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POLITICS TAKES CENTER STAGE: With the presidential election sure to dominate headlines this fall, CBS soaps "As the World Turns," "Bold and Beautiful," "Guiding Light" and "Young and Restless" will devote storylines and real time in an effort to get out the vote. The network has teamed up with Rock the Vote, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to getting young people registered to vote and involved in the political process. In addition to encouraging potential voters on-air, stars from the shows are set to participate in Rock the Vote events across the country. For more information, log on to rockthevote.com.
MOTHERLY DUTIES: Patrika Darbo reprises her role as Chloe's mom, Nancy, on "Days of Our Lives" for several episodes starting Thursday.
NEW FACES: "Young and Restless" features a former Miss Universe in its cast when Dayanara Torres guest-stars on Tuesday, as Elise, Jack's new tennis partner. Starting Sept. 13, Jason-Shane Scott debuts on "Y & amp;R" as Chad Rollins, a stockbroker and old high-school buddy of Nick's. The actor played Will Rappaport on "One Live to Live" from 1999 to 2001 and returned briefly to that show last year.
FAMILIAR FACES: A pair of familiar faces will return to "As the World Turns" this fall. Randolph Mantooth will take over the role of Hal from Benjamin Hendrickson, a part he's played before. More unexpected is news that John James will be back later this year as Dr. Rick Decker, who was last seen being carted off to a mental institution.
OTHER LIVES: Following a personal leave of absence, David Tom is back on "One Life to Live" playing Paul. Whether Ilene Kristen will remain on "OLTL," as Roxy is currently an open question. Her contract is not likely to be renewed when it is up next month. The veteran actress has been with the series for three years.
& copy;2004 Tribune Media Services Inc.

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