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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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B&B Scribe Promises Heartfelt Holiday Episode!

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Stephanie Forrester's legacy continues this holiday season on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL when the show returns to her beloved Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row in downtown L.A. for a very special Christmas Eve episode! "It could be one of our best Christmas episodes ever," executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell proudly proclaims of the show, which will air on Wednesday, December 24. "I believe the Forresters have stated, since the show's first Christmas, that they go to the mission and spend the morning there before having their feast at the Forrester estate. So this year, we're actually going to do a 'reality-style' episode there."

When B&B originally filmed on location at the charity, Susan Flannery (ex-Stephanie) served as an interviewer, of sorts, interacting with real people who have come to rely on the mission's services. This year, John McCook (Eric) will fill that role. "We just want to remind the world that there are people who are less fortunate who need help during these times of celebration," says Bell. "We really want to encourage people to think beyond the walls of their home and really reach out and help their fellow brothers and sisters whenever they have a chance."

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Marano's SWITCHED Christmas!

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On THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, an impulsive Eden struggled to be the better version of herself that her big brother, Michael, expected. Now, Eden's portrayer, Vanessa Marano, plays another confused teen — this one, Bay, a rich girl who found out that she'd been swapped with Daphne (played by Katie Leclerc), an infant who'd grown up to become the deaf daughter of a working-class single mom — on ABC Family's SWITCHED AT BIRTH. But in "Yuletide Fortune Teller," the pre-season-four episode airing Monday, December 8, at 9:00 p.m. EST, things are about to get even crazier!

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Inside A Y&R Villain's MANSIONS!

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Even if his last "residence" wasn't a trash compactor on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, it's safe to say that Michael Corbett (ex-David) has much better digs these days! The actor-turned-executive producer has a series called MANSION HUNTERS, which features an inside look at some of the most glamorous and recognizable digs in Hollywood! You can binge on a marathon run of 8 half-hour episodes of the reality series starting tonight, December 5 at 9:00 p.m. EST on Reelz.

Corbett's been interested in real estate since his days on Y&R, where he played Nina's devious husband back in the early '90s. How'd he get the idea for this show? "I thought it'd be really fascinating to see behind the scenes of these mega-mansions that rent out for $100,000 a day [for movie and TV productions]. I put together a show that's about the people who put these deals together."

Some of the stars that have been to the homes profiled in MANSION HUNTERS include movie stars Angelina Jolie, Chris Hemsworth, and Megan Fox. Programs and films that have shot at these places include MAJOR CRIMES, The Aviator, and L.A. Confidential. "There's nothing out there like this show that combines all the elements of mansions, money, movies, Hollywood and celebrities," Corbett says.

Stakes run high in closing the agreements between mansion owners and productions so watch for lots of interpersonal dynamics between the folks that work in the firm that negotiates the deals. Featured on the show is Paul Kim, head of Image Locations, and his team of associates which includes Camila More (ex-Gillian, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Anna, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and her twin sister Carey More (ex-Grace, DAYS)!

While Corbett's hand is all over MANSION HUNTERS, he won't be appearing on camera in it. "It's a departure for me," he says. Since being presumed dead after accidentally activating a trash compactor in which he was hiding on Y&R, Corbett's continued to act, but he's also branched out into hosting for shows like EXTRA and MANSIONS & MILLIONAIRES.

Part of the fun of watching MANSION HUNTERS is spotting which homes and estates were used in the making of your favorite shows. Corbett previews: "One episode talks about where Lady Gaga fell off a balcony in one of her music videos!"

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Steffy's Back!

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Good news, Steffy fans! Jacqueline MacInnes Wood is bringing the brunette bombshell back to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL! And she's not just phoning in from overseas or anything — Steffy will be back in person! Unfortunately, at this point, Wood is only scheduled for a handful of episodes set to air in late January, but while she's not back on contract at the soap, she is recurring, and as such can appear at any time! (At least, any time when the actress and the show can work out the scheduling!)

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EXCLUSIVE: Faith Recast With Familiar Face

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Little Faith on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is about to get a new face... but it will be familiar to many viewers! Soaps In Depth has learned that McKenna Grace is returning to the role of Nick and Sharon's daughter. Aly Lind stepped in when Grace was working on another project, and now that Lind has booked a pilot for TNT, Grace will be back temporarily for some episodes beginning with the one airing on Thursday, December 25.

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B&B Casts New Role!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has tapped Reign Edwards to play the contract role of Nicole Avant, Maya's younger sister. The singer/songwriter/actress turned 18 yesterday, so we'd like to wish her a belated happy birthday, and welcome the newcomer to the world of daytime! Edwards will make her debut next month.

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Y&R Star's Tragic Loss

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On Sunday, November 23, Kristoff St. John (Neil, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) lost his son, Julian. The actor's ex-wife, Mia, posted the tragic news to Twitter. "Our son was the light of our lives," she wrote, "an artist with a beautiful mind and spirit. He fought long and hard against an illness for which there is no cure. Unfortunately, the pain became too great for him and I dare not say he lost the battle — he simply chose to set himself free.

"My fight for mental health will continue," she added. "They may not find a cure in my lifetime, but we can try and prevent the loss of another beautiful soul."

Our sympathies to the entire St. John family at this difficult time.

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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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Making A BOLD Move?

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Is Kelly Thiebaud jumping ship as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Britt to tackle the role of Steffy on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL?

While ABC does not comment on actor contracts, sources tell Soaps In Depth that Thiebaud had opted not to sign a new deal with GH, and has been on recurring status with the soap until her character could ultimately be written out. Rumor has it that B&B swooped in and made the actress an offer she couldn't refuse!

Alas, the rumor is exactly that, and nothing more. A spokesperson for the CBS soap tells In Depth that there is no truth to it, and that Thiebaud will not be joining the cast of B&B as Steffy Forrester.

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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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Exclusive: Burton Inks A New Deal!

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It looks like Christmas has come early for THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Steve Burton (Dylan): The actor tells Soaps In Depth that he has renewed his contract with the soap! "I've re-signed for a year, and I'm very happy!" the Emmy winner shares with a smile.

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B&B Will Be Hope-less!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL is about to lose Hope. Actress Kim Matula has decided to leave the role of Hope after four years on the soap. "I can officially confirm that I filmed my last scenes at B&B," Matula posted to Instagram. "For now. I made the incredibly difficult decision not to re-sign my contract so that I could spread my wings as an actor and see what this big beautiful world has to offer."

"We wish Kim Matula the best as she moves on to other opportunities," B&B posted on Twitter. "We love Kim and she will always be part of the B&B family."

"I do not see this as a 'good-bye' but more of a 'see you later,'" Matula wrote on Instagram. "Thank you for giving me an unforgettable five years as Hope Logan and thank you to every single viewer who sat side by side with me on this journey."

Hope is currently the center of a major love triangle, caught between brothers Liam and Wyatt, but a spokesperson for the show says that there are no plans to recast at this time. How do you feel about the exit? Can B&B go without Hope? Or should they recast? Sound off in the comments!

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EXCLUSIVE: Y&R Casts A New Guy In Ashley's Life!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has revealed to Soaps In Depth that daytime newcomer Jeffrey Christopher Todd has been cast as Tobias, a Jabot employee working on Ashley's team in the lab. He will first air in the recurring role on Friday, December 5.

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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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Correction!

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In the current issue of CBS Soaps In Depth on sale now, there is some incorrect information in our annual Holiday Gift Guide. It says that when ordering the Amorra Candles, you can also request a free autographed photo of Rena Sofer (Quinn, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL). Unfortunately, that is not the case. You can still order the actress' scented skin care candles at www.amorrabeauty.com, but for an 8x10 glossy of Sofer, you'll have to go through the soap!

Simply send a self-addressed stamped envelope with your photo request to:
Rena Sofer
c/o The Bold & The Beautiful
7800 Beverly Blvd.
Suite 3371
Los Angeles, CA 90036

We apologize for the error and any confusion it may have caused!

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The 2015 Daytime Emmys Are In April!

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Mark your calendars: The ceremony for the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards has been scheduled for Sunday, April 26! The deadline for performer pre-nomination clips to be submitted will be Friday, November 28, and the final nominations will be announced on Tuesday, March 26.

There have been some new categories added, one of which is Guest Performer in a Drama Series, which should include high-profile-but-short-term actors like GENERAL HOSPITAL's Donna Mills (Madeline) and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Ray Wise (Ian).

At this time there have been no details released regarding how the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast, but it will likely be via the Internet as they were this year. (Although hopefully with a better pre-show!)

So who do you think should start putting together Emmy reels for a nomination? Sound off in the comments!

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Wood Clarifies Status With B&B

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Jacqueline MacInnes Wood knows how many THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL fans are itching to see her back on the soap as Steffy, so she took to Facebook to let them know what the deal is. "As much as I love B&B and still wanted to be a part of it," she wrote, "unfortunately we weren't on the same page contractually/scheduling/etc.

"These things happen in this industry," Wood continued, "and I hope all my fans can understand that. I am a huge supporter of [B&B executive producer/headwriter] Brad Bell and the entire cast and crew. Love and kisses to all of my fans. I really do care about you all."

However, as with many soap stars, Wood also admits the book isn't entirely closed. "Hey! If characters an be recast, shot, fall down elevator shafts and come back to life months/years later, then never say never!" she adds. "Love you all and will definitely keep you posted on future projects."

There are reports that B&B is currently casting for a female in Steffy's age range, so a recast could be on the horizon. How would you feel about that? Sound off in the comments!

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FOREVER Could Be A Long Time For B&B's Mauzy

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Broadway's loss is ABC's gain this season — MacKenzie Mauzy's run on FOREVER is continuing on. The theater actress who got her start playing a teenaged and often lovelorn Phoebe on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL is currently having the time of her life as Abigail, the love of medical examiner Henry Morgan's life on ABC's hit drama.

In the story, Henry has the particular conundrum of not being able to die, unlike Abigail — the beautiful British nurse whom the doctor met during WWII — who merely lives on in his memory. "She found baby Abe [who is now older than Henry] in a concentration camp, rescued him and brought him to Henry," Mauzy explains. "They fell in love with the baby and made a little family together."

In "New York Kids," the episode airing Tuesday, October 28, at 10:00 p.m. ET, Mauzy's character will be remembered again, resulting in a deeper understanding of Henry's past. "They will be introducing another character, which is a younger version of Judd Hirsch [who plays adult Abe] but an older version of the baby. So it gives a window into their life together in New York and raising Abe," Mauzy relates. "And it'll show Abigail's dynamic of really pressing Henry to take time off work to take Abe to his game..." How might Henry's memory of juggling his priorities in the past affect the way he handles his current case? Tune in to find out!

In addition to the fun of wearing 1950s costuming, Mauzy is enjoying playing off of charming Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd and developing their characters' relationship. "Abigail is full of energy, light and humor and always tries to counteract Henry's [tendency] to get very pensive and serious," insists the actress who has more episodes ahead. "I think she's a good balance for him." For more from Mauzy, including the scoop on her exciting new role as Rapunzel — opposite Meryl Streep! — in Disney's movie musical, Into The Woods, check out her Keeping Track feature in an upcoming issue of CBS Soaps In Depth!

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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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EXCLUSIVE: Grace Is Coming Back Again!

Jennifer Gareis (Donna, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) is once more returning to Genoa City as Grace Turner! The actress, who reprised her role as Nick's naughty ex-lover in August, will pop back up on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS on Thursday, November 13. The buzz is that Gareis' summer appearance on Y&R was so successful that the show extended another invitation to the actress, who currently recurs on sister soap B&B. "I love playing bad girls," Gareis has told In Depth. "It's just so much fun because you never know what they're going to do next! They're always conniving and manipulative." No word on how long Gareis will be on the scene this time, but don't be surprised if she continues to reprise Grace on occasion!

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Nick's Ex Returns!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS will bring back a familiar face in November when Julianne Morris returns to Genoa City as Amy Wilson. (Soap fans might also remember the actress as DAYS OF OUR LIVES' "Swamp Girl" Greta.) In the late '90s, Amy was a friend of Sharon's who dated Nick and then went a little bit crazy after Matt raped her and she shot him. What brings Amy back to town, and how will she affect Nick and Sharon's lives now? Give us your best guesses in the comments!

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Diamont's Son Takes The Field!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Don Diamont (Bill) will be in Bloomington, Indiana this weekend to cheer on his son, Alexander, when he takes the field as starting quarterback for the University of Indiana Hoosiers in a game against eighth-ranked Michigan State!

The actor says his son's college football debut took everyone completely by surprise. The team had hoped to "redshirt" Alexander (who goes by "Zander") this season [meaning not playing him to ensure that the freshman would be eligible for four subsequent years], but recent injuries to two other Hoosier quarterbacks forced coach Kevin Wilson's hand.

"Here we go, it's batter up, as they say," notes Diamont, jokingly mixing his sports metaphors. "Alexander is now the starting quarterback for the Hoosiers as a true freshman."

Though it's undoubtedly a lot of pressure to step in for the first time against a team that's ranked number one, defensively, in the Big Ten, Diamont says he knows his son will more than rise to the challenge. "I have a belief in my son, and I get emotional even saying it," Diamont tells In Depth with a faltering voice. "I just know he's going to go out there and compete his heart out. I think he'll show flashes of greatness, and he may make some mistakes, but he's going to be fiercely competitive. He will leave it all out there and give it everything he's got."

The game will be televised on Saturday, October 18, at 3:30 p.m. EST on ESPN, and you may even catch a glimpse of the actor in the broadcast if things go well for the rookie quarterback. "I cry every time I say this," says Diamont, "but Alexander did say to me 'Daddy, when I throw a touchdown, make sure you get down by the railing — because I'm going to hand the ball to you.'"

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Hendrickson Returns To Y&R!

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At the end of today's episode of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, a sneak preview was shown for tomorrow's show -- and viewers caught a glimpse of Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), who will be returning for the one-year anniversary of Delia's death.

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Rowell Finds Deadly Romance

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla) had a frightfully good time making her upcoming film, Mirror, Mirror for TV One. "It's three movies -- a trilogy called The Fright Night Files -- and I'm in one of them," she tells Soaps In Depth. "I star opposite THE BLACKLIST's Harry Lennix as his love interest."

Actually, Rowell portrays one of two ladies in the charismatic man's life. He already had a live-in girlfriend named Jessica (played by Rowell's former Y&R daughter, Davetta Sherwood, ex-Lily) who's more than a bit unhappy with him. Upon arriving home to find Jessica performing a strange ritual with a friend, the creeped out guy will have a decision to make. Will the unique mirror that she gives him change his outlook? Tune in on Saturday, October 18, at 8 p.m. EST to find out!

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If the chemistry between Rowell and Lennix seems easy, there's a good reason for it. "This is like our fourth project. He was my love interest [Agent Ron Wagner] on DIAGNOSIS MURDER," Rowell reveals. "And I starred in a movie last year that he's producing -- it's still being edited."

What else is ahead for the popular star? Also on Saturday, October 18, she'll be the keynote speaker at the St. Agnes Home's [http://stagneshome.org] Centennial Celebration at the Marriott hotel in Hartford, CT. For tickets or sponsorship information, click here. After that, she has a starring role in the holiday film Marry Us For Christmas, the sequel to UPtv's 2013 ratings juggernaut, Marry Me For Christmas. And keep an eye out for our Keeping Track feature with Rowell in an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth!

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UPDATE: ATWT Star Books Plum Primetime Part!

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AS THE WORLD TURNS' fan favorite Michael Park (Jack) has landed a three-episode arc on NBC's CHICAGO P.D. Speaking to Soaps In Depth directly from the Windy City where the series is produced, Park shares the details about his exciting new role, which begins airing Wednesday, October 15, at 10 p.m.

"Asher is a diamond dealer who hires Antonio Dawson, John Seda's character, to work private security for him," Park reveals. "He's a bit of a rough guy -- he's rough on his wife -- and Dawson is not used to taking orders from someone of my background, so there will be some tension there between the two of them for sure."

While Park did not get to work with fellow ATWT alum Jesse Lee Soffer (Will), who plays brash detective Jay Halstead on the drama, they did discover that they share yet another connection. "India de Beaufort (ONE TREE HILL) plays my wife in this, and she's wonderful," Park reveals. "She and Jesse know each other very well, so India and I got to know each other through that one degree of separation."

In other great news, Park has begun rehearsals for NBC's upcoming production of Peter Pan Live as Cecco, a pirate who will be a member of Captain Hook's (played by Christopher Walken) crew. The beloved musical is scheduled to air Thursday, December 4, at 8 p.m. EST. For more from the star, look for his upcoming Keeping Track feature in Soaps In Depth.

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John Wesley Shipp Previews THE FLASH

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Tonight is going to be déjà vu all over again for John Wesley Shipp (Kelly, GUIDING LIGHT; Douglas, AS THE WORLD TURNS) when THE FLASH debuts on The CW at 8:00 p.m. EST. The two-time Emmy winner, who played the title role in the primetime series about the DC Comics character that ran (get it? "ran?") from 1990-91 on CBS, is appearing in the new series, but in a slightly different role.

Are there many similarities between soap opera fans and devotees of the superhero world? "That's a very interesting question," Shipp tells Soaps In Depth. "It's one I haven't been asked before so bravo! They are similar and, at times, an overlapping audience."

Shipp says that the series title character (aka Barry Allen), played by Grant Gustin, is an actor to watch. "He can do comedy, play a genius when Barry is analyzing a crime scene and then turn around and break your heart. He's got it all."

In this version of THE FLASH, Shipp is playing Barry's dad, Henry, who's been wrongly incarcerated for killing his wife. Watch for Shipp to recur throughout the season as Barry fights to clear his dad's name. "I've had scenes with Jesse L. Martin (Det. Joe West) whose character has drilled into Henry's son's head that his father was a killer. What will he do when he finds out that he was wrong?"

THE FLASH airs Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. EST on The CW, and you can read more about Shipp in the new issue of CBS Soaps In Depth, on newsstands now!

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Y&R Casts Oscar Nominee!

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This is some M*A*S*H-up! Television and film veteran Sally Kellerman -- aka Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan from the 1970 film -- has been tapped by THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS to play the role of Constance Bingham, according to our friends at TV Line. According to the recent casting notice for the character, Constance is a sweet and old-fashioned grandmother, who is active and alert even though she is in a wheelchair. The call also said that the short-term guest role was for five episodes.

Kellerman nabbed Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for her portrayal of Major Houlihan in the film adaptation of Robert Altman's M*A*S*H. Who do you think Constance will cross paths with in Genoa City when she airs in November? Weigh in below!

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B&B Meets THE REAL HOUSEWIVES In Amsterdam!

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Bravo has yet to confirm that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Eileen Davidson (Ashley; also Kristen on DAYS OF OUR LIVES) will be joining Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie, DAYS) as new cast members on the next season of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS. But the Emmy winner just happened to be in Amsterdam earlier this week with Rinna and RHoBH star Lisa Vanderpump as the ladies took a cast vacation to the Netherlands' capital city. While there, they ran into THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell and star Heather Tom (Katie). Several B&B cast members are also there this week for a fan event and remote location shoot. Look for the scenes set in Amsterdam to air on B&B in early November.

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Luckinbill's Good Lie

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' fans who have missed seeing J.T. on their small screens can see his portrayer, Thad Luckinbill, on the big screen when The Good Lie hits movie theaters on Friday, October 3.

While the hunk has only a small part in the Reese Witherspoon movie, Luckinbill actually had a much larger role behind the scenes. He, along with his brother, Trent, and Molly Smith (executive producer of the Oscar-nominated The Blind Side), helped produce the film. "We started a company called Black Label Media (BLM) a little over two years ago, and this is our first project," says the actor/producer. "We're really happy with it, really proud. It's been very well received. When we had a premiere in Toronto, it got a standing ovation. It's really a special movie, and has an amazing message."

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Funnyman Surprises The Forresters!

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This week, fans of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL will finally be able to put a face to the name of Eric Forrester's occasionally-referenced, but never-before-seen brother, John, who also happens to be Ivy's pop. Comic actor Fred Willard drops by starting Thursday, October 2 for a three-episode arc that will conclude on Monday, October 6.

Though the actor is best known for his hilarious stints in films like Best In Show, Anchorman, and a recurring role on MODERN FAMILY, Willard says he's always been intrigued by the soap world, noting that he was once hooked on the seventies-era soap HOW TO SURVIVE A MARRIAGE. "That was a long time ago," he chuckles. "I started watching B&B when I found out I was going to be on, and I got very interested in the storyline."

Willard explains that John currently calls Australia home, but says his alter ego will find himself quite enamored with his brother's glamorous existence. "When he see where Eric works and the models he works with, I imagine he's quite envious," says Willard.

Look for John to also take a shine to Eric's in-law, Pam (which won't sit well with her current beau, Charlie!) "He can't help it," laughs Willard. "His wife's in Australia! But he's kind of a harmless guy."

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BIG BROTHER Housemates Move The Party To B&B!

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Less than 48 hours after the dramatic finale of BIG BROTHER 16, eight of the reality show's former houseguests reconvened on the set of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL last Friday — along with five other BIG BROTHER alums — to tape a Halloween-themed episode that will air on Friday, October 31.

Though there was plenty of drama and backstabbing inside the BIG BROTHER house this summer, the vibe at the B&B set was all about letting bygones be bygones when Soaps In Depth caught up with Donny, Amber, Cody, Zach, Hayden, Nicole, Caleb and Devin.

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Y&R's Case And Morrow On HOME AND FAMILY

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS stars Joshua Morrow (Nick) and Sharon Case (Sharon) are appearing on today's episode of HOME AND FAMILY on the Hallmark channel, airing from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST. The actors are there to discuss their characters' upcoming nuptials on the soap, as well as their two decades in Genoa City.

But if you don't get that channel or missed the episode, we've got a clip of their segment right here for you courtesy of Hallmark Channel! Enjoy!

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Original Y&R Cast Member Returns Today!

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Longtime fans of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS will get an extra treat today when they see the truck driver who gives Phyllis a ride into Genoa City. Her driver is played by none other than original cast member Tom Hallick, who played Brad Eliot. In Y&R's first episode on March 26, 1973, Hallick's character was the one who got a lift into town from a truck driver.

"I was shocked when Y&R called," Hallick tells Soaps In Depth before adding with a chuckle: "I don't know why they're making such a big deal out of it... It's for one episode!"

The actor was assigned the dressing room that belong to the late Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) during his brief return to the top-rated soap. "Jeanne and I had done a national tour of Plaza Suite," Hallick recalls. "We'd finish at Y&R at 4:00 p.m., get a 6:00 p.m. flight and then [do a performance]. That was a lot of fun. Jeanne was always the life of the party. I never had scenes with her on the show, but we'd see each other all the time."

Hallick's original character was named after Bradley Bell, the son of late Y&R creator William J. Bell. (Today, of course, Bradley Bell is the executive producer/headwriter of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL.) "I didn't get to see Brad while I was there, but I left him a note," Hallick says with a smile. Of William Bell Sr., Hallick fondly recalls, "I remember going up to his house on Lake Geneva [in Wisconsin]. We'd spend wonderful weekends there. He was a very talented man. I had a lot of respect for what he did."

Brad Eliot left town after his eyesight had been restored in the late '70s, while Hallick moved over to a development deal at NBC which led to his playing Maxwell Hathaway on DAYS OF OUR LIVES in 1984. Many of the people with whom Brad interacted in Genoa City are no longer part of the show's canvas, but his portrayer says he wouldn't mind doing more Y&R. "It'd be kind of fun to go back again in some capacity," he says.

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EXCLUSIVE: Y&R Signs Atkinson To Contract!

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When THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS turned Austin from Avery's cameraman to her on-line stalker who shot Paul and went on the run with Summer, it seemed like the character didn't have much of a future (even if he and Summer did get hitched!). But a rep for the soap reveals to Soaps In Depth that Matthew Atkinson is now on contract, so Austin will be around for quite a while!

Do you think that Austin is redeemable? Are you excited he's sticking around Genoa City?

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New Headwriter for Y&R!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has made some on-screen changes recently with some high-profile recasts, and now there's going to be a major change behind the scenes. An insider at Y&R has confirmed that executive producer Jill Farren Phelps has hired Chuck Pratt as the new headwriter of the soap. He will also receive an executive producer credit, although Phelps will still reportedly be in charge.

Pratt is known for his scripting of primteime soaps MELROSE PLACE and MODELS, INC., but is best known in daytime circles for his work on SANTA BARBARA (also with Phelps as executive producer), SUNSET BEACH, GENERAL HOSPITAL and ALL MY CHILDREN.

At this time, we don't know exactly when Pratt is scheduled to start writing scripts for Y&R so we can't be sure when his work will be seen on screen. What do you think? Does Y&R need a new headwriter? Do you think Pratt is the right man for the job?

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EXCLUSIVE: Will Psychic Predict Trouble?

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The future may not be a blank slate after all when it comes to a few Genoa City residents! Soaps In Depth has learned exclusively that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has cast Seana Kofoed in the role of Madame Isadora, a psychic who has some predictions to share. Will she offer an ominous warning of death and destruction... or a more hopeful outlook that could include romance? Fans will be able to find out when the actress brings the character to Genoa City, beginning on Friday, October 17, for a few episodes. You might remember Kofoed from her role in primetime's MEN IN TREES, or from her guest appearances in RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, SUBURGATORY or RAISING HOPE.

What are your predictions for the predictions this psychic will share? Sound off in the comments!

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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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Another GH Star Moves To Genoa City!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has snatched up another GENERAL HOSPITAL actor to add to its ranks! The soap has confirmed that Kelly Sullivan (ex-Connie, GH) has been tapped for a recurring role on Y&R that begins airing on Tuesday, October 28. "I'm honored to be a part of Y&R," the actress tweeted.

Sullivan, who earned raves for her work as the split personalities of Kate and Connie on GH, will be playing Sage, who apparently will have hidden depths of her own. Details on the character are scarce at this time, but which storyline do you think she'll be factoring into? Sound off in the comments!

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