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ABC goes to college, Making the Band, NBC auction and lots more

Again, we have tons of soap news to share. So, let's get right to it!

ABC Soaps Go to College

ABC Daytime will sponsor a series of College Campus Parties this fall as an extension of an overall marketing campaign to attract new viewers and maintain program awareness as you college students head back to school. As you know, the "Plunge In" campaign was launched earlier this summer, featuring bold photography and one-word descriptives of younger cast members. ABC will now promote its soap lineup on 27 key college campuses in 22 markets around the country from September 14 to October 13, 2000.

It will work like this -- ABC Daytime will sponsor parties where students will see videos featuring the hot young stars of ABC. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided and ABC Daytime will distribute premiums including trading cards, temporary tattoos, and rubber band bracelets featuring the one-word descriptives from the "Plunge In" campaign including "Hottie," Rebel," and "Vixen." Heres the fun part! You guys will have the opportunity to personalize the campaign by placing your own photo and one-word descriptive on a laminated campaign likeness. The perfect poster to adorn a college soap fan's dorm room!

Plus, there will be the "Are You A Hottie" competitions, where you will get to compete and be voted on by fellow students. All contestants will receive a "Hottie" t-shirt. One male and one female student at each campus will win an ABC backpack full of merchandise. Two grand prize winners from across the country will each win a grand prize trip for themselves and three friends to Walt Disney World during the ABC Super Soap Weekend, November 11, 12, 2000.

Here is the list of participating schools to date:

Arizona State University, University of Arizona, UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University, San Diego State, University of Colorado, University of Miami, University of Florida (GO GATORS. Sorry. I digress. I am a Gator! LOL Now, where was I? Oh yes), University of Miami, University of Georgia, University of Illinois, Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Kansas, University of Maryland, Boston College, Boston University, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, NYU, Columbia University, Ohio State University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Houston, University of Texas-Austin, West Virginia University and University of Wisconsin, Madison. Check back with Turtle Run next week for a listing of exact dates and locales of each event!

The campus events will be promoted at the various schools through posters, flyers, college newspaper ads, and many of the event markets will be supported through radio promotion. So keep your eyes and ears open. ABC Daytime will be plunging in on your college campus soon!

O-Town (ABC's Making the Band) Performs on All My Children

Recording artists, O-Town, from the ABC reality series, Making the Band, will be making a special guest appearance on All My Children on Monday, September 18, 2000. In the story, Trevor Penick, Jacob Underwood, Dan Miller, Ashley Angel and Erik Estrada (O-Town) have been specially invited by the legendary Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) to perform their hit song, Baby, I Would, for her daughter Bianca's (Eden Reigel) homecoming party. Sparks will fly when the town socialites gather to attend another fabulous Erica Kane Extravaganza.

Days and Passions Help the Dobies

Autographed memorabilia and set visits to Days of Our Lives and Passions will be auctioned off on eBay from October 10-23, 2000 with all the funds benefiting the Doberman Rescue of Los Angeles. The eBay code is "dobiedoings."  You can bid for tours to the sets of each show; lunch with Kevin Spirtas and Patrika Darbo (Craig and Nancy) autographed photos, scripts, and more.

Passions Stars Making News

Don Swaby (Chad) is making his Los Angeles directorial debut with Sam Shepard'sFool For Love starring Lindsay Korman (Theresa) and Travis Schuldt (Ethan). Fool For Love opens September 30, 2000 and runs through October 15, 2000, every Saturday night at 8:00 and Sunday night at 7:00 PM at the Little Victory Theater in Burbank, Ca. Call 818 841-5421 for ticket information. Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) and McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) have recorded Soap Sessions 3: Beatles Songs which is now available by calling 800 755-3898. Jesse sings Strawberry Fields, and McKenzie sings In My Life. Other soap stars are also featured on the CD.

Passions Airs at different times during the Olympics

In some markets, Passions will air at different times due to NBC's coverage of the Olympics. These time changes are only in effect during the two weeks of NBC's Olympic coverage from September 15- October 1, 2000.

KRON San Francisco: Passions will air at 1 PM
WKYC Cleveland: Passions will air at 2 PM
WTHR Indianapolis: Passions will air at 3 AM overnight
WNCN Raleigh: Passions will air at 12 noon
WLEX Lexington: Passions will air at 2 PM
WSLS Roanoke: Passions will air at 4 AM overnight
KHNL Honolulu: Passions will air at 1 PM
WLBT Jackson: Passions will air at 9 AM
KWWL Waterloo: Passions will air at 2 PM
BLBZ Bangor: Passions will air at 2 PM
WJHG Panama City: Passions will air at 2 AM overnight

Letters to the Editor

"I love this website. I go on every morning to check out my soaps and I was just wondering, how do you know what is gonna happen before it comes on? I think it's soo kool, and I was just wondering how you do it." SugahAngel

Thanks so much for the kind words. Turtle Run gets it's preview and recap information directly from the powers that be!

"When will I see my favorite actor, David Fumero (Cristian,) featured on Turtle Run? How popular is he on OLTL? It seems he's always a player in someone else's story, instead of having a major storyline of his own. I feel he is being grossly underused at OLTL!" Toria46

We are delighted to feature David Fumero in a story at Turtle Run and plan on tracking him down soon, so stay tuned! You are not the only one who has written in regard to David Fumero. He has many fans who would love to see him used in a story of his own. That would lead me to believe that he is indeed a popular actor on OLTL. The good news is he is in a front-burner story now, being a part of the whole Will, Jessica, Cristian triangle. There will soon be a new character added to the mix. A young girl that Will meets in Ireland. It will be interesting to see what will happen next.

"I was wondering when the 2001 Emmy's will be held, and I was wondering how I can buy tickets for it. Thanks." onbaseMelissa

According to the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), the 2001 Daytime Emmys will be held sometime in May, 2001, but the exact date has not yet been set. As soon as they set a date, they will let us know. In the meantime, I can tell you that ABC will broadcast the event again this year. Stay tuned to Turtle Run for more info on the exact date, place, and ticket sales.

"Hi, I was looking at your site and just wondered . . . do you have any information on how I could get Galen Gering's autograph? I mean without joining a fan club or anything? Could I just send a request? And if I did, would he reply? Thanks a lot." DO3cDana

Although I can't say for certain, it's my educated guess that Galen Gering (Luis, Passions) would be delighted to hear from you, and if you wrote and asked him to send you an autographed photo, he would! You can write to Galen and/or any other Passions star at this address: Passions, c/o CBS Radford Studios, 4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604.

"Don't you think that it is about time they find Stuart and bring him back to Pine Valley? I'm getting sick and tired of all the teenyboppers in the show. They seem to be taking over." Wright30emtethel

Regarding All My Children's Stuart (David Canary), you are in luck. He is on his way back to Pine Valley right now! Stay tuned to AMC this week. It does seem that there is a major emphasis on the teen stories, but it is the same every summer. AMC and all the soaps, regardless of the network, focus on teen storylines during the summer months when the kids are home from school. Per our above news story, ABC is extending their reach to teens by making a promotional tour to college campuses this fall. However, now that the summer is winding down, we will probably see the storyline focus shift back to the veteran characters. There is a lot of story potential ahead for Dimitri/Alex/Edmund. Brooke/Eliot. Tad/Dixie/David. Ryan/Gillian/Jake. And I can't help but wonder how Erica is going to react to Dimitri's return. Should be very interesting, so stay tuned!

"Please find out if Jack & Carly have a future on As The World Turns. There are so many of us out there routing for them. Were praying for a Happy Ending for these two. Thanks for whatever info you can give." CburChrissie

Jack (Michael Park) and Carly (Maura West) have not had a good time of it of late. That is for sure. This week's shows will be very revealing. It is my humble opinion that Jack is still very hurt over things that Carly has done. It would be nice to think that they will eventually work out their problems and get back together. However, there will be many hurdles to overcome first, beginning with Jack's immediate intentions toward Julia. We will just have to stay tuned and see.

"I was curious regarding if you guys can also get guests in the studios when you do interviews? I have already been a guest on the Passions set, and I was wondering about Days of Our Lives?" whierdaXochitl

This is the perfect time to be asking this question! Just go to eBay from October 10-23, 2000 and bid on a visit to the set of Days of Our Lives. The receipts from the auction go to a good cause! (See Days and Passions Help the Dobies, above!) Good luck.

More letters next week!

Casting

General Hospital: Russ Tamblyn, Amber Tamblyn's (Emily) real life dad, plays Dr. Rose on Friday, September 15, Monday, September 18 and Tuesday, September 19, 2000. The role of Zander Smith has been recast and will now be played by Chad Brannon. His first airdate is Friday, September 14, 2000. As previously reported, Kin Shriner returns to town as Scott Baldwin on Friday, September 22, 2000. Anthony Geary returns on Wednesday, September 6, 2000. Kristina Wagner returns on Thursday, September 7, 2000. Lynne Moody has been cast in the role of Florence, Taggert's mother. Her first airdate is Thursday, September 14, 2000.

Port Charles: David Gail who played Joe Scanlon for the last year will be leaving the role due to personal reasons. Alex Mendoza has taken over the role of Dr. Joe. We last saw Mendoza in guest-starring roles on Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Charmed, Beverly Hills 90210 and JAG, plus numerous independent feature films. His first airdate is Monday, September 25, 2000. George Dobosh, Allen White and Jeanne Sakata have been cast as Erie County Medical Society members. They air together on Friday, September, 15 and Monday, September 18, 2000. Irene Lopez, last seen in the film Erin Brokovich, has been cast as Lupe, a neighbor of Mr. Green. Her first airdate is Monday, October 2, 2000. Jan Devereaux will play the role of Mrs. Warren. Brian Morton, an anchorman from ABC affiliate KDRV-TV in Medford, will tackle the role of a reporter on Thursday, October 5, 2000. Josette Prevost has been cast as Natalie, a young French woman. Her first airdate is Thursday, September 7, 2000. Gregory Paul Jackson has been cast as a French policeman. His first airdate is Friday, September 8, 2000. Brian Presley has been cast in the role of Jack. His first airdate is Friday, October 6, 2000.

Days of Our Lives: Carl Weintraub continues this week as Moroni and Ayda Field continues as his sultry daughter, Angela Maroni.

Seeing Stars!

All My Children: Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa (Mateo and Hayley) will be appearing at the Planet Hollywood in NYC at 140 W. 57th Street on Saturday, September 16, 2000 from 3-5 PM. Call 212 333-7827 for info. They will also be at Planet Hollywood in Atlantic City, NJ on Sunday, September 17, 2000. Call 609 347-7827 for exact times and other info.

One Life to Live: Jason-Shane Scott (Will, OLTL) will be at the Sears in Springdale, Ohio on Saturday, September 16, 2000 from 1-3 PM. Call 513 346-2640 for info. David Fumero (Cristian) will be at the Sears in Florence, KY on Saturday, September 16, 2000 from 1-3 PM. Call 859 525-4467. Ty Treadway (Colin) will be at the Sears on Eastgate Blvd. In Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday, September 16, 2000 from 1-3 PM. Call 513 943-6000 for info.

NBC's Kevin Spirtas (Craig, DOOL) and ABC's Linda Purl (ex Claire, Port Charles) star in the musical workshow, No. 9 Rue D'Artin, a musical based on La Dame Aux Camellias by Alexander Dumas. Performances are for three weeks only, Wednesdays-Sundays, at 8 PM beginning Wednesday, August 23, 2000 at the Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291. Tickets are $10.00 for subscribers and $20.00 for non-subscribers. Call 310 822-8392 for further info.

Days of Our Lives: Lauren Koslow and John Aniston will be appearing at the Bakersfield KGET Health Fair 2000 on Saturday, September 9, 2000. They will sign autographs and answer fan questions in intervals between 11 and 4 PM. For more information call KGET at 661 283-1700. Matt Cedeno will be appearing at Sears in Greendale, WI from 11 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, September 16, 2000. Sears is located in the Southridge Mall, 5200 S. 76th Street. The Wesleys will be in Cut Bank, Montana (just north of Great Falls) on Saturday, September 30, 2000. Kevin Spirtas and Patrika Darbo will help kick off an event to raise money for medical supplies for the Glacier County Medical Center, which serves a substantial number of Native Americans. The event includes a family rodeo and games at 3 PM in the Cut Bank Saddle Club, and a Meet & Greet autograph session and auction beginning at 7 PM at the Cut Bank Elk's Lodge. Call 406 873-4280 for info. Drake Hogestyn will be signing autographs at the Farm Fresh Extravaganza in Hampton, Virginia from 1-4 PM on Sunday, October 15, 2000. Call 757 369-6179 for info. Kevin Spirtas will sing the National Anthem for the Phoenix Suns at Portland Trailblazers game at the America West Arena, located at 201 East Jefferson in Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, November 2, 2000. Tickets for the game can be purchased through ticketmaster.com

Speaking of DOOL, don't forget to book your tickets for SalemFest on September 16, 17, 2000, Salem, IL. Contact: Days Fest, 215 E. Main Street, Salem, IL 62881, or call 618 548-0878. Steve Blackwood, Bryan Datillo, Arianne Zuker, Jason Cook, and Nadia Bjorlin are scheduled to attend.

Passions star Dalton James (Hank) will be at the "Stars Come Out for Kids" Auction and Dinner on Thursday, September 7, 2000 and will then play in a celebrity golf tournament at the Twin Oaks Golf Club located in San Marcos, CA. Both events benefit the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos. Call 760 471-2490 for tickets and information. Travis Schuldt (Ethan) and Rodney Van Johnson (TC) play in the "15th Annual and Final Byron Scott/American Happenings Challenge for Children, Black Tie and Tennis Shoe Celebrity Dinner and Gentleman's Golf Tournament" on Sunday, September 10, 2000 at the Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, CA. Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) and McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) will participate in the First Annual Ronald McDonald House Celebrity Mini Grand Prix and Vintage and Custom Car Show on Sunday, October 1, 2000 at the Inland Center Mall in San Bernardino, CA. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Ronald McDonald House, a "home-away-from-home" for families of critically ill or injured children receiving treatment at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital.

ABC Super Soap Weekend and NBC FanFest take place on November 11-12, 2000 at Walt Disney World and Universal Islands of Adventure respectively. For Super Soap Weekend info call 407 397-6808. For FanFest info call 877 912-3838.

Louisiana Days of Our Lives fans! Make a date to ring in the New Year with Kevin Spirtas (Craig). On New Years Eve, 2000 at the Central School Arts & Humanities Center Auditorium in Lake Charles, LA from 10:00 PM - 1:30 AM, Kevin will pay tribute to Broadway musicals and share his unique stories of how the Broadway stage influenced his life. Did you know that prior to melting Nancy's (Patrika Darbo) heart on DOOL, Spirtas starred on Broadway in A Chorus Line and Meet Me in St. Louis? Well, Lake Charles fans get ready to hear all about Kevin on Broadway. Plus, included in this magical evening is a FREE post show champagne reception where you are invited to meet Kevin for autographs and pose with him for photos. Limited seating and tickets can be purchased by mail. Please include your phone number and address so you can receive a confirmation prior to the event. Mail your ticket request to: Kevin Spirtas c/o New Year's Eve with Kevin Spirtas, 8033 Sunset Blvd., Suite 637, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Single tickets: $85.00. Two or more, $75.00 each. All orders MUST be placed by December 15, 2000. Make checks payable to Kevin Spirtas. And when you see Kevin, be sure to tell him his friends at Turtle-Run wish him a very Happy New Year! :o)

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