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

Forget about the sun, BBQ flames and bikini-clad bodies: The one thing that will be heating up the most this summer is CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” From shocking secrets, babydaddy drama, rip-roaring returns and more, the CBS sudser is pulling out all of the stops in the weeks to come — and Soap Opera Network spoke with several cast members to get the exciting scoop!

Perhaps one of the most anticipated bouts of excitement is the return of Phyllis, who wakes from a coma with a new portrayer, Gina Tognoni, on Monday, August 11. “It’s a lot of drama,” teases Cady McClain (Kelly Andrews) of the mess that ensues when Jack’s ex wakes up to find that he’s been getting hot and heavy with the town’s new blonde. “It’s heavy catastrophe!”

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Lisa Rose/JPI Studios

Lisa Rose/JPI Studios

“The Young and the Restless’” Cynthia Watros (ex-Kelly Andrews) departed the soap world for the second time after landing a role on the MTV show “Finding Carter,” and now viewers can see her in action when the new series debuts with a special two-episode premiere tonight!

Starting at 10PM EST on MTV, “Finding Carter” begins with a teen named Carter (Kathryn Prescott) who discovers that the woman who has been raising her isn’t actually her mother: A police detective named Elizabeth (Watros) is!

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The Bold and the Beautiful Mast Head by Soap Opera Network
Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

CBS’ hit soap, “The Bold and the Beautiful” has recently traveled to Dubai, Monte Carlo and Paris for on-location scenes, and it looks like the globetrotting sudser will be at it again very soon, according to executive producer Bradley P. Bell.

“We have a big location shoot planned in October,” the scribe teases to Soap Opera Network. “It’s somewhere in Europe, and I can’t say exactly where just yet, but it’s someplace spectacular!”

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John Paschal/JPI Studios

John Paschal/JPI Studios

Congratulations are in order for “The Young and the Restless’ Steve Burton (Dylan McAvoy; ex-Jason Morgan, “General Hospital”), who announced today on Twitter that his wife, Sheree, has given birth to their third child.

“Thanks for your prayers. Brooklyn Faith Burton has arrived!” the actor tweeted. “Momma and baby are doing great. Much luv.”

This addition marks the family’s third child, after Makena (10) and Jack (8).


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

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

“The Young and the Restless’” Billy Abbot has seen quite a transformation in recent months. After portrayer Billy Miller decided to walk away from the show in January of this year, former portrayer David Tom was cast in the role. But just a few short months later, it was announced that Tom — who previously played the character from 1999 to 2002 — had been ordered to pack his bags so that daytime newcomer Burgess Jenkins could step into the role. And while it was Miller’s decision to leave the character he’d played since 2008, the same cannot be said for Tom, who was reportedly very surprised to learn he’d been replaced with Jenkins after just four months of being back in the role! So what happened to lead to such a quick casting turnaround? We asked CBS’ Senior Vice President of Daytime, Angelica McDaniel, who told Soap Opera Network that the recast was not an easy turn of events for anyone involved.

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Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television

Ratings Report for the Week of June 23-27, 2014

NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings.  Thank you.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,390,000 (-215,000/-166,000)
2. B&B 3,414,000 (-385,000/-80,000)
3. GH 2,983,000 (-41,000/+530,000)
4. DAYS 2,385,000 (+30,000/-280,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.3/10 (same/same)
2. B&B 2.5/8 (-.2/+.1)
3. GH 2.2/7 (same/+.4)
4. DAYS 1.8/5 (same/-.2)

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Steven Bergman Photography

Steven Bergman Photography

Soap Opera Network‘s coverage of the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards red carpet continues, this time with “General Hospital’s” Maura West (Ava Jerome), who opted for a silver gown for the night’s event.

Soap Opera Network: Beautiful gown! You’re like a statue! Who’s the designer?

I don’t know. My fabulous costume designer let me borrow this from “General Hospital.”

Lucky! So can you take me through your day? What did you do leading up to the red carpet?

I’ve got five children, so I wake up at like 5:45 with at least two of them in my bed with me. And then I have my coffee, got my hair blown out and then went home and had a Miller Lite.

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Steven Bergman Photography

Steven Bergman Photography

The red carpet for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards was filled with the sexy men of soap operas, including “General Hospital’s” Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine), who wore a custom made creation for the night’s event.

Soap Opera Network: You look dashing.

Thank you. I’m not in black like I’m supposed to be, but this is what I had.

Well, you’re not supposed to be in black. You’re a star, a leading guy, you can be fashion forward!

Thank you!

Who’s the designer?

It’s not a designer, it was made for me.

Oh wow, fancy!

I guess, yeah. Sy Devore.

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Steven Bergman Photography

Steven Bergman Photography

The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were something extra special for Jennifer Pepperman, the executive producer of Prospect Park’s online version of “One Life to Live.” The sudser was the first ever online show to be nominated for Outstanding Drama Series during the Daytime Emmy awards, a fact that actor Tuc Watkins (David Vickers, “OLTL”) was also celebrating.

Soap Opera Network: You must be feeling so proud to have “One Life to Live” being nominated against network shows!

Pepperman: It’s an amazing thing. The best thing about the Best Show nomination, aside just being a historical nomination, is it’s really everyone’s nomination. Everyone who worked on “One Life to Live.” Streaming is the future. “One Life to Live” isn’t daytime TV, it’s anytime TV. We’re there, you can watch it any time you want to watch.

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Steven Bergman Photography

Steven Bergman Photography

With “One Life to Live” up for Outstanding Drama Series during the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, it was no surprise to see Prospect Park founder Richard Frank and his wife, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live’s” “More” show host Leslie Miller, on the red carpet.

Soap Opera Network: Wow, cool outfit, Leslie. Is that a hood?

Leslie: Yes. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone tonight.

Who’s the designer?

Leslie: It’s Balenciaga.

You’re both here representing “AMC” and “OLTL.” It must feel spectacular to know they got all of these nominations!

Rich: It’s beyond belief, having started and fought for a couple of years to get them up and going and to have people recognize how hard a lot of people worked to make it happen. It’s great.

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