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Braun Heads Back To DAYS!

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Tamara Braun (ex-Carly, GENERAL HOSPITAL) will reprise her role of DAYS OF OUR LIVES Mob princess Ava Vitali later this year. TV Insider's Michael Logan broke the news that the actress, who won a Daytime Emmy for her portrayal in 2009, has already begun taping and will return to the screen on December 9. Braun also briefly appeared on DAYS as Nicole's sister, Taylor, in 2011 when she assumed the role from fellow GH alum Natalia Livingston (ex-Emily), and was ALL MY CHILDREN's Reese.

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AMC Alum Joins DAYS!

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Sal Stowers -- who played Angie and Jesse's daughter, Cassandra, on The OnLine Network reboot of ALL MY CHILDREN -- has joined the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES in a contract role.

"So beyond excited and honored to announce that I have joined the Emmy-winning cast of Days Of Our Lives!" the actress, who won the ninth cycle of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, shared on social media. "My episodes will start airing this September."

Who do you think Stowers will be paired with in Salem? Share your theories in the comments below!

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B&B's Zende Makes A Fresh Start

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

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

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

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Another Baby On The Way!

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Congratulations are in order for AS THE WORLD TURNS stars Terri Conn (Katie) and husband Austin Peck (Brad), who are expecting their second child together! Peck posted a photo to his Twitter page of Conn's belly well on its way and wrote: "She's cookin' all right... and almost ready!"

The new baby will join the couple's daughter, Keira, as well as Conn's daughter, Julia, and Peck's sons, Aidan and Roman. Best wishes to the whole family!

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B&B Has A New Thomas

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

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They're Having A Baby!

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

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

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

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Girl Power

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"When someone asks me what my goal is for this year, I would say I just don't want to stick my head in the sand with regard to what's happening socially and politically," says the actress, who chatted with Soaps In Depth about her new mindset, one she hopes to share with her fans.

Wood's B&B alter ego is hoping to effect some big change, too, now that she's back in L.A. both on the home front and the heart front.

"The way Steffy sees it, this is her town," quips Wood.

In other words, if Steffy has her say, neither Rick nor Ivy will come out on top this summer! Find out what else Wood and her daring alter ego have up their sleeves by checking out the latest issue of the magazine, on sale now!

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Cast Your Vote #28

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Do you think Ivy and Liam's marriage will last?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you like Summer and Kyle together?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Wednesday, July 1. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

CBS Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

VOTES FOR ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND COUPLES CAST IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

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Exclusive: First Look At Sudsville's Shows!

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

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

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

MONDAYS

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

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

TUESDAYS

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

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

WEDNESDAYS

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

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

THURSDAYS

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

FRIDAYS

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

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

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Double The Fun!

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This August, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' fans will be able to get a double dose of good, sudsy entertainment — show vet Doug Davidson (Paul) will be holding his first-ever fan event at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, CA, at 8 p.m., on Friday, August 14, while Y&R will be holding its biannual fan event at the same spot at 5 p.m., on Saturday, August 15.

For his own meet-and-greet, Davidson says that he wanted to do something special for "those people that have hung around for 37 years or 30 years, or even 20 years. They have been with us in the darkest days and the brightest hours."

In fact, after decades of correspondence, the Emmy winner regards many fans as friends. "My house is filled with things that they've sent," he shares. "The latest example is with my dad's passing, I've got pictures that they've taken off of the Internet of me and my dad, and the lyrics of Rick Springfield's song, 'My Father's Chair,' in a beautiful presentation...They share in your pain and they share in your joy, and for that I feel compelled to walk the extra mile!"

To purchase tickets or for more information on both events, please email Cathy Tomas at yrfanclub@cbs.com.

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See GL Alum Live On Stage!

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

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

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

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

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Collins' Last Day At Y&R

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

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

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

Share your own message to Collins in the comments!

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

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

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

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

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ATWT Star Passes

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John Colenback, who starred as Dr. Dan Stewart on AS THE WORLD TURNS from 1966-73 and 1976-79 has passed away at the age of 79 on Tuesday, May 12.On the soap, Dan was part of two of ATWT's most memorable early love quadrangles, and fathered two daughters, Betsy and Emily, before dying in 1979.Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this time.

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AS BAWDY AS HE WANTS TO BE

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Wyatt may be a bit of a wild card, but he's nothing compared with Alex Moran, the other outlandish character Darin Brooks (Wyatt) is known for playing outside of daytime. In anticipation of the release of Blue Mountain State: The Rise Of Thadland, which was filmed late last year after being funded by fans through a Kickstarter campaign, Brooks chatted with Soaps In Depth about the movie he predicts will leave his mother feeling a little squeamish.

"When she started watching the TV show, she said, 'Yeah, it's funny... um... but, don't you want to do something like a... a romantic comedy? Something nice?' I said, 'Mom, this is nice, this is funny. It's like Animal House.'"

Find out more about the puerile production of which Brooks couldn't be prouder by picking up the latest issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

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Cast Your Vote #26

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Who do you think should be running Forrester?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Would you rather see Sharon with Dylan or back with Nick?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, June 18. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

CBS Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

VOTES FOR ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND COUPLES CAST IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

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Exlcusive: Details On New SudsvilleTV Show!

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

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

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

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

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

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Maya's Parents Are Coming!

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

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

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

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New On-Line Soap Network Coming Soon!

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

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

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

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

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

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No Moss Under His Feet!

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

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

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

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Cast Your Vote #24

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Do you think Wyatt and Nicole should pursue a relationship?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Can Lauren and Michael's marriage be salvaged?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, June 4. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

CBS Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

VOTES FOR ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND COUPLES CAST IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

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Collins Is Out At Y&R!

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

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

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

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It's Tea Time!

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No one manages to combine having a fabulous time with a great cause quite like THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kate Linder (Esther) -- who will be hosting her 17th Annual Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver, Canada, on Sunday, July 19th. Y&R actors scheduled to attend will be: Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael) -- who will also be emceeing the event -- Sean Carrigan (Stitch), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Scott Elrod (Joe) and Justin Hartley (Adam), as well as the sudser's top makeup artist, Patti Denney.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the event go to www.katelinderafternoontea.com or call, (604) 836-7929. All proceeds will benefit the Canadian Cancer Society.

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St. John Brings Lawsuit

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

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

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

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

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Send Me An "Angel"

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

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

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

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

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DAYS Star As You've Never Seen Her Before!

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Patsy Pease is currently making a brief return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Kimberly Brady, but the actress will also be reuniting with one of her DAYS castmates on the Web soap THE BAY!

"Patsy starts shooting this Sunday as Lola, a woman who is going to be connected to two major characters on the show," series creator Gregori J. Martin shares with Soaps In Depth. "It's a very rugged and gritty role that you've never seen her in before. Several of her scenes will be with Mary Beth Evans (Sara; Kayla, DAYS). But don't expect to see clean-cut Kimberly Brady!"

So keep an eye out for future episodes of the Emmy Award Winning THE BAY to see Pease's debut and all the other twists and turns!

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View The WINTERTHORNE Trailer!

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Candy may be the Winterthorne family business, but it won't be the sugar that kills ya in this crazy clan! The highly-anticipated Web series -- starring DALLAS icon Linda Gray (Sue Ellen; ex-Priscilla, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), ONE LIFE TO LIVE fan fave John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) and DAYS OF OUR LIVES alum Martha Madison (ex-Belle) -- will debut on Saturday, August 27.

Can't wait until then? You can catch a sneak peek of the tasty new show below!

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Attend The B&B Fan Event!

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The official THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL Fan Event will be held on Friday, August 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and this year you'll be able to see how the magic happens because the event will be taking place on the Bradley P. Bell Stage 31 at CBS Television City in Hollywood, California!

Tickets to the Fan Event will cost $150 and include meet and greet time with the cast members, a souvenir autograph book, continental breakfast and snacks, a special VIP gift bag full of B&B goodies and plenty of bold and beautiful fun! But tickets are extremely limited, so if you're interested, click here for more information and to buy your own!

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Darla's Back Again!

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

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

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B&B Star Turns Gourmet Detective!

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Look for THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL alum Dylan Neal (ex-Dylan) starring with Brooke Burns in the new original movie, Gourmet Detective. Neal plays San Francisco culinary consultant Henry Ross, who gets wrapped up in a shocking murder that takes place at his friend's restaurant. The movie premieres Saturday, May 16, at 9:00 p.m. ET on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

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Cast Your Vote #22

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Do you want to see Steffy and Liam back together?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you think Abby and Stitch make a good couple?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, May 21. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

CBS Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

VOTES FOR ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND COUPLES CAST IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

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Mr. Write

ChuckPratt.jpg Given the fact that Y&R is the No. 1 soap in daytime — and has been in that spot for decades — it's not surprising that the decision to hire Charles Pratt Jr. six months ago as Y&R's executive producer/headwriter came with a lot of scrutiny. And some negativity.

"Right away when I came in, I got the usual hate stuff," admits the scribe. "For a second, it kind of affects you! People don't realize it, but they're attacking my confidence. And if I start doubting myself on day four, we're in real trouble! The viewers that have watched Y&R every day for years are entitled to a strong opinion, but I don't like the personal stuff about other shows. Quite frankly it [ticks] me off. This shouldn't be about other shows, it's about this show. And if I do a good job, and please [the fans], ratings will go up. If I don't do a good job, I won't be doing the job long."

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CBS Files Motion To Dismiss Victoria Rowell's Lawsuit

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

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

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Y&R's Rikaart Marries!

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

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ATWT's Beck Is On THE BLACKLIST!

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Look for AS THE WORLD TURNS' Noelle Beck (Lily) guest starring in tonight's episode of THE BLACKLIST. In the episode titled "Karakurt," the FBI track a dangerous Russian assassin named Karakurt. It airs at 9:00 p.m. ET on NBC.

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GL Star Visits GC!

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As previously reported, Lindsey McKeon (Marah, GUIDING LIGHT) will appear on THE YOUNG & THE RETLESS for two episodes starting Thursday, May 7, as Felicity.

"She's confident, definitely a strong female character who is supportive in an odd way," McKeon cryptically previews of her Y&R role. "It's been fun for me to come back to daytime to play this character."

McKeon had blonde hair when she played Marah, but these days she's sporting a darker mane. "It was fun being blonde when I was young but then there were roles I'd audition for that didn't feel like me because they'd lean more towards being ditzy," she candidly shares. "I definitely prefer more serious, dark [parts]. There's a lightness and naiveté towards blondes. This [darker hair] feels more like me. It's wonderful."

Though the pace of shooting soaps has quickened since her days in Springfield, the Emmy-nominated actress says that her time on GL was invaluable when it came to doing this latest role. "I think because I'd been on [GL] I was able to get back into the flow," she says. "Daytime is its own machine and, thankfully, I can fit into it."

McKeon admits she's open for reprising Felicity, but, currently, the actress is waiting to hear if the primetime pilot CODE BLACK, in which she has a role will be picked up for series by CBS. "It's set in an LA County hospital.," she says of the drama which stars Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden. "There was a documentary done on this and now there's a [scripted series] based on the documentary."

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Meet Maya's Pal, Nick!

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

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

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

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

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

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Watch The Emmys On-line!

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

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Soap Vet Is Y&R's Angel

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

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

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

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Jack Wagner Visits HOME & FAMILY

Jack Wagner (ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) appeared on the Hallmark talk show HOME & FAMILY on Friday, May 1, to talk about his primetime series WHEN CALLS THE HEART which just premiered its second season last weekend. You can catch WHEN CALLS THE HEART Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel, and you can watch HOME & FAMILY weekdays at 10:00 a.m. ET on the same network!

And if you missed Wagner's appearance, you can watch his segment above!

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Spice Girl

MishaelMorgan.jpg Y&R's Mishael Morgan says that her alter ego, Hilary, has always led a dual life, so to speak (presenting a public face that was different than her personal side.) However, it was a lot more confusing to her to play the vixen when she first came on, because Y&R refused to tell her anything about her character's background!

"I was completely blind!" laughs the actress. "I tried to get some stuff out of them, but they never told me anything. But my mother and sisters watched Y&R diligently, and they were like, 'I think you're Rose's daughter!' I jumped into the deep-end of that storyline, and made a choice that I was probably Rose's daughter and I was probably in town for revenge!"

Soaps In Depth caught up with the beauty to talk about the highs and lows of portraying such a complex character. Pick up the magazine for the interview!

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Cast Your Vote #20

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Will Rick be able to forgive Maya when the truth comes out?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you think Dylan's feelings for Sharon are strictly platonic?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, May 7. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

CBS Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

VOTES FOR ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND COUPLES CAST IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

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