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Recasts and returns, SOAPnet's weddings, 25 years on GH & more

Happy Memorial Day Suds Buds,

I cannot believe that we are already at the unofficial start of summer. Have you all made your summer vacation plans? Or -- are you all planning to stay at home, glued to the television, hooked into your favorite summer storyline on your favorite soap? Why not? There's plenty in store for us as the summer progresses. Lisa Rhinna returns to DOOL and Eva LaRue returns to AMC. Passions has cast a new Ethan (see below) and Micky Dolenz (ex Monkee, Micky) joins the cast of As the World Turns for one day this week as a Vicar! Romance is sure to heat up the summer on every soap. If you had your wish, what would you like to see happen on your favorite show this summer? Share your thoughts in the Criticize theCritic folder on the Turtle-Run.com message boards.


Cybbys Postponed

After being off-line for the early part of May, and the Daytime Emmys having come and gone already, we are postponing the 4th Annual Daytime Cybby Awards for the time being. Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations in the Fun Categories. However, due to our technological snafu and our cyber downtime, some of the emailed nominations got lost in cyberspace. :o( Remember your nominations, as we will ask you to re-submit them once we go ahead with the Awards. Stay tuned and thanks again.


Passions Casts New Ethan!

The search is over. Eric Martsolf has been signed to the contract role of Ethan Winthrop, the bright and attractive attorney, former heir apparent to the Crane Dynasty and ex-fiancé of Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald Crane, on NBC's hit daytime drama Passions. Martsolf's previous credits include the character of "Pharoah" in the Osmond National Touring Company of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, "Danny Zuko" in Grease and "Professor Higgins" in My Fair Lady at the Dauphin Theatre, as well as a regular on-stage singing and acting partner with legendary country super-star Dolly Parton at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Additionally, Martsolf has appeared as the lead in two independent films "The Cheater" and "Omum," and in a supporting role in the independent film "If Lucy Fell."

A native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Martsolf will first be seen as Ethan

Winthrop on Passions on-air, on Monday, July 8, 2002 on NBC (his first tape date is Monday, June 3).  To catch a sneak peek of Martsolf, tune into Passions on May 27 when he plays a Harmony cop!

Martsolf's birth date is July 27 and his hobbies are singing (he is a trained vocalist), and all sports, particularly tennis.


GH's Kin Shriner and Jacklyn Zeman Host Original Special for SOAPnet's June Celebration of ABC Daytime's Most Unforgettable Weddings

This June, love is in the air as SOAPnet presents the most Unforgettable Weddings in ABC Daytime history. The month-long event kicks off Sunday evening, June 9, 2002 and continues over the following three Sundays during primetime (7PM -12AM ET/PT). GeneralHospital's Kin Shriner (Scotty) and Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie) will host an original special which will begin each Sunday night marathon and include highlights from Daytime's most memorable weddings as well as stories about and interviews with some of the soap world's most famous couples. Plus, you will be invited to enter SoapNet's "Watch And You Can Win" Sweepstakes by July 8, 2002 with a grand prize valued at over $40,000!

Each Sunday in June, SOAPnet will feature three classic weddings from the ABC soaps: All My Children on June 9, One Life to Live on June 16, Port Charles on June 23 and GeneralHospital on June 30. The classic weddings featured during the Sunday night marathons include the All My Children weddings of Nina & Cliff, Jenny & Greg and Edmund & Maria; the One Life To Live weddings of Bo & Nora, Asa & Alex and Blair & Todd; the Port Charles weddings of Livvie & Caleb, Eve & Ian and Lucy & Kevin; and the General Hospital weddings of Luke & Laura, Frisco & Felicia and Ned & Lois. 

Each Sunday night marathon will kick off with an original clip-based special hosted by two soap icons, longtime GeneralHospital cast members Kin Shriner and Jacklyn Zeman. In addition to featuring highlights from ABC Daytime's most memorable weddings, the one-hour event will include stories about famous soap couples and interviews with over a dozen daytime personalities including Susan Lucci, Kelly Ripa, Laurence Lau, Ty Treadway and Hillary B. Smith. Further, it will be broken down into themed segments designed to run the full gamut of the love spectrum with categories ranging from Wild Weddings and Young Love to The Dark Side of Love, and Interrupted Weddings. 

To add to the excitement, you will be invited to participate in SOAPnet's "Watch And You Can Win" Sweepstakes. One time during each Sunday night marathon, an image relating to that evening's episodes will be highlighted on-air for approximately 10-15 seconds. You must keep track of the clues and, at the end of the month, send in a postcard with all the clues written down in the order in which they appeared. All postcards with correct answers will be entered into a drawing to win a four-piece platinum and diamond jewelry set furnished by Tacoriä Jewelers (set includes a necklace, bracelet, earrings and an engagement ring) as well as a romantic 5 day/4night trip for two to Maui, the Magic Isle, staying at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa -- a grand prize package valued at over $40,000. No purchase necessary to enter. See rules for details.

This year, Kin Shriner and Jacklyn Zeman are both celebrating 25 years since originating their respective roles on ABC'sGeneralHospital. How time flies! :o) After over 4000 episodes on the series as Nurse Bobbie Spencer, Zeman has become to millions of daytime viewers a true contemporary and role model. Honors and awards over the years include four Daytime Emmy Award nominations, including one for Outstanding Lead Actress in 1998, as well as a Soap Opera Digest Award and a Hollywood International Favorite Actress Award. 

Shriner created the role of Scotty Baldwin on GeneralHospital in 1977 and continued with the character, off and on, through the early 1990s. After being away from GeneralHospital for several years, Shriner returned to Port Charles, the spin-off, which premiered in June 1997. He has been nominated for four Daytime Emmys and has been honored with numerous Soap Opera Awards including a 1998 win for Outstanding Scene Stealer.

DOOL's Alison Sweeney Faces Fear a Second Time!

Days of our Lives star Alison Sweeney (Sami) will relive the most terrifying experience of her life when NBC presents an encore presentation of Celebrity Fear Factor on June 3 (8:00-9:30 p.m. ET/PT).

If you missed this super-sized edition of NBC's hit reality show the first time around, now is your chance to experience the thrills, terror and triumph as celebrity guests Steven Baldwin, Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson, Ali Landry (host of NBC's Spy TV), Kelly Packard (Ripley's Believe It or Not), Alison Sweeney (Days of our Lives) and Alan Thicke face off against their most primal fears.


Daytime Shines at the 2002 ALMA Awards -- 2-Hour Special to Air June 1, 2002 on ABC

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) held the 2002 ALMA Awards on Saturday, May 18, at the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Actor/comedian Paul Rodriguez (Tortilla Soup, Ali) hosted the event, which airs on ABC on June 1 from 8-10 p.m. (ET/PT). The ALMA Awards (American Latino Media Arts Awards), executive produced by Ken Ehrlich, is the only Latino-themed primetime award show honoring outstanding artistic achievement and the enhancement of the Latino image in entertainment, including film, television and music.

Congratulations to the stars (and former stars) of daytime who were nominated and then ultimately won the award:

National Council of La Raza Vanguard Award
Honoree - Ricky Martin (formerly of GeneralHospital)

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama
AMartinez, General Hospital

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama
Eva Longoria, The Young & The Restless

The special honorees of the night were John Leguizamo, who received the "Entertainer of the Year" award; Antonio Banderas who received "The Anthony Quinn Award for Achievement in Motion Pictures"; Freddy Fender received "The Ritchie Valens Pioneer Award"; and Ricky Martin received the "National Council of La Raza Vanguard Award."

The non-televised categories were announced at the NCLR Pre-ALMAGala held at the Biltmore Hotel on Friday, May 17. Miramax received a special award for "Excellence in Diversity" and Franc Reyes received the "Emerging Filmmaker Award."

Be sure to tune into ABC on June 1, 2002 from 8-10 PM to see the rest of the winners and other celebrity guests. Celebrity appearances include (in alphabetical order): Benjamin Bratt ("Pinero"), Matt Cedeno ("Days of Our Lives"), Eddie Cibrian ("Third Watch"), Michael DeLorenzo ("Resurrection Boulevard"), Backstreet Boy Howie D., Hector Elizondo ("Tortilla Soup"), Andy Garcia ("Ocean's Eleven"), Nicholas Gonzales ("Resurrection Boulevard"), Melanie Griffith, Laura Elena Harring ("Mulholland Drive"), Jay Hernandez ("Crazy Beautiful"), Esai Morales ("NYPD Blue"), Rita Moreno ("Oz"), Shelley Morrison ("Will & Grace"), Jacqueline Obradors ("NYPD Blue"), Edward James Olmos ("American Family"), Olympic medalist Derek Parra, Elizabeth Pena ("Tortilla Soup"), Tony Plana ("Resurrection Boulevard"), Freddy Rodriguez ("Six Feet Under"), director Robert Rodriguez, Jamie-Lynn Sigler ("The Sopranos"), Talisa Soto ("Pinero"), Marisa Tomei ("In The Bedroom") and Raquel Welch ("American Family").

Musical segments include the eclectic mix of salsa, pop and rock including Salsa superstar Marc Antony singing "I've Got You." Rock en EspaÒol band La Ley dueting with singing sensation Mya on "El Duelo." Music legend Freddy Fender performing his classic "Before the Next Teardrop Falls." Pop star Paulina Rubio singing and dancing to "Don't Say Goodbye." Singers Juanes and Nelly Furtado dueting on "Fotografia, "Genre-bending band Ozomatli performing "Dos Cosas Ciertas," and a performance by hit Tejano band Los Tucanes De Tijuana.

NCLR was founded in 1968 to improve life opportunities for Hispanic Americans and represents over 280 local affiliates, community-based organizations that provide housing, education, immigration, and social services to more than four million Latinos annually in 37 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and a broader network of more than 30,000 groups and individuals. The ALMA Awards were created as part of NCLR's strategy to promote accurate, fair, and positive images of Latinos in the media.


NBC Daytime, ShopNBC and NBC Enterprises Announce Strategic Marketing, Commerce and Entertainment Alliance

NBC soap fans hang on to your remotes! NBC Daytime has some great news for you including merchandise opportunities and exclusive insight into daytime programming storylines and characters when the new "Soap Style" series premieres! 

NBC Enterprises, ShopNBC (NASDAQ: VVTV), and NBC Daytime today announced a strategic marketing, commerce and entertainment alliance that will result in opportunities for product placement on "Days of Our Lives" and "Passions" and a new series on ShopNBC entitled "Soap Style."

Debuting in mid-July, "Soap Style" will give you the opportunity to purchase select merchandise that has adorned the NBC Daytime stars and sets. Live every other Saturday afternoon on ShopNBC, the program will also offer viewers exclusive storyline previews, behind-the-scenes footage from "Days of our Lives" and "Passions," soap trivia, contests and live interviews with the NBC Daytime personalities.

"By integrating the strength of the NBC brand with the popularity of the daytime shows, we are able to provide value to consumers as well as merchandisers," said Kim Niemi, Senior Vice President, of Video, Music and Product Development, NBC Enterprises.

"This alliance marks the next step in the strategic development of our partnership between the NBC network and our commerce channel," said Steven Goldsmith, SVP & GMM of ShopNBC. "This initiative also marks the first realization of NBC talent appearing on ShopNBC in a new show format. Through the creation of "Soap Style" and major cross-promotions on both networks, we will embarking on a new customer acquisition model, turning daytime viewers into home shoppers and vice versa."

"To proactively work product placement into our storylines as well as leverage and extend our NBC Daytime brand in a transactional way is a television first for us," says Sheraton Kalouria, Senior Vice President, NBC Daytime Programs. "By joining forces with ShopNBC, who has a strong heritage in commerce on television, we have a great opportunity to offer viewers a one-of-a-kind experience to get to know their favorite soap stars in a highly entertaining way and also acquire a piece of their favorite show."

Merchandise featured on "Soap Style" will include a wide assortment of jewelry, watches, home furnishings, apparel, consumer electronics, and more. In addition to the select pieces that were previously seen on "Days" and "Passions," several other ShopNBC products will be featured during the new show. Viewers will have the opportunity to purchase these items on the ShopNBC network, ShopNBC.com, or NBC.com.

NBC Daytime and ShopNBC will jointly promote the debut of "Soap Style" as well as on-going marketing and promotions by running spots on both networks and at special events, such as the National Jewelers Expo in Las Vegas May 31-June 3 and Country Music Association's Fan Fair held in Nashville on June 13-16. There will also be direct and e-mail campaigns, ShopNBC credit card promotions, cross-channel cable spots, and print advertisements. Additionally, NBC Daytime will promote the appearance of "Days" and "Passions" stars on ShopNBC during the week leading up to "Soap Style." In-kind, ShopNBC will run spots promoting "Days" and "Passions" shows and stars. ShopNBC.com will provide live streaming video of the new show as well as create special Web site promotions about NBC Daytime shows. ShopNBC will also provide fulfillment and customer care for this initiative.

NBC Enterprises is responsible for the global distribution and exploitation of NBC owned product, which includes foreign and domestic program syndication, strategic marketing and ancillary exploitation of owned product in home video, merchandising, licensing, music and publishing as well as strategic production and co-production alliances and co-ventures. NBC Enterprises oversees the distribution of all NBC-owned programming worldwide. This programming includes all shows produced by NBC Studios, NBC News, CNBC and MSNBC output.

ShopNBC is the nation's fastest growing shopping network that is owned and operated by ValueVision Media (NASDAQ: VVTV) . As of January 31, 2002, ShopNBC reached about 52 million cable and satellite households (DirecTV Channel 370, Dish Network Channel 228). ShopNBC is broadcast 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is simulcast live on the Web at ShopNBC.com . GE Equity and NBC own approximately 40 percent of ValueVision Media.

NBC's two-hour soap block consists of perennial powerhouse "Days of our Lives" and the daytime phenomenon, "Passions." NBC soaps are #1 in the key advertising demographic of Women 18-49 season to date (tied with ABC) and was #1 during first quarter 2002 (11 of 14 weeks). NBC Daytime has been the #1 choice among Women 18-34 for the last six years. Members of the media can find additional information about NBC and its programming and events on the NBC Media Village Web site at http://www.nbcmv.com/.

Turtle-Run.com congratulations NBC Daytime in this endeavor. Following in the footsteps of ABC Daytime, with it's "Shop the Soaps" strategy where items seen on the four ABC daytime shows are available for purchase online, and ABC's groundbreaking alliance with Revlon on air, NBC is taking the marketing strategy huge a step further, offering daytime merchandise, story and character information on the television shopping channel, ShopNBC as well as product placement opportunities for merchandisers on the soaps.

Speaking of ABC Daytime...


May Sweeps Made Waves on ABC Daytime

Just in case you missed what went down on your favorite ABC Daytime show this past May Sweeps, here's all the sordid details!


Port Charles

Suspicion and yearning desires rocked "Port Charles," as Rebecca continued to coax Alison into reliving the events of her former life, forcing Alison to defend her honor and sanity as she struggled to stay true to her convictions. Lucy and Ian teamed up again, only this time to solve a mysterious disappearance. Meanwhile, Rafe gave into temptation and struck a deal with James that allowed him to return to earth. At the same time, Ed offered James a bargain he could not refuse. But standing in the way was Livvie, hell-bent on a vendetta against Alison and preventing her from ever reuniting with Rafe, leaving Jack and Jamal caught in the middle. While the whole town was turned upside down, the magic candles had a profound impact on Frank and Karen. Ricky and Chris appeared to be the only ones who stood to benefit from the candles' magic charms. Will order ever be restored in "Port Charles?" Stick to PC this summer and find out!


All My Children

On "All My Children," when an intoxicated Bianca got rejected after making advances towards Maggie, she drove off and crashed her car. Bianca survived, but the situation turned into another excuse for Erica to hold Kendall responsible. Shortly thereafter, Erica's plan to get rid of Kendall came to a head. However, when Kendall went to extremes, Ryan came to her rescue. In the meantime, Leo told Vanessa that he and Greenlee got engaged. Vanessa was less than delighted. Trey was on the verge of being exposed to all of PineValley. To avoid it, he went to drastic lengths, putting Mia in more of an uncomfortable position, not to mention Kendall's arrest for the crime. David's genuine love for Anna continued to grow, along with his desire to create a family life, but Vanessa, as always, stood in his way. Hayley noticed Mateo had become a man obsessed on getting revenge. Now that Liza is out of the hospital, will she be able to trust Adam, or will she continue to make her secretive plans? Roger and Simone share an intimate past, but will his feelings for Simone prove to be more than she bargained for? And what about Leo and Greenlee's wedding plans? Will Greenlee's mother Mary really show her face at the wedding? Will Erica rebuild her mansion after the fire?  Will Kendall and Ryan become AMC's next supercouple? Watch All My Children this summer and see!


One Life to Live

First time Emmy Award-winning "One Life to Live" made television history in May 2002 when the 33-year old soap opera aired live from New York, May 13-17. Leading up to this unprecedented week of daytime television, deception, secrets and the past threatened to cause trouble for the citizens of Llanview. In order to keep the truth hidden and save his marriage to Blair, Todd was forced to resort to desperate measures when his son became dangerously ill. Sam was extremely close to discovering Todd's terrible secret and a conversation with Nellie gave Sam the answers he needed. In the meantime, Gabrielle's involvement in keeping Todd's secret jeopardized her growing friendship with Bo until she finally came totally clean. Determined to stay in control over Viki and enjoy her new-found freedom, Niki Smith used her active imagination to plot to get rid of Ben. With Jessica's help, the police were able to get a confession from Allison that she drove Jessica and Seth off of the road. Roxy inadvertently revealed something about her past to Jessica and Jessica learned the shocking truth when she questioned Natalie about her childhood. Carlotta's animosity towards Keri began to grow again, after she made an upsetting discovery, thanks to RJ. But Antonio and Keri weathered the storm. Nora and Troy explored their feelings for each other. Now that Lindsay is finally paying for her crimes against Nora, she found herself face to face with a new enemy in prison. Not one to stay down for long, Lindsay found a way to get to Troy. Al couldn't let Jen and Cristian enjoy their long awaited reunion, even after Max intervened to stop his son from interfering. This all led to Max and Roxy getting hitched, Jessica finding out she had a brother and his moving in with her family, a trip to Central Park and much more, and it was all live on "One Life to Live Live," May 13-17! How much more groundbreaking can OLTL get? Stay tuned this summer and see!


General Hospital

On "GeneralHospital," Sonny remained conflicted between Alexis and Carly, as an unexpected twist -- Carly's being presumed dead -- crystallized his feelings and forced him to make a choice. Speaking of Carly, Zander's feelings for Carly intensified. Meanwhile, AJ and Courtney were married, as each learned unexpected truths about the other, and AJ risked Courtney's love to reclaim his son. AJ's grandfather, Edward, advised him to use Courtney to his advantage. Alan and Monica reached the breaking point again over AJ. They were even further estranged as Rae made a return visit, which Monica did not appreciate. She wanted Alan out of the house! A family tragedy propelled Luke and Laura into a mystery which they are working together to solve. Bobbie and Scott moved closer to romance, but their tumultuous past and volatile present could drive them apart. Roy and Felicia were thrown together on the trail of a mystery and continued to enjoy each other's company. Jax and Skye got closer, trying to build a bond of trust. However, Skye could lose him completely, as she is tempted to return to her old tricks. After her break-up with Lucky, Elizabeth took risks trying to prove her independence, as a guilty Lucky fought his mutual attraction with Elizabeth's sister Sarah. Meanwhile, a secret from Sarah's past had life-altering consequences for all three. Nikolas and Gia tried to rebuild their lives, following Nikolas' estrangement from his brother, Lucky. Their future was in jeopardy from Gia's brother, Taggert, who vowed to make Nikolas pay for his role in Helena's escape. Ned and Kristina reached the brink of a commitment, but Kristina hesitated, concerned that Ned sees her only as a substitute for her sister, Alexis. What's to come now in Port Charles? Stay tuned to GeneralHospital this summer and see!


Passions Welcomes SuperModel/Actor Michael Bergin to Recurring Role

Actor and super-model Michael Bergin joined the cast of NBC's hit daytime drama Passions in the recurring role of Nick Bozman.

"The character of Nick Bozman is a strikingly attractive but very shady man who wants payback from Brian (Antonio) for a score that was long ago unsettled. He arrives on the island of St. Lisa's and becomes integral in the story-line of Brian, Diana and Liz," said Executive Producer, Lisa S. Hesser.

Bergin, who had been modeling for top designers such as Valentino, Hugo Boss and Donna Karan, achieved super-model status when he was hired by Calvin Klein to take over for Mark Wahlberg in Klein's sizzling and sexy underwear ads. Bergin moved from modeling to acting when he was hired to portray lifeguard J.D. Darius on Baywatch: Hawaii, which he did for four years. He recently finished filming The Wolves of Wall Street with Eric Roberts, which is scheduled for release in 2003. Passions marks Bergin's first role in daytime television.

Born on March 19 in Naugatuck, Connecticut, Bergin currently resides in Los Angeles and is passionate about raising his two-year-old son, Jesse.


Passions Comes to WDIV Local 4 in Detroit Beginning June 3, 2002

Beginning Monday, June 3, 2002 NBC's wickedly enchanting daytime drama Passions comes home to NBC in Detroit on WDIV Local 4. The witching hour in Detroit begins at 2:00 p.m. as "Passions" takes its place on the schedule following "Days of our Lives."

Since the series debut on July 5, 1999, Passions' quirky characters and classic love stories have generated interest from the daytime community (Passions was nominated for eight Emmy Awards in its sophomore year as well as numerous Soap Opera Digest awards), the press (Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly named it a "Hot, Guilty Pleasure"), Passions is No. 1 in the key teen demographic and #2 in women 18-34 behind Days of our Lives. 

At the center of the buzz is television's most intriguing super-couple - a 300 year-old witch, Tabitha Lenox and her enchanted doll Timmy! Based on the rich history and mystery of the harbor community of Harmony, Passions explores the lives, loves and losses of four core families: the Cranes, the Lopez-Fitzgeralds, the Bennetts and the Russells, each of whom have their own distinct and diverse challenges and desires.

Speaking of Passions...


Soap Opera Weekly Sneak Peek for Passions Fans!

Once again, SPW Managing Editor, Robert Schork shares with Turtle-Run.com what's next in Weekly for Passions fans...

"In the new issue of SOAP OPERA WEEKLY (Coverdate: June 4, 2002), on sale NOW," says Schork, "find out what happens on Theresa's day of reckoning; learn whether your fellow Passions fans felt Miguel belongs with Charity, Kay, or someone else, and participate in our NEW Passions poll! Plus, discover in this issue Molly Stanton's (Charity) latest off-screen passion; read our rave review of Timmy's misadventures, and learn all about Chrystee Pharris (Simone) via her candid responses to our FYI questions..."



All My Children: Frank Pellegrino "Frankie No" or Rao's Restaurant, will play the role of an Italian restaurant owner on Tuesday, June 4. J.P.Lipton has been cast in the recurring role of Marius Wolf. His first airdate is Monday, June 10. Clement Von Frankenstein plays the recurring role of Count Guy DuPres. His first airdate is Wednesday, June 12, 2002.  Dylan Fergus has been cast in the role of Tim Dillion. His first airdate is July 3, 2002. Jason Olive has been cast in the role of Frank Hubbard. His first appearance has not yet been announced.

As the World TurnsSundra Oakley plays Detective Rubens on Monday, May 27. Lamman Rucker joins the cast as Barbara's lawyer, Marshall Travers, on Friday, May 31. Craig Lawlor's last appearance as Adam Munson airs on Friday, May 31. Micky Dolenz (ex Monkee) plays the Castle Vicar on Friday, May 31. Editor's Note: TRO saw Micky Dolenz at the StaplesCenter in LA recently enjoying Paul McCartney (ex Beatle, ex Wing) in concert! Great show, by the way. :o)

Days of our Lives: On Monday, May 27th, Kathy Connell returns as Mrs. Lockhart, Jan's mother. On Monday, May 27th, Lorna Scott is back as Opera Diva Cecelia Marin. On Thursday and Friday May 30th and 31st, Patsy Pease makes a special appearance as Kimberly Brady and Lisa Trusel makes a special appearance as Melissa Horton. On Friday, May 31st, Jim Beaver portrays Father Jansen, who presides over Isaac's baptism.

Guiding Light:Brett Barry plays a newscaster on Monday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 28. Jeff Woodman plays a judge on Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31. Frank Fortunato plays a henchman on Friday, May 31.

Passions:On Monday, May 27 Marianne Muellerleile (Norma) returns in the recurring role of Peggy, Jeannetta Arnette begins a recurring role as Flo the waitress in the diner with Timmy and Eric Martsolf portrays the Harmony cop. On Thursday, May 30 Alan Oppenheimer returns in his role as the voice of Alistair Crane and Bruce French returns in his role as Father Lonigan. On Friday, May 31 Sandra Thigpen portrays the Harmony District Attorney and Gregory White portrays Judge Harris. Beginning on Monday, June 3, KNBC-TV and STAR 98.7 Radio's Traffic and Weather Anchor, Andrea Jackson, will begin a short- term recurring role (three episodes) as the "TV Reporter." Eric Martsolf has been signed to the contract role of Ethan Winthrop. His first airdate as Ethan is is July 8, 2002.


Seeing Stars

All My Children:See Susan Lucci (Erica) in concert Thursday, June 6 and Friday,June 7 at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 8 at 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 9 at 3 p.m., at the Memorial Auditorium, MontclairStateUniversity, Valley Road, Upper Montclair, New Jersey. For ticket prices and further info call the TheatreFest Box Office at 973.655.5112. (Some appearance info provided by SEAHAAS).

Days of Our Lives:Steve Blackwood (Bart) appears Thursday, May 29 at Jazz Club, Beverly Hills from 8-midnight. Cover charge is $10. And there is a one-drink minimum. Blackwood also appears Saturday June 1st from 9:00 PM -- 1:00 AM at JAX, a nightclub in Glendale, CA. This event is FREE! Jax is located at 339 North Brand Blvd. in Glendale (the cross street is Lexington.) Days Fan Club Breakfast, Saturday June 1 at the Sheraton Universal, Universal City, CA beginning at 9 AM. Tickets are $85 ($65 for students and fan club members) and can be ordered by mailing a check or money order to Days of our Lives Fan Club, PO Box 11085, Burbank, CA 91510-1085. Jim Reynold's annual charity basketball game with Days of our Lives cast members and surprise guests will be held on Sunday, June 2nd at the South Pasadena High School Gymnasium, in South Pasadena, CA). The game starts at 2:30 PM and the price is $10.00 at the door.   Dinner with the Men of DOOL -- Brand New Event! Join the hottest guys from DOOL for dinner and much more on Saturday, June 1st from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM at the Sportsmen's LodgeEventCenter, located at 12833 Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, CA 91604. Tickets are $65.00. Actors attending the event thus far are Jay Kenneth Johnson, Kyle Lowder, Jason Cook, Peter Reckell, Bryan Dattilo, Justin Melvey, Matt Cedeno, Kevin Spirtas, and Aaron Van Wagner,

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