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Reflecting on the year, Secrets in PC, Ivory soap float & more

Dear Suds Buds!

Ho Ho Ho and Happy Holidays everyone. It's Christmas week and I hope that everyone is home, safe and sound, celebrating the holiday with friends and family. At this time of year I always think back about all the wonderful things that have happened over the last 12 months: Meeting all of you, TRO's cyber soap fans and having the opportunity of interacting with you online; working with talented writers and contributors like Jessica Radloff, Karen Wolitzer, Mary Montanari, Lesleyann Medieros and our fan contributors; and, inching closer and closer toward making our cyber soap home more improved and dynamic for your enjoyment. 

It's also a time of year to reflect on some of the not so wonderful: The tragic events of September 11th, and all the innocent lives lost.  I pray now for their loved ones left behind. I pray now for world peace, and I look toward happier times in the years ahead. 

On our own little cyber home front, I thank everyone of you for helping to make the past year at Turtle-Run so much fun.  Thank you to NBC Daytime, ABC Daytime, Procter & Gamble's Televest, CBS Daytime, SoapNet, and all the amazing actors, agents, managers and publicists who work with us each week. Special thanks to Ninth Degree! All of us at wish you all a very wonderful and joyous holiday. Many blessings in the New Year! 

Port Charles Starts Off the New Year with Burning "Secrets"

On Wednesday, January 2, 2002 be prepared for mystery, intrigue and suspense when "Port Charles" premieres its sixth book, "Secrets." Pop music icon Madonna's 1994 hit single, "Secret," serves as the title theme song for the book and sets a compelling tone for a special on-air campaign which kicks off the week of December 24, 2001.

"Secrets" begins after a strange phenomenon occurs causing Frank (Jay Pickett) and Karen (Marie Wilson) to drive off the road, followed by the separate arrival of three mysterious women in "Port Charles," Amy (Tamara Davies), Paige (Vanessa Branch) and Casey (Joy Bisco). The trio

quickly entrench themselves in the lives of everyone in "Port Charles." Ethereal and beautiful Paige is someone from Kevin's (Jon Lindstrom) past, which raises more than just a few from his new wife, Lucy (Lynn Herring). Feisty and spirited Amy quickly takes to Ian (Thorsten Kaye) and Eve's (Julie Pinson) hospitality. Livvie (Kelly Monaco) and Jack (Brian Presley) find they have their hands full with troublesome Casey. Gaby's (Ion Overman) brother, Ricky (Eddie Matos) arrives in town, just having recently been released from prison. Rafe (Brian Gaskell) strikes a heavenly deal, ensuring that Jamal (Kiko Ellsworth) and Alison's (Erin Hershey) complications are far from over. Could this mean that Rafe is staying in Port Charles? Tune into "Secrets" to find out!!

Will Passions New Cast Member Cause Trouble for Chad and Whitney?

Recording artist and actress Alisa Reyes has been cast in the recurring role of Kelly" a young woman who meets Chad at the youth center. Alisa was a series regular on the TNBC series "One World." She was also a series regular on Nickelodeon's "All That."

Alisa has guest starred on "Law and Order," "All My Children," "Another World," "Daybreak" and the "Babysitter's Club." Her feature film credits include "Batman III," "American Dreamer," "Malcolm X" and "The Srecording artist, signed to Hollywood Records. She is currently signed to Hollywood Records and her first airdate is scheduled for January 23, 2002. Will Kelly come between Whitney and Chad? We will have to tune in to find out!

GH's Nancy Lee Grahn Decks the Tub for Rose Parade

On Friday, December 28, 2001, Ivory Soap returns to its soap opera roots as floral decorations are applied to the "once upon a bath time" Ivory Soap float by General Hospital's Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis). More than 17-feet high, 18-feet wide and 50-feet long, the "Once Upon a Bath Time" Ivory Soap float depicts a classic bath time scene based on Ivory Soap advertising from the early 1900s. On the parade day, the Ivory Soap float will a trail of Ivory-scented bubbles and have running water into the tub. "GeneralHospital" star Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis) will assist volunteers and fellow soap opera fans in decorating the float with more than 650,000 blossoms. Ivory Soap has a strong connection with soap operas, as the long-running daytime dramas were dubbed soap operas because Ivory Soap and other soap companies were frequent advertisers on the programs. Ivory Soap began advertising on soap operas in the 1930s.

Ivory Soap is participating in the 2002 Tournament of Roses Parade to celebrate 120 years of national advertising. Recognized for decades as The Soap That Floats(TM), Ivory created its Tournament of Roses float to recreate bath time for a classic Ivory baby. A natural extension of its legacy as a household staple, the presence of Ivory Soap in this year's Tournament of Roses Parade represents the joining of two longstanding American traditions. This is the first created for the parade by Procter & Gamble and Ivory Soap.

Intern on a Soap!

How many of you have ever dreamed of working on a soap? Well, this could be your chance. Every year, Procter & Gamble Productions, producers of As the World Turns and Guiding Light, offer internships for the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters in their production, casting, writing and publicity departments. There is a minimum of two full days a week of work, and they even pay a salary, but it's at the minimum wage rate. So, if any of you are in the New York area, or can get to NY for one semester, write Stephanie Herr at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information and to express your interest in the program.  Good luck!

Guiding Light Mini Site!

Can't get enough of GL? Check out the SpringfieldUniversity mini-site. It's complete with bios of all the students and faculty (plus alumni), personal home pages, SpringfieldUniversity e-mail, and merchandise.  What's more, the Springfield U mascot is a turtle! Whodda thunk? Meet the SU Turtle at : 

Now on SoapCenter, as of Friday, December 21, 2001

Behind the Scenes: GeneralHospital's Annual Christmas Story

Eggnog. Mistletoe. The reading of "The Christmas Story" on GeneralHospital.Holiday traditions you don't want to miss. For nearly three decades, Dr. Steve Hardy (played by the late John Beradino) gathered hospital staff and young patients to celebrate the true meaning of the season. Today, this heartwarming event is carried on by Stuart Damon (Alan) and Brad Maule (Tony). Interviews include Linda Dano, Leslie Charleson, Shell Kepler, and Rachel Ames, who has appeared in almost every GH "Christmas Story" since its inception.

At Home with One Life to Live's Tonja Walker Davidson

One Life to Live's Alex is sassy, splashy, and larger than life. The same could be said of the actress who portrays her, Tonja Walker Davidson. Tonja's home in Cleveland boasts an indoor pool with a three-story atrium and its own movie theatre. Tonja takes us on a special tour of her one-of-a-kind estate that's fully decorated for the holidays. And, we'll meet her husband and two young daughters.

Storyline Spotlight: As the World Turns and the Web

Adam (Craig Lawlor) and Abigal (Kristina Sisco) first met in their film class on As the World Turns. In addition to their romantic storyline, these characters are taking part in a documentary produced by their classmates that viewers can watch only online. Meet Alina Wickham, an ATWT web-site producer, who is producing the fictional documentary for the show's site.

Behind the Scenes: Lexie's Party on Days of Our Lives

In the second of a two-part report, go behind-the-scenes at Lexie's (Renee Jones) party honoring Hope (Kristian Alfonso). This time, the actors reveal the storyline fallout that will change their characters' "Days"forever.

Stars On...Real-Life Holiday Traditions

Find out how your favorite daytime personalities are spending the holidays.

Premiering On Soapcenter, Friday, December 28, 2001

Storyline Spotlight: Who is Proteus?

SoapCenter talks with key suspects in the "Proteus" case, including Finola Hughes (Anna), Vincent Irizarry (David), David Canary (Adam) and Marj Dusay (Vanessa). John Callahan, who plays Edmund, explains the mystery and reveals why its denouement will have a staggering effect on PineValley.

Behind the Scenes: A Miracle Wedding on Port Charles

After much anticipation and many close calls, Lucy(Lynn Herring) and Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) walk down the aisle -- again -- and we were there for one of daytime's biggest holiday spectacles. From sets and props, to makeup and hair, see the planning and research this elaborate event took.

At Home: Guiding Lights' Beth Chamberlin

Beth Chamberlin (Lorelei) and her husband, Peter, have taken an active role in renovating their home north of New York City. We'll see the work-in-progress.

Getting Personal: From Fan to Friend

When actor Justin Carroll landed the role of photographer David Hastings on Passions, co-star McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) went online to introduce him to the show's loyal fans. But he never imagined that two of the fans he met through McKenzie's web site would become his close friends. Kelly Knight and Tracey Salvacion will share what this friendship means to them, and we'll be there as they throw his first fan luncheon.

**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.**


All My Children:  Charles Borland has been cast in the recurring role of Larry. His first airdate is Wednesday, December 26, 2001. MontelWilliams begins in the role of Judge Pearson on Thursday, January 3, 2002.

Days of our Lives: Rolanda Watts returns as Cameron Reese on Thursday, December 27, 2001.

GeneralHospital: Lara Jill Miller will appear in two episodes playing Kate, a hotel clerk. Miller is familiar to television audiences for her portrayal of Samantha on the hit TV show, "Gimme a Break." She airs on Friday, January 4 and Tuesday, January 8, 2002.

Guiding Light: Jennifer Roszell returns as Eleni on Friday, December 21. Jordan Charney plays Kris on Monday, December 24. Danielle Melanie Brown and Billy Tharp, Jr. play children at Towers on Monday, December 24. Brant Spencer plays a workman and John Sullivan plays a foreman on Friday, December 28.

One Life to Live: Nesbit Blaisdell will appear as a "janitor" on St. Blaze Island. His first airdate is Wednesday, December 26, 2001. RobertMontano appears as Miguel. His first airdate is Wednesday, January 9, 2002.

Passions: Regular recurring cast members Andrea Evans (Rebecca), Marianne Muellerleile (Norma), Chea Courtney (The Angel Girl) and Kelly McCarty (Beth) are in Harmony during the week ofDecember 24-28, 2001. A.J. Benza appears as Nick Corelli on Monday, January 21, 2002. Alisa Reyes has been cast in the recurring role of Kelly. Her first airdate is scheduled for January 23, 2002.

Seeing Stars

AMC:On Saturday, December 29, see Josh Duhamel (Leo) at the Washington DC Auto Show, the WashingtonConvention Center from 204 PM. Call 866-WASH-AUTO for info.On Saturday, February 9, 2002 Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), Michael E. Knight (Tad) & Walt Willey (Jackson) appear at the 3rd Annual Valentine's Dinner With The Stars ~ Mote Marine Event. Also attending from One Life to Live are Mark Derwin (Ben), David Fumero (Cristian) and Catherine Hickland (Lindsay) at the beautiful Michael's on East, Sarasota. All proceeds benefit the Dolphin and WhaleHospital. Call 941-388-4441 Ext. 465 for additional information. (Some appearance info provided by SEAHAAS.)

As the World Turns: The As The World Turns Fan Club Luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2002 from 12:00 to 4:00 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, NY11566-0647.

Days of Our Lives:  On Saturday, December 29th, Farah Fath will be appearing at a charity dinner to benefit the Scott Crosbie Children's Charity Fund in Lexington, Kentucky. The benefit starts at 7:00 PM at the Landsdowne Club in Lexington. Tickets are $30.00 and can be ordered by calling 859/276-1484. On Thursday, January 24th, Matt Cedeno (Brandon) will be hosting "Legendary Bingo" at 8:00 PM at DuPars Restaurant in West Hollywood, CA, located at 8571 Santa Monica Blvd. "Legendary Bingo" benefits Interno's Music Organization which provides music lessons to inner-city youth.

One Life to Live: On Saturday, February 9, 2002  Mark Derwin (Ben), David Fumero (Cristian) and Catherine Hickland (Lindsay) appear at the 3rd Annual Valentine's Dinner With The Stars ~ Mote Marine Event. Also attending from All My Children are Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), Michael E. Knight (Tad) & Walt Willey (Jackson) at the beautiful Michael's on East, Sarasota. All proceeds benefit the Dolphin and WhaleHospital. Call 941-388-4441 Ext. 465 for additional information. (Some appearance info submitted by SEAHAAS.)

Passions: Juliet Mills (Tabitha) will be a part of the special "The Face: Jesus in Art" on Christmas Day on the PAX Channel (check your local listings). Juliet joins renowned actors and performers Edward Hermann, Mel Gibson, Patricia Neal, Stacy Keach, Andrea Bocelli and Linda Ronstadt in the this special that emphasizes the influences of politics and religion on art over a period of nearly two thousand years. (Note: "The Face: Jesus in Art" originally aired on PBS stations last Easter and is exclusively re-broadcast this season on Christmas Day on PAX.)

Young & the Restless: Shemar Moore is still touring the U.S. in "The Fabric of A Man." Check your local newspapers.

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As the World Turns: CBS TV, 51 W. 52nd St, NY, NY 10019
Bold & the Beautiful: CBS TV, 7800 Beverly Blvd, LA, CA 90036
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General Hospital: ABC TV, 4151 Prospect Ave, Hollywood, CA  90027
Guiding Light: CBS TV, 51 W 52nd St, NY, NY 10019
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Young & the Restless: CBS TV, 7800 Beverly Blvd, LA, CA 90036