Dear Suds Buds,
Passions fans gathered at the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood last Saturday for the 3rd Annual Passions Fan Event. How time flies. It was only yesterday that we covered the First Annual Passions fan event, held at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, CA. Here's to many more fun events for Passions fans! Hope all that attended had a blast!
Speaking of the Sportsmen's Lodge and fan events, General Hospital and Port Charles fans are gearing up to attend the GH Fan Weekend 2002, held at Sportsmen's Lodge, which is a very fitting venue to hold a soap opera event. The hotel/conference center is what they used to call a "wedding factory." Tons of event rooms filled with gushing brides, grooms who have had a tad too much to drink, and friends and relatives gallore. Luckily, errant gunman don't usually interrupt the wedding receptions, shooting the bride's father and causing his ultimate death like what recently happened to Greenlee and Leo on All My Children. But there is definitely that atmosphere of the grand soap opera wedding in this room, and in that room, and over across the parking lot in that other room! If you ever have the opportunity to attend a soap event at Sportsmen's Lodge, I highly recommend it. It's a lot of fun and you'll come away with gaining lots of good luck as seeing a bride is a good omen! Imagine how good fortune will shine upon you after seeing 4 or 5 brides within minutes!
It was kind of a quiet week in soaps news -- the biggest coup made by Guiding Light who signed former Dynasty star, Joan Collins, in the role of Alexandra Spaulding. Read all about it...
Guiding Light Lands Joan Collins as "Alexandra Spaulding"
Internationally renowned actress, Joan Collins, makes her daytime television debut when she joins the cast of the CBS daytime drama Guiding Light in the role of Alexandra Spaulding. Alexandra is a wealthy and powerful woman, a master manipulator who is engaged in an eternal battle with her brother Alan (Ron Raines) for control of Spaulding Enterprises.
"We are thrilled to have an actress of Joan's caliber play the role of Alexandra Spaulding," said GL executive producer, Paul Rauch upon making the official announcement last Wednesday, July 17, 2002. "Alexandra is a vibrant and formidable woman and Joan's talents are perfect for this character."
Mary Alice Dwyer-Dobbin, Executive-in-Charge of Production for Procter & Gamble Productions, producers of Guiding Light, concurred. "When we decided to bring back the character of Alexandra Spaulding, Joan Collins was the first person on our wish list to play the sexy, no-nonsense businesswoman. We couldn't be happier to have an actress of her stature join the cast of Guiding Light, a respected show which has led the wy in daytime drama for more than 50 years on television.
No stranger to serialized television, Collins achieved world-wide fame for her portrayal of Alexis Carrington Colby on the prime-time hour-long show, Dynasty. Along with her versitlity as an actress, Collins is the sister of novelist, Jackie Collins, is also a best-selling author and an accomplished producer.
Collins begins airing as Alexandra in late September, 2002.
Loving's/The City's T.W. KingLandsGeneralHospital
Ted King (formerly known as T.W. King) joins the cast of GeneralHospital this week in the role of Alcazar. Alcazar first appears in town with a vendetta against crime lord, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard). However, it soon becomes evident that his agenda runs far deeper than a grudge against Sonny, and will have consequences that ripple throughout the entire town.
King is best known to fans of ABC soaps for his portrayal of Danny Roberts on Loving and subsequently, The City. King's other credits include being a series regular on Charmed, as well as guest-starring roles on numerous popular primetime series such as Fraiser, Sex and the City, Law and Order: SBU, and Jag.
King begins airing as Alcazar on Monday, July 22, 2002.
DOOL Stars Play Softball for Charity
The Taylors Youth Association would like to invite you to the 16th Annual Celebrity Softball Game and Events, September 29, 2002, in Greenville, SC.
A "fan"tastic weekend is planned featuring characters from Days of our Lives. Scheduled to appear are Alison Sweeney (Sami), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), Justin Melvey (Colin), Farah Fath (Mimi), Matthew Ashford (Jack), and more.
Events will include a cast party, autograph/auction session, softball game, and dance party. The "Salem Sluggers" will compete against local television, sports, radio, and other personalities.
This year's host hotel will be the Hilton Greenville and Towers, located right off I-385 in Greenville. For information on accommodations, call 1-864-232-4747 or visit them on the web at www.hiltonhotels.com. Please make reference to Celebrity Softball (Internet Group Code CSB), in order to receive your discount rate for the event.
Individual event tickets and weekend packages are available for purchase. For ticket information, please call 864-268-9232 or visit our website at www.celebritysoftball.com.
LA Passions and DOOL Fans Meet "NuEthan" and "Rex the Alien" this week!
Eric Martsolf (Ethan, Passions) and Eric Winter (Rex, Days) will be participating in the Girls Today, Women Tomorrow charity fashion show on Thursday, July 25 at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Girls Today, Women Tomorrow is a leadership mentoring program that provides mentors to young women, primarily Hispanic, from the Central Los Angeles area. NBC's own Diane Diaz will host the 3rd Annual Fashion Show and Senator Richard G. Polanco will make a special appearance. The stars of NBC Daytime will participate in the fashion show and will greet the program participants and special guests at the cocktail reception prior to the show. Tickets for this event are available by calling Girls Today, Women Tomorrow at 323-526-3039. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand St., Los Angeles, CA90071. Other NBC Daytime stars are expected to attend. Please check our website at www.nbc.com/passions for updates on talent attending.
All My Children:Annie Golden (Broadway's The Full Monty) plays the role of a disgruntled Nanny. Her first airdate is Tuesday, July 30. Mitchel Federan has been cast in the recurring role of Petey. He likewise first airs as NuPetey on Tuesday, July 30, 2002.
As the World Turns: Judge Marian Milian and Court Officer DouglasMcIntosh of The People's Court will play the judge and courtroom bailiff during Barbara's trial beginning Monday, July 22nd. Nelson Vasquez takes over the role of Desi beginning Wednesday, July 24th. Antone Pagan plays an Avanya jailer on Wednesday, July 24th.
Days of our Lives: Throughout this week, Brad Bufanda portrays Joe, the leader of a teen gang. Also portraying gang members are Jill Noel, Tran'lBrunson and Ben Schieferstein. Paul Vincent O'Connor portrays Paul Grant, the executor of Stefano's will, throughout the week.
GeneralHospital: Ted King (formerly known as T.W. King) joins the cast of GH as Alcazar. His first airdate is Monday, July 22, 2002.
Guiding Light:Robert Cuccioli plays Chief Franklin on Monday, July 22. Jim Davidson and Thom Christopher return as Alonzo and Dax, respectively, on Friday, July 26. Joan Collins joins the cast as Alexandra Spaulding. She begins airing in late September, 2002.
One Life to Live: Leslie Lyles plays the nursery clerk on Wednesday, July 24, 2002. Jack Gwaltney plays Officer Roberts on Tuesday, July 30. Keith Glover plays a Llanview cop on Wednesday, July 31. Real-life firefighter, Leon Stephenson, plays a Llanview firefighter. Stephenson also recently played a firefighter on Third Watch. He first airs on Friday, August 2, 2002.
Passions:Renee Raudman portrays Phyllis, the Crane maid on Tuesday, July 23 and Friday, July 26. . John Everlove portrays the Harmony Paramedic on Thursday and Friday, July 25, 26. Patrick Pankhurst portrays Dr. Andrews and Michelle Josette plays the Harmony Nurse on Friday and Monday, July 26 and July 29, 2002.
Days of Our Lives: On Saturday, August 10th,Matt Cedeno and Jason Cook will be appearing at Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo, CA (in the NapaValley) in conjunction with Soap Opera Festivals. Appearance times are 1 and 3 PM. Kyle Lowder (Brady) will sing the National Anthem at the LA Dodgers game on Thursday, September 19th. Game time is 7 PM. The Dodgers will be playing the Giants that evening. On Saturday, August 24th, Matt Cedeno (Brandon) appears at a Sears opening at the North Riverside Park Mall in North Riverside, IL. (The address is 7503 West Cermack N. Riverside, IL 60546.) Matt will be signing autographs from 1-3:30 PM. Call 708/588-6600 for info. On Saturday, August 31st, Matt Cedeno will be appearing at a Sears opening at the Riverdale Villlage Mall in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. (The address is 1273 Riverdale Blvd.Coon Rapids, MN 55433. Matt will be signing autographs from 2-4 PM. Call 763/483-3400 for info. Celebrity Softball Game and Events, September 29, 2002, in Greenville, SC. Scheduled to appear are Alison Sweeney (Sami), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), Justin Melvey (Colin), Farah Fath (Mimi), Matthew Ashford (Jack), and more. Call 864-268-9232 for ticket info. Hotel accommodations by Hilton Greenville and Towers. For reservations, call864-232-4747. CRUISE WITH THE STARS: Set sail with the stars from Days and Passions for a Soap Opera Cruise Weekend aboard a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship. Fans will depart from Los Angeles on Friday, October 25 and sail down to Baja and Ensenada, Mexico returning to Los Angeles on Monday, October 28. Actors scheduled to participate are Matt Ashford, Kyle Lowder, Kevin Spirtas, and Passions' stars. Fans aboard the ship will attend cocktail parties with the stars and take part in autograph sessions and interactive programs hosted by soap columnist Lynda Hirsch. Rates begin at $459.00 per person and can be booked by calling Landfall Travel at 1-800-835-9233 or by logging on to www.landfalltravel.com
GeneralHospital: Saturday, August 24, 2002 see Wally Kurth's (Ned) Kurth & Taylor Concert at GH Fan Weekend. This year, featuring Jaime Ray Newman and her Band. Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel, Studio City, California. Tickets are $50 each. Send check or money order, plus SASE to Leann Bonaventura, P.O. Box 6566, Bakersfield, CA 93386.
Passions: Soap Opera Digest hosts "On Stage Live with Soap Opera Digest," touring malls across America. Join Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Saturday, August 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call (952) 883-8810 for info. Join Galen Gering (Luis) at The Mall at Stonecrest in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, August 31 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call (678) 562-8955 for info. Look for more information in upcoming issues of Soap Opera Digest Magazine. Galen Gering (Luis) and James Hyde (Sam) will play celebrity golf to raise money for WeSPARK (which stands for Support, Prevention, Acceptance, Recovery and Knowledge) at actress Wendie Jo Sperber's 4th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic on Saturday, September 21 at the Glen Annie Golf Club in Santa Barbara, CA. WeSPARK is a cancer support center that is devoted exclusively to providing emotional and spiritual support for cancer patients and their friends and families. For more information on how to support the Golf Classic, or WeSPARK call (818) 906-3022 or visit www.wespark.org. Join and support Andrea Evans (Rebecca), the City of Hope's Celebrity Ambassador for the Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month. Andrea will be heading the walk at the City of Hope's headquarters in Duarte, CA on October 6. You can obtain more information or register online at www.walk4hope.org. More details to come as we get closer to this charity event.
Young & the Restless: DonDiamont (Brad) plays a supporting role in the Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson film, "Anger Management." The film is still in production, so look for it to hit theaters, oh, I'm guessing something like Summer 2003. MichelleStafford (Phyllis) just completed production in a starring role in the independent feature "Lost," which will be touring film festivals. No release date is yet set. Peter Bergman (Jack) and Michelle Stafford will hit the "airwaves" when they host an upcoming "Eye on America" for CBS. "Eye on America" is broadcast on American Airlines. No airdate for this episode has been determined as of yet.
Email the Stars
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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