Dear Suds Buds:
Only a few days left to submit your nominations in the Turtle-Run.com 4th Annual Cybby Awards. We look forward to seeing your choices. Lots of soapdom news to share so let's get to it!
SSW West -- General Hospital/Port Charles Weekend, April 20-21, 2002
By Jessica Radloff
Soap fans are the best. There's just no other way to say it. I challenge someone to find me a group of people more dedicated, more enthusiastic and more intelligent than those who love daytime. I feel that after spending the last three weekends at Disney's California Adventure, I should send out a memo telling every soap actor to truly cherish the moment. To see the smile on a fan's face the second they walk up to their favorite actor is priceless. That's why Super Soap Weekend is so special. It's more than seeing an actor from afar--it's giving them a hug, acting opposite them, taking a picture with them, and receiving an autograph. It is the most memorable experience a fan can ever hope to have. Actors usually say that they have a passion burning inside them that drives them to perform. Well, the same can be said for daytime fans. Without a doubt--they are passionate. And with that said, let's get on with all the festivities as the first annual Super Soap Weekend West came to an end with the casts of GeneralHospital and Port Charles.
Unlike the previous two weekends, the GH/PC Weekend of April 20-21, 2002 included a rare treat. There was breaking soap news at Super Soap's final two days. Real-life sweethearts Brian Presley (Jack, PC) and Erin Hershey (Allison, PC) got engaged in true Disney fashion. Friday night after Disneyland had closed to the public, Entertainment Tonight asked Hershey to do some promos for their telecast. The spunky blonde was more than eager to jump at the opportunity and spent the next few hours taping various segments. Little did she know that Presley was finishing the final touches on his romantic proposal. As Hershey was finishing up, she was asked to participate in one final activity--riding down Main Street in Cinderella's carriage. As she waved to the crowd (puzzled because the park was supposed to be closed), "You Look Wonderful Tonight" began playing from the loud speakers. Upon the end of her ride, medieval men playing trumpets surrounded the carriage, and fellow co-stars Thorsten Kaye (Ian, PC) and Lynn Herring (Lucy, PC) lent a helping hand by lining a walkway with rose petals. Of course, at the end of the trail stood Presley holding a glass slipper in his hand. Then, on one knee, he proposed to his bride-to-be. To say the least, Erin was ecstatic and completely blown away by her fiancé's romantic gestures. Oh yeah, she also said yes!
Well, no news can top that, but there were some other interesting moments throughout the weekend. Surprisingly, although this weekend was more crowded that the One Life to Live weekend, it still paled in comparison to All My Children's star-studded event. Maybe it was the Susan Lucci factor, or maybe a shirtless Cameron Mathison had something to do with it, but the GH/PC weekend was much less fan-active than AMC's. More precisely, AMC fans seemed to be much more excited and "into it." The GH/PC fans were more subdued. However, to be fair, some of GH's biggest stars were not in attendance. Anthony Geary (Luke), Genie Francis (Laura), Constance Towers (Helena), Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Ingo Rademacher (Jax) were all absent. Regardless, those who did attend, like PC's Brian Gaskill (Rafe) and GH's Coltin Scott (Nikolas) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie), sure made up for it!
Coltin Scott (Nikolas) was absolutely hilarious when he joined the lovely Annette in Walt Willey's casting call. Although Annette was just thrilled to be on stage with Walt, she put every other "fan-actor" to shame with her confident and daring portrayal of Gia, opposite Scott's Nikolas. Although Annette had tried to make it on stage at the two previous Super Soap Weekends (why she wasn't picked, I don't know), she certainly proved that good things come to those who wait. Her portrayal was so realistic and entertaining that even Coltin got into the moment and accidentally uttered a four letter word (not to be printed here) when things began to get hot and heavy with the two!
In the various press sessions, several of GH's cast took to the podium and answered some of our most burning questions. Jacob Young (Lucky, GH) admitted that he has already chosen his scenes for Emmy submission, while joking that if he won, he would act a scene on stage as well. Jackie Zeman (Bobbie, GH) explained that she is the crafts mom at her kid's school and enjoys preparing for all the holidays they celebrate. Furthermore, Zeman said that she loved GH's retrospective down memory lane for their 10,000th anniversary episode. In addition, Kin Shriner (Scott, GH) admitted that he had tears in his eyes as well from the episode, but not for the same reason as Zeman. "I had tears in my eyes too, but mainly because it had to do with my hairline! Shriner joked!"
I took the opportunity to share with Rebecca Herbst that a friend of mine attended high school with her and in the yearbook, Herbst was named most likely to become rich and famous. I asked Herbst if she achieved all the goals she set for herself back then? "I never thought that I wanted to be famous" replied Herbst, "and I don't necessarily know if I consider myself famous. I don't think any of us do. But my goal in high school was definitely want I wanted to do and I'm proud of myself for doing it." She then had a question for me. "Who is my friend who went to her high school?" The other journalists indulged us as Rebecca and I engaged in a mini conversation about her high school escapades! Looking on like a proud parent, Young pronounced that he is quite proud of Herbst too!
Moving on, Chad Brannon (Zander) announced that the show is probably going to start exploring Zander's back-story soon. Finally, before the press interviews came to an end, Tamara Braun (Carly, GH) expressed that working with the entire cast is an enormous joy for her and she always welcomes the opportunity to work with everybody.
With that said, DCA's first Super Soap extravaganza was in the books! Aside from a couple of chilly days, the weather was perfect and the fans were out in full force. The actors were embraced and loved every minute of it. But most importantly, the fans were overjoyed and left with a renewed sense of love and devotion to their favorite show! Mission accomplished!
Submit Your Nominations for the 4th Annual TRO Cybby Awards
Here are the Fun Categories:
*Most Elitist Snob
*Most Endearing Imp
*Most Devious Doctor
*Best Performance While Hiding A Pregnancy
*Best Performance Playing Pregnant When You're Not
*Tears For Careers: It's My Party And I'll Cry If I Get Paid To
*Oh Brother: Best Sibling Rivalry
*Most Missed Missing Veteran
*Old Dog, New Tricks: Best Veteran On A New Show
*Best Return Of A Character
*Best Performance From A Hospital Bed
*Grandest Grande Dame
*Best Bad Guy
*Maid With The Mostest
*Sense Of Humor
*Character You'd Most Want To Bring Home To Meet The Parents (Male)
*Character You'd Most Want To Bring Home To Meet The Parents (Female)
*Wooden Spoon Award: Character You'd Like To Bop Upside The Head
*Whinning Dinning: Characters who complain more than they eat!
*SuperHero/Heroine: Character you'd most want to rescue you.
*Bronze BedPan: Character who spent the most time in a hospital bed.
*Best Couple that Isn't -- Yet: Characters who should be couples.
*Cast Me: If you got a to play any character, who would you want to be?
*SuperCouple Of All Time
*Best Soap of All Time
Former DOOL Stars Return to Salem in May
As part of the celebration of NBC's 75th Anniversary throughout the month of May, former Days of our Lives' stars Patsy Pease and Lisa Trusel will make a surprise return to Salem at the end of May for a limited run.
Patsy Pease portrayed Kimberly Brady from 1984 - 92, and has made a few return appearances to Days since then. Lisa Trusel portrayed Melissa Anderson Jannings from 1982 - 1988. Lisa Trusel was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1985 in the category of "Outstanding Ingenue." In 1984, Lisa was named "Outstanding Supporting Actress" at the Soap Opera Awards.
In 1988 and 1986, Patsy Pease, along with co-star Charles Shaughnessy, was named "Favorite Super-Couple" at the Soap Opera Awards for their portrayals of Shane and Kim. In 1986, Pease also won the Soap Opera Award for "Outstanding Actress."
In the May storyline, Kimberly and Melissa return to Salem for a very special Brady family gathering. Stay tuned!
ATWT Welcomes Jessica Dunphy
Jessica Dunphy joined the cast of ATWT on Thursday, April 26, 2002 in the role of Alison Stewart. Young love is destined to become a tangled web of lust and betrayal as Alison attempts to gain the affections of sexy Aaron Snyder (Agim Kaba), despite the fact that he has eyes on Oakdale's sweetheart, Lucy Montgomery (Peyton List).
"Alison Stewart is the quintessential, conniving teenage girl who goes to extremes in order to get attention," said Executive Producer Chris Goutman. "Jessica knows how to play a character that audiences will love to hate."
No stranger to a fictional world of corruption and back stabbing, this native of Glenside, PA has appeared on HBO's hit series, "The Sopranos," and ABC's "All My Children." Her movie credits include "Storytelling," and "If Freud Had a Video Camera." Besides performing in regional theater, the actress, who trained at the Actor's Center, appeared in "Servicemen," an off-Broadway production.
What's Up with DOOL's Matt Cedeno!
Days of our Lives Matt Cedeno (Brandon) is quite the busy guy these next few weeks. On May 17th, Cedeno is a presenter at the Daytime Emmy's along with co-star Ali Sweeney. On May18th Cedeno will be presenting at The ALMA Awards. He has once again been nominated for Best Outstanding Actor in a daytime drama. This is Cedeno's 3rd nomination for best actor. The American Latino Media Arts Awards (ALMA) show will air on ABC during the first week in June, 2002. Check local listing. Then, on June 6th, Cedeno will be a presenting at The Imagen Awards. The Imagen Awards honor Studio, Network and Production Companies that have portrayed the Latin Community and its cultures in a positive manner in feature films and television.
Heads up for even more exciting news around May 2nd. And speaking of presenting at awards shows...
B&B's Sean Kanan Presents at Emmys and Telegatto Awards
Sean Kanan, (Deacon, B&B) will be a presenter at the Daytime Emmys in New York. He will also be a presenter for the Italian Telegatto Awards in Italy May 4th. As many of you know, B&B is quite popular world wide, especially in Italy. The Telegatto Awards is an awards program similar to our People's Choice Awards, garnering the same prestige.
Jack's Back at Interact -- Part Deux
Days fans rejoice! Matthew Ashford (Jack) *will* be hosting an event this year during the Days' Weekend! When and where: Saturday, June 1st 3pm at the Interact Theatre (located at 5215 Bakman Avenue in North Hollywood). Get ready for a fun afternoon of songs from Broadway to benefit Rentinoblastoma International and Interact Theatre Company. Along with Ashford, other DOOL stars scheduled to participate include Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Wayne Heffley (Vern), Marilyn McIntyre (Jo) and many surprises!
Tickets are $60. Please send your check/money order with your name, email address (preferred) or phone number (including area code), and number of reservations to: Interact Theatre Company, Attn: Jack's Back Deux, P.O. Box 8830, Universal City, CA91618-8830. Your reservation will be confirmed via email or phone. If ordering more than one ticket, *please* include everyone's full name as it would help speed the check in process -THANKS!
Directions to Interact Theatre. From Hollywood: Take 101 freeway North to Lankershim Blvd. exit-- make a RIGHT. Go 1/2 mile to Magnolia Blvd. -- make a LEFT. Go two blocks to Bakman and make a RIGHT. Interact Theatre is on your immediate left. Plenty of street parking is available.
From the beaches: Take 405 North to 101 South to Tujunga Blvd. exit -- make a RIGHT. Go 1/2 mile to Magnolia Blvd. Make a RIGHT. Go one block to Bakman. Make a LEFT. Interact Theatre is on your immediate left. Plenty of street parking is available.
Travis Schuldt's Lone Star Ensemble to Stage Reading of Shakespeare's CARDENIO
You've seen him as Ethan Crane on Passions. Now's your chance to see Travis Schuldt perform Shakespeare when the actors of Schuldt's theatre company, The Lone Star Ensemble, appear in the Blank Theatre Company's exclusive staged reading of CARDENIO -- Shakespeare's (in)famous "lost" play -- on May 20, 2002 at 8:00 pm. The performance, a one-night-only engagement, will be followed by a Q&A session with the actors and director. Along with Schuldt, CARDENIO stars Corey Hayes, Steve Lipinsky, Megan Henning, Brian Stanton, Jamie Burns, Jennifer Slimko, Art Horowitz, John Ronald Dennis, Jay Thames, and Caleb Moody. The reading is being directed by James Kerwin.
The Blank's "Living Room Series" is an ongoing play-reading series presented nearly every Monday night at the Second Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Blvd., HollywoodCA. For reservations, please contact the Blank Theatre Company at 323-661-9827 and ask for tickets to the Living Room Series reading of CARDENIO on May 20. There is a suggested donation of $8.
"The Lone Star Ensemble is a new amalgam of attractive young friends who met in college and have reconnected in a common goal: to make it in The Industry and still create some damn good live theater while they do it. These folks know what they're doing." -Travis Michael Holder, Entertainment Today
For more information about CARDENIO, visit http://www.lonestarensemble.org/cardenio.html
DOOL's Kirsten Storms Wins Award
Congratulations to Kirsten Storms for winning the Young Artist Award in the category of "Best Female Performance in a TV Drama Series." The awards were handed out April 7th at a gala event in Los Angeles. Recipients of The Young Artist Awards are selected by leading casting directors, managers, and agents in the entertainment industry.
DOOL's Heather Olsen Hosts Star-Studded Charity Event
On Sunday, May 19th from 5-9 PM, The Torch Foundation and Ron Scott/Tim McGrath Public Relations will be holding a fundraising event at Shanghai Red's in Marina Del Rey. The foundation alters the lives of troubled teenagers in local communities through leadership training. Hosting the event is Heather Olson from Days of Our Lives. Scheduled to appear are Thad Luckinbill from The Young and Restless, Jared Padalecki from Gilmore Girls, BJ Raouth from One Life to Live, Bryan Dattilo from Days of our Lives, Stark Sands from Six Feet Under, Jennifer O'Dell from The Lost World, AJ Lamas from American Family, and Bruce Michael Hall and Jesse Metcalfe from Passions. For ticket information contact: The Torch Foundation at 310.301.3334 or visit www.geocities.com/thetorchfoundation2001.
Catching Up with Former ATWT Star, Daniel Markel
Ever wonder what happened to Daniel Markel, the popular actor who was suddenly asked to leave his role on As the World Turns in order for the character to be taken in another direction? Well, along with a successful new career in the financial industry, Markel has just been nominated by iparenting magazine as a "Dad of the Month!" Read all about it here: http://iparenting.com/dad/dad.htm
In More ALMA Awards News...
Eva Tamargo Lemus (Pilar, Passions) has been nominated in the category of "Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama" for the 2002 ALMA Awards. The ALMA Awards were created in 1995 as part of an initiative to promote fair, accurate and balanced portrayals of Latinos in television, film and music. Born out of a direct response to negative stereotyping of Latinos in entertainment, these awards honor Latino performances for their outstanding artistic achievement, impact and enhancement of the image of Latinos. The show was named ALMA (Spanish for 'spirit' or 'soul') which represents the determined spirit of the Latino people in an effort to reflect the spirit as well as the scope of the awards program. The ALMA Awards will be held on Saturday, May 18 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The program will be taped for a national prime-time television entertainment special to air on ABC on Saturday, June 1, 2002 at 8 p.m. PST. CONGRATULATIONS EVA!
As you know, Passions has received nominations in two major categories for the 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Achievement in Casting for a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team. Kim Johnston Ulrich (Ivy) and James Hyde (Sam) will be on hand at the Creative Arts portion of the Emmy Awards on Saturday, May 11 at the CenturyPlaza hotel to present awards in the technical and Creative categories.
Christopher Douglas (Chris), Galen Gering (Luis) and McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) will be at MadisonSquareGarden on Friday, May 17 to present awards for the acting and other categories. The 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast on CBS live from MadisonSquareGarden on Friday, May 17 from 9-11 p.m. ET.
Passions Selects New Summer Song
You heard it here first! The new summer "anthem" for Passions is "Walk with Me" by Atlantic Records artist Seven and the Sun. The new single will premiere on the May 15th episode of NBC's hit daytime drama PASSIONS. The very special musical performance marks the first-ever collaboration between NBC Daytime and Atlantic Records, Senior Vice President, NBC Daytime Programs, Sheraton Kalouria announced.
"PASSIONS was looking for the one special song that would capture the attitude and spirit of the stories they'll be telling in Summer 2002. 'Walk With Me' is that song and when viewers hear it, they'll immediately understand why we're so sure it's destined for the top of the charts," said Kalouria. Propelled by lead singer/songwriter Seven, the New Jersey-based group has created a collection of utterly infectious songs, which capture a stunning range of emotions and an equally remarkable variety of sounds. The album, "Back to the Innocence" is an irresistible assortment of modern pop soul, highlighted by the feelgood first single 'Walk With Me.' "Back To the Innocence" will be released on June 18.
"PASSIONS is thrilled to be able to provide the exclusive worldwide network television debut of Seven and the Sun's energetic 'Walk with Me'," said Passions' Executive Producer Lisa S. Hesser. "What a great surprise to find this irrepressible band playing unapologetically feelgood music," said Paul Antonelli, PASSIONS' music supervisor. Seven and the Sun is obviously on the cusp of something huge and is the perfect fit for PASSIONS. 'Walk With Me' will continue to play on PASSIONS throughout the summer of 2002."
In case you didn't know, Atlantic Records celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1998. Growing from literally a one-room operation into a global enterprise, the label has released a string of recordings which have had a profound impact on the course of modern music. Atlantic has been a pioneer in the marriage of music and new technology - from the launch of its acclaimed website (www.atlantic-records.com), to the establishment of its industry leading MultiMedia Lab, to the opening of its state-of-the-art in-house direct-to-web digital studio, to its array of multimedia releases. The Atlantic Group is a Warner Music Group company.
What is Everyone Watching on TV? Not Soaps.
One in four adults (27%) watch news programs more than anything else, but teens still shout sitcoms! Only 2% of both teens and adults watch soaps.
In a recent study by Opinion Research Corporation, virtually the entire population (97% of adults and 96% of teenagers) admit watching some television every week. The top-watched television programs by adults were TV news (27%), sports (14%) and sitcoms (14%). Teenagers, on the other hand, spend their hours in front of the tube watching sitcoms (20%), movies (18%) and cartoons (18%). Soap operas, the genre we all love, only garnered a feeble two percent of the adult and teen audience. We need to get more folks to watch our favorite shows! LOL Here's how he numbers broke down per the study:
Type of Show You Tend to Watch Most on Television:
TV NEWS: Adults 27%, Teens 3%
SITCOMS: Adults 14%, Teens 20%
SPORTS: Adults 14%, Teens 13%
MOVIES: Adults 12%, Teens 18%
DRAMA: Adults 12%, Teens 7%
CARTOONS: Adults 4%, Teens 18%
REALITY SHOWS: Adults 4%, Teens 8%
SOAP OPERAS: Adults 2%, Teens 2%
GAME SHOWS: Adults 2%, Teens 2%
TALK SHOWS: Adults 2%, Teens 3%
OTHER: Adults 6%, Teens 5%
Interestingly, the study also revealed that while adults confessed to watching an average of 17 hours of television each week, one quarter of them (25%) watch more than 20 hours and in some cases over 30 hours (12%) of TV each week. This was surprisingly more than teenagers, who said they watch an average of only 11 hours of television each week, with just 13% watching more than 20 hours in a typical week.
The study was conducted by Opinion Research Corporation's CARAVAN(R) among a nationally representative sample of 1,008 adults and has a margin of error of +/- 3%. The survey was conducted October 26-29, 2001. The TEEN CARAVAN survey was conducted October 25-28, 2001 among a national sample of 513 teens aged 12-17 and has a margin of error of +/- 4%. CARAVAN is the twice weekly national telephone omnibus survey, that reflects commitment to providing the fast, cost effective, high quality consumer research that is critical in a rapidly changing marketplace.
As the World Turns:Trent Dawson reprises the role of Henry Coleman on Monday, April 29th. Ed Blunt plays Detective Willis on Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30. Anna Stuart (Donna), Ellen Wheeler (Marley) and Stephen Schnetzer (Cass) reprise their Another World roles on Thursday, May 2. Daniel Travis plays Dr. Ferguson on Thursday, May 2.
Days of our Lives: On Wednesday, May 1st, Tamara Clatterbuck, Paul Logan, and twins Joshua and Jacob Rips make their final appearances when Barb, Glen and JT say farewell to Salem. Deborrah Fairweather continues as Caprice on Tuesday, April 30th. Julie Cobb returns as Ms. Burns, the social worker, on Wednesday, May 1st. Wayne Heffley returns as Vern on Friday, May 3rd.
Guiding Light:Robin Paul plays Deb, classmate of Marah's, on Monday, April 29. Josh Beane plays a deliveryman on Monday, April 29. Brian McQuillan andPaolo Andino play gamblers on Tuesday, April 30. James Martinez plays Raoul, Blake's hairdresser, on Friday, May 3.
One Life to Live: Daytime newcomer John-Paul Lavoisier has been cast as Rex. His first airdate is Thursday, May 9, 2002.
Passions:John SimonJones portrays Stan 'the mystery man' who spots Brian O'Leary beginning Tuesday, April 31. Sebastian Seigel portrays Charles, a part of Crane Security in scenes with Andrea Evans (Rebecca) on Friday, April 26 and Monday, April 29. Bryan Rasmussen plays Rebecca's henchman on Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3. Costas Koromilas, Eric Thomas Weaver and Benny Wills play Denny, Terry and Wally respectively, in scenes with Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy) beginning on Thursday, May 2. Bill Smillie portrays the Bermuda church caretaker in scenes with Christopher Douglas (Antonio/Brian) and McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) beginning on Friday, May 3. Chea Courtney returns as "The Angel Girl" on Friday, May 3.
All My Children:See Susan Lucci (Erica) in concert Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 8 at 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 9 at 3 p.m., at the Memorial Auditorium, Montclair State University, Valley Road, Upper Montclair, New Jersey. For ticket prices and further info call the TheatreFest Box Office at 973.655.5112. (Some appearance info provided by SEAHAAS).
As the World Turns: Terri Conn (Katie) and Paul Leyden (Simon) will host Comedy Night at Brokerage Entertainment Club in Bellmore, NY on Saturday, May 4 at 5:00 pm. For ticket information call, 516-785-8655.
Bold & the Beautiful: On Sunday, May 12th, Peter Reckell (Bo, DOOL) will be appearing at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan from 1 - 3:00 PM. Peter Reckell will be appearing alongside soap stars Sean Kanan (Deacon, B&B), Chad Brannon (Zander, GH) and Tamara Braun (Carly, GH) . For more information, please call 888-732-4537.
General Hospital: On Sunday, May 12th, Peter Reckell (Bo, DOOL) will be appearing at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan from 1 - 3:00 PM. Peter Reckell will be appearing alongside soap stars Sean Kanan (Deacon, B&B), Chad Brannon (Zander, GH) and Tamara Braun (Carly, GH) . For more information, please call 888-732-4537.
One Life to Live: On Friday, May 17, 2002 see Catherine Hickland (Lindsay) perform "Love Letters" with Campbell Scott at Fleetwoods Stage, New Rochelle, NY. Tickets are $25. The play begins at 8 PM. Call 914 654-8949 for tickets and 914 654-8533 for directions.
Passions: The stars of Passions are participating in the Make-a-wish® Foundation and Snuggle® Fabric Softner Celebrity Soft Tee charity
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