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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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Accolades For Harmon's Film Venture!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Winsor Harmon (Thorne) was headed to Jerome, AZ, for the premiere of his new film, Cathedral Canyon, which opened the Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival this past weekend!

"I haven't seen the finished product yet," Harmon told Soaps In Depth of the movie, which has been five years in the making. "I wanted to be able to walk into the theater and see if for the first time on the big screen — that's an actor's dream."

Harmon stars in the movie (which he also co-produced and co-directed) as Ryan McBride, a crooked businessman-turned-hero who seeks to save a young girl from a polygamist cult. "It's based on true events that are happening in Arizona and surrounding states," says the actor. "We're trying to bring awareness to a situation happening right under our noses in this country. These poor little girls are being married off to the elders of the church, and the boys in these communities are being run out of town."

Making cameos in the film are Lorenzo Lamas (ex-Hector, B&B), David Fralick (ex-Larry, Y&R) and Harmon's on-screen "pop," John McCook (Eric), who plays a drinking, gambling womanizer Senator in the film. "His role is pretty different from Eric Forrester," says Harmon, "and my character is so unlike Thorne Forrester that it isn't even funny. This is a guy who is a badass.

"This has been a labor of love for me," he says of the project. "I'm very excited and happy about it."

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Is Hilary After Cane?

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Mishael Morgan joins THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS this Friday, June 14, as Hilary, but who exactly is the Genoa City newcomer, and what is she up to? "Hilary is an A-type of personality," reveals the actress. "She's very put together. She comes in as the assistant to Cane. She's very driven. She knows what she wants and knows how to get it. She's the best assistant ever!"

Of course, Y&R is a soap opera, and it's common for characters to have hidden agendas. But could Hilary be the real deal? "She seems a genuine person," Morgan muses. "That being said, we don't know what's going to happen in the future! But she definitely makes it seem that she's out for everybody's best interests... especially Cane's."

Whether Hilary is out to help Cane, ruin Cane, or steal him away from Lily, viewers will just have to tune in. And Morgan is also looking forward to each script to see where her storyline takes her! "They're really good at keeping it hush-hush," she says of the writers. "I really want [Hilary] to be devious and bad because I always want to play those characters! I'm always the nice girl. Hilary is pretty sweet right now, and I'm like, 'There's got to be bad in there!' We'll see what happens!"

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Soap Newbie Ready For Emmys!

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When Max Ehrich attended the daytime Emmys last year, he'd only just joined the cast of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Michael and Lauren's troubled son, Fenmore. This year, when he walks down the red carpet, he'll be doing it as a nominee for Outstanding Younger Actor!

Ehrich says he's still pinching himself over his good fortune. "I was shocked," he says of the morning when the Emmy nominations was announced. "My phone kept buzzing, and I thought it was one of my friends from the East Coast calling me because they forget that I'm three hours behind. But when I hear the news, I felt like I'd been electrocuted — a surge of energy that went down my spine! It was so early, but I felt like I'd drank 10 shots of espresso. I cried! It was in a complete state of shock. It was so cool!"

While the actor says that he tends to be a superstitious sort, he isn't planning on any good luck rituals for the big night. "The winner is already chosen, so there's not anything you can do," he grins. "I was just hoping to be nominated. That's enough. I saw everybody's reel, and I'm just so honored to be with those three guys. They had some amazing work.

"It was my first year on the show, and first year to be eligible to be nominated — that's really enough," he adds. "I know this sounds so cliché, but we're all winners. I have no expectation for the outcome. I see the whole thing as a celebration of daytime. It'll be a great party!"

The daytime Emmys will be broadcast on HLN this Sunday, June 16, at 8:00 pm EST.

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See Jack Run

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Didn't get enough of Jack Wagner after his recent quick stint as Frisco on GENERAL HOSPITAL? This Sunday, June 2, at 8:00 pm EST, you'll have a chance to see THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's ex-Nick in something totally different — a sitcom! He's guest-starring on Nick at Nite's SEE DAD RUN, starring Scott Baio. "I'm playing a pretty famous golf pro, who has won many prestigious tournaments," Wagner says. "I have a daughter who is friendly with Scott Baio's son. And Scott's character is real star-struck with me. It's that whole thing with men when they're around golf pros. They lose perspective of who they are. That's sort of what happens with Scott. It's pretty funny stuff."

Although "funny" isn't something that you'd normally associate with Wagner, it is without a doubt a genre he is attracted to. "I love comedy," he says. "I did as much as I could possibly squeeze in through the years on GH, MELROSE PLACE and B&B. But those aren't really comedy-driven unless they specifically want something to be tongue-in-cheek. I was always trying to add as much as I could. So to be doing some comedy in sitcom format, that's a lot of fun."

And while you wait for Sunday, enjoy this clip of Wagner on the show!

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TV's Big Deal Gets Recognized

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It's hard to think of daytime TV without thinking of soap operas and game shows. And when it comes to game shows, there's one man who comes to mind first: Monty Hall! During this year's telecast of the Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards, airing Sunday, June 16, on HLN, the Manitoba, Canada, native, who's best known as the creator and host of LET'S MAKE A DEAL will be recognized by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Stringfield's Confession!

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This weekend, Sherry Stringfield, the actress who portrayed Blake Bauer's crazy youth on GUIDING LIGHT, returns to television in a much more maternal role. She's starring in the Hallmark Channel Original, Beverly Lewis' The Confession as the terminally ill birth mother of a young Amish woman (SWITCHED AT BIRTH's Katie Leclerc) who wants desperately to be reunited. "It's a sequel to Beverly Lewis' The Shunning, and both stories are based on these insanely popular books," Stringfield explains. "It's something that you don't see a lot: a young woman's story of innocence, growing up, and learning about the world. I thought it was beautifully told."

Executive produced and directed by Michael Landon Jr. (the half-brother of Jennifer Landon, ex-Heather, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Gwen, AS THE WORLD TURNS), the intriguing tale delves deep into relationships, but it's definitely not all hearts and flowers. "My character [a wealthy socialite] has a husband, and they're going through some things — he's been a total dirt bag," she previews. "As it's turns out, he's tricking her and it's really interesting." For more about the film, which premieres on Saturday, May 11, at 9 p.m. EST, and to hear about what else the popular actress has been up to, check out her Keeping Track feature in the next issue of Soaps In Depth.

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More Y&R Emmy Reactions!

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Of the 23 total Daytime Emmy nominations earned by THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS this year, 11 of them were for the actors in its cast, and Soaps In Depth caught up with them to get their reactions to the big news!

Peter Bergman (Jack) received his Lead Actor nod for the episode where Jack had a confrontation with Billy and then checked himself into the hospital for surgery. "Like everyone else, I had two or three great scenes followed by some run of the mill scenes. Nature of the beast. That's the way it is."

Castmate Doug Davidson (Paul) joins Bergman in the same category for the episode where Paul turns himself into Heather for shooting Ricky. "It's a difficult process to match what we do in daytime with the criteria of the contest," he admits.

In fact, Y&R dominated the Lead Actor category with three of the four nominees hailing from Genoa City. "It's a smaller field," Bergman allows of the current daytime landscape. "I don't want myself, Doug Davidson or Michael Muhney (Adam) to lose our nominations, I'm sorry it wasn't spread out more because it just looks better. But I'm not willing to give up my nomination and I don't think my two co-stars are, either!"

Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan) was nominated for Supporting Actor for Ronan got drunk and broke up with Phyllis, and has every intention of attending the ceremony. "I love this genre," he declares. "I love that show, I love these people. I would never not be there for something like that."

Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) now has a Y&R nod for Supporting Actress to add to the three she earned while playing Annie on ALL MY CHILDREN for the episode where Chelsea argues with Adam over his hiding Sharon in the cottage. "I really loved those scenes," she confides. "Michael [Muhney, Adam] was really great in them as well. It seemed real and raw."

But she knows she's up against some stiff competition in her category. "Jessica [Collins, Avery], I'm so happy for her. I've known Julie [Marie Berman, ex-Lulu, GENERAL HOSPITAL] for years because of the ABC connection. I don't know Katherine [Kelly Lang, Brooke, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL] too well, but I loved her stuff on the pre-nom. I'm excited to meet Arianne [Zucker, Nicole, DAYS OF OUR LIVES]. I know it sounds cliché, but I swear it's the truth: Just to be nominated with people who are so great, it's really a win/win. I'm blown away each time."

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Bell & Clifton Speak Out On Emmys

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL earned its Outstanding Drama Series nomination with Stephanie Forrester's celebration of life and her good-bye party. "I just thought they were really touching and unique," says headwriter and executive producer Bradley Bell. "And Susan [Flannery, ex-Stephanie] was stellar, as always. Everyone in the room was amazing."

And don't think just because Flannery isn't with the soap anymore that she'll be giving the ceremony a miss! "She'll show up!" Bell insists. "I think this means a great deal to her. It's so significant because it was the end of her time at THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, which was the biggest chapter of her life. So this means a lot to her."

And among the other B&B actors who enjoyed Emmy nods is Scott Clifton (Liam), who submitted the episode where Liam has the confrontation with Hope while in his underwear and sporting tattoos and dyed hair, which is followed by the confrontation with Bill where Liam ends up being choked by his dad!

"There were a couple other ones I was proud of," Clifton muses, "Some very small, subtle scenes with Taylor and some other scenes with Bill. But what I think are nice moments are not the kinds of things that other people are going to appreciate when it comes to Emmy voting. People kind of weighed in and said, 'No, you need to do that one in the underwear.' It was much more of an attention-grabber."

And that was important, because this was the first year where the actor was participating in the Supporting category instead of Younger Actor. "I feel like the competition is a little harder in this category and it means more to me to be recognized as a supportive actor," Clifton says. "In the medium we're in, it is an ensemble cast, and there's nothing more important than being recognized as being supportive of other actors. That's really special."

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Tom's Struggle Pays Off!

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Katie's emotional roller coaster on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL gave portrayer Heather Tom an embarrassment of riches when it came time to choose what to submit for Emmy consideration. So what did she finally decide on? "I submitted the shows where Katie left baby Will the first time in the midst of her post partum depression," she reveals.

Because B&B is a half-hour, they're allowed to submit two episodes as opposed to the hour-long soaps. "I submitted back-to-back shows," Tom explains. "I still almost did just one episode, but the episode before was short. Casey [Kasprzyk, a producer at B&B] was the one who suggested I consider including the show before which sets it up. I've always felt that it's difficult to find that one episode that's going to encompass your entire year."

Tom is thrilled for fellow Lead Actress nominee Susan Flannery (ex-Stephanie) and Supporting Actress hopeful Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke). "I'm so happy for Kelly," she enthuses. "It's fantastic." Of course, there were some omissions, as far as she's concerned. "I thought Don [Diamont, Bill] did some really nice stuff," Tom says. "It was well-written and told a story. I'm surprised Laura Wright (Carly, GENERAL HOSPITAL) didn't get nominated."

Now it's time for the actress to get in fighting form for the ceremony where she'll see if she can bring home another trophy matching the one she received last year! "I have seven pounds to lose before June!" Tom laughs. "The fun part for me is getting on the treadmill, hiking and biking. Then, I'll think about what I'm going to wear. I had such a great time last year. I'm really excited that HLN is [broadcasting] it again. I'm looking forward to a fun night!"

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Y&R Nominees React!

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When the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Michael Muhney (Adam) was actually on his way to the set when he found out he'd been nominated for Lead Actor. "I got a text from an old friend in high school," he reveals. "He was watching GOOD MORNING AMERICA and he cursed me for making him drop his coffee when he heard my name!"

Muhney submitted an episode where Adam had dramatic interaction with Chelsea, Victor, Phyllis and Sharon so there would be a nice blend, but doesn't expect he has much of a chance to take home the trophy on Emmy night. "I'd have to say that Jason Thompson (Patrick, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has an 80% chance of winning," he declares. "Then, it's almost a toss up between Peter Bergman (Jack) and Doug Davidson (Paul) because they delivered some fantastic stuff. I shouldn't win — and I won't — but the most humbling thing for me is to be nominated and to be mentioned with three guys who gave such stellar performances."

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Lang Reacts To First Emmy Nom!

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Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) was awoken this morning at a quarter after five by executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell calling her with the big news that she had been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress! After years in the business, the actress is delighted to receive her very first Emmy nomination, and doesn't mind at all that it's in the Supporting and not the Lead Actress category.

"I was supporting last year," she explains. "All my stories... I had no story that was about Brooke. I did a lot of mom stuff, and Brooke supported Susan [Flannery] during Stephanie's cancer storyline. If I'd had a lead story, I would have put myself in lead."

And in fact, both she and Flannery submitted the same episode to earn their nominations. "I used the last scene in which Stephanie passed away," Lang explains. "I submitted the scenes where we're on the bench and she says 'Sing to me' and I sing to her and she passes away."

And Lang was the one who informed her former co-star that their episode had netted them both Emmy nods! "I sent her a text" she reveals. "She said 'I didn't even know [today was the day].' She's so happy!"

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Interview: GL Alum Tackles Sinatra!

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Did you know that Frank Sinatra was behind JFK's presidency? Or that the beloved president's assassination was really a Mob retaliation? And it all happened because the crooner introduced his girlfriend to a young senator, who simultaneously had an affair with the presidential hopeful and the head of the Chicago Mafia!

That's the theory behind the play Ride The Tiger -- currently being staged at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, until Sunday, April 21, and starring GUIDING LIGHT alum Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny) as Frank and ALL MY CHILDREN's Christina Bennett Lind (ex-Bianca) as the above-mentioned mistress, Judy Exner. Written by William Mastrosimone -- who spent a year interviewing the beloved singer to write the Golden Globe-winning television series SINATRA -- the play is based on a revelation made during one of their conversations. "The play takes specific plot elements that Sinatra told Bill, who then creates a scenario of what happened in these rooms when no one else was listening," explains Stewart.


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Exclusive: What Can You Expect From The 2013 Daytime Emmys?

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Now that the Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony has been scheduled for Sunday, June 16, the question then becomes what can we expect from this year's celebration. So Soaps In Depth went straight to the source for answers: executive producer Gabriel Gornell and senior executive director David Michaels!

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Daytime Emmys as well as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, and with GENERAL HOSPITAL celebrating 50 years on the air, it's the perfect time to celebrate daytime's illustrious history. "We'll definitely be looking at past, present and future with regards to daytime television," Gornell promises. "It's our own 40th and that will anchor the theme. It'll work nicely as we honor all the anniversaries that we'll be celebrating at the same time."

And of course, you can't celebrate history without plenty of clips to illustrate it! "We're going to put particular emphasis on the wonderful clips from years past," he adds. "I can tell you everybody is excited to see wonderful clips celebrating 40 years of achievements. This year, more than any other, we're going to be embracing that."

And while ONE LIFE TO LIVE is technically eligible for awards for its final month of episodes, ALL MY CHILDREN will also be included in the show. "Let's just say that a lot of those actors are part of our 40 year history," Michaels teases, "so it's certainly appropriate [to have them there]."

Additional creative elements such as the names of presenters and a host will be announced in the coming weeks, but Michaels wants soap fans to know that the genre will not be lost in the rest of the daytime programming. "The talk shows are huge right now as are the court shows and the culinary shows," he admits. "But all of that said, still, there are no fans like soap fans. People want to see the soap stars, and they will!"

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ATWT Star Tends His Flock

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Since leaving AS THE WORLD TURNS, Lamman Rucker (Marshall) has been keeping very busy both on the big screen and small, and this weekend, his newest film, The Undershepherd premieres on TV One. It stars Rucker and GREY'S ANATOMY'S Isaiah Washington as two ministers whose friendship is tested as their careers evolve in wildly different directions.

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deVry and Staab Storm Primetime!

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Set those DVRs! Two of your favorite former daytime stars are about to storm two of your favorite primetime TV dramas. "I'm guest starring on ABC's CASTLE," reveals THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's William deVry (ex-STORM) of his role in the series' 100th episode. Alas, deVry didn't get to trade dialogue with fellow former soap star, Nathan Fillion (JOEY, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), whose title character is laid up with a broken leg in the tale. "I've known Nathan from the past, so that would have been nice, but my scenes were with Stana Katic, who plays Kate," deVry reveals, adding, "She was great -- I had fun!" Look for the lady detective to head out on her own to investigate the death of an IRS agent. "I'm playing a suspect [named Dan Renner]," deVry reveals. "He's a millionaire, but he's also a real douche." The episode, titled "Plays Well With Others," airs Monday, April 1, at 10 p.m. EST.

The actor tells In Depth that he's already on to his next exciting project. "I'm making The Outsider, a movie starring James Caan," he says of the crime thriller. In it, a British military contractor (played by EASTENDERS' Craig Fairbrass) is mistakenly informed that his daughter is dead and launches an investigation. "My character is just a good dude who helps out his longtime friend (Fairbrass)," deVry offers.

Since returning from Canada, where he starred last year on a sitcom, deVry says he's been fortunate to continue working steadily in Los Angeles and happy to be home with his girlfriend, Rebecca Staab (ex-April, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Jessie, GUIDING LIGHT). Alas, the successful couple still hasn't had time to relax. Staab just finished taping a guest appearance for the upcoming summer season of Showtime's DEXTER! Look for her to play a character named Lucy Gerard in the episode airing Sunday, July 14, at 9 p.m. EST.

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