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James Rebhorn Passes

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Actor James Rebhorn died on Friday, March 21, at the age of 65. Rebhorn was a well-known character actor who appeared in films such as Independence Day and Scent Of A Woman as well as TV series like WHITE COLLAR and HOMELAND. But he is best known to daytime fans as AS THE WORLD TURNS' Henry Lange and GUIDING LIGHT's Bradley Raines.

"I am deeply... profoundly saddened to hear of the death of my friend and colleague Jim Rebhorn," Robert Newman (Josh, GL) posted to Facebook. "We first crossed paths in 1984 when he joined the cast of GL to play — as he often did, totally against type — the role of a brutal, abusive stepfather. Jim was, of course, the nicest man on the planet. Rest well, Jim. You've earned it. Too soon. Too soon by far."

GL's Grant Aleksander (Phillip) shares, "Jim was a wonderful man and a fantastic actor. So sad that he is gone way too soon."

Brooke Sunny Moriber, who played a young Angel on ATWT posted to Facebook: "James may have been the nicest man I have ever worked with. My heart aches that he is no longer with us. He was just the nicest guy you could ever cast as a villain. I remember him actually shaking because it was so difficult for him to embody such an evil character."

Michael O'Leary (Rick, GL), says, "Jim was a man of immense class and dignity. He was a consummate professional, and a gentleman. And I was just in awe of his talent. I'll miss him dearly."

Rebhorn's death comes after a long battle with skin cancer. Our condolences go out to his friends and family, including his wife, Rebecca, and two daughters. You can read the actor's New York Times obituary here. The actor also penned his own obituary during his final days, which was posted by his New Jersey church and can be read here.

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Watch Soap Life

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Daytime dramas have seen an uptick in ratings, but in recent years have gone through quite a bit of turmoil. And over those years, the documentary Soap Life examined the plight of the American soap opera. Now, Soap Life 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!

For a preview, you can watch the trailer below!

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McClain & Lindstrom Wed!

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As Soaps In Depth first reported in our issue that went on sale this week, Cady McClain (Kelly, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Rosanna, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and Jon Lindstrom (Kevin, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Craig, ATWT) have come forward to publicly announce that they've tied the knot!

The couple became man and wife on Friday, February 14, meaning that Valentine's Day is going to be extra-special from now on! McClain and Lindstrom had a small, intimate ceremony, and in keeping with their low-key attitude, hadn't made a big announcement until now.

Congratulations to the happy couple, and best wishes for the future!

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A Who's Who Guide For BEACON HILL!

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Next Wednesday, March 5, marks the launch of an exciting new Web soap, BEACON HILL! New media pioneer Crystal Chappell (Dani, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT, etc.) is part of the team behind the drama, which centers on two Boston families at opposite ends of the political spectrum.

With political rivalries, romances gone bad, blackmail and family dysfunction, BEACON HILL has all the makings of a must-see series! In anticipation of the show's premiere, Soaps In Depth chatted up some of the top players in the drama for the scoop!

Alicia Minshew (Sara Preston)
"Sara left the love of her life, Kate, for this reporting job, and the break-up was painful. She's now come back to Beacon Hill for a job and bumps into Kate, so it's reigniting feelings. There are issues with Sara and her grandfather, whom Kate is now working with, and she has a tumultuous relationship with her mother, who is a drinker. She's trying to be a good reporter but stay true to her family. Everything kind of gets mixed up and muddled!"

Sarah Brown (Katherine "Kate" Wesley)
"When Crystal sent me the script, I read all 12 episodes and called her immediately. I originally wanted to play the character of Sara -- I understood where she's coming from. But Katherine ended up being much more of a challenge. I love every bit of this."

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ATWT Star Travels THE RED ROAD

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Tamara Tunie (Jessica, AS THE WORLD TURNS) plays Marie Van Der Veen in THE RED ROAD, a dark and dramatic primetime serial that premieres on the Sundance Channel Thursday, February 27, at 9 p.m. EST. The edge-of-your-seat drama deals with two conflicting communities (Native Americans and local townspeople) and stars Martin Henderson (The Ring) as lawman Harold Jensen, who's trying to keep his crumbling family together, and Jason Momoa (GAME OF THRONES) as Phillip Copus, an ex-con who uses both his charm and commanding presence to scheme and manipulate.

"Marie's very strong and is rooted in the earth," Tunie tells Soaps In Depth. "She's a nurturer and an advocate, but she has also has a dark past. She appears to be on the side of the right, but she's made some mistakes in her life as well."

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Cady McClain Is Y&R's New Kelly!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Kelly is about to get an extreme makeover as daytime vet Cady McClain (Dixie, ALL MY CHILDREN; Rosanna, AS THE WORLD TURNS) is taking over for Cynthia Watros, who was unable to juggle the soap with her new role in the upcoming MTV series FINDING CARTER. A rep for Y&R confirms the recast, adding "We are excited to welcome Cady to the show."

Watros posted to Facebook that she was leaving for Atlanta in two weeks for a five-month shoot. "A big, big thank you to the Y&R cast and crew," she wrote. "I loved being on your show. Thank you Y&R fans, I love how passionate you are. I'm sorry I couldn't stay. I hope I didn't let you down."

Watros' last day on set will be Friday, March 14, and she is scheduled to last air as Kelly on Wednesday, April 16. McClain first reports for work on Wednesday, March 26, and will first air on Thursday, April 24. So it looks like Kelly will be sticking around Genoa City for a while, now. But will she keep pursuing Billy or set her sights on another man?

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ATWT Star Pens Emotional Memoir

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Cady McClain (Rosanna, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Dixie, ALL MY CHILDREN) is self-publishing her memoir, titled Murdering My Youth. And the actress is having a contest in which fans can vote on what the final cover will be! Click here to pick your favorite!

"The book is a series of my memories about growing up in an alcoholic environment," McClain shares with Soaps In Depth. "It is also a raw, brutally honest look at what being in 'show business' can entail for a young girl and the extremely close relationship I had with my mother."

The two-time Emmy winner says that she's been told that the book should come with a warning. "There's a lot of violence in it," she allows.

What led McClain to join the list of soap stars who've chronicled their life stories? "I was inspired by a woman who asked me to be the keynote speaker at her writers' conference in Kansas City called Write The Dream," she says. "She had followed my blogs throughout the years and offered to help me self-publish this book. Her encouragement was a huge part of me letting this story out into the world. I hope it inspires others to tell their story or at least to not feel so alone with their experiences."

McClain will be signing copies of Murdering My Youth at the Write The Dream Conference in Kansas City, MO, on Friday, March 7. Click this link for more information. And as the keynote speaker, she will be encouraging her audience to find their voice via a method she calls "dreaming your way to a great, personal story. It's basically like taking a person's psyche and putting it in the structure of a fairy tale or myth."

McClain say that she loves to teach and interact with other creative minds. Curious what else has been going on in her head? Then check out Flip Fantasia, her trippy short film about four young urban men coping with the tragic after-effects of a wild night out in New York City, when it screens as at the Macon Film Festival. Catch it at the Cox Capital Theatre in Macon, GA, on Friday, February 28 a 4:14 p.m. or you can watch it on YouTube by clicking this link!

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Fifth Annual ISA Nominees Announced!

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The nominees for the Fifth Annual Indie Series Awards were revealed recently, and include many familiar faces from daytime soaps who have done some incredible work in Web series over the past year.

Van Hansis (Luke, AS THE WORLD TURNS) was nominated for Best Lead Actor - Drama for his work in EASTSIDERS, while his former daytime castmate Colleen Zenk (Barbara) earned a nod for Best Lead Actress - Drama for THURSTON. Alicia Minshew (Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN) was also nominated for Best Lead Actress - Drama for her role in TAINTED DREAMS. Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Rick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) was nominated for Best Supporting Actor - Drama for DEVANITY while Deidre Hall (Marlena, DAYS) is up for Best Supporting Actress - Comedy for DATING IN THE MIDDLE AGES.

Click here for a full list of nominees. The ISA's will take place on Wednesday, April 2 at the historic El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, hosted by Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GENERAL HOSPITAL), who was also nominated for Best Guest Star - Comedy for SINGLE SIBLINGS. How many of the Web soaps have you seen? Are you supporting these Internet series?

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Soap Stars Move To BEACON HILL

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A slew of familiar faces are starring in the new Web series BEACON HILL, including Sarah Brown (ex-Claudia, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Agnes, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) Alicia Minshew (Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), and Crystal Chappell (Dani, B&B; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT) The serial, filmed on location in Boston, was co-created by Jessica Hill and her wife Linda, who is the chief executive officer of Bella Books, a publisher of lesbian fiction.

"BEACON HILL is a political drama set in Boston," Jessica tells Soaps In Depth. "Alicia and Sarah are our two leads, and they play the daughters of two political families in Boston. One's Republican and the other is Democrat. Alicia's character, Sara, and Sarah's character, Katherine, were together [romantically] and they broke up. Our story starts six years later when Sara's grandfather, played by Ron Raines [Carl, OLTL; Alan, GL], has a stroke. Sara, who's living in New York, comes back to Boston and you see dynamics between her family and Katherine start to develop."

The rest of the cast — which reads like a Who's Who of daytime — includes Scott Bryce (Craig, ATWT), Ricky Paull Goldin (Jesse, B&B; Gus, GL), Louise Sorel (ex-Vivian, DAYS), Tina Sloan (Lillian, GL), John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex, OLTL), Jessica Morris (Jen, OLTL), and Melissa Archer (Natalie, OLTL). Also in the cast is newcomer Rebecca Mozo.

BEACON HILL is produced by Bella Productions, the sister company of Bella Books, in association with Chappell's production company, Open Book Productions. Goldin and Emmy-winning actress Hillary B. Smith (Nora, OLTL; Margo, ATWT) serve as producers on the show.

Chappell, who has helmed Web series VENICE and THE GROVE, plays Claire, Sara's mother. How did that work, since there's less than a decade between the two actresses? "I age myself," Chappell confides. "I went without makeup and I wear my hair severely — it's in a twist and high up on top. It's a fun character to play. Claire's husband is gone. My feeling is he couldn't tolerate her family.

"BEACON HILL is a very different show," Chappell adds. "It's a political drama with intrigue and romance revolving around two political families. Jessica and Linda are terrific people and writers. I love working with them!"

BEACON HILL begins streaming on Wednesday, March 5. For more info, check out www.beaconhilltheseries.com

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Cosgrove Moves To Salem!

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Soap-hopper Daniel Cosgrove (Chris, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Bill, GUIDING LIGHT; Scott, ALL MY CHILDREN) is settling into a new daytime address, this time in Salem! Beginning in late January, the actor will be portraying DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Aiden, which will actually be the first time he'll be creating an original character from scratch instead of stepping into another performer's shoes as a recast! Will you be tuning in?

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Gaskill Goes Deep!

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Brian Gaskill grabbed our attention playing emotional characters like GUIDING LIGHT's Dylan, AS THE WORLD TURNS' BJ, and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Ozzy. Since then, he's been pouring his own emotions into a considerable body of poetry, which he's been recording to share with the world. "When I compiled this new group of poems together, I found that they were much more cohesive and thematic than what was on my last album (Make It Real)," he says. "With this new one, every single piece really did become -- either on purpose or inadvertently -- a reflection of the title, Giving Up Time Travel For The Rain."

In the just-released collection of spoken word recordings, Gaskill shares his thoughts on the everyman quest for personal peace and life acceptance. "It's about living in the moment and not focusing on that pain in the past or your expectations of the future," the poet offers. "It's about just being present -- even if it's raining -- because as we all know, the rain cleanses things and helps them grow."

The artist has also been sharing his insightful thoughts and moving poems about this topic and more via a blog, http://givinguptimetravel.blogspot.com. "There's this 31-day journey that I started in conjunction with this album coming out," he explains. "It's about working to find something new each day that brings me closer to a place of believing -- in the magical, fairytale sense -- in life's possibilities."

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ATWT's Park Is A Baron!

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We already reported that Joe West, the son of Maura West (Ava, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Carly, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and Scott DeFreitas (Andy, ATWT), had been cast in the upcoming The Sound Of Music Live, but it turns out that the actress has a connection to yet another member of the cast! Her ATWT hubby Michael Park (Jack) will be playing Baron Elberfeld in the special live telecast!

The Sound Of Music Live stars Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer, but soap fans will also spot John Bolger (ex-Mayor Floyd, GH; ex-John, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) as Admiral von Schreiber. The three-hour live show will air Thursday, December 5 at 8:00 pm EST.

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West's Son Follows In Her Footsteps!

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Maura West (Ava, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Carly, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and husband Scott DeFreitas (Andy, AS THE WORLD TURNS) have some very talented kids who are following in their footsteps, especially son Joe West. Having previously appeared on Broadway in A Christmas Story and in a production of Sleepless In Seattle, Joe has now been cast as Kurt in NBC's telecast of The Sound Of Music Live! (That's him sitting on the right side of the couch in the photo above.)

The three-hour live telecast is scheduled to air on Thursday, December 5, at 8:00 pm EST. The Sound Of Music Live! stars Carrie Underwood as Maria and TRUE BLOOD's Stephen Moyer as Captain von Trapp.

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ATWT Hunk Joins DAYS!

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Soaps In Depth has learned exclusively that Mark Collier (Mike, AS THE WORLD TURNS) has been cast on DAYS OF OUR LIVES in a newly-created role! He's already been on set taping, and is scheduled to air beginning in late December.

We don't have any information on his character yet, except that it's new to the canvas. But he'll have something in common with at least one of his co-stars... Shawn Christian (Daniel) originated the role of ATWT's Mike back in 1994. He played the part until 1997, and Collier took over when the soap decided to bring the character back in 2002!

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Has ATWT's Beck Killed Again?

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When AS THE WORLD TURNS' Noelle Beck (Lily) guest stars on ELEMENTARY on Thursday, October 17, she won't be the murder victim. "I am suspected of murdering my husband," the actress previews, adding with a laugh, "It seems to be what people see me as for some strange reason!"

Having turned out to be the guilty party when she guested on an episode of LAW & ORDER: SVU, could the same happen here? "It's sort of a really interesting episode," Beck promises. "There are a lot of suspects. So you're like, 'Is it this person? Is it that person?' It's got kind of good twists."

The appearance also reunited Beck with an old castmate! "I got to work with Lucy Liu again," she smiles. "We worked together on CASHMERE MAFIA, and she's absolutely one of the sweetest actresses out there." She met new faces as well. "The Broadway actress, Laura Benanti, she's gorgeous," Beck adds. "And she plays my nanny! There's no way I would have hired this beautiful girl to be my nanny! But she was lovely. And I mean, I've had a crush on Aidan Quinn since Legends Of The Fall, so that was fun, working with him. And I got to see some crew members that I've worked with before, so that was great!"

To find out if Holmes and Watson finger Beck's character for the crime, don't miss the episode of ELEMENTARY titled "Poison Pen," premiering Thursday, October 17, at 10:00 pm EST on CBS!

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ATWT's Lindstrom Invites You To A Free Screening Of His Movie!

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You may have heard that Jon Lindstrom (Kevin, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Craig, AS THE WORLD TURNS) directed an acclaimed film about secrets, denial, revenge and murder titled How We Got Away With It. But you may not be aware that you can actually attend a free screening of the movie on Friday, October 18 as part of The Director's Guild Of America's Director's Finder Series!

"Having my first feature selected for the DGA's Director's Finder Series is a great honor, and also a big break," Lindstrom tells Soaps In Depth. "It's really a venue for the Industry and potential distributors to discover a film they might be interested in but had missed during its festival run. This gives them the chance to see your film in a great theater and gauge an audience's true reaction. Wish me luck!"

Lindstrom himself is scheduled to attend the screening on Friday, October 18, at 3:00 pm. The screening will be at the DGA Theater 2 at 7920 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA. For your free ticket, all you have to do is RSVP to (310) 289-2034 or E-mail rsindher@dga.org. But you must RSVP if you would like to attend!

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ATWT's Dawson Takes The Stage

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AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Trent Dawson (Henry) will be starring in a brand new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Bruce Norris entitled The Pain And The Itch. The subversive satire about the politics of class and race in the Pacific Palisades will be running from Saturday, October 26, through Sunday, December 1, at The Zephyr Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

Gathering together for Thanksgiving, a seemingly perfect family is thrown into chaos as a couple guests join in — one of whom is Dawson's character, a staunch Republican named Cash!

"The great thing about Bruce Norris' plays is that they deal with both the personal and the political," says the play's director, Jennifer Chambers. "The situations he creates are tense and troubling, but also hilarious and true. He turns our perceptions completely upside down."

The Pain And The Itch will also have discounted preview performances on Thursday, October 24, and Friday, October 25. For tickets and more information, call (323) 960-5774 or visit the Web site.

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Byrne's In CRISIS!

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AS THE WORLD TURNS' Martha Byrne (Lily) is going to be in a bit of a crisis next year... as in CRISIS, the new primetime drama set to premiere midseason on NBC! The political thriller stars Gillian Anders and Dermot Mulroney, and centers around the kidnapping of a school bus of children that include the president's son.

"Great role," Byrne teased on Twitter without revealing exactly what part she will play in the series. "Details coming!" After flying to Chicago to the show's set, she reported: "Filming is going great. The cast and crew have welcomed me with open arms. Happy to be a part of the team."

We'll keep you appraised of when CRISIS is set to premiere as soon as NBC schedules a date, as well as more details on Byrne's character and her specific airdates!

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Meek Joins The Hunt!

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Jeff Meek, best known to soap fans as AS THE WORLD TURNS' Craig and SEARCH FOR TOMORROW's Quinn, is headed to primetime in Lifetime's new thriller, Taken: The Search For Sophie Parker. "Julie Benz [DEFIANCE, DEXTER] is a widowed New York detective and I play her partner, a sort of hard-boiled street guy from Brooklyn," Meek reveals of the film he made recently in Bulgaria. "He's in love with her — has been for a long time — but she's been struggling with the loss of her husband. He challenges her to let him be in her life."

The budding romance gets put on hold when the daughter of Benz's character (Naomi Battrick) gets abducted while visiting Moscow with a girlfriend (Jemma Dallender) that just happens to be the ambassador's daughter! "That's the caper of the piece: Julie's character travels to Russia to find her, and I provide support from New York with things that she needs to have done."

The frantic search proves complicated when the teenagers fall into a Russian sex slavery ring and become potential victims of human trafficking. "I didn't realize the vastness of [the problem]... it's prevalent all over the world," Meek offers. "It's mostly for the sex trade because they get young women and then indoctrinate them and send them all over the world them. It's horrible!"

The thriller airs Saturday, September 21, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 22, at 12 a.m. EST on Lifetime. For more of what Meek's been up to lately, check out his upcoming Keeping Track feature in Soaps In Depth.

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Watch Colleen Zenk As Libby!

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Libby, the short film that AS THE WORLD TURNS' Colleen Zenk (Barbara) starred in is an official finalist/selection of the Los Angeles International Film Festival LA Shorts Fest. In the wry and touching film, Zenk plays the title character, a woman grasping for one last bit of happiness before undergoing an operation that will change her life. "It's a beautiful little script," Zenk gushes. "And I love the other actor I worked with, whose name is Liam Mitchell. It's just a lovely script by a young filmmaker by the name of Jameson Locasio. He's won all kinds of awards."

But you don't have to worry about getting a ticket to the LA Shorts Fest (or finding your way to LA on top of that!) — you can watch the entire short film right here!

Libby (2013) from Jamison M. LoCascio on Vimeo.

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ATWT Actress Joins BLUE BLOODS

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This fall, AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Vanessa Ray (Teri) will be joining the cast of the CBS drama BLUE BLOODS as Eddie, the new partner for Will Estes' Jamie. In last season's finale, the Reagan family rallied together to take down the gang responsible for the death of Jamie's partner, and as this season begins, new partner Eddie will find herself thrust into the conflict alongside them! BLUE BLOODS' fourth season premieres on Friday, September 27, at 10:00 pm EST on CBS!

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Soap Grads Head Into The Woods!

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Fresh off his Tony Award nomination for his role in Broadway's Vanya and Sonia And Masha And Spike, AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Billy Magnussen (Casey) has now been cast in the feature film musical Into The Woods alongside stars like Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp. Magnussen is reportedly replacing Jake Gyllenhaal as Rapunzel's prince, and another CBS Daytime grad is playing the princess with the long locks: THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Mackenzie Mauzy (ex-Phoebe)! In addition, GUIDING LIGHT alum Tammy Blanchard (Drew) has been cast as Florinda.

The film adaptation of the Broadway musical is set to begin filming soon, and is scheduled to debut in theaters in December 2014!

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Cruise With Byrne!

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How would you like to take a cruise with AS THE WORLD TURNS' Martha Byrne (Lily)? Well, technically the ship isn't going to go anywhere, but Soap Fan Cruises and Carnival Cruise Lines are holding a luncheon on one of their ships in New York City on Saturday, August 24, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm where fans will have the opportunity to take a tour of a Carnival Fun Ship and enjoy lunch with the actress!

The ship is the same one that will host the Soap Reunion 2014 cruise, where fans will be able to cruise with ATWT stars Byrne, Colleen Zenk (Barbara), Trent Dawson (Henry) and Michael Park (Jack). And for just the cost of a $25 ticket, you'll be able to get a taste of what that cruise might be like. As a bonus, Carnival Cruise Lines is donating 100% of that ticket price to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a charity near and dear to Byrne's heart.

You can find more information and buy tickets by following this link!

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ATWT Alum's Real-Life Drama!

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This sounds like something that could have been taken right out of an AS THE WORLD TURNS script: Zach Roerig (Casey) -- who now stars as Matt on the CW primetime drama THE VAMPIRE DIARIES -- is locked in a legal battle with a woman named Alanna Turner for full custody of their 2-year-old daughter. According to documents obtained by TMZ, now that Turner has been sentenced to Federal prison for "various crimes," Roerig is seeking full custody of their child. Read the full story at TMZ.

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What Do You Think Should Be Included In The Smithsonian Daytime TV Collection?

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The Smithsonian has begun gathering items for its collection of iconic items from daytime television for the National Museum Of American History, starting with the gown and shoes worn by Susan Lucci (ex-Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) after her memorable Emmy win, as well as items from JEOPARDY and BARNEY. You can watch a video of the presentation below including Lucci's emotional speech. The next soap item donated was announced by Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) during the most recent Daytime Emmys: The wedding worn by Nikki during her wedding to Victor.

The Smithsonian is creating a wish list of items that currently include the DAYS OF OUR LIVES hourglass, the AMC opening book, Barnabas' cape, ring and cane from DARK SHADOWS as well as memorabilia from daytime talk shows, children's shows and more. But they are aware that nobody knows daytime better than its fans, so they're looking for your input on what their collection should include. Put your ideas in the comments or send NATAS a message via the Daytime Emmy Awards' official Facebook page!

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Zenk Takes On A Legend

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AS THE WORLD TURNS' Colleen Zenk played one of daytime's most legendary characters as Barbara Ryan, and she's about to take on yet another legendary role as she will be starring as Tallulah Bankhead in the Regional Theatre premiere of Looped at Stageworks/Hudson. Based on a true story, the inebriated actress is called upon to re-record one line of dialogue from her film Die! Die! My Darling! and in the process, botches every take and faces off against her uptight film editor. Valerie Harper starred in the Broadway production of the comedy, and Stephanie Powers took over for her and took the show on tour. Zenk says "I will be only the third actor to take on this challenging, extraordinary, hilarious role. I am overwhelmed, excited and can't wait for rehearsals to begin!"

Looped will run from Wednesday, July 10, through Sunday, July 28, at Stageworks/Hudson in Hudson, NY. For more information and to order tickets, you can visit their Web site by clicking here.

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ATWT & GL Alums Join OLTL!

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Llanview is about to get a bunch of new residents as The OnLine Network has announced some new casting information for ONE LIFE TO LIVE, and some of them will be familiar faces to fans of CBS Daytime!

Thursday, June 27, will mark the first appearance of Paolo Seganti (Damian, AS THE WORLD TURNS) as the wealthy art dealer Arturo Bandini as well as Alice Callahan (Jessica, GOSSIP GIRL) as Kate, Jack's summer school teacher.

ATWT's Marnie Shulenburg (Alison) joins the cast on Tuesday, July 23 as Jo Sullivan, a producer for David's reality series. And GUIDING LIGHT's Ron Raines (Alan) arrives on Tuesday, August 20, as Carl Peterson, Jeffrey's mysterious benefactor.

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Soap Stars Hit Primetime

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The networks recently revealed their upcoming primetime plans, and there are quite a few daytime alums who will be gracing our TV screens in these new series!

Wendy Moniz (ex-Mayor Finn, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Dinah, GUIDING LIGHT) is in the cast of BETRAYAL, a sudsy-sounding drama that also stars James Cromwell and Henry Thomas.

And two of AS THE WORLD TURNS' former Lucys have new primetime gigs: Spencer Grammer will be in NBC's crime-drama IRONSIDE, based on the '60s series, and Peyton List will be starring in The CW's THE TOMORROW PEOPLE, a sci-fi adventure based on a UK series from the '70s about teenagers with powerful psychic powers.

Natalie Hall (ex-Colby, ALL MY CHILDREN) will be featured in STAR-CROSSED, a new CW drama set in a world where an alien race have landed on Earth and been forced to live in an internment camp. But things get interesting when an alien boy and eight others of his kind are integrated in a suburban high school, and a romance develops between him and a human girl.

And AMC's Sarah Michelle Gellar (ex-Kendall) and OLTL's Amanda Setton (ex-Kimberly) will be appearing in CRAZY ONES, a new CBS comedy set in the world of advertising and starring Robin Williams.

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Lucci Helps Launch Daytime Television Exhibit

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Back in March we told you about a collaboration between NATAS and the Smithsonian Institute to bring some of the most iconic daytime television memorabilia to the national museum, and today the first donations were presented!

Today's ceremony officially launched a three-year collecting initiative between the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and the National Museum of American History, aiming to help the museum expand its capacity to tell the story of daytime television and the Daytime Emmy Awards. At the ceremony, the Smithsonian accepted artifacts that reflect the contributions of daytime television programming, including a 1984 JEOPARDY! script from Alex Trebek, objects from the children's series BARNEY, and the gown that Susan Lucci (ex-Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) wore on the cover of People magazine celebrating her legendary Daytime Emmy win. "They've asked me for [an AMC] script as well," the iconic daytime actress tells Soaps In Depth. "Plus, People is doing a big blow-up of the cover."

The daytime television collection (which will include children's programming, talk shows, game shows and cooking shows) will be part of a larger entertainment exhibit scheduled to open in 2015. "Right now, the area that the museum is going to devote to this exibit on American culture at large is under reconstruction," curator Dwight Blocker Bowers tells In Depth. "We have a very small soap opera collection, and this is an opportunity for us to add to it."

For more on this collaboration, check out an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth.

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O'Leary's STEAMBOAT Keeps Rolling!

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Remember the Web series STEAMBOAT, the comedy about the last days of a dying soap opera that featured GUIDING LIGHT's Michael O'Leary (Rick) and AS THE WORLD TURNS' Michael Park (Jack) among other familiar faces from daytime dramas? Well, Studio 47 Productions and ConvergTV's The Venture Channel have announced that STEAMBOAT will now be available on Roku and NetTalk TV as phase one of a global rollout for the network and the show.

Studio 47 Productions is headed up by O'Leary and Scott Bryce (Craig, ATWT), and also has three more comedies in development and a reality show set to begin production this summer. There are currently 2 episodes of STEAMBOAT with 11 more in pre-production.

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ATWT Alum Is Tony Nominated!

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Congratulations are in order for AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Billy Magnussen, who today earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance By An Actor In A Featured Role In A Play for his performances as Spike Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike! The Broadway play by Christopher Durang nabbed a grand total of six nominations, including Best Play.

The Tony Awards are scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 9 in New York City, and will be aired live on CBS.

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Maura West Joins GH!

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Rumors circulating that Maura West (ex-Carly, AS THE WORLD TURNS, ex-Diane, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) would be joining GENERAL HOSPITAL in a new role were totally on the money! The Emmy winner is reportedly already on set taping, and should debut as Ava Jerome sometime in May (just in time for sweeps... convenient!).

Longtime fans might recognize the name Jerome from Port Charles history. The Jerome clan was a Mob family that Duke and Anna found themselves wrapped up with. (Remember Tonja Walker as the Duke-obsessed Olivia?) Of course, the last name might just be a coincidence, but then again, headwriter Ron Carlivati is a big fan of GH history!

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ATWT's Soffer To Meet A Gruesome End!

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AS THE WORLD TURNS' Jesse Lee Soffer (Will) has landed a crucial role in an upcoming Lifetime movie, but let's just say that things won't end well for his character! According to Deadline.com, Soffer is set to play the male lead in Dirty Little Secret: The Jodi Arias Story. LOST alum Tania Raymonde is in negotiations to play Arias, who went on trial for murdering her boyfriend, Travis Alexander (Soffer). Filming is set to begin soon in Los Angeles, although the ending of the script can't be written until after Arias' trial concludes and the true story has a finale!

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Zenk Makes Performing A Family Affair!

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AS THE WORLD TURNS' Colleen Zenk (Barbara) is hitting the stage again, and this time she's bringing her daughter, Kelsey Crouch, along for the ride! The two actresses will be performing in the Off-Broadway musical Mama And Her Boys on Monday, May 6.

"I am so thrilled to be welcoming a mother and daughter to our guest star roster," says the show's creator, Ethan Paulini. "And what a fabulously talented pair they are. While the themes we explore in Mama And Her Boys have to do with mothers and sons, they are not gender specific. We worked hard to create a show that presented a universal point of view for all families."

Mama And Her Boys is currently playing at the new Underground Theater at 955 West End Avenue (at West 107th St and Broadway) in New York City, and Zenk and Crouch are scheduled to perform in the Monday, May 6, performance. Tickets range from $12-$44, and are available by calling (866) 811-4111 or visiting theatermania.com. For more details on the show, visit the Web site here.

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Help Fund ATWT Star's New Film!

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Jake Silbermann (Noah, AS THE WORLD TURNS) achieved such success funding his indie film Stuffer through Kickstarter that he's back to try again for his new project, The Revival!

The story, by writer/director Samuel Brett Williams, concerns a southern baptist preacher named Eli, played by Malcolm Madera. To keep his congregation from dwindling, he plans a revival, but when he falls in love with Daniel (played by Silbermann), their relationship could destroy everything he's worked for. Eli must choose between his love for Daniel and his love for God, his church and his family.

Silbermann and his friends are nearly halfway to their goal of $67,000 with just over a month left before their deadline. For more information on the project, and to donate yourself, click here to visit The Revival's Kickstarter page. And as always, there are cool rewards for pledging, including signed scripts, DVDs and more! Heck, if you want to pledge $4,500, you can nab all of the rewards including a speaking role in the film!

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ATWT Star Tends His Flock

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Since leaving AS THE WORLD TURNS, Lamman Rucker (Marshall) has been keeping very busy both on the big screen and small, and this weekend, his newest film, The Undershepherd premieres on TV One. It stars Rucker and GREY'S ANATOMY'S Isaiah Washington as two ministers whose friendship is tested as their careers evolve in wildly different directions.

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Daytime Collection Headed To The Smithsonian!

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The Smithsonian Institute has partnered with the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) to bring some of the most iconic daytime television memorabilia to the national museum! A rep tells Soaps In Depth that it is still in the planning stages, but the Smithsonian hopes to eventually showcase a collection that features costumes, props, scripts, awards and much more!

Tell us below, which iconic items from the history of daytime television programming do you think should be included in The Smithsonian's collection?

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ATWT Star Goes Back In Time!

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AS THE WORLD TURNS' Noelle Beck (Lily) is about to travel back in time! The actress has joined the cast of THE CARRIE DIARIES in the recurring role of Sebastian's absentee mother, Ginny?! However, don't expect to see a beleaguered heroine on the CW drama! "My character is crazy!" Beck laughs. "I would never talk to my kids this way. So funny! It's all about Ginny!"

The actress had previously worked with executive producer Amy B. Harris on the CBS primetime sudser CENTRAL PARK WEST, but was meeting the young cast of THE CARRIE DIARIES for the first time. "AnnaSophia [Robb, Carrie] is adorable," Beck enthuses. "She is such a pro for 19 years old. Austin [Butler, Sebastian] is even more handsome in person, if that's even possible! What a kind, sincere, sweet young man."

Beck reports that she had a blast working on the '80s-era series, especially when it came to her period costumes! "I loved my wardrobe, hair and makeup," she smiles. "I'm an '80s girl!"

Beck's first episode of THE CARRIE DIARIES, airs on Monday, March 18, and you can see her again in the following episode on Tuesday, March 25.

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ATWT's Silbermann On Stage Again

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AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Jake Silbermann (Noah) has appeared in more than a few stage productions since the soap's end, and he's about to add one more to the list, having been cast in The Assembled Parties.

The world-premiere play from Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg will feature Silbermann on stage with actors like Jessica Hecht and Judith Light (Karen, ONE LIFE TO LIVE). The story chronicles the family drama of a Jewish family living on Manhattan's Upper West Side over a twenty year period.

The Assembled Parties will begin previews on Thursday, March 21, and open for a limited run on Wednesday, April 17, at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on West 47th Street in New York City. For tickets, click here.

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ATWT's Zenk Rules The Old West!

As AS THE WORLD TURNS' Barbara Ryan, Colleen Zenk certainly had her moments of villainy, but that's nothing compared to the terrifyingly icy performance she gives as Agnes, the matriarch to the deadly Snead family in her debut episode of THURSTON.

This is the second episode of the second season of the western-themed Web drama, so jumping into the middle of things means it might be a little confusing. But you can still appreciate Zenk's scene regardless! (And it might inspire you to go back and check out the earlier episodes of the impressive Web series at its Web site!)

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It Has To Be ATWT's Trent Dawson

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If you're an AS THE WORLD TURNS fan near Santa Barbara, CA, you can catch Trent Dawson (Henry) in the play It Has To Be You on Saturday, January 19, at 8:00 pm. This reading of a brand-new comedy by award-winning playwright Catherine Butterfield is about finding love in all the wrong places and will be followed by a brief talkback with the audience, playwright and actors. For more information, you can visit the PlayFest Santa Barbara Web site, and for tickets, click here! Tickets are completely free, but limited, so reserve your seats ASAP!

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Fourth Annual Indie Soap Awards Nominees Announced

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Our friends over at We Love Soaps have announced the nominees for the Fourth Annual Indie Soap Awards, their yearly celebration of the best in Web soaps. From drama to comedy, all eligible indie soaps were considered, and the nominees include some daytime favorites like Martha Byrne (Lily, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and Hillary B. Smith (Nora, ONE LIFE TO LIVE).

DEVANITY and OUT WITH DAD led the drama series race with nine nominations each, and HUSBANDS, THE BLOODY MARY SHOW and PRETTY racked up nine nods each on the comedy side of the spectrum.

The Indie Soap Awards will be held Tuesday, February 19, at New World Stages in New York City. You'll find a full list of the nominees after the jump:

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