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Y&R's Case And Morrow On HOME AND FAMILY

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS stars Joshua Morrow (Nick) and Sharon Case (Sharon) are appearing on today's episode of HOME AND FAMILY on the Hallmark channel, airing from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST. The actors are there to discuss their characters' upcoming nuptials on the soap, as well as their two decades in Genoa City.

But if you don't get that channel or missed the episode, we've got a clip of their segment right here for you courtesy of Hallmark Channel! Enjoy!

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Original Y&R Cast Member Returns Today!

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Longtime fans of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS will get an extra treat today when they see the truck driver who gives Phyllis a ride into Genoa City. Her driver is played by none other than original cast member Tom Hallick, who played Brad Eliot. In Y&R's first episode on March 26, 1973, Hallick's character was the one who got a lift into town from a truck driver.

"I was shocked when Y&R called," Hallick tells Soaps In Depth before adding with a chuckle: "I don't know why they're making such a big deal out of it... It's for one episode!"

The actor was assigned the dressing room that belong to the late Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) during his brief return to the top-rated soap. "Jeanne and I had done a national tour of Plaza Suite," Hallick recalls. "We'd finish at Y&R at 4:00 p.m., get a 6:00 p.m. flight and then [do a performance]. That was a lot of fun. Jeanne was always the life of the party. I never had scenes with her on the show, but we'd see each other all the time."

Hallick's original character was named after Bradley Bell, the son of late Y&R creator William J. Bell. (Today, of course, Bradley Bell is the executive producer/headwriter of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL.) "I didn't get to see Brad while I was there, but I left him a note," Hallick says with a smile. Of William Bell Sr., Hallick fondly recalls, "I remember going up to his house on Lake Geneva [in Wisconsin]. We'd spend wonderful weekends there. He was a very talented man. I had a lot of respect for what he did."

Brad Eliot left town after his eyesight had been restored in the late '70s, while Hallick moved over to a development deal at NBC which led to his playing Maxwell Hathaway on DAYS OF OUR LIVES in 1984. Many of the people with whom Brad interacted in Genoa City are no longer part of the show's canvas, but his portrayer says he wouldn't mind doing more Y&R. "It'd be kind of fun to go back again in some capacity," he says.

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Tell Chuck Pratt What You Want To See!

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In case you haven't heard, there's a big change going on behind the scenes at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, with Chuck Pratt taking over as the new headwriter. We thought it would be fun to see what you'd tell the incoming scribe if given the chance. What couples do you want to see together? What stories do you love... and which are falling flat? Got a vision for the future of Genoa City? Well, now's your chance to share it by hitting the comment section!

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EXCLUSIVE: Y&R Signs Atkinson To Contract!

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When THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS turned Austin from Avery's cameraman to her on-line stalker who shot Paul and went on the run with Summer, it seemed like the character didn't have much of a future (even if he and Summer did get hitched!). But a rep for the soap reveals to Soaps In Depth that Matthew Atkinson is now on contract, so Austin will be around for quite a while!

Do you think that Austin is redeemable? Are you excited he's sticking around Genoa City?

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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:

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New Headwriter for Y&R!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has made some on-screen changes recently with some high-profile recasts, and now there's going to be a major change behind the scenes. An insider at Y&R has confirmed that executive producer Jill Farren Phelps has hired Chuck Pratt as the new headwriter of the soap. He will also receive an executive producer credit, although Phelps will still reportedly be in charge.

Pratt is known for his scripting of primteime soaps MELROSE PLACE and MODELS, INC., but is best known in daytime circles for his work on SANTA BARBARA (also with Phelps as executive producer), SUNSET BEACH, GENERAL HOSPITAL and ALL MY CHILDREN.

At this time, we don't know exactly when Pratt is scheduled to start writing scripts for Y&R so we can't be sure when his work will be seen on screen. What do you think? Does Y&R need a new headwriter? Do you think Pratt is the right man for the job?

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EXCLUSIVE: Will Psychic Predict Trouble?

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The future may not be a blank slate after all when it comes to a few Genoa City residents! Soaps In Depth has learned exclusively that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has cast Seana Kofoed in the role of Madame Isadora, a psychic who has some predictions to share. Will she offer an ominous warning of death and destruction... or a more hopeful outlook that could include romance? Fans will be able to find out when the actress brings the character to Genoa City, beginning on Friday, October 17, for a few episodes. You might remember Kofoed from her role in primetime's MEN IN TREES, or from her guest appearances in RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, SUBURGATORY or RAISING HOPE.

What are your predictions for the predictions this psychic will share? Sound off in the comments!

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EXCLUSIVE: Y&R's Walton is Getting A New Grandbaby!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jess Walton (Jill) shares with Soaps In Depth that she's going to become a grandmother again! Her son, Cole, and his wife, Ashley, are expecting their second child. "It's a boy," Walton happily reveals. The two-time Emmy winner's first grandson, Wyatt, was born in 2012. Congratulations!

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Y&R's McKenna Has A New STATE Of Mind!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Chris McKenna (Det. Harding) is about to do some moonlighting! The actor has landed a recurring gig on the upcoming NBC drama STATE OF AFFAIRS, in which Katherine Heigl plays a top advisor to Alfre Woodard's President of the United States.

McKenna plays Nick Vera, a CIA operator who provides Charleston Tucker (Heigl's character) with her first taste of the ugly business of on-the-ground intelligence gathering. A STATE rep adds that Nick's time in the field has had a strong impact on how he sees his work, politicians and the agency, adding that Nick has a "complex" relationship with Charlie.

But criminals in Genoa City should still be careful, because McKenna will continue to appear on Y&R! "For those concerned, NBC and CBS have been working together and so far [so] good on working out both schedules," the actor tweeted. A Y&R spokesperson tells Soaps In Depth that McKenna has upcoming shows that we'll see this fall. STATE OF AFFAIRS debuts on Wednesday, November 17, at 10:00 p.m. EST.

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Another GH Star Moves To Genoa City!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has snatched up another GENERAL HOSPITAL actor to add to its ranks! The soap has confirmed that Kelly Sullivan (ex-Connie, GH) has been tapped for a recurring role on Y&R that begins airing on Tuesday, October 28. "I'm honored to be a part of Y&R," the actress tweeted.

Sullivan, who earned raves for her work as the split personalities of Kate and Connie on GH, will be playing Sage, who apparently will have hidden depths of her own. Details on the character are scarce at this time, but which storyline do you think she'll be factoring into? Sound off in the comments!

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Original Y&R Cast Member Returns!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is about to have a real blast from the past for longtime viewers! TV Guide is reporting that original cast member Tom Hallick, who played Brad Eliot from 1973-78, will be making a special cameo appearance.

In a nod to the very first episode of Y&R where Brad got a lift to Genoa City from a truck driver, Hallick will this time be playing the truck driver who offers a ride to Gina Tognoni's Phyllis!

Look for Hallick's episode to air on Friday, September 26.

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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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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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Sneak Peek: Malcolm Returns To Y&R!

Can't wait for Wednesday, September 10, for Shemar Moore to reprise his role as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Malcolm? Well, you're in luck, because we've got this fun little sneak preview direct from CBS featuring clips from his return, classic clips, and some behind the scenes peeks! Enjoy!

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EXCLUSIVE: Y&R's Murphy Goes Primetime!

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Katherine Chancellor's TV widower, Michael Fairman (Murphy, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) guest stars in a special holiday episode of THE FOSTERS set to air later this year (most likely early December) in the show's regular time slot on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC Family.

A show rep tells Soaps In Depth that Fairman will play Mr. Nesbit, the Fosters' widowed next door neighbor. His character is described as "a lonely, somewhat cranky man," who usually wins the annual Christmas house decorating contest. This year, however, that victory may be snatched away after Mr. Nesbit accuses some local kids of ruining his decorations. Will the vandals be exposed? Will Mr. Nesbit emerge victorious? Tune in to find out in the episode titled "Christmas Past." (We'll let you know when we get a solid airdate!)

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Real-Life Soap Couple Welcomes Daughter

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It's a girl! THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Terrell Tilford (Barton) and wife Victoria Platt are parents! "She arrived... Our baby girl, Marley, was born Sunday eve, 24 August," the proud pop shared in a Twitter announcement, complete with an adorable photo.

The couple met on the set of GUIDING LIGHT -- he played David and she played Vicky -- and married on September 29, 2001, in New Orleans in a ceremony that was documented for the TLC series A WEDDING STORY. Congratulations to the new parents!

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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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Y&R's New Adam!

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Adam is on his way back to Genoa City! THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has confirmed that they have cast PASSIONS alum Justin Hartley as the character, and he should be back on screen just in time for November Sweeps (naturally)!

Hartley has more recently been seen in primetime series such as SMALLVILLE, REVENGE and MISTRESSES, but is excited to return to daytime. And Michael Muhney, the fan-favorite actor he is replacing, is urging fans to give him a shot. "I really like Justin Hartley," he tweeted. "He's a good guy. We really get along well. I wish him the best. Be kind to him."

What do you think about this casting? Will Hartley make a good Adam?

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Who Is Y&R's Grace Turner?

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As viewers of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS saw at the end of the Monday, August 18, episode, Grace Turner, played by Jennifer Gareis (Donna, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), will be popping up on Tuesday, August 19. Will she be able to give Nick some info about Mariah, who's a dead ringer for Sharon's late daughter, Cassie? If anyone has answers, it'd be Grace!

As longtime Y&R viewers know, Grace was Sharon's best pal in high school. When it looked like Sharon and Nick's newborn son, Noah, wasn't going to survive, Grace and her boyfriend Tony went searching for then five-year-old Cassie, hoping that bringing her back to Sharon would help ease the loss of Noah. After Noah ended up living (yay!), Grace, who convinced Cassie's adoptive grandmother Millie to relinquish custody, opted not to disrupt Sharon's life by reuniting her with Cassie for quite some time. When she did, Sharon and Nick welcomed Cassie into their lives.

Along the way, Grace fell for Nick and seduced the inebriated hunk (who thought he was making love to his wife)! Grace's obsession with Nick led to the end of her relationship with Tony and temporarily caused Nick and Sharon to split. Grace went on to have a dalliance with Michael Baldwin. When Victor found out about Grace's role in Nick and Sharon's marital woes, he arranged for her to get a job at one of Newman's divisions in New York.

Later, Grace returned to Genoa City, revealing her relationship with Cameron Kirsten, a man who was obsessed with Sharon. Nick's wife got the shock of her life when Cameron, whom she thought she had killed, turned up alive and began threatening her. It turned out that Grace was in cahoots with calculating Cameron. Grace tried to make amends for her dastardly deeds by helping Nick and Sharon bring Cameron to justice, and later returned to New York where she presumably has been living ever since.

Tune in to Y&R tomorrow to see what info Grace has to share with Nick about the mystery of Mariah!

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Y&R's Braeden Opens His Home To You!

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Check out the current issue of our sister publication Closer Weekly — on newsstands now! — for a massive at-home feature with THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Eric Braeden (Victor), full of gorgeous pictures of his spectacular home in the Santa Monica Mountains and behind-the-scenes Hollywood dish!

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Muhney Confirms No Return To Y&R

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Fans holding out hope that Michael Muhney would eventually return to the role of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Adam were disappointed when the actor dashed those hopes via Twitter. "Just got an official call," he posted on Wednesday, August 13. "Although things got very close, I will not be returning to Y&R. That part of my life is over. Moving on..."

However, according to Y&R insiders there were never any negotiations going on between the show and Muhney about him returning to play Adam.

The actor also tried to offer his fans some comfort by posting a quote from Dr. Seuss: "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."

While Adam has been seen on screen lately, his face has never been shown because the soap still has yet to cast an actor in the role. And unfortunately now it appears that whoever fills Adam's shoes, it won't be Muhney. "I was hopeful for a return," he also tweeted, "but now I'm hopeful for the future. Now you'll just have to promise to tune in to my future projects!"

One of his future projects is the upcoming TV movie Correcting Christmas, co-staring Gloria Loring (ex-Liz, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), which we'll have more information about as it comes in.

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Cast Your Vote #34

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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 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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TV Legend Joining Y&R!

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Nikki is about to fall off the wagon on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but she's going to have one heck of a drinking buddy! TV Guide is reporting that TV icon Meredith Baxter is joining the soap as a new character, Maureen.

Baxter is best known for her role on the classic TV sitcom FAMILY TIES, but the manipulative Maureen sounds like the polar opposite of Elyse Keaton! Look for Baxter to debut on Y&R on Monday, September 8, and appear through the fall. The original casting notice for the character said the run would last six to eight weeks, and the rumor is that Maureen has some connections in Genoa City! What do you think they could be?

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Y&R's Egan Ties The Knot!

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Congratulations to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), who married fiancé Matt Katrosar on Saturday, July 26. The actress tweeted some pics from the seaside ceremony that looked just gorgeous, including the one here taken just after the couple were pronounced man and wife! Best wishes to the happy couple!

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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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Will Davidson Become A REAL HOUSEWIFE?

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie) has already been confirmed to be joining the cast of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS next season, but now People Magazine is reporting that she will be joined by fellow soap star Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DAYS; Ashley, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS)!

The two newcomers will be taking the place of former housewives Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud on the reality series. Bravo has yet to confirm whether Davidson is joining the cast, but we'll keep you updated. Will you be watching?

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Shemar Moore Returns To Y&R!

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Fan favorite Shemar Moore is returning to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Malcolm! Unfortunately, it's just a brief visit for only two episodes. "I am excited about returning as a special guest," Moore said in a statement. "This is where I got my start, and I am looking forward to reuniting with my soap opera family."

Malcolm will be coming home to Genoa City reportedly to make amends with his family for his hasty departure the last time around (when the character was played by Darius McCrary). Look for Moore's episodes to air on Wednesday, September 10, and Thursday, September 11.

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Y&R's Sanders Is Guilty!

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

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Y&R's Special Guest!

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Longtime THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fan Connie Knight will be making an appearance in Genoa City in the episode slated to air Wednesday, August 13. But she's not just any ordinary soap fan — she's the mother of sports superstar Deion Sanders! The athlete visited the Y&R set with his mother and his girlfriend, Tracey Edmonds, as part of the taping of his reality series, DEION'S FAMILY PLAYBOOK. Daniel Goddard (Cane) is a big fan, and posted this photo of them with Bryton James (Devon) to his Facebook page, writing, "What a super nice guy! It goes to show, you can be a legend and still be down to earth."

So after you've seen Knight's appearance on Y&R, you can see the flip side of their visit when DEION'S FAMILY PLAYBOOK returns to the air this fall on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network!

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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:

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Meet Avery's Ex!

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THE YOUNG & RESTLESS has added yet another cast member, with TV Guide reporting that Scott Elrod is joining the soap in the contract role of Joe Clark, Avery's ex-husband. How will he feel about seeing his old flame with Dylan, since it was their affair that destroyed the marriage?

Elrod starred in the ABC series MEN IN TREES and has also appeared in shows like CSI: MIAMI and CASTLE as well as films like Argo and Lone Survivor. Look for Joe to show up in Genoa City and start causing trouble in early October!

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Has Y&R Cast Mariah's Mom?

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Karina Logue has been cast as Helen Copeland on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, and will first air on Thursday, August 14. The actress has appeared in several TV series, including SONS OF ANARCHY (starring her brother, Donal Logue), CSI: NY, BONES, TRUE BLOOD, NCIS and ARMY WIVES, and films such as Argo, Zodiac and When A Stranger Calls.

Details about her character are being kept under wraps, but seeing as how she shares a last name with Mariah, there's obviously some kind of connection there, and the soap has confirmed that Logue will first appear in scenes with Joshua Morrow's Nick. The casting notice describes Helen as a trained nurse who was in and out of jobs, and she was a young mother... but an unwilling parent.

So who do you think Helen is? Sound off in the comments!

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Polo Crosses THE BRIDGE

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

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

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

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

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You'll Be FINDING Watros On TV Tonight!

CynthiaWatrosYR.jpg Remember when Cynthia Watros had to vacate her role as Kelly on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS because of a new primetime drama, MTV's FINDING CARTER? Well, you can see her in action when the show debuts tonight, Tuesday, July 8, at 10 p.m. EST on MTV! The 12-episode series focuses on Carter, a teenager (played by REIGN's Kathryn Prescott), who discovers that the woman who's been raising her isn't her mother -- Watros' character, Elizabeth, a police detective, is!

"I'm the mother of a teenaged girl and I was hoping to do one of those GILMORE GIRL type [shows]," executive producer Terri Minksy tells Soaps In Depth. "This brilliant, beautiful [script] was available and I took it! I really did respond to it and wanted to write a mother/daughter piece."

The pilot shows Carter and Lori (the mother who kidnapped her) having yogurt with a side of gummy bears and banter for dinner before Carter's world turns upside down. "That scene is almost literally a transcript of my life with my daughter," Minsky reveals. "We do the 'love you, love you more' thing that Carter and Lori do."

Scene-stealer Zac Pullman plays Grant, the younger brother Carter never met since he was conceived after she was kidnapped and became -- in his words -- the "replacement" child. "What does that do to him psychologically," Minksy rhetorically asks. "What will Carter's relationship with him be?"

CARTER scored a casting coup with Watros' TV parents -- they're played by Robert Pine (ex-Stephen, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIUFL) and Meredith Baxter (FAMILY TIES). "Writing for those two is beyond fun," Minksy shares.

For more on FINDING CARTER, pick up the next CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale Monday, July 14!

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Daddy's Little Girl!

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Congratulations to THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Steve Burton (Dylan) and his wife, Sheree, who welcomed their third child this morning! Daughter Brooklyn Faith was born via a scheduled C-section earlier today.

"Thanks for your prayers," the actor tweeted in making the announcement. "Momma and baby are doing great. Much love." Brooklyn joins the couple's two older children, McKenna, 10, and Jack, 8.

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Exclusive Y&R Casting News!

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Character actor Joel Brooks has landed a three-episode arc on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS to play Judge Ramsey. The showbiz veteran first airs on Thursday, July 24, and will share exciting scenes with several Genoa City characters. Might Judge Ramsey have something to do with Ian's threat to sue Nikki for emotional distress?

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Y&R's Serricchio Gets A Witchy Woman!

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

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

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

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Y&R's Stitch Will Keep You In Stitches!

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You may know Sean Carrigan (Stitch) as a hunky romantic lead on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but the guy has quite the talent for stand-up comedy, too! And if you're in the San Diego area you can see for yourself later this month!

On Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19, Carrigan will be performing in two shows each evening, at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at The Comedy Store in La Jolla, CA. He'll be joining national headliners Cort McCown and Eleanor Kerrigan on stage, and the show will also feature Comedy Store favorite Willie Hunter. For more information and to order tickets, click here!

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Sip Tea With The Stars Of Y&R!

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It's time for another afternoon tea date with THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kate Linder (Esther)! The actress will be hosting her annual Afternoon Tea In Vancouver to benefit the Canadian Cancer Society on Saturday, July 19, at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver from noon to 2:00 p.m., with a cast autograph session to follow.

Linder will be joined by castmates Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael), Christel Khalil (Lily) and Tristan Rogers (Colin) and Redaric Williams (Tyler) as well as Y&R hair and make-up experts Patty Denny and George Guzman. Guests of the event will enjoy high tea, delicious edibles, a raffle, an auction, and more.

For more details and to purchase tickets, visit www.katelinderafternoontea.com.

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Phyllis Is Back In August!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fans (and Genoa City residents!) should mark Monday, August 11, on their calendars, because that's when Phyllis is coming back! Of course, she's been in a coma, so it'll probably take a little while before she's fighting fit again. And she'll look a little different as soap vet Gina Tognoni (Dinah, GUIDING LIGHT; Kelly, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is taking over the role from Michelle Stafford (who is now playing Nina over on GENERAL HOSPITAL)!

Are you excited that Phyllis is waking up? What do you think she'll do first?

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Cast Your Vote #28

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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: Did Hope make the right choice, picking Liam?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you think Mariah can be redeemed?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Wednesday, July 2. And please, only one vote per person!

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

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

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

VOTES FOR ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND COUPLES CAST IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

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B&B And Y&R Stars Enaged!

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Congratulations to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Darin Brooks (Wyatt) and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum Kelly Kruger (ex-Mac), who are now engaged to be married! The news broke on Twitter, where Brooks posted "Well, I asked her..." and Kruger tweeted back, "... and I said YES!"

However, while there was an Instagram photo of the happy couple smooching under the Eiffel Tower in Paris, they both later confirmed that the proposal didn't actually happen in The City Of Lights. "It didn't happen there!" Kruger wrote. "Was even more special."

Well, wherever the question was popped, best wishes to the happy couple!

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New B&B/Y&R Baby Born!

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Congratulations to first-time parents Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Robert Adamson (Noah, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), who welcomed Aleda Seren Adamson into the world on Thursday, June 12!

We have no doubt that the baby girl is both BEAUTIFUL and YOUNG, but hopefully not too RESTLESS! Best wishes to the happy family!

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