Congratulations to "The Bold and the Beautiful" on its eighth consecutive International TV Audience Award. The award was presented at the Monte Carlo Television Festival June 13. Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) and Don Diamont (Bill) were on hand to accept the honor.
The International TV Audience Awards are determined by the sum of ratings across five continents and 65 countries. The win means that "B&B" had higher ratings worldwide in 2012 than any other telenovela or daily drama.
As the most-watched daytime drama series in the world, "B&B" is seen daily by more than 35 million people in more than 100 countries. Last year, "B&B" was named the most popular daytime soap currently on TV by Guinness World Records.
Speaking of "B&B," executive producer and head writer Bradley P. Bell recently announced the addition of Darin Brooks to the show's cast. Brooks will create the role of Wyatt Fuller, described as a clever and mysterious young man who quickly catches the eye of Hope Logan (Kim Matula) and becomes embroiled in the lives of the Logan, Spencer and Forrester families. Brooks will make his debut June 21.
Fans of "Days of our Lives" will remember Brooks from his role of Max Brady. For his work on "DOOL," Brooks took home a Daytime Emmy for best younger actor in 2009. More recently, Brooks was seen as Alex Moran on the series "Blue Mountain State." He has also been seen in "Miss Behave," "CSI: Miami" and on the hit series "Castle." He starred in the made-for-TV movies "Bad Girls" and "The Seven Year Hitch."
Also from "B&B," watch for Malcolm Freberg ("Survivor"), who returns as Forrester employee Malcolm on June 24. Zane Achor (Heather Tom's real-life son) returns on June 25 as baby Will and Jacqueline Hahn returns as Dr. Caspary on June 27.
Sean Carrigan will play the new role of Stitch on "The Young and the Restless" beginning June 28. Stitch is Dylan's (Steve Burton) army buddy.
Gloria Loring, who played Liz Chandler on "Days of our Lives" in the early '80s, is an author, singer and actress with several book titles to her name. Her most recent writing is a self-help book, "Coincidence is God's Way of Remaining Anonymous." During her time on "Days," Loring helped raise thousands of dollars for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with "The Days of our Lives Celebrity Cookbook." Loring and her ex-husband, Alan Thicke, are parents of sons Brenan and Robin, the last of whom, following in his parents' footsteps, has made a name for himself in the music business.