NEWS: Chris Carmack & Stella Sisters Become NASHVILLE Series Regulars; Suzanne Rogers' 40th; Zach Roerig Custody Battle; Victoria Rowell

Chris Carmack and the Stella Sisters promoted to NASHVILLE series regulars
Carmack — who recurred in Season 1 as Gunnar’s closeted gay pal Will — has been upgraded to a full-fledged series regular ahead of Season 2. Additionally, siblings Lennon and Maisy Stella (who play Rayna and Teddy’s daughters Maddie and Daphne, respectively) have also been bumped up to regulars. (In the finale, Maddie learned that Deacon is actually her biological father.)

VAMPIRE DIARIES star Zach Roerig involved in custody battle
Roerig, who also played Casey Hughes in AS THE WORLD TURNS, is locked in a legal battle with a woman named Alanna Turner for full custody of their 2-year-old daughter. According to documents obtained by TMZ, now that Turner has been sentenced to Federal prison for "various crimes," Roerig is seeking full custody of their child.

Suzanne Rogers Celebrates 40 Years on DAYS OF OUR LIVES
"When I was doing my screen test, Susan Flannery [then playing Laura] walked through the control booth and said to the producers, 'Well, if you don't pick her for the part, y'all are crazy!' And then she walked out the other door. [Laughs] Don't you love it? Maggie was such a wonderful character and really different for daytime. Her parents were killed in an auto accident and she was in the back seat and suffered a really severe back injury. They didn't want me in a wheelchair because everyone would have to sit down to do scenes with me, so I spent my first two and a half years of the show on crutches, until Maggie had miracle surgery."

Former Y&R actress Victoria Rowell Visits Macon to Encourage Foster Parenting
"I'm one of six children, all of different paternity, my mother had no prenatal care, she did not have the support of her family," Rowell said, "My experience is certainly the cornerstone of my strength. I attempt to bring a message of hope."

Ways With Words 2013: Why THE ARCHERS is like EASTENDERS
There are more similarities between characters in EASTENDERS and THE ARCHERS than the radio show's fans like to admit, a former editor has claimed, because each has “Dickensian” characters with exaggerated traits.

“It’s Dickensian – you take one aspect of a character and you enlarge it and very slightly you heighten it," said John Yorke, who has worked on both soaps.

“What fascinates me is how often the key to a character is in conflicts. At the heart of every great character, all the way from Antigone [in Greek mythology] to the modern day, is a character riven with contrary impulses. It kind of works like an engine in which that conflict, that neurosis, is resolved.”

HOLLYOAKS to air dark twist in Sinead O'Connor storyline
Viewers have already seen Sinead (Stephanie Davis) start a career in 'clipping' - seducing men and stealing their money without sleeping with them. However, next week's episodes see Sinead embark on an even darker path as she sells herself to sleazy policeman DS Trent.

You can buy the DAYS OF OUR LIVES NOH8 campaign photo
The photo features Greg Vaughan, Freddie Smith, Nathan Owens, Billy Hayes, Lauren Koslow, Aaron & Griffin Kunitz, Eileen Davidson, and Galen Gering, Suzanne Rogers, Blake Berris, Kristian Alfonso, Deidre Hall, Joseph Mascolo, and Kate Mansi.

Amy Acker to Guest-Star on HUSBANDS
When newlyweds Cheeks (Bell) and Brady (Sean Hemeon) decide to redo their “I dos" with a formal ceremony, Brady's ex-fiancĂ©e Claudia (Acker) — a jilted lover with an agenda of her own — unexpectedly arrives.

Espenson, Bell, Hemeon, co-star Alessandra Torresani, director Jeff Greenstein and Acker will hit San Diego's Comic-Con on Friday, July 19 at 8 p.m. to preview the season.

Twitter Debuts Ad Targeting Based on Email Addresses and Cookies
While the cookies-based retargeting might be new to Twitter, the idea certainly isn't ground-breaking among digital advertising players. On the other hand, targeting social ads based on email lists seems like a new frontier that could get privacy hawks chirping.

Martha Stewart Agrees to 10% Pay Cut to $1.8 Million
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia changed the compensation for its 71-year-old chairman as part of an option in a July 2012 agreement that extended her employment until 2017, according to a filing today. Her annual license fee was also trimmed by $300,000 to $1.7 million.

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