The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network
Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

As previously reported, Burgess Jenkins takes over the role of Billy Abbott on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” later this month. Last night on our social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter), we noted that the actor’s first airdate is scheduled for Tuesday, June 24. Jenkins began filming scenes last week. In the picture above, fans get their first look at the actor on set.

Terrell Tilford debuts as Barton Shelby on Friday, June 13. The character is the husband of Leslie Michaelson (Angell Conwell). Tilford began filming scenes on Tuesday, May 13. Also on Friday, June 13, Stephanie Lemelin debuts as Jenna, Stitch’s (Sean Carrigan) ex-wife. Lemelin began filming her scenes on Tuesday, May 13 as well. The character will share screen time with Billy (played by David Tom) and Chelsea Newman (Melissa Claire Egan) when she first appears.

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National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
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Kevin Winter/Getty Images

As previously reported, “The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” will be streamed live online for the first time beginning at 8:00 PM EST/5:00 PM PST on Sunday, June 22, when fans of programming airing between the hours of 2:00 AM and 6:00 PM can tune into www.daytimeemmys.net for the telecast, which will be streamed from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

This is the first time in its history that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) will be utilizing the online platform to broadcast the awards show, and it does so in the hopes that audiences around the world will be able to engage in an event which celebrates programs that are known internationally and boast a global fan base.

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National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

While a host(s) for “The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” has yet to be named, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) recently put out a casting call for hosts of its red carpet/social media presentation, which will be executive produced by Paul Colichman and Stephen Jarchow of Here Media.

According to a breakdown, organizers are looking for millennials between the ages of 18-35, all ethnicities, who have a strong entertainment news background and/or very strong social media following (300,000 followers minimum). The individuals must reside in the local area of Beverly Hills, CA, where the awards itself will take place.

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Days of our Lives Mast Head by Soap Opera Network
John Paschal/JPI Studios

John Paschal/JPI Studios

If you feel like your memory has gone bad after hearing earlier this year that former “One Life to Live” star Kassie DePaiva (ex-Blair Cramer) had joined the cast of NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” you’re not alone. The actress, who began filming at the soap in early February, will begin airing on Wednesday, June 18 in the contract role of Eve Donovan (previously portrayed by Charlotte Ross), when the character comes face-to-face with Dr. Daniel Jonas (Shawn Christian).

“We are excited to welcome Kassie to the ‘DAYS’ family,” said Greg Meng, co-executive producer, when news of DePaiva’s joining first came to light. “Stay tuned to find out how the return of Eve Donovan shakes things up in Salem!”

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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
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J. Graylock/JPI Studios

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the cast of its newest Tyler Perry drama series, “If Loving You is Wrong.”

Previously titled “Single Mom’s Club,” the series follows the relationships of a group of husbands and wives that live and love on the same street. While they all come from very different backgrounds, their lives are similar – raising children, dealing with exes, worrying about money and keeping romance in their relationships. But just below the surface – secrets, lies and deception threaten to destroy what they have built.

Former “All My Children” actor Aiden Turner (ex-Aidan Devane) has been cast as Bill, the husband of Amanda Clayton‘s (“John Carter”) Alex. While on the surface Bill and Alex’s relationship seems solid, a secret threatens to derail everything they hold important. The two have two children together.

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National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

You heard it here first last month when Soap Opera Network reported that should the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) not secure a television deal in time for the Sunday, June 22 awards telecast of “The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” the program will be streamed online.

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network
CBS

CBS

With the summer season right around the corner, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” is preparing for the heat with the power of feeling. In a newly released promo, the soap uses the word “feel” to get viewers interested in the stories taking place during the summer months. “Feel the rush. Feel the emotion. Feel the heat. It’s your feel good show of the summer,” text from the promo states, while reminding fans that it has been the #1 daytime soap opera for 25 years in the all important Nielsen ratings (households and total viewers only).

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network
John Paschal/JPI Studios

John Paschal/JPI Studios

Famous for her red hair, Phyllis Summers on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” is about to get a new face. As previously reported, Gina Tognoni (“Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live”) is set to take on the role previously portrayed by Michelle Stafford, who is now appearing on ABC’s “General Hospital.” For fans wondering if Tognoni will be bringing back the fiery red look, the actress recently tweeted a response using an interesting hair quote/factoid.

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Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

On Wednesday, June 4, the official “General Hospital” fan club announced on Twitter (@OfficialGHFC) that Wally Kurth will return as emcee for this year’s “Blast from the Past” event, which provides fans with a rare opportunity of seeing past stars from the 51 years of the show together on stage. “It’s true. I’m back for another year!” said Kurth on Twitter following the announcement.

“Blast from the Past” is one of several events taking place during the popular “General Hospital Fan Club Weekend,” which gives attendees up close and personal time with many of the show’s popular stars. The event is scheduled for Sunday, August 3.

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Loud & Proud Records

Loud & Proud Records

Bob D'Amico/ABC

Bob D’Amico/ABC

Fans who’ve attended the “General Hospital” fan club weekend over the years have had the pleasure of experiencing music by former “GH” star Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky Spencer) and his Enation band. Surprisingly enough, the band, which includes Jackson’s real-life brother, Richard Lee, and Daniel Sweatt, have yet to perform in front of a national audience. That will soon change when they perform their new single, “Everything Is Possible,” from their upcoming fall 2014 album, on ABC’s “The View” and the syndicated/online talk show, “The Better Show,” co-hosted by former “All My Children” actress Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee Smythe).

Formed in the early 2000s, Jonathan Jackson + Enation signed a record deal with Loud & Proud Records in November 2013. “It felt like the perfect timing for everything,” said Jackson at the time to Billboard Magazine on signing the deal. “The last decade, really, I’ve had an amazing time just working really hard developing a sound and continuing to write songs and play everything. So I’m really grateful for the time that we’ve been doing things independently, but at the same time it feels great to have this happen.”

Jackson is currently starring on ABC’s “Nashville,” where he plays singer/songwriter Avery Barkley.

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