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February 27, 2007

James Reynolds (Abe, Days of our Lives)JAMES REYNOLDS STARS IN “I , TOO, AM AMERICA” AT FREMONT CENTRE THEATRE FOR LIMITED RUN BEGINNING MAY 5; SHARES THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

James Reynolds has long enjoyed a national fan following for his portrayal of Police Commissioner Abe Carver on the daytime TV drama “Days Of Our Lives.” Midway through his twenty-five-year span on that show, he spent a season starring in the groundbreaking daytime serial “Generations” portraying Henry Marshall. Both roles earned him Emmy® nominations. He is also one of the artistic directors of Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, where his show “I, Too, Am America” will be performed. He created the show 20 years ago and has often  toured with it throughout the years. Reynolds portrays more than 20 different characters including  Paul Robeson, Sojourner Truth, Deadwood Dick, and his own family members. He describes the show as “an evening of sharing the experiences, thoughts, and feelings throughout history as seen through the eyes of musicians, historians, ex-slaves, poets, artists, teachers, and others who have contributed to the vastness of the African-American experience.” After each performance, Mr. Reynolds will answer questions from the audience. James Reynolds is the recipient of numerous accolades, including NAACP Image Award nominations for his television work, numerous stage awards, and a designation as a Great Kansan by the Kansas State Historical Society. Anyone interested in America and a story as exciting as America itself will enjoy “I, Too, Am America.” It’s been 4 years since the show was last performed in Los Angeles. Don’t miss it.  The play will be performed at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, CA, May 5 to June 2, 2007.  For tickets call (866) 811-4111 or visit www.fremontcentretheatre.comContributed by LMS

February 26, 2007

Rumors are circulating that As the World Turns is about to make some major casting changes.  Buzz is that the character of Craig is getting a new face.  Apparently, the actor who originated the role, namely Scott Bryce, has been tapped to take on the character once again.  If that's the case, what's to happen to Jeffrey Meek?  Although we cannot confirm it at this moment, Craig's alleged last tape day was last Friday. Our question is, could this possibly be true?  Stay tuned to Soapdom as we stay on top of this breaking story. Contributed by LMS

The Young and the Restless loses ground down under. In at least one Australian market, Melbourne, The Young and the Restless is being bumped off the air in favor of something different.  After two decades, The Nine Network is replacing Y&R with daytime talkshow fabfest, a la The View. According the "The Age," a Melbourne publication, "Nine decided this year to end its 20-year relationship with American soap The Young and the Restless and try something new in its timeslot."  Contributed by LMS

February 23, 2007

"I got my Digest early this week," Soapdom's Laura DeBrizzi informed us.  Here is her recap of what's hot in Digest. Be sure to pick up your copy at the newsstands.  
 
Judi Evans (Bonnie, soon to be Adrienne, Days of our Lives)"The Cover is a total DAYS mishmash that talks about Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) taking out John's (Drake Hogestyn) kidney (OK?) and Mimi (Farah Fath) being identified as the killer of her evil dad (William Bumiller).  The actions of that night will be told in newly taped flashbacks. Ironically, Judi Evans who joins Fath in fleeing Salem as Bonnie will be taking only a mini-break from the NBC sudser as plans are more than underway for a return as her former character, Adrienne Kiriakis, a role she assumed from 1986 thru 1991. Odd.  I thought for sure when Hogan Sheffer came aboard we would be rid of this kind of far-fetched drama. While there is no official confirmation from the show, it appears to be a done deal: "It sounds like a really good idea to me.  It has to work with Patch's (Stephen Nichols) story.  Let's just wait and see," comments Executive Producer Ken Corday to the magazine.  Also, Shawn (Brandon Beemer) and Belle (Martha Madison) finally kiss on whatever island it is that they're stranded on.
 
"In some General Hospital Buzz, I knew this guy was going to stick around:  Sebastian Roche (James Craig) will continue to lurk about Port Charles in to the foreseeable future.  This makes sense being that he was witty and quite charming during the entire hostage fiasco ... and, of course, there is the fact that Sonny and Jason never actually exterminate their enemies.  Too busy shucking coffee beans, I guess.  Oh and Jason Gerhardt (Cooper) is on contract status.  He was number three during the during the Metro Court break-in.  I guess it pays to be a nice - and hot -guy cooped up in a vault with Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms).  I would assume this is going to be her new man.  The Metro Court saga paid off for GH--- it saw its ratings increase to a healthy 3.0, safely awarding it a firm grip on 3rd place. "There's also a nice feature with Jeff Meek (Craig, As The World Turns)
 
"For Y&R Fans, Victoria Rowell (Dru, The Young And The Restless) reveals that her character is no longer involved in scenes with Michelle Stafford's Phyllis because of a request put in by another actor who she refuses to name.  Rowell admits to being pretty disappointed because she felt that Dru and Phyllis had the potential to become one of the best duos in daytime. Rowell goes on to say that her recent pre-Emmy nomination snub is not the impetus for her moving on from the show, although she does believe that her story did indeed carry Y&R this year and she had more than her fair share of episodes to be considered Emmy worthy.
 
"In some AMC Buzz, Cady McClain (ex-Dixie) is still whining about the cathartic and polarizing blog she posted on her official website www.cadymcclain.com two weeks prior. In the tirade, the Emmy winner expressed quite matter-of-factly her displeasure over the direction All My Children was headed, not to mention the inability of its writers to create compelling story for Dixie.  I say shut up, date Hunt Block and go back to living the life of a bohemian.
 
"Here's another juicy tidbit, but not from Digest:
 
Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH)"Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, General Hospital) seems to have found a home away from Port Charles where his talents continue to be favored by critics.  Starring as Max in the 68 Center Crew Theatre Company's production of Bent at Theatre 68 - 5419 Sunset Boulevard, Suite D; Los Angeles, California - the actor has received phenomenal reviews from one of the most prestigious publications.  Backstage writer Les Spindle piles praise on Christopher's acting choices throughout the review, saying: "As a character who at first seems to react stoically to having killed his own lover, Christopher fashions a finely nuanced portrayal of a man whose need for affection runs deep. Beyond Max's courageous façade is fear and despair—brilliantly conveyed in Christopher's poignant and indelible characterization."Performances run through March 4th.  For ticket information, call: 323 960 7827.  Contributed by LDB
 

February 22, 2007

Victoria Rowell (Dru, Young and the Restless)NY Daily News reports that the soon-to-be-ex Young & Restless star, Victoria Rowell (Dru), has gotten awfully cozy with Oscar winner Jamie Foxx.  According to the paper, spies report that the two were behaving like more than just friends at the Belvedere vodka party at the Empire Ballroom in Las Vegas.  A few kisses and some tender embraces are said to have been exchanged by Rowell and Foxx.   Contributed by LDB

February 21, 2007

In some prime time soaps Buzz, looks like Dr. Addison Montgomery Shepherd really won't be licking her wounds after losing former hubby Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) to intern Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) on ABC's phenomenal hit Grey's Anatomy.  USA Today reports that Shonda Rhimes- creator, writer and executive producer of the medical drama -- is mulling a spinoff for Kate Walsh's ("Kicking & Screaming," "Bewitched") sassy Montgomery Shepherd.  According to the article, a two-hour episode of Grey's, set to air in May, would also serve as the pilot for Walsh's solo vehicle.  None too shabby for an actress who was initially hired for only two episodes and who also had been predictably pegged to be bashed by fans for the breakup of the beloved Derek and Meredith.  As it turned out, audiences sympathized with Walsh's alter ego... and her talents apparently haven't been lost on Rhimes either.  Soapdom will keep you posted.  Contributed by LDB

February 20, 2007

Ignacio Serricchio (ex  Diego, General Hospital)In some where are they now Buzz, General Hospital's Ignacio Serricchio (Diego) guest stars in Wildfire on ABC Family on Monday, March 12, 2007. The episode is titled "You Can Count on Me."  Serricchio stars as "Jace," Kris' long lost half brother.  Viewers will be able to learn more about Kris’ past and her relationship with her half-brother, Jace, in webisodes that will be launched on ABCFamily.com immediately following the finale of Wildfire on Monday, March 26.  ABCFamily.com will also host an online viewing party with the simulcast of the season finale. During this interactive online event, fans will be able to host their own online viewing party.  Users will be able to watch the finale together online and chat in real-time while viewing.  Contributed by LMS

Ilene Kristen (Roxy, One Life to Live)One Life to Live’s Ilene Kristen (Roxy) appears at  The Triad, 158 W. 72nd Street this weekend.  It’s a $20 cover charge and a two drink minimum. “To one and all....it will be a sweltering 38 degrees Saturday night, February 24th in New York City.  Please help me thaw out.......if you're coming please make a reservation and bring cash (they don't take cards).... I'll certainly help you spend it........lot's o love-I.”  RSVP:  212 362-2511  Contributed by LMS 

February 19, 2007

Buzz over at Guiding Light is that they are looking for a pretty Latino actress in her early 30s to play a working class girl from Chicago who comes to Springfield for an ongoing recurring role.  The role will begin taping the end of March for a mid-April air date.  Stay tuned.  Contributed by LMS

Bryan Datillo (Lucas, Days of our Lives)Bryan Datillo (Lucas) of Days of our Lives blew into the Windy City (Chicago), of which he is a native suburbanite, and whooed the crowds at Harry Carey's in the Loop. Datillo was talking up a storm, signing autographs, and posing for pictures with many devoted Days fans.  Contributed by MEW.

SOAPDOM BLIND ITEM:  Things are getting very hot on one New York produced soap.  It seems that an executive producer was seen fraternizing with one of the starlets on the show when they were seen together at a Rick Springfield concert at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square, Friday night, February 16.  The two in question were getting quite cozy in the front row of the promenade.  They were nuzzling and he appeared to be kissing her neck.  They were laughing and cuddling ---- definitely not just friends, lots of whispering in ears and giggling. No way it was a buddies' night out with the boss.  They seemed to be having a great time. Is a new behind the scenes romance in bloom?  Stay tuned.  Contributed by LDB

February 16, 2007

Don Diamont (Brad) from the soap opera the  Young and the RestlessY&R Fans!  CBS says, "Don't miss Monday, February 19th on The Young and the Restless. Find out who killed Carmen!"  Was it Dru, Kevin, Brad or ....?  Contributed by LMS

February 15, 2007

Congratulations to As The World Turns for its GLAAD Media Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Daily Drama. The 18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be presented on Monday, March 26th at the New York Marriott Marquis.  Contributed by LMS

February 12, 2007

One Life to Live's Kassie dePaiva (Blair) will be singing this week on the show.  Contributed by LMS

Cady McClain (Dixie, All My Children)For those of you who have been campaigning to bring Cady McClain (ex Dixie) back to All My Children, McClain has written a very heartfelt and personal blog explaining the situation of her firing, how she reacted, and the reasons she believes it may have happened. She also puts to bed some rumors and requests that instead of fans flooding the show with phone calls, they should send snail mail if they are unhappy with the way things turned out for Dix.  Read Cady McClain's entire blog, "Deep Sigh."   Soapdom wishes McClain the very best in future endeavors. We will miss her in Pine Valley.   Contributed by CL & LMS

Congratulations to As the World Turns.  While everyone in the music industry was focused on last night's 49th Annual Grammy Awards (whose headquarters is about two blocks from Soapdom's offices), another awards ceremony was being held in New York City.  The As the World Turns writing staff (Jean Passanante, Leah Laiman, Christopher Whitesell, Courtney Simon, Anna Cascio, Lisa Connor, Paula Cwikly, Hogan Sheffer, Judy Tate, Bettina Bradbury, Richard Culliton, Susan Dansby, Judy Donato, Josh Griffith, Elizabeth Page, Melissa Salmons, and Charlotte Gibson) walked away with the top honor at Sunday night's Writer's Guild of America (WGA) awards, winning for their work on As the World Turns.  Contributed by CL & LMS

In more ATWT Buzz, and according to SOD, Marnie Schulenberg has been cast as the new Alison Stewert. But she is not heading straight to Oakdale. A cross-over role, Schulenberg first starts on Y&R on Feb 22, as a friend to Amber Moore. She moves to ATWT some time shortly thereafter. Stay tuned.  Contributed by CL

James Reynolds (Abe, Days of our Lives)James Reynolds (Abe, Days of Our Lives) will be a presentor at the 17th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards on Monday, February 19 at 7:00 pm at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in Los Angeles.  Contributed by LMS
 

Feburary 8, 2007

All My Children meets Broadway when Ashley Brown, currently starring on Broadway in the title role of Mary Poppins and Josh Strickland, currently starring on Broadway in the title role of Tarzan, will make special guest star appearances on All My Children.  Brown and Strickland will play themselves in the episode set to air on March 6, 2007.  Their mutual appearance is also in support of their participation in the up and coming 3rd Annual ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit at Town Hall in New York City on Sunday, February 25, 2007.  Contributed by LMS

February 7, 2007

Over at The Young and the Restless, Don Stark (“That ‘70s Show”) and Miriam Flynn (“Grounded for Life”) taped a guest spot together to air on February 22.  They play Minister Frank McCallister and his wife Edna, a couple who run a wedding chapel in Las Vegas, in a storyline involving Amber (Adrienne Frantz). Is Amber running away with Cane for a quickie "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" wedding?  Tune in to find out.  Contributed by LMS

Maura West (Carly, As the World Turns)Four's the charm for ATWT's Maura West (Carly) and husband Scott DeFreitas. They welcomed their fourth child, son Basil John DeFreitas on January 30th. A big boy, baby Basil weighed in at 9 pounds, ten ounces. Soapdom congratulates West and the entire DeFreitas family.  Contributed by CL & LMS

Tampa Bay "Soap Star" Charity Brunch---- Come mingle and have your favorite Soap Opera Stars take pictures with you at the Tampa Bay “Star” Charity Brunch at the Tampa Airport's Marriott Hotel Sunday, March 11, 2007 Doors Open: 10:30a.m. – 3:30p.m. Appearing……from Daytime Television Soap Stars: Rodney Van Johnson (TC, Passions), David Fumero (Cristian, One Life to Live), Catherine Hickland (Lindsay, One Life to Live), Forbes Marsh (Nash, One Life to Live), Hillary B. Smith (Nora, One Life to Live), and Walt Willey (Jackson, All My Children).  Tickets are $85 per person (Non-Refundable). There's Free Parking in Hotel Catherine Hickland (Lindsay, One Life to Live)Garage. But wait!  There's more...**VIP SEATING AT A CELEBRITY TABLE: $150 per person (NON- REFUNDABLE) Pick your favorite STARS table, while seats are available! To purchase an entire table for your party(8) to sit with a STAR, $800. Proceeds to benefit BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS OF PINELLAS COUNTY. (Free Valet Parking at Hotel)** Mail check/money order and a SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE (a receipt will be mailed back to you. Your name/table assignment will be at reservation table on the day of the event.) Payable to: Designers Image, 928 West Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33770 ***Attendees who wish to be seated together, must include all payments in the same envelope (Max. 8 seats per table).*** Reservation Deadline: February 28, 2007. For more information call: Patti (727) 595-0255, (727) 410-0427 or Barbie (727) 319-8260 or (727) 410-0424. EMAIL: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or WEB:  www.myspace.com/soapstarevent_tampabay  Contributed by GS

Tune into a special Inside the Light episode on Wednesday, February 14th, to see Guiding Light stars as you’ve never seen them before, making a difference for the residents of Biloxi, Mississippi.  Contributed by LMS

OLTL's Catherine Hickland  (Lindsay) will be at WJRZ Women's Expo at the Ritacco Center, 1245 Old Freehold Road, Toms River, New Jersey 08753.  She'll be signing autographs and personally giving 8-minute makeovers to some lucky women. Don't miss this wonderful event that's All About Women!  Mapquest map for location  Contributed by GS

February 5, 2007

James Reynolds (Abe, DOOL)James Reynolds (Days of Our Lives) will ride in the 25th Annual Black History Parade & Festival on Saturday, February 17, 2007. The parade begins at 10:00 am at the Charles White Park in Altadena, California and precedes a family festival from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm at Robinson Park in Pasadena. The parade theme is “Uniting our community through pride and commitment.”  Reynolds and his wife, actress Lissa Layng, live in South Pasadena, where they also own and operate the Fremont Centre Theatre.  For more information on the event, please contact Christine Harris at 626-744-7300. Contributed by LMS

The Bold & the Beautiful Executive Producer and Head Writer Bradley P. Bell has announced which cast will be traveling to Australia from February 25th to March 2nd, 2007 to tape scenes from The Bold and the Beautiful in Sydney, Australia. Making the trip will be Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan), Ronn Moss (Ridge Forrester), MacKenzie Mauzy (Phoebe Forrester) and Kyle Lowder (Rick Forrester). Contributed by LMS

Dylan Fergus (Noah, Passions)In honor of Valentine's Day, one of Harmony's newest couples, Paloma (Silvana Arias) and Noah (Dylan Fergus), will be hosting a live blog on Monday, February 12 at 4:00 p.m. (PST).  For more information go to www.nbc.com/passions .   Contributed by LMS

ATWT's Emily is taking on a new profession -- in fact it's the oldest profession.  She is commanding an attractive fee for her services to the tune of $1,000 a pop. No pun intended. Nice money if you can get it. But Emily is deserving. Afterall, she's had a bit of experience: James Stenbeck, Holden Synder, Tonio Reyes, Craig Montgomery, Brock Lombard, Paul Ryan, Duncan McKechnie, Gavin Krueger, Evan Walsh, Royce Keller, Jeff Hamlin, Diego Santana, David Stenbeck, Tom Hughes, Chris Hughes, and Hal Munson -- the only one she married other than her brief marriage to Paul which was only a setup for Paul.  Yup, Emily's always been a busy girl. Contributed by CL & LMS

February 2, 2007

ATWT's Larry Bryggman stars with Kevin Kline in Shakespeare's  King Lear at the Public Theatre, 425 Layafette Street, NYC from February 9 to March 18.  There are still some tickets available, but going FAST.  Find out more.   Contributed by LMS

Tracey Ross (Eve, Passions)Passions' Tracey Ross (Eve) will be a presenter at 22nd Annual Stellar Gospel Awards.  The 22nd Annual Gospel Awards will air from January 26th through February 22nd on various networks.  Check your local listings. Contributed by LMS

General Hospital fans, heads up!  ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith portrays a reporter covering the hostage crisis in today's episode.  Contributed by LMS

Beth Maitland returns to her role as Traci Abbott on the Young and the Restless for a small story arc.  She begins taping January 24 to air March 1.    Contributed by LMS
                            
Speaking of Y&R, congratulations to the talented writing staff of “The Young and the Restless” for receiving a nomination for the Writers Guild of America Award in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Television Writing for a Daytime Serial.  The WGA Awards will take place on February 11.  Contributed by LMS

Several of the soaps, including Young and the Restless and One Life to Live are planning special scenes and/or entire episodes for Valentine's Day.  Contributed by LMS

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