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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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Quinn's Crazy... But She Could Be Right!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Quinn is not the person we would look to for advice, generally speaking. However, she has made some pretty great points regarding Hope's dash down the aisle (or off the bow of a ship, as the case may be) with Wyatt. "You did what you wanted to," Quinn told Hope. "You accepted my son's proposal because you wanted to." As for the whole "Liam didn't show up when he said he'd be there" issue? Quinn declared, "You needed an excuse to marry the brother of your fiancée," adding that Liam's delay provided it. Do you think Quinn was right? If Liam had shown up, would Hope have found another reason to put off their marriage? Would she still have wound up with Wyatt? Or is Quinn just covering her own butt? Should the fact that Hope now knows the truth push her to leave Wyatt and reunite with Liam? Let's hear what you think!

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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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EXCLUSIVE: Y&R's Walton is Getting A New Grandbaby!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jess Walton (Jill) shares with Soaps In Depth that she's going to become a grandmother again! Her son, Cole, and his wife, Ashley, are expecting their second child. "It's a boy," Walton happily reveals. The two-time Emmy winner's first grandson, Wyatt, was born in 2012. Congratulations!

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Y&R's McKenna Has A New STATE Of Mind!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Chris McKenna (Det. Harding) is about to do some moonlighting! The actor has landed a recurring gig on the upcoming NBC drama STATE OF AFFAIRS, in which Katherine Heigl plays a top advisor to Alfre Woodard's President of the United States.

McKenna plays Nick Vera, a CIA operator who provides Charleston Tucker (Heigl's character) with her first taste of the ugly business of on-the-ground intelligence gathering. A STATE rep adds that Nick's time in the field has had a strong impact on how he sees his work, politicians and the agency, adding that Nick has a "complex" relationship with Charlie.

But criminals in Genoa City should still be careful, because McKenna will continue to appear on Y&R! "For those concerned, NBC and CBS have been working together and so far [so] good on working out both schedules," the actor tweeted. A Y&R spokesperson tells Soaps In Depth that McKenna has upcoming shows that we'll see this fall. STATE OF AFFAIRS debuts on Wednesday, November 17, at 10:00 p.m. EST.

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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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Cast Your Vote #38

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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 make a good couple?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you think Justin Hartley will make a good Adam?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, September 11. 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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Sneak Peek: Malcolm Returns To Y&R!

Can't wait for Wednesday, September 10, for Shemar Moore to reprise his role as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Malcolm? Well, you're in luck, because we've got this fun little sneak preview direct from CBS featuring clips from his return, classic clips, and some behind the scenes peeks! Enjoy!

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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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Cast Your Vote #36

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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 Brooke should forgive Bill?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Should Jack stay with Kelly or reunite with Phyllis?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, August 28. 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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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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Y&R's Braeden Opens His Home To You!

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Check out the current issue of our sister publication Closer Weekly — on newsstands now! — for a massive at-home feature with THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Eric Braeden (Victor), full of gorgeous pictures of his spectacular home in the Santa Monica Mountains and behind-the-scenes Hollywood dish!

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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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Cast Your Vote #34

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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 Katie and Ridge will make it down the aisle?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Is Paul and Christine's marriage in trouble?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, August 14. 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!

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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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Cast Your Vote #32

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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 could be Ivy's Mr. Right?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Is Hilary a better match with Neil or Devon?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, July 31. 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
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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!

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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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DAYS Star Hits The Stage!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Casey Moss (JJ) will be performing with his band, Eyes Of One, as an opening act at Fozzy's CD release party! The show is being held at Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood on Thursday, July 24, at 7:45 pm. Tickets are $20, and to purchase or for more information about the event and the venue, click here!

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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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Cast Your Vote #30

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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 Oliver is falling for or playing Aly?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Would Billy and Chelsea make a good couple?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, July 17. 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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Meet Avery's Ex!

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

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

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Has Y&R Cast Mariah's Mom?

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

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

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

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Polo Crosses THE BRIDGE

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

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

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

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

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You'll Be FINDING Watros On TV Tonight!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Moss Does A WIFE SWAP!

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

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Daddy's Little Girl!

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

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

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Exclusive Y&R Casting News!

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

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Y&R's Serricchio Gets A Witchy Woman!

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

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

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

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