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  • Debuted on: March 23, 1987
  • Network: CBS
  • Created by: William J Bell & Lee Phillip Bell
  • Takes place in: Los Angeles, CA

  • Current Cast

    • Zane Achor as Will Spencer
    • Texas Battle as Marcus Barber
    • Ashleigh Brewer as Ivy Forrester
    • Darin Brooks as Wyatt Fuller
    • Dick Christie as Charlie Webber
    • Scott Clifton as Liam Spencer
    • Andrew Collins as Jarrett Maxwell
    • Zack Conroy as Oliver Jones
    • Mace Coronel as R.J. Forrester
    • Don Diamont as Bill Spencer, Jr.
    • Reign Edwards as Nicole Avant
    • Jennifer Gareis as Donna Logan
    • Linsey Godfrey as Caroline Spencer
    • Adam Gregory as Thomas Forrester
    • Winsor Harmon as Thorne Forrester
    • Jon Hensley as Dr. Meade
    • Ashley Jones as Bridget Forrester
    • Sean Kanan as Deacon Sharpe

    • Thorsten Kaye as Ridge Forrester
    • Katherine Kelly Lang as Brooke Logan
    • Kristolyn Lloyd as Dayzee Leigh
    • Kimberly Matula as Hope Logan
    • Karla Mosley as Maya Avant
    • John McCook as Eric Forrester
    • Alley Mills as Pamela Douglas
    • Ashlyn Pearce as Alexandria Forrester
    • Lawrence Saint-Victor as Carter Walton
    • Rena Sofer as Quinn Fuller
    • Aaron D. Spears as Justin Barber
    • Heather Tom as Katie Logan
    • Stephanie Wang as Madison Lee
    • Fred Willard as John Forrester
    • Jacqueline MacInnes Wood as Steffy Forrester
    • Jacob Young as Rick Forrester
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    Special Thanks to Leo Logan (Willimantic, CT) for helping us keep this up to date

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    This Week On The Bold & The Beautiful

    December 15
    Deacon saves Quinn from herself and Dollar Bill Spencer; Maya receives a generous gift from Rick.
    December 16
    Rick enacts his plan to ensure his position as Forrester CEO; Bill begs Katie not to move forward with her relationship with Ridge.

    December 17
    Maya and Rick stage a grand performance; Katie confronts Ridge about his feeligns for Caroline.
    December 18
    Katie and Bill have a brutally honest conversation; a familiar tactic helps Caroline keep her marriage on track.
    December 19
    Ivy confronts Rick about an encounter she witnessed; Ridge confides in Carter about his feelings for Caroline.
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    (News section last updated December 19, 2014)

    B&B Scribe Promises Heartfelt Holiday Episode!

    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."


    (Video) CBS, the top-rated Network in Daytime, gets festive this holiday season with themed episodes of LET'S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE TALK.

    Kids will take over the Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show LET’S MAKE A DEAL with a special family Christmas episode on Wednesday, Dec. 24 (check local listings). Children ages 8-17 bring their parents to make crazy one-of-a-kind deals and celebrate the season with amazing prizes from everyone’s wish list. From an outdoor movie theater and brand-new cars to family trips to Hawaii and Alaska, there’s enough holiday cheer to make Santa’s elves jealous. The stage will be transformed into a winter wonderland with holiday décor, including lights, wreaths, Christmas trees, presents, candy canes, elves, reindeer, snowmen and Traders dressed as Santa. Plus, every audience member (naughty or nice) gets an early gift – a high-tech bluetooth speaker and an iPod Shuffle for playing their favorite holiday tunes. Host Wayne Brady and the cast will also dazzle the audience with a holiday mash-up of traditional carols and unexpected twists in the popular Juke Box Game.

    Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television's #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, is celebrating the holiday season with three festive episodes, Monday, Dec. 22 – Wednesday, Dec. 24 (11:00-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT). ‘Tis the season for giving gifts and THE PRICE IS RIGHT is serving up some special prizes. Over the three episodes, contestants will have the opportunity to win new luxury cars, including a brand-new Lexus and a Mercedes SUV. Plus, winter is the perfect time to travel. Up for grabs are tropical getaways to the Bahamas and Bora Bora and spectacular vacations to Paris, Australia and Peru, and for those who prefer a more traditional holiday trip, Germany to enjoy the famous Christmas markets. On New Year’s Eve, the show will close out the year with the “Best of 2014,” revisiting some of the greatest moments, wildest contestants and most popular prizes from the past year, Wednesday, Dec. 31 (11:00-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT).

    The holiday season is filled with love and unexpected surprises this year on daytime’s #1 drama for 26 years, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, broadcast weekdays (12:30-1:30 PM, ET; 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, PT). As Adam Newman (Justin Hartley) tries to reclaim his life under a new identity, he discovers shocking information about his father, Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) on Tuesday, Dec. 23. Across town, Devon Hamilton (Bryton James) and Hilary Curtis (Mishael Morgan) struggle with being naughty or nice as they try to keep their relationship a secret on Wednesday, Dec. 24. Also, Devon’s father Neil Winters (Kristoff St. John) has reason to hope for a Christmas miracle that has the potential to rock the Winters family to their core in 2015. Meanwhile, Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson) reconnects with an old friend and finds herself on a hot date for New Year’s Eve. In addition, five of this year’s THE PRICE IS RIGHT Male Model Search contestants turn up at a New Year’s Eve party at the Underground.

    On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, John Forrester (guest star Fred Willard) gives Pam Douglas (Alley Mills) his “Best in Show” to help brighten her Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 23. On Wednesday, Dec. 24, Eric and Rick Forrester (John McCook and Emmy Award winner Jacob Young) introduce their long-standing holiday tradition of serving at the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles to the new additions of their family and friends, including Maya (Karla Mosley), Carter (Lawrence Saint Victor), Ivy (Ashleigh Brewer), Aly (Ashlyn Pearce) and Othello (Othello Clark). On Wednesday, Dec. 31, Liam Spencer (Emmy Award winner Scott Clifton) and Ivy Forrester (Ashleigh Brewer) spend their first New Year’s Eve together as a young couple in love.

    THE TALK celebrates the holiday season with celebrity guests, a special musical performance, festive host chats, celebrity chefs and December giveaways from Wednesday, Dec. 17 - Friday, Dec. 19. Guests include actress Anjelica Houston, actor Simon Baker (CBS’s THE MENTALIST) and actor Kevin Pollak (CBS’s MOM). Plus, music superstar Trisha Yearwood performs. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, lifestyle expert Chi-Lan Lieu shares gift ideas for women this holiday season. On Thursday, Dec. 18, beauty expert Lilliana Vazquez showcases this winter's hottest beauty products and “The Talk Tailgate” continues with chef Marcel Vigneron making appetizers to celebrate “Thursday Night Football.” Chef Fabio Viviani cooks up a grilled beef tenderloin holiday feast on Friday, Dec.19.

    From Monday, Dec. 22 - Friday, Dec. 26, encore episodes of THE TALK include host Sara Gilbert announcing her pregnancy during “Face Your Fears-Dares Week,” actors Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer (CBS’s TWO AND A HALF MEN), actress Jennifer Love Hewitt (CBS’s CRIMINAL MINDS), comedian and actress Wanda Sykes and actor Scott Bakula (CBS’s NCIS: NEW ORLEANS). From Monday, Dec. 29 - Friday Jan. 2, encore highlights include Grammy-winning superstar Taylor Swift, actress Anna Faris (CBS’s MOM), actress and author Brooke Shields, comedian and television host Howie Mandel, television personality Craig Ferguson, comedian and actress Roseanne Barr as well as Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey.

    The special daytime air schedule for the holidays follows:

    WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24: Original episodes of LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL will air in their regularly scheduled time periods. An encore episode of THE TALK will air in its regularly scheduled time period.

    THURSDAY, DEC. 25: An original episode of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS will air in its regularly scheduled time period. Encore episodes of LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE TALK will air in their regularly scheduled time periods.

    WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31: Original episodes of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL will air in their regularly scheduled time periods. Original “Best of 2014” episode of THE PRICE IS RIGHT, including a guest appearance by the Male Model Search winner James O’Halloran and finalists Jonathan Morgan and Jay Byars will air in its regularly scheduled time period. Encore episodes of LET'S MAKE A DEAL and THE TALK will air in their regularly scheduled time periods.

    THURSDAY, JAN. 1, 2015: Encore episodes of LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE TALK will air in their regularly scheduled time periods. An original episode of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS will air in its regularly scheduled time period.

    CBS Daytime has been #1 in the daypart for 28 consecutive years, featuring a balance of dramas, game shows and talk. The Network’s daytime lineup includes network television’s #1-rated daytime program and longest-running game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, the #1 daytime drama THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, daytime talk show THE TALK as well as THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and LET’S MAKE A DEAL.

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    B&B alum Ashley Tesoro (ex-Kimberly) and husband, Anthony, have created a web series, LIFE IS FOR LIVING TV.

    "It's our Christian lifestyle and ministry series, formatted for the Internet and for people to view the clips on their phone or computer to be inspired and learn about the Bible,” she explains. "We have about 28 episodes so far. We released our newest one a few weeks ago and have several more we are working on to release in the beginning of 2015. We host, produce, and write the series.”

    Check it out on the website or through YouTube. The duo also shared a video from daughter, Gabriella’s, birthday that chronicles the first year of her life. See it here. Follow them on Twitter @LIFLTV.

    Casting Corner

    Zane Achor returns as “Baby Will” on Thursday December 18
    Aaron D. Spears returns as “Justin Barber” on Wednesday, December 17
    Othello Clark returns as “Othello” on Friday, December 19

    Golden Globe Nominations

    The 72nd Golden Globe Awards airs Sunday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.

    TV Comedy Lead Actress
    Lena Dunham, Girls
    Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
    Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
    Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black


    B&B’s Alley Mills (Pam) and her husband, Orson Bean (ex-Roy, DH), are prepping for their latest production of A Christmas Carol, which kicks off this weekend at the First Lutheran Church of Venice. The free production has been a labor of love for Bean and his wife for many years.

    “Orson did his first adaptation nearly 30 years ago at the Beacon Theatre in New York,” Mills shares. “We’ve been doing it here for about 15 years now. He wrote his own adaptation, which is laced with lots of humor. It stars Orson and many professional actors from The Pacific Resident Theatre, an award-winning theater in Venice, and it features a lot of local kids. Orson said any boy or girl who wanted to be in the show could be in it. Yours truly is running the spotlight and doing makeup, hair and dressing about 40 cast members. CBS graciously loaned us the costumes, which were used on DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN. I knew exactly where they were because they’re stored right near my dressing room at B&B [laughs]. All the kids in the audience sit up front and we’re doing a special dress rehearsal performance on Thursday, December 11, for children who’ve been in shelters who are now in transitional housing. We have homemade cookies and cider afterwards, courtesy of the sweet women at the church. They also make the children goodie bags with little gifts and treats, which is just so dear.”

    Performances of A CHRISTMAS CAROL starring Orson Bean are this weekend on Friday, December 12, and Saturday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, December 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church of Venice, 815 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291. Call the church office at (310) 821-2740 for any questions or go to for more information. Admission is free and no reservations are needed but it is recommended to come early. Running time is approximately 70 minutes.


    Adrienne Frantz (ex-Amber, B&B/Y&R), who is married to Scott Bailey (ex-Sandy, GL), revealed on Facebook that she has miscarried for the second time. The actress posted, "There are no words for the pain. Losing one baby breaks your heart, losing 2 crushes a piece of your soul."


    A B&B show rep confirms the buzz that Jacqueline MacInnes Wood is returning to the show as Steffy Forrester. The actress, who played the role from from 2008-13, was last seen in February, and will be back at the studio next week to tape scenes that will begin airing at the end of January. Unfortunately, at this point, Wood is only scheduled for a handful of episodes, but while she's not back on contract at the soap, she is recurring, and as such can appear at any time!

    Lorenzo Lamas -- Becomes Primary Parent of his Kids ... Shauna Sand Crushed

    Lorenzo Lamas won a big victory in his never-ending war with ex-wife Shauna Sand ... he effectively became the primary parent of their 3 daughters.

    A judge radically changed the joint custody arrangement Wednesday from 50/50 to the 3 girls living full-time with Lorenzo, while Shauna gets them every other weekend.

    The judge was swayed by declarations filed by the 3 girls -- ages 17, 15 and 13 -- all of whom said they desperately wanted to live with their dad because their mom constantly brought new boyfriends to live with them and verbally abused them, calling them c**** and bitches.

    The kids also said their mom rented out their bedrooms and 2 of them ended up sleeping on the sofa and the third slept alone in the guesthouse.

    Shauna was sobbing after the ruling came down, but the girls -- all of whom were at the courthouse -- were ecstatic.


    ( (Pic) Reign Edwards joins the cast of B&B today in the contract role of Nicole Avant, Maya’s sister. Digest spoke exclusively with the actress — on her 18th birthday — about joining her first daytime soap.

    “I was the youngest one in the audition,” Edwards reports. “I felt really good about it, but I honestly didn’t expect it. My mom’s a B&B fan, so when she found out, she couldn’t believe it! I think my mom is going to be pretty cool with Nicole — but even if she isn’t, hey, I’m 18 now [laughs].”

    As for her new B&B persona, she teases, “I think Nicole is going to bring something pretty cool to the table for everybody. She’s Maya’s little sister, so they’re going to have some similarities but they’ll also have their differences, too. You’ll really get to see that.”

    Look for the actress to make her debut in January.

    Senate Confirms Colleen Bell, Noah Mamet to Ambassadorships

    ( Two Los Angeles fundraisers — soap opera producer Colleen Bell and political consultant Noah Mamet — were confirmed by the Senate as ambassadors after a contentious nomination process.

    The Senate confirmed Mamet as ambassador to Argentina by a vote of 50-43, and Bell as Ambassador to Hungary by a vote of 52-42. The votes were along party lines.

    Their confirmations had been delayed after Republicans, led by Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), raised objections over their qualifications. McCain even wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal claiming that the sole criterion for their selection was their ability to raise money for President Obama’s re-election campaign. He singled out Mamet for admitting that he had not yet been to Argentina, and Bell, producer of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” for struggling to “define even one strategic interest in the U.S. relationship with Hungary.”

    But the practice of filling ambassadorships with political appointees is not new, particularly in countries that are not world hotspots. Democratic and Republican presidents have long filled their ranks with friends and campaign fundraisers. Mamet and Bell each raised more than $500,000 for Obama’s re-election campaign.

    Neither the lack of a foreign policy background nor the failure to visit the country have necessarily capsized an individual’s bid for an ambassadorship, as ambassadors are assisted by career diplomats.

    Charles Rivkin, former CEO of Wild Brain Media and the Jim Henson Co., was a bundler for President Obama in 2008 and went on to become ambassador to France, earning high marks from a State Department inspector general’s report.

    On the Senate floor on Tuesday, McCain again blasted the political appointments, but Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) defended them. “Just because someone is a producer of a popular television show, that doesn’t disqualify them,” Boxer said, according to Yahoo News. “She’s an intelligent woman. She knows how to be successful.”

    The nominations would have been in jeopardy had a vote been delayed with Senate control shifting to the GOP.


    CBS, the top-rated network in Daytime for 28 consecutive years, posted growth across the daypart as LET'S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and THE TALK all delivered their largest audiences of the season, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Nov. 21.


    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS averaged 5.06 million viewers, up +4% in viewers and growing +5% in women 25-54 (2.0/12) and +8% in women 18-49 (1.3/09).


    THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL averaged 3.74 million viewers, up +1% in viewers and ranking as its second-largest audience of the season.

    Matula's Last Air Date

    Kim Matula's last air date as Hope Logan will be on Friday December 12th

    Booming Forward: Former soap opera star teaches how to get most out of life

    (Video) Sandra Dee Robinson is no stranger to reinvention.

    A veteran actress, Robinson caught her big break on the soap opera show, “Another World.”

    Robinson, 47, has added a twist to her career – a later-in-life transformation.

    While she still acts, Robinson devotes much of her time teaching others how to keep their cool when the pressure is on.

    Robinson’s business, Charisma on Camera, teaches people how to be an effective communicator, putting fear and doubt aside and following instincts.

    FOX 13’s Dave Nemeth spoke with Robinson about her new business.

    Check out the full interview in the video above.

    Making A BOLD Move?

    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.

    Sexypants Is One Of People's Sexiest!

    People Magazine has named actor Chris Hemsworth Sexiest Man Alive for 2014, but quite a few familiar daytime faces made their other hot lists!

    Over on the "Sexy At Every Age" list, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Ryan Paevey (Nathan) joined lots of other hunks including Mario Lopez (ex-Christian, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL). Over on the "Hottest Guys From Around The World" list, they included ALL MY CHILDREN alum Mark Consuelos (Mateo) under Spain and Nathan Fillion (Joey, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) under Canada.

    And on the "Men of the Year" list, you'll find AS THE WORLD TURNS' Billy Magnussen (Casey), AMC's Michael B. Jordan (Reggie), OLTL's Teddy Sears (Chad) and GUIDING LIGHT's Matt Bomer (Ben).

    It's no surprise that daytime has the sexiest men out there! Who do you think should've made the list?


    (Photo) CBS, the top-rated network in Daytime for 28 consecutive years, celebrates Thanksgiving with special themed episodes across the entire daypart, including holiday fare from LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE TALK.

    Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show LET’S MAKE A DEAL celebrates Thanksgiving on Wednesday, Nov. 26 (check local listings) with many traders dressed as turkeys, pilgrims and pumpkins, as well as themed games and giveaways. Games will feature a 3-Turkey Deal for big cash, a trading game including a Turkey Hotline and a giant pumpkin pie. Host Wayne Brady does his best turkey impression, and the pumpkin pie becomes the center of attention for the hungry cast. Plus, the entire studio audience will receive a family heirloom cookbook project with which they can design, create and publish their own cookbook with family holiday recipes that they can hand down to future generations.

    Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television's #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, is fixing a festive Thanksgiving episode for Wednesday, Nov. 26. In the spirit of the holiday, the show celebrates Turkey Day with themed games and prizes, including a home gym to work off the tasty treats, a new dining room to celebrate in, and a platinum china set for serving the holiday feast to your guests. Plus, celebrity chef Susan Feniger stops by to present a special showcase featuring a food journey around the world, including trips to Los Angeles to experience the food truck scene, to the Riviera Maya for the amazing ceviche, and to Singapore for the award-winning dining. On Friday, Nov. 28, a repeat episode of THE PRICE IS RIGHT will air (see scheduling notes below).

    On THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Wednesday, Nov. 26, Victor Newman (Eric Braden) and Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott) host Thanksgiving dinner for friends, family and a few unexpected guests at the Newman Ranch. Meanwhile, the rest of the Newman family are at an important crossroads as Nicholas Newman (Joshua Morrow) finds himself in a life-altering predicament, Victoria Newman (Amelia Heinle) decides to find out who her baby’s father is and Adam Newman (Justin Hartley) prepares to reclaim his life under a new identity. Across town, Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) and his fiancée Phyllis Newman (Gina Tognoni) spend Thanksgiving making up for lost time after she spent the last year in a coma. Will Phyllis finally get the happy ending she’s been waiting for? On Friday, Nov. 28, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS will air a repeat episode.

    On THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, the Forresters, Logans and Spencers join together at the Forrester Mansion for a Thanksgiving Day filled with food, forgiveness and gratitude on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Pam Douglas (Alley Mills) and Charlie Baker (Dick Christie) prepare the perfect meal for the group and as everyone settles in, Hope Logan (Kim Matula) announces that they will be continuing the tradition of putting their conflict aside, whether it is in love, business or family, she implores them to say something kind to the person next to them. For a moment in time it seems that all is right in the world, but for two people, we see that the feelings that they have for each other are still undeniable.

    THE TALK marks Thanksgiving with delicious holiday-themed recipes, a big giveaway and celebrity appearances Monday, Nov. 24 - Wednesday, Nov. 26. Actress and New York Times bestselling author Brooke Shields discusses her new book and chef Paul Bartolotta serves up delicious fall dishes on Monday, Nov. 24. On Tuesday, Nov. 25, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth performs live while chef Susan Feniger cooks up some holiday cheer. On Wednesday, Nov. 26, Emmy Award winner Jennifer Aniston visits, and the hosts unveil a special holiday giveaway for kids.

    CBS Daytime Programming Scheduling Notes for the week of Nov. 24-28 include:

    Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014:
    LET’S MAKE A DEAL and THE PRICE IS RIGHT will be pre-empted due to “The Thanksgiving Day Parade” on CBS
    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS will be pre-empted due to CBS Sports coverage of NFL Football
    THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL will be pre-empted due to CBS Sports coverage of NFL Football
    THE TALK will be pre-empted due to CBS Sports coverage of NFL Football

    Friday, Nov. 28, 2014:
    LET’S MAKE A DEAL will be pre-empted due to CBS Sports coverage of NCAA Football
    A repeat episode of THE PRICE IS RIGHT will air 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET and 10:00-11:00 AM, CT, but will be pre-empted on the West Coast due to CBS Sports coverage of NCAA Football
    A repeat episode of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS will air 12:30-1:30 PM, ET and 11:00-12:00 PM, CT and 3:00-4:00 PM, PT, due to CBS Sports coverage of NCAA Football
    THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL will be pre-empted due to CBS Sports coverage of NCAA Football
    THE TALK will be pre-empted due to CBS Sports coverage of NCAA Football


    Michelle Stafford’s (Nina, GH) hilarious web series, THE STAFFORD PROJECT, which features the actress, along with guest stars Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B), Joshua Morrow (Nick, Y&R) and Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), to name a few, will be available for purchase on DVD on November 28, and will feature bonus content.


    Forrester Creations has a new employee — Matt — played by Raphael Thompson, whose recent elimination from THE PRICE IS RIGHT’s Male Model Search (check it out at helped him land the sudsy opportunity. “To even make it that far in the competition was really great,” Thompson enthuses. “To make it that far and have the opportunity to go to the next level of my career and have the opportunity to be on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL was just that much more great.”

    For Thompson, who watched both PRICE and B&B as a kid, it was a surreal experience. “As a child wanting to be an actor because of soap operas and actually being on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL was like, ‘Wow, I could really get used to doing this,’ ” he smiles. “It would be an amazing and humbling pleasure to be a series regular. That would be the ultimate reward.”

    Thompson isn’t the first PRICE IS RIGHT alum to appear on a soap: DAYS’s Robert Scott Wilson (Ben) had a similar career path. "Hearing his story and how he started from THE PRICE IS RIGHT is definitely an inspiration,” notes the newcomer.

    Tune in to see Thompson’s debut on November 20.

    Check out a clip of Thompson's B&B experience here: video.

    SAG-AFTRA Netcode Deal Reached

    ( SAG-AFTRA and the broadcast television networks and producers reached agreement Friday on a renewal of the Network Television Code (Netcode) pact, a contract that covers syndicated dramatic programs, daytime serials (soap operas), promotional announcements, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports and other non-dramatic programs, the union announced.

    “With the successful conclusion of this negotiation, we have finished unifying our legacy television contracts under SAG-AFTRA,” said union president Ken Howard, who chaired the member negotiating committee. “We’ve made significant gains in important areas, including wage increases and improvements in streaming residual rates.”

    SAG-AFTRA national executive director David White, who was the union’s chief negotiator, said, “I am pleased with the important gains we’ve achieved in this negotiation, including significant increases for background actors, stand-ins, stunt coordinators and singers.”

    Key terms of the deal include:

    * Wage increases for most program categories of 2.5 percent in the first year and 3 percent in each of years two and three. For soap opera performers, increases are 2, 2.5 and 2.5 percent, respectively, and for network news, the increases are 2 percent in each of the three years.

    * A 0.5 percent increase in health and retirement contributions by the producers.

    * A reduction in streaming windows and increases in the streaming residuals rate consistent with the industry pattern.

    * Language that helps facilitate the merging of the SAG and AFTRA benefit plans.

    * Expanded ability for stunt coordinators to work under the Netcode.

    * An increase to background rehearsal rates in year two, from $11 per hour to $15 per hour, and an increase for principal rehearsal rates in year two from $25 per hour to $28 per hour.

    * Increases in the overtime rate from $37.50 per hour to $42 per hour, and $16.50 per hour to $22.50 per hour, respectively.

    * An increase in the stand-in rate for non-dramatic programming, from $24 per hour to $25 per hour in year one, and from $25 per hour to $26 per hour in year three.

    * For the first time, a premium payment for solo/duo singers for multi-tracking and sweetening.

    * Agreement that a bulletin will be issued to producers of content under this agreement to help ensure adequate warm-up space for dancers.

    The tentative agreement will be submitted for approval to the SAG-AFTRA board at its next meeting and then, subject to the board’s approval, to the union membership for ratification.

    The Netcode is also referred to as the “front of book” to distinguish it from a provision, Exhibit A, that formerly covered scripted primetime programming, That provision is now subsumed in the SAG-AFTRA Television Agreement, which was negotiated earlier this year and ratified by the union membership in August.

    Employment under the Netcode generates more than $200 million a year in covered member earnings. The agreement covers programming in all television day parts (except for scripted primetime programs on the networks and the CW) and similar programming produced for digital media. Covered programs include dramas and comedies in first-run syndication, morning news shows, talk shows, serials (soap operas), variety, reality, contest, sports and promotional announcements, including Good Morning America, The View, The Price is Right, The Young and the Restless, Saturday Night Live, Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, Amazing Race, Nightline and Late Night with David Letterman.

    The negotiating committee consisted of principal performers, background actors, promo announcers, stand-ins, singers and dancers. Contract negotiations began Nov. 3. Subject to approval and ratification, the new agreement takes effect on Sunday and runs through June 30, 2018.

    Music Box: Soap star Jack Wagner brings 'On the Porch' to Rams Head On Stage

    ( Former "General Hospital" soap opera star Jack Wagner is sure to have the ladies sitting up straight as he displays an equal passion for sharing his less dysfunctional Americana style country music (i.e. mandolin, guitar and banjo laced).

    When Wagner steps on the stage at Rams Head in Annapolis on Friday night, get ready for a trip back home where music is still made on porches. Thus the title of his new album, "On the Porch."

    Wagner splits up his time these days between the recording studio, the road, and the golf course. Jack Wagner's acting resume also includes stints in Broadway touring productions as Tony in "West Side Story" and as Zuko in "Grease." He's also been seen (twice) on the Great White Way in "Jekyll and Hyde."

    His television roles include Dr. Peter Burns on "Melrose Place" and a leading role for nine years on "The Bold and The Beautiful." Or perhaps he's lit up your living room as a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars." He's a duffer at various pro-am style golf tournaments including Bel Air and Pebble Beach.

    But this Friday (Nov 13) it's all about the music Wagner writes and records as he takes center stage on the front porch, which is Rams Head On Stage (8 p.m.).


    On Instagram, B&B’s Kim Matula (Hope) posted the following about her decision to leave the soap she has called home since 2010: "What can I say about today? I can officially confirm that I filmed my last scenes at The Bold and The Beautiful. For now. smiley. It was a day full of love and laughter and reminiscing about the past 5 years. I made the incredibly difficult decision not to resign my contract so that I could spread my wings as an actor and see what this big beautiful world has to offer. But I can never put into words just how amazing and inspiring this show has been. What a huge part of my life. I do not see this as a ‘goodbye' but more of a 'see you later.' Thank you for giving me an unforgettable 5 years as Hope Logan and thank you to every single viewer who sat side by side with me on this journey. Cheers to the next adventure!!"


    According to B&B’s Twitter page, @BoldInsider, Kim Matula, who has played Hope Logan since 2010, is leaving the show. The tweet says, "We wish #KimMatula the best as she moves on to other opportunities. We love Kim & she will always be a part of the #BoldandBeautiful family.” A spokesperson added, "There are no plans to recast at this time."


    B&B will re-air today’s preempted episode in Las Vegas at 2:07am, Los Angeles at 3:35am, Portland (OR) at 1:35am, Sacramento at 1:00am, San Diego at 3:00am and the San Francisco Bay Area at a 2:12am. Y&R will re-air in Atlanta 1:37am and Los Angeles at 2:35am.

    'Celebrity Apprentice' Gets Return Date

    The long-in-the-can seventh installment of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice will debut on January 4 in the reality series’ previous time slot, Sunday 9-11 PM, before moving into its new berth, Monday 8-10 PM, filling in for The Voice while the singing competition is on winter hiatus. The network also officially revealed the celebrity cast of Season 7 that will join Donald Trump and his children Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric in the boardroom. It includes two-time World Series champion Johnny Damon; actor/comedian Gilbert Gottfried; Deadliest Catch star Sig Hansen, musician Kevin Jonas; actor Lorenzo Lamas (ex-Hector, B&B); NFL great Terrell Owens; talk show host Geraldo Rivera; actor Ian Ziering (ex-Cam, Guding Light); Gold Medal Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson; actress Vivica A. Fox (ex-Carmen, Days/ex-Stephanie, Y&R/ex-Maya, Generations); TV host Leeza Gibbons; reality star Brandi Glanville; reality star Kate Gosselin; Olympics gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson; reality star Kenya Moore; and actress Keshia Knight Pulliam. Taking a page from the playbook of ABC, which announces the celebrity casts of Dancing With The Stars on Good Morning America, the cast of The Celebrity Apprentice was unveiled on Today.

    Season 7 also features the late Joan Rivers, winner of Season 2, who returned as advisor in two episodes.

    The most recent sixth installment of Celebrity Apprentice ended its run in March 2013. Season 7 was filmed in early 2014 but NBC opted for a 9-11 PM drama block of newbies Believe and Crisis on Sunday last midseason. Asked in July about keeping the series on the bench so long, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt was not worried. “Every few years, some of these reality franchises (rest),” he said. “We took a hiatus on The Biggest Loser and brought that back and was happy to see it come back to life again.”

    The Celebrity Apprentice is produced by United Artists Media Group, a joint venture among MGM, Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst Entertainment, in association with Trump Productions. Mark Burnett, Donald Trump, Page Feldman and Eric Van Wagenen are executive producers.


    B&B is seeking an actress between the ages of 18-22 to play the role of Janie, a revision the previously announced casting of Camilla. She is described as a crafty stunner who goes after what she wants. It is a recurring role that could lead to a contract

    The 2015 Daytime Emmys Are In April!

    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!)

    Gaskill's Bloody Fun Film!

    Soap opera veteran Brian Gaskill is no stranger to the world of vampires. As angel Rafe on PORT CHARLES, he battled a whole host of them! Now, he's stepping back into that realm in The Bloody Indulgent, a sexy vampire musical that's being released for rent this week on VIMEO and before going to wider release.

    "I play a quirky club owner/MC at a B-rated strip club," Gaskill reveals of the role that will pit him against former Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson as a randy (and not-so-sober!) vampire. "I'm surrounded by vampires and zombies." Not only does the actor play a pivotal role in the story, but he also gets to sing! "I'm a huge fan of not only musicals, but also cult musicals such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show," Gaskill explains of his interest in the project. "So it was a dream come true for me to be part of such a wild film — it definitely falls into the realm of the cult classics."

    The colorful film, which also features Diva Zappa and Danièle Watts (Django Unchained), is described as "a grungy morality tale that reveals the humanity of monsters and the inhumanity of mankind."

    "Kevin Richardson was awesome to work with and Ken Roht, the director and writer, is a bit of an underground theater genius, so it was an amazing experience all around," Gaskill enthuses. "I am so excited that it's finally able to be seen, and it's perfect timing — just in time for Halloween!"


    She still appears in the opening credits, but don’t expect Jacqueline MacInnes Wood to reprise the role of Steffy anytime soon.

    “As much as I love The Bold and The Beautiful and still wanted to be apart of it. Unfortunately we weren’t on the same page contractually/scheduling etc.,” she posted on Facebook. “These things happen in this industry and I hope all my fans can understand that. I am a huge supporter of Brad Bell and the entire cast and crew. Love and kisses to all of my fans. I really do care about you all.... Hey! If characters can be recast, shot, fall down elevator shafts and come back to life months/years later lol then never say never. XOXO Love u all and will DEFINITELY keep u posted on future projects.”

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

    (Photo) 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!

    Dancing with the Stars: Who Gave Tricks and Who Gave Treats for Halloween?

    Halloween has come a few days early to Dancing with the Stars, and with it, Len has risen from the dead! The esteemed judge — who's been absent from the show for the past few weeks — returns to the show by emerging from a coffin during the opening group number. Erin Andrews is back as well.

    With two team dances to get through in addition to the individual numbers, there's no time to waste. The routines:

    Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd (quickstep)
    The dance: Go, Tommy, go! After suffering through some fatigue and aches and pains in rehearsal, the oldest celebrity to make it this far in Dancing gives it his all for the actual routine and proves that the quickstep isn't going to get the best of him. The dance is more like a medium-paced-step, but it's hard to find any fault with the spunk Tommy shows in those kicks.
    What the judges say: Len calls Tommy "easy on the eye" and compliments him for getting through what was probably the toughest dance. Julianne has nothing but kind things to say, and Bruno says Tommy nicely covered up his one slip-up. Carrie Ann says she'll have to take off points for Tommy going off tempo, but that it's one of their best routines so far.
    Score: 28 (out of 40)
    Our verdict: Treat

    Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev (tango)
    The dance: I'm not sure if it's the best idea to have a live singer on stage with the dancers. Personally I found it a little distracting. What does everyone else think? Fortunately, Lea and Artem's tango is sensual and eye-catching enough on its own that this isn't a problem. Lea continues to impress with her incredibly assured legwork.
    What the judges say: Julianne tells them both to lighten up and that Lea "sticks it" every time. Bruno loves the "right touch of evil" and the aloofness Lea conveyed (and then falls out of his chair). Len says it started off hot but lost chemistry as it went on. Carrie Ann gets cut off.
    Score: 34
    Verdict: Treat

    Bethany Mota and Derek Hough (paso doble)
    The dance: Derek is so good at designing these routines that it almost makes me angry. This seductive, diabolical tango belongs in a Broadway show, not in a broadcast reality competition. Whatever focus problems Bethany was having during the week seem to have disappeared.
    What the judges say: Bruno says they were "the embodiment of the flames of passion." Carrie Ann says Bethany is "fascinating" and calls the dance "flawless." Len says (to boos) that he felt the dance got lost in the production. Julianne says she'd like to steal the choreography for Derek's summer tour, but says the content shone through the theatrics.
    Score: 39
    Verdict: Treat

    Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke (waltz)
    The dance: I'm not a huge fan of the first part of this dance. The bubbling cauldron was so jarring that it took me out of the moment. When Antonio and Cheryl (at long last) get into the dance itself, I'm back in it. Seems like Cheryl is willing to do whatever she needs to to beat this dance into submission, and Antonio, for his part, is smooth and suave. Something seems a little off, though.
    Score: "I don't think the spell worked," Carrie Ann says right off the bat, adding that she's "uncomfortable" watching them. Len calls the routine "a bit hectic" and says Antonio's footwork was off. Julianne says she wishes they would have gotten to the dance itself faster. Bruno gets cut off. (Did he fall again?)
    Score: 27
    Verdict: Trick

    Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater (jive)
    The dance: Poor Emma. Michael, bless his heart, is still completely flat-footed and stiff as a board on the dancefloor, and with the jive this week, it's more noticeable than ever. Michael tips his hat to the crowd at the end as if he knows this is probably going to be his last week at the rodeo.
    What the judges say: Len flatly says that he's surprised Michael has made it to Week 7 and that he looks like he's "running on empty." Julianne calls the dance "kind of a nightmare." Bruno says there wasn't any jive content and that Michael has possibly broken records for being off time. Carrie Ann says it was a great freestyle (ouch).
    Score: 20
    Verdict: Trick

    Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy (waltz)
    The dance: This routine is just the right blend of fun and spooky, and props to Janel for suggesting(?) that they dance to the Pretty Little Liars theme, which is a perfect fit. As far as their waltz, it's classy and graceful. Janel's glittery, skin-tight costume is something to behold too.
    What the judges say: Julianne says it relied too much on the Halloween theme and not enough on a proper waltz. Bruno critiques Janel's lines, but Carrie Ann disagrees and praises her technique and fluidity. Len says it wasn't a Viennese waltz.
    Score: 31
    Verdict: Treat

    Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson (rumba)
    The dance: Witney is really beating up on Alfonso in rehearsals — quite literally, with jabs to the jaw and another, more unfortunate, area. And I can't for the life of me figure out why the producers decided to spend the first 10 seconds of the dance focused on the singer (I already forgot her name) rather than Alfonso and Witney. But ANYWAY. Alfonso looks a little like a fish out of water at times during this dance, but overall it's fine, if a little unexciting.
    What the judges say: "Captivating and involving," Bruno gushes. Carrie Ann says Alfonso's hip action was "ridiculous." Len is thrilled that it was a proper rumba but says Alfonso's posture could use some work. Julianne gets cut off.
    Score: 36
    Verdict: Treat

    Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas (paso doble)
    The dance: It's Dancing with the Stars: Halloween Horror Nights! If I were Sadie, I'd be pretty scared of Mark's zombie getup too. This is my favorite routine of the night. Mark rivals Derk with that insane choreography, and Sadie doesn't miss a beat. Plus, she continues to do a great job of avoiding sexiness and still managing to make the dance edgy.
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann says Sadie needed to show more strength and power for a paso doble. Len gripes that the theme got in the way of the dance. Julianne gives voice to the audience's thoughts and says there was content trying to peek through the theme. Bruno gets cut off.
    Score: 30
    Verdict: Treat

    Now for the team dances!

    Team Itsy Bitsy (Bethany/Derek, Lea/Artem, Janel/Val, Michael/Emma)
    The dance: This is one spider I'm a fan of. Another Derek choreography special, the group portion of the dance is inventive and entertaining. Derek and Bethany are definitely the most creepy/disturbing of the individual pairs — and I mean that in the best way possible. I'm once again in awe of Lea's flexibility. Climbing the web at the end is a great touch as well. I'm pretty sure Derek is going to continue his streak of never being on a losing team.
    What the judges say: They all unequivocally love it, and Carrie Ann goes out of her way to praise Michael, who knew all along that he was the weak link in the group.
    Score: 36
    Verdict: Treat

    Tom Bergeron announces that all the pairs on Team Itsy Bitsy are safe. So, Michael lives to see another week and I have to assume this doesn't bode well for Antonio and Cheryl.

    Team Creepy (Sadie/Mark, Alfonso/Witney, Antonio/Cheryl, Tommy/Peta)
    The dance: Pretty cruel, if you ask me, to announce that all the members of Team Creepy are in jeopardy just seconds before they take the floor. But no one did ask me and hey, I'm not a Dancing with the Stars producer. Well ... this is definitely the B Team. Poor Tommy looks absolutely spent after already having gotten through one routine tonight. Sadie and Mark are really doing the heavy lifting for this group — and the circus theme is cute, but doesn't hold a candle to Team Itsy Bitsy.
    What the judges say: Julianne says individuals were fine, but the group as a whole was a little out of sync. Bruno concurs. Carrie Ann loves the concept and Len is pleased that it allowed everyone's personality to come through.
    Score: 32
    Verdict: Trick

    So, who's going home?

    Safe: Alfonso and Witney, Sadie and Mark, Tommy and Peta

    Eliminated: Antonio and Cheryl

    On what could possibly be her last appearance as a competitor in the ballroom, Cheryl says it's been the most memorable season for her so far.

    What did you think? Did you expect Michael to go home? Are you disappointed that Antonio and Cheryl were given the boot? And which team dance did you like better?

    Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.

    Casting Corner

    Big Brother 16’s Donny Thompson guest stars on October 30 and October 31

    Big Brother 16 houseguests Amber Borzotra, Cody Calafiore, Nicole Franzel, Zach Rance, Caleb Reynolds, Devin Shepherd and Hayden Voss guest star on October 31

    Previous Big Brother houseguests and winners Rachel Reilly, Brendon Villegas, Jeff Schroeder, Jordan Lloyd and Elissa Reilly guest star on October 31

    Preview: BB Houseguests On B&B!

    (Video) As 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!

    Soap stars discuss daytime gigs

    ( To the outside viewer, a soap opera is an hour-long drama filled with drama, passion and unpredictable storylines.

    But working on a soap opera has its challenges — such as reading dozens of pages of dialogue a day.

    "I always likened it to, sort of, the myth of Sisyphus," says Emmy winner Vincent Irizarry. "That's how it is in daytime — pushing that boulder up the hill and then it rolls back down, doing it again every day, every day. But obviously, it's an honor, as an actor, if there's a joy involved in the process."

    Irizarry, 54, is known to soap fans as Dr. David Hayward on "All My Children," Dr. Scott Clark on "Santa Barbara," Lujack on "Guiding Light" and David Chow on "Young and the Restless."

    Irizarry is also one of 11 soap star favorites partaking in Soap Fantasy Reunion Oct. 25 and 26 at Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center in East Hanover, and Sutton Place in Long Beach, New York, to meet some of their biggest fans.

    In addition to Irizarry, current and former soap stars scheduled to appear include Cameron Mathison, Tamara Braun, Vanessa Marcil, Bradford Anderson, Kelly Sullivan, Darnell Williams, Natalia Livingston, Scott Reeves, Alicia Minshew, and Gina Tognoni.

    Though she never watched "General Hospital" before, Sullivan, who also founded the health and wellness blog Thatta Gurl, was thrilled to land a soap gig.

    Sullivan, known to soap fans as the kooky Connie/Kate on "General Hospital", is heading over to "The Young and the Restless" as Sage. She begins airing on the CBS show this week.

    "It's a really great job on a soap," Sullivan says. "On 'General Hospital,' you'd be shooting a feature film every day. You get a script at any given time. The most pages I had in one day, where I actually started laughing, I got something like 60 pages. It's like this adrenaline rush — I get nervous before every scene."

    Between his four-year run on "General Hospital" as Dr. Steven Webber and touring with his band Port Chuck — comprising three other former "General Hospital" actors — Reeves, 48, considers himself blessed.

    "I had such a great time at 'General Hospital,' " says Reeves. "They welcomed me in with open arms, like a family right from the get go. If the timing was right and it presented itself, I would definitely consider heading back."

    As an actor, Reeves said he's learned to work toward selflessness.

    "That industry can be a very self-involved industry, and one of the most important things as an actor is to give of yourself," Reeves says. "That sort of trickles down to everyone who is your audience, your band. It's so important to find what that industry breathes. It kind of breathes, to a degree, self-involvement and isolation."

    Now Reeves, whose uncle is country artist Jack Reeves, is dipping more into songwriting and performing in Nashville and is busy at work on an EP. Also, Port Chuck is planning a seven- to nine-day tour for next spring.

    "General Hospital" put Marcil, 45, on the map, she says, and loves to play Brenda Barrett as much as others love watching her — or love to hate her. Aside from her soap opera character, Marcil also starred on "Beverly Hills 90210" as Gina Kincaid, and on "Las Vegas" as Sam Marquez.

    "The character ... I loved playing a girl who was that bad," Marcil says of Gina Kincaid.

    Marcil has had her plate full since leaving the ABC soap. She and her sister are launching skin care line SaiVie Organics, slated to be available online next year.

    And she's thrilled to be part of an upcoming CBS docu-series. The show involves Marcil and a group of former daytime actresses working to produce their own prime time drama series.

    "It'll be my first crack at trying something behind the scenes," says Marcil, "instead of just showing up on the set and having all that stuff written for me. I think it will be really interesting for the world to see what it takes to put a show together."

    It was Irizarry's two-year role as Lujack on "Guiding Light" that led him to his other credentials. He portrayed the lovable yet devious Dr. David Hayward on "All My Children" until the show's demise in 2011.

    When "All My Children" was picked up in an online format by production company Prospect Park, Irizarry put David Hayward's scrubs on again, eager to revive the show fans were devastated to have lost

    "We were all very proud of what were able to accomplish, and we all felt that the quality of the show was better than it was on ABC," says Irizarry, who is currently writing a screenplay and can be seen in the short film "Clarissa's Gift" later this year. "Visually, it looked beautiful."

    The show remained online for one season before it ceased production in September 2013.

    "It was very disappointing. It's very sad that it ended the way that it did," says Irizarry, adding he's unsure if he would return to the show if it revived yet again. "Personally, I would choose to focus more on all the positive things that were done."

    The future of the industry

    Four soaps are left on the air: "General Hospital," "Days of Our Lives," "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."

    Will more daytime dramas get the ax — and what does the future hold for the soap opera industry?

    "There's a chance that maybe they're going to regain some of its strength, and that's due to viewership and people who really get behind the last four shows that are on the air and supporting them," Reeves says. "What saddens me is that things have really become more so about the bottom line, really, and not about quality entertainment for people who have supported this genre for so long.

    "I think the four shows that are left have done such a great job of trying to navigate this crazy, crazy climate in our industry. Hopefully, our fingers crossed, we'll be watching these characters and these stories that the people they've grown up with and come to love stay around for quite some time."

    Irizarry found it interesting that when soaps began disappearing from television screens, people deemed the genre over. But no, it's re-imagining itself, he says.

    "It's a beloved form of storytelling, I can see it continue on for many, many years to come," Irizarry says.


    WHAT: Soap Fantasy Reunion

    WHEN: Oct. 25 and 26; four separate events

    11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25: Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, 520 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant Beach; tickets are $130 and include VIP and sit-down lunch

    7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25: Sutton Place, 124 W. Park Ave., Long Beach; tickets are $283 and include three-course sit-down dinner, autographs and photo opportunities

    10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (platinum), 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (show) Oct. 26: FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center, 130 Route 10, East Hanover, tickets are $206 for platinum, which includes meet and greet, $88 for show only

    3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26: FairBridge Hotel Conference Center, 130 Route 10, East Hanover; All Star Music Jam, tickets are $105

    FOR MORE INFO: 732-899-3900 or

    'Bold and Beautiful' star Don Diamont believes in son's future as Indiana quarterback

    ( The father awakened his sons, ate breakfast and transported them to school. Then he headed for the office.

    Just so happened that the office was the set of a TV soap opera. One of the sons, Zander Diamont, grew up to become the Indiana University quarterback.

    By Hollywood standards, Don Diamont said, Zander's upbringing was normal, other than exposure to the acting and modeling worlds.

    The father, 51, has been a star on "The Young and the Restless" – the leading daytime drama for 25 years -- and now "The Bold and the Beautiful." In 2006, he was voted No. 1 on a list of sexiest soap hunks of all time. Zander himself modeled briefly.

    "My wife and I, we're homebodies," Don Diamont said. "Working in daytime has allowed me to have a very normal, more or less 9-to-5 kind of a life."

    The father was in Bloomington on Saturday to see his son's college football debut. ESPN cameras replayed the moment in which he and wife Cindy Ambuehl celebrated a touchdown by Zander, whose 9-yard run put the Hoosiers ahead of No. 8 Michigan State 17-14.

    The Spartans not only came back to win 56-17, they created misery for a 6-1, 175-pound freshman planning to redshirt the season. Now, with a bye week, the former third-string quarterback has more time to get ready for the Nov. 1 game at Michigan. IU has not made him available to the media.

    Diamont's father said his son has "that linebacker, Brett Favre kind of mentality." The Indiana quarterback is not easily discouraged, even after completing 5-of-15 passes for just 11 yards against Michigan State.

    He was frustrated afterward, his father said, because Diamont's trademark had been passing accuracy. Besides facing an elite defense, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said, Diamont had some timing issues.

    "He had some opportunities to make some plays," Wilson said. "Just got a little quick, a little hyper."

    Don Diamont said he has been accused of being "intensely competitive" but that such a persona comes naturally to his son. The father calls him Alexander – Dad wanted a strong name – and never Zander. The nickname, given by teammates, developed as far back as Pop Warner days. Coaches shortened it to "Z."

    Zander was born in Los Angeles and was a quarterback as early as age 5, playing flag football. He turned 19 on Feb. 16, and by then he had enrolled at IU so he could participate in spring practice.

    He played for Venice High School, which has sent J.P. Losman and other quarterbacks to major college programs. Losman was the nation's No. 3-rated QB out of high school, played at Tulane and was selected 22nd by the Buffalo Bills in the 2004 draft's first around.

    Diamont passed for 3,501 yards and 47 touchdowns a year ago. His father, so used to being on the other side of the camera, often watched from the top of the press box so he could film the games.

    "I'm just another dad," Don Diamont said.

    Zander was the Los Angeles City Player of the Year and honored by the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame as its high school Athlete of the Year.

    Indiana's offensive coordinator, Kevin Johns, has said Diamont has "a little Johnny Manziel in him" -- which can be good and bad.

    "He can make plays outside the pocket," Venice coach Angelo Gasca said. "The thing we worked hard on was getting the ball out of his hands as quick as possible and moving through his progressions."

    Zander grew up in a home that once had as many as seven boys. Don Diamont has six sons, four with former wife Rachel Braun.

    The father said Luca, 13, also a quarterback, and twins Anton and Davis, 11, accompanied him to last week's game. Zander's older brothers are Lauren, 25, and Sasha, 23. The quarterback is close to cousin Drew Mazur, 26, who was raised by Don Diamont after Diamont's sister died.

    Don Diamont joked that the environment could have been a "frat house" but that his wife was the toughest under one roof. Ambuehl, 49, is a former actress who now sells luxury real estate.

    "She has meant so much to Alexander," the father said. "They're incredibly close. She is such a tremendous support for him."

    Zander Diamont was interested in IU's Kelly School of Business and liked his recruiting trip so much that he committed early. His father said Zander loved the coaches – then-offensive coordinator Seth Littrell, Johns and Wilson – the athletic facilities, campus and town of Bloomington.

    "The Big Ten/Midwest still has some of that 1950s rah-rah kind of vibe," Don Diamont said. "He found that really attractive. He kind of welcomed the idea of really going away and that challenge."

    The father said he didn't want the family to know Bloomington only from flying in for an occasional game. So Zander was joined by his younger brothers for a week last summer.

    An example of how quickly circumstances can change is Diamont's ascension to No. 1. He could have been No. 5 this fall.

    But transfers by Tre Roberson (to Illinois State) and Cam Coffman (to Wyoming) left the job to Nate Sudfeld. Then Sudfeld had a season-ending shoulder separation Oct. 11 at Iowa. Another freshman, Chris Covington, was supposed to be the backup; a knee injury ended his year.

    Enter Diamont.

    For the 3-4 Hoosiers to reach a bowl game for the first time since 2007, he will have to lead them there. Lot of drama, if that happens. The family is used to it.

    "It wouldn't surprise me if they get three more wins," Don Diamont said.

    First Look at Johnny Depp as The Wolf in Into the Woods! Plus, See the Cast in Their Fairy-Tale Costumes

    (Cover1, Cover2: Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Cover3, Cover4) Typically, a big bad wolf doesn't come in the form of the oh-so-handsome Johnny Depp, but such is the case for the upcoming flick Into the Woods.

    The first look at the 51-year-old actor in character as The Wolf appears on this week's Entertainment Weekly cover, along with a shot of Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood—and it's safe to say we're fully enchanted by the thesp's transformation.

    Flashing a menacing look on his mug, Depp's hands are covered in fur, his eyebrows are bushier than ever, and he's sporting one of the creepiest mustaches we've ever seen. Still, even with those pointy ears popping out of that top hat, his costume is reminiscent of his signature fashion flair.

    In anticipation of the film, EW has released four separate covers, which feature Meryl Streep as The Witch, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as The Prince, Emily Blunt as The Baker's Wife and James Corden as The Baker.

    Back in June 2013, Depp dished on his role in the forthcoming musical flick, which puts a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, and admitted that he could not be more thrilled to take on the challenge.

    "I'm so excited to play the big bad Wolf," Depp exclusively told E! News of his role in the movie adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical. "That kind of thing is sort of a dream come true."

    However, he did confess to being a little nervous to test out his vocal chops.

    "The deal is, once again it's Sondheim," he explained, referring to his role in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, "who's amazing, but when you're not a crack vocalist, it's quite complicated stuff that he writes."

    Directed by Chicago helmer Rob Marshall, Into the Woods is an interwoven tale using an ensemble of iconic fairy tale characters. The production won three Tonys back in 1988, but Sondheim recently revealed that there will be major plot changes in the movie adaptation.

    While speaking at an event in NYC, a teacher raised concerns about the relationship between Little Red Riding Hood and The Wolf, citing "infidelity, a wolf being lascivious, that the whole connection with Red Riding Hood is sexual." (Note: Spoiler below!)

    Sondheim's response? "Well, you'll be happy to know that Disney had the same objections," he said before adding, "You will find in the movie that Rapunzel does not get killed, and The Prince does not sleep with [The Baker's Wife]…You know, if I were a Disney executive, I probably would say the same thing."

    Into the Woods hits theaters on Dec. 25.


    Rick Hearst (most recently GH's Ric), Chrishell Stause (Jordan, DAYS), Bryan Craig (Morgan, GH) and Trevor St. John (ex-Victor, OLTL) have joined the cast of the teen-centric web soap YOUTHFUL DAZE, which just began its third season. Hearst will debut in early 2015 in what the show describes as a "heavily recurring, mysterious role".

    In January, Stause will first be seen as Zoey, "a spunky and vivacious woman who will come to town with a huge secret." Craig and St. John will both make their bows next month. The series is online at and co-stars Jen Lilley (DAYS's Theresa) and Brittany Underwood (ex-Langston, OLTL).

    Y&R's Judith Chapman Heads to The Bold and the Beautiful

    ( Here comes Mama! Next month's sure-to-be-juicy Ridge-Caroline fashion show on CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful will boast a very special guest — Judith Chapman from B&B's sister soap The Young and the Restless. Chapman will bring her high-octane matriarch character, Gloria Fisher, to the splashy event and make a beeline for wealthy Eric Forrester (John McCook).

    "Expect some business talk and a little flirting," a B&B rep tells TV Guide Magazine. "Gloria and Eric met on Y&R last year when he crossed over for the Victor-Nikki wedding. She promised him then that she'd someday come to one of the Forrester fashion shows...and, well, here she is!"

    Is this the start of a new romance? Chapman shoots at B&B Tuesday. Look for her scenes to air Nov. 20.

    Is a Romance Brewing on Dancing with the Stars?

    Hola! It's Latin Night on Dancing with the Stars, and we've got plenty of steamy routines ahead of us. But, is one of the couples getting hot and heavy outside of the ballroom? The show sure wants us to think so. Read on to get the details.

    First, announcing two substitutions this evening: First, filling in for Len (who will be back next week) is guest judge Pitbull; and, in Erin Andrews' absence while she's off covering the World Series, former contestant Leah Remini is co-hosting with Tom Bergeron.

    First results: Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd are safe; Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy are in jeopardy; Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker are also in jeopardy.

    Jonathan and Allison (jazz)
    The dance: This is better than their routine from last week, but Jonathan still looks unsure of himself out there at the beginning. The dance gets better as it progresses though, and his lifts are pretty strong.
    What the judges say: Julianne gives Jonathan a hug for showing such improvement and range. Bruno agrees with her. Carrie Ann says it was their best dance so far and she didn't see any mistakes. And Pitbull says he enjoyed when Jonathan "took her up and flipped her around."
    Score: 32 (out of 40)

    Janel and Val (samba)
    The dance: First, do we think the "romance" between Janel and Val is genuine, or just a good story for the show to put forth? I wouldn't be surprised either way. Second, Janel is the last thing I'm focusing on in this dance, to be honest. Val is so transfixing (those hip swivels!) — and yeah, losing the shirt is a cheap trick, but hell if it doesn't work. This dance is super hot and they're probably the pair who seem most comfortable with each other. (Ahem.)
    What the judges say: Bruno loves it but cautions Janel to watch her arms. Carrie Ann thinks Janel is a great all-around performer but feels like she was "off-balance" tonight. Pitbull admits that he doesn't know anything about ballroom dancing, but he does know about passion — and he didn't feel it. (Was he watching the same routine I was?) Julianne loved the difficult choreography and content.
    Score: 33

    Tommy and Peta (foxtrot)
    The dance: Still reeling from the judges' critiques last week, Tommy and Peta headed to a sweat lodge to prepare for this routine (cue guest appearance by Cloris Leachman). Though he's certainly not the most agile player in the competition, Tommy keeps up with the steps pretty well. Plus, he just exudes glee and is a total delight to watch on the dance floor.
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann notes a few mistakes, but loves the joy Tommy brings to the ballroom. Pitbull thinks it was fun. Julianne doesn't know what a sweat lodge is but enjoyed the routine. Bruno compliments Tommy's holds.Score: 28

    More results: Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke, Sadie Robertson andMark Ballas, and Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev are all safe.

    Antonio and Cheryl (salsa)
    The dance: This is probably Antonio's strongest dance to date. After much encouragement from Cheryl, looks like he finally got those gyrations down! The lifts are perfectly placed within the routine too — and their supporting dancers enhance the number rather than being a distraction.
    What the judges say: Pitbull says he wanted to join in. Julianne praises Antonio for listening to the judges' suggestions, but says he was a little too loose out there. Bruno offers Antonio some advice on his hips. And Carrie Ann says Antonio has consistently improved, but needs to relax.
    Score: 28 ("It sucks, the scoring" — Leah Remini)

    Sadie and Mark (rumba)
    The dance: Sadie is going for "sweet," not "sexy," with her rumba — and maybe as a result, she seems a little more nervous than usual, and her footwork even stutters a bit at the beginning. True to his word, Mark goes for more of a Disney Princess vibe with the choreography, as opposed to sexy vixen, but it's up to the judges whether it contains enough rumba content.
    What the judges say: Julianne says Sadie seemed a bit unsure of her footing. Bruno calls the routine "tastefully sensual." Pitbull praises Mark for bringing Sadie out of her shell. Carrie Ann says it was "gorgeous and age-appropriate."Score: 35

    Lea and Artem (salsa)
    The dance: I have to continually remind myself that Lea is a couple/few decades older than Bethany, Sadie and Janel, because she moves just as swiftly as any of her younger counterparts. She's totally right about this choreography being a bit more complicated than it needs to be, but props to her for pulling it off — and it's a huge vote of confidence that Artem lets her take center stage at one point and lead the mini-troupe in some steps.
    What the judges say: Bruno is enthused, but nitpicks about Lea's control of her shoulders. Carrie Ann, on the other hand, says she's a bit disappointed and (rightfully) snips at Artem for trying to compete with Alfonso. Pitbull loves Lea's fierceness, and Julianne says it seems like the pressure got to Lea this week — but she's still "the girl to beat."Score: 32

    Final set of results: Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson are safe;Bethany Mota and Derek Hough are safe; Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater are in jeopardy.

    Michael and Emma (tango)
    The dance: I'd be shocked if Michael lasts past tonight's elimination. There's nothing egregiously wrong with this dance, but he's just so stiff out there and, overall, at a Week 1 or 2 level and we're in Week 6. I also love this cover of Pitbull's "Give Me Everything."
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann says she "feels like she was watching a champion." (I want some of whatever Carrie Ann is drinking.) Pitbull gives Michael a thumbs up for going in for a kiss at the end. An emotional Julianne praises Michael's authenticity and Emma's choreography. Bruno calls it a "great improvement."
    Score: 30

    Bethany and Derek (tango)
    The dance: It's kind of not fair to have Michael and Emma and Derek and Bethany do back-to-back tangos. There's just no comparison between them. Derek's choreography here is typically intricate, but it's not as exciting as their routines have been in previous weeks.
    What the judges say: Pitbull says they did a good job of working through a "little slip-up." Julianne channels her inner Len and calls her brother's routine "pure tango ... everything a tango should be." Bruno agrees, but also notes Bethany's elbow slip. Carrie Ann says the slip-up cost Bethany a 10.
    Score: 36

    Witney and Alfonso (salsa)
    The dance: Poor Witney. After her emotional bruising with Michael last week, she then fell during dress rehearsal (and that replay looked painful). But she and Alfonso aren't going to let a couple of minor injuries hold them down. The footwork in this routine is kind of insane, and Alfonso still looks like he's having an absolute blast in spite of what has to be a strain on his groin injury.
    What the judges say: Julianne would have liked to see a bit more salsa and less hip-hop. Bruno quotes Miami Sound Machine and says he could have danced all night. Carrie Ann spanks Alfonso 10 times. Pitbull dances.
    Score: 39

    So, who's going home? The three couples in jeopardy — Michael/Emma, Janel/Val and Jonathan/Allison — are called down to learn their fates.

    Safe: Michael and Emma (Wow, guess those NASCAR folks really are voting!), Janel and Val

    Eliminated: Jonathan and Allison

    So, what did you think? Are sparks really flying between Janel and Val? How did Leah do as a co-host? And were you disappointed to see Jonathan and Allison go home?

    Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.

    Y&R: 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!

    Diamont's Son Takes The Field!

    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.'"


    B&B is seeking an African-American actress between the ages of 25-28 with strong credits to play the contract role of Camille, an intelligent, crafty woman who goes after what she wants.


    “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” Post Double-Digit Growth in Women 25-54 and Women 18-49

    All CBS daytime programs posted year-to-year growth, with the Network's two daytime dramas up double-digits in key women demographics, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Oct. 12.

    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS was up +5% in viewers (4.74m from 4.52m), +12% in women 25-54 (1.9/13 from 1.7/11) and +18% in women 18-49 (1.3/09 from 1.1/08) compared to the same week last year.

    THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL was up +9% in viewers (3.68m from 3.38m), +23% in women 25-54 (1.6/10 from 1.3/08) and +38% in women 18-49 (1.1/08 from 0.8/06).

    LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 was up +7% in viewers (3.00m from 2.80m), +13% in women 25-54 (0.9/07 from 0.8/06) and +17% in women 18-49 (0.7/05 from 0.6/04). LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 was up +10% in viewers (3.57m from 3.23m), +11% in women 25-54 (1.0/07 from 0.9/06) and +33% in women 18-49 (0.8/06 from 0.6/05).

    THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 was up +5% in viewers (4.75m from 4.53m), +8% in women 25-54 (1.3/09 from 1.2/08) and +13% in women 18-49 (0.9/07 from 0.8/06). THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 was up +4% in viewers (5.49m from 5.31m) and even in both women 25-54 (1.4/10) and women 18-49 (1.0/08).

    THE TALK was up +2% in viewers (2.63m from 2.58m), +17% in women 18-49 (0.7/05 from 0.6/04) and even in women 25-54 (1.0/06).

    'The Price Is Right' and CBS' soaps to take over Zap2it's Instagram

    "The Price Is Right" is giving away a bunch of sweet cars starting Monday (Oct. 13) with the help of soap stars Matthew Atkinson, Hunter King and Karla Mosley. As they come on down to Dream Car Week, they're taking over Zap2it's Instagram too.

    Visit Zap2it's Instagram on Monday (Oct. 13) for behind-the-scenes photos from "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and The Beautiful" as they visited Drew Carey for "The Price Is Right's" big giveaway, and don't forget to check your local listings and watch the show when it airs in your area.

    "Y&R" stars Atkinson and King will guest model on Monday and Tuesday, and "B&B's" Mosley will take over modeling duties from Wednesday to Friday.

    Look Who Has New Partners on Dancing with the Stars

    Here are the pairings (and dances) that were announced Thursday on Good Morning America:

    Jonathan Bennett and Peta Murgatroyd – dancing the jitterbug

    Tommy Chong and Emma Slater – the mambo

    Bethany Mota and Mark Ballas – hip-hop

    Janel Parrish and Artem Chigvintsev – burlesque

    Alfonso Ribeiro and Cheryl Burke – flamenco

    Sadie Robertson and Derek Hough – the Charleston

    Antonio Sabato Jr. and Allison Holker – Bollywood

    Lea Thompson and Val Chmerkovskiy – Broadway

    Michael Waltrip and Witney Carson – disco

    The celebrities will return to their regular partners the following Monday.

    Dancing with the Stars airs Monday (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

    'Queens of Drama' Docu-Series with Vanessa Marcil, Donna Mills and Hunter Tylo Expected to Air in 2015 on POP, Formerly TVGN

    ( Soap opera stars have been grabbing headlines for a multitude of reasons lately. First there was the firing of Michael Muhney from CBS's The Young and the Restless because of sexual harassment allegations, and then we learned that two popular soap stars were headed to reality television. Eileen Davidson and Lisa Rinna are currently filming scenes for The Real Housewives of Orange County, which is scheduled to air on Bravo early next year. It was only a matter of time before a reality series comprised of daytime stars would hit the air, and we have just learned that a new project has been given the green light: Queens of Drama on POP, formerly TVGN.

    Queens of Drama is a new docu-series which follows a group of former daytime and primetime soap stars as they work together in an attempt to produce a new primetime, serialized drama to star in. Vanessa Marcil, Hunter Tylo, Donna Mills and Lindsay Hartley and others have signed on to do the show. They will be required to work together both in front of and behind the cameras as they also develop, pitch and produce a steamy series. The goal for the ladies is to land a pilot deal by the end of Queens of Drama's season.

    The show will air on POP, a rebranded version of the TV Guide Network set to debut in 2015. Brad Schwartz, president of entertainment and media of POP, confirmed the addition of Queens of Drama to the lineup.

    He said, "We couldn't be more excited to announce our first wave of original programming that will launch POP to the world in the new year. Our slate is filled with fun, fan-driven content featuring big stars and rising talent, as well as an optimistic spirit that celebrates audience passion."

    Dancing with the Stars Recap: Who Made Fetch Happen?

    Dancing with the Stars went from high school hallways to federal prison Monday night, with each contestant revisiting the most memorable year of his or her life.

    The show also introduces a twist — in Len's absence for the second week in a row, "America" (or at least two time zones) will act as the fourth judge. Viewers can vote within a two-minute time frame after the dances, the results of which will be shown alongside the judges' scores. (Only Eastern and Central time zone viewers' votes will be tallied.)

    The first set of results! Janel/Val and Jonathan/Allison are safe;Betsey and Tony are in jeopardy.

    And now, the performances:

    Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy (rumba)
    The dance: Janel's story about her mentor was especially touching, and clips like this always makes me wonder how people can dance after such an emotional package. Anyway, their routine is lovely but seems to me to be more contemporary than a traditional rumba. Janel's movements are perfectly fluid, and the Sam Smith rendition of "How Will I Know" is a great choice to convey her heartbreak.
    What the judges say: Julianne echoes my sentiments about the tearjerking lead-in,and compliments Janel's technique in spite of it.Bruno calls Janel an "exotic angel" and says she expresses emotions beautifully through her movements, but nitpicks that she should work on her spins. Carrie Ann says Janel's mentor B.J. would be proud.
    Score: 36 (out of 40, including "America")

    Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker (samba)
    The dance: On Mondays we dance in red. Jonathan plays to hisMean Girls fan base, and at the same time makes me cry by talking about losing both of his parents within the span of a year. The movements throughout his "Milkshake" routine are a little tentative, but it's such a crowd-pleaser that it (almost) distracts from any missteps.
    What the judges say: Bruno says Jonathan never got the samba technique down, and his timing and footwork were off. Carrie Ann agrees with Bruno, and basically says Jonathan will probably float by based on the audience vote.Score: 24

    Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani (jive)
    The dance: My favorite part of this dance is Betsey's giddiness after she nails that little freeze in the middle of the routine. She looks radiant tonight, and I totally agree with Tom that she's actually reverse-aging, Benjamin Button style. She's buoyant and bouncy throughout the routine, and doesn't look a day over 20 with those steps.
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann is delighted and says Betsey "nailed every single step of that dance." Julianne gushes over Betsey's personality, if not her dancing. Naysayer Bruno says she went wrong towards the end.
    Score: 29

    More results: Bethany/Derek are safe; Antonio/Cheryl are safe;Michael/Emma are in jeopardy; Lea/Artem are safe.

    Bethany Mota and Derek Hough (rumba)
    The dance: Accompanied by a live performance from Colbie Caillat, Bethany falters a bit at the beginning of the dance while trying to keep pace with Derek, but then recovers swiftly. The routine is a little boring — to my eyes, it seems like they strove for an emotional peak and didn't quite hit it, and I would have liked to see a little more dancing and less schmaltz.
    What the judges say: Julianne cries but says there wasn't enough rumba content, and Bruno also compliments the message but says Bethany's hips were a little lacking. Carrie Ann says Bethany does better when she's focused on the story as opposed to the steps.
    Score: 33

    Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater (quickstep)
    The dance: Michael's story about his friend Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is definitely touching, but the harsh truth is that he's the least improved dancer since the first week of the competition. His attitude is great, but that will only carry you so far when you look like a fish out of water on the dance floor.
    What the judges say: Bruno appreciates Michael's effort but says the quickstep was completely wrong. Carrie Ann agrees that it started strong and petered out at the end, and Julianne agrees, comparing Michael's frame to someone in a deodorant commercial.
    Score: 25

    Lea Thompson and Artem Chignitsev (contemporary)
    The dance: Lea's previous dance experience really shows in this number, but something about it (which I can't put my finger on) just feels off to me. It's graceful, moving and technically sound, but it seems like the emotions are more than the sum of the steps themselves. Regardless, it's definitely heartbreaking to see Lea break down at the end.
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann says she'll remember the dance for the rest of her life and compares Lea to an angel. Julianne calls it "flawless," and Bruno agrees.
    Score: 39 ("Ew, America" — Erin Andrews)

    Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke (samba)
    The dance: I can't complain about Antonio revisiting his appearance in Janet Jackson's "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" video (even though it's set to an atrocious bad-karaoke version of the song), but Cheryl is the real star of this routine. Antonio's face and body are so nice to look at that it doesn't really matter what he's doing with them, and that's working to his distinct advantage at this point.
    What the judges say: Julianne tells Antonio he needs to work on filling the space around him. Bruno points out a couple of missteps and says he feels like he was watching an audition tape for Magic Mike 2.5. Carrie Ann liked the hottt opening, but that's about it.
    Score: 29

    Last set of results: Alfonso/Witney are safe; Sadie/Mark are safe;Tommy/Peta are in jeopardy.

    Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd (jive)
    The dance: Tommy was so psyched about his "Jailhouse Jive" when we chatted last week that this is the routine I've most been looking forward to tonight. He's a little clumsy, and it's obvious that Peta is really pulling most of the weight here, but Tommy's so exuberant and joyful that I hope he sticks around for at least one more week.
    What the judges say: Bruno loves Tommy's "vibe" and "spirit," even though there were a couple of missteps. Carrie Ann praises his "naturalness" and says the enjoyment of watching him outweighs any technical flaws. Julianne says it wasn't their best.
    Score: 28

    Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas (samba)
    The dance: This is my favorite routine of the night. Sadie seems like she's really coming into her own in this competition, and looks so much more comfortable out there as compared to Week 1 that it's unreal. The Duck Dynasty-themed routine (with plenty of Robertson family cameos) is a cute and clever take on the evening's theme — and, to be brutally honest, it's refreshing to see a pair take an unpleasant event and spin it into something fun amid all the sob stories we've seen tonight.
    What the judges say: "By far, the best samba of the night," Carrie Ann gushes. Julianne says it's the perfect blend of technique and content. Bruno compares Sadie to Natalie Portman in Black Swan.
    Score: 37

    Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson (jazz)
    The dance: Carlton is in da house! And so is his dance. Alfonso says his No. 1 goal this week is to please the fans, and he certainly succeeds. This is a delight, and he's a complete natural on the floor. Also props to Witney tonight for incorporating the Carlton into some great jazz choreography, knowing it wouldn't be the focus of the routine.
    What the judges say: Julianne says the Carlton payoff was totally worth the wait. Bruno says Alfonso would fit in on Broadway, and Carrie Ann breathes a sigh of relief that she finally saw the Carlton in full force.
    Score: 40

    So, who's getting sent home — Betsey, Tommy or Michael? The final results:

    Safe: Tommy and Peta, Michael and Emma

    Eliminated: Betsey and Tony

    What did you think? Did Alfonso deserve his perfect score? Did you love seeing the Fresh Prince and Mean Girls shoutouts? Were you disappointed that Betsey got sent home?

    Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.


    Don't miss GH star William deVry (Julian, GH/ex-Storm, B&B/ex-Michael, AMC) on the season finale of CEDAR COVE on the Hallmark Channel, airing on Saturday, October 4 at 8 p.m. ET.


    B&B is seeking a beautiful Caucasian actress between the ages of 20 and 25 to play a leading lady on the soap. The unnamed role is described as sophisticated, worldly, confident and polished. It is recurring with the potential for a contract.


    CBS daytime game shows, dramas and THE TALK all notched viewer increases compared to the same week last year, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Sept. 29.

    LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 was up +8% (2.88m from 2.65m), LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 gained +6% (3.43m from 3.22m), THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 was up +3% (4.65m from 4.52m), THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL gained +2% (3.64m from 3.57m) and THE TALK grew +3% (2.70m from 2.62m).

    THE TALK also tied “The View” in women 25-54 (1.1).

    Funnyman Surprises The Forresters!

    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."


    (Photo) The cast of B&B ran into the cast of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS in Amsterdam, as both shows are taping episodes in the Netherlands. Of course, new HOUSEWIVES cast member Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DAYS; Ashley, Y&R, second from r.) has both shows in common, as she took Y&R's Ashley over to B&B in 2007. Also pictured, from l.: Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie, DAYS), Lisa Vanderpump, B&B Executive Producer/Head Writer Bradley Bell and Heather Tom (Katie, B&B).

    Dancing with the Stars: Who Got the Season's First Perfect Score?

    First things first: Last week, several people took issue (to put it mildly) with my noting that Sadie Robertson has "resting bitchface." To clarify: I don't think Sadie Robertson is a bitch. I know nothing about Sadie Robertson, other than the fact that her family hunts ducks and her grandfather is kind of a wacko, and frankly I have no opinion about her whatsoever. For those who are unfamiliar with the phrase "resting bitchface," it is used to describe someone who has a less-than-sunny natural disposition. (I myself suffer from RBF.) It's been my observation that every time the camera cuts to Sadie - even when everyone else in the balcony is hooting and hollering for their fellow contestants - she looks absolutely miserable. Case in point:

    With this being a reality show where one's tenure is dependent upon viewer votes, I don't think it's doing her any favors. So, that was my only reason for noting it. (And, for what it's worth, she's looking a lot happier to be there tonight.)

    Now, back to our regularly scheduled recap!

    It's Movie Night Monday on Dancing with the Stars, with tuxedo-clad guest judge Kevin Hart filling in for Len Goodman (and dueting at one point with Josh Gad). "We are all set for a fun night," Tom says unconvincingly, before immediately noting that Randy and Karina are in jeopardy. Awkward. The performances:

    Randy and Karina (paso doble)
    Movie: Rocky
    The dance: Ooh, I'm immediately into the boxing ring set. This is off to a good start. But Randy still looks a little stiff and it definitelyseems like Karina is doing most of the work here. He also seems to be just a quarter step behind the music. However, bonus points for his somersault at the end.
    What the judges say: Julianne says Randy's relying too much on Karina and his timing is off. Bruno agrees. Carrie Ann thanks Randy for putting added intensity into the performance, but cautions him to not do it at the expense of finesse. "I don't know what they're talking about," admits Kevin. At least he's honest — and the way he screams his scores cracks me up.
    Score: 26 (out of 40)

    Tom reveals that Alfonso/Witney and Betsey/Tony are safe.

    Alfonso and Witney (quickstep)
    Movie: Austin Powers: Goldmember
    The dance: I'm on the fence about Alfonso incorporating his son into the routine. The little guy is adorable (those two missing front teeth!), but this is a shameless play for votes if I ever saw one. And it's not necessary! Alfonso is great, matching Witney step for step as they glide around the floor. He says he's out to prove that he's not only about "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It," and this dance gets the job done.
    What the judges say: Bruno is delighted, but cautions Alfonso to watch his frame. Carrie Ann is also "so impressed." Kevin says he "murdered" the dance, but notes: "You don't put a black man in a velvet suit and tell him to dance." Julianne keeps her bad cop hat on and offers advice on Alfonso's holds.
    Score: 32

    Betsey and Tony (contemporary)
    Movie: Ghost
    The dance: OMG, it's hologram Tony. This dance is gorgeous and elegant, and I'm actually stunned and a little upset that Julianne only gives it a 6. It may look like Tony's doing most of the work, but there's a level of balance on Betsey's part that shouldn't be scoffed at. She stumbles a couple of times but, you know what? She's got 40+ years on me and I couldn't do any of those moves, so good on her.
    What the judges say: "No one can bend it like Betsey," Bruno notes. Carrie Ann says Betsey does the lifts as well as a pro, but needs to point her toes more. Kevin says he has the hots for Betsey, who "dropped it like it was hot" and looked like a 21-year-old. Julianne has a girlcrush on Betsey but agrees with Carrie Ann about the toe-pointing.Score: 29

    More results: Michael and Emma are safe; Sadie and Mark are safe; Antonio and Cheryl are in jeopardy; Lea and Artem are safe.

    Lea and Artem (cha cha)
    Movie: Back to the Future (duh)
    The dance: It's the moment we've all been waiting for: Back to the Cha-Cha! The little skit at the beginning is cute, but it's just a warm-up for the main attraction — which is totally fun, if not 100 percent technically flawless. Lea looks a little tentative and messes up a couple of times, but her legs deserve their own round of applause.
    What the judges say: Kevin appreciates that they look happy during the dance. Julianne notes an obvious hand error by Lea, and Bruno references "The power of Lea." Carrie Ann says it wasn't their best and thinks Lea looked uncertain and "on the verge of losing it" the whole dance.
    Score: 31

    Michael and Emma (waltz)
    Movie: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
    The dance: Anyone else get the impression that Michael is driving Emma a little nuts in rehearsals? Haha. Ooh! I'm totally enchanted by the Sherwood Forest set. Michael's still far from a frontrunner, but this is probably his best dance to date. Very much "dad who took three months of ballroom dancing lessons to dance with his daughter at her wedding," in a charming way.
    What the judges say: Julianne calls Michael over to tell him how proud and impressed she is. Bruno also compliments their improvement, and Carrie Ann says she was completely "mesmerized," even though "there's a lot to work on." Kevin praises Michael's hard work.
    Score: 28

    Antonio and Cheryl (foxtrot)
    Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy
    The dance: Sorry Kevin, but Antonio takes the "Best Dressed in a Tuxedo" award of the night. Yowza. It's kind of adorable how much fun he's having with this. It will be a real shame if he and Cheryl go home tonight after doing what's probably their best dance to date.
    What the judges say: Bruno coaches Antonio on his turns. Carrie Ann says he's not a natural dancer and to work on his breathing. Kevin joins the audience in booing Carrie Ann and says he doesn't have anything to note on the foxtrot, but notes that Antonio is "killin' the tux." Julianne gets cut off.
    Score: 29

    Sadie and Mark (Viennese waltz)
    Movie: Up
    The dance: Wow, the set designers are bringing their A-game tonight. I'm marveling at how Sadie can do any dance in those shoes, let alone a waltz, but she manages to look even lighter on her feet and — dare I say — even more graceful than Mark. Her dress/jewelry combo is gorgeous too. The balloon lift at the end makes me (and Sadie's dad Willie, judging by a reaction shot) nervous, but is also a nice touch.
    What the judges say: This is Carrie Ann's favorite dance of the night. Kevin calls it "seamless." Julianne offers Sadie some pointers on her arms, and Bruno says he's "totally and utterly charmed."

    Final set of results: Janel/Val, Bethany/Derek, Tommy/Peta are all safe; Jonathan and Allison are in jeopardy.

    Jonathan and Allison (tango)
    Movie: The Great Gatsby
    The dance: This dance seems pretty good, but to be honest I can't really tell because the spinning camera angles leave me feeling like I'm on a motion ride at Disney World. I guess it's an innovative way to focus on the footwork, but it just makes me dizzy. Jonathan isn't the smoothest/most graceful dancer, but he does a more than decent jobs with the steps.
    What the judges say: Kevin loves it, especially accompanied with the pared-down Amy Winehouse cover. Julianne also appreciates the break from tradition with the song, but offers a few pointers on Jonathan's frame. Bruno compliments the dance's content. Carrie Ann says it's a marked improvement from last week.
    Score: 32

    Janel and Val (jazz)
    Movie: West Side Story
    The dance: Apparently these guys had two days to learn the dance after their initial planned routine got scrapped by producers. You can't tell. This is a great dance, due mostly to the fact that Janel is such a natural and they have wonderful chemistry together. I love Val's toreador move — and I'm totally okay with the homage to his washboard abs too.
    What the judges say: Julianne feels like she was watching a full Broadway show. Bruno calls it a "star-making turn" for Janel. Carrie Ann blurts out that Janel "gives good everything" (including sex). Kevin loves it as well.
    Score: 40

    Tommy and Peta (tango)
    Movie: Scent of a Woman
    The dance: I have to be honest — at first I wondered if the smoke on the ground was planned or if a spliff had fallen out of Tommy's pants at the start of this number. Kidding aside, this routine showcases his finesse and sensuality. There's a little bit of a grandpa-at-a-wedding vibe going on, but I'm especially impressed with Tommy's flexibility, for lack of a better word, as he gets on the ground at the end of the song.
    What the judges say: Bruno praises the pair's storytelling. Carrie Ann compares Tommy to Yoda — but it's a compliment. Kevin admires Tommy for staying poised even after following Janel. Julianne overpraises Tommy as "flawless."
    Score: 34

    Bethany and Derek (jazz)
    Movie: Singin' in the Rain
    The dance: Derek's been talking up Bethany's ankle injury all week, and it's wrapped in a brace tonight, so let's see how she holds up. The dance gets a big boost from the percussion in this version of the song, as well as the fake rain, but even on its own it's classic and graceful. (And that's no surprise — as we see on a video, Derek's been practicing this since he was 4 years old!)
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann thinks it was "insanely good," and Kevin loves the respect shown for Gene Kelly's original. Julianne sympathizes with Bethany for putting up with her brother's "wrath" and says Bethany "became a woman" with the routine. Hmm. Bruno gets cut off.
    Score: 40

    There's no results show this week, so the show squeezes an elimination into the last three minutes. Once again, the couples in jeopardy are Randy and Karina, Antonio and Cheryl, and Jonathan and Allison.

    Safe: Antonio and Cheryl, Jonathan and Allison

    Eliminated: Randy and Karina

    Jonathan looks completely floored that he's still in the competition, while Randy and Karina graciously say their goodbyes. And there's another week in the books!

    What did you think of tonight's episode? Did Derek and Bethany and Janel and Val deserve their perfect scores? Were you shocked that Randy and Karina went home? And now that we're three weeks in, who are you rooting for?

    Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.

    B&B Shoots In Amsterdam

    B&B announced that it will film a romantic story along the canals of Amsterdam during the first week of October. “While in the Netherlands for a Forrester Creations photo shoot, one couple finds love while another is falling apart,” said Executive Producer/Head Writer Bradley Bell in a statement. “The action takes place over seven episodes, and we are very excited about showcasing the beauty of Amsterdam during our shoot.”

    The story involves Kim Matula (Hope), Scott Clifton (Liam), Darin Brooks (Wyatt) and Ashleigh Brewer (Ivy). Dutch actor/singer Ferry Doedens has also been signed to guest star as a local Forrester public relations executive, a role created especially for the episodes filmed in Amsterdam. Episodes will air in November in the U.S. and in the Netherlands in 2015.

    The shoot is scheduled in conjunction with the stage show THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL LIVE! at Theater Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn in Utrecht, just outside Amsterdam, on October 4. The show features Matula and Clifton, along with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge), John McCook (Eric), Heather Tom (Katie) and Hunter Tylo (Taylor). Tickets are on sale now at and


    CBS Daytime ended the 2013-2014 broadcast year #1 for the 28th consecutive year with LET'S MAKE A DEAL and THE TALK both finishing with their largest audiences ever, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS delivered their largest audiences in years, according to Nielsen most current ratings for the 2013-2014 television year.

    LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 averaged 2.93 million viewers and LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 averaged 3.39m viewers, both up +9% from a year ago to series bests.

    THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 averaged 4.83m viewers, increasing +8% and delivering its largest audience since 2004-2005. Meanwhile, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2, daytime's #1 program, averaged 5.60m viewers, was up +5%, marking its largest audience since 2006-2007.

    THE TALK delivered its largest-ever audience with 2.67 million viewers, up +10% from last year.

    THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL averaged 3.84m, up +7%, scoring the daytime drama's largest audience since the 2006-2007 year.

    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS delivered 5.10m, a +5% jump from a year ago, delivering its largest audience since the 2009-2010 year.

    Donny Thompson Interview

    A Big Brother-Palooza on The Bold and the Beautiful. Read the TV Guide interview here.


    BIG BROTHER's Donny Thompson will now be joined by 12 other houseguests, both past and present, on B&B. The roster includes BB16 players Amber Borzotra, Zach Rance, Cody Calafiore, Caleb Reynolds, Nicole Franzel, Hayden Voss and Devin Shepherd, plus past Big Brother past favorites Brendon Villegas, Rachel Reilly, Elissa Slater, Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd. The BIG BROTHER gang will appear in scenes with Scott Clifton (Liam) and Ashleigh Brewer (Ivy) on October 30 and 31.

    'Dancing With the Stars' Season 19 week 2 elimination

    It is time to say goodbye to another celebrity on "Dancing With the Stars" Season 19 Tuesday (Sept. 23). The lowest judges' scores from the night before went to Michael Waltrip & Emma Slater with a 24, with four couples then tied at 28.

    Michael/Emma were the first couple revealed to be in jeopardy, then out of the four tied at 28, three were safe (Betsey/Tony, Randy/Karina and Tommy/Peta). The remaining couple who got a 28, Tavis Smiley & Sharna Burgess, was also in danger and then in a bit of a surprise, so were Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas, who got a 31.

    Is this the actual bottom three? The show doesn't say. I would wager Sadie and Mark were not in the bottom and the show just doesn't want the "Duck Dynasty" contingent to rest on its laurels, much like with Lea Thompson being in "jeopardy" last week. But we do not know for sure.

    But anyway, Sadie/Mark are declared safe and then we are told that Tavis/Sharna and Michael/Emma are not necessarily the bottom two, but one of the couples did have the lowest combined score -- that couple is Tavis/Sharna.

    Did the right dancer go home this week, "DWTS" fans?

    Dancing with the Stars: Who Got "Jiggy Wit It" on the Dance Floor?

    It's #MyJamMonday on Week 2 of Dancing with the Stars (of course Bruno's is "Born This Way") and, if nothing else, the song choices serve to highlight the age distribution between, say, Bethany Mota and Tavis Smiley on the show's 19th season.

    For the second week in a row, it's Night 1 of 2. Who will be given the boot on Tuesday's results show? Here's a recap of tonight's performances:

    Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff (Cha Cha)
    Jam: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones
    The dance: Hmm ... Randy looks like he's caught sleepwalking for the first few seconds of this "Salute to the Troops" routine. Once he picks up the rhythm, he seems to be enjoying looking at Karina more than doing the dance itself — and he's concentrating awfully hard on remembering those steps. Not a great performance overall, and a little boring to boot.
    What the judges say: Len says the dance put him in a great mood but Randy's footwork needs a lot of work. Julianne critiques Randy's shoulder movements, but Bruno calls him a "hip-action hero." Carrie Ann's disappointed that the dance didn't show enough of Randy's sex appeal.
    Score: 28 (out of 40)

    Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy (Foxtrot)
    Jam: "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen
    The dance: I'm a fan of Janel and Val's masquerade ball aesthetic, and it's clear that she's a competitor to keep an eye on. Determined to get a better score than they did last week, Janel's improved tenfold and this dance, for me, is everything Randy and Karina's wasn't — graceful, fun and seemingly effortless.
    What the judges say: Julianne says she loved it even though it wasn't a traditional foxtrot — but tells Janel to keep an eye on how she's planting her feet. Bruno and Carrie Ann agree, but overall both love the "close to perfect" (Carrie Ann) routine. And ooh, I like these instant replays too! Len is delighted but would have liked more defined holds.
    Score: 34

    Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev (Jive)
    Jam: "Land of 1000 Dances" by Wilson Pickett
    The dance: Almost as entertaining as the dance itself are Lea's amazing facial expressions. I need GIFs of all of them. This one is a real crowd-pleaser, with Lea earning a standing ovation as she checks to make sure she didn't fall out of her shirt.
    What the judges say: Bruno's thrilled, noting one misstep. Carrie Ann literally falls out of her chair with excitement. Len says his concerns about their jive were misplaced and calls it "terrific," and Julianne compliments Lea's ability to hold her own against Artem.
    Score: 35

    Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater (Samba)
    Jam: "Girls in Bikinis" by Lee Brice
    The dance: Okay, first of all, Emma's refusal to wear a bikini is completely adorable and charming. The dance ... not so much. It's wince-worthy to seeMichael literally counting off his steps (when he's not singing along to the song), and he looks completely robotic out there. Even the applause from the balcony is polite at best.
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann loves Michael's "joy," but says a samba was absent. Len says Michael "puts the sin in syncopation," but he liked it anyway. Julianne notes that hip rolls are basically all Michael has going for him, and Bruno makes a strange James Bond analogy.
    Score: 24

    Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess (Cha Cha)
    Jam: "Boogie Wonderland" by Earth, Wind & Fire
    The dance: It's cha cha meets disco! But what is with the guys tonight? Tavis is the best of the male bunch so far, but appears to be just getting through the routine rather than actually enjoying himself out there. Love the disco outfits, but his moves are a little herky-jerky.
    What the judges say: Len says the routine lacked polish and the rough week Tavis had showed in his technique. Julianne and Bruno both liked the disco vibe. Carrie Ann is the dissenter and thinks Tavis nailed all the steps.
    Score: 28

    Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson (Samba)
    Jam: "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" by Will Smith
    The dance: Love this subtle shoutout to Alfonso's former Fresh Prince co-star, and finally some smoothness from the male contingent on the show. Alfonso matches Witney step for step and still manages to look completely natural and comfortable on the dancefloor. Like buttah!
    What the judges say: Julianne praises the "Alfonso groove" but wants to see a little more bounce for a Latin dance. Bruno agrees, though he loves watching Alfonso dance. Carrie Ann notes that a costume malfunction caused them to lose focus at one point. Len says he'll be disappointed to miss Alfonso's waltz next week.
    Score: 32

    Bethany Mota and Derek Hough (Foxtrot)
    Jam: "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor
    The dance: Derek, King of the Props, gets points for cleverly (and "dangerously"?) incorporating an upright bass into the beginning of the routine. There's no trace of Bethany's ankle injury in the dance, and she's clearly a natural mover. It's not the most exciting routine once they lose the bass, but it's technically sound.
    What the judges say: Bruno praises the Fosse influences, and Carrie Ann loves the "storytelling" in the routine. Len says it's the best routine of the night so far, and Julianne calls it "awesome."
    Score: 33

    Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani (Foxtrot)
    Jam: "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper
    The dance: Betsey is such a doll — almost literally, with her Barbie-esque getup tonight. She looks a little unsteady on her feet traipsing down those glittery stairs at the beginning of the routine, but her subsequent elegance and flawless leg lift at the end completely redeem any small wobbles at the beginning.
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann thinks Betsey is "exquisite." Len says she completely redeemed herself after last week's wardrobe mishap. Julianne loves her "make-under," and Len dubs her the queen of the night.
    Score: 28

    Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Cheryl Burke (Rumba)
    Jam: "Adorn" by Miguel
    The dance: Apparently the tension between Antonio and Cheryl during rehearsal has evolved into a nice, steamy chemistry with each other. They make a great pair, and the routine is sensual and smoking hot. Antonio seems much more comfortable with a slower dance that allows him to glide around the floor.
    What the judges say: Len and Julianne are blown away by Antonio's improvement from last week. Bruno compliments Antonio's toplines (and butt) and says the routine "smoldered." Carrie Ann loves the subtle nature of the dance and cautions him to watch his arms.
    Score: 31

    Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd (Salsa)
    Jam: "Higher" by Gloria Estefan
    The dance: Tommy kills me. The song choice, his "what am I here for" confusion in rehearsal, the shirt ripping open ... slow claps all around. At 76 (and possibly under the influence, let's be honest), he's a little bit lethargic at times, but overall his footwork is great and he's definitely one of the looser, more comfortable-seeming guys of the bunch.
    What the judges say: "Effing fabulous," according to Julianne. Bruno says the 76-year-old Tommy proves age is a state of mind. Carrie Ann loves the bare chest, and Len has nothing but praise as well.
    Score: 28

    Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker (Cha Cha)
    Jam: "Sing" by Ed Sheeran
    The dance: Jonathan has a little Michael Jackson thing going on at the beginning of this number — and it's not just the fedora. I'm into it. His footwork isn't the smoothest and his arms are a little floppy at times, but it's certainly not a bad effort for Week 2.
    What the judges say: Bruno says the routine felt a little rushed but Jonathan's angles were good. Carrie Ann liked seeing a more "dangerous" side of Jonathan but says there wasn't enough cha cha in the routine. Len agrees with Carrie Ann about the content and says it was too sharp and "jerky." Julianne plays good cop and compliments their consistency and potential.
    Score: 30

    Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas (Jazz)
    Jam: "She's Country" by Jason Aldean
    The dance: Mark and Sadie's "country jazz" routine is nothing if not inventive. I'm never a fan of scripted skits at the beginning of routines. But once they get into the dance itself, it's fun and (probably much to her dadWillie's dismay) Sadie really knows how to shake a leg — and other things.
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann's worried the routine was too edgy for Willie. Len hates the country-jazz fusion. Julianne says Sadie is transfixing and missed her leg action from last week. Bruno says it was "great."
    Score: 31

    So, what did you think of Monday's show? Which routines were the best and worst — and who will be sent home Tuesday?

    Curtis Stone and Lindsay Price Welcome Son Emerson Spencer

    Curtis Stone‘s new sous chef is here!

    The Top Chef Masters host and his wife, actress Lindsay Price, welcomed their second child on Tuesday, Sept. 16, his rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

    Son Emerson Spencer Stone arrived in Los Angeles, weighing in at 7 lbs., 11 oz..

    “Both Lindsay and Emerson are doing well,” the rep tells PEOPLE. “Curtis is officially the happiest man in the world!”

    Stone, 38, announced that he and Price, 37, were expecting a sibling for 2½-year-old son Hudson during a May appearance on The Queen Latifah Show.

    “My beautiful wife is pregnant again with my second baby!” he told the cheering crowd.

    BALLANDO CON B&B's Brooke!

    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!"

    Will Antonio Sabato Jr. "DANCE" His Way Back On To GH?

    Antonio Sabáto Jr. (ex-Jagger, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has taken on two highly demanding jobs — he's the host and active participant of the makeover show FIX IT & FINISH IT and he's learning to dance as a member of the celebrity cast of the new season of DANCING WITH THE STARS. Soaps In Depth couldn't resist asking the fan favorite hunk if, schedules permitting, he'd make time on his dance card (pun intended) for a return visit to Port Charles?

    "I'll probably do it [at some point]," Sabáto says. "But you have to talk to Frank [Valentini, executive producer of GH] to see if he wants Jagger back. After all these years, I don't know if there is any space to put Jagger. They have a huge cast, but my answer to your question is, 'Yeah, I'll probably end up making time for it.'"

    How does the husband and father of three manage to take on so much at once? "I love confronting challenges," he says. "FIX IT & FINISH IT is a huge challenge. We're doing 150 shows a year. I got another blessing [when I was] asked if I'd like to be involved with DWTS. My first thought was, 'I can't do it. FIX IT is my first priority.' But [both shows] all worked it out. My fans and my family are so happy I'm doing this."

    Sabáto says he received his first choice when he was asked by DWTS producers which pro he wanted to have as his partner — two-time mirror ball champion Cheryl Burke. "She's everything I need," the former Calvin Klein model says. "I asked for her and got her. She's tough and kind. She gets to the point and helps me to be the best that I can be. She's pushing me to another level."

    Check out Sabáto's first dance — the cha-cha — when DWTS season 19 debuts on Monday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Check local listings and click here for where to see FIX IT & FINISH IT, which debuts in syndication starting Monday, September 8.

    'Dancing With the Stars' Season 19 cast and pro pairings revealed

    The celebrities and their professional partners have been revealed for the upcoming "Dancing With the Stars" Season 19, and this cast sounds like a great group. Among the celebs are "Duck Dynasty" daughter Sadie Robertson, "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's" Alfonso Ribeiro and "Switched at Birth" and "Back to the Future" star Lea Thompson.

    The full list and pairings is below:

    Jonathan Bennett (ex-J.R., All My Children), actor, Allison Holker
    Tommy Chong, comedian, Peta Murgatroyd
    Randy Couture, UFC fighter, Karina Smirnoff
    Betsey Johnson, fashion designer, Tony Dovolani
    Lolo Jones, Olympian, Keo Motsepe
    Bethany Mota, beauty guru, Derek Hough
    Janel Parrish, actress, Val Chmerkovskiy
    Alfonso Ribeiro, actor, Witney Carson
    Sadie Robertson, reality star, Mark Ballas
    Antonio Sabato Jr. (ex-Jagger, GH/ex-Dante, B&B), actor, Cheryl Burke
    Tavis Smiley, talk show host, Sharna Burgess
    Lea Thompson, actress, Artem Chigvintsev
    Michael Waltrip, NASCAR driver, Emma Slater

    And the big question on everyone's mind -- will Ribeiro be busting out the "Carlton" dance on "Dancing With the Stars"? The answer is yes.

    "We will absolutely give the fans what they would love to see, which is the Carlton dance. I gotta give the audience a reason to keep me on," says Ribeiro with a laugh.

    What do you think of the Season 19 cast? The latest season kicks off Monday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

    BB Evictee To Guest On B&B!

    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?

    General Hospital Hunk Antonio Sabato Jr. Set to Compete on Dancing With the Stars!

    Are you ready to see even more of this hunk on your TV? Good, because Antonio Sabato Jr. is going to compete on Dancing With the Stars this season!

    While ABC doesn't comment on casting rumors, sources tells E! News that the General Hospital star is going to be one of the stars competing this cycle.

    The full cast will be announced on Good Morning America on Sept. 4.

    Italian-born Sabato is best known for his role on the daytime soap General Hospital, but he also gained popularity (and quite a lot of included!) for his work as a Calvin Klein model. Seriously, check out that photo above and try not to drool.

    This season will see a major shake-up on DWTS when it comes to the judges. E! News previously revealed that former pro dancer (and two-time champion) Julianne Hough will return to the show as a judge, joining veteran judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

    "I'm so excited to be back with my DWTS family again on a regular basis," Hough said. "I've always aspired to be an all-around entertainer, whether I'm acting, dancing or singing, and I'm thrilled for this opportunity that will allow me to continue all of those pursuits. I am warming up the paddles and the sass, and I'm ready to have fun in this new role."

    It's also a family reunion this season, as Hough's brother Derek Hough will return as a pro dancer alongside familiar faces Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Val Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoffand Tony Dovolani. Other pro dancers this season include Witney Carson, Artem Chigvinstev, Allison Holker, Keo Mostepe, Peta Murgatroyd and Emma Slater.

    DWTS season 19 premieres on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

    Fred Willard Guest Stars on The Bold and the Beautiful

    ( The Bold and the Beautiful...and the hilarious? Comedy great Fred Willard has been set for a four-episode guest appearance on the hit CBS soap opera playing John Forrester, younger brother of fashion king Eric Forrester (John McCook). John is also the father of jewelry designer Ivy Forrester (Ashleigh Brewer), the show's new Aussie beauty who was recently brought to America by Eric to help out with the family business.

    A B&B rep tells TV Guide Magazine that Willard's character is a traveling salesman-inventor and quite the party boy. He contacts Ivy while he's in the states and decides to come visit her in Los Angeles and reconnect with Eric. No word yet if Willard's character is pure comic relief or trouble in disguise!

    Willard's many hit films include This is Spinal Tap, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Best in Show and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. The Second City alum and multiple Emmy nominee has also had recurring roles on Roseanne, Mad About You, King of the Hill, Everybody Loves Raymond and, currently, Modern Family, where he plays Phil Dunphy's dad, Frank.

    Willard begins work at B&B Aug. 27, with his episodes set to air the first week of October.

    Mum's The Word For Penny

    On ALL MY CHILDREN, Sydney Penny's Julia (ex-Julia, AMC/ex-Samantha, B&B/ex-Meg, Sunset Beach) had her fair share of trouble and angst as a young woman. Perhaps that experience will help the actress relate to her new role as Leona, the mother of tormented teen Mona Vanderwaal on ABC Family's PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. But how much does Leona really know about Mona's disturbing activities? "Leona is aware to the degree that mothers are aware of things," Penny chuckles. "I think that she sees her daughter in the way that parents see their children: in the very best light and in a protective way."

    Yep, Mona could definitely use some direction, and when her mother is introduced in the mid-season finale, airing Tuesday, August 26, at 8 p.m. EST, we might understand why. "It's seriously top secret, so I'm picking things up as we go along," admitted Penny during taping. "I can tell you that theirs is a different relationship: It's a young woman and her single mother making their way together... there's a different flavor to it than it would be if there were a man in the household."

    It Felt Like A Reunion Penny was excited about working again with Janel Parrish (Mona), with whom she appeared last year on an episode of Hallmark's HOME & FAMILY. "I'm so flattered when people tell me that we look alike," Penny offers. "She's delightful, talented and funny... it's lovely for me to have her as one of my television children. I'm beginning to collect them now."

    The actress was also happy to be sharing the set with Ashley Benson (ex-Abigail, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), who is the granddaughter of an old family friend, and to be working for showrunner Joseph Dougherty, with whom she'd worked on HYPERION BAY on that same Warner Bros. lot years before. "It's sort of like the way people might feel that their high school, you know?" she says of her fondness for the place. "It's really like going home for me, so I'm thrilled to be there."

    Surf's Up! It will be early 2015 before PRETTY LITTLE LIARS returns for the second half of season five. To see more of Penny before them, catch her in the UPtv original family film, The Perfect Summer, which was released this month on video. "Eric Roberts (ex-Vance, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) pays a champion surfer who lost his way — along with his family — but has since turned his life around," Penny says. "I play his daughter and when my son and I arrive in his life, it gives him the opportunity to forge a new relationship with me and get to know his grandson by teaching him to surf."


    Multiple Emmy Award-winning television legend and animal rights activist Bob Barker will return to CBS Daytime’s THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL in a guest starring role Thursday, August 28 (1:30-2:00 PM, ET; 12:30-1:00 PM, PT), on the CBS Television Network. This will mark Barker's third appearance on the show. His first was in March 2002.

    In his role, Barker returns to Spencer Publications to check on his pal Liam Cooper (Scott Clifton), but the friendly visit goes south when an argument between Barker and Wyatt Spencer (Darin Brooks) turns into a heated brawl. Infuriated by Wyatt’s onslaught of insults toward animal lovers, Barker unleashes a flurry of punches, sending Wyatt rolling down a hill, where he lands face-down in a puddle of mud. The fight scene will once again proclaim Barker’s ageless vigor, which was featured in the classic film “Happy Gilmore” in 1996.

    “The ‘Happy Gilmore’ fight scene was filmed almost 20 years ago and is still a favorite with audiences to this day. It was fun to revisit for THE BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL and to know that I can still throw a punch. It’s proof that those karate lessons with Chuck Norris are still paying off,” said Barker.

    Barker, who hosted THE PRICE IS RIGHT, television’s longest running daytime game show from 1972 to 2007, is well known for his activism in support of animal rights, a cause he promotes during his appearance on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.

    “At 90, Bob's still got it in ‘spayeds’ – and neuters! I am so happy to have such a fine man and television legend on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. And doing his own stunts, no less!” said Executive Producer and Head Writer Bradley Bell.

    Bob Barker Packs a Punch in Happy Gilmore Homage on Bold and the Beautiful

    ( The price is wrong, bitch! Game show icon Bob Barker will spoof his classic fight scene from Happy Gilmore — the one where he beat the bejesus out of Adam Sandler — on the Thursday, Aug. 28 episode of CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful. The plot has bad boy Wyatt Spencer (Darin Brooks) foolishly mouthing off about Barker's pet cause — pets! Not only does TV Guide Magazine have an exclusive video preview of the resulting smackdown (below), we also spoke to the 90-year-old Barker to get all the deets.

    TV Guide Magazine: Congrats on making a return appearance on The Bold and the Beautiful! Does this officially make you a soap star?

    Barker: You want to call me a soap star? Hey, at my age, I'll take it! I'm grateful for whatever comes my way, especially when I can get out my message about the importance of spaying and neutering animals. CBS and [B&B exec producer] Brad Bell have been incredible about using the soap to increase awareness. And if I get a chance to punch out a guy who thinks animal lovers are stupid wackos, even better!

    TV Guide Magazine: Isn't this one for the Guinness record book — a 90-year-old star in a fight scene? Nothing could go wrong, right?

    Barker: Well, first I had to have a talk with Darin, the actor I knocked around. I said, "Just so we're clear, young man, it does not say in the script that you hit back. We got that?" I win all my fights. That's because they're fixed!

    TV Guide Magazine: When you were making Happy Gilmore did you ever imagine that scene would become so Zeitgeist-popular?

    Barker: Never. Are you kidding? That movie came out in 1996 and there is no way anyone could have predicted that. I continued on The Price is Right until 2007 and in all those years I never taped a show where someone in the audience didn't ask me during a commercial break about Happy Gilmore. They'd always ask, "Could you really whip Adam Sandler?" Please. Adam Sandler couldn't whip Regis Philbin.

    TV Guide Magazine: Sandler kind of owes you his career, doesn't he?

    Barker: I take total credit for his success. He'd made a couple of pictures before Happy Gilmore but that's the one that made him a big star. Now, has he called me up since then to ask if I'll be in any of his other movies? No! I'm still waiting by the phone. It's true what they say. Show business is brutal.

    Check out Barker's bodacious B&B battle right here: Video.

    B&B's Wagner Gets Deadly

    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."

    You Won't Recognize Him

    When the episode airs on Wednesday, August 13, at 10 p.m. EST, look for Wagner to offer up a convincing Southern twang as part of his performance, as well as a bit of personal experience. "I'm from Missouri, which is sort of a Bible belt area, and I know people like this," he reveals. "I had to okay what I wanted to do with [the producers] because I think they were expecting to get Jack Wagner the way he normally is, and I had a whole different take on it. And they said, 'Go for it!'"

    However, it was really the opportunity to reunite with old friends that led Wagner to choose this project. "Working again with Rob Estes and Jamie Luner... you know the whole project was great," Wagner smiles. "Very seldom do you run into people you used to work with, but this time it happened."

    He's Not Sitting Still

    Currently, Wagner is awaiting word about whether he'll be back as visiting forensic investigator Bill Avery, who sparked a romance with series star Lori Loughlin (Jody, EDGE OF NIGHT) on HALLMARK's recently renewed drama, WHEN CALLS THE HEART. In the meantime, he's touring to promote his new album, On The Porch, and you can also catch him on Sunday, November 16, at Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club in Point Pleasant, NJ.

    A Monte Carlo Wedding on The Bold and the Beautiful

    Sound the trumpets! Hope Logan has finally made up her mind. Daytime's splashiest soap opera, CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful, went on location to Paris and Monte Carlo to shoot the conclusion of a year-long triangle that has the love-torn heroine (played by Kim Matula) deciding which of two Spencer brothers she's going to wed. Will it be flaky sweetheart Liam (Scott Clifton) or feisty opportunist Wyatt (Darin Brooks)? Spoiler alert! Though Hope is seemingly committed to Liam right now, she will end up married to Wyatt by the end of the episode airing Wednesday, Aug. 13.

    But is the decision really hers? In a riff on An Affair to Remember (airing Monday, Aug. 11), Hope agrees to marry Liam if he meets her at the Eiffel Tower but he stops along the way to save a damsel in distress and doesn't show up at the appointed hour. Hope waits a bit, but then heads off to Monaco with Wyatt and they say "I do" on a spectacular yacht in the Monte Carlo harbor.

    "Somewhere, deep down, Hope must have wanted this to happen so she wouldn't have to make the decision for herself," Matula says. "For years she's been telling herself she belongs with Liam. They share so much history. They make sense together. And she does love him. But it's Wyatt she really wants."

    It doesn't hurt that Wyatt is a damn good salesman. "He patiently waits, hoping Liam won't show, and then he pounces," Brooks says. "He's always been there for Hope — a real constant — and he reminds her that Liam has failed her time and time again."

    Just one problem. It's Wyatt's conniving mother, Quinn (Rena Sofer), who is responsible for Liam's being late to meet Hope in Paris. "Only the audience knows that," says Matula, "but it could come out, like if Quinn has a couple of cocktails and opens her big mouth." This triangle may not be finished just yet!

    Bob Barker -- 'Bold & The Beautiful' Star Gets 'Happy Gilmore' Treatment

    (Video) Renowned ass-kicker Bob Barker is at it again ... throttling a "Bold and the Beautiful" actor the same way he did Adam Sandler in the iconic "Happy Gilmore" scene.

    Sources close to the show tell TMZ ... Bob was on the soap set Tuesday filming a frame-by-frame reenactment of the fight that made him a cult comedy legend.

    Bob's been on 'Bold' a couple times now playing himself for an animal awareness story line.

    He moves ridiculously well for 90 ... throwing his famous left jabs and the devastating right cross -- but he does admit to our camera guy there's one move he needs a stunt double for now.

    And he's still got it with the ladies -- the Barker charm is on display at the end of this clip. Don't forget to spay and neuter ... your pets.

    Video: The Bold and the Beautiful Goes to Paris

    (Video) How ya gonna keep 'em down on the Bel Air farm, after they've seen Paree? CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful went on location to Paris and Monaco for the latest twist in the Hope-Wyatt-Liam love triangle, and TV Guide Magazine has a first-look clip!

    This fashion montage, from the soap's Aug. 8 episode, features goddess-in-training Hope Logan (Kim Matula) modeling the Hope for the Future Diamond in the famed Trocadero Gardens, with the Eiffel Tower in the background and one of her lover boys, Wyatt (Darin Brooks), looking on adoringly.

    Will Liam (Scott Clifton) get there in time to claim his bride? Or will Wyatt marry Hope in Monte Carlo? Go get the Aug. 11 issue of TV Guide Magazine for all the exclusive deets!

    In the meantime, check out Clifton's new album Girl Go Home on iTunes. Two of his songs, "Gravity" and "Love Song," will be heard on B&B Aug. 7 and 14, during the European escapade. C'est manifique!

    B&B's Mosley Waxes Poetic!

    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

    "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."

    Antonio Sabato, Jr. Returns To Daytime!

    You may not be able to act opposite soap star Antonio Sabato, Jr. (ex-Jagger, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Dante, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) in a steamy love scene, but you could have the actor and his crew renovate your home as part of his new syndicated series FIX IT & FINISH IT!

    Sabato and his team have been traveling across America, from Memphis to Tuscon, helping families fix and finish their homes. If you happen to live in Louisville, KY, Richmond, VA, Charlotte, NC, Charleston SC or Savannah, GA, you can click here for more information and to fill out an entry form to submit your home as one of their projects!

    FIX IT & FINISH IT premieres on Monday, September 8, so check your local listings to see which channel it will be airing on in your area. And follow the daytime show's Facebook page to track Sabato's adventures!

    Soap opera actress Susan Flannery to support 'Day at the Races' in Del Mar for Lung Cancer Foundation of America

    ( Soap opera actress Susan Flannery helped raise awareness about lung cancer when her character, Stephanie Forrester, battled the disease on “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

    Although she has retired from the TV show, Flannery is still bringing attention to the disease by joining other lung cancer patient advocates, survivors and supporters at the Lung Cancer Foundation of America’s fifth annual “Day at the Races,” to be held July 27 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

    “If my participation can help in any way, I’m happy to help,” Flannery said.

    An original cast member, Flannery portrayed Forrester on “The Bold and the Beautiful” from 1987 to 2012.

    The series was heralded for its authentic portrayal of lung cancer in 2010, when Flannery’s character was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and underwent treatments.

    On Feb. 7, 2011, during the 6,000th episode of the CBS series, the show featured several real-life lung cancer survivors, including the late actress Kathryn Joosten and Dr. Michael Weitz, a lung cancer patient advocate and lung cancer survivor since 2006.

    “The show got an enormous response,” said Flannery, who made her final appearance on the show in November 2012, when her character lost her battle with lung cancer. “We got a lot of thank-yous from fans and from people who viewed the show for the first time.

    “Daytime (TV) has always led the charge for dealing with medical issues, psychiatric issues or social issues — way before prime time or movies. It’s something everyone is very proud of in the industry.”

    Flannery also filmed a public service announcement, which aired after the episode, to direct viewers to for information.

    “It was a wonderful partnership,” said Kim Norris, co-founder and president of the Lung Cancer Foundation of America. “What was interesting was the actors, as the characters, were acting. The patients and survivors, they weren’t acting. They were just being themselves. It was very well done.”

    Lung cancer is the nation’s top cancer killer, yet it ranks near the bottom in research funding.

    To raise awareness of lung cancer and funds for research, Norris co-founded the nonprofit in 2007 with David Sturges, an attorney in Minnesota, and Lori Monroe, a registered nurse in Kentucky — both lung cancer survivors. After a 12-year battle with the disease, Monroe died in 2013.

    After losing her husband, Roy, to lung cancer in 1999, Norris devoted her life to being a lung cancer patient advocate. She remains a volunteer with the organization, which has raised about $1.3 million for lung cancer research since it first launched.

    “Day at the Races” is one of the foundation’s annual fundraisers.

    “This event is a fun day for a very great cause,” Norris said. “I think having Susan join us is just going to add that much more to the festivities.”

    “Day at the Races” will take place from noon to 6:30 p.m. July 27 in the Il Palio Restaurant at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Races begin at 2 p.m.

    Tickets cost $150 and include entry into the private Turf Club, a tour of the paddock area and a private betting window. The event will also feature a special “Breath of Life” race to raise awareness about lung cancer and support lung cancer research, as well as a silent auction and raffle drawing.

    To inquire about tickets or sponsorships, contact Cindy Iker at

    For more about the Lung Cancer Foundation of America or to buy tickets for the event, visit

    Gaskill Delivers Quite A Speech!

    (Video) 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.

    'Wonder Years' cast reunites after 16 years

    Actor Fred Savage has reunited with his Wonder Years co-stars for the first time in 16 years for a special TV interview.

    The former child star, who played lead character Kevin Arnold in the coming-of-age sitcom, recently sat down with cast members Josh Saviano, Alley Mills (Pam, B&B), Jason Hervey, Olivia d'Abo and Danica McKellar, who portrayed his love interest Winnie Cooper, to reminisce about their time on the late 1980s series for U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America.

    (Video) During the interview, which aired on Tuesday, Savage admitted he was a ball of nerves as he filmed his first ever onscreen kiss with McKellar, confessing, "It was terrifying! We were both really scared and nervous and didn't know what was gonna happen, if we were gonna do it right. All that stuff (their characters experienced) was very real..."

    Savage adds, "I see these episodes, and I remember shooting. It's an incredible kind of time capsule for us. I mean, this was our childhood."

    (Video) Meanwhile, actor Dan Lauria, who played Savage's TV dad Jack Arnold, credited the young stars' parents with keeping the kids focused and grounded on set, helping them avoid the pitfalls of fame as they grew up in the spotlight.

    Lauria, who was interviewed separately, said, "I think that's why they're all still involved in the (entertainment) business. You know, Josh is a big entertainment lawyer, Jason's a producer and Fred's a director. All this crap about kids from TV shows having terrible lives? Look at The Wonder Years. They all did great."

    The series ran from 1988 until 1993.


    Michael Dietz (ex-Mark, B&B; ex-Joe, PC, et al), now on the other side of the camera as an executive producer, spoke with Digest about his new gig, THE LINE, coming to GSN later this year — And if you’re in Nashville area next week, you can participate! “Anyone who has tried to be on a game show knows how difficult it is to sign up for a show, fly yourself to California and get picked by casting directors, but we’re bringing THE LINE to the people,” Dietz shares. “This is the first time ever that anybody can either come the day of — or register on the web site — and be part of our show. We’re giving away up to $150,000 over four days. We’re shooting from Saturday, July 19 to Tuesday, July 22 at The Court Of 3 Stars in the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville, TN. We do recommend that people register on the web site to get a secured place in THE LINE, but anybody who shows up has an equal chance of getting into our vault to answer questions and play games to win. There will also be cash and prizes given away while you are actually in THE LINE, as well. Nashville’s a great town and we couldn’t be more excited to shoot next week. We know a lot of people will be showing up, so get your place in THE LINE by registering on the link now.” For more information and to register for THE LINE, go to www.GSNTV.COM/THELINE.

    GH's deVry Takes On Primetime!

    While some of William deVry's GENERAL HOSPITAL co-stars are spending their three-week summer break touring Europe or Africa or just hanging out on a sandy beach, he's spending it working! The actor has left behind GH's Julian Jerome just long enough to travel to Vancouver, Canada, and film a two-episode arc for the Hallmark Channel drama CEDAR COVE, starring Andie MacDowell and Dylan Neal (ex-Dylan, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL). A Hallmark rep tells Soaps In Depth that deVry will play the boss of villain Warren Saget when his episodes air on Saturday, September 27, and Saturday, October 4.

    'Heartbreakers': Wagner, Sabato Jr. and more do true crime for Investigation Discovery

    Investigation Discovery has carved out a niche for itself with a series of true-crime shows about love gone wrong, with titles like "Deadly Affairs" and "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover."

    So it's little surprise that its next entry into the field is "Heartbreakers," a scripted/documentary hybrid series that features actors from well-loved past TV shows dramatizing true-crime stories.

    Starting Aug. 13, you'll get to see the likes of Tracey Gold, Jack Wagner, Christopher Knight, Nicole Eggert and Kevin Sorbo playing two-timing lovers, con artists and philanderers -- interspersed with news footage and interview of the real-life people they're playing.

    "We're always looking for new and interesting ways to tell these great stories," executive producer Pamela Deutsch said Wednesday (July 9) at the TCA summer press tour. "I think it's pretty obvious the nostalgia factor is a big part in 'Heartbreakers.' What we did is we looked for really iconic Hollywood actors from the ... golden age of the prime-time soap, and we went from there. We picked stories from that [time] and we looked to cast people who I think epitomize that era."

    It's campy, yes. The effect is what one critic described as "true-crime 'Sharknado'" -- a comparison the people on stage seemed to think was pretty valid.

    "It was a wonderful opportunity to play off type for me," says Knight, who plays a small-town high school principal involved in a love triangle with the school clerk (Gold) and the new football coach (Antonio Sabato Jr.) in his story. "... I'm not asked to do this kind of work."

    "You have to approach it with a realistic sensibility, because it is real life and it is real people," Gold adds. "You don't want to approach it as a joke. Obviously there's a camp element to it, but I think that will come through on its own. If you approach it straightforward, it plays way better."

    Still, Deutsch cops to having some fun with the casting: "You have Carol Seaver involved in a tawdry love triangle. You have Peter Brady doing some really naughty things. You have Hercules as a real antihero. ... It was just fun to play a little bit with the nostalgia, and there are some nods to their previous roles."

    "Heartbreakers" premieres at 10 p.m. ET Aug. 13 on Investigation Discovery.


    Y&R Alum Kelly Kruger (ex-Mackenzie), the real-life fiancée of B&B star Darin Brooks (Wyatt), will appear on the soap on Friday, August 8, during the upcoming Paris remote. Kruger will play Eva, a chic and savvy Forrester publicist. For the exclusive scoop about the couple’s incredibly romantic Parisian engagement, pick up the 7/21 issue of Digest, on sale 7/14.

    Soap star (and Georgia peach) Bobbie Eakes returns to Miss Virginia

    ( Soap star Bobbie Eakes was competing in the 1983 Miss America pageant when she was spotted by the television producer who helped launch her career.

    The contestants taking part in this weekend’s Miss Virginia pageant — many of them talented vocalists and dancers — may be hoping for a similar lucky break.

    Eakes returns to Roanoke this week for her third year in a row as mistress of ceremonies for the competition, which begins tonight and wraps up Saturday. Eakes is a former Miss Georgia 1982, and a Top 10 Miss America finalist. She will host all three nights of the pageant as well as perform in Friday’s pre-show to kick off the second night of preliminary competition.

    Eakes is a double-platinum recording artist and two-time daytime Emmy nominee for outstanding lead actress. She starred in “All My Children” for eight years and “The Bold and the Beautiful” for 12 years. Eakes travels to Roanoke from Palm Springs, California, to host the Miss Virginia Scholarship Competition.

    “Bobbie has performed in sold-out shows all over the world, and yet she is so humble and so grateful,” said Mark Schreier, producer and director for the pageant. “It’s such a neat experience to have her.”

    Eakes got her start in pageants following in the footsteps of one of her four sisters. After her sister, Sandra, was asked to be in a local pageant and ended up winning scholarship money, Bobbie, Sharon and Shelly started entering pageants too.

    Eakes said scholarship money from the competitions really helped out her parents, whose daughters were all within seven years of each other and were going through college at the time. Bobbie and Sandra were both crowned Miss Georgia, and both competed in the Miss America Pageant. Sandra was a non-finalist Miss America talent award winner and Bobbie placed in the top 10, where she was spotted by the television producer. Throughout their pageant years, the sisters (including the eldest, Susan) often sang together as The Eakes Sisters.

    The Eakes Sisters will reprise their act during Friday night’s pre-show. Eakes said this will be the first time all five of the sisters have sung together in years.

    “We’re all so spread out now,” said Eakes. “We never get a chance to do these kinds of things.”

    Also returning to the stage to perform are Kelli Quick, Miss Virginia 1997 and Miss America talent winner; Meghan Shanley, Miss Virginia 2001, who is performing songs from her recently released CD; Mariah Rice, Miss Virginia 2004; Tara Wheeler, Miss Virginia 2008, now a morning news anchor on Fox 21/27 in Roanoke/Lynchburg; and Elizabeth Crot, Miss Virginia 2011 and a top 16 Miss America finalist.

    Former Miss Virginias Chinah Helmandollar-Jewell (2009) and Caitlin Uze (2010) will co-host the show all three nights with Eakes.

    This year’s pre-show is a tribute to Margaret Baker, executive director and longtime volunteer at Miss Virginia. Baker died four years ago after working with Miss Virginia for more than 30 years. She was instrumental in bringing the Miss Virginia pageant to Roanoke in 1953.

    “She’s the grandmother of the pageant,” said executive producer Bootie Chewning. “She’s the one that started the whole thing in Roanoke.”

    A nonprofit organization was formed in Baker’s name to honor her legacy and to award scholarships to young women and men in Virginia. This year, the pageant will make available more than $300,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships to colleges and universities.

    Twenty-six young women will compete in the Miss Virginia pageant Thursday through Saturday at the Roanoke Civic Center. Miss Virginia 2013 Desiree Williams will crown her successor at the finale on Saturday night.


    Casey Kasprzyk has been promoted to Supervising Producer, reports a B&B spokesperson. Kasprzyk now joins ranks of fellow execs Edward J. Scott and Rhonda Friedman. “I’m in the thick of it all,” he told Digest in a recent interview. “I’m the behind the scenes person you don’t see.” A graduate of Chapman University, Kasprzyk began his B&B career as an intern in 2001. “I’ve been very fortunate that from day one, Brad [Bell, executive producer/head writer] has been a mentor to me — and I still learn something new from him every day."


    (Photo) Darin Brooks (Wyatt, B&B) revealed on social media that he and longtime love Kelly Kruger (ex-Mac, Y&R) got engaged on their recent trip with the show to Paris. "Well, I asked her..." he captioned a shot underneath the Eiffel Tower. Congratulations!


    A baby girl arrived for Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, B&B) and her fiancé, Robert Adamson (Noah, Y&R) on Saturday, June 12th. The actress tweeted, "For all those asking, Robert and I welcomed our daughter Aleda Seren Adamson into the world last week!” Here’s the couple with their bundle of joy:

    Revenge of the Soap Opera: Ratings Up 15 Percent

    After a depressing run that saw many dramas get axed, soaps are seeing a resurgence in this year's Daytime Emmys race.

    This story first appeared in the June 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

    When Peter Bergman began his career as a soap opera star more than 30 years ago, it seemed the public's -- and The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' -- appetites for daytime dramas were insatiable. He earned the first of his 19 Emmy nominations for playing Dr. Cliff Warner on All My Children and in 1989 moved on to play Jack Abbott on CBS' stalwart contender The Young & the Restless, which then was (as it is now) the top-rated U.S. soap opera. Then, around the mid-'90s, daytime dramas slowly were pushed into the Daytime Emmy shadows as talk shows, game shows, reality and other programming grabbed the spotlight.

    Three years ago -- in the wake of the cancellation of two long-running soaps -- something unexpected happened. Interest in soaps, and their ratings, began to rise again -- up nearly 15 percent in the past year.

    The rebound has been reflected in this year's race of the 41st Daytime Emmy Awards, where soaps once again have the most nominations: Y&R has 26, followed by The Bold and the Beautiful (both on CBS) with 18 and ABC's General Hospital with 16.

    After ABC canceled All My Children and One Life to Live in 2011, there were only four soaps left on broadcast TV, compared with 19 at the height of their popularity in 1970. Then things turned around. "Yes, we've reduced the number of soaps, but there are still enough people who think, 'That's my kind of entertainment; let's see what's left,' " says Bergman of the shift.

    Soap viewership started to take a dive around 20 years ago largely because millions of women joined the work force and no longer were at home watching TV. The rising popularity of the DVR has countered that trend, making it possible for all those fans to watch. Also, it has been easier for them to engage with one another through social media, where they can discuss the genre's ever-edgier storylines, such as gay-bullying on NBC's Days of Our Lives and a character deciding whether to get an abortion on CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful.

    Jill Phelps, executive producer of Y&R who has the distinction of having held that title on six soaps over the past three decades, says the shows have been made over for a cooler audience. "The stories have more edge, there are quicker editing cuts and newer music," says Phelps. "The pace, tone and sophistication have changed. We have smarter viewers, and I think that's true of all the soaps. It's an overall hipper viewing audience."

    Melissa Egan, who plays Chelsea Lawson on Y&R and is nominated for a Daytime Emmy for the fifth time in six years, says she hears from fans who have remained loyal but also finds that a new generation is tuning in. And the writing has gotten so much better, says Egan, who joined Y&R in 2011 after spending five years on All My Children. "It's a shame that soaps get a bad rap [critically]. Many of the actors are amazing. It's like doing a new play every day."

    No one knows better than Bergman. On the day he spoke with THR, he had 30 pages of dialogue to memorize and another 30 the next day. There are no teleprompters or cue cards, and most scenes on Y&R shoot in one take.

    "He has an unbelievable energy and theatricality that makes him delicious to watch," says Phelps. Bergman is humbled but also quick to defend his peers and fellow soap contenders: "To me, good acting is simply good acting."

    Alec Baldwin -- Ben Franklin Movie Plans Revealed in Soap Star's Divorce

    Alec Baldwin wanted to play Benjamin Franklin in a new movie ... and we didn't find out from an agent, a publicist or a movie studio ... we found out from the divorce docs of a TV soap star.

    "The Bold and the Beautiful" star Katherine Kelly Lang finalized her divorce this week from hubby Alex D'Andrea ... and in the docs, she gives up any claim to movie projects D'Andrea was involved with ... including the Franklin flick.

    In the section marked Community Property Awarded Transferred to Respondent (Lang's ex), it mentions Walter Isaacson's book about Ben ... which had been optioned by D'Andrea, Alec and William Baldwin for a TV mini-series.

    According to the docs, the three pitched the idea as a co-production with Sony, but it never found a home. Their option ran out and the rights reverted back to Isaacson because "Sony could not find a network to co-finance and/or broadcast the project."

    We can only assume Alec was slated to actually play Franklin himself ... because who wouldn't want to see him get struck by lightning?

    Comic Kathy Griffin to host Daytime Emmys online

    Kathy Griffin is taking her comedy online as host of the Daytime Emmy awards as the event heads to a new home on the Internet.

    The 41st annual awards will be presented June 22 from the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills.

    Griffin joked that her only regret is that the epic evening will distract millions of viewers from enjoying this year's World Cup.

    The awards were televised on the HLN cable network the past two years. But when the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and various cable outlets couldn't strike a deal, the academy decided to move the show online.

    Awards will be handed out in 25 categories, including several new ones, during the live stream.

    The academy hopes to attract more worldwide fans through social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Google Hangout, Twitter, Vine and Instagram.

    B&B most-watched soap

    What do "NCIS" and "Modern Family" have in common, aside from their repeats filling up many, many hours on USA?

    They've been named the most-watched comedy and drama in the world at the 2014 Monte Carlo Television Festival. The two shows won the International Audience Award for comedy and drama. "The Bold and the Beautiful" won the honor for most-watched soap opera/telenovela.

    "NCIS" drew 57.6 million viewers worldwide in 2013, based on a survey of viewing in 66 countries. The biggest chunk of that, of course, came in the United States, where the show averages 20 million-plus viewers.

    Global audience figures for "Modern Family" and "The Bold and the Beautiful" weren't released. "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen also won the award for best comedy actress at the festival.


    Though still recurring as B&B’s Dayzee, Kristolyn Lloyd will reprise her role as Heather Duke in the off-Broadway production of Heathers: The Musical. Lloyd takes over the role on June 9, a part which she played at The Hudson Theatre, Los Angeles, in 2013. “Heather Duke was interesting because you have to decide whether she’s going to be absolutely mean and the audience will just hate her, or if you’re going to make her a little crazy, something that people can laugh at,” Lloyd told Digest last year. “I decided I was going to make her a little crazy. I did nothing like Shannon Doherty did in the [1989] movie, so I made Heather my own.” Tickets are on sale via, 1-800-447-7400 and at the box office of New World Stages, 340 W. 50th Street in New York City.

    Ambassador to Hungary: Who Is Colleen Bell?

    ( On November 6, 2013, Colleen Bradley Bell was nominated by President Barack Obama to be ambassador to Hungary. Obama renominated her on January 6, 2014, when the Senate did not act on her original nomination before the end of the year.

    Bell was born on January 30, 1967, in Evanston, Illinois. Her mother, Sheila, was a partner in an interior design firm and her father, Edward, an attorney. Bell went to Sweet Briar College, where she graduated in 1989 with a degree in political science and economics. During her junior year, she studied at the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland.

    In October 1991, she married Bradley Bell, a childhood friend. His parents were involved in show business, with his father William J. Bell a writer for and creator of soap operas, including “The Bold and the Beautiful,” for which Bradley Bell worked. That show was named in 2010 by the Guinness Book of Records as the most popular daytime soap opera.

    Colleen Bell also worked on the production of “The Bold and the Beautiful” and is now listed as a producer of the show.

    In addition to her production duties, Bell is active with non-profit organizations. She in on the board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and in August 2012 was named by Obama to be a trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Bell has also been active in pushing for legislative action dealing with global climate change.

    Bell was part of the California delegation to the 2012 Democratic Convention. But her main contribution that year was bundling contributions to Obama’s re-election effort. According to The New York Times, she raised more than $2.1 million during 2011 and 2012.

    Bell ran into trouble during her nomination hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on January 16, 2014. Bell had no experience with foreign service or special knowledge about the nation, Hungary, in which she had been nominated to serve. Apparently she had also spent little time studying about U.S.-Hungary relations.

    When Senator John McCain (R-Arizona asked her, “What are our strategic interests in Hungary?”, she could do no better than to give a superficial, general response: “our strategic interests, in terms of what are our key priorities in Hungary, I think our key priorities are to improve upon, as I mentioned, the security relationship and also the law enforcement and to promote business opportunities, increase trade… to work collaboratively as NATO allies, to work to promote and protect the security, both—for both countries and for—and for the world.”

    The Bells have four children, Bradley, Caroline, Charlotte and Oliver.


    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, LET'S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT and THE TALK all finished the 2013-2014 season and the May sweep with year-to-year growth in viewers.

    Compared to last season in viewers, LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 was up +13% (3.03m from 2.69m), LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 grew +12% (3.50m from 3.11m), while THE TALK posted growth of +16% (2.78m from 2.40m), according to Nielsen most current ratings. The 2013-2014 season was the best season in viewers ever for LET’S MAKE A DEAL 1 LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 and THE TALK.

    Other viewer increases included THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1, which grew by +12% (5.02m from 4.48m); THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2, which was up +9% (5.81m from 5.33m); THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, which posted a +10% gain (3.89m from 3.52m); and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, which rose +8% (5.24m from 4.82m).

    This season was also THE TALK’s best season in women 25-54 (1.1/06, +10% from last year), while both THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 (+8%) AND THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 (+7%) also grew in the demographic.

    For 2013-2014, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 & 2 both posted their best women 25-54 deliveries since 2009-2010. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 also posted its largest audience for a season since 2003-2004, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 posted its largest audience for a season since 2006-2007.

    Additionally, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL posted its largest audience since the 2007-2008 season, while THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS posted its largest audience since the 2009-2010 season.

    This was also the best May Sweep ever, live plus same day, in viewers for LET’S MAKE A DEAL 1, LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 and THE TALK. LET’S MAKE A DEAL 2 and THE TALK also posted their best May Sweep ever in households.

    Meanwhile, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 & 2 posted their best May Sweep viewer deliveries since 2007.

    Finally, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS posted its best household rating and its largest audience in a May Sweep since 2011, while THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL posted its best household rating and its largest May Sweep audience since 2008.

    'The Wonder Years' cast reunited for a DVD featurette and took the best selfie

    (Pic1, Pic2) The cast of "The Wonder Years" has reunited more than two decades after the hit show went off the air for the show's upcoming DVD release, resulting in some sure-to-be-awesome extra features and an epic selfie.

    Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Josh Saviano, Jason Hervey, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills (Pam, The Bold & The Beautiful) and Olivia d'Abo -- seriously, the whole cast -- gathered in Los Angeles to record a special reunion for the special features on the long-awaited DVD release of the nostalgic show.

    Matthew Cowles, Actor and Husband of Christine Baranski, Dies

    ( Matthew Cowles, a soap opera star and the husband of actress Christine Baranski, died at age 69 on May 22.

    Mr. Cowles played Billy Clyde Tuggle on the daytime soap "All My Children" for many years. He was twice nominated for Daytime Emmys for his work, in 1978 and 1981.

    Other daytime drama gigs included "Loving" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."

    On the big screen Mr. Cowles had roles in "Nurse Betty," "Shutter Island," "The Juror" and "The Cowboy Way."

    On the stage, he played the title role in Malcolm, Edward Albee's short-lived 1965 Broadway adaptation of James Purdy's novel. He subsequently appeared in Broadway revivals of Sweet Bird of Youth and The Time of Your Life.

    Off-Broadway, he was in the original production of Israel Horovitz's The Indian Wants the Bronx, acting alongside Al Pacino and John Cazale. His most recent New York stage appearance was in The Taming of the Shrew, a Theatre For a New Audience production at the Duke on 42nd Street in 2012.

    He was nominated for a 1976 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for Dirty Jokes, at the Academy Festival Theatre in Chicago.

    Matthew Cowles was born on Sept. 28, 1944, in New York City, NY, as Matthew Chandler Cowles.

    He married Baranski in 1983, and the two have two children together. Baranski survives him. He was previously married to the actress Kathleen Dezina.


    B&B is looking for a new leading man. The description reads, "32-38. Any ethnicity. Handsome, sophisticated, educated. Sexy, very fit. VERY STRONG CREDITS ONLY. Recurring, possible contract."

    Brisbane actor Ashleigh Brewer scores role in US soapie The Bold and the Beautiful

    ( (Photo) Brisbane’s Ashleigh Brewer, 23, who has moved from Ramsay Street to the US. Source: The Sunday Mail (Qld)

    STUNNING Brissie actor Ashleigh Brewer has just upped the ante in the soap royalty stakes.

    The 23-year-old blossomed into beauty when cast as Paul Robinson’s niece Kate Ramsay in Neighbours back in 2009.

    But she underlined that soap heritage in mascara-thick bold yesterday, joining the cast of hugely successful US drama The Bold And The Beautiful as patriarch Eric Forrester’s niece Ivy.

    She excitedly tweeted “THAT’S ME!” when news of her three-year contract was made public by B&B executive producer Bradley P Bell.

    “We are thrilled to introduce Ashleigh ... whose poise and talent are already well known in Australia and the UK,” Bell said.

    Yesterday was Ashleigh’s first day on set and, in true soap opera production style it was hectic. Her Australian agent Craig McMahon said she had more than 20 scenes to film in less than five hours.

    (Photo - Ash Brewer with fellow Queenslander Margot Robbie on the set of Neighbours)

    She plays Ivy – the daughter of Eric’s younger brother, John Forrester – who has been living in Sydney.

    Brewer, a former Forest Lake College student, shared a house with glam gal and Wolf Of Wall Street star Margot Robbie in Melbourne during their Neighbours days, and was keen to follow her friend to the US when she quit the Channel 11 show last year.

    Her mum Tania told The Sunday Mail yesterday she never doubted she would land work in the US.

    “She is very determined. It’s always been a little girl’s dream (of hers),” she said. “She is positive, happy and loves it over there. We’re thrilled for her.”

    Brewer makes her first US appearance on air in B&B in early July.

    All My Children Vet Matthew Cowles Dead at 69; Husband to Christine Baranski

    ( (Photo) Matthew Cowles, a two-time Daytime Emmy nominee during his run as iconic All My Children ne’er-do-well Billy Clyde Tuggle, passed away on May 22. He was 69.

    Cowles is survived by his wife of 30 years, The Good Wife‘s Christine Baranski, and their adult daughters Lily and Isabel.

    Cowles’ manager Tsu Tsu Stanton broke the sad news on Twitter, noting: “[Matthew] was a very gifted and kind man who loved life and everyone.” Onetime AMC headwriter Jean Passanante acknowledged the actor’s passing by hailing “AMC’s one and only Billy Clyde Tuggle” as “a sweet man and a uniquely talented actor.”

    In addition to his AMC run — which he capped one year ago with an encore during the sudser’s Internet revival — Cowles’ TV resume included ABC’s Life on Mars, Oz, Lonesome Dove, The Bold and the Beautiful (as Curtis Love) and Loving (as Eban Japes).

    Born in New York City to Broadway producer Chandler Cowles, his Great White Way credits included Malcolm (1966), The Time of Your Life and Sweet Bird of Youth. The actor also appeared in many films, and worked as a playwright.


    (Photo) B&B has a new Forrester! Australian actress Ashleigh Brewer joins the show in the newly created role of Ivy Forrester, niece of B&B patriarch Eric (John McCook). Brewer, who played Kate in the Aussie soap NEIGHBOURS from 2009-14, will be introduced at the 2014 Monte Carlo TV Festival, held from June 7 to 11, in Monaco. “Ivy is the daughter of Eric’s younger brother, John Forrester, who has been living in Sydney,” said Executive Producer/Head Writer Bradley P. Bell in a statement. “A young, worldy designer, Ivy is brought in to work on the new Hope For The Future jewelry line. It won’t be long before she finds herself deeply entangled in the lives of loves of our younger generation.” Brewer will debut on-air in early July.

    Lindsay Price Pregnant, Expecting Second Child With Husband Curtis Stone

    (Photo) Curtis Stone has put another bun in the oven.

    Lindsay Price (ex-Michael, The Bold & The Beautiful/ex-An Li, All My Children/ex-Mary, Days Of Our Lives) is pregnant with the couple's second child together, E! News confirmed Wednesday.

    The 37-year-old actress is already sporting a visible baby bump, which we couldn't help but notice and squeal over earlier today when she was spotted fueling up her car in Studio City, Calif.

    She and Stone tied the knot last June in a romantic ceremony in Spain. Their new addition will be joining 2-year-old big brother Hudson in the family fold.

    B&B And Y&R Stars Engaged!

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

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

    Best wishes to the happy couple!

    Take The B&B SoCal Digital Tour

    (Video) May 5, 2014 – LOS ANGELES – Today, has launched “The Bold and the Beautiful On Location,” a new online feature for fans of CBS Television Network’s daytime drama THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. “The Bold and the Beautiful On Location” lets fans take an interactive tour to 22 locations throughout Southern California, where the iconic show has shot some of its most memorable scenes. See the map at

    As the only daytime drama to consistently go on location, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL has shot at many California landmarks and lesser-known, unique locations. With’s “The Bold and the Beautiful On Location,” fans will be able to read more about how each location fits into the show’s storyline, share their favorite places via social media, and map each location in order to plan their own visits.

    “THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL has taped on location at over 50 destinations, from as far away as the UAE to as close as the Koi Pond at CBS Television City,” said Executive Producer and Head Writer Bradley Bell. “The creation of this fun location map allows our viewers to relive the golden moments from their favorite location shoots.”

    “B&B has some of the most passionate and loyal fans in the world, and the creation of the location tour map is a result of fan requests to find out how to visit B&B locations when vacationing in the L.A. area,” said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, Daytime, CBS Entertainment. “With the click of a button, this innovative interactive tour can transport fans from the Bel Air neighborhood many of the Forresters and Spencers call home to the romantic beaches of Malibu where many B&B weddings have taken place.”

    The 22 locations are:

    · Angel’s Flight

    o Riding up this historic landmark was one of Stephanie’s last wishes

    · Bel Air

    o The neighborhood many of the Forresters and Spencers call home

    · Big Bear Lake

    o Where some of the Forrester family’s most memorable events occurred

    · Catalina Island

    o Where Lauren took a trip with Eric

    · Century City

    o The hub of Dollar Bill Spencer’s publishing empire

    · The Original Farmers Market

    o Where Hope and Thomas spent Christmas together

    · Hollywood Boulevard

    o Where Constantine took Phoebe to show her what life would be like as a rock star

    · Hollywood Sign

    o Where Ridge and Brooke hiked

    · Insomnia Café

    o The coffee shop where Stephanie brought Dayzee as a thank you

    · Leo Carrillo California State Park

    o Where Jackie and Owen got married

    · Malibu Creek State Park

    o Where Brooke raced through rough terrain on horseback to break up Ridge and Taylor’s wedding

    · Marina Del Rey

    o Where Nick lived on his boat, the Shady Marlin, and married Brooke

    · Palm Springs

    o Where Eric and Brooke wed and rode in a hot air balloon

    · Pan Pacific Park

    o What began as friendship between two kindred spirits blossomed into true love when Ridge and Katie embarked on several trips to this urban retreat

    · Queen Mary

    o Where the Forrester and Spectra fashion show took place

    · Paradise Cove

    o One of Ann’s most favorite places on earth

    · Point Dume, Malibu

    o Where the show’s most romantic beach weddings have taken place

    · Rodeo Drive

    o Home of the fictitious Forrester Boutique

    · Santa Monica Pier

    o Where Brooke and Stephanie rode the rollercoaster and Rick proposed to Steffy

    · The Grove

    o Where Nick and Bridget hitched a ride on the famous trolley

    · Venice Beach

    o Where Liam and Steffy blew off steam before his wedding

    · South Los Angeles Animal Shelter

    o Hope joined Liam as he researched an article about pet adoption and gave an abandoned kitten a forever home

    B&B Exec Leads Important Crusade

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

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

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

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

    For more information about Scott's efforts on behalf of Save The Earth, visit

    Daytime Soaps Enjoy a New Surge in Popularity

    ( The soap bubble that was supposed to burst is still very much intact.

    A couple of years after “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” brought to five the number of daytime dramas axed by the networks over a five-year stretch, the genre is flourishing.

    Ratings are up at the four remaining soaps — “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” on CBS, “General Hospital” on ABC and “Days of Our Lives” on NBC — and, in this DVR era, any kind of gain is cause for celebration.

    One reason for the increases could be the simple fact that there are fewer shows to compete for the pool of fans. Today’s soaps live alongside game and talkshows such as CBS’ “Let’s Make a Deal” and ABC’s “The Chew,” and a bigger variety of programming for viewers to choose from seems to be helping all the networks.

    But if it were simply the same viewers moving from one show to another, the gains would be only among the core, older soap opera fan base — and that’s not the case. It’s clear that some new blood is being pumped into the genre.

    “General Hospital,” for example, has grown from last year by 9% in total viewership (to 3.32 million) but it’s also up by 19% in women 25-54 and by 11% among those 12-34, according to Nielsen. As a result, its median age of 55.5 for the current season is down from 56.1 a year ago.

    “Days of Our Lives” is up 10% (to about 3 million viewers), but its biggest gains are among females 12-34; its median age of 57.8 is nearly one full year lower than last year.

    It’s this expansion of the audience that most encourages Michael Maloney, a contributing editor for Soaps in Depth magazine and the author of “The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell.”

    “The grandmother used to pass it down to the mother and so on, so one of the reasons (that soaps) took a hit is because mom is out there working,” Maloney says. “But that seems to be coming back, and audiences are responding to a multiple-generation canvas of characters. Any soap that has just young people isn’t going to make it.”

    Maloney thinks the recent shuttering of some soaps created a surplus of good actors out of work. And this has resulted in some all-star rosters.

    Indeed, turn on a soap you remember watching years ago, and there’s a good chance you will see a lot of familiar faces.

    “Soap is the only genre with that kind of throughline, and the shows are taking good advantage of that,” Maloney says.

    The CBS soaps skew older, but they’re also the most popular overall. “Young and the Restless” averages 5.3 million viewers daily and “The Bold and the Beautiful” bags nearly 4 million.

    Maloney credits Angelica McDaniel, head of Daytime at CBS, who is active in social media and “a great cheerleader for the genre.”

    He also notes that Vicki Dummer, an exec VP of series and specials at ABC Media Group, has been supportive of the strong vision of “GH” exec producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati. And Sony Pictures Television, NBC and Corday Productions have kept “Days” vital even though it is on a daytime island at the Peacock.

    “What the soaps seem to have is terrific support from the network,” Maloney says. “The right people are running them, and each of the remaining shows are doing a great version of their show for their core audience.”

    Maloney thinks it’s unlikely we’ll see a new daytime soap anytime soon, but he doesn’t rule it out entirely.

    “There are Web soaps out there like ‘The Bay,’ and with ‘Beacon Hill,’ Crystal Chappell has a handle on a Web series that can make a profit,” he says. “People in broadcast are definitely keeping an eye on the Web.”


    Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) and husband Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, DAYS; ex-Rick, B&B) have divorced, the couple confirms exclusively to Digest. In a joint statement, the actors say, "In response to ongoing inquiries, we would like to announce that with respect to our privacy, we quietly separated awhile ago and are officially divorced. We continue to remain great friends and loving parents to our daughter." The couple, who met while working together on DAYS, wed on August 3, 2002, separated in 2007 and reconciled in 2008. They welcomed daughter, Isabella, in December 2009.


    (Covers) THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has taken over the airwaves as one of the most popular soap operas in the world, and now they're aiming to conquer the publishing world as well with the announcement of a series of novellas based on the world of the Forresters, Logans and Spencers!

    Pan Macmillan and its digital-first imprint, Momentum, will release the books in print and digitally simultaneously. Established romance authors will work with B&B executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell to craft new tales of love and intrigue. The first two titles, Forbidden Affair and Collison Course, are scheduled for release in February 2014, and the next two books will follow in April.

    "Love stories that have yet to be seen on television can now fully ignite between the covers of these novels," said Bell. "This partnership with Pan Macmillan and Momentum expands the choices our fans have to be entertained by the signature characters of THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL."

    The Bold And The Beautiful: How It All Began (4 Disc Set)

    THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL has explored the entangled lives, passionate loves, high-stakes battles, loyalties, tragedies, and the inspiring triumphs of the Forrester, Logan and Spencer families. With romance, sensuality, complex characters and intricate and compelling storylines, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is, at its core, a gripping tale of high fashion glamour, honor and most importantly, family. This DVD set will take you back in time to the series' first sixteen episodes including the introduction of the Forrester family, Ridge proposing to Caroline, and the inception of the Forrester Creations dynasty.

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    New Bold & Beautiful Book

    Becoming Bold & Beautiful: 25 Years of Making the World's Most Popular Daytime Soap Opera

    Includes more than 200 photos of the cast and crew from the soap's 1987 inception to today. Go behind the scenes, on location and more!

    Foreword by The Core Four

    It was such a surprise for the four of us to realize how time has flown and how everything has changed (especially us), as we viewed the photos of the past twenty-five years. It seems like another lifetime ago when we first walked through the doors at CBS Television City to shoot our first episode of The Bold and the Beautiful. We will have filmed over six thousand episodes by the time this book goes to print. It's amazing!

    From the beginning, we have had that rare opportunity of collaboration with truly talented and creatively generous writers. The co-creators Bill and Lee Bell, and now their son Brad, allowed us to breathe life into the characters of Eric, Stephanie, Brooke, and Ridge. What a creative and fulfilling time this has been for us.

    Now we find ourselves a quarter of a century later, still going strong, still successful, even with the recent shifts in the worldwide television landscape. We like to think we have survived because we have a solid foundation. We know all the layers and complexities of the characters by heart, just as all of you do, having followed us since the beginning.

    We thought you might want to take the sentimental journey with us. We hope you'll enjoy a glimpse into our world backstage, seeing the work that enables us to make a show into "magic."

    We hope you will join us in reliving our lives and our characters all over again.

    Bon voyage!

    Susan Flannery, Katherine Kelly Lang, John McCook, and Ronn Moss

    Order Becoming Bold & Beautiful: 25 Years of Making the World's Most Popular Daytime Soap Opera Here!

    New App For Classic B&B Episodes

    If you're a fan of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and own a Roku set-top box that's connected to your TV, you're in luck! Because adRise has just released a B&B TV app, which showcases 75 of the soap's most memorable episodes. Three collections are also included: "Most Shocking Moments," "Catfights And Brawls," and "Best of Ridge, Brooke And Taylor." You just install the free app on your Roku set-top box, and then you can watch the episodes on your TV at no charge (but with some ads, naturally).

    "Viewers have responded enthusiastically, saying they hope to see more," said adRise executive, Thomas Ahn Hicks. "Our initial data indicates there is a passionate viewing audience for THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. Viewers typically watch all of the episodes once they have viewed a few of them."

    If you're not a Roku owner, don't worry. adRise will be releasing the app onto other services later this year, including internet-connected TVs, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, game consoles, iPads and Android tablets. So eventually, we'll all be able to get our fix of classic B&B action!

    The Bold and the Beautiful -- Most Shocking Moments (2 DVD Set)

    The world’s most watched soap opera brings you an emotional collection of some of the most unforgettable episodes. From romantic reunions, to lies, betrayal and tragedy, you will be consumed with the drama.

    THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL has explored the entangled lives, passionate loves, high-stakes battles, loyalties, tragedies, and the inspiring triumphs of the Forrester, Logan, Spencer, Marone, and Spectra families. With romance, sensuality, complex characters and intricate and compelling storylines, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is, at its core, a gripping tale of high fashion glamour, honor and most importantly, family. This DVD set will take you back in time to some of the most memorable moments on the show.

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    Ronn Moss Gets Personal

    B&B favorite Ronn Moss (Ridge), who started out his career as a musician in the band Player, is now host of his own online show called "Ronn's Garage", which is currently available for viewing on his Web site Fans get an inside look at the actor's home as he chats with some of his closest friends. "Come and hang out in my garage!" Moss explains on the site. "Ronn's Garage will be a place to see me interview artists, musicians, actors, models and people I find interesting to share with you. Each month I will give you sneak peak into my home and an up close and personal interview. So sit back, relax and visit me in my garage often." The first installment of Ronn's Garage features an interview with his pal Lorenzo Lamas (ex-Hector, B&B), who also shows off his cooking skills in the kitchen with Moss's wife and Cookin' Cajun author, Devin DeVasquez.

    B&B's Moss Is Working On A New CD!

    Baby, they're back! THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Ronn Moss (Ridge) and his band, Player, have a new deal with Frontier Records to release a new album later this year! It's been over a decade since Player last had a new CD out. But in the meantime, a three-song EP titled My Addiction is now available for digital download, featuring the songs "My Addiction," "Too Many Reasons," and a new recording of their 1978 hit "Baby Come Back."

    "It's been quite a while since our last record release. Feels great to finally be making new music," says Moss. "I'd say the "stuff of life" has played an integral part of influencing all non-musical activities the last several years. Personal endeavors, other work-related ventures, and just being downright lazy, have all played a part in why we haven't done this sooner than now. But in "now's" defense, sometimes one has to wait until "now" happens before you can actually be there."

    The My Addiction EP is available for download at iTunes. Player's new album is planned for a release in the second half of this year.

    Tell-All Tome About Y&R And B&B!

    Soaps In Depth editor Michael Maloney, along with Lee Phillip Bell, has written an authorized biography of Bell's late husband, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL creator William J. Bell. The Young and Restless Life Of William J. Bell is set to hit bookstores on June 1 and is available for pre-order now on

    The book details the Chicago native's pre-soap opera life as an advertising executive in the era just before MAD MEN to his unparalleled career as television's most prolific writer. Bell not only is the mastermind behind the two surviving CBS soaps, but he also wrote for suders GUIDING LIGHT, AS THE WORLD TURNS (for nine years), and ANOTHER WORLD, which he co-created along with his mentor, soap opera legend Irna Phillips. In 1966, Bell left Phillips and took over as headwriter of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, saving the show from cancelation.

    The Young And Restless Life Of William J. Bell offers insights into Bill's creative process -- how he felt about recasting, publicity, spoilers, sweeps, stunt casting and, of course, storytelling! The tome contains backstage dish and never-before-seen photos from the Bell family's personal albums. Lee's successful career as a broadcast journalist in the days of live television in Chicago is also covered, and the book contains information from the "bibles" for AW, Y&R and B&B that any soap fan will want to read!

    Over 65 people -- including family members, actors, writers, producers, network executives and other notables from the soap opera world -- were interviewed for this book that every soap fan will want to have! So pre-order your copy today!

    (The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful)

    Music Video For B&B's Wood!

    The multi-talented Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy) acts, DJs and just released her new music video for the song "After Hours," which was written by Chaz E. Foley and produced by Baby Brown and Rodney Alejandro. "This is what I worked on over our Christmas break," she tells Digest. "I've always loved music and was excited to be doing this." Check it out here.

    Music of Passion and Romance

    B&B has released their first album of originally composed songs from the series on iTunes.

    “Music of Passion and Romance,” the B&B album consists of 22 songs originally composed by the Emmy award-winning music team of Jack Allocco, David Kurtz and Bell. The album has been in the works for well over a year and includes fan favourites as well as new titles that span from Season 1 to present. “David Kurtz and I are so very pleased to share some of our favourite music from B&B,” said Allocco. “In so many ways it has been the soundtrack of our lives.”

    “We have been able to record this music with some of the finest orchestras and players in the world. We hope the score will conjure up our fans favourite scenes,” said Kurtz. Allocco and Kurtz have been B&B’s composers since the series’ inception in 1987. Emmy award-winning executive producer and head writer Bradley Bell continues, “This is an album of love, of passion, and of extraordinary beauty. It holds some of the most romantic music ever heard on television and we are pleased to be able to offer this to our fans.” Tracks include “Mother’s Plea”, “Martini Sunset”, “Wine Time”, “Alluring Vamp Sultry”, “Hold Me”, “Forrester Theme”, “Flying Bold”, “Moonlight Promise”, “Bedtime Stories”, “Raindrops”, “Rick and Steffy Theme”, “Beautiful and Bold”, “Bridge Theme”, “Never Go Home”, “Jackie M. Theme”, “Tantra Mantra”, “Paulina’s Big Smile”, “Black Night Blues”, “Beyond Brooke”, “Affairs End”, “Tuesday’s Rain” and “Bold and Beautiful Waltz”. The album is available here for $9.99 and each song individually for $ 0.99.

    Guinness Book Of World Records

    THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has officially been deemed the world's most popular current daytime TV soap by the Guinness Book Of World Records! Representatives from the famous tome visited the cast and crew to present them with the official decree. "I knew I wasn’t going to get in for the longest fingernails," quips executive producer and headwriter Bradley Bell. "Every time I come into this studio, I marvel at what we all did together." Adds Susan Flannery (Stephanie), "being the most watched soap opera… would make me the most watched bitch in the world! Finally art imitates life!"

    Ronn Moss Albums

    I'm Your Man [IMPORT]
    Baby Come Back: The Best of Player
    Baby Come Back- Player


    1. January 1, 2004: On New Year's Day, Darla gave birth to her and Thorne's daughter, Alexandria.

    2. January 6, 2003: On this unforgettable day, Brooke sailed into Italy’s Portofino harbor wearing the showstopper bridal gown during Forrester Creations’ fashion show.

    3. January 17, 2001: Thorne and Brooke were married in the bride’s courtyard garden.

    4. January 19, 1990: Ridge wed Spencer debutante Caroline with the bride dressed in the style of Grace Kelly.

    5. February 8, 2006: Bridget miscarried Nicole, the baby she was expecting with Nick.

    6. February 10: On this day in 1992, Columbia Pictures TV hosted a tribute to Bill Bell (creator of Y&R and B&B) in honor of his 35th anniversary in daytime television.

    7. February 13, 1998: Macy agreed to marry Grant.

    8. February 14, 1990: Macy and Sally staged a feisty fashion show to catapult Macy right to the top.

    9. February 15, 2007: Squeezed out of the distribution market by Nick, the family's new company, Forrester Originals, decided to open their own boutiques.

    10. February 26, 2001: Taylor found her presumed-dead daughter, Steffy, at Morgan's house.

    11. February 1993: Eric asked Sheila to marry him.

    12. March 1, 2010: Agnes Jones learned that a fall down the stairs had caused her to miscarry Bridget and Nick's baby.

    13. March 9, 2007: Eileen Davidson debuted when she crossed her longtime Y&R character (who was supposed to have moved to Hong Kong) over to B&B to pay a visit to Rick Forrester.

    14. March 11, 2004: Sally and Amber quit Sharpe Designs

    15. March 12, 2007: The Forresters decided to debut a new fragrance named after Phoebe.

    16. March 23, 1987: The serial debuted, replacing the soap opera CAPITOL.

    17. March 25, 2004: Caitlin and Thomas shared their first kiss.

    18. April: In 1998, Grant wed Macy at Insomnia, with the bride wearing a wedding dress designed by the groom.

    19. April 1998: Rick was in a car accident and had to have a kidney transplant. Amber was Rick’s kidney donor.

    20. April 1, 1993: Eric announced his engagement to Sheila at the Forrester fashion show.

    21. April 3, 2000: Amber learned cousin Becky was dying of pancreatic cancer.

    22. April 16, 1987: Upset by seeing photos of Ridge with another woman, bride Caroline fainted at the altar.

    23. April 22, 2002: Ridge betrayed Eric by joining Marone Industries.

    24. April 29, 2003: Cancer surgery left Macy unable to bear children

    25. May 3, 2005: After finding a dummy in Taylor's grave, Ridge looked up and saw her standing there, alive!

    26. May 9, 2001: While attacking Stephanie, Morgan hit her own head and fell into the swimming pool — where Stephanie left her to die!

    27. May 17, 2007: Taylor and Nick discovered that their in vitro fertilization procedure was successful: They were pregnant!

    28. May 22, 2001: Amber and Rick married with Deacon turning up as a surprise guest.

    29. May 24, 1999: Rick tested negative for HIV.

    30. May 24, 2001: Deacon and Bridget were wed in Las Vegas.

    31. May 28, 1999, Thorne's restaurant proposal to Macy went awry when the engagement ring ended up hidden in another patron's meal!

    32. May 29, 2007: AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL judge/shutterbug Nigel Barker played himself during a two-day stint as the host of the soap's fictional reality series, EXTREME CATWALK.

    33. May 1993: Eric wed crazy Sheila, but not for long, since she was put into a sanitarium and granted him a divorce shortly thereafter.

    34. May 1998: Brooke and Ridge told Bridget and Rick that their marriage was over.

    35. June 4, 2003: Macy learned that the baby she and husband Thorne were going to adopt from Darla had actually been fathered by Thorne!

    36. June 9, 2003: Macy and Deacon forged a connection when they met at an AA meeting.

    37. June 10, 1999: Amber threw a party to celebrate Rick’s graduation.

    38. June 24. 1998: Ridge married Taylor, creating a family with her and their son, Thomas.

    39. June 29, 2006: Bridget signed papers finalizing her divorce from Nick

    40. June 1997: Rick shot his new stepdad, Grant.

    41. July 1, 2009: Thinking that Ridge would never accept her son, Rick, remaining in her life, Brooke agreed to end their relationship.

    42. July 6, 2006: Brooke married Nick in Marina Del Rey.

    43. July 18, 1997: Adrienne Frantz debuted as Amber, a precocious teen who befriended Sheila.

    44. July 18, 1999: Craig Kilborn made a guest appearance as a male nurse.

    45. July 18, 2006: Schae Harrison exited when her longtime character, Darla, was involved in a tragic accident.

    46. July: Sally's bachelorette party featured Fabio in 1993.

    47. August 1, 2008: Marcus celebrated his promotion from the Forrester Creations shipping department and made his relationship with Steffy official.

    48. August 6, 1998, Grant broke the news to wife Macy that he had cancer

    49. August 8, 2000: Phyllis Diller reprised her role of Gladys, the wacky makeup artist.

    50. August 8, 2003: Macy and Deacon were wed, despite Amber's interruption to fight for custody of her son.

    51. August 22, 2011: Hope accepted Liam's marriage proposal on the Forrester rooftop.

    52. August 28, 2002: Brooke and Whip signed annulment papers to end their marriage.

    53. August 30, 2006: Although he was still grieving for Darla, Thorne kissed Taylor for the first time.

    54. September 3, 2008: Eric finally woke up from his drug-induced-heart-attack-turned-coma just as his wife, Donna, gave in to passion with her hunky assistant, Owen.

    55. September 9, 2003: Ridge offered Samantha a job designing home fashions for Forrester Creations

    56. September 14, 2006: Just weeks after losing his wife, Darla, Thorne began romancing Taylor, whom he didn't know was the driver responsible for Darla's death.

    57. September 19, 1997: Eric and Stephanie’s supposed wedding took a dive when Sally played an incriminating tape starring Lauren and the groom.

    58. September 19, 2003: Having stolen away to Puerto Vista, Brooke became Ridge's missus — again!

    59. September 25, 2001: Amber told Deacon that she was pregnant with Rick’s child.

    60. September 30, 1999: Stephanie suffered a stroke after seeing Brooke and Thorne together.

    61. October 2 and 3, 2003: Macy suffered fatal injuries while performing at Oscar's club.

    62. October 5, 2006: expectant mom Bridget learned that the baby belonged to Dante, not Nick

    63. October 13, 2006: Taylor confessed to Thorne and the police that she was the driver responsible for Darla's death. She pled guilty on October 18.

    64. October 21, 2002: Sean Kanan (Deacon) begins taping new episodes. (He will begin airing on November 20.)

    65. October 22, 2008: While fighting with Ridge at Forrester Creations, Rick fell off the roof and became temporarily paralyzed.

    66. October 23, 1990: Thorne and Macy wed on the bride's birthday.

    67. October 26, 2006: While arguing over which of their respective sons should be with Brooke, Stephanie sent Jackie plunging over a banister!

    68. October 31, 2007: Brooke signed away her parental rights to baby Jack.

    69. November 4, 2002: Phoebe and Steffy sang at Taylor's funeral.

    70. November 4, 2003: Massimo and Jackie were married.

    71. November 12, 2001: Stephanie realized that Massimo is Ridge's biological father.

    72. November 15, 2001: Deacon asked Bridget for a divorce, claiming that his heart belonged to Amber.

    73. December 1, 2006: Betty White debuted as Stephanie Forrester's mother, Anne, and Alley Mills debuted as Stephanie's sister, Pamela Douglas.

    74. December 4, 2001: Kristen married Tony, who was HIV positive

    75. December 5, 2001: Deacon and Bridget renewed their marriage vows, Brooke realized she was pregnant with her son-in-law's baby!

    76. December 9, 2005: Sally announced her plans to close down Spectra Fashions.

    77. December 19, 2007: Storm Logan revealed that he was the person who shot Stephanie and framed his own father, Stephen Logan, for the crime.

    78. December 30, 2005: Brooke caught a scantily-clad Taylor kissing Hector while Ridge was out of town.

    79. December 1992: Brooke gave birth to her second child, Bridget, in a cabin with Ridge’s help.

    80. Bobbie Eakes (ex-Macy, B&B) was in the 1980's all girls band Big Trouble.

    81. The beautiful song from the Oct. 13, 2010 episode of BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL is called "Angels in the Light." Composed by David Kurtz, Jack Allocco and Gary Verna, it's available for purchase on iTunes.

    82. The Bold and the Beautiful has the winning number on March 22 as the show celebrated its 15th anniversary with the cast of The Price Is Right. Price host Bob Barker and Barker beauties Nikki Ziering and Claudia Jordan help introduce Amber's new fashion line, Ambrosia.

      B&B also kicks off its 15th season with two new characters. Daytime newcomer Courtnee Draper joins the cast as Erica Lovejoy, a Forrester admirer. Draper has appeared in several films, including The Duke, Hannah and the about-to-be-released The Biggest Fan. On the Disney Channel's The Jersey, Draper played series regular Morgan Hudson. All My Children alumnus Matt Borlenghi (ex-Brian) is also making his way onto the B&B canvas. He'll play Ziggy, Erica's apartment manager. Borlenghi's previous credits include A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, The Jeff Foxworthy Show and Kate's Addiction.

    83. The exterior shots of the Forrester mansion is Creator William J. Bell’s real-life estate (formerly owned by Howard Hughes). Executive Producer/Head Writer Bradley Bell’s Beverly Hills home provides the exterior shots for Brooke’s house .

    84. Bill Bell named the character Ridge after one of son Bradley’s friends, who lived near the Bells’ summer home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

    85. Although Bold And the Beautiful has won numerous technical Daytime Emmys, Ian Buchanan (ex-James) has been the only cast member awarded for performance. In 1998, he won for Outstanding Supporting Actor.

    86. In March, 1994, Hunter Tylo (Taylor) quit B&B to film a miniseries in india. A few weeks later, Hunter's husband, Micheal Tylo (ex-Blade/Rick, Y&R;ex-Quint, GL) announced they were divorcing. Hunter returned to B&B in August and the couple eventually reconciled. In a 1996 interview, Hunter hinted that their marital problems came to a boiling point during her India remote. "I wasn't possessed, but I was demonically attacked," she explained.

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