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ABC Daytime and Johnson & Johnson Partner for On-Air Campaign to Build Awareness of Breast Cancer
ABC Daytime has partnered with Personal Products Company and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company, both Johnson & Johnson companies, to create an on-air promotional partnership campaign, "Show Her That You Care," to build awareness for breast cancer. The campaign, which features top ABC Daytime talent, is designed to educate women about the importance of early detection and encourages women to perform monthly breast self-exams by offering free breast self-exam tip cards.
Beginning this week, Eva La Rue Callahan (Maria, AMC), Leslie Charleson (Monica, GH) and Erika Slezak (Viki, OLTL) will each be featured in a 20-second promotional spot delivering breast cancer awareness facts.
The spots include a voice-over message directing consumers to go to their local retailers to find out how to get a breast cancer self-exam tip card. Additionally, ABC Daytime show logos and a tune-in message will be featured in off-air support vehicles, including a Sunday newspaper coupon insert dropping on September 29, 2002, and in-store displays. The campaign will reach over 50-million women nationwide.
Both Leslie Charlson's character on General Hospital and Erika Slezak's character on One Life to Live are breast cancer survivors. The spots run through October 11 on ABC Daytime.
NBC Daytime Wins the Broadcast Year in Women 18-49
For the first time in NBC records, the Peacock's daytime lineup wins the year outright. NBC is the only network up vs. last year among women 18-49. "Days of our Lives" is #1 for the broadcast year among women 18-49 and 18-34, and the only daytime series up year-to-year in the 18-49 race. "Passions" is #2 for the year among women 18-34. For the week, NBC is up 25 percent year-to-year and scores its 27th win in a row among women 18-49! What follows are some interesting statistics. Here's how it plays out:
NBC's two-hour daytime lineup has completed the 2001-02 broadcast year #1 among women 18-49, marking the network's first outright victory on record in daytime's key demographic. Only once before in NBC records has the network earned a share of the daytime lead in this category, when NBC tied ABC for first place during the 2000-01 broadcast year.
NBC is the only network up year-to-year among women 18-49, while "Days of our Lives," #1 in that category, is the only network daytime series to post year-to-year gains. NBC's "Passions" matched its year-ago results among women 18-49 and 18-34 and is the #2 program for the season among women 18-34.
During the 2001-02 season, NBC's daytime lineup averaged a women 18-49 delivery of 1.4 million viewers, the network's highest average in three years.
According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research, daytime averages among women 18-49 for the 2001-02 broadcast year are: NBC, 2.2 rating, 15 share (matching the network's average for the previous year); ABC, 2.1/14 (down 5 percent); CBS, 1.9/13 (down 10 percent). NBC has finished ahead of ABC on this list for the first time in NBC records dating back to the 1980-81 season. Season-long women 18-34 averages are: NBC, 2.8/18 (down 3 percent); ABC, 1.7/12 (down 6 percent); CBS. 1.6/11 (down 16 percent).
Note that NBC broadcasts two hours a day of daytime programming while ABC and CBS air four-and-a-half hours each.
"Days of our Lives" has finished the year #1 among women 18-49, averaging a 2.8/18 among women 18-49 (up 4 percent). # 2 is ABC's "General Hospital" (2.6/17, down 4 percent). Among women 18-34, "Days" (3.5/22, even) is a runaway #1 for the season, while "Passions" (2.2/14, even) took second ahead of CBS's "Young and the Restless" (2.1/15, down 12 percent) and ABC's "General Hospital" (2.1/13, down 9 percent).
NBC wrapped up its triumphant 2001-02 broadcast year with a women 18-49 victory for the September 16-20 week, the network's 27th consecutive win (including a tie). NBC hasn't lost a daytime week since March 11-15. The 27-week winning streak is NBC's longest in the 15-season history of the current People Meter sample at Nielsen Media Research.
Daytime averages among women 18-49 for the September 16-20 week are: NBC, 2.5/16 (up 25 percent over results for the same week last year); ABC, 2.4/16 (up 4 percent); CBS, 1.8/12 (down 10 percent). Among women 18-34, averages are: NBC, 3.3/20 (up 38 percent); ABC, 2.1/13 (up 17 percent); CBS, 1.4/9 (down 18 percent). Overall total viewer averages for the week are: CBS, 4.8 million (down 7 percent); ABC, 3.7 million (down 5 percent); NBC, 3.7 million (up 17 percent).
For the week, "Days of our Lives" (2.9/18 among women 18-49, up 21 percent; 3.7/22 among women 18-34, up 23 percent) and "Passions" (2.1/14 among women 18-49, up 31 percent; 2.9/18 among women 18-34, up 45 percent) posted powerful gains over their comparable year-ago results.
DOOL's John Aniston Stars in "The Penis Monologues"
John Aniston (Victor) will be starring in the world premiere of "The Penis Monologues" at the Jewel Box Theatre Center in Hollywood, premiering on October 3, 2002. The Jewel Box Theatre Center is located at 1951 Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at 8pm through October 26, 2002. Thursday night tickets are $10. Friday and Saturday night tickets are $15. The box office can be reached at 323-469-4434 X2.
"The Penis Monologues," a satirical takeoff on "The Vagina Monologues," is written by Willard Manus and directed by Louis Fantasia. It's a bawdy comedy about men talking about their private parts, but it also deals with more serious issues such as rape, infidelity, and circumcision.
DOOL's Will Utay Stars in "No Scratch"
Will Utay (Dr. Rolf) will be appearing in the comedy "No Scratch," by Frederick Bailey, at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena. Days of our Lives' James Reynolds (Abe) and his wife, Lissa, are producers of the play along with Days' casting director Fran Bascom.
"No Scratch" runs from September 21st through The Fremont Centre Theatre is located at 1000 Fremont Avenue in South Pasadena. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Fremont Centre box office at 626-441-5977. "No Scratch" is a madcap romp following a single day in the life of a troupe of hapless would-be actors, sometime during the Depression of the 2020s.
This Week on SoapNet's SoapTalk!
"SoapTalk" #0051 -- Premieres Monday, September 30 (11:00 a.m., ET/PT)
Celebrity guests include "Bold and the Beautiful's" Darlene Conley (Sally Spectra) and "Days of Our Lives'" Eric Winter (Rex). Plus, "General Hospital" costume designer Lori Robinson stops by to demonstrate how she makes the residents of Port Charles look fabulous, and Nancy Fox takes the fat out of your favorite dishes during her special food makeover.
"SoapTalk" #0034 (Repeat episode)
Daytime celebrity guests include Peter Reckell from "Days of Our Lives" and Kelly Kruger from "Young and the Restless." Plus, find out what'sfact and what's fiction in the soap world with guest Michael Castner.
"SoapTalk" #0053 -- Premieres Wednesday, October 2 (11:00 a.m., ET/PT)
Celebrity guests include Crystal Chappell (Olivia) from "Guiding Light" and Jillian Barberie from "Good Day Live," "Extreme Dating" and "The NFL's Pre-Game Show." Also, actor turned home repair guru and Home Shopping Network personality Michael Corbett, formerly from "Y&R," "Ryan's Hope" and "Search For Tomorrow," discusses home shopping tips and trends.
"SoapTalk" #0036 (Repeat episode)
Daytime Celebrity Guest include Brian Gaskill from "Port Charles" and
Nadia Bjorlin from "Days of Our Lives." Plus, Ty demonstrates how to make an amazing breakfast burrito during the "Ty Food" segment.
"SoapTalk" #0055 -- Premieres Friday, October 4 (11:00 a.m., ET/PT)
Celebrity guests include the beautiful and talented Fiona Hutchison from "One Life to Live." Plus, Sears sponsors an exclusive fashion especially for women, and soap expert Stephanie Sloane offers up some advice for throwing the perfect wedding celebration.
All My Children: Linda Powell, the daughter of General Conlin Powell (guess that makes her the General's Daughter. Wasn't that a feature film starring John Travolta? I digress :o), plays the role of Dr. Kimberly Reid airing on Monday, October 21, 2002.
As the World Turns:David Brown, Jr. plays a firefighter on Monday, September 30. Doan Ly plays a photographer on Monday, September 30. Nichelle Hines plays a TV reporter on Friday, October 4. Erik
Singer plays a cameraman that same day. Valerie Geffner plays a Lakeview cleaning woman on Friday, October 4, 2002.
Guiding Light:Nicole Alifante plays Alan's nurse on Monday, September 30. Orlagh Cassidy returns as D.A. Doris Wolfe and Ryan Shively plays the Assistant District Attorney beginning on Tuesday, October 1. Ray Virta plays a judge beginning on Tuesday, October 1. Chris Weir plays a bailiff beginning that same day. Erica Bynum plays a stenographer beginning on Tuesday, October 1. Scott Decker begins playing Ripley on Thursday, October 3. Joey Parsons plays a real estate agent on Friday, October 4, 2002.
Passions:Kelli McCarty (Beth) has been moved to contract player status as of September 2, 2002. Bruce Michael Hall (Reese) and Jade Harlow (Jessica) have moved to recurring status as of September 2, 2002. This week watch forTrisha Kara as Natasha, Alistair's assistant; Linda Carlson as the sales clerk who sells Ethan an engagement ring; Shannon Farnon as the Wedding Coordinator at the Greystone Inn; and, James R. Sweeney as the Justice of the Peace and Marre Cheatham as his wife.
All My Children: See Walt Willey (Jack) at Boconuts, Boca Raton, FL at 7 PM. Call 561 470-6887 for info. See J. Eddie Peck (Jake) at the West Virginia Apple Harvest on October 19-20, 2002. For info call 304 263-2500, or 800 498-2386. (Some appearance info provided by SEAHAAS.) On October 26, see Julia Barr (Brooke) at the Morristown CraftMarket and JazzFest, Morristown, NJ from 1-3 PM. All proceeds for this 3-day event to to area animal shelters and to the Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs program. For info call 973 895-3356 or visit morristowncraftmarket.com and download a coupon for $1.00 off admission. On October 19, see Vincent Irizarry (Dr. Dave) and Finola Hughes (Anna) at Zupko's Dunellen Theater, 458 North Avenue, Dunellen, NJ 08812 beginning at 8:00 p.m. Advance ticket price: $27 or $30 at door. Call 732 968-1020. On November 14-16 see Walt Willey (Jack) at The Improv, Orlando, FL. On November 22-23 see Walt Willey (Jack) at Zanie's in Nashville, TN. Call 615 269-0660. (Some AMC Appearance info provided by SEAHAAS.)
As the World Turns: Tamara Tunie (Jessica) appears in Call The Children Home at Primary Stages, which is located at 354 West 45th Street in New York City. Tickets are $48. For info call the box-office at 212-333-4052.Lamman Rucker (Marshall) appears on The Learning Channel's A Dating Story on Tuesday, October 1, 2002. Michael Park (Jack) appears at the Sears Northpoint Mall, which is located at 6000 Northpoint Circle in Alpharetta, GA from 12-2 PM on Saturday, October 12. For info call 770-667-6710. Paul Leyden (Simon) appears at the Sears Town Center Mall, which is located at 400 Ernest Barret Pkwy in Kennesaw, GA from 12-2 pm on Saturday, October 12. For info call 770-429-4163. Mark Collier (Mike) appears at the Sears Crabtree Mall, which is located at 4601 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh, NC from 1-3 pm. (Date not specified. For info call 919-510-5300.)
Days of Our Lives:On Saturday, October 5th, several cast members are scheduled to appear at the San Diego Light the Night walk. Registration begins at 5:00 PM and the walk begins at 7:00 PM at Embarcadero Marina Park South in Downtown San Diego. John Aniston (Victor) stars in the world premiere of "The Penis Monologues" at the Jewel Box Theatre Center in Hollywood, premiering on October 3, 2002. The Jewel Box Theatre Center is located at 1951 Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at 8pm through October 26, 2002. Thursday night tickets are $10. Friday and Saturday night tickets are $15. The box office can be reached at 323-469-4434 X2. Jay Johnson will be appearing at the Sears Store in West Shore Plaza Drive in Tampa, Florida on October 12th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Please call 813.288.6001 for any information. The store is located at West Shore Plaza, 347 West Shore Plaza Drive, Tampa, Fla. 33609. On Saturday, October 12th, from 2-4:00 PM, Kyle Lowder will be appearing at Hastings Book and Music Video in Amarillo, Texas. The address is 4302 SW 45th St. in Amarillo, TX 79120.
Days of our Lives and Passions regret to inform you that the NBC Daytime Cruise that was scheduled to take place from October 25 - 28, 2002 has been cancelled.
Passions: 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. McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) will host 'SoapStyle' on ShopNBC on Saturday, October 5. Tune in! (Check your local listings). Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) will be signing autographs and greeting fans at the opening of SEARS in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, October 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sears is located at 7900 Shelbyville Drive in Louisville. Call (502) 339-2700. Kim Johnston Ulrich (Ivy) will host 'SoapStyle' on ShopNBC on Saturday, October 19. Tune in! (Check your local listings). Lindsay Korman (Theresa) and Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) will be presenters at the 18th Annual Shine Awards on Saturday, October 19 at the House of Blues Los Angeles. PASSIONS is nominated for a Shine Award in the category of "Daytime Drama Storyline." The Shine Awards celebrate responsible portrayals of sexual health in the entertainment industry. The Awards Ceremony will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will be hosted by Donal Logue star of Fox's Grounded for Life. For ticket information call (818) 762-9668. Eva Tamargo Lemus (Pilar) and James Hyde (Sam) will be joining Rodney Van Johnson (TC) at "An Evening with the Stars" for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network on Saturday, November 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. For ticket information call (877) 272-6226. Brook Kerr (Whitney) will host 'SoapStyle' on ShopNBC on Saturday, November16. Tune in! (Check your local listings). James Hyde (Sam) will be riding in his very own PASSIONS car during the Granada Hills Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 8! For more information on the exact location of the parade (in Granada Hills, CA) and the start time, call the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce at (818) 368-3235.
Passions and Days of our Lives regret to inform you that the NBC Daytime Cruise that was scheduled to take place from October 25 - 28, 2002 has been cancelled.
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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