Suds Buzz ~ May 2005

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The latest dish in soaps for the month of May 2005.
Mark Edward WilowsHot Tips, Rumors and Dish!

There's always something brewing in soapdom. Who's seeing who?  Who's getting the ax? Who's having who's baby? And we're not talking as part of a storyline. This is in real life

Soapdom's "King of Buzz," Mark Edward Wilows, along with Soapdom contributors and QueenRuler herself, LMS, shares the latest dish on your favorite soaps and stars!  We print it as it as it breaks. Check Buzz often! 

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May 31, 2005

As reported earlier, looks like trouble is brewing in Springfield. Kim Zimmer (Reva) of Guiding Light is refusing to renegoitate her contract in the middle of it.  It expires in July of next year. Proctor & Gamble has proposed a 15% pay cut across the board. According to Zimmer, she has said on her website that she is still working under the terms of her original contract, but the show still has option to fire. Will they let her go? Will she quit? In the continuing drama of Kim Zimmer's status at GL, it is now being reported that the production company backed down.  Zimmer will be able to work out the remainder of her contract at her current rate. Will other heads roll?  Stay tuned to this real life drama. (Contributed by MEW and CL)

In Salem buzz...rumor is that more will up and leave at the end of summer, not only the teen set. Who is the next to go?  Stay tuned!  (Contributed by MEW)

While over at AMC, Buzz is that Lamman Rucker (ex Marshall, ATWT) is on his way to Pine Valley as a love interest for Shari Headley.  Good for AMC.  (Contributed by CL)

May 30, 2005

In Passions Buzz, watch for things to get hot when Carla (played by Monica Young) heads to Harmony on June 3, 2005.  It appears that Carla is Fox's old flame.  We'll see her with him in his office and then he takes her to the Blue Note.  Just how she will stir things up remains to be seen. Stay tuned. (Contributed by LMS)

May 27, 2005

In Emmy Buzz, GL's Crystal Hunt showed up on the Red Carpet with her doggie, Roxy, in tow.  And the lil pup was dressed the same as Hunt!  How adorable! (Contributed by LMS)

Days fans heads up. The French Open broadcast on NBC, Friday, June 3rd, may affect daytime broadcast in some parts of the country.  The show will not be pre-empted; “check local listings” is the directive for more information. (Contributed by LMS)

Buzz hears that two popular Salemites will exit Days of our Lives. Jason Cook (Shawn), and Farah Fath (Mimi) will leave when their contracts expire. And Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) will leave this summer to star in the UPN series Sex, Lies, and Secrets in the fall.In other Salem buzz, Heather Lindell (ex-Jan)was reportedly seen testing for an East coast show.  (Contributed by MEW)

Speaking of Farah Fath, she was excited to show off her new engagement ring and hubby-to-be (Oli) at the Daytime Emmy's in NYC last week.  Congrats Farah and Oli!  (Contributed by LMS)

In Oakdale news, rumor has it that Cady McClain (Rosanna) will exit As The World Turns for good, but not from the soap world. Does that mean the rumors of her return to AMC as Dixie could be true?  Stay Tuned. Also look for ATWT's Trent Dawson's (Henry) family to expand. Is Katie preggers?  (Contributed by MEW & LMS)

The rumor mill is going full speed ahead that a major player will leave Guiding Light rather than take a pay cut, as proposed by Proctor & Gamble.  (Contributed by MEW)

Look for some rumbles in Harmony, and I don't mean in Tabitha's (Juliet Mills) home.  Some core players will exit Passions in late summer. (Contributed by MEW)

May 24, 2005

Just a reminder! Josh Ryan Evans will be seen on Passions as Timmy on May 27th. The actor passed away in August, 2002. (Contributed by MEW)

Buzz hears that an actor and a hottie from Days of our Lives is interested in the big screen, and already has begun talks. Stay tuned! (Contributed by MEW)

And rumor has it that a change behind the scenes at One Life To LIve is on the horizon, as well as an addition of a new family by late summer. (Contributed by MEW)

May 23, 2005

Rumor has it that Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DOOL) will possiply play the role of Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) in the upcoming Wonder Woman movie based on the hit 70's show by the same name. In other Days news, it is rumored that Jack Deveraux (Matt Ashford) will be striken by a debilitating disease, possibly Hodgekins disease, in the upcoming weeks.  The character will experience his first "attack"  next week. (Contributed by SL and LMS)

Galen Gering (Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald, Passions) has re-signed his contract for another two years with Passions. This will be the second time Gering has waited to the last minute to sign again on the dotted line. (Contributed by SL)

According to Soap Opera Weekly, Steven Webber (GH) will be cut from the show in the opcoming weeks.  He said that there was really no explanation for why he was being axed from the daytime soap. (Contributed by SL)

According to, Michael Lowry (As the World Turns) will be stepping out of the role of Les Sweeney in July.  But the actor can still be seen on the new Jenny McCarty UPN show, A Bad Girl's Guide on May 24.   (Contributed by SL)

May 19, 2005

The View will buzz with Daytime Emmy chatter on Monday, May 23, 2005 when the co-hosts discuss the results of the Daytime Emmy awards. Special guest, Carolyn Hinsey, Editor of SOD will chim in her two cents.   (Contributed by LMS)

In more Vew Buzz, get this -- on Thursday, May 26th the show will feature "soap star medical examinations."  Not quite sure what that means, but Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH), Alexa Havins (Babe, AMC), Jill Larson (Opal, AMC) and Heather Tom (OLTL) are all part of the fun.  (Contributed by LMS)

ATWT fans are buzzing.  Word is going round ...that Hunt Block has been let go!   When Soapdom called ATWT to find out if the rumors might be true, we got the standard, pat response from the show spokesperson.  "We never comment on actor's contract status."  But in a published report in the May 31 issue of Soap Opera Weekly, they confirm that Block's gone.  Stay tuned. (Contributed by CL & LMS)

Congrats to Nancy St. Alban (Michelle, GL) and her husband Chris Puleo. They celebrated Mother’s Day with the arrival of their second child, Luciana “Lucie” Madeline Puleo. The baby girl was born at 5:03 AM and weighed 6 lbs, 3 oz. Big sister Francesca will be 2 years old in August.  (Contributed by LMS)

May 18, 2005

The Daytime Emmys are this Friday night.  If you're in New York City, join your favorite CBS Daytime stars on The Plaza at the CBS Early Show every morning this week for your chance to win tickets to the Daytime Emmys. (Contributed by LMS)

In AMC Buzz, ABC's favorite bachelor, and husband to Rebecca Budig (Greenlee, AMC), will host the "10th Time's the Charm" wedding promos during All My Children. The behind-the-scenes spots were shot on location at the Boca Raton Resort & Club during the taping of the Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and Jack Montgomery (Walt Willey) wedding episodes. The promos being airing today, May 18, and will continue through May 24 during the AMC broadcast.  A national sweepstakes was held to find the AMC fan who most deserved to attend Erica and Jack's wedding. A third-grade class from Harrington Park, NJ nominated their teacher, Jennifer Allen, as one of AMC's most passionate fans.  They collectively submitted letters on Allen's behalf, which ultimately lead to her winning the sweepstakes.  As the winner, she set out on a once in a lifetime experience.  She was flown down to the show's location shoot in Boca Raton, FL, where she met up with host, Bob Guiney.  They spent three days together on camera meeting Allen's favorite AMC stars, including Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), Alicia Minshew (Kendall), Eden Riegel (Bianca), Thorsten Kaye (Zach), James Scott (Ethan), Leven Rambin (Lily) and Michael B. Jordan (Reggie).  Allen's dreams came true when she played a role in an actual scene with the "bride," Susan Lucci and "groom," Walt Willey.  The wedding episodes begin airing on Monday, May 23. (Contributed by LMS)

Zach Roerig (Casey) of As The World Turns told Buzz that his favorite line is "Hey Dude," which was once in the script and that he decided to use it a lot.  But he said that the powers that be came up to him telling him to tone it down. "I was like...hey dude, I get the message." (Contributed by MEW)

May 17, 2005

In GH Buzz, looks like that although flashbacks are a thing of the past, they will appear in full force this June when Carly and Reese take a trip back in time to their teenage years.  Did they know each other as teens?  Stay tuned! (Contributed by LMS)

It's Emmy week in New York and look for daytime's finest to make the most of it. Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) and Michael Graziadei (Daniel) of The Young and the Restless appear Friday, May 20th on the CBS Early Show.  Passions Juliet Mills (Tabitha) will appear on NBC's Today morning program the same day.  (Contributed by MEW and LMS)

And look for Michael Lowry (Les Sweeney, As the World Turns; ex-Jake, All My Children) to appear as Jenny McCartney's playmate in the premiere of the UPN comedy The Bad Girl's Guide on May 24th. Also, Lowry will hang around Oakdale until July.  (Contributed by MEW)

And buzz hears that a West coast actor maybe be signing on the dotted line on the East Coast. Stay tuned. (Contributed by MEW)

May 16, 2005

In B&B Buzz, when Soapdom ran into Bradley Bell, B&B executive producer, at the Creative Craft Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, he told us how much he loved  "I want to get Inside the Bubble," he said. (Contributed by LMS)

Congrats to James Reynolds, Abe Carver on Days of our Lives, and his wife Lissa Reynolds, Artistic Directors of the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena. They will be awarded a Gold Crown Award recognizing excellence and support of the arts.  The Gold Crown Awards celebrate achievements of artists and art patrons whose contributions have enriched the cultural life for all of Pasadena.  The awards take place on Sunday, June 5th from 4:00 to 6:00pm in the garden of George and Marilyn Brumder’s Greene & Greene bungalow in Pasadena. (Contributed by LMS)

In OLTL Buzz, Kassie dePaiva (Blair) and hubby James dePavia (ex Max) are taking their marriage vows a second time during a 4-night/5-day getaway to Sandals Grande Ocho Rios Beach & Villa Resort in Jamaica.  And you can be there to join them!  Whether you're celebrating your 5th anniversary or your 25th, or you just want to sneak away for a romantic escapade, you're invited to the Ladies Home Journal "Renew Your Vows Getaway."  Editor-in-Chief, Diane Salvatore, will be there to celebrate in style at a seaside reception designed by party planner to the stars and Sandals Resorts destination wedding expert, Preston Bailey.  And you'll get to meet OLTL's Kassie and James dePaiva as they renew their wedding vows. Enjoy exclusive activities, take home great gifts and make memories to last a lifetime.  The trip takes place October 20-24, 2005.  Book now to receive the Ladies Home Journal preferred rate starting at $1,400 per couple. (Does not include air fare and other travel expenses.)  Call 800-327-1991 x 4372.  For more info visit (Contributed by LMS)

Stars are crossing over networks once again.  Sydney Penny, who originated the role of Julia on ABC Daytime's AMC, switched networks and joined the cast of B&B on CBS in the role of Samantha.  However, the story never really materialized for the character and Penny was recently reduced to recurring on B&B.  Old show AMC was ready and waiting in the wings and has just signed Penny for a 3-year contract to bring Julia back to Pine Valley. AMC fans may recall that Julia married Noah (played by Keith Hamilton Cobb, most recently seen as Damon on Y&R), in a much publiziced and romanticized wedding and the two went off together into a government protection program.  Now that Cobb has also been relegated to recurring on Y&R, will AMC try to woo him back as well?  Time will tell. (Contributed by LMS)

In more Sydney Penny news, she has just signed on with Jason Gedrick to star in the Hallmark Channel's telefilm, Hidden Places.  Set in Indiana during the great depression, the movie centers on a widow and apple-orchard owner (Penny) who needs help making it through the next harvest.  When hobo Gedrick arrives, it seems as though her prayers are answered.  Tom Bosley and Barry Corbin also star. (Contributed by LMS)

Speaking of being placed on recurring, rumor has it that a number of additional B&B stars are on the short list for losing their contract status.  First, Sean Kanan (Decan) was bumped to recurring. Then, Sydney Penny (Sam).  Now, it seems that Dan McVicar (Clarke), Kayla Ewell (Caitlin), and Lorenzo Lamas (Hector) will soon follow suit. McVicar, who has been a B&B mainstay for many, many years, said he wouldn't comment on his contract status, but he did encourage fans to write, call, email and let the powers that be know how they feel about the character of Clarke. Have an idea for a Clarke Garrison storyline? Don't be shy.  Write to the producers and let them know!  Snail mail always carries more weight than email, so get the Snail Mail address here. (Contributed by LMS)

May 14, 2005

In ATWT Buzz, Kin Shriner (Keith) has signed a contract with ATWT.  Benjamin Hendrickson, the one and only Hal, starts airing again on June 21. Jennifer Landon, who is the daughter of the late Little House on the Prairie, Highway to Heaven Michael Landon, returned as Gwen Norbeck on May 9. She is now on contract with ATWT and watch out. On May 20 Gwen reveals that she and Casey slept together! (Contributed by CL)

In more Procter & Gamble Television Productions News, both ATWT and GL will no longer be officially associated with SoapCity. According to an official post on the SoapCity message boards, as of May 31, 2005 SoapCity will no longer be an official site for ATWT and GL, and will cease covering those soaps. However, SoapCity will continue to promote Days of our Lives, and Young and the Restless, two soaps in which Sony Studios (SoapCity's parent company) owns a financial interest. (Contributed by CL and LMS)

May 12, 2005

Congratulations to As The World Turns and Guiding Light.  CBS has renewed both soaps for two more years. (Contributed by MEW and CL)

Buzz hears that Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) of The Young and the Restless will be a presenter at the Country Music Awards on CBS on May 17th. (Contributed by MEW)

In Daytime Emmy Buzz, According to Al Schwartz, senior executive producer of dick clark productions, producers of the Daytime Emmy's, Susan Flannery (Stephanie) of The Bold and the Beautiful will do a tribute to William J. Bell, that will consist of a musical background with clips commemorating Bell's many years of contribution to Daytime TV.  Want to go to the Daytime Emmys?  Tickets are still available. Go here.  Vote for your favorite couple combination for the Daytime Emmys.  It's the Viewers Choice Award for Most Irresistible Couple. Cast your vote here.  (Contributed by MEW & LMS)

In AMC Buzz, when Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) walks down the aisle for the tenth time, ABC's Enhanced TV technology will offer viewers an exclusive real-time interactive experience as the much anticipated nuptials take place. Taped on location at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, the lush, romantic affair will air on Monday and Tuesday, May 23 and 24, 2005.  During the program, fans with access to a personal computer can interact with AMC while they are watching.  Enhanced TV users do not need any special software to play along with trivia games to win prizes, participate in live polling with instant results or submit real-time comments while viewing.  Fans only need to go to, click on the Enhanced TV button, and start interacting.  Users will also be able to access additional information about AMC, indluding details about all of Erica's previous husbandds.  Plus, fans who would like to share in the romantic celebration by owning the same engagement and wedding rings Erica has, will have the opportunity to buy them at  The engraved champagne glasses that the bride and groom use to toast each other will also be available for purchase.  (Contributed by LMS)

In B&B Buzz, Lesley-Anne Down Wins Golden Rose for Best Soap Actress At 45th Rose D’Or Television Festival

Lucerne, Switzerland, May 2005 – The Bold and the Beautiful’s Lesley-Anne Down received the Golden Rose Award for Best Soap Actress during the prestigious Rose D’Or Television Festival Awards Ceremony 2005 at the Lucerne Culture and Congress Center. Down received the award for her dynamic portrayal of character Jaqueline Payne Marone, a Los Angeles fashion designer who is married to Onassis-type billionaire Massimo Marone (played by Joseph Mascolo), and recently succumbed to a love affair with young bad boy Deacon Sharpe (Sean Kanan).  Her on-screen son, Nick Marone is portrayed by 2005 Daytime Emmy nominee Jack Wagner (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series). The recipient of that award will be determined this May 20th, 2005 at the ceremony at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The Rose D’Or Television Festival ( hosts the most prestigious international awards for entertainment television programs, with 126 programs from 40 countries participating.  (Contributed by LMS)

May 10, 2005

Buzz hears that the Daytime Emmy Awards on May 20th will set a side a moment for a tribute to the late William J. Bell, co-creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, who passed away April 29th. (Contributed by MEW)

And rumor has it that an east coast actress has seen better days, and may ask to be released from her contract. Guess the screen does create an illusion of happiness. Stay tuned. (Contributed by MEW)

May 9, 2005

It's an E-Emmy Party!  Join Guiding Light's Emmy nominees,including Crystal Chappell (Olivia), Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan), Crystal Hunt (Lizzie), and Kim Zimmer (Reva", plus a few day-of surprises for our Guiding Light E-Emmy Party!  On Thursday, May 12, 2005, log on to from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST and talk Emmys, storylines, and high-fashions with the stars of GL, live from the set of GL!  It's a one-of-a-kind event no soap fan can afford to miss! (Contributed by LMS)

In B&B Buzz, several weeks ago they filmed a montage episode at The Grove, a brand new entertainment, shopping, residential and commercial complex in the heart of Hollywood. The episode will air this Tuesday, May 10, 2005. (Contributed by LMS)

May 7, 2005

Soapdom lost one of it's truly beloved characters and actors when Ruth Warrick (Phoebe, AMC) passed away a few months ago.  ABC Daytime fans be sure to set your vcr's for May 13th as AMC airs it's special memorial show in honor of Warrick. Don't miss it when some of Phoebe's favorite people like Benny Sago, Linc and Kelly Tyler, Chuck Tyler, and Tom Cudahy come back to Pine Valley to pay their respects and share some unforgettable moments. And in true Phoebe style, you won't believe the bombshell that she drops from the grave! Jamie is going to have some tough decisions to make.  Will he choose wisely?  Stay tuned! (Contributed by LMS)

In more AMC Buzz, daytime veteran Ian Buchanan has been cast in a contract role as fertility specialist, Greg Madden.  Are the female denizens of Pine Valley trying to conceive?  We know that at least Greenlee is. Since this is a contract role, will others soon follow?  But back to Greens for a second.  Will Ryan go along with her plan to get prego?  Speaking of Ryan, Ian Buchanan has played a number of soap characters including James on B&B (shown at right, photo © CBS), Joshua on Port Charles, a recurring role as Lord Sheraton on Days, but most notably, he played the role of Duke Lavery on General Hospital. Could Greg Madden have anything to do with Duke?  Talk about Ryan's past really coming back to haunt him. Time will tell.  (Contributed by LMS)

May 6, 2005

Buzz hears that The Young and the Restless will pay respects to Bill Bell at the end of the May 6th episode. Bell, co-creator, passed away on April 29.  Read More(Contributed by MEW)

Rumor has it that a Days of our Lives star has been seen at the competition with the powers that be. Interesting! Stay tuned.  (Contributed by MEW)

May 5, 2005

Buzz hears that a veteran of Another World may soon pop in Springfield, as Guiding Light heats up the summer stories. (Contributed by MEW)

Look for the late Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy) of Passions to appear in a clip later this month. Evans passed away in 2002. (Contributed by MEW)

May 4, 2005

In DOOL Buzz, Soapdom has learned that on April 15, 2005, Heather Mills McCartney (wife of Paul McCartney) taped a guest-starring appearance on Days.  Mills McCartney is well known for her tireless work as a United Nation's Good-will Ambassador and Patron of Adopt-A-Minefield, raising funds and awareness of the continued and devastating effect of landmines around the world. She has counseled thousands of amputees and their families for over 11 years. Just how Mills McCartney and her work is going to tie in to storylnes on Days remains a mystery, although we can muster up a pretty good guess.  Like maybe it will have something to do with Philip.  But that's pure conjecture right now.  We'll all find out for sure when she appears in two episodes scheduled to air in late June.  (Contributed by LMS)

In ATWT and GL Buzz, David Tutera, host of The Discovery Channel's The Party Planner, will throw a party to introduce the men of As The World Turns and Guiding Light to the at home viewer. Tune in to The Party Planner on June 6th, at 11AM EST to catch Mark Collier, Trent Dawson, Don Hastings, Jon Hensley, Grayson McCouch, Michael Park, Peter Parros, Zach Roerig, Jesse Soffer and Jake Weary.  (Contributed by LMS)

Speaking of Guiding Light, it's an E-Emmy Party!  Join Guiding Light's Emmy nominees,including Crystal Chappell (Olivia), Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan), Crystal Hunt (Lizzie), and Kim Zimmer (Reva), plus a few day-of surprises for our "Guiding Light E-Emmy Party!"  On Thursday, May 12, 2005, log on to from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST and talk Emmys, storylines, and high-fashions with the stars of GL, live from the set of GL!  It's a one-of-a-kind event no soap fan can afford to miss!  (Contributed by LMS)

In OLTL Buzz, while Catherine Hickland (Lindsay) may be going on recurring status come summer,  she certainly won't be out of the public eye. She'll be lecturing at the expo (See Seeing Stars for exact place, time and ticket info).  "My lecture covers the importance of taking a few minutes out of each day to be good to yourself spiritually, emotionally, and physically," says Hickland.  "My goal is to allow women to see themselves in a positive light, and to teach them to gain control of how they see themselves by breaking habits that keep them stuck in a rut that no longer serves them. My lecture will teach how to journal, how to source, and how to start each day by putting your best face forward -- and fast -- with my Eight-Minute Make-Over."  (Contributed by LMS)

May 3, 2005

Buzz hears that on the day William J. Bell (co-creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful) passed away, the family donated $250,000 to Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications. (Contributed by MEW)

May 1, 2005

In soap opera casting Buzz, All My Children, As the World Turns and One Life to Live actively seek to fill roles with actors hailing from Chicago, Miami, Toronto, and Vancouver, as well as New York and Los Angeles. (Contributed by LMS)

In Where are They Now Buzz, Paolo Seganti (ex-Damian, ATWT) guest-stars on ABC's EYES on Wednesday, May 4, at 10 p.m. ET/PT (Contributed by CL)

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