Dear Suds Buds:
All My Children has always been one of my all time favorite soaps. I began watching AMC in college, along with my suitemates. Of the four of us, at least two would schedule classes just so they could be home at 1 PM to see the show! Which is saying a lot when you go to school in Florida where the sun shines 90 percent of the time, and the beach is only a short drive away.
After college a career called, and at that time, VCRs were not a household mainstay. I lost touch with the show and soaps in general until the mid 90's when a soap actor and I became friends. It just so happened he was on All My Children. At first I tuned in to see his work as he was up for a role in a movie-of-the-week that I had written. The project had been optioned by a producer and was being pitched around town. Although only tuning in as a curiosity to see the work of the prospective star, it wasn't long before I was hooked on the show! It probably took all of 3 episodes.
Since the mid 90's I've seen AMC get good and get bad. It's been boring, then riveting. It's been adequate and it's been sensational. One or two storylines were, for moi, downright unwatchable. Noah's escape while in route to prison, and the resulting Jamaica sojourn is one that made me tune out.
For the most part, however, AMC continues to engage. Current storylines like the Leo/Greenlee/Jake/Mia quadrangle, Kendall's return and the chemistry I see emerging with Ryan, Tad and Dixie's continued struggles, and Erica/Bianca/Chris and Jackson are what's making me tune in right now. I don't get the whole Proteus story, or what's going on with Liza/Adam. I don't know why they felt aging JR was a good thing except to use him as the catalyst in Frankie's murder. I question why Kendall has returned with such an attitude against Erica. Didn't she marry Dell and move to Florida after coming to a sense of reconciliation with Erica before she left? Now, suddenly she is outraged by her mother once again. What am I missing there?
I suppose that All My Children is reflective of all soaps. Most of the time the storytelling keeps you glued to the TV. Sometimes it makes you shake the TV in frustration, or question what strange mushrooms the writers are doing to come up with such dreck. Other times it gets you so fed up there's nothing left to do, but tune out. I've been there. It's most likely the same for many of you. But then, if you are a true fan of the show, if you have grown to know and love the characters, eventually, you'll tune in again just to see what's up with them. Odds are, you'll get hooked all over again. At least that's what always happens with me. How about you?
Passions Lands National Radio Personality
National radio personality Sean Valentine will make a guest appearance on Passions on Monday, March 4, 2002. He will portray the owner of a floral shop who interacts with Luis when he comes in to buy flowers. Valentine began working at local Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM in August of 1996 as the evening DJ. He was promoted to afternoons two years ago, and Valentine quickly took his afternoon position to number One in the ratings for the first time in the history of KIIS-FM. Valentine is the most listened to afternoon personality in Los Angeles. Additionally, Sean started a syndicated broadcast of a second show called "Valentine in the Morning." He can currently be heard all across the country in cities such as New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, JacksonvillePittsburgh, Des Moines,Tulsa and many more. Valentine also appears as a regular comic at the world famous Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA. His other credits include several music videos, national commercials and television series such as Beverly Hills 90210 and USA High.
Awards Bubbling up in Soapdom
All My Children has received its second consecutive nomination from the 2001 Writers Guild of America Awards as "Best Daytime Serial." "All My Children" took home this honor at last year's awards ceremony.
"All My Children's" nominated writing team consists of show creator Agnes Nixon and former head writer Jean Passanante, with associate writers Craig Cralson, Frederick Johnson, N. Gail Lawrence, Victor Miller, Juliet Law Packer, Addie Walsh, Mimi Leahey, Bettina F. Bradbury, Charlotte Gibson, David Hiltbrand, Lanet Iacobuzio, Royal Miller, John Piroman, Rebecca Taylor and Neal Bell.
"All My Children" star Walt Willey (Jackson Montgomery) is scheduled to present at the 54th annual awards ceremony to be held in New York City on Saturday, March 2, with a simulcast at the Beverly Hills Hilton in LA.
Another Writers Guild nomination goes to Days of our Lives. Congratulations to the writing team of Days of our Lives for being nominated for a prestigious Writers Guild Award in the category of Daytime Serial. The majority of the episodes submitted by the Days of our Lives writing team deal with teen social issues of acceptance and tolerance. Days of our Lives won the Writer's Guild Award in 1999.
Guiding Light has also been nominated for a Writer's Guild Award as has Young & the Restless. This is Y&R's second nomination.
Young & the Restless received four NAACP Image Award nominations in the following categories: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, Kristoff St. John and Shemar Moore; and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama Series, Alexia Robinson and Tonya Lee Williams. As previously reported, the Image Awards will be handed out on Friday, February 23. The ceremony will be televised on the Fox network on March 3, 2002. Check your local listings.
Y&R's Jeanne Cooper received the Outstanding Actress Award at the 10th Annual American in the Arts Awards. It is her second win. The awards were handed out on Saturday, February 2, 2002 in the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. In other Y&R Awards news, Heather Tom, David Tom, Nicole Tom and Marie Tom were honored by the Motion Picture Mother's Club on Sunday, January 13 when they walked away with the Applause Award for their success in the entertainment industry.
DOOL's Peter Reckell wins the Australian Boomerang Award. Congratulations to Reckell for being voted the Favorite Male Star by the readers of Australia's "TV Soap Magazine," the number one soap opera publication in Australia. Peter was on hand to accept his TV Soap Boomerang Award at a gala ceremony at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel on Friday evening, January 18th. Other winners from "Days of our Lives" included Eileen Davidson in the category of Favorite Comedic Performer for her multiple roles (Kristen, Susan, Sister Mary Moira, Penelope and Thomas) and the writing team was awarded Favorite Storyline for the saga of Kristen, Susan and Sister Mary Moira. (In Australia, "Days of our Lives" airs episodes approximately three and a half years behind.)
Speaking of the Boomerang's, Y&R's Sharon Case received the Most Popular Younger Female Star award at the Second Annual Golden Boomerang Awards. Turtle-Run's Jessica Radloff was there, and we will print coverage of the exciting evening very soon. Stay tuned!
The Passions Hair Department has received a nomination, in the category of 'Best Innovative Hair Styling for a Television Series,' for The Third Annual Hollywood Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Awards. Congratulations to Department Head Linle White and her team, Arleen Chavez, Shelly Scanlon and Kathleen Norris, on their nomination and for the prestigious distinction of having Passions be the only daytime drama nominated this year.
The Hollywood Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Awards honor the singular contributionHollywood's makeup artists and hairstylists make to the entertainment industry. This year, 36 awards will be presented at an all-star gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, February 17, 2002.
Passions Announces Third Annual Fan Club Event
Save the Date! Saturday, July 20, 2002 marks the 3rd Annual Passions Fan Club event. As in years one and two, festivities will be held in Los Angeles. Specific details to come. Stay tuned!
Now on SoapCenter, as of Friday, February 1, 2002
Real Life: As the World Turns' Scott Holroyd
Residing near Ground Zero, Scott Holroyd (Paul, As the World Turns) and his roommate were forced to evacuate after the WorldTradeCenter was attacked on Sept. 11. Now he's moved back home, ready to start over again. Here's your up-close and personal look at this actor's courageous journey.
Stars On... GeneralHospital's Jacklyn Zeman
In part two of thisspecial salute to GeneralHospital's colorful, compassionate and sometimes controversial nurse Bobbie, coworkers reflect on Jacklyn Zeman, the actress who has given life to this enduring character for 25 years. Interviews include Tony Geary and Kin Shriner (Luke and Scott).
Behind the Scenes: ABC Stars Model for Seventeen
Come along for the ride as ABC Daytime and Seventeenmagazineare teaming up to show teenagers the hottest prom fashions. David Fumero and Jessica Morris (Cristian and Jennifer, OLTL), Marisa Ramirez (Gia, GH),Josh Duhamel and Rebecca Budig (Leo and Greenlee, AMC,) step out of their soap wardrobes and into some of the most exciting fashions for this year's prom season. The photo shoot is for an article in the current issue of the popular teen magazine.
Getting Personal: One Life to Live's Ilene Kristen
On One Life to Live, Roxie has been wreaking havoc as Jessica's (Erin Torpey) trashy biological mother. Offscreen, actress Ilene Kristen, who plays the meddling mama, shares the details of the tender, unorthodox relationship she's had with a special-needs child, Antoine. She's mentored him since her days as Delia on Ryan's Hope,and is proud of her college student "son" today.
Premiering Friday, February 8, 2002
Behind-the-Scenes: As The World Turns' Valentine's Day Episode As the World Turnscelebrates Valentine's Day with its first-ever all-musical episode. The director, writer, choreographer, music director and actors reveal what it took to produce this landmark, stand-alone episode. Musical numbers include Abigail and Adam (Kristina Sisco and Craig Lawlor) singing "Up On the Roof," and Tom and Margo (Scott Holmes and Ellen Dolan) performing "More Than a Woman."
Style: All My Children's Finola Hughes From PineValley to TriBeCa! All My Children'sFinola Hughes (Anna) loves to shop, and she takes Peggy Bunker along as she visits some of her favorite stores in lowerManhattan. Also included: Finola gives Peggy a lesson in the finer points of afternoon tea.
At Home: The Bold & the Beautiful's Sean Kanan Actor Sean Kanan portrays the dark, shady Deacon on The Bold & theBeautiful. This week he offers a tour of his home that has a Far East flair and an extensive art collection.
Behind the Scenes: Young & the Restless' Peter Bergman Young & the Restless star Peter Bergman (Jack) takes viewers on a rare backstage tour of the top-rated CBS soap. Plus, Peter sits down to discuss everything from his wife, Mariellen, and their two children, to his Emmy-winning performances.
**TRO Disclaimer: The above SoapCenter segments are scheduled in advance and may be bumped without notice for airing at a later date. The above segments may then be replaced with other segments. Check your local listings.**
As the World Turns: Troy Kumprey plays a state trooper on Monday, February 4. Tommy Schrider plays a photographer on Monday, February 4. New York City firemen Brendan Connolly, James Grillo, Daniel Keane, Eddie McNulty, Bill Riccardulli and Lee Stephenson and actors Jeff Coleman, Gregory Derelian, Ron Horton and John Pasha play firemen participating in Katie's work-out video on Monday, February 4. Maria Deasy plays a court clerk on Tuesday, February 5. John Bradley plays a bagpiper on Thursday, February 7. Sam Gregory plays a mortician on Thursday, February 7. Matthew Mabe plays a pilot on Friday, February 8.
Days of our Lives: Executive Producer Ken Corday is excited to announce that Nadia Bjorlin has extended her contract with Days of our Lives. Jason Cook and Kirsten Storms recently renewed their contracts with Days of our Lives. On Monday, February 4th and Tuesday, February 5th, Julie Cobb portrays Ms. Burns, the social worker assigned to JT's custody hearing. Kathleen Kinmont portrays Dr. Richards, Lucas' doctor at the rehab center, on Thursday and Friday, February 7th and 8th.
Guiding Light: Doug Yasuda and Karen Tsen Lee play dignitaries "Mr. and Mrs. Tanaka" on Monday, February 4. Benim Foster plays a palace guard on Monday, February 4. Virginia Louise Smith plays a nurse on Monday, February 4. Chandler Williams play a man Lorelei uses to dupe Alan on Thursday, February 7. Kevin Bulla, Susie Dylan and MilesWilliams play family members in Company on Thursday, February 7. Jerry Tellier plays a police officer on Wednesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 7. Joseph Petka plays a San Cristobel tour guide on Friday, February 8. Patrick Stephenson plays a desk sergeant on Friday, February 8.
Passions:Radio personality Sean Valentine will make a guest appearance on Monday, March 4, 2002
Young & the Restless:Jim A. Howard appears as Paul's client, Doug, on Wednesday, February 6, 2002. Chad Gordon appears as Trop and Marc Santer appears as Jake on Friday, February 8, 2002. MichaelChinyamurindi as Isaac on Thursday, February 14, 2002. Kyle Santiago appears as Erica on Friday, February 15 and Jack Betts appears as Roberto. On the same day, Meg Bennett begins airing again as she reprises the role of Julia. Kelly Kruger begins in the role of Mac on February 19. Marc Senter appears as Jake, Stacie Riggs appears as Terri, and David A. Williams appears as Lois all on Wednesday, February 20. Chad Gordon appears as Troy on both Wednesday and Thursday, February 20 and 21, 2002.
All My Children: On Saturday, February 9, 2002 Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), & Walt Willey (Jackson) appear at the 3rd Annual Valentine's Dinner With The Stars ~ Mote Marine Event. (Please note that Michael E. Knight will NOT be appearing at this event.) Also attending from One Life to Live are Mark Derwin (Ben), David Fumero (Cristian) and Catherine Hickland (Lindsay) at the beautiful Michael's in Sarasota, FL. All proceeds benefit the Dolphin and WhaleHospital. Call 941-388-4441 Ext. 465 for additional information. At 10 PM ET/PT on Wednesday, February 27, 2002, Jennifer Bassey (Marian) will guest star on Law & Order on the NBC network. (Some appearance info provided by SEAHAAS.)
As the World Turns:Trent Dawson (Henry) will star in Molière's "The Miser" at the Geva Mainstage in Rochester, NY. Dawson plays Cléante in this snappy translation of the classic comedy. "The Miser" runs from January 8 to February 19. For tickets, call 585-232-GEVA (4382) or visit their website at www.gevatheatre.org. The As The World Turns Fan Club Luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2002 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. The luncheon will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY. Tickets are $90.00 for non-fan club members and $85.00 for current ATWT Fan Club Members. A $15.00 non-refundable deposit per person will reserve your seat in the order it is received. Checks and money orders are payable to: As The World Turns Fan Club Luncheon Tickets, P.O. Box 647, Merrick, NY11566-0647. Colleen Zenk Pinter ("Barbara Ryan") and her husband Mark Pinter will perform a reading of Love Letters at the Marco Island Film festival in Marco Island, FL on Thursday, April 18. For more information call 941-642-3378
Days of Our Lives: Peggy McCay stars in "Imitating Sam" at the Egyptian Arena Theatre, 1625 N. Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood,CA from January 12 to February 10, 2002. Performances will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 PM with Sunday matinees at 3:00 PM. Admission is $18.00. For reservations, please call 323/960-8865. On Saturday, February 9th at 200 PM, Matt Cedeno signs autographs at Macy's in Sherman Oaks, California (in Los Angeles) at en event sponsored by YM Magazine and Curve Fragrances. Joining Matt will be Passions' stars Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) and James Hyde (Sam). On Saturday February 23rd and Sunday February 24th, Matt Cedeno will be appearing at the world's largest custom auto show at the Kentucky Fair and ExpositionCenter in Louisville, Kentucky. On Saturday, Matt will be appearing from 1:00 PM -- 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM. On Sunday,Matt will be appearing from 12:00 PM -- 4:00 PM. On Saturday, February 23 Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) will appear at the Sears grand opening at the Warm Springs Promenade located at 1245 W. Warm Springs Blvd in Henderson, NV, 89014. They will be appearing from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. For more information call 702-855-5151
GeneralHospital: On Sunday, February 10, 2002 see Wally Kurth (Ned) and Kurth & Taylor at the Birchmere, Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA. Doors open at 5 PM for dinner with the concert beginning at 7 PM. For tickets, sponsorships and other info, call 202 986-2200. All proceeds benefit the Food and Research Action Center (FRAC) and the Kurth & Taylor Foundation that provides direct health and education services for children, youth and their families.
Guiding Light: Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny) will star in the exotic and engaging new play, "Pera Palas" by Sinan Unel on the C. Newton Schneck Mainstage at the Long Warf Theatre in New Haven, CT. Previews begin Wednesday, January 16, 2002. The show opens on Wednesday, January 23 at 8 PM and runs through February 17, 2002. The play is directed by "Guiding Light" director Steven Williford. Call the box office at 203 787-4282. Ron Raines (Alan), Saundra Santiago (Carmen), Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny) and Kim Zimmer (Reva) perform in "Too Marvelous for Words," a musical cabaret, hosted and directed by ThomChristopher (Dax) at Arci's Place, 450 Park Avenue South, New York, NY, on Monday, February 4. The show will benefit the Uniformed Firefighter's Association's Widow's and Children's Fund. For reservations and tickets, call 212-532-4370.There is a $30 cover and a $15 minimum at the table. Beth Chamberlin (Lorelei), Crystal Chappell (Olivia), Thom Christopher (Dax), Elizabeth Hobgood (ex-May Merisi), Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus), Jessica Jimenez (Catalina) Oliver Macready (Romeo), Lindsey McKeon (Marah Lewis), Robert Newman (Josh), Saundra Santiago (Carmen), Nancy St. Alban (Michelle), Jerry verDorn (Ross), Jordi Vilasuso (Tony), Laura Wright (Cassie) and Kim Zimmer (Reva) will appear at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in Highmount, NY on Saturday, February 9th for "Ski with the Soap Stars," a fund-raiser for the Fire Companies of the Town of Shandaken. For ticket information, call 845-254-5338 or 845-254-5600 ext. 447. Jordi Vilasuso (Tony) will make a personal appearance at the Giant Eagle store located at 41 Towne Center Drive in Leechburg, PA from 12:00- 3:00pm on Saturday, February 23rd. For more information, call 724-845-9298. The Marco Island Film Festival in Marco Island, FL will host "Brunch in Springfield" on Sunday, April 21. For more information, call 941-642-3378.
Passions: Various Passions cast members will participate in the Hollywood Knights Celebrity Basketball game on Thursday, February 7 at JohnBoscoHigh School, located at 13640 Bellflower Blvd. in Bellflower, CA. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. For more info visit: www.hollywoodknights.com. McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) will be co-hosting "UnderDressed" with Jonathan Silverman (The Single Guy, Weekend at Bernie's) on Saturday, February 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at a Hollywood Hills multi-million dollar mansion. The $25C per ticket event will feature a lingerie fashion show and silent auction. For info call (818) 219-0594. Marianne Muellerleile (Norma) has just finished taping a guest star role on "The Hughleys" which will air either February 4 or February 11, 2002 (check your local listings). Galen Gering (Luis), McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) and James Hyde (Sam) signs autographs and meet fans on Saturday, February 9 from 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m. (James from 12Noon to 1:00 p.m.) at The Westside Pavilion at Pico and Overland, West LA. All proceeds from this autograph signing will go to Galen's favorite charity, 'New Leash on Life.' Cost is: $10 for one signed headshot of one of the celebrities. $5.00 for a photo opportunity with one of the celebrities (taken with your camera-safety shots included!) and $35 for a package deal of a signed head shot and a photo with each celebrity (a savings of $10.00!). The location of the autograph signing is "The Covered Bridge between Nordstroms and Westside II near Barnes and Noble. For more information go to: www.WestsidePavilion.com. James Hyde (Sam) and Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) will appear at Macy's at the Sherman Oaks, CA Fashion Square for an autograph signing on Saturday, February 9 from 2:00 p.m. to4:00 p.m. Matt Cedeno from Days of Our Lives is also confirmed to appear. Catch a special appearance by James Hyde (Sam) at the star-studded American Veterans Awards. This tribute to the men and women who have dedicated their lives to serve our country took place on November 30, 2001 inBeverly Hills, CA. The History Channel will air the program on Sunday, February 10. James' cast mates Eva Tamargo Lemus (Pilar) and Dana Sparks (Grace) joined James from the audience in support of America's veterans. Check your local listings for time. On Saturday,March 9 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. join Justin Carroll (David), Ryan McPartlin (Hank), Marianne Muellerleile (Norma) and Tracey Ross (Eve) and other entertainment and sports celebrities in a Celebrity Bowling Classic to benefit The Foothill AIDS Project, whose support services include case management, family support, mental health counseling, food pantry, susbstance abuse programs and outreach to hundreds of clients and at Covina Bowl, Covina, CA (626) 339-1286.
Young & the Restless: On Thursday, February 7 Kate Linder hosts Bingo Night benefiting the Actors Fund of America Aids Initiative at Dupars located on Santa Monica Blvd. in LA beginning at 8 PM. A $15.00 donation is suggested. On Sunday, March 3, 2002, Christian LeBlanc will host the "Run for a Reason" St. Jude's Benefit in Garden Grove, CA. For info call 800 227-6737.
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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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