Suds Buzz ~ October 2005

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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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October 31, 2005

 hspace=10 src=In AMC Buzz, it appears to be official.  Rebecca Budig (Greenlee) has written a note to her fans saying that she loves her role on AMC, loves everyone she works with, but now it may be time to pursue other endeavors. Or something to that effect. She doesn't come right out and say she's riding off into the sunset and leaving Pine Valley in the dust, but it does appear that this is her telling us she's about to move on.  Given her popularity, I can''t help but wonder if ABC is grooming her for something else. A sitcom?  A talk show?  Stay tuned.  (Contributed by LMS)

 hspace=5 src=Congratulations to Guiding Light's Frank Dicopoulos (Frank) who participated in three television commercials that have received the national 2005 AEGIS Video & Film Production award. The thirty second spots emphasize the value of saving the remaining open space in New Jersey. For more information, please visit (Contributed by LMS)

The CBS Daytime line up is pre-empted on Thursday, November 24, Thanksgiving Day.  On Friday, November 25  CBS will air a special re-broadcast of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (originally broadcast in August 26, 2005) chosen by the fans on as the episode they would most like to see repeated.  The episode showcases Daniel and Lily's reunion after he is acquitted for Cassie's death and features a special performance by the musical group Il Divo, a gift from Victor to Nikki.  THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, AS THE WORLD TURNS and GUIDING LIGHT will be pre-empted Friday, November 25. (Contributed by LMS)

 hspace=5 src=DOOL's James Reynolds (Abe) stepped out to help a good cause. On October 15th at the Brookside Country Club in Pasadena, CA, Reynolds MC'd the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House Shine Gala, a benefit celebrating the first year of helping families at the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House. (Contributed by LMS)

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OLTL's Kassie DePaiva and "Ladies' Home Journal: Celebrate Your Love"

Emmy-nominated One Life to Live star Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and her real-life husband James DePaiva (ex Max, OLTL) renewed their wedding vows alongside 76 couples at a Ladies' Home Journal-hosted event at Sandals in Ocho Rios, Jamaica last weekend.  The DePaivas serenaded couples during the ceremony with the song Natural History from Kassie's first CD, Naked. It was a family affair.  Also renewing their vows were Kassie's brother and her parents, who are celebrating 50 years of marriage. During the Ladies' Home Journal: Celebrate Your Love renewal weekend, Kassie and James also hosted a golf tournament to benefit the League for the Hard of Hearing (their young son JQ is hearing impaired). Event planner to the stars Preston Bailey, whose clients include Oprah and Michael Douglas/Catherine Zeta-Jones, designed the one-of-a-kind seaside celebration.  For more info visit (Contributed by Toyna & LMS)

October 28, 2005

 hspace=10 src=As Days of our Lives nears its 40th anniversary (which it will reach on November 8th), rumors are running rampant that headwriter, James E. Reilly, is dissatisfied and is leaving the show.  Soapdom can report that this is a bogus tidbit. "It's absolutely not true," the rep told Soapdom.   (Contributed by LMS)

"In AMC Buzz, I don't know about you, but I loved Lamman Rucker as The Dragon," says Soapdom QueenRuler, Linda Marshall-Smith.  "His years on ATWT didn't do him justice, as I never really even 'noticed' his character much.  But he really impressed me on All My Children."  And here's the thing. No sooner did Rucker get killed right out of Pine Valley, he landed a new gig on the UPN sitcom, Half & Half. According to TVGuide online, starting Nov. 21, Rucker will appear in several episodes as Mona's (Rachel True) newest conquest, Chase. "I was killed on AMC on a Monday and booked on Half & Half on Friday," Rucker told TVGO. "It's great! I'm really blessed that it was timed that way."   (Contributed by LMS & CL)

TV Guide online is also reporting that GH is promising us more of Rick Springfield as Dr. Noah than just a few episodes.  Sounds like GH head writer, Bob Guza is trying to work it out, saying to TVGO, "It seems like he's very interested and we certainly are, so we'd like it to be a much longer run."  Remember, the character of Noah has a lot of relationships with some of GH's long running characters, so story material is certainly there for the writing. Plus, GH has spilled the beans that not only has Noah's medical career all but dried up, he's got a son -- who we will meet at some point. Stay tuned.  (Contributed by LDB)

Remember back in June at ABC's Fun in the Sun event in Chicago, Renee Goldsberry (Evangeline, OLTL) told buzz that she'll soon have big news. Could it be that she was pregnant? hears that the actress will soon be bringing a little bundle of joy into the world. Trouble is, pregnancy will conflict with her role of Broadway's rendition of The Color Purple. Will it affect her storyline on OLTL? According to our sources at OLTL, there is no decision yet as to whether the pregnancy will be written into the storyline or not.  (Contributed by MEW, LDB, LMS)

PASSIONS will be featured on the next edition of VH1’s “Best Week Ever” airing Friday, October 28th at 11:00pm, ET, and with repeat broadcasts through November 2nd.  (Contributed by LMS)

According to SOD, once Van Hansis comes on the scene to start playing Luke on As the World Turns, the fans will be seeing Luke enter a new phase in his life, which involves a personal revelation that will shock his parents---but something that soap fans may recognize as a recent trend. Have any guesses? We do.  Could Luke be gay?  Stay tuned.  (Contributed by LMS & CL

)October 27, 2005

 hspace=10 src=The Devil Wears Prada, but the Doggie Wears Couture.  Roxy Hunt Couture to be exact.  GL's Crystal Hunt (Lizzie) and her adorable teacup Maltese, Roxy Hunt, launch the fall collection of Roxy Hunt Couture, fine fashions for that special doggie in your life.  Roxy Hunt couture is a complete line of irresistible fashions for dogs. The Fall 2005 collection, currently available online at, hits stores November 1. From high society party dresses to gym outfits for fitness-conscious pups, Roxy Hunt Couture’s Fall 2005 collection is the perfect complement to every doggie lifestyle. The entire collection is well made, affordably priced, and très chic – with Roxy Hunt Couture, dogs step out in style! The dazzling Fall 2005 collection includes: a delightful reversible metallic plaid and gold party dress with balloon skirt and black velvet sash; a dapper tuxedo with 3 interchangeable shirt inserts with bow tie, classic white, baby blue and red, perfect for formal events; a taffeta party dress available in ruby  hspace=5 src=and other festive colors; a reversible corduroy coat; a hooded terrycloth gym set; a soft and cuddly pajama and blanket set, perfect for slumber parties; and, its anchor’s away when fashion-savvy pups sport Roxy Hunt Couture’s boater’s tee, available in marine blue or red stripes. Plus, dogs with Parisian flair will love the Frenchy stripe tee dress, available in navy or red and white stripes and topped off with a charming French beret. Ooh la la!  "I’m so excited about the launch of Roxy Hunt Couture – and Roxy is too! " said Crystal Hunt.  "Roxy has been a clothes princess and fashion plate ever since she was a puppy. I’ve always dressed her in fun, whimsical outfits, and I even commissioned matching couture evening gowns for us to wear for the red carpet walk during the Daytime Emmys. It was this amazingly glamorous moment that inspired me to create the Roxy Hunt Couture Line."  For more information on a complete list of stores carrying Roxy Hunt Couture, please visit by LMS)

October 26, 2005

 hspace=5 src=Kate Linder (Esther, Y&R) is calling her character a "bitch." At least, that's what she told reknown acting coach and author, Scott Sedita at the booksigning for his new book, The Eight Characters of Comedy.  According to Sedita, characters can be placed in one of eight categories:  the neurotic, the bitch/bastard, the womanizer/manizer, the loveable loser, the logical smart one, the materialstic one, the dumb one, and the one who lives in his own universe. Sedita is credited with helping to launch the careers of former soapers, Josh Duhamel (ex Leo, AMC; Danny McCoy, Las Vegas) and Jennifer Finnigan (ex Bridget, B&B; currently starring in this season's new primetimer, Close to Home.) (Contributed by LMS)

 hspace=10 src=TV Guide online is reporting that Jake Weary (Luke, ATWT) is being pulled from the show by "stage mom," Kim Zimmer (Reva, GL).  Apparently, the storyline for Luke is about to really heat up, and Zimmer is saying that her son has other interests. Namely schooling and sports. A more frontburner story just won't fit into his schedule.  Huh? What's really going on here?  Fans are not buying Zimmer's excuse. They feel there's more to the story.  Weary's last day as Luke is November 29, 2005. The role has already been recast with newcomer Van Hensis who takes over December 14, 2005. Hensis is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University - ATWT EP's Chris Goutman's alma mater. Looks like they are aging Luke.  Could this be the real reason 15-year-old Weary is out?  According to our sources at PGP, neither is true  The character of Will is not going to be aged, and Kim Zimmer and her husband want their son to concentrate on his studies and the sports he loves.  Jake's acting will have to go on the backburner for now. (Contributed by CL, LMS & LDB)

In some Where Are They Now Buzz, according to the Hollywood Reporter, looks like Eric Winter (ex-Rex, DOOL) may soon be back in the swing of things. Winter signed a one-year talent-holding deal with 20th Century Fox Television.  So, what does that mean exactly?  Is he slated for any Fox shows?  Not quite. Not yet.  A talent holding deal just means that Fox sees Winter's potential and they're paying for exclusive rights on the guy while they look for the right sitcom or drama for him to star in.  It also means he can't accept any other show from any other network or studio while he's "on hold."  The good news is, Winter gets a paycheck for being off the market while he sits around waiting for the perfect Fox production in which to star. Sweet. (Contributed by MEW & LMS)

October 24, 2005

 hspace=5 src=Congratulations to All My Children. They were presented the Media Access Award for the Television Daytime Drama Category at the 23rd Annual Media Access Awards ceremony held Saturday, October 23.  James Reynolds (Abe, DOOL) presented the award to AMC, as well as presenting the award for Television Movie to "Riding the Bus with My Sister."  The Media Access Awards celebrate the important and powerful role of media and entertainment industries to broaden the education of the general public and promote a society that understands and values the experience of disability. (Contributed by LMS)

 hspace=10 src=In more DOOL Buzz, Soapdom has learned that Kristian Alfonso (Hope) loves to play with Peter Reckell's (Bo) lucious locks.  We also learned that Alfonso cannot sing in tune to save her life, although she may be getting slightly better. In real life news, she is developing a line of  clothing to hit stores in the Spring of 2006.  She also shared that there are rumblings around the hallowed halls of Days studios that a huge, monumental storyline is on the horizon. But hearsay is just that, she cautions, so stay tuned. (Contributed by LMS)

 hspace=5 src=It's splitsville for Hunter Tylo (Taylor) of Bold and Beautiful and husband Michael Tylo (ex-Quint, Guiding Light). The couple is calling it quits after 18 years of marriage. (Contributed by MEW)

In Port Charles news...No thruth to the rumor that Genie Francis
(ex-Laura) will be returning to General Hospital. Rumors are rumors, and lets put this one to rest. And look for some pink slips to be handed out during the big terror train wreck storyline. We already know that Kari Wuhrer (Reese) is leaving. Does the phrase "pink slips" mean there will be more than one?  Stay tuned.  (Contributed by MEW & LMS)

 hspace=10 src=Buzz hears that Days of our Lives may try to snag Martha Stewart for an appearance. Any why not? They already had Donald Trump. Martha would be great with Kate (Lauren Koslow), two business women going head to head. (Contributed by MEW)

Teaming up to help children with special needs, the casts and crews of ten hit Disney-ABC Television Group series have created exclusive, one-of-a-kind wooden hearts to be auctioned off October 24 - November 3 at Included is an item from General Hospital titled “My Heart Belongs to General Hospital." That phrase is emblazoned on this red heart pierced by a hand-painted arrow and decorated with roses – a must have for fans of this ABC and SOAPNet favorite. All proceeds from the online auction will benefit The Help Group, an organization dedicated to serving children with special needs related to autism, Asperger’s disorder, learning disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, mental retardation, abuse and emotional problems.  The inspiration for the hearts comes directly from the children of The Help Group schools. Help Group students paint hearts and other canvases as part of an art therapy program designed to promote self-esteem as well as visual motor skills in children with special needs. Along with the General Hospital item, unique, detailed pieces of art capturing the essence of shows -- including Alias, Desperate Housewives, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, General Hospital, The View, Good Morning America, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and That’s So Raven. (Contributed by LMS)

October 22, 2005

Back from Chicago's auditions for I Wanna Be a Soap Star on Saturday, October 22, and everything went well. Met everyone from Soapnet. Got great quotes, talked to the contestants, the people that got a call back, and did a lot of observation. All in all it was fun. Then...I met an old college friend that works for ABC. We were shocked to see each other. He produces the evening news. I also got a grand tour of the studio facilities. I also saw the new set being built that will resemble Good Morning America. In fact, GMC will be here for the grand opening. And best of all -- I missed the Chicago White Sox World Series traffic, and even saw a Halloween parade on State Street!  Stay tuned for Soapdom's coverage of the Chicago Auditions of I Wanna Be a Soap Star coming soon. (Contributed by MEW)

 hspace=10 src=As previously mentioned in Buzz, ATWT's Tamara Tunie (Jessica) has gone from recurring to permanent status on her primetime venture, Law & Order, SVU in the role of Medical Examiner, Melinda Warner. (Contributed by CL & LMS)

October 21, 2005

 hspace=5 src=Eric Martsolf (Ethan) and his wife, Lisa, are happy to announce that they are expecting twins in March of next year. (Contributed by LMS)

A new chapter of Passions: Red can be viewed online at every Monday and Thursday beginning Monday, October 24th.  Over the course of ten weeks, viewers will learn more about Harmony's mystery woman with the red fingernails. All the chapters will be archived so fans can access them at any point as the story unfolds. (Contributed by LMS)

 hspace=10 src=As Previously Reported Lesli Kay Joins B&B as Felicia Forrester

(October 18, 2005)  Los Angeles, CA…Famed daytime actress Lesli Kay has joined the cast of CBS’ hit daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful in the contract role of "Felicia Forrester,” Executive Producer and Head Writer Bradley P. Bell announced today. 

“We are thrilled to have Lesli aboard as the rebellious Felicia Forrester,” said Bell. “Lesli is a pro who will be stepping into the middle of a gut-wrenching story.  If anyone can deliver the goods, it’s Lesli.”

Kay, whose first daytime roles were on Loving, One Life to Live and Ryan’s Hope, is perhaps best known as Molly Conland McKinnon on As the World Turns, a role for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Emmy® in 2001.  After eight years as Molly, Kay relocated to Los Angeles and took on the role of Lois Cerullo Ashton on General Hospital.  Kay’s other credits include the films When Harry Met Sally and Ghost as well as lead guest star roles in prime-time television.

Kay’s first tape date is Thursday, October 20, 2005 and her first airdate is scheduled for Wednesday, November 30, 2005. (Contributed by LMS)

B&B's Antonio Sabáto Jr. and 8 Other Actors Sing Their Hearts Out on VH1's New Fall Show, But Can They Sing

Ahmet Zappa Will Host. America Will Decide On The Winner!  They can act, model and even box, but can they sing?  That's the question VH1 will ask and answer this fall with the new series "But Can They Sing?" when nine celebrities vie for the chance to prove to America whether they should stick to their day job or tough it out over six weeks to become a pop star.

Actors Antonio Sabáto, Jr. (The Bold and the Beautiful), Morgan Fairchild, Joe Pantaliano, Bai Ling, Michael Copon, model Kim Alexis, Carmine Gotti, heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and Latin entertainer/journalist Myrka Dellanos have been chosen to compete against one another in this new original series premiering Sunday, October 30 at 10PM.

Each week, these hopefuls will undergo grueling and intensive training with two prominent vocal coaches and one movement/dance instructor to prepare for their performance in front of a live studio audience at the end of the week.

VH1 will then turn the decision over to America, who will have the chance through online voting at VH1’s broadband network Vspot (, text messaging and a toll free number, to decide who stays and who goes home.  The winner of the competition will receive a cash donation to their favorite charity. For more information on “But Can They Sing?” viewers can go to (Contributed by LMS)

 hspace=10 src=In GL Buzz, Marj Dusay (Alex) is traveling abroad in China with her daughter Debra Blocker, wife of producer David Blocker (who is the son of Dan Blocker -- Hoss on the 60's primetimer, Bonanza).  They are visiting cities like Beijing, Shanghai and cruising up the Yangtze River for another week to see all the villages and towns along the way. Check her official site's photo albums in the up coming weeks ahead for photos of her trip.  (Contributed by EJ Hass)

October 20, 2005

ATWT Survey 2005 (from the official ATWT fanclub). The Powers that Be at ATWT want to hear from you!  Here's your chance to speak out!   The survey is about 3-pages long. Please return post-marked no later than 10/26/05 to: PGP Surveys, 825 8th Avenue, 35th Floor, New York, NY 10019  (Contributed by CL)

Per the New York Daily News, General Hospital's Kelly Monaco (Sam) will be among Ashton Kutcher's victims in the new season of Punk'd.  The series premieres October 30 on MTV. (Contributed by LDB)

 hspace=10 src=General Hospital's Kari Wuhrer's last airdate as Reese is November 14.  Speculation is that the character will wind up being a victim of her sweetheart's - Sonny (Maurice Benard) - mob trouble.   No word on who Sonny's next lady love will be...

...except rumors are circulating that it may be Emily!  Sources on the GH set say:  Maurice Benard is fine with the pairing of Sonny and Emily (Natalia Livingston).  Fans are having some issues based on the fact that it was only a few years ago that Emily dated Sonny's stepson, Juan (Michael Saucedo).  The age difference is also a concern, say some, considering Emily is twentysomething and most would assume Sonny is now in his early 40s.  (Contributed by LDB)
After receiving critical raves for her part in the Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, Amber Tambyn (ex-Emily, General Hospital) has been tapped to star opposite Tilda Swinton (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe) in the independent thriller Stephanie Daley.  According to EOnline, the former GH sweetheart will play a 17-year-old accused of infanticide by a forensic psychologist.  Look for Tamblyn even sooner in theaters with the updated classic Yours, Mine, And Ours, and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, is now available in DVD. (Contributed by LDB)

 hspace=5 src=Tamara Braun (ex-Carly, General Hospital) was the special guest at this year's 3rd Annual Evening With The Stars, which took place on the evening of October 16th at the Ivar in Hollywood, California. According to, a fan who attended the event commented "Tamara looked as beautiful as ever and even though the actress could only stay for 45 minutes, it was worth it." The event benefits the Desi Geestman Foundation whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children suffering from cancer and their families. Stay tuned to Soapdom's official coverage of Evening with the Stars coming soon, and you can see Braun when she guest stars on the new ABC primetime comedy, Freddie, on
11/9 and 11/16.  (Contributed by LDB)

The Bold and the Beatuiful's Shanelle Workman (Gaby; ex-Flash, One Life To Live) has been released from her contract.  Workman's last airdate is October 27th.  Role will not be recast.  "She's a wonderful actress and was a great addition to the B&B cast and we all wish her much success in her future endeavors," BB Executive Producer/Head Writer Bradley Bell is reported as saying in Digest.  The publication speculates that Workman's character will be killed off. (Contributed by LDB)
Alicia Leigh Willis (Courtney, GH) on leaving the show: "All I can say is that we're still in negotiations.  Nothing has been settled yet, but we are coming down to the wire." (Contributed by LDB)

Rick Springfield returns to the soap in December in the role of Noah Drake.  The pop '80s heartthrob will be involved in helping Robin (Kimberly McCullough) with curing Jason (Steve Burton) from his illness.  Springfield, who finds himself in Port Charles for only a handful of episodes, first appears on December 2. (Contributed by LDB)
 hspace=10 src=You can't keep a wicked witch down!  Constance Towers is back on the scene as the Cassadine matriarch on GH starting October 26. (Contributed by LDB)

As previously reported, As The World Turns' Mary Beth Evans (Sierra) has been bumped to recurring status.  Soapdom has just learned that Peter Parros (Ben) was also put on recurring. (Contributed by LDB)

Couldn't attend the St. Jude's Benefit in NYC last weekend?  You can still participate and help raise money for the Children's Hospital through the online auction for the 11th annual Daytime Television Salutes St. Jude benefit that was hosted by As the World Turns star Martha Byrne (Lily) in New York City on Friday, Oct. 14th. Proceeds from the sale of these items benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Bidding closes on Monday, Oct-24-05 15:00:00 PDT (12 midnight PT) 

Bid here for:
Martha Stewart and Kim Zimmer Home-Made Wreath
CD Release Party Package with Martha Byrne, “ATWT"
A Day with Cameron Mathison of “All My Children”
Celebrity Gift Bag - Autographed by Daytime TV Celebs (Contributed by LW)

October 19, 2005

 hspace=5 src=Sarah Joy Brown (ex Julia, ATWT; ex Carly, GH) announced today on her official message board that she has been let go from her primetime gig on Cold Case.  She writes:  "Dear Friends, CBS has released me from the show. They have no further obligation to me with Cold Case. No explanation was given other than the network didn't see how I fit into the mix this season. I'm saddened by the news, but grateful for the opportunity, and looking to the future. Thank you for your support now and always! Love, Sarah."  Brown was originally hired for a 5-episode story arc and she has filmed all five episodes, so it's not as though the network has fired her. They just felt the character ran its course.  If you would like to show your support of Brown, get the snail mail addresses here.  Brown's last airdate on Cold Case is October 28. (Contributed by CL)

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Guiding Light Goes iPod

CBS will distribute its free podcasts, from 60 Minutes to the long-running soap Guiding Light, on Apple's iTunes Music Store, CBS Digital President Larry Kramer said Monday. The extensive suite of CBS podcasts includes news, entertainment, and sports programming on television, radio, and CBS Digital media sites including,, and CBS

The content can now be accessed from the iTunes Podcast Directory, as well as CBS Digital media sites, and will be highlighted in customized iTunes pages promoting the full offering of CBS podcasts for each respective CBS Digital Media property. Other audio offerings include CBS's public affairs show, Face The Nation; Survivor Live, which focuses on Survivor: Guatemala; the soap opera roundup CBS Soapbox; NFL Hot Topic; and Fantasy Football: Roster Trends.

As is standard practice with podcasts, once users subscribe to a particular show, iTunes will automatically check to see when there are new episodes, and download them onto the users' computers, so they may then sync them to their iPods.

In his announcement, Kramer did not address the question on everyone's minds: When will CBS begin distributing more than audio content to Apple? The company, of course, just last week debuted a new iPod, which can play streaming video. On the same day, Apple's CEO Steve Jobs announced a deal with Disney to offer five of its premiere television shows, including Lost and Desperate Housewives, through iTunes. (Contributed by LMS)

Soap Week on Family Feud - Get Your Free Tickets!

Family Feud will be taping 'The Battle of the Soap Stars' on Sunday, October 23rd in Hollywood and all tickets are free!  The taping will feature a competition between good and evil characters from 'The Young and The Restless', 'Days of our Lives', 'The Bold and The Beautiful' and 'General Hospital'. The celebrity contestants for this special event include Austin Peck, Lorenzo Lamas, Tracy Bregman, Greg Vaughn, Lauren Koslow, Ronn Moss, Jess Walton, Doug Davidson, and more! If you watch soap operas this is a great opportunity to see some of the biggest names LIVE! To request your free tickets please click on the following link. Thanks and enjoy the show!!  Contact via e-mail or phone: or call 818-295-2700. (Contributed by LMS)

Days of our Lives Launches First Ever Online Viewer Loyalty Program for a Daytime Drama.

Days of our Lives, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in November, announced that it is launching Days of our Lives Daily Rewards, the first long-term online viewer rewards program for both a daytime drama and a scripted series.  The Days of our Lives Daily Rewards program, which began 10/18/05, is designed to increase viewer frequency through reward incentives and is managed by My Sony, an interactive customer relationship division within Sony Corporation of America.

Viewers can sign up for their free membership by going to or  Each afternoon, members watch Days of our Lives, log on to Daily Rewards and enter the correct answer to a question from that day's episode in order to earn valuable My Sony points. Members can easily redeem these points for substantial savings on Sony merchandise such as the latest consumer electronics, DVDs, CDs, and more.  Daily Rewards members can also redeem points for exclusive Days of our Lives fan experiences, as well as autographed memorabilia, props, collectibles and licensed merchandise.

“We are blessed and thankful that Days of our Lives fans are some of the most fervent television viewers and online participants in the world, and this innovative program will not only help us reward that loyalty, but continue to reach new viewers in the 18-34 demographic where we have enjoyed great success,” said Days of our Lives Executive Producer, Ken Corday.  “We’re honored to be the first daytime drama to launch an online viewer rewards initiative in conjunction with Sony Pictures Television, who are pioneers in this area."

Sony Pictures Television and the My Sony team established the first ever, long-term online viewer loyalty program in television history in March 2003 when they launched the Wheel Watchers Club for the popular game show Wheel of Fortune.  Since its national launch, the Wheel Watchers Club has signed up more than two million members.

Daily Rewards will receive advertising and marketing support from both the studio and the network, with a media campaign consisting of broadcast, print and online advertising.  Print ads will run in Us Weekly and Parenting magazine, and advertising time will be purchased nationally on cable as well as locally on broadcast stations in ten key markets.  NBC will support Daily Rewards by running a :20 launch promo within Days of our Lives episodes for the first ten days after the initiative launches.  In addition, NBC will continue to support the program with in-show promos and in-show mentions. To learn more about Days of our Lives Daily Rewards, log on to by LMS)

October 18, 2005

As the World Turns' Mary Beth Evans (Sierra) announced through a posting on her official website message board at that she is returning to recurring status on As the World Turns.  "I have gone back to recurring. After Payton (List, Lucy) and then Hunt (Block, Craig) left, my story was left sort of out in the cold. I had the great story with Lily and my mother, but not much else."  Add to that, commuting from California was beginning to take it's toll on Evans.  "It was very expensive and tough on my system... So the producers and I decided it would better serve us all to go back to doing concentrated intervals. I love working on the show so much and look forward to getting back there...But I have so much going on in California."  It seems that Evans is quite the apple pie baker and she is starting a mail order apple pie business.Local shipments at first, but Evans plans to expand shortly. (Contributed by CL)

 hspace=10 src=Soapdom confirms that Lesli Kay (ex Lois, GH; ex Molly, ATWT) joins the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful as Felicia Forrester. Kay begins taping on Thursday, October 20. Her first airdate is Wednesday, November 30. (Contributed by LMS)

 hspace=5 src=Steve Blackwood (Bart, DOOL) has a new CD called JAZZ BABY. It features children's songs in a jazz  format with guest-starring singers, Megan Mullally, Jim Belushi, and Cybil Shepherd.  Blackwood sings ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI and I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THE RAILROAD.  Purchase it at If I understood him correctly, about 20% of the proceeds is going for hurricane victims. (Contributed by MG)

October 17, 2005

 hspace=10 src=Linda Dano, ex-Rae of One Life to Live -- and soon to be Francine on Desperate Housewives -- tells buzz that on October 26th she will appear on the Martha Stewart Show in the morning. And later in the evening she will appear on QVC.  Over the past decade, QVC Presents "FFANY Shoes on Sale" selling over one million pairs of shoes and the profits go to breast cancer research. Who can sell shoes better then the flamboyant Dano? Be sure to tune in! (Contributed by MEW)

Soapdom can now confirm that the rumors surrounding the return of Rick Springfield (Dr. Noah Drake) to General Hospital are indeed true! The award-winning actor and muscian (Jesse's Girl) returns to the role he originated nearly 25 years ago.  "Dr. Noah Drake has always been a fan favorite and we are so happy that storyline will allow for the character to make an exciting return to the canvas," said Brian Frons, president, ABC Daytime. According to Springfield, "I guess there was a reason why they didn't kill Noah off in the 80's. This should be fun. I am looking foward to it."  In the upcoming storyline, Noah returns to Port Charles when Dr. Robin Scorpio (the also recently returned Kimberly McCullough) urgently needs him for his medical expertise in helping Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) recover from his life-threatening seizures. Springfield's first airdate is December 2, 2005. (Contributed by LMS)

October 16, 2005

 hspace=5 src=Four more years in Llanview.  Kassie DePaiva (Blair)of One Life To Live signed on the dotted line. Her new contract is four years in length,  and buzz hears that the next four years will be a rollercoaster of storylines for Blair. All the best Kassie. (Contributed by MEW)

In Springfield news...rumor has it that there will be big changes on Guiding Light in front of the cameras and behind around November. Stay tuned! There will be much coming and going.  (Contributed by MEW)

October 15, 2005

ATWT's Martha Byrne (Lily) sang the National Anthem at the NY Jets game last week and they WON!  (Contributed by CL)

October 14, 2005

 hspace=10 src=Congrats to Kari Wuhrer (Reese, GH). At the Car Pool Guy premiere in Los Angeles on October 11, she announced that she and her husband are expecting a baby girl next April, and she proudly displayed her growing mid section. (Contributed by LMS)

James Reynolds (Abe, DOOL) will be Master of Ceremonies for the Shine Gala, a benefit celebrating the first year of helping families at the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House in Pasadena on Saturday, October 15th at the Brookside Country Club.  Reynolds who lives in South Pasadena, hosts an annual “Days of our Lives” celebrity basketball game that also benefits the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House. (Contributed by LMS)

 hspace=5 src=Did you know that as a child actress, Martha Byrne (Lily) of As The World Turns was Annie the little orphan in "Annie?" Well she was! And she's being reunited with 40 other Annies, including Sarah Jessica Parker in an upcoming documentary "Life After Tomorrow." The documentary will explore growing up in the bright lights. (Contributed by MEW)

Buzz hears that Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) of Days of our Lives may be doing double duty. She will return to her role of JoAnna Manning on the Young and the Restless.  JoAnna is Lauren's horrible no good mother, a role Seaforth Hayes played in the 1980's. What does this mean for Julie? Are the days of her lives numbered? Stay tuned! (Contributed by MEW)

October 13, 2005

 hspace=10 src=It couldn't have happened to a nicer person.  After a very hard year with the sudden passing of her dear husband Frank Attardi, soap hopper extraordinaire Linda Dano (ex-Lena, Guiding Light; ex-Rae, One Life To Live, General Hospital, All My Children; ex-Felicia, Another World) landed the hottest gig in town:  a role on ABC's Desperate Housewives.  The Daytime Emmy winner has signed on to play Francine Williams, the menacing pharmacist's mother. Her first show -- the "I Must Be Dreaming" episode -- will air on November 20. (Contributed by LDB)

 hspace=5 src=Jim Brickman, best known for his original songs, like the chart-topping hits “Valentine,” “The Gift” and “Peace,” has established an international reputation for his creative collaborations with many of the entertainment industry’s most gifted musical artists. For his newest album, Brickman joins forces with the legendary Walt Disney Studios and a range of singers to bring an exciting new sound to the classic Disney musical library with Jim Brickman: The Disney Songbook. Special guest stars on the CD include our very own, Kassie DePaiva, (Blair, OLTL) who sings "Baby Mine" from Disney's Dumbo.  Get more info at (Contributed by Kristine C.)

October 11, 2005

 hspace=10 src=DOOL Walks the Streets of Love with the Rolling Stones! World Premiere of the Stones new Video, Streets of Love to air October 18 on Days of our Lives. DOOL and The Rolling Stones have partnered to embark on a four-month unprecedented and multi-faceted deal, it was announced today by Sheraton Kalouria, Senior Vice President, NBC Daytime Programs. Forty years ago, as the Rolling Stones began their tours, Days of our Lives began its run on NBC. On October 18, the two worlds will partner as Days of our Lives airs the world premiere of the Stones' Streets of Love video in its entirety (1 p.m. in most time zones; check local listings for times). For another four weeks after the video premiere, viewers of Days and fans of the Rolling Stones will continue to hear the song as it underscores the song's themes of love and loss that will be brought to life by the storylines on Days of our Lives. "I can't imagine a more exciting way to celebrate the 40th landmark year of 'Days of our Lives' than with the Rolling Stones," said Sheraton Kalouria, Senior Vice President, NBC Daytime. "It is truly a reflection on the show's connection with pop culture and a testament to its continued popularity after 40 years on television." Randy Miller, Virgin Records' Executive Vice President, Marketing, noted, "with 'Days of our Lives' also celebrating its 40th anniversary and its continued popularity as the #1 daytime drama amongst women 18-34, the show was the perfect vehicle for promoting the Rolling Stones and their latest single 'Streets of Love.'"  "This unique alliance is one that's both exciting and ground-breaking for all of us. 'Days of Our Lives' instantly came to mind as the only show that could deliver the high impact results they were looking for," added, Gregg Hamerschlag, CEO of ShiftDirection Media, the firm that helped develop and introduce the concept to NBC Universal.Considered the greatest rock-n-roll band of all time, the Rolling Stones continue their tremendous popularity 40 years after they began touring.  Since their most recent tour kicked off in August 2005, the Stones have continued their electrifying performances to sold out crowds and have included new hits from their critically acclaimed CD "A Bigger Bang" which was released in September 2005. Days of our Lives premiered on November 8, 1965 as a half-hour daytime drama and expanded to one hour 10 years later. The series has gone on to become one of daytime drama's rare mainstays and its cast and crew look forward to celebrating 40 years this November. (Contributed by LMS)

 hspace=5 src=She's one traveling gal. Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda) of As The World Turns tells buzz that she just returned from Tuscany with her son, and she learned that the people there are fit as a fiddle. "I have to tell you, they walk and climb and just keep going. It's their every day life. I hate to admit it, but we were out of air." Hubbard loves traveling and said that her next stop is New Zealand. (Contributed by MEW)

GH's Robin's Daily Dose Launches October 12. Commemorating the return of the beloved General Hospital character Robin Scorpio, played by Kimberly McCullough.  Robin returns to Port Charles to help save Jason's life, her former boyfriend.  Visit Robin's reflections at

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