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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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Y&R's King Gets Nasty!

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On THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Summer continues to be tormented by the mysterious murder of her hubby Austin, but her portrayer, Hunter King, takes on the role of tormentor in the big screen movie, A Girl Like Her, which opens nationwide in select theaters on Friday, March 27.

King portrays Avery, a teenager viciously bullying a former friend, Jessica (played by Lexi Ainsworth, GENERAL HOSPITAL's ex-Kristina.) "It was a really difficult role [because of the subject matter], but most of the film was improvised, which was a really different way to shoot a film," shares the Emmy winner. "The director [Amy S. Weber], who also wrote the film, gave us an outline and an idea of what she wanted in the scene. We'd brainstorm about what she wanted for us to achieve and portray, and then we'd go into the scene and improvise. It really added a different element to it, and was something that I've never done before. It made the film so real!"

So real, in fact, that King admits she had a hard time letting the role go when she left the studio. "It was very difficult and upsetting," she concedes. "But it's also so important. Everybody, of course, wants to solve bullying. What's so different about this film is that it doesn't just show [bullying] from the victim's point of view, or the bully's side or the bystander's side. As the director explained it, people who were [emotionally] hurt end up hurting other people because that's their defense mechanism. They don't want to feel the pain, so they wind up hurting other people to make themselves feel better. That's why we need to promote dialogue about it."

Hear more from the actress about the challenging role in the issue of CBS Soaps In Depth on sale now, and check out the film by clicking here.

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Emmy Nominations To Be Announced On THE TALK!

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Nominations for the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be announced next Tuesday, March 31, live on THE TALK! Tune in at 2 p.m. EST (1 p.m. PST/CST) to see which of your favorite soap actors will be vying for the gold. (If you miss that broadcast, encores will air on Pop -- the cable network hosting the ceremony -- later that evening at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. EST/PST.)

The Daytime Emmy Awards airs live on Pop on Sunday, April 26, at 8 p.m. EST. The following day, Monday, April 27, THE TALK will continue the celebration with their fourth annual "After Party," honoring some of the biggest winners from the previous night. (Those guests will be announced early that morning.)

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THE LATE LATE SHOW Does Daytime!

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If you ever wanted to see CSI: CYBER's Patricia Arquette and Star Trek's Chris Pine on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, this is about as close as you are going to get! The actors were last night's guests on THE LATE LATE SHOW with James Corden and hysterically acted out a scene from the CBS soap with the host.

In setting up the sketch, Corden explained that his studio is in the same building as the iconic soap -- and they even share a printer, where one of his writers' assistants found a Y&R script left behind. Watch the video below, and then let us know in the comments if you think their performance is worthy of a Daytime Emmy Award!

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UPDATE: Rowell's Lawyer Responds To CBS Claim

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One of the attorneys representing former THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla) in her lawsuit against CBS and Sony argues that the corporations' claims that the actress' case is unconstitutional is... well, false.

"CBS and Sony's position is no surprise, but it's certainly misguided," says Dan Stormer of Hadsell & Stormer, co-counsel for Rowell. "Nothing in the Constitution exempts Hollywood from adhering to this country's laws prohibiting retaliation against employees who oppose racial discrimination. The core of this case is Ms. Rowell's free speech -- her right to speak out about the lack of diversity at her workplace without reprisal."

Tell us in the comments below, whose side are you on?

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B&B's Karen "Steals" Brooke's Dad!

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Brooke has, ahem, shall we say, "stolen" many men on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL over the years. Well, now, turnabout is fair play! THE FOSTERS executive producer Joanna Johnson, who recurs as Karen on the CBS sudser, has snagged Patrick Duffy (ex-Stephen) to play Robert Quinn, Sr., the father of Callie's biological pop, Robert (played by Kerr Smith, Ryder, AS THE WORLD TURNS) in the drama's season finale.

"I was mesmerized by Patrick's work on B&B," FOSTERS executive producer Johnson tells Soaps In Depth. "He gave this beautiful speech to Katie and did it in one take. He was so good I forgot I was in the scene! When this part came up, I wrote him an E-mail and begged him to come on to the show."

Watch for Robert and Callie to see each other in a new light after Robert's dad visits. "We've alluded to the dynamic that Robert's father had something to do with him leaving Callie's mother," Johnson says. Might the former DALLAS star return for more shows when THE FOSTERS returns for its third season? "We definitely want to bring him back," the exec adds.

The episode in which Duffy appears is titled "The End Of The Beginning," and was written by Johnson and fellow executive producers Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige. It airs tonight, March 23, at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC Family.

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CBS And Sony Argue Rowell's Suit Uconstitutional

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The lawsuit between Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and CBS and Sony Pictures Television as taken another twist. The Wrap is reporting that the defendants have filed a motion in U.S. district court in New York to have the actress' lawsuit dismissed.

In a memo, attorneys for CBS and Sony claim Rowell's suit is "a blatant attempt by Plaintiff to force her way back onto a daytime television soap opera, after she voluntarily resigned from her role in 2007."

The memo also argues that casting and script decisions are protected free speech and ordering CBS and Sony to make those choices for Rowell's benefit would go against the First Amendment.

In addition to asking for the case to be dismissed, attorneys for CBS and Sony are requesting the venue be changed to California, where Y&R tapes. As this ongoing real-life soap opera continues, we'll keep bringing you updates as we get them!

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Throwback Thursday Time!

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Long before THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Michael was diagnosed with cancer, he and Lauren had another pesky interloper in their relationship: crazypants Sheila!

Share your favorite memory of the cuckoo character with us below!

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Douglas Returns to Y&R!

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Jerry Douglas (John) will once again be returning to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. The fan favorite will pop up as the Abbott patriarch on Tuesday, March 24, for another visit from beyond the grave. The character died in 2007, but started appearing soon after as an apparition conjured up by the conscience of his son, Jack. And occasionally, John's appeared to his other kids, too. What sage words of advice will he offer this time, and to whom? Tune in to find out!

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Maya's Secret Stuns Soap Fans!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL broke unexpected ground at the end of today's episode when Nicole purported that her sister Maya was born Myron — in other words, that she was her brother! While it was not entirely clear from the cliffhanger's final tag (and the look on Maya's face) whether Nicole had her facts correct, subsequent mainstream media stories have confirmed that B&B is embarking on a soap first by featuring a transgender character as part of its regular cast (though it's not the first to feature a transgender person — ABC's THE CITY once featured a transgender fashion model named Azure and ALL MY CHILDREN introduced a glam rocker named Zarf who identified as a woman.)

One source tells Soaps In Depth that B&B has been working closely in conjunction with GLAAD, the leading advocate for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, to make sure they tell this upcoming storyline with accuracy and sensitivity. The source also says Karla Mosley (Maya) is absolutely thrilled with the story twist. "Totally not supposed to be tweeting," Mosley posted to her Twitter page following Wednesday's East Coast airing, "but thanks for all the LOVE. So much more to come."

"It is about people respecting other people's differences and their uniqueness," said executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell in a statement published on USAToday.com. "In the end, we all want to be loved, and in order to love someone else you first have to love yourself. If you are transgender, gay, straight, it doesn't matter. It's about finding love in life. This is a love story."

B&B had been keeping details of this storyline under tighter security than Fort Knox in recent weeks, but following the airing of Wednesday's episodes the Twitterverse exploded with responses that ran the gamut from stunned and excited by the unexpected reveal to bewildered, particularly by the fact that Maya claimed to have had a baby that died after she gave it up. That question, and many more, will presumably be answered in the days and weeks to come!

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B&B Star To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award!

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We still don't even know the final nominees for the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (those will be announced on Thursday, March 26), but The National Academy of Television Arts And Sciences has revealed one of the trophies will be given to Betty White (ex-Ann, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), who will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award!

"Betty White is an American institution," says Bob Mauro, president of NATAS. "Betty's career as a female pioneer has followed television from literally the beginning of the medium, winning her first Emmy Award in 1952, to the digital-streaming future, winning again in 2010. She is one of the most beloved female performers in the history of television and the National Academy is proud to be honoring her with a most well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award."

You can watch White accept her trophy (along with all the other winners, naturally!) when the Daytime Emmy Awards air Sunday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET on Pop!

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Inside EMPIRE's Finale!

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FOX's hit nighttime soap, EMPIRE, will air its season one finale in a special two-hour denouement titled "Die But Once/Who I Am" on Wednesday, March 18, at 8:00 p.m. ET. In the explosive last pair of episodes, Jamal and Lucious are on their way to forming a music-centered relationship, but once again, Lucious has a secret that's about to change everything! Meanwhile, Hakeem decides to flirt with the enemy while trying to figure out what the best move for his career is. Additionally, Cookie — not surprisingly &#!51; is "cooking" up a plan of her own!

"It's a very explosive finale," series executive producer/co-creator Danny Strong tells Soaps In Depth. "Not surprisingly, given the nature of our storytelling, many things will go down and be resolved. Alliances will shift and yet it may or may not be completely resolved by the time it's over."

Strong promises he won't "Laura Palmer" the fans of EMPIRE referring to the season one finale of TWIN PEAKS (in which viewers were still left wondering who offed Laura). In other words, Lucious will likely reveal to which son he'll be turning over his music business. "A lot will be resolved," Strong previews.

Was there much pressure to make the finale jam-packed so that folks will keep talking about the series until it returns for season two? "Some people [may have] felt pressure, but I didn't," Strong says. "I never think that coming up with story that will try to outdo something is the way to come up with a good story. It needs to come from characters, conflict and fundamentals of what makes a good story."

Strong adds that he and his team asked themselves: "How can we conclude the season in a way that we've set up and play in a way that's exciting, powerful and fun, but also keeps the door open for a place to go to in season two? It was tough! Ilene [Chaiken, executive producer] and I wrote the final episode together. But there were a lot of re-writes."

According to Strong, the network and studio "pounded" the EMPIRE writers with notes — in a good way! "The notes made it better," he allows. "They were really good. I think we really pulled it off." Of the finale, he predicts: "People are going to dig it!"

For more on what made EMPIRE the breakout hit of this television season, don't miss our feature in the new issue of CBS Soaps In Depth, still on sale!

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Long Live The QUEENS OF DRAMA!

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The new reality series QUEENS OF DRAMA, set to debut on Pop starting Sunday, April 26, at 10:00 p.m. EST (right after The Daytime Emmys!), features a bevy of leading ladies from the world of soaps. Donna Mills (Madeline, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Abby, KNOTS LANDING) headlines the cast, which includes Hunter Tylo (ex-Taylor, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), Crystal Hunt (Lizzie, GUIDING LIGHT; Stacy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, GH), and two former PASSIONS stars: Lindsay Hartley (Theresa) and Chrystee Pharris (Simone).

The series features the actresses as they try to form a team that will create and star in its own nighttime series. "We're all strong," Mills tells Soaps In Depth. "The [other women on the show] have been terrific with me, but they're strong. They have their ideas, which is good and it made the show really come alive. You see what they want, what gets in the way of that and how they end up getting what they want."

As KNOTS fans recall, Mills' Abby was a savvy businesswoman who most always got the last laugh. Will we see her express certain "Abby-isms" throughout the show? "It's me, not Abby," clarifies, Mills, then hastens to adds, "There will be more 'Donna-isms.'"

After its premiere, QUEENS OF DRAMA will settle into its regular time slot on Wednesday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m. EST on Pop for its 10 episode run. Check out the following clip below to get a taste of what the show has to offer — and be sure not to miss the appearance of guest Joan Collins (Alexis, DYNASTY; Alexandra, GL)!

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GL's Zimmer Is Still Wicked!

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Los Angeles area fans of Kim Zimmer (Reva, GUIDING LIGHT) have until this Sunday, March 15, to see the actress in the musical Wicked, playing at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood! The four-time Emmy winner plays Madame Morrible in the popular, long-running musical that looks at life in the Land of Oz prior to Dorothy's arrival.

"Each performance is naturally fresh," Zimmer tells Soaps In Depth, "because we have other actors come in and take over when someone has a day off. Things happen all the time that keeps each show different." And what happens if she ever temporarily forgets a line? "I'll ad lib until something sounds familiar," she chuckles. "The kids in the show will look me and say, 'How did you do that?' There are only two spots I'm notorious about forgetting, but I've gotten to the point where I get through them."

Dorothy's journey to Oz was a surreal fantasy, part dream/part nightmare — and believe her, Zimmer can relate! "I had the actor's ultimate nightmare — being lost in the bowels of the theater and not being able to find my costume," Zimmer recounts of what happened one night when the show was playing in San Diego. "My dressing room was quite a walk from where I made my entrance." The actress, who was already fitted with a microphone, kept yelling out "Coming! I'm coming!" as she made her way to the stage while simultaneously getting (mostly) dressed. "I made it on stage, but my dress was wide open in the back. Another character was trying to help zip me up!"

The good news, Zimmer adds, is that ever since she went through that mini-ordeal, "I haven't had that nightmare since!"

For tickets to Wicked click here!

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Is It The End For Y&R's Michael?

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Fans took to the Internet months ago to share their fear that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Christian Jules LeBlanc might soon be leaving the show after his alter ego, Michael, was diagnosed with cancer.

"That had a lot to do with the show losing Billy [Miller, ex-Billy] and Michelle [Stafford, ex-Phyllis]," says the Emmy winner. "I went up to [executive producer] Jill [Farren Phelps] and said, 'Oh, you're gonna get hell for this! But that's the nature of social media. It morphed into where [former Y&R hairstylist] George Guzman, a good friend of mine, walked in and said, 'Do you know what they're saying now? That I'm quitting the show because you've been fired!'"

While that's not true, what is true? Soaps In Depth talked to LeBlanc about dealing with such a challenging storyline so near when he lost his own father to cancer. Pick up the magazine for the interview!

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Hope Returns!

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We haven't seen Kim Matula's Hope since she exited THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL back in December, but we're about to get an update on the character because the actress is returning for an episode! Matula is slated to tape her appearance on Wednesday, March 4, the same day that Linsey Godfrey (Caroline) returns to work.

What do you think Hope will do during her brief appearance? Could this lead to more appearances or a full-on return? Sound off in the comments!

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Godfrey Back On B&B!

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Linsey Godfrey (Caroline) is heading back to work at THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL! Following the terrible accident last month where she was struck by a car, the actress has been recuperating from her injuries, but doing so very quickly! Recently she updated fans on her Twitter page, posting: "Thank you so much to everyone for your concerns! I'm on my way to healing. Each day gets easier."

A rep for the soap confirms that Godfrey will be reporting to the set beginning this Wednesday, March 4, but we have no details as to how or if her injuries will be written into the show, or an exact date on which you will see Caroline on screen again. But we'll keep you updated as more information rolls in!

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The Daytime Emmys Are Back On TV!

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After only streaming on the Internet last year, the Daytime Emmys are back on broadcast television! The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences has announced that the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will air live on Sunday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET on Pop. They also revealed that the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be held Friday, April 24, at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles. This year, the Daytime Emmys will be held at the historic Warner Bros. Studio lot on Stage 16, the home to iconic films like Casablanca, Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters.

"Our new partnership with the Pop network is an ideal platform to present our signature gala," said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. "With the Warner Bros Studios as our venue, where so many great films and television shows have been made, coupled together with Michael Levitt, our executive producer, who created the 'TV Land Awards,' and has produced numerous live event specials including 'The Producers Guild Awards,' 'The Billboard Music Awards,' and 'E! Live from the Red Carpet' shows for the Golden Globes and Oscars®, this promises to be a very special telecast of the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards."

"As a network that celebrates talent, we are thrilled to bring the Daytime Emmy Awards back to television for the fans," said Brad Schwartz, President of Pop. "Daytime audiences are some of the most amazing and passionate in all of television, and we are proud to honor the greatest works and achievements of daytime. Adding premium live events to our schedule is just another exciting way we are building Pop. We're going to have a lot of fun with this."

Pop, the rebranded TV Guide Network, is also home to the re-airings of episodes of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, so it's a great place to host the Daytime Emmys. Check your local listings for Pop, and mark your calendars! Are you excited to see the Daytime Emmys back on TV?

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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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