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Nothing is at it Appears in OLTL's Llanview

On a very special Independence Day episode, fireworks of a very different nature explode on "One Life to Live " and nothing is as it appears in the fictional town of Llanveiw.  The unusual show will combine off-kilter comedy, special visual effects and a large dose of love, hate, lust and mistrust. 

What's more, when something strange is happening in Llanview this Independence Day, no one is going to believe it, least of all psychotherapist Rae Cummings, who finds herself right in the midst of the chaos.  Then, while most of America is enjoying family barbecues and picnics, the fireworks in Llanview are of a very different nature. Fantasy collides with reality for several prominent citizens, such as Viki, Todd, Max, and Gabrielle.  Is it a storm looming in the air, or something in the Llantano River that is making Bo, RJ, Nora, and Lindsay behave this way? This is one holiday Llanview will never forget.  Or will they? 

The episode is directed by OLTL executive producer, Gary Tomlin and written by David Cherrill, with the concept created by head writers Lorraine Broderick and Chris Whitesell.  Don't forget to tune in for fireworks of a different kind, Wednesday, July 4th on "One Life to Live."

NBC Daytime Dominates the Soap Opera Digest Awards

NBC Daytime dominated the 2001 Soap Opera Digest Awards with a total of 11 wins including Favorite Storyline and Favorite Show.  The awards, voted on by readers of the leading soap magazine, Soap Opera Digest, were announced in the June 23rd issue.  "Days of our Lives" proved its continuing popularity with fans by winning all of the categories for which it received nominations.  "Passions" increased its number of wins to three this year as it prepares to celebrate its Second Anniversary on July 5.

"Eleven 'Soap Opera Digest' Awards is a tremendous accomplishment," said Jeff Zucker, President, NBC Entertainment. "Our daytime dramas have made great strides recently and we couldn't be more proud of each show's entire team; they make the days of our lives better."

The award for "Favorite Show" marks "Days of our Lives'" 12th victory in the top category since 1984.  "Days of our Lives" also won the award for Favorite Storyline for "The Baby Switch,' which was penned by Head Writer/Executive Producer Tom Langan.

The individual winners for "Days of our Lives" are:
FAVORITE COUPLE - Kristian Alfonso and Peter Reckell (Bo and Hope Brady).
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR - John Aniston (Victor Kiriakis).
OUTSTANDING CHILD ACTOR - Kirsten Storms (Belle Black).
OUTSTANDING VILLAINESS - Arianne Zuker (Nicole Walker).

For "Passions" the individual winners are:
OUTSTANDING HEROINE - McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan Crane).

This year, Soap Opera Digest conducted the voting for the awards exclusively online. Voting occurred from Wednesday April 25th to Thursday, May 17th at   Over 100,000 individual votes were tabulated, a significant increase from previous years when all voting was conducted from ballots located within Soap Opera Digest. The unprecedented level of participation coupled with the preventative measures that were put into place to prevent duplicate voting adds credibility to the outcome of these results, proving irrefutably that NBC Daytime is home to the fan's favorite soaps.

"To say I am thrilled with the recent results of the Soap Opera Digest Awards would be the understatement of the year!" proclaims Executive Producer Ken Corday.  The Soap Opera Digest Awards are the definitive daytime drama awards where the fans chose their favorites. A few years ago, "Days of our Lives" won consecutive People's Choice Awards and TV Guide Awards, which were also voted on by the fans. Recently, both of these award shows unceremoniously decided to abolish their daytime categories.  I thank Lynn Leahey, editorial director of Soap Opera Digest, and Stephanie Sloane, editor of the magazine, for continuing with their prestigious awards that recognize the voice of the most important members of our industry, the fans."

"Days of our Lives continues to amaze!" states a very proud Sheraton Kalouria, Sr. Vice President of NBC Daytime.  "Winning every award for which "Days" was eligible is a remarkable accomplishment of which everyone involved in the show can be very proud."

"My heartfelt congratulations go out to our talented cast and crew," Corday continues.  "I especially want to acknowledge Head Writer Tom Langan and his incredible team of writers for their wonderful storytelling.  Congratulations to Peter Reckell for his fifth Soap Opera Digest Award win, Kristian Alfonso for her third win, Alison Sweeney for her fourth win, John Aniston for his third win, and Arianne Zuker, Jason Cook, and Kirsten Storms for their first victories."

"The fans have spoken, " emphatically states Kalouria. "This magnificent sweep of the Soap Opera Digest Awards is further proof that 'Days of our Lives' is on a roll! Congratulations to Ken Corday, Tom Langan, and everyone involved with Days of our Lives. We're pleased that with the addition of Passions' three wins, NBC Daytime is truly the fans' favorite home for soaps."

TRO congratulates "Days of our Lives," "Passions" and all the other winners of the 2001 Soap Opera Digest Awards.

TRO Exclusive!  Summer with the Stars Part 2

Last week we told you how many of your favorites planned on spending their lazy days of summer. For quite a number of them, however, it seems as if there is no rest for the weary!  Their story lines are really heating up!  Here's what more of your favorites have planned for summer 2001!

"You know what, I haven't decided yet, but most likely it would either be Costa Rica or Canada--I love Vancouver.  So, one of the two."

ARIANNE ZUKER (Nicole, Days of Our Lives)
"I'm going to the Hamptons! I don't know what week yet, but I might have to coordinate with Julianne (Morris, Greta) who is also going to the Hamptons."

JULIET MILLS (Tabitha, Passions)
"Summer vacation! As a matter of fact, my husband (Maxwell Caulfield, ex Pierce, AMC) and I are going back to England to stay with my family--my father and mother--my father is 93-years-old--John Mills. . . and we're going to visit with them in their house and in the country. . then spend a romantic weekend in Paris. . and now you can take the train right from London to Paris in three hours."

STEVE BLACKWOOD (Bart, Days of Our Lives)
"No vacation this year.  But I'll go up to Carmel and play golf. . . . I'm a misplaced Northern Californian.  Go up to Pacific Grove. Bring wife Karen and my 3-year-old daughter Nicole."

GEORGE ALVAREZ (Ray, Guiding Light)
"I'm taking my two sons to Minnesota for August.  I'm going to California a couple of times because I'm working on a movie.  It's called Venice.  I wrote it and I am producing it."

"I got a house out in Fire Island. So, weekends I'll be on Fire Island."

"I'm working the whole summer, but we go on location to Catalina next week.  We're gonna go get pedicures as well, and go to the beach and stuff. . like total girl stuff."

CHRISTINE TOY JOHNSON (ex Lisa, One Life to Live)
 "I'm going to go to Maine for a month to play Sarah in Guys and Dolls, so I'm looking forward to that. . . .getting out of the city, having some lobster, do a musical!  Other than that, I don't have plans yet.  I'm hoping to possibly get away for a vacation for a little bit, but we haven't come up with any plan yet."

"No, not right now.  I'm just working right now, getting set in place and I'm going to take it from here."

MICHELLE STAFFORD (Phyllis, Young and the Restless)
 "Yes I am (going on a summer vacation).  They (the powers that be) asked me to take my vacation during Peter's (Bergman, Jack) time, so I have to finagle some vacation.  I'm just a mirror peasant to Peter!  (But) I don't know where I want to go.  Somewhere hot I think."

"I might go back East to New York to visit my family where I lived."

"My family is with me during summer. I go back to L.A. and we take our motor home and go on a two-week trip. We've done Vegas. Skiing in the winter. We're always on the go, doing things."

"I asked for three days off to go back home to Kentucky and I couldn't even get three days off!  My mom and sister live with me and they are actually going to go back to Kentucky for the summer, so I'll be on my own for my first time for a couple months.  It's ok, I'm working everyday. . I'm probably not even going to notice."

"Work. . .lots of work."

FRANK PARKER (Shawn, Days of our Lives)
"Maybe go up to Carmel and play a little golf.  Just gorgeous up there, just gorgeous.  If I get the time, go up back east and see my pals and go to the mountains. "


EVAN RACHEL WOOD (Jessie, Once and Again)
 "I'm just gonna hang out. . swim. . . hang out with my friends basically."

CHRISTOPHER LOWELL (The Christopher Lowell Show)
 "There is no summer vacation for Christopher Lowell.  I am doing SIXTY-THREE rooms over the summer!"

La Lucci Relaxes at Clint Eastwood's

Join Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC) as she gets some well-deserved pampering at northern California's Pebble Beach Spa, co-owned by Clint Eastwood. Lucci and her husband, Helmut Huber, recently visited the Spa for a little R&R, and some quality time together. Thanks to Entertainment Tonight, you can join Susan as she gets the pampering of a lifetime.

As ETOnline reveals -- "Keeping romance in your marriage is essential," Susan shared. "How sad it would be not to have that. I think it is important to schedule yourselves into your schedule. Everybody is so booked all the time, but make that space for just the two of you, and get away, go someplace romantic."

For more on Lucci's relaxing getaway, including ETOnline's exclusive video clips, visit

On "Sex in the City..."

Airing this week is episode #54 titled, "Talk is Cheap," where our favorite New York City swank singles wonder if in matters of love, do actions really speak louder than words.  After seeing Aidan at the opening of his bar, Carrie tries different ways to connect with him.  In the meantime, Samantha's hot new lover is a bit of a baby, and Charlotte and Trey decide to take an important next step in their marriage.  Later, while training for the marathon, Miranda meets a man who seems to have his problems licked.  Wonder if that has anything to do with is really having it together, or if he has a very loving doggie?  Only one way to find out. Tune in to "Sex in the City" and see.

Premiering on Sunday, July 8, 2001 is episode #55 titled, "Time and Punishment," where once again our girls wonder:  Can you ever really forgive, if you can't forget?  It seems that while attempting to redefine their relationship, Carrie and Aidan realize they might have to deal with the past first.  Meanwhile, Samantha forgives her lover's ways, but teaches him a lesson that he will never forget.  In the meantime, Charlotte faces a tough decision between work and family, while Miranda gets sidelined by a neck injury and learns the value of taking a break.

Premiering On Soap Center Friday, June 29, 2001

SoapCenter Spotlight: General Hospital's Piece of Skye  Actress Robin Christopher explains Skye's journey from "All My Children" as the daughter of one manipulative wealthy man to a stay at "One Life to Live," where she "found" her mother, to "General Hospital," where she's found herself in the center of another wealthy family, the Quartermaines.  According to Christopher, "In her heart of hearts, if they were to accept her, she would love to be here."

Feature Report: Julia Barr's Silver Anniversary on AMC  Julia Barr has transformed her character, Brooke English, from hellcat to heroine over the past 25 years. On the occasion of Julia's silver anniversary, take a look back at what makes the talented actress and her compelling character so special.  "I can't imagine having done anything different than this profession," Barr shares. "I guess you could say in certain ways, my dream or wish list has been fulfilled."

Behind the Scenes: The Last Blast Dance on Days of our Lives   SoapCenter is back on the set of "Days of our Lives" for a backstage look at Salem High's annual Last Blast Dance. The dance numbers are not the only thing that sizzles. The searing emotions that are revealed will have long-term effects on the show's teen characters. "Somebody (does) something that causes a big scandal for Chloe this year," says Robert Benvenisti (Kevin.) The Last Blast Dance will definitely have an effect on the show's tortured teen characters.

Summer Preview Series: CBS Daytime  A sneak peek at the summer storylines on Young & the Restless, Bold & the Beautiful, As the World Turns and Guiding Light.  "I promise you, you are not going to want to miss one episode of As the World Turns this summer," teases Gabrielle Winkel, news director of Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly. 

Feature Report: "Cliffhangers" Essential to Soaps   This industry wide, round-up, examines "cliffhangers," the classic soap opera story-telling device that keeps viewers watching and talking. "Cliffhangers in daytime drama tell the audience "if you don't tune in tomorrow, you're going to miss something," states "Port Charles" head writer, James Harmon Brown.  Concurs "Days of our Lives" star Alison Sweeney, "It's the kind of thing girls are talking about that night on the phone."


All My Children: Susie Kuiken will play the role of Glory beginning July 3, 2001.  Isiah Washington will play the recurring role of a cop beginning July 5, 2001. Amelia Heinle has been cast in the contract role of Mia.  Her first airdate is Thursday, July 19, 2001.  BBMak appears as themselves the week of July 13, 2001.  Louise Sorel returns to daytime in the recurring role of Judge Campobello. Her first airdate is Wednesday, July 25, 2001. 

As the World Turns: Don Chastain's last airdate as Cooley is Friday, July 6, 2001.

Days of Our Lives: 

General Hospital: Ingo Rademacher begins airing the week of July 30-August 3, 2001.

Guiding LightJ. Paul Boehmer plays Dr. Chisholm on Monday, July 2, 2001.

Rocco Sisto plays Bernardo on Tuesday, July 3, 2001. 

One Life to Live: Kortney Kayle joins the cast as herself in a recurring role. Her first airdate is Monday, July 2, 2001.  Melissa Archer joins the cast in the contract role of Natalie.  Her first airdate is Monday, July 16, 2001.

Passions: William Hull and Evan Moore appear July 2, 2001.  Bradley Wright appears on July 3, 2001.  Michael McDonald (Stuart, MAD TV), joins the cast in a mystical role. His airdates are Tuesday and Wednesday, July 3 and 4, and Monday, July 9, 2001.  Cristina Saralegui has been cast in the recurring role of Tia Cristina, and Emiliano Diez has been cast in the recurring role of Tio Francisco Lopez. Their first scheduled airdate is Wednesday, July 11, 2001.

Port Charles: Scott Berman has been cast as Kibble.  He first appears on Monday, July 2, 2001.  RuPaul, Andre Charles, has been cast in the role of Madame Alicia who will appear in two episodes beginning Wednesday, July4, 2001.   Secrecy surrounds the return of Kimberlin Brown who reprises her role as Dr. Rachel Locke on a recurring basis beginning Tuesday, July 24, 2001

Seeing Stars

AMC:Anthony Addabbo (Dimitri) appears with Kathleen Chalfant, BillyCrudup and Alice Ripley and other stars from Guiding Light (see below) in Supertalk, a short film by Guiding Light stage manager Adam Reist and Andy Lawler.  The film will premiere on Saturday, August 11 at the First Guerrilla Film & Video Festival at the Tribeca Film Center.  For information on the festival, call 718-833-1768; for further information on Supertalk, visit the website at

As the World Turns:Colleen Zenk Pinter (Barbara) and her husband, Mark Pinter, will appear on stage at the opening night gala of the White Barn Theater in Westport, CT on Sunday, July 8.  The evening's performances, which include George S. Irving and Jo Sullivan Loesser, will be directed by Donald Saddler, beginning at 7pm. Tickets are $100.  For more information, call 203/227-3768. Eileen Fulton will be performing her cabaret act at Odette's on South River Road in New Hope, PA on Friday, July 20 at 8pm, Saturday, July 21 at 8pm, and Sunday, July 22 at 7:30pm.  For reservations, call 215/862-3000. Chad Tucker joins Phylicia Rashad in the Roundabout Theatre production of the musical, BLUE.  Performances are at New York City's Gramercy Theatre, 127 East 23rd Street.  For ticket information, call the theater at (212) 777-4900 or Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100.

Days of Our Lives:   Join Deidre Hall in Virginia Beach for Beach Break 2001 on Sunday, July 8, 2001 at Great Neck Middle School, Virginia Beach, VA.  Doors open at 8:30 AM. For info, visit http://www.marlena.comJulianne Morris presides over the first annual Stars and Stripes Ball at the Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg,  PA on July 14, 2001 from 7-midnight.  Tickets are $50 each and proceeds benefit the Adams County Housing Authority/Turning Poing Interfaith Mission's traditional housing programs for the homeless.  Price includes dinner and dancing.  Call 717 334-1518. Peter Reckell and MattCedeno are appearing at Canada's Wonderland Amusement Park on Sunday,July 15, 2001 as part of Joyce Becker's Soap Opera Festivals.  Canada's Wonderland is located at 9580 Jane Street in Maple, Ontario (just outside of Toronto.)  Show times are 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM and admission is free with the purchase of amusement park tickets.  For more information, please call 905/832-7000. On July 21, 2001, Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) and Kyle Lowder (Brady) host lunch at the Sheraton at Bush River Road in Columbia, South Carolina.  Tickets are $40.00.  For info email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  The same day, Nadia and Kyle also appear at Dutch Square Center in Columbia, South Carolina.  For info call 803 407-1093.

General Hospital: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 27, 28, & 29, 2001, it's GH/PC Fan Weekend!!  On Saturday, July 28, 2001 it's the Kurth & Taylor Concert at Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel, Studio City, CA Tickets are $50 - no refunds - limited seating. Concert begins at 8 PM. To order tickets, and for further information call Elana Boneventura at 661-395-1193 or visit

Guiding Light: George Alvarez, along with 3,000 other bicyclists, is participating in the Tanqueray Northeast AIDS Ride from Bear Mountain, NY to Boston, MA. The four-day, 325-mile ride, which raises funds for AIDS research, takes place July 19-22.  For more information or to make an on-line donation, go to  (For a donation, you will need to refer to George's rider number, 4578.) Justin Deas, Beth Ehlers, Kurt McKinney, and Anthony Addabbo appear with Kathleen Chalfant, BillyCrudup and Alice Ripley in Supertalk, a short film by Guiding Light stage manager Adam Reist and Andy Lawler.  The film will premiere on Saturday, August 11 at the First Guerrilla Film & Video Festival at the Tribeca Film Center.  For information on the festival, call 718-833-1768; for further information on Supertalk, visit the website at

One Life to Live:

Passions: On Saturday, July 7, 2001 at Borders Books in Coconut Grove, FL meet Eva Tamargo Lemus (Pilar) as she signs copies of "Hidden Passions" beginning at 2 PM.  Call 305 447-1655 for info. Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) will be racing in the 2nd Annual Ronald McDonald House Celebrity Mini Grand Prix on Sunday, July 8, 2001 in San Bernardino, CA.  For ticket info call:  909 558-8334.  The Second Annual Passions Fan Club event will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2001 from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Universal Studios, Hollywood.  Confirmed cast members include Andrea Evans (Rebecca), JoshRyan Evans (Timmy), Galen Gering (Luis), Bruce Michael Hall (Reese), Jade Harlow (Jessica), James Hyde (Sam), Brook Kerr (Whitney), Lindsay Korman (Theresa), Eva Tamargo Lemus (Pilar), Ben Masters (Julian), Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel), Juliet Mills (Tabitha), Tracey Ross (Eve), Travis Schuldt (Ethan), Dana Sparks (Grace), Molly Stanton (Charity), Donn Swaby (Chad), Kim JohnstonUlrich (Ivy), Rodney Van Johnson (TC), McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan), Deanna Wright (Kay), Natalie Zea (Gwen) and newcomers, Justin Carroll (David), Chrystee Pharris (Simone) and Ryan McPartland (Hank). Your paid ticket gets you full admission to Universal Studios Hollywood Themepark for the Day!  For ticket info and instructions on how to purchase tickets, call:  818 655-5135.

Port Charles: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 27, 28, & 29, 2001, it's GH/PC Fan Weekend!!  See General Hospital Seeing Stars above for details on this year's events!

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