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From actor to writer, Beam me up Scotty, Dharma lathers up & more

Dear Suds Buds,

The January 22, 2001 edition of TRO's Top of the Week mentioned that Soap Opera Weekly would be running a story of mine on The Sopranos in the issue that goes on sale today, February 5, 2001. That is only half-true! The story has been bumped to an issue that goes on sale later this month as, lo and behold, that issue is dedicated to The Sopranos, and my article will now be featured in The Sopranos issue. Thought I should let you all know, in case you were looking for it today. LOL

Speaking of magazine articles, ATWT fans pick up the February 3-9, 2001 issue of TV Guide. Michael Logan on Soaps interviews ATWT's own Marie Masters (Susan), who after being backburnered for so long, has now taken to writing episodes of the show, including ones containing some of the sexiest scenes. Remember Katie (Terri Conn) loosing her virginity in the back seat of a Cadillac thanks to Simon (Paul Leyden)? You owe those scenes to Masters. On a personal note, Masters shares the same birthday as yours truly! February 4th. From one Aquarian to another, Happy Birthday, Marie, and keep those steamy scripts coming. According to Logan's interview, Masters' current contract with the show includes her writing two episodes per month!

Each week Turtle Run gets considerable email asking questions about particular stars or shows, offering suggestions for interviews, asking us to confirm rumors, etc. Fear not. Every email is read and considered. I would love to respond to "Letters to the Editor" in every Top of the Week, but sometimes we have so much breaking news to share that answering "Letters to the Editor" would make this column scroll forever. I hope to get to some next week, as we have quite a lot of interesting comments. In the not too distant future, I am optimistic that we will be able to respond to your Letters on a weekly basis. So, please keep writing. I love hearing from you! :o)

Lots to cover, so without further ado

Kin Shriner Returns to ABC Daytime's General Hospital!

GH fans, you asked for it. You got it. Veteran daytime actor Kin Shriner (Scotty Baldwin) returns to General Hospital, providing the opportunity for the show to explore the classic history between Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), Laura Spencer (Genie Francis) and Shriner's character, Scotty Baldwin. As you know, Scotty has been an integral character on the show Port Charles since its inception in 1997, and he will continue to be connected to that show as well as working full time on General Hospital.

"There is tremendous history that Kin brings to the canvas," said General Hospital Executive Producer, Jill Ferren Phelps. "Having him back at General Hospital full time gives us an unparalleled opportunity to mine the show's rich history." Something that long-time fans always crave.

Speaking of history, Shriner created the role of Scotty Baldwin on General Hospital in 1977, and continued with the character, off and on, through the early 90's. Over the course of his long and rollicking run in the town of Port Charles, Scotty progressed from a sweet, lovesick kid, to a struggling law student, and finally a sexy man with a heart of gold, and one of the town's most expert defense attorneys. After being away from GH for several years, Scott dramatically returned to town on the show Port Charles, the General Hospital spin off, which premiered June 1, 1997. During his time on PC, Scott reconnected with daughter Karen Wexler (Marie Wilson) and love Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring), who later adopted his daughter Serena Baldwin (Susan Brown). Serena and Karen will remain as part of the Port Charles family, while the character of Scott will continue to play on both programs.

"I feel very lucky to have been able to bring Scott to Port Charles," said Shriner. "And I am very excited to be working more with Tony and Genie as Luke and Laura on GH."

You can expect to see things really heat up for Scotty B. on General Hospital beginning March 5, 2001. Stay tuned!

Days of Our Lives Celebrates the Taping of the 9,000th Episode!

On Friday, February 9, 2001, soapdom reaches another milestone as DOOL tapes its 9,000th episode. Wow! That is one heck of a lot of love, romance, intrigue, and otherworldliness. Turtle Run will be there to participate in the festivities as DOOL celebrates the taping of episode 9,000! If you have any questions you would like us to ask the stars or producers, be sure to post them on the TRO DOOL Message Boards. We will do our best to get the answers and will publish them in this column over the next few weeks!

Congratulations to ABC and NBC Daytime for their Prism Award Nominations!

Segments of ABC and NBC daytime programs that have dealt responsibly with accurate depictions of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and addiction have been nominated for the Entertainment Industries Council's highly coveted Fifth Annual Prism Awards.

Prism Award nominees were selected from a total of 248 submissions. The Prisms, Commendations and Certificates of Merit, which are presented in partnership with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institutes of Health, will be awarded April 4 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.

The ABC and NBC nominees for television daytime drama series episode or storyline are:

All My Children (ABC) for "Drunk Driving Revisited"
Days of our Lives (NBC) for "Fetal Alcohol Syndrome"
Port Charles (ABC) for "Karen's Drug Addiction"

At press time, we had not been informed of any CBS daytime nominations.

Passions Juliet Mills reads Hidden Passions Live Online

Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 15, 2001 from 6-7 PM (Pacific Time) as Juliet Mills reads excerpts from the book Hidden Passions live online in character as Tabitha. Tune in to NBCi.com/passions or NBCi.com/daytime to hear the reading from the HarperCollins book currently available in bookstores nationwide. In addition to the reading (lasting approximately 10 minutes), you will also have the opportunity to chat live with Mills. In addition, during the special hour, you will be treated to an exclusive photo presentation from Passions.

Congratulations to DOOL star Kristen Storms

Days Kristen Storms (Belle) has been nominated for the Young Artist Awards in the category of Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Daytime Drama. Recipients of the Young Artist Awards are selected by leading casting directors, managers, and agents in the entertainment industry. The awards will be presented on April 1, 2001 at a banquet at the Sportsman's Lodge in Los Angeles, CA.

DOOL Online

To celebrate the coronation of Princess Greta Von Amburg, Days Online and Yahoo Chats will sponsor an online chat with Julianne Morris (Greta) and Austin Peck (Austin) on Thursday, February 8, 2001 at 5:30 PM Pacific time. Log on to www.chat.yahoo.com to join the coronation celebration!

Julie Pinson, Matthew Ashford, and Leslie Charlson join Morgan Fairchild and Go Sitcom!

ABC Primetime is proud to announce that Daytime stars and fan faves, Julie Pinson (Eve, Port Charles), Leslie Charleson (Monica, General Hospital), and Mathew Ashford (Jack, DOOL), along with Morgan Fairchild (ex Sydney, The City) and other guest stars will play Edward's greedy relatives on Dharma & Greg sometime during February Sweeps! In the episode, Dharma becomes involved with Greg's dysfunctional extended family, just in time to keep Edward from making a huge mistake that could cost him the family business! The title of the episode is "Dharma Does Dallas!" As the network did not provide an exact airdate at press time, check your local listings for the episode!

Premiering on SoapCenter, Friday, February 9, 2001

Y&R's David Lago on 7th Heaven! Lago, an Emmy-nominee for his work as Raul on Y&R, guest stars on the February 12, 2001 episode of the WB's 7th Heaven as Lucy's (Beverly Mitchell) new boyfriend, and SoapCenter was on set to document the actor's prime-time pit stop!

Exploring the Celebrity: The Body Beautiful! As part of SoapCenter's continuing series examining what it means to be a celebrity, the show explores the impossible standards of beauty to which public figures, including actors on our favorite soaps, are held. Being a celebrity may be fun, but it is seldom easy, especially when your career rises and falls with your looks.

The Wonderful World of Passions Star Ben Masters! What could be more fun than a day in the fabulous life of Ben Masters (Julian, Passions)? SoapCenter tags along with Masters on a typical day at the studio and we learn that this talented actor is anything but typical!

The Wild Wardrobe of AMC's Opal! There is no one quite like wacky, warmhearted Opal on All My Children, and that is thanks in large part to her wild wardrobe. Actress Jill Larson (Opal) and costume designer Richard Schurkamp tell SoapCenter how the clothes truly do make the woman!

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. Ralph Waite has just been cast in the recurring role of Bart. Look for Bart to appear on AMC beginning the week of February 26, 2001.

Days of Our Lives: Megan Corletto assumes the contract role of Abby Devereaux. Matt Ashford will reprise the role of Jack Deveraux for several appearances beginning February 5, 2001. The role is recurring, non-contract. This week Carmen Argenziano is Sal, Ian Buchanan and Lesley-Anne Down are Lord and Lady Sheraton. Dorothy Lyman is Contessa Dorothea and Tyler Christopher is Signore Christofero on Tuesday, February 6, 2001. John Reilly is the Marquis La Cienega and Bobbie Eakes is the Marchioness La Cienega on Wednesday, February 7, 2001. Kathleen Noone is Dame Witty and Rosco Born is Baron Coe on Thursday, March 8, 2001. Maeve Kinkead is The Contessa and David Forsyth is the Count on Friday, February 9, 2001.

General Hospital: Kin Shriner (Scotty) returns to GH as a permanent fixture. Look for his story to heat up beginning March 5, 2001.

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. David Canary (Adam/Stuart Chandler, AMC) will cross over to OLTL on February 21, 22, 23 and 26, 2001. Forrest Compton plays Judge Franklin beginning Monday, February 19, 2001.

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. On Saturday, February 10, 2001, Matt Ashford appears in honor of St. Valentine's Day at the Mall of Memphis in Memphis, TN from 1-3 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 Feburary 24, 2001 Matt Cedeno appears at the Auto Show at the Stampede Park in Calgary, Ontario, Canada from 1-4 and 7-9 PM. On Saturday, 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) appears on NBC's Today Show on Monday, February 5, 2001. Galen Gering (Luis) and Juliet Mills (Tabitha) kick off the official book signing of Hidden Passions at the NBC Experience at Rockefeller Center in New York City on Monday, February 5, 2001. Check nbci.com/passions for the exact time. James Hyde (Sam) and Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) play celebrity basketball with the Hollywood Knights on Thursday, February 8, 2001 at St. John Bosco H.S. in Bellflower, CA. Call 562 920-1734 for info. Bruce Michael Hall (Reese), Jade Harlow (Jessica), Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) Molly Stanton (Charity) and Deanna Wright (Kay) will be at The Swatch Store on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA on Saturday, February 10, 2001 from 2-4 PM. 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. Check your local television listings for Famous Homes & Hideaways. The home of Eva Tamargo Lemus (Pilar) will be featured on Monday, February 12, 2001. 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 (Mr. President,The West Wing) appears as her co-star. For advance tickets call 805 415-4623 or 805 415-4652. Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy) will be at Universal Orlando on Monday and Tuesday, February 26 and 27 as "King of the Universal Mardi Gras." Josh will also participate in the opening ceremonies of the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando on Monday, February 26, 2001.

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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