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  • Debuted on: March 26, 1973
  • Network: CBS
  • Created by: William J Bell & Lee Phillip Bell
  • Takes place in: Genoa City, Wisconsin



  • Current Cast

    • Robert Adamson as Noah Newman
    • Matthew Atkinson as Austin Travers
    • Meredith Baxter as Maureen Russell
    • Lauralee Bell as Christine Blair Williams
    • Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott
    • Eric Braeden as Victor Newman
    • Tracey E. Bregman as Lauren Fenmore Baldwin
    • Steve Burton as Dylan McAvoy
    • Sean Carrigan as Ben “Stitch” Rayburn
    • Sharon Case as Sharon Newman
    • Judith Chapman as Gloria Bardwell
    • Jessica Collins as Avery Clark
    • Angell Conwell as Leslie Michaelson
    • Doug Davidson as Paul Williams
    • Eileen Davidson as Ashley Abbott
    • Jerry Douglas as ghost of John Abbott
    • Melissa Claire Egan as Chelsea Lawson
    • Max Ehrich as Fenmore Baldwin
    • Michael Fairman as Patrick Murphy
    • Daniel Goddard as Cane Ashby
    • McKenna Grace as Faith Newman
    • Kelli Goss as Courtney Sloan
    • Camryn Grimes as Mariah Copeland
    • Justin Hartley as Adam Newman
    • Amelia Heinle as Victoria Newman Abbott
    • Marshall Hillard as Officer George
    • Bryton James as Devon Hamilton
    • Burgess Jenkins as Billy Abbott
    • Sally Kellerman as Constance Bingham
    • Christel Khalil as Lily Ashby

    • Hunter Haley King as Summer Newman
    • Owen & Henry Leark as Connor
    • Christian LeBlanc as Michael Baldwin
    • Stephanie Lemelin as Jenna
    • Aly Lind as Faith Newman
    • Kate Linder as Esther Valentine
    • Beth Maitland as Traci Connelly
    • Cady McClain as Kelly Andrews
    • Leigh J. McCloskey as Kurt Costner
    • Chris McKenna as Mark Harding
    • Mishael Morgan as Hilary Curtis
    • Joshua Morrow as Nicholas Newman
    • Nadine Nicole as Gwen
    • Melissa Ordway as Abby Newman
    • Max Page as Reed Hellstrom
    • Evan Parke as Spencer Walsh
    • Greg Rikaart as Kevin Fisher
    • Melody Thomas Scott as Nikki Newman
    • Ignacio Serricchio as Alex Chavez
    • Ted Shackelford as Jeffrey Bardwell
    • Helen Slater as Dr. Chiverton
    • Randall L. Smith as Moses Winters
    • Kristoff St. John as Neil Winters
    • Kelly Sullivan as Sage Warner
    • Terrell Tilford as Barton Shelby
    • Gina Tognoni as Phyllis Summers
    • Jess Walton as Jill Fenmore
    • Redaric Williams as Tyler Michaelson
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    This Week On The Young & The Restless




    December 22
    Adam makes a risky move; crisis unites Nick and Sharon.
    December 23
    Victoria and Billy come to an understanding; Dylan and Avery make a discovery; Ashley talks to Stitch.

    December 24
    Loved ones celebrate the holiday; Michael and Lauren make plans; Neil surprises his family; Dylan talks to Nikki.
    December 25
    An unexpected event evokes the Christmas spirit.
    December 26
    Adam and Jack play hardball; Victor puts his plan into action; Ashley makes New Year's Eve plans.
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    (News section last updated December 22, 2014)

    MELODY THOMAS SCOTT DETAILS HEALTH CRISIS

    In a lengthy post on her Facebook page, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, Y&R) shares the frightening details of exactly what happened that caused her to be hospitalized and miss some days at Y&R. "It started on Thursday,November 13,” she begins. "I had been sick with a sinus infection for a couple of weeks, which also included a hellish cough. I had already missed some work, which, in my business, you had better be half dead to call in sick. I was. At least I felt like I was. I had a constant fever, had no energy, was very pale and just couldn’t beat this thing.” Scott received antibiotics and steroids from a new doctor that caused a very severe reaction, which included hallucinations. "I have learned that one isn’t really aware that they are hallucinating while they are in the middle of an episode.” she writes. "It’s not until the fantasies are over that you realize what your mind has been up to. By the time you figure it out, it is such a terrifying realization, that you can’t seem to articulate it. Am I crazy? Am I dying? Why is this happening to me? The thought that it could be a reaction to the meds I was given hadn’t occurred to me yet…. Constantly freezing, I hid under blankets on the sofa, while trying to engage myself in the conversation or movie the family was watching. Remember, I was not aware at that time that I was hallucinating. I don’t know if this is typical, but I could never identify the hallucinations while I was having them. I had to wait until they were gone to realize that they had happened." The actress got progressively worse — "It got to the point where I literally couldn’t breathe and I truly thought I was going to die. Not being able to breathe will do that to you" — and her family took her to the ER. "I was tested for every brain disorder, stroke, seizure, MRI’s, CT scans, no expense spared, as the resulting bill verified...And every test came up normal,” she reports. After Scott left the hospital, she was still ailing, and looked into alternative medicine. With acupuncture, massage, herbs and a diet switch, she ultimately began to feel better. "The daily improvements are slight, but very welcome. This has turned out to be a long haul. Albeit, a very unexpected one. It’s still difficult for me to believe that this happened. How could it happen? … Right now I am just focusing all of my energy on being able to resume my life.” For the full account, visit the actress’s Facebook page. If you have trouble viewing the page, it will be fixed, Scott assures on Twitter. "My assistant will fix it for me tomorrow.I'm sure you can wait one more day!And the main thing is I'm alive! Xo.

    Actor Booth Colman Dies At 91

    Veteran actor Booth Colman (Prof. Hector Jerrold, General Hospital/Dr. Felix Burke, The Young & The Restless)– a character actor who appeared on seemingly countless TV shows and in more than 50 films over five decades – has died at the age of 91. He died in his sleep on Dec. 15.

    An expert on Shakespeare who typically portrayed authority figures, Colman made frequent appearances on shows such as Gunsmoke, Hogan’s Heroes, Perry Mason, Chicago Hope, Lou Grant, Star Trek, The Waltons, Frasier, The Rifleman, Bonanza, Mannix and Marcus Welby, among much else.

    He had long runs on the soap operas The Young and The Restless and General Hospital. He also appeared in several episodes of the Planet of the Apes 1974 TV series as Dr. Zaius, a role that brought him invites to fan conventions for years after.

    His big-screen roles included a 1952 debut in The Big Sky and a role in Norma Rae and later in roles in Intolerable Cruelty and The Man Who Wasn’t There.

    He also appeared hundreds of times on stage as Ebenezer Scrooge each year with a theater group in Rochester, Mich.

    Colman was born March 8, 1923 in Portland, Ore., and attended college at the University of Washington and the University of Michigan. During WWII, he served in military intelligence, where his facility with foreign languages was useful.

    HEALTH CRISIS FOR Y&R'S MELODY THOMAS SCOTT

    Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) has tweeted about a severe health issue that caused her to miss work on the show. "Have been incapacitated w/a serious reaction 2 a medication I was prescribed 4 a sinus infection,” she explains on Twitter. "Have just returned to work after 6 weeks of misery, a brief hospital stay,& have turned to alternative remedies,as the medical community had nothing 2 offer me.I'll B utilizing my FB (which I rarely use) to explain the horrific nightmare I've been going through.I hope 2 have the energy 2 write it tomorrow.Am thankful that I have gained enough strength 2 B back at work.The recovery has been slow,but improving.Not a secret:I’m actually looking 4 more ppl who have suffered w/this same reaction.These meds should not B available to public.Very serious side effects. God willing, I will be able to describe my agonies and slow recovery to all of you tomorrow.Thank you 4 your patience.Miss u all. Xo.” As of December 17, the actress hadn’t posted any further details on her Facebook page. According to a backstage source, Nikki won’t be missing from the canvas and, in fact, will air heavily through the holidays. "A part of when Melody was sick was over Thanksgiving and scenes were rescheduled as needed,” says the insider. "She was sick when they were taping Christmas and New Year’s but Nikki is still included in both holidays on air.” The source also reports that Nikki has a big storyline coming up in 2015.

    "THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS" MARKS 26 YEARS AS DAYTIME'S #1 DRAMA

    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS marked 26 consecutive years as daytime's #1 drama, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Dec. 12.

    For the week, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS averaged 4.76 million viewers, up +4% over last week. The program also led the week in both women 25-54 (1.8/12) and women 18-49 (1.2.09). Season-to-date, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is daytime's #1 drama in viewers (5.04m), women 25-54 (2.1/14) and women 18-49 (1.4/10).

    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, currently in its 41th season, began its winning streak the week of Dec. 26, 1988.

    MUHNEY MOVING FORWARD

    According to his Twitter page, Michael Muhney, who was let go from his role of Y&R’s Adam last year, is optimistic about his professional career. "2015 will be a big year for me, I can feel it,” the actor tweeted. "Primetime shows with great scripts have been calling. I've been getting close. Almost there!” That was followed up by, "I'm itching for a new character on a brand new show. I'm 23 pounds lighter. I've got the eye of the tiger. I'm excited about the future!"

    Vail Bloom Admits to Having Serious Drug Problem During Years on Y&R

    (musictimes.com) If you tuned in to Vanderpump Rules last night then you already have caught a glimpse of the newest cast member, Vail Bloom. While interviewing for a hostess job at one of Lisa Vanderpump's three restaurants Bloom made a pretty solid impression. Even the impossible-to-please Vanderpump thought she was too perfect because she seems so totally together. It didn't take too long for us to get a sense of who Bloom really is, and the fact of the matter is that she is so put together because she has already fallen apart.

    Bloom defined herself as a struggling actor that needs another job to help pay the bills. The fact is, daytime fans may recognize Bloom from her stint as Heather Stevens on The Young and the Restless. She portrayed the character for three years before leaving back in 2010 and at the time she had some personal demons to expel.

    "I was on The Young and the Restless for just under three years and I was starting to get into this whole like ... what seemed like the Hollywood lifestyle, and I was starting to get into a little bit of trouble with drugs. Obviously, I'm doing well now. I meditate twice a day. I have myself together, but I certainly have a history. It just made the lows, really low. I always have to be kind of on guard and not surround myself with people that [would take me down the wrong path] ... I'm strong, but I don't want to be subjecting myself to it all the time," explained Bloom last night.

    So she is taking the brutally honest approach before stepping into the glare of reality television. Vanderpump Rules isn't necessarily the best environment for someone with addiction issues to choose to spend their time in. However, Bloom had to have had a clue of what she was getting herself into and perhaps the lure of a decent paycheck from Bravo is more pressing than the fear of relapse. Are you glad to see Bloom back on television again? We've got to hand it to Bravo, they keep tapping into daytime to grab new stars for their reality shows and it really seems to be working some magic on the ratings!

    “THE TALK” ON THE CBS

    Monday, Dec. 22 (Repeat) - Actors Shemar Moore (CBS’s “Criminal Minds”) and Kristoff St. John (CBS’s “The Young and the Restless”) discuss Moore’s return to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

    CBS DAYTIME GETS FESTIVE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The special daytime air schedule for the holidays follows:

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

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

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

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

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

    TV Guide: The Best of Soaps 2014

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    Casting Corner

    Brad Benedict appears as “Lars” on Wednesday, 12/31
    Ravi Kapoor debuts as “Dr. Jain” on Thursday, 1/8
    Patrick Cronen appears as a “GCAC Desk Clerk” on Tuesday,1/13 & Wednesday, 1/14
    J. Paul Boehmer returns as “Dr. Cutler” on Tuesday, 1/20 & Wednesday, 1/21

    Y&R’S KRISTOFF ST. JOHN REFLECTS ON SON’S PASSING

    Kristoff St. John (Neil, Y&R) posted the following message on Facebook about son, Julian, who died on November 23: "On December 5th, 2014, the 25th birthday of my son Julian's life, I laid to rest his physical remains as the day turned to dusk. Through the rain soaked clouds the sun suddenly soared through, shining freeing rays of orange, reddish sunlight…bathing and purifying all who had gathered to witness his ascent to heaven. I saw his spirit rising skyward, finding a million stars, creating an unprecedented supernova. My son, my brother, my best friend. A liquid pool reflection of my soul, and his. The greatest young man I have had the honor to know, and father. I love you…till the end of time.” See here for more.

    Check Out the Knots Landing Reunion on Home & Family

    (Photo: The cast of Knots Landing. From left: Kevin Dobson, Michele Lee, Donna Mills, Ted Shackelford and Joan Van Ark)

    Since fans can't get back the cul-de-sac, Home & Family decided to bring the cul-de-sac back to fans!

    On Thursday, the talk show will feature a special reunion of Knots Landing castmembers Joan Van Ark and Donna Mills, as well as Kevin Dobson, Michele Lee and Ted Shackelford. Even Alec Baldwin, who appeared on the Dallas spin-off from 1984-85, showed up via Skype.

    The cast talked a lot about the primetime soap's legacy with hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare.

    "David Jacobs, who created the show with Michael Filerman, said that Dallas was about 'them' and Knots Landing was about 'us,' meaning the relatable, close to the bone, more normal ... [without the] furs sliding off their shoulder and diamonds and the whole thing," said Van Ark, in a transcript released to PEOPLE.

    "We were the original Real Housewives," added Mills.

    (Photo: Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare with Michele Lee, Joan Van Ark, Donna Mills, Ted Shackelford and Kevin Dobson)

    Baldwin, who even showed off his daughter Carmen via Skype, seemed particularly giddy to reunite with his former castmates.

    "Don’t we all look the same? We look the same," he said. "There was such good acting on some of those shows like Falcon Crest and Dallas and so forth but I like to think of Knots Landing as the Royal Shakespeare Company of nighttime drama."

    Home & Family, which is about to celebrate its 500th episode, airs at 10 a.m. ET/PT on Hallmark.

    KNOTS LANDING REUNION!

    The cast of KNOTS LANDING will reunite on Thursday, December 11, on a very special episode of Hallmark Channel's HOME & FAMILY. Donna Mills (Madeline, GH; ex-Abby), Joan Van Ark (ex-Gloria, Y&R; ex-Valene); Michelle Lee (ex-Karen), Ted Shackelford (Jeffrey, Y&R; ex-Gary) and Kevin Dobson (ex-Mickey, DAYS; ex-Mac) will appear and share memories, make music, bake goodies, and more. Digest Style Squad contributor Kym Douglas will also appear on the show.

    HEARTBREAKING NEWS FOR SOAP ALUM

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

    Holiday stocking stuffers: 'Switched at Birth's' Vanessa Marano has never seen mistletoe and 14 other fun facts

    In the summer finale of "Switched at Birth," Bay sacrificed her perfect future with Emmett in California to take the rap for Daphne's vandalism. As viewers know, Bay Kennish is always been prone to a bit of adventure -- graffiti, late night motorcycle rides and college frat parties.

    Vanessa Marano, however, seems to be comfortable as a home body. To get to know the girl behind Bay's adventurous ways, we asked Vanessa to answer Zap2it's holiday Q&A. Like most people, she loves food and the cookies -- but keep reading to see what Vanessa expects under the tree and what her family gets up to around the holiday season.

    1. What are you most looking forward to this holiday season?
    The food.

    2. This year, are you on Santa's naughty or nice list?
    I might be on his super exclusive neutral list.

    3. Opening presents: Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
    Christmas Day.

    4. What are the top 3 items on your stocking stuffer list?
    Usually chapstick, socks, and lotion.

    5. What are your all-time favorite holiday songs?
    "Baby, It's cold Outside" and really anything by Darlene Love.

    6. What are your all-time favorite holiday movies?
    "Love Actually" and the Charlie Brown Christmas special.

    7. Best holiday scent: cookies baking, roasting chestnuts or a fresh evergreen? (Or name your own!)
    Absolutely cookies baking.

    8. What's the quirkiest tradition your family has during the holidays?
    I don't know if it's quirky but my dad prepares a seafood feast on Christmas Eve, and Christmas day usually consists of the family playing Apples to Apples.

    9. What's the most embarrassing homemade ornament from your childhood that your mom and dad still hang on the tree?
    There are way too many to count.

    10. Sledding or ice skating?
    Ice skating. I've never been sledding.

    11. Do you prefer to spend your holidays somewhere with snow on the ground or somewhere warm?
    Well, I was born in raised is Los Angeles, so I'm a baby when it comes to weather. The idea of pretty snow fall during the holidays is nice, but the actual reality of it is too cold for this chick.

    12. What is the best gift you have ever given and the best gift you ever received?
    There was one year my mom got me a pair of pretty fabulous boots. Last year I got my parents and sister some super soft matching robes last year. We're clothes people.

    13. Hot cocoa, warm apple cider, mulled wine or a hot toddy?
    Egg nog.

    14. Have you ever kissed anyone under the mistletoe? Will you tell us who?!
    I've never even seen mistletoe.

    15. Do you go out or stay in on New Year's Eve?
    Stay in!

    Marano's SWITCHED Christmas!

    On THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, an impulsive Eden struggled to be the better version of herself that her big brother, Michael, expected. Now, Eden's portrayer, Vanessa Marano, plays another confused teen — this one, Bay, a rich girl who found out that she'd been swapped with Daphne (played by Katie Leclerc), an infant who'd grown up to become the deaf daughter of a working-class single mom — on ABC Family's SWITCHED AT BIRTH. But in "Yuletide Fortune Teller," the pre-season-four episode airing Monday, December 8, at 9:00 p.m. EST, things are about to get even crazier!

    Flip-Flopped Again!

    "It's a stand-alone episode. It exists in a universe where Angelo is still dead, but Daphne hasn't started breaking the rules and conducting illegal activity yet," Marano explains. "It's like an independent universe of SWITCHED AT BIRTH." In the story, Bay and Daphne have plans to spend the holidays together for the first time since discovering that they'd been raised in the wrong families.

    But when the inevitable conflict arises from having competing traditions, the girls will wish things were different. "Remember Freaky Friday where they split the fortune cookie?" Marano previews. "We split our magical garlic knots [at their joint family feast] and wake up the next morning not switched at birth."

    Is It A Wonderful Life?

    In this alternate reality (in which the cast will sing!), Bay will become the deaf athlete and Daphne will become the aspiring artist; however, it's the people around them that are affected most. "Bay has a little brother, which is my favorite part," Marano previews. "And we see is that the Kennish's perfect world is not so perfect now that they have the daughter that is biologically theirs — their marriage is struggling. And I can't wait for people to see Toby in this episode... there is a lot of eyeliner, and that's all I'm gonna say!"

    Will Bay and Daphne come away from this bizarre turn of events with a new appreciation for the equally strange circumstances of their real lives? "It's a very magical episode!" Marano concludes. For more from the actress, including hints about what fans can expect when the series returns in January, check out Marano's upcoming Keeping Track feature in the issue of CBS Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, December 29!

    Inside A Y&R Villian's MANSIONS!

    Even if his last "residence" wasn't a trash compactor on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, it's safe to say that Michael Corbett (ex-David) has much better digs these days! The actor-turned-executive producer has a series called MANSION HUNTERS, which features an inside look at some of the most glamorous and recognizable digs in Hollywood! You can binge on a marathon run of 8 half-hour episodes of the reality series starting tonight, December 5 at 9:00 p.m. EST on Reelz.

    Corbett's been interested in real estate since his days on Y&R, where he played Nina's devious husband back in the early '90s. How'd he get the idea for this show? "I thought it'd be really fascinating to see behind the scenes of these mega-mansions that rent out for $100,000 a day [for movie and TV productions]. I put together a show that's about the people who put these deals together."

    Some of the stars that have been to the homes profiled in MANSION HUNTERS include movie stars Angelina Jolie, Chris Hemsworth, and Megan Fox. Programs and films that have shot at these places include MAJOR CRIMES, The Aviator, and L.A. Confidential. "There's nothing out there like this show that combines all the elements of mansions, money, movies, Hollywood and celebrities," Corbett says.

    Stakes run high in closing the agreements between mansion owners and productions so watch for lots of interpersonal dynamics between the folks that work in the firm that negotiates the deals. Featured on the show is Paul Kim, head of Image Locations, and his team of associates which includes Camila More (ex-Gillian, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Anna, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and her twin sister Carey More (ex-Grace, DAYS)!

    While Corbett's hand is all over MANSION HUNTERS, he won't be appearing on camera in it. "It's a departure for me," he says. Since being presumed dead after accidentally activating a trash compactor in which he was hiding on Y&R, Corbett's continued to act, but he's also branched out into hosting for shows like EXTRA and MANSIONS & MILLIONAIRES.

    Part of the fun of watching MANSION HUNTERS is spotting which homes and estates were used in the making of your favorite shows. Corbett previews: "One episode talks about where Lady Gaga fell off a balcony in one of her music videos!"

    Y&R’S KRISTOFF ST. JOHN RESPONDS TO SON’S PASSING

    Kristoff St. John (Neil, Y&R) issued the following statement to ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT regarding the death of his son, Julian:

    “It is with deep sorrow and overwhelming heartbreak that I regretfully share the news that my beautiful, talented, 24 year old son, Julian ‘Jewels’ St. John, passed away on November 23. He suffered from schizophrenia for many years and tragically lost his life just a few days before Thanksgiving, and two weeks before his 25th birthday. His legacy will live on in our hearts and for those that continue to suffer from this insidious disease. My ex-wife Mia, Julian’s sisters Paris and Lola and I, are all devastated beyond words and belief. We mourn the loss of our son, brother, artist poet, and a giant of a young man. A beautiful life gone much too soon. Julian will forever be remembered as he now takes flight with Angels.”

    Julian will be laid to rest on his birthday, December 5.

    Y&R Star Needs Your Help For A Good Cause

    THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Amelia Heinle (Victoria) recently launched a fashion and lifestyle Web site called Dear March, and in addition to the articles and peeks into the actress' personal life is an on-line store where a percentage of the sales are donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of Heinle's sister, Jane, who is currently battling cancer.

    Now, Heinle is hosting a special charity event for BelieveBig.org on Sunday, December 14, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy located at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA. Her husband, Thad Luckinbill (ex-J.T.) will be on hand as one of the special guests, and there will be a limited number of tickets available for a VIP meet and greet with the actors. Tickets are available exclusively at DearMarchShop.com, and money raised by the event will be donated to the cancer charity Believe Big in Jane's name.

    Faith Recast With Familiar Face

    Little Faith on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is about to get a new face... but it will be familiar to many viewers! Soaps In Depth has learned that McKenna Grace is returning to the role of Nick and Sharon's daughter. Aly Lind stepped in when Grace was working on another project, and now that Lind has booked a pilot for TNT, Grace will be back temporarily for some episodes beginning with the one airing on Thursday, December 25.

    Julian St. John, Son of The Young and the Restless Star Kristoff St. John, Died of Apparent Suicide

    (people.com) Julian St. John, the son of The Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John, died of an apparent suicide following a lifelong battle with mental illness.

    Julian's parents, Kristoff and Mia, announced the sad news over the weekend, confirming his Nov. 23 passing.

    He was 24 when he was found unresponsive in the bathroom of a Long Beach facility, reports Radar Online. While ruled a possible suicide, the official cause of death has yet to be determined while additional tests are conducted.

    "Our son was the light of our lives, an artist with a beautiful mind and spirit." Mia, a boxer, wrote in a statement posted on Sqor Sports, a social media website for athletes. "He fought long and hard against an illness for which there is no cure."

    "Unfortunately, the pain became too great for him and I dare not say he lost the battle – he simply chose to set himself free. My fight for mental health will continue. They may not find a cure in my lifetime, but we can try and prevent the loss of another beautiful soul."

    Mia went on to share that funeral services will be held in Westlake, California, on Dec. 5, which would have been Julian's 25th birthday.

    In a 2013 profile on Julian's art, the Huffington Post noted that Julian had been diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 18. "Julian knows what it is like to feel lonely, off-kilter and claustrophobic," the Huffington Post reported. "He has endured bouts of severe depression since he was a child."

    On Monday, Mia and Kristoff thanked their fans for the outpouring of support they've received over the past few days.

    "While nothing can remove our pain at the moment, we find solace in your messages and knowing how much our son, Julian St. John was loved."

    Y&R CASTING NEW ROLE

    Y&R is seeking a Caucasian male in his mid-20s to play the contract role of Matt Wilkins, who is described as a handsome, sophisticated scion of a wealthy, Kennedy-esque clan. The role is set to start shooting at the end of January.

    'Young and the Restless' Actor Corey Sligh -- Suspects Charged in Brutal Thanksgiving Attack

    Two guys accused of attacking a "Young and the Restless" actor on Thanksgiving Day ... have been charged with a slew of crimes ... including assault with a deadly weapon and DUI.

    Corey Sligh was walking in a Rite Aid parking lot on turkey day when the alleged assailants -- Dusan Lilic and Nikola Ilic -- hit him with their car. Prosecutors say the suspects were speeding through the parking lot, and got pissed when Sligh and his GF asked them to slow down.

    According to prosecutors they smashed Sligh with the car door, then got out and beat him to a bloody pulp. Sligh had to be hospitalized with multiple injuries.

    Lilic, who was driving, faces up to 7 years in prison -- and Ilic could get a max of 4 years.

    The Bay Returns!

    Throughout December, the award-winning Web drama THE BAY will return with two more exciting chapters of story which will be told weekly over the course of eight 20-minute episodes. The chapters will feature another tragic death, as well as address last summer's cliffhangers. Will Lianna (Jade Harlow, ex-Sheryl, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) find out about Janice's (Lilly Melgar, ex-Lily, GENERAL HOSPTIAL) scintillating affair with young Peter? Will Lex (Tristan Rogers, Colin, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) reveal the identity of the person that he thinks Peter's socialite mom, Sara (Mary Beth Evans, Kayla, DAYS) killed? And how might the return of Liz (ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Ilene Kristen, Roxy) affect his recent efforts to revive his relationship with Sara?

    To help play out all of these storylines and more, a host of new faces will be joining the cast. "Alicia Leigh Willis (ex-Courtney, GH) and Eric Nelsen (A.J., ALL MY CHILDREN) will play Sara's niece and nephew, Avery and Daniel, respectively," series creator Gregori J. Martin reveals. "Lindsay Hartley (Cara, AMC; ex-Arianna, DAYS) is coming in as a woman from Marly's (Martha Madison, ex-Belle, DAYS) past, Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS) will appear in flashback as a younger Lee Nelson, and Judith McConnell (Sophia, SANTA BARBARA) will bring to life a role that fans have been anticipating for years!"

    However, the news that has the Internet buzzing is that soap opera veteran A Martinez (best known as SB's Cruz) reunited with former castmates Lane Davies (Mackenzie; Mason, SB) and Nicolas Coster (Jack; Lionel, SB) on set when he taped his December 16 appearance on the show. "I'm playing Janice's father, Nardo. I'm trying to get information out of Lane's [police detective] character, whom the family thinks is not being forthcoming," Martinez offers. "And I got to be the voice of reason with Janice, as is a father's wont to do." Tune in to catch the first two new episodes, which will be released back to back, on Thursday, December 4, at 3 p.m. EST. thebaytheseries.com

    "THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS" DELIVERS THEIR LARGEST AUDIENCE OF THE SEASON

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

    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

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

    THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

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

    Young and the Restless Actor in Hospital After Trying to Stop Aggressive Driver on Thanksgiving

    (people.com) (Photo) For Corey Sligh, it appears no Thanksgiving good deed goes unpunished.

    The model, who also had a stint on Young and the Restless, and his girlfriend were reportedly delivering a Thanksgiving meal to a friend at a West Hollywood Rite Aid when he approached two guys speeding in the parking lot, doing donuts and driving erratically.

    "They almost hit people in the parking lot. They were hitting curbs, and Corey said, 'Please slow down or we're gonna call the cops, just go home,' " his girlfriend, Alisa Berhorst, told KCAL9 in Los Angeles.

    Rather than heed his warning, the two men allegedly drove into Sligh, 27, with their car, then got out of the vehicle and began to beat him up.

    "The guy walked up on him like, 'I'm in the mood to kill somebody and this is who it's going to be because he told me to be careful and slow down and go away,' " Berhorst said.

    Sligh was reportedly taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and required surgery on his broken arm.

    The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to the news station that they arrested two men in connection with the crime, after a witness followed them out of the parking lot and observed them crash nearby.

    On Saturday, Sligh demonstrated his sense of humor about the incident, sharing a Hollywood Reporter story about the crash on his Instagram page, where he also posted a shot of himself in a neck brace and flashing a peace sign the previous day.

    "Well, I guess I can finally say "I made the Hollywood Reporter!" lol. #thankful no matter what to be here!" he captioned the shot.

    'Y&R' Kristoff St. John's son died; Mia St. John says he was set free from pain

    (sqor.com) (Photo) On November 23rd Kristoff St John and I lost our beautiful son, Julian St John. Our son was the light of our lives, an artist with a beautiful mind and spirit. He fought long and hard against an illness for which there is no cure. Unfortunately the pain became too great for him and I dare not say he lost the battle--he simply chose to set himself free. My fight for mental health will continue. They may not find a cure in my lifetime, but we can try and prevent the loss of another beautiful soul. Funeral services will be December 5th, his birthday, in Westlake, California. Following services will be a reception and art exhibit from his final collection. http://theartofjulian.com/

    Eva Longoria Relives Her Cheerleading Days in a Bikini

    (Photo) Eva Longoria got peppy in the pool!

    The former Desperate Housewives actress posted a photo a wet and wild photo of herself standing on the shoulders of pal John Salazar while a child looked on at the twosome's cheer squad moves.

    Longoria captioned the fun WhoSay picture, "Me and John having fun reliving our cheerleading days!! #HappyThxGiving." If the 39-year-old actress could still pull off these moves all while rocking that amazing bikini, we can only imagine her back during her days on the squad. The brunette bombshell cheered for her high school team and even picked up her pom-poms at Texas A&M University.

    Seriously—the woman has a phenomenal bikini bod!

    Although we shouldn't be surprised that she is in such phenomenal shape, as she makes it her priority to get in a good workout despite how busy she is as a full-time producer these days. Fortunately for the busy bee, she prefers to hit the road for a workout so she doesn't need any fancy exercise machines—not even a treadmill!

    "I'm a runner. I don't need a gym, I'll go run anywhere. I was in Australia, Budapest and Paris...In Australia and I went running around the botanical gardens and when I got to Paris I ran around the Eiffel Tower," she shares.

    "And when I was in Budapest I ran around their little medieval section passing the castle. It's truly one of the best forms of exercising and the best thing to do while traveling because you get to sight-seeing and as I'm running I was really standing under the Eiffel tower at seven in the morning going, ‘This is so cool!'"

    So not only does she manage to get in a good sweat while balancing her busy schedule, she also manages to sight see in the best way possible! Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

    Hats off to you, Eva.

    BERGMAN CELEBRATES 25 YEARS ON Y&R

    (Photo) Three-time Emmy-winner Peter Bergman marked his 25th anniversary of playing Y&R’s Jack Abbott with an on-set party yesterday that included testimonials from his long-time co-stars, including Eric Braeden (Victor), Jerry Douglas (John), Eileen Davidson (Ashley) and Don Diamont (Bill, B&B; ex-Brad).

    “What can I say about Peter Bergman?” asked Joshua Morrow (Nick) during his speech. "The dude oozes class and poise and symbolizes everything that’s right about being an actor – and more importantly; a man. His professionalism is off the charts.”

    After the accolades, lunch was provided by a food truck, hosted by Bergman, which was parked outside of CBS and served lobster and crab rolls to cast, crew and guests.

    THE STAFFORD PROJECT DVD RELEASE

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

    Peter Bergman Celebrates 25 Years on The Young and the Restless

    (tvguide.com) Get your brain around this. On Nov. 27, it will be one quarter of a century since Peter Bergman joined CBS's The Young and the Restless as the ruthless but maddeningly lovable Jack Abbott. "In some ways it seems like I got here only yesterday," says Bergman. "But then I'm on the set and look over at Hunter King [who plays Summer] and realize I was already on the show four years when she was born! What the hell?" To celebrate Bergman's milestone, TV Guide Magazine asked the three-time Emmy winner to look back over his run, pick his favorite scenes and give us the scoop on each. Check out the awesome clips!

    Jack Returns to Genoa City (Nov. 27, 1989)

    Bergman's first day on the Y&R set was "daunting and kind of lonely, frankly," he recalls. "I got along with everybody but — coming from All My Children where everyone was a tight family, talking, connecting, running lines with each other — it took me a while to adjust to things at Y&R. I felt I was a one-man army against the establishment. Everybody was off in their fabulous Hollywood dressing rooms — well, fabulous by New York standards — and I felt kind of isolated, alone in it all."

    And everyone was a Jack Abbott expert. "Every prop guy and lighting technician knew more about my character than I did and let me know it," Bergman says, with a laugh. Jess Walton [Jill] was "simply wonderful from the moment I met her and such a character! Jerry Douglas [John] was a larger-than-life guy whose hairpiece was flipping all over the place. And he was very comfortable without his shirt on. That first day he pulled me into his dressing room to tell me all about the importance of the Jack-John relationship and I'm, like, 'I don't even know your name yet and you don't have any clothes on.' It was absolutely insane." (Video)

    Nikki is Smashed (Nov. 15, 1991)

    "The moment where Jack tells John how close he came to punching his wife, Nikki [Melody Thomas Scott], because of her drinking was so primal, so wrong, so crystal clear, so...wow!" says Bergman. "I picked this scene not only because the situation is so damn startling and powerful but also because I don't think we've ever done anything like that since. We've certainly never seen that side of Jack again." (Video)

    Jack Leave Victor for Dead (May 29, 1992)

    There's nothing like a blow-up between Jack and The Mustache [Eric Braeden], but this one took a shocking turn. "You see Jack standing there gobsmacked as Victor is screaming and yelling and, suddenly, Victor grabs his chest and keels over. Jack has one of two choices — to call for help or to walk out. He's thinking, should I? Shouldn't I? No, I should just walk the f—k right out of here!' And he does." But here's the best part, says Bergman: "As I was walking out of the scene, I looked down and saw Eric's hand sticking out there and it was just too tempting, too delicious! I just had to kick it on my way out the door. That was not in the script at all. And the great credit goes to Eric whose hand was so limp that it made it perfectly easy. The real miracle — in our world of soap-opera close-ups — is that the camera caught the whole thing." (Video)

    Jack Throws a Chair (Feb. 4, 2005)

    In yet another clash of the titans, Jack gets the final word over Victor by throwing the CEO chair Victor covets right through an office window. "During a run-through for this scene, I suggested to [director] Mike Denney that, realistically, there would be a crazy wind coming through since we were in a skyscraper so high up. Mike called props and they created a f—king gale-force hurricane! I'm so glad I spoke up because the sight of Victor just standing there — his hair blowing all over the place — is really spectacular. Eric was a great sport." Yeah, but what about the damn chair? "Exactly! Jack was so eager to make a point to Victor that he probably killed some poor old woman on the street below!" (Video)

    Jack Confronts Phyllis (May 18, 2006)

    Always a loser in love, Jack was blindsided by the affair between his gal, Phyllis, [Michelle Stafford], and her loverboy, Nick [Joshua Morrow], who was practically a son to Jack. "Every time somebody decides that there's life beyond Jack Abbott, it hits him in that same sensitive spot over and over — it's like a blow upon a bruise," says Bergman. And it wasn't only happening on-screen. "Michelle, herself, was moving on. She was getting on with her next big love story on the show and loving it. She and I had a great, long friendship but she seemed really, really comfortable moving on. I've always been pretty good about keeping my character separate from myself, but there was some uncomfortable crossover of feelings there. I felt a little hurt, to be honest, but that's the nature of the business." Adds the actor: "I hate the phrase 'ultimate betrayal' but this certainly was it. Phyllis is the one Jack never got over." (Video)

    Jack Betrays Ashley (July 30, 2012)

    Bergman chose this scene because "it accents the potential we have right now for a big showdown between Jack and his sister, Ashley. Jack betrayed Ashley — a betrayal in her mind that was as personal as it was professional — and she had no way to handle that. So she left town. Now she's back with a plan to be co-CEO. They're a bit older now and wiser and maybe they can piece this thing back together...or not. Is Jack really ready to share a company that was left to him by his father? Remember, Ashley is a half-sister. John was not her dad. There remains a lot of unfinished business between them and you can track it all back to this very scene." (Video)

    Who's the Daddy (July 15, 2013)

    Summer and Jack had a deeply moving encounter after getting the (bogus) news that they're father and daughter. "For me, this scene represents the wonderfulness of the new wave of actors on Y&R," Bergman says. "I love working with Hunter, who is so invested in her work. I'm a giant fan of Melissa Ordway [Abby]. And our new Adam, Justin Hartley, is extremely good. These are young people who really take their roles seriously and always find marvelous ways to turn a scene. I am digging it!"

    Bergman didn't dig the decision to let the viewers in on the truth about Summer so early on. "I was disappointed that the same day Jack found out he's her father, the audience found out he wasn't," he says. "But the writers have to do what they have to do. Otherwise, I've been very lucky with my material. I'm working with actors who are doing scenes where it's, 'Oh, the food inspector is coming by the restaurant. Hopefully, we'll pass inspection!' But, over these 25 years, they've given me a lot of really great, profound human drama. They give me big s—t to play! And, for that, I feel very blessed and extremely grateful." (Video)

    SAG-AFTRA Netcode Deal Reached

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

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

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

    Key terms of the deal include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Y&R's Linder Meets Miss Meadows

    (Photo) Kate Linder (Esther, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) co-stars alongside Katie Holmes in a new film premiering today in theaters and On Demand! Miss Meadows stars Holmes as a substitute teacher with a mysterious past, and Linder plays school principal Trudy Navis.

    "Katie Holmes is a talented and incredibly generous actress," Linder raves, "and I am so excited to be a part of this wonderfully original film."

    You can watch the trailer for this new dark comedy at missmeadowsthemovie.com and find out where you can buy tickets to see it yourself!

    "THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS" DELIVERS ITS LARGEST AVERAGE WEEKLY AUDIENCE SINCE MARCH

    Daytime's #1 Drama Also Up Week-to-Week In All Key Women Demographics

    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, daytime's #1 drama, delivered its largest average weekly audience since March, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Nov. 9.

    For the week, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS averaged 4.98 million viewers, up +6% from the prior week (from 4.71m) and its largest audience since the week ending March 7. Among key women demographics, it was up +5% in women 25-54 (2.0/13 from 1.9/12), +8% in women 18-49 (1.3/09 from 1.2/09) and +17% in women 18-34 (0.7/06 from 0.6/05).

    Talk Show Appearance

    The Talk - CBS
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    “The Young and the Restless” star Jessica Collins cooks with Thanksgiving leftovers (n)

    Casting Corner


    Jeffrey Christopher Todd debuts as “Tobias” on Friday, 12/5
    Robert Gant returns as “David Sherman” on Friday, 12/12

    Video: Tour the House of Soap Vet and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Star Eileen Davidson

    As one of the stars of not one but two long-running soaps, Eileen Davidson is a familiar face to daytime fans all over the country. But after years of playing Ashley Abbot on The Young and the Restless and as Kristen DiMera on Days of Our Lives, the Daytime Emmy winner is finally going to show the world who she really is on the upcoming season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

    And what better way to get to know someone than by their home? In this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the new season (premieres Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 9/8c on Bravo), Davidson gives fans an all-access tour of her beautiful Malibu abode. Not only will viewers get to see Davidson's breathtaking pool and unique antique gas- amps, but they'll also get to see some of Davidson's other talents, such as her guitar skills and her personal paintings. And there's even something special for soap fans, who will surely appreciate a huge prop Davidson took home from The Young and the Restless set.

    Tour Davidson's impressive crib now: Video.

    The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills returns Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 9/8c on Bravo. Do you think Davidson will be a good addition?

    Burton Inks A New Deal!

    It looks like Christmas has come early for THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Steve Burton (Dylan): The actor tells Soaps In Depth that he has renewed his contract with the soap! "I've re-signed for a year, and I'm very happy!" the Emmy winner shares with a smile.

    BIG CASTING ON THE BAY!

    A host of soap alums have been tapped to appear on the web series, THE BAY, for the second half of its season 3, scheduled to premiere this December on ROKU via Blip TV.

    SANTA BARBARA faves A Martinez (ex-Cruz, SB et al) and Judith McConnell (ex-Sophia, SB) will make their debuts, and will be joined by Alicia Leigh Willis (ex-Courtney, GH), who will play Avery Garrett, the niece of Sara Garrett, played by Mary Beth Evans (Kayla, DAYS); Emmy winner Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS), who will play young Lee Nelson in multiple flashback sequences; Lindsay Hartley (ex-Theresa, PASSIONS et al), who will play Sammie Sullivan, a woman from Marly’s past; Kiko Ellsworth (ex-Jamal, PC et al), who will play Kinyata Foster, Marly’s best pal; and Kate Linder (Esther, Y&R), who will guest star as attorney Rita Buxton. Model/host Karrueche Tran, real-life love of pop star Chris Brown, will shake things up for the characters of Peter Garrett and Will Campbell.

    For more, go to thebaytheseries.com.

    Marco Dapper (ex-Carmine, Y&R) Guest Stars on Criminal Minds

    “Fate” – The BAU investigates random murders in northern Virginia and searches for a conflicted UnSub who has an uncontrollable urge to kill but is also filled with remorse. Meanwhile, Rossi receives a visit from a woman who could hold a secret from his past, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Nov. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Guest stars include Tina Holmes (“Six Feet Under”) as architect Ellen Connell, Amber Stevens (“22 Jump Street,” “Greek”) as Joy Struthers and Marco Dapper as Greg.

    'Celebrity Apprentice' Gets Return Date

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

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

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

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

    Y&R Casts A New Guy In Ashley's Life!

    (Photo) THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has revealed to Soaps In Depth that daytime newcomer Jeffrey Christopher Todd has been cast as Tobias, a Jabot employee working on Ashley's team in the lab. He will first air in the recurring role on Friday, December 5.

    Y&R CASTS NEW ROLE

    (Photo) Nadine Nicole has been cast in the recurring role of Gwen on Y&R. She will play a conservative accountant at Jabot who becomes a different person after hours. Look for her to make her Genoa City debut on December 3.

    LISA RINNA AND EILEEN DAVIDSON JOIN BRAVO "THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS"

    (Photo) Bravo Media’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” premieres another season of over-the-top glamour and underhanded drama on Tuesday, November 18 at 9:00pm ET/PT. Yolanda Foster, Brandi Glanville, Kim Richards, Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump are joined for season five by new housewives and soap stars, Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson. Lisa Rinna, a longtime friend of both Kyle and Lisa Vanderpump, brings her playfulness and outspokenness to the group. The entertainer, whose credits span “Days of Our Lives” and “Melrose Place,” introduces fellow newcomer, 2014 Emmy-winning “Days of Our Lives” compatriot Eileen Davidson.

    After a sudden and secret departure from Puerto Rico at the end of last season, Lisa Vanderpump is still wary of her formerly close friends, but is beginning to reconnect with Yolanda and Kyle. She has no interest in making amends with Brandi, who is also struggling to move past her own hurt. The ladies all come face-to-face at Kyle’s annual White Party and the over-the-top event is bigger and better than ever now that Mauricio’s real estate agency is selling houses upwards of $50 million. The social event of the season brings original Beverly Hills housewives Adrienne Maloof, Camille Grammer and Taylor Armstrong back together. As unresolved issues come to the surface, Brandi is faced with making amends with both Lisa and Adrienne at the same event. For a sneak peek at the new season visit: http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-beverly-hills/season-5/videos/sneak-peek-the-real-housewives-of-beverly-hills

    Eva Longoria & Lily Collins Rev Up For Low Riders Movie

    Eva Longoria and Lily Collins are in talks to star opposite Demian Bichir in the untitled Low Riders movie for Universal Pictures, Blumhouse and Imagine Entertainment. Bichir was already tapped to play the lead in the pic, which takes place in the East LA world of lowrider cars and street tagging.

    Ricardo de Montreuil is on board to direct the script, written by Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping. Previous drafts were written by Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin James.

    Collins just came off Warren Beatty’s untitled Howard Hughes project. Longoria is now filming Bichir’s directorial debut Refugio, a Mexico City-set drama about a young dreamer who’s born in the circus and embarks on a search to find his long lost true love. Longoria plays a horse acrobat who joins the circus trying to heal a broken heart.

    Imagine’s Brian Grazer will produce the Low Riders movie with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum. Kim Roth and Alexandre Dauman will oversee for Imagine, with Couper Samuelson overseeing for Blumhouse.

    Longoria and Collins are repped by CAA.

    The 2015 Daytime Emmys Are In April!

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

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

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

    Eric Braeden Reveals the Storyline That Caused Him Stay on Y&R

    On Monday, October 27th, Daytime Emmy Award and People’s Choice Award winner, Eric Braeden, Victor Newman on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, stopped by Maria Menounos' online broadcast network, AfterBuzz TV, to talk with host Yael Tygiel about his career, the future of “Nictor”, and the importance of healing the reputation of Germans.

    Best known for his performance on a top rated soap opera for over 34 years, it’s surprising to hear Braeden express that he did not initially intend on sticking. “I thought I was going to do it for three months.” He explained, “I couldn’t stand the medium. It was too fast. It was too – it was simply too fast.”

    Braeden goes on to add, “When they introduced one storyline, that I liked very much, when they explained why Victor Newman was who he was, he had grown up in an orphanage, and that explained his character. And I knew then that I could tap into something deeply emotional. The moment I played that scene with Nikki […] when I finished that scene I said, ‘Now I’m gunna stay.’”

    CBS’ ‘The Young and The Restless’ airs weekdays at 12:30pm. The full interview can be downloaded as a podcast in the iTunes store, or watch it here

    Visit are the links below for Eric Braeden’s complete interview: Afterbuzz TV Website, YouTube, iTunes.

    Lyndsy Fonseca Joins 'Marvel's Agent Carter'

    Nikita alum Lyndsy Fonseca has landed a recurring role opposite Hayley Atwell and Shea Whigham on ABC’s Marvel’s Agent Carter. She will play Angie, an aspiring actress who befriends Peggy Carter (Atwell) on the new series, which will bridge the fall and spring editions of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Inspired by the feature films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, along with the short Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter, the series is set in 1946 and centers on Peggy Carter who, working for the covert Strategic Scientific Reserve, must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark. Chad Michael Murray and Enver Gjokaj co-star.

    It’ll be a busy season for Fonseca, who also co-stars on Amazon Studios’ comedy pilot Down Dog. Her other credits include the role of Alex on the CW’s long-running series Nikita, How I Met Your Mother, Desperate Housewives and the Kick-Ass features.

    What's Behind 'Young and the Restless' Ratings Drop

    CBS' daytime chief denies the network wants its soaps to fade so they can be replaced with lower-cost talk shows

    A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

    For 26 years, The Young and the Restless has been TV's top-rated soap opera, attracting more than 5 million viewers a day. But Y&R has been declining lately, falling to a 1.4 rating among the key demo of women 25-to-54 this season, compared to a 1.9 in 2009-10. And the slide has coincided with increases for CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful and ABC's General Hospital.

    “Last year was a terrible year for The Young and The Restless,” says Sara Bibel, a former Y&R writer who now writes about soaps for Daytime Confidential and others. “Its rating went way down.”

    It was in 2012 that all of the soaps looked to be in graver danger than some of their characters' marriages. From a peak of 19 soaps in the '90s, there were six left; then ABC canceled two — All My Children and One Life to Live — leaving only four (including Days of Our Lives on NBC, the lowest-rated soap currently on broadcast).

    Y&R remained on top in the ratings, but the gap among the remaining soaps had shrunk to less than 1.5 rating points (in households), and less than a point in the key female demos. At one point in the late '90s, Y&R nearly doubled the size of the audience of the second-highest-rated soap (which at the time was General Hospital).

    However, “in the past decade,” says Roger Newcomb, editor-in-chief of Serial Scoop, “there has been a rotating door of head writers and executive producers leading to inconsistent storytelling, cast turnover and multiple reinventions of [Y&R].”

    To boost Y&R, CBS brought on a new executive producer two years ago (Jill Farren Phelps, formerly at General Hospital) and has made cast changes, some controversial (soap fans hate to see their longtime favorites depart). It still has 17 out of 31 contract players who have been with the show for years, in some cases over 30 years.

    General Hospital has found success in the past decade or so with stories that involve gangsters and crime, although it recently has found its way back to the hospital more often. Meanwhile, Y&R has stuck with its traditional multigenerational stories.

    This season, Y&R has steadied the ship, and it recently brought in a new head writer. In fact, it’s doing better than anyone knew until Oct. 20 when Nielsen made public revised data for daytime TV in the wake of a national ratings glitch that has rocked the industry.

    While Y&R held steady and Bold actually grew, according to the revised numbers, General Hospital ‘s audience dropped about 8 percent overall and about 14 percent in the key demo of women 25-to-54.

    Y&R seems to have stanched the bleeding. “They are holding a little more steadily than people thought they would when there was a wave of cancellations,” says C. Lee Harrington, a professor at Miami of Ohio University who has written books about soaps.

    Y&R even won the daytime Emmy as outstanding drama series earlier this year for the first time since 2007.

    Y&R remains not only the top soap, but also tops among all shows in daytime. Still, it remains an ongoing project for the network. “The show historically was struggling and was going down but we were able to plateau that,” says Angelica McDaniel, who became head of CBS daytime in 2012.

    McDaniel says Y&R is also a hit for CBS on the web, where viewing is up 60 percent year over year. She said it also has done well in repeats on the TV Guide channel (recently renamed Pop).

    Part of that increase on CBS.com may be because Soapnet, which carried repeats, shuttered at the end of 2013.

    Still, rumors persist that CBS wants its soaps to fade so they can be replaced with lower-cost talk shows.

    '"That's hilarious, and anyone who says that is greatly misinformed," says McDaniel. "While some say the numbers are softening, we feel the numbers are very strong. They're up about 5 percent from where we were last year."

    CBS already has renewed both Y&R and Bold and the Beautiful through 2017.

    "Nothing lasts forever," says analyst Brad Adgate, senior vp research for Horizon Media, "but as long as they are in first place, they're OK."

    Soap stars discuss daytime gigs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The future of the industry

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

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

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

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

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

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

    IF YOU GO

    WHAT: Soap Fantasy Reunion

    WHEN: Oct. 25 and 26; four separate events

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

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

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

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

    FOR MORE INFO: 732-899-3900 or www.soapfantasyevents.com.

    Y&R Alum Screams At The Devil!

    Shari Shattuck (ex-Ashley, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) would like you to know she's starring in a new horror movie opening just in time for Halloween! Scream At The Devil opens on Friday, October 24 at the Laemmle 7 in North Hollywood, CA. Special Halloween screenings will feature a costume contest with prizes, so come out and support independent movie making! Click here to visit the Web site for tickets, a preview and more info about the flick! (Soap fans might also recognize Kiko Ellsworth (ex-Stan, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Jamal, PORT CHARLES) in the trailer!)

    Justin Hartley Interview

    Justin Hartley Previews His New Gig on The Young and the Restless. Read the TV Guide interview here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Enter Diamont.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Y&R: Grace Is Coming Back Again!

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

    ABC Buys Bookclub Comedy From Patti Carr, Lara Olsen & Eva Longoria

    In a competitive situation, Bookclub, a half-hour comedy from former 90210 showrunners Patti Carr and Lara Olsen, Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Universal TV, where the company has a first-look deal, has landed at ABC with script commitment plus penalty. Said to be in the vein of ensemble comedies Bridesmaids and The Hangover, Bookclub revolves around four female friends who escape the pressures and responsibilities of adult life by pretending to be in a book club. Carr and Olsen will write the script based on their original idea and will executive produce with UnveliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector. Bookclub reteams UnveliEVAble with Carr and Olsen after developing together Tinseltown several seasons ago. It also reunites Carr and Olsen with ABC — they most recently served as co-executive producers on the network’s ensemble comedy Mixology.

    This is the seventh sale for UnbeliEVAble this season, including Texas politics drama Pair Of Aces at ABC. The network also is developing a comedy with the Trophy Wife team of Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky as a potential starring vehicle for Longoria. All parties are repped by CAA. Longoria is also with Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

    Meet the stars: Famed soap actors head to Jersey venues

    (app.com) The straightforward, no-nonsense attitude of the people. A home away from home. The culture. And who can forget the huge fan base?

    They're all parts of New Jersey that keep soap opera stars coming back for more.

    "I feel such a connection with East Coast people, especially people from Jersey and areas like that, because I just feel they're so much more 'what you see is what you get,' " says Vanessa Marcil, known to daytime fans as the feisty Brenda Barrett on "General Hospital."

    "I'd rather just have someone tell me exactly how you feel."

    Eleven soap star favorites — of "General Hospital," "All My Children," "One Life to Live" and more — will unite Oct. 25 and 26 at Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center in East Hanover, and Sutton Place in Long Beach, New York, to meet some of their biggest fans.

    It's all part of Soap Fantasy Reunion, an event organized by Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club and Coastal Entertainment Productions.

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

    "I love New York and I love New Jersey," says Reeves, who portrayed Steve Webber on "General Hospital" and Ryan McNeil on "The Young and the Restless." "It feels kind of like a home away from home."

    Fantasy-filled weekend

    When "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" went off the air in 2011, Dino Ibelli, owner of Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, knew fans would be devastated.

    "A lot of fan base started scattering," Ibelli explains. "(I thought) 'Let's try to bring back the favorites.' We decided to give it a shot."

    Ibelli went through his roster of soap opera guests — nine of the 11 stars participating in Soap Fantasy Reunion have been to Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club before.

    "It brings me joy to see the people who would never meet these people," Ibelli says. "They get to see them off the TV and see that they're real people."

    The soap favorites discuss their excitement to meet their loyal fans.

    "New Jersey is probably my favorite place to be," says Sullivan, who lived in Hoboken. "There is such a big fan base in New York and New Jersey, and to be able to just hang out and spend some time, and be around all that support and love, I think it's very important to be a part of that."

    Their take on Jersey

    Reality shows such as "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," and "Jersey Shore" have zeroed in on the state, and arguably shown a distorted view on the area.

    "I have firsthand knowledge of the Jersey Shore," says Irizarry, who lived in Montclair for 12 years. "I can imagine if it has distorted the great majority of the people's in the country — a lot of them are not familiar with (the Shore). So, they're being given something, a false impression of what it really is."

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

    "Montclair, I think, is one of the nicest places in New Jersey," says Irizarry, who currently lives in Calabasas, California. "It had wonderful restaurants, culture and a museum and a light opera house. I was like, 'Wow, this place is fantastic.' I really fell in love with the state."

    Irizarry has memories of visiting family in Jackson to taking trips to Long Beach Island.

    "I've watched the growth there over the years," Irizarry says. "I know that there were areas that were really depressed — and it's been great over the years to see some of them coming back."

    But what has always baffled Irizarry about the Garden State?

    "In all those years, there was never a direct express train from New York City to Atlantic City," says Irizarry, who attended the opening of the now-closed Revel Casino Hotel in 2012.

    Irizarry, 54, was even in the area the night of superstorm Sandy to perform at B.B. King's in New York City. He spent the next two days in Montclair with family, and recalls his failed attempts to find an open gas station.

    For Reeves, 48, the Jersey Shore is a beloved place to be. His wife, Melissa Reeves, who stars on "Days of Our Lives" as Jen Horton, grew up in Eatontown.

    "We love going down to Point Pleasant — we go down there often and walk around the boardwalk in the summertime," says Reeves, who lives in Nashville. "We love going around and walking around Red Bank."

    Marcil, who enjoys Jenkinson's Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, calls herself a fanatical fan of "Jersey Shore" and "Snooki and JWoww."

    "Everybody has done all of those things, but most people just hide it or don't admit it or not talk about it," says Marcil of the cast's partying ways. "I think it's really admirable to (watch people) who have enough guts to let the world see every part of them."

    Over the last decade, Sullivan, 36, says reality television was "the big thing," but people are hooking onto fictional dramas such as "House of Cards" and "Scandal." Reality television is not art, says Sullivan, who portrayed the kooky Connie/Kate on "General Hospital" and recently joined "The Young and the Restless" as Sage.

    "They force these situations to have a beginning, middle and an end because they're finding out that you can't sit there and watch ... someone brush their teeth or fight with their sister or have a hot mess breakdown," says Sullivan, a native of Seattle, Washington.

    Marcil, 45, last appeared on "General Hospital" in 2013 for the show's 50th anniversary.

    "I always said, 'This is the place that put me on the map, the people that allowed me to live out my dreams,'" Marcil says. "So basically, I'll help 'GH' hide a dead body at 3 a.m. with no explanations needed."

    Even as someone addicted to "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," Marcil says reality shows are not replacing soaps.

    "First of all, everything is a soap opera," Marcil says. " 'Breaking Bad' was a soap opera. Soap opera means that the story is ongoing, that's it. I think there's room for everybody, and I think the daytime shows have proven that.

    "I think the (daytime soaps) have been nothing but successful because what other show can you tell me has been on the air for 50 years? Even if all ended tomorrow, I don't see it as a genre dying. I see it as one of the biggest successes that we've ever seen in our lives."

    SOAP FANTASY REUNION

    Featuring soap stars Tamara Braun, Vanessa Marcil, Bradford Anderson, Darnell Williams, Natalia Livingston, Alicia Minshew, Kelly Sullivan, Vincent Irizarry, Scott Reeves, Gina Tognoni and Cameron Matthison

    WHEN: Oct. 25 and 26; four separate events

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

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

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

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

    FOR MORE INFO: 732-899-3900 or www.eventbrite.com.

    Victoria Rowell Heads a Sudsy Cast in The Fright Night Files

    Girls just wanna have fun — with voodoo potions, satanic séances and good old-fashioned murder! The Fright Night Files (Saturday, Oct. 18,8/7c), a TV One film aimed primarily at African-American women, stars Victoria Rowell (The Young and the Restless), Harry Lennix (The Blacklist), Lynn Whitfield (Without a Trace), Elise Neal (The Hughleys) and Sean Blakemore (General Hospital) in three tales of deadly romance and supernatural vengeance. It's about damn time.

    "Scary movies are hugely popular with black audiences even though there usually aren't any black characters in them — except the ones who die first," notes executive producer Susan Banks. Decades ago, campy shockers like Blackenstein and Scream Blacula Scream were all the rage and the Wayans family has had a goofy blast spoofing the genre in recent years. "But nobody takes black horror seriously," says Banks. TV One intends to change that — if Fright Night Files scores well, it'll be back as a weekly series.

    And that will mean lots of work for daytime soap stars. Banks, who previously served as director of on-air promotion for CBS Daytime, has a healthy respect for suds talent — in addition to Rowell and Blakemore, the trilogy also features former Y&R stars Eva Marcille and Davetta Sherwood. "If there's one thing black audiences love even more than horror films, it's the soaps!" Banks says with a laugh. "To combine them is killer!"

    Talk Show Appearance

    The Talk - CBS
    Friday, Oct. 24
    “The Young and the Restless” cast members, Scott Elrod, Justin Hartley, Burgess Jenkins and Gina Tognoni.

    Y&R: Nick's Ex Returns!

    (Photo) THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS will bring back a familiar face in November when Julianne Morris returns to Genoa City as Amy Wilson. (Soap fans might also remember the actress as DAYS OF OUR LIVES' "Swamp Girl" Greta.) In the late '90s, Amy was a friend of Sharon's who dated Nick and then went a little bit crazy after Matt raped her and she shot him. What brings Amy back to town, and how will she affect Nick and Sharon's lives now?

    Diamont's Son Takes The Field!

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

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

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

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

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

    ALL CBS DAYTIME SHOWS POST YEAR-TO-YEAR GROWTH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Video: Sharon Case & Joshua Morrow LiveChat

    Connect Chat/LiveChat from October 3rd: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvbXHj5N4gw.

    Rowell Finds Deadly Romance

    THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla) had a frightfully good time making her upcoming film, Mirror, Mirror for TV One. "It's three movies -- a trilogy called The Fright Night Files -- and I'm in one of them," she tells Soaps In Depth. "I star opposite THE BLACKLIST's Harry Lennix as his love interest."

    Actually, Rowell portrays one of two ladies in the charismatic man's life. He already had a live-in girlfriend named Jessica (played by Rowell's former Y&R daughter, Davetta Sherwood, ex-Lily) who's more than a bit unhappy with him. Upon arriving home to find Jessica performing a strange ritual with a friend, the creeped out guy will have a decision to make. Will the unique mirror that she gives him change his outlook? Tune in on Saturday, October 18, at 8 p.m. EST to find out!

    Reunited!

    If the chemistry between Rowell and Lennix seems easy, there's a good reason for it. "This is like our fourth project. He was my love interest [Agent Ron Wagner] on DIAGNOSIS MURDER," Rowell reveals. "And I starred in a movie last year that he's producing -- it's still being edited."

    What else is ahead for the popular star? Also on Saturday, October 18, she'll be the keynote speaker at the St. Agnes Home's [http://stagneshome.org] Centennial Celebration at the Marriott hotel in Hartford, CT. For tickets or sponsorship information, click here. After that, she has a starring role in the holiday film Marry Us For Christmas, the sequel to UPtv's 2013 ratings juggernaut, Marry Me For Christmas. And keep an eye out for our Keeping Track feature with Rowell in an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth!

    NBC Nabs Comedy Starring Monica Potter

    As Parenthood is wrapping its six-season run on NBC, the network is looking to keep series co-star Monica Potter (ex-Sharon, The Young & The Restless) in the fold with a new project. A half-hour comedy, toplined by Potter and executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, has received a pilot production commitment from the network. Written by I Hate My Teenage Daughter creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer, the untitled multi-camera comedy hails from Warner Bros TV and DeGeneres’ studio-based company A Very Good Production. Details about the premise are not being revealed, but I hear the series is loosely based on Potter’s life.

    Bilsing-Graham and Kreamer executive produce with A Very Good Production’s DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman. In addition to being attached to star, Potter serves as producer.

    Potter’s co-starring role on Parenthood has earned her a Critics’ Choice TV Award last year and a Golden Globe nomination this year. She is with ICM Partners, The Schiff Co. and Patti Felker.

    ICM Partners-repped A Very Good Production has another multicamera comedy at NBC with midseason series One Big Happy.

    Before creating/executive producing I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Bilsing-Graham and Kreamer served as executive producers on The New Adventures Of Old Christine, both multi-camera comedy series produced by WBTV.

    Wilson Bethel To Co-Star On ABC's 'Astronaut Wives Club', Pen Drama For CW

    Hart Of Dixie co-star Wilson Bethel (ex-Ryder, The Young & The Restless) is expanding his relationship with the series’ executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage as well as the network and studio behind the small-town drama series, the CW and Warner Bros. TV, with two new gigs.

    As an actor, Bethel has joined ABC’s 10-episode drama series The Astronaut Wives Club, written/executive produced by Savage and executive produced by Schwartz, as a regular. Based on Lily Koppel’s book, the series tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. Bethel will play Scott Carpenter, the most laid-back of the astronauts and husband to Rene Carpenter (Yvonne Strahovski). Because Astronaut Wives Club is a 10-episode limited series, with Bethel expected to appear in eight, and Hart Of Dixie has a 10-episode order, Bethel can successfully juggle both regular roles, filming the ABC drama while the CW series is on hiatus.

    As a writer, Bethel has closed a blind script deal with Warner Bros. TV to pen a drama project for the CW. He has writing experience — Bethel wrote, produced and starred in the CW digital series Stupid Hype and L.A. Rangers. Additionally, he penned the viral Funny or Die video Call Me Doctor starring Hart Of Dixie leading lady Rachel Bilson.

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

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

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

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

    Live Chat with Egan, Jenkins & Rikaart

    Live Chat with Melissa Claire Egan, Burgess Jenkins & Greg Rikaart from Y&R. October 14 at 12:30pn ET/ 9:30am PT #YR www.cbs.com.

    David Letterman's "The Young and The Restless" Audition

    David Letterman's "The Young and The Restless" Audition: Video.

    Eva Longoria Producing NBC Supernatural Anthology Drama With Hispanic Twist

    NBC has put in development an anthology series from Chicago Fire co-executive producer Andrea Newman, Eva Longoria’s UnbelieEVAble Entertainment and Universal TV. The project is described as a supernatural thriller in a realistic tone. Inspired by the rich world of Hispanic folklore and myth, each season will explore a different legend and be set in the present-day Southwest.

    The first season is based on the ancient Hispanic tale of La Llorona, the “weeping woman,” and follows a troubled Detective investigating a young mother accused of trying to drown her child in a small town hiding a supernatural secret. In the legend, a woman drowns her children for a man and is destined to search for them for eternity, sometimes abducting wandering children who resemble her own. The tale is familiar to NBC viewers as it was retold in an episode from the second season of the network’s popular supernatural drama Grimm (photo above). La Llorona also was the first villain on the CW’s long-running drama Supernatural.

    Newman will write the script and will executive produce with Longoria, who is of Mexican descent and holds a Master’s degree in Chicano studies, as well as UnbeliEVAble’s Ben Spector. The project stems from Universal TV’s overall deal with Newman and first-look pact with UnbeliEVAble.

    Newman, repped by ICM Partners and Jeff Frankel, has worked on such series as The Secret Circle, Human Target, Private Practice, Cold Case, 24 and Felicity. This is the fifth sale for UnbeliEVAble this development season. Longoria and UnbelEVAble are with CAA and Brillstein.

    Y&R ADDING NEW CHARACTER

    Y&R is on the lookout for a “charactery” actor to play Tobias, described as a lab technician in his mid 20s to early 30s. The character will be quirky but “have a cold, calculating energy about him.” The role is non-contract but still considered to be a major one. The role begins taping on October 24.

    It's Tea Time Again!

    THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kate Linder (Esther) is preparing another one of her high teas, this one to be held in Toronto on Sunday, December 7. Benefiting March Of Dimes Canada, the Third Annual Opportuniteas For Independence High Tea will also feature her daytime co-stars Sean Carrigan (Stitch), Bryton James (Devon) and Mishael Morgan (Hilary) as well as Y&R hair and makeup experts Patti Denney and George Guzman.

    The even will be held at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, Canada, on Sunday, December 7, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. with an autograph session to follow. There will be a Q&A session, a raffle, live auction and gift bags. For more information, to purchase tickets or to simply donate to the worthy cause, click here!

    Y&R CASTING NEW ROLE

    Y&R is seeking a sexy, accent-free Latina or Asian actress in her 20s to play the recurring role of Gwen. She is described as a shy accountant who is the exact opposite by night. The role starts taping October 22.

    ROWELL AND ST. JOHN REUNITE!

    Although it won’t be in Genoa City, the popular Y&R duo (she played Dru, he plays Neil) will be co-starring in a holiday movie for the UP channel called MARRY ME FOR CHRISTMAS. The flick is set to premiere on December 7.

    ABC Buys Mother-Daughter Comedy From Kat Coiro & Eva Longoria

    Splitting The Difference, a comedy created by filmmaker Kat Coiro (And While We Were Here, A Case Of You), has sold to ABC with penalty. It hails from Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Universal TV, where the company is under a first-look deal. The project is based on Tré Miller-Rodriguez’s memoir Splitting the Difference, which chronicles her life in New York as a 34-year-old widow who reunites with the daughter she gave up for adoption at 18.

    The ABC show, written by Coiro, centers on a buttoned-down 17-year-old who reunites with her recently widowed 36-year-old biological mom and they become the heart of a patchwork family bound by more than blood. Coiro and UnbeliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector executive produce.

    Longoria and Spector were introduced to Miller-Rodriguez by IPG’s Amy Schiffman and sparked to her book. The two brought the project to writer-director Coiro through her manager Oly Obst.

    This is the fifth sale for UnbeliEVAble this development season. Longoria and UnbelEVAble are with CAA and Brillstein; Coiro’s with WME and 3 Arts and Bloom Hergott; Miller-Rodriguez with Intellectual Property Group.

    Hobnob With The Stars!

    Spend an intimate eventing with your favorite daytime and Broadway stars at the annual Jane Elissa Extravaganza For Lukemia And Cancer Research! The event will be held at the Time Square Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Monday, November 17.

    Numerous soap stars are slated to attend, including honorary chairperson Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Gina Tognoni (Phyllis, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Alicia Minshew (Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), Sean McDermott (Hart, GUIDING LIGHT), Sonia Satra (Lucy, GL), Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and David Andrew Macdonald (Edmund, GL).

    There will be special performances, auctions, a raffle and goodie bags. Tickets range in price from $125 to $500. For more information and ticket purchase, call Jane Elissa at 917-732-1085 or Lauri Landry at 646-732-9397.

    Stars Strike Out Child Abuse

    Jen Lilley (Theresa, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is hosting a star-studded bowling tournament to benefit Childhelp, America's largest and longest-running nonprofit dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. The event will be held on Sunday, October 19, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at PINZ Bowling in Studio City, CA.

    Amongst the celebrity guests are daytime stars like Chrishell Stause (Jordan, DAYS), Kelly Sullivan (Sage, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Connie, GH), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS), Ian Buchanan (Duke, GH), Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), Billy Flynn (Chad, DAYS), Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS), Casey Moss (JJ, DAYS), Kassie DePaiva (Eve, DAYS; Blair, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Kristian Alfonso (Hope, DAYS), Robert Scott Wilson (Ben, DAYS; Pete, ALL MY CHILDREN), Camila Banus (ex-Gabi, DAYS), True O'Brien (Paige, DAYS) and Lauren Koslow (Kate, DAYS).

    For more details about the event, order tickets or simply contribute to the cause, click here.

    LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian -- Our Ex-Maid Is Trying to Shake Us Down

    LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian claim their former maid is a serial suer who concocted a ridiculous story of abuse in order to fleece her employers.

    Gloria Cevallos sued the couple after she got canned, claiming members of the staff went on a terror campaign against her, calling her "fat" and "old." She says Eddie's mom also had a thing against Salvadorians and ultimately fired her.

    Sources close to LeAnn and Eddie say the couple is scoffing at the maid, saying they were always nice to her. In fact, even in the maid's lawsuit she never accuses them of mistreatment.

    LeAnn and Eddie say this is a shameless money grab, pointing to a prior claim the maid lodged against 2 other employers.

    Fact is ... Cevallos also filed a worker's comp claim against LeAnn and Eddie but it was thrown out. So now the maid has filed a lawsuit claiming it was a hostile work environment in the Rimes/Cibrian homestead.

    Eddie and LeAnn say the suit is a last ditch effort to get quick cash, and they will fight her to the end.

    Luckinbill's Good Lie

    THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' fans who have missed seeing J.T. on their small screens can see his portrayer, Thad Luckinbill, on the big screen when The Good Lie hits movie theaters on Friday, October 3.

    While the hunk has only a small part in the Reese Witherspoon movie, Luckinbill actually had a much larger role behind the scenes. He, along with his brother, Trent, and Molly Smith (executive producer of the Oscar-nominated The Blind Side), helped produce the film. "We started a company called Black Label Media (BLM) a little over two years ago, and this is our first project," says the actor/producer. "We're really happy with it, really proud. It's been very well received. When we had a premiere in Toronto, it got a standing ovation. It's really a special movie, and has an amazing message."

    The Good Lie is based on the real-life hardships of the children orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan who became known as The Lost Boys. The young refugees walked thousands of miles in search of safety, and were involved in a humanitarian effort that would bring 3,600 lost boys (and girls) to the United States. In the film, Oscar winner Witherspoon plays Carrie Davis, an employment agency counselor in Kansas City, MO, given the task of finding employment for several of the now-grown young men.

    Luckinbill says that when they read the script by Margaret Nagle, which had made the rounds in Hollywood for 10 years, "we just fell in love with it. It was not a no-brainer from a financing standpoint — we had to think long and hard how we were going to make this movie — but the question was never, 'Can we make this movie?' It was, 'How can we make this movie?' Because this is a story that really needs to be told.

    "It's a tragic story, but it's told with sensitivity," he adds. "The audience needs to know what these guys went through to understand their emotional journey. That said, the story is also very entertaining. It's done with good balance. There are funny moments, when you laugh really hard. And there are moment when you cry really hard. It's got the whole thing."

    In addition to collaborating with Imagine Entertainment (the production company founded by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer), BLM brought on board French-Canadian director Philippe Falardeau. "He has a very personal connection to the Sudan, and The Lost Boys, so we knew it was the right thing. It was the right fit,," says Luckinbill. "Then we got Reese Witherspoon. The tricky part was casting the Sudanese. We agreed with Philippe's suggestion that they needed to be authentic, but who could pull off the acting. We got lucky, because these guys were just great."

    As a producer, Luckinbill says that he wants audiences to be entertained. Yet he believes The Good Lie takes it even a level of above that, which is why his company set up thegoodliefund.org, where people can donate to philanthropic programs involving the Sudanese refugees. "This is an emotional movie," he shares. "People feel very moved by what they've seen, so we wanted to give them a place where they can go if they want to do something."

    Check out The Good Lie at theaters near you starting on Friday, October 3.

    CBS DAYTIME GAME SHOWS, DRAMAS AND "THE TALK" POST GAINS

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

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

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

    B&B MEETS THE REAL HOUSEWIVES IN AMSTERDAM

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

    "Young & Restless" Loses 180,000 Viewers in 1 Week, Gains Unpopular Headwriter

    (showbiz411.com) CBS’s former powerhouse soap opera “The Young and the Restless” is in trouble. For the week of Sept 15-19 the show lost 180,000 viewers from the prior week. That’s a huge drop considering 42,000 of those viewers were ages 18-49. In the same week, the ever-crazy but fun “General Hospital” was up 6,000 in 18-49. And “GH” lost only 9,000 total viewers. That 180,000 drop is alarming. They were also down 94,000 from the same week in 2013. “GH” was up 219K.

    “Y&R” has been destabilized for some time, with a parade of bad executive producers dictating crazy story lines to headwriters. Last year CBS and Sony brought in Jill Farren Phelps, known for taking shows to their deaths. She almost got “General Hospital” cancelled. Now she’s hired a new headwriter named Chuck Pratt, reviled among soap fans for destroying “All My Children.”

    Is CBS setting the stage for a “Y&R” finale? They did the same thing to “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light,” turning viewers off with unpopular stories until the audience was small enough to kill them. I know Les Moonves would have rather have cheap reality programming, talk shows or game shows. If the combination of Pratt and Phelps really murders “Y&R” ratings, we may be seeing “The Match Game” again.

    Morrow & Case on Home & Family

    Joshua Morrow and Sharon Case from The Young & the Restless on Home & Family: Video.

    "CRIMINAL MINDS," WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15

    Eden Riegel Guest Stars as Shelley Hicks, the Co-Pilot’s Wife

    “A Thousand Suns” – When a passenger jet crashes in Colorado, the BAU team is called to build a profile around the suspicious circumstances. Also, the case hits close to home for Kate, who is reminded of a family tragedy, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Eden Riegel (“All My Children”) guest stars as Shelley Hicks, the co-pilot’s wife.

    LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian -- They Called Me Fat Old Bitch, Then 86'd Me ... Claims Housekeeper

    One of LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian's ex-housekeepers doesn't take kindly to being called a fat old lady, or being fired just for being from El Salvador ... so she's suing the couple.

    Gloria Cevallos says things started to go South in the Rimes-Cibrian household when 2 other female employees started beefing with her. According to Gloria's lawsuit, the women called her a vieja gorda (fat old lady) ... and a pinche vieja salvadorena (old Salvadoran bitch).

    Gloria cops to being Salvadoran ... not the other stuff.

    Cevallos says she overheard Eddie's mom bitching about problems around the house ... and demanding he fire someone over it. She says Eddie's madre eventually showed her la puerta.

    We've called Eddie and LeAnn's camp for comment ... so far no word back.

    Their ex-maid is suing for back pay, and this is kinda unique ... she also wants "front pay." Basically, she wants them to pay her until she finds another job.

    CBS DAYTIME MARKS 28 CONSECUTIVE YEARS AT #1

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Young and the Restless Live Chat

    The Young and the Restless Live Chat with Gina Tognoni and Jessica Collins. Fri, Sep 26 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT: cbs.com/connect/events/1000320/.

    GH's Sonny & Jason Reunion!

    GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sonny and Jason are reuniting, and you can be there... without leaving your home! On Sunday, October 5, Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Steve Burton (ex-Jason, now Dylan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) will be participating in a live on-line Webinar to relive their days as GH's biggest bromance. They will also take questions from the fans participating in the live on-line streaming event, so make sure you think of good ones!

    This special reunion event will be held on Sunday, October 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. PDT and reservations are $25 a seat (a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the actors' favorite charities, ourbravest.org and IBPF.org). For more information and to reserve your own seat, click here to visit the WebinarsOnAir Web site.

    Eva Longoria Eyes TV Return As Star On NBC Comedy Series As ABC Project Also Vies For Her

    Eva Longoria became a household name as a breakout star on ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Two years after the hit dramedy ended its eight-season run, Longoria is looking to return to the small screen as star of a half-hour, single-camera comedy series. In an unusual situation that underscores how sought after Longoria is as a TV leading lady, two projects are vying for her at two different networks – Telenovela at NBC and an untitled comedy at ABC. Originally, the script she was to choose was going to go to pilot.

    But NBC stepped up in a big way. The network has deep ties with the actress, helping her launch her production company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, which is based at Universal Television, and doing projects with her as a producer.

    I’ve learned that Telenovela, from Cougar Town co-executive producers Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein and Universal TV, will get a 13-episode order if Longoria commits to star and a pilot order if she doesn’t. The project is expected to hire a casting director shortly. Additionally, since Telenovela is set behind the scenes of a telenovela, NBC is in discussions with sister network Telemundo to make episodes of the fictional telenovela that would air on the Spanish-language net.

    The ABC project, from ABC Studios and the Trophy Wife team of Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, is being fast-tracked as a script that will go to pilot with 13-episode penalty for Longoria attached if she commits to star.

    Longoria had been developing Telenovela through UnbeliEVAble with Universal TV and NBC for some time. Based on an idea by Longoria, it centers on an ambitious telenovela star — a character created for her — who struggles to stay on top in a world where the drama on-camera is nothing compared to the drama off-camera.

    Last season, NBC developed the project as a one-hour with writer Robert Harling. The new, half-hour incarnation is being penned by Pietrosh and Goldstein under the overall deal with Universal TV they entered earlier this summer after a three-year stint at ABC Studios. The two exec produce alongside UnbeliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector.

    The untitled ABC comedy will be written by Trophy Wife creators Halpern and Haskins, who will exec produce with fellow Trophy Wife exec producers Stupnitsky and Eisenberg.

    Longoria and Spector would executive produce if Longoria stars in it. The comedy centers on Mia, a character written for Longoria. She is a successful home renovator who can’t stop problem solving when she leaves the job site – especially when it comes to her boyfriend, her family, a random delivery guy, and basically everyone she comes into contact with. The project was taken out by ABC Studios, where Halpern & Haskins and Stupnitsky & Eisenberg are based, sparking a bidding between ABC and NBC and ultimately landing at ABC. Longoria, of course, has a long history at ABC and ABC Studios, which cast her in Desperate Housewives.

    It is not unusual for a network to commission two scripts for an actor it has a talent deal with, which is what CBS did for Martin Lawrence two years ago. But for two big projects at two different networks to be developed for the same actor is very rare.

    Since the end of Desperate Housewives, Longoria had been focused on producing through her UnbeliEVAble banner. She executive produces Lifetime’s Devious Maids and her company has sold several projects this development season, including medical drama Critical at NBC and Texas political/family drama Pair of Aces at ABC.

    Longoria is repped by CAA. Halpern and Haskins are with UTA and Mosaic. Eisenberg and Stupnitsky are repped by WME and Mosaic. Pietrosh and Goldstein are with ICM Partners.

    Y&R Signs Atkinson To Contract!

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

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

    Eva Longoria To Produce Texas Political Drama For ABC With Conde Nast

    The colorful and cutthroat world of Texas politics will serve as backdrop of a Latino family drama from Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Conde Nast Entertainment, which has landed at ABC with penalty. The project is loosely inspired by a 2003 Vogue article that profiled Democratic rising-star twins Julián Castro, mayor of San Antonio, and Joaquin, then-newly elected U.S. congressman.

    Created and written by Meredith Lavender & Marcie Ulin (ABC’s Nashville), Pair Of Aces, described as an operatic family drama, revolves around brothers Chris and Alex Reyes, Latino golden boys who are both best friends and rivals. They are rising stars in Texas politics whose destiny is engineered by their manipulative mother Maria. She is determined to turn the Reyes family into the most powerful dynasty modern politics has ever seen. The drama explores the American dream and the lies, blackmail and manipulation it takes to rise to the top of power in Texas — and perhaps someday D.C. Universal TV, where UnbeliEVAable Entertainment has a first-look deal, is producing, with UnveliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector executive producing alongside Conde Nast’s Dawn Ostroff and Gina Marcheschi.

    Pair Of Aces reunites Longoria and Conde Nast. Last season, they teamed for drama project based on an another article from a Conde Nast magazine, Glamour‘s Real Deal, which sold to CBS with penalty. This season, UnbeliEVAble also has sold medical drama Critical to NBC. All parties are repped by CAA.

    New Headwriter for Y&R!

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

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

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

    Y&R DELIVERS ITS LARGEST WEEKLY AUDIENCE AND BEST WOMEN 18-49 RATING SINCE MARCH

    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, featuring the return of CBS Daytime veteran and CRIMINAL MINDS star Shemar Moore for two episodes, delivered its largest weekly audience and best women 18-49 rating since March, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Sept. 14.

    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS averaged 4.70 million viewers (up +3% from the prior week), 1.3/09 in women 18-49 (up +8%) and 2.0/13 in women 25-54 (up +5%). It was THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS’ best viewer and women 18-49 deliveries since the week ending March 28.

    Moore, who appeared as series regular on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS for 11 years (1994-2002 and 2004-2005), reprised his role as the charismatic Malcolm Winters, a portrayal that earned him a Daytime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2000.

    Will Psychic Predict Trouble?

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

    JOIN THE STARS TO STRIKE OUT CHILD ABUSE

    DAYS's Jen Lilley (Theresa), Chrishell Stause (Jordan), Y&R's Kelly Sullivan (Sage), and a host of other faves will be at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, CA on October 19 to raise awareness about child abuse — and you can join the celebrity bowling tournament.

    "I thought this would be a fun way to raise awareness about child abuse going on in the United States without getting into the gruesome details," explains Lilley. "You don't have to be a good bowler to participate. Just come as you are with an open heart! I personally plan on bowling granny-style. 100 percent of the ticket costs will go to Childhelp and helping American children. Every celebrity is donating his or her own time; no one is getting paid. Everyone is volunteering their time because we care about our kids and this amazing organization!"

    For more information, and to get tickets, go here. Also, follow the actress on Twitter @Jen_Lilley.

    Take Two? Michael Muhney Rallies For Shocking Return To 'Y&R' After Groping Claims, But Cast Threatens Boycott! Why Producers Backed Down

    (radaronline.com) Almost eight months after The Young & The Restless star and fan favorite, Michael Muhney was fired for allegedly groping the breasts of co-star, Hunter Tyler King, RadarOnline.com has learned that producers secretly began talks to bring him back. However, the cast rallied around King and threatened to stop working if Muhney reprised the role of Adam Newman!

    “Informal talks between producers of Y & R and Michael Muhney’s camp began earlier this summer,” an insider told Radar. “Michael really wanted to come back and play the role he loved. Willing to do whatever it took to make everyone comfortable, Michael promised to be on his best behavior.”

    “It really looked like it was going to happen, until the cast found out,” the source continued. “Led by veteran Doug Davidson, the cast felt betrayed by the move. Everyone had moved on from the difficult time, so for this to be happening was shocking. The cast said if Muhney was re-hired, they would essentially boycott and not film.”

    Producers got the message and decided not to bring Muhney back, the source said. Instead, they’ve cast Mistresses hunk Justin Hartley as the new Adam Newman.

    Hartley has been filming for the last several weeks, and viewers will see him on the small screen beginning in November.

    But Muhney wasn’t totally without his supporters: Radar has learned Sharon Case, who plays the role of Sharon Newman, is disappointed he’s gotten the boot for good.

    “Sharon was truly looking forward to working with Michael again,” the source said. “She didn’t like the storyline of her character, and thought Muhney would spice up her scenes once again. She is very isolated from the rest of the cast because she firmly stands in Michael’s corner.”

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

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

    GH FAVE JOINS Y&R!

    Kelly Sullivan (ex-Connie, GH) has been hired for a new role on Y&R. She will play Sage, who is described as “intelligent, competent, discreet, and reserved. However, that reserve masks a well of passion and fire beneath the surface. She’ll do anything for those she loves.” Enthuses Sullivan, “I’m incredibly honored and flattered to even be considered to be part of the YOUNG AND RESTLESS family. I’m also thrilled to be working with [Executive Producer] Jill Farren Phelps again like we did on GH."

    For now, the role is recurring, and Sullivan starts taping on September 24. Her first air date is set for October 28. For the full interview with Sullivan, check out the issue of Digest on sale 9/22.

    Tom Hallick Returns to The Young and the Restless

    (tvguide.com) (Pic) What's 36 years between appearances? Tom Hallick, an original cast member of The Young and the Restless, is returning to the CBS soap but not as Brad Eliot, the heartthrob neurosurgeon turned news reporter he played from 1973 to '78. Instead, Hallick will be seen as a kindly truck driver who helps an on-the-lam Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) find her way back to Genoa City. The setup is a trippy homage to the premiere episode of Y&R — in fact, the soap's very first scene — which had Brad getting a lift from a truck driver heading to GC.

    "They found the same kind of truck and dug out the old script — only now I have the truck driver's dialogue and Gina has mine," Hallick tells TV Guide Magazine. "It was weird recreating the scene that way, but really pretty wonderful."

    It wasn't exactly old-home week. "Y&R still shoots at CBS on Stage 43 and they gave me Jeanne Cooper's old dressing room, so that much was familiar, but so much time has passed that the cast and the crew were all new to me," says Hallick, who left Y&R even before the show's longest-running vets, Doug Davidson (Paul) and Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki), came onboard.

    Hallick still regrets his decision to exit the soap. "I was winning 'best actor' awards from TV by Day and Daytime TV — the big fan magazines of the time — and it all went to my head," he says. "NBC kept coming to me with these offers to work for them for a lot more money and I was very brash and impatient so I left Y&R. In retrospect, it was a very bad idea."

    Hallick says he got caught in a reshuffling of execs at NBC and his development deal went pretty much nowhere. Eventually, as a consolation prize, the network put him on Days of Our Lives, where he played banker Maxwell Hathaway. "The experience was awful," he says with a laugh. "I won't even go into why. You had to be there."

    Still looking good, Hallick says he was asked to return to Y&R without an audition or even a meeting. "I'd been away for a hundred years, so they were really taking a chance," cracks the actor. "I could have shown up with no teeth."

    Vancouver: Eric Braeden - Meet and Greet

    (Poster) Edgewater Casino is proud to present the meet and greet with the DAYTIME TV SOAP OPREA LEGEND: ERIC BRAEDEN Meet and Greet starts at 5pm at Stadium Club at Edgewater Casino on Saturday, September 13, 2014: Tickets.

    Nikita's Lyndsy Fonseca Joins Amazon Comedy Pilot Down Dog

    (tvline.com) Lyndsy Fonseca will soon be stretching her boundaries as an actress — quite literally, at that.

    The Nikita and How I Met Your Mother alumna has signed on to Amazon’s comedy pilot Down Dog, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    Penned by Robin Schiff (Almost Perfect), the series centers on Logan (One Life to Live vet Josh Casaubon), a charming surfer who is left in charge of his ex-girlfriend’s yoga studio. Fonseca will play Winter, an instructor who becomes a love interest for Logan.

    The series also stars Paget Brewster as Logan’s ex, Amanda.

    Shemar Moore Interview

    Winters Tale: Shemar Moore Returns to The Young and the Restless. Read the TV Guide interview here.

    Talk Show Appearance

    The Talk - CBS - Tuesday, Sept. 9

    Actors Shemar Moore (CBS’s CRIMINAL MINDS) and Kristoff St. John (CBS’s THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) discuss Moore’s return to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

    Sneak Peek: Malcolm Returns To Y&R!

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

    Y&R's Murphy Goes Primetime!

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

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

    Y&R ACTOR TO PRIME-TIME

    Chris McKenna (Harding, Y&R) reports that he has booked another gig but isn't leaving the soap. "I'm so excited to have joined the cast of #StateOfAffairs opposite @KatieHeigl with @AlfreWoodard among others. Airing Nov. 17 on NBC," he tweeted. "For those concerned NBC and CBS have been working together and so far good on working out both schedules. Harding is still here #YR."

    BILLY MILLER TO JOIN THE CAST OF GENERAL HOSPITAL

    Billy Miller, the three-time Emmy® Award-winning actor and Daytime favorite, will be joining the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital,” taking over the role of Jason Morgan, it was announced today by Frank Valentini, Executive Producer, “General Hospital.”

    “I am really excited to be working with such a talented and acclaimed actor as Billy,” Mr. Valentini said. “Our cast is thrilled that he will be joining our “General Hospital” family, and I know that he will be an amazing addition to our talented cast.”

    As Mr. Miller steps into the role of Jason, his character is presumed to be dead but his body was never found. With his imminent return, fans can look forward to an exciting new story that will be full of the twists & turns along with shocking revelations that have made “General Hospital” infamous for over five decades.

    Mr. Miller has received three Daytime Emmy Awards. In 2010 and 2013, he won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and in 2014, he won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

    “General Hospital,” which celebrated its 51st anniversary on April 1, 2014, is the longest running American soap opera currently in production and the longest running scripted drama on television currently in production. “General Hospital” has received the prestigious Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama a record eleven times. “General Hospital” was created by Frank and Doris Hursley. Frank Valentini is the executive producer and Ron Carlivati is the head writer . “General Hospital” airs weekdays on the ABC Television Network.

    Broadway Vet Victoria Mallory Dies at 64

    BroadwayWorld.com has confirmed the sad news this morning that actress Victoria Mallory died on August 30, 2014 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She leaves behind her husband (and former A Little Night Music co-star) Mark Lambert, and daughter Ramona Mallory Lambert, also an actress.

    Victoria Mallory made her Broadway debut when Richard Rodgers chose her to star as Maria in the first revival of West Side Story at Lincoln Center. She then went on to play Lili in City Center's revival of Carnival. Ms. Mallory originated the role of Young Heidi in the Harold Prince/Stephen Sondheim production of Follies as well as the starring role of Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music, the winner of 9 Tony awards including "Best Musical of the Year."

    Throughout her career, Victoria has graced the stages of the nation's major summer stock and regional theatres. The Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, the Pittsburgh CLO, the St. Louis Muny Opera, Atlanta's Theater Of The Stars, Kansas City Starlight, Dallas Summer Musicals, Utah's Pioneer Theatre Company, The Irish Repertory Theatre in NYC, and others have presented her in virtually every Leading Lady role in musical theater. Among these, she has appeared as Christine/Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera, Magnolia inShowboat, Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Marian in The Music Man, Lili in The Secret Garden, Sarah in Guys and Dolls, Maria in The Sound of Music, and ABIGAILin 1776.

    In addition to her numerous stage credits, Ms. Mallory is also well known for her work on television, where she is probably best known for her role as Leslie Brooks on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, which she played for six years. She left the series in 1984. Later, she played Dr. Denise Foxworthy on NBC's Santa Barbara. Other television credits include guest starring roles on Everwood, Touched By An Angel, Promised Land, the female lead in the made-for-television movie The Unabomber, and three CBS musical specials,The Emperor's New Clothes, Aladdin, and After Hours: Singin', Swingin', And All That Jazz, for which she received an Emmy Nomination.

    Victoria continued to perform in recent years, while teaching professionals, adults and youngsters at The Voice Studio in New York City.

    "THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS" POSTS ITS BEST WOMEN 18-49 RATING SINCE APRIL

    Daytime's #1 Drama Also Delivers Its Largest Weekly Audience in More Than a Month

    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, daytime's #1 drama, posted its best women 18-49 rating since April and its largest weekly audience in more than a month, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Aug. 24.

    THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS scored a 1.2/09 in women 18-49, up +9% from last week, and its best rating since the week ending April 4. Among women 25-54, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS averaged 1.9/13, up +6% from last week and best rating since the week ending July 18.

    Among viewers, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS averaged 4.47 million viewers, up +2% from last week and its largest weekly audience since the week ending July 25.

    Amazon Pilot 'Man In The High Castle' Adds Cast

    Luke Kleintank (ex-Noah, The Young & The Restless) has been cast in Amazon pilot The Man In The High Castle from X-Files alum Frank Spotnitz and Scott Free. Based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning novel, the project set in 1962 explores an alternative reality in which Nazi Germany and Japan won World War II and occupy the United States, with the East Coast controlled by the Nazis and the West Coast owned by Japan, and a chunk of the Midwest still up for grabs. Kleintank, repped by Robert Stein Management and Innovative, will play Joe Blake, an all-American guy living in New York who has joined the clandestine American Resistance.

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    Black Star Boutique Gold Triangle Necklace Worn by Young and the Restless' Lily Winters Ashby (Christel Khalil)

    (etsy.com/shop/theblackstarboutique) (Photo) Canada-based Black Star Boutique recently had its Gold Triangle Necklace make a small screen appeared on the neck of long-time Young and the Restless character Lily Winters Ashby (portrayed by Christel Khalil). The necklace appears in the Wednesday, July 30th episode of the long running soap operas 41st season. The necklace was selected by the Young and the Restless' stylist, a situation made possible by Black Star Boutique's owner/designer Tina Marine's inclusion in the invite-only Artisan Group.

    Black Star Boutique also participated in Earth Day 2014, when the Artisan Group gifted some of their most popular green/organic products to high-profile, environmentally conscious celebrities in the form of special gift bags. Tina Marie and BSB's contribution to the cause were bracelets made of eco-friendly beads crafted from acai seeds. Celebrities who received these green gift bags include Drew Barrymore, Lisa Kudrow, Emma Watson, Ian Somerhalder, Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Robert Redford, Will i am, Edward Norton, Cameron Diaz, Alicia Silverstone, and more.

    All Black Star Boutique jewelry is handcrafted by Tina Marie, who ethically sources all materials to ensure they're at their best. Marie is a Canadian Reiki Master, believing in the power of gemstones to enhance their wearer's life. Reiki (pronounced RAY-KEY) is a non-invasive, natural method of healing using an ancient hands-on technique that, when used in conjunction with other therapy methods, speeds recovery time by accessing energy to mend the mind, aid the spirit, and heal the body. Concerning her jewelry creation, Marie said, "I use only the best materials and make each piece by hand. I believe in the metaphysical and holistic properties of the gemstone jewelry I make."

    Visit Black Star Boutique or get in touch with creator Tina Marie at tinaguenthner(at)gmail(dot)com to create a custom design.

    Real-Life Soap Couple Welcomes Daughter

    It's a girl! ABC Daytime alums Terrell Tilford (Greg, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and wife Victoria Platt (Corinne, ALL MY CHILDREN) are parents! "She arrived... Our baby girl, Marley, was born Sunday eve, 24 August," the proud pop, who currently plays THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Barton, shared in a Twitter announcement complete with an adorable photo.

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

    'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' books Eva Longoria for Season 2 role

    (deadline.com) Medical drama continues to be the hottest genre this buying season. NBC has put in development Critical, produced by Devious Maids executive producer Eva Longoria and John Glenn (Identity). Written by Katie Lovejoy (Dracula), the drama is described as ER meets House and tells the story of a perfectionist Latina doctor who returns to her hometown to take a job at a prestigious hospital. But when a secret from her past, a mistake she made early in her career, comes back to haunt her, it will threaten to put the very fabric of her life in critical condition.

    Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment is producing with Universal TV where the company has a first-look deal. Lovejoy executive produces with Glenn and UnbeliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector. For Lovejoy, this marks a return to her roots as a TV writer — she came out of the USC screenwriting program after winning the Humanitas Prize’s Student Drama Fellowship for a House M.D. spec. Lovejoy, repped by CAA and Bob Myman, went on to pen a rewrite on Disney’s Prom and was the highest-ranked woman writer on the 2010 Black List for her script The Arsonist’s Love Story. Critical also marks a reunion for Lovejoy and CAA-repped UnbeliEVAble, who developed together an adaptation of telenovela Pura Sangre at ABC last season.

    Critical joins several other high-profile medical dramas set up so far this season. Three have received put pilot commitments: The Cure at Fox, from Malcolm Gladwell and Glenn Gordon Caron; an untitled project from the Parenthood duo of Jason Katims and Sarah Watson at CBS; and Code Black, based on Ryan McGarry’s feature documentary, from Michael Seitzman and Marti Noxon, also at CBS. Meanwhile, ABC committed a significant penalty to a medical drama from Amy Holden Jones.

    Eileen Davidson Pulls a Daytime Double on Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives

    (tvguide.com) When you have this much talent, you just have to spread it around. This fall, Emmy-winning soap sensation Eileen Davidson will find herself in the enviable and unprecedented position of playing juicy, front-burner roles on both NBC's Days of Our Lives and CBS's The Young and the Restless. Why such generosity of spirit on the part of rival networks? It's all about survival — and we don't mean Davidson's.

    "This kind of acting opportunity would never have happened back when the daytime-drama world was really healthy," says Davidson. "Now times have changed. Soaps are trying to stay relevant. They want to stay on the air. They're willing to set aside that old competitiveness to help each other out." Besides, audiences can't possibly be confused, Davidson says. "My characters are 180 degrees apart — from the way they look to the level of their sanity."

    And how. The actress recently returned to Days for a four-month run as Kristen DiMera, a psycho sexpot who is facing criminal charges for drugging and raping a Roman Catholic priest — every scandalous moment of it caught on video. (How will she redeem herself? By saving the life of one of Salem's most beloved citizens!) Davidson's double duty officially begins September 3, when she returns to Y&R with a two-year deal to play good-hearted Ashley Abbott, a brilliant cosmetics chemist with the absolute worst luck in men.

    If that's not enough Davidson for you, this mother of three — married to former actor/tennis pro Vince Van Patten — has also signed on to the next season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for a reported $750,000, the highest salary ever paid to a new hausfrau in the Bravo franchise. "I don't know what you are talking about," says a not very convincing Davidson when asked about the reality-show gig. "I'm not paying much attention to anything that's been written." Maybe not, but sources say a Bravo crew has already followed Davidson to work at Y&R, with her costars asked to sign confidentiality agreements to keep it all hush-hush.

    "Eileen is a phenomenal talent, and no one wants to lose her," says Y&R executive producer Jill Farren Phelps. "We fought hard to bring her back on contract because she is a huge part of our history." Adds Peter Bergman, who plays Ashley's brother, Jack. "It's just not the Abbott family without her. Who could blame Days for loving Eileen — she has a showcase there that's off the f---ing charts — but we really need her over here."

    Word is Ashley will return to Genoa City having developed an erotic wonder fragrance that'll drive the world mad and, for a piece of the action, she wants to share CEO duties at Jabot Cosmetics with Jack. The soap will also toy with a romantic quadrangle involving Ashley; her daughter, Abby; hunky Stitch; and pregnant Victoria.

    But let's get real here. Davidson originated her role on Y&R in 1982, moved to Days in 1993, and has been back and forth a few times, not always with the best results. She consistently scores awesome material on Days — at one point, she was playing five wildly different roles, one male — while Y&R has often failed to write well for her. In fact, she was twice dropped by the CBS show, most recently in 2012. Why take the chance it'll happen again?

    "It's always a crapshoot, and I'm OK with that," says Davidson, whose new agreement with Y&R stipulates that she can still appear on Days on a limited basis. "There's a big burnout factor with Kristen, who is always full-throttle. How many times can she be horribly vile and get away with it?" Ashley, on the other hand, is "more rooted, more real, someone I can play on a daily basis. Y&R said they have a great story for me. I assume it's the truth."

    If not, no big deal. "I've had really good times in this business and really slow times, and it all works out," she says. "I've had a fantastic career, but I came to a big, wonderful realization a long time ago: None of this defines me."

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    'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' books Eva Longoria for Season 2 role

    Eva Longoria, a Golden Globe nominee for her work on "Desperate Housewives," is returning to the airwaves this fall on FOX's hit new comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," the network announced Tuesday (Aug. 19).

    Longoria will play Sophia, a defense attorney who catches the eye of Det. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) when they face off against each other in court. She joins an ever-growing list of Season 2 guest stars that includes Kyra Sedgwick, Jenny Slate and former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens appearing as himself.

    Season 1 of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" ended with Peralta "quitting" the NYPD in order to go undercover for the FBI. When Season 2 picks up, viewers will get to see how that operation is going for Jake, while Capt. Holt is busy facing off with his longtime nemesis (Sedgwick).

    "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" returns Sunday, Sept. 28 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

    Justin Hartley Joins The Young and the Restless

    (tvguide.com) (Photo) The Young and the Restless has finally found its Adam Newman! TV Guide Magazine can exclusively report that, after an extensive casting search, the part of the presumed-dead Genoa City troublemaker has gone to former Smallville and Revenge star Justin Hartley. The actor will report for work at the CBS soap in late September and is scheduled to hit the air during November sweeps.

    "I'm so pumped about joining Y&R — I watch it all the time and can't wait to get in there and get my hands dirty!" says Hartley, who kicked off his career in 2002 with the daytime serial Passions. "I have great respect for daytime drama. I love the branding. I love the style. What can I say? I love good soap!"

    And he doesn't see this Y&R gig as a step back. After a string of terrific performances in primetime — he was Green Arrow on Smallville, Victoria Craig's illegit gay son Patrick on Revenge, and Scott, the kinky plastic surgeon on Mistresses — Hartley says, "It's all about story and character with me and I don't care if the job is on daytime or primetime or the web. Hey, give me a good character and someone to listen and I'll do my acting on a street corner."

    Hartley says he met with Y&R exec producer Jill Farren Phelps and CBS Daytime czarina Angelica McDaniel to talk about the Adam role and "came away feeling very excited. The powers that be are smart, lovely people with kind hearts. It'll be wonderful going to work knowing I'm really wanted." Bonus perk: The L.A.-based job keeps Hartley near 10-year-old Isabella, his daughter from his former marriage to actress Lindsay Hartley.

    Truth be told, he is a little nervous. "Y&R is the No. 1 show and the acting company is exceptional," Hartley says. "There's no period of adjustment with these people and that's daunting. I don't just have to be fantastic, I have to be fantastic right now!"

    Michael Muhney, the fan-favorite actor he is replacing, is urging fans to give him a shot. "I really like Justin Hartley," he tweeted. "He's a good guy. We really get along well. I wish him the best. Be kind to him."

    SHOCKING RETURN ON Y&R

    On August 19, Sharon’s former BBF, Grace Turner, played by Jennifer Gareis (Donna, B&B), will make an appearance on Y&R. The top-secret return, which was promoted at the end of today's episode, was a fun gig for the actress, who played the conniver on and off after being cast in 1996, but was last seen in 2004.

    “That was my first role, when I came to L.A. I got that probably a month after I moved here,” she points out. “Y&R was like my home away from home. Being able to go back to that was awesome. It was the best.” But also something she couldn’t talk about, even to real-life pal Sharon Case (Sharon). “I didn’t say anything to anyone because they asked me not to,” she reveals. “I felt like, ‘Here I am keeping this secret and I can’t even tell my best friend!’ Then I thought, ‘She’ll know when she sees the script!’ When I have to keep a promise, whether it be work, my friends or family, I take it to the grave.”

    With B&B taping just across the hall, Gareis was ready for questions from her co-stars on the day of her Y&R shoot. “I saw B&B people in the hallway and they asked, ‘What are you doing here?’ ” she chuckles. “I was like, ‘You never saw me here!’ It was kind of funny and I think that made them more suspicious, like, ‘What in the world? Why is she acting so weird?’ ” Don't miss tomorrow's episode featuring Gareis, where life-altering secrets are revealed. For more for the actress, pick up the issue on Digest on sale August 29.

    Who Is Y&R's Grace Turner?

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

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

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

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

    Y&R'S MAX EHRICH MAKES CBS PRIME-TIME DEBUT TONIGHT

    Tonight marks Max Ehrich's (Fen) first on-air appearance on CBS's UNDER THE DOME. His character of Hunter was heard in a previous episode, but will now air in the flesh for the remainder of the season. UNDER THE DOME airs Monday at 10 PM EST on CBS.

    MICHAEL MUHNEY: "I WILL NOT BE RETURNING TO Y&R"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Michael Gross In FX's 'Anger Management'

    Michael Gross (Family Ties, Tremors) has booked a recurring role on FX’s Charlie Sheen comedy Anger Management. Gross, repped by Richard Kerner of Kerner Management and Stone Manners Salners, will play a psychic therapist who Charlie (Sheen) goes to for relationship advice. Gross recently recurred on USA’s Suits and FX’s Partners.

    Arlene Martel, T'Pring on Star Trek, Dies at 78

    Actress Arlene Martel (ex-Mavis, The Young & The Restless), who guest-starred on Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, died Tuesday of complications from a heart attack in Santa Monica, California, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 78.

    Born Arline Sax in The Bronx, New York, Martel attended the High School for the Performing Arts and starred on Broadway in the late 1950s before transitioning into screen acting.

    Often credited as Arline Sax, Arlene Sax or Tasha Martel, she also played Tiger on Hogan's Heroes, the witch Malvina on Bewitched and had guest spots on The Twilight Zone. Her other credits include guest-starring roles on The Untouchables, The Young and the Restless, Battlestar Galactica and Brothers & Sisters.

    She also dated actor James Dean for years, and was married three times, including once to Young and the Restless star Jerry Douglas.

    Martel appeared as T'Pring in the 1967 Star Trek episode "Amok Time" as the prospective bride of Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy). "Saying goodbye to T'Pring, Arlene Martel. A lovely talent," Nimoy tweeted Tuesday.

    Martel is survived by two sons, a daughter, and two grandchildren.

    INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY'S SOAP BLOC RETURNS

    Investigation Discovery celebrates the return of its ID Daytime programming bloc on August 25, with daytime faves as hosts. Lynn Herring and Kin Shriner (GH's Lucy and Scott) will host "Sinful Secrets" the week of August 25; Mary Beth Evans (Kayla, DAYS) and Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS; Ned, GH) introduce "Poisonous Love" the week of September 8, and beginning September 15, Lamon Archey (Mason, Y&R) and Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, AMC) will be in the spotlight for "Evil Enemies" week.

    Monica Potter Remembers Patch Adams Co-Star Robin Williams As a Wonderful, Loving Man

    There were countless movies starring Robin Williams that had us laughing out loud no matter where we watched them.

    One of those treasured films was the 1998 classic Patch Adams, featuring Williams as a medical student who always treated patients with a healthy dose of humor.

    Monica Potter is finally speaking out about her co-star's tragic death that left her nothing short of devastated.

    "This loss has left me truly heartbroken," Potter said in a statement to E! News. "Robin Williams was one of the brightest, most loving & wonderful people I've ever been blessed to know."

    She added, "I'll miss him more than I can ever express in words."

    If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

    First Look: Shemar Moore Returns to The Young and the Restless

    (Photo) Hold onto your hats, baby girls: Malcolm Winters is returning to Genoa City!

    PEOPLE was on the set of CBS's The Young and the Restless to see Shemar Moore, who affectionately refers to his female fans as baby girls, reprise the classic role that catapulted him to stardom. After a decade-long absence, Moore – who is about to begin his 10th season on Criminal Minds – will return to the daytime drama Sept. 10 and 11.

    "There is not a 20-year career without Malcolm Winters," Moore told PEOPLE. "This is my second family. I don't take any of it for granted. I've been wanting to do this since I left."

    Moore first joined the sudser in 1995 and gave up the role in 2005 to star as Derek Morgan in Criminal Minds. His Y&R role was eventually recast with Darius McCrary (Family Matters) from 2009-11.

    For Malcolm's comeback, Moore will appear in scenes with Kristoff St. John, a longtime star of Y&R who plays Malcolm's older brother, Neil. Moore won't spoil why his alter-ego is back in town, other than to say it is for family reasons.

    But longtime Y&R fans will love this little detail: Malcolm and Neil discuss Drucilla, the popular character played by Victoria Rowell. (For the uninitiated, Drucilla was married to Neil but slept with Malcolm). Sadly, the actress won't be there to join in on the fun.

    "I ran into her a couple weeks ago," Moore said of Rowell. "I told her I'm sorry we won't be all together. That would be pretty great, but as far as I know, Dru has passed away."

    "She's in the river somewhere," St. John deadpanned.

    As for Moore's return to Y&R, St. John added, "He eclipsed so many people on this show. His supernova was huge."

    Now, for the bad news, baby girls: There will be no undressing by Moore for this special guest appearance.

    "There are two wardrobe changes and none of them expose the six pack, which is more like a two or three pack," Moore told PEOPLE. "If you want to see me half-bucky naked, go on the Internet."

    Soap opera star returns home to star in 'Vivien'

    (greenvilleonline.com) For Judith Chapman, actress Vivien Leigh was irresistible: ambitious and hugely talented, though plagued by mental illness.

    “I’m fascinated by brilliant damaged women,” said Chapman, a Greenville native and Los Angeles-based actress.

    “Vivien Leigh was so beautiful and gifted and yet she had these horrific demons.”

    Chapman is bringing Rick Foster’s one-woman show “Vivien: A Journey into the Triumph and Madness of Vivien Leigh” to Greenville’s Centre Stage for three performances this weekend.

    It’s a play that Chapman premiered in Los Angeles in 2011 and has performed dozens of times throughout the country.

    Chapman has enjoyed a long career in TV and film and is best known as the scheming Gloria Fisher Bardwell in “The Young and the Restless.”

    Foster’s drama spotlights the two sides of Leigh: a woman with an indomitable will who starred in “Gone With the Wind” but also suffered debilitating bouts of manic depression that prompted electroconvulsive therapy and forced hospitalization.

    “She said, ‘Nobody knows me but I willbe Scarlett O’Hara. I will marry Laurence Olivier,’” Chapman said, speaking by phone from her home near Palm Springs, Calif. “Vivien Leigh was powerful and a ground-breaker in a man’s world. She had so much personal strength.”

    Yet despite her success, Leigh was tortured throughout much of her life by bipolar disorder.

    “Now we call it bipolar disorder but back in the day it was called manic depression,” Chapman said. “She started manifesting her manic depression during ‘Gone With the Wind.’ As time went on, the swing of her moods became more violent. All of this is played out on stage: her electric shock treatments, her rages, her being in the insane asylum and being so apologetic and so fearful of what she had become.”

    “Vivien” opens in a darkened theater, with Leigh reflecting on her tumultuous 20-year marriage to actor Laurence Olivier.

    Olivier starred with Leigh in stage productions of several Shakespeare plays but when it came time to film the same plays, Olivier, as director and star, often snubbed his wife in favor of other actresses.

    It was a cause of lasting resentment, Chapman said.

    “She was so angry with Olivier for betraying her, and he was so jealous of her for winning an Oscar at such an early age for ‘Gone With the Wind,’” Chapman said.

    Deep insecurities

    The very English Leigh reveals deep insecurities despite winning two Academy Awards for “Southern Belle” performances in “Gone With the Wind” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

    The play also offers Leigh’s frank and often humorous “conversations” with people who touched her the most, including friend and confidante Katherine Hepburn, Winston Churchill, Noel Coward, Olivier, co-star and lover Peter Finch and critic Kenneth Tynan, whose harsh stage reviews haunted the actress throughout her career.

    Her story particularly resonates with audiences for its portrait of an enormously talented woman who was undermined by illness.

    “She was so brilliant yet so frail and human,” Chapman said. “I think that strikes a chord.”

    Leigh, who battled not only depression but also tuberculosis, died in 1967 at the age of 53.

    “She died so tragically and so young,” Chapman said.

    The Los Angeles Times praised Chapman’s performance in “Vivien,” saying, “It’s hard to imagine anyone inhabiting the role (of Vivien Leigh) more convincingly than soap opera veteran Judith Chapman. Her mastery of Leigh’s mannerisms ... is uncanny.”

    Chapman previously tackled the role of Vivien Leigh in the West Coast premiere of Austin Pendleton’s play, “Orson’s Shadow,” at the Globe Theatre in San Diego.

    In addition to playing Gloria Fisher Bardwell in “The Young and the Restless,” Chapman previously starred as Natalie Bannon Hughes in “As the World Turns,” Charlotte Greer in “Ryan’s Hope,” Ginny Blake Webber on “General Hospital,” Sandra Montaigne on “One Life to Live” and Anjelica Deveraux Curtis on “Days of Our Lives.” She has appeared in dozens of other TV shows and feature films.

    Chapman, the daughter of a retired Air Force general, was born in Greenville but spent most of her childhood living outside the United States. Her mother’s family has ties to Greenville that go back several generations, Chapman said.

    YOU CAN GO

    What: “Vivien: A Journey into the Triumph and Madness of Vivien Leigh” by Rick Foster, starring Judith Chapman

    When: 8 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Aug. 17 (Saturday’s performance will be followed by a Meet and Greet)

    Where: Centre Stage, 501 River St.

    Tickets: $30 (Tickets to Saturday’s Meet and Greet are $15 extra, benefiting Centre Stage)

    Information: 864-233-6733 or www.centrestage.org.

    Soap Opera Star Rivals Lisa Rinna & Eileen Davidson - Bringing The Drama To 'RHOBH'

    (radaronline.com) Soap star rivals Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson are already bringing the 90210 as they have begun filming for the upcoming season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

    Rinna and Davidson have known each other for years because of their work on Days of Our Lives.

    “There is absolutely no love lost between Lisa and Eileen. Eileen can be very cold and aloof towards other women, and Lisa doesn’t like that at all. Lisa is very outgoing and says whatever is on her mind,” a source exclusively told RadarOnline.com. “The ladies have already had some heated exchanges during the onset of filming.”

    “The ladies have already had some heated exchanges during the onset of filming.”

    Rinna takes issue with Davidson’s decision to leave the popular soap opera, claiming to wanting to spend more time with her family, but ultimately deciding to join the cast of a reality show doesn’t make sense to the actress.

    “Eileen said she quit DOOL to spend more time with family, but then invites reality cameras into her house? There is a lot going on with Eileen’s personal life, and just doesn’t seem like the best decision to join a reality show,” the insider added.

    “This will be one of the best season’s for RHOBH, ever.”

    Interview: Bell, Davidson & Scott

    Battle of the Blondes on The Young and the Restless. Read TV Guide's interview with Lauralee Bell, Doug Davidson and Melody Thomas Scott here.

    Meredith Baxter Joins The Young and the Restless

    (tvguide.com) Hmmm...wonder if she'll have any family ties? TV Guide Magazine can exclusively confirm that TV icon Meredith Baxter is heading to daytime's No. 1 soap, The Young and the Restless. The juicy gig will have her character, Maureen, kicking back a few cocktails — make that lots of cocktails — with troubled socialite Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott).

    According to a rep for the CBS soap, Maureen is a "charming, intelligent, middle-class woman who has always aspired to a more privileged life than she's had. She appears kind and sympathetic, but can be quite manipulative. She is skilled at getting people to do the things she wants them to do by making them think it's their idea!" Adds the rep: "When not hitting the sauce with her new drinking-buddy, Nikki, Maureen will be crossing with several key players on the Y&R canvas."

    A member of sitcom royalty, Baxter starred from 1982 to 1989 as mom Elyse Keaton on Family Ties. She earned two Emmy nods in the landmark '70s series Family, and a third for the 1992 movie A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story. She took home a Daytime Emmy for the 1993 CBS Schoolbreak Special Other Mothers. Baxter's most recent TV appearances include Family Guy, Switched at Birth, The Neighbors, Glee and Finding Carter. Oh, and if you haven't read her terrific 2011 memoir Untied, do.

    Baxter will hit Y&R on Monday, Sept. 8 and will be prominent throughout the fall because, word is, boozy Maureen has connections in town!

    Y&R STAR’S SIS TO APPEAR ON SHOW

    Olivia Capogna, who is the little sister of Y&R's Jessica Collins (Avery), will appear as an extra on the Crimson Lights coffeehouse set on September 8. "Just made an album of my sister's big debut on #YR!” tweeted a proud Collins. To see those photos, check it out here.

    KELLY KRUGER LAUNCHES BLOG

    Kelly Kruger (ex-Mac, Y&R), real-life fiancée of Darin Brooks (Wyatt, B&B), who is set to appear on B&B as a publicist named Eva on August 8, has launched a beauty and lifestyle blog. The actress shares her favorite products, DIY projects, as well as photos of her and Brooks. Check it out at http://madisoncharles.com.

    Y&R STAR WEDS

    (Photo) Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R) married Matt Katrosor yesterday and tweeted a photo of the beautiful ceremony. "Best. Day Ever." is how she captioned the following shot here

    Congratulations to the happy couple!

    SHEMAR MOORE RETURNS TO THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

    Moore Set to Guest Star on Television’s #1 Daytime Drama On Wednesday, Sept. 10 and Thursday, Sept. 11

    For the first time in nearly a decade, CBS Daytime veteran and CRIMINAL MINDS star Shemar Moore will return to television’s #1 Daytime Drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, for a special two-day guest appearance, Wednesday, Sept. 10 and Thursday, Sept. 11 (12:30-1:30 PM, ET; 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Moore, who appeared as a series regular for 11 years (1994-2002 and 2004-2005), will reprise his role as the charismatic Malcolm Winters, a portrayal that earned him a Daytime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2000. During his two-day return, Moore will reunite with longtime friend and co-star Kristoff St. John, who portrays his on-screen brother, Neil Winters. In the episodes, Malcolm returns to Genoa City after leaving town years before without a proper goodbye. Now, he’s back for an important visit with the Winters family to make amends and catch up on everything he’s missed.

    “I am excited about returning to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS as a special guest,” said Moore. “This is where I got my start, and I am looking forward to reuniting with my soap opera family.”

    Eileen Davidson Is Joining RHOBH, Says Source

    (people.com) One way to add more drama to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Throw in a couple of former soap opera stars.

    Just a week after PEOPLE learned that Days of Our Lives alum Lisa Rinna will appear in the Bravo series, a source says that Eileen Davidson is now set to join her soap opera star pal next season on the reality show.

    The new additions will take the place of former housewives Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud.

    While Davidson, 55, and Rinna, 51, might be newbies when it comes to the Housewives franchise, this won't be the first time they've appeared together on television.

    Davidson first got her start on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives in 1993 when she starred as the villainous Kristen DiMera alongside Lisa Rinna, who played Billie Reed from 1992 to 1995. Both actresses later returned to reprise their roles on the NBC series.

    Bravo has yet to officially confirm whether Davidson is joining the cast.

    'Finding Carter's' Cynthia Watros: 'You have to know how to hold a gun'

    Zap2it: "Finding Carter's" premise is that a 3-year-old was kidnapped from her front yard. As a mom do these stories just chill you to the heart?

    Cynthia Watros: Yes, once I had twins myself. They're almost 13. Before I had children, you can listen to horrible things that happen in the world but you kind of go on. This strikes inside of your heart. It changes you. For example last night I wanted to watch this documentary about the end of life stuff. Maybe I can watch this and on the cover one of the stories showed it's going to be a child and I can't do it. I remember watching 'Titanic' and the water is rising and she is about to go under, and she says, 'My son is going to miss me.' [I thought then], 'Are you kidding me?' You are about to die!" And then I have kids, and you can completely get it. And it is about your kids.

    Zap2it: Your character is a detective. Did you talk to cops, to learn the proper way to hold a gun, to move?

    Cynthia Watros: I have. I have been around cops and with this role you want to look the part and you don't want to make a fool out of yourself on camera. You will get one point of view to do something then the other. You definitely should do your research so you know what you are doing how, to enter a room, how to hold a gun.

    Tricia Cast and Michael Fairman Return to The Young and the Restless

    (tvguide.com) Hard to believe but it's been nearly a year since The Young and the Restless said goodbye to Katherine Chancellor, the divinely salty doyenne played by the late Jeanne Cooper. On Aug. 26-27, the CBS soap will mark the one-year anniversary of Katherine's death with a remembrance ceremony in Chancellor Park that brings back actors Tricia Cast (Nina) and Michael Fairman (Murphy).

    According to a Y&R rep, the gathering is Katherine's idea, adamantly requested in a letter to Jill (Jess Walton) that mysteriously arrives on Aug. 13, and it will result — finally! — in some resolution to the soap's maddening music box mystery. Katherine's widower, Murphy, who has been living in a Lake Michigan cabin she bequeathed to him, also receives a letter from his late wife, prompting him to return to Genoa City for the memorial. Meanwhile, Katherine's dear friend Nina flies in from Los Angeles, where she's now a successful author.

    What's Nina going to think when she finds out Cricket (Lauralee Bell) is already having trouble in her marriage to Paul (Doug Davidson)? Can she resist the opportunity to gloat? And here's the kind of bad news Y&R fans will love: The homage to Katherine is going to coincide with yet another tragic setback for Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott). Our girl falls off the wagon — again! More scoop soon.

    SOAP ALUM IN LIFETIME MOVIE

    Former soap stars Erin Sanders (ex-Eden. Y&R) and Michael Woods (ex-Kent, AMC et al) will play daughter and father on the Lifetime TV movie, GUILTY AT 17. Airing on July 20 at at 7 p.m./6 central, the thriller is about a teen (Sanders) who falsely accuses a teacher of sexually assaulting her friend.

    'LeAnn and Eddie' unveil their reality on 'Wendy Williams'

    (Video) After many years of being tabloid fodder, LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian are ready to show the world their reality on their new VH1 show " LeAnn & Eddie."

    The couple made an appearance on "The Wendy Williams" show (July 17), to promote the show and dish on all things their show would and wouldn't include as well as to have a little fun.

    When the host inquired about their decision to put their lives on TV when the public already get their fill from the magazines, Cibrian defended their choice saying, "Tabloids, while they provide great sensational headlines and great hot topics for you to discuss, they aren't always accurate, so we just kind of wanted to poke fun at that."

    The interview wouldn't have been complete without Williams bringing up Cibrian's ex-wife, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star, Brandi Glanville and the social media sparring she does with his current spouse.

    When Williams said to the actor, "Why don't you tell you wife to get off Twitter and stop engaging [with Brandi]?" Cibrian was quick to defend Rimes saying, "Well my wife doesn't engage, I think that's the thing to, that the media has made a feud out of this, a Twitter feud."

    The couple also revealed despite being open to having a child of their own, Cibrian's two sons with Glanville will not be shown on "LeAnn & Eddie." The two boys also do not appear on "Housewives."

    Y&R's Special Guest!

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

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

    Y&R STAR LANDS PRIME-TIME GIG

    Jessica Collins (Avery, Y&R) will be guest-starring on TNT's PERCEPTION and will share scenes with the show's lead, Eric McCormack (formerly of WILL & GRACE). The episode is set to air August 5.

    West Gets Scary!

    Maura West (ex-Diane, Y&R) is featured in a new horror movie called Come Back To Me, but she may not make it to the end credits alive! The film tells the story of a woman who begins suffering memory lapses and blackouts, then discovers that she's pregnant — but her husband is sterile! She sets up a hidden camera to keep track of what she's doing during her fugue states, and is shocked by what she discovers!

    From the trailer, which you can see here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-isZwofD9_Y), it seems that West's character, Eileen, has some kind of psychic abilities. Not that they seem to help save her life, if these clips are any indication! The film is adapted from the book The Resurrectionist by Matthew Guinn, and is written and directed by West's former AS THE WORLD TURNS co-star, Paul Leyden (Simon). Look for it in theaters, on iTunes, DirecTV and iN-Demand starting Friday, July 25... if you dare!

    LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian Reveal Why They Decided to Do a Reality Show (It Wasn't to "Fire Back" at Brandi Glanville)

    The best way to deal with the tabloids and public constantly talking about your relationship? Do a reality show.

    Sure, it might not make much sense at first, but it's exactly what Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes decided to do with their new unscripted VH1 series, LeAnn & Eddie, which debuts Thursday, July 17.

    With LeAnn citing the eight-episode series as a way to "take our life back and have fun with our story and where we are now" at the 2014 Summer TCA Press Tour on Friday, Eddie acknowledged the irony of turning to reality TV as a way to stop tabloid fodder.

    "Come on, we're all realistic," Eddie answered when asked if he really thought doing the show would get the press to stop the tabloid's coverage of the show.

    "Ultimately, we wanted to do a show and I think that this format and this genre, unscripted, gave us an opportunity to do something fun and work together," he continued. "What's really real about the show is our relationship juxtaposed by everything the public reads and is fed by the tabloids…ultimately, this is a comedy and that's how we go about our life as well, is we laugh and it really helps."

    LeAnn added to that point, saying, "I think people think we take ourselves super seriously and we don't at all."

    But is the couple looking at this show as their way to fire back at Eddie's outspoken ex-wife Brandi Glanville, star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, in a major (and public) way? "This show is not an opportunity to fire back at anybody," Eddie insisted. "If anything, it's very much a satire and you'll see that."

    And like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, LeAnn & Eddie will not feature appearances by the former couple's two children, who are 11 and 7. "They are not in the show and that was a decision that we made together, that it's not about that," Eddie explained. "Keep them out of it as much as possible. My kids are not in my ex-wife's show and they're definitely not going to be in ours, and that's that."

    LeAnn expanded a bit, saying, "We do talk about the kids in the show. We do discuss Eddie's ex-wife when it needed to be discussed..…you can't really do a show without talking about that." (And the duo definitely discusses Brandi in the first trailer for the show.)

    And LeAnn and Eddie are not looking to other couples who've turned to reality TV, specifically Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, who aired their recent relationship troubles on True Tori, for guidance on how to handle their time in front of the cameras.

    "That's obviously not what we're doing at all," Eddie said, while LeAnn added, "We're together. Still." She then joked, "We wanted to ruin our marriage so that's why we went into this!"

    While there are currently no plans on doing another season, Eddie joked, "That's up to the tabloids. If they want to stop writing about us..." But LeAnn hinted that she would be open to filming more episodes, saying, "If this goes past a first season, I think it will just evolve into the next phase, whether that's tabloid fodder or music."

    LeAnn & Eddie premieres Thursday, July 17 at 10:30 p.m. on VH1.

    VH1's 'LeAnn & Eddie' is 'very much a satire,' say stars Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes

    A new reality show is launching on VH1 on Thursday (July 17) called "LeAnn & Eddie," which follows the everyday happenings of singer LeAnn Rimes and her husband actor Eddie Cibrian, who tell the 2014 summer TV press tour that the show is meant to be humorous and light-hearted.

    "[This show] gives us an opportunity to have fun and work together and ultimately, this is a comedy. That's kind of how we go abou tour life as well -- we laugh," says Cibrian.

    "Eddie and I really have coped with [our struggles] by laughing," adds Rimes. "We're smart a**es, we give each other a lot of crap. People think we take ourselves super seriously and we don't at all. It's time to have fun and take that story back, because it is ours, it isn't anyone else's to twist and turn and spread lies about. This is our first chance for you to see who we really are."

    Rimes is speaking of how prevalent she and Cibrian have been in the tabloids in recent years, which she says will be addressed on the show.

    "We definitely hit on the tabloid fodder because that's what has surrounded our lives so much for the last five years," says Rimes. "Everyone has used our lives for entertainment, so we kind of wanted to take our life back and have fun with our story, with where we are now."

    But they won't be using the show to fire shots back at Cibrian's ex-wife, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Brandi Glanville.

    "This show is not an opportunity to fire back at anybody other than to kind of make fun of the fodder that has surrounded us. If anything, it's very much a satire," says Cibrian. "As far as the kids are concerned, they are not in the show and that was a decision that we made together. It's not about that, we keep them out of it as much as possible. My kids are not in my ex-wife's show and they're definitely not going to be in ours."

    Rimes adds, "We do discuss Eddie's ex-wife when it needed to be discussed ... you can't really do a show without talking about that. But I always say the whole show, we joke about ourselves, we make fun of ourselves. ... We both realize to do a show like this you can't take yourselves seriously."

    "LeAnn & Eddie" premieres Thursday, July 17 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.

    LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian Wanted to Do VH1 Reality Show to "Take Our Life Back"

    LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian have been in the public eye for pretty much their entire relationship thus far thanks to paparazzi and tabloids. So the two were not only well-trained for the ups and downs of documenting their daily lives, they actually wanted to do it.

    "Everyone's used our lives as entertainment and so we wanted to actually kind of take our life back," Rimes told reporters Friday at VH1's Television Critics Association fall previews.

    The end result is LeAnn & Eddie, a new reality series about the everyday lives of the Grammy-winning singer and the CSI: Miami alum. Premiering on Thursday, July 17 at 8/7c on VH1, the series promises to show a different, more honest, side of the couple compared to the duo splashed across tabloid covers and gossip websites. "We definitely hit on the tabloid fodder because that's what surrounded our lives so much in the past five years," Rimes said. "I think we're really kidding ourselves with the illusion of a private life because it's very hard."

    Rimes is of course referring to the intense media scrutiny that has followed the two since they first began a romantic relationship in 2009 when they were both married to other people. Both subsequently divorced their respective partners and eventually tied the knot in 2011. Cibrian admits the intense coverage of their relationship was a major motivating factor in wanting to do the show, which they pitched to VH1. "If [the tabloids] want to stop writing about us, then we won't have to set the record straight anymore," he said. "[It] gave us an opportunity to do something fun, work together and at the same time, what's really real about the show is our relationship. You'll see how we interact with one another."

    From the executive producers of Duck Dynasty, LeAnn & Eddie will have a similarly light tone, according to its stars. "We've both gone through a lot of private things with the public eyes watching. ... Eddie and I really have coped with it all by laughing," Rimes said. "People think we take ourselves super seriously and we don't."

    "Ultimately, this is a comedy. That's kind of how we go about our life as well; we laugh, and it really helps," Cibrian added. "It's a show not about real dysfunction or exploitation. It's a fun show to watch and you laugh and that's kind of the area we wanted to explore."

    And those jokes also extend to others within the couple's orbit, such as Cibrian's ex-wife, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville, who has not shied away from talking about her ex-husband and his wife on the hit Bravo reality series. "We do discuss Eddie's ex-wife when it needed to be discussed," Rimes said. "Any situation, any tabloid fodder that might have come from her ... you can't really do a show without talking about that."

    However, Cibrian stressed "we're not taking shots."

    As with the Real Housewives, this show will not feature Cibrian's two sons with Glanville. "We keep them out of it as much as possible. My kids are not in my ex-wives' show and they're definitely not going to be in our show and that's that."

    Aside from exercising creative control to keep his sons off the air — Rimes and Cibrian serve as executive producers on their show — the couple say that viewers will get an honest and relatively unfiltered representation of them on the show. "We thought we were going to be more protective of the final cut but we kind of let the final product breathe on its own," Cibrian said. "There are some things that are kind of embarrassing that we left on the show because we thought it was funny. We really didn't censor ourselves that much."

    But will these moments be loud enough and uproarious enough to cancel out their bad press? Rimes is optimistic. "There's nothing to hide," she said. "There is, I feel, only great things to gain by being who we are and allowing people to see that."

    LeAnn & Eddie premieres on Thursday, July 17 at 8/7c on VH1.

    LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian's Reality Show Debuts: Check Out the 5 Most Memorable Moments!

    After months of buzz, the first episode of LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian's new show, aptly named LeAnn & Eddie, has made its debut online.

    Didn't catch it yet? Don't worry, we already took care of it for you and are here to provide you with the five weirdest moments from the premiere show.

    But before we get into the nitty gritty of the couple's latest foray into the world of reality television, let's get one major subject out of the way: Cibrian's ex, Brandi Glanville.

    So is the show really all about the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star?

    Well, not entirely, but the married duo do make mention of the outspoken blonde a whopping eight times throughout the 22-minute program. (Translation: she's the topic of discussion roughly every three minutes. Good times!)

    But back to the most memorable moments from the famous couple's highly anticipated show…

    1. She's Not the Only Singer in the Family: The Grammy-winning crooner reveals that her hubby once tried his hand at a musical career (there's even a hilarious throwback clip to boot!). Cibrian seemed wholly embarrassed by the subject, and admitted that he'll be sticking to his day job.

    2. It's All About Perspective: At the red carpet premiere of The Best Man Holiday, the couple plans to kiss a certain way to throw off reporters. Rimes even bets that the awkward kiss would end up in a tabloid—and sure enough, she was right!

    3. Rime-isms: The country superstar sure had a few quotable moments throughout the premiere, but the most jarring one was none other than this gem: "Tattoos and boobs are like bank accounts, they can never be too big." Yep, she said that.

    4. Babies on the Brain: When Mario Lopez asks her if she's planning on having any kids in the near future, she replies, "We work on it often!"

    5. Ah, Unconditional Love: Rimes and Cibrian joke (we think?!) about being with one another through thick and thin. "I'd love you even if you [only] had $10 million," he tells his wife. She then turns to him to say, "And I'd love you even if you were fat and ugly." And then, in that sweet little moment, they both start giggling and say, "No we wouldn't, who are we kidding?"

    Former Men in Trees Star Scott Elrod Joins The Young and the Restless

    (tvguide.com) (Photo) It's a recipe for disaster! Heartthrob Scott Elrod is heading to CBS's The Young and the Restless in the contract role of Joe Clark, the ex-husband of Julia Child wannabe Avery Clark (Jessica Collins). As fans know, the marriage went south when Avery began her affair with war vet Dylan McAvoy (Steve Burton), but she has always felt guilty for betraying her husband and has privately hoped he's found happiness.

    But what are the chances of that? According to a show rep, "Viewers can expect Joe to have more than a few tricks up his sleeve as he crosses paths with several key Y&R characters." Look for Elrod to hit the air in early October.

    Elrod's film credits include Lone Survivor and the 2012 Best Picture Oscar winner Argo. Fans of the ABC romantic comedy series Men in Trees will remember him as Cash, the sexy, free-spirited handyman who went to work for Marin (Anne Heche) and repaired much more than her rundown mountain cabin. The big question: Which Genoa City gal will benefit from Joe's handiwork?

    Has Y&R Cast Mariah's Mom?

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

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

    So who do you think Helen is?

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    Joshua Morrow Interview

    Twenty Years on The Young and the Restless: Joshua Morrow's Five Favorite Moments. Read the TV Guide interview here.

    Y&R CASTING NEW ROLE

    Y&R is looking for a Caucasian woman in her 50s to play the role of Maureen, which starts shooting at the end of the month, and will be around for about two months. She is described as someone who has always wanted more from life than she's been given, but has a strong sense of self.

    NEW PROJECT FOR EX-Y&R STAR

    Shawn Christian (Daniel, DAYS) has cast Eric Roberts (ex-Vance, Y&R) in his latest project, SPANNERS. Christian, who stars as Dr. Adam Parr, an 8000-year-old immortal, shares, “Eric plays Adam’s brother, who leaves clues on a videotape right before he’s murdered. He’s also an immortal. So Peter has to solve the mystery of his immortal brother’s death.” Christian is also executive producer of SPANNERS. To view a trailer, visit http://www.spannersthemovie.com/.

    Finding Carter Stars Preview 'Intense,' 'Fun' New MTV Kidnapping Drama

    You’ve never seen a mother-daughter relationship quite as complicated as on MTV’s Finding Carter, premiering Tuesday (June 8) at 10/9c — and that’s exactly what stars Kathryn Prescott and Cynthia Watros love about their new gig.

    Here’s the drama’s plot in a nutshell: After discovering that her “mom” is actually just a woman who kidnapped her as a young girl, Carter Stevens (Prescott) is reunited with her biological family, including her biological mother Elizabeth (Watros).

    “This lovely rainbow tornado comes into our lives again, and we welcome her, but it shakes everything up,” Watros tells TVLine. “Elizabeth tries desperately to reconnect with this daughter that she hasn’t seen in 13 years. I think they’re more alike than they both want to admit, so they definitely clash.”

    But while this all sounds heavy — and, to be fair, it is — Prescott insists that Finding Carter isn’t all gloom and doom.

    “The first episode is really intense, because it’s like the rug is pulled out from under her, but after that … there a lot of fun moments,” Prescott explains.

    For Elizabeth, however, the abduction drama consumes nearly every aspect of her life.

    “Not only is Elizabeth a detective that wants to get this criminal, but more importantly, she’s a mom who lost years with her child,” Watros says. “She has to reconnect with Carter, who was essentially brainwashed. [The abduction] is always circulating with Elizabeth.”

    Elizabeth will gradually become closer to her estranged daughter, but don’t expect Carter to start calling her “mom” anytime soon.

    “Carter is grieving her mom, or the woman she’s always called ‘mom,’” Prescott says. “It’s like torture. The closer she lets Elizabeth get to her, the more she feels she’s like [her kidnapper] Lori get away.”

    (Stockholm Syndrome doesn’t even begin to describe it.)

    Y&R Casting News!

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

    Y&R'S STEVE BURTON IS A DAD AGAIN!

    (Photo) Congratulations to Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R/ex-Jason, GH) and his wife, Sheree, who welcomed their third child this morning! Daughter Brooklyn Faith was born via a scheduled C-section earlier today.

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

    Y&R Live Tweets

    Matthew Atkinson and Hunter King will live tweet on Tuesday, 7/15/14 at 9:30AM PST.

    Serricchio Gets A Witchy Woman!

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

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

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

    Mishael Morgan Interview

    Mishael Morgan Dishes Her Sizzling Young and the Restless Triangle. Read the TV Guide interview here.

    Lyndsy Fonseca To Lead 'The Escort'

    (deadline.com) Romantic comedy The Escort has found its lead in Lyndsy Fonseca, the Kick-Ass actress who’s coming off a four-season run on The CW’s Nikita. Pic tracks a sex-obsessed journalist (Michael Doneger) who throws himself into the world of high class escorts when he starts following a Stanford-educated prostitute. Will Slocombe (Cold Turkey, Crime Fiction) is directing from a script by Doneger and Brandon A. Cohen, with Doneger, Bruce Campbell, Tommy Dewey, Rumer Willis, Rachel Resheff, and Sonya Walger rounding out the cast. Filming on the Cloverhill Pictures production is underway in LA. Blake Goza is producing and Tyler Konney is executive producer on the project. Taylor & Dodge is repping the film worldwide. Fonseca, who also played Daughter on CBS’s hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother, is repped by ICM Partners and Management 360. Doneger is repped by APA, Underground, and Lev Ginsburg.

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

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

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

    Sip Tea With The Stars Of Y&R!

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

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

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

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    Phyllis Is Back In August!

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

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

    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.

    Y&R CASTING NEW ROLE

    Y&R is looking for a Caucasian actress, age 40-45, to play the two-day role of Helen Copeland, a trained nurse who was a young mother, had an unsettled life and is slightly bitter.

    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."

    DANIEL POLO READY FOR EMMYS

    Y&R alum Daniel Polo (ex-Jamie), who is nominated as Outstanding Younger Actor, is looking forward to Sunday night. "I’ll be there," he says. "I’m bringing my mom and my grandfather because they've been my biggest supporters. They're about excited about this as I am.” Polo says when get got the news about his first nom, “I think basically everyone in the neighborhood found out because I was so loud," he recalls. "I still had to go to school that day but when I got out, I celebrated with a nice big bowl of Ramen from my favorite Japanese restaurant with my family and friends.” The 41st Annual Daytime Emmys are set for Sunday night. Watch them live online at DaytimeEmmys.net.

    The Best Soap Opera Moments of 2013

    (variety.com) There may be only four broadcast soaps left but the folks at “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of Our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless” served up plenty of sudsy, sensational moments in 2013 — many of which will earn gold statues June 22 at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

    “Bold’s” most combustible moment last year was Katie ripping into her husband, Bill, and her sister, Brooke, over the affair they had while she battled post-partum depression.

    “We submitted that for Outstanding Drama Series,” says Bradley Bell, nominated as “Bold’s” executive producer and head writer. “The storyline’s a timeless classic, and there were so many great performances.”

    “Bill and Katie had been married for four years, which in daytime is an eternity,” notes Heather Tom, a five-time Emmy winner and a nominee this year for lead actress. “People are really invested in them so when it unraveled it was heartbreaking.”

    Among “Days’” highlights was Kristen and Brady’s wedding, which came to an abrupt halt after the groom’s mother played footage of the bride’s sexy romp with Eric — the priest officiating at the ceremony!

    “That was the culmination of a long story arc,” says nominee Greg Meng, “Days’” co-executive producer. “Eileen Davidson (a lead actress nominee for her perf as Kristen) gave a brilliant performance. We also had Will and Sonny’s romance, and some dark comedy moments with Kate, Sami and Gabi disposing of Nick’s ‘body.’”

    Fans of “Restless” ran through several boxes of tissues during the storyline in which young Delia was unintentionally struck dead by Adam’s car after her father left her unsupervised for just a few fatal moments. “It was a very difficult story to tell,” says nominee Jill Farren Phelps, “Restless’” executive producer. “The primary source of the story was to tell the journey of two fathers — and all that happens with them and the people who were affected by this.”

    Another standout for “Restless” was the tribute to the late Jeanne Cooper, who played matriarch Katherine Chancellor on the show for 40 years.

    “That episode was a love letter to Jeanne,” says Angelica McDaniel, senior vice president, CBS Daytime. “We had 25 cast members on set to share their emotions. Jeanne’s last moment had her going up the stairs as (her rival) Jill asked if she could help. It was written for Katherine to say no. Jeanne added a ‘good night.’ And that was the last time we saw Katherine.”

    The tribute program earned a Special Class nomination.

    However, not all the memorable moments of soaps from last year are up for accolades. While eight “GH” actors were nominated, the show itself was surprisingly shut out in series, writing and directing categories.

    The most polite word that could be used about the glaring snubs is “ironic” since “GH’s” dream team, executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati, delivered one memorable moment after another last year. The pair resurrected the Nurses Ball (which featured Rick Springfield performing “Jessie’s Girl”), staged a deadly confrontation between Luke and Laura and evil Helena Cassadine, revisited the classic Lesley/Monica feud, and brought back veteran Rachel Ames as Audrey to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary episode.

    Finola Hughes, strangely absent from the lead actress category, briefly played a dual role in which she brought to life both Anna and evil Dr. Obrecht, masquerading as Anna. “Finola gave just enough so that you knew something was off,” Carlivati says. “She was brilliant.”

    “One of the real highlights (from 2013) is that our ratings are so strong,” says Valentini. “ ‘GH’ is vital and alive. That’s our most important accomplishment.”

    "THE TALK" CELEBRATES "THE 41st ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS" ON MONDAY, JUNE 23

    CBS’s Daytime Emmy Award-nominated talk show THE TALK will salute “The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards” with a special show dedicated to daytime television’s biggest night, Monday, June 23, 2014 (2:00 PM, ET/1:00 PM, PT), on the CBS Television Network. THE TALK hosts, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood, along with guest co-host Marie Osmond, will be joined live in-studio by some of the night’s biggest winners for a post-Emmy celebration. This year marks the third time THE TALK has paid tribute to Daytime Emmy winners from across the daypart by inviting them to appear live on the show the following day. Guest names to be announced following the Daytime Emmy Awards early Monday morning, June 23.

    EILEEN DAVIDSON SIGNS CONTRACT WITH Y&R

    Although Eileen Davidson has been jumping between Y&R and DAYS to play two very popular characters (Ashley and Kristen, respectively), the actress has decided to stay put on the soap where she got her start by signing a contract with Y&R. “They has been reaching out for quite a while and wondering what I wanted, so the deal we made suits my life very well,” she reports. "I’m really happy. I’ve put in a lot of years in this medium, which I don’t take for granted, so I’m very grateful." Davidson will start airing in early September, while her 12-week story arc on DAYS is playing out.

    Hang With Y&R's Egan And Help A Good Cause!

    THE YOUNG & THE RESLTESS fans can spend a little time with Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea) and contribute to a worthwhile cause, too! The actress is raising money for The Riedel & Cody Fund (RCF), a non-profit organization that helps with the treatment of pets stricken with cancer, by participating in an on-line auction, where Egan will take the winner and a guest out to lunch or, if they can't make it to Los Angeles, will do a Skype session for a personal chat!

    The auction is currently running and will continue until Wednesday, July 9. Check it out by clicking this link!

    Cast Appearances

    Lauralee Bell, Sean Carrigan and Jess Walton will present at the Creative Art Emmy Awards on Friday, 6/20.

    CAMERON MATHISON DENIES Y&R RUMORS

    Acknowledging the speculation that he has been cast as Y&R's new Adam, Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, AMC) tweeted, "Just to clear up some rumors... There is absolutely NO indication that I am going to Y&R to play Adam Newman. Thanks for all the support tho."

    Steve Burton Interview

    Steve Burton on His Young and the Restless Daddy Bombshell. Read the TV Guide interview here

    E! NEWS CELEBRATES "SOAP WEEK" ALL THIS WEEK STARTING TONIGHT AT 7:00PM ET/PT

    Monday, June 16th – What better way to gear up for the 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards than by celebrating one of our favorite categories, Soap Operas! Beginning TONIGHT, E! News is pulling back the curtain and exposing all of the lies, mysteries and cover-ups that go on behind-the-scenes of E! each day. Well, not quite. BUT you will see your favorite E! News correspondents testing out their acting chops for a DRAMA-FILLED week of hilarious skits, appropriately titled, “All My Anchors.”

    Each night during the week of June 16th, E! News will feature a different over-the-top and ridiculous spoof of your favorite soaps. Don’t miss the cat fights and “who done its” when E! News “Soap Week” kicks off TONIGHT, Monday, June 16th, and airs all this week at 7:00pm and11:30pm ET/PT.

    Casting Corner

    D.C. Douglas returns as Colin’s cohort, Kurtz on Tuesday, 7/1.
    Robert Gant returns as David Sherman on Friday, 7/11.

    Is Miller GH's New Jason?

    Ever since Billy Miller left the role of Billy at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, there has been speculation that the fan favorite would be snatched up by GENERAL HOSPITAL to take over the part of Jason (previously played by Steve Burton, who is now Y&R's Dylan!). And last night, TV Guide's Michael Logan added some fuel to that particular fire by posting to Twitter: "Billy Miller. General Hospital. Done deal? This is what I'm hearing."

    When contacted for comment on the possible casting coup, a rep for GH replied simply, "We don't have any info on that." Could the rumor be true? Is Robin going to succeed in saving Jason and bring him back to Port Charles with a slightly different face? Or could Miller be playing someone else? What do you think?

    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.

    SIX DAYS OF SPECIAL TWITTER CHATS

    CBS DAYTIME CELEBRATES “THE 41st ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY® AWARDS” WITH SIX DAYS OF SPECIAL TWITTER CHATS WITH ITS STARS LEADING UP TO DAYTIME'S BIGGEST NIGHT

    Talent and Producers From CBS’s Daytime Emmy Award-Nominated Dramas, Game Shows and “The Talk” Will Participate In Live Chats Each Weekday, Beginning June 13

    CBS Daytime will celebrate “The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards” with a special multi-day live Twitter chat event featuring stars and producers from across the Network’s Daytime Emmy Award-nominated lineup. Beginning Friday, June 13, talent and producers from LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE TALK will live-tweet every weekday, Friday, June 13 - Friday, June 20, leading up to daytime’s biggest night on Sunday, June 22.

    Actor Sean Kanan from THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL will kick off the live Twitter event on Friday, June 13. THE TALK hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood will jump-start Daytime Emmy Week with a live group chat on Monday, June 16. Model Tiffany Coyne (LMAD), actors Steve Burton, Doug Davidson and Christian Le Blanc (Y&R), actors Heather Tom and Scott Clifton (B&B), Executive Producer Mike Richards (TPIR) and CBS Daytime Senior Vice President Angelica McDaniel are scheduled to participate in chats throughout the week (see below for full schedule).

    CBS leads the 2014 Daytime Emmy nominations with 60 nods, more than any other network. The #1 daytime drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, received 26 nominations, more than any other show. In addition, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL received 18 nominations, THE TALK received five, LET’S MAKE A DEAL received three and THE PRICE IS RIGHT received two nominations.

    CBS Daytime’s entire entertainment lineup was honored, with THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL both receiving nominations for Outstanding Drama Series. THE TALK was nominated for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment as well as Outstanding Talk Show Host, THE PRICE IS RIGHT and LET’S MAKE A DEAL were both nominated for Outstanding Game Show, and LET’S MAKE A DEAL host Wayne Brady was nominated for Outstanding Game Show Host.

    Following is the schedule for the live Twitter chats:

    FRIDAY, JUNE 13

    1:30 PM, ET/ 10:30 AM, PT: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (#BoldandBeautiful)

    o Sean Kanan (@Seankanan)

    MONDAY, JUNE 16

    4:00 PM, ET/1:00 PM, PT: THE TALK (#talklivechat)

    o Julie Chen (@JulieChen)

    o Sara Gilbert (@THEsaragilbert)

    o Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne)

    o Sheryl Underwood (@sherylunderwood)

    TUESDAY, JUNE 17

    12:30 PM, ET/ 9:30 AM, PT: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (#YR)

    o Steve Burton (@1SteveBurton)

    o Doug Davidson (@DougDavidsonYR)

    o Christian Le Blanc (@CJLeBlanc)

    1:30 PM, ET/ 10:30 AM, PT: THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (#BoldandBeautiful)

    o Heather Tom (@BBheathertom)

    o Scott Clifton (@CliftonsNotes)

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE18

    10:00AM, ET, 7:00AM, PT: LET’S MAKE A DEAL (#LMAD)

    o Tiffany Coyne (@TiffanyCoyne)

    THURSDAY, JUNE 19

    11:00 AM, ET/ 8:00 AM, PT: THE PRICE IS RIGHT (#PriceIsRight)

    o Mike Richards (@MRichTV)

    FRIDAY, JUNE 20

    4:00 PM, ET/1:00 PM, PT: Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime

    o Angelica McDaniel (@AngelicaMcD)

    CBS Daytime has been #1 in the daypart for 27 consecutive years, featuring a balance of dramas, game shows and talk. The Network’s daytime lineup includes television’s #1-rated daytime program and network television’s longest-running game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, the #1 daytime drama THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, daytime talk show THE TALK as well as THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and LET’S MAKE A DEAL.

    Eva Longoria: Having Kids Is 'Just Not in My Future'

    (Photo) Though Eva Longoria loves kids, she isn't rushing to have her own.

    "It's just not in my future," the actress told PEOPLE at Wednesday's Brita Burbank YMCA special event, which celebrated the company's donation of water filtration pitchers and dispensers to YMCA locations across the country.

    As children played and made their own fruit-flavored water at the outdoor event, Longoria, 39, explained what drew her to the cause.

    "With kids, I love their energy and spirit and innocence," she said. "It's really important for us to be here today to talk to them about water because that stays with them. Water's the original energy drink. Water is really good for you. Water can be fun."

    The Devious Maids producer – who's dating Mexican businessman Jose Antonio Baston – also shared her secrets for staying in shape.

    "I run a lot. I'm a big runner. And I do yoga," she said. "So, I just alternate. Run, yoga, run, yoga. I do weight training as well."

    And though she's all about staying hydrated, you won't find Longoria sipping from a disposable water bottle after a workout.

    "So many end up in the ocean so I've banned them from the house," she said.

    Chat And Cook With Y&R's Collins

    THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Jessica Collins (Avery) was a guest on the Wednesday, June 11, episode of HOME & FAMILY, but if you missed that episode of the Hallmark Channel talk show, we've got you covered!

    First we've got her entire interview segment where she dishes about her co-stars, working in soaps and learning all the jargon to play a lawyer! Then we've got the cooking segment where the skilled chef demonstrates how to make a delicious-looking blueberry cobbler!

    Video: Chat, Cooking Segment.

    Y&R CHARACTER RETURNS

    (Photo) Robert Gant, best known for his role as Ben on QUEER AS FOLK, will reprise attorney David Sherman on Y&R. Gant, whose character is the son of longtime Chancellor lawyer, Mitchell Sherman, first debuted in September, 2013 for the reading of Katherine's will. David’s return air date is set for July 11, followed by several episodes of a major storyline that involves the Newman family.

    Sip Tea With The Stars Of Y&R!

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

    Linder will be joined by castmate Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael), Y&R hair and make-up experts Patty Denny and George Guzman, as well as additional cast members of the soap to be named in the coming month. Guests of the event will enjoy high tea, delicious edibles, a raffle, an auction, and more.

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

    Daytime Emmy Awards To Livestream Online

    After clinching last-minute deals with the CW, CBS and HLN the last few years, the Daytime Emmy Awards couldn’t do it again this year. With two weeks left before the June 22 ceremony, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will not air on TV. Instead, they will be livestreamed, the first time that has been done with the long-running awards show. The Daytime Emmy Awards, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, will be streamed live at www.daytimeemmys.net beginning at 5 PM PT on June 22. “We are confident that the expert team we’ve brought on will flawlessly execute an evening that celebrates the outstanding talent being honored and allows fans to be a part of the action,” said Malachy Wienges, Chairman of NATAS.

    A Legendary Return!

    THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Judith Chapman (Gloria) will be stepping back on stage as the legendary actress Vivien Leigh in her one-woman show, Vivien, Saturday, June 7 at Theatre In The Square in Marietta, GA. The soap vet has wowed theatergoers from coast to coast portraying the troubled star of Gone With The Wind, who suffered from manic depression. For more information on Vivien, check out facebook.com or twitter.com. Also, tickets are available by calling 777-794-5576.

    Y&R Casting Corner

    Corbin Bernsen returns as Father Todd Williams on Thursday, 6/19.

    Burgess Jenkins debuts as Billy Abbott on Tuesday, 6/24.

    Aly Lind returns as Faith Newman on Thursday, 6/26.

    Beth Maitland returns as Traci Abbott on Friday, 6/27.

    Y&R Cast Appearances

    Cady McClain will appear on Entertainment Tonight on Friday, 6/30/14.

    Lauralee Bell will appear on HALLMARK: Home & Family on Tuesday, 6/17 with a repeat airing on Wednesday, 6/18.

    Tom Speaks Out On Y&R Exit

    (cbs.soapsindepth.com) With the shocking news that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is replacing the recently-returned David Tom with daytime newcomer Burgess Jenkins as Billy Abbott, Soaps In Depth reached out to the actor to get his perspective on the unexpected recast.

    "It was such a great experience to have been a part of the Y&R family again," Tom tells In Depth. "It was wonderful to see so many old friends and people I know that I used to work with and enjoy so much like Jess Walton (Jill) and Peter Bergman (Jack). I got to do some scenes with Eric Braeden (Victor), finally."

    The Emmy winner admits that he didn't see Y&R's decision coming. "I think I was definitely well-liked there," Tom muses. "As far as I knew, nobody knew about this. Not even the cast." Was he given a reason for his termination? "One of the reasons they said they let me go is that I obviously looked too young when they placed me with [the new] Kelly. Well, she was hired after I was. I don't understand why they didn't think about that [when they were casting her]. We don't really have a storyline [anyway]; She's with Jack. I thought I looked fine with Missy [Claire Egan, Chelsea]. I really loved working with her."

    The actor is already making plans for the future, including putting together a demo reel out of his best scenes from this last trip to Genoa City. Is he up for another daytime gig? "Hell, yeah. I'd go in a heartbeat to another soap opera," he says. "I love to work.

    "The worst thing you can do is mull about it," continues Tom, who adds that what he'll miss most is working alongside his fellow Y&R actors. "The whole cast is wonderful. I felt like they were a part of my family."

    Look for more of our exclusive interview with Tom in our CBS issue on sale June 16!

    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.

    Eva Longoria's Las Vegas Strip steakhouse closes

    Eva Longoria's female-focused steakhouse closed over the weekend, less than two years after opening in a swanky shopping center on the Las Vegas Strip.

    Officials with parent company Landry's said SHe by Morton's shut down effective Sunday. The restaurant had opened in late 2012 with a theatrical nightclub on the upper floor, but the club portion closed in early 2013.

    "The restaurant was looking into alternatives to repurpose the space to enhance its dining experience," said Scott Marshall, SHe's chief operating officer. Unable to agree with the landlord on an overhaul after the club closed, "we were left with no alternative other than to sell the space back."

    The restaurant was located inside the Crystals shops at the Aria casino and featured a catwalk and smaller portion sizes for female customers. Mirrors on the back of the dessert menus were designed for patrons reapplying lipstick after their dinner.

    The steakhouse ran into trouble last month when the Southern Nevada Health District temporarily closed the restaurant. Health inspectors gave the restaurant numerous demerits, mostly related to keeping food at proper temperatures and maintaining accurate thermometers.

    The eatery quickly reopened with a grade "A'' from the health district.

    Y&R’S NEW BILLY ON SNAGGING ROLE

    In an exclusive interview with Soap Opera Digest, Y&R’s newest addition, Burgess Jenkins, who replaces the recently ousted David Tom as Billy Abbott, shares how the part became his. "My managers contacted me and said the folks from the show had reached out about the role,” explains the actor. “So, I talked with the producers about it and they filled me in on the role and it was apparent to me from the get-go that this was a wonderful character with interesting layers. I met some of the cast and we clicked right away. Not only are they terrific people, but I can tell we’re going to have a great time. I was taken with this opportunity right away.” Check out the Soap Opera Digest issue on sale June 16 for the rest of the interview.

    Y&R'S NEW BILLY CONFIRMS CASTING!

    (Photo) Burgess Jenkins has confirmed that he will succeed David Tom in the role of Y&R's Billy. "So excited to be joining the Y&R family!" he tweeted. "Thanks so much for the outpouring of warm welcome from all the fans!

    Y&R'S DAVID TOM OUT?

    (Photo) Daytime Confidential is reporting that David Tom (Billy) is out and has been replaced by Burgess Jenkins. Tom, who first played the from from 1999-2002, returned in February after Billy Miller left. Some of Burgess's previous credits include ARMY WIVES, NASHVILLE. He is expected to begin airing in late June. For more, go to daytimeconfidetial.com.

    MICHELLE STAFFORD SPEAKS OUT ON Y&R'S NEW PHYLLIS

    Y&R's original Phyllis, Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH), took to Twitter to throw her support to Y&R's decision to recast the role with Gina Tognoni (ex-Dinah, GL; ex-Kelly, OLTL). "Thx 4 the #GH [love] 2day Tweeps!" she wrote. "Now I want u 2 give [love] 2 @ginatognoni who will now b playing the role of #phyllis on #YR she will be awesome!!!"

    GINA TOGNONI SPEAKS OUT ON Y&R GIG

    In a statement on her Facebook page, Gina Tognoni (ex-Dinah, GL; ex-Kelly, OLTL) has offered her excited reaction to landing the recast role of Phyllis on Y&R, made famous by Michelle Stafford (Nina, GH). "I am beyond blessed to play this incredible role of Phyllis Newman at Young and the Restless," she wrote. "I am thrilled to be back on CBS. Thank you for your support I feel it in my HEART. So excited to work with is Amazing cast and crew. I am grateful To my beautiful Husband, my family, friends and The best FANS in the world."

    Y&R SWITCHES FAITHS

    (Photo) Aly Lind (who played Faith before McKenna Grace stepped in last summer) is back at Y&R playing the role of Nick and Sharon's daughter. Grace has been cast in a movie called Russellmania and will be shooting in Vancouver. She will last air on May 29. Lind, who will first appear again on June 26, can be seen in Blended, starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, which opens today.

    Gina Tognoni Joins The Young and the Restless

    (Photo) Look who's coming out of her coma! Suds goddess and two-time Emmy winner Gina Tognoni has won the hotly contested role of Phyllis Summers on CBS's The Young and the Restless. The character, originated by Michelle Stafford, has been hospitalized and off the show for a year. A rep for Y&R tells TV Guide Magazine that Tognoni's audition and take on the character was "flawless."

    The actress arrived on the soap scene in 1995 as Kelly Cramer on One Life to Live and followed that with her Emmy-annointed stint as Dinah Marler on Guiding Light. She has also appeared in Crystal Chappell's big-buzz web sudser Venice. Look for Tognoni to hit Y&R in late summer.

    Y&R Star Goes UNDER THE DOME

    Max Ehrich (Fenmore, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) is joining the cast of UNDER THE DOME, which returns for its second season on Monday, June 30, at 10 p.m. on CBS. He'll play Hunter, who will first appear "digitally" in the third episode says executive producer Neal Bauer.

    What does the new gig mean for Fen's future in Genoa City? Since Ehrich is not on contract with Y&R, the moonlighting shouldn't affect his position with the soap. Baer tells Soaps In Depth that Ehrich is set to appear in about six DOME episodes.

    Y&R CASTS NEW ROLE

    (Photo) Y&R has filled the part of the much-talked about character of Stitch’s wife, Jenna, with soap newcomer Stephanie Lemelin.

    The actress, @StephyLems on Twitter, shows up for duty on May 13, with her debut slated a month later on June 13.

    Eva Longoria dines in Brooklyn before Frieze art fair

    Eva Longoria enjoyed a low-key dinner in Williamsburg before checking out art fair Frieze over the weekend.

    On Friday, Longoria was dining with Lake Bell and her tattoo artist husband, Scott Campbell, at Antica Pesa.

    On Sunday, she was dressed in all white on the arm of beau Jose Antonio Baston as she perused art.

    Also at the fair, James Franco was seen with his arms around two women at once.

    A spy said Franco looked relaxed, even though he had to get to his show, “Of Mice and Men,” at 3 p.m.

    'The Young And The Restless', 'Days Of Our Lives' Renewed In Canada

    Sony Pictures Television and Shaw Media have inked a deal to extend the Canadian run of veteran daytime dramas The Young And The Restless and Days Of Our Lives on Shaw-owned Global Television through the 2015-16 TV season. Now in its 41st year on air, The Young And The Restless has amassed 123 Daytime Emmy Awards and leads this year nominees with 26. It is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television. Days of our Lives, in its 49th year, has garnered 36 Daytime Emmy Awards and has 14 nominations this year. it is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television.

    IT'S OFFICIAL - Y&R RECASTING PHYLLIS

    With Michelle Stafford signed on to play GH's Nina, Y&R has put out a casting call for Phyllis. The show is seeking a 35-40 year old actress to fulfill the following description: "Phyllis is beautiful, smart and conniving. She is confident in her own sexuality and is unafraid to use it to get what she wants. She knows she has power over men and many times has used it, both to her benefit and to her detriment. She definitely has an edge." The character has been in a coma since Stafford's exit last August. With Jack moving on with Kelly, and Sharon's secret seemingly safe, the timing is perfect for a Phyllis comeback.

    NEW CONTRACT FOR Y&R’S GRIMES

    Looks like Y&R’s Camryn Grimes will be sticking around for a while to play the mischievous Mariah, now that the actress has signed a contract. "I’m having so much fun and at this point, there’s no reason for me to go anywhere else,” she smiles. "I’m happy where I am.

    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!

    Y&R STAR’S FILM GRABS TOP PRIZE

    During the recent Beverly Hills Film Festival, the documentary A Man Called God, produced by Kristoff St. John (Neil, Y&R), received two awards, including Best Documentary. This marks the third time that the movie, which chronicles the actor's real-life experience in a cult with his family as a young boy, has won in this category on the film festival circuit. You can check out www.mancalledgodmovie.com for more on St. John’s effort.

    HAVE LUNCH WITH Y&R’S ERIC BRAEDEN

    Want to have lunch with Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R)? To help raise money for the Robert F. Kennedy Center Spring Auction for Human Rights, the actor has offered to dine with the highest bidder at a Los Angeles restaurant. The annual auction is now open for bidders at www.rfkauction.com until May 13.

    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.

    Murdering My Youth: A Memoir by Cady McClain

    (Order here!) (Book Cover) Cady McClain is a two-time Emmy award winning actress for her roles on "All My Children" and "As the World Turns." Previous books include "Conversations with the Invisible" and "Licked-poems of Love (sort of)." Her first short film as a director/writer/producer, "Flip Fantasia," was accepted into the Macon Film Festival in 2014. She also writes articles for the Internet and keeps a blog on her website: www.cadymcclain.com. She is currently starring on the CBS daytime series as "Kelly" on "The Young and the Restless." Paperback: 270 pages - April 16, 2014 (Order here!)

    Greg Vaughan and Touriya Haoud Separate

    Greg Vaughan and his wife are splitting after nine years together, the soap opera actor announced on his Instagram.

    Vaughan, 40, and Dutch model Touriya Haoud, 36, wed in 2006. They have three sons together, Jathan James, 6½, Cavan Thomas, 4, and Landan Reid, 2.

    "As we open our hearts full of love & sadness, 9 years together and 3 beautiful children, we have decided to amicably separate," Vaughan wrote Monday, adding a photo of the couple cuddling.

    "With dear love for each other and our family, as parents first and foremost, we kindly ask our space and privacy be respected at this difficult time."

    Vaughan gained fame as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital. He also appeared in The Young and the Restless and has played Eric Brady on Days of Our Lives since 2012.

    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.”

    'America's Next Top Model' Eva Marcille & Baby Daddy All Smiles ... After Restraining Order

    (tmz.com) (Photo) "America's Next Top Model" star Eva Marcille can't make her mind up -- days after she accused her baby daddy of violently kicking down several doors in their home and trying to snatch their child from her arms ... she posed in a smiley photo with him.

    Eva obtained a restraining order against rapper BF Kevin McCall on March 28th, claiming he went ballistic during an argument and chased her around their home, trying to take their 2-month-old daughter.

    Eva claims Kevin kicked down 4 doors during his rampage and even threatened to punch her.

    But clearly, something changed -- days later on April 4th, Eva was all smiles again, posing for a photo with Kevin and their daughter on Instagram with the ironic hashtag #familyfirst.

    According to the restraining order, Kevin's required to stay 100 yards away from Eva.

    To each their own.

    B&B And Y&R Co-Creator Honored

    THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS co-creator, Lee Phillip Bell, is being honored by The Guild Of Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Greater Los Angeles at its annual Accessories For Success Spring Luncheon And Fashion Show. The event will be held on Friday, April 11, at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Heather Tom (Katie, B&B) will be hosting, and the award will be presented to Bell by Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R) and John McCook (Eric, B&B).

    Before the luncheon, luxury accessories will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters LA. The luncheon itself features a fashion show from Kyle By Alene Too. If you would like to attend this gala event, tickets are available to the public. Just click here for more information!

    Y&R RECASTING ADAM?

    Y&R has put out a casting call for a character named Aaron Newton, who sounds a lot like Adam Newman, last played by Michael Muhney, who left the show in late January. The contract role would begin taping in May, and the description reads: "Caucasian Male. MID 30s to LATE 30s. A very handsome, very SEXY, very appealing, very charming LEADING MAN. Aaron is a smart businessman, loves women, and can out maneuver even the shrewdest. NOTE: Actor must be AT LEAST 5'10 and have NO ACCENT PLEASE. This actor will carry major storylines. ONLY actors with strong acting experience will be considered."

    Watch Soap Life

    Soap Life, the documentary chronicling the rise and fall of the American soap opera is being released worldwide today on a host of platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu. The feature features interviews from fans, directors, producers and actors like Rick Hearst (Ric, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Whip, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Macy, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and more! (See the full cast list here.)

    For a preview, you can watch the trailer here.

    Full Documentry: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video.

    Kristoff St. John: Still Young, Still Restless [INTERVIEW]

    (ebony.com) (A Man Called God Trailer) The veteran soap star opens up about 20+ years on ‘The Young & the Restless,’ and his dad’s directing effort, ‘A Man Called God’

    It’s been 25 years since the popular CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless became daytime’s top drama, and Kristoff St. John has been there for the better part of its reign. As Neil Winters, the New York City native has been flexing his thespian muscle as one of the most compelling characters on television for 23 years: a divorced (and believed to be widowed) recovering alcoholic who’s a loving father and grandfather and also a respected pillar of the community.

    In Winters’s imperfection, he’s also had romances with two sisters, become embroiled in a paternity scandal, and then—years later—fathered a child with his brother’s wife and taken the blame for the sudden death of a one night stand. He’s helped his daughter battle cancer and also bedded all types of women in between.

    Yes. Believe it or not, that layered image of a Black man can be seen on network television almost every single day (even via a work of fiction).

    “I feel comfortable playing the character,” says St. John. “I cannot find the role of Neil Winters on any other program on television, or movies for that matter. This is the role of roles.

    “It’s a funny parallel that life has, real life and my stage life—things that have mirrored throughout the years,” he adds. “But in no way, shape or form could I find the role of a Black corporate executive who has been the CEO of several companies, a thriving force in the corporate world commanding millions of dollars.

    “We do not see Black men forging business deals necessarily on television or in the movies. Shall we go to the stereotypical pimp, hustler, drug dealer, detective? These roles that have been plentiful, that my father had to audition for and procure as a young man beating the streets of New York in the ’60s and ’70s?”

    Unbeknownst to some, the 25-year soap veteran’s father is the groundbreaking Blaxploitation actor Christopher St. John, who also wrote, directed and produced the controversial 1972 film Top of the Heap (which subsequently caused him to be banished from Hollywood for its critical themes about the U.S. government).

    “He called the entire NASA program a sham,” the junior St. John explains about the movie’s plot, which revolved around a Washington D.C. cop struggling with family woes and career stress, while also having a very vivid imagination. (He dreamed of becoming the first Black astronaut). “He dared to be different; he showed things of Hollywood and they didn’t like that at all,” St. John says of the obscure film.

    “They called him subversive and they removed his film from the movie theaters and he faded away.” While Top of the Heap won an award at the Berlin Film Festival and was invited to screen at the Cannes Film Festival, it could be considered a tough trivia nugget—even for a staunch Blaxploitation fan.

    “It’s really because of his blacklisting and his film being pulled and him not being able to get work, [that my] career was borne,” the son acknowledges of his father’s sacrifice. “God works in mysterious ways. His exit was my entrance.”

    Though Kristoff St. John, who started off in soap operas with the groundbreaking serial Generations in 1989, is not recognized as a pioneer in the field, his character is arguably the longest-running, African-American character in the history of television. (S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren is commonly referred to as that—with her 17 seasons on Law & Order.)

    “It’s interesting that I’ve been on this show so long. I was a kid when I got there and certainly felt like one,” he says. “In a lot of ways I still feel like a kid, but I have three of my own now, and that’s a testament of the 23 years that I’ve been doing the show and a testament of the show itself.”

    Though television genres like ratchet reality shows and celebrity-driven talk shows seem to have grown exponentially and garner most of the attention these days, St. John—who also appeared on Happy Days and Roots—is very aware of the impact the unsung daytime drama still has on its viewers. “I can’t think of a show that’s run as long as our show has,” he says. “You know, we’ve heard about shows like The Simpsons as the longest-running series primetime show, and we don’t get enough press, strangely enough, about CBS’s number one daytime drama for all these years. Why is that? I don’t know.

    “It’s phenomenal that it has been that long. In fact, it’s probably a record that will never be broken.”

    Outside of The Young and the Restless, St. John is also celebrating the release of a film he produced that’s currently making the rounds on the festival circuit. Titled A Man Called God and directed by his father, the full-length documentary started filming 30 years ago and chronicles the St. John family’s spiritual journey to Southern India to search for God. “We filmed a documentary that sat in a vault for many, many years because we lost our faith. And I took the material recently [and] spun a whole different story I knew would work.”

    A Man Called God will next be screened March 31 at the American Documentary Festival in Palm Springs, California.

    Y&R Fan Event

    There will be a Y&R 40th Anniversary Fan Club Dinner on Saturday, August 24th at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, California. Fans wishing to attend should contact Cathy Tomas for reservations and information at yrfanclub@cbs.com.

    CADY MCCLAIN IS Y&R'S NEW KELLY!

    (tvguide.com) One Emmy winner is out, another is in. CBS's The Young and the Restless has been forced to recast the role of grieving mom Kelly Andrews, currently played by Cynthia Watros, who has moved on to the upcoming MTV series Finding Carter. The new Kelly is former All My Children and As the World Turns great Cady McClain.

    A rep for the top-rated soap tells TV Guide Magazine that Watros will shoot her final scenes March 14 and will last air April 16. McClain shows up for work March 26 and will first be seen April 24.

    The switch isn't unexpected. Watros, known for her gigs on Guiding Light and Lost, went to Y&R without a contract well aware she might need to drop out if the Finding Carter pilot got a series order. (Carter films in Atlanta, Y&R in Los Angeles.) Yesterday she tweeted: "I LOVED being on Y and R. A big hug to the cast and crew! You guys rock! My fans and my not fans. I love you. I hope I didn't let you down."

    Word is, a Kelly recast was mandatory because Y&R plans to romantically team the character with Peter Bergman's kingpin character, Jack Abbott.

    'Young & the Restless' producers reportedly auditioning actors to replace Michael Muhney

    (radaronline.com) Two months after Michael Muhney was fired from The Young and the Restless for alleged sexual misconduct, producers are currently holding auditions to find a new actor to play the popular Adam Newman role, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

    Muhney, 38, was dumped after co-star, Hunter King, 20, reportedly complained he’d fondled her breasts on two occasions — both of which she protested were unsolicited and unwanted advances.

    “Benjamin Franklin said it best, ‘Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see,’” Muhney said in his first public comments after the alleged incident on Twitter.

    He later added, “…and that quote doesn’t only apply to what is being said about ME. It also applies to others. Please be kind to everyone. #respect.”

    Muhney’s soap character was involved in a fiery crash at the beginning of Jan., and scenes have hinted that his character is still alive.

    “I saw it coming, and I didn’t see it coming,” he explained. “I suspected it could happen, but I didn’t think that it really would — at least not now; maybe down the line.”

    “There are active auditions going on to replace Michael Muhney’s character as Adam Newman. Producers haven’t found the best actor yet to fill the role. It’s important that the role be filled by someone the audience will grow to love,” an insider told Radar.

    “There are storylines being written about Adam and the character is central to the show.”

    In the aftermath of Muhney’s demise, tales of bitter on-set fighting, backstabbing and cast cliques emerged.

    Veteran actor Eric Braeden — best known for his role as Victor Newman on the soap since 1980 — previously came to Radar in a bid to set the record straight about rumors that he played a role in the termination of Muhney.

    According to Braeden, Muhney had openly waged a “campaign” to get him kicked off the show which, he stunningly confessed, which led to an epic “shouting match” between the pair.

    “I was prompted to get into ‘fisticuffs’ with him because he wanted me off the show, if you want to know the truth,” the Emmy Award-winner admitted.

    Sources tell Radar, “One thing is certain, the next actor that will portray Adam Newman, won’t have the ego or chip on the shoulder that Michael had.

    “If there is even a hint of diva behavior, or drama, the role won’t go to that person. Period. Everyone wants to move on from that disaster.”

    ABC Drama Pilot 'Sea Of Fire' Adds To Cast

    Kevin G. Schmidt (The Young And The Restless) has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot Sea Of Fire. It chronicles the fallout from three teenage girls starring in a pornographic film, which tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance and a murder. Schmidt, with ICM Partners and Cammerata Management, will play Zander Harper, who’s dating Jane and becomes a suspect in her disappearance.

    Y&R'S BURTON TICKLED PINK

    Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R) revealed via Twitter that he and his wife, Sheree are expecting a girl, due in July. The couple are already parents to Makena, 10 and Jack, 7. To see how the actor made his announcement, check out pic.twitter.com/9DN0tdFMcJ.

    Graziadei Series Picked Up By Lifetime

    Lifetime has completed a deal for a 10-episodes order to conspiracy thriller pilot The Lottery. As expected, it will join Lifetime’s recently picked up new drama Un-Real, from A+E Studios, which also received a 10-episode order. The Warner Horizon-produced Lottery is set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children, threatening extinction of the human race. When 100 embryos are successfully fertilized, a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates. “The Lottery is one of the most provocative and original concepts we’ve ever seen,” Lifetime’s general manager Rob Sharenow said. “Tim Sexton’s unique dystopian thriller represents an exciting new direction for Lifetime and continues cable’s position on the leading edge of bold, high-quality scripted drama.” The project, written by Sexton, stars Marley Shelton, Michael Graziadei, David Alpay, Martin Donovan, Lesley Ann Brandt and Louise Lombardi. Sexton, serves as executive producer with Dawn Olmstead. Danny Cannon directed and executive produced the pilot, from Grady Girl Prods in association with Warner Horizon TV.

    Buy Eileen Davidson's Clothes

    Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R) is going from fashion forward to paying it forward by partnering with Evolution Vintage for charity. The actress is selling several of her own dresses that she previously wore on the red carpet, with most of the proceeds going to No Kid Hungry. "I’m really excited about the fans being able to purchase these dresses," enthuses Davidson. "I'm really excited about this." To find out what's available for purchase, go to www.evolution-vintage.com/CuratedCloset.html. Also visit them on Facebook — www.facebook.com/EvolutionVintage) and Twitter @EvolutionVtg.

    Cooper's A Bestseller!

    THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) has had quite a storied career as an actress in Hollywood, but now she can add best-selling author to her crowded resume! The memoir Cooper penned with Lindsay Harrison, Not Young, Still Restless, has entered the New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Nonfiction at number 25!

    You can read all about Cooper's experience putting her memories down on paper in the new CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale now.

    Order Your Copy Of Jeanne's book here.

    Y&R is on Pinterest

    The Official Y&R Pinterest account is up and running at pinterest.com/officialyandr!

    Not a Pinterest user yet? Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that lets you organize and share things you find on-line, such as favorite fashions, decorating ideas and recipes. You can also check out boards created by other people who share your interests.

    A "pin" is an image you add to Pinterest. Your pin can be added from a website using the "Pin it" button, or you can upload images from your computer. A board is a set of pins.

    Current Y&R boards focus on "super couples," fashion, and some of Genoa City's favorite citizens. Have fun and happy pinning!

    Bill Bell Authorized Biography Hits Stores

    The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful is a must-read for Y&R fans. The authorized biography, written by veteran soap journalist Michael Maloney, along with Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created the shows with her late husband, goes on sale June 1 but is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

    Maloney began his television career working as a page at CBS Television City, spending as many shifts as he could on the set or in the control booth, where he could see Bill Bell's words brought to life. He subsequently worked for two years as Lee's assistant on The Bold and the Beautiful before becoming a full-time member of the media and, for the last 20 years or so, has reported and written extensively about television and soap operas. So, when Lee approached him about writing Bill's biography, he could draw not only on a personal library of tapes and notes, but he already had relationships with a number of the nearly 70 actors, writers, producers and Bell family members he interviewed for the book. Although Maloney had spoken to quite a few of his subjects before, he said he still learned a lot and "asked things he might not ask for a magazine article!"

    It took about three years, Maloney said, to complete the book, which details Bill's pre-soap career as a Chicago ad man (shades of Mad Men - there's a chapter with that title) as well as Lee's broadcasting career. Lee, with her groundbreaking talk show, was a beloved Windy City media icon long before Phil Donahue and Oprah made their marks there.

    Join the Y&R Fan Club!

    Fan Club members receive exclusive gifts such as cast photos, an autographed birthday card, and much more! Stay in touch with other fans and get the latest news on future Fan Club events, including the Fan Club Luncheon where you can dine with your Y&R favorites, participate in a Q&A session and bid on unique auction items. The application is quick and easy. Join today!

    Soap Opera 451

    Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama's Greatest Moments: The first enhanced e-book of its kind, “Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama’s Greatest Moments” by New York Times bestselling author and soap opera insider Alina Adams, features actor interviews, insider information, fans and fan favorites looking back on 45 of the most memorable moments in daytime television history, as well as links to view the selected scenes, and to the star-studded contributors’ personal sites, so that readers may interact with them personally. (An Internet connection is required and availability will vary depending on your viewing device).

    “Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama’s Greatest Moments” includes interviews with: “All My Children’s” Eden Riegel on her character Bianca coming out as a lesbian to her mother, Erica Kane; “Another World’s” Linda Dano on her character Felicia's alcohol intervention; “Dark Shadow’s” Kathryn Leigh Scott on Barnabas bringing Josette back from the dead; “One Life to Live’s” headwriter Michael Malone on Marty's gang rape; “General Hospital’s” headwriter Thom Racina on scripting Luke and Laura's wedding; “Generations” creator Sally Sussman Morina on the show’s groundbreaking racial housing discrimination story; and dozens of other stars, writers, insiders and stories from “The Young and the Restless,” “As The World Turns,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Guiding Light”, “Passions,” “Texas,”“The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Doctors” and many more.

    “Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama’s Greatest Moments” may be experienced via a tablet, iPad, cell-phone, lap-top or desk-top computer. All of the text may be read on the Kindle or Nook devices.

    Get Your Copy here!.

    Victoria Rowell Novel

    Former Y&R star Victoria Rowell's novel, Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva, will be released May 4.

    When/Where/Details:

    May 4 - New York City - Hue Man Book Signing
    2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd, between 1124th and 125th streets
    6-8 p.m.

    May 6 - New York City - Borders Books Columbus Circle Book Signing
    Time Warner Center
    7 p.m.

    May 7 - New Orleans - Book Signing at Octavia Books
    513 Octavia Street
    6 p.m.

    May 8 - Baton Rouge, LA - Scotlandville Library Book Signing
    7373 Scenic Highway
    12 - 3 p.m.

    May 9 - Baton Rouge, LA - Barnes & Noble Book Signing
    2590 Citi Place Court
    2 p.m.

    May 11 - Los Angeles - Grove Barnes & Noble BIRTHDAY Book Signing
    7 p.m.

    May 13 - Atlanta - Book Signing at Buckhead Barnes & Noble
    2900 Peachtree Road NE Suite 310
    7 p.m.

    May 15 - New York City - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
    7 p.m.

    May 18 - Somerset, NJ - Franklin Township Public Library
    Summer Series, an Evening with Victoria Rowell
    485 DeMott Lane
    7 p.m. - Lecture Q&A
    8 p.m. - Book Signing/Reception

    May 22 - Atlanta - Camp Creek Barnes & Noble Book Signing
    Camp Creek Market Place
    3685 Market Place Blvd
    5 p.m.

    June 4-6 - Atlanta - Victoria's One Woman Show at Southwest Arts Center
    915 New Hope Road Southwest
    6/4 - evening
    6/5- matinee and evening
    6/6 - matinee and evening
    *Booking Signing after each performance.

    The Man Who Came Back

    The Man Who Came Back starring Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R)- is on DVD

    Death In Daytime

    Eileen Davidson (Ashley) has written the new book 'Death In Daytime: A Soap Opera Mystery' which hits bookstores on Oct. 7. In the novel The Yearning Tide’s biggest diva, Alexis Peterson is accused of killing her head writer. She tells Soap Opera Weekly, “it’s only very loosely based on real people and events. The stuff that goes on behind the scenes at a soap… people wouldn’t believe.”

    Restless Style

    Website: RestlessStyle.com

    A Memoir by Victoria Rowell

    Book: The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir by Victoria Rowell


    Facts

    1. January 13, 2012: An incarcerated Victor tied the knot with ex-daughter-in-law Sharon.

    2. January 21, 2000: Show hair stylist Arik Anderson and make up artist Kathy Jones appeared on the soap to give Victoria a 1940s makeover.

    3. January 28, 2004: Jeanne Cooper celebrated her 30th year playing Katherine

    4. January 2006: After “confessing” to killing Tom, Ashley was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

    5. January 2008: After being blackmailed, Gloria agreed to wed her brother-in-law, Jeff, because he knew she had tainted Jabot's face cream.

    6. February 5, 2009: Don Diamond (ex-Brad Carlton) last aired.

    7. February 7, 2006: Barbara Crampton popped back into Genoa City as reporter Leanna Love in order to put accused murderer Ashley in the hot seat.

    8. February 10, 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.

    9. February 10, 2006: Victoria broke off her engagement to Brad when she learned that he’d postponed his divorce from Ashley (who was being charged with Tom Fisher’s murder).

    10. February 14, 1995: Jack married Luan with Keemo, their son, as best man

    11. February 16, 1996: Nick and Sharon were finally wed, despite his mother's disapproval.

    12. February 24, 2006: Convicted for the involuntary manslaughter of Tom Fisher, John was sentenced to serve seven years in the Wisconsin State penitentiary.

    13. February 1995: Bryant Jones joined the cast as Nate Hastings.

    14. March 1, 2006: Mackenzie miscarried J.T.’s baby. Upset that Kevin had been with her at the time, J.T. hooked up with Victoria!

    15. March 12, 1996: The show celebrated eight years and running as the top-rated daytime soap opera.

    16. March 22, 2002: Bob Barker guest-starred as himself.

    17. March 23, 1973: “Nadia’s Theme” (aka “Cotton’s Theme”) made its debut as the show’s new theme song.

    18. March 26, 1973: The serial made its daytime debut, becoming an immediate success and revolving around the Brookses and Fosters.

    19. March 26, 1984: Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) underwent surgery on and off screen, as viewers first witnessed an actual face-lift.

    20. March: In 1982, The Abbotts (John, Jack, Traci and Ashley) first appeared in Genoa City.

    21. April 3, 1998: Nikki’s hubby, Joshua, was shot to death by his "late" wife, Veronica.

    22. April 6, 1998: Victor divorced Diane and married Nikki on what he believed to be her deathbed. That marriage was declared invalid.

    23. April 8, 2002: Ashley secretly underwent surgery to remove a tumor from her breast.

    24. April 9, 2001: B.B. King guest-starred as himself.

    25. April 13: On this day in 1984, Victor and Nikki were married.

    26. April 23, 2007: In a hastily arranged private ceremony, Sharon and Jack exchanged vows in front of a justice of the peace named Jason, who was an old college buddy of the groom’s.

    27. April 25, 2001: A psychotic Jana kidnapped Lucy and Delia, believing that she and Kevin could become a family with the two little girls.

    28. April 29, 2005: William J. Bell, the soap scribe who co-created ANOTHER WORLD, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

    29. May 1 and 4, 2009: Katherine and Murphy got married.

    30. May 7, 1998: Wanting to prove to Chris that he was a changed man, Michael donated a kidney to ailing Danny.

    31. May 9, 1997: Sharon met Cassie, but didn’t know that the girl was her daughter.

    32. May 13, 1999: Upon finding Olivia in Neil's bed (albeit alone), Malcolm assumed the worst and took off.

    33. May 20, 2002: Ashley learned a second lump in her breast required immediate surgery.

    34. May 28, 2000: Diego informed a distraught Sharon that he was leaving town.

    35. June 17, 1998: Mary held a memorial service for her husband, Carl, unaware that he was still alive and calling himself “Jim.”

    36. June 20, 1986: Traci married the family's groundskeeper, Brad.

    37. June 23, 2008: Victor and a pregnant Sabrina wed.

    38. June 24, 2002: Raul and Brittany made love for the first time

    39. June 1997, Michael Baldwin was released from prison and returned to Genoa City.

    40. July 2, 1998: Don Diamont reprised his role as Brad.

    41. July 11, 1997: Olivia and Malcolm had a church wedding.

    42. July 12, 2010: Film star Eric Roberts debuted on Y&R as Adam's high-profile defense attorney, Vance Abrams.

    43. July 24, 2001: Chris Williams returned to Genoa City.

    44. July 29, 1992: Ryan made Victoria his underage bride.

    45. July 30, 2007: Tammin Sursok assumed the role of Colleen Carlton from Adrianne Leon.

    46. July 2006: The news that Nick got Phyllis pregnant was the last straw for Sharon. She and Nick decided to divorce.

    47. August 1995: Jack learned the truth about Luan’s fatal illness shortly after they were married.

    48. August 1-5, 1997: Danny finally learned the truth about Phyllis’ paternity fib.

    49. August 2, 1997: Jerry Douglas (John) welcomed son Hunter William into the world.

    50. August 15, 1994, Esther wed Norman, a con man, unaware that Kay had hired an actor to play the minister.

    51. August 18, 2006: After suffering from a stroke that put him in a vegetative state, John Abbott was disconnected from a ventilator and passed away.

    52. August 20, 1993: Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) received her star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

    53. August 20, 2001- Following emergency surgery for an ectopic pregnancy, Phyllis learned she couldn’t conceive more children.

    54. August, 24, 2001: Alex accepted Malcolm’s marriage proposal.

    55. September 7, 1994: Sharon Case made her debut as Sharon Collins.

    56. September 11, 2006: The show’s co-creator, Lee Phillip Bell, appeared on the soap for the first time, along with her friend, famed concert pianist Van Cliburn.

    57. September 17, 2008: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS taped its 9,000th episode, which aired on Tuesday, October 14, 2008. Our congratulations go out to the cast and crew for such a long and successful run!

    58. September 21, 2009: Patty Williams shot Victor three times, causing him to need a heart transplant.

    59. September 26, 1989: Jessica married Jim.

    60. September 27, 2002: Joshua Morrow (Nick) became a first-time father when wife Tobe gave birth to their son, Cooper Jacob.

    61. September 2006: The Winterses’ foster son, Devon, collapsed with meningitis and went into cardiac arrest

    62. October 2, 2008: Designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard returned to play himself.

    63. October 2, 2009: Having decided to take daughter Colleen off life support, Traci agreed to donate the young woman's heart to a dying Victor, who'd been shot by Colleen's crazed kidnapper, Patty.

    64. October 4, 1997: Lauralee Bell (Chris) married photographer Scott Martin in Santa Barbara.

    65. October 11, 2011: Sofia gave birth to a baby boy, who she named Moses after her late father.

    66. October 17, 1998: Victor married man-hating journalist Leanna Love in Las Vegas.

    67. October 27, 2006: Neil found out Carmen had been murdered.

    68. October 29, 1992: The serial celebrated its 5,000th episode, and the city of L.A. officially declared a William J. Bell Day.

    69. October, 2001- Sean arranged for Lionel Richie to serenade Jill.

    70. Nov 1, 2004: The 8,000th episode airs

    71. November 2, 2005: Following the reported death of her husband, Bobby, Brittany took their newborn son, Joshua, and moved to New York to be with her parents.

    72. November 5, 2010: Mac and J.T. wed just prior to leaving Genoa City.

    73. November 7, 2007: Enrique Iglesias played at a benefit concert at Indigo. Afterwards, Neil and Karen made love for the first time.

    74. November 9, 2006: After discovering that Billy owed thousands of dollars to bookies in Miami, Jack sent his little brother to work at House Of Kim in Hong Kong.

    75. November 20, 2006: After being arrested for the murder of Carmen, Devon was allowed out on bail to undergo cochlear implant surgery.

    76. November 27, 1989: Peter Bergman first aired as Jack Abbott

    77. November 29, 2006: Adrienne Frantz crossed her B&B character, Amber, over to join the cast of Y&R.

    78. November 1989: Peter Bergman first aired as Jack Abbott, replacing Terry Lester in the role.

    79. December 9, 2003: Rose collapsed at the altar after Paul refused to marry her.

    80. December 15, 2005: While honeymooning with Michael, Lauren was believed lost at sea when the yacht she was on exploded.

    81. December 23, 2003: Neil and Dru exchanged marriage vows in a Japanese-themed ceremony held on Ryukyu Island.

    82. December 27, 2002: J.T. sang “Faith” and “When You Say Nothing At All” to Colleen for her 16th birthday.

    83. Q. Who is the artist and what is the name of the song played at the end of Y&R on June 22, 2010? It was played during the scene with Lily, Cane and Mac.
      A. “When the Wind Blows” by Melena Buscema and Michelle Chrenshaw.

    84. 20...And Counting -- A Milestone Week For The Young and the Restless: In an unprecedented accomplishment, CBS's THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS this week marks its 1,040 consecutive week-or 20 years- as daytime's Number One drama, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Dececember 5, 2008.

      The YOUNG AND RESTLESS winning streak started the week of December 26, 1988.

    85. December 12, 1991, two of Y&R's biggest stars- Eric Braeden (Victor) and Peter Bergman (Jack)- had a physical altercation backstage. According to press reports, after exchanging bitter words onset, Braeden showed up at Bergman's dressing room door to further discuss the matter and violence ensued. Since then, the actors have resolved their differences and now enjoy a cordial relationship. The same cannot be said for Jack and Victor.

    86. Rick Hearst (Matt) was up for the role of Larry on Ally McBeal until Robert Downey Jr. was released from prison

    87. In 1981 on Y&R, several of Genoa City’s leading residents were guests at the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer. Y&R intercut clips of the wedding with shots of Katherine and her friends watching as the royal couple exchanged vows. It was the first time a real-life event was woven into a soap storyline.

    88. Y&R was the first soap to explore eating disorders. In 1976, character Joann Curtis desperately tried to lose weight in order to win back the affection of her husband, Jack. After losing several pounds, Joann expressed a desire to make love with her spouse, but he wasn’t interested. Hurt, Joann devoured a multicourse meal that she had prepared for the two of them.



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