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Best known for his singing stints in "Nashville Star" and "If I Can Dream," country music singer and actor Justin Gaston has joined the cast of NBC's "Days of our Lives" in the contract role of Ben, who a casting call from last summer described as "early-to-mid 20s... midwestern or southern (very slight southern accent) country boy. He is utterly charming in his honest sincere approach to life and love. Ben can also sing and/or play the guitar, though it is not necessary." The actor began filming scenes in mid-October and will first air later this month.

While the rest of the world enjoys hearts and chocolates and flowers for Valentine’s Day, the characters on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” will be getting a huge dose of Lovers’ Day drama!

Huge congratulations are in order for CBS Daytime, as the network’s entire lineup managed to attract its largest weekly audience in more than eight years!

Get ready to see some serious drama from “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Ashley Jones (ex-Bridget Forrester; ex-Megan Dennison, “The Young and the Restless”), who’ll be appearing in an upcoming episode of “Criminal Minds” that sounds like it might give her soap gigs a run for their money!

Yesterday’s “General Hospital” episode sparked some fan excitement regarding Steve Burton, who used to play Jason Morgan on the sudser but now portrays Dylan McAvoy on “The Young and the Restless.” After the infamous Victor Cassadine (Thaao Penghlis) teased that Jason is very much alive and well (if only in a cryogenic state) and then showed a picture of Burton onscreen, viewers began wondering if the actor is leaving his Genoa City home and returning to Port Charles! But is it true?

Now that Billy Miller has played out his final scenes as “The Young and the Restless’” Billy Abbott (in a gripping finale in which both he and Michael Muhney’s Adam Newman careened off an icy road after a dramatic showdown regarding the hit and run death of Delia), former portrayer David Tom has stepped back into the role of Victoria’s (Amelia Heinle) hubby. Meanwhile, viewers were shocked to see Marco Dapper return as the very-much-alive Carmine Basco on Friday, January 31! So how did the returns of both actors rate?

This week on "The Young and the Restless" marks the first full week following the dramatic exits of popular actors Billy Miller and Michael Muhney as their characters, Billy Abbott and Adam Newman, respectively, seemingly perished after the vehicle they were in flipped over and exploded. This immediately followed Billy's battle to get Adam to reveal the truth of his supposed involvement in the tragic death of Billy's daughter, Delia. While Adam appears to have disappeared following the accident, Billy eventually survives and is now being portrayed once again by David Tom beginning with today's episode.

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) held its "66th Annual Writers Guild Awards" in simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York tonight, which honors Outstanding Achievement in Film, Television, New Media, News, Radio, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation during the 2013 season. In the category of Daytime Drama, NBC's "Days of our Lives" beat out ABC's "General Hospital" and CBS' "The Young and the Restless." "The Bold and the Beautiful" opted to not submit itself for a nomination this year.

Deborah Blackwell, the former general manager of Disney/ABC Cable Network Group's SOAPnet from 2001-2007, has died at the age of 63, reports Deadline Hollywood. She died yesterday, January 31, after a seven-year battle with Pick’s disease, a rare neurodegenerative disorder. Blackwell was surrounded by family in Virginia at the time of her passing.

On Monday, February 3, CBS' "The Young and the Restless" welcomes actor David Tom back into the role of Billy Abbott. The actor, who last appeared on the soap as teenaged version of the character in August 2002, replaces Billy Miller, who opted to depart the series in order to pursue other projects.