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DAYS' Jade Harlow Visits The ZOO

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Jade Harlow (ex-Sheryl, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) guest stars tonight on ZOO, the CBS summer series based on the James Patterson novel of the same name. "The shortest way to describe it is to say it's an 'animal apocalypse,'" Harlow says of the show's premise. Anissa, Harlow's character, plays a pro-animal advocate who has always valued animal lives over human ones. Not surprisingly, she comes into conflict with Jackson Oz (played by James Wolk), the zoologist who is trying to uncover the reason why animals have been behaving so strangely.

"I got to work with almost everybody in the cast," Harlow enthuses. "It was a blast! There are a lot of great one-liners that point out Anissa's way of thinking and why people don't agree with it." Coincidentally, the actress had read the Patterson novel prior to being cast on the show. "The book is very different from the show," she reports. "The producers have taken the story and made it even better. They really enrich it."

The show was shot in New Orleans, which Harlow says was "awesome. The people there are so production-friendly and savvy. The cast was great. The chemistry you see among everyone is real."

Don't miss tonight's episode of ZOO, titled "Emotional Contagion," airing at 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

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GL's Jean Carol Gets "Promoted"!

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Emmy-nominated actress Jean Carol, who played Harley and Frank's irrepressible mom, Nadine, on GUIDING LIGHT, can be seen now in the feature film Promoted as an upscale and entitled socialite. The movie's premise deals with three junior account executives who are pitted against each other as they try to climb their way to the top of the corporate ladder at an advertising agency.

"I love my character's name — Eliza Fox," Carol enthusiastically shares with Soaps In Depth. "She's the mother of the main gal in the movie — Marissa, who is played by Justine Wachsberger (Twilight). Eliza is very entitled and unaware of what's going on with her kids. She's very snobby and thinks she can buy her way through life."

One of Marissa's competitors is Cody Longo (ex-Nicky, DAYS OF OUR LIVES). "He's a sweet kid," says Carol, who shares that Promoted is available now on Google Play, Amazon, ITunes and Vudu and also on DISH Network.

How does the actress feel about all the different platforms on which today's content can be viewed? "For actors, the big pro is that there are more opportunities," says Carol. "A former acting teacher of mine, Richard Lawson (Lucas, ALL MY CHILDREN), says that now Hollywood is a second option and that [actors] can go out and create their own stuff!"

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Gaston Moves In!

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Who could forget Jesse Katsopolis, aka the front man for Jesse & The Rippers and the beloved uncle of the adorable, motherless children on ABC's long-running comedy, FULL HOUSE? Certainly not Justin Gaston (ex-Ben, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), who grew up watching the show in syndication. Now, he's starring as the iconic character's portrayer, John Stamos (ex-Blackie, GENERAL HOSPITAL), in the Lifetime original movie, The Unauthorized Full House Story, airing Saturday, August 22, at 8:00 p.m. EST.

"I was a fan of the show — the writing was really good — and I thought that other stuff like the hair and the catchphrases made Uncle Jesse a lovable character," Gaston relates. "Even though in the beginning, he was a really rough, biker/musician, the way he interacted with the girls [showed] his sweet, soft side, which was really funny."

While on screen, Jesse found love with Rebecca (played by UnREAL's Stephanie Bennett in the film), behind the scenes, Stamos' love life played out famously in the media. It's a situation that Gaston, who is now wed to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Melissa Ordway (Abby), can relate to. "It's about the cast's rise to fame," he says of the movie, "while dealing with their personal lives and juggling the success of the show at the same time."

More than anything, the film is about the friendships, both on camera and behind it, and the memories they created. "It's really positive and well done," Gaston suggests. "If you were a fan of FULL HOUSE, you'll really enjoy this."

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No-Drama Mama

Thumbnail image for AshleighBrewer.jpg Having been bested by Steffy in the "Who Will Win Liam?" competition, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Ivy has found a none-too-shabby consolation prize in his brother, Wyatt. And after what she's been through this summer, she deserves it, notes her portrayer, Ashleigh Brewer!

"It definitely got to the point where I'd read the script and my heart would break for her a little bit," says the actress of her alter ego's rough go of things with Liam, who, in the eyes of many fans, disrespected the brunette by tossing her aside in favor of her overtly sexy cousin. "Even as an actor, it's upsetting when a relationship like that ends," adds Pearce. "You build a nice, solid working relationship with a co-star, and then you're like, 'Awww — we're not going to be working with each other as much!'"

Soaps In Depth recently caught up with Brewer to chat about what makes Ivy different from the other "Forresters" on the show, and whether or not the jewelry maker might ever rethink her insistence on taking the high road in life. We've got it all in the latest issue, on-sale now!

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Diamont's Mission: Make 'Em Laugh

DonDiamontGal.jpg THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Don Diamont knows his alter ego, Bill, can be crass, cocky, impudent and arrogant, but does he make you laugh? If so, then the actor is confident he's doing his job right.

"I recently got a text from my cousin saying that a friend of hers on Facebook told her she laughed-out-loud at my scene," he says. "I think that's why audiences love Bill. He's entertaining, he's fun, and he brings everybody in on the joke. He's very multi-dimensional in that way." Diamont recently chatted with Soaps In Depth about how humor is the most important component of his character, and why it makes him immune, in many ways, from being boxed into storyline corners — a fate that can sometimes befall other daytime villains.

"Bill just really has fun messing with people," the actor says with a chuckle. "I see him as a sort of pirate, but the pirate that people love. He's an antihero."

Check out the latest issue, on sale now, to find out which legendary characters in film and television history have inspired Diamont's portrayal. (We guarantee a few will surprise you!)

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Thorne Comes Home To A Crisis!

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After more than a year away, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Thorne returns on Thursday, July 23, to discover that while he's been holding down the Forrester fashion fort in Paris, his daughter, Aly, has been spiraling out of control!

B&B vet Winsor Harmon (Thorne) tells Soaps In Depth he's thrilled to be back for such an emotionally intense storyline. "Thorne has been living in Paris running International," explains the actor. "While he generally knows what's been going on at Forrester on a day-to-day basis, as far as personal things relating to his family, he's not fully aware of what's been happening."

Aly's erratic (some might say psychotic) behavior in recent weeks is something Thorne's going to have to deal with as a concerned father, but exactly how he'll help resolve his daughter's troubling behavior remains to be seen. "It all stems from her issues with Taylor," he explains. "Aly's always going to have issues surrounding the death of her mother, and Thorne is going to have to keep close tabs on that."

Thorne's homecoming, consequently, isn't likely to be a happy one, but Harmon says reprising the character has been nothing short of amazing. "B&B has been my home for eighteen years, and that's not something that's easy to walk away from or turn your back on," he says. "I never take it for granted. It's always a privilege to be involved with this show, and I'm smart enough to appreciate it!"

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A "Million" Reasons Bring Chappell Back To DAYS!

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In the upcoming film, A Million Happy Nows, Crystal Chappell (Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Carly, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) stars as Lainey Allen, a popular soap opera actress, who exits her daytime drama after finding out she has early-onset Alzheimer's disease. She and her publicist/partner Eva, played by Jessica Leccia (Natalia, GL) move to a beach house overlooking the Pacific Ocean as the couple deals with the devastating diagnosis. Chappell, who also serves as a producer on the project, says the film's soap opera scenes were shot late last year at her old stomping grounds — the DAYS studios in Burbank!

"First, we were going to build a soap opera studio in another studio, but I told [DAYS' co-executive producer] Greg Meng about this film and that I needed a studio," the Emmy-winning actress/producer tells Soaps In Depth. Another co-executive producer of DAYS, Albert Alarr, directed the film, and was helpful in securing the studio space, too. "It was totally fun shooting there," Chappell declares. "Everyone was so accommodating. We could have shot it elsewhere, but filming at DAYS gave us an authentic vibe."

A Million Happy Nows both sheds a light on Alzheimer's and tells the love story of how Lainey and Eva deal with this tragic twist of fate, which, it turns out Lainey knew there was a 50/50 chance of happening. The film's cast is jam-packed with familiar faces from the soap opera world including Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie, DAYS; ex-Joanna, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Robert Gant (David, Y&R), Hillary B. Smith (ex-Stacy, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Margo, AS THE WORLD TURNS), and Michael Corbett (ex-David, Y&R).

"We needed someone to play Lainey's rival and someone suggested Susan," says Chappell. "I reached out to her and she said yes. We did some good old soapy catfight scenes that you'll see. It was so much fun. She is so talented."

As a fan of GL's "Otalia" storyline, the film's writer, Marisa Calin, specifically wrote the movie with Chappell and Leccia in mind. "That's really flattering," notes Chappell. "It's important to not only bring more awareness to this disease, but to also show that it can [afflict] same sex couples."

Stay tuned for an upcoming feature on Chappell in the magazine for more on the project, but In the meantime, you can check out a preview of the film here.

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Welcome To Candy Land

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In the whimsical new Internet drama, WINTERTHORNE (premiering Thursday, August 27) star Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) is set to find herself in some truly sticky situations -- and they don't come from the sweet treats that her powerful clan makes. "The family [and its business] is run by its women, and they've reached a crossroads," explains creator Michael Caruso (DEVANITY), who also plays Madison's husband, Victor, in the show. "Martha's complicated character, Miranda, is taking over, and we'll see over the course of four episodes where she started from and some of the good and not-so-good choices she's made in order to control her family."

Look for Madison to turn in the kind of dark performances that match her gothic wardrobe and to play opposite fellow soap veterans Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig, DAYS), GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), Linda Gray (ex-Priscilla, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), Gordon Thompson (DYNASTY), and John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex, ONE LIFE TO LIVE).

For more on the new series, check out Madison's Catching Up feature in the new issue of CBS Soaps In Depth, on sale now. For more on the unique production, which used 5,000 marshmallows in a scene, pick up the issue that's on sale beginning Monday, August 17, for exclusive, behind the scenes photos!

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Jennifer Gareis Gets Back To Basics

What is beauty? THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Jennifer Gareis (Donna) thinks it has very little to do with waistlines and wrinkle creams and much more to do with inner peace. The actress has found just that in recent years after becoming a mother to 5-year-old Gavin and 3-year-old Sophia, two cuties who have thrown their mama's beauty regimen on its ear!

"When you're a mom, you don't have time to think about any of that stuff," she chuckles. "I think when you're younger — especially being an actor — there's a lot of focus on looks, but it's not so important to me anymore."

Catch up with Gareis as she chats about how motherhood has changed her for the better in the latest issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

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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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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

JacquelineMWood.jpg Like her alter ego on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy) doesn't back down from anything. Thanks to her travels around the globe in recent years, she doesn't turn a blind eye, either.

"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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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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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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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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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."

Pick up Soaps In Depth for more of this candid Q&A!

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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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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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EXCLUSIVE: Y&R's Morgan Is Expecting!

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Mishael Morgan (Hilary) tells Soaps In Depth exclusively that she and her husband are expecting their first child in August! "We were actually thinking about planning a family this year... and it happened a little earlier than we anticipated," she smiles. "But I'm the kind of person who wants things to happen when they're supposed to happen, and am open to it. So it was a happy blessing!"

At the moment, the actress doesn't know the sex of the baby. However, that will change in May when she flies home to Toronto for her baby shower, which she has combined with a baby reveal ceremony. "The only person that knows right now is my baker, who is baking me a cake," she shares with a laugh. "Inside it's going to tell me whether it's a girl or a boy, so when we cut the cake at the baby shower, we'll all find out together! I thought it would be a nice way to celebrate that moment when we are all together, because not everybody is going to be there when the baby is going to be born."

Morgan confesses that she and her husband would be thrilled if the inside of the cake turned out to be pink! "I do have a preference because I want my girl to be older than my son — so for that to happen, it has to be a girl!" she laughs. "When I was growing up, all the boys that I liked and was attracted to and who always treated women amazingly were the ones who had older sisters! So I wish my girl would be first, but it doesn't really matter. If I have a boy and he becomes an older brother to protect her, that's good, too! I'm just very excited!"

The actress' pregnancy will not be written into her storyline on Y&R, so look for Hilary's collection of oversized purses to expand in the near future!

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Mosley Opens Up About Maya's Past

KarlaMosley.jpg It takes empathy and understanding to get to the heart of Maya's transgender journey on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, and if anyone possesses those qualities, it's her portrayer, Karla Mosley! The actress recently chatted with Soaps In Depth about the whirlwind she's experienced since embarking on the story that sent shockwaves through the daytime sphere and beyond. Find out how Mosley prepared to tackle such sensitive material and why she's proud to be part of such a groundbreaking storyline. It's all in the latest issue, on sale now!

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Goss Hits Primetime With A BANG!

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Kelli Goss met an untimely end as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Courtney, but fans can catch the actress guest-starring on tonight's episode of THE BIG BANG THEORY as Chelsea! "It was a nice buffer, and gave me something else to put my focus on rather than, 'Oh, I'm leaving!'" she says of the role. "And everyone there was super-nice. It was a really cool environment!

"Y&R really opened my eyes to the soap world," continues Goss. "Before that, I had the typical, 'Oh, I don't know if I want to do a soap.' Then I got there and it was so great! Seeing the actors that have been on there for such a long time, and how good they are, it was really cool. I've had people say, 'You could be picked up by another soap.' You never know [but] I am definitely open to that!"

The episode titled "The Communication Deterioration" airs Thursday, April 16, at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

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How Scott Clifton Missed The Emmy Nominations!

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While everyone else in daytime was celebrating the Daytime Emmy nominations when they were announced on Tuesday, March 31, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Scott Clifton (Liam) was a little late learning he was once again up for Outstanding Supporting Actor!

"I actually didn't find out until a couple days later," he confides, "because I'd been on a camping trip in the woods. I'd even forgotten when the nominations were going to be announced! On my way back down the mountain, my phone picked up a signal and suddenly a barrage of congratulatory texts and voicemails hit me all at once. I couldn't ask for a better, more fun way to find out. What a perfect welcome home surprise!"

Although Clifton has been nominated before for both his work on B&B as well as GENERAL HOSPITAL and ONE LIFE TO LIVE — and taking home two trophies over the years — this year's nod means a lot to the actor. "The episode I submitted this year wasn't a strategic choice," he says, "as it didn't seem to fit any of the usual criteria — it wasn't necessarily the most realistic or emotional or nuanced — it's classic soap, like a choreographed dance.

"It's a performance I'm very proud of," Clifton continues, "and it tells a story about these two men and their relationship that really resonated with me both on the page, thanks to the poetic wisdom of [writer] Patrick Mulcahey and on the screen, thanks to the masterful precision of Darin Brooks (Wyatt). So to be nominated for this is such a reward, and I'm incredibly grateful."

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Is Quinn Still Dangerous?

RenaSofer.jpg THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Rena Sofer (Quinn) relishes playing the soap's borderline sociopath, but is there more to this multi-faceted character than simply holding swords to people's throats? The actress certainly thinks so.

"The last thing I want to see is for her to actually murder somebody," says Sofer. "You can only go so far with that. Not that I want to see Quinn become 'good,' or 'nice' in any way, shape or form, but I think she really does strive to be better."

Striving is one thing, but can she really stay on the straight and narrow path, worried as she is about her fiancé Deacon's affiliation with his old flame, Brooke?

"In spite of trying, she is who she is, and she makes mistakes," Sofer coyly notes, "but I'd love to see some people give her the benefit of the doubt, and then maybe she can get into trouble in different ways. It doesn't always have to be about murder — even though she's definitely comfortable with that!"

Find out what else Sofer has to say about Quinn's world, and her own, by picking up the latest issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

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LeBlanc Can't Wait For Emmy Night!

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Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy 10 times before this one — and taken home three of those trophies — but he insists that it never gets old!

"I'm amazed!" he enthuses. "It's a celebration for all of us. It's our business card. It's an interesting process. You hate it or you love it. If you're nominated, you're not by any means the best actor in the world or even of daytime. You are there celebrating the community of daytime along with the rest of your peers."

To earn the nod, LeBlanc submitted the episode where Michael tells Lauren he has cancer, but he forgot when the nominations were being announced and was actually at the gym when he got a text! "Steve Burton (Dylan) of all people, which was very sweet," he recalls. "And then it all came in a bunch [of texts]. I was on this running thing and I went flying into some gym class behind me to show everyone my text, 'Hey look!'"

He's also excited that the ceremony is being broadcast on television again, and from Warner Bros. Studio. "I think it's a brilliant idea!" LeBlanc smiles. "I like the old Hollywood aspect of it, I like having a long red carpet again. It will be interesting. It's a first. I was ready for something different. The red carpet [last year] was a [disaster] and we're trying to make it better. It's a historic soundstage. It's up to them to make a really great show."

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Ehrich Reacts To Third Emmy Nod In A Row!

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Max Ehrich (Fen, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) was in North Carolina shooting the primetime series UNDER THE DOME when the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced, so he was checking Twitter to see how Y&R fared in this year's contest! And when he was nominated for Outstanding Younger Actor, his DOME co-stars Mackenzie Lintz and Grace Victoria Cox were eager to share the good news!

"They went to set and must have told everyone," he recalls, "because when I came to set, they told the director Peter Weller, who is an Oscar nominee, it was a cool, surreal experience because he pulled me out and was like, 'Congratulations' and made a big announcement of it. It was very cool."

This is the third year in a row that Ehrich has been nominated in this category, but he insists you never get used to it. "Because there is such a high caliber that you are up against," he says. "I honestly had no idea what to expect. I already feel blessed to be doing what I love for a living, but to be recognized by my peers, that's what puts me on cloud nine."

Ehrich earned the nomination for the episode where Fen learned that his father, Michael, has cancer. "I did that scene because I know a lot of people, including myself, who have lost loved ones to cancer, and I thought it had a strong impact," he explains. "I felt really emotionally connected to those scenes, and finding out. Christian [Jules LeBlanc, Michael], Tracey [E. Bregman, Lauren] and Greg [Rikaart, Kevin] were all in those scenes, and everybody was outstanding. I feel like I owe it to them, because I was just reacting off of them."

And while LeBlanc is in the running for Lead Actor this year, Ehrich is disappointed Bregman didn't receive a nomination of her own. "I'm truly saddened by that," he declares, "because she's phenomenal as an actress and the scenes that she's had, they were amazing. She has my vote!"

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Heinle Surprised Again By Emmy Nomination!

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Amelia Heinle (Victoria, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is currently in the mountains of Georgia visiting her sister, so she found out she had been nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Supporting Actress category via a text message! "I'm so honored," she declares. "This is cool!"

Last year, the actress admitted to us she was surprised to earn the nomination that led to her eventual win because she didn't feel she had a lot of material to choose from, and this year seems no different for her. "I didn't know how the whole things works," Heinle confesses, "and now being involved in the process and voting and everything... this is my second year voting and I'm starting to understand how it works. This year I don't have a lot. the pickings were slim. So I'm even more surprised this year!"

To earn the nomination, Heinle submitted the show featuring the anniversary of Delia's death. "It was a complete show so I just picked that, because I couldn't find anything else," she admits. "When you look back at a body of work over a year, sometimes you have a lot of great work and sometimes you just have to listen to your instinct and what that tells you.

"I talked to [my husband] Thad [Luckinbill, ex-J.T.] about it," she adds, "and he picked something totally different. I was like, I am not submitting that!"

Heinle is thrilled to see former castmate Billy Miller (ex-Billy, now GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jake/Jason) earn a nod for his part in the Delia storyline as well as Elizabeth Hendrickson (ex-Chloe), even if they're competing in the same category again. "If she wins, I will be extremely happy," Heinle insists. "She did such a great job and she's such a sweet, sweet girl. And that was a tough competition last year. I'm shocked that I won. I thought she really deserved it!"

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Hendrickson Returns To Y&R For Emmy Night!

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Elizabeth Hendrickson (ex-Chloe) hasn't appeared on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS since last May, but has earned herself a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in the Supporting Actress category. "I was so close to not submitting," she confesses. "Because I was gone, I didn't know how that would be received. I never know how to deal with that. But I felt like my last year was my best year, so why not give it one more shot?"

The previous year, Hendrickson had submitted Chloe's reaction to the sudden death of her daughter, Delia, but this time the actress opted to submit her farewell episode. "I usually tend to submit on the lighter side, but this was my most honest work that I had of a full show," she says. "The Delia stuff was pretty much done with and I'd already been there, done that. It was really all about one scene with Greg [Rikaart, Kevin] and saying good-bye to him. I still get chills thinking about it. It was really fitting. Last year, last day, last submission."

Hendrickson is looking forward to seeing her old Y&R castmates again at the ceremony, and laments those who won't be joining her as an Emmy nominee. "I was bummed that [Greg] didn't submit," she confides. "I think everything he does is gold! I was really bummed not to see Missy [Melissa Claire Egan, Chelsea] get nominated. I was really proud to see her submit in lead actress. I think that was an awesome, bold, well-deserved move. So I was bummed not to see her up there, because I think she deserved it. You never know how these things work!"

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B&B's Young Shares His Emmy Nomination

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Jacob Young (Rick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) had set THE TALK to record so he could see the Daytime Emmy nominations, but he had the news of his own Supporting Actor nod spoiled by Twitter! "My curiosity killed the cat," he admits. "I was happy that I could follow along on Twitter. It's great, because on Twitter, you can see what people say."

And the actor insists that the nod is not just for him. "This nomination is everyone's," he declares. "All the people who worked with me. Everybody's been so fantastic, from John [McCook, Eric] to Thorsten [Kaye, Ridge] to Katherine [Kelly Lang, Brooke], too."

Naturally, Young submitted the episode where Maya dropped the bombshell about Ridge and Caroline to earn the nomination, and plans to submit the same episode for the final judging. "There's no reason to change it," he muses. "Let's go ahead and keep it. I'm happy it was the right episode. It's great to be nominated."

Of course, while actors from B&B can submit two half-hour episodes to equal the submissions from the actors on other soaps, he opted to just go with one. "It's nice to have that option," Young says, "but at the same time, if you don't have to... It's like presenting a sizzle reel — you don't want to bore the audience. Less is more, my friend!"

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B&B's Godfrey Will Be At The Emmys!

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Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) totally missed the announcement of the Daytime Emmy nominations because she was in physical therapy! "I got a call from [B&B executive producer and headwriter] Brad Bell," she recalls. "And then I got text messages from another producer. I checked my messages really quickly. They said 'Congratulations.'" She laughs and adds, "I said, 'For what?'"

Due to B&B being a half-hour soap, the actors were allowed to submit two episodes to make the same hour as the other shows, so she submitted the scenes where Rick found out that Caroline kissed Ridge. "I wanted to do a different episode, but it aired four days after the cut off!" she laments.

In fact, Godfrey wasn't really involved in what was submitted to the committee, since it occurred just after her accident where she was struck by a car. "I was in the hospital," she reveals. "I felt so bad they had to call and ask. I was not really paying attention. I was just like, 'Oh, I don't care. Just submit what you want!'"

With the ceremony coming up in less than a month, she's already looking at potential gowns, but isn't quite sure how well she'll be able to get around the venue. "I'm trying to figure out if I'm going to be out of these 'moon boots,'" Godfrey says. "I think I'll be out of at least one of them, but I'm hoping I'll be out of both. I don't think I'll be able to wear heels. I'm hoping my gowns are long enough that they cover my feet. But I'll feel so short!"

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Kristoff St. John Prepares For Emmy Night

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kristoff St. John (Neil) missed seeing his name announced live on television for his nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor! "I thought I'd find out today on THE TALK," he says, "but then I heard it came out East Coast time."

The actor was also taking the nod with a grain of salt. "I've been in the business a long time," St. John muses, "and it is a wonderful feeling to be part of the elite pack, but the truth is all the actors and actresses, the people who work behind the scenes, we're all doing it for the same reason. We're all part of that elite group, but for this brief shining moment, there are five in a category and one will be singled out and be able to hold the gold trophy."

While St. John had lots of good material to choose from, he earned his nod with the episode where Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm) returned for a brief visit. "The second one I considered as well," he admits, "but I thought the first one had a little bit more meat and substance to it. There was a consistent, steady back and forth between these two brothers, and I felt it had a better chance than the other episodes."

Although thrilled for his fellow co-workers who are also in the running for awards, St. John confesses he's surprised his on-screen son isn't with them. "I'm very disappointed that Bryton [James, Devon] didn't get a nomination after he did such really raw, moving emotional work last year."

A two-time Emmy winner, St. John says he's never prepared an acceptance speech in advance. "I'm going to cast my fate to the wind," he declares, "and if I should be so lucky and walk up on that stage... we'll see what happens. I'm in a tough category. I'm honored to be invited to the dance!"

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Y&R's Tognoni Reacts To Emmy Nom!

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Gina Tognoni (Phyllis, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) was back home in New Jersey when the 2015 Daytime Emmy Award nominations were announced, and was reminded by her mother that morning to tune in to THE TALK for the announcement.

"I got myself situated, I was trying to eat my lunch," she recalls. "I'm telling you, I'm psyched at all the nominations. I'm psyched that Hunter King (Summer) got nominated. Christian [Jules LeBlanc, Michael]... it's a very nice year. I like the nominations!"

However, immediately after learning she had snagged a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress, Tognoni was unable to get ahold of her mother! "She won't pick up her phone!" the actress laughs. "I'm thinking, where are you now that I need you? But you know what she's probably doing? She's probably talking to all of her friends. My mom is the biggest cheerleader of my life. Both my parents are. But she really loves all this. She loves the show."

To earn the nomination, Tognoni submitted the scene with Peter Bergman (Jack) as Phyllis confronted Jack about Kelly. "Basically it was a scene about 'Did you love another woman? Did you fall for another woman?'" she says. "I just loved it. It was a well-written scene."

Tognoni is grateful for her good fortune this year, but disappointed that co-stars Bergman and Cady McClain (Kelly) didn't receive nods. "I was surprised because she's so good," she admits. "There were a few surprises. I'm surprised that Peter didn't get nominated. He's so celebrated and he really is a big part of why what I submitted I was so proud of, because he is so incredible to work with. You can't do it alone."

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Y&R's King Gets Nasty!

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On THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Summer continues to be tormented by the mysterious murder of her hubby Austin, but her portrayer, Hunter King, takes on the role of tormentor in the big screen movie, A Girl Like Her, which opens nationwide in select theaters on Friday, March 27.

King portrays Avery, a teenager viciously bullying a former friend, Jessica (played by Lexi Ainsworth, GENERAL HOSPITAL's ex-Kristina.) "It was a really difficult role [because of the subject matter], but most of the film was improvised, which was a really different way to shoot a film," shares the Emmy winner. "The director [Amy S. Weber], who also wrote the film, gave us an outline and an idea of what she wanted in the scene. We'd brainstorm about what she wanted for us to achieve and portray, and then we'd go into the scene and improvise. It really added a different element to it, and was something that I've never done before. It made the film so real!"

So real, in fact, that King admits she had a hard time letting the role go when she left the studio. "It was very difficult and upsetting," she concedes. "But it's also so important. Everybody, of course, wants to solve bullying. What's so different about this film is that it doesn't just show [bullying] from the victim's point of view, or the bully's side or the bystander's side. As the director explained it, people who were [emotionally] hurt end up hurting other people because that's their defense mechanism. They don't want to feel the pain, so they wind up hurting other people to make themselves feel better. That's why we need to promote dialogue about it."

Hear more from the actress about the challenging role in the issue of CBS Soaps In Depth on sale now, and check out the film by clicking here.

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B&B's Karen "Steals" Brooke's Dad!

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Brooke has, ahem, shall we say, "stolen" many men on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL over the years. Well, now, turnabout is fair play! THE FOSTERS executive producer Joanna Johnson, who recurs as Karen on the CBS sudser, has snagged Patrick Duffy (ex-Stephen) to play Robert Quinn, Sr., the father of Callie's biological pop, Robert (played by Kerr Smith, Ryder, AS THE WORLD TURNS) in the drama's season finale.

"I was mesmerized by Patrick's work on B&B," FOSTERS executive producer Johnson tells Soaps In Depth. "He gave this beautiful speech to Katie and did it in one take. He was so good I forgot I was in the scene! When this part came up, I wrote him an E-mail and begged him to come on to the show."

Watch for Robert and Callie to see each other in a new light after Robert's dad visits. "We've alluded to the dynamic that Robert's father had something to do with him leaving Callie's mother," Johnson says. Might the former DALLAS star return for more shows when THE FOSTERS returns for its third season? "We definitely want to bring him back," the exec adds.

The episode in which Duffy appears is titled "The End Of The Beginning," and was written by Johnson and fellow executive producers Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige. It airs tonight, March 23, at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC Family.

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Inside EMPIRE's Finale!

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FOX's hit nighttime soap, EMPIRE, will air its season one finale in a special two-hour denouement titled "Die But Once/Who I Am" on Wednesday, March 18, at 8:00 p.m. ET. In the explosive last pair of episodes, Jamal and Lucious are on their way to forming a music-centered relationship, but once again, Lucious has a secret that's about to change everything! Meanwhile, Hakeem decides to flirt with the enemy while trying to figure out what the best move for his career is. Additionally, Cookie — not surprisingly &#!51; is "cooking" up a plan of her own!

"It's a very explosive finale," series executive producer/co-creator Danny Strong tells Soaps In Depth. "Not surprisingly, given the nature of our storytelling, many things will go down and be resolved. Alliances will shift and yet it may or may not be completely resolved by the time it's over."

Strong promises he won't "Laura Palmer" the fans of EMPIRE referring to the season one finale of TWIN PEAKS (in which viewers were still left wondering who offed Laura). In other words, Lucious will likely reveal to which son he'll be turning over his music business. "A lot will be resolved," Strong previews.

Was there much pressure to make the finale jam-packed so that folks will keep talking about the series until it returns for season two? "Some people [may have] felt pressure, but I didn't," Strong says. "I never think that coming up with story that will try to outdo something is the way to come up with a good story. It needs to come from characters, conflict and fundamentals of what makes a good story."

Strong adds that he and his team asked themselves: "How can we conclude the season in a way that we've set up and play in a way that's exciting, powerful and fun, but also keeps the door open for a place to go to in season two? It was tough! Ilene [Chaiken, executive producer] and I wrote the final episode together. But there were a lot of re-writes."

According to Strong, the network and studio "pounded" the EMPIRE writers with notes — in a good way! "The notes made it better," he allows. "They were really good. I think we really pulled it off." Of the finale, he predicts: "People are going to dig it!"

For more on what made EMPIRE the breakout hit of this television season, don't miss our feature in the new issue of CBS Soaps In Depth, still on sale!

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GL's Zimmer Is Still Wicked!

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Los Angeles area fans of Kim Zimmer (Reva, GUIDING LIGHT) have until this Sunday, March 15, to see the actress in the musical Wicked, playing at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood! The four-time Emmy winner plays Madame Morrible in the popular, long-running musical that looks at life in the Land of Oz prior to Dorothy's arrival.

"Each performance is naturally fresh," Zimmer tells Soaps In Depth, "because we have other actors come in and take over when someone has a day off. Things happen all the time that keeps each show different." And what happens if she ever temporarily forgets a line? "I'll ad lib until something sounds familiar," she chuckles. "The kids in the show will look me and say, 'How did you do that?' There are only two spots I'm notorious about forgetting, but I've gotten to the point where I get through them."

Dorothy's journey to Oz was a surreal fantasy, part dream/part nightmare — and believe her, Zimmer can relate! "I had the actor's ultimate nightmare — being lost in the bowels of the theater and not being able to find my costume," Zimmer recounts of what happened one night when the show was playing in San Diego. "My dressing room was quite a walk from where I made my entrance." The actress, who was already fitted with a microphone, kept yelling out "Coming! I'm coming!" as she made her way to the stage while simultaneously getting (mostly) dressed. "I made it on stage, but my dress was wide open in the back. Another character was trying to help zip me up!"

The good news, Zimmer adds, is that ever since she went through that mini-ordeal, "I haven't had that nightmare since!"

For tickets to Wicked click here!

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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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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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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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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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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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