Dear Suds Buds,
As I write this column, we are smack dab in the middle of July 4th Weekend. But the holiday itself came almost mid-week, meaning many of us had to return to work on Friday, instead of having a long weekend. Luckily, we lucked out at our house and got a 4-day weekend! Hope you are enjoyed your holiday whether you had a long weekend or just last Thursday off.
Which brings me to a Preposterous Pondering for this week. How come most soap-town denizens hardly go to work? Oh the folks over at Jabot in Genoa City put in a board meeting here or there, and Dr. Craig Wesley shows up at the hospital every now and then, and every so often we see Police Commissioner Bo Buchanan down at the station house, but for the most part, people who live in soap towns spend most of their lives embroiled in other people's business, and not their own livelihoods! Must be nice. Remind me to move to Salem, or Pine Valley, or Springfield! I've got an itchin' for some dishin', and could easily slack off on work every now and then. How about you? Wouldn't you love to live in some soap zone and not have to worry about earning a living? All I can say is -- sign me up! :o)
Enough pondering for this week. On with the soaps!
DOOL "We're Number 1!" On-set Celebration, June 21, 2002
Two weeks ago, Turtle-Run reported that Days of our Lives scheduled a set-side celebration to commemorate the show maintaining a Number 1 status in the key demographic (women 18-49) for 13 consecutive weeks, and that we were attending. This week we take you way down Inside the Bubble™ of the event and share exactly who said what to whom as network executives, studio big wigs, and Days of our Lives Executive Producer Ken Corday offered congratulations to cast and crew for a job well done.
As members of the press mingled with cast and crew, the Days of our Lives stages at NBC's Burbank, CA studios were decked with refreshments. The cast broke for lunch, and we were invited to enter the sound stage and encircle the commemorative cake. Ken Corday was the first to take the microphone and introduced NBC Vice President of Daytime Programming, Sheraton Kalouria saying that Kalouria is very happy for DOOL and for the network. Here's what Kolouria had to say:
"It's always nice to be here on happy occasions and nothing is more happy than to be at the top of the ratings heap. And the man that I know considers this his favorite soap opera, is the President of NBC, Jeff Zukor.
Zucker thanked Kalouria and addressed the assembled throng:
"I don't get over here often," he said, "but every time I come over, it's for a great reason. As Ken said, earlier this year we had a lot to celebrate (in winning the People's Choice Award) and right now we have so much to celebrate. You guys should feel great! I talk to Sheraton every week about this and we are so thrilled, so THRILLED with the performance of this show. It's been an unbelievable run. I ask Sheraton every week: Are we gonna do it again this week? The new writing team, Ken's entire team, you guys are just amazing!"
A big round of applause from the crowd as Zucker continued: "(The storytelling) has been amazing since the wedding. Let me just say that I am glad the Last Blast is done so that now my staff will go back and answer the phones! (Giggles around). It's been fantastic and it's really paid off. For 13 weeks in a row means that this show is not just No. 1, it's a dominant number 1. NBC is number 1 in daytime for the first time in 22 years! (Big applause) It really means a lot to us. It is really important to us. I hope you understand that. The commitment we made to promotion in prime time, promoting these great stories. I hope that you were able to see the sign on the side of the building. It's a statement from us to show how important you are to us. I just wanted to come over here to say thank you and to let you know that we appreciate what you've done, and to welcome back some old friends, and to say congratulations on a great run and to continue the success. Sheraton's assured me it's going to be a great summer, and we will be supporting you all and supporting the show and that will continue. So congratulations again, thank you, and now I am going to ask Steve Mosko from Columbia to come up and say a few words as well. Congratulations everybody!"
Another major round of applause as Columbia TriStar Television Programming executive, Steve Mosko, took the microphone.
"The great thing is that we are in great hands with Jeff and his team," said Mosko. "You hear about promotion and the support the network has given the show. It is just fantastic. When you look at daytime, 90% of the shows in daytime, the ratings are going down. These ratings are going up, we're number 1. Daytime is the most competitive daypart of all the dayparts, because you are competing with the greatest number of shows. 18-49 is the most competitive place. We (Columbia) are so proud to be a part of the show. Jeff thank you. Ken thank you for your hard work. I just hope this isn't the last time we are doing this celebration. I hope that next year, at the same time, we'll be doing this celebration again. TriStar, Columbia and Sony thank you for your hard work."
Mosko turned the microphone back over to Days of our Lives EP, Ken Corday. "Thank you Mr. Zucker for the cake, which is kind of a first," said Corday. "It comes at the right time. I believe that there was only one week (since Jan 1) when we weren't Number 1. That was the week of April Fools! That's quite a roll. And we all knew back (last) Christmastime that there was a little doubt about the transition we were about to go through. As my mom and dad said, 'you are only good as your last show.' We can pat ourselves on the back and say we've had a great six months, but it would be remiss of me to stand up here and not mention a few people who have taken the ball these past six months and have done an amazing job and I would just like them to take a bow."
Corday acknowledged new co-headwriters, Peter Brash and Paula Cwikly who received a big round of applause, along with whoops and hollers from the cast!
"And we do have some new faces and new, new faces," Corday continued after the applause died down. "Our new producer, Roy Steinberg, who has made a great impression on all of us. The two, new, new faces that we should give a warm welcome to are the Gemini twins. Alexis Thorpe and Eric Winter! Wecome to the cast."
Another round of applause as Corday continued: "...and it does seem like old home week because I am looking at two people who have pictures in their attic that get older but they don't. Lisa Rinna and Thaao Phengis. I am so happy that Lisa and Thaao are back." More applause! "So, stay tuned," Corday hinted. "I think the next six months are going to be even better than the last!"
Corday then invited Frances Reid, "our matriarch," as he called her, to come up and help him cut the cake. As Corday and Reid cut the first slice, Corday said: "To the next 38 years!
Congratulations Days of our Lives!
As the World Turns Gets New Opening Sequences
As the World Turns unveils a revitalized show opening on Monday, July 8, 2002. The sequence, of which there are four 30-second and one 40-second versions, also features new music composed by David Nictern and Jamie Lawrence.
What do you think of the new look and sound of As the World Turns? Share your thoughts on the As the World Turns Message boards at Turtle-Run.com!
GL Fans! Win a Copy of "Lorelei's Guiding Light!"
Viewers/readers have a chance to win a free copy of Beth Chamberlin's Lorelei's Guiding Light, An Intimate Diary by entering a drawing on the website. The contest runs through July 19th and complete rules and regulations can be found at: http://www.bethchamberlin.com/contest/contest.asp. Ten copies of the book will be awarded. No purchase necessary.
Y&R and Passions Fans! Soap Opera Weekly's Got You Covered!
Passions fans be sure to pick up the July 16, 2002 of Soap Opera Weekly (on sale July 8, 2002). Learn what happens when the clock runs out on poor Theresa. Read about a temporary Passions recast. The executive producers of all 10 soaps are teaming up on an important project. A revamping of the Daytime Emmy Awards nomination and award process. Read what Passions' executive producer, Lisa Hesser, has to say about their undertaking. Why did Weekly label Passions' Gwen a Loser? Robin Strasser, who will soon return to the show as Hecuba, is in a new play. Read all about it. Hear why Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy) went from celebrity to fan for a night. Hear whether your fellow fans think Tabitha should be redeemed, and vote on your favorite Passions supercouple. Read Weekly's rave review of Julian and Timmy's misadventures. Chrystee Pharris (Simone) recently stepped out. See what she was wearing. Go on a heartfelt journey with Kim Johnston Ulrich (Ivy) as she candidly details the road she and her family traveled to adopt their baby girl. Also, hear what she does to combat bags under her eyes. Plus, Julian's back, and the Theresa/Ethan/Gwen triangle has gone on forever. See what two of your fellow readers had to say on those matters.
Y&R fans, here's what Weekly's got for you: Dueling Divas, Linda Susman and Carolyn Hinsey, talk about which soaps do a good job of portraying the teen scene. Find out how Y&R stacks up. Find out which two former cast members will return later this summer. David Lago (Raul) is a Winner this week, and Victoria is a Loser. Find out why. A longtime Y&R director went in front of the camera to pull a prank on the cast and crew. Read all about it. Find out which Genoa City stud readers picked as their dream date, and tell us if you think Nikki should give up on Victor. Are the women in Genoa City too catty? Y&R editor Mark McGarry thinks so. Read his take on the issue. Who does Eva Longoria (Isabella) need to reach in a hurry? Find out who's on her speed dial. Find out which Y&R actress was named best-dressed by our readers, and see a former cast member's unique idea for a skirt. Believe it or not, David Shark Fralick (Larry) has days when his eyes get puffy. Find out what he does about it. And find out where Diane got one of those fabulous dresses she wears. Lauralee Bell (Chris) is pregnant again, but she's very specific about what she doesn't want done to hide this pregnancy. Find out what Lauralee won't be doing this time around. Remember when Lauren had her cherished son ripped away from her by the evil Sheila? Where is that child now? We wouldn't know, and that makes our P.K. Waddle unhappy. Find out what he has to say about this and other long-lost and forgotten family members. One of your fellow fans took Jack and Nick to task for their recent actions. Find out what this reader finds so upsetting. The evil David Kimble got squished in that trash compactor, but Michael Corbett, the actor who played him, is alive and well. Find out what Corbett is up to these days.
Do you know who Cassie's biological father is? Test your knowledge against a fellow Y&R reader.
And in prime-time news, Weekly got picks for prime-time Emmy nominations. See who's on the top of their list!
All My Children:Joe Morton has been temporarily cast in the role of Zeke McMillan. His first airdate is Monday, July 15, 2002. Also first airing on July 15 is Josie DeGuzman in the recurring role of a Nevada Hotel clerk.
As the World Turns: Christopher Braden Jones plays Huck Stover on Wednesday, July10, 2002.
Days of our Lives: On Tuesday and Wednesday July 9th and 10th, Mark Lindsay Chapman portrays Agent Spector, who questions Belle and Shawn about their recent discovery.
Guiding Light:Howie Ravikoff plays a pizza deliveryman on Monday, July 8.
Breean Julian plays Jill, a student, on Monday, July 8. Michael Phillip plays Dr. Pierce beginning Monday, July 8. Christopher Newman and Sarah Lowe play EMTs on Tuesday, July 9. Derek Phillips plays Officer Keevan on Tuesday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 10. Sally Stewart plays the moderator of an AA meeting on Thursday, July 11.
Passions:Ted Garcia portrays the newscaster on Wednesday, July 10.
Chea Courtney returns as "The Angel Girl" on Friday, July 12. Michael Deak is Serpent #1 and Harrison Alex Lorenzana is Serpent #2 on Mon, July 8 and Tuesday, July 9. John Thomas Turk plays the bus driver on Friday, July 12. John Balma portrays "Nelson the mortician" and Kevin Schiavone portrays his assistant on Wed, July 10.
Days of Our Lives: On Sunday, July 14th,Jason Cook and Kyle Lowder will be appearing at Canada's Wonderland Theme Park in Toronto as part of Joyce Becker's Soap Opera Festival. Show times are at 1 and 3 PM. For park information, please call 905/832-7000. ATTENTION ALLCANADIAN FANS: On Sunday, July 14, 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 and 3 PM. For park information, call 905/832-7000. On Saturday, August 10th,Matt Cedeno and Jason Cook will be appearing at Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo, CA (in the Napa Valley) in conjunction with Soap Opera Festivals. Appearance times are 1 and 3 PM. 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
Passions: Rodney Van Johnson (TC) will be participating in the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation's "Reaching for the Cure" 5K (1K for kids) Walk-A-Thon at the Irvine Spectrum on Sunday, July 14 from 7am-11am. This year marks the 20th Anniversary for the Irvine, CA based foundation. Since 1982, PCRF has raised more than 10 million dollars for pediatric cancer research. Each school day, enough children are diagnosed with cancer to fill two classrooms. Join Rodney in raising money for this most valuable cause. For more information, call (949) 376-8404 or visit www.PCRF-kids.com . 3rd Annual Passions Fan Club Event will be held on Saturday, July 20th Noon at the Globe Theatre, Universal Studios, Hollywood. Confirmed attendance: Dana Sparks (Grace), James Hyde (Sam), Ryan McPartlin (Hank), Lindsay Korman (Theresa), Justin Caroll (David), Christopher Douglas (Brian), Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy), Galen Gering (Luis), Jack Krizmanich (John), Amelia Marshall (Liz), Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel), Kim Johnston Ulrich (Ivy), McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan), Deanna Wright (Kay) and Natalie Zea (Gwen), Jade Harlow (Jessica), Michael Bergin (Nick), Adrian Zmed (the Floating Head!!), Bruce French (Father Lonigan), Marianne Muellerleile (Norma). . . and out newest cast members, Eric Martsolf (Ethan)and Kathleen Noone (Mrs. Wallace), plus more to follow! Tickets are $75 for fan club members, $95 for non-members and include daylong admission to the theme park. Call 818 655-5135 for further info. **Please note that Rodney Van Johnson WILL NOT be at the Official Fan Club Breakfast as previously announced.** On Sunday, July 21, join Donn Swaby (Chad) as he hosts the First Annual Donn Swaby Fan Club Luncheon. Where: The Garden at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, CA. Time: 12pm-3pm. Stay tuned for more details. Please note NEW URL for buying tickets: http://www.donnswaby.com/lunch.htm **Please note that this event is NOT cancelled as Internet rumors have indicated.** Donn would also like his fans to know that some of his Passions cast mates will be in attendance (confirmed to date are Tracey Ross (Eve), Justin Carroll (David), McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) and Chrystee Pharris (Simone).**
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.
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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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