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Soapdom Soap Opera Buzz ~ September 2008

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September 29, 2008

Matthew Florida (ex Ford, Days of our Lives)"Finally!!!" is what Matthew Florida, (ex-Ford Decker, Days of our Lives) tells Buzz. He is referring to his upcoming guest-starring role on Cold Case. The show is set to air Oct. 26th. Florida plays the role of PFC Max Heidhorn. 57 years after his death while on shore leave, the body of long-dead Marine Jimmy Tully is found in an oil drum. "This is a role I really enjoyed playing," Florida said. "I can't wait until it airs, and I will be watching like everyone to see how well I did."  He explained that the part has its twists, like did he do it, or does he know something. "All I can say is stay tuned," he jokes.  Florida has been keeping busy in the entertainment industry. He recently completed a Hallmark film, called Love Finds a Home, where he plays a cowboy. The film is set to air in May of next year. "It's fun doing this, because it gives me a chance to be diverse. Something important in this business," Florida said.  He also has been doing the audition circuit, and enjoys the networking and meeting of people. Florida also hinted that he has heard rumors to the fact that Days of our Lives may bring him back as Ford's twin brother. Remember this is a soap? Way to go Matt. Either way, Soapdom is happy to report that things are going well.  Oh Yeah. Florida and his actress wife, recently moved to a new home and are looking forward to celebrating their son's first birthday. Contributed by MEW

Eric Martsolf (Brady, Days of our Lives)Eric Martsolf (ex Ethan, Passions, soon to be Brady Black, Days of our Lives) couldn't be happier about landing the new role.  "After over half a decade with NBC daytime, I am happy to be returning to the network as Brady Black on DOOL," Martsolf told Soapdom today.  "The show itself is a legacy, and I am anxious to get back in the saddle and have a little fun in Salem.  I am grateful to the producers for affording me this opportunity."  So are we. We can't wait to see what havoc Brady will reek on Salem this time. Stay tuned! Contributed by LMS

Sarah Michelle Gellar (ex Kendall, All My Children; ex Buffy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has signed on to star in a half-hour, New York-set pilot for HBO. This, according to the writer of the pilot, Charles Randolph. Randolph told Variety.com that Gellar will play a young woman who has "a kind of zealous immaturity -- like a drug addict with a to-do list" in "The Wonderful Maladys," Randolph's show about three adult siblings whose parents died when they were young. According to sources, HBO reportedly plans to shoot the single-camera pilot early next year. Contributed by LMS

Stars of “Days of our Lives” will come on out for a full day of meet & greet, Q&A and many more exciting activites on Saturday, November 1st beginning at 10 AM at Citywalk at Universal Studios Hollywood.  See Soapdom's Seeing Stars for exact address and stay tuned to Soapdom.com for more info on this super fun event! Contributed by LMS

September 28, 2008

Eric Braeden (Victor, Young and the Restless)According to our friends at TVGuideOnline , Eric Braeden (Victor, Young and the Restless) is set to appear on CBS' How I Met Your Mother, playing Robin's father. His name? Robin Charles Scherbatsky, Sr. "The storyline set-up: As Ted and the gang hide in a restaurant from... er, someone, they each take turns recounting the one person they would most hate to run into. Robin's pick is her pop, seeing as she has Daddy issues — in that he always wanted her to be a boy." We're not exactly sure when Braeden will air on How I Met Your Mother, so check local listings.  Contributed by LMS

Andrea Evans One Life to Lives' Andrea Evans will be in the Phoenix area on October 1st (the first day of breast cancer awareness month). The soap opera star is coming to Scottsdale, Arizona to make an in-store appearance at the LATHER store in Kierland Commons.  Ms. Evans and natural soap company, LATHER, have teamed up to create two new products that benefit breast cancer research: Sandalwood Rose Soap and a Soap for Hope Gift Set.  Proceeds from both products will benefit City of Hope, a leading biomedical research and treatment facility, for breast cancer research, treatment, and education.  At the store she will meet her fans, promote the new products, and raise money for City of Hope. $5 from the sale of each Sandalwood Rose Soap ($8) and $12 from the sale of each Soap for Hope Gift Set ($20) will be donated. LATHER will also serve pink snacks and drinks in honor of the pink ribbon which symbolizes the fight against breast cancer. Evans also serves as the Celebrity Ambassador for the City of Hope’s Walks For Hope To Cure Breast Cancer.  This year’s Phoenix Walk will be held on Sunday, October 5th at the Salt River Project. Contributed by LMS

September 22, 2008

Susan Lucci (Erica, All My Children)Tonight, "Dancing With the Stars" premiers it's new season, with soapdom diva extradorinaire, Susan Lucci (Erica, All My Children) as one of the competitors.  Lucci will keep her front burner storyline on AMC as she coast hops back and forth between LA and NY to tape both shows. She revealed her schedule to the NY Daily news:  "I will have to fly out to L.A. every Saturday for fittings and rehearsals for 'Dancing With the Stars,'" Lucci says of her new schedule. Then -- "I'll have the two shows on Monday and Tuesday, and then fly back to New York City on Tuesday night to tape 'All My Children' Wednesday, Thursday and Friday." Contributed by LMS

On Sunday, September 21, 2008, Dylan Bruce posted a note to his MySpace page thanking fans of Chris Hughes, the character he plays on As the World Turns who will soon be exiting the show, for their loyalty and support.  Titled, "Dr. Chris has left the building," Bruce goes on to say:  "I just wanted to thank all of the loyal and wonderful Chris Hughes fans. I recently filmed my last day on As the World Turns and can't stress enough how much I appreciate all of the support and kind words from the best fans in daytime. Working on As the World Turns was a truly wonderful experience that I will cherish and fondly remember forever. The cast and crew are amazing and I will greatly miss each and everyone of them.
From the bottom of my heart, thanks again for the support and for being a fan. Sincerely, Dylan Bruce. Soapdom wishes Bruce the best as he embarks on his next endeavor. Contributed by CL & LMS

September 20, 2008

Nazanan Boniadi (Leyla, General Hospital)Newport Coast actress Nazanin Boniadi (Leyla, General Hospital) finds the feminine side of fall fashion in a feature article at Orange Coast Magazine.com. "I’ve never been one to conform to the status quo of fashion. I think it’s far more exciting to find your own sense of style and have fun in the process. It’s important to be daring and take risks, albeit classy and calculated risks. After all, that’s how some people become trend-setters, rather than followers…"  Read the entire article . Contributed by LT

September 19, 2008

As reported in Soapdom's All My Children casting news, this former General Hospital and Days of our Lives beauty is quickly becoming a genuine soap hopper!  Any guesses?  Never fear, Soapdom is here to clue you in on the details.  Emmy nominee Tamara Braun (ex-Carly, GH; ex-Ava; DAYS) will next be seen on All My Children's canvas as Reese Williams - Bianca's (Eden Riegel) latest conquest.  Reese, who is said to be an architect, will return from Paris with Bianca.  However, Binks is the first to bring everyone up to speed with her life being that she arrives in Pine Valley on October 17; Emmy winner Riegel has always welcomed and accepted return requests from the AMC brass.  Remember, she joined the show in 2000 and stayed until 2005, only to make guest appearances in both 2006 and 2007. As for Braun, this will be her first run on a New York soap opera so we hope she is warned to bring enormous amounts of sweaters and jackets to perfect the New York look so many have adapted to keep 0away the chill.  Braun's first airdate is October 30. For further information, head to Braun's official website: http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s75/shagg002/peekaboo_avi.png    Contributed by LDB

September 18, 2008

Colleen Zenk Pinter (Barbara, As the World Turns)Congratulations to As the World Turns.  Barbara’s Cancer Storyline has been nominated for a 2008 Sentinal for Health Award. What's most touching about this storyline is that it was based on Colleen Zenk Pinter's (Barbara) real life battle with throat cancer.  The awards will take place Wednesday, October 2 in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit http://www.learcenter.org/html/projects/?cm=hhs/sentinel . Contributed by LMS

On Tuesday, September 30, Pocket Books will release Guiding Light: Jonathan’s Story on paperback, featuring an all-new chapter. Contributed by LMS

On Wednesday, September 24, between the 9-10 a.m. hour, Justin Bruening (ex Jamie, All My Children) talks about his new televison series, "Knightrider" on the "Today Show" on NBC. Contributed by LMS

On September 17, “The Young and the Restless” taped its 9,000th episode, which will air on October 14. Contributed by LMS

September 10, 2008

Thaao Penghlis (Tony, Days of our Lives)Days fans, heads up. Be sure to tune in to John Edward Cross Country on Saturday, September 20 at 10 pm (9pm central).  Days of our Lives' Thaao Penghlis (Tony) gets messages from his parents who, years ago, had died within the same week.  Their early lack of acceptance to Thaao’s career comes full circle during John’s one on one séance. Plus, in the New York studio, a man named Jim is psychically challenged to acknowledge a second dad… who had committed suicide. The show travels home with Jim to reconnect him to that dad and surviving extended family. Then a tumultuous mother/daughter relationship is healed from beyond. John’s psychic reading with Tina shapes the way this young mom will raise her children. John travels to visit Tina at home and evokes even stronger feelings of forgiveness. Next, John’s apparent frustration in the studio catapults a loving connection from a dad -- who died very young - to his “little girls”. John stresses that the Dad’s traumatic exit from this life shouldn’t overshadow great memories. Contributed by LMS

September 5, 2008

On Tuesday, September 30, Pocket Books will release Guiding Light: Jonathan’s Story on paperback, featuring an all-new chapter. Contributed by LMS

Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Young and the Restless)Michelle Stafford, two-time Emmy award winning actress as Phyllis of "The Young and the Restless," will receive a good Samaritan award for her humanitarian work from the Friends of The South Asian American  Communities (http://fosaac.com/AwardsInfo.html).  Presented by Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd. (at Santa Monica Blvd.), Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Soapdom congratulates Stafford on winning this prestigious award. Contributed by LMS

September 2, 2008 

Martha Bryne (ex Lily, As the World Turns)As the World Turns ex Lily, none other than Martha Bryne, has been quite the busy beaver since she left the show several months ago.  She took a much needed vacation to Atlantis in The Bahamas, a paradise she recommends highly; she stared in a play called "Other People's Money," with former soap alum, James DePaiva (ex Max, One Life to Live) in Northport, Long Island, NY;  she has a video airing on www.talkmarket.com (go to "electronics and fun," then click "recent" to see it); and, she produced a short film in LA called "Chrysalis” which was written and directed by Paul Leyden (ex-Simon Fraiser) and starred Paolo Seganti (ex-Damian Grimaldi). She told fans in an email that she still keeps in touch with her friends from ATWT and is now gearing up to meet with the folks at St. Jude's in October.  Contributed by CL

In more ATWT Buzz, Helen Wagner celebrates a huge birthday on September 3rd. She turns 90 years young. Soapdom wishes her many blessings and many more years to come. Contributed by CL

Congratulations to CBS’s online reality show, Inturn. It was presented a Golden Icon Award by Travolta Family Entertainment for Best Reality Internet series. For more information, please visit http://www.bestsyndication.com/?q=node/15652  Contributed by LMS

One Life to Live's  Ilene Kristen is making no bones about who she'll be backing come the Presidential Election this November. She's Obama all the way.  Check out this fun video on how to capture the "swing vote,"  proving it's time to take the country Barack, Jack...  Contributed by LMS


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