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EXCLUSIVE: Grace Is Coming Back Again!

Jennifer Gareis (Donna, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) is once more returning to Genoa City as Grace Turner! The actress, who reprised her role as Nick's naughty ex-lover in August, will pop back up on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS on Thursday, November 13. The buzz is that Gareis' summer appearance on Y&R was so successful that the show extended another invitation to the actress, who currently recurs on sister soap B&B. "I love playing bad girls," Gareis has told In Depth. "It's just so much fun because you never know what they're going to do next! They're always conniving and manipulative." No word on how long Gareis will be on the scene this time, but don't be surprised if she continues to reprise Grace on occasion!

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Nick's Ex Returns!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS will bring back a familiar face in November when Julianne Morris returns to Genoa City as Amy Wilson. (Soap fans might also remember the actress as DAYS OF OUR LIVES' "Swamp Girl" Greta.) In the late '90s, Amy was a friend of Sharon's who dated Nick and then went a little bit crazy after Matt raped her and she shot him. What brings Amy back to town, and how will she affect Nick and Sharon's lives now? Give us your best guesses in the comments!

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Diamont's Son Takes The Field!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Don Diamont (Bill) will be in Bloomington, Indiana this weekend to cheer on his son, Alexander, when he takes the field as starting quarterback for the University of Indiana Hoosiers in a game against eighth-ranked Michigan State!

The actor says his son's college football debut took everyone completely by surprise. The team had hoped to "redshirt" Alexander (who goes by "Zander") this season [meaning not playing him to ensure that the freshman would be eligible for four subsequent years], but recent injuries to two other Hoosier quarterbacks forced coach Kevin Wilson's hand.

"Here we go, it's batter up, as they say," notes Diamont, jokingly mixing his sports metaphors. "Alexander is now the starting quarterback for the Hoosiers as a true freshman."

Though it's undoubtedly a lot of pressure to step in for the first time against a team that's ranked number one, defensively, in the Big Ten, Diamont says he knows his son will more than rise to the challenge. "I have a belief in my son, and I get emotional even saying it," Diamont tells In Depth with a faltering voice. "I just know he's going to go out there and compete his heart out. I think he'll show flashes of greatness, and he may make some mistakes, but he's going to be fiercely competitive. He will leave it all out there and give it everything he's got."

The game will be televised on Saturday, October 18, at 3:30 p.m. EST on ESPN, and you may even catch a glimpse of the actor in the broadcast if things go well for the rookie quarterback. "I cry every time I say this," says Diamont, "but Alexander did say to me 'Daddy, when I throw a touchdown, make sure you get down by the railing — because I'm going to hand the ball to you.'"

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Hendrickson Returns To Y&R!

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At the end of today's episode of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, a sneak preview was shown for tomorrow's show -- and viewers caught a glimpse of Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), who will be returning for the one-year anniversary of Delia's death.

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Rowell Finds Deadly Romance

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla) had a frightfully good time making her upcoming film, Mirror, Mirror for TV One. "It's three movies -- a trilogy called The Fright Night Files -- and I'm in one of them," she tells Soaps In Depth. "I star opposite THE BLACKLIST's Harry Lennix as his love interest."

Actually, Rowell portrays one of two ladies in the charismatic man's life. He already had a live-in girlfriend named Jessica (played by Rowell's former Y&R daughter, Davetta Sherwood, ex-Lily) who's more than a bit unhappy with him. Upon arriving home to find Jessica performing a strange ritual with a friend, the creeped out guy will have a decision to make. Will the unique mirror that she gives him change his outlook? Tune in on Saturday, October 18, at 8 p.m. EST to find out!

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If the chemistry between Rowell and Lennix seems easy, there's a good reason for it. "This is like our fourth project. He was my love interest [Agent Ron Wagner] on DIAGNOSIS MURDER," Rowell reveals. "And I starred in a movie last year that he's producing -- it's still being edited."

What else is ahead for the popular star? Also on Saturday, October 18, she'll be the keynote speaker at the St. Agnes Home's [http://stagneshome.org] Centennial Celebration at the Marriott hotel in Hartford, CT. For tickets or sponsorship information, click here. After that, she has a starring role in the holiday film Marry Us For Christmas, the sequel to UPtv's 2013 ratings juggernaut, Marry Me For Christmas. And keep an eye out for our Keeping Track feature with Rowell in an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth!

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UPDATE: ATWT Star Books Plum Primetime Part!

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AS THE WORLD TURNS' fan favorite Michael Park (Jack) has landed a three-episode arc on NBC's CHICAGO P.D. Speaking to Soaps In Depth directly from the Windy City where the series is produced, Park shares the details about his exciting new role, which begins airing Wednesday, October 15, at 10 p.m.

"Asher is a diamond dealer who hires Antonio Dawson, John Seda's character, to work private security for him," Park reveals. "He's a bit of a rough guy -- he's rough on his wife -- and Dawson is not used to taking orders from someone of my background, so there will be some tension there between the two of them for sure."

While Park did not get to work with fellow ATWT alum Jesse Lee Soffer (Will), who plays brash detective Jay Halstead on the drama, they did discover that they share yet another connection. "India de Beaufort (ONE TREE HILL) plays my wife in this, and she's wonderful," Park reveals. "She and Jesse know each other very well, so India and I got to know each other through that one degree of separation."

In other great news, Park has begun rehearsals for NBC's upcoming production of Peter Pan Live as Cecco, a pirate who will be a member of Captain Hook's (played by Christopher Walken) crew. The beloved musical is scheduled to air Thursday, December 4, at 8 p.m. EST. For more from the star, look for his upcoming Keeping Track feature in Soaps In Depth.

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John Wesley Shipp Previews THE FLASH

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Tonight is going to be déjà vu all over again for John Wesley Shipp (Kelly, GUIDING LIGHT; Douglas, AS THE WORLD TURNS) when THE FLASH debuts on The CW at 8:00 p.m. EST. The two-time Emmy winner, who played the title role in the primetime series about the DC Comics character that ran (get it? "ran?") from 1990-91 on CBS, is appearing in the new series, but in a slightly different role.

Are there many similarities between soap opera fans and devotees of the superhero world? "That's a very interesting question," Shipp tells Soaps In Depth. "It's one I haven't been asked before so bravo! They are similar and, at times, an overlapping audience."

Shipp says that the series title character (aka Barry Allen), played by Grant Gustin, is an actor to watch. "He can do comedy, play a genius when Barry is analyzing a crime scene and then turn around and break your heart. He's got it all."

In this version of THE FLASH, Shipp is playing Barry's dad, Henry, who's been wrongly incarcerated for killing his wife. Watch for Shipp to recur throughout the season as Barry fights to clear his dad's name. "I've had scenes with Jesse L. Martin (Det. Joe West) whose character has drilled into Henry's son's head that his father was a killer. What will he do when he finds out that he was wrong?"

THE FLASH airs Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. EST on The CW, and you can read more about Shipp in the new issue of CBS Soaps In Depth, on newsstands now!

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Y&R Casts Oscar Nominee!

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This is some M*A*S*H-up! Television and film veteran Sally Kellerman -- aka Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan from the 1970 film -- has been tapped by THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS to play the role of Constance Bingham, according to our friends at TV Line. According to the recent casting notice for the character, Constance is a sweet and old-fashioned grandmother, who is active and alert even though she is in a wheelchair. The call also said that the short-term guest role was for five episodes.

Kellerman nabbed Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for her portrayal of Major Houlihan in the film adaptation of Robert Altman's M*A*S*H. Who do you think Constance will cross paths with in Genoa City when she airs in November? Weigh in below!

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B&B Meets THE REAL HOUSEWIVES In Amsterdam!

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Bravo has yet to confirm that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Eileen Davidson (Ashley; also Kristen on DAYS OF OUR LIVES) will be joining Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie, DAYS) as new cast members on the next season of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS. But the Emmy winner just happened to be in Amsterdam earlier this week with Rinna and RHoBH star Lisa Vanderpump as the ladies took a cast vacation to the Netherlands' capital city. While there, they ran into THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell and star Heather Tom (Katie). Several B&B cast members are also there this week for a fan event and remote location shoot. Look for the scenes set in Amsterdam to air on B&B in early November.

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Luckinbill's Good Lie

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' fans who have missed seeing J.T. on their small screens can see his portrayer, Thad Luckinbill, on the big screen when The Good Lie hits movie theaters on Friday, October 3.

While the hunk has only a small part in the Reese Witherspoon movie, Luckinbill actually had a much larger role behind the scenes. He, along with his brother, Trent, and Molly Smith (executive producer of the Oscar-nominated The Blind Side), helped produce the film. "We started a company called Black Label Media (BLM) a little over two years ago, and this is our first project," says the actor/producer. "We're really happy with it, really proud. It's been very well received. When we had a premiere in Toronto, it got a standing ovation. It's really a special movie, and has an amazing message."

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Funnyman Surprises The Forresters!

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This week, fans of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL will finally be able to put a face to the name of Eric Forrester's occasionally-referenced, but never-before-seen brother, John, who also happens to be Ivy's pop. Comic actor Fred Willard drops by starting Thursday, October 2 for a three-episode arc that will conclude on Monday, October 6.

Though the actor is best known for his hilarious stints in films like Best In Show, Anchorman, and a recurring role on MODERN FAMILY, Willard says he's always been intrigued by the soap world, noting that he was once hooked on the seventies-era soap HOW TO SURVIVE A MARRIAGE. "That was a long time ago," he chuckles. "I started watching B&B when I found out I was going to be on, and I got very interested in the storyline."

Willard explains that John currently calls Australia home, but says his alter ego will find himself quite enamored with his brother's glamorous existence. "When he see where Eric works and the models he works with, I imagine he's quite envious," says Willard.

Look for John to also take a shine to Eric's in-law, Pam (which won't sit well with her current beau, Charlie!) "He can't help it," laughs Willard. "His wife's in Australia! But he's kind of a harmless guy."

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BIG BROTHER Housemates Move The Party To B&B!

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Less than 48 hours after the dramatic finale of BIG BROTHER 16, eight of the reality show's former houseguests reconvened on the set of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL last Friday — along with five other BIG BROTHER alums — to tape a Halloween-themed episode that will air on Friday, October 31.

Though there was plenty of drama and backstabbing inside the BIG BROTHER house this summer, the vibe at the B&B set was all about letting bygones be bygones when Soaps In Depth caught up with Donny, Amber, Cody, Zach, Hayden, Nicole, Caleb and Devin.

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Y&R's Case And Morrow On HOME AND FAMILY

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS stars Joshua Morrow (Nick) and Sharon Case (Sharon) are appearing on today's episode of HOME AND FAMILY on the Hallmark channel, airing from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST. The actors are there to discuss their characters' upcoming nuptials on the soap, as well as their two decades in Genoa City.

But if you don't get that channel or missed the episode, we've got a clip of their segment right here for you courtesy of Hallmark Channel! Enjoy!

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Original Y&R Cast Member Returns Today!

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Longtime fans of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS will get an extra treat today when they see the truck driver who gives Phyllis a ride into Genoa City. Her driver is played by none other than original cast member Tom Hallick, who played Brad Eliot. In Y&R's first episode on March 26, 1973, Hallick's character was the one who got a lift into town from a truck driver.

"I was shocked when Y&R called," Hallick tells Soaps In Depth before adding with a chuckle: "I don't know why they're making such a big deal out of it... It's for one episode!"

The actor was assigned the dressing room that belong to the late Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) during his brief return to the top-rated soap. "Jeanne and I had done a national tour of Plaza Suite," Hallick recalls. "We'd finish at Y&R at 4:00 p.m., get a 6:00 p.m. flight and then [do a performance]. That was a lot of fun. Jeanne was always the life of the party. I never had scenes with her on the show, but we'd see each other all the time."

Hallick's original character was named after Bradley Bell, the son of late Y&R creator William J. Bell. (Today, of course, Bradley Bell is the executive producer/headwriter of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL.) "I didn't get to see Brad while I was there, but I left him a note," Hallick says with a smile. Of William Bell Sr., Hallick fondly recalls, "I remember going up to his house on Lake Geneva [in Wisconsin]. We'd spend wonderful weekends there. He was a very talented man. I had a lot of respect for what he did."

Brad Eliot left town after his eyesight had been restored in the late '70s, while Hallick moved over to a development deal at NBC which led to his playing Maxwell Hathaway on DAYS OF OUR LIVES in 1984. Many of the people with whom Brad interacted in Genoa City are no longer part of the show's canvas, but his portrayer says he wouldn't mind doing more Y&R. "It'd be kind of fun to go back again in some capacity," he says.

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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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