Dear Suds Buds,
Okay, so maybe I am shallow. Maybe I am superficial. Maybe I just adore tall, dark, and handsome. But although I miss Tommy Michaels as Timmy Dillon on All My Children, recent recast, Dylan Fergus as the older, more mature, Tim Dillon, is a knockout! Now that he has helped his cousin Hayley save her child, it remains to be seen how Tim's return to PineValley will effect the rest of the locals. Could a romantic triangle erupt between JR, Maggie and Tim? Time will tell, and since it's the summertime, ya gotta believe things will definitely be heating up! Stay tuned.
Now, on with the latest in soaps!
Passions Fans! Get Ye to the Globe Theatre!
The 3rd Annual Passions Fan Club Event will be held on Saturday, July 20 at the Globe Theater at Universal Studios Hollywood from 8:00 am to 12:00noon. Your ticket to the fan event will give you admittance to the theme park for the entire day!
The event will boast a who's who of Passions stars. Here's who's confirmed so far: Chrystee Pharris (Simone), Jade Harlow (Jessica), Michael Bergin (Nick Bozman), Adrian Zmed (The Floating Head), Andrea Evans (Rebecca), Bruce Michael Hall (Reese), Tracey Ross (Eve), Donn Swaby (Chad) Eva Tamargo Lemus (Pilar), Ben Masters (Julian), Juliet Mills (Tabitha), Dana Sparks (Grace), James Hyde (Sam), Ryan McPartlin (Hank), Lindsay Korman (Theresa), Justin Carroll (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), Bruce French (Father Lonigan), Marianne Muellerleile (Norma), and Passions newest cast members, Eric Martsolf (Ethan) and Kathleen Noone (Mrs. Wallace)! For ticket information call (818) 655-5315.
The Fan Club event will be so much fun! In addition to the previously announced raffle of two (2) cruises for two (2, Passions is now pleased to announce that SoapStyle (ShopNBC) will be sponsoring a raffle for you to win
a fine jewelry set "inspired by" your favorite PASSIONS star. SoapStyle will air live every other Saturday afternoon on ShopNBC! Tune in for exclusive "sneak peaks" of upcoming storylines, interviews with your favorite Passions stars, clips from the show, contests and more! For more info visit www.shopnbc.com.
Speaking of fan events...
Kurth & Taylor Concert at GH Fan Weekend, 2002
It's nearing time once again for the General Hospital Fan Weekend, August 24-25, 2002. On Saturday evening, August 24, join Wally Kurth (Ned) with is band Kurth & Taylor as they perform at the Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel in Studio City, CA. This year, Kurth & Taylor have a special treat in store for their fans. Jaime Ray Newman and her Band will also be featured!
Tickets are $50. To purchase, send check or money order, plus a SASE to Elana Bonaventura, P.O. Box 6566, Bakersfield, California 93386
Be sure to include an SASE with you order and include the names of everyone in your party. Check-in begins at 8 PM. Concert begins at 9:30 PM.
Plus, your ticket purchase could make you the lucky winner of a trip to General Hospital, with Wally Kurth as your tour guide! Only ticket holders will be able to purchase raffle tickets to win this fabulous set visit! Proceeds from this raffle will benefit the Kurth and Taylor Foundation.
Oh. One more thing. Take it from me, the former leader and lead singer of an all girls rock band! if you've never seen Kurth & Taylor, you'll be in for a rockin rollin great time. These guys know how to get the joint jumpin!
DOOL"s Ryan Scott Running for Aids Cure
Ryan Scott (Harold) is training to run the annual AIDS Marathon in Honolulu, which will be held this December as part of the National AIDS Marathon Training Program. The Marathon will raise money for AIDS Project Los Angeles. Ryan will train six days a week for six months to prepare himself for the race.
You can make a donation to pledge Ryan in the marathon by logging onto www.aidsmarathon.com and click "Sponsor a Runner." Then go to the Greater Los Angeles link and finally type in the name Ryan Scott. You can also pledge Ryan by sending a check to AIDS Marathon?LA and mailing it to National AIDS Marathon Training Program C/O AIDS Project LA, Dept. 2368 LA, CA 90084-2368. Ryan's runner number is 1457.
The money raised from the Marathon will benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles. APLA provides food, housing assistance, professional dental care, childcare and other vital services - to help keep people alive living with AIDS until there's a cure.
Contributions are tax-deductible and will make a huge difference in the lives of thousands of people living with AIDS.
Guiding Light Does Public Service
In light of the current, emotional storyline with Rick needing a new heart in order to live out a full life, Guiding Light will air a public service announcement on behalf of organ and tissue donation. For more information on organ and tissue donation, contact the Coalition on Donation at 800/355-SHARE or visit http://www.shareyourlife.org. The public service announcement will air on Monday, July 15, 2002.
CompuServe Opens 2002 Soap Chat Viewers Choice Awards Internet-Wide!
It doesn't matter if you're a member of CompuServe or not. You can still vote in the Soap Chat Viewers Choice Awards this year! Here's how:
COMPUSERVE MEMBERS - LOG ON TO:
NETSCAPE USERS - LOG ON TO:
ALL OTHER COMPUTER USERS** LOG ON TO:
The time has come once again to vote for the "Soap Chat Viewers' Choice Awards", the first-ever, fully online-based soap opera award voting/ceremony series covering all daytime dramas featuring live celebrity guest appearances.
Entering their sixth year online, the 2002 Soap Chat Viewers' Choice Awards event will be bigger and better than ever. Soap fans worldwide can log in to a special online voting booth, which features 20 exciting categories, including traditional favorites as "Outstanding Lead Actor," "Outstanding Supporting Actress," and "Outstanding Writing," as well as other categories unique to the ceremony such as "Most Memorable Moment," "Most Missed Performer," and "Favorite Friendship."
Unlike many other award ceremonies of the genre, all categories feature a nominee from each and every daytime drama, ensuring that every soap opera is provided an equal opportunity to receive an honor in a particular category.
Announcement of the winners will take place this fall in a live star-studded online awards cyber-ceremony (details forthcoming)! Don't miss this special opportunity to let your viewing voice be heard by the soap opera industry!
Y&R Fans! Soap Opera Weekly's Got You Covered!
In the July 23 issue, covering the week of July 15-19 and on sale, July 15, 2002, Soap Opera Weekly is just busting out with Y&R coverage. Here's a glimpse of what the issue has in store for you this week.
In the News
How would you feel about a romance for Chris and Michael? Lauralee Bell and Christian LeBlanc sound off on the idea.
Now that Greg Vaughan has settled in as the new Diego, he talks about Diego's night with Sharon, his road to Genoa City, and a grandmother who'd go anywhere for him.
Find out which former Y&R actress has filed for divorce? Should Sharon tell Nick the truth about her night with Diego? Find out what your fellow viewers thought, and tell us if you'd like a Diego/Victoria pairing.
Ashley Bashioum is gone as Mac. Do you know why she left? Camryn Grimes (Cassie) has a wicked crush on an older man, and she recently paid to go on a date with him - and another female. Jeanne Cooper, Jerry Douglas and Susan Walters (Kay, John and Diane) recently stepped out. See what they wore, and hear what Gabrielle Winkel thought of their outfits. Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) has several pairs of a certain kind of clothing, and can't figure out why other people don't do the same thing. It's a well-known fact that summer is the time for teens on soaps. Hear from some of the top industry professionals on what they feel is needed to draw in teens to their shows.
Susan Walters (Diane) worries that she won't be able to get in touch with her co-workers in a certain situation. Find out what it is. Lifetime will air one of its Intimate Portraits July 22, this time on Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki). Find out what we thought of the show.
And for all soap fans, Weekly's got previews on every show, a prime-time update, and all of the latest television and event listings so you know where to see your favorite stars.
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. 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: Matt Emmich plays Chase and Keith Britton plays Jeb, both college students, beginning Monday, July 15th. Victor Verhege plays a gunman on Tuesday, July 16, 2002.
Days of our Lives: On Monday, July 15th, John Gabriel makes another appearance as Pete Legrand, the Private Investigator hired to locate Chloe's natural father. On Friday, July 19th, Brad Bufanda portrays Joe, the leader of a teen gang. Also portraying gang members are Jill Noel, Tran'l Brunson and Ben Schieferstein.
Guiding Light:Charissa Chamorro's last airdate as Tory Granger is Tuesday, July 16. Tiffany Adams plays a nurse on Monday, July 15 and Thursday, July 18. Christopher Pierce plays a psychiatric doctor on Tuesday, July 16. Frank Martin plays a bartender at the Palomino and Rusty Thrasher plays Hank, a patron on Tuesday, July 16, 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 the Crane maid, Phyllis, on Wednesday, July 17. Nick Toth and Charmaine Cruz portray the California ER Doctor and the California ER Nurse from Tuesday, July 16 through Monday, July 20. Michelle Holgate fills in for an ill Jade Harlow as Jessica Bennett on Friday, July 19 and Monday, July 20, 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 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 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. 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: 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.
Passions: 3rd Annual Passions Fan Club Event will be held on Saturday, July 20th Noon at the Globe Theatre, Universal Studios, Hollywood. 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. On Sunday, July 21, joinDonn 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). 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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