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Hi Suds Buds:

This winter in LA has been freezing.  Well, comparatively speaking, that is. LA is supposed to offer temps in the 60's or low 70's in the winter, with some downfalls of rain (when it rains in LA it really RAINS), and the occasional Santa Anna winds, which do tend to warm things up. Contrary to the norm, however, this winter has been very chilly.  Down in the 20's and 30's in some places at night. We've had to put the heat on in our house, just to get the chill out. Then all of a sudden, Thursday and Friday of last week were almost unbearably hot and humid. All of a sudden we were in the middle of a heat wave. That dreary, oppressive kind of heat. The kind that makes you yearn for the nearest swimming pool, cool shower, or the beach! The activity level around TRO's offices was little to none as a result as the heat brought with it a fair amount of lethargy. Even the cats were pooped and lying around trying to catch their catnaps in any cool place they could find. 

I share this with all of you as the unusual winter cold in LA and then the abrupt switch to hot, heavy, humid days is reminiscent of the way I sometimes feel about my favorite soaps. Ether I can't wait to tune in to see what's going to happen next, or just as abruptly, I will cool off to the storytelling and flick the channel, looking to check out another show. I am willing to wager, and I am talking considerable dollars here, that there have been times when you have totally chilled to your favorite show or couple as well. It could be that the writing was slightly askew or the characters were forced to do things out of character that not only ticked you off, but made it difficult for you to continue to tune in and watch. Yet, other times, it seems as if your favorite show flies flawlessly by, every story hitting a peak, every character hitting the mark, with couples and their relationships building to passion and characters who you never thought you could ever like, or enjoy, are suddenly becoming your favorites!

Soaps are continuing stories. They never end. Ever!  (Unless they get cancelled.) Those who write them will have good, creative days, and they will have not so creative days. Those who perform them will be great most of the time and not so great once in a while. What's amazing today may only be mediocre tomorrow. But one thing is for sure. Soaps do have a way of roping us in. Of making us continue to watch day after day, or even if we have tuned into something else, we always return just to see what's going to happen next in that continuing saga. A popular soap actor has been known to say: "Just once, I wish I was in a story that ends!" Don't know about you, but I love that soaps continue. I can tuned out for days, weeks, even months at a time, and tune back in and be suddenly, abruptly, drawn right smack dab back into the story.  Regardless of those good and bad days, soaps work. 

NY Metro Area DOOL Fans!

Mark your calendars for March 9 & 10, 2002.  Kevin Spritas (Craig) sings on Jim Brickman's 2nd PBS Television Special: "Love Songs And Lullabies."

Kevin will be a special guest on the show. It will film March 9 and 10 at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT. It will air on PBS in August 2002. Check your local listings. Tickets are available at The Bushnell Box Office-- or Charge by phone at 860-987-5900 or toll free at 888-824-2874. You can also order online at www.bushnell.org.

Congratulations to Passions

First of all, it's good news for Houston fans! Beginning Tuesday, February 26, Passions will be back on the air in Houston! The NBC affiliate KPRC will start airing Passions at 3:05 a.m. (overnight). Don't forget to set your VCRs.

What's more, Passions hair styling team has won the award for "Best Innovative Hair Styling for a Television Series" at the 3 rd Annual Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards. On February 18, 2002, in Beverly Hills, CA, The Hair Styling Department of Passions consisting of Head of Department Linle White, Arleen Chavez, Shelley Scanlon and Kathleen Norris, won a prestigious award from a group of their peers, Local 706, at the 3rd Annual Hollywood Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards.

Held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, CA, and hosted by Oscar telecast writer, and frequent Hollywood Squares star, Bruce Vilanch, the 3rd Annual Makeup Artists and Hair Stylist Guild Awards honors the best makeup artists and hair stylists in film and television.

Linle White, Arleen Chavez, Shelley Scanlon and Kathleen Norris were in attendance to pick up their awards when the winner was announced as Passions. The winning entry was a hairstyle created by the Passions team for the character of 'Hecuba,' which was portrayed by award winning actress Robin Strasser, during Passions second season.

Congratulations to DOOL!

Days of our Lives has been nominated for a Directors Guild Award. Congratulations to Days of our Lives director Randy Robbins and the rest of the directing team for being nominated for a Directors Guild Award. Robbins and team were nominated for directing the episode dealing with the aftermath of the coronation massacre, which aired in February 2001.

The DGA Awards will be handed out in an awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 9th. Days of our Lives last won the DGA award in 1999 for the episode chronicling Sami's execution.

Passions Fan Event Tickets are Going Fast

Attention all Passions fans! Over 100 tickets sold in one week! There is only capacity for 400! Get your ticket requests in soon. For further details, visit Turtle Run's past Top of the Weeks for the week of February 18, 2002, or see Seeing Stars below. Confirmed attendance so far: Justin Carroll (David), Christopher Douglas (Antonio), Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy), Galen Gering (Luis), Jack Krizmanich (John), Amelia Marshall (Liz), Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel), Kim Johnston Ulrich (Ivy), Rodney Van Johnson (TC), McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan/Diana), Deanna Wright (Kay) and Natalie Zea (Gwen). More of your favorites to follow! Stay tuned!

Who's the Weakest Link?

Mark your calendars, NBC soap fans. The daytime stars episode of Weakest Link will air at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. From Passions: Josh Ryan Evans, Galen Gering, Lindsay Korman and McKenzie Westmore. From Days of Our Lives: Matt Cedeno, Jason Cook, James Reynolds and Allison Sweeney. Be sure to tune in to see just who is "the weakest link!" G'bye.

Now on SoapCenter, as of Friday, February 22, 2002 

Mimi and ...One Life to Live's Hillary B. Smith

Nora Buchanan is strong-willed and emotional, and actress Hillary B. Smith relishes the role. She discusses the men in her life, including Ty Treadway (Troy) and Larry Lau (Sam), and answers the question, "Will Bo and Nora ever reunite?" Also included: her 1994 Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actress.

Spotlight: Guiding Light's "Boudreaux" Family

They are the first black core family on Guiding Light in almost a decade. Find out how the show and the actors have set out to make this family become a vital part of Springfield. Included are interviews with Shari Headley (Felicia), Richard Biggs (Clayton), Yvonna Kopacz (Mel) and Corey Parker Robinson (Remy).

Style: Anne Sayre of As the World Turns

Anne Sayre plays colorful character Mitzi Matters on As the World Turns. But most viewers don't know that the actress herself is responsible for many of Mitzi's vibrant outfits! Take a trip into the closet of her New Jersey apartment, as she reveals how she helps Mitzi look marvelous.

Premiering Friday, March 1, 2002

Getting Personal: All My Children's Vincent Irizarry

Discover how Vincent Irizarry (David, "All My Children") unwinds with his wife, two daughters and two-month old son. Also, he discusses his lifelong passion... it's not acting; it's playing the piano.

Spotlight: All in the Family's Sally Struthers Comes to General Hospital

Former "All in the Family"star Sally Struthers reveals what attracted her to the part of Luke's old girlfriend, Jennifer Smith and what it's like working with Tony Geary and Genie Francis (Luke and Laura).

At Home: Guiding Light's Yvonna Kopacz

When Yvonna Kopacz's boyfriend first saw her new home, he couldn't believe what a mess it was. Not anymore. After two years of remodeling, the "Guiding Light" star (she plays Mel) has transformed the Harlem brownstone into a beautiful hideaway.

Character Profile: Hunter Tylo on Bold and the Beautiful's Taylor

In a revealing interview, Hunter Tylo (Taylor) talks about the events that led to her departure from and return to "Bold and the Beautiful." Also, her favorite scenes with co-star Ronn Moss (Ridge), and the truth about her offscreen relationship with her onscreen nemesis, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang).

**TRO Disclaimer: The above SoapCenter segments are scheduled in advance and may be bumped without notice for airing at a later date. The above segments may then be replaced with other segments. Check your local listings.**

Casting

All My Children: Ruben Santiago Hudson will play the recurring role of Zeke Torres and Ali Farahnakian will play the recurring role of Dr. Stannart. They both begin airing Friday, March 4. James Harder will play Earl Tuttle and June Squidd will play his wife on Friday, March 8. Harry Danner plays Mayor Tutwiller, first airing Friday, March 22, 2002.

As the World Turns:Eileen Fulton will appear on Crossing Over with John Edward on February 26. Michael Cone plays "James Stenbeck's" lawyer on Tuesday, February 26th.

Days of our Lives:Helen Cates returns to portray Mrs. Spears, Jan's mother, throughout the week. Ian Patrick Williams continues as Lucas' doctor, Dr. Adams.

Guiding Light: Elizabeth Roby and Charlotta Nutley play nurses on Monday, February 25. Henry Lopez plays a police officer on Tuesday, February 26. David Sajadi plays a palace aide on Wednesday, February 27. Stephen Zinnato returns as Nolan on Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1.

One Life to Live: Rosa Evangelina Arredondo will play the assistant manager and bartender at RJ's new club beginning on Wednesday, February 27, 2002. Jerome Preston Bates will play a security guard. His first airdate is Monday, March 11, 2002.

Passions: On Wednesday, February 27, look for Hitler (played by Benton Jennings), Mussolini (played by Dennis Garber), Kruschev (played by Alex Rodine) and John Wilkes Booth (played by MarkSt. Amant) in the depths of hell with Julian Crane (Ben Masters) and Theresa Lopez Fitzgerald (Lindsay Korman)! Tonia Kalouria, mother of Senior VP of Daytime at NBC Sheraton Kalouria, will be a special guest-star on PASSIONS on April 23 (tapes on March 20). Tonia plays "Tonia", a psychiatrist who picks up a hitch hiking Timmy, who is on the run!

The week of March 4, 2002: Nationally syndicated disc jockey Sean Valentine appears as "Fred the Florist" in a scene with Luis (Galen Gering) on Tuesday, March 5. Radio personality and entertainerRick Dees makes his soap opera debut, as himself, on Tuesday, March 5, when he presents a 'WHAMMY' to Whitney Russell (Brook Kerr). Chad (Donn Swaby) is also in scenes with Rick Dees! What do Rick Dees and Sean Valentine have in common?  In addition to guest starring on Passions, and both having nationally syndicated radio shows, they are also both hosts of their own radio program on Los Angeles and Orange County local radio station KIIS-FM! On March 5, 6 and 7 , Patricia Harty and Candice Azzara play the principal roles of two retiree's who, unfortunately, are waited on by Diana (McKenzie Westmore) at Liz's Café. Two other diners at the café who interact with Diana (McKenzie), Brian (Christopher Douglas) and Liz (Amelia Marshall) are Tim Bullock on Monday, March 4 and Kristi Miller on Thursday, March 7. 3rd Annual Passions Fan event, Saturday, July 20, 2002, 8 AM-Noon at the Globe Theatre, Universal Studios, Hollywood. Tickets are $75 for fan club members, $95 for non-members and include day-long admission to the theme park. Call 818 655-5135 for further info.

Young & the Restless: Sam Behrens appears as Maxwell Hollister on Wednesday, March 6. Soap fans will remember Behrens from his roles on General Hospital and Sunset Beach. Bill Birch appears as Ted Boyarsky on Friday, March 8. Sally Champion appears as Pat Stewart on Wednesday, March 13, 2002. Racy Harmon appears as a waiter, Thursday, March 28. Michael Medico is Jason on Friday, March 28. Renee Ridgely appears as Sydney on Monday, April 1, 2002.

Seeing Stars

ATWT's Martha Byrne and SOD's Carolyn Hinsey Host Celebrity Bartending Event, Feb 28th, Blondie's, West 79th Street, New York, New York from 7PM-11PM. See stars from ATWT, AMC, GL, and OLTL. Tickets are $25.00 and will benefit the families of police offers who died in the 9/11 tragedy. Make checks out to ESU/BOMB SQUAD. Call SOD at 212 716-2400 for further info.

All My Children: At 10 PM ET/PT on Wednesday, February 27, 2002, Jennifer Bassey (Marian) will guest star on Law & Order on the NBC network. Call 941-925-3869. See Susan Lucci with Regis Philbin, March 2, 2002 at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Route 2 East, Mashantucket, Connecticut.  For info visit See Vincent Irizarry, April 13, 2002 from 11am-3 p.m. (Doors open at 10:30am) Ramada Plaza Hotel O'Hare, 6600 North Manheim Road, Rosemont, IL 60018. $58 per person, includes luncheon, autograph reception, Q&A session, raffles, and auctions. Proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity, International. Sponsored by Friends Of Vincent Irizarry (FOVI), Vincent's official fan club. To order tickets, send check or money order payable to: Friends Of Vincent Irizarry, P.O. Box 139 Warrenville, IL 60555 Include SASE. For further info visit www.vincentirizarry.com On April 20-21 join John Callahan (Edmund) and Eva LaRue Callahan (ex Maria) at the Children's Cancer Foundation Charity Event, Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Rd, Hunt Valley, MD. For tickets and info call: 410 486-4744. 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:Anne Sayre (Mitzi) will be appearing in a benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues on Tuesday, March 5th at 7 PM at the Wilson Auditorium at Fairleigh Dickenson University, located at 140 University Plaza Drive in Hackensack, NJ. For ticket information call, 201/569-4053.  Paul Leyden (Simon) appears at Sears, located at The Streets at Southpoint, 6910 Fayetteville Road in Durham, NC from 12:00-2:00pm on Saturday, March 23. For more information, call 919/572-4500. Hunter Garner (Billy) will appear at Sears, located at Manassas Mall, 8200 Sudley Road, Manassas, Virginia from 1:30-3:30 pm on Saturday, March 23. Paul Leyden (Simon) will appear at Sears, located at Valley Mall, 17318 Valley Mall Road, Hagerstown, MD from 2-4 PM on Saturday, April 6. Michael Park (Jack) will appear at Sears, located at Harford Mall, 658 Bel Air Road, Bel Air, MD from 11 AM-1 PM on Saturday, April 6. For more information call, 410/588-5000.The As The World Turns Fan Club Luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2002 from 12-4 PM. The luncheon will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY. Tickets are $90.00 for non-fan club members and $85.00 for current ATWT Fan Club Members. A $15.00 non-refundable deposit per person will reserve your seat in the order it is received. Checks and money orders are payable to: As The World Turns Fan Club Luncheon Tickets, P.O. Box 647, Merrick, NY 11566-0647. Colleen Zenk Pinter ("Barbara Ryan") and her husband Mark Pinter will perform a reading of Love Letters at the Marco Island Film festival in Marco Island, FL on Thursday, April 18.  For more information call 941-642-3378. 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 April 20-21 join Sean Kanan at the Children's Cancer Foundation Charity Event, Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Rd, Hunt Valley, MD. For tickets and info call: 410 486-4744.

Days of Our Lives: On Saturday, March 9th, Kyle Lowder will be appearing at a Health Expo in Chico, California at the Chico Mall. He will be appearing from 12:00 PM -- 3:00 PM. On Saturday, March 23, Matt Cedeno will be appearing at the Sears store opening at the Cottonwood Mall in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 1-3 PM. The address is 1000 Coors blvd. N.E. Albuquerque, NM 87114. On Saturday, March 30th, Matt Cedeno will be appearing at the Sears store opening in Annapolis, Maryland at the Westfield Shoppingtown Mall from 1 -- 3PM. On Saturday and Sunday April 20 and 21,Kevin Spirtas appears at Children's Cancer Foundation Charity Event, Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Rd, Hunt Valley, MD. For tickets and info call: 410 486-4744. ATTENTION ALLCANADIAN FANS: On Sunday, July 14th, Jason Cook and Kyle Lowder appear at Canada's Wonderland Theme Park in Toronto as part of Joyce Becker's Soap Opera Festival. Show times are at 1:00PM and 3:00 PM. For park information, call 905/832-7000.

Guiding Light:  Jordi Vilasuso (Tony) and Jessica Jimenez (Catalina) will appear at Sears, located at The Streets at Southpoint, 6910 Fayetteville Road in Durham, NC from 12-2pm on Saturday, March 2. For info, call 919/572-4500. Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus) will make a personal appearance at the Sears store in the Harford Mall at 658 Bel Air Road in Bel Air, MD from 11am-1pm on Saturday, March 23. Ricky Paull Goldin ("Gus") will make a personal appearance at the Sears store in the Arrowhead Mall, 7780 West Arrowhead Town Center Drive, Glendale, AZ from 12:30 - 2:30 pm on Saturday, April 6. For more information, call 623/776-4500. The Marco Island Film Festival in Marco Island, FL will host "Brunch in Springfield" on Sunday, April 21. For more information, call 941-642-3378.

One Life to Live: Timothy D. Stickney (RJ) stars as "Othello" in the Africa Arts Theater presentation of Shakespeare's play at the Pantheon Theater, 303 West 42nd Street, NYC from March 1-16, 2002. Call 212 281-4880 for ticket info and showtimes. On March 23rd meet Catherine Hickland (Lindsay) at KATV's Annual Women's Show, Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Ark from 1:30-3:30 PM. Not only will Catherine sign autographs and dish about Lindsay's manipulative ways, but you'll get demonstrations of Cat Cosmetics Make Up. "You are what you think, so think great things!" For more info visit http://www.katv.com, then click "The Women's Show." 

Passions: On Saturday, March 9 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. join Justin Carroll (David), Ryan McPartlin (Hank), Marianne Muellerleile (Norma) and Tracey Ross (Eve) and other entertainment and sports celebrities in a Celebrity Bowling Classic to benefit The Foothill AIDS Project, whose support services include case management, family support, mental health counseling, food pantry, subsistence abuse programs and outreach to hundreds of clients and at Covina Bowl, Covina, CA (626) 339-1286. Justin Carroll (David), Ryan McPartlin (Hank), Lindsay Korman (Theresa) and Dana Sparks (Grace) have just confirmed that they will join Galen Gering (Luis), James Hyde (Sam) and McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) as they sign autographs and chat with fans on Saturday, March 16 from 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m. at the West Side Pavilion at Pico and Overland in Los Angeles, CA. All proceeds from this autograph signing will go to Galen's favorite charity, 'New Leash on Life.' Cost is $10 for one signed headshot of one of the celebrities. $5.00 for a photo opportunity with one of the celebrities (taken with your camera -- safety shots included!) and $35 for a package deal of a signed head shot and a photo with each celebrity (a savings of $10.00!) The autograph signing is located at the covered bridge between Nordstroms and Westside II, near Barnes and Noble. The Westside Pavilion islocated at 10800 W. Pico Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA.  ATTENTION ALLCANADIAN FANS: Galen Gering (Luis) and Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) will make a personal appearance at a Soap Opera Festival on Sunday, June 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Paramount Canada's Wonderland theme park in Toronto, Ontario, CANADA. The appearance will be held in the theme park's 5,000-seat amphitheater and will be a question and answer session. For more information, call Wonderland Theme Park at (905) 832-7000.

Young & the Restless: On Sunday, March 3, 2002, Christian LeBlanc will host the "Run for a Reason" St. Jude's Benefit in Garden Grove, CA. For info call 800 227-6737. Also on Sunday, March 3, Eric Braeden (Victor) hosts American Society's Everlasting Spirit Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The evening will honor Israel's most respected leaders including Abraham Spiegel, Fred Kort, the Mayor of Jerusalem, Ehud Olmert, and two of the last survivors of the Holocaust. Also, Braeden and actress Mili Avital of the NBC mini-series, "Uprising," will read short dramatic poems. Eva Longoria in "What the Rabbi Saw" through March 10 at the Space Theatre in Hollywood. Tickets are $15.00. Call 323 769-5800. Scott Reeves (ex Ryan) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) appear at the Westside Pavillion on Pico Blvd in West Los Angeles on March 16 from 12 Noon -- 2 PM, joining Passions's and DOOL stars to benefit "New Leash on Life.) (See Passions Seeing Stars for further info on this event.)

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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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