NEWS ROUNDUP: DAYS Beverly Todd On Replacing 'Ill' Tanya Boyd; Jess Walton Takes Break; John McCook Hosts Awards

Jess Walton is taking a 6-month leave of absence from THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
"The reason she is taking a break is because her son and his wife and are expecting a baby and Jess wants to be around for the birth of her first grandchild," states her publicist, Charles Sherman, whose client recently moved to Oregon.

Beverly Todd Talks Reviving DAYS OF OUR LIVES Celeste Perrault Starting April 3
"I was asked by the producer of DAYS OF OUR LIVES to replace a very fine actress who unfortunately became ill and can't return to the show (Tanya Boyd). I never wanted to do a soap. I didn't think my brain could work that well. It's going to be ongoing. It was a gift."

An Amazing DYNASTY-Inspired Tale Of Success From Senegal To The Floor Of New York's Swankiest Department Store
As a kid growing up in Senegal, Mamadou N'Diaye was obsessed with "Dynasty," the '80s soap opera about a rich oil family. Today N'Diaye, 44, is one of the top jewelry sales associates at Bergdorf Goodman's flagship store on Fifth Avenue, selling precious jewelry to a regular group of 50 to 75 customers.

Oprah admits "101 mistakes" with OWN, vows to go on
"The idea of creating a network was something that I'd wanted to do, had I'd known that it was this difficult, I might have done something else," she said.

10 Television Characters Still Missed
1. Jennifer Sampson in LINE OF FIRE, as played by Julie Ann Emery (2003)

John McCook will emcee 19th Annual Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA) Film & TV Awards
The 2012 CIMA Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA, will begin with a 10:00 a.m. Mass with a brunch and awards ceremony to follow, announced CIMA President Haskell V. Anderson III.

SCRUPLES has cast major roles
Co-executive produced by Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman, the show has signed Claire Forlani to the lead role of Billy Ikehorn, a jaded, rich widow who opens a boutique in Beverly Hills. Karine Vanasse (PAN AM) will play aspiring designer Valentine and Chad Michael Murray (ONE TREE HILL) is on board as photographer/playboy "Spider" Elliott. The multitalented Gary Cole will portray Royce, the manipulative lawyer who worked for Billy's late husband.

Lea DeLaria on if her life ever felt like a real soap opera
"Are you kidding I’M A LESBIAN!!!! Haven’t you ever heard of dyke drama? My entire life is a soap opera…except for no hunky shirtless men, unless I am brunching in Chelsea."

MAD MEN calls George Romney a 'clown'
The moment came when Henry Francis - Christopher Stanley - took a call from some functionary arranging to meet-and-greet between his boss, NYC GOP mayor John Lindsay and Romney, then gov of Michigan. Not that clown, Henry - formerly PR/research for Nelson Rockefeller - barked into the phone.

HOLLYOAKS' Ricky Whittle joins VH1's SINGLE LADIES opposite Denise Vasi
Whittle will play a world traveler and potential love interest for Denise Vasi's Raquel during the second season of the Queen Latifah-produced comedy.

Painter doesn't let arthritis dampen creativity
Faye Anne Morris, 73, was diagnosed with arthritis at age 39. The disease has attacked her knees, hips, neck and hands and limited her mobility, but she long ago gave up the notion that each painting had to be perfect. She paints in the afternoon while watching CBS soaps.

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