Dear Suds Buds:
Real nip of fall in the air here in sunny southern CA. I was out for my morning constitutional, otherwise known as my training for the Avon 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk which is rapidly approaching, and leaves were beginning to change color. Yup. That's correctomundo. The leaves do change color here in LA. It snows here, too. Up in the mountains. You can see the snow-capped mountain peeks -- or drive 60 miles for a nice ski weekend -- yet live in 65-70 degree temps all week long. You really can't beat southern California weather.
Know what else you can't beat? The continuing stories that are daytime drama. Every season, every year, writers craft plots and storylines that engage us. Sometimes we get a little frustrated by what we feel is lackluster writing or contrived plots. But whatever they're doing, they're doing it right, cos we are hooked! We tune in day after day for our regular dose and crab and moan when our daily fix is pre-empted.
Did you know that on the average, soap writers pump out about 600 pages of material a week? Yipes! Incredible, huh? It may not be Shakespeare every day, but who'd want all that iambic pentameter anyway? LOL
Meredith Vieira Joins ABC Daytime Stars at Super Soap Weekend 7!
Meredith Vieira, moderator of ABC Daytime's The View, and host of the new weekday version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, has joined the stellar lineup of stars appearing at the 7th Annual Super Soap Weekend on November 9-10 at Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Vieira will host Who Wants to Be A Millionaire: Play It! based on the popular game show! This exclusive Super Soap special edition of the game teams up a variety of popular ABC Daytime stars as they compete to win prizes for the lucky contestant in the Hotseat!
An outstanding lineup of more than 30 stars from Port Charles, All My Children, One Life to Live and GeneralHospital are scheduled to appear at the weekend celebration. Headlining the list of talent in this year's event is Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC). Her AMC castmembers include Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), John Callahan (Edmund), Vincent Irizarry (David), Eva La Rue (Maria), Alicia Minshew (Kendall), Sam Page (Trey), Jack Scalia (Chris), and Aiden Turner (Aidan).
Attending from GeneralHospital are 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).
One Life to Live stars include 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).
From Port Charles look for stars Kiko Elsworth (Jamal), Brian Gaskill (Rafe), Erin Hershey Presley (Alison), Thorston Kaye (Ian), Kelly Monaco (Livvie), and Brian Presley (Jack).
Linda Dana, (Rae, OLTL) will once again host the ABC Super Soap Talk Show, and Walt Willey (Jackson, AMC) returns as the master of ceremonies for the motorcade and star conversations, as well as the Colgate Total Street Jam.
For more info on SSW 7 call the hotline at 405 397-6808.
Telemundo Star Maria Celeste Arraras Will Appear as Herself in Two Thanksgiving Episodes of Passions!NBC and Telemundo networks today announced that award-winning journalist Maria Celeste Arraras, one of the most popular Spanish-language television news personalities and anchor of "Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste," will make a guest appearance on NBC's daytime drama "Passions" on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 29.
Arraras, who joined the Telemundo in April 2002, is playing herself in the daytime NBC series. She will be performing as a longtime friend of Pilar (Eva Tamargo Lemus) who visits her during a Latin version of the traditional Thanksgiving.
In addition to anchoring "Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste," Arraras also serves as managing editor for the one-hour news magazine, which airs Monday-Friday (5 p.m. ET). "Al Rojo Vivo" is a news program with an edge that delivers the hottest news stories daily.
"It's a very exciting challenge because, even though I play myself, the part involves acting, which is something very different from what I do on camera every day," says Arraras. "I'm also proud to be part of a U.S. Hispanic celebration of Thanksgiving in such a highly rated soap opera."
Since its debut last April, Telemundo's "Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste" has captured the audience in U.S. by storm. The show is No. 1 in New York, beating all English and Spanish programs that air in the time slot.
SOAPNet's SoapTalk Marathon!Can't get enough SoapTalk? Well you're in luck! SOAPNet will be airing 24-straight episodes of the original one-hour soap-and-lifestyle-themed talk show on Friday, November 29. That's the day after Thanksgiving. After you've enjoyed all that turkey and pumpkin pie. Just when a nice relaxing day of all SoapTalk all day long will hit the spot! Be sure to join SoapTalk hosts Ty Treadway (Colin, OLTL) and Lisa Rinna (Billie, DOOL) on November 29 for 24-straight hours of SoapTalk!
Casting All My Children
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:Ron Simons and Kelly Brady play reporters on Monday, October 7. Jason Field plays a mover on Monday, October 7. Marjorie Johnson plays a cop on Wednesday, October 9. Angela Fie plays a prisoner on Wednesday, October 9. Nathan Hosner and Itanza Wooden play court guards on Wednesday, October 9. Craig Baldwin plays a minister on Wednesday, October 9. Gina Ahn and Marc Lovci play cops on Thursday, October 10. Doug Howe plays a waiter on Thursday, October 10. Henry Lopez plays a cop on Friday, October 11. Kim Sullivan plays a banquet manager on Friday, October 11.
Days of our Lives: On Wednesday October 9th, Nynno Ahli returns to portray Greg Charmain, Tony's high-powered attorney. On Friday October 11th, Rob Moran is back as Mayor Shepherd andMadison Mason is back as Gene Briscoe.
Guiding Light:Nicole Alifante plays Alan's nurse on Tuesday, October 8. Faye Wolf plays Sunny, Marah's roommate beginning on Tuesday,October 8. Brent Crawford plays Christopher on Thursday, October 10. Gene Ferber plays a speed dating participants on Friday, October11. That same day, Eric Dorsey plays a Bouncer.
Passions:Bruce French returns in his recurring role as Father Lonigan in story with Sam, Grace and David on Wednesday, October 9 and Thursday, October 10. Maura Soden portrays Trish, Theresa's secretary on Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 9. John C. McDonnell portrays Roy the Crane Industries Maintenance Man on Tuesday, October 8, Wednesday, October 9, Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11. Jake Mailey plays Dr. Schmidt the country doctor on Friday, October 11.
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 SoapWeekend 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 ChadBrannon (Zander), Tamara Braun (Carly), Steve Burton (Jason), Robin Christopher (Skye), John Ingle (Edward), Wally Kurth (Ned), VanessaMarcil (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) KristenAlderson (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: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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