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August 31, 2006, 

Tune into see Springfield from a different point of view on Thursday, September 7th when Guiding Light celebrates an unprecedented milestone with the airing of it’s 15,000th episode. All we can say is expect the unexpected as Reva revisits a Springrield that's not quite the Springfield we know and love!  Contributed by LMS

DOOL's Kristian Alfonso (Hope) has promised a surprise for her fans coming up this fall. She writes:  there's a "surprise comming up in October and your going to love it. It's going to be a tear jerker, so get out your kleenex. Thanks, Kristian."  Contributed by LMS

August 29, 2006

Alec Musser (Del, AMC)Fans of Alec Musser (Del Henry, AMC) have started a petition for Del to get more of a storyline, even a love interest. If you're up for more Del on All My Children, please sign the petition here:  http://www.PetitionOnline.com/delamc/petition.html  Contributed by LMS

Congrats to As the World Turns.  The "Lucinda's Breast Cancer" storyline is a finalist in the Sentinel for Health Awards program. Finalists and winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, September 27 at the Writers Guild of America in Los Angeles at 7:00 PM. For more information, please visit http://learcenter.org/html/projects/?cm=hhs/sentinelContributed by LMS

In more ATWT Buzz, look for a former As The World Turns star to hit theaters in the heavily hyped "Running Without Scissors" on October 11th.  Joseph Cross (ex-Casey Hughes) stars in the plum role of Augusten Burroughs, the author whose self-titled memoir explores his rather dysfunctional childhood.  The all-star cast is rounded out by Annette Bening, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin (ex-Billy, The Doctors), Joseph Fiennes and Evan Rachel Wood  (Jessie, Once & Again).  Contributed by LDB

August 27, 2006

This week's SOD cover story is Fall Preview.  Those actually seen on the cover are:  Days Of Our Lives' John and Marlena; General Hospital's Jason; Guiding Light's Reva and Josh; One Life to Live's Spencer; and As The World Turns' Jack and Carly.  The September 5th issue also includes a feature with As The World Turns' Van Hansis (Luke).  Contributed by LDB 
 
Matthew Ashford (Jack, DOOL)Days Of Our Lives' Matthew Ashford will last air on September 21st.  The actor, who is a veteran of the long-running show, making pitstops in Salem from 1987 to 1993, and again in 2001-2003, with what looks like to have been the start of his final bow in 2004.  The actor tells the magazine:  "As Ken (Corday, DAYS' executive producer) said, the door isn't shut to me coming back and I hope that that's true.  There's no time schedule or anything, but I definitely feel there's a lot of things Jack Deveraux can do above and beyond the character of Jennifer."  The actor's last remark refers to his leading lady Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) who opted not to renew her contract.  Reeves' last airdate is also scheduled for September 21st.  Ashford will fill his days performing in the Interact Theatre's production of "Urinetown, the Musical." The play previews September 14 and opens September 16 at the MATRIX THEATRE 7657 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA. Call (323) 852-1445 for ticket info.  Contributed by LDB & LMS
  
All My Children fans will have a lot to celebrate come October 11th -- it's the official return debut of the beloved Eden Riegel (Bianca)!  Contributed by LDB
 
Martha Byrne (Lily/Rose, ATWT)Martha Byrne returns from maternity leave (the actress gave birth to her third child: Annmarie Kearon McMahon on June 12th) to As The World Turns as Lily on September 29th.  An even bigger treat?  Word is she'll briefly resume the role of Lily's twin:  Rose.  Look out for the Jersey accent!  Contributed by LDB
 
Poor Michael B. Jordan (Reggie, All My Children)!  SOD received confirmation from the show's publicist that the actor has been released from his contract.  Jordan made his mark in Pine Valley beginning in 2003.    Contributed by LDB
 
Austin Peck (Austin, DOOL)More is revealed about the exits of Days Of Our Lives' Austin (Austin Peck) and Carrie (Christie Clark):  The once formidable couple will make their last appearance in October.  A show spokesperson, per SOD, reports:  "We are in an incredible time of change at the moment.  As exciting as this time is, it does necessitate changes in cast and story.  There will be a shift in the cast and unfortunately, the characters of Carrie and Austin will be leaving.  Fortunately, their exits will be happy for everyone involved in Salem."  Clark has been on board off and on as Roman Brady's daughter since 1986.  Peck, on the other hand, replaced Patrick Muldoon in the role of Austin Reed in 1995 and stayed with the show until 2002.  Both Clark and Peck returned in 2005.  Contributed by LDB

As previously reported, the Los Angeles Triathlon that Tyler Chrisopher (Nikolas, General Hospital) will be participating in on September 10th is an effort on his part to raise funds for Down Syndrome Research in honor of his nephew Payton Amos.  Please visit http://www.tylerchristopher.com/triathlon for complete details of how you can help.  Christopher will be competing in the following events: Swim 1.5K (.9 miles); Bike 40K (24 miles); Run 10K (6.2 miles).  Contributed by LDB

Kari Wuhrer (ex-Reese, General Hospital) will be attending the Monsters Among Robots Horror & SciFi Expo along with several other Hellraiser Stars on September 16th and 17th at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys, California.  For more information, visit: http://www.monstersamongrobots.com/events.html   Contributed by LDB

August 26, 2006

John Aniston (Victor, DOOL)According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Jennifer Aniston and beau Vince Vaughn have rushed to the side of the actress' father, actor John Aniston, (Victor Kiriakis of DOOL), as he recovers from a heart attack in a California hospital.  Soapdom was naturally very concerned by this report, so we got on the phone immediately and checked with our sources at Days.  The good news is, the Chicago Sun-Times has been misinformed.  John Aniston is healthy, up on his feet and was at work on the set of Days as of yesterday (Thursday, August 24th).  We have been assured by our set-side sources, that Aniston did not suffer a heart attack.  Thank goodness!  Contributed by MEW & LMS

Congratulations to Guiding Light.  On Thursday, September 7, 2006, Guiding Light will air its 15,000th episode!  That's a whole lotta love, lust, mystery and ingrigue in Springfield.  Here's to 15,000 more eppys.  Contributed by LMS

August 25, 2006

James Reynolds (Abe, DOOL)James Reynolds (Abe, DOOL) will be part of the Martin Luther King Monument groundbreaking ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Aug. 28.  Reynolds will announce the winners of Kids for King national youth essay program. The event will take place at the National Mall, the site of the future Martin Luther King National Memorial. Other speakers include NBA basketball player Chris Weber, former president of the  Motion Picture Association Jack Valenti,  and Deborah Elam of General Electric who will announce a $1 million donation to the MLK Memorial. The official groundbreaking ceremony is November 13 and the project will be finished in 2008.  Contributed by LMS

Terri Colombino (Katie, ATWT)ATWT fans and fans of the tome, "Oakdale Confidential," guess what? One book about the goings on in Oakdale wasn't enough. Apparently, there are additional hidden agendas to expose. Enough, in fact for a new, expanded edition titled, "Oakdale Confidential: Secrets Revealed," that goes on sale November 14 at SimonSays.com.  This time, the author is not Annonymous, it's Katie Peretti (as told to Alina Adams). This subsequent version exposes shocking new secrets about the most popular characters on As the World Turns.  Plus, it contains extra chapters and photos.  Mark your calendars for November 14, then head on over to SimonSays.com for your very own copy.  Contributed by LMS & CL

In more ATWT Buzz, fans can now email their favorite star directly through the ATWT Official Fan Club.  Look for the link in the left-hand navigation that's called "Cast Email." However, the Fan Club cautions that Actor Email is part of the Actor’s Fan Mail. So, when sending an email please make sure that you include your full name and complete mailing address. As all actors handle their fan mail differently please be aware that, sending an email does not guarantee a response. Good luck and tell them Soapdom sent you! :o) Contributed by LMS

The View returns live Tuesday, September 5 for it's 10th season.  Among the most highly anticipated and noted changes for the show this season is the addition of Rosie O'Donnell, a beloved star of television, stage, and screen.  O'Donnelll will serve as moderator and sit alongside fellow co-hosts Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.  Also, as of September 5, The View becomes the first show in the ABC daytime lineup to broadcast in HD (High Definition).  During haitus, renovations were made to the current set, now giving the show a softer, more modernized environment.  Plus, this season, The View officially begins searching for a new co-host. Over the past few months, producers have been inundated with resumes from hopeful women -- and men -- all interested in what has quickly become the "most coveted seat" in daytime talk.  In addition (and thanks to Rosie), the entire studio audience will now receive cookies and juice.  Contributed by LMS

 

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August 22, 2006

Julie Pinson (Billie, DOOL)Billy Warlock (Billy, DOOL)Congratulations to Julie Pinson (Billie, DOOL) and co-star Billy Warlock (Frankie, DOOL) who are tying the knot this month. Contributed by LMS

IN ATWT's Buzz, "Lucinda's Breast Cancer" storyline is a finalist in the Sentinel for Health Awards program. Finalists and winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, September 27th at the Writers Guild of America in Los Angeles at 7:00 PM. Contributed by LMS

August 21, 2006

Congratulations to Passions’ Casting Director Jackie Briskey! Briskey was nominated for a Casting Society of America® ARTIOS AWARD® in the category of "Daytime Episodic Casting." The ARTIOS Awards®, honor outstanding achievements in casting and will be held simultaneously in New York (at Caroline’s on Broadway) and in Los Angeles (at The Beverly Hilton Hotel) on Wednesday, November 1, 2006.  Contributed by LMS

August 17, 2006

Procter & Gamble Classic SoapsThe P&G Classic Soaps Channel will launch on AOL's new video portal http://www.aolvideo.com/ beginning Tuesday, August 22.  Procter & Gamble, the company that put the “soap” in soap operas, presents the P&G Classic Soaps channel, featuring episodes from “Another World,” “The Edge of Night,” “Search for Tomorrow” and  “Texas,” including some available for the first time since they ended their successful runs.  In addition, this channel offers original companion content for the contemporary classics “As The World Turns” and “Guiding Light.” Check it out August 22nd.  Contributed by LMS

Passions is the first daytime drama available for download at iTunes.  Beginning August 15, 2006, "Passions" will be the first daytime drama available for download and purchase on iTunes Music Store (www.itunes.com).  Episodes will be available the day after airing for $1.99 per episode. "Our dedicated 'Passions' fans have proven time and again that they are both extremely Internet savvy and unwilling to miss even one episode of their favorite show," said Annamarie Kostura, Vice President, NBC Daytime Programs.  "NBC Daytime is thrilled to be the first daytime drama featured on iTunes and is confident our audience will enjoy downloading episodes that they can then watch for years to come." "Passions" joins a growing list of NBC Universal programs now available for download on iTunes Music Store, including "The Office," "Monk," and "Project Runway."  Contributed by LMS

August 16, 2006

Eden Riegel (Bianca, AMC)Soapdom can now confirm the TV Guide.com report that Eden Riegel is returning to Pine Valley as Bianca Montgomery. This time, she's on contract. Riegel begins taping September 12 and is scheduled to begin airing October 11.  Find out moreContributed by LMS

August 14, 2006

The new season of Dancing with the Stars announced its lineup of stars today. Along with an assorted crop of news anchors (Tucker Carlson, MSNBC), ex football players (Emmitt Smith), talk show hosts (Jerry Springer), and movie stars (Vivica A. Fox), comes it's soap opera related continent: Mario Lopez (Christian Ramirez, B&B) and Harry Hamlin (LA Law), husband of last seasons' runner up, Lisa Rinna (SoapTalk co-host).  The rest of the roster includes Monique Coleman (High School Musical), Sara Evans (country music star), Willa Ford (pop star), Joe Lawrence (actor and former teen heart throb) and Shanna Moakler (beauty queen, model, reality tv star).  Quite a crew.  The season begins September 12, 2006.  Contributed by LMS

The Y&R Music Department has set up a special treat for fans: an iTunes “iMix” of songs that have played on Y&R!   This memorable mix of tunes includes music by Jewel, Il Divo, Josh Groban, Alicia Keys, Lifehouse, Chris Botti, Barry Manilow and many more. Y&R iMix page Contributed by LMS

SOAPnet broke records with its third season finale of I Wanna Be a Soap Star. The finale is the reality series' most-watched telecast with 406,000 total viewers; 121,000 W18-34 viewers; 221,000 W18-49 viewers; and 237,000 W25-54 viewers.  As of this month, SOAPnet reaches more than 51 million homes, representing a 17% distribution increase from this time last year. Contributed by MG

August 11, 2006

Galen Gering (Luis, Passions)Over at Passions, it's congrats to Galen Gering (Luis) and his wife Jenna. They welcomed their first child, Dillon Phoenix Gering, on Thursday, August 3 at 6:16 p.m. in Los Angeles.  Dillon Phoenix weighed in at 8 pounds, 4 ounces. Both mom, dad and baby are doing fine! Contributed by LMS

In some Where Are They Now Buzz, Keith Colouris (ex David Steinbeck, ATWT and real-life husband of Lesli Kay (Felicia, B&B) has just written, produced, directed and stars in a new film called Shadow People.  Leslie Kay also stars. The film is currently in post-production. Contributed by LMS

Eileen Fulton (Lisa, ATWT)On her official website, Eileen Fulton (Lisa, ATWT) weighs in on the death of her fellow actor, castmate and colleague, Benjamin Hendrickson (ex Hal, ATWT):  "The sad news about our dear friend and colleague, Benjamin Hendrickson, has saddened the entire family of As The World Turns," she says.  "Many of you have written to me to tell me how sad you are.  I want to remember the good things about him.  He had the funniest stories and the funniest jokes.  I'll miss that.  He was a brilliant actor - I wish I had had more scenes with him.  There is nothing else to say, please remember him in your prayers as I am."  Due to the flodding in PA, Fulton's August cabaret appearance at Odettes has been cancelled.  Contributed by LMS & CL

While over at OLTL, set side sources are hinting that Michael Easton has reached a temporary agreement with the show to remain in Llanview even after his contract expires, which is any day now.  Whether this means he is ready to commit to a new contract remains to be seen, but at least it appears that he will be around a tad longer. Contributed by LMS

Zach Roerig (Casey, ATWT)SOD, in it's August 15th edition, is reporting in a blind item that a one of the members of As the World Turns teen bunch will not be renewing their contract.  Interesting speculation, as the contract in question is not even set to expire until next year.  Lot's can happen between now and then.  Still, fans of the show have put two and two together and are figuring that Zach Roerig (Casey) is the likely candidate.  Time will tell.  Contributed by LMS & CL

Y&R fans, heads up. In case you're wondering what song was playing on the August 9th episode of Young and Restless when Lily was listening to a CD in her room and crying about Daniel's betrayal of her, the song is called "You've Got a Secret" and it's by Amy Ward.  The bad news is it's not commercially available. But the good news is if anyone wants to...

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...buy a Soapsongs CD at  www.soapsongs.com and mention that you heard about "You've Got a Secret" at Soapdom.com, soapsongs will throw in the CD single of this song and a few other delicious bonus songs for free! Ya can't beat that. Check it out and be sure to mention Soapdom.com to get the freebies.  Contributed by LMS & BS

August 7, 2006

In some Passions Buzz, Adrian Wilson (Chris) had to be hospitalized temporarily, but is expected to return to taping 'Passions' late next week.  'Passions' and Soapdom both wish Adrian a safe and quick recovery.   Marsh Mokhtari will temporarily play the role of 'Christopher Boothe' starting from episodes #1811, which airs on Friday, August 28. Contributed by LMS

The “Y&R” Music Department has set up a special treat for our fans: an iTunes “iMix” of songs that have played on “Y&R!”   This memorable mix of tunes includes music by Jewel, Il Divo, Josh Groban, Alicia Keys, Lifehouse, Chris Botti, Barry Manilow and many more.  To go directly to the Y&R iMix page, click here . Contributed by LMS

August 5, 2006

A new challenge faces General Hospitals' Nikolas Cassadine - off camera.  According to Tyler Christopher's official website, the actor will compete in his first ever triathlon in Los Angeles on September.  Christopher will face the following obstacles on this day:  Swim 1.5K (.9 miles)---Venice Beach; Cycle: 40 Kilometer (24 miles)---Hollywood and surrounding areas; Run: 10 Kilometers (6.2 miles)---Downtown. The finish line he hopes to cross is located at the Staples Center.  Christopher is not the first GH star to take on the challenge.  Réal Andrews (ex Taggert) competed in the LA Triathon several years ago.  Soapdom was there!  We wish Christopher the best of luck this year! Contributed by LDB & LMS
 
Kari Wuhrer (ex-Reese, General Hospital) has lined up another gig.  The former paramour of Port Charles' Sonny Corinthos will guest star on an upcoming episode of CBS' CSI: Miami this fall.  No airdate was available at press time. Contributed by LDB

August 4, 2006

Crystal Hunt and RoxyFormer GL star, Crystal Hunt (ex Lizzie), and her adorable companion, Roxy Hunt, will be part of the first annual Pet Fashion Week New York at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W. 18th St.) on Saturday, August 19th and Sunday, August 20th. The trade show is the first of its kind bringing together buyers, manufacturers and high-end designers from all over the world. Hunt, and teacup maltese, Roxy, will be on hand from 10am – 6pm to showcase the Roxy Hunt Couture dog fashion line and strut their stuff on the runway in the fashion show wearing matching dresses designed by the actress. For tickets and more information on other Pet Fashion Week New York events, please visit www.PetFashionWeek.com or call (401) 726-0979.  Contributed by LMS

All you AMC Ryan and Kendall fans heads up.  Soapdom has learned that before the month is out,  Ryan and Kendall will share a hot and heavy kiss!  Also, it looks like Dixie is out of jail. Is she out on bail or have the charges been dropped?  Time will tell. Contributed by LMS

In some Passions Buzz, Soapdom has just learned that another song of Amy Kuney's got picked up for the August 16th episode. Kuney's song, "In The Dark," will be used three times in the August 16th episode.  One of the plays is over two minutes! Is it just me or are you feeling a montage coming on? Stay tuned. Contributed by LMS

August 3, 2006

Get up to speed on the newest addition to One Life to Live. On Thursday, Aug. 10 (11:00-12:00 noon, ET), “The View” is pre-empted for “Soap Star: Guess Who’s Coming To Llanview,” a one-hour re-cap special of SOAPnet’s hit reality series “I Wanna Be A Soap Star.” The special, hosted by Cameron Mathison, features highlights from the first nine episodes of the reality series where 10 contestants are vying for a 13-week contract role on ABC’s “One Life to Live.” Check local listings. Contributed by LMS

Want to know what's in store on ABC soaps this fall?  You're in luck. On Thursday, Aug. 31 (11:00-12:00 noon, ET) “The View” is pre-empted for “SOAPnet Reveals…ABC Soap Secrets,” a star-studded preview special that will give fans the inside scoop of all their favorite ABC shows including “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital.” Popular ABC stars will pack the hour-long special along with never-before-seen interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and shocking plot twists that fans have to look forward to on their favorite ABC soaps. Check local listings. Contributed by LMS

Congratulations to GH's Robin Christopher. She and her husband, Matt Crane, are now the proud parents of their second child, Gianna Maria. The baby was born July 10.  Both mother and daughter are doing fine.  Look for Christopher to return to Port Charles in about a month or so. Contributed by LMS

In some ATWT Buzz, Cady McClain (Dixie, AMC) who won a daytime Emmy for her role as Rosanna on As the World Turns, has revealed on her official website that she and former ATWT co-star, Hunt Block, or "HB" as she calls him (ex Craig), are romantically involved. In regard to the character of Craig being recently recast, McClain does not hold back her sentiments. "If you are wondering what I think of the recast of 'Craig,' I think it’s a load of crap.  I don’t think anybody can make that character as terrific and funny and fun as he did," she blogs.  Luckily, however, Block seems to have a sense of humor about it, cos McClain continues,"I asked him what he thought and he said, 'Well, I guess they had to do something with all those nice suits.'”  Contributed by CL & LMS

August 2, 2006

Things are tough all over -- even for soap stars. Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) of Days of our Lives confided to Buzz that he's constantly borrowing money. "Hey I'm always hitting up my ex-wife for some bucks," he said. Dattilo also buzzed that one of his co-stars, who will remain nameless, is loaded!  "I've seen them with checks worth in the thousands that still aren't cashed. Must be nice." So, there you have it! Contributed by MEW

P&G soap fans, want a dose of some of your old favorites like "Another World," "Edge of Night," "Search for Tomorrow," and "Texas?"  Well, guess what. You're in luck.  AOL, a leader in live and on-demand entertainment video programming and video search, announced that beginning August 4, 2006, it will be previewing a beta version of its new AOL Video portal. Available for free to anyone on the Web at http://www.aolvideo.com , the new AOL Video is an all-in-one, high-quality entertainment destination to find, watch and share millions of the best videos across the Web. And from Procter & Gamble Productions, Inc.-- The company that put the "soap" in soap operas -- comes the P&G Classic Soaps channel on AOL Video, featuring episodes from "Another World," "The Edge of Night," "Search for Tomorrow" and "Texas," including some available for the first time since they ended their successful runs. In addition, this channel offers original companion content for the contemporary classics "As The World Turns" and "Guiding Light."  Ain't technology grand? Contributed by CL & LMS

August 1, 2006

Buzz hears that Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers, all 6 ft 8 inches of him will make an appearance on August 30th on the Young and the Restless. He will go one on one with Kristoff St. John (Neil).  Contributed by MEW
 

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