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Liza Huber Back to Passions, OLTL Casts Mystery Woman

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Summertime heat, Huber back in Harmony, New ABC honco & more

Linda Marshall-SmithDear Suds Buds,

Don't know about you guys, but I am due for a vacation. Some nice, secluded beach somewhere with soft, soothing, rolling waves, glistening white sand, and some kind of frozen drink concoction. Sounds great, huh?  Ah yes. I could definitely go for that! Perhaps I should hook up with OLTL's Todd and Tea in Hawaii!  Where's SunsetBeach when ya need it? LOL

Speaking of vacations, are you all enjoying your summer? One thing about living on the Westside of LA. It doesn't really ever get that hot and humid. We do have our hot spells, but they are usually shortlived. 

Luckily the heat on the soaps has definitely been picking up steam this summer. Passions is taking off like the preverbial bat out of you-know-where, and it's about time. Shuis fans are finally getting a payoff after almost a year of waiting for their favorite couple to reunite. Only problem is, can Sheridan forget about her feelings for Antonio? Time will tell.

On OLTL, not only do Todd and Tea have their hands full on the island, Lindsay is again on the prowl and she is definitely thinking it's payback time. DOOL's characters are dealing with beings from outer space, and ATWT has it's Faux Simon! 

Yup. Things are definitely heating up this summer and there is more exciting story ahead. No better way to get a mini vacation than to sit and watch your favorite show! Speaking of which, let's get to the latest in soaps!

Liza Huber Returns to Passions as Gwen

Actress Liza Huber will return to Passions to play the role of socialite Gwen Hotchkiss, Executive Producer Lisa S. Hesser announced on Friday, August 2, 2002.

Huber, daughter of Emmy-winning soap icon Susan Lucci, originated the role of Gwen when Passions debuted in July 1999. She vacated the role in the fall of 2000 as she then felt that acting was not her calling. Passions recast the role of Gwen with now departing actress, Natalie Zea. 

"Natalie made the decision to leave Passions to pursue other acting opportunities and it seemed a perfect fit to bring Liza back to the role she initiated," said Hesser.

All of this makes perfect sense based on Susan Lucci's comments regarding her daughter Liza at Super Soap Weekends west last spring. When asked if Liza was still staying away from acting, Lucci responded that no, actually she was again getting back into the profession.

Huber will first be seen as Gwen Hotchkiss on Passions on October 3, 2002. Her first tape date is September 3, 2002.

One Life to Live Casts New Mystery Woman

Barbara Niven has been cast a contract role on One Life to Live. ABC Daytime is being rather mum as to who her character will be and has not even released a character name. 

Television audiences will remember Niven as Marilyn Monroe in HBO's "The Rat Pack," and from her recurring role on The Bold & the Beautiful. 

Although ABC Daytime isn't saying much about Niven's character, they have revealed that she will have a shocking relationship with someone in Llanview. Who that may be, and what the shocking relationship is, remains to be seen. Niven begins airing on One Life to Live the first week of September 2002. Stay tuned!

NBC Daytime/Telemundo FanFest To Get New Venue

The NBC Daytime/Telemundo Fan Festival scheduled for November 2 and 3, 2002 will not be held at Universal Orlando. Other locations and dates are being explored. Stay tuned to Turtle-Run.com for the latest updates.

ABC Daytime Gets New Prez

Brian Scott Frons has been named president, ABC Daytime, effective August 26, 2002. The announcement was made by Alex Wallau, president, ABC Television Network, to whom Frons reports. Frons will be based in Los Angeles and succeeds Angela Shapiro, who was promoted to President, ABC Family, earlier this year.

In his new position, Frons will be responsible for all aspects of Daytime programming on the ABC Television Network. The current Daytime lineup includes "The View," "Port Charles," "All My Children," "One Life to Live," and "GeneralHospital." ABC has been #1 in the key demographic of women 18-49 for 25 consecutive years.

In making the announcement, Wallau said: "Over the past two decades in the US and abroad, Brian Frons has built an outstanding track record of success in TV programming. His specific accomplishments in the Daytime arena, along with his other broad-based experience in production and syndication, makes him the ideal candidate for this key executive role at ABC.  We look forward to his continuing success, now at ABC Daytime.

Shuis Fans Check Out Passions OnLine! 

Log on to www.nbc.com/passions now for our newest feature, "He Said / She Said", in honor of Luis and Sheridan's reunion!  "He Said / She Said" is a wonderful stroll down memory lane through the eyes of Passions actors Galen Gering (Luis) and McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) as they take you through the history of daytime's most popular star-crossed couple!

Plus, the results of the "Top Five Passions Classic Moments" are in! The fans were given a choice of 20 classic Passions moments and had the chance to vote on five. The winners have been revealed and viewers can watch the winning clips on www.nbc.com/passions.

Y&R and GL Fans! Weekly's Got You Covered This Week!

In the Aug. 13 issue of Soap Opera Weekly, which covers the air week of Aug. 5-9 read all about--

*Y&R Stars In Court! Melody Thomas Scott and Eric Braeden (Nikki and Victor) recently went to court to testify in a lawsuit against a nationally known company.

*Jaime Lyn Bauer (Lauralee) spent 20 years away from GenoaCity. Read all about her emotional first day back.

*Brittany just got parents, and now another GenoaCity resident is making contact with the family. Find out who was cast.

*Sheila Carter is on B&B now, but surely you remember some of her dastardly deeds in GenoaCity. Need a refresher course? Check out our run-down of Sheila's most evil acts.

*Y&R's Diego is a Winner this week. Find out why.

*Sharon Case and Michelle Stafford (Sharon and Phyllis) stepped out. See what they wore, and what we thought of it.

*See whether fans thought Nikki and Victor should call it quits, and tell us if Diego should be with Sharon or Victoria.

*Victoria Rowell is heading back to GenoaCity with a new look. Read - and see for yourself - all about her new 'do.

*Summer is the time for sandals, but not everyone's feet are right for them. Find out who Eva Longoria (Isabella) turns to to make sure hers are.

Guiding Light fans, read all about--

*Cassie learns the horrible truth this week about Reva's role in Richard's death. Laura Wright's (Cassie) take on this latest, tragic turn of events.

*Joan Collins is coming to Springfield, and our Dueling Divas, Linda Susman and Carolyn Hinsey, have definite views on how she might impact the show as the new Alexandra Spaulding. Also, read comments from executive producer Paul Rauch and on-screen brother Ron Raines (Alan) on Alex's return with Collins in the role.

*Not only is Kim Zimmer acting her heart out on GL, but she just finished a major stage role where she had to bring one of the screen's biggest legends to life AND expose a private part of her body to the audience. Get the skin-ny.

*Given his recent behavior, some would certainly label Phillip Spaulding a Loser. Find out why we did.

*Which GL star was voted best-dressed by our readers, and which one was deemed worst-attired?

*Find out if our readers thought Tony has a shot at redemption, and tell us who Cassie should be with next.

And no matter which soap(s) you watch, you'll be interested in the following Stories--

*Learn the latest in the soap executive producers' quest to reform the Daytime Emmy process.

*SOAPNet, with its same-day reruns of ABC soaps and rebroadcasts of past gems, is now a major part of the soap landscape. But is it ultimately damaging the product it's meant to support and promote? You be the judge after reading our story.

*Our Prime Time section begins to reveal the secrets of the new fall season, including our first premieres on hot shows Alias and 24, and capsule looks at some of the other new shows this fall. Also, read the details about a major West Wing star who's leaving this season.

*And as always, get previews on every show, and all of the latest television and event listings so you know where to see your favorite stars.

Soap Opera Digest has Passions Fans Covered!

Here's what Lori Latusek, SOD's Passions editor shares with Turtle-Run!

"Passions' Luis and Sheridan are going to be on the cover of Soap Opera Digest 8/8 (on-sale 7/30). Also in that issue, a flashback to the teen story from hell- literally, not figuratively. The next week, check out Galen Gering's manly hobby.... with personal photos included!"


As the World Turns: Bill Kiefer plays Harvey on Monday, August 5. AdrianBethea plays a cop on Monday, August 5.Mary Beth Evans reprises her role as Sierra Esteban Montgomery on Friday, August 16, 2002.

Days of our Lives:Tamara Clatterbuck reprises the role of Barb on Friday, August 9th. On Tuesday August 6th, Grace Bannon portrays Tia, a girl Brandon and Billie counsel. On Friday August 9th, Chris Malecki portrays Magic Mike, a drug dealer Bo is investigating, and Ray Baker portrays Frank Daniels, a cop working the investigation.

Guiding Light:Stephen Trimble plays a foreman on Monday, August 5.

Angela Pietropinto plays a nun on Tuesday, August 6 and Wednesday, August 7. Daniel Whitner and Bill Kiefer play police officers on

Wednesday, August 8. Mark-Anthony Vasquez plays a thug on Friday, August 9, 2002.

One Life to Live: 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. Keith Smith plays a radio announcer on Tuesday, August 6, 2002. J. Bernard Calloway plays a hospital security guard on Thursday, August 8. Daryl Edwards plays an Atlantic City Police Desk Sgt. on Friday, August 9. Cheryl Freeman has been cast in the role of Smokey Jones, a TV reporter. She airs on Tuesday, August 13. George Riddle has been cast in the role of Edgar T. Snow, a cabin owner. He airs on Friday, August 16, 2002. Tom Sesma plays an editor at The Sun. He airs on Monday, August 19, 2002. Barbara Niven has been cast in a contract role. She first begins airing in September. 2002.

Seeing Stars

All My Children:Walt Willey brings his comedy show to Zanie's Downtown in Chicago, IL on August 8 at 8 PM. For tickets, call (312) 337-4027. OnAugust 9, Walt will be at Zanie's Pheasant Run in St. Charles, IL. Call (630) 513-1761 for tickets. On August 10, Walt will be performing at Zanie's Vernon Hills, in Vernon Hills. For tickets, call (847) 549-6030. Also, on August 16-17, Walt will be at Chaplin's in Clinton Township, MI. For tickets, call (810) 792-1902. In addition, Walt will also be at ABC 12's "2002 Women's Expo" in Flint, MI. Visit flintjournal.com/discover/expo for more info. Check local listings to confirm appearances. Marj Dusay (Vanessa) appears in "The Tale of the Alergist's Wife" August 12-24 at The Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA. Call 877 385-3911 for tickets and other info. On Saturday, August 17 see Josh Duhamel (Leo) at the WCHS-TV Kids Expo in Charleston, WV from 10:30 AM -- 1 PM. Call 304 757-0011 for info. On August 24-25 see Josh Duhamel (Leo) at Roosevelt Field, Long Island City, NY. See James Kiberd (ex Trevor) as he does Shakespeare at the Pacific Repertory Theatre in Carmel, CA. Various performances all summer and into the early fall. Call (831) 622-0100 for info and tickets. On Sunday, August 25 see John Callahan and Eva La Rue Callahan at Visions: The Women's Expo at Dallas Market Hall in Dallas, TX from 2-4 PM. Call 214 977-6019 for info. August 27-31 see Cameron Mathison (Ryan) at the Tom Dreesen Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament, Lake Geneva, WI. For more info visit http://celebtour.com. (Interesting. Read Mathison's bio on this site. He lists a number of his acting credits, omitting one major role. That of Ryan on AMC!) On Friday, September 21 it's the 3rd Annual Tea at the Marquis with Vincent Irizarry. Ticket prices vary depending on when you purchase. Call 614 899-1711 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for info. The 7th Annual AMC Fan Club Luncheon, Saturday, September 22 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, NYC. Fan Club members only. $90 per ticket. $20 to join fan club ($25 outside the US.) Make Money Orders for US funds only to Carol Dickson, 948 North Main Street, Glassboro, NJ 08028-1319. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further info. On September 28-29, 2002 it's the first Annual Jack Scalia Fan Club Gathering at the Oglebay Family Resort & Wilson Lodge in Wheeling, WV. Movies, auctions, terrific food and more all weekend long to benefit Jack Scalia's "Lest We Forget Foundation" for the victims families of 9/11! Registration fee is $60 plus the cost of the room. 25 rooms are being reserved at Oglebay Resort at a cost of $99 per night. For info contact the Chrisagis Brothers at 740-859-2344. (Some appearance info provided by SEAHAAS.)

As the World Turns: On Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25 see Michael Park (Jack) at Roosevelt Field Mall, Long Island City, NY.

Bold & the Beautiful: On Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1, see Sean Kanan (Deacon) at The Mall at Stonecrest, Lithonia, GA.

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 Napa Valley) 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 Village 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 TowersFor 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

General Hospital: On August 10-11 see Billy Warlock (AJ) at Westminster Mall, Denver, CO. 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 Elana Bonaventura, P.O. Box 6566, Bakersfield, CA 93386.

Guiding Light: The GL Fan Club Luncheon will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2002, from 12-4 PM at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in NYC. Tickets are $90.00 for non-fan club members and $85.00 for current GL Fan Club Members. A $15.00 non-refundable deposit per person will reserve your seat in the order it is received. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more info.

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

*Send email to stars of Passions This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . *Send email to stars of All My Children, One Life to Life, General Hospital, and Port Charles at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it *Post your comments to your favorite actors on Turtle-Run.com's Message Boards and we will email our contacts at the networks who will pass on your posts.

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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