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On Wednesday, November 5, CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" shocked the daytime world when it announced that Kim Matula would be departing the drama series after nearly five years portraying Hope Logan, but don't fret, Hope will continue being part of the canvas, says head writer and executive producer, Bradley P. Bell.

Ann Marcus, who was the head writer of NBC's "Days of our Lives" from 1977 to 1979, and received two Daytime Emmy Award nominations for her work on the soap, has died. Marcus died in her Sherman Oaks home at the age of 93 on Wednesday, December 3.

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) earlier today announced the nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Television, New Media, News, Radio, and Promotional Writing during calendar year 2014. In the category of Daytime Drama, ABC's "General Hospital" and NBC's "Days of our Lives" received a nomination.

If you find yourself tuning into CBS' "The Young and the Restless" later this month and think you're seeing things when Faith Newman appears on your screen as someone you may have seen not too long ago, don't be too surprised. Actress McKenna Grace is once again stepping into the role of Sharon (Sharon Case) and Nicholas Newman's (Joshua Morrow) little girl following news of current portrayer, Aly Lind, booking a role in a pilot for TNT. Grace actually took over the role of Faith from Lind when she appeared from July 2013 to June 2014, when Lind returned.

On Sunday, November 23, artist Julian St. John, the 24-year-old son of "The Young and the Restless'" Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) and professional boxer Mia St. John, was found unresponsive in the bathroom of a Long Beach facility. While cause of death has been listed as an apparent suicide, RadarOnline reports that the official cause of death has been delayed pending additional testing and a toxicology report.

Actress Jacqueline MacIness Wood is returning to "The Bold and the Beautiful" next week to once again film scenes as Steffy Forrester on the CBS Daytime drama series. Wood, who remains on recurring status with the soap and last appeared in February of this year, will begin airing in late January 2015.

As if being the most watched daytime drama series for more than 25 years wasn't enough, CBS Daytime's "The Young and the Restless" has placed fifth on Bing's Top TV Show Searches for 2014, just behind TV's hottest primetime series, AMC's "The Walking Dead." "Y&R" beat out the likes of E!'s now defunct "Chelsea Lately" (#6), NBC's "The Today Show" (#7), HBO's "Game of Thrones" (#8), ABC's "The View" (#9) and FOX's "American Idol" (#10).

Spencer Neville has joined the cast of NBC's "Days of our Lives" in the recurring role of Derrick. The actor/model/bodybuilder, who is reportedly set to appear in more than a dozen episodes beginning sometime next week, posted on his Facebook page in early September, "Big news coming soon on a TV show I've been working on...they are very secretive.." It's not yet clear whether the actor was referring to his "DAYS" role or another project he may have been working on at the time. The "DAYS" episodes that feature Neville were filmed in late July/early August.

Nearly two months since leaving Salem for Hollywood, Will Horton (Guy Wilson) is back beginning Thursday, December 11, but will a major secret keep him from reconnecting with his husband, Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith)?

CBS' "The Young and the Restless" is looking to cast a new contract male character, one of the first new characters under new head writer Charles Pratt, Jr., reports Soap Opera Digest.
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