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Days of Our Lives is certainly going all out for the coronation of Princess Greta Von Amberg! In fact, Victoria Wyndham, who we reported last week would be playing the role of Lady Sheraton, will no longer appear in that role. Instead, Lesley-Anne Down (Sunset Beach) will join Ian Buchanan (The Bold & the Beautiful, General Hospital) as Lady and Lord Sheraton. Since stars from all three networks appearing on Days of Our Lives is such a major casting coup, here again is the who's who of guest stars --

DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- Soap "All-Star" Week -- NBC Daytime -- Pictured: (l-r) Roscoe Born, Dorothy Lyman, Tyler Christopher, Kathleen Noone, Ian Buchanon, John Reilly, Bobbie Eakes, Matthew Ashford, Maeve Kincaid, David Forsythe - NBC's "Days of our Lives" welcomes these esteemed Soap "All Stars" as guests at the coronation of Princess Greta Von Amburg during the week of February 5, 2001 -- NBC Photo: Chris Haston

Roscoe Born (As the World Turns, One Life to Live, All My Children, Santa Barbara); Tyler Christopher (General Hospital); Bobbie Eakes (The Bold and the Beautiful); David Forsyth (All My Children, Another World, As the World Turns, SoapCenter); Maeve Kinkead (Guiding Light, Another World); Dorothy Lyman (Bold and the Beautiful, All My Children, Another World); Kathleen Noone (Sunset Beach, All My Children); and John Reilly (Sunset Beach, General Hospital). Ian Buchanan (The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital) and Lesley-Anne Down (Sunset Beach).

The stars play guests at the coronation of Princess Greta Von Amburg (Julianne Morris) who will be crowned by Austin Reed (Austin Peck), an event which is the culmination of a four-month story arc. In Virtual Eden, with Austin by her side, Greta fought for her crown in an adventure that included life-threatening challenges, gladiatorial combat and featured exciting special effects. But the adventure will not end in Eden. In true Days of our Lives fashion, danger lurks just around the corner for many of the Princesss honored guests, with three of them meeting their death in events that unfold in the following week. Stay tuned!

DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- NBC Daytime -- Pictured: (l-r) Austin Peck as Austin Reed and Julianne Morris as Princess Greta Von Amburg -- NBC Photo: Paul Drinkwater

Lisa Peluso joins One Life to Live

Yes, the rumors are true. ABC has confirmed that Lisa Peluso, (Another World, Loving) will replace Rebecca Boyd as Gina, a woman from Ben's past who suddenly emerges to cause complications in the lives of Ben and Viki. See the Casting section below for her first airdate.

Your Input Requested

Peluso joining the cast of One Life to Live brings me to this question. Does it get confusing and/or frustrating when actors come and go in roles? It happens all the time, but do you really buy it? When an actor who is so well known on one show, then suddenly appears on another, does that work for you? Take Dorian Lord Hayes on OLTL as played by Robin Strasser. A wonderful, colorful character, made memorable by Strasser. Now, Strasser, who everyone is so used to seeing as Dorian Lord Hayes on OLTL, is Hecuba on Passions. Another character not to be taken lightly! Do you buy her as Hecuba. Despite her appearing in this new role, do you still think of her first and foremost as Dorian? Lisa Peluso played a great character both on Loving and on Another World. Will you buy her as yet someone else completely new without comparing her work on the other shows? Were you able to accept Linda Dano as Rae Cummings without first and always thinking of her as Felicia from Another World? If someone like Michael E. Knight (Tad, AMC) suddenly appeared as a restaurant proprietor on Young & the Restless, would you buy it, or would he always be AMC's Tad to you? Is Peter Reckell always and forever DOOL's Bo Brady, or would you buy him as a despicable villain on Guiding Light?

Please post your thoughts on this issue on the Turtle Run Message Boards in the Criticize the Critic folder. Really would love to know your thinking on this! Thanks. :o)

Congratulations to Passions' James E. Reilly and his Writing Team

Passions creator and head writer, James E. Reilly, and his talented team of writers including Ethel Brez, Mel Brez, Shawn Morrison, Marlene Clark Poulter, Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr., Peggy Schibi, Roger Newman, Pete T. Rich, Maralyn Thoma and Nancy Williams Watt have been nominated by the Writers Guild of America in the category of Best Daytime Serial. Congratulations to Passions!

In Other Passions News

NBC's junior soap has officially sanctioned an online auction through eBay to raise money for ChildSHARE, a not-for-profit organization that assists in finding foster and adoptive families for children without parents in Los Angeles County. The auction will be held on eBay the week of February 12-16, 2001. The highest bidder will receive the following: Lunch and a tour of the Passions set with Galen Gering (Luis) and McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) as your tour guides! A copy of Hidden Passions: Secrets from the Diaries of Tabitha Lenox, personally autographed by Juliet Mills (Tabitha) to the highest bidder. And an autographed cast photo, autographed script, a special Passions "goody basket," a pair of Timmy's (Josh Ryan Evan) gloves, and Julian Crane's (Ben Masters) ascot. Look for Passions ChildSHARE auction at eBay the week of February 12, 2001.

Premiering on SoapNet's SoapCenter Friday, February 2, 2001!

Brush with Royalty on NBC's Days of Our Lives! We told you all about the stars appearing on DOOL "All Star" shows. Now, SoapCenter takes you behind the scenes of Princess Greta Von Amburg's coronation. You won't believe the glamour, the galaxy of guest stars, or the decidedly grizzly climax!

Family Feud: General Hospital's Quirky Quartermaines! Part 2 of SoapCenter's series spotlighting one of the most off-the-wall families in soap history. In true "Q" fashion, the actors lovingly and wickedly explain the twisted relationships between the various family members.

The Bigger Picture: Witchcraft in America! Witchcraft is a staple of NBC's Passions. But the arcane arts are not limited to the fictional foibles of a few sorceresses on a soap. In The Bigger Picture this week, SoapCenter examines the role witchcraft plays in American culture, as the show traces its roots all the way back to the Salem witch trials.

All the World's a Stage for CBS's Guiding Light! SoapCenter travels to Nyack, New York (about two towns away from where yours truly grew up!) as Maureen Garrett (Holly, GL) and six of her co-stars present a series of staged readings at the Guiding Light Actors Workshop. Get ready to see your GLfavorites hit the boards and flex their acting muscles like never before!

SoapCenter Spotlight: Mimi Torchin and ATWT's Eileen Fulton! SoapCenter special contributor Mimi Torchin welcomes soap legend Eileen Fulton (Lisa, ATWT) into the SoapCenter spotlight for a lively interview that you won't soon forget! All premiering on SoapCenter this coming Friday!

Casting

All My Children: Mark Pinter, who was first seen in Pine Valley on January 9, 2001 as Roger Smythe, Greenlee's father, has signed a contract to continue to play the role.

Days of Our Lives: Natalija Nogulich continues as Ingrid Mitchell, the coronation coordinator throughout the week. On Wednesday, January 31, 2001 Rolanda Watts (who I remember as a newscaster in the NY metropolitan market!) portrays Cameron Reese, Brady's new attorney. Also on Wednesday, January 31, 2001, Andrea Hall-Gallagher returns as Hattie. Matt Ashford will reprise the role of Jack Deveraux for several appearances beginning February 5, 2001. The role is recurring, non-contract.

General Hospital: Steve Burton returns as Jason Morgan beginning January 29, 2000.

One Life to Live: Lisa Peluso will take over the role of Gina Russo, a woman from Ben's past, beginning Friday, February 9, 2001. Peluso is well-known to daytime audiences from her roles on Another World, Search for Tomorrow, and Loving. Her film credits include Saturday Night Fever, New York City Nights, and Dressed to Kill.

Port Charles: Tim Griffin has been cast in the recurring role of Travis. Griffin recurred on Party of Five and Against the Grain. He has guest-starred in Charmed, Seven Days, Sliders, Walker, Texas Ranger, Cybill, China Beach, Weird Science and Empty Nest. He was recently seen in the feature film Boys & Girls and appeared in Wind River and Higher Learning. His first airdate as Travis is Tuesday, February 6, 2001. Denise Galik-Furey will reprise the role of Rhonda Wexler, mother to Karen, ex-love of Scotty Baldwin and Alan Quartermaine. She was initially cast in the role of Rhonda Wexler in 1992 on General Hospital. Later, she returned for the launch of the spin-off Port Charles in 1997. She has worked in a number of television series including The Best of Times, Flamingo Road, Knot's Landing, and the mini-series, V: The Final Battle. Her first airdate is Tuesday, February 6, 2001. Amanda Wilmshurst (Never Been Kissed, Pensacola: Wings of Gold) has been cast in the role of Kim. Her first airdate is Thursday, February 15, 2001. Willie C. Carpenter (The Insider) has been cast in the role of a tribal chief. His wife, Maya, will be played by Pamela Tyson, and their son, Kaylo, will be played by Elijah Adrian Cuffee. The family first appears on Tuesday, February 20, 2001. David Buzzotta (She's All That) has been cast as Brad Masters. His first airdate is Wednesday, February 28, 2001.

Seeing Stars

Days of Our Lives: Matt Cedeno appears at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center Auto Show in Birmingham, Alabama from 1-4 PM and 7-9 PM on Saturday, February 10, 2001. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Cedeno also appears at the Auto Show in Abiline, Alabama at the Abiline Civic Center on Sunday, February 11, 2001 from 1-5 PM. Patrika Darbo has been named Chairperson for the Heart Association Walk and on Sunday, February 11, 2001, Patrika takes part in the 16th Annual Heart Run & Walk in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, benefiting the American Heart Association. Participants can choose from a 5K run, a 5K Fun Walk, a 10K Run and a 1K Kids Walk. For information call the American Heart Association at 310 277-2171. On Sunday, March 10, 2001, Kevin Spirtas signs autographs at the Chico Mall in Chico, CA from noon till 2 PM. On Saturday, March 31, 2001 Matt Cedeno appears at the Winnipeg Convention Center Auto Show in Winnipeg, Canada. The appearance times are 1-4 PM and 7-9 PM. Tickets at the door. Cedeno also appears with Kevin Spirtas as special guests at the Children's Cancer Foundation Charity Event in Hunt Valley, Maryland on Saturday and Sunday April 21 and 22, 2001. Seating is limited, but call 410 486-4744 for ticket info. Days Fans -- Keep this Date! June 2, 2001. The fan club event of the Millennium. An entirely new format with lots of surprises. Fun for the whole family. This action-packed weekend will go down in Days history. More details to come!!

General Hospital: Sarah Brown stars as Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac at the Knightsbridge Theatre in LA. Chad Brannon stars as Cyrano. The play opens on Friday, January 26, 2001 and runs through March 11, 2001. Performances are Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 5 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Knightsbridge Theatre LA is at 1944 Riverside Drive. Call the reservation line at 626 440-0821 for ticket information and directions. The "Project Bundle Up Fashion Show" proudly announces a new guest. Rebecca Herbst (Liz) will now be attending this event alongside Tava Smiley (Chloe) and Lisa Vultaggio (Hannah) on March 24, 2001 in Pittsburgh, PA at the Fox Chapel Yacht Club. Tickets are $35.00 for fashion show and luncheon; $20.00 for fashion show only. For info visit the Project Bundle Up website at http://www.geocities.com/projectbundleup

Passions: Galen Gering (Luis) signs autographs at the Charlestown Town Center in Charlestown, West Virginia on Saturday, February 10, 2001 from noon till 3:30 PM. Personalized autographed photos of Galen, or an autographed Polaroid of you with Galen, will be available for $10.00 each. All proceeds will go to S.O.A.R., Soap Operas' AIDS Response Foundation. For ticket and other info call 845 255-3685. Robin Strasser (Hecuba) appears on stage in Hate Mail, February 14-18, 2001 at the Embassy Suites at Mandalay Bay in Mandalay Beach, CA. Martin Sheen (The West Wing) appears as her co-star. For advance tickets call 805 415-4623 or 805 415-4652. Snail mail TPTB!

All My Children: Audience Information, ABC TV, 77 W. 66th St, NY, NY 10023
As the World Turns: CBS TV, 1268 East 14th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11230
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

For those who are disappointed that NBC cancelled Titans, send snail mail to:
Mr. Scott Sassa, President, NBC West Coast, 3000 W. Alameda Avenue, Burbank, CA 91523

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