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B&B's Wagner Gets Deadly!

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It's a MELROSE PLACE reunion! Well, not really, but it's as close as we're probably gonna get. Jack Wagner (ex-Nick, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL) stars alongside MELROSE co-stars Jamie Luner (Liza, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Rob Estes in the premiere episode of Investigation Discovery's (ID) new re-enactment series, HEARTBREAKERS. In it, he'll play an Independence, MO, preacher who famously got caught up in a deadly affair.

"I was able to step out of what people might know me as from my [previous] television roles and really play this deeply self-consumed, narcissistic, thinks-he's-God-type minister who basically controls his parish," offers Wagner of his character, David Love. "He winds up having an affair and killing the woman's husband."

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Y&R's Sanders Is Guilty!

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Erin Sanders was just 17 when she played a naïve Eden on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Now, the actress is going back to high school in Guilty At 17, a new film premiering Sunday, July 20, at 7 p.m. EST on Lifetime. In it, she stars as Traci, a girl who accuses a teacher of sexually harassing another student (Chloe Rose; DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION), only to face dire consequences: the teacher, who was innocent, commits suicide!

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Gaskill Delivers Quite A Speech!

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Soap hopper Brian Gaskill (GUIDING LIGHT's Dylan, AS THE WORLD TURNS' B.J., THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Oscar, PORT CHARLES' Rafe and ALL MY CHILDREN's Bobby) has just released a dramatic short film called The Speech. "I'm very excited about getting this film out there," he says.

Gaskill not only stars in the short opposite actress Clea Rivera, but also wrote the script and co-directed it. "It takes place at a wedding reception," the actor explains, "and is about a couple exploring their past together and what that means to their relationship now.

"Soap viewers will be super comfortable with the romantic setting and wedding wardrobe," Gaskill adds with a chuckle before warning: "But it definitely takes a turn away from standard soap fare... it may get a little racy!"

The Speech was funded through Kickstarter with donations from friends and fans, and you can watch it now below. "I couldn't have done it without Ambika Leigh, Garrett Robinson and the whole gang at the film collective and workshop, We Make Movies," Gaskill declares proudly.

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Polo Crosses THE BRIDGE

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

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

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

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

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Y&R's Serricchio Gets A Witchy Woman!

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

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

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

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Daytime Emmy Awards Preview!

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Fans have lots of questions now that it's been announced that the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are going to be broadcast not on a network or cable outlet, but rather streamed via the Internet at www.daytimeemmys.net beginning at 5:00 p.m. PST on Sunday, June 22. Soaps In Depth spoke to David Michaels, Senior Executive Director, Daytime Emmy Awards for The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences, about what viewers can expect on the big day!

Soaps In Depth: Will the format be different? Will the show have a time limit?
David Michaels: As I understand it, the plan is for the show to go straight through — there will be no commercial breaks. We're treating it like a live show. It'll run for two hours.

In Depth: There tend to be fewer rules on the Internet about what people can do. Might we see more of a party atmosphere for this show?
Michaels: I'm not sure. It's the same setting room and people, the same party. I don't know if people will feel that they can take advantage of the "no-holds-barred" rules of the Internet or not.

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Meet B&B's Ivy!

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Former Australian soap star Ashleigh Brewer will debut on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL in July as Eric's nice, Ivy, the daughter of the designer's younger brother John, who has been living in Sydney. Soaps In Depth caught up with Brewer following her first few days of taping to find out how she's settling into the role.

"My first day at work was last Friday, and it was a whirlwind day," says the Queensland-born actress, whose previous acting role was a five-year stint on the Australian soap NEIGHBORS. "I was lucky in that a lot of my scenes were group scenes, so there were eight or nine of us on set. I got to meet a big handful of the B&B cast all at once."

Brewer admits her life has been a whirlwind since her casting was announced, and she's even been invited to join B&B's retinue in Monte Carlo at the annual International Television Festival in June. "I feel like I'm not even deserving of it yet, because I've only worked a few days — like I'm cheating the system," she jokes. "I've gotten all of these incredible perks before I even officially started airing. It's as if I'm dreaming all of this a little bit!"

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B&B's Jones Has A Secret!

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If you thought THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL was steamy, Ashley Jones (ex-Bridget) promises you haven't seen anything yet! The actress is both the star and executive producer of Lifetime's sizzling new feature, The Secret Sex Life Of A Single Mom.

Based on Canadian author Delaine Moore's memoir by the same name, it's the tale of a 30-something mother's personal journey from painful divorce to self-discovery. Jones stars as Moore, whose best pal (played by GENERAL HOSPITAL's Cynthia Preston, ex-Faith) encourages her to try on-line dating, with some intriguing results. "The script is definitely a tamer version of Delaine's life," Jones giggles. "It is TV-MA, which is television for mature audiences, but I think Lifetime wanted to keep it tasteful..."

Look for the single gal to explore her long-dormant sensuality by taking a walk on the wild side. "It could happen to Bridget! That's the kind of shock and awe that I think Lifetime wants to bring to this project," Jones suggests of the soapy tale. "I think I was hired because they think I could make it seem like this could happen to anyone."

Watch a preview by clicking here and don't miss the film's world premiere on Saturday, May 31, at 9 p.m. EST on Lifetime!

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EXCLUSIVE: Tom Speaks Out On Y&R Exit

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With the shocking news that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is replacing the recently-returned David Tom with daytime newcomer Burgess Jenkins as Billy Abbott, Soaps In Depth reached out to the actor to get his perspective on the unexpected recast.

"It was such a great experience to have been a part of the Y&R family again," Tom tells In Depth. "It was wonderful to see so many old friends and people I know that I used to work with and enjoy so much like Jess Walton (Jill) and Peter Bergman (Jack). I got to do some scenes with Eric Braeden (Victor), finally."

The Emmy winner admits that he didn't see Y&R's decision coming. "I think I was definitely well-liked there," Tom muses. "As far as I knew, nobody knew about this. Not even the cast." Was he given a reason for his termination? "One of the reasons they said they let me go is that I obviously looked too young when they placed me with [the new] Kelly. Well, she was hired after I was. I don't understand why they didn't think about that [when they were casting her]. We don't really have a storyline [anyway]; She's with Jack. I thought I looked fine with Missy [Claire Egan, Chelsea]. I really loved working with her."

The actor is already making plans for the future, including putting together a demo reel out of his best scenes from this last trip to Genoa City. Is he up for another daytime gig? "Hell, yeah. I'd go in a heartbeat to another soap opera," he says. "I love to work.

"The worst thing you can do is mull about it," continues Tom, who adds that what he'll miss most is working alongside his fellow Y&R actors. "The whole cast is wonderful. I felt like they were a part of my family."

Look for more of our exclusive interview with Tom in our CBS issue on sale June 16!

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Emmy Nominees React!

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How did THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS Daytime Emmy nominees find out that they'd made the final cut? What episodes did they submit? Read on to find out!

Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R): "I had a 7:30 call so I woke up at 6:15 to several missed calls and texts. When I saw 11 missed phone calls, I thought then, 'I guess maybe... I don't think they would have called me to tell me, Sorry, you didn't get nominated!' It's always so thrilling this exciting, pleasant, flattering thing. It never gets old. I feel really grateful.

"I submitted an episode when the whole Dylan/Chelsea/Adam baby bombshell was coming out. The episode was with me and Steve Burton (Dylan), when everything was coming to a head. It's actually my favorite reel I've ever submitted for any Emmys, because it's such an arc. It starts out with where he's starting to question Connor's sight, and I say that Adam had the same condition. Dylan says, 'What are the odds that our son and your ex-husband had the same condition...' It arcs to Chelsea telling Dylan that Connor isn't his son, he's Adam's son, and everything explodes. I felt it was a rollercoaster, where it's tick, tick, tick, tick, up and then down and up and down... it was really a no-brainer for me."

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B&B Star Checks In To GH!

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Daytime vet Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) confirms to Soaps In Depth that he'll be appearing on at least one upcoming episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL (like, maybe today)! He's keeping mum on exactly who he'll be playing and what he'll be doing in Port Charles, but the actor/musician (Moss is a member of the band Player) will be airing during the Nurses Ball so there's speculation that he'll be not just acting on the show, but singing, too!

How'd it all come about? "[GH's headwriter] Ron Carlivati came up with the concept," Moss reveals to In Depth. "He ran it by Frank [Valentini, executive producer]. Everybody loved it!"

The former CBS Daytime star admits that an offer from a rival network surprised him, but adds, "It shows me how savvy the guys are who are running [GH]. I think it's going to be a good payoff for them."

Moss and his new pals at ABC agreed to keep the casting coup under wraps for as long as possible. "We all chose collectively to keep it a secret," he says. "That was kind of the point of it."

It's a bit serendipitous that Moss has landed back at ABC. The actor started out his acting career there in a talent development program prior to landing on B&B. "It was myself, Robin Wright (Kelly, SANTA BARBARA), Arsenio Hall, Emmanuel Lewis (WEBSTER), Emma Samms (ex-Holly, GH), and Gordon Thomson (Mason, SB). We all started out together and then went our separate ways."

Moss didn't feel like a stranger in Port Charles. While he says Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH; ex-Phyllis, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) hadn't started there yet when he shot his scenes, he did see on set many of his former B&B co-stars. "I saw Ian Buchanan (Duke; ex-James, B&B), William deVry (Julian; ex-Storm, B&B), Rick Hearst (Ric; ex-Whip, B&B) and other people I've known for years like Anthony Geary (Luke) and Finola Hughes (Anna)."

Although GH is only a brief appearance, Moss wants his fans to know that he loves being a part of the soap opera world and has no ill will towards the genre. "To blatantly say 'I would never go back to daytime' would be a slap," he declares. "I never said that. But people will read into things what they want to."

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B&B And Y&R Stars Engaged!

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Congratulations are in order for Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Robert Adamson (Noah, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS)! Not only are they expecting a baby girl in June, but the couple recently became engaged!

"We were such slackers about it," Godfrey admits. "We actually got engaged on New Year's Eve. We told our family and friends, but we didn't make a huge formal announcement about it. We weren't sure we were going to make one and then we decided against it and just started calling each other 'fiancée.' We want the baby to get here and be a little bigger and then do all the official stuff!"

Best wishes to the happy couple!

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Supergirl Lands In Genoa City!

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Helen Slater debuts as Dr. Chiverton, Victoria's OB/GYN, on the Friday, May 2 episode of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. "I've been interested in doing daytime for a while," the actress tells Soaps In Depth. "It's a medium I haven't done before, and this just seemed like a perfect way to enter it."

The actress — who made her 1984 film debut as the title character in Supergirl — believes that the stigmas of film thespians doing daytime aren't as severe as they once might have been. "There will always be some people who draw more strict lines in the sand, but this has been such a fun, interesting journey," she says of her Y&R experience.

How is Slater, who has a theater and improv background, finding the pace of daytime? "I could not believe it," she says of how quickly scenes are taped. "My mouth dropped open! They were very sweet from the control booth [when I had to do a second take]. I think this is my first doctor role. I have an examination room and clipboard and I'm saying things like 'fetal cell analysis.' It's like learning a new language!"

When Slater's not busy acting, she's staying creative in other ways. She wrote the music for a CD she produced titled Myths Of Ancient Greece — Songs And Stories For Kids Of All Ages! "I've been a huge lover of Greek mythology ever since I read The Odyssey," Slater adds. "I feel like giving back, because some of these myths may get lost and I feel that they are important!"

To hear some snippets and to learn more about Slater's music check out her website.

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Bob Barker "Comes On Down" To B&B!

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TV icon and game show legend Bob Barker will appear on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL on Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 1, as part of several documentary-style episodes tackling the issue of animal welfare.

Though it's not his first cameo on B&B — he briefly appeared on the show for a fashion storyline back in 2002 — Barker says he's thrilled to return this time to espouse a cause so close to his heart. "I do an interview [with Liam, for Spencer Publications] about the problem of overpopulation of animals," he says. "That interview is completely ad-libbed."

The former emcee says he's thrilled that his message about the importance of spaying and neutering pets will reach B&B's immense global audience. "This is going to be helpful to countless animals," he says. "We've got to get the word out, and then it'll change."

Barker's message of adopting pets from shelters (rather than acquiring them from breeders) struck such a chord on set that three B&B employees — including Scott Clifton (Liam) and the show's supervising producer, Ed Scott — adopted pets from the South Los Angeles Animal Shelter where the show filmed part of this storyline. That, says Barker, was the real icing on the cake. "Oh I was so pleased about that."

Would the nonagenarian be willing to come back for another appearance on the soap? Without a doubt. "I'll come back anytime they want," he says. "If all I have to do as an actor is talk about spaying and neutering, I'm their man!"

Watch a behind the scenes video teaser of the episodes below!

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B&B Exec Leads Important Crusade

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When he's not overseeing the production of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL for his day job, supervising producer Ed Scott is trying to save the world — literally. The TV exec and husband of Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is the CEO of the Save The Earth Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to helping raise both awareness and funding for environmental research in collaboration with major universities.

The organization has planned several exciting events for Earth Week this week. On Tuesday, April 22, Chicago's No. 1 rock station, The Drive 97.1 will auction off a Candy Apple Red Fender Standard Stratocaster signed by Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler. For more information check out the STE auction site. The foundation is also sponsoring a major symposium on Saturday, April 26th featuring the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the focus of which will be the problem of marine debris.

"There are three huge garbage patches in our oceans right now, one of which is in the North Pacific and covers an area the size of Texas," Scott explains. "The fish eat the plastic, and god only knows what it does to us when it gets into our system. The other major problem is container ships dropping big containers. Every year hundreds fall off of ships in rough seas, and they're really fouling up the water."

Scott points to a new book called Emotion For The Ocean by Chet Forrest, which explains, in layman's terms, the devastation being done to our oceans and marine life. "The oceans are our lifeblood," says Scott. "I don't think enough people understand the severity of what is happening, but we have to get it resolved. We can't keep destroying the oceans like we're doing."

For more information about Scott's efforts on behalf of Save The Earth, visit http://www.savetheearth.org/.

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B&B's Wagner CALLS THE HEART

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There's new romance brewing on Hallmark Channel's period drama WHEN CALLS THE HEART: Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has joined the cast as Mountie Forensic Investigator Bill Avery, and he's bringing the heat! First introduced in last week's episode, Avery arrived on horseback to find out the truth about the deadly explosion in Coal Valley that killed many of the locals, including the husband and son of Abigail Stanton (played by EDGE OF NIGHT's Lori Loughlin, Jody). Might Wagner's character help the shaky widow find her footing? Behind the scenes, it was the other way around. "Lori's an old friend, and a terrific actress," Wagner confides of his scene partner and pal on the Vancouver set. "I play golf with her husband and we've run in the same circles for years."

In "Prelude To A Kiss," the season finale airing Saturday, March 29, at 9:00 p.m. EST, Wagner's character will be back to further pursue Abigail while at the same time, delving deeper into the dangerous mystery. "My character gets beat up while he's at the crime scene by some masked men," Wagner reveals. "So it unfolds to be a real good versus evil situation."

With the fate of the town, as well as Abigail's family name, on the line, the evidence that Avery has collected becomes all-important. Who will triumph? Abigail pins her hope on the visiting Circuit Judge Jedidiah Black (James Brolin), but will she be able to continue living in the small town — let alone find love again — in the aftermath? "They leave the show with cliffhangers," Wagner says of the possibility of his return. "So hopefully Hallmark will pick it up for a second season!"

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Y&R And GL Star Gets Gone!

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While awaiting the birth of his first child this year, Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Shane, GUIDING LIGHT) has been keeping himself plenty busy! This weekend, he'll turn up on Lifetime in the thriller, Zoe Gone. "It's about Jennifer, a 16-year-old girl who has a baby (Zoe) with the support of her boyfriend, but the pressure is too much for him and he runs away," Branson offers. "Her mother is a divorcée who's got a boyfriend, which is where I come in. He's the guy who wanted the woman, but not necessarily the child, but took on the role of helping to raise her anyway. But when his gal becomes a grandmother, that wasn't in his plan. There are some moments of him not understanding and lashing out a bit."

The teenager's struggle to acclimate to motherhood and the drama that entails is further complicated by an unexpected twist: Baby Zoe goes missing! "That kicks in the young lady's maternal instincts," Branson relates. "Then the storyline becomes about finding the baby and [Jennifer] proving to herself the mother that she can be."

While Branson is reluctant to give away much more, he did want to praise the film's young star, Sammi Hanratty. "She knew exactly what she wanted to do with the role, and she ran with it right from the beginning!" he enthuses. "I think [the problem of] high school girls having babies and not knowing what to do or not having the support that they thought they would is a relevant topic. The soap fans will relate to it."

Zoe Gone premieres on Saturday, March 29, at 8 p.m. EST on Lifetime. Then you can keep an eye out for Branson's upcoming guest appearances on TNT's PERCEPTION and CBS' NCIS.

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ATWT Star Travels THE RED ROAD

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Tamara Tunie (Jessica, AS THE WORLD TURNS) plays Marie Van Der Veen in THE RED ROAD, a dark and dramatic primetime serial that premieres on the Sundance Channel Thursday, February 27, at 9 p.m. EST. The edge-of-your-seat drama deals with two conflicting communities (Native Americans and local townspeople) and stars Martin Henderson (The Ring) as lawman Harold Jensen, who's trying to keep his crumbling family together, and Jason Momoa (GAME OF THRONES) as Phillip Copus, an ex-con who uses both his charm and commanding presence to scheme and manipulate.

"Marie's very strong and is rooted in the earth," Tunie tells Soaps In Depth. "She's a nurturer and an advocate, but she has also has a dark past. She appears to be on the side of the right, but she's made some mistakes in her life as well."

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Stars Team Up For Good Cause

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It's been a full decade since Kelly Kruger played Mac's teen angst on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. Now, there will be real grown-up drama ahead when she appears in the Monday, February 24, episode of ABC's CASTLE titled "Room 147." In it, a mystery unfolds when more than one person confesses to the murder of a struggling young actor. "I'm playing the girlfriend of the victim," Kruger reveals. "I'm interviewed by both Castle and Beckett, and it was very emotional."

Kruger says that the show's stars — who happen to be fellow Canadians — were key to making the long shooting day easier. "They were the most humble and most welcoming people I think I've ever worked with," she enthuses. "I was also really sick that day, which would have been challenging somewhere else, but they looked after me and made sure that I was okay. They were really sweet."

The actress — together with boyfriend Darin Brooks (Wyatt, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) — is also partnered with an organization called Aid Still Required on another exciting project. "When a natural disaster hits, it's a big deal and people are quick to donate and help," she explains. "But years later, when the disaster has left the headlines, people are still living in the worst conditions and not getting much help."

In an effort to assist those still affected by the tragic 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Kruger and Brooks are trying to raise $15,000 to purchase a seed oil press. With it, the Haitian farms could produce a bio-diesel fuel from their newly-planted jatropha trees and thereby contribute to a self-sustaining economy.

"We wondered: If we don't do something, who will?" she says. As an incentive to donate, Kruger and Brooks are offering everything from wristbands and tote bags to B&B set visits and even autographed scripts. "Visit www.healhaitinow.org to donate and learn more," she says of the campaign that's running through Sunday, March 16. "If everyone would donate just $10, we would reach our goal."

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ATWT Star Pens Emotional Memoir

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Cady McClain (Rosanna, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Dixie, ALL MY CHILDREN) is self-publishing her memoir, titled Murdering My Youth. And the actress is having a contest in which fans can vote on what the final cover will be! Click here to pick your favorite!

"The book is a series of my memories about growing up in an alcoholic environment," McClain shares with Soaps In Depth. "It is also a raw, brutally honest look at what being in 'show business' can entail for a young girl and the extremely close relationship I had with my mother."

The two-time Emmy winner says that she's been told that the book should come with a warning. "There's a lot of violence in it," she allows.

What led McClain to join the list of soap stars who've chronicled their life stories? "I was inspired by a woman who asked me to be the keynote speaker at her writers' conference in Kansas City called Write The Dream," she says. "She had followed my blogs throughout the years and offered to help me self-publish this book. Her encouragement was a huge part of me letting this story out into the world. I hope it inspires others to tell their story or at least to not feel so alone with their experiences."

McClain will be signing copies of Murdering My Youth at the Write The Dream Conference in Kansas City, MO, on Friday, March 7. Click this link for more information. And as the keynote speaker, she will be encouraging her audience to find their voice via a method she calls "dreaming your way to a great, personal story. It's basically like taking a person's psyche and putting it in the structure of a fairy tale or myth."

McClain say that she loves to teach and interact with other creative minds. Curious what else has been going on in her head? Then check out Flip Fantasia, her trippy short film about four young urban men coping with the tragic after-effects of a wild night out in New York City, when it screens as at the Macon Film Festival. Catch it at the Cox Capital Theatre in Macon, GA, on Friday, February 28 a 4:14 p.m. or you can watch it on YouTube by clicking this link!

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Puppy Love On B&B!

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In case you thought Oliver and Maya's flirting on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL couldn't get any cuter, brace yourself: The couple will have an encounter with two adorable puppies on Monday, February 10, when Brandon McMillan, host of the CBS show LUCKY DOG, drops by to say hi to his friend, Ollie!

McMillan, who rescues shelter dogs and finds them loving families as part of his heartwarming series (which airs Saturday mornings) plays himself in today's episode, though he jokes that viewers will hardly notice him! "Honestly, I didn't think I was going to make it out of CBS Studios with them that day because there were about 80 people on set and they wouldn't let the dogs go!"

Incidentally, the pups making a B&B cameo are ones McMillan rescued from a shelter. "Every year in America, about 1.5 million dogs are euthanized because they can't find homes," he says. "LUCKY DOG is basically a show about second chances, a journey of me rescuing dogs and the process of finding the perfect home for them."

Despite training all sorts of animals for the film and television industry for the last two decades, McMillan says acting isn't necessarily his strong suit. "It never has been," he says, "but it was fun getting my feet wet. If this whole 'dog training' thing doesn't work out, maybe I can become a staple on B&B!"

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Crazy About Zima!

On THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Yvonne Zima knocked our socks off as Sheila Carter's dangerous daughter, Daisy. Now, the actress is set to do it again when she stars opposite actor Shawn Roberts in Lifetime's The Girl He Met Online. "It's a cautionary tale about on-line dating and I think warns against seeking love too desperately," Zima offers. "My character, Gillian, is constantly finding herself in relationships and not taking any time alone to recover... it culminates in disaster!"

In fact, the emotionally unstable gal is not even close to being the cat's meow that Andy (Roberts) thinks she is. While Zima clarifies that the character isn't as sadistic as Daisy, it was equally challenging to play. "I think she might have both bipolar disorder and a borderline personality," Zima suggests. "She's moody and she believes her own lies."

The situation could get complicated when Gillian's adoptive mother (Mary Margaret Humes) enters the picture, and Andy's sister pays a heavy price. Zima says that she was thrilled to work with the actress whose career she'd long followed. "I'm such a huge fan — I was star struck because of knowing her from DAWSON'S CREEK. Working with her was also lovely because she is so similar to my older sister, Madeline."

The film's star is excited for her soap fans to see this tale ("They'll have a lot of fun watching it — it's a wild ride — but they might want to hate my character," she teases). But more importantly, she wants people to get the message. "I think everyone should see it because on-line dating has become so prevalent," she suggests. "My friends are on all the weird Web sites that I refuse to be a part of [now]." The Girl He Met Online premieres Saturday, February 8, at 8 p.m. EST on Lifetime.

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Tom's Back On Y&R Today!

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David Tom steps back into the role of Billy Abbott on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS with today's episode, and the actor couldn't be more excited to reconnect with the character and his co-stars. "I had scenes with Jess [Walton, Jill] and it was wonderful," smiles the Emmy winner. "It's like we just took up from where we left off 12 years ago! I'm looking forward to my upcoming scenes with Peter Bergman (Jack)."

But the one person that Tom is most looking forward to sparring with on-screen is Eric Braeden (Victor). "I was never able to work with Eric before when I was younger," he shares. "I can't wait this time around, because I think there will be some fun stuff coming up with Eric because of Billy and Victor's relationship. I'm really excited to see where they go with it!"

Make sure to watch Tom's first new episode today and for more from the actor regarding his Y&R return, check out our feature interview with him in the upcoming issue of CBS Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, February 10!

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Y&R Gets Real For Upcoming Wedding!

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Watch for real-life wedding planner David Tutera, host of WE's MY FAIR WEDDING, to stop by THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS on Wednesday, January 22, and Thursday, January 23. While it's likely he'll be on board to help Neil and Leslie out with their big day (they are recently engaged, after all!), Tutera tells Soaps In Depth that he'll be sharing screentime with Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren) and Judith Chapman (Gloria). "Tracey's amazing," he says. "And Judith is a character! I wasn't quite sure if she was playing the role of Gloria or if she's like that in real life!"

The reality star, who also executive produces his series on WE, says he wasn't sure what the policy was regarding ad-libbing on Y&R, but when he saw one of his scene partners doing it he decided to hop on board! "When you're doing a scene with Judith, she keeps going on and on," Tutera chuckles. "I'm like, 'Are you done? When do I start?' Then, I realized I had to start doing what she was doing!"

How would Tutera sum up his Y&R experience? "Painless, fun, easy, and exciting," he says. "I'd absolutely consider [doing this again]," he shares. "This is something I found really enjoyable."

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Exclusive: B&B Star Becomes U.S. Citizen!

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Jennifer Finnigan (ex-Bridget, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), a native of Montreal, Canada, is set to become a United States citizen today. "I decided it was finally time," the actress tells Soaps In Depth exclusively. "It would have happened sooner due to the length of time that I've been living here and [also] because I'm married to an American [actor Jonathan Silverman], but I've not really had the time. I know that sounds strange, but I'm never really in town.

"I've been putting off doing jury duty for too long," the actress adds with a laugh.

Ironically, Finnigan won't be sticking around the U.S. for very long following the ceremony, as she'll soon be leaving for Tel Aviv to begin filming her new series, TYRANT. The serialized drama, from the co-creators of HOMELAND, stars Adam Rayner as the young son of a dictator who ends a self-imposed exile to return to his native country for his nephew's wedding. Finnigan plays Molly, his wife and the mother of their two children. The series is set to air on FX this summer.

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Soap Stars Move To BEACON HILL

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A slew of familiar faces are starring in the new Web series BEACON HILL, including Sarah Brown (ex-Claudia, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Agnes, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) Alicia Minshew (Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), and Crystal Chappell (Dani, B&B; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT) The serial, filmed on location in Boston, was co-created by Jessica Hill and her wife Linda, who is the chief executive officer of Bella Books, a publisher of lesbian fiction.

"BEACON HILL is a political drama set in Boston," Jessica tells Soaps In Depth. "Alicia and Sarah are our two leads, and they play the daughters of two political families in Boston. One's Republican and the other is Democrat. Alicia's character, Sara, and Sarah's character, Katherine, were together [romantically] and they broke up. Our story starts six years later when Sara's grandfather, played by Ron Raines [Carl, OLTL; Alan, GL], has a stroke. Sara, who's living in New York, comes back to Boston and you see dynamics between her family and Katherine start to develop."

The rest of the cast — which reads like a Who's Who of daytime — includes Scott Bryce (Craig, ATWT), Ricky Paull Goldin (Jesse, B&B; Gus, GL), Louise Sorel (ex-Vivian, DAYS), Tina Sloan (Lillian, GL), John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex, OLTL), Jessica Morris (Jen, OLTL), and Melissa Archer (Natalie, OLTL). Also in the cast is newcomer Rebecca Mozo.

BEACON HILL is produced by Bella Productions, the sister company of Bella Books, in association with Chappell's production company, Open Book Productions. Goldin and Emmy-winning actress Hillary B. Smith (Nora, OLTL; Margo, ATWT) serve as producers on the show.

Chappell, who has helmed Web series VENICE and THE GROVE, plays Claire, Sara's mother. How did that work, since there's less than a decade between the two actresses? "I age myself," Chappell confides. "I went without makeup and I wear my hair severely — it's in a twist and high up on top. It's a fun character to play. Claire's husband is gone. My feeling is he couldn't tolerate her family.

"BEACON HILL is a very different show," Chappell adds. "It's a political drama with intrigue and romance revolving around two political families. Jessica and Linda are terrific people and writers. I love working with them!"

BEACON HILL begins streaming on Wednesday, March 5. For more info, check out www.beaconhilltheseries.com

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Stafford's Playing With Friends!

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Michelle Stafford (ex-Phyllis, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) has big news to share. The season finale of THE STAFFORD PROJECT -- the hilarious Web series that she executive produces, writes and stars in -- will be super-sized! "Episode 10 is a loftier production," she reveals. "It's gonna be much longer, maybe 15 or 20 minutes. It's a big party, and we're gonna have quite a few great people from daytime in it. But I'm not gonna say who they are!"

The popular series is about an ex-soap star appearing on a reality TV series while juggling her own roles as both a mother and "a single chick." Sound familiar? "Every episode is based on something that has actually happened to me," Stafford admits with a laugh. "But we are really writing for the everywoman."

Tune in for the laughs when the episode premieres this weekend. "It's a Christmas show!" she enthuses. Then, come back in the New Year for a series of behind-the-scenes specials that are sure to be every bit as hilarious.

For more from Stafford, check out her blog and her upcoming Keeping Track feature in Soaps In Depth.

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Gaskill Goes Deep!

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Brian Gaskill grabbed our attention playing emotional characters like GUIDING LIGHT's Dylan, AS THE WORLD TURNS' BJ, and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Ozzy. Since then, he's been pouring his own emotions into a considerable body of poetry, which he's been recording to share with the world. "When I compiled this new group of poems together, I found that they were much more cohesive and thematic than what was on my last album (Make It Real)," he says. "With this new one, every single piece really did become -- either on purpose or inadvertently -- a reflection of the title, Giving Up Time Travel For The Rain."

In the just-released collection of spoken word recordings, Gaskill shares his thoughts on the everyman quest for personal peace and life acceptance. "It's about living in the moment and not focusing on that pain in the past or your expectations of the future," the poet offers. "It's about just being present -- even if it's raining -- because as we all know, the rain cleanses things and helps them grow."

The artist has also been sharing his insightful thoughts and moving poems about this topic and more via a blog, http://givinguptimetravel.blogspot.com. "There's this 31-day journey that I started in conjunction with this album coming out," he explains. "It's about working to find something new each day that brings me closer to a place of believing -- in the magical, fairytale sense -- in life's possibilities."

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Muldoon Hits The Road!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Patrick Muldoon (ex-Austin) is kicking off Christmas with his new romantic comedy, Holiday Road Trip, on ION TV. In it, a recently heartbroken, stressed out staffer (Ashley Scott) of a major pet supply company gets tasked with taking both the company's canine mascot and the owner's slouchy son (Muldoon) on a cross-country media tour. Will hilarity ensue? "Playing opposite Ashley made me very, very happy — she's gorgeous and really funny," Muldoon offers. "We fall in love along the way, but we have to overcome quite a bit as far as the personality differences between us. That's the fun of the movie."

Add in the fact that they're sharing a car with Auggie (the dog from The Artist) and are joined by an all-star cast that includes George Hamilton, Kip Pardue, Shelley Long, Susan Olsen and Wink Martindale, and viewers are guaranteed a good time. "It was awesome that George plays my father — the guy is so funny and classy," Muldoon says. "He brought five of his expensive suits to the set and when the one that wardrobe provided me didn't fit, he loaned me one of his. And it fit like butter! So in the movie, I'm wearing George Hamilton's suit." Much like the chemistry that Austin shared with DAYS' Sami, Muldoon says that the sparks in this movie are something to behold. Find out for yourself when Holiday Road Trip premieres Sunday, December 1, at 9 pm EST. And if you can't wait, catch a preview by clicking here!

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Cynthia Watros debuts as Y&R's Kelly

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As previously reported, fan favorite Cynthia Watros (Annie, GL) makes her Y&R debut on Friday, November 15. The Emmy-winning actress describes her character, Kelly, as "a grieving mother who lost her son. She's in a support group and meets Billy (Billy Miller)," who's still grappling with the death of his beloved daughter, Delia.

Watros adds that Kelly's a teacher who's taken some time off from her job, hoping to regain some sense of normalcy in her life. At press time, the actress was set to appear in about seven episodes of Y&R (with the potential for more). What would the show have to do to entice her to stay longer? "I told Jill [Farren Phelps, executive producer] that as long as she wants me and we can work around each other's schedules, I'll be happy to be there as much as I can," Watros says with a smile.

Time will tell if Kelly will resemble more of the Annie whom GL viewers first met — the sweet, supportive nurse who caught the eye of Josh — or if she'll be more like the psychotic terror who tried to destroy Reva! "I love playing all kinds of characters," Watros says. "If Kelly turns out to have hidden characteristics, I'd love to explore [them]."

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Y&R's Jeanne Cooper Honored By Son

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Corbin Bernsen (Father Todd, Y&R), the son of the late Jeanne Cooper (ex-Katherine), has paid tribute to his mother in a film he directed, wrote and stars in — Beyond The Heavens. The movie comes out on DVD today, which is ironically Cooper's birthday.

Beyond The Heavens is a family film that explores issues of faith, religion and science. The story's told through the eyes of Oliver (Nathan Gamble), a very smart 12-year-old living in the shadow of his parents' first son, who went missing years earlier. Bernsen (who plays Oliver's dad) says the film attempts to show that faith has answers that science may not.

"A lot of this movie was inspired by my Mom," Bernsen tells Soaps In Depth. "She was a vessel of truth and there was no B.S. about her." The filmmaker adds that he didn't know two years ago when he was working on this project that Cooper would pass away when she did. He says, however, he had an instinct to create an expression of lessons that he learned from her.

Bernsen was able to show the film to his mother before she died in May. "Her reaction wasn't one I expected," he says. Cooper didn't throw out words like "brilliant" and "genius" like her son thought she might, but rather, he recalls, she simply looked at him with a knowing smile on her face, and nodded. "She knew I 'got it,'" he says. "May she rest in peace with the knowledge that her work, her wisdom and her words, her lessons to a young son live on."

The film's cast includes many familiar faces including Lawrence Pressman (whose late wife was Lanna Saunders, ex-Marie, DAYS), Bruce Davison (X-Men) and Dendrie Taylor, whom veteran B&B fans may recall as Sarah, the mid-wife who helped deliver Amber and Rick's (sadly, stillborn) child back in 1999.

To order your copy of Beyond The Heavens go to: http://hometheaterfilms.com/

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Has ATWT's Beck Killed Again?

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When AS THE WORLD TURNS' Noelle Beck (Lily) guest stars on ELEMENTARY on Thursday, October 17, she won't be the murder victim. "I am suspected of murdering my husband," the actress previews, adding with a laugh, "It seems to be what people see me as for some strange reason!"

Having turned out to be the guilty party when she guested on an episode of LAW & ORDER: SVU, could the same happen here? "It's sort of a really interesting episode," Beck promises. "There are a lot of suspects. So you're like, 'Is it this person? Is it that person?' It's got kind of good twists."

The appearance also reunited Beck with an old castmate! "I got to work with Lucy Liu again," she smiles. "We worked together on CASHMERE MAFIA, and she's absolutely one of the sweetest actresses out there." She met new faces as well. "The Broadway actress, Laura Benanti, she's gorgeous," Beck adds. "And she plays my nanny! There's no way I would have hired this beautiful girl to be my nanny! But she was lovely. And I mean, I've had a crush on Aidan Quinn since Legends Of The Fall, so that was fun, working with him. And I got to see some crew members that I've worked with before, so that was great!"

To find out if Holmes and Watson finger Beck's character for the crime, don't miss the episode of ELEMENTARY titled "Poison Pen," premiering Thursday, October 17, at 10:00 pm EST on CBS!

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Andrews Returns For More Forrester Scoop!

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Having appeared in two episodes earlier this month, OMG! INSIDER host Thea Andrews returns to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL on Wednesday, October 16 and again on Tuesday, November 5th!

"This basically makes me recurring on the show, right?" teases Andrews of her return cameos. "Honestly, it would be my dream to be a recurring character who gets to show up, like, once a week! I want to be [Spencer reporter] Jarrett's sidekick!"

Then again, the primetime TV journalist says she's only cut out to play herself. "Lord knows I'm not Meryl Streep! Dropping in is okay, but if it was anything other than a cameo I think I would be scared out of my mind. That's too much pressure!"

Though Andrews taped her B&B scenes after her OMG! INSIDER workday (which starts at 5:15 a.m.!), she says joining the soap for a few days didn't feel like work. "Everyone is so funny on set," she notes. "They all laugh and joke around and no one takes themselves too seriously. It's really cool."

Besides, the reporter admits she was a bit of a fan girl during her stint at B&B. "I watched B&B in college, so I kept thinking, 'I can't believe I'm on this show that I used to watch when I was supposed to be in class!'"

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Could This Sitcom Dad Be Pam's Mr. Right?

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Dick Christie, best known for playing engineer/inventor Ted Lawson on the eighties-era sitcom SMALL WONDER debuts on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL on Wednesday, October 16 as Charlie Webber, a security guard entrusted with protecting the second Hope Diamond when it goes on display in their Beverly Hills boutique!

"He's got a quirky personality," says Christie of his B&B alter ego, whom he likens to know-it-all mailman Cliff Clavin from CHEERS. "He's a blowhard who considers himself to be very cool. He has instant recall of any diamond heist in the last hundred years and will detail it, chapter and verse, whether you want to hear about it or not."

Christie, a long-time acquaintance of B&B executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell, says the scribe approached him to play the comic role for this short-term story arc. "He said, 'I want to give you the flexibility to use your improv skills with this character. Anything you want to bring to it, go ahead.' I said, 'Really? Are you crazy? Okay!'" says Christie.

And though Charlie considers himself a consummate professional, one person will manage to throw him off his game: Pam! "They have an eye for each other," says Christie. "I think a romance between Pam and Charlie would be a great thing."

As for the campy eighties sitcom about a robotic daughter that brought Christie his biggest claim to fame, he looks back fondly on the show. "I had so much fun doing it. By today's standards, it probably wasn't very good, but it was good enough to connect with the audience for which it was intended, which was seven-to-thirteen-year-olds. They loved it!"

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Eakes Turns The Page

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Bobbie Eakes (ex-Krystal, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Macy, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) is preparing to take to the stage in a special one-night-only performance called "Turn The Page."

"My good friend Jeff Trachta (ex-Thorne, B&B) has been championing for me to really pursue my own show for a long time," Eakes confides to Soaps In Depth. "HE's been doing this ever since he left B&B, and has been very successful. He said to me, this is what I was born to do."

The actress, who made a name for herself on stage and screen, is also an accomplished vocalist, with a couple albums under her belt and a tour with Kassie DePaiva (Blair, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Kathy Brier (ex-Marcy, OLTL) as The Divas Of Daytime.

"It'll be a big visual and audio retrospective of my musical tastes interwoven with a sort of history and background of me, who I am, where I came from," Eakes previews. "I'll talk about the pageants in Georgia, coming to LA... and I can't ignore the 21 years I spent in soap operas! It's going to be a lot of fun."

"Turn The Page" will be held on Friday, November 8, at 8:00 pm at The Anneberg Theater in Palm Springs, CA. You can click here for tickets, or call (760) 322-3554.

"The Anneberg Theater is your big theater in Palm Springs," Eakes reports. "It seats 400-plus and has a state of the art sound system. I've done a few benefits there. The theater is just the right size — every seat in the house is a great one! I'm working on getting a surprise guest. I'm not sure if we'll keep it a surprise until the end!"

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Meek Joins The Hunt!

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Jeff Meek, best known to soap fans as AS THE WORLD TURNS' Craig and SEARCH FOR TOMORROW's Quinn, is headed to primetime in Lifetime's new thriller, Taken: The Search For Sophie Parker. "Julie Benz [DEFIANCE, DEXTER] is a widowed New York detective and I play her partner, a sort of hard-boiled street guy from Brooklyn," Meek reveals of the film he made recently in Bulgaria. "He's in love with her — has been for a long time — but she's been struggling with the loss of her husband. He challenges her to let him be in her life."

The budding romance gets put on hold when the daughter of Benz's character (Naomi Battrick) gets abducted while visiting Moscow with a girlfriend (Jemma Dallender) that just happens to be the ambassador's daughter! "That's the caper of the piece: Julie's character travels to Russia to find her, and I provide support from New York with things that she needs to have done."

The frantic search proves complicated when the teenagers fall into a Russian sex slavery ring and become potential victims of human trafficking. "I didn't realize the vastness of [the problem]... it's prevalent all over the world," Meek offers. "It's mostly for the sex trade because they get young women and then indoctrinate them and send them all over the world them. It's horrible!"

The thriller airs Saturday, September 21, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 22, at 12 a.m. EST on Lifetime. For more of what Meek's been up to lately, check out his upcoming Keeping Track feature in Soaps In Depth.

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The Twist You Didn't See Coming!

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While it hasn't been 100 percent confirmed yet, Y&R viewers have pretty much figured out that Cane's beautiful assistant Hilary appears to be Rose's daughter, Anne — the online blogger who has been tormenting Neil and the Winters' clan by posting embarrassing rumors and personal information. But last week, it became clear that the lovely vixen hasn't been acting alone after she entered an apartment and hunky Mason emerged from the bathroom wearing only a towel! Of course, the steamy lip-lock that followed was another clue that this couple might be Genoa City's newest scheme team!

Lamon Archey, who plays Mason, says that executive producer Jill Farren Phelps gave him a heads up over the plot twist for his character during the Daytime Emmys in June. "She said to me, 'I just saw something good for your character.' Then a few weeks later I got the script, and thought, 'We've got something good!' There were no hints that it was going to come about, so fans were totally surprised, which was awesome!"

In fact, Archey says that he tried to keep the secret with a self-imposed Internet silence. "I didn't tweet. I didn't say anything. I kept things low key!" he grins. "I think I tweeted Mishael [Morgan, Hilary] benignly once [and] people on Twitter put two and two together, and said, 'Oh, wait a minute, why are these two talking? But [after the scene aired] so many people were into the shocker. It got Twitter going!"

What do you think of the plot twist?

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Rowell's Soap-Themed Sitcom Is "RUTHLESS"

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Victoria Rowell (ex-Dru, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is developing one of her novels into a TV show. "THE RICH & THE RUTHLESS is an original comedy pilot for primetime," the Emmy-nominated actress tells Soaps In Depth. "It's inspired by all of my theater, TV and film experience. It's an amalgamation of behind-the-scenes [in show business] everywhere!"

Supporters of the actress and her latest venture can get in on the action by visiting the program's Kickstarter page. "We're hoping to reach our [financial] goal by the end of [August]," the actress/author says.

While the three-time Emmy nominee is mostly known for her dramatic chops, Rowell's also done a great deal of comedy, which will come in handy for her portrayal of RUTHLESS' Calysta Jeffries, a popular soap opera actress who is also her serial's creator! "People want to laugh right now," says Rowell, who describes her new show as "Soapdish meets THE OFFICE meets 30 ROCK. It's about the lives our characters lead and a look at life backstage on a soap opera."

Joining Rowell in the cast are familiar faces from Y&R including Brenda Epperson (ex-Ashley), Davetta Sherwood (ex-Lily), and Ben Guillory (who played Walter, Dru's dad). "We also have some surprises coming, too," teases Rowell, "including some real explosive ones!"

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A "Rose" By Any Other Name...

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Now, that we've finally seen the mysterious and often-talked about Rose (the mystery woman from Neil's past) on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, here's a little more background direct from her portrayer, Leslie Stevens!

"Rose is a good person, who's managing a lot of stress," says Stevens. "You may not agree with the choices she's making, but they're not out of malice. Rose's vulnerability shows through even though she tries to be tough."

There's conflict between the two characters, but working with Neil's portrayer, Kristoff St. John, has been a dream. "You never know what it's going to be like when you come in as a guest," Stevens notes. "But I couldn't have made up a scenario that was more fun. "[Kristoff is] extremely handsome, charming and gracious. He was like, 'Hey, how are you?' I felt so included."

Having supportive co-stars is nothing new to Stevens. When she played Justine on SEARCH FOR TOMORROW in 1985, she received some great advice from the legendary Mary Stuart (Jo). "She leaned over to me one day and said, 'There are always three things on a soap opera — one: something happens, two: you take it in and three: you respond. You like to skip number two, and you shouldn't!' I said 'Thank you!' Even while she was giving me a lesson, she was so gracious."

This weekend, Stevens can be seen in a production of Chicago at The Hollywood Bowl. (Click here for tickets!) "I play June, one of the women in the 'Cellblock Tango' number. My character's husband ran into her knife — 10 times!"

Y&R's being mum on the length of Stevens' stay, but it'll be at least a handful of episodes. "If I'm lucky, I'll get to go back and play some more," the actress says with a smile.

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Haiduk Takes A Bite Outta Primetime!

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Everyone needs a pal who's got their back. THE YOUNG & THE RESLTESS' Stacy Haiduk (ex-Patti/Emily/Mary Jane) proves to be just that for Ashley Scott in Lifetime's The Nightmare Nanny (premiering Saturday, July 13, at 8 p.m. EST). In it, Scott's character, Annie, has left her three-year-old daughter (Elizabeth and Mariam Tovey; ex-Sydney, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) in the charge of a seemingly lovely young woman (Mekenna Melvin from CHUCK) and returned to work, only to start feeling replaced at home. "I play Elise," Haiduk offers. "I'm Annie's confidante and a high-powered, sassy boss at a big company."

As she soon discovers, Elise will need to become supportive in more ways than one when the nanny's true character is revealed. "It's about a family whose child gets taken, which always devastates me when I hear about it," Haiduk relates. "But I got to work with Ashley, which was an absolute pleasure." For a sneak peek at the soapy flick, which also features GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan), check out the trailer. The movie will repeat on Sunday, July 14, at 12 a.m. and 3 p.m. EST, and again on Saturday, July 27 at 6 p.m. EST.

Then, HBO's TRUE BLOOD is about to get a whole lot sexier when Haiduk joins the cast. Look for the actress to appear in episodes airing Sunday, July 14, and Sunday, July 21, as Jenny, a werewolf prostitute who bluntly lays down the ground rules to a prospective client. "She's just a fun, Southern, fabulous, funny character," Haiduk reveals. "I just adored playing her." Aside from the chance to do more primetime, Haiduk says the bet part of her stint was sharing scenes with one of the show's stars. "I got to work with Robert Patrick!" she says grinning. "He's been in so many amazing movies and worked with so many incredible people -- he tells fantastic stories."

For details on the in-demand actress' next recurring role on ABC Family's murder mystery, TWISTED, this summer, don't miss her exclusive feature interview in an upcoming CBS issue of Soaps In Depth.

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Roberts And Penny Have The Perfect Summer

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This Saturday, July 13, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Eric Roberts (ex-Vance) and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Sydney Penny (ex-Sam) hit the beach for the UPtv original movie The Perfect Summer. And Soaps In Depth caught up with the two actors to talk to them all about it!

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Spears Stars In BET Movie

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL'S Aaron D. Spears (Justin) is starring alongside Gabrielle Union in the BET original movie Being Mary Jane, which will air Tuesday, July 2 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

He'll also be a regular cast member on the one-hour drama series of the same name, which is expected to premiere on the network early next year.

Spears plays co-worker and confidante to Union's character who is a single woman trying to balance her career with finding Mr. Right. "We work at the same cable news company," says Spears. "My character is kind of like her best friend. I'm the male she can confide in."

The project is helmed by power-producing couple Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, whose credits include the series GIRLFRIENDS, THE GAME and the film Sparkle. "Tika Sumpter (ex-Layla, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) also appears as one of the title character's gal pals.

Though Spears has spent the better part of the past year commuting from his home in L.A. to where the show films in Atlanta, this doesn't mean B&B viewers have seen the last of Bill's best friend and counsel, Justin. "I've been more busy, but I'll always make an effort to come back to B&B," he says. (In fact, you'll see him back on the soap on Friday, July 12!)

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