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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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B&B's Zende Makes A Fresh Start

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Having been living in Miami with his parents, Kristen and Tony, in recent years THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Zende returned to L.A. on Monday, June 29. Actor Rome Flynn says his alter ego will make a cautious foray into the family business when he applies for an internship at Forrester Creations. Though he's connected to the company's top brass, he'll be reluctant to name-drop on his first day in town.

"He's one of those guys that likes to get it done without using the clout of his name," Flynn explains. "I'd describe him as reserved. He speaks when he needs to. It's not that he doesn't have opinions, but he knows when not to talk. He's definitely wise beyond his years."

Eric's grandson gained a preternatural wisdom and maturity as a result of being orphaned in Africa when AIDS claimed the lives of his biological parents. Flynn agrees that the character's early history (prior to his adoption by Kristen and Tony at age 10) makes him more introspective than many of his outspoken relatives. "There's still a lot of pain there," he says of his childhood. "It's still very present on his mind."

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B&B Has A New Thomas

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Another Forrester is coming home to roost! THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has cast daytime newcomer Pierson Fodé in the role of Thomas, last played by Adam Gregory in 2014. How will Thomas' return impact the power struggle over control of Forrester? Well, you'll just have to wait until the daytime newbie's first appearance on Friday, July 24, to find out!

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They're Having A Baby!

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Soap opera veteran Adrienne Frantz (ex-Amber, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL/THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and her husband, Scott Bailey (Sandy, GUIDING LIGHT) have announced that they are expecting, and they did it in the cutest way, with a candid YouTube video. "Yes, I'm pregnant!" Frantz confirms excitedly.

But what prompted the video? "I was watching a commercial," Frantz explains. "It was about what you should know before becoming a parent and I started sobbing profusely." Bailey was so taken by his wife's intense reaction that he couldn't resist recording it. "After the struggle we've had trying to have a child, we thought we might just post the video as our way of showing people that yep, we're gonna have a baby."

"At first, I wasn't too thrilled because I thought he was making fun of me," Frantz admits. "But at the same time, you've gotta be able to laugh at yourself, and it was funny. Life is an adventure that way." Now safely into her second trimester, Frantz says that she's feeling well and that they are both eagerly anticipating their daughter's December 1 due date. For more from the happy couple, including news about the upcoming Lifetime movie they made, check out their joint Keeping Track feature this summer in Soaps In Depth.

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Exclusive: First Look At Sudsville's Shows!

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SudsvilleTV is set to launch in October (at www.SudsvilleTV.com) and they have given Soaps In Depth a first look at the new network's line-up of programming! (All times listed are EST, and with the exception of the drama YEAR ROUNDERS, which will clock in at just under an hour, each show is 30 minutes.)

Check out the programming slate below as described by the folks at Sudsville, and then let us know in the comments which show you are most excited to see!

AM SUDSVILLE: At 11:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, join the show's three hosts for celebrity interviews, questions from viewers and recaps of your favorite programs.

MONDAYS

8:00 p.m. Hosted by Michael O'Leary (Rick, GUIDING LIGHT), MICHAEL'S AMAZING SOAP TRIVIA CHALLENGE will debut in December. In each of the 10 episodes, three lucky contestants will face off to win a $1,000 prize -- and dinner with Michael and his co-host. The winners from each of the 10 episodes will advance to the Tournament Of Champions round and compete for a grand prize of $10,000. (The show will also have a campy fictional storyline featuring Michael's new bride, optimistic mom and cantankerous dad!)

8:30 p.m. In a reality/game show hybrid, handsome host Cody Blymire takes three grannies on wacky and wild adventures around New York City in GRANDMAS UNLEASHED!

TUESDAYS

8:00 p.m. Learn how to look like your favorite soap star (without spending a million bucks!) on THE FASHION REPORT.

8:30 p.m. In BELLA, BELLA, follow some of Manhattan's best hair and make-up artists and stylists around to the high-fashion events that are quintessentially New York City.

WEDNESDAYS

8:00 p.m. WASH OUT contestants get a choice between answering a question or doing a stunt as they vie to win a cash prize. (As long as they don't get washed out first!)

8:30 p.m. REENACT! Follows fictional former soap star Brad Cain and his brother, Benny, as they launch a company to supply low-cost reenactments to cable television's true crime shows.

THURSDAYS

8:00 p.m. SudsvilleTV's original drama, YEAR ROUNDERS, is set in a New England fishing village that has become a summer playground for the wealthy. Look for some familiar faces from daytime to lead the cast when the drama debuts in December.

FRIDAYS

8:00 p.m. Four aspiring performers try to break into show biz in ACTOR/WAITER.

8:30 p.m. Follow the journey of 10 empty nesters/divorceés as they return to the workforce late in life on SECOND LOOK AT MY LIFE.

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See GL Alum Live On Stage!

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This evening is opening night for the play Mary, Mary at the Cape May Stage in New Jersey, featuring GUIDING LIGHT favorite Grant Aleksander (Phillip).

"The play is a hilarious and touching MAD MEN-era comedy," Aleksander tells Soaps In Depth. "I play Dirk Winston, an aging movie star who has written a Hollywood tell-all. When he takes it to an old buddy from the Navy – who is now a publisher with a young fianceé, Tiffany, and a soon-to-be ex-wife, Mary – an elaborate game of romantic cat-and-mouse ensues as the four sort out who should be with whom."

Mary, Mary is directed by Cape May Stage's artistic director Roy Steinberg, who has a connection to the daytime world as well. He was one of our producers at GL," says Aleksander.

For tickets and more information, visit www.CapeMayStage.org. The show runs through Friday, July 24.

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Collins' Last Day At Y&R

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Tuesday, June 16, was Jessica Collins' last day as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Avery, and during her going away party, she took to Twitter to express her appreciation to fans while co-stars shared their best wishes for her!

"One of the happiest times of my life playing this role," Collins wrote on-line in a heartfelt message to her fans. "Thank you all for your love and support." Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael) posted: "Jessica Collins knocks it out of the park on her last Y&R day!" along with a photo of the cast and crew gathered on set. Click here to see it for yourself!

"We had an amazing ride and I am forever grateful for our time together," shared Steve Burton (Dylan) on Twitter. "You are one of the greatest. I will miss you." Joshua Morrow (Nick) also wrote about how much he will miss his castmate, adding, "Absolutely loved our story together. You're a class act and I hope to work with you again someday."

Share your own message to Collins in the comments!

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The Hulk's Son Is Coming To Y&R!

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Lou Ferrigno Jr. — son of the Incredible Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno — teased a new acting gig with an Instagram photo of himself and his parking space at CBS Studio City for THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. "Stoked to be on such a legendary program," he wrote.

He's appeared on primetime series such as THE MINDY PROJECT, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., but his role as a guard on Y&R isn't his first soap gig. In 2013 he appeared in a handful of DAYS OF OUR LIVES episodes as "Drunk Guy!"

Ferrigno Jr. is scheduled to appear on Tuesday, July 14, and Wednesday, July 15.

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Exlcusive: Details On New SudsvilleTV Show!

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

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

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

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

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

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Maya's Parents Are Coming!

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

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

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

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New On-Line Soap Network Coming Soon!

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

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

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

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

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

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No Moss Under His Feet!

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

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

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

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Collins Is Out At Y&R!

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

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

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

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St. John Brings Lawsuit

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

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

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

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

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Send Me An "Angel"

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

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

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

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

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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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Darla's Back Again!

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Looks like Darla is going to be making another ghostly appearance on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL! Portrayer Schae Harrison broke the news on Twitter, posting "Guess who's coming back to B&B? Awesome Storyline!" along with a photo of herself in front of the B&B logo at the studio.

At this point, we don't have any details as to what leads to this latest visit by the late Darla, but as soon as we have an airdate and more information, we'll pass it along!

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CBS Files Motion To Dismiss Victoria Rowell's Lawsuit

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The real-life drama between former THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla) and CBS/Sony Pictures Television took a new twist this week! CBS and Sony have filed a motion to dismiss Rowell's lawsuit, in which she claims that Y&R refused to rehire her in retaliation for her public complains about the lack of diversity at the soap, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, in legal papers filed earlier this week, the defendants asked the court to dismiss the case, citing their initial contention that casting decisions are protected by the First Amendment -- and that Rowell never actually applied for or auditioned for a Y&R role after exiting the show in 2007. Instead, "she asked Defendants on several occasions if they would create a new position that she played, Drucilla Winters, back into the Y&R story line. Specifically, Plaintiff wanted Defendants to create a story line for Drucilla Winters, and to cast Plaintiff in the role. Defendants never agreed to do so." CBS and Sony also point out that there's no requirement under the Fair Employment and Housing Act that employers should create new positions when asked.

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Y&R's Rikaart Marries!

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Congratulations to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Greg Rikaart (Kevin), who married his partner, television writer Robert Sudduth! The actor announced the nuptials by posting a photo of the breathtaking beachside ceremony on Twitter and saying "Holy matrimony." You can see the photo for yourself by clicking here, and join us in wishing the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness!

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Meet Maya's Pal, Nick!

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Scott Turner Schofield debuts on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL on Friday, May 8, as Maya's transgender friend, Nick, and he'll continue to recur on the show in the weeks to come.

An activist, playwright and public speaker who has toured the country sharing his own story as a transgender individual, Schofield says the soap role answered a request he'd recently made of the universe. "I knew I wanted to make a career change [and focus on acting], so I asked for abundance," he explains. "I said, 'Let this change be big. I want to be an artist, but I want so many more people to be affected by that.' And, um, I got it! I got one of the biggest audiences on earth!"

Though Schofield has performed to crowds of more than 1,200 people - and reached many more viewers online as a prestigious TED speaker - the actor tells Soaps In Depth he was shaking like a leaf during his B&B audition. "I had the jitters, to say the least," he says. "I left the meeting and thought, 'I blew that, man.' When they later called to offer me the role, my legs lost all functionality. I literally fell to my knees!"

Fortunately, Schofield says his nerves were instantly allayed on his first day of taping when he met Karla Mosley (Maya). "It turns out, we have a very close friend in common, and that put me right at ease," he says. "I knew we were going to be friends from that moment. Right before our first take, I took her hand and said, 'You're participating in my dream coming true.'"

While transgender characters are becoming more prevalent in the entertainment industry, they've predominantly been portrayed by cisgender (that is, not transgender) actors. "It's been one of the transgender community's biggest beefs," says Schofield, noting examples like Jared Leto's character in Dallas Buyer's Club and Felicity Huffman's portrayal in Transamerica. "While I will say those actors have done an astounding job, it's also like, 'Why can't we get a job?'" It's one of the reasons the actor can't say enough about B&B's decision to give him this opportunity. "It's a step forward, one I hope all production companies will take," he says. "There are a lot of us out here that can do great things and are available!"

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Watch The Emmys On-line!

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Did you miss watching the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards when they aired live on Pop because your cable carrier doesn't offer the channel? Then this is good news for you! The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences has uploaded the telecast to the Official Emmy YouTube channel! You can view it at your leisure here. (And if you did get to watch the ceremony on April 26, and just want to see it again, your secret is safe with us!)

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Soap Vet Is Y&R's Angel

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Daytime vet Frank Runyeon is returning to soaps! TV Insider is reporting that the actor will be appearing as Angel (who is also a literal angel!) on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!

Runyeon hit it big in the 80s as AS THE WORLD TURNS' Steve, who alongside Meg Ryan's Betsy, was half of one of the soap's biggest supercouples at the time. He also played Michael on SANTA BARBARA, and even had small roles on GENERAL HOSPITAL, ANOTHER WORLD and ALL MY CHILDREN.

Y&R is remaining mum as to exactly why an angel will be visiting Genoa City, but you can expect to see Runyeon's Angel make his debut on Thursday, May 28, with another appearance on Tuesday, June 2. Who do you think will be visited by an angel? Sound off in the comments!

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B&B Casts Transgender Actor

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL had put out a casting notice looking for a transgender actor to appear on the soap as part of Maya's storyline, and have now cast diversity speaker, author and performer Scott Turner Schofield in the role of Nick. The actor will make his daytime debut on Friday, May 8, but is also scheduled to make further appearances this summer. Keep an eye out for an interview with Schofield in an upcoming issue of CBS Soaps In Depth!

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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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Meet Y&R's Mysterious Newcomer

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has cast Sofia Pernas in the role of mysterious beauty Marisa. When a fan congratulated the actress on the role and welcomed her to Y&R on Twitter, Pernas replied, "Thank you for the warm welcome!" The casting notice for the recurring role describes her as "stunningly beautiful and sensual" but also "cool — icy — and removed." Pernas will make her daytime debut on Monday, June 1. What storyline do you think she'll be involved in? Share your theories in the comments!

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Daytime Emmy Winners!

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The Daytime Emmys have chosen the best of the best, and in a rare upset, DAYS OF OUR LIVES and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS shared the honor of Outstanding Daytime Drama this year! Read on for all the winners and share your thoughts on this year's Daytime Emmys ceremony in the comments!

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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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All Hail These Queens!

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Move over, housewives, there are some new ladies on the block... and they are here to show you how to bring the drama! In one of the smartest programming moves we've seen in ages, Pop (formerly the TV Guide Network) will air the pilot of their sudsy new reality show, QUEENS OF DRAMA, at 10 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 26th, directly after this year's live telecast of the Daytime Emmy Awards.

So is QUEENS worth sticking around for? Only if you want to see some of your favorite former daytimers butting heads as they attempt to create a whole new soap. Do parts feel wildly scripted? Without doubt. But where else are you going to see Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, GENERAL HOSPITAL) give an epic eyeroll to Donna Mills (ex-Madeline, GH; Abby, KNOTS LANDING) before declaring she feels "completely insulted" and walking out of a meeting?

And that's before DYNASTY's Joan Collins (Alexis) has even made her first appearance.

In short, this is the reality show soap fans have been waiting for. Following Sunday's premiere, QUEENS — which also stars Crystal Hunt (Stacy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Lizzie, GUIDING LIGHT), Lindsay Hartley (Cara, ALL MY CHILDREN), Hunter Tylo (ex-Taylor, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Chrystee Pharris (Simone, PASSIONS — will air Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET beginning on April 29th.

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EXCLUSIVE: Y&R's Morgan Is Expecting!

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Mishael Morgan (Hilary) tells Soaps In Depth exclusively that she and her husband are expecting their first child in August! "We were actually thinking about planning a family this year... and it happened a little earlier than we anticipated," she smiles. "But I'm the kind of person who wants things to happen when they're supposed to happen, and am open to it. So it was a happy blessing!"

At the moment, the actress doesn't know the sex of the baby. However, that will change in May when she flies home to Toronto for her baby shower, which she has combined with a baby reveal ceremony. "The only person that knows right now is my baker, who is baking me a cake," she shares with a laugh. "Inside it's going to tell me whether it's a girl or a boy, so when we cut the cake at the baby shower, we'll all find out together! I thought it would be a nice way to celebrate that moment when we are all together, because not everybody is going to be there when the baby is going to be born."

Morgan confesses that she and her husband would be thrilled if the inside of the cake turned out to be pink! "I do have a preference because I want my girl to be older than my son — so for that to happen, it has to be a girl!" she laughs. "When I was growing up, all the boys that I liked and was attracted to and who always treated women amazingly were the ones who had older sisters! So I wish my girl would be first, but it doesn't really matter. If I have a boy and he becomes an older brother to protect her, that's good, too! I'm just very excited!"

The actress' pregnancy will not be written into her storyline on Y&R, so look for Hilary's collection of oversized purses to expand in the near future!

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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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Goss Hits Primetime With A BANG!

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Kelli Goss met an untimely end as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Courtney, but fans can catch the actress guest-starring on tonight's episode of THE BIG BANG THEORY as Chelsea! "It was a nice buffer, and gave me something else to put my focus on rather than, 'Oh, I'm leaving!'" she says of the role. "And everyone there was super-nice. It was a really cool environment!

"Y&R really opened my eyes to the soap world," continues Goss. "Before that, I had the typical, 'Oh, I don't know if I want to do a soap.' Then I got there and it was so great! Seeing the actors that have been on there for such a long time, and how good they are, it was really cool. I've had people say, 'You could be picked up by another soap.' You never know [but] I am definitely open to that!"

The episode titled "The Communication Deterioration" airs Thursday, April 16, at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

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CBS Emmy Nominees Chat On Twitter!

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CBS Daytime has announced special Twitter chats in the days leading up to the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, April 26, and some of the nominees from THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS faves are getting involved!

On Tuesday, April 21, B&B's Jacob Young (Rick), Scott Clifton (Liam) and Linsey Godfrey (Caroline) will be chatting at 1:30 p.m. ET. Follow them at @Jacob_W_Young, @CliftonsNotes and @linseygodfrey and use the hashtag #BoldandBeautiful.

Then, on Thursday, April 23, chat with Y&R's Amelia Heinle (Victoria) and Gina Tognoni (Phyllis) at 12:30 p.m. ET. Follow them at @marchpemberly and @ginatognoni and use the hashtag #YR.

And then don't forget to tune into the Daytime Emmys on Pop on Sunday, April 26!

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Mac Is Back!

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Recently, Jacqueline MacInness Wood brought Steffy back to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL for a brief visit where she failed to steal Liam away from Ivy. But now it looks like Steffy will get another chance, because TV Insider is reporting that the actress has signed a new contract with the soap!

While the actual length of this new contract hasn't been revealed yet, Steffy will be back on the canvas in a big way for a while starting on Tuesday, May 26. How do you feel about this return? What would you like to see Steffy get up to now that she's back for good? Sound off in the comments!

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Tyra Banks Hosts The Daytime Emmys

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The Daytime Emmy Awards has a host! Today it was announced that model-turned-mogul Tyra Banks will be emceeing the ceremony when it airs live on Pop on Sunday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

"As a network that celebrates talent and personalities who 'pop' in fan culture, we couldn't be more excited to have the multi-talented Tyra Banks as the host of the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," says Paul Adler, senior vice president, original programming and development, Pop. "We know she will bring her fun, charismatic energy to the Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony, which promises to be an entertaining show honoring the most notable achievements in daytime television."

Banks has two Daytime Emmys of her own for her talk show THE TYRA BANKS SHOW, and is returning to daytime in the fall of 2015 with a new lifestyle chat show THE FAB LIFE.

"Are you ready to get your Smize on?!!" Banks asks. "I'm honored to be hosting the Daytime Emmy Awards and can't wait to bring a fresh edge and lots of surprises to the show. It's a big year! I'm shaking things up, starting with a new look and a brand-new daytime talk show launching in the fall. I'm pumped to be partnering with a fun, new network like Pop to celebrate daytime TV and the diehard fans that watch every day. Let's do this!"

Visit PopTV.com to see where to find the cable network on your provider!

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GL Alum Moves To Genoa City

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has announced that Lindsey McKeon has been cast int he role of Felicity, a businesswoman who will interact with a very important Genoa City resident. CBS Daytime fans will remember the actress from her stint as GUIDING LIGHT's Marah Lewis from 2001 to 2004.

McKeon is currently scheduled to appear in two episodes of Y&R, beginning with the one airing Thursday, May 7.

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How Scott Clifton Missed The Emmy Nominations!

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While everyone else in daytime was celebrating the Daytime Emmy nominations when they were announced on Tuesday, March 31, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Scott Clifton (Liam) was a little late learning he was once again up for Outstanding Supporting Actor!

"I actually didn't find out until a couple days later," he confides, "because I'd been on a camping trip in the woods. I'd even forgotten when the nominations were going to be announced! On my way back down the mountain, my phone picked up a signal and suddenly a barrage of congratulatory texts and voicemails hit me all at once. I couldn't ask for a better, more fun way to find out. What a perfect welcome home surprise!"

Although Clifton has been nominated before for both his work on B&B as well as GENERAL HOSPITAL and ONE LIFE TO LIVE — and taking home two trophies over the years — this year's nod means a lot to the actor. "The episode I submitted this year wasn't a strategic choice," he says, "as it didn't seem to fit any of the usual criteria — it wasn't necessarily the most realistic or emotional or nuanced — it's classic soap, like a choreographed dance.

"It's a performance I'm very proud of," Clifton continues, "and it tells a story about these two men and their relationship that really resonated with me both on the page, thanks to the poetic wisdom of [writer] Patrick Mulcahey and on the screen, thanks to the masterful precision of Darin Brooks (Wyatt). So to be nominated for this is such a reward, and I'm incredibly grateful."

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Is Quinn Still Dangerous?

RenaSofer.jpg THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Rena Sofer (Quinn) relishes playing the soap's borderline sociopath, but is there more to this multi-faceted character than simply holding swords to people's throats? The actress certainly thinks so.

"The last thing I want to see is for her to actually murder somebody," says Sofer. "You can only go so far with that. Not that I want to see Quinn become 'good,' or 'nice' in any way, shape or form, but I think she really does strive to be better."

Striving is one thing, but can she really stay on the straight and narrow path, worried as she is about her fiancé Deacon's affiliation with his old flame, Brooke?

"In spite of trying, she is who she is, and she makes mistakes," Sofer coyly notes, "but I'd love to see some people give her the benefit of the doubt, and then maybe she can get into trouble in different ways. It doesn't always have to be about murder — even though she's definitely comfortable with that!"

Find out what else Sofer has to say about Quinn's world, and her own, by picking up the latest issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

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LeBlanc Can't Wait For Emmy Night!

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Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy 10 times before this one — and taken home three of those trophies — but he insists that it never gets old!

"I'm amazed!" he enthuses. "It's a celebration for all of us. It's our business card. It's an interesting process. You hate it or you love it. If you're nominated, you're not by any means the best actor in the world or even of daytime. You are there celebrating the community of daytime along with the rest of your peers."

To earn the nod, LeBlanc submitted the episode where Michael tells Lauren he has cancer, but he forgot when the nominations were being announced and was actually at the gym when he got a text! "Steve Burton (Dylan) of all people, which was very sweet," he recalls. "And then it all came in a bunch [of texts]. I was on this running thing and I went flying into some gym class behind me to show everyone my text, 'Hey look!'"

He's also excited that the ceremony is being broadcast on television again, and from Warner Bros. Studio. "I think it's a brilliant idea!" LeBlanc smiles. "I like the old Hollywood aspect of it, I like having a long red carpet again. It will be interesting. It's a first. I was ready for something different. The red carpet [last year] was a [disaster] and we're trying to make it better. It's a historic soundstage. It's up to them to make a really great show."

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Ehrich Reacts To Third Emmy Nod In A Row!

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Max Ehrich (Fen, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) was in North Carolina shooting the primetime series UNDER THE DOME when the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced, so he was checking Twitter to see how Y&R fared in this year's contest! And when he was nominated for Outstanding Younger Actor, his DOME co-stars Mackenzie Lintz and Grace Victoria Cox were eager to share the good news!

"They went to set and must have told everyone," he recalls, "because when I came to set, they told the director Peter Weller, who is an Oscar nominee, it was a cool, surreal experience because he pulled me out and was like, 'Congratulations' and made a big announcement of it. It was very cool."

This is the third year in a row that Ehrich has been nominated in this category, but he insists you never get used to it. "Because there is such a high caliber that you are up against," he says. "I honestly had no idea what to expect. I already feel blessed to be doing what I love for a living, but to be recognized by my peers, that's what puts me on cloud nine."

Ehrich earned the nomination for the episode where Fen learned that his father, Michael, has cancer. "I did that scene because I know a lot of people, including myself, who have lost loved ones to cancer, and I thought it had a strong impact," he explains. "I felt really emotionally connected to those scenes, and finding out. Christian [Jules LeBlanc, Michael], Tracey [E. Bregman, Lauren] and Greg [Rikaart, Kevin] were all in those scenes, and everybody was outstanding. I feel like I owe it to them, because I was just reacting off of them."

And while LeBlanc is in the running for Lead Actor this year, Ehrich is disappointed Bregman didn't receive a nomination of her own. "I'm truly saddened by that," he declares, "because she's phenomenal as an actress and the scenes that she's had, they were amazing. She has my vote!"

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Heinle Surprised Again By Emmy Nomination!

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Amelia Heinle (Victoria, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is currently in the mountains of Georgia visiting her sister, so she found out she had been nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Supporting Actress category via a text message! "I'm so honored," she declares. "This is cool!"

Last year, the actress admitted to us she was surprised to earn the nomination that led to her eventual win because she didn't feel she had a lot of material to choose from, and this year seems no different for her. "I didn't know how the whole things works," Heinle confesses, "and now being involved in the process and voting and everything... this is my second year voting and I'm starting to understand how it works. This year I don't have a lot. the pickings were slim. So I'm even more surprised this year!"

To earn the nomination, Heinle submitted the show featuring the anniversary of Delia's death. "It was a complete show so I just picked that, because I couldn't find anything else," she admits. "When you look back at a body of work over a year, sometimes you have a lot of great work and sometimes you just have to listen to your instinct and what that tells you.

"I talked to [my husband] Thad [Luckinbill, ex-J.T.] about it," she adds, "and he picked something totally different. I was like, I am not submitting that!"

Heinle is thrilled to see former castmate Billy Miller (ex-Billy, now GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jake/Jason) earn a nod for his part in the Delia storyline as well as Elizabeth Hendrickson (ex-Chloe), even if they're competing in the same category again. "If she wins, I will be extremely happy," Heinle insists. "She did such a great job and she's such a sweet, sweet girl. And that was a tough competition last year. I'm shocked that I won. I thought she really deserved it!"

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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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