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Daytime Emmy Nominations and more!

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Emmy nominations, Census 2000 and Pilot season

Hi Suds Buds!

The wait is over! On Wednesday, March 15th at the Rainbow Room in NYC, the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced. Congratulations to ABC for stealing the show, so to speak, with 59 total nominations. For a full rundown of the nominees in all categories Click here.

Do you agree with the Emmy Nomination Committee? Did they pick your favorites? Who, in your opinion, was deserving, but didn't get the nod? Who got the nomination, but did not truly deserve it? Soapdom's way whacky newcomer, Passions, was totally shut out. That could be due to its being such a new show -- with only 6 months of material from which to select submissions. (The eligibility period for the Daytime Emmys 2000 is January 1, 1999 through and including December 31, 1999. Passions began airing in early July, 1999.)

Share your feelings about the Emmy nominations on the TRO Message Boards, and stay tuned to Turtle-Run for our continued coverage of Daytime Emmys 2000!

ConCensus of Opinion!

It's census time everyone. Fill out your forms and return them to the Census Bureau by the required deadline. Even soapdom's number one show, The Young & The Restless, is out campaigning for Census 2000. And for good reason. You may recall that back in January (January 28 and 31 to be exact), the show aired episodes where a private investigator posed as a U.S. Census enumerator to obtain birth certificate information on a certain teenage character, and then revealed the data to an interested party! A big no no in the real world.

"That portrayal of a U.S. Census Bureau employee was a complete fabrication," said a spokesperson for the show. According to Kay Van Alden, Y&R's head writer, "We want to clarify the misconception conveyed in these two episodes. Census 2000 is extremely important to the American people and we realize it is in the best interests of everyone to participate."

Under federal law, U.S. Census officials are under oath not to divulge individual data obtained in a Census to anyone outside the Census Bureau for any reason, including the IRS, the INS, the F.B.I, or any law enforcement agency. No one in state, local or tribal government can access the information, nor can private persons, businesses, credit bureaus or marketing companies. Only the Census employees have access to such information and they are subject to strict criminal penalties for sharing data.

Y&R applauds current national efforts to encourage complete participation in Census 2000, including massive mobilization of hundreds of thousands of school Census takers and volunteers, and the "Census in School" campaign which emphasizes that Census information is strictly confidential.

All in all, Y&R's use of the reveal of strictly controlled census bureau data was, in fact, a story-telling device and not real life. A good example of how soaps mirror real life, but don't believe everything you see on your favorite show! :o)

In the Real Life Department...

Maura West and Scott DeFreitas (ATWT's Carly and Andy) are very pregnant and about to give birth. What's newsworthy about this slice of every day real life, is that they are going to do it on television as a segment of The Learning Channel's daytime show A Baby Story. When I tried to reach West and DeFreitas last week for comment, I learned that they are graciously declining any further interviews until after the baby is born and West is back at work. A Baby Story featuring West and DeFreitas will air on TLC sometime in the fall. A Baby Story is televised opposite ATWT in the New York and other markets.

For a full account of the event as covered by the AP wire service, click Soap Star Plans Birth on TV. Special thanks to JudgeJud for the tip on this story.

Soap News, Notes & Casting Info

Congratulations to Days of Our Lives directors Herbert D. Stein and Roger Inman. They were honored with the show's first Director's Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a Daytime Serial. They received the award for episode # 8557 which dealt with the gut-wrenchiing execution of Sami Brady and aired June 2, 1999. "What made this particular episode so intense was the fact that all of the action was contained in one hour, just as Sami had one hour left to live before her execution," said Stein. "The writing and acting were equally superb in an episode that tackled an intense and controversial issue in very human, emotional terms. This episode was definitely my biggest challenge as a director in the almost 20 years I have been on Days." Lynda Hirsch, the syndicated soap columnist, plays a French Nurse on DOOL on Wednesday, March 22, 2000. John A. Bradley plays Wall Street tycoon, Rex Rollins, on DOOL on Wednesday, March 29, 2000. Matt Mahaney's last airdate as Kurt on DOOL is March 27, 2000. Tracey Lindsey Melchoir (Sunset Beach) appears as Renee on Passions, March 28 and 29, 2000. Passions internet casting call winner, Ryan Gesell (pronounded Gizell) has been cast as a rescuer at the ski lodge. He tapes his scenes March 15th and 20th. They will air April 12 and 13, 2000. Contratulations Ryan! Farah Fath (Mimi) is now on contract status with DOOL. Many of our former soap favorites have been successful in landing primetime television and or film roles. Of course, it's pilot season here in LA and that means there are plenty of "hopeful" show ideas out there. Whether they will make it to the fall network lineups is another thing entirely, but for now, congratulations to everyone who has landed a role in an upcoming pilot, including: Reiko Aylesworth (ex Rebecca Lewis, OLTL) who will star in Sherman's March for NBC. Susan Ward (Sunset Beach) who is the first actor to sign on to star in the WB pilot, Day One. She can also be seen in the upcoming The In Crowd. RenaSofer (GH) will play the female lead in the pilot of the tabloid-based NBC sitcom News From the Edge. Grayson McCouch (ex Dr. Morgan Winthrop, AW) will play the lead in All Souls a pilot from producers Aaron Spelling and Mark Frost. Steve Burton (ex Jason Morgan, GH; ex Harris Michaels, DOOL) will star in the upcoming Semper FI.
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