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Y&R's King Gets Nasty!

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On THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Summer continues to be tormented by the mysterious murder of her hubby Austin, but her portrayer, Hunter King, takes on the role of tormentor in the big screen movie, A Girl Like Her, which opens nationwide in select theaters on Friday, March 27.

King portrays Avery, a teenager viciously bullying a former friend, Jessica (played by Lexi Ainsworth, GENERAL HOSPITAL's ex-Kristina.) "It was a really difficult role [because of the subject matter], but most of the film was improvised, which was a really different way to shoot a film," shares the Emmy winner. "The director [Amy S. Weber], who also wrote the film, gave us an outline and an idea of what she wanted in the scene. We'd brainstorm about what she wanted for us to achieve and portray, and then we'd go into the scene and improvise. It really added a different element to it, and was something that I've never done before. It made the film so real!"

So real, in fact, that King admits she had a hard time letting the role go when she left the studio. "It was very difficult and upsetting," she concedes. "But it's also so important. Everybody, of course, wants to solve bullying. What's so different about this film is that it doesn't just show [bullying] from the victim's point of view, or the bully's side or the bystander's side. As the director explained it, people who were [emotionally] hurt end up hurting other people because that's their defense mechanism. They don't want to feel the pain, so they wind up hurting other people to make themselves feel better. That's why we need to promote dialogue about it."

Hear more from the actress about the challenging role in the issue of CBS Soaps In Depth on sale now, and check out the film by clicking here.

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Y&R Actor Turns Congressman

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Look for THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Chris McKenna (Mark) in tonight's episode of CRIMINAL MINDS, airing at 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS. In the episode titled "Rock Creek Park," McKenna plays up-and-coming congressman Benjamin Troy, whose wife disappears mysteriously. When the BAU investigates his political enemies, will the congressman remain a victim or turn into a suspect? Academy Award-nominated actress Tess Harper plays his mother, Sophie, and of course, Y&R alum Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm) stars in the primetime series.

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Emmy Nominations To Be Announced On THE TALK!

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Nominations for the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be announced next Tuesday, March 31, live on THE TALK! Tune in at 2 p.m. EST (1 p.m. PST/CST) to see which of your favorite soap actors will be vying for the gold. (If you miss that broadcast, encores will air on Pop -- the cable network hosting the ceremony -- later that evening at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. EST/PST.)

The Daytime Emmy Awards airs live on Pop on Sunday, April 26, at 8 p.m. EST. The following day, Monday, April 27, THE TALK will continue the celebration with their fourth annual "After Party," honoring some of the biggest winners from the previous night. (Those guests will be announced early that morning.)

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Soap Stars Head To Florida!

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Tickets are now on sale for the Southwest Florida Soapfest Charity Weekend, taking place from Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25, on beautiful Marco Island. Some of the actors confirmed to attend are THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Sean Carrigan (Stitch) and Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael), DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Melissa Archer (Serena), Molly Burnett (Melanie) and Christopher Sean (Paul), and daytime alum Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan, Y&R; Shayne, GUIDING LIGHT; Jonathan, ALL MY CHILDREN).

Some of the weekend events include a kick-off dinner, a karaoke sing-along at a local watering hole where the celebrities will be playing bartender, a cruise onboard the Marco Island Princess and much more! For a full list of events and ticket information, visit www.theateronmarco.com.

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THE LATE LATE SHOW Does Daytime!

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If you ever wanted to see CSI: CYBER's Patricia Arquette and Star Trek's Chris Pine on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, this is about as close as you are going to get! The actors were last night's guests on THE LATE LATE SHOW with James Corden and hysterically acted out a scene from the CBS soap with the host.

In setting up the sketch, Corden explained that his studio is in the same building as the iconic soap -- and they even share a printer, where one of his writers' assistants found a Y&R script left behind. Watch the video below, and then let us know in the comments if you think their performance is worthy of a Daytime Emmy Award!

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ATWT Alum Engaged!

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Congratulations are in order for Vanessa Ray, who currently stars on CBS's primetime drama BLUE BLOODS, but soap fans will remember as AS THE WORLD TURNS' Teri — she recently became engaged to boyfriend Landon Beard!

According to Hello Magazine, Beard proposed to the actress at one of their favorite spots in New York City, Pier 84 on the Hudson River, despite the frigid East Coast temperatures. And photos of the actual proposal were taken by a conveniently-placed tourist who was revealed to be Ray's good friend Kelly Sullivan (Sage, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS)! "Totally unbeknownst to me, he had Kelly fly out from L.A.," she confided to the magazine. "She was disguised in a black wig pretending to be a tourist taking pictures during the whole thing."

Best wishes to the happy couple for a lifetime together!

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UPDATE: Rowell's Lawyer Responds To CBS Claim

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One of the attorneys representing former THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla) in her lawsuit against CBS and Sony argues that the corporations' claims that the actress' case is unconstitutional is... well, false.

"CBS and Sony's position is no surprise, but it's certainly misguided," says Dan Stormer of Hadsell & Stormer, co-counsel for Rowell. "Nothing in the Constitution exempts Hollywood from adhering to this country's laws prohibiting retaliation against employees who oppose racial discrimination. The core of this case is Ms. Rowell's free speech -- her right to speak out about the lack of diversity at her workplace without reprisal."

Tell us in the comments below, whose side are you on?

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B&B's Karen "Steals" Brooke's Dad!

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Brooke has, ahem, shall we say, "stolen" many men on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL over the years. Well, now, turnabout is fair play! THE FOSTERS executive producer Joanna Johnson, who recurs as Karen on the CBS sudser, has snagged Patrick Duffy (ex-Stephen) to play Robert Quinn, Sr., the father of Callie's biological pop, Robert (played by Kerr Smith, Ryder, AS THE WORLD TURNS) in the drama's season finale.

"I was mesmerized by Patrick's work on B&B," FOSTERS executive producer Johnson tells Soaps In Depth. "He gave this beautiful speech to Katie and did it in one take. He was so good I forgot I was in the scene! When this part came up, I wrote him an E-mail and begged him to come on to the show."

Watch for Robert and Callie to see each other in a new light after Robert's dad visits. "We've alluded to the dynamic that Robert's father had something to do with him leaving Callie's mother," Johnson says. Might the former DALLAS star return for more shows when THE FOSTERS returns for its third season? "We definitely want to bring him back," the exec adds.

The episode in which Duffy appears is titled "The End Of The Beginning," and was written by Johnson and fellow executive producers Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige. It airs tonight, March 23, at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC Family.

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CBS And Sony Argue Rowell's Suit Uconstitutional

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The lawsuit between Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and CBS and Sony Pictures Television as taken another twist. The Wrap is reporting that the defendants have filed a motion in U.S. district court in New York to have the actress' lawsuit dismissed.

In a memo, attorneys for CBS and Sony claim Rowell's suit is "a blatant attempt by Plaintiff to force her way back onto a daytime television soap opera, after she voluntarily resigned from her role in 2007."

The memo also argues that casting and script decisions are protected free speech and ordering CBS and Sony to make those choices for Rowell's benefit would go against the First Amendment.

In addition to asking for the case to be dismissed, attorneys for CBS and Sony are requesting the venue be changed to California, where Y&R tapes. As this ongoing real-life soap opera continues, we'll keep bringing you updates as we get them!

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Throwback Thursday Time!

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Long before THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Michael was diagnosed with cancer, he and Lauren had another pesky interloper in their relationship: crazypants Sheila!

Share your favorite memory of the cuckoo character with us below!

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