Dear Suds Buds,
Did you ever have one of those days where your brain totally freezes over? I am talking Ice Age kinda frozen. Real cold. Well, welcome to the club. That's just about how I am feeling today. It is not even five PM and I could swear I have worked 20 hours already today.
Which brings me to one of my major peeves about soapdom. No one ever really works on soaps. Oh on Y&R they do some stuff at Jabot, and on B&B they do some stuff at the house of Forrester and/or the house of Spectra. Sometimes they even go to work on AMC, but no work ever gets done. Characters sit around their offices dishing about other characters. But I have never seen one soap character actually put in a good honest 20-hour work day. LOL. I suppose seeing characters typing or answering phones or even negotiating contracts or researching their next legal case would prove too boring and lackluster for us viewers. So, instead we get fed steamy love scenes, dire circumstances, evil twins and returns of amnesiac characters that need to be re-acclimated to their soap society. Come to think of it -- that's far more fun!
AMC's Marj Dusay Thanks Her Fans!
It a surprising turn of events ABC Daytime has released Marj Dusay (Vanessa, AMC) from her contract. As soon as the word spread over the internet, fans took action. An online petition was created, as was a snail-mail campaign to the network and the print publications.
OnSunday, September 8, 2002 at 7:04 PM, Dusay posted a message on her official chat club message board, "Dusay Does Say," to thank all her fans and friends who have been so supportive on the web.
"To my friends on the web. Thanks to all of my wonderful chatty friends. You are so kind and it does make a girl feel good!!!!
"Of course, I am disappointed in leaving the show, but I am also well aware that these things happen. At least I have been given some great moments to play in the last 6 to 9 months. That's a lot to be grateful for. Some never get that chance to really explore and play with a character. They threw me some amazing curves to play. I guess some worked and some maybe didn't. I certainly agree with some fans, who said the Proteus story went on far to long. That always says they are fishing for an answer of what to do.
"When you leave a character, you are always saddened in some way because you usually believe she has so much more to expose of her personality. That is the frustrating part of leaving. That, and leaving the friends and what becomes a family to you. Mainly, leaving the crew, our makeup, hair, wardrobe and casting people, and everyone in the offices. That's the painful part of leaving a show; you're really leaving a family. I do really love and appreciate all they do for us sometimes hassled and neurotic actors. God love 'em for putting up with us.
"The good part is that I am honestly looking forward to some time off to begin doing some of my dream traveling (that I have put off for far too long.) Don't you think I should try stirring up things along the Italian and French Rivera(s)? I think I will try!!
"Anyway, I just have to say to all of you------thank you, thank you! I have always heard that expression; 'my heart swells,' and I know what that means now. The fact that you would all take the time, effort and thought to support me in this way is so beautiful to me. God bless! Love, Marj"
Dusay is scheduled to attend the AMC Fan Club luncheon in NY this month.
DOOL Casts Charity Fundraiser in Storyline and Real Life.
The September 20 episode of Days of our Lives includes cancer survivors as part of Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month. NBC's flagship soap will be recreating The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual walk, Light The Night, on Friday, September 20, 2002, in a special tribute in honor of Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month and as part of its ongoing leukemia storyline.
This nationally aired episode includes 14 blood cancer survivors as they participate in the show's fictional walk. September's annual observance is a time to commemorate the people whose lives are touched by blood cancers and to support efforts to find cures for these diseases.
Through a strategic alliance with Days of our Lives and Mrs. Fields Cookies, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is being included in a national retail promotion that will launch in October at 450 Mrs. Fields locations and has been included in Days of our Lives' storyline. Days of our Lives' Nadia Bjorlin's character, Chloe Lane, has been diagnosed with leukemia. In real life, the actress' father, famous Swedish composer, Ulf Bjorlin, passed away from leukemia. Nadia Bjorlin is currently serving as the charity's Light The Night ambassador and Days has incorporated Light The Night content as part of its storyline this month.
"Every five minutes, someone in this country finds out they have leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma - over 300 people per day, and every nine minutes, someone dies from blood-related cancer, and over 640,000 people are currently fighting these diseases," said Greg Meng, senior vice president of Corday Productions, the show's production company. "We are thrilled to have the ability to heighten awareness for both The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its annual fund raising event. Our cast members have been extremely supportive and are looking forward to participate in Light The Night walks in Southern California and Las Vegas."
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 60 chapters host its official Light The Night walks nationally in September and October. Light The Night walks are dramatic and hopeful events, in which participants brighten the night skies, carrying lighted balloons -- white for survivors and red for supporters.
Last year, the nationwide walk raised $10.5 million and the Society hopes to exceed that amount this year. The money raised funds research to find cures for blood cancer, namely leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and helps people who have these diseases.
Individuals and teams of people are welcome to join the walk. There is no registration fee, but anyone who raises $25 or more will carry one of the Society's illuminated balloons. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to honor loved ones by placing their names on special dedication banners.
DOOL Stars to Appear at Several Real-Life Light the Night Walks
Several stars from the NBC daytime drama Days of our Lives will be making special appearances at various Light The Night walk locations. Light the Night is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's annual evening event to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. Funds raised support the Society's mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Nationwide, 220 walks are held by the Society's 60 chapters in late September and early October. At the Light the Night walks, walkers carry illuminated balloons -- white for survivors and red for supporters.
Days of our Lives is featured on all of the brochures nationwide, and Nadia Bjorlin was recently named the official ambassador to Light the Night because of her personal involvement with the Society as well as her character Chloe's battle with Leukemia.
On Sunday, September 22nd, Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) and Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) are scheduled to appear at the Light the Night walk in Henderson, Nevada. Registration begins at 5:00 PM and the walk is at 7:00 PM at the Sunset Station Casino, located at 1301 W. Sunset Road in Henderson, NV 89014.
On Thursday, September 26th, Matt Ashford (Jack) and Justin Melvey (Colin) are scheduled to appear at the Light the Night walk in Anaheim, CA. Registration begins at 4:30 PM and the walk begins at 6:30 PM at Edison Field, located at 2000 Gene Autrey Way in Anaheim CA 92806.
On Thursday, September 26th, in Greenville, South Carolina, Farah Fath (Mimi) is scheduled to appear at the Light the Walk in Greenville, South Carolina. Registration begins at 6:30 PM and the walk begins at 7:30 PM at the Palidan Stadium at Furman University.
On Friday, September 27th, Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Jay Johnson (Philip) are scheduled to appear at the Light the Night walk in Riverside, CA.
Registration begins at 4:30 PM and the walk begins at 6:30 PM at Castle Park, located at 3500 Polk Street, Riverside, CA 92505.
On Saturday, September 28th, several cast members from Days of our Lives are scheduled to appear at the Los Angeles Light the Night Walk in CenturyCity. The walk begins at4:30 PM at the CenturyPlazaTowers, located at 2029 Century Park East, CenturyCity, CA. Registration begins at 4:30 PM and the walk begins at 6:30 PM. Immediately following the Los Angeles walk, Days of our Lives' Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), Kyle Lowder (Brady), Kevin Spirtas (Craig), and several other Days of our Lives stars will appear live on stage in concert. Recording artist Kelly Moneymaker, who is also the wife of Peter Reckell (Bo), will also perform with her band.
On Sunday September 29th, in Newport Beach, CA, Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) and Kirsten Storms (Belle) are scheduled to appear at the Light the Night walk in Newport Beach, CA. Registration begins at 4:30 PM and the walk begins at 6:30 PM at Newport Dunes, located at 1131 Back Bay Drive in Newport Beach, CA 92660.
On Sunday, September 29th, Kevin Spirtas (Craig) and Patrika Darbo (Nancy) are scheduled to appear at the Light the Night walk in Las Vegas, NV. Registration starts at 5:00 PM and the walk begins at 7:00 PM at the Sante Fe Station Casino, located at 4949 Rancho Drive in Las Vegas, NV 89130.
On Saturday, October 5th, several cast members from Days of our Lives are scheduled to appear at the San Diego Light the Night walk. Registration begins at 5:00 PM and the walk begins at 7:00 PM at Embarcadero Marina Park South in Downtown San Diego.
To register for the walks by mail, or to learn more information about Light the Night, please call 877-LTN-WALK or log onto www.lightthenight.org.
Weekly's Got You Covered!
In the September 24 issue of Soap Opera Weekly, on sale September 16, you get cover stories on Y&R's Michael and Christine (where Lauralee Bell and Christian LeBlanc explain how the unlikely duo got so cozy), and GL fans have spoken, and they definitely don't want Danny and Cassie together. Weekly's in-depth cover story examines the controversy, and talks to head writer Millee Taggart about why Danny's and Cassie's lives are intersecting. Plus, DOOL fans get full coverage on why Philip is on the short end of the stick this week when Chloe dumps him after finding out about his duplicity with regard to Brady. Kyle Lowder, Nadia Bjorlin and Jay Kenneth Johnson (Brady, Chloe and Philip) sound off on their characters' predicament.
Elsewhere in the issue, Dueling Divas Linda Susman and Carolyn Hinsey ask are the soaps ignoring the older generation? P.K Waddle asks why don't soaps go outside anymore? Just like you, the soaps' wardrobe departments have to do periodic housecleaning to make sure what's in their closets isn't too out there for the times. Read about how some soaps decide what goes and what stays.
In Primetime coverage, Weekly talks Emmy. Primetime Emmy, that is. The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be Sept. 22 on NBC. Weekly's editors watched nominees' reels, and have opinions on who should, and who will, go home with Emmy. Will it be Six Feet Under or 24? Can The West Wing's Martin Sheen finally take home a trophy for playing President Bartlet? Read Weekly's picks.
Plus, get your first preview of The WB's new drama Everwood; find out what former Party of Five star will hit 7th Heaven this fall; and, as always, get the latest Nielsen ratings, story recaps and previews, read our event and TV listings so you know where to find your favorite stars, and see what daytime's best and brightest wore out on the town.
All My Children: Shayna Levine has been cast in the recurring role of Lily Montgomery. Mary McCann plays the role of Mrs. Neff, her teacher. Jennifer Eng, Matthew Wheway, and John Cleary play Lily's classmates. In real life, the three actors live with Autism. Shayna, Mary, Jennifer, Matthew and John will air on Tuesday, September 24, 2002.
As the World Turns:Jenny Maguire plays Kristin, the mother of a sick child, on Wednesday, September 18. Josh Gustin plays her son Joey.
Days of our Lives:Jonathan Bouck continues as Dozer, Shawn's new college roommate, on Friday, September 20th. The role is recurring. On Friday, September 20th, real-life Leukemia survivors appear in the Light the Night episode as participants in the charity walk. The survivors appear on Days of our Lives courtesy of the Los Angeles and San Diego chapters of the National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The names of the survivors are as follows: Maxine Tomashefsky, Ann Carol Wible, Derek Lawrence, HarrietDolgin, Brian Goellnitz, Melvin Laurant, Lora Simone, Diana Wake, Cory Barham, Ashley Hoagland, Madelyn Elias, Mark Fremed, and Kristine Reed.
Guiding Light:James Riemer plays a mall clerk on Thursday, September 19. Ivy Vahanian plays Miss Snow, Zach's teacher, on Friday, September 20. Charles Borland plays Mr. Tierney, Harley's date, on Friday, September 20.
One Life to Live: Sean Martin Hingston will play the role of Gordon Cash. He is an original cast member of the musical "Contact." His first airdate is Monday, September 16, 2002. Regina Hilliard Bain plays the role of a nurse airing on the same day.
Passions: On Monday, September 10, Kathryn Hancock portrays Alistair's Assistant.
As the World Turns: Kristina Sisco (Abigail) plays Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Calgary, 61 East 21st Street, New York, NY. Performances run September 3-7 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $12; call to order them at 212/414-5408.
Days of Our Lives: Kyle Lowder (Brady) will sing the National Anthem at the LA Dodgers game on Thursday, September 19th . Game time is7 PM. The Dodgers will be playing the Giants that evening. Celebrity Softball Game and Events, September 29, 2002, in Greenville, SC. Scheduled to appear are Alison Sweeney (Sami), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), Justin Melvey (Colin), Farah Fath (Mimi), Matthew Ashford (Jack), and more. Call 864-268-9232 for ticket info. Hotel accommodations by Hilton Greenville and Towers. For reservations, call864-232-4747. CRUISE WITH THE STARS: Set sail with the stars from Days and Passions for a Soap Opera Cruise Weekend aboard a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship. Fans will depart from Los Angeles on Friday, October 25 and sail down to Baja and Ensenada, Mexico returning to Los Angeles on Monday, October 28. Actors scheduled to participate are Matt Ashford, Kyle Lowder, Kevin Spirtas, and Passions' stars. Fans aboard the ship will attend cocktail parties with the stars and take part in autograph sessions and interactive programs hosted by soap columnist Lynda Hirsch. Rates begin at $459.00 per person and can be booked by calling Landfall Travel at 1-800-835-9233 or by logging on to www.landfalltravel.com
One Life to Live: On Saturday, September 21 meet and greet CatherineHickland (Lindsay) and get a Cat Cosmetics make-up demonstration at Fargodome Fargo, ND in Little Rock, AK from 1-3 PM. Visit www.fmwomensshowcase.com for info. On Saturday, September 28, 2002 meet and greet Catherine Hickland (Lindsay) and real-life husband, Michael E. Knight (Tad, AMC) at Filene's in Farmington, CT from 3-5 PM. Call 860 284-9157 for info.
Passions: Galen Gering (Luis) and James Hyde (Sam) will play celebrity golf to raise money for WeSPARK (which stands for Support, Prevention, Acceptance, Recovery and Knowledge) at actress Wendie Jo Sperber's 4th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic on Saturday, September 21 at the Glen Annie Golf Club in Santa Barbara, CA. WeSPARK is a cancer support center that is devoted exclusively to providing emotional and spiritual support for cancer patients and their friends and families. For more information on how to support the Golf Classic, or WeSPARK call (818) 906-3022 or visit www.wespark.org. Join and support Andrea Evans (Rebecca), the City of Hope's Celebrity Ambassador for the Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month. Andrea will be heading the walk at the City of Hope's headquarters in Duarte, CA on October 6. You can obtain more information or register online at www.walk4hope.org. More details to come as we get closer to this charity event. McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) will host 'SoapStyle' on ShopNBC on Saturday, October 5. Tune in! (Check your local listings).
Young & the Restless:DonDiamont (Brad) plays a supporting role in the Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson film, "Anger Management." The film is still in production, so look for it to hit theaters, oh, I'm guessing something like Summer 2003. MichelleStafford (Phyllis) just completed production in a starring role in the independent feature "Lost," which will be touring film festivals. No release date is yet set. Peter Bergman (Jack) and Michelle Stafford will hit the "airwaves" when they host an upcoming "Eye on America" for CBS. "Eye on America" is broadcast on American Airlines. No airdate for this episode has been determined as of yet.
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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