Dear Suds Buds:
There I was driving around town early last week. Had the top down on my Mustang, and some great music on the radio. Suddenly, the music is interrupted by an announcer who begins promoting an event at Disney's California Adventure. PrimeTime Preview Weekend! Say what? Many of the stars of ABC's fall primetime lineup are scheduled to appear. Jim Belushi. Drew Carey. John Ritter. Stars from The Practice, Alias, NYPD Blue, Life with Bonnie, Less Than Perfect, etc. Highlights from the star-studded weekend included Jim Belushi in concert with his band, Sacred Hearts; George Lopez in a live performance; and two live performances of Who's Line is it Anyway?
I think ABC and Disney are going event mad. Having these kind of events for the Daytime lineup is one thing. Daytime characters and actors come into your home every day for years. You get to know and love them like friends and family. Coming out to meet them in person is a true delight for fans. But does Disney/ABC really think that fans of primetime will travel from all over the country to meet Jim Belushi?
The other strange thing about this event was the lack of promotion it received on the West coast. The event took place last weekend (August 24 and 25, 2002.) I only heard one promo for it. That morning on the car radio. I didn't even notice any ads in the local newspapers. Was the rest of the country informed of this first ever primetime preview at Disney's California Adventure?
I know that theme parks have been hurting since September 11. I know that Disney/ABC is tie-in happy. But as big the fan of Alias or The Practice that I am, I have absolutely no desire to rush on down to Anaheim to catch a glimpse of the show's stars. Am I in the minority? Would you attend such an event -- if you were even aware of it and had time to plan a trip to LA? Let me know on the Turtle-Run message boards.
Speaking of planning trips, I am headed off on a short end-of-summer vacation. I'll see you in Top of the Week on September 9! Till then, happy Labor Day everyone.
DOOL's Peter Reckell to Compete in Celebrity Triathlon
Peter Reckell will participate in the celebrity relay at the Nautica Malibu Triathlon on Sunday September 15th in Malibu, CA. In the second leg of his celebrity team, Reckell will bike 18 miles on the rolling hills of the Pacific Coast Highway. Proceeds raised from the Nautica Malibu Traithlon will benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Travis Schuldt (ex Ethan, PAS) and the LoneStar Ensemble
LA area Passions fans. Don't miss the current production of The Lone Star Ensemble, CARDENIO, at the 2100 Square Feet theatre in Los Angeles! Only a few weeks left... Call 323-650-5111 to reserve your tickets today!
Travis Schuldt and The Lone Star Ensemble, the non-profit theatre company behind last year's acclaimed production of "Venus and Adonis," is mounting a modern adaptation of an obscure manuscript now believed to be William
Shakespeare's controversial "lost" play, CARDENIO. The production is
currently underway the 2100 Square Feet theatre on San Vicente. Here's what critics have been saying:
"Crackles with ingenuity, intelligence, and wonderfully ironic wit. The show offers so many compelling visual moments and takes so many theatrical risks that the entire experience is a living, breathing argument for what often makes 99-Seat theatre more interesting than most Equity spectacles." -Paul Birchall, Back Stage West - CRITIC'S PICK
"Crackling entertainment of a most precocious stripe. The Lone Star Ensemble is a vibrant company that bears watching." -F. Kathleen Foley, Los Angeles Times.
"The Lone Star Ensemble is a new amalgam of attractive young friends who met in college and have reconnected in a common goal: to make it in The Industry and still create some damn good live theater while they do it. These folks know what they're doing." -Travis Michael Holder, Entertainment Today.
CARDENIO stars Corey Hayes, Steve Lipinsky, Megan Henning, Brian Stanton, Lisa Hagood, Travis Schuldt, Kathryn Gordon, Kevin Will, Louis Hale, Andrew Stoddard, Jay Thames, Peter Hancock, David E. Reaves, and Jennifer Slimko. Directed by James Kerwin.
CARDENIO runs Thursdays through Sundays, August 8 - September 15 at the 2100 Square Feet theatre, 5615 San Vicente Blvd. (between Fairfax and La Brea) in Los Angeles. Show times are 8:00 pm Thursday through Saturday; 7:00 Sunday (August 11 - September 8); and 3:00 Sunday (September 15 only). There will be no performances Labor Day weekend (August 29 - September 1). Tickets are $15. For reservations call 323-650-5111.
CARDENIO includes the use of strobe lights, fog effects, simulated gunfire, and partial nudity. Recommended for mature audiences. For more information about CARDENIO, visit
Coming Up in Soap Opera Digest
Passions fans get ready! SOD's got great coverage on your favorite soap. Here's what's coming up over the next few weeks...
Be sure to catch up on the Late Breaking News; a favorite Passions star shares a big secret in Soap Opera Digest's 9/10 issue, on-sale 9/3! Plus, get a peak at Eric Martsolf's (Ethan, Passions) high school days.
In the 9/17 issue (on stands 9/10), Passions hits the big screen; movie stars are suggested as Passions portrayers.... Check out what storylines made the In and Out list in this year's hot and cold tales..... Find out what other role Eric Martsolf (Ethan) was this close to getting when he was cast on PASSIONS and why the now-buff hunk gained 30 pounds.
Soap Opera Weekly's Got Everyone Covered!
In the Sept. 3 issue, which is onsale now to cover the air week of Aug. 26-30, here's just some of what Weekly's has for you!
All My Children: Rumors are still out there that Finola Hughes will return to GeneralHospital as Anna. Also, a popular couple from the past is still being talked about by fans. Are they coming back? Find out. Also, the show is casting a new love for a major PineValley man. Find out who'll be making a love connection. So, is Kelly Ripa (Hayley) leaving or isn't she? Get the lowdown from head writer Richard Culliton. Cady McClain (ex-Dixie Martin) recently went overseas, where she was recognized by fans. Too bad she didn't have all her clothes on!
As the World Turns: Elizabeth Hubbard, who's played Oakdale staple Lucinda Walsh off and on for nearly 20 years, has a lot to say, and is never shy about expressing herself. See what she has to say about knowing when to speak her mind, Lucinda's future, her one-time dissatisfaction with the show and real-life motherhood. Margo and Katie attempt to undergo their delicate liver transplant this week, but will Simon's last-minute arrival keep Katie from going through with it? Terri Colombino (Katie) tells the story.
The Bold and the Beautiful: RICK HEARST SOUNDS OFF The departing actor details his conversation with head writer Bradley Bell, his touching farewell party, Whip's exit and says why he shouldn't be counted out. JAMES IN THE HOUSE? We give an update on Ian Buchanan's return. Will he or won't he be back? Find out. RICK AND AMBER COME UNDONE We thought that Rick and Amber's breakup scenes deserved a hit. Did you? A Y&R actress will now be writing The Bold and the Beautiful. Find out who.
Days of Our Lives: HALL AND HOGESTYN FACE OFF Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn have made magic as Marlena and John/Roman on Days for 16 years. These two longtime friends and co-stars interview each other. Find out what was revealed as they talked about such things as fame, their dreams, working together all these years and what they'd do if the show ended tomorrow. Plus, Sami has Nicole's life in her hands this week. Will she snuff out her nemesis? Get a preview from Alison Sweeney and Arianne Zuker (Sami and Nicole). Also, Bryan Dattilo sounds off about Lucas and Sami going face to face again, and possibly engaging in a little romance along the way. A face from the past is back in Salem this week. Find out who. Do you remember how Brady and Chloe met? Test your memory.
Guiding Light: Tony loses control again this week, and it's not a good thing for his attempt to reconcile with Marah. Get the lowdown from Laura Bell Bundy and Jordi Vilasuso. Beth Ehlers (Harley) has to go under the knife as the result of the accident she suffered at Laura Wright's (Cassie) home. Get all the details from Beth.
The Young and the Restless: COVER STORY The truth about Sharon and Diego's affair is finally revealed, and Nick has a violent reaction. Get the scoop from Sharon Case, Joshua Morrow, Greg Vaughan (Sharon, Nick and Diego) and head writer Kay Alden. Also, hear from Heather Tom on how this bombshell affects Victoria, and learn Jennifer Gareis' take on what should happen when Grace comes back to town. Also, tell us whether you like Diego better with Sharon or Victoria. A real-life judge will preside over a GenoaCity matter. Find out who's affected. Shemar Moore is a Winner AND a Loser this week. Find out why.
Viewers of every show should check out the following: What if soap characters had to deal with everyday problems like the stock-market drop, expensive airline tickets and health insurance? Dueling Divas Linda Susman and Carolyn Hinsey consider the possibilities. Randolph Mantooth (ex-Alex Masters, Loving/The City; ex-Richard Halifax, (GeneralHospital) recently got married with several former cast members in attendance. Find out who was there.
In our Prime Time section, read our take on the current season of Big Brother, get first previews of The West Wing and the new CBS medical drama Presidio Med, and see what we thought of Carrie's latest behavior on Sex and the City. Also, find out why advertisers are unhappy about the season premiere of 24, and read all about Jason Priestley's (ex-Brandon Walsh, Beverly Hills, 90210) serious auto accident.
As the World Turns:Jonathan Sale plays a hospital room orderly on Monday, August 26 and Wednesday, August 28. Jon Bernthal plays a WOAK stage manager on Monday, August 26. Carina Rush plays a nurse on Wednesday, August 28. Jon Jenis plays a maitre d' and Doug Bellitto plays a waiter on Thursday, August 29. Sadie Alexandru plays Tanya, a woman from Aaron's past, on Friday, August 30.
Days of our Lives:Bryan Dattilo returns to Days of our Lives as Lucas for several appearances, beginning on Monday, September 2nd. Darian Weiss (age nine) assumes the roll of Will, Sami's son with Lucas, beginning on Monday, September 1st. The roll is recurring.
Guiding Light: Ray Virta plays a judge on Monday, August 26. Stephen Barker Turner plays Mr. Deveraux, a jewelry broker, on Wednesday, August 28.
One Life to Live: Barbara Niven has been cast in a contract role. She first begins airing in September. 2002.
As the World Turns: Kristina Sisco (Abigail) plays Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Calgary, 61 East 21st Street, New York, NY. Performances run September 3-7 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $12; call to order them at 212/414-5408.
Bold & the Beautiful: On Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1, see Sean Kanan (Deacon) at The Mall at Stonecrest, Lithonia, GA.
Days of Our Lives: 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 Village 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. On Saturday, September 7th, Melissa Reeves will be joining her husband
Scott Reeves (ex Ryan, Y&R) andSteve Burton (Jason, General Hospital) for an afternoon of Laughs, Music and Q &A at Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville, TN (2025 8th Avenue.) Showtime is at 3:00 PM and tickets are $30.00 plus tax. For more information, please call 615/269-0221. Celebrity Softball Game and Events, September 29, 2002, in Greenville, SC. Scheduled to appear are Alison Sweeney (Sami), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), Justin Melvey (Colin), Farah Fath (Mimi), Matthew Ashford (Jack), and more. Call 864-268-9232 for ticket info. Hotel accommodations by Hilton Greenville and Towers. For reservations, call864-232-4747. 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: On Saturday, September 7th,Steve Burton (Jason) joins Melissa Reeves (Jen, DOOL) and will her husband, Scott Reeves (ex Ryan, Y&R) for an afternoon of Laughs, Music and Q &A at Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville, TN (2025 8th Avenue.) Showtime is at 3:00 PM and tickets are $30.00 plus tax. For more information, please call 615/269-0221.
Passions: JoinGalen 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: On Saturday, September 7th, Scott Reeves (ex Ryan) will be joining his husband Melissa Reeves (Jen, DOOL) and Steve Burton (Jason, GH) for an afternoon of Laughs, Music and Q &A at Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville, TN (2025 8th Avenue.) Showtime is at 3:00 PM and tickets are $30.00 plus tax. For more information, please call 615/269-0221. 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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