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Lot's to share with you this week, including TRO's visit to the sets of Days of Our Lives as the show celebrated the taping of its 9,000th episode, and to the set of Passions as Juliet Mills, Tabitha, read excerpts from Hidden Passions live online last Thursday. And that's not all. Days fans asked and we got the answers. Then, check below for the latest in casting information and where you can see your favorite stars appearing in the near future. Also, those of you who have the SoapNet Cable channel, we've got the latest in what is premiering on SoapCenter each week. So, sit back, relax, and get your Inside-the-Bubble dose of soapdom, right here at Turtle Run!
Days of our Lives Celebrates Taping of 9,000 Episodes
Caption: The Cast of Days of Our Lives
Days of our Lives, the cornerstone of the NBC daytime line-up and one of the most popular daytime dramas in the world, celebrated the taping of its 9,000th episode on Friday, February 9, 2001 with a party on the Days stage at NBC studios in Burbank, CA.
Days of our Lives, which premiered on November 8, 1965 as a half-hour drama, expanded to an hour in April of 1975. Although Days of our Lives was created by the late Ted Corday, Irma Philips and Allan Chase, the soap was essentially Ted Cordays project and it is under the Corday Productions Inc. banner that it has prospered. With the death of Ted Corday in 1966, his widow Betty took over the Executive Producer role and evolved Days into the innovative, multi-generational soap opera that it remains today. Betty Corday passed away in 1987. Ken Corday, son of the late Ted and Betty Corday, became Executive Producer in 1986 and currently helms the daytime drama along with Head Writer and Executive Producer Tom Langan.
The last few years have been the most extraordinary in all the history of Days of our Lives, proclaims Ken Corday. In the spring of 2000, Days of our Lives was honored with both the Directors Guild Award and the Writers Guild Award. In February of 2000, Days was named Favorite Soap Opera for the second consecutive year at the broadcast of the TV Guide Awards, the largest poll in television history. Days was recently nominated a third consecutive year for a Prism Award, recognizing the fetal alcohol syndrome storyline of Hopes baby. (The Prism Awards, selected by the Entertainment Industries Council, honors responsible programming of drug, alcohol, and addiction depiction.)
At 9,000 episodes and counting, Days of our Lives is creatively stronger than ever, proudly states Ken Corday. After an eight-year absence, Matt Ashford recently returned as Jack Devereaux amongst great fanfare, and Melissa Reeves return as Jennifer Horton last September has been a triumph. I am most excited that during the past few years, Head Writer Tom Langan has brilliantly focused a great deal of attention on establishing young characters with strong family ties that are the future of Salem. Tom Langans introduction of an aged Belle, Brady, Shawn, and Philip (Kirsten Storms, Kyle Lowder, Jason Cook, and Jay Kenneth Johnson) along with the introduction of Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) and Mimi (Farah Fath) has rejuvenated the show. Fran Bascom, our casting director, has assembled a dynamic group of young actors that keep getting better and better. The future of Salem looks very bright indeed.
Just prior to commemorating 9,000 episodes of television, Days of our Lives recently pulled out all the stops with the shows most thrilling storyline to date; the coronation and subsequent massacre at Princess Gretas Coronation. As previously reported here at Turtle Run, in a historic and unprecedented casting coup, Days of our Lives was visited during the week of February 5, 2001 by soap opera stars from programs that have aired on all three networks. The soap royalty making guest appearances on Days of our Lives represented the most comprehensive list of soap opera acting credits ever assembled by a single program.
On an international front, the past few years have also seen tremendous growth for Days of our Lives with successful launches in the United Kingdom, France, Romania, Belgium, Singapore, Zimbabwe, Kenya and in The African Ivory Coast. In January of 2000, Days of our Lives won the Golden Boomerang Award for Favorite Soap Opera by the readers of Australias TV Soap Magazine. Last year, the readers of Australias Inside Soap Magazine also named Days of our Lives as Best Soap Opera.
Days of our Lives continues to be a ratings success in the key demographics. Days has been the top rated network daytime program in women 18-34 this season and has held the top-rank in that demo for 284 of the past 285 weeks.
9,000 episodes is a landmark achievement in television, proclaims Jeff Zucker, President, NBC Entertainment. Congratulations to Ken Corday and the entire team that brings us Days of our Lives.
The non-stop pace of soaps makes the cast and crew of Days of our Lives among the hardest working in television. This 9,000th episode is testimony to the talent and commitment they bring to their work, states Sheraton Kalouria, Senior Vice President, NBC Daytime Programs.
Len Grossi, President of Columbia TriStar Television offers his congratulations to Ken Corday and the Days of our Lives family: Were delighted to be a part of this landmark event. Just think of what it means for Ken and the entire Days family to achieve the 9,000 episode milestone-its a testament to the outstanding creativity, dedication and staying power to everyone connected with this show. We wish them every success as they continue with their remarkable run.
Episode 9,000 is scheduled to air on NBC February 26, 2001.
Days 9,000th Episode Party - You asked, We Got the Answers!It was all hustle and bustle on stages 2 and 4 of NBC Studios in beautiful downtown Burbank as the cast and crew of Days of our Lives broke for lunch and got ready to celebrate the taping of the 9,000th episode. Days stars like Peggy McKay (Caroline) who were not even scheduled to work that day, made a point to come to the set and help celebrate this milestone. "I would not have missed it for the world," said McKay as the festivities were winding down. "This is extraordinary. (Days) is like my family. I've done many shows. Nighttime and daytime, and this is one of the nicest teams. The crew, the actors, the directors, we all get along great. We all have a good time and we do our work well."
Before cast and crew cut the 9,000 episode cakes (there was one cake shaped like the number nine, and three cakes shaped like zeros), Executive Producer Ken Corday paid tribute to his parents, Ted and Betty Corday, and the World War Two Generation in which the family values portrayed on Days of our Lives are based. An enlarged photograph of Ted and Betty Corday that was taken on Victory in Japan Day (August 15, 1945) was displayed in a place of honor at one side of the cakes. Blown-up, vintage black and white portraits of Frances Reid (Alice Horton) and the late Macdonald Carey (Tom Horton) were placed on the other side of the cake. As you know, original cast members Frances Reid, John Clarke (Mickey Horton) and 26-year veteran Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton) still reside in Salem!
Then, Sheraton Kalouria, Senior Vice President of Daytime Programming for NBC congratulated the cast and crew and presented the Days family with a wicker treasure chest containing 9,000 Hersey's Kisses, one kiss signifying each episode of NBC's number one daytime drama. Kalouria also gave Turtle Run a big hello!
But wait! Several Turtle Run Days fans had some burning questions to ask the stars and/or producers of the show! Stormy and P wanted to know what has kept Frances Reid on Days since day one! "The love of work," Reid said with a smile. "I had retired from the theater after being in the theater 20 years. I had done the ingenue tour and I was suddenly too old for theater. So, Ted (Corday) offered me this, and I said oh - I'd love to do it for a little while. And 35 years later - I am still doing it." Reid continued, saying that she loves the work and loves the family that the show has become for her. Stormy also wanted to know why Alice always seems to be making donuts and would Reid share the recipe? "No I can't," she said, again with a smile. "It's much too big a secret!"
Franndays wanted to know why Stefano hates the Bradys with such vengence. "I don't know the answer to that question," replied Joseph Mascolo (Stefano) in all seriousness. "You see that guy over there with the beard," he continued, pointing to Tom Langan? "You'll have to ask him!" Rest assured, however, Mascolo could not be happier playing the character of Stefano. "I love it," he said. "Stefano is a great character, and I will play it as long as the people want it. When they don't, I am gone." Mascolo enjoys the way the character is written, as it allows him to bring certain things to the role. "I have been able to bring cultural aspects to Stefano. Like his love of classical music and art, because of my background. And also in making Stefano a multi-dimensional human being. Most of the time there are the bad guys and the good guys. The good guys are so good they are boring, and the bad guys so bad that you want to spit on them. As an actor, I am trying very hard to bring as many 'colors' to the character of Stefano as possible. That may be why people don't know what he is going to do next, and he becomes dramatically interesting, and fun for me to play!"
However, Peggy McKay (Caroline Brady) has her own theories. "I think something happened in a factory," said McKay. "I think that something happened to Stefano's family in a factory in Ireland, and the Bradys have something to do with it. But more than that, I don't know. They don't tell us! Although sometimes we read what is going to happen in the magazines!" she continued with a laugh, implying that the magazines sometimes know what is going to happen before the actors do! "But I could certainly get into the Irish story. Bo is my son, and Victor is his father. Maybe Victor could fight off Stefano DiMera. If any man could do it, Victor could. He is shrewd and, need be, just as ruthless. But he always had a soft touch for Carolyn. He would support Carolyn. In fact, many a time Carolyn went behind her husband's back to ask Victor for help, and he was right there to help her. "
Caption: Days stars Kristian Alfonso (Hope) and Joseph Mascolo (Stefano)
Next, I approached Jason Cook to ask jrb's question, why aren't Shawn and Belle together already? But lo and behold, the buzzer sounded, lunch break was over, and Jason was back to work, running lines for his next scene! More of your questions answered the next time I get to Days!
Passions strikes another Media Milestone as Tabitha Reads Online!
Caption: Juliet Mills (Tabitha) reads Hidden Passions live online!
Congrats to Port Charles' Marie WilsonOn Monday, February 12, 2001, Marie Wilson (Karen, PC) and producer Michael Wilson, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Skye Alexandra Wilson! Welcome to the world, Skye, and warm congratulations to your folks! :o)
More Days News!Congratulations are again in order for Days of our Lives. Days was nominated for a third consecutive year for a Prism Award, which recognizes responsible programming of drug, alcohol, and addiction depiction. Days was nominated for the storyline in which Hope's baby, J.T., was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The Prism Awards, voted on by the Entertainment Industries Council, will be handed out in a ceremony on April 4, 2001 that will be televised at a later date.
Ryan's Hope Marathon on SoapNetThe Ryan family's favorite holiday, St. Patrick's Day, is upon us and SoapNet is celebrating with a Ryan's Hope marathon all day long! Tune in on Friday, March 16 between 12 PM EST and 6 PM EST and/or Saturday, March 17 from 12 AM EST to 6 AM EST to see classic Ryan's Hope St. Patrick's Day episodes and memories. Join Maeve and Johnny Ryan and the rest of their family, as well as the Fenellis, the Coleridges, and their friends as they drink green beer and listen to Maeve sing the classic Irish song Danny Boy at their family-owned bar. The marathon features eleven of the series St. Patrick's Day episodes, spanning from 1976 through 1988. Jerry Orbach (Law & Order), Scott Holmes (ATWT), Corbn Bersen (LA Law), Walt Willey (AMC) and even Regis Philbin are among the many of the famous faces that make appearances in the featured episodes. It is the perfect-and appropriate- opportunity for fans of the cult classic, that ran on ABC from 1975 to 1989, to reacquaint themselves with the show that won an unprecedented six Daytime Emmys for writing.
Premiering on SoapCenter, Monday, February 19, 2001The ABC Soap Opera Bistro! SoapCenter is on the scene for the star-studded grand opening of the soap-themed restaurant at Disney's new California Adventure theme park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. Stars from all four ABC soaps dine and dish while sitting at replicas of famous sets from all your favorite ABC soaps, and there are scoops galore on the menu! Stars participating in the Grand Opening included Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC) Josh Duhamel (Leo, AMC) David Canary (Adam/Stuart, AMC), Linda Dano (Rae, OLTL), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Erika Slezak (Viki, OLTL), Bob Woods (Bo, OLTL), Anthony Geary (Luke, GH), Jackie Zeman (Bobbie, GH), Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), Becky Herbst (Liz Webber), Lynn Herring (Lucy, PC), Thorsten Kaye (Ian, PC), Kiko Ellsworth (Jamal, PC) and Erin Hershey (Alison, PC). Who will SoapCenter feature? Tune in to find out!
Galen Gering's NBC Experience: Passions star Galen Gering (Luis) jets into New York for an appearance on NBC's Today show and a book-signing event at the NBC Experience at Rockefeller Center, and SoapCenter tagged along to cover the whole trip!
GH Actors Take to the Stage: Sarah Brown (Carly) and Chad Brannon (Zander) are starring in Los Angeles in a production of Cyrano de Bergerac, and SoapCenter takes you backstage for exclusive interviews with the actors and footage of the exciting opening-night celebration. (For ticket information see Seeing Stars below.)
The Need for Speed: Aaron Van Wagner (Jason, DOOL) goes from high school to high speed when he takes us speed-boat racing on his prized boat. Co-star Jason Cook (Shawn, DOOL) tags along for the wild ride, as the guys show us what really floats their boat.
SoapCenter Spotlight: Mimi Torchin welcomes and Y&R's Shemar Moore into her home for a very special edition of SoapCenter Spotlight!
TRO Disclaimer: The above segments are scheduled in advance and may be bumped without notice for a later airing, and replaced with other segments. Check your local listings.
CastingAll My Children: 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. Roxanna Hope plays the recurring role of Sybella. Her first airdate is February 26, 2001. Brette Friese will play the recurring role of Pam, the estranged sister of Leslie Coulson, who - if I recall correctly - had a fling with Tad in high school. Her first airdate is March 2, 2001.Daniel Sunjata plays the recurring role of Zachary Pell. His first airdate is March 12, 2001.
As the World Turns:Amanda Diaz plays a social worker named Miss Sanchez on Tuesday, February 20, 2001. Courtney Sherman returns as Dr. Michaels on Wednesday, Feburary 21, and Friday, February 23, 2001. Stephen Schnetzer reprises his role as Cass Winthrop on Thursday, February 22, and Friday, February 23, 2001.
Days of Our Lives: Daniel Reichert plays Dr. Bonnard in the French hospital this week.
General Hospital: Kin Shriner (Scotty) returns to GH as a permanent fixture. Look for his story to heat up beginning March 5, 2001.
Guiding Light: Simon Brookling plays Major D'Omo on Monday, February 19, 2001. Barrie Ingham plays Lord Chancellor beginning Monday, February 19, 2001. Jeff Binder, Tom Galantich and Maya Thomas play reporters on Thursday, February 22, 2001. Benim Foster plays a palace guard on Thursday, February 22, 2001.
One Life to Live: 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: 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. Also on that day, Stacy Solodkin appears in the role of Sarah, and John York (Mac, GH) crosses over. Madison Stoddard and Lynn McClean plays the respective roles of a young Lucy and younger Aunt Charlene on Friday, March 2, 2001. Lance Gilbert has been cast as an unhappy neighbor and appears on Monday, March 5, 2001. Anne Jefferies returns as Amanda Barrington on Thursday, March 8, 2001. Simon Harvey has been cast as Arnie and appears on Friday, March 16, 2001. Aimee Brooks plays the recurring role of Samantha. Her first airdate is Tuesday, March 20, 2001. Josh Holland plays the recurring role of Zach. His first airdate is Thursday, March 22, 2001.
Days of Our Lives: 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 Sunday, February 25, 2001 Matthew Ashford (Jack) and his wife Christina Ashford appear in a concert reading of the ABBA/Tim Rice musical, Chess, at the Performing Arts Center in Van Nuys, CA. The concert/reading begins at 3 PM and benefits the Institute for Families of Blind Children. Suggested donation is $35.00. Call 323 669-4649 for info. On Sunday, March 4, 2001 Matt Cedeno appears at the Giant Eagle Food Store in Ravenna, Ohio from 1-4 PM. On Saturday, March 10, 2001, Kevin Spirtas signs autographs at the Chico Mall in Chico, CA from noon till 2 PM. Through a collaboration between Friends, NBC Daytime and NBC Current Programming, McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan, Passions) and Alison Sweeney (Sami) star on Friends. The episode is titled The One With Joey's Award, and is tentatively scheduled to air on March 29, 2001. Check local listings. 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. On Saturday, April 14, 2001, Peter Reckell (Bo) performs with his band, Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) does stand up, Jason Cook (Shawn) plays piano and sings, and Arianna Zucker (Nicole) hosts the show at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZ. Showtime is 8 PM. Call 602 267-1600 or Ticketmaster at 480 784-4444. On April 21, 22, 2001, Josh Duhamel (Leo, AMC) appears at the Gala Benefit for Children's Cancer Foundation along with Kevin Spirtas (Craig, DOOL), Matt Cedeno (Brandon, DOOL) and Stephen Schnetzer (Cass, ATWT) at the Hunt Valley Marriott in Hunt Valley, MD, from 7:30 PM-Midnight. Tickets: $210 (tax deductible and covers both Saturday's and Sunday's festivities including a gourmet sit-down dinner with fine wine and auction and receiving line with stars. Professional photos will be taken with guests and group of stars for $25 (mailing charges included) Call 410 486-4744. Seating is limited. 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. On Friday, March 2, 2001, Wally Kurth (Ned) appears with his band, Kurth & Taylor at the 6th Annual Variety Rocks event at the Pearl Street Brewery in Buffalo, NY beginning at 8 PM. Call 716 881-4555. On Saturday, March 3, 2001, Steve Burton (Jason) appears at the Serramonte Center Mall in Daly City, CA from 2-4 PM at the "Be a Star for a Day" event. Call 650 992-8686. On Sunday, March 4, 2001, Wally Kurth (Ned) appears at the Variety Club Telethon Meet & Greet at the Waldren Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga, NY from 1-3 PM. Call 716 851-7677. On Saturday, March 10, 2001, Steve Burton (Jason) appears at the Glendale Galleria Mall "Be a Star for a Day" event from 2-4 PM. Call 818 240-9481. 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
One Life to Live: On Saturday, June 9, 2001, Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio), Mark Derwin (Ben), Timothy D. Stickney (R.J.), Darlene Vogel (Melanie), Patricia Mauceri (Carlotta) along with othe
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