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B&B Alum Pregnant Again!

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THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL alum Ashley Tesoro — née Cafagna, who played Kimberly on the soap from 1998-2001 — is expecting her second child with her husband, Christian minister Anthony Tesoro. "We are thrilled to announce we are having baby number 2!" the pregnant star tweeted. "Anthony and I feel so blessed."

In making their announcement, the Tesoros (who run a Christian blog and vlog together) shared that they are expecting a boy. Their son, Gabriella, is 1 1/2. Congratulations!

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Look Out Ridge -- Here Comes Thomas!

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Pierson Fodé debuts on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL today, Monday, July 27 in the role of Thomas, last portrayed by Adam Gregory in 2014.

"Who's ready for Thomas Forrester? I know I am!" tweeted the daytime newcomer, who also stars with Victoria Justice in the film adaptation of the YA novel, Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List, which premiered this month in L.A. (Viewers may also recognize Fodé from the Disney series JESSIE, on which he plays a recurring love interest of the title character.)

Thomas has been living in Paris working at Forrester International in recent years, but he returns to L.A. with new ambitions that might not sit so well with his father, Ridge, and which could put his former flame, Caroline, in a rather awkward position! Do Thomas's romantic "designs" include more than the sketches in his drawing pad?

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Diamont's Mission: Make 'Em Laugh

DonDiamontGal.jpg THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Don Diamont knows his alter ego, Bill, can be crass, cocky, impudent and arrogant, but does he make you laugh? If so, then the actor is confident he's doing his job right.

"I recently got a text from my cousin saying that a friend of hers on Facebook told her she laughed-out-loud at my scene," he says. "I think that's why audiences love Bill. He's entertaining, he's fun, and he brings everybody in on the joke. He's very multi-dimensional in that way." Diamont recently chatted with Soaps In Depth about how humor is the most important component of his character, and why it makes him immune, in many ways, from being boxed into storyline corners — a fate that can sometimes befall other daytime villains.

"Bill just really has fun messing with people," the actor says with a chuckle. "I see him as a sort of pirate, but the pirate that people love. He's an antihero."

Check out the latest issue, on sale now, to find out which legendary characters in film and television history have inspired Diamont's portrayal. (We guarantee a few will surprise you!)

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Cast Your Vote #32

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL: Would Nicole be a better match with Zende or Wyatt?

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS: Do you think Hilary and Devon will make it down the aisle?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, July 30. And please, only one vote per person!

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

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

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

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

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Shocker! Popular B&B Star Is Out!

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In a move almost as shocking as the surprise twist during today's episode of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, Ashlyn Pearce (Aly) has announced that she's exiting the soap. "Thank you all for the love & support," the popular young actress posted on Twitter after Aly seemingly died following a confrontation with Steffy on today's show. "Aly Forrester was a role I feel so blessed to have been able to play. #TeamAly."

Pearce joined the B&B cast in 2013 when the role of Thorne and Darla's daughter was aged to be a teenager. Tell us in the comments below, are you sad to see Pearce exit as Aly?

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Byrne's Web Series Debuts!

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You might recall that AS THE WORLD TURNS star Martha Byrne (Lily/Rose) was working on a new Web series called WEIGHT, but haven't heard anything about it in a while. Well, we're happy to announce that the series will premiere its first episode on Sunday, August 2, at 8:00 p.m. ET!

WEIGHT is a sly comedy that follows Byrne's Claire, a housewife who lost 100 pounds in a reality TV weight loss competition to find that her entire life has changed along with her appearance. It co-stars Byrne's longtime pal Allison Smith (from THE WEST WING and KATE & ALLIE) as well as Trent Dawson (Henry, ATWT) and Kate West, the daughter of Maura West (Ava, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Carly, ATWT) and Scott DeFrietas (Andy, ATWT).

Viewers can join the "Virtual Release Party" with Byrne, other cast members and special guests by using the hashtag #weightcrazy and by following @weighttheseries on Twitter starting at 7:00 p.m. ET on August 2. You can watch a trailer by clicking here and a clip by clicking here, and make sure to visit www.weighttheseries.com to watch the show when it debuts!

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Thorne Comes Home To A Crisis!

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After more than a year away, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Thorne returns on Thursday, July 23, to discover that while he's been holding down the Forrester fashion fort in Paris, his daughter, Aly, has been spiraling out of control!

B&B vet Winsor Harmon (Thorne) tells Soaps In Depth he's thrilled to be back for such an emotionally intense storyline. "Thorne has been living in Paris running International," explains the actor. "While he generally knows what's been going on at Forrester on a day-to-day basis, as far as personal things relating to his family, he's not fully aware of what's been happening."

Aly's erratic (some might say psychotic) behavior in recent weeks is something Thorne's going to have to deal with as a concerned father, but exactly how he'll help resolve his daughter's troubling behavior remains to be seen. "It all stems from her issues with Taylor," he explains. "Aly's always going to have issues surrounding the death of her mother, and Thorne is going to have to keep close tabs on that."

Thorne's homecoming, consequently, isn't likely to be a happy one, but Harmon says reprising the character has been nothing short of amazing. "B&B has been my home for eighteen years, and that's not something that's easy to walk away from or turn your back on," he says. "I never take it for granted. It's always a privilege to be involved with this show, and I'm smart enough to appreciate it!"

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The Pecks Have Added To Their Pack!

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AS THE WORLD TURNS stars Terri Conn (Katie) and husband Austin Peck (Brad; ex-Austin, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) welcomed their second child together over the weekend! The couple announced on Twitter that Conn had given birth to Morgan Theresa Peck on July 18. (You can see an adorable pic of the newborn here.)

The new addition joins the couple's daughter, Keira (2 1/2), as well as Conn's daughter, Julia, and Peck's sons, Aidan and Roman. Congratulations!

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Baby On Board!

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Matthew Ashford (ex-Tom, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Stephen, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Jack, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and actress/teacher Lana Buss are expecting their second child in November. "It's gonna be a girl," he reveals to Soaps In Depth. The new addition will join big brother Henry (2) and Ashford's daughters, Grace and Emma, with his former wife, Christina Saffran.

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A "Million" Reasons Bring Chappell Back To DAYS!

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In the upcoming film, A Million Happy Nows, Crystal Chappell (Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Carly, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) stars as Lainey Allen, a popular soap opera actress, who exits her daytime drama after finding out she has early-onset Alzheimer's disease. She and her publicist/partner Eva, played by Jessica Leccia (Natalia, GL) move to a beach house overlooking the Pacific Ocean as the couple deals with the devastating diagnosis. Chappell, who also serves as a producer on the project, says the film's soap opera scenes were shot late last year at her old stomping grounds — the DAYS studios in Burbank!

"First, we were going to build a soap opera studio in another studio, but I told [DAYS' co-executive producer] Greg Meng about this film and that I needed a studio," the Emmy-winning actress/producer tells Soaps In Depth. Another co-executive producer of DAYS, Albert Alarr, directed the film, and was helpful in securing the studio space, too. "It was totally fun shooting there," Chappell declares. "Everyone was so accommodating. We could have shot it elsewhere, but filming at DAYS gave us an authentic vibe."

A Million Happy Nows both sheds a light on Alzheimer's and tells the love story of how Lainey and Eva deal with this tragic twist of fate, which, it turns out Lainey knew there was a 50/50 chance of happening. The film's cast is jam-packed with familiar faces from the soap opera world including Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie, DAYS; ex-Joanna, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Robert Gant (David, Y&R), Hillary B. Smith (ex-Stacy, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Margo, AS THE WORLD TURNS), and Michael Corbett (ex-David, Y&R).

"We needed someone to play Lainey's rival and someone suggested Susan," says Chappell. "I reached out to her and she said yes. We did some good old soapy catfight scenes that you'll see. It was so much fun. She is so talented."

As a fan of GL's "Otalia" storyline, the film's writer, Marisa Calin, specifically wrote the movie with Chappell and Leccia in mind. "That's really flattering," notes Chappell. "It's important to not only bring more awareness to this disease, but to also show that it can [afflict] same sex couples."

Stay tuned for an upcoming feature on Chappell in the magazine for more on the project, but In the meantime, you can check out a preview of the film here.

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