Soapdom's Soap Opera Buzz March 2008


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March has St. Patty's Day, the onset of Spring, and plenty of your Soap Opera Buzz!

 

March 31, 2008

Days of our Lives Kristian Alfonso (Hope) named to co-judge the 2008 Miss USA Pageant on NBC on April 11, 2008. Other celebrity judges include Heather Mills, Rob Schneider, Joey Fatone, Amanda B eard, Christian Siriano and more. Contributed by LMS

Celebrity Friends Join Love Our Children USA To Keep Children Safe During April - National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Dancing With The Stars, American Idol, Cameron Mathison (Ryan, All My Children) Emily Blunt, Michael Buble, Rod Stewart and many others rallied in support of Love Our Children USA by donating incredible auction items that will be offered online at www.charityfolks.com   Hot items, such as a private dance lesson with hunk soap star All My Children's Cameron Mathison, tickets to the Dancing with the Stars FINALE, Front Stage American Idol tickets with VIP credentials, designer apparel from Emily Blunt of The Devil Wears Prada, Michael Buble, Rod Stewart and much more will raise money for Love Our Children USA.  The auction will run from Monday, March 31 to Monday, April 14. Contributed by RE

March 27, 2008

Robert Bogue (Mallet, Guiding Light)Guiding Light's Robert Bogue (“Mallet”) will appear in the following cities to promote the opening of his award winning comedy, Backseat: On Saturday, March 28th at the Quad Cinema in New York City; On Saturday, April 5th at the Opera Plaza Cinema in San Francisco; On Sunday, April 6th at the Landmark Shattuck Cinema in Berkely; On Saturday, April 19th at the Varsity Theater in Seattle and on Saturday, April 12th at the Dobbie Theatre in Austin. For more information, please visit www.backseatthemovie.com. Bogue will be available for a meet and greet following the screening.  Contributed by LMS

March 25, 2008

Patrick Duffy (Stephen, Bold and the Beautiful)B&B's Patrick Duffy Makes Hosting debut on GSN’s new BINGO AMERICA
Debuts Monday, March 31st at 7:00PM ET


Patrick Duffy (Stephen Logan, Bold and the Beautiful) is probably best remembered for his role as Bobby on “Dallas.” He is now making his hosting debut on March 31st with The Game Show Networks (GSN) new show BINGO AMERICA. BINGO AMERICA blends the classic, trivia-based game show format with all the best elements of traditional bingo game-play. And with free, downloadable BINGO AMERICA game cards available at www.GSN.com/bingo, host Patrick Duffy invites viewers to play along as the on-air players compete for their own “Bingo.” Developed by executive producer Andrew Glassman, every airing of the “free-to-play-along” series will award cash prizes to viewers at home for every verified “Bingo” while its on-air players compete for cash and prizes of their own. Contributed by LMS

Eileen Fulton (Lisa, As the World Turns)As the World Turns' Eileen Fulton (“Lisa”) was nominated for a 2008 MAC Award in the category of Female Celebrity Artist. The Awards will be held on Tuesday, May 6 at the BB King Blues Club in NYC. For more information visit www.macnyc.com Contributed by LMS

Guiding Light’s new theme song, Only Love, written and performed by Kati Mac, is available for purchase on her website, www.KatiMac.com .Contributed by LMS

March 24, 2008

Soapdom can now confirm that As the World Turns has hired Noelle Beck to replace Martha Byrne in the role of Lily. Beck last starred in several episodes of the short-lived primetime series Cashmere Mafia as the "other women."  Soap fans may remember her from her days on Loving as Trisha.  According to some published reports, Beck was in the running with Susan Haskell.  Byrne opted to not renew her contract with the soap after 23 years when the show refused to give her the same guaranteed episodes as she had in her previous contract. Contributed by CL & LMS

March 19, 2008

Kristin Alderson (Starr, One Life to Live)Soapdom hears that One Life to Live is looking to the headlines for ideas for story material. It seems that teen pregnancy is such a popular topic, One Live to Live is writing in a teen pregnancy storyline to parallel Jamie Lynn Spears!  Could Starr (Kristen Alderson) be the pregnant teen in question? Stay tuned. Contributed by LMS

March 18, 2008

All My Children's Walt Willey hosts the 10th annual Southwest Florida Soapfest Celebrity Weekend – May 17 & 18.  Actors joining Walt from All My Children, As The World Turns, General Hospital and Guiding Light, include Michael O’Leary, Sarah Brown, Van Hansis, Marnie Schulenberg, and many more. Events include “A Night of Stars”, “Cruisin’ & Schmoozin’with the Stars”, and “Celebrity Bartender Bash”, with lots of opportunities for meet-and-greet.  The event will benefit children with autism.  Tickets range from $40 - $150.  Visit www.soapfest.com or call 239-394-4559 for tickets and details.  Contributed by PB

Daniel Goddard (Cane, Young and the Restless)North Texas Y&R fans and aspiring actresses heads up!  The Young and the Restless is teaming up with CBS 11 to find one talented North Texas actress to travel to Hollywood to appear in an episode of The Young and the Restless.  The screen test, which is open to women 18 – 30 years old, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion, 300 Reunion Boulevard, Dallas, Texas. Actor Daniel Goddard (Cane) will make an appearance. First round auditions/interviews for eligible actors on an open call basis will be held on Friday, March 28, starting at 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Those wishing to audition should bring a completed copy of the registration form, a signed release (both available online) and a recent photograph. Callbacks for participants advancing to the second round of auditions and on-camera test with scene partner for finalists will be held on Saturday, March 29. Releases and registration forms are available on www.theyoungandtherestless.com and www.cbs11tv.comContributed by LMS

In more Y&R Buzz, the Young and the Restless meets Beauty and the Geek! Tune in to Beauty and the Geek on Tuesday, April 8 (8:00 PM ET on The CW) to see Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) and Joshua Morrow (Nick) offer the beauties and geeks advice while they film a cameo on the set of “The Young and the Restless.” Contributed by LMS

Plus, on Thursday, April 10, 2008, fans are invited to meet Young and the Restless cast members who will reminisce, tell stories, share memories and answer questions about the #1 Daytime Drama. The event will take at the Paley Center, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, California, at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $15 for Paley members and $25 for non-members.  Tickets for the general public go on sale March 14th. To purchase tickets go to www.ticketweb.com or call 866.468.3399.  For more information on this event go to: http://www.paleycenter.org/events/ss-08spring/la-individual.htm  Contributed by LMS

March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

Lee Bell and Bill Bell (co-Creators, Young and the Restless)As The Young and the Restless prepares to celebrate its 35th anniversary  later this month, no one is more surprised than co-creator Lee Bell, who along with her late husband, the great William J. Bell, have created a television dynasty. Bell spoke to Buzz, saying, “I just really can’t believe this. I am just totally surprised that we’re (show) still here. When we started Y&R, I would have never guessed we’d be today still around and on the air.” Buzz asked what she attributes to the success? “Well, I will tell you.Bill wrote and kept up with the times. The show not only has great characters, but they are also interesting and exciting. I also believe our show was way ahead of its time in writing various topics and issues.” Buzz must add that many years ago William J. Bell said that the purpose of his show was “To entertain, inform, and educate. That’s what this is all about.” Contributed by MEW

Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, Young and the Restless)Jeanne Cooper, who has played Katherine Chancellor on The Young and the Restless for the last 34 years agrees. “Oh it’s all about the flow. Heck I can’t believe I’m still here. I’ve lasted longer here than in my marriage,” Copper joked. Cooper also believes the powerful storylines and the characters are what has kept the show afloat. “Take me (Katherine). I love her. I make a connection to the audience,” she said. “I also enjoy breaking the age barrier. Everyone thinks that when you hit a certain age you can’t function anymore, and I’m out to prove them wrong. In life, one must take action and sail through the water.” Cooper said that she loves her storyline, and that she enjoys being the powerful person she is, and now the business side to Katherine is coming out, which is great. “It’s just a joy to be on such a show, and play such a part. Here’s to 35 years more.” Cooper said the show will have no official celebration, like a party at a grand hotel. “You know, it’s no secret that daytime is suffering and fighting for its life. Instead of throwing $150,000 at some hotel, it’s better to sink it in the show and keep people employed. If someone wants to bring a dish to the set, that would be fine.” Contributed by MEW

General Hospital and GH: Nightshift's Kiko Ellsworth and Danny Arroyo are now working together on a film called "Street Warrior." The filming just started. It will wrap sometime in April.  Contributed by LMS

March 14, 2008

Jeffrey Carlson (ex Zoe, All My Children)All My Children's Jeffery Carlson (ex Zoe) is in a new play and it's Shakespeare!  "Antony and Cleopatra" opens March 22 at The Duke on 42nd Street (229 W. 42nd Street, between 7th & 8th Avenues) in New York City. Other cast members include (in alphabetical order) Nathan Blew, Christine Corpuz, Marton Csokas, Greg Derelian, Grant Goodman, Randy Harrison, James Knight, George Morfogen, Ryan Quinn, Laila Robins, Michael Rogers, Christian Rummel, Matthew Schneck, Christen Simon, Erik Singer, John Douglas Thompson, Lisa Velten.  The play runs from March 22 through May 2, 2008.  For ticket info visit http://www.tfana.org/subscribe.html#how  Contributed by SC

Congratulations to Young and the Restless' Kate Linder who will recieve her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, April 10 at 11:30 AM.  Those of you in the Los Angeles area, come on out to wish Kate well. The ceremony will take place at 7021 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA on the north side of the street between North Orange Drive and North Sycamore Avenue. Contributed by LMS

Matt Florida (ex Ford, Days of our Lives)Matthew Florida, ex-Ford Decker of Days of our Lives, chatted with Buzz saying that he is thrilled to be pre-nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series. "That's what I've been hearing. I'm surprised and shocked," Florida said. "It's great to think that in the three months I was on the show, I made such an impact." Buzz asked, what if you are officially nominated? "(Laughing) it would be great!. I'd be very excited and flattered," Florida said.  Adding that he's still in touch with some of the writers, "and who knows maybe some day I can be back. Remember the girls literally buried me," but jokingly continued, "maybe not far enough." Since leaving Days, Florida has been working non-stop. He's been doing a lot of voice-over work, including for McDonald's to name a few, and just completed a TV spot for Ross Dept store that will run regionally. Great to hear that he's keeping busy. Contributed by MEW

Dan McVicar (Clarke, Bold and the Beautiful)Join Dan McVicar (Clarke, Bold and the Beautiful) and other celebrities at the "Racing for Hope" benefit for The City of Hope Pediatrics Division at Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, CA. Sunday, March 16. 1:00 p.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets visit: http://www.racingforhope.com .Contributed by LMS

Kyle Lowder (Rick, Bold and the Beautiful) will sing The National Anthem at the opening of the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks game on Thursday, April 24, 2008. The game begins at 7:00 p.m. at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. For information on purchasing tickets visit www.dodgers.com  Contributed by LMS

Andrea Evans (Rebecca, Passions)Passions' Andrea Evans will guest star on the new VH1 reality series “I Know My Kid’s A Star.” On the April 24th episode, which is the sixth installment, Ms. Evans will act in scenes with young talents whose performances will be judged and critiqued by former child star and executive producer of this series, Danny Bonaduce, and Hollywood casting director and manager, Marki Costello.  They will be looking for one great, aspiring, triple-threat stage-hungry kid who they are seeking to identify as a potential star, as well as training their parents to deal with the difficulties of show business. The eight episode weekly one-hour series, which premieres March 20th at 10 PM, will feature 10 parent/child teams living in a house in Los Angeles, willing to do whatever it takes to breakthrough in Hollywood.  Each episode presents a different challenge for the kids, whether it’s auditioning for a cartoon voice-over, trying out for a part in a horror flick, being asked to cry on cue during an audition etc.  In each episode, the parents will also have their own challenge without their kids to see if they are ready to handle the business of Hollywood.  In the end, one team will emerge as the winner and receive $50,000 in cash as well as having the child given a one year contract for representation by Marki Costello. Contributed by LMS

Following its long list of top notch singing talent appearing on the soap, Snoop Dogg will rap his way into Llanview, performing two songs from his latest album in a two-episode cameo on One Life to Live. Snoop will appear at Llanville's Ultra Violet club, rapping "Sensual Seduction" and "Life of Da Party." The performance will air May 8 and May 9. According to the hip-hop and rap star, "I've been a fan of One Life to Live since I was a baby. My momma always had it on the tube in tha crib growing up."  Most recently, Mary J. Blige performed at Ultra Violet. Contributed by LDB

March 13, 2008

James Reynolds (Abe, Days of our Lives)Days of our Lives' James Reynolds (Abe) will visit three Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) in Fort Stewart, Ga., March 17-18.  As part of the USO Celebrity Education Program and the National Education Association’s (NEA) “Read Across America” program, he will spend quality time with dependent children of soldiers experiencing multiple deployments and talk about the importance of books.  Reynolds will also read Jon J. Muth’s book, “Zen Shorts,” participate in theater games and hold Q&A sessions.  “I enjoy touring with the USO and supporting our troops,” says Reynolds.  “Being an actor and a Vietnam veteran, I recognize the importance of reading and understand what military kids nowadays go through.  It’s not easy and anything I can do to help them, I am there.”  USO Tours  Contributed by LMS

Bold and the Beautiful fans be sure to catch BIG SHOT LIVE! as an aspiring actor gets a chance to audition for a role on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. You can watch on www.bigshotlive.com on Thursday, March 13 at 4 p.m. PST/ 7 p.m. EST.  Contributed by LMS

Daniel Goddard (Cane, Young and the Restless)Young and the Restless' Daniel Goddard (Cane) joins an eclectic roster of stars of film, television and sports to strap into brand new race-ready Scion tCs to vie for the checkered flag in the world’s longest-running, most successful celebrity racing event:  the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race on Saturday, April 19, part of the 34th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Other celebs include:  John Salley, Drew Lachey, Raymond Cruz, Wilmer Valderrama, Eric Dickerson and William Fichtner and more. Contributed by LMS

March 7, 2008

Congratulations to As the World Turns' Mick Hazen (Parker) who received a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Young Actor - Recurring Role for a TV Drama Series. The awards will be presented on March 30th. For more information please visit www.youngartistawards.org . Contributed by LMS

Robert Bogue (Mallet, Guiding Light)Guiding Light's Robert Bogue (Mallet) will appear in the following cities to promote the opening of his award winning comedy, Backseat: On Saturday, March 28th at the Quad Cinema in New York City; On Saturday, April 5th at the Opera Plaza Cinema in San Francisco; On Sunday, April 6th at the Landmark Shattuck Cinema in Berkely; On Saturday, April 19th at the Varsity Theater in Seattle and on Saturday, April 12th at the Dobbie Theatre in Austin. For more information, please visit www.backseatthemovie.com. Bogue will be available for a meet and greet following the screening.  Contributed by LMS

In more As the World Turns Buzz, Van Hansis (Luke) and Jake Silbermann (Noah) will be presenters at the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on Monday, March 17, 2008.  Contributed by LMS

March 3, 2007 

Martha Byrne (Lily, As the World Turns)Martha Byrne (soon to be ex-Lily, As the World Turns) will be chatting live Sunday, March 16th at 7pm EST when all your questions regarding her departure from As the World Turns will be answered live. Log on to participate in the chat at http://www.marthabyrne.net   Contributed by CL

Soapdom has just learned that Passions tapes its last episode Friday, March 28th. Contributed by LMS

Soapdom congratulates Young and the Restless stars Kristoff St. John and Christel Khalil.  Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) was awarded his eighth NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, and Christel Khalil (Lily Winters) was a first-time winner for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama. These awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in literature, television, motion pictures and recording arts.  FOX aired the live awards presentation on February 14. Contributed by LMS

Jeff Branson (Jonathan, All My Children)Speculation that Jeff Branson (Jonathan Lavery, All My Children) would soon be history in Pine Valley is somewhat exaggerated, according to the actor. Yes, Branson's contract is soon to expire, but he is in negotiations and the door has not yet been closed for him. Fans are now mounting a campaign to keep Branson around Pine Valley.  One AMC fan recently saw Branson at a charity event in Florida. According to her account, "he let the fans know that his contract is coming to an end soon!  But that the rumors in the soap mags are still just rumors and he has not been let go yet!  The writers have seemed to have forgotten all about Jonathan and when they do recall - they don't have a mature storyline or a real romance for him!"  She continued by saying that "Jeff loves working at AMC and I think that we fans need to let the writers know how just much we love Jeff!!!"  So, fans of Jeff Branson, get on the band wagon. A campaign is now underway to keep the actor on the show. To jump on board, send in a six inch ruler to ABC (get the snail mail address here ) requesting that they write a storyline for Branson that "measures up."  It is the initiator's belief that perhaps ABC will donate all the rulers to local schools.  She concludes: "If we bombard them with rulers and letters, perhaps they will finally give Jeff an age-appropriate love story and grow up Jonathan." Contributed by jackieblue77 & LMS

Check out this fun soap opera quiz from our friends at BuddyTVContributed by LMS