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Daytime Emmys Are In June

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The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held Sunday, June 22, at the Beverly Hilton. However, a broadcast deal has yet to be struck, so while the ceremony has aired on HLN for the last two years, there's no word on which network might air this ceremony yet. Still, the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences are confident a deal will be reached.

The Creative Arts portion of the Daytime Emmys are scheduled to be handed out on Friday, June 20, at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

Final nominees in all categories are set to be announced on Thursday, May 1. Based off the pre-nominations that have been revealed, who are you hoping gets a nod?

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The Doctor Is In!

Helen Slater WEB.jpg THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has a new doctor in the house! According to TV Guide, Helen Slater has been tapped to play OB/GYN Dr. Chiverton for at least five episodes, starting Friday, May 2. Which lovely lady in Genoa City will seek out the baby doctor's services? It may not just be Lauren!

Slater rose to fame thirty years ago when she played the title roles in the cult-hit films Supergirl and The Legend Of Billie Jean. More recently, she was a cast member of the ABC Family drama THE LYING GAME for its two-season run, playing Sutton and Laurel's mother, and starred in last year's Lifetime movie The Good Mother as a woman who was poisoning her own child.

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Gaskill Takes On The Bard!

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From the "Just when I thought I'd heard everything" files has come STRIPPING SHAKESPEARE, a provocative new Web series from the We Make Movies filmmakers collective in Los Angeles. In each episode, famous scenes from The Bard's works are set in a scintillating new context, replete with professional pole dancers and burlesque performers. Who knew Shakespeare could be so sexy? Daytime TV veteran Brian Gaskill (Dylan, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Ozzie, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Bobby, ALL MY CHIlDREN; Rafe, PORT CHARLES), who is a member of the collective, appears in the episode airing this Sunday, April 13.

"My friend, Nicol Razon, produced it," Gaskill shares. "The series is about her taking her love of Shakespeare and putting it into a format that is maybe gonna raise some eyebrows, but it's also gonna promote conversation and get people to pay attention to what the filmmaker is doing to be creative."

This Sunday's episode is based on The Taming Of The Shrew with Gaskill reciting the lines of Petruchio opposite Razon as Kate. But don't look for the traditional, 16th century costuming and staging. Rather, it plays out in a much more imaginative way. "It's more like artistic music videos of Shakespeare," offers Gaskill, who first began performing the great poet's work back in high school. To experience it for yourself, visit Strippingshakespeare.com or the We Make Movies YouTube channel here.

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Stars Added To THE BAY!

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Two hunks from THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL — one past, one future — have joined the cast of the Emmy-nominated Web soap THE BAY! Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge) is set to play John Blackwell, the former district attorney of Bay City, while Sean Kanan (who returns to B&B as Deacon in June), has joined the Internet serial as press secretary Kenneth Allen. That role previously played by Brody Hutzler (ex-Patrick, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Cody, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS).

Why the change with Kanan taking over for Hutzler? "Brody is a good friend of mine and a wonderful talent," Gregori Martin, THE BAY's executive producer/creator, tells Soaps In Depth. "He's busy with some other great projects at the moment, and this gave us an opportunity to go in another direction with the character. Sean and Nicolas [Coster, Jack] have a great dynamic. Sean is bringing a lot of humor to the role."

Moss and Kanan aren't the only newcomers sailing into THE BAY this season! Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS) will play Katherine, John's wife, and Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS) has been cast as Mickey, who runs Patrick's Roadhouse.

Watch for an exclusive preview of THE BAY featuring interviews with Martin, Mary Beth Evans (Sara; Kayla, DAYS) and Terri Ivens (Orchid; Simone, ALL MY CHILDREN) in the next two issues of In Depth, on sale Monday, April 21, and Monday, April 28. Chapter 12 of THE BAY streams via the Blip and Roku networks and services beginning Thursday, May 1. For more information, visit www.thebaytheseries.com.

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Bell's Series Nominated For Award

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Congratulations are in order for THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Lauralee Bell (Christine) — her web series, MI PROMISE, has been named a Webby Award Honoree for Online Film and Video: Drama Individual Short or Episode! The Webby Awards is an international award organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including Web sites, interactive advertising and on-line film and video.

"I am so proud that MI PROMISE has impressed the selection committee for the Webby Awards," says Bell, who produced and starred in the six-episode series, which details the tragic aftermath of a teen who was texting and driving. "That's icing on the cake for our MI PROMISE team.

"Our entire goal was to reach teens, pre-teens and adults about what can happen when you text and drive at the same time," the actress adds. "If we've helped to make people consider the consequences by providing a dramatic example, then we accomplished what we set out to do!"

Check out MI PROMISE by going to www.mipromise.com.

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New Digital Soap Venture Ahead!

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Corday Productions -- the team behind NBC's DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- is teaming up with digital media firm All Screens Media to launch Net Soaps/Net Novelas, a project aimed at creating and distributing original "interactive" soap operas on-line, but with a twist: Fans, actors and advertisers will all be able to participate in the development of the shows.

Net Soaps/Net Novelas plans to launch in the last quarter of 2014 through its own Web sites and distribution partners. While Net Soaps is the English-language version targeted at American audiences, Net Novelas will provide in-language programming for Latin America and Brazil. Web soap pioneer and daytime veteran Crystal Chappell (Dani, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTUIFUL; ex-Carly, DAYS; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT; Maggie, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) has joined the venture to produce, direct and mentor new talent.

For the full story, visit Variety.com here.

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Scott Calls Tabloid Out!

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Don't mess with THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki)! The daytime icon has taken to her Facebook page to slam The Globe for a story printed in its April 7 issue, claiming that, in a phone conversation with another soap opera legend, Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN), she said that Y&R isn't a great place to work since executive producer Jill Farren Phelps took over! "Sure, over the year, [Susan and I] have run into each other at events," Scott wrote. "That's it. There was no phone call!"

Scott even jumped to Phelps' defense. "In reality," she wrote, "our set has never been as relaxed and copacetic." For the star's full post, click

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B&B's Wagner CALLS THE HEART

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There's new romance brewing on Hallmark Channel's period drama WHEN CALLS THE HEART: Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has joined the cast as Mountie Forensic Investigator Bill Avery, and he's bringing the heat! First introduced in last week's episode, Avery arrived on horseback to find out the truth about the deadly explosion in Coal Valley that killed many of the locals, including the husband and son of Abigail Stanton (played by EDGE OF NIGHT's Lori Loughlin, Jody). Might Wagner's character help the shaky widow find her footing? Behind the scenes, it was the other way around. "Lori's an old friend, and a terrific actress," Wagner confides of his scene partner and pal on the Vancouver set. "I play golf with her husband and we've run in the same circles for years."

In "Prelude To A Kiss," the season finale airing Saturday, March 29, at 9:00 p.m. EST, Wagner's character will be back to further pursue Abigail while at the same time, delving deeper into the dangerous mystery. "My character gets beat up while he's at the crime scene by some masked men," Wagner reveals. "So it unfolds to be a real good versus evil situation."

With the fate of the town, as well as Abigail's family name, on the line, the evidence that Avery has collected becomes all-important. Who will triumph? Abigail pins her hope on the visiting Circuit Judge Jedidiah Black (James Brolin), but will she be able to continue living in the small town — let alone find love again — in the aftermath? "They leave the show with cliffhangers," Wagner says of the possibility of his return. "So hopefully Hallmark will pick it up for a second season!"

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Y&R And GL Star Gets Gone!

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While awaiting the birth of his first child this year, Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Shane, GUIDING LIGHT) has been keeping himself plenty busy! This weekend, he'll turn up on Lifetime in the thriller, Zoe Gone. "It's about Jennifer, a 16-year-old girl who has a baby (Zoe) with the support of her boyfriend, but the pressure is too much for him and he runs away," Branson offers. "Her mother is a divorcée who's got a boyfriend, which is where I come in. He's the guy who wanted the woman, but not necessarily the child, but took on the role of helping to raise her anyway. But when his gal becomes a grandmother, that wasn't in his plan. There are some moments of him not understanding and lashing out a bit."

The teenager's struggle to acclimate to motherhood and the drama that entails is further complicated by an unexpected twist: Baby Zoe goes missing! "That kicks in the young lady's maternal instincts," Branson relates. "Then the storyline becomes about finding the baby and [Jennifer] proving to herself the mother that she can be."

While Branson is reluctant to give away much more, he did want to praise the film's young star, Sammi Hanratty. "She knew exactly what she wanted to do with the role, and she ran with it right from the beginning!" he enthuses. "I think [the problem of] high school girls having babies and not knowing what to do or not having the support that they thought they would is a relevant topic. The soap fans will relate to it."

Zoe Gone premieres on Saturday, March 29, at 8 p.m. EST on Lifetime. Then you can keep an eye out for Branson's upcoming guest appearances on TNT's PERCEPTION and CBS' NCIS.

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Co-Stars Remember Rebhorn

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James Rebhorn portrayed one of GUIDING LIGHT's most evil villains, but the women who played Bradley's battered wife and step-daughter, Tina Sloan (Lillian) and Judi Evans (Beth), have nothing but fond memories for the actor, who passed away on Friday following a long battle with skin cancer.

"He was too young -- far, far too young," a saddened Sloan tells Soaps In Depth. "He was such a joy to work with and we all loved him, as evil as he was as he portrayed Bradley Raines. Beneath, he was gentle and kind and always professional."

Sloan adds that Rebhorn may have portrayed a monster, but it was exceptionally emotional to watch when Bradley raped Beth in October of 1983. "It was the hardest thing to see him do that scene as he was destroyed that he had to play it," she recalls. "He had two daughters at home whom he adored, but as a consummate professional, he did the most superb performance of destroying Beth."

Thirty hears later, Sloan and her co-stars still get a chuckle when recalling one of Bradley and Lillian's tumultuous scenes. "He had a line we all loved as it was part of the show -- no matter what happened, he'd say 'It's your fault, Lillian! Shut up and get me a beer!' Grant Alexander (Phillip), Judi, Michael O'Leary (Rick) and I would laugh so hard we couldn't reply and Jim would just smile and say the line again. To this day, Grant and I do "the line" when we are together. When Grant and I went to see Jim in a play a few years back, we said "the line" and he chimed in with that great smile.

"He was talented and wonderful and he will be missed by everyone who ever knew him," she concludes. "I feel blessed I played his wife for a few years and, as everyone, send my great sympathy to his real wife and daughters."

Like Sloan, Evans warmly remembers Rebhorn as being "the total opposite of the character. James was such a gentle, sweet man -- that's the proof of what a great actor he was," she tells In Depth. "He could be the funniest, silliest man. I was so blessed to work with him. My first experience [in television] was having Tina and James as parents! You don't get better than that. I learned about dedication to acting through James. He and Larry Gates [who played H.B.] had us rolling in the aisles in the makeup room. They did rap before it was rap. James was always sensitive. He hated having to do what he had to do!"

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James Rebhorn Passes

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Actor James Rebhorn died on Friday, March 21, at the age of 65. Rebhorn was a well-known character actor who appeared in films such as Independence Day and Scent Of A Woman as well as TV series like WHITE COLLAR and HOMELAND. But he is best known to daytime fans as AS THE WORLD TURNS' Henry Lange and GUIDING LIGHT's Bradley Raines.

"I am deeply... profoundly saddened to hear of the death of my friend and colleague Jim Rebhorn," Robert Newman (Josh, GL) posted to Facebook. "We first crossed paths in 1984 when he joined the cast of GL to play — as he often did, totally against type — the role of a brutal, abusive stepfather. Jim was, of course, the nicest man on the planet. Rest well, Jim. You've earned it. Too soon. Too soon by far."

GL's Grant Aleksander (Phillip) shares, "Jim was a wonderful man and a fantastic actor. So sad that he is gone way too soon."

Brooke Sunny Moriber, who played a young Angel on ATWT posted to Facebook: "James may have been the nicest man I have ever worked with. My heart aches that he is no longer with us. He was just the nicest guy you could ever cast as a villain. I remember him actually shaking because it was so difficult for him to embody such an evil character."

Michael O'Leary (Rick, GL), says, "Jim was a man of immense class and dignity. He was a consummate professional, and a gentleman. And I was just in awe of his talent. I'll miss him dearly."

Rebhorn's death comes after a long battle with skin cancer. Our condolences go out to his friends and family, including his wife, Rebecca, and two daughters. You can read the actor's New York Times obituary here. The actor also penned his own obituary during his final days, which was posted by his New Jersey church and can be read here.

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Larson Talks Y&R And First Kiss!

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Jill Larson (Opal, ALL MY CHILDREN) is returning to soaps for a two-day stint on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS beginning Monday, April 14. The actress will play Connie, a stage manager who'll try to keep things running smoothly during Chelsea's fashion show. The gig reunites her with Pine Valley pals Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R; Annie, AMC) and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R; Frankie, AMC).

"Connie's in the middle of all the action," Larson tells Soaps In Depth. "It's a real fun role and when it came along, I said, 'Oh, yeah!' I'm in touch with [Y&R headwriter] Jean Passanante via E-mail, so maybe that's what triggered the idea."

Larson's getting buzz not only for her upcoming Y&R gig, but also for her appearance in the short film First Kiss, which was directed by Tatia Pilieva. Larson was one of 20 artists cast in the indie project, which captures a series of first kisses among strangers.

"I met a man who was working for the clothing company [providing outfits for the film]," Larson recalls. "We got to talking, and I kept looking around wondering who did they call in for me to kiss? Then, I realized it was him! It was very sweet."

First Kiss has gone viral on the Web. Why? Larson believes it's because the film touches on the universal themes, fears and joys that are related to locking lips. "Sometimes when you kiss someone for the first time, you think, 'Do I like this person?' 'Should I get out now?' 'Are we going upstairs?''Do I like him?' 'Does he like me?' 'What are our children going to look like?'" she muses. "The film resonates with people because of its tenderness. It expresses things that we all feel, but don't have the courage to say anymore."

Watch First Kiss by clicking here!

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Kanan Back On B&B!

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Port Charles won't have A.J. Quartermaine to kick around anymore! TV Guide is reporting that Sean Kanan has reached a mutual agreement with GENERAL HOSPITAL executive producer Frank Valentini to step down as A.J., and should last air in April. The actor admits that the lack of a romantic storyline for his character made him feel like A.J. didn't have much of a future on the soap.

Instead, Kanan is going to be returning to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL to reprise the role of Deacon, the schemer he also brought to sister soap THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS for a time. He will reportedly first air on the CBS sudser on Friday, June 13. Do you think Hope or Brooke will be happy to see him?

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See Carrigan On The Big Screen!

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If you are heading out to the movies this weekend, be sure to check out THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Sean Carrigan (Stitch) in Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club! The film stars Nia Long (Kat, GUIDING LIGHT), Amy Smart and Wendi McLendon-Covey (THE GOLDBERGS) as single mothers from different walks of life who create an unlikely support group. "I play Tony, the love interest of Wendi McLendon-Covey," Carrigan tells Soaps In Depth. "She was so much fun! It was a wonderful cast. We had a great time shooting it, and Tyler Perry was amazing!"

The Single Moms Club opens today in theaters nation-wide.

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Hendrickson Confirms Exit!

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After six years on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) will be exiting the soap. Rumors have been circulating all week that the actress had decided to not renew her contract, and Hendrickson confirmed the news earlier today on Twitter. The actress joined Y&R in early 2008 following a popular run as ALL MY CHILDREN twins Frankie and Maggie.

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Ashley's Back On Y&R!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fans who were upset to hear that Eileen Davidson's Ashley wouldn't be seen for a while as the actress popped over to DAYS OF OUR LIVES for another stint as Kristen will be happy to know that she's managing to juggle both soaps!

Davidson is heading back into the Y&R studio to tape scenes scheduled to air on Friday, April 18. And because Ashley is going to be attending a family event, it's no surprise that Beth Maitland's Traci will also be appearing! Davidson is also scheduled to appear in another episode airing Monday, April 21, before heading back to work as DAYS' preeminent bad girl!

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McClain & Lindstrom Wed!

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As Soaps In Depth first reported in our issue that went on sale this week, Cady McClain (Kelly, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Rosanna, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and Jon Lindstrom (Kevin, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Craig, ATWT) have come forward to publicly announce that they've tied the knot!

The couple became man and wife on Friday, February 14, meaning that Valentine's Day is going to be extra-special from now on! McClain and Lindstrom had a small, intimate ceremony, and in keeping with their low-key attitude, hadn't made a big announcement until now.

Congratulations to the happy couple, and best wishes for the future!

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Daytime Emmy Pre-Noms Announced!

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, have announced the pre-nominees in the acting categories for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Due to a rule change, the on-line versions of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE were able to join GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and DAYS OF OUR LIVES in the broadcast categories; However, they only scored pre-nominations in the younger performer slots.

An on-line ballot featuring all entrants in each of the six categories were sent to judges who viewed clips of their work before selecting their top ten performers in each category. However, due to ties, Outstanding Lead Actress contains 12 performers and Supporting Actor has 13. The candidates who received the highest number of votes will now advance to the blue ribbon screening round set to begin on Wednesday, March 26. This will determine the final nominees and ultimate winner.

The final list on nominees will be announced on Thursday, May 1, but you can find the full list of all the pre-nominations after the break. Did your favorites make the cut? Who would you vote for?

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A Who's Who Guide For BEACON HILL!

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Next Wednesday, March 5, marks the launch of an exciting new Web soap, BEACON HILL! New media pioneer Crystal Chappell (Dani, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT, etc.) is part of the team behind the drama, which centers on two Boston families at opposite ends of the political spectrum.

With political rivalries, romances gone bad, blackmail and family dysfunction, BEACON HILL has all the makings of a must-see series! In anticipation of the show's premiere, Soaps In Depth chatted up some of the top players in the drama for the scoop!

Alicia Minshew (Sara Preston)
"Sara left the love of her life, Kate, for this reporting job, and the break-up was painful. She's now come back to Beacon Hill for a job and bumps into Kate, so it's reigniting feelings. There are issues with Sara and her grandfather, whom Kate is now working with, and she has a tumultuous relationship with her mother, who is a drinker. She's trying to be a good reporter but stay true to her family. Everything kind of gets mixed up and muddled!"

Sarah Brown (Katherine "Kate" Wesley)
"When Crystal sent me the script, I read all 12 episodes and called her immediately. I originally wanted to play the character of Sara -- I understood where she's coming from. But Katherine ended up being much more of a challenge. I love every bit of this."

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ATWT Star Travels THE RED ROAD

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Tamara Tunie (Jessica, AS THE WORLD TURNS) plays Marie Van Der Veen in THE RED ROAD, a dark and dramatic primetime serial that premieres on the Sundance Channel Thursday, February 27, at 9 p.m. EST. The edge-of-your-seat drama deals with two conflicting communities (Native Americans and local townspeople) and stars Martin Henderson (The Ring) as lawman Harold Jensen, who's trying to keep his crumbling family together, and Jason Momoa (GAME OF THRONES) as Phillip Copus, an ex-con who uses both his charm and commanding presence to scheme and manipulate.

"Marie's very strong and is rooted in the earth," Tunie tells Soaps In Depth. "She's a nurturer and an advocate, but she has also has a dark past. She appears to be on the side of the right, but she's made some mistakes in her life as well."

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Cady McClain Is Y&R's New Kelly!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kelly is about to get an extreme makeover as daytime vet Cady McClain (Dixie, ALL MY CHILDREN; Rosanna, AS THE WORLD TURNS) is taking over for Cynthia Watros, who was unable to juggle the soap with her new role in the upcoming MTV series FINDING CARTER. A rep for Y&R confirms the recast, adding "We are excited to welcome Cady to the show."

Watros posted to Facebook that she was leaving for Atlanta in two weeks for a five-month shoot. "A big, big thank you to the Y&R cast and crew," she wrote. "I loved being on your show. Thank you Y&R fans, I love how passionate you are. I'm sorry I couldn't stay. I hope I didn't let you down."

Watros' last day on set will be Friday, March 14, and she is scheduled to last air as Kelly on Wednesday, April 16. McClain first reports for work on Wednesday, March 26, and will first air on Thursday, April 24. So it looks like Kelly will be sticking around Genoa City for a while, now. But will she keep pursuing Billy or set her sights on another man?

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B&B Goes On Location In The Middle East!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has traveled all over the globe for location shoots in the past, but now the soap is headed for the first time to the United Arab Emirates! According to TV Guide, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) and Don Diamont (Bill) will be headed to Abu Dhabi and Dubai next month for a story set to air probably in time for May Sweeps.

Apparently, the idea was sparked when Lang asked for time off to participate in a triathlon in Abu Dhabi and B&B executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell suggested that they tag along to shoot some location footage at the same time! Hopefully the actress will still have the energy to make sure Brooke can keep Bill and Ridge from tearing each other apart!

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Bob Barker On B&B!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has crossed over with THE PRICE IS RIGHT before, with Pam and Donna appearing on the CBS Daytime game show. And now, retired PRICE host Bob Barker is set to make a guest appearance on B&B!

Barker is scheduled to appear in the episodes airing Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 1, in scenes with Hope and Liam. As a longtime animal rights advocate, it's no surprise that the storyline will involve animal rescue!

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Superbowl Champ Guests On Y&R!

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Michael Robinson, fullback of the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks, will be making a guest appearance on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS appearing opposite Eric Braeden (Victor)!

After learning that Robinson had confessed in a recent interview that "watching the stories" was a guilty pleasure, producers of the soap approached him to visit Genoa City. And he was thrilled to get to the set and learn he would be sharing scenes with the legendary Victor Newman.

"It was an amazing experience!" the athlete enthuses of his acting debut. "I've been a fan for years, and it was great to meet the personalities on the show. I've always thought Y&R was the best show on daytime television because their story lines are always entertaining and intriguing. They welcomed me with open arms and I felt like a part of the Y&R family."

You can catch Robinson's guest spot in the Y&R episode airing Thursday, March 13!

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Stars Team Up For Good Cause

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It's been a full decade since Kelly Kruger played Mac's teen angst on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. Now, there will be real grown-up drama ahead when she appears in the Monday, February 24, episode of ABC's CASTLE titled "Room 147." In it, a mystery unfolds when more than one person confesses to the murder of a struggling young actor. "I'm playing the girlfriend of the victim," Kruger reveals. "I'm interviewed by both Castle and Beckett, and it was very emotional."

Kruger says that the show's stars — who happen to be fellow Canadians — were key to making the long shooting day easier. "They were the most humble and most welcoming people I think I've ever worked with," she enthuses. "I was also really sick that day, which would have been challenging somewhere else, but they looked after me and made sure that I was okay. They were really sweet."

The actress — together with boyfriend Darin Brooks (Wyatt, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) — is also partnered with an organization called Aid Still Required on another exciting project. "When a natural disaster hits, it's a big deal and people are quick to donate and help," she explains. "But years later, when the disaster has left the headlines, people are still living in the worst conditions and not getting much help."

In an effort to assist those still affected by the tragic 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Kruger and Brooks are trying to raise $15,000 to purchase a seed oil press. With it, the Haitian farms could produce a bio-diesel fuel from their newly-planted jatropha trees and thereby contribute to a self-sustaining economy.

"We wondered: If we don't do something, who will?" she says. As an incentive to donate, Kruger and Brooks are offering everything from wristbands and tote bags to B&B set visits and even autographed scripts. "Visit www.healhaitinow.org to donate and learn more," she says of the campaign that's running through Sunday, March 16. "If everyone would donate just $10, we would reach our goal."

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ATWT Star Pens Emotional Memoir

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Cady McClain (Rosanna, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Dixie, ALL MY CHILDREN) is self-publishing her memoir, titled Murdering My Youth. And the actress is having a contest in which fans can vote on what the final cover will be! Click here to pick your favorite!

"The book is a series of my memories about growing up in an alcoholic environment," McClain shares with Soaps In Depth. "It is also a raw, brutally honest look at what being in 'show business' can entail for a young girl and the extremely close relationship I had with my mother."

The two-time Emmy winner says that she's been told that the book should come with a warning. "There's a lot of violence in it," she allows.

What led McClain to join the list of soap stars who've chronicled their life stories? "I was inspired by a woman who asked me to be the keynote speaker at her writers' conference in Kansas City called Write The Dream," she says. "She had followed my blogs throughout the years and offered to help me self-publish this book. Her encouragement was a huge part of me letting this story out into the world. I hope it inspires others to tell their story or at least to not feel so alone with their experiences."

McClain will be signing copies of Murdering My Youth at the Write The Dream Conference in Kansas City, MO, on Friday, March 7. Click this link for more information. And as the keynote speaker, she will be encouraging her audience to find their voice via a method she calls "dreaming your way to a great, personal story. It's basically like taking a person's psyche and putting it in the structure of a fairy tale or myth."

McClain say that she loves to teach and interact with other creative minds. Curious what else has been going on in her head? Then check out Flip Fantasia, her trippy short film about four young urban men coping with the tragic after-effects of a wild night out in New York City, when it screens as at the Macon Film Festival. Catch it at the Cox Capital Theatre in Macon, GA, on Friday, February 28 a 4:14 p.m. or you can watch it on YouTube by clicking this link!

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Puppy Love On B&B!

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In case you thought Oliver and Maya's flirting on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL couldn't get any cuter, brace yourself: The couple will have an encounter with two adorable puppies on Monday, February 10, when Brandon McMillan, host of the CBS show LUCKY DOG, drops by to say hi to his friend, Ollie!

McMillan, who rescues shelter dogs and finds them loving families as part of his heartwarming series (which airs Saturday mornings) plays himself in today's episode, though he jokes that viewers will hardly notice him! "Honestly, I didn't think I was going to make it out of CBS Studios with them that day because there were about 80 people on set and they wouldn't let the dogs go!"

Incidentally, the pups making a B&B cameo are ones McMillan rescued from a shelter. "Every year in America, about 1.5 million dogs are euthanized because they can't find homes," he says. "LUCKY DOG is basically a show about second chances, a journey of me rescuing dogs and the process of finding the perfect home for them."

Despite training all sorts of animals for the film and television industry for the last two decades, McMillan says acting isn't necessarily his strong suit. "It never has been," he says, "but it was fun getting my feet wet. If this whole 'dog training' thing doesn't work out, maybe I can become a staple on B&B!"

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Crazy About Zima!

On THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Yvonne Zima knocked our socks off as Sheila Carter's dangerous daughter, Daisy. Now, the actress is set to do it again when she stars opposite actor Shawn Roberts in Lifetime's The Girl He Met Online. "It's a cautionary tale about on-line dating and I think warns against seeking love too desperately," Zima offers. "My character, Gillian, is constantly finding herself in relationships and not taking any time alone to recover... it culminates in disaster!"

In fact, the emotionally unstable gal is not even close to being the cat's meow that Andy (Roberts) thinks she is. While Zima clarifies that the character isn't as sadistic as Daisy, it was equally challenging to play. "I think she might have both bipolar disorder and a borderline personality," Zima suggests. "She's moody and she believes her own lies."

The situation could get complicated when Gillian's adoptive mother (Mary Margaret Humes) enters the picture, and Andy's sister pays a heavy price. Zima says that she was thrilled to work with the actress whose career she'd long followed. "I'm such a huge fan — I was star struck because of knowing her from DAWSON'S CREEK. Working with her was also lovely because she is so similar to my older sister, Madeline."

The film's star is excited for her soap fans to see this tale ("They'll have a lot of fun watching it — it's a wild ride — but they might want to hate my character," she teases). But more importantly, she wants people to get the message. "I think everyone should see it because on-line dating has become so prevalent," she suggests. "My friends are on all the weird Web sites that I refuse to be a part of [now]." The Girl He Met Online premieres Saturday, February 8, at 8 p.m. EST on Lifetime.

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Marcille's A Mom!

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Congratulations to former THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Eva Marcille (ex-Tyra), who just became a first-time mother! On January 31, the actress and boyfriend Kevin McCall announced the happy news on Instagram that they had welcomed daughter Marley. Welcome to the world, little one!

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Tom's Back On Y&R Today!

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David Tom steps back into the role of Billy Abbott on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS with today's episode, and the actor couldn't be more excited to reconnect with the character and his co-stars. "I had scenes with Jess [Walton, Jill] and it was wonderful," smiles the Emmy winner. "It's like we just took up from where we left off 12 years ago! I'm looking forward to my upcoming scenes with Peter Bergman (Jack)."

But the one person that Tom is most looking forward to sparring with on-screen is Eric Braeden (Victor). "I was never able to work with Eric before when I was younger," he shares. "I can't wait this time around, because I think there will be some fun stuff coming up with Eric because of Billy and Victor's relationship. I'm really excited to see where they go with it!"

Make sure to watch Tom's first new episode today and for more from the actor regarding his Y&R return, check out our feature interview with him in the upcoming issue of CBS Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, February 10!

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Another B&B Return!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL is bringing back another past character, this time Schae Harrison's Darla! According to TV Guide, Harrison is set to reprise her role for three episodes airing Tuesday, March 18, Tuesday, March 25, and Monday, April 7.

Of course, having been killed off in 2006, Darla will be appearing to her daughter, Aly, as a ghost. Fans might recall that Darla was killed when she was run down by a drunk Taylor, and with Hunter Tylo returning as Taylor on Friday, February 28, it's likely this will all tie together. How would you like to see the storyline play out?

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Update: Tylo Is Returning To B&B!

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Rumors have been flying fast and furious that in the wake of Ridge's return to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL in the form of Thorsten Kaye, Hunter Tylo was being approached to reprise the role of Taylor as early as next month. Daytime Confidential first reported that the fan favorite was returning, which a show spokesperson has confirmed to Soaps In Depth. Tylo will be back on February 28, but no other details regarding the length of her stay are known at this time.

Welcome back, Hunter!

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Y&R Star Back To DAYS!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fans were happy to see Eileen Davidson return to the role of Ashley, but now the actress is heading to Salem to play DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Kristen again! "Going back to be a bad girl for a little bit," the actress posted to Twitter.

We have no official word on how long this particular DAYS stint will be, and because the NBC soap tapes so far in advance, don't look for Kristen to appear until around July. As for Davidson's status at Y&R, the actress has only been recurring as Ashley, and the two soaps have cooperated before allowing her to appear on both at the same time. But one thing's for sure — Kristen has a lot of crimes to answer for, so she'll probably be pretty busy in Salem!

"As an important member of the DAYS family, it is exciting to have Eileen return," says DAYS co-executive producer Greg Meng. "The writers have some great things cooking for Kristen, and we can't wait for fans to see what this will mean for Salem. Must-watch TV at its best! Stay tuned!"

Are you excited for Kristen's return? Or would you rather see Davidson as Ashley? Sound off in the comments!

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DAYS Exit Shocker!

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Alison Sweeney (Sami) dropped a bombshell when she appeared on ELLEN as a guest DJ and announced that she was leaving DAYS OF OUR LIVES after more than two decades!

"And I have never had more than a two-week vacation in that whole time," she admitted. "I have worked so much, and my daughter has just turned five and my son is nine, and I just want to be with them."

Sweeney declared her love for the soap and the fans and assured that she will continue to appear on DAYS for the rest of this year. No final airdate has been set yet, so how Sami might leave Salem is just speculation at this point. You can watch the actress' thoughts on how it should go down in the clip below, and then write your own ending for Sami in the comments!

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Y&R Gets Real For Upcoming Wedding!

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Watch for real-life wedding planner David Tutera, host of WE's MY FAIR WEDDING, to stop by THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS on Wednesday, January 22, and Thursday, January 23. While it's likely he'll be on board to help Neil and Leslie out with their big day (they are recently engaged, after all!), Tutera tells Soaps In Depth that he'll be sharing screentime with Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren) and Judith Chapman (Gloria). "Tracey's amazing," he says. "And Judith is a character! I wasn't quite sure if she was playing the role of Gloria or if she's like that in real life!"

The reality star, who also executive produces his series on WE, says he wasn't sure what the policy was regarding ad-libbing on Y&R, but when he saw one of his scene partners doing it he decided to hop on board! "When you're doing a scene with Judith, she keeps going on and on," Tutera chuckles. "I'm like, 'Are you done? When do I start?' Then, I realized I had to start doing what she was doing!"

How would Tutera sum up his Y&R experience? "Painless, fun, easy, and exciting," he says. "I'd absolutely consider [doing this again]," he shares. "This is something I found really enjoyable."

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Another Burton Baby On The Way!

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Steve Burton (Dylan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Jason, GENERAL HOSPITAL) slyly dropped a bombshell on Twitter over the weekend while posting about football and adding "by the way, I'm having another kid... have a great day. God bless."

Deluged with congratulatory wishes from fans, the actor added some details with later tweets revealing that the baby is due in mid-July, and it was a surprise. Burton and wife Sheree already have daughter, Makena (11) and son Jack (8), but don't know yet whether their kids will be getting a baby brother or sister. "We are looking forward to another little one!" Burton declares.

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Y&R And B&B Renewed!

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CBS announced today that it is renewing its entire daytime lineup for the 2014-2015 season, including THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS!

"The return of all five of our CBS Daytime shows is a credit to the collaborative spirit of the casts, crews and staff who work tirelessly to make their creative vision come to life," said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime. "A special thank you goes out to our loyal fans for watching and for making us number one in daytime."

The renewal also includes THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE TALK and LET'S MAKE A DEAL. B&B will be celebrating its 27th anniversary in March, and averages nearly four million viewers. Y&R averages over five million viewers and received a multi-year pickup that will keep it on the air through the 2017 season!

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Exclusive: B&B Star Becomes U.S. Citizen!

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Jennifer Finnigan (ex-Bridget, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), a native of Montreal, Canada, is set to become a United States citizen today. "I decided it was finally time," the actress tells Soaps In Depth exclusively. "It would have happened sooner due to the length of time that I've been living here and [also] because I'm married to an American [actor Jonathan Silverman], but I've not really had the time. I know that sounds strange, but I'm never really in town.

"I've been putting off doing jury duty for too long," the actress adds with a laugh.

Ironically, Finnigan won't be sticking around the U.S. for very long following the ceremony, as she'll soon be leaving for Tel Aviv to begin filming her new series, TYRANT. The serialized drama, from the co-creators of HOMELAND, stars Adam Rayner as the young son of a dictator who ends a self-imposed exile to return to his native country for his nephew's wedding. Finnigan plays Molly, his wife and the mother of their two children. The series is set to air on FX this summer.

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Who Will Air The Daytime Emmys?

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Cable outlet HLN has broadcast the Daytime Emmy Awards for the past two years, but there won't be a third. "It's fairly definite," Albie Hecht, the network's vice president and general manager, tells Soaps In Depth. "I just want to put a pause on everything and figure out what we're doing before we make any commitments. Shows like [the Daytime Emmys] need commitments in advance to plan and I don't think we can make that commitment."

Hecht, who joined HLN a little over three months ago, says that the decision has been made early so that the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) can make other plans. "It's only fair to let them look around and let them do what they need to do," the HNL chief adds.

This doesn't mean that the Daytime Emmys won't be on television, however. "Having the show on HLN was a wonderful experience for us," says David Michaels, senior executive director of the Daytime Emmy Awards. "We are currently exploring other avenues so that the Daytime Emmys will have a broadcast home."

For her part, THE TALK's Aisha Tyler would love to see the ceremony return to one of the big three networks. "I think it would be great," she says. "CBS is the number one daytime network. It'd be great to have the Daytime Emmys on the number one daytime network. I think that would make perfect sense!"

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NAACP Image Award Nominees Announced

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Nominees for the 45th annual NAACP Image Awards have been announced, and the daytime drama categories include actors from GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS.

In the category of Outstanding Actor In A Daytime Drama Series, the nominees are Kristoff St. John (Neil, Y&R), Aaron D. Spears (Justin, B&B), Redaric Williams (Tyler, Y&R), Tequan Richmond (TJ, GH) and Lawrence Saint Victor (Carter, B&B).

Nominees for Outstanding Actress In A Daytime Drama Series are Tatyana Ali (ex-Roxanne, Y&R), Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R), Karla Mosley (Maya, B&B), Angell Conwell (Leslie, Y&R) and Kristolyn Lloyd (Dayzee, B&B).

ALL MY CHILDREN alum Michael B. Jordan (Reggie) received a nomination for Outstanding Actor In A Motion Picture for his role in Fruitvale Station. Nia Long (Kat, GUIDING LIGHT) was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series for her work in Showtime's HOUSE OF LIES. And Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm, Y&R) was nominated for Outstanding Actor In A Drama Series for CRIMINAL MINDS.

The NAACP Image Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 22, and the show will be broadcast on TV One beginning with red carpet coverage beginning at 8:00 pm EST.

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Soap Stars Move To BEACON HILL

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A slew of familiar faces are starring in the new Web series BEACON HILL, including Sarah Brown (ex-Claudia, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Agnes, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) Alicia Minshew (Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), and Crystal Chappell (Dani, B&B; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT) The serial, filmed on location in Boston, was co-created by Jessica Hill and her wife Linda, who is the chief executive officer of Bella Books, a publisher of lesbian fiction.

"BEACON HILL is a political drama set in Boston," Jessica tells Soaps In Depth. "Alicia and Sarah are our two leads, and they play the daughters of two political families in Boston. One's Republican and the other is Democrat. Alicia's character, Sara, and Sarah's character, Katherine, were together [romantically] and they broke up. Our story starts six years later when Sara's grandfather, played by Ron Raines [Carl, OLTL; Alan, GL], has a stroke. Sara, who's living in New York, comes back to Boston and you see dynamics between her family and Katherine start to develop."

The rest of the cast — which reads like a Who's Who of daytime — includes Scott Bryce (Craig, ATWT), Ricky Paull Goldin (Jesse, B&B; Gus, GL), Louise Sorel (ex-Vivian, DAYS), Tina Sloan (Lillian, GL), John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex, OLTL), Jessica Morris (Jen, OLTL), and Melissa Archer (Natalie, OLTL). Also in the cast is newcomer Rebecca Mozo.

BEACON HILL is produced by Bella Productions, the sister company of Bella Books, in association with Chappell's production company, Open Book Productions. Goldin and Emmy-winning actress Hillary B. Smith (Nora, OLTL; Margo, ATWT) serve as producers on the show.

Chappell, who has helmed Web series VENICE and THE GROVE, plays Claire, Sara's mother. How did that work, since there's less than a decade between the two actresses? "I age myself," Chappell confides. "I went without makeup and I wear my hair severely — it's in a twist and high up on top. It's a fun character to play. Claire's husband is gone. My feeling is he couldn't tolerate her family.

"BEACON HILL is a very different show," Chappell adds. "It's a political drama with intrigue and romance revolving around two political families. Jessica and Linda are terrific people and writers. I love working with them!"

BEACON HILL begins streaming on Wednesday, March 5. For more info, check out www.beaconhilltheseries.com

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Cosgrove Moves To Salem!

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Soap-hopper Daniel Cosgrove (Chris, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Bill, GUIDING LIGHT; Scott, ALL MY CHILDREN) is settling into a new daytime address, this time in Salem! Beginning in late January, the actor will be portraying DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Aiden, which will actually be the first time he'll be creating an original character from scratch instead of stepping into another performer's shoes as a recast! Will you be tuning in?

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