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Is Y&R's Austin Dead Or Not?

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For a dead guy, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Austin sure seems to be getting around! Which always begs the question: Is the hunk really dead? Or, given the many lookalikes and twins (Caleb/Cane, Mariah/Cassie, Jeffrey/William) that have sauntered through Genoa City, could fans soon be getting a double dose of Austin with a doppleganger?

"I don't know what's going to happen," admits his portrayer, Matthew Atkinson. "From Day One, Austin has been a very mysterious character, and we haven't figured out much about him. There's a lot of questions we could ask, but no answers just yet! I can't give anything specifically away, I would say you will learn a lot about Austin in the coming weeks."

Right now, viewers are learning a lot in flashbacks, including the stunning revelation that Austin and Abby were having a hot and heavy affair! "When I first came on the show, Melissa [Ordway, Abby] and I talked about how her character is related to everyone, so we thought at some point we were going to have a relationship!" laughs the actor. "I guess that kind of ended up happening! I enjoy working with her; she's such a sweetheart!

"Keep watching," Atkinson adds with a grin. "This is not a predictable storyline at all!"

For more on Austin and Atkinson's future, don't miss our in-depth feature interview in the CBS Soaps In Depth issue on sale Monday, March 23!

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Throwback Thursday Time!

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Back in 1999, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Grace was raising adorable Cassie, and kept the little girl's true identity from Sharon for over a year!

Share your favorite memory from that storyline in the comments below!

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B&B Hunk Reunites With GL Co-Star!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter; Remy, GUIDING LIGHT) is teaming up with his former Springfield pal Frank Dicopoulos (Frank, GL) to spend a day with the women of Pittsburgh, PA! The men will co-host the Pittsburgh Bridal Showcase and the Pittsburgh Women's Expo, two shows being held in the same venue. It's all happening on Sunday, March 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the city's David Lawrence Convention Center.

At the Women's Expo, guests can receive massages, and get fashion, exercise and cooking tips -- and much, much more! And if you are getting married, hundreds of vendors will be at the Bridal Showcase to assist with all of your wedding planning! The price of admission includes entry to both shows, and tickets are $10 if purchased on-line, or $15 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.PittsburghWomensExpo.com.

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From THE LOVE BOAT To B&B!

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Jill Whelan -- who will forever be remembered as Vicki Stubing from THE LOVE BOAT -- will drop by THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL next month, a show rep confirms to Soaps In Depth. The actress will make a two-day cameo appearance as a group counselor when Katherine Kelly Lang's Brooke begins a 12-step program to get her drinking under control. Whelan will air on Wednesday, March 11, and Thursday, March 12.

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Interview: Keith Hamilton Cobb's Performance Of A Lifetime!

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For the past two years, Keith Hamilton Cobb (ex-Damon, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Noah, ALL MY CHILDREN) has been fine-tuning a one-man play, American Moor, which he wrote and stars in. After performing the piece in smaller theaters and workshops, the actor will soon be taking his show back to where he began his career: the New York stage! "That's a big deal," he shares with Soaps In Depth. "It will be the show's Manhattan debut. That's exciting to me, to be doing some of my own work on a stage in the big city where I started to do this theater stuff!"

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B&B Alum Joins Web Soap WINTERTHORNE!

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How do you make a series centered on a candy empire even tastier? By adding DALLAS star Linda Gray (ex-Priscilla, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) to the mix!

When WINTERTHORNE, the new Web series from DEVANITY creator Michael Caruso, begins production next month, Gray -- best known as DALLAS' liquor-lovin' Sue Ellen Ewing -- will step into the role of matriarch Joanna Winterthorne.

"Linda has a warmth and strength that embodies Joanna," says Caruso, adding that he "wrote this part specifically for her. It's always an honor when you write for a specific actor and they see themselves in the part. This is a moment I will never forget as a producer!"

Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), who'll play Joanna's daughter, Miranda, admits to being excited about working with the iconic star. "I have so many special memories of watching DALLAS with my own mother," Madison says, "so having Linda play my mother now feels like a full-circle moment!"

WINTERTHORNE promises to flip traditional serialized storytelling on its head by focusing on a female-centric empire in which the men play supporting roles. As well as the aforementioned cast, the sudser also features Gordon Thompson (DYNASTY) and Josh Thrower (90210), with more casting expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Victoria Rowell Speaks Out!

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Soaps In Depth was present this morning when former THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla) held a press conference in New York City to discuss her lawsuit against CBS and Sony.

"This is a profound moment for me," the actress shared, "as an African-American woman who wishes to continue to live the American dream. I've always advocated for myself, and was taught to do so after 18 years in foster care. And I advocate for others, and was taught to do so. So this is not about me. This is about myself and the many, many other African-Americans who have been denied the right to perform in front of and behind the camera. Specifically on Y&R."

In her suit, Rowell claims that CBS and Sony have refused to rehire her in retaliation for her being outspoken about the lack of diversity in the daytime community, and particularly on her former show, the top-rated daytime drama. "It is an incestuous industry, and it has retaliated against me," the actress told In Depth at this morning's conference.

We will have more on Rowell's case in an upcoming issue. In the meantime, we want to hear your thoughts on her claim, so please comment below!

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Y&R Star Sues CBS And Sony!

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The daytime drama at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS isn't just in front of the cameras, it's also behind the scenes! According to Daytime Confidential, Victoria Rowell (ex-Dru) is suing both CBS and Sony! The suit alleges that she was not rehired at Y&R in retaliation for her public and private complaints regarding the lack of diversity at Y&R both in front of and behind the camera.

Rowell claims that she reluctantly exited the soap in 2007 after years of racial discrimination described in the complaint. She also claims that since 2010, she has tried to return to Y&R or sister soap THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL but been denied. We will continue following this story and bring you any updates, but in the meantime, sound off with your own views on this lawsuit in the comments!

UPDATE: A CBS spokesperson tells Soaps In Depth: "We were disappointed to learn that, after leaving the cast of "The Young and the Restless" on her own initiative, Ms. Rowell has attempted to rewrite that history through lawyers' letters and a lawsuit that has no merit. We harbor no ill will toward Ms. Rowell, but we will vigorously defend this case."

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Y&R' Collins Is Cooking!

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Jessica Collins (Avery, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) drops by the Hallmark Channel's HOME & FAMILY show today to chat with hosts Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines about Avery's upcoming storyline and do a cooking segment featuring her famous Crème Brûlée French Toast!

"I love 'make ahead' dishes, which this is," Collins tells Soaps In Depth. "This is one of the easiest things to make because if you can mix things in a bowl you can make it. It's something my mother and aunt would make. It's great for kids because you can make it the night before.

"It's a hobby that turned into a passion that kind of turned into a second career for me," adds Collins, who graduated from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in 2009 and has a Web site dedicated to her culinary creations. "My blog (JessicaCollins.com) is all about making cooking accessible. It's for first-time cooks — beginners, college kids. I sometimes cook a lot fancier in my real-life, but I also use those recipes, too. I don't have a lot of time to plan and make something amazing. My blog is built much more for my lifestyle — I'll come home, put a chicken in the oven, take a bath while it's cooking and then getting out, eating my chicken and watching Y&R with a glass of wine!"

HOME & FAMILY airs on the Hallmark Channel at 10:00 a.m. ET/PT and 9:00 a.m. Central Time. Check out the recipe for Collins' French toast — and many other tasty dishes — at JessicaCollins.com.

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Y&R's Hartley Moonlights With MISTRESSES!

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If you're enjoying Justin Hartley as Adam on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, you'll be able to see even more of him when he returns for the season premiere of MISTRESSES, where he plays the recurring role of Scott.

Hartley will appear in the season premiere, which will resolve last season's cliffhanger where Joss left Scott at the altar, and is scheduled to appear in at least one additional show during the 13-episode season. The ABC primetime sudser is set to return this summer, and we'll let you know an airdate as soon as we know one.

A rep for Y&R assures fans that this moonlighting will not affect Hartley's screentime as Adam, so have no fear — the actor's not going anywhere!

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Emmy Pre-Noms Announced!

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The pre-nominations have been announced for the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards! Judges viewed clips of the performances and submitted their top 10 choices in each category, with the top 10 vote-getters earning a spot on the list. (Due to ties, Lead Actor and Supporting Actress feature 11 pre-nominated performers). The blue ribbon screening round is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, February 24, and will determine the final nominees in each category to be announced on Thursday, March 26. (The entrants for Younger Actor and Actress advance automatically to the blue ribbon round.)

Did your favorites make the list? Who do you think will take home the gold this year?

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B&B Star On The Mend

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Linsey Godfrey (Caroline) was struck by a car in West Los Angeles yesterday, February 2. Thankfully, the actress is expected to make a full recovery.

"Her ankles are banged up and she's had surgery on one foot," reports her manager, Theo Swerissen. "But the doctor says everything is looking pretty good."

It's still too soon to tell how quickly Godfrey will be back on her feet (literally!), but she is expected to be released from the hospital soon. She's in good spirits and ready to go home, so hopefully she'll be back at work before you know it!

"Absolutely," confirms Swerissen. "That's her passion. She loves working, so I think she'll be back on the show sooner than we are even guessing!"

A rep for B&B has said that they have already rearranged their taping schedule to accommodate Godfrey's condition, and will wait until more details on her progress before making any major decisions like perhaps sending Caroline to the Paris office for a stretch or temporarily recasting the role.

Our best wishes go out to Godfrey for a speedy recovery! Get well soon!

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Has Y&R Recast Drucilla?

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When THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Neil discovers that his wife has been cheating on him, will his presumed-dead ex, Drucilla (previously played by Victoria Rowell), be the one to offer a shoulder to cry on? That is the latest rumor making the rounds, with speculation that Troy Beyer has been cast as Lily's mom.

As it turns out, an insider tells Soaps In Depth that there is no truth to the rumor that the former DYNASTY troublemaker will be taking over the role. Chalk this one up to another day, another rumor!

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Meet Y&R's New Kyle!

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Kyle Abbott hasn't been seen on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS since he went to go work in New York last year. But the soap is bringing Jack's son back to Genoa City, now being played by Australian actor Lachlan Buchanan. "So excited to start my new adventure with the brilliant team at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS," he posted to Twitter.

The actor may be a newcomer to American soaps, but he's got plenty of sudsy experience, having appeared on Aussie soap HOME AND AWAY (like THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL newbie Ashleigh Brewer (Ivy)!). And since Kyle has been spending time in New York, not Down Under, Buchanan will be doing an American accent for the role!

Are you excited to see Kyle back in town? What would you like to see next for the character? Sound off in the comments!

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THE FOSTERS Returns!

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The critically-acclaimed series, THE FOSTERS, which stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum (Keri, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Vanessa, SUNSET BEACH), returns tonight, Monday, January 19, on ABC Family at 8 p.m. ET with its winter premiere. The show is executive produced by Joanna Johnson (Karen; ex-Caroline, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), who promises that the story points introduced in the premiere and in last December's Christmas special will continue to play out as the rest of the season unfolds.

"Callie's going to be spending a lot of time with her [birth father] Robert Quinn (played by AS THE WORLD TURNS' Kerr Smith, Ryder). She'll start to develop a relationship with him [which] could be confusing to her," Johnson says. "We're also going to [continue to] explore the friendship between Jude and Connor."

Later in the season, viewers will see guest stars including THE VIEW's Rosie O'Donnell (Naomi, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Patrick Duffy (ex-Stephen, B&B; Bobby, DALLAS). "Last season, Girls United [which Rosie's character, Rita, ran] burned down so she's without a home to bring girls to," Johnson notes. "We love having Rosie on our show. She's such a dynamic, warm person. Patrick's going to be playing Robert's father. We've alluded to the dynamic [with] Robert's father having something to do with him leaving Callie's mother. Callie's going to meet her biological grandfather and it'll be interesting."

Johnson says she grew to admire Duffy's talent when he was doing a scene on B&B as Katie's dad. "I was mesmerized," the actress/producer recalls. "He just nailed it one take. He was so good I forgot I was in the scene!" It'll take a while for Duffy to pop up on the show, but Johnson is hoping he returns for future episodes. "We definitely want to bring him back!"

For more, don't miss Johnson's Keeping Track feature in the new issue of CBS Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, January 26!

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B&B Celebrates A Milestone!

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This Friday, January 23, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL will air its 7,000th episode, and it's going to be a very special one! Instead of a regular half-hour of drama, the milestone episode will feature a documentary that chronicles the soap's most memorable moments, the history of the show's creation, interviews with the cast, a fashion retrospective, guest stars, original screen test footage and more!

"THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL - 7,000 continuous episodes of television and going strong!" said Executive Producer and Head Writer Bradley P. Bell. "What a milestone. Much gratitude to our incredibly loyal fans around the world and to [senior vice president, daytime, CBS Entertainment] Angelica McDaniel and CBS for allowing us our freedom of expression for over 27 years,"

B&B will also mark the 7,000th episode with a live Twitter chat during the East Coast broadcast at 1:30 p.m. ET. Cast members Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) (@KatherineKellyL), Ashlyn Pearce (Aly) (@abpearce), Heather Tom (Katie) (@BBheathertom), Sean Kanan (Deacon) (@seankanan), Jacob Young (Rick) (@Jacob_W_Young), Karla Mosley (Maya) (@karlamosley), Rena Sofer (Quinn) (@RenaSofer), Darin Brooks (Wyatt) (THEEdarinbrooks), Ashleigh Brewer (Ivy) (@AshleighBrewer1) and others will be tweeting live with the episode!

What have been your favorite moments of the past 7,000 episode of B&B? Share your memories in the comments! And enjoy this amazing time-lapse video of the crew erecting the sets for the very special episode!

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Is Heinle Out At Y&R?

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With new headwriter Charles Pratt, Jr penning the futures of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS characters, there have been rumors that a major character is on their way out of Genoa City. And while some fans worry that Michael's cancer could lead to a tragic exit for Christian Jules LeBlanc, the big rumor now is that Amelia Heinle's Victoria will not be returning after visiting her son, Reed!

News that the actress deleted her Twitter account added fuel to the fire, but an insider at Y&R tells Soaps In Depth that there are no truth to the rumors and that Heinle's deletion of her Twitter account has nothing to do with her status at the show.

There are definitely big doings coming up on Y&R (just wait for our February Sweeps issue on sale on 1/26 for more details!), so it's not impossible that one or more actors could be on their way out. And we'll do our best to keep on top of all the rumors and bring you the truth as we find it out!

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Is Kristen Alderson B&B's New Hope?

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After Kristen Alderson dropped the bomb that she was leaving the role of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kiki, rumors started flying fast and furious that the Emmy winner was headed over to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL to assume the role of Hope, recently vacated by Kim Matula.

However, it turns out that was just wishful thinking on the part of fans, as a spokesperson for B&B confirms to Soaps In Depth that the rumor is untrue. "We are not recasting Hope," they report, "and we have not hired Kristen Alderson."

Do you think Alderson would have been a good fit for Hope? Sound off in the comments!

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A New Year's Baby!

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AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Agim Kaba (Aaron) has a new reason to celebrate New Year's! The actor/artist and his wife, Jaclyn, welcomed their first child on January 1! "My beautiful boy was born on New Year's Day," the proud pop tweeted, with a follow-up a few days later that "Archer is healthy and beautiful!"

Congratulations to the new parents!

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Y&R Star Passes

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS family suffered a devastating blow on Tuesday, December 30, with the passing of Beau Kazer at the age of 63. The actor originated the role of Brock Reynolds in 1974 and made frequent appearances on the soap over the years. His most recent was in 2013 for the funeral of on-screen mother, Katherine. Kazer's wife, Sharon Alkus, would like fans to know that Y&R was a huge part of his life that he was very proud of.

"I remember the first time I heard your voice and thought wow! This guy should have been in radio!" Daniel Goddard (Cane) wrote on Facebook to his late co-star. "Then I watched you act and was blown away with how natural and honest your performances always were. God Bless."

Our sympathies to his family and friends.

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Rogers Re-Ups At Y&R!

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Tristan Rogers revealed on Twitter that he will be sticking around THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Colin for a while longer! "I am at Y&R for another year," he posted. "Doesn't mean I won't do other stuff. But my mind is there and I want to make it prominent in daytime."

The actor is due back on set Tuesday, January 6, but as for what's to come for Colin, he remains tight-lipped. "So what can I say?" he writes. "Not a whole lot. However, it seems more compelling than some of the 'fare' we've had of late. Think you'll like it."

What would you like to see next for Colin in Genoa City? Sound off in the comments!

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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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