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If anyone knows what it’s like to play a quintessential soap opera character, it’s “Days of our Lives’” Eileen Davidson (Kristen Blake; ex-Ashley Abbott, “The Young and the Restless;” ex-Ashley Abbott, “The Bold and the Beautiful;” ex-Kelly Capwell, “Santa Barbara”). During her 1993 to 1998 stint in Salem, she played everything from helping save Marlena (Deidre Hall) from satanic possession, being presumed dead, buying a baby and even playing four other characters (Susan, Thomas, Sister Mary Moira and Penelope) in addition to her original role as Stefano’s adopted daughter. And the madness hasn’t slowed down since she’s returned to the show for a second run! “The storylines are always pretty nutty for Kristen,” the actress says with a laugh. “It doesn’t stop, that’s for sure.”

Hot off the heels of finishing the thriller “Scenic Route,” Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo du Pres, “All My Children”) has already landed a role in yet another indie drama. According to Deadline Hollywood, the former soap star has been cast opposite Maria Bello (“Touch”), Lucas Till (“X-Men First Class”) and Tom Everett Scott (“That Thing You Do!,” “An American Werewolf in Paris”) in “Strings,” directed by rookie Daniel Duran.

There was a time not that long ago when “All My Children’s” Chrishell Stause (ex-Amanda Dillon) — who’s been confirmed as a future cast member on “Days of our Lives” — seemed on top of the world. She and her boyfriend, “Glee” star Matthew Morrison, were as happy as could be and even announced their engagement in 2007. But shortly after the joyous news came out, the pair split. Fans have wondered how a relationship that was seemingly so wonderful could take such a drastic turn for the worse, and now Morrison himself is setting the record straight!

“Days of our Lives” stars Chandler Massey (Will Horton) and Casey Deidrick (Chad diMera) are on a mission: They’re hoping that through music with their band, The Last of Us, they can help raise awareness about cystic fibrosis.

Daytime fans might remember Billy Magnussen as “As the World Turns’” Casey Hughes, a role he played from 2008-2010. But the Broadway world has taken notice of the young actor for his work in front of live audiences, and his recent stint as the empty-headed yet handsome boy-toy Spike in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” has even earned him a Tony nomination! But will the former soap stud be able to nab the role? You’ll have to tune in to find out!

The news that “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” have gone into early hiatus due to a union dispute with the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.) was a bit unsettling for fans of the sudsers. And as Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord, “OLTL”) reveals in her latest hotline message, the actors were just as surprised as the viewers about the drama!

Parenting team Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Sharon Newman (Sharon Case) on “The Young and the Restless” are about to get a little surprise: Their daughter, Faith, is going to be a whole new person!

Legendary hip hop artist Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg) just wrapped his final (for now) appearance in Llanview, but he left a lovely parting gift: The full music video for the show’s theme song, “Brand New Start,” which he and his protégé, IZA, created!

“Pretty Little Liars” actress Tammin Sursok (ex-Colleen Carlton, “The Young and the Restless”) took to Twitter yesterday to announce some very big news: She’s expecting her first child with husband Sean McEwen, whom she married in 2011!

Bell-Phillip Television Productions; Corday Productions, Inc.Ratings Report for the Week of May 27-31, 2013NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings.  Thank you.Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings(Compared to Last...