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B&B Scribe Promises Heartfelt Holiday Episode!

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

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

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Cast Your Vote #52

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Could Quinn actually fall in love with Deacon?

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

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Friday, December 12. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

CBS Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

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Steffy's Back!

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

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Cast Your Vote #50

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: With Kim Matula leaving, should the part of Hope be recast?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you think Joe will come between Avery and Dylan?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, December 4. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

CBS Readers' Poll
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270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

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B&B Casts New Role!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has tapped Reign Edwards to play the contract role of Nicole Avant, Maya's younger sister. The singer/songwriter/actress turned 18 yesterday, so we'd like to wish her a belated happy birthday, and welcome the newcomer to the world of daytime! Edwards will make her debut next month.

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B&B Recap: Eric Calls Rick Out!

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Rick was furious when orders for the wildly-overpriced line came pouring in. Overhearing Rick's reaction and realizing he'd attempted to sabotage the line, Eric lost his... let's go with cool. When Maya tried to chime in, Eric put her in her place (meaning on the other side of the office door), then lashed into his son. "You're married to a designer and sleeping with a model," shouted Eric. And while some folks might think, "Huh, that doesn't sound so bad," Eric's point was that his son was making a fool of himself and throwing away a fantastic marriage. When Rick still didn't see the problem, Eric decided to play hardball by saying, in essence, "Maya or the job... you can't have both!"

Exiled from the room in which the big boys were playing, Maya tried getting herself some media attention only to be snubbed by the press. Laughing, Carter said it was "almost as if they have no idea how big and important you are!" When Maya insisted she was living a fairy tale, Carter suggested otherwise. "And you're Cinderella at the ball?" he asked. "Be careful Maya. It might turn out that you're just the stepsister trying to cram her foot into Caroline's shoe." Even as Eric was pushing his son to reunite with Caroline, the blonde was admitting to Ridge that she had fallen for him! Which made it the perfect time for Rick to enter and declare to his wife, "I need you. Could you please forgive me?"

Do you think Rick is sincere... or trying to save his job? Is Maya headed for a fall? Can Caroline forgive Rick, or is she destined to be with Ridge? Hit the comments and let us know what you think will happen!

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B&B Recap: Caroline & Ridge's Triumph!

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At the fashion show preview, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Gloria swung by and caught up with her pal Eric. (Anybody else feel Stephanie rolling over in her grave and think, "Yes! Pair Eric and Gloria up and let the fun begin!"?) As expected, Gloria commented on the price of the gowns, saying they gave her "sticker shock." But once the show began, everyone was wowed by the designs. Watching from backstage, Caroline was thrilled... and wondered where her design partner was. Well, where Ridge was was up on the roof, getting the crap beaten out of him by Bill! When not exchanging punches, they traded barbs, but it seemed pretty clear that Bill emerged the victor. Before strutting away, he told Ridge to stay away from Caroline, saying that if the dressmaker hurt her or Katie, and you have to picture him saying this Terminator style, "I'll be back!"

As Maya prepared to walk the runway in the showstopper, Caroline made it clear that she was the designer and Rick's mistress was basically a hanger with legs. (Even the other models seemed to give Maya a bit of stank face before the show began! And it was kind of awesome when Rick pointed out to Maya, who clearly wanted to hear what a fantastic job she'd done, that the designs probably had at least something to do with the show being a hit.) When it came time for the designers to greet their adoring public, Ridge — being all battered and bruised — sent Caroline to represent both of them. When she returned from her moment in the spotlight, Ridge declared, "I couldn't be more proud. We did this together. Hand in hand." And then took her hand as she got all googly eyed and Rick glared from the sidelines.

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B&B Recap: Bill Punches Ridge!

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As the fashion preview was about to begin, Ridge got still more notes from Rick. When Ridge stormed into Rick's office, Maya was, of course, there to butt into the resulting argument. (Sidenote: Maya told Rick that she was nervous, having never done a couture show before. So for those paying attention, Rick made a couture fashion house's lead model someone who has never done a single couture show. Brilliant move, dude!) The more Maya spoke, the more Ridge fumed. When she finally left to get ready for the fashion show, Ridge snarkily said, "You go ahead and break a leg!" Ridge begged Rick not to throw away what he has with Caroline, but his efforts were for naught. In the end, Ridge asked that Rick give Caroline five minutes after the show. "Let her have her say," he begged. "You owe that to her. You owe it to yourself."

Bill talked to Caroline to get his niece's side of the story. "I really want to understand how much Forrester took advantage of my daughter," said Bill, realizing he'd made a bit of a Freudian slip and adding, "my niece." Caroline tried talking her uncle down, but he declared, "You may have married Rick, but you are a Spencer," and that meant Ridge wasn't going to get away with having used her. Tracking Ridge down, Bill declared, "We've got some business." Labeling Ridge a predator who uses-and-abuses women, Bill warned him to stay away from Caroline. When Ridge suggested that Bill might be at least in part responsible for the mess given that he had Ridge dumped from a helicopter, Bill all but laughed in his face. "Will you stop freakin' crying about that?" Bill said before proving his intention to protect both Caroline and Katie by slugging Ridge!

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B&B Recap: Katie Unleashes Bill On Ridge!

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Eric and Rick agreed that Ridge and Caroline's designs were downright gorgeous. In fact, Rick suggested they should sell for about as much as a two-bedroom condo in Brentwood. Ridge, of course, immediately realized that Rick was trying to sabotage the line. Caroline begged Rick to get past his anger and work on their marriage, but he wasn't much interested in doing that. Katie and Bill had a nice catch-up session, during which she filled him in on everything that had been going on in her life. You know, stuff like "the baby is fine" and "my husband-to-be seduced your niece for his own purposes." Needless to say, Bill did not take that last development particularly well. In fact, Bill stormed right over to Forrester so he could confront "the Sultan of chiffon." It just so happened that he arrived in time to find Ridge comforting Caroline with a hug, setting the stage for an explosive confrontation... and today's cliffhanger!

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B&B Recap: Hope Takes Off!

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On Monday's episode of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, Hope — having seen Liam and Ivy kiss — pouted until Wyatt agreed to take her back to Los Angeles. On the plane, she finally apologized and Wyatt was, as always, accepting of her behavior. "We have to focus on our marriage," he reminded her, "and that baby inside of you is our future." But two seconds after agreeing to focus on her marriage, Hope drifted off into memories of her relationship with Liam. In Amsterdam, Liam and Ivy confirmed their love for one another and spent the night together. Rick gifted Maya with diamonds and made love to her in his office, but his mind was still on Caroline. For her part, Caroline hoped to fix things with her hubby, but that was about to get a tad more complicated. Why? Because Eric was so thrilled by Ridge and Caroline's designs, that he insisted they continue to work together!

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Making A BOLD Move?

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Is Kelly Thiebaud jumping ship as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Britt to tackle the role of Steffy on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL?

While ABC does not comment on actor contracts, sources tell Soaps In Depth that Thiebaud had opted not to sign a new deal with GH, and has been on recurring status with the soap until her character could ultimately be written out. Rumor has it that B&B swooped in and made the actress an offer she couldn't refuse!

Alas, the rumor is exactly that, and nothing more. A spokesperson for the CBS soap tells In Depth that there is no truth to it, and that Thiebaud will not be joining the cast of B&B as Steffy Forrester.

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What You Missed On Today's B&B!

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For some viewers on the East Coast, Wednesday's episode of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL was interrupted by breaking news. You can catch the episode on CBS.com... or let us catch you up on what you missed!

Eric was caught off guard when he received a surprise visit from Taylor, who told him that Steffy was shell-shocked to learn that Hope had married Wyatt. She also informed him that she and Thorne were no longer an item. Eric thought he'd dodged a bullet when Stephanie's portrait remained on the wall after he gave Taylor a peck on the cheek, but when the shrink left, the picture came crashing to the floor!

Clearly uncomfortable in Ivy and Liam's presence, Hope asked Wyatt to be patient with her during this trip as she tried to come to terms with the fact that Liam was moving on. Wyatt encouraged Liam to get more game where Ivy was concerned and step up the romance. In Dam Square, Hope and Ivy took part in a glamorous photo shoot to showcase Ivy's jewelry designs, but there was clearly tension between the two women. While Ivy was in front of the camera, Liam sidled up to Hope and asked her if she was okay. She admitted she wasn't okay, seemingly admitting that she still yearned for him!

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Cast Your Vote #48

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Who do you think should be CEO of Forrester?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Could Neil forgive Devon and Hilary for their affair?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Tuesday, November 18. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

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B&B Stars On THE TALK

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Did you miss THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Scott Clifton (Liam), Kim Matula (Hope), Ashleigh Brewer (Ivy) and Darin Brooks (Wyatt) when they appeared on THE TALK to talk about shooting on location in Amsterdam? Well, watch this clip for a taste of the fun!

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B&B Will Be Hope-less!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL is about to lose Hope. Actress Kim Matula has decided to leave the role of Hope after four years on the soap. "I can officially confirm that I filmed my last scenes at B&B," Matula posted to Instagram. "For now. I made the incredibly difficult decision not to re-sign my contract so that I could spread my wings as an actor and see what this big beautiful world has to offer."

"We wish Kim Matula the best as she moves on to other opportunities," B&B posted on Twitter. "We love Kim and she will always be part of the B&B family."

"I do not see this as a 'good-bye' but more of a 'see you later,'" Matula wrote on Instagram. "Thank you for giving me an unforgettable five years as Hope Logan and thank you to every single viewer who sat side by side with me on this journey."

Hope is currently the center of a major love triangle, caught between brothers Liam and Wyatt, but a spokesperson for the show says that there are no plans to recast at this time. How do you feel about the exit? Can B&B go without Hope? Or should they recast? Sound off in the comments!

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Correction!

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In the current issue of CBS Soaps In Depth on sale now, there is some incorrect information in our annual Holiday Gift Guide. It says that when ordering the Amorra Candles, you can also request a free autographed photo of Rena Sofer (Quinn, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL). Unfortunately, that is not the case. You can still order the actress' scented skin care candles at www.amorrabeauty.com, but for an 8x10 glossy of Sofer, you'll have to go through the soap!

Simply send a self-addressed stamped envelope with your photo request to:
Rena Sofer
c/o The Bold & The Beautiful
7800 Beverly Blvd.
Suite 3371
Los Angeles, CA 90036

We apologize for the error and any confusion it may have caused!

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Cast Your Vote #46

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Would you like to see Katie and Bill back together again?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Is Stitch a better match with Victoria or Ashley?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Tuesday, November 4. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

CBS Readers' Poll
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270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

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The 2015 Daytime Emmys Are In April!

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Mark your calendars: The ceremony for the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards has been scheduled for Sunday, April 26! The deadline for performer pre-nomination clips to be submitted will be Friday, November 28, and the final nominations will be announced on Tuesday, March 26.

There have been some new categories added, one of which is Guest Performer in a Drama Series, which should include high-profile-but-short-term actors like GENERAL HOSPITAL's Donna Mills (Madeline) and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Ray Wise (Ian).

At this time there have been no details released regarding how the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast, but it will likely be via the Internet as they were this year. (Although hopefully with a better pre-show!)

So who do you think should start putting together Emmy reels for a nomination? Sound off in the comments!

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Wood Clarifies Status With B&B

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Jacqueline MacInnes Wood knows how many THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL fans are itching to see her back on the soap as Steffy, so she took to Facebook to let them know what the deal is. "As much as I love B&B and still wanted to be a part of it," she wrote, "unfortunately we weren't on the same page contractually/scheduling/etc.

"These things happen in this industry," Wood continued, "and I hope all my fans can understand that. I am a huge supporter of [B&B executive producer/headwriter] Brad Bell and the entire cast and crew. Love and kisses to all of my fans. I really do care about you all."

However, as with many soap stars, Wood also admits the book isn't entirely closed. "Hey! If characters an be recast, shot, fall down elevator shafts and come back to life months/years later, then never say never!" she adds. "Love you all and will definitely keep you posted on future projects."

There are reports that B&B is currently casting for a female in Steffy's age range, so a recast could be on the horizon. How would you feel about that? Sound off in the comments!

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FOREVER Could Be A Long Time For B&B's Mauzy

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Broadway's loss is ABC's gain this season — MacKenzie Mauzy's run on FOREVER is continuing on. The theater actress who got her start playing a teenaged and often lovelorn Phoebe on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL is currently having the time of her life as Abigail, the love of medical examiner Henry Morgan's life on ABC's hit drama.

In the story, Henry has the particular conundrum of not being able to die, unlike Abigail — the beautiful British nurse whom the doctor met during WWII — who merely lives on in his memory. "She found baby Abe [who is now older than Henry] in a concentration camp, rescued him and brought him to Henry," Mauzy explains. "They fell in love with the baby and made a little family together."

In "New York Kids," the episode airing Tuesday, October 28, at 10:00 p.m. ET, Mauzy's character will be remembered again, resulting in a deeper understanding of Henry's past. "They will be introducing another character, which is a younger version of Judd Hirsch [who plays adult Abe] but an older version of the baby. So it gives a window into their life together in New York and raising Abe," Mauzy relates. "And it'll show Abigail's dynamic of really pressing Henry to take time off work to take Abe to his game..." How might Henry's memory of juggling his priorities in the past affect the way he handles his current case? Tune in to find out!

In addition to the fun of wearing 1950s costuming, Mauzy is enjoying playing off of charming Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd and developing their characters' relationship. "Abigail is full of energy, light and humor and always tries to counteract Henry's [tendency] to get very pensive and serious," insists the actress who has more episodes ahead. "I think she's a good balance for him." For more from Mauzy, including the scoop on her exciting new role as Rapunzel — opposite Meryl Streep! — in Disney's movie musical, Into The Woods, check out her Keeping Track feature in an upcoming issue of CBS Soaps In Depth!

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Did Eric Make The Right Choice?

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Thursday, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL left fans crying out in frustration with a cliffhanger that left the future of Forrester Creations in question. But Friday, Eric revealed that he had decided Ridge — not Rick — should become the company's new CEO. This set off a heated debate in the Twitterverse as to whether or not Eric made the right call. (Folks also wondered what the heck Maya was doing in the meeting, other than stirring up trouble, but that's another matter entirely!) So here's your chance to sound off: Do you agree with Eric's decision? Why or why not? Let's hear your thoughts in the comments!

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Preview: BB Houseguests On B&B!

As we reported last month, a bunch of former contestants of the CBS reality series BIG BROTHER will be appearing on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL in a couple of special Halloween-themed episodes scheduled to air on Thursday, October 30, and Friday, October 31. And if you don't want to wait that long, you can watch a special preview of the party above!

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EXCLUSIVE: Grace Is Coming Back Again!

Jennifer Gareis (Donna, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) is once more returning to Genoa City as Grace Turner! The actress, who reprised her role as Nick's naughty ex-lover in August, will pop back up on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS on Thursday, November 13. The buzz is that Gareis' summer appearance on Y&R was so successful that the show extended another invitation to the actress, who currently recurs on sister soap B&B. "I love playing bad girls," Gareis has told In Depth. "It's just so much fun because you never know what they're going to do next! They're always conniving and manipulative." No word on how long Gareis will be on the scene this time, but don't be surprised if she continues to reprise Grace on occasion!

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Cast Your Vote #44

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Do you want Ridge and Caroline's relationship to turn romantic?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Is Billy really ready to move on with Chelsea?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, October 23. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

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Diamont's Son Takes The Field!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Don Diamont (Bill) will be in Bloomington, Indiana this weekend to cheer on his son, Alexander, when he takes the field as starting quarterback for the University of Indiana Hoosiers in a game against eighth-ranked Michigan State!

The actor says his son's college football debut took everyone completely by surprise. The team had hoped to "redshirt" Alexander (who goes by "Zander") this season [meaning not playing him to ensure that the freshman would be eligible for four subsequent years], but recent injuries to two other Hoosier quarterbacks forced coach Kevin Wilson's hand.

"Here we go, it's batter up, as they say," notes Diamont, jokingly mixing his sports metaphors. "Alexander is now the starting quarterback for the Hoosiers as a true freshman."

Though it's undoubtedly a lot of pressure to step in for the first time against a team that's ranked number one, defensively, in the Big Ten, Diamont says he knows his son will more than rise to the challenge. "I have a belief in my son, and I get emotional even saying it," Diamont tells In Depth with a faltering voice. "I just know he's going to go out there and compete his heart out. I think he'll show flashes of greatness, and he may make some mistakes, but he's going to be fiercely competitive. He will leave it all out there and give it everything he's got."

The game will be televised on Saturday, October 18, at 3:30 p.m. EST on ESPN, and you may even catch a glimpse of the actor in the broadcast if things go well for the rookie quarterback. "I cry every time I say this," says Diamont, "but Alexander did say to me 'Daddy, when I throw a touchdown, make sure you get down by the railing — because I'm going to hand the ball to you.'"

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Former B&B Stars Meet On JANE!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL viewers will recognize two familiar faces on the new CW dramadey JANE THE VIRGIN, premiering tonight at 9 p.m. EST: Justin Baldoni (ex-Graham) and Gina Rodriguez (ex-Beverly). Their characters, Rafael and Jane, find themselves in quite the sudsy predicament when Rafael's sister, an OB/GYN, inadvertedly artificially inseminates his specimen into the wrong patient -- Jane. Although the procedure only has a 20% chance of working, of course it does, and virgin Jane finds herself pregnant with Rafael's baby. And because medical treatments have left the cancer survivor sterile, this baby is Rafael's only chance at having a biological child!

Read more after the jump!

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Cast Your Vote #42

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Do you think Maya can steal Rick from Caroline?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you think Michael will cheat on Lauren?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Wednesday, October 8. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

CBS Readers' Poll
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270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

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Funnyman Surprises The Forresters!

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This week, fans of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL will finally be able to put a face to the name of Eric Forrester's occasionally-referenced, but never-before-seen brother, John, who also happens to be Ivy's pop. Comic actor Fred Willard drops by starting Thursday, October 2 for a three-episode arc that will conclude on Monday, October 6.

Though the actor is best known for his hilarious stints in films like Best In Show, Anchorman, and a recurring role on MODERN FAMILY, Willard says he's always been intrigued by the soap world, noting that he was once hooked on the seventies-era soap HOW TO SURVIVE A MARRIAGE. "That was a long time ago," he chuckles. "I started watching B&B when I found out I was going to be on, and I got very interested in the storyline."

Willard explains that John currently calls Australia home, but says his alter ego will find himself quite enamored with his brother's glamorous existence. "When he see where Eric works and the models he works with, I imagine he's quite envious," says Willard.

Look for John to also take a shine to Eric's in-law, Pam (which won't sit well with her current beau, Charlie!) "He can't help it," laughs Willard. "His wife's in Australia! But he's kind of a harmless guy."

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BIG BROTHER Housemates Move The Party To B&B!

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Less than 48 hours after the dramatic finale of BIG BROTHER 16, eight of the reality show's former houseguests reconvened on the set of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL last Friday — along with five other BIG BROTHER alums — to tape a Halloween-themed episode that will air on Friday, October 31.

Though there was plenty of drama and backstabbing inside the BIG BROTHER house this summer, the vibe at the B&B set was all about letting bygones be bygones when Soaps In Depth caught up with Donny, Amber, Cody, Zach, Hayden, Nicole, Caleb and Devin.

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Cast Your Vote #40

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Do you think Liam and Wyatt will ever get along?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you think Kevin and Mariah would make a good couple?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, September 25. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

CBS Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

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

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

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BALLANDO CON B&B's Brooke!

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DANCING WITH THE STARS recently announced the cast for its new season, and once again there are some ABC Daytime alums in its ranks. But there's a star from THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL who will also be hoofing for the big prize... on the other side of the world!

Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) revealed on Facebook that she will be competing on the Italian version of the show, BALLANDO CON LE STELLE. "My sweetie and I are moving to Italy for the next couple of months," she posted, adding, "The first live dance will be October 4th, please tune in and vote!"

B&B is a massive hit overseas, and her co-star Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge) competed on this same reality show himself back in 2010. Seeing as he came second with his partner, Sara Di Vaira, Lang should probably hit him up for some tips and tricks!

Actors performing on DWTS at the same time they're appearing on a daytime soap can be a rough schedule, but since Lang will be in Italy for this competition, it's impossible. "Brooke will be heading to the Milan office of Forrester International," the actress posted to Facebook to explain her alter ego's upcoming on-screen absence. "For some much needed private time and reflection.

"Once BALLANDO CON LE STELLE is over, I will be back to work at B&B," she continues. "Unless we can get [executive producer/headwriter] Brad [Bell] to come to Italy to do a remote!"

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Cast Your Vote #38

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Do you think Ivy and Liam make a good couple?

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

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, September 11. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

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BB Evictee To Guest On B&B!

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On the Thursday, August 28, live episode of CBS' BIG BROTHER, fan favorite Donny Thompson was evicted from the house. But as a consolation prize, host Julie Chen informed the former groundskeeper that THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL had contacted the reality show because they want Donny to guest star on the soap!

Right now, Donny is still sequestered in the BIG BROTHER jury house with the other evicted houseguests in preparation for selecting a winner in the Wednesday, September 24, finale. So there's no way of knowing exactly when he'll be appearing or who he might be playing. With his DUCK DYNASTY-style beard, Donny isn't the most obvious fit for the glamorous sudser... so who do you think he might play?

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Comedian To Guest On B&B

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Comedian Fred Willard will be dropping by THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL for a four-episode arc, according to TV Guide. Who will he be playing? Eric's younger brother, John Forrester -- Ivy's dad! The multiple Emmy nominee (who currently recurs as Phil's dad on MODERN FAMILY) will air in early October.

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Cast Your Vote #36

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Do you think Brooke should forgive Bill?

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

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, August 28. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

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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."

Continued after the jump

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Cast Your Vote #34

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*** VOTING FOR THIS ROUND HAS CLOSED ***

Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Do you think Katie and Ridge will make it down the aisle?

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

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, August 14. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

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B&B's Mosley Waxes Poetic!

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Inspired by a magazine article about a man who wrote a haiku a day, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Karla Mosley (Maya) set a similar goal for herself, daily writing brief "micropoems" that range from the silly to the sublime. The actress compiled a collection of her favorites into the newly-released self-published book called Short Poems For A Long And Happy Life, which is currently available in paperback at Amazon.com.

"The only reason it happened is because of the fans that I stay in touch with on social media," Mosley explains. "I was posting haikus, and fans started asking me, 'When are you putting a book together?' I finally said, 'Why not?'"

In addition to adding "published author" to her repertoire, Mosley has kept busy during B&B's summer hiatus on the set of HART OF DIXIE, on which she recurs as the comically stereotypical Southern belle, Elodie. In July, Mosley shared with Twitter fans a setside photo of herself sporting a bright pink bow on her head for the role. "All pink. All day," she quipped. "Must be back in Dixie."

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Cast Your Vote #32

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Who do you think could be Ivy's Mr. Right?

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

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, July 31. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

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Gaskill Delivers Quite A Speech!

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

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

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

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

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Cast Your Vote #30

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Do you think Oliver is falling for or playing Aly?

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

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, July 17. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on a CBS soap, please mail your choices to:

CBS Readers' Poll
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Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

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