade Harlow, ex-Sheryl, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) find out about Janice's (Lilly Melgar, ex-Lily, GENERAL HOSPTIAL) scintillating affair with young Peter? Will Lex (Tristan Rogers, Colin, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) reveal the identity of the person that he thinks Peter's socialite mom, Sara (Mary Beth Evans, Kayla, DAYS) killed? And how might the return of Liza (ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Ilene Kristen, Roxy) affect his recent efforts to revive his relationship with Sara?

To help play out all of these storylines and more, a host of new faces will be joining the cast. "Alicia Leigh Willis (ex-Courtney, GH) and Eric Nelsen (A.J., ALL MY CHILDREN) will play Sara's niece and nephew, Avery and Daniel, respectively," series creator Gregori J. Martin reveals. "Lindsay Hartley (Cara, AMC; ex-Arianna, DAYS) is coming in as a woman from Marly's (Martha Madison, ex-Belle, DAYS) past, Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS) will appear in flashback as a younger Lee Nelson, and Judith McConnell (Sophia, SANTA BARBARA) will bring to life a role that fans have been anticipating for years!"

However, the news that has the Internet buzzing is that soap opera veteran A Martinez (best known as SB's Cruz) reunited with former castmates Lane Davies (Mackenzie; Mason, SB) and Nicolas Coster (Jack; Lionel, SB) on set when he taped his December 16 appearance on the show. "I'm playing Janice's father, Nardo. I'm trying to get information out of Lane's [police detective] character, whom the family thinks is not being forthcoming," Martinez offers. "And I got to be the voice of reason with Janice, as is a father's wont to do." Tune in to catch the first two new episodes, which will be released back to back, on Thursday, December 4, at 3 p.m. EST.

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DAYS Stars Heat Up The Holidays!

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Make your holidays a little soapier with a new recording of the seasonal classic, "Baby It's Cold Outside," by DAYS OF OUR LIVES stars Eric Martsolf (Brady) and Jen Lilley (Theresa)!

"It was completely her idea," Martsolf says of the recording, giving all credit to his co-star. "She managed to go out there and round up Frank Sinatra's old band from Capitol Records! I mean, the girl doesn't mess around! She doesn't bring in Bob and Frank from the Van Nuys rock 'n' roll shop. She goes out and finds Frank Sinatra's band! These are the things that she comes up with and you can't help but love her enthusiasm."

And this single could be the start of something much bigger for the musical duo! "I'm sure next year we'll do a full-length Christmas CD," the actor muses. "This is probably like a warm-up for what she has in mind!"

You can purchase "Baby It's Cold Outside" for $.99 on both iTunes and Google Play.

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Holiday Romance For Muldoon!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Patrick Muldoon (ex-Austin) is kicking off the holiday season right this weekend in UP TV's new original, Christmas In Palm Springs. "It's about a New York family that's in trouble — my wife, played by Dina Meyer, and I have grown apart and are following our own dreams, but the children are in the middle and still see the love between us," he reveals. "So when my wife has business in Palm Springs and I have a meeting in Los Angeles, the kids conspire [for us to meet up]."

Add in a little Christmas magic from Gabriel (Bill Cobbs) the all-knowing hotel concierge and some wild chemistry between Muldoon and Meyer, and the result is a thoroughly entertaining picture. "Dina and I have known each other since doing Starship Troopers together back in 1997," Muldoon confides. "And as much as Dina is beautiful, she's also tough. We've always had this very funny, competitive banter between us and we couldn't help but bring that to our scenes [in this film]."

Muldoon's character is a theater director whose talk-to is also sure to make viewers grin. "Ian Ziering (BEVERLY HILLS 90210; Cameron, GUIDING LIGHT) plays my hustling agent/dear friend who knows what's going on with the family — he's so great in this movie," Muldoon reveals, adding that another pleasant surprise is in store. "The film also marks my first time singing on television. My character does a rock 'n' roll serenade to his wife at the end!" Don't miss the premiere of this uplifting tale on Sunday, November 23, at 7:00 p.m. ET on UP TV.

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Deck The Deidre Hall(s) This Holiday!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Deidre Hall (Marlena) would like to invite you to attend Hell In A Handbag's annual holiday benefit, this year entitled A Very Special Rudolph. The actress will be participating in the evening's festivities and performing in Rudolph The Red-Hosed Reindeer, a satirical take on the classic Rudolph tale alongside the regular Handbag actors.

The event, to be held on Sunday, December 7, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Dank Haus German American Cultural Center in Chicago, will also feature food and drink, a raffle and both silent and live auctions. A variety of tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006, and the higher-priced options also include a chance to meet and take a photo with Hall herself! (Plus, a portion of those ticket sales will go to Wounded Warriors Project, a charity close to the actress' heart.)

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Davidson Back On Set At DAYS!

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Eileen Davidson just can't slow down! The soap-hopping actress, who is currently playing THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Ashley, is now back on set at DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Kristen in what the soap is calling a "can't miss" storyline set to air in early next year! And this is in addition to her real life being taped as one of the newest cast members of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS!

When last we saw Kristen, she had abducted Theresa as part of a twisted plot to have Brady's baby. Of course, as you'll notice in the photo NBC released of Davidson on set at DAYS posted with this article, she doesn't look particularly pregnant. Since DAYS tapes so far in advance, could Kristen be returning to Salem with a little bundle of joy? Unfortunately we'll have to wait until the spring of 2015 to find out what the next step in her crazy scheme will be! Stay tuned!

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DAYS Starts The Party Early!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES is gearing up to celebrate its 50th anniversary, and they're going to be kicking off the festivities in style when they are honored by the 83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade! Cast members Deidre Hall (Marlena), Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie), Galen Gering (Rafe), Lauren Koslow (Kate), Peggy McCay (Caroline), Joseph Mascolo (Stefano), Greg Vaughan (Eric) Bill Hayes (Doug), Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), John Aniston (Victor), Shawn Christian (Daniel), Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Eric Martsolf (Brady), Kate Mansi (Abigail), Guy Wilson (Will), True O'Brien (Paige), Drake Hogestyn (John), Jen Lilley (Theresa), Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), Casey Moss (JJ), Billy Flynn (Chad), Molly Burnett (Melanie), Meredith Scott Lynn (Anne), Aloma Wright (Maxine) and Christopher Sean (Paul) will all participate in a special presentation on behalf of the long-running NBC soap.

The cast will travel the parade route in an eye-catching presentation featuring the soap's new 50th anniversary logo and then be greeted by parade hosts Laura McKenzie and Erik Estrada (ex-Eduardo, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), who will present them with a special honor to commemorate DAYS' success.

"What better way to start the countdown to Days of our Lives' 50th anniversary on NBC than to be part of the iconic Hollywood Christmas Parade?" said Days of our Lives co-executive Producer Greg Meng. "We look forward to celebrating this holiday season with viewers across the country!"

The Hollywood Christmas Parade is scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 30, but if you can't attend in person, you can see it on Hallmark Channel on Wednesday, December 10, at 4:00 p.m. For more information about further airings or more details about the parade itself, you can visit its official Web site.

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Soap Stars Turn HOUSEWIVES!

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It's official! Soap stars Eileen Davidson (Ashley, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Kristen, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie, DAYS) are joining THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS! Watch the preview clip and see how the two actresses get along with returning HOUSEWIVES Brandi Glanville, Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump and Yolanda Foster!

The new season of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS debuts on Tuesday, November 18, at 9:00 pm ET on Bravo!

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DAYS' Shipp Is Beating A New Drum!

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Alexandra Shipp plays DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Marybeth as an opinionated teen for whom the world is black and white. Now, she's portraying another headstrong spirit in VH1's Drumline 2: A New Beat, the sequel to the 2002 romantic comedy that changed the way people view the world of marching bands.

"I play Dani," Shipp reveals of her starring role as girl from an upper crust family in Brooklyn, NY. "She's a drummer who wants to follow her cousin to A&T University in Atlanta, but her parents really want her to go to a different college and not study music." Of course, the heart knows what it wants, and Dani's got rhythm in her blood. "She does goes to A&T and tries to get on the drumline as the first female section leader — craziness ensues," Shipp previews. "It's all about girl power in this movie. It's about bridging the gap."

Acting in this movie was the easy part for Shipp, who enjoyed being on set with producer Nick Cannon (who returns for a cameo appearance as Devon Miles) and Letoya Luckett (who plays the school's dean). However, actually shooting it was another story. "We were on football fields in 90-degree heat plus humidity in Atlanta," Shipp laughs, adding, "and I was in a three-piece cotton [band uniform] with a 35-lb. metal drum on my hip!"

Not only did the actress learn to march for this role, she actually had to learn how to play. "In the first movie, Drumline, they had about six months to learn the drums, but for our movie, we had two weeks," she reveals. "So every day we were learning patterns and figuring out hand twirls with sticks and stuff like that. It was pretty strenuous, but I walked away with some pretty slick drumming moves!"

Tune in to VH1 to see Shipp in action on Monday, October 27, at 9:00 p.m. ET. For more from the actress, including the details on her starring role in Lifetime's upcoming biopic, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, don't miss the issue of CBS Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, November 3!

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Marie Wilson Joins DAYS!

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Marie Wilson, who is best known to CBS soap fans as AS THE WORLD TURNS' Meg and ABC soap fans as GENERAL HOSPITAL and PORT CHARLES' Karen, is adding a new soap to her resume! Starting this Halloween, the actress will be joining DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Bree, an old acquaintance of Hope's who also shares a past with Aiden. So look for her arrival in Salem to bring up some of the darker side of Aiden's history and throw quite the monkey wrench into his budding relationship with Hope!

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Stars Strike Out Child Abuse

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Jen Lilley (Theresa, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is hosting a star-studded bowling tournament to benefit Childhelp, America's largest and longest-running nonprofit dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. The event will be held on Sunday, October 19, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at PINZ Bowling in Studio City, CA.

Amongst the celebrity guests are daytime stars like Chrishell Stause (Jordan, DAYS), Kelly Sullivan (Sage, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Connie, GH), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS), Ian Buchanan (Duke, GH), Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), Billy Flynn (Chad, DAYS), Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS), Casey Moss (JJ, DAYS), Kassie DePaiva (Eve, DAYS; Blair, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Kristian Alfonso (Hope, DAYS), Robert Scott Wilson (Ben, DAYS; Pete, ALL MY CHILDREN), Camila Banus (ex-Gabi, DAYS), True O'Brien (Paige, DAYS) and Lauren Koslow (Kate, DAYS). "Jen is so nice -- she extended the invitation out to all the cast of DAYS and other people," Banus relates. "I'm so excited to be a part of it, to help spread awareness, to be able to be part of a great cause, and also have fun!"

For more details about the event, order tickets or simply contribute to the cause, click here.

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DAYS Star In Car Accident

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Freddie Smith (Sonny) was involved in a serious car accident in Kingsville Township, Ohio. He lost control of his car on Route 84, injuring both himself and his passenger, girlfriend Alyssa Tabit. Smith was reportedly taken to Conneaut Medical Center for treatment while Tabit was flown to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Youngstown, and was in critical condition. Our hopes are for a speedy recovery for both.

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GL's Ramsey Is The New Sheriff In Town!

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 13, at 8:00 p.m. EST, because you won't want to miss the world premiere of Lifetime's Deliverance Creek, the ambitious, first-ever television project produced by romance novelist Nicholas Sparks. In the Civil War-era drama, Wes Ramsey (Sam, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Owen, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) stars as a small-town lawman that finds himself secretly involved with strong-willed, Missouri rancher (Lauren Ambrose) for whom the line between right and wrong is often blurred.

"It's about the story of her survival on the ranch [with her children]," Ramsey explains. "She hasn't heard from her husband in years, not a letter, and she thinks she's dead... We find each other at a time in our lives when we are both looking for something."

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DAYS Star Hits The Stage!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Casey Moss (JJ) will be performing with his band, Eyes Of One, as an opening act at Fozzy's CD release party! The show is being held at Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood on Thursday, July 24, at 7:45 pm. Tickets are $20, and to purchase or for more information about the event and the venue, click here!

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Davidson Gets A New Y&R Deal!

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Eileen Davidson hasn't even begun her return stint as DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Kristen -- she's scheduled to hit the screen next month for a limited run on the NBC soap -- but the actress already has her next gig lined up! The beloved star, who has been juggling sporadic appearances as Ashley on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS with her DAYS duties, has inked a contract with CBS and will be back in Genoa City for good starting in September! Tell us below, are you excited to see Ash more often?

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Two Days Of DAYS Fan Events!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES fans will want to mark their calendars for Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8, because the weekend will be full of special events held at the Sportsmen's Lodge Event Center in Studio City, California!

The weekend kicks off with An Intimate Brunch With Judi And Mary Beth on Saturday, June 7, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.. Enjoy a cozy brunch with Judi Evans (Adrienne) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla). Tickets are $115, and limited (to make sure the event is as intimate as advertised!)

Next is An Afternoon With Lauren Koslow and Bryan Dattilo, on Saturday, June 7, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.. Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) will be hosting an afternoon of her favorite things, including delicious treats and some special guests! Tickets are $90.

Breakfast With The Babes is the morning of Sunday, June 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and guests will part of a special taping of the talk show hosted by Martha Madison (ex-Belle) and Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GENERAL HOSPITAL). There will be plenty of past and present DAYS stars in attendance as well! Tickets are $110 for fan club members and $115 for non-members.

Then there's A Very Brady Brunch on Sunday, June 8, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., hosted by Jen Lilley (Theresa) and Patsy Pease (ex-Kimberly)! And who knows who else might turn up! Tickets for this event are $115.

To order tickets, send two self-addressed, stamped envelopes along with a money order made payable to Debby O'Connor to Debby O'Connor, PO Box 16212, Irvine, CA, 92623. You can also visit YourNumberOneFan.com to purchase tickets online!

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Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced!

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, have announced the nominees for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) earned her second nomination, and her first in the Lead Actress category. Of course, she's up against her co-star, Heather Tom (Katie)!

For the full list of the major nominations, read on! Who do you think will take home the trophies on Sunday, June 22?

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Stars Added To THE BAY!

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Two hunks from THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL — one past, one future — have joined the cast of the Emmy-nominated Web soap THE BAY! Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge) is set to play John Blackwell, the former district attorney of Bay City, while Sean Kanan (who returns to B&B as Deacon in June), has joined the Internet serial as press secretary Kenneth Allen. That role previously played by Brody Hutzler (ex-Patrick, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Cody, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS).

Why the change with Kanan taking over for Hutzler? "Brody is a good friend of mine and a wonderful talent," Gregori Martin, THE BAY's executive producer/creator, tells Soaps In Depth. "He's busy with some other great projects at the moment, and this gave us an opportunity to go in another direction with the character. Sean and Nicolas [Coster, Jack] have a great dynamic. Sean is bringing a lot of humor to the role."

Moss and Kanan aren't the only newcomers sailing into THE BAY this season! Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS) will play Katherine, John's wife, and Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS) has been cast as Mickey, who runs Patrick's Roadhouse.

Watch for an exclusive preview of THE BAY featuring interviews with Martin, Mary Beth Evans (Sara; Kayla, DAYS) and Terri Ivens (Orchid; Simone, ALL MY CHILDREN) in the next two issues of In Depth, on sale Monday, April 21, and Monday, April 28. Chapter 12 of THE BAY streams via the Blip and Roku networks and services beginning Thursday, May 1. For more information, visit www.thebaytheseries.com.

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New Digital Soap Venture Ahead!

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Corday Productions -- the team behind NBC's DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- is teaming up with digital media firm All Screens Media to launch Net Soaps/Net Novelas, a project aimed at creating and distributing original "interactive" soap operas on-line, but with a twist: Fans, actors and advertisers will all be able to participate in the development of the shows.

Net Soaps/Net Novelas plans to launch in the last quarter of 2014 through its own Web sites and distribution partners. While Net Soaps is the English-language version targeted at American audiences, Net Novelas will provide in-language programming for Latin America and Brazil. Web soap pioneer and daytime veteran Crystal Chappell (Dani, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTUIFUL; ex-Carly, DAYS; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT; Maggie, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) has joined the venture to produce, direct and mentor new talent.

For the full story, visit Variety.com here.

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THE BAY Characters Confess!

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Chapter 12 of THE BAY doesn't start until Thursday, May 1. However, in the meantime, fans of the Web soap that stars Mary Beth Evans (Sara; Kayla, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), Tristan Rogers (Rex; Colin, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Lilly Melgar (Janice; ex-Lily, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and many more daytime favorites can check out THE BAY: CONFESSIONS OF BAY CITY, a "pre-show" for the Internet drama series.

To kick off this new round of CONFESSIONS, the town's notorious villain Steve Jensen — played by Matthew Ashford (ex-Jack, DAYS) — returns to the hot seat and shows us that he is as wicked as ever! Watch Ashford's episode by clicking here, then check out newer ones by Derrell Whitt (Will) and Jade Harlow (Lianna; Sheryl, DAYS) and get ready to tune in for chapter 12 of THE BAY in May!

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DAYS' Stefano Gets A New Henchman!

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As far as DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Stefano is concerned, "bad" help is good to find. Actor Tom Lind makes his debut in Salem on Thursday, March 13, as Galen, The Phoenix's latest henchman. Watch for the performer to appear in scenes with both Joseph Mascolo (Stefano) and Deidre Hall (Marlena). "It was a lot of fun," says Lind, who reveals that he's not often cast as the heavy. "I was in a hair and makeup chair at DAYS and someone who works there said to me, 'Are you sure you're Galen? You seem too nice to be the bad guy.' So I gave him a scowl!'"

The role was likely named after DAYS' Galen Gering (Rafe), which led to a little confusion on Lind's part. "They called for 'Galen' over the loudspeaker, so I went up to the set and the stage manager said, 'No, sweetie, that's not you. That's the name of one of our actors!'

"Both Deidre and Joe were fantastic," Lind adds. "I actually met Joe in the hallway, and we started chatting before we met on set. He was great, and Deidre asked me to take a 'selfie.' I couldn't have asked for two nicer pros to work with! Both of them were super-sweet!"

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Watch Soap Life

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Daytime dramas have seen an uptick in ratings, but in recent years have gone through quite a bit of turmoil. And over those years, the documentary Soap Life examined the plight of the American soap opera. Now, Soap Life is being released worldwide today on a host of platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu. The feature features interviews from fans, directors, producers and actors like Rick Hearst (Ric, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Whip, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Macy, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and more!

For a preview, you can watch the trailer below!

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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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