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Hi Suds Buds,

Are you all enjoying your summer? It is difficult for me to believe that we are half way through July already. Time flies when you are having fun.

Part of the summer fun for me is reading all your amazing comments on the Turtle-Run message boards.   Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us here at Turtle Run. 

What's more, I am really enjoying the summer storylines on all the soaps. The double-wedding on Passions, the "who-killed-Colin" murder mystery on OLTL, Tad the Dad on AMC, the baby switcheroo on DOOL, Amber and Deacon on B&B, Billy and Mac and Jack and Phyllis on Y&R, Jack and Caleb on PC, and all the great summer music, like BBMak on "All My Children."  Ohhhhh.  I just love those guys!   I play their CD in my car, cruising with the top down on the Pacific Coast Highway!  LOL 

What's been your favorite summer story so far?  Let us know on the Turtle-Run Message boards.

Lots of juicy tidbits to share with you today, so without further ado...

"Days of our Lives" Casts Colin

After an international casting search, DOOL has awarded the role of Colin Murphy, Jennifer's mysterious Irish "friend," to Robert Cuthill. Cuthill is of English descent and begins airing on Friday, July 27, 2001.  The role of Colin Murphy is a contract role.

"The View" Goes Soap with Kelly Ripa, Josh Ryan Evans and LaLucci

Fans of NBC's "Passions" and "All My Children" (not to mention fans of "Live with Regis and Kelly"), set your VCR's for Monday, July 16, 2001 when "Passions'" Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy) guest stars on "The View."  Evans will be interviewed by "The View" co-host, Star Jones, during her trademark segment, "Star's Heart to Heart.  Also gueststarring on Monday, July 16, 2001 is Kelly Ripa (Hayley, AMC).

Then, AMC fans set your VCR's for Wednesday, August 1, 2001 when AMC's Erica Kane, Susan Lucci, likewise guest stars on "The View."  Check your local listings.

Congratulations to SOD winners for "Passions"

Congratulations go out to actors Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy), McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) and Robin Strasser (Hecuba), all of whom were named individual recipients of the 2001 Soap Opera Digest Awards.

Josh Ryan Evans won for "Outstanding Scene Stealer, Male," McKenzie Westmore won for "Outstanding Heroine," and Robin Strasser won for "Outstanding Scene Stealer, Female."

Q&A with Passions' Cristina Saralegui -- Part 2

On Monday, July 9. 2001, NBC daytime began airing "Days of our Lives" and "Passions" with closed-captioning in Spanish.  To help kick off this new programming strategy, "Passions" recruited Spanish talk show host, Cristina Saralegui to guest star as Tia Cristina, Theresa's (Lindsay Korman) aunt, in several episodes.  According to a spokesperson for the network, NBC is thrilled to have Cristina on "Passions."

Last week we brought you part one of the teleconference interview with Cristina.  We pick up today with part 2.

Q:  How did this role on "Passions" come about in the first place?  Did they approach you, or had you been putting yourself out there as an actor for an American show or American soaps?  And as a follow-up, can you talk about how you got started in show business and where you think this current role on "Passions" fits under that?

CS:  Actually I've been very concentrated on the Studio (see Note below) for the past year of my life.   Since last April or May it's been nuts.  For the first time we've used the Christina studio -- moving the whole staff. I've been basically working in three different offices for 12 years.  So, "Passions" wanted me for three episodes and my brother said, "Show them your tape, show them your tape!" So I showed them the tape and they said yes, and then it got complicated because for this storyline they needed me for two weeks.  I had to pre-tape ("The Cristina Show") and I was concerned about inventory.   There were a lot of issues.  So, basically I agreed.  It's great cross-promotion for both shows.  I respect Telemundo very much. I respect NBC for taking the risk and bringing me over and I think it's good for both of our markets and that's why I'm here. I started in show business as a magazine editor-in-chief.  I was the lady who launched "Cosmopolitan" first in Spanish in 1973, circulated all over Latin America.  I was their first writer and then I became their editor-in-chief for ten years.  In 1989 I (shifted gears) and started The Christina Show and I've been there ever since.  So, there must be a reason why I'm here (at "Passions."  Maybe we should ask the witch! LOL

NOTE:  Christina's studios are called Blue Dolphin Facilities.  There are three soundstages, one of which hosts The Christina Show. With this studio, Christina is the fourth woman in TV history to actually own her own production facilities.  The first being Mary Pickford in the thirties, the second being Lucille Ball, the third being Oprah Winfrey, and the fourth is Christina. She is the first Latina to ever do that.

Q:  Being that you have such a hectic schedule on your talk show, were you surprised, or chagrined at the pace of taping a soap opera?  Did you encounter any surprises?  Was it what you expected?  How was that experience for you -- going from a talk-show genre to the taping of 48 minutes of airtime for a soap?

CS:  Well, basically "The Cristina Show" is live on tape.  Totally unscripted, totally.  And on "Passions" everything is scripted. It's a huge difference.  The main difference is that we tape at night my lady because we can't get an audience in Florida, in Miami, after we start taping usually at 6 o'clock.  We've been taping at night for twelve years.  Now here, they sometimes have a call time 6 o'clock in the morning, so I basically got it in my head that I would at least be here half the day. They don't have Cuban coffee here, so I wasn't sure if I'd wake up.  That was the hardest part.  On the bright side, every single person here has treated us like family.  There's no cattiness. . I've never seen anybody being nasty.  The makeup people are great. I'm thrilled to be here.  I felt like I belonged from day one.

Q:  Some actors say the memorization is grueling on a daytime soap. Do you find that that has been difficult at all?

CS:  Well, I'm going through menopause, so I personally have no memory.  When I came here, I brought ginseng and ginko-baloba. I don't find (working on a soap) impossible.  You just have to know your lines and be prepared.  Of course, obviously, I didn't get a lot of lines because I'm a lone character doing a cameo.  I didn't expect to get an Oscar for this.  I have memorized stuff, and didn't find it that difficult really.

Q:  To what extent will your character be a villain or a hero on the soap?

CS:  I'm Christina, I can't be bad!  You know what, I'm just waiting for them to invite me back so I can do some nasty stuff here. 

Q:  Anything you'd like to do someday (on "Passions"), that you haven't yet done?

CS:  Well, one of the things that I miss is everybody else talking to themselves and saying things, and (then they) have a flashback and they just look into the camera. So not this time, but maybe next time when I come back.

Q:  What extent to do you think the networks have in getting Hispanic actors/actresses on the shows? In what ways can they improve?

CS:  Well, I think they need to improve 150,000%.  I see a lot of Hispanic writers and production staff working.  I see a lot of that and I didn't realize it until I came to the set.  There are a lot of our people working, directing behind the scenes, and I would like to see more familiar faces in front of the camera.  I don't think it's necessary that you have to be dark-haired and dark-skinned for example.  The three kids that play my nephews and niece (on "Passions") are not Hispanic.  The only Hispanic one is Eva Tamargo Lemus (Pilar).  She's Cuban from Miami.  And the kids have mix.  They're Mediterranean, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, but they're not Hispanic, which I find fine, because if I'm going to fight for Hispanics getting non-Hispanic roles, like for someone like Jennifer Lopez, it is perfectly fine that a non-Hispanic face is Hispanic.  I have no problem with that.  It's called acting.  You play a lesbian, you're not a lesbian, you know what I mean? But I would like to see more chances given to Hispanic actors and actresses. 

Q:  Do you think that will improve in the future?

CS:  Oh yes, but the reasons it's going to improve are for the wrong reasons. Obviously, they just want to get more of our viewers, but that's the only way to get them.

Q:  How many shows have you taped so far, or are you finished at this point?

CS:  This is my last day.  I did nine (days).

Q:  Did they do anything special your first day on the set? And next, has anything strange happened during your time taping, or did anything happen off the set?

CS:  Everything unexpected happens, but not behind the scenes.  Everything unexpected happens, believe me.  They have been totally special.   For example, the girl who plays my niece, Lindsay (Korman), Theresa, she was sitting in her wedding dress next to me and puts her head on my shoulder and fell asleep.  I mean, this girl doesn't know me.  They are really very nice kids.  I sit down and I talk to Juliet Mills after a scene and she's giving me English recipes for dishes.  I mean the stuff people talk about when we're not taping has nothing to do with what's going on camera.  I'm having a lot of fun.  Like, Galen (Gering, Luis), the guy who plays my nephew, is teaching me to do a dance that I can do on the (The Cristina) Show and yesterday he said, "but you have to give me credit!" And I said, "yeah! I'll give you credit."  I feel like I'm home.  I have three huge teenagers. . I'm home, I'm home.  I see the kids dancing around all the time.

Watch Cristina on "Passions" when she airs along with Emiliano Diez on July 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23 and 25.  For Part 1 of the teleconference interview with Cristina, see "Top of the Week" for Monday, July 9, 2001.

On "Sex in the City..."

Airing this week is episode #56 titled, "My Motherboard, My Self," where we get to find out what is so scary about support.  When Carrie's computer crashes, she learns that her independent ways may not be working so well.  In the meantime, Samantha loses a most valued possession.  While elsewhere, Charlotte revels in her newfound ability to take care of every little detail.  Later, Miranda suffers a personal crisis.  Her experience then leads everyone else to see things in a new light.

Premiering on Sunday, July 2001 is episode #57 titled, "Sex and the Country" where everyone wonders, in a relationship, when does the art of compromise become compromising? Carrie, the bona fide city gal, attempts to show Aidan her rustic side when she agrees to go to the country inn with him.  Speaking of being the country bumpkin, Samantha shows a farmer what he's been missing. SIZZLE ALERT! In the meantime, Charlote learns more about the relationship between Trey and his mother, while Miranda comforts Steve the only way she knows how.

On SoapCenter as of Friday, July 13, 2001

Spotlight: Days of our Lives' Deidre Hall: An intimate conversation with one of the most popular stars in soaps, Deidre Hall, who joined the show in 1976 and has played Marlena on-and-off ever since.

At Home with All My Children's Cameron Mathison:  On screen he plays young, grieving widower Ryan, but off screen this spirited, freewheeling single guy couldn't be happier with his life.  Mathison takes us on a very personal visit to his New York apartment.

Feature Report: What You Need to Know to Watch Passions:  On the occasion of the offbeat soap's second anniversary, SoapCenter fills you in how the show has changed since its 1999 premiere and what you need to know to get hooked today.

Spotlight: Laurence Lau Returns to ABC Daytime:  In the early '80s he played handsome, rich Greg Nelson, the guy who was in love with Jenny, the beautiful girl from the other side of the tracks on "All My Children."  Now he's back as lawyer Sam Rappaport on "One Life to Live."  Find out what brought actor Laurence Lau back to soaps, and how he's adjusting to life in Llanview.

Behind the Scenes: Beth's Tower Fall on Guiding Light:  Go behind the scenes with "Guiding Light" on location on Long Island, NY, as the soap filmed Beth's ill-fated attempt to escape Edmund's clutches on San Cristobel. Through interviews with the actors, executive producer Paul Rauch, a special effects team, a stunt coordinator, and a stunt double for Beth, viewers will get an intimate look at what it took to create this exciting sequence.

Premiering on SoapCenter Next Friday, July 20, 2001

Spotlight: GH's Monica Quartermaine: For 25 years viewers have lived, loved and laughed with complex cardiologist Monica Quartermaine on ABC's General Hospital.  In a series of exclusive interviews, SoapCenter offers viewers an in-depth look at the woman that holds the Quartermaine family together.

Behind the Scenes: Double Wedding on NBC's Passions:  You're invited behind the scenes for the double wedding of Theresa and Ethan and Sheridan and Luis on "Passions."  There will be interviews with the brides and grooms, as well as their onscreen families, including special guest Cristina Saralegui.  Plus, the heads of the Hair and Makeup departments reveal how to look like a Passions bride.

At Home: Mimi Torchin and B&B's John McCook: Special Contributor Mimi Torchin invites John McCook, a recent Emmy nominee for his role of Eric on "Bold and the Beautiful," into her home for a fun-filled conversation.

Behind the Scenes: The Ghosts of Pine Valley on AMC:  Five deceased "All My Children" characters (and Harold, the Dillon family dog) are making brief returns to the soap.  We won't ruin the storyline, but we can offer interviews with the actors, as well as insight from the show's costume designer, set designer and hairstylist into creating that "otherworldly" look.

Spotlight: PC's Julie Pinson:  The popular "Port Charles" actress speaks about her life away from the set, as well as her onscreen adventures as Eve, the recently married character who is expecting a child and is mixed up with a priest and his twin brother, who is a vampire.


All My Children: Amelia Heinle has been cast in the contract role of Mia.  Her first airdate is Thursday, July 19, 2001.  Louise Sorel returns to daytime in the recurring role of Judge Campobello. Her first airdate is Wednesday, July 25, 2001. 

Days of our Lives:Rolanda Watts is back as Cameron Reese on Monday, July 16th and Friday, July 20th.  PaSean Wilson is back as D.A. Shayna Larson on July 16th, 17th and 20th.  John Apicella returns as Mr. Burke, the owner of the Diner where Kate works, on July 17th and 18th.  Kathy Connell reprises the role of Maureen Lockhart, Mimi's mother, on Thursday, July 19th and Friday, July 20th. June Claman is Judge Christopher, presiding over Jan and Mimi's court case, on Friday, July 20th.

General Hospital: Ingo Rademacher begins airing the week of July 30-August 3, 2001.

One Life to Live: Melissa Archer joins the cast in the contract role of Natalie.  Her first airdate is Monday, July 16, 2001.

Passions: John Beck joins the cast in the recurring role of Bruce, a good friend of Julian Crane.  In addition to numerous guest appearances and leads in movies of the week, Beck's credits include the television series "Flamingo Road," "Dallas," "Tradewinds" and "13 Bourbon Street" as well as the films "Sleeper," "Audrey Rose," "The Other Side of Midnight," "Rollerball" and "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid."   Beck's first airdate is August 3, 2001.

Port Charles: Secrecy surrounds the return of Kimberlin Brown who reprises her role as Dr. Rachel Locke on a recurring basis beginning Tuesday, July 24, 2001

Seeing Stars

AMC:  On Saturday, July 28, 2001 see Josh Duhamel (Leo) at the Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles, Il from 2-3 PM.  For More Info Call: (630) 513-1120.  Anthony Addabbo (Dimitri) appears with Kathleen Chalfant, BillyCrudup and Alice Ripley and other stars from Guiding Light (see below) in Supertalk, a short film by Guiding Light stage manager Adam Reist and Andy Lawler.  The film will premiere on Saturday, August 11 at the First Guerrilla Film & Video Festival at the Tribeca Film Center.  For information on the festival, call 718-833-1768; for further information on Supertalk, visit the website at  Also on August 11, 2001 see Josh Duhamel (Leo) and Cameron Mathison (Ryan) at the Women's Expo, Dallas Market Mall, Dallas, TX beginning at 2 PM.   Tickets:Adults $7.00; Seniors $6.00; Children 12 and Under are Free; $2.00 off Admission coupons available in July/August at Minyard Food Stores. Call for info: (214) 553-9447 or toll free at (877) 553-9447.  On August 18, 2001 seeWalt Willey (Jackson) at The Colonnade I Jonesboro, AR beginning at 7 pm. The event is called "The War Party," a fundraiser hosted by the Indian Club, who supports and raises funds for Arkansas State University athletics and athletic scholarships. Willey will be doing the comedy act as well as a meeting and greeting at the pre-party. Ticket Price: $75.  Call for info  870-972-2401

As the World Turns:Eileen Fulton will be performing her cabaret act at Odette's on South River Road in New Hope, PA on Friday, July 20 at 8pm, Saturday, July 21 at 8pm, and Sunday, July 22 at 7:30pm.  For reservations, call 215/862-3000. Chad Tucker joins Phylicia Rashad in the Roundabout Theatre production of the musical, BLUE.  Performances are at New York City's Gramercy Theatre, 127 East 23rd Street. For ticket information, call the theater at (212) 777-4900 or Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100.

Days of Our Lives:  On Saturday, July 21, 2001, Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) and Kyle Lowder (Brady) host lunch at the Sheraton at Bush River Road in Columbia, South Carolina.  Tickets are $40.00.  For info email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  The same day, Nadia and Kyle also appear at Dutch Square Center in Columbia, South Carolina.  For info call 803 407-1093. On Wednesday, July 25, 2001 see Steve Blackwood (Bart) at Jax on Brand Blvd in Glendale, CA from 9 PM-1 AM. 

General Hospital: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 27, 28, & 29, 2001, it's GH/PC Fan Weekend!!  On Saturday, July 28, 2001 it's the Kurth & Taylor Concert at Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel, Studio City, CA Tickets are $50 - no refunds - limited seating. Concert begins at 8 PM. To order tickets, and for further information call Elana Boneventura at 661-395-1193 or visit 

Guiding Light: George Alvarez, along with 3,000 other bicyclists, is participating in the Tanqueray Northeast AIDS Ride from Bear Mountain, NY to Boston, MA. The four-day, 325-mile ride, which raises funds for AIDS research, takes place July 19-22.  For more information or to make an on-line donation, go to  (For a donation, you will need to refer to George's rider number, 4578.) Justin Deas, Beth Ehlers, Kurt McKinney, and Anthony Addabbo appear with Kathleen Chalfant, BillyCrudup and Alice Ripley in Supertalk, a short film by Guiding Light stage manager Adam Reist and Andy Lawler.  The film will premiere on Saturday, August 11 at the First Guerrilla Film & Video Festival at the Tribeca Film Center.  For information on the festival, call 718-833-1768; for further information on Supertalk, visit the website at

Passions: See Dana Sparks (Grace) at the 4th Annual Scott Hamilton Circle of Friends Invitational Golf Tournament benefiting Target House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on Monday, July 16 at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA.  Portions of this event are being co-sponsored by The Los Angeles Times. Fore more information call: (805) 496-3036. Travis Schuldt (Ethan) will be co-hosting and signing autographs at the 5th Annual Fashion!Dallas / Kim Dawson Agency Model Search in Dallas, TX onSaturday, August 4 at the Dallas Galleria beginning at 11:00 a.m.  At 12:00 noon Travis will play Passions Trivia with the audience and a lucky winner will be able to have ice-cream with Travis! For more information call The Kim Dawson Agency at (214) 638-2414. Rodney Van Johnson (TC) and Ryan McPartlin (Hank) will participate in the 2001 WAGL Co-ed Celebrity Golf Tournament benefiting The Wellness Community of West Los Angeles on Friday, August 10 at Robinson's Ranch Valley Course in Santa Clarita, CA. For more info (818) 382-6200 or (323) 782-8487. Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) appears at the Westfield Shoppingtown North County in San Diego, CA on Sunday, August 12 from 1-4 p.m. as part of Soap Opera Digest's 'Mall Tour 2001.'  Jesse will conduct a Q&A session, perform a scene with a member of the audience and sign autographs and pose for pictures. Galen Gering (Luis) appears at the Aventura Mall in Miami, FL on Saturday, September 1 from 1-4 p.m. as part of Soap Opera Digest's 'Mall Tour 2001.'  Galen will conduct a Q&A session, perform a scene with a member of the audience and sign autographs and pose for pictures.  Look for more information in upcoming issues of Soap Opera Digest.

Port Charles: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 27, 28, & 29, 2001, it's GH/PC Fan Weekend!!  See General Hospital Seeing Stars above for details on this year's events!

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