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EXCLUSIVE: Y&R Signs Atkinson To Contract!

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

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

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New Headwriter for Y&R!

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

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

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

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EXCLUSIVE: Will Psychic Predict Trouble?

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

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

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GL's Ramsey Is The New Sheriff In Town!

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

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

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Another GH Star Moves To Genoa City!

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

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

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BALLANDO CON B&B's Brooke!

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DANCING WITH THE STARS recently announced the cast for its new season, and once again there are some ABC Daytime alums in its ranks. But there's a star from THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL who will also be hoofing for the big prize... on the other side of the world!

Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) revealed on Facebook that she will be competing on the Italian version of the show, BALLANDO CON LE STELLE. "My sweetie and I are moving to Italy for the next couple of months," she posted, adding, "The first live dance will be October 4th, please tune in and vote!"

B&B is a massive hit overseas, and her co-star Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge) competed on this same reality show himself back in 2010. Seeing as he came second with his partner, Sara Di Vaira, Lang should probably hit him up for some tips and tricks!

Actors performing on DWTS at the same time they're appearing on a daytime soap can be a rough schedule, but since Lang will be in Italy for this competition, it's impossible. "Brooke will be heading to the Milan office of Forrester International," the actress posted to Facebook to explain her alter ego's upcoming on-screen absence. "For some much needed private time and reflection.

"Once BALLANDO CON LE STELLE is over, I will be back to work at B&B," she continues. "Unless we can get [executive producer/headwriter] Brad [Bell] to come to Italy to do a remote!"

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Original Y&R Cast Member Returns!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is about to have a real blast from the past for longtime viewers! TV Guide is reporting that original cast member Tom Hallick, who played Brad Eliot from 1973-78, will be making a special cameo appearance.

In a nod to the very first episode of Y&R where Brad got a lift to Genoa City from a truck driver, Hallick will this time be playing the truck driver who offers a ride to Gina Tognoni's Phyllis!

Look for Hallick's episode to air on Friday, September 26.

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EXCLUSIVE: Y&R's Murphy Goes Primetime!

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Katherine Chancellor's TV widower, Michael Fairman (Murphy, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) guest stars in a special holiday episode of THE FOSTERS set to air later this year (most likely early December) in the show's regular time slot on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC Family.

A show rep tells Soaps In Depth that Fairman will play Mr. Nesbit, the Fosters' widowed next door neighbor. His character is described as "a lonely, somewhat cranky man," who usually wins the annual Christmas house decorating contest. This year, however, that victory may be snatched away after Mr. Nesbit accuses some local kids of ruining his decorations. Will the vandals be exposed? Will Mr. Nesbit emerge victorious? Tune in to find out in the episode titled "Christmas Past." (We'll let you know when we get a solid airdate!)

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BB Evictee To Guest On B&B!

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On the Thursday, August 28, live episode of CBS' BIG BROTHER, fan favorite Donny Thompson was evicted from the house. But as a consolation prize, host Julie Chen informed the former groundskeeper that THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL had contacted the reality show because they want Donny to guest star on the soap!

Right now, Donny is still sequestered in the BIG BROTHER jury house with the other evicted houseguests in preparation for selecting a winner in the Wednesday, September 24, finale. So there's no way of knowing exactly when he'll be appearing or who he might be playing. With his DUCK DYNASTY-style beard, Donny isn't the most obvious fit for the glamorous sudser... so who do you think he might play?

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Real-Life Soap Couple Welcomes Daughter

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It's a girl! THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Terrell Tilford (Barton) and wife Victoria Platt are parents! "She arrived... Our baby girl, Marley, was born Sunday eve, 24 August," the proud pop shared in a Twitter announcement, complete with an adorable photo.

The couple met on the set of GUIDING LIGHT -- he played David and she played Vicky -- and married on September 29, 2001, in New Orleans in a ceremony that was documented for the TLC series A WEDDING STORY. Congratulations to the new parents!

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Comedian To Guest On B&B

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Comedian Fred Willard will be dropping by THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL for a four-episode arc, according to TV Guide. Who will he be playing? Eric's younger brother, John Forrester -- Ivy's dad! The multiple Emmy nominee (who currently recurs as Phil's dad on MODERN FAMILY) will air in early October.

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Y&R's New Adam!

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Adam is on his way back to Genoa City! THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has confirmed that they have cast PASSIONS alum Justin Hartley as the character, and he should be back on screen just in time for November Sweeps (naturally)!

Hartley has more recently been seen in primetime series such as SMALLVILLE, REVENGE and MISTRESSES, but is excited to return to daytime. And Michael Muhney, the fan-favorite actor he is replacing, is urging fans to give him a shot. "I really like Justin Hartley," he tweeted. "He's a good guy. We really get along well. I wish him the best. Be kind to him."

What do you think about this casting? Will Hartley make a good Adam?

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Who Is Y&R's Grace Turner?

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As viewers of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS saw at the end of the Monday, August 18, episode, Grace Turner, played by Jennifer Gareis (Donna, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), will be popping up on Tuesday, August 19. Will she be able to give Nick some info about Mariah, who's a dead ringer for Sharon's late daughter, Cassie? If anyone has answers, it'd be Grace!

As longtime Y&R viewers know, Grace was Sharon's best pal in high school. When it looked like Sharon and Nick's newborn son, Noah, wasn't going to survive, Grace and her boyfriend Tony went searching for then five-year-old Cassie, hoping that bringing her back to Sharon would help ease the loss of Noah. After Noah ended up living (yay!), Grace, who convinced Cassie's adoptive grandmother Millie to relinquish custody, opted not to disrupt Sharon's life by reuniting her with Cassie for quite some time. When she did, Sharon and Nick welcomed Cassie into their lives.

Along the way, Grace fell for Nick and seduced the inebriated hunk (who thought he was making love to his wife)! Grace's obsession with Nick led to the end of her relationship with Tony and temporarily caused Nick and Sharon to split. Grace went on to have a dalliance with Michael Baldwin. When Victor found out about Grace's role in Nick and Sharon's marital woes, he arranged for her to get a job at one of Newman's divisions in New York.

Later, Grace returned to Genoa City, revealing her relationship with Cameron Kirsten, a man who was obsessed with Sharon. Nick's wife got the shock of her life when Cameron, whom she thought she had killed, turned up alive and began threatening her. It turned out that Grace was in cahoots with calculating Cameron. Grace tried to make amends for her dastardly deeds by helping Nick and Sharon bring Cameron to justice, and later returned to New York where she presumably has been living ever since.

Tune in to Y&R tomorrow to see what info Grace has to share with Nick about the mystery of Mariah!

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Muhney Confirms No Return To Y&R

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Fans holding out hope that Michael Muhney would eventually return to the role of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Adam were disappointed when the actor dashed those hopes via Twitter. "Just got an official call," he posted on Wednesday, August 13. "Although things got very close, I will not be returning to Y&R. That part of my life is over. Moving on..."

However, according to Y&R insiders there were never any negotiations going on between the show and Muhney about him returning to play Adam.

The actor also tried to offer his fans some comfort by posting a quote from Dr. Seuss: "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."

While Adam has been seen on screen lately, his face has never been shown because the soap still has yet to cast an actor in the role. And unfortunately now it appears that whoever fills Adam's shoes, it won't be Muhney. "I was hopeful for a return," he also tweeted, "but now I'm hopeful for the future. Now you'll just have to promise to tune in to my future projects!"

One of his future projects is the upcoming TV movie Correcting Christmas, co-staring Gloria Loring (ex-Liz, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), which we'll have more information about as it comes in.

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B&B's Wagner Gets Deadly!

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It's a MELROSE PLACE reunion! Well, not really, but it's as close as we're probably gonna get. Jack Wagner (ex-Nick, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL) stars alongside MELROSE co-stars Jamie Luner (Liza, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Rob Estes in the premiere episode of Investigation Discovery's (ID) new re-enactment series, HEARTBREAKERS. In it, he'll play an Independence, MO, preacher who famously got caught up in a deadly affair.

"I was able to step out of what people might know me as from my [previous] television roles and really play this deeply self-consumed, narcissistic, thinks-he's-God-type minister who basically controls his parish," offers Wagner of his character, David Love. "He winds up having an affair and killing the woman's husband."

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Charles Keating Passes Away

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Charles Keating, best known to daytime audiences as villainous Carl Hutchins on ANOTHER WORLD, has passed away from cancer at the age of 72.

"Hearing the news from Stephen Schnetzer (Cass) was very difficult," AW castmate Linda Dano (Felicia) wrote on Facebook. "Thoughts of Charles flooded my memory because I loved this man the moment I saw him on the set of ANOTHER WORLD. He came to us an accomplished and talented actor. Our cast was very fortunate to have him working with us.

"Charles was a man of many colors — both on screen and off," she continues. "His incredible talent and devoted friendship were the hallmarks of who he was. It's so hard to think of the vibrant man we all knew as having to deal with illness but he did so with his usual resolve. My heart goes out to his wife of over 50 years and his sons."

Keating's career spanned stage and screen over the years, including soap stints on AS THE WORLD TURNS (as Niles Mason), PORT CHARLES (as James Ritchfield) and ALL MY CHILDREN (as Damon Lazarre). He was nominated four times for the Daytime Emmy Awards, winning in 1996 for Lead Actor.

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B&B's Mosley Waxes Poetic!

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Inspired by a magazine article about a man who wrote a haiku a day, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Karla Mosley (Maya) set a similar goal for herself, daily writing brief "micropoems" that range from the silly to the sublime. The actress compiled a collection of her favorites into the newly-released self-published book called Short Poems For A Long And Happy Life, which is currently available in paperback at Amazon.com.

"The only reason it happened is because of the fans that I stay in touch with on social media," Mosley explains. "I was posting haikus, and fans started asking me, 'When are you putting a book together?' I finally said, 'Why not?'"

In addition to adding "published author" to her repertoire, Mosley has kept busy during B&B's summer hiatus on the set of HART OF DIXIE, on which she recurs as the comically stereotypical Southern belle, Elodie. In July, Mosley shared with Twitter fans a setside photo of herself sporting a bright pink bow on her head for the role. "All pink. All day," she quipped. "Must be back in Dixie."

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TV Legend Joining Y&R!

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Nikki is about to fall off the wagon on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but she's going to have one heck of a drinking buddy! TV Guide is reporting that TV icon Meredith Baxter is joining the soap as a new character, Maureen.

Baxter is best known for her role on the classic TV sitcom FAMILY TIES, but the manipulative Maureen sounds like the polar opposite of Elyse Keaton! Look for Baxter to debut on Y&R on Monday, September 8, and appear through the fall. The original casting notice for the character said the run would last six to eight weeks, and the rumor is that Maureen has some connections in Genoa City! What do you think they could be?

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Y&R's Egan Ties The Knot!

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Congratulations to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), who married fiancé Matt Katrosar on Saturday, July 26. The actress tweeted some pics from the seaside ceremony that looked just gorgeous, including the one here taken just after the couple were pronounced man and wife! Best wishes to the happy couple!

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Will Davidson Become A REAL HOUSEWIFE?

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie) has already been confirmed to be joining the cast of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS next season, but now People Magazine is reporting that she will be joined by fellow soap star Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DAYS; Ashley, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS)!

The two newcomers will be taking the place of former housewives Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud on the reality series. Bravo has yet to confirm whether Davidson is joining the cast, but we'll keep you updated. Will you be watching?

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Shemar Moore Returns To Y&R!

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Fan favorite Shemar Moore is returning to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Malcolm! Unfortunately, it's just a brief visit for only two episodes. "I am excited about returning as a special guest," Moore said in a statement. "This is where I got my start, and I am looking forward to reuniting with my soap opera family."

Malcolm will be coming home to Genoa City reportedly to make amends with his family for his hasty departure the last time around (when the character was played by Darius McCrary). Look for Moore's episodes to air on Wednesday, September 10, and Thursday, September 11.

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Y&R's Sanders Is Guilty!

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Erin Sanders was just 17 when she played a naïve Eden on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Now, the actress is going back to high school in Guilty At 17, a new film premiering Sunday, July 20, at 7 p.m. EST on Lifetime. In it, she stars as Traci, a girl who accuses a teacher of sexually harassing another student (Chloe Rose; DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION), only to face dire consequences: the teacher, who was innocent, commits suicide!

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Y&R's Special Guest!

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Longtime THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fan Connie Knight will be making an appearance in Genoa City in the episode slated to air Wednesday, August 13. But she's not just any ordinary soap fan — she's the mother of sports superstar Deion Sanders! The athlete visited the Y&R set with his mother and his girlfriend, Tracey Edmonds, as part of the taping of his reality series, DEION'S FAMILY PLAYBOOK. Daniel Goddard (Cane) is a big fan, and posted this photo of them with Bryton James (Devon) to his Facebook page, writing, "What a super nice guy! It goes to show, you can be a legend and still be down to earth."

So after you've seen Knight's appearance on Y&R, you can see the flip side of their visit when DEION'S FAMILY PLAYBOOK returns to the air this fall on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network!

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Gaskill Delivers Quite A Speech!

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Soap hopper Brian Gaskill (GUIDING LIGHT's Dylan, AS THE WORLD TURNS' B.J., THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Oscar, PORT CHARLES' Rafe and ALL MY CHILDREN's Bobby) has just released a dramatic short film called The Speech. "I'm very excited about getting this film out there," he says.

Gaskill not only stars in the short opposite actress Clea Rivera, but also wrote the script and co-directed it. "It takes place at a wedding reception," the actor explains, "and is about a couple exploring their past together and what that means to their relationship now.

"Soap viewers will be super comfortable with the romantic setting and wedding wardrobe," Gaskill adds with a chuckle before warning: "But it definitely takes a turn away from standard soap fare... it may get a little racy!"

The Speech was funded through Kickstarter with donations from friends and fans, and you can watch it now below. "I couldn't have done it without Ambika Leigh, Garrett Robinson and the whole gang at the film collective and workshop, We Make Movies," Gaskill declares proudly.

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Meet Avery's Ex!

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THE YOUNG & RESTLESS has added yet another cast member, with TV Guide reporting that Scott Elrod is joining the soap in the contract role of Joe Clark, Avery's ex-husband. How will he feel about seeing his old flame with Dylan, since it was their affair that destroyed the marriage?

Elrod starred in the ABC series MEN IN TREES and has also appeared in shows like CSI: MIAMI and CASTLE as well as films like Argo and Lone Survivor. Look for Joe to show up in Genoa City and start causing trouble in early October!

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Has Y&R Cast Mariah's Mom?

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Karina Logue has been cast as Helen Copeland on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, and will first air on Thursday, August 14. The actress has appeared in several TV series, including SONS OF ANARCHY (starring her brother, Donal Logue), CSI: NY, BONES, TRUE BLOOD, NCIS and ARMY WIVES, and films such as Argo, Zodiac and When A Stranger Calls.

Details about her character are being kept under wraps, but seeing as how she shares a last name with Mariah, there's obviously some kind of connection there, and the soap has confirmed that Logue will first appear in scenes with Joshua Morrow's Nick. The casting notice describes Helen as a trained nurse who was in and out of jobs, and she was a young mother... but an unwilling parent.

So who do you think Helen is? Sound off in the comments!

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Polo Crosses THE BRIDGE

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When FX's crime thriller, THE BRIDGE, returns tonight, Wednesday, July 9, at 9:00 p.m. EST, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Daniel Polo will be a part of it. The Emmy nominee who broke hearts as Jamie, the troubled teen that Fenmore bullied, will be kicking the season off when he debuts in a similar role.

"I play Kyle, a nervous kid who gets in a little over his head with someone I meet at a car wash," Polo reveals of his character. "My scenes were with Franka Potente (AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM). She has a really unique character [Eleanor Schrock, a ruthless, shunned Mennonite who is working for the cartel] this season for the show. It was great to work with her."

Being able to add this year's Peabody Award-winning drama to his resume was a thrill for Polo, but that's not all he took away from the experience. "I learned how to ride a bike for the project," he reveals. "Of course, I practiced at home on a regular bike before filming, and then on set they gave me a bike for a 10-year-old. The sizing was definitely off, but I made it work!"

And you'll want to hold on to your seats — this series that focuses on the joint battle against a Mexican drug cartel by an El Paso police detective and her counterpart from across the border is about to get intense. "I spent four hours in the make-up chair to film my final scene, which I believe is in the third episode," Polo teases. "It was a fun project to work on."

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You'll Be FINDING Watros On TV Tonight!

CynthiaWatrosYR.jpg Remember when Cynthia Watros had to vacate her role as Kelly on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS because of a new primetime drama, MTV's FINDING CARTER? Well, you can see her in action when the show debuts tonight, Tuesday, July 8, at 10 p.m. EST on MTV! The 12-episode series focuses on Carter, a teenager (played by REIGN's Kathryn Prescott), who discovers that the woman who's been raising her isn't her mother -- Watros' character, Elizabeth, a police detective, is!

"I'm the mother of a teenaged girl and I was hoping to do one of those GILMORE GIRL type [shows]," executive producer Terri Minksy tells Soaps In Depth. "This brilliant, beautiful [script] was available and I took it! I really did respond to it and wanted to write a mother/daughter piece."

The pilot shows Carter and Lori (the mother who kidnapped her) having yogurt with a side of gummy bears and banter for dinner before Carter's world turns upside down. "That scene is almost literally a transcript of my life with my daughter," Minsky reveals. "We do the 'love you, love you more' thing that Carter and Lori do."

Scene-stealer Zac Pullman plays Grant, the younger brother Carter never met since he was conceived after she was kidnapped and became -- in his words -- the "replacement" child. "What does that do to him psychologically," Minksy rhetorically asks. "What will Carter's relationship with him be?"

CARTER scored a casting coup with Watros' TV parents -- they're played by Robert Pine (ex-Stephen, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIUFL) and Meredith Baxter (FAMILY TIES). "Writing for those two is beyond fun," Minksy shares.

For more on FINDING CARTER, pick up the next CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale Monday, July 14!

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Moss Does A WIFE SWAP!

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ABC's CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP will be doing a soap star episode on Tuesday, July 22, featuring Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL)! Christopher's wife, Brienne, will spend a week living in the Moss home while the Player guitarist's wife, Devin DeVasquez, heads to the Christopher house. Tune in at 10 p.m. EST!

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Daddy's Little Girl!

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Congratulations to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Steve Burton (Dylan) and his wife, Sheree, who welcomed their third child this morning! Daughter Brooklyn Faith was born via a scheduled C-section earlier today.

"Thanks for your prayers," the actor tweeted in making the announcement. "Momma and baby are doing great. Much love." Brooklyn joins the couple's two older children, McKenna, 10, and Jack, 8.

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Exclusive Y&R Casting News!

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Character actor Joel Brooks has landed a three-episode arc on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS to play Judge Ramsey. The showbiz veteran first airs on Thursday, July 24, and will share exciting scenes with several Genoa City characters. Might Judge Ramsey have something to do with Ian's threat to sue Nikki for emotional distress?

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Y&R's Serricchio Gets A Witchy Woman!

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On Lifetime's WITCHES OF EAST END, Ignacio Serricchio (Alex, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) could be just the thing to make Wendy's ninth and final life count... if she lets him! "She meets him in the [season premiere] episode," offers Executive Producer Maggie Friedman. "He's just a regular, salt of the earth guy, but he totally challenges her." Look for the duo to share sparks from the start, but can she get over her fear of mortality enough to enjoy it?

If the hot EMT can't heal what ails her, at a minimum, he could be quite the distraction! "He's so good and so sexy!" Friedman enthuses of the former soap star. "Mädchen Amick (Wendy) was kind enough to come in and read with different actors who were auditioning for the role, and she and Ignacio just had so much chemistry that we had to snatch him up. They're great together!"

Serricchio will appear for a multi-episode arc beginning Sunday, July 6, at 9:00 p.m. EST. There's a wickedly fun season ahead on WITCHES OF EAST END — for more details, catch Friedman's upcoming Primetime Preview interview in the ABC Soaps In Depth issue that goes on sale Monday, August 8.

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Phyllis Is Back In August!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fans (and Genoa City residents!) should mark Monday, August 11, on their calendars, because that's when Phyllis is coming back! Of course, she's been in a coma, so it'll probably take a little while before she's fighting fit again. And she'll look a little different as soap vet Gina Tognoni (Dinah, GUIDING LIGHT; Kelly, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is taking over the role from Michelle Stafford (who is now playing Nina over on GENERAL HOSPITAL)!

Are you excited that Phyllis is waking up? What do you think she'll do first?

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New B&B/Y&R Baby Born!

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Congratulations to first-time parents Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Robert Adamson (Noah, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), who welcomed Aleda Seren Adamson into the world on Thursday, June 12!

We have no doubt that the baby girl is both BEAUTIFUL and YOUNG, but hopefully not too RESTLESS! Best wishes to the happy family!

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Y&R Wins Big At The 2014 Daytime Emmys!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS was the big winner at last night's Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony, landing Outstanding Drama Series as well as a some acting nods and a trophy for their special episode honoring the late Jeanne Cooper (Katherine). Make the jump for a full list of winners, including the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which were handed out on Friday, June 20!

Did your favorites take home the gold? Sound off in the comments!

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Davidson Gets A New Y&R Deal!

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

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Kathy Griffin To Host Daytime Emmys

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The Daytime Emmys have a host! The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin.

"I am beyond thrilled to be hosting what I'm told is the most important television event of the year," Griffin says. "Knowing that over 100 million people from every corner of the planet will be watching, I will try to keep my nerves at bay and deliver a great show. I can only hope that at the end of the evening, critics and fans alike will compare it to the experience they once had watching Neil Armstrong take man's first step on the moon. My only regret is knowing that this epic evening will distract millions of viewers from enjoying this year's World Cup. I apologize to FIFA."

The 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m. PST, and the ceremony will be broadcast live over the Internet at www.daytimeemmys.net.

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Meet B&B's Ivy!

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Former Australian soap star Ashleigh Brewer will debut on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL in July as Eric's nice, Ivy, the daughter of the designer's younger brother John, who has been living in Sydney. Soaps In Depth caught up with Brewer following her first few days of taping to find out how she's settling into the role.

"My first day at work was last Friday, and it was a whirlwind day," says the Queensland-born actress, whose previous acting role was a five-year stint on the Australian soap NEIGHBORS. "I was lucky in that a lot of my scenes were group scenes, so there were eight or nine of us on set. I got to meet a big handful of the B&B cast all at once."

Brewer admits her life has been a whirlwind since her casting was announced, and she's even been invited to join B&B's retinue in Monte Carlo at the annual International Television Festival in June. "I feel like I'm not even deserving of it yet, because I've only worked a few days — like I'm cheating the system," she jokes. "I've gotten all of these incredible perks before I even officially started airing. It's as if I'm dreaming all of this a little bit!"

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B&B Goes To Paris!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL will celebrate a quarter of a century of broadcasting in France by filming location scenes in the city of Paris! Kim Matula (Hope), Scott Clifton (Liam), Ashleigh Brewer (Ivy) and Darin Brooks (Wyatt) will begin the three-day, multi-episode shoot this Wednesday, June 11, for scenes that will air from Wednesday, August 6, through Thursday, August 14. (The actors will be taping scenes today, June 9, and tomorrow, June 10, in Monaco, where they are attending the 54th Monte Carlo Television Festival.)

"B&B is long overdue for a rendezvous with the world-renowned romance of Paris, France," says headwaiter and executive producer Bradley Bell. "Forrester Creations has always had its international office in Paris, and now we're going to take our cameras in for a closer look. We will show you Paris as you've never seen it before."

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Daytime Emmys To Stream On-line

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Although the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will not be broadcast on a television network, that doesn't mean that you won't be able to watch live and cheer on your favorite stars as the trophies are handed out. This year, the ceremony will be streamed live over the Internet, reports Deadline Hollywood!

You will be able to watch the show direct from the Beverly Hilton Hotel at www.daytimeemmys.net beginning at 5:00 p.m. PST on Sunday, June 22. Don't miss it!

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B&B's Jones Has A Secret!

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If you thought THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL was steamy, Ashley Jones (ex-Bridget) promises you haven't seen anything yet! The actress is both the star and executive producer of Lifetime's sizzling new feature, The Secret Sex Life Of A Single Mom.

Based on Canadian author Delaine Moore's memoir by the same name, it's the tale of a 30-something mother's personal journey from painful divorce to self-discovery. Jones stars as Moore, whose best pal (played by GENERAL HOSPITAL's Cynthia Preston, ex-Faith) encourages her to try on-line dating, with some intriguing results. "The script is definitely a tamer version of Delaine's life," Jones giggles. "It is TV-MA, which is television for mature audiences, but I think Lifetime wanted to keep it tasteful..."

Look for the single gal to explore her long-dormant sensuality by taking a walk on the wild side. "It could happen to Bridget! That's the kind of shock and awe that I think Lifetime wants to bring to this project," Jones suggests of the soapy tale. "I think I was hired because they think I could make it seem like this could happen to anyone."

Watch a preview by clicking here and don't miss the film's world premiere on Saturday, May 31, at 9 p.m. EST on Lifetime!

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EXCLUSIVE: Tom Speaks Out On Y&R Exit

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With the shocking news that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is replacing the recently-returned David Tom with daytime newcomer Burgess Jenkins as Billy Abbott, Soaps In Depth reached out to the actor to get his perspective on the unexpected recast.

"It was such a great experience to have been a part of the Y&R family again," Tom tells In Depth. "It was wonderful to see so many old friends and people I know that I used to work with and enjoy so much like Jess Walton (Jill) and Peter Bergman (Jack). I got to do some scenes with Eric Braeden (Victor), finally."

The Emmy winner admits that he didn't see Y&R's decision coming. "I think I was definitely well-liked there," Tom muses. "As far as I knew, nobody knew about this. Not even the cast." Was he given a reason for his termination? "One of the reasons they said they let me go is that I obviously looked too young when they placed me with [the new] Kelly. Well, she was hired after I was. I don't understand why they didn't think about that [when they were casting her]. We don't really have a storyline [anyway]; She's with Jack. I thought I looked fine with Missy [Claire Egan, Chelsea]. I really loved working with her."

The actor is already making plans for the future, including putting together a demo reel out of his best scenes from this last trip to Genoa City. Is he up for another daytime gig? "Hell, yeah. I'd go in a heartbeat to another soap opera," he says. "I love to work.

"The worst thing you can do is mull about it," continues Tom, who adds that what he'll miss most is working alongside his fellow Y&R actors. "The whole cast is wonderful. I felt like they were a part of my family."

Look for more of our exclusive interview with Tom in our CBS issue on sale June 16!

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