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Sweeps sneaks, NBC Fan Fest and A closer look at DOOL's Curtis

This just in -- Eastcoast ABC Daytime fans take note. Due to the live coverage of the New York Yankee ticker-tape parade on Monday, October 30, 2000, All My Children will be pre-empted in its regular timeslot, but will air at 3:00 PM ET on WABC. This is one you will not want to miss. Bianca finally reveals her big secret! So change the time on your VCRs. :o) One Life to Live will be joined in progress and General Hospital, regularly seen in the 3:00-4:00 time slot will be pre-empted. Now, where was I? Oh yes...

Boo and other salutations of the season! :o) Lot's of Halloween parties scheduled for the soaps this week. TRO's ATWT fans have had a little fun on our message boards trying to guess what costumes Oakdale's denizens will wear for Craig's big Halloween festivities. My favorites: ATWT_FAN's Holden as Will Rogers, and TrixieLou's Denise as Josephine Baker. Can't you just imagine Denise in Josephine Baker fig-leaf skirt or Holden as a cowboy? Giddeyup, Lily. LOL! October may go out with parties celebrating ghosts and goblins, but

November is a month of secrets, mysteries, romance, danger, and forbidden passion on ABC Daytime. Intrigue, romance and witchcraft abound on NBC Daytime. From CBS Daytime expect returns from the dead on GL and Lily to make up her mind on ATWT. It's gonna be quite a sweeps. See Turtle-Run's Sneak Peeks for a look at our special November Sweeps Sneaks.

Last week I mentioned running into James Patrick Stuart, a former member of the All My Children cast (ex Will Cortland). This week, another former AMC cast member (Nick Benedict, ex Phillip Brent) returns to soapdom in his more recent role as Curtis Reed on Days of Our Lives. "Curtis is there to taunt Austin and Greta," said a spokesperson for the show. "Watch for him on November 1st and 2nd." However, I will give you all a little tip. He appears in a less than human form, and almost succeeds in getting Austin and Greta to do his bidding. I had the pleasure of speaking at length with Benedict several months ago. He has a mesmerizing way about him and is full of tons of juicy tidbits from his experiences in daytime. Did you know, for example, that he once dated Agnes Nixon's daughter while he was on All My Children? These days, not only does he continue in his recurring role as Curtis Reed on Days of Our Lives, but he also owns and operates a contracting business in southern California. Imagine wanting to get your home painted, and Benedict shows up to give you the estimate! He is also in the process of writing a book on his memoirs and experiences in daytime and from what he shared with me, it promises to be quite the tell-all! We'll have more on Nick Benedict coming soon. Till then, be sure to catch up with him on Days of Our Lives this week!

NBC Daytime Announces World's Largest Bar of Soap!

In what has to be the cleanest tie-in in promotion history, NBC Daytime will burst the bubble of the Guinness Book of World Records when the largest soap bar ever made is unveiled at the first Annual NBC Soap FanFest. This is one huge bar of soap, weighing in at an estimated 12,000 pounds! (That's about the same weight as 6 automobiles!) It's 10-feet long by 6-feet wide by 4-feet tall. Made by Unilever Home & Personal Care--USA based in Connecticut, and fashioned in the shape of a bar of Dove Soap, the gargantuan FanFest soap bar will then be fitted for a gargantuan soap bar package, and will make the 5-day journey from Greenwich, CT to Orlando. "What better visual way to commemorate the first NBC Soap FanFest than to unveil the world's largest bar of soap," said Sheraton Kalouria, SVP NBC Daytime Programs. "It's a tangible representation of how soap operas such as Passions and Days of Our Lives are thriving, and of NBC's commitment to this healthy, vital genre." Ah, if only the genre were 99.9% pure. LOL Prior to the unwrapping of the enormous bar of soap on November 11, 2000, NBC Daytime stars Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe, Days of Our Lives) and McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan, Passions) both classically-trained vocalists, will serenade fans with an "original soap opera." Another highlight of this year's first FanFest includes the official Days of Our Lives 35th Anniversary party hosted by NBC and Universal Orlando at the park's Toon Amphitheater. Admission to FanFest is included in your regular admission to Universal Islands of Adventure Theme Park. For more information on FanFest, see Seeing Stars below.

Casting

Days of Our Lives: Rey Christian and Bill Stevenson continue as Irish scoundrels, Walter and Declan. Nick Benedict returns as Curtis Reed on November 1 and 2, 2000. Look for him to make waves for Austin and Greta as they continue in their virtual adventure.

One Life to Live: Murphy Guyer plays Lyndon, Asa's lawyer on Tuesday, October 31, 2000. Margo Martindale plays Delphina's sister, Sybilla, a psychic at Viki's bridal shower beginning Thursday, November 2, 2000. Eileen Herlie (Myrtle, AMC) rushes to Rae's defense on Wednesday, November 8, 2000.

Port Charles: The role of Neil Kanelos will be played by Robert D. Vito beginning Wednesday, November 1, 2000. Colton James, who normally plays the role of Neil, has a scheduling conflict and will not be available. Mark Kulor, Craig Davis and Shawn Howell take on the Scanlon brothers in a brutal incident that airs Thursday and Friday, November 2 and 3, 2000. Anna Lee (Lila Quartermaine) crosses over to Port Charles on Friday, November 10, 2000 to interact with her real-life son, Jeffrey Byron (Dr. Mark Boardman).

Seeing Stars

Head to Orlando, Florida on November 11 & 12, 2000 for ABC's Super Soap Weekend at Disneyworld, and NBC's FanFest at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure. For a complete list of ABC stars attending Super Soap Weekend 5 see Top of the Week for September 11, 2000. Just added: General Hospital's Carly! Sarah Brown will be at SSW this year. For more information call the Super Soap Hotline at 407-397-6808 and ask about the special Super Soap Weekend package. For a complete list of stars attending NBC's FanFest see Top of the Week for September 18, 2000. Plus, Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) just confirmed! To book accommodations and/or further information call 877 912-3838.

All My Children: Mark Consuelos joins Billy Warlock (AJ, GH) at Planet Hollywood, San Diego, CA on Saturday, November 4, 2000 from 305 PM. Call 619 702-7827 for info. Mark and Billy next appear at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, November 5, 2000 from 3-5 PM. Call 702 791-7827 for info. Cameron Mathison's (Ryan) appearance at the Punchline Comedy Club, 444 Battery Street, San Francisco has been cancelled. For information on getting your money back email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 1-877-749-2209. Cameron will be appearing at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with Y&R's Doug Davidson, Days' Austin Peck, and GH's Coltin Scott from 1-3 PM on Saturday, November 18, 2000. Call 888 732-4537 for information.

General Hospital: Billy Warlock (AJ) joins Mark Consuelos (Mateo, AMC) at Planet Hollywood, San Diego, CA on Saturday, November 4, 2000 from 305 PM. Call 619 702-7827 for info. Billy and Mark next appear at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, November 5, 2000 from 3-5 PM. Call 702 791-7827 for info. Coltin Scott with AMC's Cameron Mathison, Day's Austin Peck and Y&R's Doug Davidson will be appearing at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan from 1-3 PM on Saturday, November 18, 2000. Call 888 732-4537 for information.

Days of Our Lives: Kevin Spirtas (Craig) will sing the National Anthem for the Phoenix Suns at Portland Trailblazers game at the America West Arena, located at 201 East Jefferson in Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, November 2, 2000. Tickets for the game can be purchased through ticketmaster.com Austin Peck (Austin) with GH's Coltin Scott, AMC's Cameron Mathison and Y&R's Doug Davidson will be appearing at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan from 1-3 PM on Saturday, November 18, 2000. Call 888 732-4537 for information Matt Cedeno (Brandon) and Bryan Datillo (Lucas) appear at Chip-In's Island Resort in Harris, MI on November 18, 2000 at 7 PM and 10 PM, and on November 19, 2000 at 2 PM. Each appearance will last one hour. On Sunday, November 19, 2000, Drake Hogestyn appears at the Leelanau Sands Casino in Suttons Bay, MI from 204 PM. Call 800 922-2WIN for info. On Saturday and Sunday November 25 and 26, 2000, Matt Cedeno will appear at Sam's Town Hotel in Las Vegas at 2 PM both days.

Louisiana Days of Our Lives fans! Make a date to ring in the New Year with Kevin Spirtas (Craig). On New Years Eve, 2000 at the Central School Arts & Humanities Center Auditorium in Lake Charles, LA from 10:00 PM - 1:30 AM, Kevin will pay tribute to Broadway musicals and share his unique stories of how the Broadway stage influenced his life. Mail your ticket request to: Kevin Spirtas c/o New Year's Eve with Kevin Spirtas, 8033 Sunset Blvd., Suite 637, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Single tickets: $85.00. Two or more, $75.00 each. All orders MUST be placed by December 15, 2000. Make checks payable to Kevin Spirtas.

Passions: Robin Strasser (Hecuba) will speak at the Woman's Expo at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN on Saturday, November 11, 2000. For info visit http://www.womensexpo.net Travis Schuldt (Ethan) Rodney Van Johnson (TC) and McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) will attend "An Evening with the Stars" for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network on November 18, 2000 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Universal City, CA. Call 800 524-3377 for info. Bruce Michael Hall and Jesse Metcalfe are scheduled to appear at the Seventeen Magazine Fashion Show on November 19, 2000 at Robinson's May in Costa Masa, CA. Bruce and Jesse will walk the runway and sign autographs. James Hyde (Sam), Dana Sparks (Grace), Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy), Deanna Wright (Kay), Rodney Van Johnson (TC), Dalton James (Hank) and Travis Schuldt (Ethan) will all be part of the Macy's Day Parade on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2000. The Macy's Day Parade will air live on NBC. Check local listings. This just in: Galen Gering (Luis) has just confirmed to be a part of the Passions ensemble cast at the Macy's Day Parade in NYC.

Young & the Restless: Doug Davidson (Paul) with Day's Austin Peck (Austin), GH's Coltin Scott (Nikolas) and AMC's Cameron Mathison (Ryan) will be appearing at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan from 1-3 PM on Saturday, November 18, 2000. Call 888 732-4537 for information.

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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