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The Casting Society of America (CSA) hosted the 30th Annual Artios Awards last night in ceremonies taking place simultaneously in New York and Los Angeles. "General Hospital's" Mark Teschner took home the casting award for Daytime Drama Series. He beat out "Days of our Lives" casting director Marnie Saitta, and associate Bob Lambert, and "The Young and the Restless" casting director Judy Blye Wilson, and associate Greg Salmon.
"The Young and the Restless" has cast "Home and Away" alum Lachlan Buchanan in the contract role of Kyle Jenkins, the son of Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) and Diane Jenkins (last played by "General Hospital's" Maura West). The actor will report to work at the CBS Television City studio, where "Y&R" is filmed, beginning Tuesday, January 27. His first airdate is set for Wednesday, February 25.
ABC will be celebrating the fans of "General Hospital" next month with the return of Fan February, reports ABC Soaps In Depth. The fan campaign, which began in 2003 as a way for fans to take part in the development process of their favorite soap, a chance to visit the set or interact in some way with cast members, was last utilized in 2007.
Nutrisystem, Inc. announced last week that Genie Francis ("General Hospital," "The Young and the Restless") is its new brand ambassador. The iconic former soap star is said to have lost 30 pounds while on the weight loss program, which she started after losing her sister in 2013 and following her oldest child, son Jameson Ivor Frakes, heading off to college.
Actor, model and fitness expert Greg Plitt has died. The former "Work Out" reality star was struck by a Metrolink train in Burbank, California on Saturday, January 17 and was pronounced dead at the scene. According to police, Plitt, along with a group of friends, appeared to have been taking video prior to the incident. Plitt played Henderson in three episodes of NBC's "Days of our Lives" from 2007-2008. He was just 37 years old.

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While it's not yet clear whether the recent ratification of the National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting (Network Television Code) is the culprit, as negotiations had been ongoing between actor's union SAG-AFTRA and ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX, among other producers, for some time, industry insiders are whispering that the broadcast networks have asked their daytime dramas to find ways in cutting some of the fat in their casts.
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Ever wonder how much time and effort is put into piecing together the multitude of sets that comprises the fictional Los Angeles based setting that is CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful?" In a newly released behind the scenes video, fans of the world's most popular daily serial get to see the formation of Forrester Creations and even the Forrester mansion, among several other sets, transition from bare walls to immaculate locales for the bold and beautiful people who roam the halls within the newly christened Bradley P. Bell Stage 31, named after the show's executive producer and head writer, at CBS Television City.
CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" will air its 7,000th episode on Friday, January 23, and in honor of the happy occasion, the network announced that the episode will break from tradition and instead feature a retrospective documentary that will highlight some of the show's most iconic moments and a look back at its creation. The episode will also include commentary from the cast, fashion shown throughout its near three decades on air, several unforgettable guest star appearances, original screen test footage and much more.
While official cause of death has yet to be determined, Sharon Alkus, the wife of Beau Kazer, who portrayed Brock Reynolds on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" off and on since originating the role in 1974, told The Hollywood Reporter that her husband is believed to have died in his sleep on December 30, 2014, and that he had been battling health issues for two years.