Dear Suds Buds:
As thousands of you noticed, Turtle-Run did not update Sneak Peeks, many episode guides or the Top of the Week for the last week or so. The TRO website remained up and running for message posts, but our offices were offline for over a week. Long story. Bottom line. We were disconnected. Like I always say, technology is grand except when it doesn't work!
As I write this column, we are only still on a dial-up line (painfully slow especially when you are used to a broadband connection). We are hoping to be back up and running at full broadband connection speed and convenience sometime this very week. As we were unable to connect at all for close to 8 days, we were unable to get fresh content online. Many, many, many of you wrote wondering what was up. Thank you all for your concern and kind comments about our content. As we have received thousands of emails, it's unlikely I will get to personally answer everyone, but will try to respond to as many letters as possible. Give me about a week! If you don't hear from me personally, know that I did receive your email, appreciate the fact that you took the time to write, and look forward to communicating with you again one-to-one in the near future!
Now -- on with the latest in the world of soaps!
Some People Call It Working Without a Net. ABC Daytime Calls It Daytime Drama -- "One Life To Live Live!"
We've heard all the hype. We've seen all the promos. Well, get ready for an amazing week of daytime in Llanview. May 13-17 is one week of "Life" you don't want to miss and it starts today! Here's what you have to look forward to!
Two people will tie the knot, a location shoot, a love scene, a big secret revealed and much more... It's all live on ABC Daytime's "One Life to Live Live!," MAY 13-17. The Bioré(r) brand has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of this unprecedented week of television when "One Life to Live" will air live from its New York-based studio, as well as New York City's famous Central Park. OLTL will be the first one-hour drama in television history to air live for an entire week.
OLTL executive producer Gary Tomlin, who conceived of the idea, said, "Each of the 30 contract cast members will appear during the week. Production has not been pared down to take on the challenge of the live shows; in fact we've made it even more ambitious. In addition to a love scene, we will feed in a remote shoot from nearby Central Park."
Among the exciting stories this week will be the long-awaited moment when Blair (Kassie DePaiva) finally learns the truth about the terrible secret her husband Todd (Roger Howarth) has been keeping. Anything can happen when a show that usually takes an entire production day to shoot will air live in just one hour.
This exciting week of television will culminate with the Daytime Emmy Awards on May 17, for which "One Life to Live" is nominated for Outstanding Drama Series.
"One Life to Live," created by Agnes Nixon, was launched July 15, 1968. Gary Tomlin executive-produces and Lorraine Broderick and Chris Whitesell are the headwriters. The popular drama consistently ranks among the top three in the key demographic of Women 18-49. "One Life to Live" airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (2:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
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Heads Up to Aspiring Actors! General Hospital Acting Coach Takes Acton the Road!
John Homa, exclusive on-set acting coach for ABC's GeneralHospital and Port Charles, has announced that his production company JH Productions is presenting two-day acting workshops across the country.
Since contracted by ABC in1994 a number of the actors Homa works with on ABC have been nominated and/or received Daytime Emmys including Vanessa Marcil, Tyler Christopher, Jacob Young, Brian Presley, Steve Burton, Kimberly McCullough, Stuart Damon, Maurice Benard and Sarah Brown.
Homa has also been instrumental in the development of the successful careers of Kirsten Dunst, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Michelle Williams and many others. Recently, he successfully coached Kelly Kruger and Sam Page to contract roles on The Young and The Restless and All My Children. Kristanna Loken was coached to a lead role in Terminator 3. Other actors Homa has coached include: Freddy Prinze Jr., LeAnn Rimes, Ricky Martin, Mena Suvari, Coltin Scott, Marisa Coughlan, Marla Sokoloff, Gina Philips, VanitaHarbour, Tamara Braun, Real Andrews, Eric Balfour, Andrew Keegan and many more.
At these workshops you will have the opportunity to meet a Hollywood Casting Director, Agent, Director or Producer (TBA) and gain an understanding of the casting process or the professional working environment. From John Homa you will obtain a thorough understanding of: What Acting is; How to approach written material; How to break down a scene; Story structure & the different scene types; Emotional preparation; Creating scene dynamics; The difference between the audition and working environment; and, How to prepare for both! Special guest Coltin Scott "Nikolas Cassadine" on ABC'sGeneralHospital will share his incredible story that began in St. Louis and led him to Hollywood.
Join Homa and learn the tricks of the trade on June 8th 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
And June 9th 8:00 am - 1:30pm at The Doubletree Hotel, 16625 Swingley Ridge Road, Chesterfield, MO63017. For more information and to register
If you have ever dreamed of becoming an actor, or are currently pursuing that dream, this is a weekend that you do not want to miss! Tell them you heard about it at Turtle-Run.com!
The Young and the Restless' Lise Simms Hosts Half-hour Home Design Weekly Series on Style Network
Style Network today announced the launch of new home design series "Area." Hosted by "The Young and the Restless'" Lise Simms, "Area" will make its debut on Style at 9:30 PM ET/PT on Monday, May 13 and then air in its regular Monday 9:30 PM timeslot the following week. Area's debut follows the successful launch in February of "The Look for Less," hosted by Elisabeth Filarski and "Glow," hosted by Lynda Lopez.
"We're very excited about the launch of Area, a series that will empower viewers with innovative and comprehensible ideas to make their living spaces more beautiful and inviting," said Stephen Croncota, senior vice president, programming, Style. "Lise Simms, with her savvy approach to decorating and design, is the perfect host to lead the series and a wonderful addition to Style's on-air team."
Area is a practical, exciting and up-to-the-minute home design series tailored for the busy young professional, offering up the latest trends, expert advice and easy and affordable solutions to make our living spaces more beautiful. Area inspires viewers to live well by opening up the door to hot products, top values, basic decorating ideas and insider tips to make a home look great. In a fast and fun style, Area demystifies décor. Signature segments in each half hour episode are built around common decorating concerns, including solving storage, lighting and other common problems, shopping for both affordable and luxury home furnishings, connecting with top designers, and providing updates on the latest trends.
With her great eye for design and passion for renovation, Area's host Lise (pronounced Lisa) Simms is a full-time actress who has a longstanding, recurring role as Victor Newman's assistant Connie Wayne on "The Young and The Restless." She also worked with Kevin Costner on the motion picture "Dragonfly."
Style, the fashion, beauty, home, and entertaining network, was launched October 1, 1998 by E! Networks in response to increasing viewer demand for additional mainstream programming devoted to style and the people and events that shape one's personal style. Style features a full slate of original series and specials that cover fashion, beauty, home, dining, travel and entertaining utilizing experts from across the style spectrum to inspire viewers to express their own personal style. Based inLos Angeles, Style currently counts 22 million with commitments to reach 40 million viewers by 2004.
As host of Style's new interior and home design series "Area," Lise Simms brings her great eye for design and passion for renovation to the network. In addition to her hosting duties, Simms is a full-time actress who currently can be seen working with Kevin Costner in "Dragonfly" and as Victor Newman's assistant Connie Wayne on "The Young and The Restless."
From the stage to the small-screen, Lise's career has encompassed virtually every area of entertainment. She has starred in countless plays including "Other Peoples Money," "Mame," "Can Can," "They're Playing Our Song," "Sweet Charity," and "Bye Bye Birdie." She was also a member of the original LA cast of "Beauty and the Beast" and toured the world for over two years with "A Chorus Line." You may also recognize her from her TV roles on "Friends," "Providence," "Mad TV," "Third Rock from the Sun," and many more.
Lise began her career at the age of thirteen and has worked with such notables as Betty White, Jason Alexander, Lynn Redgrave, Lucie Arnez, Courtney Cox, and Marie Osmond. In 1988, she performed with Marvin Hamlisch and Shirley Jones for President and Mrs. Reagan in "The Great Performances at the White House" series, which aired on PBS.
Lise is the sixth of nine children raised by Bill and Jacque Simms in southernColorado. Her father is a watercolor artist. She attributes her great eye for design to her parents who now live in the national historic R.T. Frazier home. Frequently asked by friends and family members for her decorating advice and expertise, Simms is currently renovating her 1947 Hollywood Colonial. Watch her on Area beginning tonight on the Style Channel!
NBC and Telemundo Join Together to Create the Ultimate Soap Opera Fan Experience - "Fan Festival 2002" At Universal Studios Florida, November 2 & 3
In an unprecedented soap opera move, stars of "Days of our Lives" and "Passions" return to Florida joined by the stars of Telemundo's hottest Telenovelas! On November 2 & 3, the stars of NBC Daytime will return to Universal Studios Florida for "Fan Festival 2002" bringing with them several of the hottest stars of Telemundo's telenovelas to create the ultimate international soap opera fan experience. "Fan Festival 2002" will mark the first event joining the stars of NBC and Telemundo since their incorporation earlier this year.
"The joining of the stars of NBC Daytime with Telemundo's hottest telenovela stars at Fan Festival 2002 adds an exciting new dimension to this event," commented Sheraton Kalouria, Senior Vice President, NBC Daytime Programs, NBC Entertainment. "We hope the fans are as excited as we are to be returning to Universal Orlando."
"Telemundo is thrilled to be part of such a wonderful event," said Lynette Pinto, Senior Vice President of marketing for Telemundo. "This is a great opportunity for our viewers to meet their favorite Telemundo and NBC soap opera stars and it will be an unforgettable experience for our celebrities."
Over thirty of today's hottest soap stars combined from both networks will make the trip to Orlando, Florida. Stars from NBC's "Days of our Lives" and "Passions" will share the spotlight with stars from Telemundo's latest hits: "Pedro el Escamoso," "Vale Todo" and "El Clon." "Fan Festival 2002" will offer increased opportunities for interaction between the fans and their favorite stars with presentations in both English and Spanish providing a unique experience for soap fans from around the world.
Admission to "Fan Festival 2002" will be included as part of either day's admission to Universal Studios Florida.
The Universal Orlando resort destination (www.universalorlando.com) includes two dramatically distinct and adjacent theme parks, the Universal Studios movie theme park and Islands of Adventure. Universal Orlando also includes CityWalk, a 30-acre dining, shopping, club and live entertainment venue as well as premier on-site Loews hotels and world-class film and television production facilities. Universal Orlando is a unit of Universal Studios, a part of CANAL+, the TV and Film division of Vivendi Universal, a new global leader in media and communications.
Admission to Universal Studios Florida is $49.95 + tax for adults (ages 10+) and $40.95 + tax for children (ages 3-9). Information on travel packages is available online at www.universalstudiosvacations.com.
More information about "Fan Festival" will be available at the official NBC Daytime website at nbc.com/daytime beginning September 3. The website will provide up-to-the-minute information on the weekend's events and exclusive coverage of the event as it occurs.
As you well know, NBC's two-hour soap block consists of perennial powerhouse "Days of our Lives" and the daytime phenomenon, "Passions." NBC soaps are #1 in the key advertising demographic of Women 18-49 season to date (tied with ABC) and has been #1 for the last six weeks. NBC Daytime has been the #1 choice among women 18-34 for the last six years. "Days of our Lives" is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Columbia Pictures Television. "Passions" is produced by NBC Studios in association with Outpost Farms Productions, Inc.
Telemundo, the fastest growing U.S. Spanish-language television network, reaches 90% of Hispanic viewers. Telemundo Communications Group, Inc. owns and operates ten U.S. full-power UHF stations serving the eight largest Hispanic markets, and also owns and operates the leading full-power television station and related production facilities in Puerto Rico.
DOOL Stars James Reynolds and Valerie Wildman Star In "Words Of Love" May 25 And 26 In Atlanta, Georgia
James Reynolds (Abe Carver) and Valerie Wildman (Faye Walker) of NBC-TV's "Days of Our Lives," will star in "Words of Love" at the Woodruff Arts Center's 14th Street Playhouse in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 26 at 3 p.m.
"Words of Love" is a theatrical review of the heart. It is a play that is about love, heartbreak, and hope, the age-old dance of the sexes. Wildman and Reynolds play a variety of men and women in different stages of falling in and out of love in this collection of poetry, music, and humor. According to the Pasadena Star News, " 'Words of Love' is an easy evening of pleasure."
Proceeds from the event will benefit the WoodruffArtsCenter's 14th Street Playhouse. The Playhouse hosts some of the region's most respected small theatre companies. It is also the home of the New Jomandi, the largest African American Theater Company in the southeast.
A reception and autograph signing will follow the performance on Saturday, May 25 at the WoodruffArtsCenter's Galleria located at 1290 Peachtree St., Atlanta. The 14th Street Playhouse is located at 173 14th St. in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets for the performance are $20, $18 for students and seniors and $15 for the reception. Tickets for both the event and reception are $28. Tickets can be purchased two weeks prior to the event only or on the day of the event. To order tickets, please call 404-870-0629. For additional information, please call 404-733-4754, or 4658.
As the World Turns News...
It's welcome home to Oakdale for Kelley Menighan Hensley who returns from maternity leave to play Emily. Look for Emily to show up again in Oakdale beginning Monday, May 13.
Congratulations to Kathleen Widdoes (Emma) who is the recipient of a 2002 Lucille Lortel Award as Outstanding Featured Actress for her work in Franny's Way.
All My Children News...
We received this request in email from the webmaster of Marj Dusay's website. Congratulations, Marj, on your nomination!
"For the first time ever, there is going to be a special fan award given to the Favorite Villain and Favorite Couple during this year's Emmy broadcast. Marj Dusay is the Favorite Villain nominee from All My Children! The awards will be given out during the broadcast. There's a great picture of Marj along with a video clip (The fabulously demented, "it ain't over 'til the blond lady sings at the Valley Inn," scene) and information on her character. The top three nominees who receive the most votes in each category will be voted on again by viewers during the broadcast. Everyone...PLEASE go over and vote for Marj now at ABC.com. Even better -- you can link to the CBS/ EMMY award site directly and vote right there!
For many moons AMC fans have been clamoring for the return of Maria Santos Grey, played by Eva LaRue Callahan. Their prayers have been answered when Eva LaRue Callahan returns to PineValley in the very near future. It's not clear if she will play Maria or a new character. Evil twin? Long lost identical cousin? Either way, fans are happy to have her back. One fan requests showing support to Eva's return by participating in a petition of appreciation. Ayelet tells you all about it right here!
"I started a petition for Eva a while ago, wanting to bring her back to AMC. Before I could even send it to TPTB, the great news of her return was revealed at http://www.soapsindepth.com. "Well, I decided to change the form of the petition. Instead of asking All My Children and ABC to bring Eva back, let's leave our comments to show this wonderful actress our appreciation of her, and how happy we are to have her back on our soap! I will send this to her once enough people have signed. Please visit http://www.petitiononline.com/amc4elc/petition.html and click on "sign the petition" to leave your comments. Thank you and have a soapy day!"
DOOL's Cedeno Only Male Daytime 50 Most Beautiful
The secret is out at last! Matt Cedeno (Brandon, DOOL) is one of People Magazine's Worlds 50 Most Beautiful People. He is the only daytime celebrity to make the prestigious glamour list. He got word back in February that he made the cut, also finding out that he was the only male star from daytime dramas to be included on the list. On March 14, 2002 People Magazine held a photo shoot for Cedeno, star of NBC's Days of Our Lives, at a horse ranch in Malibu, California. The People Magazine World's 50 Most Beautiful People issue was on newsstands as of May 2, 2002.
Passions Fans! Check Out Your Favorite Print Magazines!
In honor of Mother's Day, Andrea Evans (Rebecca) and Natalie Zea (Gwen) sat down with Soap Opera Digest for a candid interview. Read all about their off-screen relationship in Soap Opera Digest's May 14 issue.
In the issue of Soap Opera Weekly (Coverdate: May 14), on sale NOW, read about Timmy's latest misadventures on the run, learn how Kim Johnston Ulrich (Ivy) celebrated her son's birthday at the set; discover who fellow fans feel deserves the money, power, and title of the real Mrs. Crane; participate in our NEW Passions poll; and do it all a special low price of just $1.99. Don't miss it!
In the new issue of Soap Opera Weekly (Coverdate: May 21), on sale NOW, learn what the Passions actors will be doing INSTEAD of attending the Emmys; hear from Juliet Mills (Tabitha) about her husband, former Dynasty star Maxwell Caulfield's latest project; read Weekly Editor's rave reviews of Andrea Evans (Rebecca); find out whether fellow PASSIONS fans feel Sheridan has better chemistry with Antonio or Luis; and participate in our new Passions poll.
All My Children: Frank Pellegrino "Frankie No" or Rao's Restaurant, will play the role of an Italian restaurant owner on Tuesday, June 4. J.P.Lipton has been cast in the recurring role of Marius Wolf. His first airdate is Monday, June 10. Clement Von Frankenstein plays the recurring role of Count Guy DuPres. His first airdate is Wednesday, June 12, 2002.
As the World Turns:Kelley Menighan Hensley returns from maternity leave as Emily Stewart on Monday, May 13. Carter Cochran and Larry Stephen Hines play FBI agents on Monday, May 13 and Tuesday, May 14.
Michael Rogers and Danny Marie Johnson play police officers on Wednesday, May 15.
Guiding Light:Joe Holt plays Dutcha security guard, on Tuesday, May 14.
Chris Meyer and Tricia Donohue play an orderly and a nurse, respectively, on Thursday, May 16.
All My Children:See Susan Lucci (Erica) in concert Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 8 at 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 9 at 3 p.m., at the Memorial Auditorium, MontclairStateUniversity, Valley Road, Upper Montclair, New Jersey. For ticket prices and further info call the TheatreFest Box Office at 973.655.5112. (Some appearance info provided by SEAHAAS).
As the World Turns:
Bold & the Beautiful:
One Life to Live: OnFriday, May 17, 2002see Catherine Hickland (Lindsay) perform "Love Letters" with Campbell Scott at Fleetwoods Stage, New Rochelle, NY. Tickets are $25. The play begins at 8 PM. Call 914 654-8949 for tickets and 914 654-8533 for directions.
Passions: The stars of Passions are participating in the Make-a-wish® Foundation and Snuggle® Fabric Softner Celebrity Soft Tee charity event. During the month of February, stars signed and decorated a t-shirt that will be auctioned off on eBay on May 13, and May 22. You can link directly to the auction by logging on to snuggletime.com. The stars of Passions and Days will make an encore appearance in Nashville for Fan Fair 2002 . Stars including Andrea Evans (Rebecca), Bruce Michael Hall (Reese), Lindsay Korman (Theresa), and Justin Carroll (David), will be greeting fans and signing autographs at the NBC daytime booth in the NashvilleConvention Center, as well as making special appearances at various events throughout the weekend. The stars' return trip to MusicCity will be highlighted by an exclusive Fan Fair event, June 15 and 16. On Father's Day, Sunday, June 16, Rodney Van Johnson (TC) will be participating in the 13th Annual REAL MEN COOK for CHARITY, the largest, longest running, annual urban Father's Day event in the nation! Visit www.realmencook.com. ATTENTION ALLCANADIAN FANS: Galen Gering (Luis) and Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) will make a personal appearance at a Soap Opera Festival on Sunday, June 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Paramount Canada's Wonderland theme park in Toronto, Ontario, CANADA. The appearance will be held in the theme park's 5,000-seat amphitheater and will be a question and answer session. For more information, call WonderlandTheme Park at (905) 832-7000. On Sunday, June 16, Amelia Marshall (Liz), Kim Johnston Ulrich (Ivy), McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) and Deanna Wright (Kay) will act as the official hostesses for the opening night of the 2002 California Police and Fire Games, which will take place throughout Orange County, California from the dates of June 16-June 23, 2002. Opening Ceremonies will be held at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Irvine. Admission is free. Ceremonies begin at 5pm. For further information call: 714/245.8653. 3rd Annual Passions FanEvent, Saturday, July 20, 2002, 8 AM-Noon at the Globe Theatre, Universal Studios, Hollywood. Confirmed attendance: Dana Sparks (Grace), James Hyde (Sam), Ryan McPartlin (Hank), Lindsay Korman (Theresa), Justin Caroll (David), Christopher Douglas (Brian), Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy), Galen Gering (Luis), Jack Krizmanich (John), Amelia Marshall (Liz), Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel), Kim Johnston Ulrich (Ivy), Rodney Van Johnson (TC), McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan), Deanna Wright (Kay) and Natalie Zea (Gwen), plus more to follow! Tickets are $75 for fan club members, $95 for non-members and include daylong admission to the theme park. Call 818 655-5135 for further info.
Young & the Restless: On Saturday, May 18, 2002 at the Grand Casino in Robinsonville, MI see Jeanne Cooper (Katherine), Christian LeBlanc (Michael), Joshua Morrow (Nicholas), and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis). For info call: 662 357-3322.
Email the Stars
Bubbles Busted? Snail Mail TPTB!
All My Children: Audience Information, ABC TV, 77 W. 66th St, NY, NY 10023
As the World Turns: CBS TV, 51 W. 52nd St, NY, NY 10019
Bold & the Beautiful: CBS TV, 7800 Beverly Blvd, LA, CA 90036
Days of Our Lives: NBC TV, 3000 W. Alameda Ave, Burbank, CA 91523
General Hospital: ABC TV, 4151 Prospect Ave, Hollywood, CA 90027
Guiding Light: CBS TV, 51 W 52nd St, NY, NY 10019
One Life to Live: ABC TV, Audience Information, 77 W. 66th St, NY, NY 10023
Passions: CBS Radford Studios, 4024 Radford Ave, Studio City, CA 91604
Port Charles: ABC TV, 4151 Prospect Ave, Hollywood, CA 90027
Young & the Restless: CBS TV, 7800 Beverly Blvd, LA, CA 90036
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