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Returns and crossovers, Emmy news, Passions public party and more

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So much happening in soapdom this week that I am devoting the entire column to hot-off-the presses juicy soap tidbits. Sit back, relax and enjoy all the great news ;o)

Thorsten Kaye Joins the Cast of ABC Daytime's Port Charles!

In yet another of ABC Daytime's crossover strategies, Thorsten Kaye, known as Patrick Thornhart to One Life to Live fans, will now take up residence in Port Charles as Dr. Ian Thornhart. Dr. Ian is a compassionate and intriguing man who comes to Port Charles to heal his wounded spirit. Having spent time working in third-world countries, Dr. Thornhart needs to re-educate himself on state-of-the-art medicine and joins the staff of General Hospital. In case you were wondering, yes. Ian Thornhart is Patrick Thornhart's brother!

According to Angela Shapiro, President of ABC Daytime, "Thorsten's immense popularity as Patrick Thornhart on One Life to Live made it a smart decision to bring him to Port Charles as Patrick's brother, Ian. I think the fans will enjoy the immediate impact that Dr. Thornhart will have on certain people in Port Charles," she said.

In his first episode, the headstrong doctor rushes a child with head trauma into the emergency room and immediately begins barking orders to the other staffers. Taken aback, Dr. Chris Ramsey (Nolan North) questions the stranger, only to find out that Ian is a fellow doctor. In subsequent episodes, Ian unintentionally reveals to Dr. Joe Scanlon (David Gail) and Dr. Ramsey a startling secret about their chief resident, Dr. Karen Wexler (Marie Wilson).

Kaye is best known to ABC Daytime fans for playing Patrick Thornhart, the irresistible poet of Llanview, a role he held on One Life to Live from 1995-1997. His primetime credits include Law & Order,Sliders, Nothing Lasts Forever, and Air America. He has appeared on the London stage in such productions as The Winter's Tale, Love for Love, and Tartuffe. A seasoned Shakespearean actor, he has performed in theatrical productions including MacBeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, Twelfth Night, and The Taming of the Shrew.

The actor also has a long list of film credits. After working with director David Worth (Bloodsport) in the film, The Prophet's Game, starring Dennis Hopper, Kaye reteamed with Worth in the upcoming HBO thriller Shark Attack II. He has also appeared in The Silencers, Deadly Desire, and The Bone Collector.

An avid rugby player, Kaye played throughout Europe before enrolling in graduate school at Wayne State University. Upon earning his master's degree in theater and theatre history, he joined the Hilberry Repertory Theatre Company in Detroit. He has also published a book of original poetry called "From Timber Ridge to Daymer Gardens," with Dorothy Bridges, widow of actor Lloyd Bridges. Proceeds from the book, which accompanied a CD release of the same name, go to Give Kids the World, a charity for sick children.

The official announcement regarding Kaye's return to ABC Daytime was made by ABC Daytime on April 18, 2000. Kaye's first airdate as Ian Thornhart is Friday, May 5, 2000. Visit Thorsten Kaye online at http://www.catandmoon.com/ThorstenKaye.

Linda Dano makes TV History!

It's "Rae-Time" on ABC Daytime this week as veteran soap star Linda Dano makes television history, appearing on all four ABC Daytime dramas, as well as ABC Daytime's The View.

As we all know, Linda Dano plays the ubiquitous Rae Cummings on All My Children, General Hospital, One Life to Live and Port Charles. The character of Rae, a charming, vibrant relationship expert, has been crossing between the ABC dramas for the past year, as she searches for her long-lost daughter, but this marks the first time she will appear on the entire daytime lineup in one single week.

"Returning to ABC has been like going home again," says Dano. "My first job in New York, my first TV family and friends, have all been with ABC. How fitting that this new adventure would spin me to every part of ABC Daytime. I am very honored and proud."

On Monday April 24, 2000 Dano joins the ladies of The View to discuss her unique journey through the ABC Daytime lineup. That same day, she appears on General Hospital, where Rae has discovered a clue concerning the whereabouts of her missing daughter, and reconnects with ex-flame Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon). Tuesday, April 25 finds Rae on both General Hospital and Port Charles, as meddlesome Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring) interferes in Rae's affairs, speculating about the identity of her daughter. On Wednesday, April 26, Rae continues on Port Charles, questioning Eve Lambert (Julie Pinson) about her background, wondering if perhaps she has found her missing child. Rae crosses over to All My Children on Thursday, April 27, as she contacts Myrtle (Eileen Herlie), her birth mother with whom she was recently reunited. Then on Friday, April 28, Rae returns to One Life to Live, where a devastating tragedy has just occurred. During Rae's stay in Llanview, sparks may again ignite with charming police detective John Sykes (John Bolger).

Susan Lucci Hosts the 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Emmy Award-winner Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC) has been named as host of the 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which will be presented live from Radio City Music Hall on Friday, May 19, 2000 from 9:00 - 11:00 PM ET on the ABC television network.

"Everyone shared in the thrill of Susan's unforgettable Emmy victory last year," said Angela Shapiro, President of ABC Daytime. "The celebration will continue as Susan brings her grace and charm to this year's festivities."

Presenters include PassionsJosh Ryan Evans (Timmy), Lisa Huber (Gwen) and Juliet Mills (Tabitha). Other presenters and guest stars will be announced shortly.

The 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The telecast will be produced by dick clark productions, inc.

Passions Hosts Emmy Party

Passions will be hosting a party on Thursday, May 18, 2000 at Blondies, 212 W 79th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam) in New York City. The party is open to the public. There is a $20.00 admission, the proceeds of which will benefit the STRANG Cancer Prevention Center, a non-profit institute affiliated with The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. There is an open bar from 8 to 9 PM, and a no-host bar from 9 PM on. Come on out and meet the folks from Passions and help them raise money for this worthy cause! Except for Ben Masters (Julian) and Dalton James (Hank), the entire Passions cast is scheduled to attend!

Hollywood Celebrates Mother's Day Weekend with Soap Spectacular!

Top stars of Days of Our Lives and Passions will meet and greet their fans, sign autographs, and act out scenes from their shows with guests as Universal Studios Hollywood stages a Soap Spectacular on Saturday, May 13, 2000 to celebrate Mother's Day Weekend.

Performances at Universal's Castle Theater will include screenings of selected clips from each show, a question and answer session in which stars will reveal secrets from the behind-the-scenes workings of their shows, and reenactments of scenes featuring stars and fans selected from the audience.

Stars scheduled to attend include Days of Our Lives castmembers Deidre Hall (Marlena), Drake Hogestyn (John), Alison Sweeney (Sami), Jensen Ackles (Eric) Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Peter Reckell (Bo), Austin Peck (Austin), and Joe Mascolo (Stefano). Stars scheduled to appear from Passions include, Juliet Mills (Tabitha), Donn Swaby (Chad), James Hyde (Sam), Brooke Kerr (Whitney), Tracey Ross (Eve), Ben Masters (Julian), Jesse Metcalf (Miguel), Galen Gering (Luis), Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy), Rodney Van Johnson (TC), Lindsay Korman (Theresa) and Dalton James (Hank).

Stars from both shows will make their appearances at Universal's Castle Theater with autograph sessions immediately following at an adjacent location. Two shows are scheduled: 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Admission to the shows is free with the regular purchase of tickets to the theme park.

The ALMA Awards to air on ABC this Summer

The American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards were held April 16, 2000 at the Pasadena Civic Center. The awards are given by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest constituency-based Hispanic organization in the United States. The ALMA Awards honor the positive portrayal of Latino images in American film, television and music. The ALMA Awards show will air as a two-hour special presentation on the ABC Television Network.

The Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Soap Opera ALMA Award went to A Martinez (Roy, GH). The Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Soap Opera ALMA Award went to Erika Page (Roseanne, OLTL).

Matt Cedeno (Brandon, DOOL), who was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Soap Opera by the ALMA nominating committee was a presenter.

Are you the Ultimate Days of Our Lives Fan?

Soapcity.com wants to know and to find out, they are offering you a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles and attend the Days of Our Lives Fan Club Luncheon. Using an online trivia challenge and sweepstakes, three semi-finalists will win a trip to the fan club luncheon to compete in the final trivia round on June 4, 2000 where the grand prize winner will be crowned The Ultimate Days of Our Lives Fan.

Here's how to enter. Visit http://www.soapcity.com from now till May 1, 2000 to play and win their daytime drama challenge. Players who successfully complete a game by answering all five trivia questions on Days of Our Lives correctly, will be eligible for the random grand prize drawing. You can enter as many times as you wish to increase your chances of winning. All contestants are eligible to enter into the daily prize sweeps, which will award a featured Item of the Week from the SoapCity store. You need Shockwave to view the game. If you don't have it, you receive the option to download it. The game takes a long time to load. It took me close to 10 minutes with a 56K modem. As the audio began, it crashed my Netscape. Opps.

More Casting News

Look for two new faces on Days of Our Lives on Monday, April 24, 2000. Liz Bell portrays Bo and Hope's realtor. Caroline Leedom portrays, Sasha, a model at Titan.

Linda Purl, veteran star of television and feature films, joins the cast of Port Charles on May 1, 2000. Purl also starred in a short film co-produced by Turtle-Run Online's parent company, Turtle Run Entertainment, Inc. and Nathan Productions, called "Sunday," written and directed by Andrew Bloch, and produced by yours truly! It's a pleasure to see Linda on screen once again. Watch for TRO's interview with Linda Purl coming soon!

Debbi Morgan, (ex Ellen Burgess, PC and GH, ex-Angie Baxter Hubbard, AMC; ex-Angie Baxter Hubbard Foster, The City/Loving) has been selected as the BET (Black Entertainment Television) featured guest host for the second quarter of 2000. Morgan will host BET Movies during the months of May, June and July giving viewers more trivia, insightful commentary, and introducing some of her own starring selections, including Roots: The Next Generation. Be sure to tune in!

Meet the Stars

4/26/00 - Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC) at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, 50 th Steet and Park Avenue, from 1-3 PM for none other than a modeling convention! Cameron will be there to talk about the industry and how he became a model. Other models and actors also scheduled to appear.

4/29/00 - Passions stars Galen Gering (Luis), James Hyde (Sam), Lindsay Korman (Theresa), Eva Tamargo Lemus (Pilar), Ben Masters (Julian), and Tracey Ross (Eve) will be at the 10 th Annual Cosequin Hollywood Charity Horse Show hosted by William Shatner. ("Spock! Beam me to Harmony!" LOL) The proceeds will benefit three children's charities: Ahead With Horses, a therapeutic riding program for children with physical challenges or learning disabilities; LA's BEST, an after school enrichment program in cooperation with the LA Unified School District, and the The Children's Museum of Los Angeles. The event begins at 6:30 PM. General admission is $10.00, children under 12, seniors and handicapped are free. There will be a party afterward, which is a separate admission: $30.00 for adults, $10.00 for children.

4/30/00 - Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC) at the Grand Re-Opening of the Giant Eagle Store in Girard, PA (just west of Erie, PA). Cameron will be signing autographs and taking photos with fans from noon till 3:00 PM approximately. For more info and to confirm the time call 814-774-2656.

4/30, 5/7, and 5/14/00 - Travis Schuldt (Ethan, Passions) makes his Los Angeles theater debut in Sam Shepard's Icarus's Mother presented by the Lone Star Ensemble. Three performances only at the Bitter Truth Playhouse, 11050 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA. For tickets call 818 755-7900.

5/3-8/00 - Eva Tamargo Lemus (Pilar, Passions) is a confirmed presenter at the 4th Annual Hispanic Film Festival of Miami. During the week, Spanish-language films will be screened, including The Silence of Neto in which Tamargo Lemus plays the lead character, Elena. For more details and ticket information visit http://www.hispanicfilm.com

5/6/00 - Jason Cook (Shawn, DOOL) plays in a charity basketball game in Wappingers Falls, NY at Roy C. Ketcham High Schol. Doors open at 12:30 PM. The game begins at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $20.00 ($10.00 with high school ID). Call 914 255-3685 for more information. Funds raised will benefit Community Service Scholarships. The event is sponsored by the Soap Opera AIDS Response and the RCK Community Action Team.

5/6/00 - Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC) fan club luncheon. Must be a member of Cameron's off-line fan club to attend. For further information and to join Cameron's fan club visit http://www.cameronmathison.com

5/7/00 - Kevin Spirtas (Craig, DOOL), Ingo Rademacher (Jax, GH), Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC) and other soap stars will be signing autographs and taking pictures with fans at the Manalapan Excelsior at Manalapan, NJ. The luncheon starts at 12:30 PM and tickets are $125.00 per person. They can be ordered from STARS. Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to STARS, P.O. 195, Adelphia, New Jersey 07710, or call STARS at 732 294-1682. The number for the Manalapan Excelsior is 732 536-6200.

5/13/00 - Vincent Irizarry (Dr. David Hayward, AMC) will be at the 80th Annual Wilmington Flower Market (sponsored by AM 1150 WDEL & FM 93/7 WSTN) for a meet and greet, autograph signing from 10 AM till noon. The event takes place at the Wilmington Rockford Park, Wilmington, Delaware. For more info call 302 995-5699

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