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Real-Life Soap Couple Welcomes Daughter

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It's a girl! THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Terrell Tilford (Barton) and wife Victoria Platt are parents! "She arrived... Our baby girl, Marley, was born Sunday eve, 24 August," the proud pop 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!

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Gaskill Delivers Quite A Speech!

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Soap hopper Brian Gaskill (GUIDING LIGHT's Dylan, AS THE WORLD TURNS' B.J., THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Oscar, PORT CHARLES' Rafe and ALL MY CHILDREN's Bobby) has just released a dramatic short film called The Speech. "I'm very excited about getting this film out there," he says.

Gaskill not only stars in the short opposite actress Clea Rivera, but also wrote the script and co-directed it. "It takes place at a wedding reception," the actor explains, "and is about a couple exploring their past together and what that means to their relationship now.

"Soap viewers will be super comfortable with the romantic setting and wedding wardrobe," Gaskill adds with a chuckle before warning: "But it definitely takes a turn away from standard soap fare... it may get a little racy!"

The Speech was funded through Kickstarter with donations from friends and fans, and you can watch it now below. "I couldn't have done it without Ambika Leigh, Garrett Robinson and the whole gang at the film collective and workshop, We Make Movies," Gaskill declares proudly.

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Party With The Stars!

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If you don't yet have plans for Memorial Day weekend, we present you with this: The 15th Annual SoapFest Charity Weekend on Marco Island, FL! More than a dozen daytime actors are scheduled to attend the festival, taking place Saturday, May 24, through Monday, May 26. Stars scheduled to appear include THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael), Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan) and John Driscoll (ex-Chance); and GUIDING LIGHT's Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan).

SoapFest events include the intimate A Night Of Stars dinner; Cruizin' Boozin' & Schmoozin' With The Stars on the Marco Island Princess yacht; Celebrity Karaoke Bar Bash and VIP Brunch With The Boys Of Daytime.

Tickets are now on sale for the annual SoapFest weekend, which will raise funds for Camp Able (a program for local special needs children), the Island Theater Company Kids Program and other local organizations. For a complete schedule and description of events, ticket packages, and additional updates, visit www.SoapFest.com.

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Gaskill Takes On The Bard!

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From the "Just when I thought I'd heard everything" files has come STRIPPING SHAKESPEARE, a provocative new Web series from the We Make Movies filmmakers collective in Los Angeles. In each episode, famous scenes from The Bard's works are set in a scintillating new context, replete with professional pole dancers and burlesque performers. Who knew Shakespeare could be so sexy? Daytime TV veteran Brian Gaskill (Dylan, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Ozzie, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Bobby, ALL MY CHIlDREN; Rafe, PORT CHARLES), who is a member of the collective, appears in the episode airing this Sunday, April 13.

"My friend, Nicol Razon, produced it," Gaskill shares. "The series is about her taking her love of Shakespeare and putting it into a format that is maybe gonna raise some eyebrows, but it's also gonna promote conversation and get people to pay attention to what the filmmaker is doing to be creative."

This Sunday's episode is based on The Taming Of The Shrew with Gaskill reciting the lines of Petruchio opposite Razon as Kate. But don't look for the traditional, 16th century costuming and staging. Rather, it plays out in a much more imaginative way. "It's more like artistic music videos of Shakespeare," offers Gaskill, who first began performing the great poet's work back in high school. To experience it for yourself, visit Strippingshakespeare.com or the We Make Movies YouTube channel here.

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Branson's Baby!

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Congratulations are in order for Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Shayne, GUIDING LIGHT) and longtime love Jaimie Foley on the birth of their first child, son Van James. The infant certainly took his time coming into the world, waiting until well past his due date, but now that he's here, the parents couldn't be happier. You can see a pic of the happy family on Twitter by clicking here!

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Y&R And GL Star Gets Gone!

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While awaiting the birth of his first child this year, Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Shane, GUIDING LIGHT) has been keeping himself plenty busy! This weekend, he'll turn up on Lifetime in the thriller, Zoe Gone. "It's about Jennifer, a 16-year-old girl who has a baby (Zoe) with the support of her boyfriend, but the pressure is too much for him and he runs away," Branson offers. "Her mother is a divorcée who's got a boyfriend, which is where I come in. He's the guy who wanted the woman, but not necessarily the child, but took on the role of helping to raise her anyway. But when his gal becomes a grandmother, that wasn't in his plan. There are some moments of him not understanding and lashing out a bit."

The teenager's struggle to acclimate to motherhood and the drama that entails is further complicated by an unexpected twist: Baby Zoe goes missing! "That kicks in the young lady's maternal instincts," Branson relates. "Then the storyline becomes about finding the baby and [Jennifer] proving to herself the mother that she can be."

While Branson is reluctant to give away much more, he did want to praise the film's young star, Sammi Hanratty. "She knew exactly what she wanted to do with the role, and she ran with it right from the beginning!" he enthuses. "I think [the problem of] high school girls having babies and not knowing what to do or not having the support that they thought they would is a relevant topic. The soap fans will relate to it."

Zoe Gone premieres on Saturday, March 29, at 8 p.m. EST on Lifetime. Then you can keep an eye out for Branson's upcoming guest appearances on TNT's PERCEPTION and CBS' NCIS.

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Co-Stars Remember Rebhorn

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James Rebhorn portrayed one of GUIDING LIGHT's most evil villains, but the women who played Bradley's battered wife and step-daughter, Tina Sloan (Lillian) and Judi Evans (Beth), have nothing but fond memories for the actor, who passed away on Friday following a long battle with skin cancer.

"He was too young -- far, far too young," a saddened Sloan tells Soaps In Depth. "He was such a joy to work with and we all loved him, as evil as he was as he portrayed Bradley Raines. Beneath, he was gentle and kind and always professional."

Sloan adds that Rebhorn may have portrayed a monster, but it was exceptionally emotional to watch when Bradley raped Beth in October of 1983. "It was the hardest thing to see him do that scene as he was destroyed that he had to play it," she recalls. "He had two daughters at home whom he adored, but as a consummate professional, he did the most superb performance of destroying Beth."

Thirty hears later, Sloan and her co-stars still get a chuckle when recalling one of Bradley and Lillian's tumultuous scenes. "He had a line we all loved as it was part of the show -- no matter what happened, he'd say 'It's your fault, Lillian! Shut up and get me a beer!' Grant Alexander (Phillip), Judi, Michael O'Leary (Rick) and I would laugh so hard we couldn't reply and Jim would just smile and say the line again. To this day, Grant and I do "the line" when we are together. When Grant and I went to see Jim in a play a few years back, we said "the line" and he chimed in with that great smile.

"He was talented and wonderful and he will be missed by everyone who ever knew him," she concludes. "I feel blessed I played his wife for a few years and, as everyone, send my great sympathy to his real wife and daughters."

Like Sloan, Evans warmly remembers Rebhorn as being "the total opposite of the character. James was such a gentle, sweet man -- that's the proof of what a great actor he was," she tells In Depth. "He could be the funniest, silliest man. I was so blessed to work with him. My first experience [in television] was having Tina and James as parents! You don't get better than that. I learned about dedication to acting through James. He and Larry Gates [who played H.B.] had us rolling in the aisles in the makeup room. They did rap before it was rap. James was always sensitive. He hated having to do what he had to do!"

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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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GL Baby News!

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Congratulations are in order for Terrell Tilford (Greg, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; David, GUIDING LIGHT) and wife Victoria Platt (Vicky, GL), who are expecting their first child in late August!

For a video message from the actors themselves sharing their joyous news, click 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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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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GL And OLTL Alums Star In New Film

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Trevor St. John (Victor, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Wendy Moniz (Dinah, GUIDING LIGHT) will starring in the upcoming film The Grief Of Others. According to Variety, the daytime alums are set to join SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE's Rachel Dratch in the adaptation of Leah Hager Cohen's book about a couple (St. John and Moniz) whose baby dies soon after his birth and the parents struggle to put their lives back together. The emotional drama will begin filming in April in Nyack, NY.

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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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Interview: With Raines, The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow!

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There's nothing like New York City at Christmastime. The nip in the air. The famed Rockefeller Center tree. And Ron Raines (Alan, GUIDING LIGHT; Carl, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) starring as Daddy Warbucks in the final few weeks of Annie on Broadway! "I love this show, I love the role, and what greater time to do it than the holidays? It's all about the holidays!"

Last week, Raines too over the part of the billionaire who adopts the curly-haired redheaded orphan from Australian actor Anthony Warlow, whose contract with the musical had ended. "I was close in the running for being cast as Daddy Warbucks, and I think that's why they called me," muses Raines, whose run will end along with the revival's final performance on Sunday, January 5. "I'm thrilled to be doing it, even though it's just for one month."

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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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GL's Raines Joins Annie!

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His future as ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Carl may be in limbo at the moment, but Ron Raines (Alan, GUIDING LIGHT) has a new gig lined up: he'll be taking over the role of Daddy Warbucks in the Broadway revival of Annie for the final weeks of the musical's production! Raines -- who was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his work in the musical Follies, and has three Daytime Emmy nominations under his belt for his GL run -- makes his Annie debut on Tuesday, December 10, and will appear until the show's final performance on Sunday, January 15, 2014.

"I'm excited to join this very talented company in one of my favorite shows," the actor tells Soaps In Depth. "I love the story and I love the role of Daddy Warbucks. I can't wait to play him. It's the perfect holiday show for New York City."

Annie is staged at the Palace Theater, 1564 Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets. For tickets and more information, visit www.anniethemusical.com.

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Is Raines A PERSON OF INTEREST?

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Tune in to the CBS drama PERSON OF INTEREST tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 8, and see GUIDING LIGHT alum Ron Raines (Alan) guest starring as a rather familiar character. "He's very much an Alan Spaulding type," he says of playing Bruce Wellington, a real estate magnate. "He's a very wealthy businessman who is protecting his family -- his grandson in this situation -- and he's ruthless! And I really detest my grandson's father because I think he's in a much lower class than my grandson!"

While Raines doesn't want to give too much away about his role in the episode, titled "Lady Killer," he does tease that "I've done something pretty bad! It becomes clear how I did what I did to keep my grandson safe."

PERSON OF INTEREST airs at 10 p.m. EST on CBS.

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GL Emmy Winner Joins Y&R!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS is adding another Emmy winner to its roster! Entertainment Weekly has revealed that Cynthia Watros has been cast as a character named Kelly, who will apparently be involved in a storyline with Billy, Victoria and Chloe. Well known to primetime audiences for her stint on LOST, Watros is remembered by daytime fans for her memorable stint as GUIDING LIGHT's Annie.

The casting notice that Y&R sent out for the character described Kelly as "a grade school teacher by trade, but not currently working. She has been married, but recently divorced." It also calls for the role to last a minimum of three episodes, but with a talent like Watros in the role, it's likely that Y&R will keep her recurring for longer than that if possible.

Still, we can't help but think that if they were thinking of recasting Phyllis, Watros would have been a doozy of a choice!

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GL Alum Heads To Y&R!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has tapped GUIDING LIGHT alumna Elizabeth Dennehy to play Laura Flannery, a show rep confirms. Look for Dennehy to air on Friday, October 18, in scenes with Ignacio Serricchio's Alex. No other details are available at this time.

The former CHARMED star joined the GL cast in 1988 as the first grown-up Chrissy, who decided to go by her middle name, Blake. Dennehy left the soap a year later when Sherri Stringfield took over the role.

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Can GL's Bundy Manage Her ANGER?

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As GUIDING LIGHT's Marah, Laura Bell Bundy endured her fair share of drama, but could the ups and downs of daytime prepare her for her new role opposite Charlie Sheen on his FX comedy ANGER MANAGEMENT? According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bundy will be playing Dr. Jordan Denby, who is a brilliant psychologist with a fondness for alcohol and whose wild mood swings will turn Charlie's life upside-down!

Bundy, who is currently on tour with Rascal Flatts, is scheduled to start taping ANGER MANAGEMENT this week. Look for her on your screens when the new season debuts this fall!

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Interview: GL Alum Finds A New Harbor

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GUIDING LIGHT fan favorite Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny) can't say enough about his latest project, the Off-Broadway production of Harbor. "It's so smart and complicated and funny and moving," he raved to Soaps In Depth when we caught up with him in between rehearsals and performances. "I'm really excited about this show. It's the first play I've read in years -- the first new, original play -- that made me laugh out loud, alone in my bedroom, half a dozen times. I think everybody can see some aspect of their lives or their family in these characters."

Stewart and QUEER AS FOLK's Randy Harrison star in Harbor as newlywed gay couple Ted and Kevin, whose idyllic lives are turned upside down by Kevin's estranged sister, Donna (played by SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND star Erin Cummings), and her 15-year-old daughter, Lottie (newcomer Alexis Molnar). "I play a successful architect, pretty much the bread-winner in the relationship, while Kevin is the artist struggling with that novel he's been trying to write for 10 years," says Stewart with a chuckle. "Kevin's white-trash, hillbilly sister shows up after being out of touch for many years with her daughter, who Ted has never met, and drops a bomb on this happy family of two."

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Bowl A Strike With The Stars!

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It's almost time once again for the annual Daytime Stars And Strikes Charity Event to benefit The American Cancer Society! Hosts Jerry verDorn (Clint, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Ross, GUIDING LIGHT) and Liz Keifer (Blake, GL) are gathering up all their famous friends from daytime and Web soaps to hit the lanes and bowl with fans!

The event will be held on Sunday, October 13, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Bowlmor Lanes in New York City's Times Square. There are two kinds of tickets — one for actually bowling with the stars, and one for just watching from the sidelines. But both include a T-shirt, unlimited food and soda, and participation in auctions, raffles, autographs and photo ops with the stars!

Click here for more information and to reserve your tickets!

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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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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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Ron Raines Takes The Stage

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Ron Raines, best known as GUIDING LIGHT's Alan, may have just joined the cast of ONE LIFE TO LIVE as the mysterious Carl, but that hasn't stopped him from continuing to take to the stage occasionally!

First up, Raines will be hosting Oklahoma Rising, a benefit cabaret for the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes. Featuring special Broadway guests, the show will be held on Sunday, June 23 at 7:30 pm at the Laurie Beechman Theater in New York City. For tickets, click here.

Then, on Monday, July 8, he'll be performing his one-man show, The Great Love Of Broadway at Cape May Stage in New Jersey. Raines will celebrate the American Spirit with a series of popular Broadway tunes. Click here for tickets!

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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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It's Sloan's Turn To Shine!

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The wait is over! Happy New Year, the poignant, film-festival favorite featuring GUIDING LIGHT's Tina Sloan (Lillian) as the mother of a struggling, injured war veteran (played by Michael Cuomo), is finally coming to your screen. The picture will be available via cable-on-demand and broadband digital platforms beginning Tuesday, May 21, with DVD and subscription-based streaming options to follow this summer. Fans will remember that Sloan made this picture shortly after the conclusion of GL and drew from her experience being a military mom herself! "It's just an absolutely amazing, amazing movie," Sloan enthuses. "Nobody's a star in it, but a lot of people came and did cameos because the script was so good." For more on the film, visit http://happynewyearfilm.com.

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GL Alum Cast In Cable Dramedy!

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Hunky GUIDING LIGHT Aussie Murray Bartlett (Cyrus) will be back on the small screen next year! The actor has been cast in one of the lead roles in an untitled HBO dramedy about a trio of gay friends living in San Francisco. The eight-episode series will also star GLEE and ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Jonathan Groff (ex-Henry) and SMASH's Frankie J. Alvarez.

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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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Stringfield's Confession!

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This weekend, Sherry Stringfield, the actress who portrayed Blake Bauer's crazy youth on GUIDING LIGHT, returns to television in a much more maternal role. She's starring in the Hallmark Channel Original, Beverly Lewis' The Confession as the terminally ill birth mother of a young Amish woman (SWITCHED AT BIRTH's Katie Leclerc) who wants desperately to be reunited. "It's a sequel to Beverly Lewis' The Shunning, and both stories are based on these insanely popular books," Stringfield explains. "It's something that you don't see a lot: a young woman's story of innocence, growing up, and learning about the world. I thought it was beautifully told."

Executive produced and directed by Michael Landon Jr. (the half-brother of Jennifer Landon, ex-Heather, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Gwen, AS THE WORLD TURNS), the intriguing tale delves deep into relationships, but it's definitely not all hearts and flowers. "My character [a wealthy socialite] has a husband, and they're going through some things — he's been a total dirt bag," she previews. "As it's turns out, he's tricking her and it's really interesting." For more about the film, which premieres on Saturday, May 11, at 9 p.m. EST, and to hear about what else the popular actress has been up to, check out her Keeping Track feature in the next issue of Soaps In Depth.

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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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Interview: GL Alum Tackles Sinatra!

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Did you know that Frank Sinatra was behind JFK's presidency? Or that the beloved president's assassination was really a Mob retaliation? And it all happened because the crooner introduced his girlfriend to a young senator, who simultaneously had an affair with the presidential hopeful and the head of the Chicago Mafia!

That's the theory behind the play Ride The Tiger -- currently being staged at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, until Sunday, April 21, and starring GUIDING LIGHT alum Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny) as Frank and ALL MY CHILDREN's Christina Bennett Lind (ex-Bianca) as the above-mentioned mistress, Judy Exner. Written by William Mastrosimone -- who spent a year interviewing the beloved singer to write the Golden Globe-winning television series SINATRA -- the play is based on a revelation made during one of their conversations. "The play takes specific plot elements that Sinatra told Bill, who then creates a scenario of what happened in these rooms when no one else was listening," explains Stewart.


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deVry and Staab Storm Primetime!

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Set those DVRs! Two of your favorite former daytime stars are about to storm two of your favorite primetime TV dramas. "I'm guest starring on ABC's CASTLE," reveals THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's William deVry (ex-STORM) of his role in the series' 100th episode. Alas, deVry didn't get to trade dialogue with fellow former soap star, Nathan Fillion (JOEY, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), whose title character is laid up with a broken leg in the tale. "I've known Nathan from the past, so that would have been nice, but my scenes were with Stana Katic, who plays Kate," deVry reveals, adding, "She was great -- I had fun!" Look for the lady detective to head out on her own to investigate the death of an IRS agent. "I'm playing a suspect [named Dan Renner]," deVry reveals. "He's a millionaire, but he's also a real douche." The episode, titled "Plays Well With Others," airs Monday, April 1, at 10 p.m. EST.

The actor tells In Depth that he's already on to his next exciting project. "I'm making The Outsider, a movie starring James Caan," he says of the crime thriller. In it, a British military contractor (played by EASTENDERS' Craig Fairbrass) is mistakenly informed that his daughter is dead and launches an investigation. "My character is just a good dude who helps out his longtime friend (Fairbrass)," deVry offers.

Since returning from Canada, where he starred last year on a sitcom, deVry says he's been fortunate to continue working steadily in Los Angeles and happy to be home with his girlfriend, Rebecca Staab (ex-April, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Jessie, GUIDING LIGHT). Alas, the successful couple still hasn't had time to relax. Staab just finished taping a guest appearance for the upcoming summer season of Showtime's DEXTER! Look for her to play a character named Lucy Gerard in the episode airing Sunday, July 14, at 9 p.m. EST.

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GL Alumna Joins DEXTER!

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Now that she's taken a break after ONE TREE HILL wrapped production, GUIDING LIGHT vet Bethany Joy Lenz (Michelle) is moving on to her next project: Showtime's hit series, DEXTER!

TV Guide reports that Lenz has landed a recurring role in the upcoming eighth season, which will kick off on June 30 at 9 p.m. EST. Lenz will make her debut in the fourth episode as Dexter's new next-door neighbor, Cassie, a former executive in the financial world who is seeking out a quieter life.

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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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GL's Chamberlin Has "No Regrets"

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GUIDING LIGHT alum Beth Chamberlin (Beth) admits that her guest-starring role in tomorrow night's episode of BLUE BLOODS is "very small," but adds that "it was a fantastic experience. It was just a dream."

While her character is married to an old friend of Tom Selleck's police commissioner character played by ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Brian Kerwin (Charlie), Chamberlin is hesitant to reveal much more about the episode's story. "Obviously, I was close as well, through my husband," she says in character of her character's relationship with Selleck's. "But we've, in recent years, lost touch. And so we're sort of meeting up again."

The actress was so impressed with Selleck as a scene partner she even compares him to one of her closest GL co-stars! "It actually reminded me a little of working with Grant Aleksander (Phillip)," Chamberlin confides, "because he had such a level of caring about this scene that we had. For me, there's nothing more satisfying than working with somebody that has that deep level of caring for the whole product. Not just his part of the product — the whole product."

The episode of BLUE BLOODS titled "No Regrets" airs Friday, March 15, at 10:00 pm EST on CBS.

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GL Star Tortures THE AMERICANS!

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GUIDING LIGHT alum Robert Bogue (Mallet) is about to make a memorable appearance in the high-profile primetime series THE AMERICANS, where he will be playing a CIA agent. "But there's a twist at the end, which I can't divulge," he teases. "The character's not who you think he is."

The actor had a great time working with series stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, even in the somewhat less-than-ideal shooting conditions! "I think it was 11 degrees that day," Bogue recalls, and [the scenes] involved me torturing them with cold water. So the physical challenges were there that day. It was brutal! But a great, spooky character."

Bogue's episode of THE AMERICANS episode, entitled "Trust Me" airs tonight, Wednesday, March 6, at 10:00 pm EST on FX.

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Chappell Checks Into THE INN

Check out the first episode of THE INN, an eerie new Web series from PRETTY creator Steve Silverman starring Crystal Chappell (Danielle, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Carly, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT; Maggie, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Denise Alexander (ex-Lesley, GENERAL HOSPITAL)!
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Chappell's Frightfully Good Show!

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Soap opera veteran and two-time Emmy winner Crystal Chappell (Danielle, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Carly, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT) now stars in the entertaining new Web series, THE INN. Part ghost story and part psychological thriller, THE INN tells the tale of a woman (Chappell) for whom getting stranded in a remote town results in a journey of self-discovery.

"It's about how new people come in and teach you lessons that you need to learn and ultimately resolving some underlying demons," Chappell previews. "Steve Silverman (the show runner behind the award winning web comedy, PRETTY) is a wonderful writer and director. He really put a lot into this show -- the script is spooky fun!"

Also in the series is Denise Alexander (Lesley, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Mary, ANOTHER WORLD), whose real-life property was used as the location for the show. "She plays a resident of the neighborhood, and our characters end up bonding," Chappell explains. "It was really fun to [work with] her." Posting at www.theinntheseries.com beginning Monday, February 4, the weekly series will air over the course of three seasons in 2013, all of which have already been shot.

"It has so many twists and turns and symbolism in it," Chappell enthuses. "It's not a gory thing or a scary, 'boo' thing... you just really have to think about it -- the soap fans will enjoy it." For more about the actress and news about her other Internet-based dramas, VENICE and THE GROVE, check out her interview in the next CBS issue of Soaps in Depth.

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GL's Goldin Gets SPONTANEOUS!


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In his new series for HGTV, SPONTANEOUS CONSTRUCTION, soap vet Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake, ALL MY CHILDREN; Gus, GUIDING LIGHT) takes on the role of host as he uses social media to gather together a flash mob of volunteers and skilled workers to undertake home renovations for a family.

The series premieres on HGTV on Friday, February 15, at 8:00 pm EST, but you can get a taste of it right now with this special preview video!

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