Dear Suds Buds:
There is a real hint of fall in the air here in sunny southern California. Are you getting ready for Halloween? Around these parts, homeowners deck their houses to the nines with hobgoblins, pumpkins, scarecrows, witches, spider webs, jack-o-lanterns and all sorts of eerie accouterment. It's as if Halloween is becoming as commercialized as Christmas! Soon we will be decorating the Halloween tree or bush. One thing's for sure. It makes for a very festive neighborhood. Even our offices are decked out!
Which leads me to ponder what the soaps have in store for us over the next few weeks. Passions and Port Charles ought to take full advantage of the all hollows season to capitalize on their "other worldly" plot themes. Some soaps are previewing disasters in the town, or hardship to the denizens. Hope everyone survives unscathed! We will just have to tune in and see. Muahahahahahaha!
In the meantime, let's get to the latest in soaps…
As the World Turns Star Produces in New Hampshire
The Governor of New Hampshire has declared the weekend of
November 9 "Tinsel Town Weekend in New Hampshire." Tinsel Town,
starring Paul Taylor (Isaac, ATWT), who also served as producer and music
supervisor, and Eileen Fulton (Lisa), will be shown on November 9 at
the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord, NH at 8:00 pm. For ticket
information call (603) 225-1111.
Passions Named Nominee, and Recipient, of 20th Annual Media Access Award!
Passions has been nominated for, and will receive, the Media Access Award for the second consecutive year in the category of "Daytime Drama," it was announced last week by The California Governor's Committee for Employment of Disabled Persons. The Media Access Awards were established in 1978 by the Governor's Committee to honor members of the media and entertainment industries for their contributions toward improving the image and increasing the participation of professionals with disabilities both on camera and behind the scenes. The Governor's Committee for Employment of Disabled Persons is a special project of the State Employment Development Department.
The 20th Annual Media Access Awards will be held at the Sheraton Universal
Hotel on Saturday, November 2. The Chairs of the event are Steven J. Cannell, Peter Farrelly, Annette Funicello, John Landis and Joe Mantegna. Other special award recipients this year include Patty Duke, Carrie Fisher,
Robert Guillaume, Ray Charles, Tommy Thompson and John Hockenberry. For full list of nominees, or for information on purchasing tickets to the
event, call (310) 388-1213.
Josh Griffith and Michael Malone Head "Write" Back to One Life to Live
Three-time Emmy Award-winning writer Josh Griffith has been named headwriter of the ABC Television Network's Daytime drama "One Life to Live," effective November 4, 2002. Mr. Griffith will once again team with Emmy Award-winner and critically acclaimed novelist Michael Malone, who has been named creative consultant for "One Life to Live," also effective November 4.
"This writing team have distinguished themselves with the caliber and passion of their storytelling," says Brian Frons, president, ABC Daytime. "I am looking for Josh and Michael to tell quality, diverse stories leveraging the strengths that exist on the canvas, many of which were created by this team. I am proud to welcome Josh and Michael back to ABC Daytime and to 'One Life to Live.'"
Co-headwriter Lorraine Broderick will continue to serve on the OLTL writing team. For more, see Breaking News at Soapdom. Scroll to October 7, 2002 for the complete story!
NBC Daytime Grabs a Share of the Women 18-49 Lead!
NBC's two-hour daytime lineup tied for first among women 18-49 for the September 30-October 4 week, giving NBC at least a share of first place in that key daytime demographic for the 28th time in the last 29 weeks.
According to in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research, daytime
averages among women 18-49 for the week are: NBC, 1.9 rating, 14 share;
ABC, 1.9/14; CBS, 1.6/12. Among women 18-34, averages are: NBC, 2.3/17;
ABC, 1.5/11; CBS, 1.3/9. Overall total viewer averages for the week are: CBS, 4.5 million; NBC, 3.4 million; ABC, 3.3 million. 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" (2.2/16 among women 18-49, 2.7/19 among women 18-34) was No. 3 for the week among women 18-49 and No. 1 among women 18-34. This is the 374th time in the last 375 weeks that "Days" has headed up the women 18-34 list.
"Passions" (1.5/11 among women 18-49; 2.0/14 among women 18-34) was No. 7 among women 18-49, tied with CBS' "As the World Turns" and ahead of such rival dramas as CBS' "Guiding Light" and ABC's "Port Charles." Among women18-34, "Passions" was No. 2 behind only "Days of our Lives."
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. The role of JR Chandler moves to recurring status and will now be played by newcomer Andrew Ridings. His first airdate is Thursday, October 31, 2002.
As the World Turns: Henry Lopez and Jim Scholfield play police officers on Tuesday, October 15 and Wednesday, October 16. Kristen Hall plays Virginia, a designer in Carly's nightmare, on Thursday, October 17, 2002.
Days of our Lives: Paul Logan returns as Glen on Monday, October 14th and Friday, October18th. On Wednesday, October 16th, Robin Wilson portrays Jesse, a young cancer patient who has a memorable conversation with Chloe.
Guiding Light: Krista Tesreau returns as Mindy for three episodes beginning
on Wednesday, October 16. Kate Nowlind and David Hall play EMTS on Wednesday, October 16. Mary Kay Adams returns as India on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18. Jeremy Shamos plays Alan's attorney on Thursday, October 17. Nick Toren plays a Spaulding secretary on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18, 2002.
Passions: Pam Hayashida portrays the ER Nurse #1 on Friday, October 18. Namrata Gujral-Cooper portrays the ER Nurse #2 on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18. Dominic Kurtyan plays the Rescue Worker on Tuesday, October 15 and Ray Wochner and Drew Butler play the paramedics on Wednesday, October 16 and Thursday, October 17, 2002. The first airdate for returning Gwen, Liza Huber, has been moved to Wednesday, October 16, 2002.
All My Children: 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. 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 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. See Susan Lucci (Erica) on The Hollywood Squares the week of October 21-25. Check local listings. November 9-10 it's Super Soap Weekend 7 with Susan Lucci (Erica,) Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), John Callahan (Edmund), Vincent Irizarry (David), Eva La Rue (Maria), Alicia Minshew (Kendall), Sam Page (Trey), Jack Scalia (Chris), Walt Willey (Jackson) and Aiden Turner (Aidan). Call the SSW7 hotline at 405 397-6808. 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. 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: 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.
General Hospital: November 9-10 it's Super Soap Weekend 7 with Chad Brannon (Zander), Tamara Braun (Carly), Steve Burton (Jason), Robin Christopher (Skye), John Ingle (Edward), Wally Kurth (Ned), Vanessa Marcil (Brenda), and Coltin Scott (Nikolas). Call the SSW7 hotline at 405 397-6808.
One Life to Live: November 9-10 it's Super Soap Weekend 7 with Linda Dano (Rae) Kristen Alderson (Starr), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio), James DePaiva (Max), Cassie DePaiva (Blair), David Fumero (Cristian), Catherine Hickland (Lindsay), Ilene Kristen (Roxy), Hillary B. Smith (Nora) and Ty Treadway (Colin). Call the SSW7 Hotline at 405 397-6808.
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.
Port Charles: November 9-10 it's Super Soap Weekend 7 with Kiko Elsworth (Jamal), Brian Gaskill (Rafe), Erin Hershey Presley (Alison), Thorston Kaye (Ian), Kelly Monaco (Livvie), and Brian Presley (Jack). Call the SSW7 hotline at 405 397-6808.
Young & the Restless: Don Diamont (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. Michelle Stafford (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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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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