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A Change of Character

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Blast from the Past: Dark side, Social responsibilites, Titans, NBC softball

Hi Suds Buds!

First of all, our appreciation and thanks go out to about.com General Hospital Fans guide Linda Torrence for bestowing Turtle-Run Online the "Best of the Net" Award! We are honored to be the recipients of this prestigious award. Thanks Linda and everyone at about.com.

TRO message boards are buzzing. Fans are disheartened that favorite characters do things out of character. I was surprised to learn (thanks to merely's poll) that Tad is the most despised character on AMC ! This is Tad we're talking about. Everyone loves Tad. Adores him! He's that handsome, witty, cadly scoundrel who has matured into a decent man, an honorable husband and father, but for some reason, is now reverting back to his adolescence with an all-consuming vengeance to bring down Adam Chandler! Even Dixie attributes his behavior to some teenage delirium. His current actions have the most diehard Tadfans enraged. Not that Adam is a saint. Not that Tad is completely wrong. But he is being written so one-note, that fans are finding it difficult to watch.

As ETG2GLG comments: "Changing a character's history alienates the viewer. Haven't the writers learned any of this? Changing story is bad enough, but when they actually change their PERSONALITIES is when the viewers rebel. Many of us have grown to feel that they are like family to us. For Tad to act like a stranger does not make us sympathetic to his plight. In fact, it makes us hate the character and the story itself."

HookDonAMC, in tandem with Claudine, has developed her own theory for Tad's vendetta and has posted it on the TRO AMC boards. It's a good one! Believing her own scenario makes it easier for her to watch the current Tad.

Beth can still see the bright side and posts: "Deep down, I love Tad. He's being impossible right now, but let's face it ladies, he's a man, and they all have their moments! LOL!"

On ATWT, Katie is going from being a sweet, wonderful young woman, to being a conniving witch. As Breezy Piazza says in her post, Katie has gone "from Mickey Mouse to Freddy Kruger." LLATWTF concurs: "If we wanted to see a mean, scheming, blond we'd call Emily. Who invited Katie to the bad girls table anyway?"

On Passions, innocent young Charity is beginning to convert to the dark side. She is about to dump Miguel, the love of her life, and may even murder him. Luis4Sheridan posts: "The jury is still out on whether or not Tabby will succeed in luring "the brat" to the dark side. I think that it would be great if she did. I don't want Charity Case to be evil permanently, but wouldn't it be something if she were evil for a while? Kinda like Marlena when she was possessed by Satin?"

Why do you suppose soap writers take a character and twist them to become unrecognizable to the fans? It might be that they are looking long term in the story and need to plant the seeds for a character's ultimate demise or redemption down the line. They might conceivably get bored writing a character the same way all the time, so they create a little change of pace. The actor who plays the character may want to stretch a wing or two and have different material to perform for a while. Sometimes the actors are as hesitant as the fans to make changes to their character. Constance Towers (Helena, GH) was concerned about getting into a car and driving it herself, and then hitting someone with the car. "I objected. I didn't think Helena would ever get into a car and drive it herself. But they (the writers) had reasons for wanting it done in a particular way, and I certainly bent to their feelings and their validity. But I voiced my opinion on it," she said. Stay tuned to TRO's exclusive interview with Ms. Towers coming soon!

Tracey Ross (Eve, Passions) says the writers always keep her guessing. She couldn't believe when they had the good Dr. Russell light a match to Orville's apartment. "That's a felon," she said. "Eve should go to jail. Lose her license to practice medicine!" We'll be featuring a story on Ms. Ross at TRO soon, too! Check back often.

From my own perspective, I think it's fun to see a character do something out of character every so often. It's spices up the show, and allows the actors to show another side to their performance. As long as other layers of the character remain true to the character. What do you think? Let us know on the TRO Message Boards.

Soap News & Notes (Scoop Alert!)

Port Charles will make soap opera history beginning Tuesday, April 18, 2000 by introducing the groundbreaking therapeutic advancement system, Parastep-I. Doctor Matt Harmon, played by Mitch Longley (who has used a wheelchair since a car accident left him paralyzed from the waist down in his late teens) will introduce and demonstrate this remarkable device. Bringing technology to the forefront, Port Charles has incorporated the use of the Parastep-I System into Dr. Harmon's storyline. The Parastep-I System is a microcomputer-controlled, neuromuscular electrical stimulation system that enables unbraced standing and short-distance walking by certain spinal cord-injured persons with paraplegia or quadriplegia. Having worked with Parastep over the last few years, Mr. Longley has improved his cardiovascular endurance and increased muscle mass in his quadriceps.

"The fact that the Port Charles producers have decided to incorporate the Parastep system into my character's storyline is another wonderful example of how daytime television addresses issues which are not only entertaining, but educational as well, said Longley. "It's a reflection of a certain social responsibility I am proud to be a part of." According to executive producer Julie Carruthers, "We have all learned a great deal from Mitch about the importance of continued stimulation and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injuries. It's very exciting to bring such an innovate rehabilitation tool to the attention of our viewers."

Parastep will be introduced into the show through a conversation between Dr. Harmon and Dr. Joe Scanlon (David Gail), where Harmon shares the exciting details of this rehabilitation device. Later, the two doctors petition Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon) for an order approval, but are disheartened when the financial aspect is considered. Determined, Matt finds a way to have the equipment brought to General Hospital, and begins his own experimental treatment.

The Parastep-I system is available by prescription from an orthopedist or other physician, and is accompanied by 32 required training sessions. For more information about Parastep-I, call Sigmedics, Inc. at 847- 279-0390.

Congratulations to Taylor Anne Mountz (Kay, Passions) who is the recipient of the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Soap Opera by a Young Actress. The other young actresses in Taylor Anne's category were Carly Schroeder (Serena, PC), Brittany Snow (Susan, GL), Adrienne Frantz (Amber, B&B), Erin Torpey (Jessica, OLTL) and Chea Courtney (The Angel Girl, Passions.) Congratulations to all who were nominated. John A. Bradley plays Wall Street Tycoon, Rex Rollins on DOOL on Wednesday, March 29, 2000.

Matt Mahaney's (Kurt, DOOL) last air date is Monday, March 27, 2000.

Congratulations to Farah Fath (Mini, DOOL) who has signed her contract with the show.

Tracey Lindsey Melchoir (Sunset Beach) will guest star on Passions as the character of Renee on March 28-29, 2000.

Josie Davis (Young & the Restless) joins the cast of the new primetime Spelling soap, Titans. Also starring are Perry King, Yasmine Bleeth, Casper Van Dien, Tanja Reichert and John Berrowman.

Batter Up!

Last but not least, Saturday, April 1, 2000 at Valley Park in Burbank, CA, stars from Passions and Days of Our Lives will duke it out in a soft ball game showdown. Turtle-Run will be there to cover the event! LA area Passions and Days fans come on out and join the fun. The game begins at noon, and there will be raffles with great prizes, a silent auction, and Polaroid pictures with the team. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12 and can be purchased at the gate on the day. Proceeds benefit Children of the Night and their 20th Anniversary celebration. Hope you can make it! If not, stay tuned to Turtle-Run for video, photo and interview coverage of the day! Play ball..... :o)

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