Hi Suds Buds,
On One Life to Live, the characters of Todd and Blair are about to remarry. Last week there was a scene where Blair gives Todd a little gift. It was a gold balloon and was offered as a remembrance of their first wedding. After hearing Blair explain the sentiment behind the trinket, I was hit by the number of times soap characters marry, divorce, marry again, divorce again and then marry again, etc. It is a situation that is par for the course on soaps. Can you imagine having a tiff with your husband or wife and immediately getting a divorce, then a year later agree to marry them again? I know there are situations in real life where couples divorce and then remarry. But it is far and few between. On soaps, it is the norm. Take Young & the Restless. I can't even begin to count how many times Nikki and Victor have tied the knot. On All My Children there is Adam who has been married to Erica twice. There is Erica who has also been married to Dimitri twice. There is Hayley and Mateo who have been married twice. There is Liza and Adam about to marry for the second time. There is Tad and Dixie who are married for a third time, and are once again experiencing marital difficulty. But is divorce the answer? Perhaps, the writers of soaps should consider creating a character who is a marriage counselor! Maybe before couples run off all hot and bothered dumping a spouse in favor of a fling of the sweeps, they should stay married, have a few therapy sessions, and try to work out their problems. Then, one of them could fall in love with the counselor and dump the spouse anyway!
Breaking News!Hidden Passions Hits One Out of the Ballpark!
Congratulations are in order. On sale less than two weeks, Hidden Passions: Secrets From the Dairies of Tabitha Lenox, is a runaway bestseller, thanks in large part to the unprecedented marketing collaboration between HarperCollins, NBC Daytime and the support of the fans of the show! The book debuted on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller List last week at #6, USA Today at #39, and on February 11, 2001 it landed the #8 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List!
Take a look "Inside the Bubble" to see how it all began.
The idea was born: Let's be bold. Let's be unique. Let's sell a book by having its publication be part of a major storyline on a popular daytime soap. Beginning with an appearance on Passions by HarperCollins President and CEO, Jane Friedman on November 13, 2001, NBC has been steadily building anticipation for the book. Every juncture of the publishing process has been covered in the plot of the show, ranging from captivating the attentions of publishing moguls and negotiating a lucrative advance, to winning spirited editorial discussions. First of all, the book was written by Tabitha Lenox, a major Passions character. Then, fusing television and the real world, HarperCollins was actually publishing Hidden Passions at the same time that NBC was unfolding a storyline about publishing on Passions. The soap opera even built a Waldenbooks on the set. For three episodes, the fictitious city of Harmony featured the new book as a bestseller at their local Waldenbooks. Then, on January 23, 2001, just as the book was hitting real-life bookstores, Passions featured characters in the bookstore talking about how scandalous and sensational the book was! Talk about a tie-in. :o) Waldenbooks now reports that in its real life bookstores, Hidden Passions is flying off the shelves.
According to Hope Innelli, Vice President/Editorial Director for HarperEntertainment, "The creative process has never been more fun and collaborative. NBC and Passions creator/headwriter Jim Reilly were open to every suggestion we had, came to the table with tons of ideas of their own, and made every one of them happen. True to the story, it is as if some magical spell has been cast over us all! "
Port Charles to Support RAINN
On Tuesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 15, Port Charles will air a special public service announcement at the end of the show with information for RAINN, The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, an organization with more than 850 rape crisis centers nationwide. While researching the rape storyline for Arinana Thornhart, played by Opal Anchel, the Los Angeles Commission on Assault Against Women, a local affiliate of RAINN, provided the show with a rape treatment counselor, and all research necessary to appropriately portray the reality, both in exposition and performance of rape. Founded in 1994, RAINN provides survivors with a free, confidential national rape crisis center. Over the years the organization has been financially supported by Atlantic Records, the Warner Music Group, the Lillith Fair, Calvin Klein, and many more. The Los Angeles Commission on Assault Against Women is a non-profit multicultural feminist organization, community-based volunteer organization. Their goal is to see that survivors are guaranteed the sensitive and appropriate services they deserve; that community awareness is increased; that violence against women is decreased, and that no women be forced to face the crisis of physical and/or sexual abuse alone. With this storyline, the writers and producers of Port Charles hope to raise awareness of violence against women, and provide valuable information to the viewers.
As The World Turns Star Does a Different Spin
Todd Rotondi (Bryant) trades places for a day with Martha's Vineyard fisherman, Brandon Fisher as the two participate in a "switched reality" story for the syndicated television magazine show, Inside Edition. Fisher airs on ATWT this Friday, February 16, 2001. The Inside Edition containing the segment of Todd and Brandon trading places is set to air on February 27, 2001. Check your local listings.
Premiering on SoapCenter, Friday, February 16, 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.
Letters to the Editor"On General Hospital today, 1/30/01, there was a lady from Roy's past that Bobbie went to see. She looks just like the lady that played "Vicki" on As The World Turns -- the story line with Jake (that used to be on Another World). Was that her and is she going to have a recurring role on General Hospital?" edlawson
The answer to that is a little complicated. First of all, you are very observant. The actress who played Melissa, the woman from Roy's past on GH, is indeed the same actress playing the role of Vicki's ghost on As the World Turns. It is the wonderful and talented soap veteran, Jensen Buchanan. Apparently, GH signed Ms. Buchanan while she was still appearing on ATWT and under an exclusive contract with them. The TPTB at Proctor & Gamble were not fond of the gear switch, and according to an article from Inside.com posted February 4, 2001, Televest, the company that oversees soap opera production for P&G was filing a lawsuit against ABC, GH, Ms. Buchanan and her agents for breech of contract. TV Guide Online reported on Friday, February 9, 2001 that according to the suit, Buchanan repeatedly appeared on GH while she was still under exclusive contract with Televest, despite Televest's pleas that her airings cease. ABC has responded by casting another actress in the role. A Televest rep declined to comment on the suit. Special thanks to JudgeJud for alerting me to, and following up on, this story!
"I was interested in CBS soaps like Young & the Restless and Bold & the Beautiful spoilers and previews. Do you know any? Or website?" Fidella2
TRO is continuing to work on providing more information on both those shows, including Sneak Peeks and show recaps. Please be patient with us as we make progress in that regard. In the meantime, visit TRO's Links page and click on the Y&R News. They are a Purple Turtle Award-winning website that does great spoilers and breaking real-life news, while taking an irreverent look at the denizens of Genoa City! They also cover B&B.
"I was wondering where you get your spoilers because I am dying to know more about the Phillip/Chloe relationship. Any info you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!! P.S. Great Page. rosepetals304
We get our information straight from the horse's mouth. We work with the networks to promote their shows and stars. They provide us with advance storyline information, which we then present to you! Far as Chloe and Phillip (DOOL) is concerned, I think they make an adorable couple. We will just have to tune in and see how their romance develops.
"I just want to know what will happen in the future between Lily and Simon and if and when Katie's dirty lies about her pregnancy are uncovered. Will Lily and Simon ever be together?" thelaw15
It looks like things with Lily and Simon (ATWT) will cool for a while. Lily probably leaves town, and Simon will try to get to the bottom of Katie's pregnancy. Whether Lily and Simon do end up together is something we will just have to be patient about, and wait to see what happens. But keeping our fingers crossed probably wouldn't hurt! LOL
"I was just visitng your website and was wondering if you could possibly give me some information as to when the nominations for the 2001 Daytime Emmy's will be released on the internet and where I can find them. Also would you be able to tell me the date that they will be aired on. I thank you in advance for reading my letter." Dman
The nominations will be announced either March 14 or 15, 2001. The Daytime Emmy's will air, May 18, 2001 on ABC. For more information, click http://www.emmys.tv/awards/dayschedule.htm
"Are there going to be any events for All My Children in South Florida? Will any characters from AMC appear somewhere?" lovelychloe
You are in luck! There will be a bunch of AMC stars appearing in your neighborhood. Check below in the Seeing Stars section for the latest low down! (Thanks to EJ, aka SEAHAAS, our new contributor for AMC appearance information.)
"Your web site used to be the best out there for soap opera updates, but lately it's been awful. The daily episode guides are never updated and the sneak peeks take forever to show up. I hope it changes soon." SLA67101
Yes, even Turtle Run does experience technical difficulties now and again, preventing us from getting content uploaded as usual. Technology is grand, except when it isn't. Barring unforeseen difficulties of the technical sort, we do attempt to stick to our schedule of new Sneak Peeks every Thursday, new Sneakier Peeks every Monday, new Top of the Week every Monday, and episode guides updated daily. If you are experiencing a lag in seeing the new content, try refreshing or reloading your browser. Hope that helps!
"I saw your site "Turtle Run.com" tonight for the first time. It is wonderful. I got there from a link on Dustin's Days of Our Lives site. I can promise you that I will spread the word to my friends and will be back again soon myself. I just wanted to compliment you on such a creative and informational site. It is FUN!" BbambiMom
Thank you so much for your kind words and support of our site. Fun is our middle name. LOL Dustin is the master of DOOL and my DOOL web hero! Thank you again for your wonderful comments about Turtle Run, and I hope to see you and your cyberfriends here at TRO on a frequent basis!
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.
As the World Turns: Marc Lovei plays a cop on Monday, February 12, 2001. Reuben Jackson plays police officer Grady on Tuesday, February 13 and Thursday, February 15, 2001. Brandon Fisher plays a police officer on Friday, February 16, 2001. Suzanna Hay plays Colleen beginning Friday, February 16, 2001.
Days of Our Lives: Carmen Argenziano continues as Sal the Hitman, and Natalija Nogulich continues as Ingrid Mitchell at the coronation ball. Morgan Sheppard continues as Charles and Ian Buchanan and Lesley Anne Down continue as Lord and Lady Sheraton on Monday and Tuesday, February 12, 13, 2001.
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: Trish McCall returns as Mrs. Weymouth on Monday, February 12, 2001. Benim Foster and Samuel Baum play palace guards on Tuesday, February 13, 2001. Melissa Bowen plays Dr. Scarborough beginning on Wednesday, February 14, 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: Amanda Wilmshurst (Never Been Kissed, Pensacola: Wings of Gold) has been cast in the role of Kim. Her first airdate is Thursday, February 15, 2001. 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.
As the World Turns: Trent Dawson (Henry) plays Trip in School for Scandal, a Restoration Comedy, at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ from February 13-March 4, 2001. The play was written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan and is directed by Mark Lamos. For tickets and information, call 609 258-2782 or visit the website at www.mccarter.org. See Todd Rotondi (Bryant) on Inside Edition on Tuesday, February 27, 2001 as he trades places for a day with Martha's Vineyard Fisherman, Brandon Fisher. Check local listings for time.
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 Saturday, March 10, 2001, Kevin Spirtas signs autographs at the Chico Mall in Chico, CA from noon till 2 PM. 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. Cedeno also appears with Kevin Spirtas as special guests at the Children's Cancer Foundation Charity Event in Hunt Valley, Maryland on Saturday and Sunday April 21 and 22, 2001. Seating is limited, but call 410 486-4744 for ticket info. 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. 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
Passions: Check your local television listings for Famous Homes & Hideaways. The home of Eva Tamargo Lemus (Pilar) will be featured on Monday, February 12, 2001. Robin Strasser (Hecuba) appears on stage in Hate Mail, February 14-18, 2001 at the Embassy Suites at Mandalay Bay in Mandalay Beach, CA. Martin Sheen (Mr. President,The West Wing) appears as her co-star. For advance tickets call 805 415-4623 or 805 415-4652. Ben Masters (Julian) and Juliet Mills (Tabitha) will sign copies of Hidden Passions at Waldenbooks at the Westside Pavilion, 10800 West Pico Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, February 17, 2001 from 2-4 PM. Please note: Fans will be allowed an autograph only with the purchase of the book. Due to time constraints, the stars will not be signing memorabilia and there will be no private photo opportunities with the stars. Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy) will be at Universal Orlando on Monday and Tuesday, February 26 and 27 as "King of the Universal Mardi Gras." Josh will also participate in the opening ceremonies of the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando on Monday, February 26, 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, 1268 East 14th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11230
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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