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As previously reported, Prospect Park's "All My Children," and now "One Life to Live," have been embroiled in a heated debate with I.A.T.S.E. (International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees)/Local 52, the union representing stage workers for the soaps, which alleges that Prospect Park has violated the labor agreement with the union. As a result, Prospect Park today announced that both soaps will halt production effective tomorrow, June 6.

As we previously reported, Camryn Grimes is returning to “The Young and the Restless” this summer, and fans are abuzz with speculation about her upcoming appearance. Will she be returning yet again as a ghost? Could she be headed back to the canvas as a completely new character? And just how long will the beloved actress be sticking around in Genoa City? We caught up with Sharon Case, who plays Cassie’s mother, Sharon Collins, to get a sneak peek at what’s ahead!

“The Young and the Restless’” Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Newman) hasn’t even left Genoa City yet, but there are already fans crossing their fingers in anticipation of a future return. But is it possible? Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President of CBS Daytime, thinks so! “She is an icon,” the exec tells Soap Opera Network of Stafford, who began playing George and Lydia Summers’ daughter back in 1994. “She’s an amazingly talented woman... and she brings so much as Phyllis to the show. But we have to respect her decision, and [leaving] was her choice.”

Congratulations are in order for Brian Hallisay and Jennifer Love Hewitt, the stars of Lifetime's provocative drama "The Client List." Not only is it revealed that the two are engaged in the newest issue of Us Magazine, on sale now, but the duo are also expecting their first child!

Stereotypes about soap operas have been flying around since their 1952 television debut, but never once has it been uttered that watching passionate and steamy daytime sudsers can actually reduce fertility rates — until now!

Robert Scott Wilson has taken “All My Children” by storm as Opal Cortlandt’s (Jill Larson) son, Pete Cortlandt. So much so, that he’s fast becoming a Pine Valley tycoon even his own father, Palmer, wouldn’t have messed with!

It is with great sadness to report that Paul Skipper, a long-time photographer at JPI Studios, died on Tuesday, June 4 (previously incorrectly reported by us as Monday, June 3). While it is unknown at this time what caused Skipper's death, tweets have gone out from several past and present "Days of our Lives" cast/crew members, which is the show Skipper primarily shot for, including one from Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) that read: "Paul Skipper- RIP. No one shot more terrific pictures for our genre." His tweet was responded to by Crystal Chappell (ex-Carly Manning), who said "so very true. Loved his dear heart."

As previously reported, "Drop Dead Diva" returns for an all-new season beginning Sunday, June 23 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on Lifetime. In the just released promo, we couldn't help noticing former "All My Children" star Natalie Hall (ex-Colby Chandler)! According to a rep from Lifetime, Hall will be appearing as 'Brittney" in a multi-episode arc, beginning with the Sunday, June 30 episode. It is understood that "Brittney" ties into the "New Jane" vs "Old Jane" storyline getting ready to kick off.

Cancelled months after leaving viewers hanging with a major cliffhanger, "Drop Dead Diva" received a reprieve from Lifetime earlier this year which has resulted in a fifth season set to debut on Sunday, June 23. Today, Lifetime has revealed the first promo of the new season, which helps shed a little light on life after Owen (Lex Medlin) caught his bride, Jane (Brooke Elliott), kissing Grayson (Jackson Hurst) moments before they were to be wed.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, former "General Hospital" star Marissa Ramirez (ex-Gia) has been upped to series regular on CBS' "Blue Bloods" beginning with the primetime shows fifth season. Ramirez, who joined the series as a recurring guest-star beginning with the Friday, March 8 episode entitled "Protest Too Much," portrays Detective Maria Baez, the former and now ful-time partner of Donnie Wahlberg's Detective Danny Raegan. The actress is replacing Jennifer Esposito, who portrayed Wahlberg's onscreen partner, Jackie Curatola, on the drama series until November of last year.