Dear Suds Buds,
With Emmy season comes the 2001 TRO Cybby Awards. TRO's Cybby Awards take the Daytime Emmy nominations and put forth the ballot to the cyberfans. The Cybbys winners can differ from the winners as selected by the Emmy Committee during the NBC broadcast on May 18, 2001 from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, as the Cybbys are your choices for who should take home the award. And the Cybby's don't end there. Along with the standard Emmy categories of Most Outstanding Actor, Actress, Daytime Drama, etc., we also include a number of select (and a tad more tongue-in-cheek categories ;o) and this year, you will have the opportunity to cast your nominations for TRO's Fun Categories. Here's how it works:
Copy and paste the list of TRO Cybbys Fun Categories that appears below. Nominate from one (1) to three (3) actors or actresses for each category. If you nominate more than three, we will consider your first three nominees only and ignore the rest. Very important! -- Please include the actor's name, character's name, and the name of the soap. For example, I nominate 2000 Cybby winner, Ben Masters (Julian Crane, Passions) for Most Elitist Snob. :o) Email your nominations to
by midnight, Friday, April 6, 2001. The categories are: *Most Elitist Snob
*Most Endearing Imp
*Most Devious Doctor
*Best Performance While Hiding a Pregnancy
*Tears for Careers: It's My Party and I'll Cry if I Get Paid To
*Oh Brother: Best Sibling Rivalry
*Most Missed Missing Veteran
*Old Dog, New Tricks: Best Veteran on a New Show
*Best Return of a Character
*Best Performance from a Hospital Bed
*Grandest Grande Dame
*Best Bad Guy
*Maid with the Mostest
*Wackiest Sense of Humor
*Character You'd Most Want to Bring Home to Meet the Parents (Male)
*Character You'd Most Want to Bring Home to Meet the Parents (Female)
*Wooden Spoon Award: Character You'd Like to Bop UpSide the Head
*SuperCouple of All Time
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Rumors and Facts!
Rumor: Christie Clarke is returning to Days.
Fact: According to the spokesperson for DOOL, Christie Clarke will not be returning to Days reprising the role of Carrie Brady, nor has the actress been in talks to return to the show. Which is not to say she might never return at some later date, she is just not returning now.
Rumor: Lindsay Korman (Theresa, Passions) is leaving the show to pursue a career on Broadway and will be replaced by Sidney Penny (Sunset Beach, All My Children).
Fact: Where in the world did this one come from? LOL Have no fear. According to the spokesperson for Passions, there is no truth to this rumor.
Fact not rumor: Dalton James (ex Hank, Passions) was asked to leave the show due to the fact that the character of Hank is to be taken in a new direction. "The character of Hank Bennett is off the canvas for quite some time," said a spokesperson for the show. "Dalton James is a wonderful actor," she continued. "We wish him all the best." (See below for the bio on Ryan McPartlin, the new Hank Bennett whose first airdate is April 24, 2001.)
Fact not rumor: The character of Leslie Coulson on All My Children played by Colleen Dion will air for the last time on April 27, 2001. What does that mean for the current front burner storyline involving Leslie, Tad, Dixie and David? Does Leslie finally succumb to injuries incurred at the hand of David Hayward? Or does she quietly fade off the canvas and out of Tad's wavy, brown hair? We will just have to tune in and see!
Fact not rumor: Port Charles and One Life to Live fans won't want to miss Port Charles beginning Wednesday, April 18, 2001 for the on-air reunion of Thorsten Kaye and Susan Haskell who starred on One Life to Live as Patrick Thornhart and Marty Saybrooke. The Emmy Award-winning Haskell joined OLTL in 1992 and remained until their characters joint departure in 1997. Kaye starred on OLTL from 1995-1997. In April of 2000 he joined Port Charles as the compassionate and irresistible Dr. Ian Thornhart, brother of OLTL's Patrick Thornhart. His character has been integral in the success of the new storytelling format that launched in December 2000. The current book, "Time in a Bottle," commenced on Monday, March 5, 2001. Beginning April 18th, in a series of special episodes, Susan Haskell's character will provide startling revelations about Thorsten Kaye's Port Charles character, Ian Thornhart. Will Haskell be reprising her role as OLTL's Marty Saybrooke on Port Charles, or will she be someone new? Wouldn't you know it? The show is not letting that one out of the bag. LOL We will just have to tune in to Port Charles on April 18, 2001 to find out!
Behind Closed Doors with Joan Lunden features All My Children
In the April 6, 2001 premiere episode of Behind Closed Doors with Joan Lunden airing on the A&E cable network, Joan Lunden goes behind closed doors with Emmy-winning All My Children. Lunden reveals what it takes to put a daily soap opera together and keep the audience hooked year after year. She sits down with many of the cast members, visits the ultimate family attic checking out the prop department where hundreds of sets and thousands of props have been stored and used for over 31 years. She then gets a rare glimpse of the actual All My Children set.
Among those interviewed for this segment are Susan Lucci, and huge AMC fan, Carol Burnett. As part of the show, you will be treated to clips from classic performances by famous stars like Rosie O'Donnell and Stevie Wonder. You will also find out the do's and don'ts of the steamy love scene, as well as learn what actors are really thinking during those dramatic pauses as the camera lingers on their faces before going to commercials. Finally, you'll get to see Lunden playing a wise-cracking waitress for an AMC episode that aired January 26, 2001, where she learns how the writers come up with storylines, then goes through the rehearsal process and plays her part in an actual show taping. Check your local listings.
Steve Burton (Jason, GH) stars in NBC's and Dreamworks, Semper Fi
Semper Fi, an ensemble military drama, is based on the lives of young U.S. Marine Corps recruits. The 2-hour movie for television follows enlistees from the moment they sign up until the day they graduate. NBC and Dreamworks have joined forces to bring television a realistic look at a diverse young group of Marine Corps recruits as they undergo 13 weeks of basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. In the story, the enlistees of Platoon 3025 came to the Marines from a variety of backgrounds, but are united in their desire to make honor, courage, and commitment their way of life. Steve Burton (Jason, General Hospital) stars as Steve Russell, a tough-as-nails character who tries desperately to live up to the standards set by his father, uncle and brother, who were all Marines before him. Also starring are Vicellous Reon Shannon (The Hurricane) and Scott Barstow (Party of Five). Semper Fi was originally a pilot produced in hopes of becoming a prime time series. The series was not picked up. Semper Fi airs Sunday, April 1, 2001 from 9-11 PM on NBC.
Meet Passions new Hank Bennett -- Ryan McPartlin
Daytime television newcomer Ryan McPartlin joins the cast of Passions in the role of Hank Bennett, the handsome and sexy world-traveling younger brother of Police Chief, Sam Bennett. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, IL, McPartlin graduated with a degree in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois, where he played football in the Big Ten Conference. After graduating, McPartlin decided to spend six months in Australia and New Zealand to explore the outback and to decide which career path he should follow. He became clear that he wanted to be an actor and promptly moved to southern California to pursue his dream. McPartlin recently appeared on NBC's Three Sisters, and has guest-starred on Zorro and The Nanny. He spends a great deal of his non-working time taking acting classes and says that his other passions include almost any outdoor physical activity including scuba diving, tennis, snowboarding and racquetball. McPartlin is serious about physical fitness and is a board certified personal trainer. At 6'3", McPartlin has sandy blond hair and blue eyes. He was born on July 3rd. He is single and resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Meet Passions Simone Russell -- Chrystee Pharris
Chrystee Pharris joins the cast of Passions in the role of Simone Russell, the lively and vivacious youngest daughter of TC and Eve Russell. Pharris' credits include recurring roles on General Hospital and Moesha, and guest-starring roles on Sister, Sister, Kenan and Kel, as well as a lead in the new soap pilot for MTV, Spyder-Web. Pharris graduated with a B.F.A. in Theater from Emerson College. Her hobbies are singing, modeling, and rollerblading. She was born on March 7th.
What's Up with The Sopranos?
Airing this week is episode #31 titled, "Another Toothpick" where Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri, Sr. (show newcomer Burt Young) comes out of retirement to the chagrin of his son and Uncle Junior. In the meantime, Artie Bucco faces up to his feelings toward his wife Charmaine and his hostess, Adriana. Later, Carmela takes a more active role in Tony's therapy.
Premiering Sunday, April 1, 2001 is episode #32, "University," where a Bada Bing dancer looks to Tony and Ralph to meet her needs. Meanwhile, Meadow, turns to her boyfriend, Noah, for emotional support.
Premiering on SoapCenter, Monday, March 26, 2001
Erika Slezak's 30th Anniversary Part 2 The second part of SoapCenter's interview and tribute to the legendary actress marking her 30th anniversary playing quintessential heroine, Victoria Lord Davidson on One Life to Live. Emmy-winning actress Andrea Evans (ex Tina, OLTL; currently Rebecca, Passions) gushes, "I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Erika, because if I'm good at what I do, and I hope I am, I learned a lot of that from (her)."
SoapCenter Feature Report: PC's Honor Killings Port Charles is using the relatively new character Arianna to explore "Honor Killings," an ancient practice in which men kill their female relatives based on the suspicion that they have engaged in any sexual activity. (As a rape victim, poor Arianna falls into this category.) SoapCenter uses Arianna's plight, and the efforts of her friends, as a jumping off point for an in-depth look at this repulsive ritual. "It really does make you think, OH MY GOD, how does this happen?" explains PC headwriter James Harmon Brown. "We're in the 21st century, the civilized world, and these archaic, barbaric things (still) happen."
The Story So Far: AMC's Dixie While Dixie's current marital crisis is front and center on All My Children, major drama has always followed the character since she first appeared in Pine Valley. SoapCenter presents a recap of Dixie's AMC story so far with insights and bites from the actress who portrays her, 2001 Outstanding Supporting Actress Nominee, Cady McClain.
The Art and Science of Creating a Role An in-depth look at the long process that happens before a new character shows up on a soap. Executive producers, headwriters, casting directors and stars help illuminate the behind-the-scenes road from idea to joining the cast. Says Mark Teschner, casting director of General Hospital and Port Charles, "One characteristic that you are looking for is someone who is innately appealing. You need people that the audience is going to watch day in and day out."
Catching Up with Knots Landing's Michelle Phillips We catch up with the popular actress and former singer as she recalls the fun she had playing misunderstood, Anne Matheson on Knots and gives us a preview of her upcoming projects. "I had the most fun working with Nicollette Sheridan (Paige) and being the mother from hell, Phillips tells SoapCenter. "Nicolette's character hated me, and I used her and abused her all the time, and they just wrote more of it and more of it, and the fans loved it!"
Dogwalk on the Catwalk SoapCenter is on the scene as over 35 stars from All My Children, One Life to Live, As the World Turns and Guiding Light attended a great gala to raise funds and awareness for Animal Haven, New York's first cage-free and non-kill animal shelter. Highlights include a star-studded fashion show for humans and pets, lively auctions and interviews with the stars.
**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.**
All My Children: Natalie Mosco plays the role of Mme. Collette on Monday, April 2, 2001. Anthony Addabbo will play the role of Dimitri. His first airdate is Friday, April 6, 2001. Tom O'Rourke plays the role of Jude Connaly on Monday, April 9, 2001. Newcomer Eric Dearborn has been cast in the contract role of Gabriel. His first airdate is Friday, April 20, 2001.
As the World Turns: Reporter Amy Stone from WCBS-TVs New York Live interviews as a nanny on Monday, March 26, 2001. Marian Tomas Griffin begins playing Mary Dolan, Jake and Molly's new nanny on Monday, March 26, 2001. Melissa Chalsma plays Luke's schoolteacher, Ms. Hopkins, on Friday, March 30, 2001. George Millenbach plays Owen, a psychiatric patient, beginning Friday, March 30, 2001.
Days of Our Lives: Bryan Datillo's last airdate is Tuesday, March 27, 2001. Brett Lawrence plays Kevin Lambert, beginning March 29, 2001. It is a recurring role.
Guiding Light: Gregory Chase plays Judge Horton on Monday, March 26, 2001. Daniel Passaro and Michael Hobbs play Henry and Joe, unexpected guests at Danny and Michelle's wedding on Monday, March 26, 2001. Quentin Mare and Dariush Kashani play Harris and Thomas, Edmund's cohorts, on Tuesday, March 27, 2001. Barrie Ingham returns as the Chancellor on Wednesday, March 28, 2001.
One Life to Live: Jeff Branson plays the role of Dean on Friday, March 30, 2001.
Passions: Lucille Soong portrays Sally Chin, owner of Sally's Chinese Restaurant on Tuesday, April 3 and Friday, April 6, 2001. Lucille's other credits include Joy Luck Club, Vanishing Son, Dharma & Greg, JAG, and Fired Up. Chrystee Pharris joins the cast in the role of Simone Russell. Her first airdate is Tuesday, April 17, 2001. Ryan McPartlin joins the cast as Hank Bennett. His first airdate is Thursday, April 24, 2001.
Port Charles: Barry Cullison has been cast as Harry, a volatile dad. He begins airing on Wednesday, March 28, 2001. Susan Haskell joins the cast as an undisclosed character who will provide startling revelations about Ian Thornhart. Her first airdate is Wednesday, April 18, 2001.
General Hospital: On April 7, 2001, A Martinez (Roy), Soap Star on Tour, appears at Deerbrook Mall, Houston, TX from 2-4 PM. Call 281 446-6626 x11. On Saturday, April 21,2001 Wally Kurth will be participating in a Soap Operas' AIDS Response benefit at the Poughkeepsie Galleria in Poughkeepsie, New York from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. Tickets are $30.00 and can be purchased by calling 845-255-3685. You can also find out more information by visiting www.soar8.com. Later that same day, see Wally Kurth at Brokerage Comedy Club in Bellmore, New York at 7:30 p.m. and again at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $26.00. Call 516-785-8655 for info.
Guiding Light: On Saturday, April 28, 2001 in Naples, FL at the Forest Glen Country Club, and on Sunday, April 29, 2001 at the Eagle Creek Country Club, join George Alvarez (Fr. Ray), Frank Dicopoulos (Frank), Mark Dobies (Noah), Maureen Garrett (Holly), David Andrew Macdonald (Prince Edmund), Michael O'Leary (Dr. Rick), Victoria G. Platt (Vicky), Susan Pratt (Claire), Wesley Ramsey (Sam), Brittany Snow (Susan), Nancy St. Alban (Michelle), Terrell Tilford (David), Jordi Vilasuso(Tony), Kim Zimmer (Reva), plus Beth Ehlers (Harley), Justin Deas (Buzz), Laura Bell Bundy (Marah), and Michael Park (Jack, ATWT) for the Celebrity Pro-AM Golf Tournament beginning at 8 AM. For info call 914 642-3378. On Saturday, June 9, 2001, Mary Kay Adams, Tyrell Tilford (David),