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December 23, 2003
Although several published reports have Cady McClain (Rosanna) exiting As the World Turns in the new year as the soap struggles with budget cuts, ATWT's executive producer Christopher Goutman says otherwise. "As far as the show is concerned, Cady is and will continue to be a valued cast member of As the World Turns," he states. "Cady has brought her incredible talent to her portrayal of Rosanna.... her character is definitely part of future story plans. Oakdale has not seen the last of them — not by a long shot!" Setside sources say that McClain will take some time off from the series, but will return... (Contributed by Sunni)
In other ATWT news: The fledgling romance of Katie (Terri Colombino) and Mike (Mark Collier) is about to face its toughest challenge yet -- the return of Simon (Paul Leyden)! What are things going to be like for Simon and Katie this time around? Watch As the World Turns starting Monday, Jan. 19 and find out what Simon's got planned. (Contributed by Sunni)
John Ingle may have lost his gig as feisty Edward Quartermaine on General Hospital, but the actor hasn't lost his sense of humor. Notified on his 49th wedding anniversary that he'd be leaving the soap after a decade, Ingle replied, "Thank you for the present. Is there an exchange policy where I can take it back and get something I like a little better?"
Ingle had been expecting a cut in his airtime in 2004, but hadn't prepared for a permanent exit. "I was stunned," he admits candidly. "I cannot figure out the rationale." But Ingle is bouncing back. He'll continue to voice the Land Before Time series, and will turn his attention to primetime and films. "I love sitcoms; I used to do those all the time," he recalls. And he may consider a return to his former profession: teaching. "I love to work with actors," Ingle says. The accomplished thespian does have one holiday request from GH as they devise his exit. "[Edward] and Lila should go on a long voyage, or he should step in the shower like Bobby Ewing did on Dallas and be gone for a year," he suggests.
And he's counting on the spirit of the season to bring a little good cheer back into his life. "Whatever God we deal with, if this is my life's plan, then it is."
Even though it does look like Ingle is on his way out from GH, Soapdom thinks there may be more news regarding Ingle and the soap coming soon. Could producers be rethinking the pink slip? Stay tuned. More on John Ingle (Contributed by Sunni and LMS)
December 22, 2003
Guiding Light has debunked rumors regarding the firing of executive producer Jon Conboy. "Procter & Gamble, CBS and I agree that my work on Guiding Light is not finished," declares Conboy in an official statement. "I look forward to continuing our incredible partnership and all the terrific stories we have yet to tell." Conboy, who started on the show a year ago, was initially signed to a one-year contract, which may have steamed the speculation. (Contributed by Sunni)
Daytime star and writer Elizabeth Harrower, real-life mom to Days of Our Lives's Susan Seaforth Hayes (ex-Julie), died on Dec. 10 after battling a long illness. She was 85 years old. Harrower started her career with bit parts on the TV series Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951) and Perry Mason (1957). She also appeared in several movies. Harrower penned scripts for The Young and the Restless, Generations and Days of Our Lives, where she served as the show's head writer. Harrower most recently appeared as Charlotte Ramsey, a comical lush who pretended to be Jill's birth mother, on The Young and the Restless. (Contributed by Sunni)
December 18, 2003
What B&B star is taking to the morning show circuit as host? None other than John McCook (Eric) who served as guest host (in place of Steve Edwards) on the syndicated morning show, "Good Day Live" on Thursday, December 18, 2003 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. with Dorothy Lucey and Jillian Barbarie. Does McCook have aspirations to anchor a morning show on a more long-term basis? Stay tuned! (Contributed by LMS)
December 17, 2003
Tons of Buzz out of B&B today! First up -- congrats go out to Schae Harrison (Darla) and Mick Cain (C.J) who gave birth to a baby boy on December 13, 2003. His name is Haven Jude and weighs 6 pounds and 11 ounces!
Jennifer Finnigan's last airdate on The Bold and the Beautiful will be January 22, 2004. Emily Harrison will step in to the role as Bridget on January 26, 2004.
We also reported in Soapdom Casting that Kayla Ewell has been cast in the role of Caitlin, first airing on January 22, 2004. Well, we just found out that Caitlin will be a love interest for nuThomas, now played by Drew Tyler Bell! Looks like a hot new teen storyline heating up for 2004! Stay tuned. (Contributed by LMS)
December 15, 2003
At All My Children, Buzz hears that a new Romeo will soon visit Pine Valley, and look for something interesting to happen.
On As the World Turns he rumor mill is that if Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda) doesn't see more story she will take a hike. Plus, an ex West Coast star was seen leaving the production office. Stay tuned!
Over at GH, when Robert Kelker-Kelly (Stavros) enters on December 24 things will get rocky. The role will be short-term, but the buzz is that the actor may ask to stay on.
On the Young and the Restless ther is no truth to the Internet buzz that head writer Kay Alden is about to get the pink slip.
In a sad turn of events for Y&R and ATWT, Terry Lester, best known for his roles as Jack Abbott on Y&R, Royce Keller on ATWT -- and Mason Capwell on Santa Barbara -- died on Nov. 28 of undisclosed causes. The actor was 53. (Contributed by Sunni)
The Buzz at Passions is now confirmed. Chrystee Pharris-Larkins, who assumed the role of Simone Russell in April 2001, is leaving the show. According to an official spokesperson, the actress has chosen not to renew her contract and will be seeking other opportunities. The soap is aggressively in the process of recasting the role. Pharris-Larkins is the second actress to play the Russell's youngest, love-struck daughter. Lena Cardwell originated the part when Passions premiered in 1999. (Contributed by Sunni)
That DOOL internet story you heard about Arianne Zuker (Nicole Walker) seeing her character fall victim to the Salem Serial Killer? While it is not usually show policy to comment on performers' contracts, a DAYS spokesperson did release a statement assuring fans that tales of Zuker's dismissal were not true. (Contributed by Sunni)
December 12, 2003
It's no Buzz that mega star Julia Roberts is Days of our Lives #1 fan. Well, on Monday, December 15, 2003, while being interviewed by Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America about her new film, "Mona Lisa Smiles," Julia gets to speak on the phone with DOOL's Peter Reckell! The conversation was taped on Thursday (December 11, 2003). Your sneak peek is that we will probably see a split screen with Julia talking to Peter! Be still Julia's heart! How many...
... big laughs do you think she will bellow while talking to her "BO!" This is a must see on ABC. Tune in to Good Morning America during the 8 AM hour on Monday, December 15, 2003. (Contributed by LMS)
The Buzz at GH is that there's a made-up boyfriend for Georgie (Lindze Letherman) who will soon materialize into a real guy! See Soapdom Casting for more! (Contributed by LMS)
The net is bursting with comments regarding a cover story in Soap Opera Weekly reporting that Cady McClain (Rosanna, ATWT) is on her way out of Oakdale due to budget cuts on the show. When Brian Frons (President ABC Daytime) was noted as saying he would certainly consider bringing McClain back to All My Children (she played the character of Dixie before leaving AMC to head to ATWTa few years ago), the rumor mill reached a fevered pitch. Although there are some changes about to happen at ATWT, is McClain truly out the door for good? Stay tuned to Soapdom for more on this breaking buzz! (Contributed by LMS)
December 9, 2003
According to the LA Times, Sunday, December 7, 2003, Galen Gering (Luis, PAS) and his beautiful wife Jenna, have purchased a home in Santa Monica, CA. The asking price was $1.4 million. They paid just about asking. The house is not a huge estate. It was priced based on the current real estate market in Los Angeles, where a 1200 sq. ft., 2 bedroom condo with 2 baths sells for over half a million, so keep the price tag in perspective.
The new Gering residence is a one-story Spanish home with arched ceilings and French doors. The house was built in 1926 and has three bedrooms with 2200 sq. ft. of living space. There is also a service porch and an office. The eat-in kitchen has hand painted Italian tiles. The property has a large grassy yard and a spa. The home sounds quaint and charming. Congrats to the Gerings on their new home! (Contributed by LMS)
December 5, 2003
On All My Children there is no truth to the buzz that Julia Barr (Brooke) is leaving.
Over at As the World Turns, rumor has it that when Jessica and Ben (Tamara Tunie and Peter Paros) tie the knot, it will be the beginning of trouble.
At Days of our Lives, with the serial killer still on the rampage, the buzz is that the show plans on bringing back former stars. Stay tuned.
On Passions Buzz hears that Precious the chimp will be receiving a new wardrope. And look for a major player to be let go. Wonder who?December 4, 2003
DOOL Sneak Peek Airs on Passions! On Monday, December 15, NBC will offer viewers a one-minute preview of what’ s to come in the final two weeks of 2003 on “Days of our Lives” during the network’s broadcast of “Passions,” it was announced today by Sheraton Kalouria, Senior Vice President of Daytime Programming, NBC Entertainment. The sneak-peak will highlight major story events -- including Chloe’s return to Salem, a Christmas miracle and a wedding to die for -- all of which will unfold as part of the “Salem Stalker” storyline in episodes airing during the weeks of December 22 and December 29.
“With a riveting month on ‘Days’ ahead and audiences ravenous for information on the Salem Serial Killer, this sneak preview is our early Christmas present to fans," Kalouria said. (Contributed by LMS)
One Life to Live has a big week next week. Y&R fans will want to tune in to see Heather Tom (ex Victoria) take over the role of Kelly on OLTL. Days fans will want to tune in to see Matthew Ashford (ex Jack) create the new role of the Professor! Plus, SoapTalk's Ty Treadway returns as Troy! See Soapdom's Sneak Peeks for One Life to Live for the Week of December 8, 2003! (Contributed by LMS)
Buzz just got word that TLC’s hit series, A Makeover Story is currently producing an episode (to air late winter/early spring 2004) that will feature two members of the crew/staff of General Hospital. Associate Producer Michelle Henry and Production Associate Lisa Kaseff will spend three days in December 2003 (Saturday, the 6th; Monday, the 8th and Wednesday, the 10th) of pampering and shopping with a final reveal of their new look on the 10th of December at the General Hospital holiday party. The rest of us will just have to wait till A Makeover Story featuring Michelle Murray and Lisa Kaseff's airs early next year! (Contributed by LMS)
Over at Days of our Lives, rumor has it that Peter Reckell (Bo) will be leaving the show for a few weeks to film a movie. How will Days write Bo off the canvas? Will he be one of the stalker's vics? Or -- Could he be the stalker? Stay tuned. (Contributed by LMS)
December 2, 2003
Buzz just found out that Grammy award-winning R&B sensation Musiq performs his hit song 'dontchange,' at the highly anticipated wedding of Jessica and Ben on As the World Turns, airing Tuesday, December 9, 2003. Photo: ©2003 PGP Click for photo enlargement. (Contributed by LMS)
Buzz has also just learned that Joseph Marcell from "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" fame has changed from recurring to contract status on "The Bold and The Beautiful." (Contributed by LMS)
Webmasters beware. A popular All My Children website called the Pine Valley Bulletin was hacked and now the site is down. According to Kathy, the webmaster, someone very malicious caused over 14 million hits in 2 weeks to the site, crashing the server. It got up and running once more, but the same thing happened again, so the site is still down. If you are trying to access Pine Valley Bulletin rest assured that Kathy and her ISP are doing everything in their power to get the site up and running again. Keep checking back. (Contributed by Sunni and LMS)
Buzz just learned that Soap Sessions is back again with it's first full new Christmas CD in two years...and the line-up is incredible! You'll hear great Christmas Classics sung by Cynthia Preston (GH), Eric Martsolf (Passions), Jillian Clare (Days), Rick Hearst (GH), Jade Harlow (ex-Passions), a bonus remix from Bruce Michael Hall (OLTL) and John Ingle (GH)! Hear 'White Christmas', 'The First Noel', 'Do You Hear What I Hear?', 'O Holy Night' and others! This one's going to be a classic...a must have stocking stuffer for Soap fans! To purchase Soap Sessions 8 call (800) 963-2656 or visit http://www.swirlingrecords.com (Contributed by LMS)
December 1, 2003
On Monday, November 17, 2003 University of Georgia seniors David Spearman and Dara McCarney were announced the winners of CBS News' The Early Show's "Soap Star Screen Tests." Both winners receive a weeklong role on the CBS daytime drama Guiding Light, which they will tape next summer. The two won the roles during the weeklong "Soap Star Screen Tests" that featured 10 college students competing for these roles. Did you vote for your favorite? Did your favorite win? Soapdom congratulates all who participated in a screen test, along with the grand prize winners. We can't wait to see them on Guiding Light in 2004. (Contributed by LMS)
Daytime vet Helen Gallagher (ex-Maeve, Ryan's Hope) and Nicolas Surovy (ex-Mike, AMC) star off-Broadway in William Gibson's Handy Dandy, which opens at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City on Dec. 9, 2003. (Contributed by Sunni)
James Hyde (Sam, Passions) will be a presenter in the annual American Veterans Awards, airing on the History Channel in February. (Contributed by Sunni)
November 24, 2003
On All My Children, Buzz hears that a strange twist to a very interesting story is about to take place.
Over at As the World Turns, rumor has it that a former actor was seen visiting the set, and now another actor is playing the role. Interesting! Is the former actor looking for his old job back?
The Buzz at Days of our Lives is that Alexis Thorpe (Cassie), who is reported to be one of the Salem Stalker's victims, has been spotted checking out the East coast soaps. Buzz also hears that the rampage of killing is far from over.
On the Young and the Restless, Michael Damien's (Danny) return was greeted with cake and champaign.
With the change in contract status for Passions's Dana Sparks (Grace) and Justin Carroll (David), the rumour mill is churning that several other characters have been put on recurring — including James Hyde and Jack Krizmanich, who play Grace's husband Sam and her pretend son, John, respectively. "Not true," states a show rep, assuring the talk is unfounded. As for the...
... speculated exit of Christopher Douglas (Antonio), a rep for the actor declares that his contract status is the same it has always been. (Contributed by Sunni)
November 19, 2003
Over at GH, Buzz is that during the Tuesday, November 25th taping of the show, General Hospital will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Tony Geary (Luke) joining the cast of the daytime drama. It was November 1978 when he first graced his presence on the GH soundstage portraying the role of Luke Spencer. Stay tuned to Soapdom for photos!
In more GH news, rumor has it that the episode in question above will be based on "A Christmas Carol" and will air December 24, 2003 -- Christmas Eve.(Contributed by LMS)
November 18, 2003
On Tuesday, November 18, 2003 Julia Roberts appeared on The Oprah Show to promote her new film, "Mona Lisa Smile." During the show, Oprah got the the A-list movie star to again admit that she is a major fan of Days of our Lives. Roberts went on to note that the new flower stand at Salem Place is called "Julia's Flowers," and "not that the world revolves around me," she giggled, "but I think that the flower stand is named for me!"
So what does Days of our Lives have to say about Julia's assumption? "We are thrilled that Julia Roberts continues to be such an outspoken fan of our show!' the spokesperson from Days tells Soapdom. "Indeed the flower cart located in Salem Place is named 'Julia’s' – coincidence or not, we often subtly pay homage to past show participants, our own history and at times, if possible, our faithful fans. As Julia Roberts made first claim, we absolutely deem the cart 'hers.' And so it shall be from this day forth!" Mona Lisa Smile opens December 19, 2003. (Contributed by LMS)
November 17, 2003
Although the news has not been confirmed by the show, sources tell Buzz that Shanelle Workman (Flash) and Bruce Michael Hall (Joey) are about to exit One Life to Live. The soap newbies both joined the OLTL cast in February 2003. Bruce Michael Hall took on the role after learning of his recurring status on Passions in the role of Reese. His twin brother, Seth Hall, took over the role of Reese when Bruce moved to NY for OLTL. No word on whether either role will be recast. (Contributed by Sunni)
Bailey Chase (Chris, ATWT) headed down to Jacksonville, Fla. on Nov. 15-17 to participate in The 11th Annual Wilkins Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament for Charity. "The Wilkins Foundation helps adults with physical disabilities," Chase explained. "It was my fourth year. Rick Wilkins is a former professional baseball player, so there are a lot of pro baseball players playing the tournament." Not only did Chase get to do his bit for charity, but there was an added bonus. "I went to high school in Jacksonville. So it was nice to go down there and see some people I haven't seen in a while, for a great cause." To find out more, go to www.wilkinsfoundation.org. (Contributed by Sunni)
Finola Hughes (ex-Anna, AMC) is hosting a new series for the Style Network named 'How Do I Look?', where three friends or relatives transform a makeover candidate.(Contributed by Sunni)
Katie Stuart will assume the role of Sage, previously played by Eileen Boylan, on GH. Her first airdate is Dec. 3. See Soapdom Casting for more! (Contributed by Sunni)
Rumor has it that GL's Yvonna Wright (Mel) has been bumped to recurring status. (Contributed by Sunni)
As previously reported at Soapdom.com Roark Critchlow, who played the good Dr. Michael Horton on Days of Our Lives, is picking up his scalpel once again. Critchlow has joined Passions in the recurring role of Dr. Ackland, a world-renowned psychiatric doctor who comes to Harmony to assist with an important case. Critchlow assumes the part from soap vet Michael Woods, who originated the role. Woods will appear in a few more episodes before Critchlow makes his Passions debut on Dec. 26. Read more... (Contributed by Sunni)
November 15, 2003
Yup. That's right. You're feasting your eyes on Y&R's Thad Luckinbill (J.T.) and Passions Heidi Mueller (nuKay). The duo was spotted arm and arm at the premiere of Halle Berry's "Gothika" (see Soap Seen on Thursday, November 13, 2003 in Westwood, CA. Don't Luckinbill and Mueller look awfully cozy? Are these two stars from different soaps a new real-life hot couple? Stay tuned! (Contributed by LMS)
November 13, 2003
On All My Children, Buzz hears that the show is considering a new opening theme where the music is more hip. AMC has changed its theme a number of times over its 34 year history (AMC will celebrate 34 years on the air on January 5, 2004), much to the chagrin of its audience. It takes time for them to get used to the change. Just how hip will the new theme be? We'll have to wait and see.
In more AMC news, look for a new hot stud to enter later this month.
While over at As the World Turns, rumor has it that Benjamin Hendrickson (Hal) is not too pleased with his role that only involves bickering with Barbara (Colleen Zenk-Pinter) Also NO truth to the buzz that Colleen and her real-life husband Mark are having marital problems. Speaking of Pinter, he is heading to Springfield. Check out the Guiding Light buzz below!
In B&B news, The Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS)Presents: "Can Television Change The World?" conference, took place November 12, 2003 at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, California. A prominent force in the movement is The Bold and the Beautiful's Cynthia J. Popp (producer/director), pictured here at left, with Christy Trembly of ATAS on the right.
Over at Days of our Lives, Buzz hears that some hot hunks were seen coming out of the casting office. With the recent rash of killing off many of the old vets as part of the much heralded Salem Serial Stalker storyline, can the show be ready to introduce some new hot blood on the set? Stay tuned!
Speaking of the Stalker Story, look for an interesting, but deadly twist in the serial killer plot that will make your hair stand on end! Get your own Serial Stalker Poster from Soapdom!
General Hospital pulls a casting coup when Ted Lang (Isaac, The Love Boat) takes the judge's bench in a soon to air major trial on the show. For more see, Soapdom Casting! In more GH news, Buzz hears that a rather new addition to the cast has already been recast! Stay tuned.
Over at Guiding Light, Mark Pinter (ex Roger, AMC) will take over the role of a currently running character. Who is getting the boot? Check Soapdom casting for November 17, 2003 to find out!
At One Life to Live, Buzz hears that Trevor St. John (Todd) is thinking about a recording career and there is no truth to to the rumor that Heather Tom (formerly Victoria of Y&R) has brought a Hollywood attitude to the set. How do these rumors get started?
While at Passions, Buzz hears that Precious the Chimp has a twin and the show rotates between the two. Did you know that Precious weighs in at about 55 lbs? That's a lot for Galen Gering (Luis) to tote around. Good thing he works out!
November 11, 2003
Is B&B's Darlene Conley (Sally) a card or what?
Imagine being on her real-life Christmas list! She will use an episodic photograph of Sally cutting Stephanie's (Susan Flannery) hair as her Christmas card! Whatta card! (Contributed by LMS)
November 4, 2003
Over at B&B the speculation regarding Susan Flannery (Stephanie) is over. She has just re-signed her contract for another two years! There had been some internet banter about Flannery expressing the desire to leave the show. Well, Soapdom can now put that rumor to rest. Flannery stays with B&B for another two years!
Flannery created the role of Stephanie Forrester in 1987 and is a member of the original cast of the show. (Contributed by LMS)
November 3, 2003
On Days of our Lives, rumor has it that Patsy Peace (ex-Kimberly), who returns for a few episodes this month, is trying to get a contract. As for the murder storyline...it will get even more interesting when some former cast members show up.
In more Days news, Patsy Pease will once again assume the role of Kimberly Brady, though the circumstances surrounding her character's return are far from happy. "Kimberly returns home for a family funeral," Pease previews. A simple phone call brought the actress back to the soap. "Even if I had been busy, I would have stopped what I was doing to make an appearance." Off the screen, Pease has taken on the role of teacher. She currently trains stage performers to make the transition to the TV studio. "I've seen so many people get fired after their first day because they just don't know how to navigate themselves in front of the camera," she explains. "As I teach, I learn. It helps me keep my own acting skills sharp and focused." Even with a few coveted days on the Days set, Pease didn't uncover its biggest mystery. "No one knows who the serial killer is," she laments. Could the answer be in the mirror? "I hope not," Pease chuckles. "Unless Kimberly reveals a fourth personality — she already has three alters — and could be cured." Pease's return engagement commences Nov. 20. (Contributed by Sunni)
Across town at Young and the Restless, Buzz hears that a former "Days" star of the 80's has been seen at the studio. Wonder who? Wonder why? Stay tuned!
In General Hospital news, J. Robin Miller, who assumed the role of Nikolas's dowry bride, Lydia, in July, will be leaving, confirms the actress's rep. Lydia came to town via Stefan, who wanted the young heiress to marry Nikolas and restore the Cassadine fortune. Her story apparently came to a close with Stefan's death. Miller is currently shooting an episode of...
....Navy NCIS with soap grad Michael Weatherly (ex-Cooper, Loving). Also reportviely exiting the show is Andrea C. Pearson (Gia). A GH rep declined to comment on the actresses' contract status. (Contributed by Sunni)
Good news for AMC fans! John Callahan (Edmund) wants to end the rumors that he's off All My Children. "No, I'm not leaving the show," exclaims Callahan, adding, "It's news to me," of published reports of his impending departure. "I've been with AMC 12 years; my wife [Eva La Rue (Maria)] has been there... I don't think either of us is anything but happy with ABC." Callahan is not in contract negotiations, but his character has been on the backburner, which may have fueled the exit rumors. "Peaks and valleys in storylines are a natural occurrence. [We've got] new executive producers, directors and head writers. All that change withstanding, we are happy to be here." An ABC spokesperson states that Maria and Edmund's tale will pick up in the near future. (Contributed by Sunni)
October 28, 2003
Congratulations! Soapdom has just learned that Guiding Light is an Award Winner! On October 18th, Guiding Light won a Media Project 2003 SHINE Award (Sexual Health IN Entertainment) in the Best Daytime Drama category for the episode "Marina Plans Ahead." The SHINE Awards honor positive portrayals of sexual health issues on television and all proceeds from the event benefit Advocates for Youth's AIDS and sexuality education programs for adolescents. (Contributed by LMS)
On All My Children, Buzz hears that a hot make hunk, is not so hot about his role and may be looking elsewhere. Interesting!
Across town at As the World Turns, rumor has it that the show is casting a new African American sweet, sexy and faster talker for Ben. No truth to the buzz that Martha Byrne will give up playing Rose. At least not yet.
Big Buzz at Days of our Lives. First of all, we hear that Judi Evans (Bonnie) might get a jucier role, and become involved with Rex (Eric Winter). Rumor has it that the serial killer storyline will be revealed at the end of November, but guess what? Here's the kicker. The killer is none of the seven suspects! Does that mean someone else will get the pink slip when caught? Also, Matt Ashford (ex-Jack) is on the East coast looking for work.
Over at One Life to Live Buzz hears that Trevor St.John (Walker) is looking for a role in a movie.
In Young and the Restless Buzz, CBS would neither confirm nor deny the recasting of Victoria when Heather Tom departs. Although, our inside sources say that the role will be recast in 2004. In real-life news, Lee Phillip-Bell and Bill Bell creators of Y&R recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary. Congratulations!
October 27, 2003
All My Children's Maximillian Alexander (Carlos, AMC) is Broadway bound and if you catch him in this play, you will get to see a lot more of Alexander than ABC Daytime ever would have allowed! The play in question? The Tony-Award winning, Take Me Out.
"I'm taking over the role of Rodriguez," Alexander revealed to TV Guide Online exclusively. "It's a chance for me to get back into theater."
Fans who attend the show during Alexander's run — he's signed a six-month contract — will get to see more of the actor than they ever bargained for. "The controversial thing is that I'm doing a play where I'm naked," he says. "It's art, it's Broadway, and I love this freaking play." Alexander reveals all beginning Nov. 4, 2003. For ticket info, see Soapdom's Seeing Stars! (Contributed by Sunni)
Looks like Days of our Lives is not the only soap knocking off their characters via a serial killer scenario. At One Life to Live, a serial killer is about to hit Llanview, and the list of victims is already growing. While an OLTL rep declined to comment on the news, setside sources hint that several names are reportedly on the chopping block, including longtime vets Patricia Elliot (Renee) and Fiona Hutchison (Gabrielle). The carnage begins Oct. 31, 2003. (Contributed by Sunni)
October 20, 2003
In OLTL news, Bo and Nora will cut the rug once again this November, this time to the tunes of Sam Moore. The famed soul singer is good friends with Bo's portrayer, Robert S. Woods, who suggested the show feature music from Moore's new CD "Plenty Good Lovin'," filled with tracks that were recorded three decades ago.
"He made this album in the early '70s, and it didn't get released, so now we're getting around to it," shares Woods. "It's really good." Moore makes his daytime debut with a cameo appearance on the show as a Rodi's bartender. "Bob's been trying to get me on the show since last year," declares Moore. "And he finally came up with something."
Look and listen for Moore on Nov. 17, 2003. (Contributed by Sunni)
October 15, 2003
AMC's Bobbie Eakes (Krystal; ex Macy, B&B) recently recorded a track with Jim Brickman of the Christmas classic "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" for Jim Brickman's upcoming Christmas album. (Contributed by LMS)
October 10, 2003
On All My Children Buzz hears that Susan Lucci (Erica) is talking about doing another made for TV movie, where she plays a homemaker with a past. Umh!
Over at As the World Turns, rumor has it that the show wants to focus more on the core families, so look for a few more pink slips of the outsiders. Any guesses on who will be next?
Days of our Lives fans are really upset by the dismissal of veterans James Reynolds (Abe), Matt Ashford (Jack), and Suzanne Rogers (Maggie), they are writing editors of national magazines and newspapers voicing their opposition. Will top brass reconsider?
Over at Passions Buzz hears that a movie star wants a cameo. COuld it be Reeses Witherspoon, who admits to being a fan? Stay tuned!
At Y&R look for some cast changes. Heather Tom (Victoria) is the first to go. Who else will come and who else will go?
October 9, 2003
Rumor has it that someone in a hot storyline just got the boot from GH. More on this as it develops. (Contributed by LMS)
October 3, 2003
Soap Opera Digest is reporting in the October 7, 2003 issue that Aubrey Dollar has quit her role as Marina on Guiding Light, opting not to renew her contract when it expires. This news comes on the heels of GL's recent nomination for the 2003 Sentinel for Health Award for the storyline in which Marina prepares to sleep with Ben. The spokesperson for the the show had no comment, as GL, like most soaps, does not comment on actor's contracts. As Dollar's contract is not up for several months, we will continue to see her air on the show for now. Soapdom will stay on top of this breaking story. (Contributed by LMS)
October 1, 2003
Congratulations go out to Y&R's Eric Braeden. On Saturday, September 13, Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R) received "The Order Of Merit Of The Federal Republic Germany" honor at a ceremony which took place at the Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades, California. (Contributed by Sunni)
Sources are whispering that Napiera Danielle (Bonnie) will be the next performer to leave As the World Turns. Danielle joined the cast in 2001 as Jessica Griffin and Duncan McKechnie's headstrong daughter. After discovering her regal birthright, she dated Isaac Jenkins and held a personal vendetta against Marshall Travers, who sexually assaulted her mother. Danielle's exit would come on the heels of several other African-American actors recently released from the ATWT canvas. Paul Taylor (ex-Isaac) learned of his exit in August, and Lamman Rucker (Marshall) taped his final scenes last week. A spokesperson for the show offered no comment on the possibility of a departure. (Contributed by Sunni)
September 25, 2003
On All My Children, Buzz hears that Walt Willey (Jackson) is talking about making a movie. Not only will he star in it, he will produce it, too! Stay tuned.
Speaking of AMC, rumor has it that a veteran actress was asked to take a pay cut, and it didn't go well. Could it be Susan Lucci?
Over at As the World Turns, Rumor has it that the show is casting a new love interest for Rose (Martha Byrne) that will sweep her off her feet. But what about Holden (Jon Hensely?)
At Days of our Lives, Buzz hears that the role of Eric, last played by Jensen Ackles will be recast. That makes sense. Look for references to Eric to begin airing on the show next week. Good news: no more cuts at least not yet. Although rumor has it that Alexis Thorpe (Cassie) has just been given her walking papers. A spokesperson for the show had no comment.
While over at Young and the Restless, Buzz hears that Eileen Davidson (Ashley) was spotted talking to the competition. Is she getting restless?
September 16, 2003
Congratulations to Guiding Light! Guiding Light has been nominated for a the 2003 Sentinel for Health Award for the storyline in which Marina prepares to sleep with Ben, and for the storyline in which Rick gets Richard's heart. (Contributed by LMS)
DOOL's Peggy McCay Out?
Buzz on the internet has been speculating for weeks now that Days of our Lives star Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) would be the next to get the ax. Looks like that may be true. Days of Our Lives hasn't stopped handing out the pink slips, and according to sources, longtime Days actress Peggy McCay is the next actor to be ousted from the show.
McCay first joined Days in 1983. As Brady matriarch Caroline, McCay's onscreen counterpart caused quite a stir when viewers learned that her son Bo was the result of Caroline's affair with evil Victor Kiriakias. But of late, McCay has been on the back burner for as long as we can tell. NBC hasn't even produced a current publicity head shot. At least, we don't have one on file.
With no story looming in the near future, McCay is part of a growing list of veteran actors who have been on the DOOL chopping block. At least three more actors are expected to be cut as well. Who's next?
A Days spokesperson offered no comment on the news of McCay's dismissal. (Contributed by Sunni and LMS)
September 15, 2003
As previously reported Crystal Chappell (Olivia,GL) and her husband Michael Sabatino welcomed their second son. Here's more on the baby. His name is Dylan Michael Sabatino. He was born Tuesday, September 2 at 2:17 AM. The baby weighed in at 7 lbs. 7 oz. Big brother Jacob is three years old. (Contributed by Sunni)
Congratulations to Guiding Light and As The World Turns. They have been nominated in the Best Daytime Drama category for this year's Media Project SHINE Awards. The Awards are given for outstanding portrayals of a sexual health issue. For GL, the story revolves around Marina and Ben. For ATWT, the story revolves around...
... Aaron and Lucy. The Media Project SHINE Awards will be presented on Saturday, October 18 at the House of Blues in Hollywood from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. (Contributed by Sunni)
September 12, 2003
ATWT's fans hang on to your remotes. Buzz hears that a major star will get the pink slip, but whom? Stay tuned. Rumor also has it that Jon Hensley is very unhappy with his role. Could it be because there isn't any? Will he walk or stay?
At B&B rumor has it that Joseph Mascolo (Massimo) may soon pack his bags. That would be a major shake up, now with new characters such as Nick and Oscar on the canvas. CBS would neither confirm nor deny.
In more B&B Buzz, Soapdom has just learned the name of Robin Mattson's (ex Janet, AMC) character on B&B. She will be called "Sugar." Will she play a sweetheart? Tune in September 29, 2003 and see! (Contributed by LMS)
At DOOL, so far the only pink slips were handed to Matt Ashford (Jack) and James Reynolds (Abe) whose last airdate is Monday, Septmber 29, 2003. The buzz is more are on the way, but nothing else is confirmed. And remember a rumor is just that -- rumor. Speaking of which, with Joseph Mascolo rumored to be leaving B&B, could Stefano be on his way back to Salem? The plot thickens...
Over at Y&R, Buzz hears a famous country singer wants a cameo. And why not? They just featured young jazz sensation, Peter Cincotti. Stay tuned.
September 8, 2003
DOOL's Drake Hogestyn is here to stay!
There is a rumor, which orginated on the Web, stating that Drake Hogestyn (John), had received his walking papers. With a rash of firings reported at the show, which include high profilers Matthew Ashford (Jack), James Reynolds (Abe), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) and several crew members, this Internet post quickly gained momentum and caused quite a stir by the week's onset.
While Days rarely comments on contract rumors, a show rep has issured reassureances that this is one release that is "not true." (Contributed by Sunni)
ATWT's Lammon Rucker Leaves Oakdale
A spokesperson for the show confirms that Lamman Rucker (Marshall) is leaving. He will depart Oakdale this fall. The show hints that there will be a dramatic culmination to his storyline. Stay tuned. Click for More (Contributed by LMS)
GL Gets New Eden!
In what comes as a surprising turn of events, Teresa Hill will be exiting Guiding Light in the role of Eden. She will be replaced by Deborah Zoe, who will join the cast and take over the role of "Eden August" beginning Tuesday, September 30. Zoe has previously appeared in episodes of Spin City, Sex and the City, Pensacola and the daytime drama Sunset Beach.
(Contributed by LMS)
Y&R Gets Nod
Congratulations to Y&R for their nomination for a Sentinel For Health Award in the category of "Outstanding Daytime Drama Series." The show's nomination was due to the excellent portrayal of the "Neil Winters Alcoholism Storyline." The awards will be handed out on Tuesday, September 16 at the Writers Guild Of America. Good luck Y&R! (Contributed by Sunni)
OLTL's Nathaniel Marston May Not be Out Afterall
Big Buzz at One Life to Live! Nathaniel Marston (Al) is slated to make a dramatic exit from Llanview in the next few weeks, but the actor's departure may not be as permanent as originally expected.
In light of several campaigns to keep the popular coupling of Al and Marcie (Kathy Brier) alive, the actor is reportedly in discussions to get a second life on the show. Marston's rep would neither confirm nor deny that the actor is in talks for a return engagement. An OLTL rep would only state that no decisions have been made. (Contributed by Sunni)
And Baby Makes More!
Rebecca Herbst (Liz, GH) is expecting her second baby with husband Michael Saucedo (ex-Juan, GH) this Spring. (Contributed by Sunni)
Crystal Chappell (Olivia, GL) and her soap vet husband Michael Sabatino welcomed their second son, Dylan Michael, into the world on Sept. 2, 2003. He joins big brother, Jake. (Contributed by Sunni)
Nancy St. Alban (Michelle Bauer Santos, GL) and her husband, photographer Chris Puleo welcomed a baby girl, Francesca Liliana Puleo on Sunday, August 24 at 4:58 AM. The baby weighed in at 6lbs., 3oz. and was 19 ¼ long. (Contributed by LMS)
ABC Casting Rumors
More rumors have Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth, Port Charles) going to All My Children to play the role of Krystal. When asked about it, the actress shrugged, "I know, I hear the same one. In all honesty, I really don't know. I am on hold for a new WB series. I've been waiting to go on some other stuff now that summer is over."
Speaking of AMC, Henry Chin (Ivan) made his exit from the show on Sept. 2. Rumored to be making a dramatic exit from General Hospital during November sweeps is Stephen Nichols, who reprised his role as General Hospital's Stefan Cassadine in June. Nichols (ex-Patch, Days of our Lives) may not be the only ex-Salem resident on GH who's on his way out. Printed reports indicate that Billy Warlock (ex-Frankie, Days) will be vacating his role of A.J. (Contributed by Sunni)
August 29, 2003
DOOL Stars Farah Fath (Mimi) and Arianne Zuker (Nicole) are featured in American Cheerleader Magazine's October 2003 issue. On newsstands NOW. This issue of American Cheerleader is a full NBC Daytime "Starstruck feature." (Contributed by LMS)
Buzz hears that a former veteran from All My Children is ready to sign on the dotted line. Who could it be? Loyal fans have been lobbying for a return of Michael Nader as Dimitri since his dismissal years ago. Could TPTB have softened toward Nader and asked him back? His fans can only hope. Stay Tuned! No truth to the rumor that an ex- "Days" star is joining the cast.
Across NYC on As the World Turns, look for a big change in the next few weeks, but it will be behind the scenes. Plus, rumor has it that Jon Hensley (Holden) is getting disgusted. Could it be because he's never on? Um?
At Days of our Lives there is no truth to the rumor that Brandon (Matt Cedeno) is returning. In fact, Buzz is that he has his eyes set on the big screen.
On Young and the Restless, the Buzz is loud that someone is getting restless, and openly said if there is no story they will walk. Interesting!
August 28, 2003
Kelly Monaco (ex Livvie/Tess PC) is on her way to General Hospital but she will NOT be playing the same character. Her new character's name is Samantha. We don't know how she will impact the lives of the other denizens, but as soon as we find out more, we'll pass it on! (Contributed by LMS)
August 26, 2003
Buzz hears that Deanna Wright (ex-Kay Bennett) left Passions at the conclusion of her contract because of a conflict between her personal beliefs and her character's storyline. The role has been recast with daytime newcomer, Heidi Mueller. More on Mueller (Contributed by Sunni)
Rumor has it that although Port Charles will be airing into October, beginning September 15, 2003, the show will be relagated to a 2:30 AM time slot in several major markets. We are not 100% sure but Buzz hear sthat New York, Philly, and Seattle are among those that will be affected. It appears that the affiliates in these markets will air "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire" in the PC daytime time slot. Check your local listings. (Contributed by LMS)
Congratulations to The Young and the Restless. The soap has been selected as a recipient of this year's AFTRA National American Scene Award in the Daytime Drama Category, according to AFTRA National President John Connolly. The award recognizes television, radio and sound recordings producers who portray the diversity of the American scene in a realistic and balanced manner in their programming. These awards, which are the highest honor that AFTRA bestows on its industry partners, will be presented during the union's 59th National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday, August 16, 2003.
"[Y&R] has been selected because of its dedication to diversity in employment exhibited by the range of diversity in the show's cast lineup and background performers throughout the past two years," said Connolly.
"On behalf of everyone at the show, I am very proud and honored to receive this most prestigious award in recognition of the work we do," said executive producer David Shaughnessy. (Contributed by Sunni)
August 19, 2003
B&B's Jennifer Finnigan (Bridget) has been chosen by Flare Magazine in Canada as one of the Top 20 Hottest Canadians In Hollywood.
August 18, 2003
Buzz has been apprised that PASSIONS has been nominated in the Category of “Best Episodic TV” for the 9th Annual American Choreography Awards for PASSIONS: A MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA, “I Ain’t Sorry” which aired on Friday, June 27. Other nominees in the category include “Watching Ellie,” “Boston Public” and “Who Needs Hollywood.” There are also categories for film, music videos and special award recipients. The American Choreography Awards are scheduled to be held November 9 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. A complete list of nominees can be found at the American Choreography Awards website. (Contributed by LMS)
DOOL's Frances Reid (Alice) was inducted into the Television Academy Archives on Wednesday, August 13th. The Academy videotaped as Frances regaled stories & anecdotes of her early days on the stage and on live television. She also reminisced about her multiple film and television roles including her current 37+-year role on Days of our Lives. (Contributed by LMS)
Soapdom congratulates James Reynolds of Days of Our Lives who will be awarded the Heroes and Legends 2002 (HAL) TV/Film Award for outstanding contributions he has made to the entertainment industry at the 14th Annual HAL Awards on Sunday, September 28, 2003 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Reynolds joined the cast of "Days of Our Lives" in October 1982. (Contributed by LMS)
August 15, 2003
In Days Buzz, since Matthew Ashford (Jack) has been released the character will not be recast. In fact sources say the character will be non-existent.
At As the World Turns, rumor has that Anne Parisse (Julia) is to return in the fall to create massive caos. What she does best. Plus, the show is planning to hire another villian that will make James Stenbeck (Anthony Herrera) look like a marshmallow.
Over at One Life to Live, Buzz hears that since James dePavia (Max) has been given his walking papers after 11 years, speculation is more members will be cut. Buzz is that Llanview wants and needs new residents. One of the first to go after James dePaiva may be Sherri Saum (Keri), who left briefly and just returned. Is she out the door for good this time? Is she leaving of her own accord? Find out more!
While at Young and the Restless, rumor has it that a veteran currently employed at an East Coast show was seen in Hollywood talking to the powers that be at Y&R. Interesting. But whom? Stay tuned.
August 11, 2003
Eric Martsolf (Ethan, PAS) sings "Devil in Disguise," "Don't be Cruel" and "Under the Boardwalk" on the just released SOAP SESSIONS VII. CD is $14.95 and can be purchased by calling (800) 963-2656. (Contributed by LMS)
In more Passions Buzz, congratulations to Passions’ Casting Director Jackie Briskey! Jackie 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 Show) and in Los Angeles (at The Beverly Hilton Hotel) on Wednesday, October 8, 2003.(Contributed by LMS)
Guiding Light's Yvonna Kopacz (Mel) married her longtime boyfriend Brett Wright on Saturday, July 11. The couple, who have an eleven month old daughter Lola, is expecting their second child in January 2004. Kopacz has changed her name to Yvonna Wright. (Contributed by LMS)
According to sources, Days of Our Lives's Matthew Ashford (Jack) received his walking papers from the show last week. Ashford is reported to have posted news of his dismissal on his website. The surprising release seems to substantiate reports that Days's new headwriter, the recently reinstated James Reilly (who also writes Passions), is trimming the cast for tighter storylines. A Days spokesperson would only state that the show does not comment on contract rumors. In other Days news, soap vet, Judy Evans Luciano, who first appeared on Days as Adrienne Johnson in the late '80s, joins the show as Bonnie Lockhart, Mimi's mother, on Sept. 1, 2003.(Contributed by Sunni)
August 8, 2003
Buzz hears that since As the World Turns has released Paul Taylor (Issac) from the show, the actor is planning to get into primetime work.
The Big Buzz at Bold and the Beautiful is that some pink slips will be handed out. But to whom and how soon? Watch as the ax falls...
Speaking of getting the ax, now that Matthew Ashford (Jack, Days of our Lives) received his walking papers, rumor has it that more are on the way. Sources say that head writer James Riley plans on trimming the cast for tighter storylines.
In more DOOL buzz, Judy Evans (ex-Adrianne) who appeared on the show in the late 80's is back as Mimi's (Farah Fath) mom. And the buzz is that the show plans to bring back old cast members in different roles.
Over at Young and the Restless, Buzz hears that Lauralee Bell's role as Christine has taken a lot out of the actress, and everyday she has to really get into character. She continues to put forth an excellent performance. Look for some upcoming new sets to brighten Genoa City.
August 1, 2003
Big News at All My Children. Buzz hears that a country singing sensation might pay a visit to Pine Valley. Who and what for? Stay Tuned. What's more -- Look for some VERY interesting storylines to surface this fall with a lot of twists.
Over at As the World Turns, Buzz has learned that since Paul Taylor (Issac) received his walking papers more are to be handed out. And word is that Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda) is fed up that her role is going nowhere. Too bad, but there is no truth to the rumor that Jason Biggs (ex-Pete) and star of "American Wedding" is returning in a cameo.
While in Salem on Days of our Lives, the Buzz is that the show wants to ressurect the Horton family by bringing back Bill, Marie, and Mike. Could be interesting.
But I've saved the best for last. Get this! On Passions, Buzz is that this October the show will focus on a real outlandish story. Even more outlandish then usual.
July 28, 2003
In a surprising casting decision, Nathaniel Marston (Al Holden) has been released from One Life to Live. Marston first joined OLTL in November 2001, assuming the role of Max and Gabrielle's teenage son from daytime newcomer Michael Tipps. Martson and co-star Kathy Brier (Marcie Walsh) had garnered positive feedback from viewers with their blossoming romance, becoming one of the show's most popular couples in years and some fans are already questioning how the show could purposely ruin a good thing.
Prior to joining One Life to Live, Marston had previously appeared on CBS's As The World Turns in the role of Eddie Silva (1998 to 2000.) Following his stint on As The World Turns, Marston had a brief run-in with the law. In January of 2000, Marston was ordered to pay a $750 fine to Chase Manhattan Bank for abusing an ATM machine.
According to a spokesperson for the show, Marston's released was "storyline dictated." The spokesperson declined to comment on whether or not the role of Al would be recast in the future.
From personal experience we can say that at the recent Super Soap Weekends West at Disney's California Adventure, the lines for Marston's autograph booth were very short. Although he looked quite the dapper gent in his cool hat and shades, he didn't seem to be attracting much of a crowd. This type of lackluster fan response is not lost on the network.
As for Marston's co-star, she urrently appears as the standby for Tracy Turnblad in the hit Broadway musical Hairspray, and is in negotiations to take over the role full-time upon Tony winner Marissa Jaret Winokur's departure. However, it would not appear that Brier is going anywhere any time soon as Timothy Adams (Casey, Sunset Beach) will appear as one of Marcie's older brothers, Ron, beginning August 4th. No final airdate was available for Marston. (Contributed by Sunni and LMS).
July 25, 2003
LadyJuneBugKnows wrote: "There's rumor going around that Walker is really Todd On One Life to Live. What do you think?" Well, I found out from my sources that the show is making the viewer believe the new actor is Todd, but there will be an interesting twist. Hey isn't that what soaps are all about? We will just have to stay tuned to OLTL and see what happens!
Rumor has it that at All My Children many casting calls have been put out for a lot of different roles. Does that mean more vets will be axed? Stay tuned.
Good news for Bold and the Beautiful fans. There is no truth to the rumor that Joseph Mascolo (Massimo) is planning on leaving.
Over at Days of our Lives, Buzz hears that when.....
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