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Hope Returns!

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We haven't seen Kim Matula's Hope since she exited THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL back in December, but we're about to get an update on the character because the actress is returning for an episode! Matula is slated to tape her appearance on Wednesday, March 4, the same day that Linsey Godfrey (Caroline) returns to work.

What do you think Hope will do during her brief appearance? Could this lead to more appearances or a full-on return? Sound off in the comments!

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Godfrey Back On B&B!

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Linsey Godfrey (Caroline) is heading back to work at THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL! Following the terrible accident last month where she was struck by a car, the actress has been recuperating from her injuries, but doing so very quickly! Recently she updated fans on her Twitter page, posting: "Thank you so much to everyone for your concerns! I'm on my way to healing. Each day gets easier."

A rep for the soap confirms that Godfrey will be reporting to the set beginning this Wednesday, March 4, but we have no details as to how or if her injuries will be written into the show, or an exact date on which you will see Caroline on screen again. But we'll keep you updated as more information rolls in!

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The Daytime Emmys Are Back On TV!

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After only streaming on the Internet last year, the Daytime Emmys are back on broadcast television! The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences has announced that the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will air live on Sunday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET on Pop. They also revealed that the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be held Friday, April 24, at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles. This year, the Daytime Emmys will be held at the historic Warner Bros. Studio lot on Stage 16, the home to iconic films like Casablanca, Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters.

"Our new partnership with the Pop network is an ideal platform to present our signature gala," said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. "With the Warner Bros Studios as our venue, where so many great films and television shows have been made, coupled together with Michael Levitt, our executive producer, who created the 'TV Land Awards,' and has produced numerous live event specials including 'The Producers Guild Awards,' 'The Billboard Music Awards,' and 'E! Live from the Red Carpet' shows for the Golden Globes and Oscars®, this promises to be a very special telecast of the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards."

"As a network that celebrates talent, we are thrilled to bring the Daytime Emmy Awards back to television for the fans," said Brad Schwartz, President of Pop. "Daytime audiences are some of the most amazing and passionate in all of television, and we are proud to honor the greatest works and achievements of daytime. Adding premium live events to our schedule is just another exciting way we are building Pop. We're going to have a lot of fun with this."

Pop, the rebranded TV Guide Network, is also home to the re-airings of episodes of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, so it's a great place to host the Daytime Emmys. Check your local listings for Pop, and mark your calendars! Are you excited to see the Daytime Emmys back on TV?

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Is Y&R's Austin Dead Or Not?

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For a dead guy, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Austin sure seems to be getting around! Which always begs the question: Is the hunk really dead? Or, given the many lookalikes and twins (Caleb/Cane, Mariah/Cassie, Jeffrey/William) that have sauntered through Genoa City, could fans soon be getting a double dose of Austin with a doppleganger?

"I don't know what's going to happen," admits his portrayer, Matthew Atkinson. "From Day One, Austin has been a very mysterious character, and we haven't figured out much about him. There's a lot of questions we could ask, but no answers just yet! I can't give anything specifically away, I would say you will learn a lot about Austin in the coming weeks."

Right now, viewers are learning a lot in flashbacks, including the stunning revelation that Austin and Abby were having a hot and heavy affair! "When I first came on the show, Melissa [Ordway, Abby] and I talked about how her character is related to everyone, so we thought at some point we were going to have a relationship!" laughs the actor. "I guess that kind of ended up happening! I enjoy working with her; she's such a sweetheart!

"Keep watching," Atkinson adds with a grin. "This is not a predictable storyline at all!"

For more on Austin and Atkinson's future, don't miss our in-depth feature interview in the CBS Soaps In Depth issue on sale Monday, March 23!

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Throwback Thursday Time!

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Back in 1999, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Grace was raising adorable Cassie, and kept the little girl's true identity from Sharon for over a year!

Share your favorite memory from that storyline in the comments below!

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B&B Hunk Reunites With GL Co-Star!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter; Remy, GUIDING LIGHT) is teaming up with his former Springfield pal Frank Dicopoulos (Frank, GL) to spend a day with the women of Pittsburgh, PA! The men will co-host the Pittsburgh Bridal Showcase and the Pittsburgh Women's Expo, two shows being held in the same venue. It's all happening on Sunday, March 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the city's David Lawrence Convention Center.

At the Women's Expo, guests can receive massages, and get fashion, exercise and cooking tips -- and much, much more! And if you are getting married, hundreds of vendors will be at the Bridal Showcase to assist with all of your wedding planning! The price of admission includes entry to both shows, and tickets are $10 if purchased on-line, or $15 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.PittsburghWomensExpo.com.

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From THE LOVE BOAT To B&B!

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Jill Whelan -- who will forever be remembered as Vicki Stubing from THE LOVE BOAT -- will drop by THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL next month, a show rep confirms to Soaps In Depth. The actress will make a two-day cameo appearance as a group counselor when Katherine Kelly Lang's Brooke begins a 12-step program to get her drinking under control. Whelan will air on Wednesday, March 11, and Thursday, March 12.

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Save The Date!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Fan Club has announced that the 2015 Fan Club Event will be held the evening of Saturday, August 15, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, CA. You must be a current Y&R Fan Club member in order to purchase tickets to attend, but there's still time to join because reservation packets will not be mailed out to members until Sunday, March 15. (Fan Club members will also be able to purchase one additional ticket for a non-member.) You can find an application to join the Y&R Fan Club by clicking here.

The Sheraton Universal will be offering a special rate on hotel rooms, and a block of rooms has been set aside. But the discount code will not be available until March 15, so don't book your reservations until then, or you won't get the special rate. Most of the cast of Y&R is slated to be in attendance, and additional smaller events are being planned for Friday, August 14, and Sunday, August 16, so you'll want to keep those days open as well.

We'll have more information about the Y&R Fan Club Event as additional details are released. Watch this space!

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Interview: Keith Hamilton Cobb's Performance Of A Lifetime!

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For the past two years, Keith Hamilton Cobb (ex-Damon, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Noah, ALL MY CHILDREN) has been fine-tuning a one-man play, American Moor, which he wrote and stars in. After performing the piece in smaller theaters and workshops, the actor will soon be taking his show back to where he began his career: the New York stage! "That's a big deal," he shares with Soaps In Depth. "It will be the show's Manhattan debut. That's exciting to me, to be doing some of my own work on a stage in the big city where I started to do this theater stuff!"

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Cast Your Vote #10

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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: Should Wyatt forgive Quinn for interfering with him and Hope?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Could Victor and Jack ever bury the hatchet?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, February 26. 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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B&B Alum Joins Web Soap WINTERTHORNE!

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How do you make a series centered on a candy empire even tastier? By adding DALLAS star Linda Gray (ex-Priscilla, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) to the mix!

When WINTERTHORNE, the new Web series from DEVANITY creator Michael Caruso, begins production next month, Gray -- best known as DALLAS' liquor-lovin' Sue Ellen Ewing -- will step into the role of matriarch Joanna Winterthorne.

"Linda has a warmth and strength that embodies Joanna," says Caruso, adding that he "wrote this part specifically for her. It's always an honor when you write for a specific actor and they see themselves in the part. This is a moment I will never forget as a producer!"

Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), who'll play Joanna's daughter, Miranda, admits to being excited about working with the iconic star. "I have so many special memories of watching DALLAS with my own mother," Madison says, "so having Linda play my mother now feels like a full-circle moment!"

WINTERTHORNE promises to flip traditional serialized storytelling on its head by focusing on a female-centric empire in which the men play supporting roles. As well as the aforementioned cast, the sudser also features Gordon Thompson (DYNASTY) and Josh Thrower (90210), with more casting expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Victoria Rowell Speaks Out!

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Soaps In Depth was present this morning when former THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla) held a press conference in New York City to discuss her lawsuit against CBS and Sony.

"This is a profound moment for me," the actress shared, "as an African-American woman who wishes to continue to live the American dream. I've always advocated for myself, and was taught to do so after 18 years in foster care. And I advocate for others, and was taught to do so. So this is not about me. This is about myself and the many, many other African-Americans who have been denied the right to perform in front of and behind the camera. Specifically on Y&R."

In her suit, Rowell claims that CBS and Sony have refused to rehire her in retaliation for her being outspoken about the lack of diversity in the daytime community, and particularly on her former show, the top-rated daytime drama. "It is an incestuous industry, and it has retaliated against me," the actress told In Depth at this morning's conference.

We will have more on Rowell's case in an upcoming issue. In the meantime, we want to hear your thoughts on her claim, so please comment below!

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Y&R Star Sues CBS And Sony!

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The daytime drama at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS isn't just in front of the cameras, it's also behind the scenes! According to Daytime Confidential, Victoria Rowell (ex-Dru) is suing both CBS and Sony! The suit alleges that she was not rehired at Y&R in retaliation for her public and private complaints regarding the lack of diversity at Y&R both in front of and behind the camera.

Rowell claims that she reluctantly exited the soap in 2007 after years of racial discrimination described in the complaint. She also claims that since 2010, she has tried to return to Y&R or sister soap THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL but been denied. We will continue following this story and bring you any updates, but in the meantime, sound off with your own views on this lawsuit in the comments!

UPDATE: A CBS spokesperson tells Soaps In Depth: "We were disappointed to learn that, after leaving the cast of "The Young and the Restless" on her own initiative, Ms. Rowell has attempted to rewrite that history through lawyers' letters and a lawsuit that has no merit. We harbor no ill will toward Ms. Rowell, but we will vigorously defend this case."

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Ridge & Brooke: Is It Really Over?

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Nobody can say that THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Brooke didn't try her best! Donning a barely-there outfit, she tried luring Ridge down to the pool for a little fun and, when he nixed that idea, made it clear that she wanted him back! Ridge, however, made it clear he had feelings for Caroline. Skeptical, Brooke insisted that to her, "this looks like a midlife crisis!" Ridge, however, placed Brooke firmly in the friend zone before dashing off to meet Caroline and reaffirming his commitment to her.

But is this really the end for Brooke and Ridge, or were Donna and Pam right to warn Caroline that the much-married duo always wind up reuniting? Should Brooke fight for Ridge, try and steal Bill away from Katie, find a new man... or maybe try flying solo for a while?

Hit the comments and let us know what you think!

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Y&R' Collins Is Cooking!

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Jessica Collins (Avery, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) drops by the Hallmark Channel's HOME & FAMILY show today to chat with hosts Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines about Avery's upcoming storyline and do a cooking segment featuring her famous Crème Brûlée French Toast!

"I love 'make ahead' dishes, which this is," Collins tells Soaps In Depth. "This is one of the easiest things to make because if you can mix things in a bowl you can make it. It's something my mother and aunt would make. It's great for kids because you can make it the night before.

"It's a hobby that turned into a passion that kind of turned into a second career for me," adds Collins, who graduated from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in 2009 and has a Web site dedicated to her culinary creations. "My blog (JessicaCollins.com) is all about making cooking accessible. It's for first-time cooks — beginners, college kids. I sometimes cook a lot fancier in my real-life, but I also use those recipes, too. I don't have a lot of time to plan and make something amazing. My blog is built much more for my lifestyle — I'll come home, put a chicken in the oven, take a bath while it's cooking and then getting out, eating my chicken and watching Y&R with a glass of wine!"

HOME & FAMILY airs on the Hallmark Channel at 10:00 a.m. ET/PT and 9:00 a.m. Central Time. Check out the recipe for Collins' French toast — and many other tasty dishes — at JessicaCollins.com.

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Y&R's Hartley Moonlights With MISTRESSES!

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If you're enjoying Justin Hartley as Adam on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, you'll be able to see even more of him when he returns for the season premiere of MISTRESSES, where he plays the recurring role of Scott.

Hartley will appear in the season premiere, which will resolve last season's cliffhanger where Joss left Scott at the altar, and is scheduled to appear in at least one additional show during the 13-episode season. The ABC primetime sudser is set to return this summer, and we'll let you know an airdate as soon as we know one.

A rep for Y&R assures fans that this moonlighting will not affect Hartley's screentime as Adam, so have no fear — the actor's not going anywhere!

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Cast Your Vote #8

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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: Can Ridge and Caroline really make a relationship work?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Should Nick pursue a romance with Sage?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, February 12. 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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Emmy Pre-Noms Announced!

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The pre-nominations have been announced for the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards! Judges viewed clips of the performances and submitted their top 10 choices in each category, with the top 10 vote-getters earning a spot on the list. (Due to ties, Lead Actor and Supporting Actress feature 11 pre-nominated performers). The blue ribbon screening round is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, February 24, and will determine the final nominees in each category to be announced on Thursday, March 26. (The entrants for Younger Actor and Actress advance automatically to the blue ribbon round.)

Did your favorites make the list? Who do you think will take home the gold this year?

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B&B Star On The Mend

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Linsey Godfrey (Caroline) was struck by a car in West Los Angeles yesterday, February 2. Thankfully, the actress is expected to make a full recovery.

"Her ankles are banged up and she's had surgery on one foot," reports her manager, Theo Swerissen. "But the doctor says everything is looking pretty good."

It's still too soon to tell how quickly Godfrey will be back on her feet (literally!), but she is expected to be released from the hospital soon. She's in good spirits and ready to go home, so hopefully she'll be back at work before you know it!

"Absolutely," confirms Swerissen. "That's her passion. She loves working, so I think she'll be back on the show sooner than we are even guessing!"

A rep for B&B has said that they have already rearranged their taping schedule to accommodate Godfrey's condition, and will wait until more details on her progress before making any major decisions like perhaps sending Caroline to the Paris office for a stretch or temporarily recasting the role.

Our best wishes go out to Godfrey for a speedy recovery! Get well soon!

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Has Y&R Recast Drucilla?

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When THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Neil discovers that his wife has been cheating on him, will his presumed-dead ex, Drucilla (previously played by Victoria Rowell), be the one to offer a shoulder to cry on? That is the latest rumor making the rounds, with speculation that Troy Beyer has been cast as Lily's mom.

As it turns out, an insider tells Soaps In Depth that there is no truth to the rumor that the former DYNASTY troublemaker will be taking over the role. Chalk this one up to another day, another rumor!

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Cast Your Vote #6

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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: Can Katie and Bill make it work this time around?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Would you rather see Jack with Kelly or Phyllis?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, January 29. 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 Y&R's New Kyle!

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Kyle Abbott hasn't been seen on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS since he went to go work in New York last year. But the soap is bringing Jack's son back to Genoa City, now being played by Australian actor Lachlan Buchanan. "So excited to start my new adventure with the brilliant team at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS," he posted to Twitter.

The actor may be a newcomer to American soaps, but he's got plenty of sudsy experience, having appeared on Aussie soap HOME AND AWAY (like THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL newbie Ashleigh Brewer (Ivy)!). And since Kyle has been spending time in New York, not Down Under, Buchanan will be doing an American accent for the role!

Are you excited to see Kyle back in town? What would you like to see next for the character? Sound off in the comments!

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Blast Off!

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It's not often that you can see three of your favorite daytime stars in one film, so if you missed the theatrical release of 23 Blast last fall, now's your chance to make up for it! The inspirational picture, which stars DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Mark Hapka (ex-Nathan) and features GUIDING LIGHT's Kim Zimmer (Reva) and Crystal Hunt (Lizzie), will become available on DVD at Walmart beginning Tuesday, January 20.

"It's the true story of Travis Freeman, a high school football player from Kentucky who was at the height of his game when he was struck by bacterial meningitis and lost his sight," Hapka offers of his starring role. "He had to readjust to life afterwards and went through a bout of depression, but eventually his coach convinced him to come back to the team."

Look for Hunt to play the cheerleader who breaks Travis' heart, and for Zimmer to bring the heat as his emotional mom in this film produced by former ONE LIFE TO LIVE director Gary Donatelli. For Hapka, who rose to the challenge of playing blind, the best part of the film was getting to do some of the football training he recalls from his own youth. "It was really nice to put the gear back on," he confirms, "and get back out there!"

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THE FOSTERS Returns!

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The critically-acclaimed series, THE FOSTERS, which stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum (Keri, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Vanessa, SUNSET BEACH), returns tonight, Monday, January 19, on ABC Family at 8 p.m. ET with its winter premiere. The show is executive produced by Joanna Johnson (Karen; ex-Caroline, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), who promises that the story points introduced in the premiere and in last December's Christmas special will continue to play out as the rest of the season unfolds.

"Callie's going to be spending a lot of time with her [birth father] Robert Quinn (played by AS THE WORLD TURNS' Kerr Smith, Ryder). She'll start to develop a relationship with him [which] could be confusing to her," Johnson says. "We're also going to [continue to] explore the friendship between Jude and Connor."

Later in the season, viewers will see guest stars including THE VIEW's Rosie O'Donnell (Naomi, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Patrick Duffy (ex-Stephen, B&B; Bobby, DALLAS). "Last season, Girls United [which Rosie's character, Rita, ran] burned down so she's without a home to bring girls to," Johnson notes. "We love having Rosie on our show. She's such a dynamic, warm person. Patrick's going to be playing Robert's father. We've alluded to the dynamic [with] Robert's father having something to do with him leaving Callie's mother. Callie's going to meet her biological grandfather and it'll be interesting."

Johnson says she grew to admire Duffy's talent when he was doing a scene on B&B as Katie's dad. "I was mesmerized," the actress/producer recalls. "He just nailed it one take. He was so good I forgot I was in the scene!" It'll take a while for Duffy to pop up on the show, but Johnson is hoping he returns for future episodes. "We definitely want to bring him back!"

For more, don't miss Johnson's Keeping Track feature in the new issue of CBS Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, January 26!

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B&B Celebrates A Milestone!

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This Friday, January 23, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL will air its 7,000th episode, and it's going to be a very special one! Instead of a regular half-hour of drama, the milestone episode will feature a documentary that chronicles the soap's most memorable moments, the history of the show's creation, interviews with the cast, a fashion retrospective, guest stars, original screen test footage and more!

"THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL - 7,000 continuous episodes of television and going strong!" said Executive Producer and Head Writer Bradley P. Bell. "What a milestone. Much gratitude to our incredibly loyal fans around the world and to [senior vice president, daytime, CBS Entertainment] Angelica McDaniel and CBS for allowing us our freedom of expression for over 27 years,"

B&B will also mark the 7,000th episode with a live Twitter chat during the East Coast broadcast at 1:30 p.m. ET. Cast members Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) (@KatherineKellyL), Ashlyn Pearce (Aly) (@abpearce), Heather Tom (Katie) (@BBheathertom), Sean Kanan (Deacon) (@seankanan), Jacob Young (Rick) (@Jacob_W_Young), Karla Mosley (Maya) (@karlamosley), Rena Sofer (Quinn) (@RenaSofer), Darin Brooks (Wyatt) (THEEdarinbrooks), Ashleigh Brewer (Ivy) (@AshleighBrewer1) and others will be tweeting live with the episode!

What have been your favorite moments of the past 7,000 episode of B&B? Share your memories in the comments! And enjoy this amazing time-lapse video of the crew erecting the sets for the very special episode!

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Is Heinle Out At Y&R?

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With new headwriter Charles Pratt, Jr penning the futures of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS characters, there have been rumors that a major character is on their way out of Genoa City. And while some fans worry that Michael's cancer could lead to a tragic exit for Christian Jules LeBlanc, the big rumor now is that Amelia Heinle's Victoria will not be returning after visiting her son, Reed!

News that the actress deleted her Twitter account added fuel to the fire, but an insider at Y&R tells Soaps In Depth that there are no truth to the rumors and that Heinle's deletion of her Twitter account has nothing to do with her status at the show.

There are definitely big doings coming up on Y&R (just wait for our February Sweeps issue on sale on 1/26 for more details!), so it's not impossible that one or more actors could be on their way out. And we'll do our best to keep on top of all the rumors and bring you the truth as we find it out!

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Is Kristen Alderson B&B's New Hope?

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After Kristen Alderson dropped the bomb that she was leaving the role of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kiki, rumors started flying fast and furious that the Emmy winner was headed over to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL to assume the role of Hope, recently vacated by Kim Matula.

However, it turns out that was just wishful thinking on the part of fans, as a spokesperson for B&B confirms to Soaps In Depth that the rumor is untrue. "We are not recasting Hope," they report, "and we have not hired Kristen Alderson."

Do you think Alderson would have been a good fit for Hope? Sound off in the comments!

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A New Year's Baby!

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AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Agim Kaba (Aaron) has a new reason to celebrate New Year's! The actor/artist and his wife, Jaclyn, welcomed their first child on January 1! "My beautiful boy was born on New Year's Day," the proud pop tweeted, with a follow-up a few days later that "Archer is healthy and beautiful!"

Congratulations to the new parents!

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Cast Your Vote #04

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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: Would you like to have Steffy back in LA permanently?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you like Ashley and Stitch together?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, January 15. 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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Bailey Gets A Second Badge

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It's a reunion! Former AS THE WORLD TURNS star Bailey Chase (Chris) (who currently plays Deputy Branch Connally on Netflix's LONGMIRE) is coming to NBC's CHICAGO P.D. beginning Wednesday, January 7, for a three-episode story arc. On the series — which stars his fellow ATWT castmate Jesse Lee Soffer (Will) as a hotshot detective — Chase will play opposite Sophia Bush (Lindsay) as a DEA agent who wants to snag her for his new task force. Tune in at 10 p.m. EST to catch it!

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Y&R Star Passes

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS family suffered a devastating blow on Tuesday, December 30, with the passing of Beau Kazer at the age of 63. The actor originated the role of Brock Reynolds in 1974 and made frequent appearances on the soap over the years. His most recent was in 2013 for the funeral of on-screen mother, Katherine. Kazer's wife, Sharon Alkus, would like fans to know that Y&R was a huge part of his life that he was very proud of.

"I remember the first time I heard your voice and thought wow! This guy should have been in radio!" Daniel Goddard (Cane) wrote on Facebook to his late co-star. "Then I watched you act and was blown away with how natural and honest your performances always were. God Bless."

Our sympathies to his family and friends.

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Rogers Re-Ups At Y&R!

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Tristan Rogers revealed on Twitter that he will be sticking around THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Colin for a while longer! "I am at Y&R for another year," he posted. "Doesn't mean I won't do other stuff. But my mind is there and I want to make it prominent in daytime."

The actor is due back on set Tuesday, January 6, but as for what's to come for Colin, he remains tight-lipped. "So what can I say?" he writes. "Not a whole lot. However, it seems more compelling than some of the 'fare' we've had of late. Think you'll like it."

What would you like to see next for Colin in Genoa City? Sound off in the comments!

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B&B Alum Engaged!

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Congratulations are in order for THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL alum Kayla Ewell (ex-Caitlin), who just became engaged to boyfriend Tanner Novlan. The actress took to Twitter to post a photo of the happy couple (showing off the ring, natch!) and declaring "I get to spend the rest of my life with this man!" You can see the photo by clicking here!

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Cast Your Vote #02

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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 Maya and Rick's relationship can last?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Can Chelsea forgive Adam for deceiving her with his new face?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Tuesday, December 30. 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:

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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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Dark Days For Foster?

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On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Quinn Hudson was the guy hired by Kate to stir up trouble for Chloe and who later blackmailed EJ. Might his portrayer, Bren Foster, be someone as equally challenging to contend with when he debuts in a new recurring guest role on THE LAST SHIP, the addictive drama from executive producer Michael Bay?

"Going on set and bringing Senior Chief Wolf Taylor [the Australian naval officer that joins the crew in Norfolk, VA] to life is one of the best experiences in my career so far," enthuses Foster, who was himself a big fan of the series' first season. "I'm honored to be surrounded by such an amazing group of talented actors, writers, producers, directors and great crew. From the moment I stepped on set everyone has been extremely welcoming."

The drama, which deals with a group of sailors who avoided the pandemic that wiped out 80 percent of the world's population by being out to sea, is shot aboard some of the U.S. Navy's real-life destroyers. "Being on THE LAST SHIP has really made me appreciate all the men and women in our military. They play a huge part in allowing us to live the way we live," Foster confesses. "[In the show], we portray life-and-death situations, but as you find yourself in the midst of the scene, you realize that there are people doing this for real every day and for that, they have my deepest gratitude."

THE LAST SHIP, which stars Eric Dane and features ALL MY CHILDREN's Charles Parnell (Derek) as a series regular, returns to TNT for its much-anticipated second season next summer.

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B&B Scribe Promises Heartfelt Holiday Episode!

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Stephanie Forrester's legacy continues this holiday season on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL when the show returns to her beloved Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row in downtown L.A. for a very special Christmas Eve episode! "It could be one of our best Christmas episodes ever," executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell proudly proclaims of the show, which will air on Wednesday, December 24. "I believe the Forresters have stated, since the show's first Christmas, that they go to the mission and spend the morning there before having their feast at the Forrester estate. So this year, we're actually going to do a 'reality-style' episode there."

When B&B originally filmed on location at the charity, Susan Flannery (ex-Stephanie) served as an interviewer, of sorts, interacting with real people who have come to rely on the mission's services. This year, John McCook (Eric) will fill that role. "We just want to remind the world that there are people who are less fortunate who need help during these times of celebration," says Bell. "We really want to encourage people to think beyond the walls of their home and really reach out and help their fellow brothers and sisters whenever they have a chance."

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Cast Your Vote #52

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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: Could Quinn actually fall in love with Deacon?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Is Sharon and Nick's relationship beyond repair?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Friday, December 12. 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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Marano's SWITCHED Christmas!

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On THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, an impulsive Eden struggled to be the better version of herself that her big brother, Michael, expected. Now, Eden's portrayer, Vanessa Marano, plays another confused teen — this one, Bay, a rich girl who found out that she'd been swapped with Daphne (played by Katie Leclerc), an infant who'd grown up to become the deaf daughter of a working-class single mom — on ABC Family's SWITCHED AT BIRTH. But in "Yuletide Fortune Teller," the pre-season-four episode airing Monday, December 8, at 9:00 p.m. EST, things are about to get even crazier!

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Second Chance Christmas

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Aloma Wright (Maxine) and Rolonda Watts (ex-Cameron) appear in the new TV One original film Second Chance Christmas. The heartwarming story centers around a young boy's struggle to accept his stepfather after the untimely death of his mother. Can a Christmas miracle bring this fractured family together? Tune in at 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 6, to find out. But first, you can watch a preview below!

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Inside A Y&R Villain's MANSIONS!

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Even if his last "residence" wasn't a trash compactor on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, it's safe to say that Michael Corbett (ex-David) has much better digs these days! The actor-turned-executive producer has a series called MANSION HUNTERS, which features an inside look at some of the most glamorous and recognizable digs in Hollywood! You can binge on a marathon run of 8 half-hour episodes of the reality series starting tonight, December 5 at 9:00 p.m. EST on Reelz.

Corbett's been interested in real estate since his days on Y&R, where he played Nina's devious husband back in the early '90s. How'd he get the idea for this show? "I thought it'd be really fascinating to see behind the scenes of these mega-mansions that rent out for $100,000 a day [for movie and TV productions]. I put together a show that's about the people who put these deals together."

Some of the stars that have been to the homes profiled in MANSION HUNTERS include movie stars Angelina Jolie, Chris Hemsworth, and Megan Fox. Programs and films that have shot at these places include MAJOR CRIMES, The Aviator, and L.A. Confidential. "There's nothing out there like this show that combines all the elements of mansions, money, movies, Hollywood and celebrities," Corbett says.

Stakes run high in closing the agreements between mansion owners and productions so watch for lots of interpersonal dynamics between the folks that work in the firm that negotiates the deals. Featured on the show is Paul Kim, head of Image Locations, and his team of associates which includes Camila More (ex-Gillian, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Anna, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and her twin sister Carey More (ex-Grace, DAYS)!

While Corbett's hand is all over MANSION HUNTERS, he won't be appearing on camera in it. "It's a departure for me," he says. Since being presumed dead after accidentally activating a trash compactor in which he was hiding on Y&R, Corbett's continued to act, but he's also branched out into hosting for shows like EXTRA and MANSIONS & MILLIONAIRES.

Part of the fun of watching MANSION HUNTERS is spotting which homes and estates were used in the making of your favorite shows. Corbett previews: "One episode talks about where Lady Gaga fell off a balcony in one of her music videos!"

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Steffy's Back!

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Good news, Steffy fans! Jacqueline MacInnes Wood is bringing the brunette bombshell back to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL! And she's not just phoning in from overseas or anything — Steffy will be back in person! Unfortunately, at this point, Wood is only scheduled for a handful of episodes set to air in late January, but while she's not back on contract at the soap, she is recurring, and as such can appear at any time! (At least, any time when the actress and the show can work out the scheduling!)

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EXCLUSIVE: Faith Recast With Familiar Face

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Little Faith on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is about to get a new face... but it will be familiar to many viewers! Soaps In Depth has learned that McKenna Grace is returning to the role of Nick and Sharon's daughter. Aly Lind stepped in when Grace was working on another project, and now that Lind has booked a pilot for TNT, Grace will be back temporarily for some episodes beginning with the one airing on Thursday, December 25.

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