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Interiews with the stars, La Lucci on HSN , Summer "Sex" & More

Dear Suds Buds,

First of all, I can't believe that it's June already. Where has the first half of this year gone?  One thing's for sure. All the show's are gearing up for their hot summer storylines ahead.  I can't wait to see how they all develop. 

This week in Top of the Week we kick off our summer of fun, exclusive interviews with the stars.  First up, "Guiding Light's" Billy Kay (Shayne), "Days of Our Lives'" Steve Blackwood (Bart) and a glimpse of LaLucci's latest venture. Plus, get a dose of just how hot summer in the city is going to be on "Sex in the City," what's new on SoapCenter and more.  So, without further ado....

Billy Kay (Shayne, GL) on Work, Animals, and NY vs. LA!

Billy Kay (Shayne) loves his job, animals and life in general.  A "Guiding Light" cast member for about a year and a half, the young actor couldn't be happier about his character's prospects.   We caught up with Kay at the North Shore Animal League benefit Pre-Emmy party.

"I'm enjoying (Guiding Light) very much," said Kay "I think I have another storyline coming up.  My last one involving the hospital (was good).  The Emmys (are) coming up, so it's exciting." 

Where does Kay think his storyline is going?  "I don't really know, I haven't even picked up my script yet cause they're not ready for next week," he said.  However, "I think my mommy gets her sight back and I get into trouble and I'm going to get a girlfriend, which will be great! Hint-hint!" he said with a laugh.

Kay is also excited about working on some of his own personal projects. Like the film he is about to shoot in Canada.  "It's 'Halloween 8' with Jamie Lee Curtis, Busta Rhymes, and Tyra Banks.  I can't wait," he said.  Although he wouldn't reveal what the latest in the Halloween series is about, he did say it was very exciting. "It's supposed to be a killer soundtrack, too," he said. "With Busta Rhymes. I'm really looking forward to working with Jamie Lee Curtis.  I'm an old Hollywood fan personally and Tony Curtis is one of my favorites.  And this is her last film. She's retiring after this. She's only doing a cameo in it too, so I can't wait to meet her.  That's going to be fun."

The film, already in production, will only require about three weeks of Kay's time to shoot his scenes.  "I'll come in there, do my stuff, and then leave!" he said.

Kay, who attended the Emmys solo, is a big animal fan.  "I love animals. I was at Pat Sellars (East Coast Gossip Columnist, Soap Opera Weekly) show and I was the only one who adopted a dog in Central Park. It was great.  He's over a year now. His name is Bullet."

On the subject of which town is more to his liking, New York or Los Angeles, Kay had some definite sentiments.  "I'm not a beach boy," he said.  "I was just in LA for a while, and I am so not the beach person.  I'm such a New Yorker--I'd rather sit on the concrete and burn up! LOL!"

Regardless of all his other endeavors, Kay is very comfortable being Reva's son on "Guiding Light."  He also has a wish list of who he'd enjoy working with. "I love everyone on the show," he said.  "There are lot of people I'd like to work with like, well, I never get to work with, well no, I did get to work with Laura Wright (Cassie)!   I (also) want to work with Bradley (Cole, Richard).  I want to work with David.  Grant!  I like watching him and Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny)!  I'd really like to work with him.  Those are my expectations and we'll see what happens."

Kicking Back with Steve Blackwood

By Jessica Radloff

On Wednesday, May 16th, Turtle-Run caught up again with Steve Blackwood (Bart, DAYS) as he performed at JAX, a blues nightclub in the heart of Glendale, Calif.  Blackwood was gracious enough to take time out from performing to talk about his latest film, his passion for singing, and Bart's latest antics!

On Singing. . . . .

Steve is a very passionate and energetic performer.  He has been singing for the past 10 years, but has really kicked this latest part of his career into high gear for the last four years. 

Steve is a huge fan of Frank Sinatra and says that George Gershwin is his favorite songwriter.  His latest record just got picked up by Positone Records and will debut in August.  Steve performed with Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, DOOL) at Patrika Darbo's and Kevin Spirtas' Cabaret with Wesleys during the DOOL Fan Club Weekend on Friday, June 1st.

On his latest film, Ed Gein. . . . .

Steve was greatly appreciative of all the support he has received for his portrayal of a good guy construction worker who solves a murder mystery in the film Ed Gein.  In fact, now that the film has completed its run at the Galaxy Theatre in Hollywood, Steve is hoping that it will expand to both New York City and Chicago.  If so, he'd love the opportunity to go to New York and publicize the film.

On "Days of our Lives" and on Bart . . . . .

If he was forced to choose, Steve says he'd rather play the comedic character of Bart on DOOL rather than the dramatic characters in movies and film. However, he loves and respects both mediums and welcomes the opportunity to do both. In character Steve says, "Bart speculates that Stefano will call him and Rolf (on the phone) and mastermind the plans through them.  Enter Lexie as a possible villainess." 

Will Bart's speculations prove correct?  We have to tune in and see!

Bedazzled, Bedecked and Bejeweled. LaLucci Supplies the Bangles.

On May 31, 2001, Susan Lucci and HSN (Home Shopping Network) proudly announced the launch of Lucci's own line of jewelry inspired by her personal experiences as a wife, a mother, and actress.  "The Susan Lucci Jewelry Collection," featuring more than 40 unique pieces, will debut on June 3 on HSN, with presentations at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET and will be continuously available on hsn.com .

"Susan's new jewelry line mirrors her sophistication, elegance and beauty

that has made her one of the most popular actresses on television today," said Jeff Taraschi, executive vice president of HSN. "We're thrilled to bring this exquisite collection to our viewers."

"If I could own a perfect jewelry collection, this would be it!" said Lucci.  "Working with a wonderfully gifted team of designers, we created a line that's feminine, glamorous, sexy and sophisticated, ranging from casual

daytime to stunning eveningwear pieces."

And guess who had input on Lucci's decision to create a line of jewels? You guys, that's who!  Inspired by years of fans' compliments on particular earrings, bracelets or necklaces worn to parties or award shows, Lucci sought to develop a jewelry collection that reflected her own life, career and travels.  Working with HSN, the idea became a reality.  The line features gold and silver tone earrings, necklaces, bracelets and belts.  One particular piece, a delicate gold bracelet, was inspired by a wedding gift from Lucci's husband.

Lucci, best known to television audiences as strong-willed heroine Erica Kane on ABC Daytime's long-running "All My Children," she thrilled her fans in 1999, when she won her very first Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress.  Last year, Lucci won rave reviews for her stint as Annie Oakley in the Broadway musical "Annie Get Your Gun."  She continues to take singing and dance lessons and plans to star in another Broadway show in the near future. 

Sex and The City Season Premier, June 3, 2001  (9 PM ET) on HBO

Carrie, a little older and a little wiser, searches for a soulmate, knowing that it may be the unattainable Holy Grail.  In the meantime, Samantha looks for intimacy in the strangest places.  Then, Charlotte must confront the realities of her on-again, off-again marriage, as Miranda faces down her fears about being alone.

A candid, comic view of sex and relationships, "Sex and the City" stars Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, a New  York-based writer who explores and experiences the unique world of Manhattan's dating scene, chronicling the mating habits of single New Yorkers.  Created by Darren Star (creator of "Beverly Hills 90210 "and "Melrose Place") and executive produced by Michael Patrick King, the series also stars returning stars Kim Cattrall as PR executive Samantha Jones, who's seen -- and done -- it all; Kristin Davis as art dealer Charlotte York, who still believes love can conquer all; and Cynthia Nixon as corporate lawyer Miranda Hobbes, a cynic who may or may not be a pushover for romance.  

Proving that you can never entirely leave the past behind, the men in their lives are also back, including Chris Noth (Mr. Big), Kyle MacLachlan (Trey, Charlotte's estranged husband), John Corbett (Aidan, Carrie's ex-flame), David Eigenberg (Steve, Miranda's ex-boyfriend) and Willie Garson (Stanford Blatch).

"Sex in the City" kicks off its fourth season with two new episodes back-to-back.  First up is "The Agony and the Ex-tacy" premiering Sunday, June 3, 2001 at 9 PM, where Carrie asks herself the poignant question: soulmates?  Reality or torture device?  She comes to realize that being 35 and single is not easy, but having great friends, Mr. Big included, makes it a lot nicer.  Meantime, Charlotte wonders if Trey is her soul mate, while Miranda turns singledom into a comedy routine, and Samantha can't seem to get a new sexy man out of her mind.  Too bad the guy in question is a priest! 

Immediately following the season premiere is the second new episode of the season called "The Real Me," (Sunday, June 3, 2001, 10 PM ET) when Carrie is asked to be a runway model for a charity fashion show. However, her insecurities are put to the test and she wonders:  No matter how hard we look, do we ever see ourselves clearly? In the meantime, Samantha wants to freeze a moment in time. So, what does she do? She decides to have some photographs taken.  What's of particular interest is that these particular photos are quite revealing! Later, Charlotte is forced to get to know herself better as Miranda is mesmerized by the idea that a man actually finds her sexy!

Encore airings of "Sex and the City" are scheduled for Tuesdays at 11 PM ET and Wednesdays at 10 PM ET. 

Premiering On Soap Center Friday, June 1, 2001
Part 2 of SoapCenter's Emmy-night coverage

Soap Opera Weekly Fashion Review  Writers from "Soap Opera Weekly"assess the fabulous fashions at this year's Emmy Awards, from the class acts to the fashion disasters, and everything in between.

The Road to the Emmys  Tag along as nominees from both coasts attend pre-Emmy receptions honoring their achievements and visit the chic Stuart Weitzman boutique on New York's exclusive Madison Avenue to pick out their complimentary Emmy night footwear.  "I picked these shows because they're very comfortable, they match my dress perfectly, and they're more like a sandal, so I can wear them and feel like I can dance all night long, which, hopefully, I will be," says Martha Bryne (Lily/Rose, ATWT)/ Nominated actresses from "All My Children," "As the World Turns," "Bold & the Beautiful" and "Young and the Restless" visit the chic Stuart Weitzman shop on New York's exclusive Madison Avenue to pick out their complimentary Emmy night footwear.

Cameron Mathison & the Fans!  AMC's Cameron Mathison (Ryan) worked scores of loyal soap fans into a frenzy as they lined up on the streets outside Radio City Music Hall before the Daytime Emmy Awards. 

Bold & the Beautiful & Young and the Restless Throw Parties  Y&R hosted its annual luncheon for its Emmy nominees at the Rainbow Room in NYC, and its sister show, B&B, threw a bash for the entire soap community, and you'll get a peek at both of these unforgettable events.  "Tonight's all about reaching out to the other shows," said B&B EP, Bradley Bell. "Putting faces to the names, or making greetings to the actors that we don't know.  It's about having fun!"

Guiding Light'sJordi Vilasuso gets some family support Even though the young charismatic star ("Tony Santos") isn't nominated this year, that isn't stopping his Miami-based family from flying up for Emmy night and proudly sharing the thrilling red carpet walk with their famous son.  "I can almost compare it to when I was younger and my family used to come to watch me play baseball," said Vilasuso.  "However I did, whether I struck out or hit a home run, my dad would tell me how happy he was!"

SoapNet Emmy Winners "SoapCenter" gives the "star treatment" to the lucky winners of SoapNet's Daytime Emmy Red Carpet Sweepstakes, Danielle Sneed her mom, Norma Hughes, go on a shopping spree, get a makeover, then chat with the stars of Port Charles at Planet Hollywood in NYC.  Watch as they get to a walk down the red carpet with all the celebrities, then get to be interviewed by Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC)!

And Don't Forget -- Weddings of a Lifetime begin airing today on SoapNet.

6/4/01  Nina & Cliff, AMC (originally aired 9/3/80)

6/5/01  Jenny & Craig, AMC (originally aired 2/14/84)

6/6/01  Tad & Dixie, AMC (originally aired 12/29/89)

6/7/01  Liza & Adam, AMC (originally aired 12/20/96)

6/8/01  Marian & Stuart, AMC (originally aired 2/19/99)

Don't know about you, but I can't wait to see the hair styles and clothes from those 80's weddings.  How dated will they look?  We'll have to tune in and see.

Casting

All My Children: Catrina Ganey plays the recurring role of Nurse Zora.  Her first airdate is Tuesday, June 5, 2001.  MargueriteMacIntyre plays the role of Regina Caroll. She airs on Thursday, June 7, 2001.  Alana DeLaGarza has been cast in the contract role of Rosa Santos.  Her first airdate is Thursday, June 14, 2001.  JackScalia has been cast in the contract role of Chris Stamp. His first airdate is Thursday, June 28, 2001.

Bold & the Beautiful: Tracy Melchior has been cast as Kristen Forrester.  Her first airdate is Monday, June 4, 2001.

Days of Our Lives:Stephanie Erb is Mona on Tuesday, June 5, 2001.  Also on June 5, Nick Benedict is back as Curtis and Troy Price is back as Carl.  Beginning Friday, June 8, 2001, Sandy Martin plays Glen's Aunt Elsie.

One Life to Live:   Dody Goodman will then play Sister Michael Marie.  Her first airdate is Wednesday, May 30, 2001. Lillias White plays Senora Minta. Her airdates are Friday, June 8, and Monday, June 11, 2001.  Joyce Guy plays the recurring role of Senora Lena

Passions:  Justin Carrollhas been cast in the contract role of David Hastings.  His first airdate is Wednesday, June 20, 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.  Justin Carroll joins the cast in the contract role of David Hastings.  His first airdate is Wednesday, June 20, 2001.

Port CharlesNeil Tadkin makes the first of his June appearances as Don beginning Wednesday, June 5, 2001.  James Henriksen reprises the role of PI Denny Marlo beginning Monday, June 11, 2001. Francis X.McCarthy has been cast in the role of Abe Kurland.  His first airdate is Tuesday, June 12, 2001.  Veteran actor Newell Alexander appears as a Sheriff on Tuesday, June 26, 2001.  Vanita Harbour crosses over to Port Charles on Tuesday, June 26, 2001.

Seeing Stars

AMC: On Saturday, June 9, 2001, CameronMathison (Ryan) and Esta Terblanche (Gillian) appear at the Sears Roebuck & Co. on North State Street in Chicago, IL for an autograph signing from 1-3 PM.  For more info call 312 373-6000. Also on June 9, 2001 see Walt Willey at the Comedy Palace, Andover, MA.  Call 978 687-2442.  On June 22-24, 2001Walt Willey appears at The Improv, Brea, CA. Call 714 529-7878.  On Saturday, June 23, 2001,Josh Duhamel (Leo) and Cameron Mathison (Ryan) appear at Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA from 1:30-3:00 PM. For info all 215 752-7070. On Saturday, June 30,2001 join Cameron Mathison (Ryan), Josh Duhamel (Leo), Vincent Irizarry (David) and J. Eddie Peck (Jake) at Greystone Manor in Freehold, NJ from 7-11 PM. Tickets are $90.00 per person and includes a 4-course meal, dj, celebrity auction, autographs, raffles, and more stars.  Call 732 2941682 for info.

Another World: On Saturday, June 9, 2001, Jonathan Sharp  (ex Sergei Radzinski, now appearing in The Rocky Horror Picture Show) and Michael Roderich (ex Cameron) appear along with other actors at the 3rd Annual Tammy Rubin Rice Celebrity Charity Softball Game at the Midwood High School Field in Brooklyn at Avenue K and East 16. Tickets are $10.00. Gates open at 11 AM, game begins at 11:30 AM. For info, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   The Second Annual Another World FanReunion is scheduled to be held simultaneously on both coasts this year on June 23, 2001 in New York City at Blondie's, 212 West 79th Street, New York City, and at the Airtel Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 7277 Valjean Avenue, Van Nuys, California.  Linda Dano will receive this year's Life Achievement Award. Former stars from Another World will be in attendance.  For further info email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

As the World Turns: On Saturday, June 9, 2001, Michael Park (Jack), Kristina Sisco (Abigail), Trent Dawson (Henry), Craig Lawlor (Adam), Todd Rotundi (Bryant), Lesli Kay (Molly), Kim Orasch (Jennifer), Guenia Lemos (Ruby) and Anne Sayre (Mitzi) along with other soap stars appear at the 3rd Annual Tammy Rubin Rice Celebrity Charity Softball Game at the Midwood High School Field in Brooklyn at Avenue K and East 16.  Tickets are $10.00. Gates open at 11 AM, game begins at 11:30 AM.  For info email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it On Saturday, June 30,2001 join Terri Conn (Katie) at Greystone Manor in Freehold, NJ from 7-11 PM. Tickets are $90.00 per person and includes a 4-course meal, dj, celebrity auction, autographs, raffles, and more stars.  Call 732 2941682 for info.

Days of Our Lives: See DOOL stars at Fan Fair, 2001, the "World's Biggest Country Music Festival" from June 14-17, 2001 .  For info call 866 FAN-FAIR.

Guiding Light: On Saturday, June 9, 2001, Mary KayAdams (India), Tyrell Tilford (David), Wesley Ramsey (Sam), David A. MacDonald (Edmund), and Ricky Paull Golden (Gus) along with other soap stars appear at the 3rd Annual Tammy Rubin Rice Celebrity Charity Softball Game at the Midwood High School Field in Brooklyn at Avenue K and East 16.  Tickets are $10.00. Gates open at 11 AM, game begins at 11:30 AM. For info email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   On June 21-24, 2001, Kim Zimmer (Reva) serves as Honorary Chair for the 2001 Ronald McDonald Celebrity Classic.  The Classic has been known for the past 12 years as the Michael Jordan Celebrity Golf Classic. It will be held in Greenville, NC to raise money for the four Ronald McDonald Houses in North Carolina.  For info call 252 355-3222.

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), David Fumero (Cristian), Gina Tignoni (Kelly), Jason-Shane Scott (Will), Michael Tipps (Al), Jessica Morris (Jennifer) Brandon Routh (Seth) and Patricia Mauceri (Carlotta) along with other soap stars appear at the 3rd Annual Tammy Rubin Rice Celebrity Charity Softball Game at the Midwood High School Field in Brooklyn at Avenue K and East 16.  Tickets are $10.00. Gates open at 11 AM, game begins at 11:30 AM.  For info email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   On Saturday, June 30,2001 join Jason-Shane Scott (Will) and Don Jeffcoat (Joey) at Greystone Manor in Freehold, NJ from 7-11 PM. Tickets are $90.00 per person and includes a 4-course meal, dj, celebrity auction, autographs, raffles, and more stars.  Call 732 2941682 for info.

Passions: See Passions stars at Fan Fair, 2001, the "World's Biggest Country Music Festival" from June 14-17, 2001 .  For info call 866 FAN-FAIR. 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.

Young & the Restless:  David Shark Fralick (Larry) has been cast in the feature film, "The One," starring Jet Li.  Shemar Moore (Malcolm) is touring the US on weekends in the play "The Fabric of Man."  Check your local newspapers.  David Lago (Raul) will guest star on "Seventh Heaven."  He is scheduled to appear in five episodes.  Camryn Grimes is featured in the film "Swordfish," starring John Travolta and Hugh Jackman . It opens on Friday, June 8, 2001.

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

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