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Christmas, Hanukkah, Boxing Day & Josh Duhamel!

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Interview with Josh Duhamel, Look who's back and much more

Hi Suds Buds!

I hope that you are all having a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah. Happy Boxing Day for our Australian, Canadian, British, and New Zealand cyber friends! Spending the holidays with family and friends is a real "chicken soup for the soul" experience for yours truly. There is nothing better in this world than being home for Christmas. We at TRO hope you and yours have a wonderful and joyous holiday.

Now, on to the soaps, beginning with our interview with Pine Valley's newest heartthrob! :o)

Josh Duhamel (Leo, AMC)

On doing comedy club appearances: "You've never heard any of my material? I am really funny! No really, I don't have to do any stand-up stuff, like Walt (Willey, Jackson) does. There is (usually) a comedian and music before us, and then we go out and answer questions, have drinks, and just be idiots, but I am not a comedian."

On being Bianca's friend during the gay storyline: "I think that they have done stories like this before, but with the magnitude (of this one being) Erica's daughter, there has been a lot of attention on the storyline. For me, to be the guy who she confides in, and is the shoulder for her to cry on, was a huge compliment to me from the show, the producers, writers, everyone. I don't mind playing the supporting role in something like that. I am more than happy to play the guy who helps her out. She has done a wonderful job playing it, and it has been exciting and really fun. I am just happy to be there. I will ride her coattails through this if she will let me. I think that Leo is open-minded about all this because of his growing up in Europe. That's the way I try to play it. That he has had ten friends who have come out to him before. For him to be hearing this (from Bianca), he understands that it is a big deal for her, being a 16-year old and Erica Kane's daughter. So he understood the point of view of how difficult it was, but at the same time he tried to make her understand that it was okay. That she was not abnormal or a freak. This is just who you are and you just have to deal with the other things, like your mother. I don't know if it played like that, but I knew I didn't want it to be this big shock to me, like 'oh my God! You're kidding.' Sometimes you try to downplay things to make it easier on the other person, and that is what I tried to do."

On how he would like his character to develop: "When I first came to AMC, I had certain goals. First of all, I wanted to break through. I know how difficult it is on this show, and maybe Days of Our Lives or Young & the Restless, for the long-time viewers to accept a new character and care about you. It was the combination of writing and interacting with a lot of main characters, but mostly the writing, that made the transition into a main character easy. Then, they give me so much to do. Every single day I feel like I am doing something different. I am either being a goofball, which is probably more common place now, or when they want me to get mad at somebody, I try to go for it as much as I can and get furious. I try to give the writers, and whoever else makes the decisions, as many 'colors' as I can so that they could see that I could do it, and then maybe they would write for it. I didn't want them to see me as a one-dimensional character. I wanted to do as much as I could so that they could expand things, and they have."

On finding out who Leo's father is: "That is what I am looking forward to the most. I can't wait for that storyline to come out. I don't even know what the consensus is. Should it be someone on the show? A new character? I have differing opinions on it. I wouldn't mind it being Adam Chandler because I would love to work with David Canary. I love working with that guy. He is so good. Or, Erik Kane, but he is not on the show anymore. I don't know a lot of the history on the show. Many say that would be good. But it doesn't impact me as much as it would people who have watched the show for years. But I am starting to understand the legend of Susan Lucci. She is so legendary. Sometimes you forget that working with her every day. To me she is just a sweet, warm person. You forget how much she has done. I never watched the show before I came on, so I didnt' know. My mom watched Young & the Restless! For it to be like Victor Newman's son, I would be like whoa!"

On getting the part: " I auditioned in LA on tape. I thought it went okay. It was only a few lines. It went all right. And then I didn't hear anything for a month and a half. I got the lead in a movie, an adaptation of the Portrait of Dorian Grey, and went to Bulgaria to shoot it. After being there three days, I get the call saying I am the number one choice for this part on All My Children. I didn't even remember. I was like, oh yeah. I auditioned for that weeks ago. Also, I didn't believe him. If it were true, I figured I would have heard something before this. I wasn't in an actual screen test, as I was going to be in Bulgaria. So I screen tested in a little room where they do general castings. (The test was) with Marj Dussay, Jeanie Burke, and Judy Wilson. Two and a half weeks later, when I was in Bulgaria shooting the other movie, I found out I got the part of Leo. I was in a hotel room, in Europe, for a week preparing for this movie role. They cast that really fast, and I had to do my whole character study. I was so totally wrapped up in that movie, and then I got the call about AMC. But I didn't really think about the part on AMC until I got back."


All My Children: George Guidall has been cast in the role of Judge Mayhew. His first airdate is Tuesday, January 2, 2001. Mark Pinter has been cast in the role of Greenlee's dad, "Roger Smythe." Pinter starred on Another World where he played Grant Harrison since 1991. Pinter first airs in the 8000th episode of AMC on Tuesday, January 9, 2001.

Days of Our Lives: Barry Cullison is Leonard on Tuesday, December 26, 2000. Jim Beaver is the Priest on December 26, 27, 2000. Kamilla Bjorlin returns as Lilith, Nick Benedict returns as Chris, and Morgan Sheppard returns as Charles on Friday, December 29, 2000. Matt Ashford will reprise the role of Jack Deveraux for several appearances beginning in early February. The role is non-contract..

General Hospital: Lily Melgar returns as Lily Corinthos for two episodes on January 2, 3, 2001. Steve Burton returns as Jason Morgan beginning January 29, 2000.

One Life to Live: Kate Levering will play Teddy, a police officer, on Tuesday, December 26, 2000. Jessica Morris has been cast in the contract role of Jennifer Rappaport, Lindsay (Catherine Hickland) and Sam's (Kale Brown) rebellious daughter. Her first airdate is Wednesday, January 17, 2001. Rebecca Boyd has been cast in the contract role of Gina Russo. Boyd's television credits include Spin City, Dellaventura, and a recurring role on Homicide. She has also appeared in films such as Return to Paradise and Scenes from a Mall. Her first airdate is Thursday, January 18, 2001.

Passions: Philip Moon has been cast as a television reporter and will air on Wednesday, January 3, 2001. Alicia Ziegler has been cast as Carol and airs on Monday, January 15, 2001. Ziegler is the winner of last year's Internet Casting Call in the female category.

Port Charles: Joey Spillers has been cast in the role of Ted Harmon. His first airdate is Tuesday, December 26, 2000. Opal Anchel is joining the cast as Arianna. Her first airdate is January 2, 2001. Chaz Burke has been cast in the role of a precinct cop. He airs on Wednesday, January 10, 2000. Chris Maleki has been cast in the role of Ben, Arianna's (newcomer Opal Anchel) brother. His first airdate is Friday, January 12, 2001. Ted W. Henning has been cast in the role of Darryl Gordon, a real estate agent. He airs on Friday, January 19, 2001.

Seeing Stars

Days of Our Lives: 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. 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. Diedre Hall's Intimate Portrait airs on the Lifetime Television Network on Monday, January 8, 2001 at 7:00 PM. Check your local listings for a schedule of re-broadcasts. 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. 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!!

One Life to Live: Kassie DePaiva (Blair) will be singing at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Perryville, New Jersey on Saturday, January 13 and Sunday, January 14, 2001. The show will also feature the Tim Gillis Band. Call 800 447-7317 for further info.

Passions: Bruce French (Father Lonigan) can be seen now, through the end of January, 2001 in Lady Chatterly's Lover at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, CA. For times and ticket info call 310 822-8392. Bruce Michael Hall (Reese) stars in an episode of David E. Kelley'sBoston Public in the role of Jimmy. It is currently scheduled to air sometime in January, 2001. When we receive a confirmed date, we will pass it on to you. Luis fans, be sure to pick up a copy of the January 2001 issue of Cowboys and Indians Magazine. Galen Gering is featured in a celebrity layout, and ladies gentlemen, let me tell you. It's hot!! ;o)

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

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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