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PC is Torn, DAYS out in front, Fan Fair & more

Linda Marshall-SmithDear Suds Buds,

On July 1, 2002 Port Charles launches its eighth book, "Torn." In reporting about that story (see below), I got to thinking this: 

If there are vampires and angels and supernatural beings in Port Charles on "Port Charles," how come none of the "General Hospital" Port Charles denizens have been effected? Like why haven't we seen Carly getting bitten by a vamp? Or Jax ending up in General Hospital after an encounter with a fallen angel? How come the demons and angels are only showing up on the "Port Charles" side of Port Charles? LOL

That kind of thinking is what I like to call a "Preposterous Pondering." Here's another one. Anna's nephew Aidan arrives in Pine Valley. Anna is from England. Her nephew is presumably British as well. How come he has an Aussie accent? LOL 

What Preposterous Ponderings in regard to your favorite characters and soaps have been plaguing you of late? Let us know on the Turtle-Run.com message boards.

DOOL Fans -- You're Invited!

Turtle-Run was on hand at the Days of our Lives stage at NBC Studios in Burbank on Friday, June 21, 2002 for a cake cutting ceremony that celebrated Days of our Lives' winning ratings streak.

Jeff Zucker, President of NBC Entertainment, and Sheraton Kalouria, Senior Vice President of Daytime Programming, were on hand to congratulate the cast and crew of NBC's number one daytime drama for finishing the 2001-2002 television season as the number 1 rated daytime drama in the key demographic of women ages 18 - 49. In addition, Days of our Lives has ranked # 1 in the key demographic for the past 12 consecutive weeks.

Turtle-Run's "Top of the Week" for next Monday, July 1, 2002 will take you inside the cake cutting presentation that celebrated this auspicious achievement. Executive Producer Ken Corday, Co-Executive Producer Steve Wyman and the rest of the Days of our Lives producers and cast were in attendance, as well as Head Writers Paula Cwikly and Peter Brash. We asked you what you wanted to know, and we got answers to as many of your questions as time permitted. Next week, you're invited to see what the head haunchos of Days had to say back to you! Stay tuned!

Guiding Light Celebrates 50 Years on the Air!

Guiding Light celebrates its 50th television anniversary, officially on Sunday, June 30, 2002. 

In conjunction with this historic milestone, the show will unveil a new show opening on Monday, June 24, 2002.

Port Charles is "Torn"

On Monday, July 1, 2002 Port Charles premieres its eighth book, "Torn." The 13-week story-arc airs through September.

As "Torn" begins, the stage is set for battle when Alison sets her sights on recapturing her lost romance with Rafe. However, Livvie is just as bent on keeping Rafe to herself -- at all costs -- and gets some unexpected help along the way. With the stakes so high, Ed and James continue to keep a close watch from beyond, while Lucy weighs in on the situation closer to home. In the meantime, eligible bachelors Ian, Chris, Jamal and Jack soon find themselves asking questions when a mysterious new force arrives in town. Will they somehow find time for romance? Speaking of romance, will Kate be the lucky beneficiary of one of Port Charles' many eligible men? Finally, with things not looking up for Frank, Karen appears willing to open up to Ricky. However, when another surprise visitor arrives in Port Charles, Ricky is unexpectedly thrown for a loop.

Pop artisit Natalie Imbruglia's 1998 chart-topping single, "Torn," serves as the title theme song for the book and sets the tone for the on-air promotional campaign, which kicks off this week. In addition, a special summer marking campaign will be featured in Seventeen Magazine and Teen People, as well as in pre-show slides at movie theaters in select cities across the country.

NBC Soap Stars Rocked Fan Fair 2002 -- Non-Stop Excitement, Music and Fun

The stars of NBC Daytime earned a standing ovation, on more than one occasion, for their encore appearance at the 31st Annual CMA Fan Fair 2002. The festival made an impressive return to Downtown Nashville, June 13-16, with an aggregate attendance of more than 126,500 - slightly ahead of last year's record-breaking mark - making it the biggest crowd in Fan Fair's 31-year history.

"I'm happy to say it was a big success," said Ed Benson, Executive Director of CMA. "Thanks to the breadth of activities, music and venues Fan Fair has evolved into an extraordinary, world-class musical event."

Once again our stars were overwhelmed with the warmth and enthusiasm of the fans and country music stars in attendance at Fan Fair, said Sheraton Kalouria, Sr. Vice President, NBC Daytime Programs. "We look forward to building on our relationship with the CMA and creating a bigger and better experience for the fans next year."

More than 40 artists participated in the star-studded nightly concerts at Adelphia Coliseum during the four days. Even the traditional finale fireworks displays were bigger and better for 2002. Many of Country Music's hottest stars took to the Adelphia stage, including Trace Adkins, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diamond Rio, Alan Jackson, George Jones, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Jo Dee Messina, John Michael Montgomery, Rascal Flatts, Earl Scruggs, SHeDAISY, Cyndi Thomson, keith urban and Lee Ann Womack. One of the most popular elements of the nightly concerts at Fan Fair continued to be the photo line, where fans get close to the stage for shots of their favorite artists.

NBC Daytime stars Matt Cedeno, Justin Carroll, Melissa Reeves and Bruce Michael Hall took the stage to participate and banter back and forth with the fan as The Greased Lightning Riverfront Park Stages. The Stages bustled with a rich array of artists from both major and independent labels, showcased a broad range of musical influences and styles from classic to alternative Country, and proved to be one of Fan Fair's favorite new venues.

Plus, a total of 445 artists appeared in the air-conditioned Exhibit Hall at the Nashville Convention Center for the autograph and photo sessions Thursday through Sunday. Fan attendance in the Hall exceeded 46,000, up 21% from last year when the Hall was only open three days. Fans began lining up at the Exhibit Hall as early as 2 AM in hopes of meeting their favorite Country stars.

A big plus to the event was the return of the stars of NBC's daytime dramas "Days of Our Lives" and "Passions." The enthusiastic stars hosted the Sony show at Adelphia Coliseum Friday night, signed autographs in the Exhibit Hall and hosted a sold-out Fan Fair After Hours event at the Wildhorse Saloon. read scripts with fans and performed with Country artists Michael Peterson and keith urban -- proving that acting isn't their only talent.

Melissa Reeves ("Jennifer" on "Days of our Lives") and James Hyde ("Sam" on "Days") kicked off the show by introducing Kyle Lowder ("Brady" on "Days"), who got the fans to sing along as he performed Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places." Other soaps stars showing off their singing talents included Lindsay Korman ("Theresa" on "Passions"), who performed "How Do I Live," and Peter Reckell ("Bo" on "Days"), who performed a song from his new album.

Other stars participating in Fan Fair included Matthew Ashford ("Jack" on "Days"), Matt Cedeno ("Brandon" on "Days"), Arianne Zucker ("Nicole" on "Days"), Andrea Evans ("Rebecca" on "Passions"), Christopher Douglas ("Brian" on "Passions"), Justin Carroll ("David" on Passions"), and Bruce Michael Hall ("Reese" on "Passions").

With a host of other activities, including after hours partying at local night spots, activities for children and more, Fan Fair 2002 was a rip-roarin', foot stompin', happy hollerin' success. Tickets for Fan Fair(R) 2003 are on sale for a limited time at 2002 prices. 

Fan Fair 2003 takes place Thursday through Sunday, June 5-8, 2003 in Downtown Nashville and includes all the elements that made Fan Fair 2002 a rousing success. Tickets packages vary in price are available by calling toll-free (866) FAN-FAIR and through Ticketmaster outlets, including Internet and charge-by-phone.


All My Children: Dylan Fergus has been cast in the role of Tim Dillion. His first airdate is July 3, 2002.  Kurt Caceres has been cast in the role of Mateo Santos. It is a temporary replacement for Mark Consuelous. Caceres' first airdate is Wednesday, July 3, 2002. Jason Olive has been cast in the role of Frank Hubbard. His first appearance has not yet been announced. Rochelle Oliver plays the recurring role of Alice Hart beginning Tuesday, July 9, 2002. 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.

As the World Turns: Gary Perezplays Desi and Antonis Fragakis plays Slade beginning Monday, June 24. Chris Wynkoop takes over the role of Cooley, previously played by Don Chastain, beginning Friday, June 28.

Days of our Lives: Alexis Thorpe and Eric Winter portray twins, who arrive in Salem in a most unusual way, on Wednesday, July 3. Eric and Alexis are on contract. Lisa Rinna returns as Billie Reed on Wednesday, July 3rdStaci Greason returns to Days of our Lives as Isabella on Monday and Tuesday, June 24and 25. Staci will be making numerous special appearances throughout the summer.

General HospitalChris Robinson returns in the role of Rick Webber. His first airdate is Thursday, June 27, 2002.

Guiding Light:Jennifer Donn plays a nurse on Monday, June 24. Meghan Wolf plays Monica, a private investigator Alan hires, beginning on Thursday, June 27.

One Life to Live: Julia Barnett plays the Airline Ticket Agent on Monday, June 24. John Cunningham has been cast as Mark. His first airdate is Friday, June 28, 2002.

Passions: Passions is currently reading for a re-cast of Chad Harris. (Donn Swaby has chosen not to renew his contract.) Peter Blackwell and Shane Conrad continue as State Troopers the week of June 24. Cindy Taylor portrays Big Dog Wednesday - Friday, June 26, 27 and 28.

Mary-Pat Green portrays the recurring role of Bertha beginningThursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28. Scott Peacock is The Governor on Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28. Craig Braun plays the recurring role of the Prison Warden beginning on Thursday, June 27.  Stephen Lee plays the recurring role of Randy Harker beginning Tuesday, June 25. Kathleen Noone begins as Mrs. Wallace on Friday, June 28. Eric Martsolf has been signed to the contract role of Ethan Winthrop. His first airdate as Ethan is July 8, 2002.

Seeing Stars

Going to the Dogs

DOOL stars Patrika Darbo and Matt Cedeno, along with PAS stars James Hyde and Jesse Metcalfe will compete in the first annual DOGOUT Celebrity Softball Game, benefiting the Brittany Foundation, on Sunday, June 30th at 12:00 PM at the USC Campus Baseball Field (in downtown LA) Tickets are $15.00 and can be ordered by calling 213/740-GOSC or 4672. The Brittany Foundation is a non-profit humane organization dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of homeless dogs.

Celebrities scheduled to participate alongside Matt and Patrika include Sean Kanan (B&B), Austin Peck (ex Austin), Jesse Metcalfe (PAS), James Hyde (PAS), Christina Applegate, Brad Rowe, Jonathon Schaech, and Anna Nicole Smith.

Fans in attendance can win a chance to play on the teams. There will also be raffle prizes, pictures with your favorite celebrities, and food and fun. For general information, please call 213/740-2311. Directions: From the 110 Harbor Freeway exit Exposition. Go one block West. The campus is on your right. Enter gate # 6. From the Santa Monica Freeway exit Hoover and go South approx. 1 mile to Jefferson Blvd. Campus is directly ahead. Enter Gate #6.

All My Children: On Thursday, June 27 get your bubbly from Michael E. Knight (Tad) and stars from ATWT and OLTL at a celebrity bartending event at Blondies, 212 West 79th Street, NYC from 7-11 PM. Your $25 fee at the door will benefit the families of the firefighters lost 9/11, from Engine 40/Ladder 35 and Engine 74. On July 26-27, Walt Willey brings his comedy act to Baudo's South Street Lounge in Jackson, Tennesssee. For tickets, call (731) 668-1447. One show Friday at 8pm and two shows Saturday at 8pm and 10pm. Walt will also be bringing his show to Zanie's Downtown in Chicago, IL on August 8 at 8 PM. For tickets, call (312) 337-4027. On August 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. 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. See James Kiberd (ex Trevor) as he does Shakespeare at the Pacific Repretory Theatre in Carmel, CA. Various performances all summer and into the early fall. Call (831) 622-0100 for info and tickets. 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 Mariott 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.)

Days of Our Lives: On Saturday June 29th, Jason Cook will be appearing at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, KY. Showtimes are 1 and 3 PM and admission is free with paid admission to the theme park. On Saturday, July 6, Drake Hogestyn, Peter Reckell,Jason Cook, Matt Cedeno and Alison Sweeney will be appearing at an outdoor festival at the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, Massachusetts (130 Sohier Street) at 7 PM. Tickets are $48.50 and $39.00. To purchase call 781-383-1400. On Sunday, July 7 , Drake Hogestyn, Peter Reckell, JasonCook, Matt Cedeno and Alison Sweeney will be appearing at an outdoor festival at the Cape Cod Melody Tour in Hyannis, Massachusetts (21 W. Main Street) at 3 PM Tckets are $48.50 and $39.00. To purchase call 508-775-9100. On Sunday, July 14th,Jason Cook and Kyle Lowder will be appearing at Canada's Wonderland Theme Park in Toronto as part of Joyce Becker's Soap Opera Festival. Show times are at 1 and 3 PM. For park information, please call 905/832-7000. ATTENTION ALLCANADIAN FANS: On Sunday, July 14, Jason Cook and Kyle Lowder appear at Canada's Wonderland Theme Park in Toronto as part of Joyce Becker's Soap Opera Festival.  Show times are at 1 and 3 PM. For park information, call 905/832-7000. 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. 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

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.

One Life to Live: Ileen Kristen (Roxanne) appears along with Brian Gaskil (Rafe, PC) at WSB's Salute to America Parade in downtown Atlanta, GA beginning at Centennial Olympic Park (Andrew Young International Boulevard and Marietta Street) at 12:30 --3 PM on Thursday, July 4, 2002.

Passions: On Sunday, June 29, Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) will be joining Jason Cook and Jay KennethJohnson from DAYS at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom at 1 and 4 PM. Admission to the shows is free with your paid admission into the Six Flags Themepark. For more information call 1-800-SCREAMS. Rodney Van Johnson (TC) will be participating in the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation's "Reaching for the Cure" 5K (1K for kids) Walk-A-Thon at the Irvine Spectrum on Sunday, July 14 from 7am-11am. This year marks the 20th Anniversary for the Irvine, CA based foundation. Since 1982, PCRF has raised more than 10 million dollars for pediatric cancer research. Each school day, enough children are diagnosed with cancer to fill two classrooms. Join Rodney in raising money for this most valuable cause. For more information, call (949) 376-8404 or visit www.PCRF-kids.com . 3rd Annual Passions Fan Club Event will be held on Saturday, July 20th Noon at the Globe Theatre, Universal Studios, Hollywood. Confirmed attendance: Dana Sparks (Grace), James Hyde (Sam), Ryan McPartlin (Hank), Lindsay Korman (Theresa), Justin Caroll (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), Jade Harlow (Jessica), Michael Bergin (Nick), Adrian Zmed (the Floating Head!!), Bruce French (Father Lonigan), Marianne Muellerleile (Norma). . . and out newest cast members, Eric Martsolf (Ethan)and Kathleen Noone (Mrs. Wallace), plus more to follow! 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. **Please note that Rodney Van Johnson WILL NOT be at the Official Fan Club Breakfast as previously announced.** On Sunday, July 21, join Donn 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).**

Port Charles: Brian Gaskil (Rafe) appears along with Ileen Kristen (Roxanne, OLTL) at WSB's Salute to America Parade in downtown Atlanta, GA beginning at Centennial Olympic Park (Andrew Young International Boulevard and Marietta Street) at 12:30 --3 PM on Thursday, July 4, 2002.

Young & the Restless: See Y&R stars on SoapTalk: Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) Camryn Grimes (Cassie), and Bryant Jones (Nate) on Friday, June 28; Kate Linder (Esther) on Tuesday, July 2; and, Tracey Bregman, on Thursday, July 4. 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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