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Emmy season 2001 starts off with announcement of the nominations

Emmy 2001 ~ 28th Annual Emmy Nominations Announced!
by Linda Marshall-Smith

Don't know about you, but I can't believe that it's Emmy season already! It seems like only yesterday that we were talking about last year's Emmy nominees and winners. To say time flies would be putting it mildly. LOL At any rate, the 28th Annual Daytime Emmy season is upon us. As you know, the nominees were announced by Lindsay Korman (Theresa, Passions), Jay Johnson (Philip, DOOL) Josh Duhamel (Leo, AMC), Kassie DePaiva (Blair, OLTL), Peter Parros (Ben, ATWT), and Beth Chamberlain (Beth) GL at the Rainbow Room in NYC last Wednesday, March 14, 2001. ABC tied with PBS, receiving 53 nominations each in all daytime categories (drama, game show, talk show, children's programming, etc.) CBS received 51 nominations and NBC received 14.

In the daytime drama categories, the shows stacked up as follows:
As the World Turns was the most nominated soap, receiving 25 nominations. All My Children: 21 nominations.
The Young & the Restless: 12 nominations.
Passions: 8 nominations.
One Life to Live: 7 nominations.
The Bold & the Beautiful: 6 nominations.
General Hospital: 3 nominations.
Guiding Light: 3 nominations.
Days of Our Lives: 2 nominations.

Nominees for the 2001 Daytime Emmys:

Outstanding Drama Series:
All My Children, ABC
General Hospital, ABC
The Young and the Restless, CBS
As the World Turns, CBS

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Susan Lucci (Erica, All My Children), ABC
Julia Barr (Brooke) All My Children, ABC
Marcy Walker (Liza), All My Children, ABC
Martha Byrne (Lilly/Rose) As the World Turns, CBS
Susan Flannery (Stephanie) The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
David Canary (Adam/Stuart) All My Children, ABC
Peter Bergman (Jack) The Young & the Restless, CBS
Tom Eplin (Jake) As the World Turns, CBS
John Hensley (Holden) As the World Turns, CBS
John McCook (Eric) The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Cady McClain (Dixie) All My Children, ABC
Rebecca Budig (Greenlee) All My Children, ABC
Colleen Zenk Pinter (Barbara) As the World Turns, CBS
Maura West (Carly) As the World Turns, CBS
Lesli Kay (Molly) As the World Turns, CBS

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Michael E. Knight (Tad) All My Children, ABC
Josh Duhamel (Leo) All My Children, ABC
Hunt Block (Craig) As the World Turns, CBS
Benjamin Hendrickson (Hal) As the World Turns, CBS
Michael Park (Jack) As the World Turns, CBS

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series:
Eden Riegel (Bianca) All My Children, ABC
Terri Conn (Katie) As the World Turns, CBS
Kristina Sisco (Abigail) As the World Turns, CBS
Annie Parisse (Julia) As the World Turns, CBS
Adrienne Frantz (Amber) The Bold & the Beautiful, CBS

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series:
Jesse McCartney (JR) All My Children, ABC
Paul Taylor (Isaac) As the World Turns, CBS
Justin Torkildsen (Rick) The Bold & the Beautiful, CBS
Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy) Passions, NBC
David Tom (Billy) The Young & the Restless, CBS
David Lago (Raul) The Young & the Restless, CBS

Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team:
All My Children, ABC
As the World Turns, CBS
Passions, NBC
The Young & the Restless, CBS

Technical Categories:

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama Series:
As the World Turns, CBS
The Bold & the Beautiful, CBS
Days of Our Lives, NBC
One Life to Live, ABC
The Young & the Restless, CBS

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design for a Drama Series:
All My Children, ABC
As the World Turns, CBS
Guiding Light, CBS
One Life to Live, ABC

Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team:
All My Children, ABC
As the World Turns, CBS
General Hospital, ABC
Passions, NBC
The Young & the Restless, CBS

Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama Series:
All My Children, ABC
General Hospital, ABC
One Life to Live, ABC
The Young & the Restless, CBS

Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Drama Series:
All My Children, ABC
As the World Turns, CBS
One Life to Live, ABC
The Young & the Restless, CBS

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction for a Drama Series:
All My Children, ABC
As the World Turns, ABC
Days of Our Lives, NBC
The Young & the Restless, CBS

Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Drama Series
All My Children, ABC
As the World Turns, CBS
One Life to Live, ABC
The Young & the Restless, CBS

Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series:
All My Children, ABC
As the World Turns, CBS
Guiding Light, CBS
Passions, NBC

Outstanding Original Song:
As the World Turns, CBS for "Beside Me"
Guiding Light, CBS for "Where There is Hope"
Passions, NBC for "Brown-Eyed Beauty"
Passions, NBC for "I Could Live Without You"
Passions, NBC for "No Puedo Olvidar"

Outstanding Achievement in Live & Direct to Tape Sound Mixing for a Drama Series:
All My Children, ABC
As the World Turns, CBS
One Life to Live, ABC
Passions, NBC

Outstanding Achievement in Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control for a Drama Series:
All My Children, ABC
As the World Turns, CBS
The Bold & the Beautiful, CBS
One Life to Live, ABC
The Young & the Restless, CBS

Congratulations to all the nominees. The Creative Craft Daytime Emmy Awards that honor the technical categories will be presented on Saturday, May 12th in Los Angeles at the Sheraton Universal Hotel and in New York City at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. The 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will air live on NBC from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Friday, May 18, 2001 from 9-11 PM.

And with the Emmys, comes TRO's 3rd Annual Daytime Cybby Awards! Stay tuned to this column to see how you can nominate your favorites in TRO's additional fun categories, like Best Performance from a Hospital Bed, Whitest Teeth, Guy Most Wanted, Whackiest Sense of Humor, etc.!

Emmy 2001 ~ Kathie Lee Gifford to Host 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Recording artist, actress and talk-show legend, Kathie Lee Gifford has been named to host the 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The live event, honoring the most talented and versatile performers on daytime programming, as well as game shows airing during all the dayparts, will be broadcast from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Friday, May 18, 2001 from 9 - 11 PM on NBC. Gifford who is best known for her 15-years as co-host and executive producer of LIVE with Regis and Kathie Lee, which earned her eleven Emmy nominations, will bring her unique mix of style and humor to the telecast. Since her departure from talk TV last year, she has taken on several new projects, including the release of a new CD titled Heart of a Woman, and the starring role in the E! original movie, Spinning Out of Control. Gifford has also performed in various TV specials and primetime sitcoms such as Just Shoot Me, Soul Man, Spin City, Diagnosis Murder, and the 2000 Disney made-for-TV movie, Model Behavior.

Nominees for the Daytime Emmys will be announced on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 beginning at 8 AM ET in a ceremony at the Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in NYC. NBC News Today Show will broadcast major categories live at approximately 8:30 AM ET. Passions Lindsay Korman (Theresa) and DOOL's Jay Johnson (Philip) will be on hand. (Reprinted from Top of the Week, 3-19-01)

EMMY 2001 ~ Win a Trip to the 28th Annual Daytime Emmys

How would you like to win an all expense-paid trip to New York City to attend the Daytime Emmys this year? Hold on to your keyboards, my cyber friends, because SoapNet has got just the sweepstakes for you! SoapNet presents the "Daytime Emmy Red Carpet Sweepstakes," awarding a lucky soap fan a trip for two to New York for shopping, makeovers, dining and the complete Daytime Emmy experience. The two-week long sweepstakes kicks off April 9, 2001. Grand prize winners will receive a 4 day/3 night trip to New York City to see the Daytime Emmy Awards, complete with makeovers, evening wear fitting the glamorous events, limousine transfer to and from the Awards show, and an appearance on SoapCenter on May 25, 2001.

Okay, so what do you have to do to enter? Just explain in 50 words or less why you should be awarded the trip! Submit your essays online at Soapnet.com or snail mail them to P.O. Box 7214, Melville, New York 11775-7214. All entries must be received by April 20, 2001. In addition to the grand prize, ten secondary prizes of SoapNet gift baskets will be awarded. Good luck. Hope to see you at the Emmys! (reprinted from Top of the Week, 4-9-01

Television's Biggest Stars Join Kathie Lee Gifford as Presenters at The 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Rosie O'Donnell, Al Roker, Martha Stewart, Kel Mitchell, Pat Sajak and Kelly Ripa are among the stellar list of presenters scheduled to appear at "The 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" on May 18. In addition, Bob Barker will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to the legendary television game show host Ralph Edwards. The live event, hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford, honors the most talented and versatile performers on daytime programming, as well as games, and will originate from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on NBC.

The telecast will also mark the highly anticipated return to the daytime scene of General Hospital's Ingo Rademacher (Jax). In addition, the show will feature presentations by soap stars including: Deidre Hall (Marlena), Drake Hogestyn (John), Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Peter Reckell (Bo), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) and Jay Johnson (Philip), from "Days of our Lives;" Galen Gering (Luis), Lindsay Korman(Theresa), Juliet Mills (Tabitha), Travis Schuldt (Ethan) and McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) from "Passions;" Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), Josh Duhamel (Leo), Cameron Mathison (Ryan), and Mark Consuelos (Mateo) from "All My Children;" Terri Conn (Katie) and Paul Leyden (Simon) from "As the World Turns;" Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Sean Kanan (Deacon), and Jennifer Finnigan (Bridget) from "Bold & the Beautiful;" Nancy St. Alban (Michelle), Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny), and Ricky Paull Goldin (Guss) from "Guiding Light;" Erika Slezak (Viki) and Roger Howarth (Todd) from "One Life to Live;" Kiko Ellsworth (Jamal), Erin Hershey (Alison) and Brian Presley (Jack) from "Port Charles;" and Peter Bergman (Jack) Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Don Diamont (Brad) from "Young & the Restless."

The 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) in cooperation with The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS). NBCs broadcast of the awards will be produced by the dick clark production group.

Tickets to The 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are available to the public through all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets will also be available during normal box office hours at Radio City Music Hall.(Reprinted from Top of the Week, 5-7-01)

NYC Mayor's Office Honors East Coast Daytime Emmy Nominees at City Hall Reception
by Karen Wolitzer

The 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards festivities kicked off in New York at City Hall as the Mayor's Office honored the East Coast nominees on May 1, 2001. Karen Wolitzer, TRO's NY reporter, and former Features Editor for "Soap Opera Magazine," shares her take on the event.

For the past ten years I've been attending soap opera events (for various magazines), and I have to admit, I still get a little thrill every time I walk into a room full of soap stars. So, when Linda told me about an event at City Hall (in New York) honoring the Daytime Emmy nominees, hosted by Mayor Giuliani, and asked me to cover it, I said yes, yes, yes!

Some of my favorite daytime stars are up for awards this year, including Eden Reigel (Bianca, AMC), for her portrayal of a teenage lesbian, Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC) who's had a great year, Josh Duhamel, (Leo, AMC) who makes you want to grab Leo every time he walks on screen, and Martha Byrne (Lily/Rose, ATWT) who's marvelously portraying two very different characters. I want all of them to win. And I looked forward to seeing each and every one of them at City Hall. Oddly enough, I was looking forward to seeing the Mayor, too. After all, NYC Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani is quite a celebrity himself!

I had never been to City Hall before. The room the event was held in was beautiful. I was very impressed. Patricia Reed Scott, Commissioner of the Mayor's office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting (I had never heard of it) welcomed us and apologized for the Mayor, who was attending a funeral and couldn't join us. I had figured that some of the stars wouldn't be there, due to conflicting work schedules, but I was sure the Mayor would show up for his own party! I was disappointed, but not as disappointed as I was when I realized Josh and Eden hadn't made it either.

On the positive side, Susan Lucci was there -- charming and beautiful as ever. And Montel Williams, who is up for an award, was watching from the side of the room, looking extremely sexy.

The purpose of the event was to award certificates of honor to the nominees, and to thank them for helping to foster the television production industry New York City. Their being recognized for their work and achievement by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) in the form of their Daytime Emmy nomination makes the City proud.

After we were welcomed, Deputy Mayor Joseph J. Lhota joked that his speech wouldn't be up to par because his writers were going on strike, too. Then he told us that his mom is a huge ATWT fan. (My mom was a huge "Another World" fan.) I was hoping all the nominees would say something, but the entire event consisted of the nominees posing for photos with the Deputy Mayor and John Cannon, President of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Needless to say, it wasn't the most exciting event I've ever been to, but it was affirming to see the City recognize and support the hard work of daytime television industry.

For me, the real fun began when the ceremony ended. Everyone went out into the rotunda for seafood and drinks. Thats when I got a chance to speak with AMC's adorable Jesse McCartney (J.R.), who told me he was at school when he found out he was nominated. (He's in 8th grade) "My dad came to tell me," he said. "They called me down to the principal's office. I was scared to death. But I was thrilled when I found out. I told my best friend and then they announced it on the loud speaker." Jesse's had a wonderful year, going from a little boy named Junior to a teenager who wants to be called J.R. AMC fans, stay tuned. J.R. is in for a roller coaster ride ahead.

I tried to talk with Susan Lucci, but she was surrounded by reporters with TV camera's and all I had was my little tape recorder. Rebecca Budig, who plays Greenlee, Erica's least favorite person in the world, was by Susan's side during the entire event. I couldn't get near her either.

I did get to speak with Martha Byrne, who looked gorgeous. She even shared some big news with us! "Paulo Seganti (Damian) is back, and I'm so excited to be working with him again," she told me with a smile. "I'm having so much fun. I love playing Lily because of her history -- and Rose is funny -- so I get the best of both worlds."

ATWT's Lesli Kay (Molly) was also at the event, but I didn't have a chance to speak with her. However, I did have the pleasure of connecting with ATWT's lovely Terri Conn (Katie). She wouldn't tell me what she was wearing to the Emmy Awards, but she assured me that her dress is beautiful. And as for her storyline, all she would say is "Henry and I go off on an adventure." My trip to City Hall was an adventure, too. (Reprinted from Top of the Week 5-7-01)

Nominees, Presenters, and Castmembers Party for the Emmys in Los Angeles

From "Passions" new heartthrob, Ryan McPartland (Hank), to "General Hospital's" Marissa Rameriz (Gia) and Tamara Braun (Carly), "Port Charles'" Kiko Elsworth (Jamal), DOOL's Kevin Spirtas (Craig), and so many others, the daytime stars came out at night to celebrate the Daytime Emmys in Los Angeles. At a reception held on Sunset Blvd. at "fenix," a restaurant in West Hollywood's Argyle Hotel -- an art deco landmark with breathtaking views of the city -- there were no fancy ceremonies, no heartfelt speeches, no pomp and circumstance, just delicious hors d' oeuvres, tasty cold drinks, and lots of great conversation.

McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan, Passions), who is always delighted to see Turtle Run, looked absolutely ravishing in a silky, black, virtually skin-tight, strapless sheathe. Dazzling diamond earrings brought out the sparkle in her eyes. Erin Hersey (Alison, PC) also looked tres adorable, and was as bubbly and jovial as usual. I don't think the smile left her face the entire night. Tamara Clatterbuck (Barb, DOOL) was among the first to arrive, and also gave Turtle Run a big hello! The folks from B&B were late, as there was a major press conference held on the B&B set to announce the new Latino storyline. Stay tuned to B&B for some exciting times ahead. Patrika Darbo (Nancy, DOOL) was supposed to attend, but didn't make it. However, co-star, Kevin Spirtas (Craig, DOOL) was there as his usual charming and gracious self and filled us in on some of his latest endeavors. (See below.) Adrienne Frantz (Amber, B&B) received some home decorating advice from fellow Emmy Nominee, Christopher Lowell ("The Christopher Lowell Show") and for a little excitement, somehow, someone threw a glass of something into the pool!

Making a splash of our own, TRO took the opportunity to catch up with a few of the stars. Marissa Rameriz (Gia, GH) arrived with her significant other, Jack Cain, in tow. (Cain, by the way, could be a soap star himself.) Happy to be a working actor, Rameriz shared her sentiments about her current storyline. "I love being a vicious character. It is so much fun to play," she says. "(But) I think they are (now) making me be really nice and befriending Elizabeth, and pretty much everybody on the show. It's sweet for now, but I really hope that it changes back to me being a little vixen again!" Recognizing that it's good to have a vixen on any show, Rameriz confided that she has a lot of fun playing that kind of role. She also enjoys working with the rest of the younger crowd. "They call me 'the kid,'" she said with a laugh. "I love that. It makes me feel younger!" She says that although acting on a soap can be difficult, as it is work, she always tries to make the work as fun as possible. "You should always enjoy your work," she says. "And I do!" Rameriz was also excited to be heading east for the 28th Annual Daytime Emmys. "I am one of the few from 'General Hospital' who are going," she revealed. "A lot of people were not that happy that no one got nominated from GH. A lot of them felt that their work should have been recognized. But I am going to go and support the show because I am all about having fun in your job. It's not about winning an award. (The awards show) is just a big party, and I love to get dressed up and party. So I am going to be there." Born and bred in Los Angeles, Rameriz has never been to New York. "I am spending four days there and I am really excited about it," she says. Not sure what she will wear to the event, she felt she would most likely stay away from anything traditional. "I am bored with gowns. I will probably just go and be me. Like with something funky and comfortable. Look for something very different!"

With a tinge of shyness, a charming sense of humor, and drop-dead gorgeous good looks, Passions' Ryan McPartland (Hank) is a living doll. (No offense, Timmy! LOL) He just loves being the new Hank. "It was quite an adventure the first couple of weeks out," he said with a laugh. "I came in right in the middle of trying to save people from Hell! It was quite a start!" McPartland is as interested as everyone else to see how Hank is now going to impact the other lives in Harmony. "The thing that kind of worries me (as an actor) about the daytime world, is that everybody keeps you in the dark just as much as everyone else. Hopefully," he reflected, "I hope I will find a girl sometime soon, settle down and have a nice life (in Harmony)!" On the show a mere two months, McPartland felt comfortable fitting in right from the get go. "I've been on a number of sets since I've been in this town. It was like 'you're the new guy.' It's like being the new kid in school. With Passions I walked in and it was like I've known everybody for a long time," he said. "I sincerely mean that. Everyone was very kind and welcoming, and after one day, it seemed like I've known them for years. It was a great fit." Even though he knows he took over the role from someone else (Dalton James), he feels that the role of Hank Bennett was written just for him. "I've been doing most of my scenes with Galen (Gering, Luis) and McKenzie (Westmore, Sheridan), and obviously the people that you do your scenes with you get closest with, at least initially. Galen and McKenzie are great."

At this point, Rodney Van Johnson (TC) approached saying "Wait. What about Rodney Van Johnson?" McPartland blushed and laughed with a deep, sexy tone. "The one who guided you and pulled you over to the corner and told you about life, so why do you wanna dis me, man?" Van Johnson teased. "Right," responded McPartland, with a giggle. "Rodney has taken me under his wing. He's told me what it's all about!"

Van Johnson admitted that he missed working with Lena Cardwell (ex Simone). "You never want to see anyone out of work. I miss my Lena very, very much. But I love my new daughter (Chrystee Phariss) just as much. So, I am happy that someone is working, but at the same time, someone else is not working. You've grown an alliance with the first person, and I miss Lena a lot, but I am happy for my new daughter. We even found out that Chrystee's mother and my aunt went to the same college together. That is kind of nice." Plus, Van Johnson loves being on Passions. "It's a blast," he said. "It's the best job I've had in a while. It's a lot of fun!" He is also looking forward to going to the Emmys. "He is going to show me around New York," chimed in McPartland. Guess Van Johnson really has taken McPartland under his wing! LOL

Tamara Braun (new Carly, GH) is a sheer delight, and is so excited to be playing the role of Carly, even though she knows she has some pretty big shoes to fill. "I was terrified at first," she said with a laugh. "Now that my feet are wet, it is better. You go into a new environment, with people who have been there forever - old timers who are so good at what they do - but everyone has been so wonderful, it is comfortable (for me) now." Braun feels that she is blessed to be working with co-star, Maurice Benard (Sonny). "He is a sheer dream to work with," she said. "He is patient, and supportive and wonderful!" It will be interesting to see just how Sonny deals with Carly's betrayal. "I am not sure how that is going to impact their relationship," she admitted. "I would like him to be able to forgive her completely. I would love to continue to work with Maurice." Braun also let us in on a little secret. "I was more brunette when I first started on the show. Now I am much blonder. Everyone says that I look so similar to Sarah Brown (ex Carly). I do see a resemblance." Braun, who is working in daytime for the first time, would love to see the writers continue the Sonny and Carly love story. "I've seen some of the fan mail," she said. "Even though the fans are sorry that Sarah (Brown) left, they would rather see the character of Carly stay. (They say that) they love the love story. So, I don't know if the writers will continue to do (the Carly/Sonny love story), or if they can, that's up to them." Braun got the part after she was called in on a casting call by GH Casting Director, Mark Teschner. "Mark had seen me a couple of times. I always go in to see him. He is just the nicest man. The nicest casting director out there. I read for the part of a young, vivacious and feisty woman. It was a contract role. I didn't know it was for the part of Carly. I new nothing of what it was. I went in and auditioned three or four times, was (screen) tested, met with Maurice and did the scene together on a Wednesday, and I found out (I got the role) on the next Monday."

Kiko Elsworth (Jamal, PC) unequivocally has THE most sensitive, sincere, sexy sky blue eyes! We talked about his presenting at the Daytime Emmys. "I am not nervous at all," he said. "I am very, very excited about it. I haven't thought about it much because I have been working a lot lately, and a lot of things are going on in my life, but when I get on the plane and get to the hotel, that's when the excitement will really show through. I am really looking forward to it," even though he has no idea what category he will present! He does know who will join him as his date. "My mom!" he said with a big smile. Far as life in Port Charles, Elsworth feels that Jamal has been taken advantage of. "He's been made to look bad in front of Zach," said Elsworth. "Zach has slapped him in the face, and Jamal has turned his face one too many times. I'd really like Zach's karma to come around for him." In other words, Elsworth feels that Zach is due for a little payback. But will Jamal be the one to give it to him? We'll have to tune in and see. Elsworth enjoys working with Erin Hersey (Alison) and feels that their characters will continue to bond and grow closer as time goes on. "Even Amanda is on good terms with Alison now, so she will be coming back into our lives now, I think. But in a different light than we've seen her before," revealed Elsworth. He is also fond of the new 12-week story arc format of the show. "I love that," he said. "I am all about change and growth. Even if at the time it doesn't seem like it's for the better, as long as there is change occurring, that is what life is all about. That is growth right there in and of itself."

Kevin Spirtas (Craig, DOOL) told TRO all about the upcoming Cabaret with the Wesleys. "It's our third annual fan club extravaganza event. This year, we are continuing with the theme of collecting cast members who are interested in showing up and having a good time. It keeps the family morale going and it's a great way to give back to the fans!" It's a variety show where Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Spirtas host the singing and dancing. "We will do our duets again," said Kevin. "We will have a few solos, also. And Nadjia Bjorlin (Chloe) will sing, and Kyle Lowder (Brady), Kirsten Storms (Belle) and Farah Fath (Mini), Valerie Wildman and James Reynolds, Steve Blackwood (Bart), Tamara Clatterbuck -- it shows all the fans, who don't already know, that there are different sides to us." Spirtas, who started his performing career on Broadway, says that singing and dancing is where his true love lies. "It's where my heart is," he said. Spirtas is also now working with Ron Abel (a musical composer) on his next act, which he hopes to be performing in cities all over the U.S. "And casinos, cruise ships, I am really gonna try and get something going," he said with a laugh. He is also scheduled to sing the National Anthem at the LA Dodgers home game on August 2, 2001. Plus, St. Louis, MO fans, watch for Kevin to return to his hometown and sing the National Anthem at a home Rams game! "I am really excited about that," he said. Far as the way things are going in Salem, Kevin wouldn't mind a bit of an expanded role. "I have such a great time working with Patrika Darbo and Nadjia Bjorlin. We have such a great little triangle. I would like to see them really reveal the father at this point, so that we could have some good drama. I am looking forward to whoever the father is, and that reveal. And, I would love for the story line to open up and cross over to some other characters. Whether it is with Nancy going outside the relationship, or Craig. I think its time. We'll see!"

Daytime Emmy Creative Craft Achievement Awards Announced in Bi-Coastal Ceremony

On Saturday, May 12, 2001 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in NYC and at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, CA, the awards for the Daytime Creative Crafts were announced. The Creative Craft Awards honor the behind-the-scenes artists and craftspeople that help make the show a reality each day.

"As the World Turns" won 4 awards: Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama Series; Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design; Outstanding Achievement in MakeUp for a Drama Series; Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series.

"All My Children" won 2 awards: Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera Editing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Drama Series.

"One Life to Live" also won 2 awards: Outstanding Achievement in Live & Direct To Tape Sound Mixing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Achievement in Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control for a Drama Series.

"Guiding Light" won for Outstanding Original Song, and "Young & the Restless" won for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction for a Drama Series. Congratulations to all the winners!

Presenters who had the honor of distributing the awards at the NY festivities included AMC's Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), Eden Riegel (Bianca), Marj Dusay (Vanessa), J. Eddie Peck (Jake), Jennifer Bassey (Marian) and Laura Allen (Laura); ATWT's Martha Bryne (Rose/Lily), Terri Conn (Katie), Lesli Kay (Molly), Paul Taylor (Isaac), Kristina Sisco (Abigail), and Guenia Lemos (Ruby); GL's Laura Bell Bundy (Marah), Frank Dicopoulos (Frank), Victoria Platt (Vicky), Terrell Tilford (David), Jordi Vilasuso (Tony), Jessica Jimenez (Catalina), and Laura Wright (Cassie);, and from OLTL, Lisa Peluso (Gina), Mark Derwin (Ben), Gina Tognoni (Kelly) and Erin Torpey (Jessica) with special guest, Emeril Lagasse ("The Essence of Emeril").

On the west coast, presenters included, B&B's John McCook (Eric), Darlene Conley (Sally), Sarah Buxton (Morgan) and Sean Kanan (Deacon); DOOL's Patrika Darbo (Nancy), Kevin Spirtas (Craig), Julianne Morris (Greta), Arianne Zucker (Nicole), GH's Constance Towers (Helena), John Ingle (Edward), Marissa Ramierez (Gia); Passions' Ben Masters (Julian), Juliet Mills (Tabitha), Rodney Van Johnson (TC), Tracey Ross (Eve); PC's Alex Mendoza (Joe), Ion Overman (Gabriela), Jon Lindstrom (Kevin), Kelly Monaco (Livvie) and Carly Schroeder (Serena);, and Y&R's David Lago (Raul), David Tom (Billy), Peter Bergman (Jack), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), and Bryant Jones (Nate), plus ex GH star Donna Pescow.

Stay tuned to Turtle Run for next week's Top of the Week where we take you "Inside the Bubble" at this event on both coasts. Plus, we have some interesting comments from many of the stars regarding their current storylines, so dont forget to check back with us next week!

Pre-Emmy Events in NYC!

Port Charles fans be on the lookout for Erin Hersey (Alison), Kelly Monaco (Livvie), Kiko Ellsworth (Jamal) and Brian Pres

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Days of our Lives' Blake Berris on Meth Head

Blake Berris of Days of our Lives in a movie? You bet. The talented actor not only lights up the screen on Days as the twisted character of Nick Fallon that he so eloquently plays, but now he co-stars in "Meth Head" an independent feature film that was just screened in Washington, DC.  -- to rave reviews.

"Yes! I just came back from the screening. I'm still in Washington and I was thrilled to read the reviews in the papers," Berris said. "This film is something I really wanted to do."

Berris plays Dustin, a character who befriends Kyle, the lead character, played by Lukas Hass ("Lincoln", "Inception", " Brick"), and let's just say he leads him down the pathway of life to hell.

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