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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.
    • 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
    • Jack Horan as RJ
    • 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
    • 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




    September 15
    Armed with the truth, Liam challenges Quinn in front of Wyatt; Hope opens up to Brooke about Wyatt's vision of the future.
    September 16
    Ivy faces the realization that her chance may have passed; Liam tells Hope what happened in Paris.

    September 17
    Quinn turns to Dollar Bill for support; proof of Quinn's meddling leaves Hope shell-shocked.
    September 18
    Bill faces an accusation of favoritism; Wyatt and Hope becomes stressed.
    September 19
    News of Hope's dilemma leads Deacon and Brooke to bond; Hope must make a decision.
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    News, Cast Updates and Scoop

    (News section last updated September 18, 2014)

    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.

    Casting Corner

    Dick Christie returns as “Charlie” September 15, 19 and 22.
    Zack Conroy returns as “Oliver” September 16.

    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 admirers...us 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

    (tvguide.com) 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."

    BOB BARKER RETURNS TO "THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL," THURSDAY, AUGUST 28

    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

    (tvguide.com) 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.

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    Jack Wagner

    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 Amazon.com.

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

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

    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!

    Casting Corner

    Zack Conroy returns as “Oliver Jones” on August 11 and 14

    Carlos Acuna portrays “Lt. Barragan” on August 14

    Dick Christie returns as “Charlie Weber” on August 14

    Lesli Kay returns as “Felicia” on August 7

    Kelly Kruger portrays “Eva the International Publicist” on August 8

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

    (delmartimes.net) 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 www.lcfamerica.org 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 ciker@lcfamerica.org.

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

    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.

    SOAP ALUM PRODUCING GAME SHOW

    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.

    B&B CASTING NEWS

    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

    (roanoke.com) 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.

    B&B PRODUCER PROMOTED

    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."

    B&B STAR ENGAGED!

    (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!

    REAL-LIFE DUO WELCOMES BABY GIRL

    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: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=319251144903965.

    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.

    NEW ROLE FOR B&B’S KRISTOLYN LLOYD

    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 Telecharge.com, 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?

    (allgov.com) 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.

    ALL CBS DAYTIME SHOWS FINISH THE SEASON WITH YEAR-TO-YEAR GROWTH IN VIEWERS

    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

    (playbill.com) 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 CASTING NEW ROLE

    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

    (couriermail.com.au) (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

    (tvline.com) (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.

    B&B CASTING NEWS

    (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, CBS.com 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 www.cbs.com/BoldOnLocation.

    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 CBS.com’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 www.savetheearth.org.

    Daytime Soaps Enjoy a New Surge in Popularity

    (variety.com) 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.”

    REAL-LIFE COUPLE SPLITS

    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.

    BOLD & BEAUTIFUL Books!

    (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.

    Order Here: www.amazon.com

    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.

    Order here

    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 www.ronnmoss.com. 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 Amazon.com.

    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


    Facts

    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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