Dear Suds Buds,
As usual, lots to share with you this week. But before we get down to the nitty gritty of what's happening and about to happen in soaps, please submit your nominations for the 4th Annual Turtle-Run.com Daytime Cybby Awards. We've received tons of nominations so far, but have extended the nominating period through the end of the month to give everyone a chance to submit their favorites. Here's hoping your favorite gets on the ballot and wins!
Plus, TR's Jessica Radloff spent one wonderful day at Disney California Adventure on Saturday, April 13 at SuperSuper Soap Weekend West, One Life to Live weekend. She tells you all about what the stars had to say, who was most gracious with fans, and why Hillary B. Smith (Nora) didn't show her puss for the press conference. (As I write this column, we are off to cover the final SuperSoap Weekend West featuring GeneralHospital and Port Charles. Stay tuned to Top of the Week next week for the low down on the festivities.)
Speaking of One Life to Live, get your vcr's set and ready to tape the week of live broadcasts. See below for scoop on what you can expect. And for those of you in NY, LA, Chicago and Dallas, mark your calanders. DOOL's Patrika Darbo (Nancy) is coming to your town for a book signing. Get the tour dates below!
Submit Your Nominations for the 4th Annual TRO Cybby Awards
Here are the Fun Categories:
*Most Elitist Snob
*Most Endearing Imp
*Most Devious Doctor
*Best Performance While Hiding A Pregnancy
*Best Performance Playing Pregnant When You're Not
*Tears For Careers: It's My Party And I'll Cry If I Get Paid To
*Oh Brother: Best Sibling Rivalry
*Most Missed Missing Veteran
*Old Dog, New Tricks: Best Veteran On A New Show
*Best Return Of A Character
*Best Performance From A Hospital Bed
*Grandest Grande Dame
*Best Bad Guy
*Maid With The Mostest
*Sense Of Humor
*Character You'd Most Want To Bring Home To Meet The Parents (Male)
*Character You'd Most Want To Bring Home To Meet The Parents (Female)
*Wooden Spoon Award: Character You'd Like To Bop Upside The Head
*Whinning Dinning: Characters who complain more than they eat!
*SuperHero/Heroine: Character you'd most want to rescue you.
*Bronze BedPan: Character who spent the most time in a hospital bed.
*Best Couple that Isn't -- Yet: Characters who should be couples.
*Cast Me: If you got a to play any character, who would you want to be?
*SuperCouple Of All Time
*Best Soap of All Time
SuperSoap Weekend West #2 -- One Life to Live
By Jessica Radloff
Not to sound like a cliché, but the real winners at the second Super Soap Weekend West held at Disney's California Adventure on Saturday and Sunday April 13-14, 2002 were the fans of One Life to Live. Unlike the All My Children weekend which was chilly and grey, the skies were sunny, temps were in the mid 80s, and the crowds were less than half that of the AMC gang. Although you'd like to see more support for a show that is creatively at the top of its game, the fans that did turn out were rewarded with more one-on-one time and less chance of being overwhelmed.
Kicking off the morning press conference was Erika Slezak (Viki), who looked absolutely stunning in a bright blue suit. She was extremely gracious and took time out to answer each question with much thought and interest. Asked about her feelings toward OLTL's live week on May 13-17, Slezak said that she's "thrilled to death. I'm one of the few people at One Life to Live who cannot wait, and because of that, I'm probably going to be the biggest basket case when it starts. It's going to require a lot of preparation, a lot of dedication, but we are so ready for it. It hasn't happened in daytime that a show has gone live in 25, 30 years, so it's going to be fascinating."
In addition to preparing to go live, Slezak is offering her own advice to aspiring actress/daughter Amanda, 20. I met Amanda two years ago at New YorkUniversity's TischSchool of the Arts. Amanda is the spitting image of her mother and is an extremely talented up-and-coming actress. I asked Slezak what advice she gives her daughter, and Slezak surprised the press by announcing that "the only advice (I give her) is to stay out of the business! I know why she wants to do it--it's the same reason I wanted to do it. And all I can advise her is to be as ready as you can, to be aware that as much as I love it, it's a horrible business."
Regardless of the pressure, even Slezak admits that there's got to be time for fun. "(Amanda's) actually in Florence right now having the best time of her life. She's actually majoring in shoes," Slezak joked. "We took her over in January. Every other store is a shoe shop. I went nuts. I didn't buy one single pair, but I looked a lot!"
After Slezak left the stage to meet her fans, Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio), David Fumero (Cristian), Nathaniel Marston (Al), Jessica Morris (Jen), and Nathan Purdee (Hank) greeted the press in the second interview session of the day. Unfortunately, Morris and Fumero looked like they'd much rather be somewhere else. Their responses were somewhat deadpanned, but then again, it wasn't even lunchtime and the flight was rather long from New York to Los Angeles. Morris commented on her relationship with on-screen parents Catherine Hickland (Lindsay) and Laurence Lau (Sam) by saying that "ever since I started, Catherine has taken me under her wing, and Larry is like a dad to me. They're both really great." As for Fumero, he was especially good-looking and easy on the eyes! Kamar de los Reyes was equally stunning and extremely funny and energetic. He loved answering questions from the press and enjoyed joking around with his co-stars. Although Nathaniel Marston was the last one to be asked a question, he laughed throughout the interview session and showed genuine excitement to be part of such a talented cast. He even poked fun at himself for being the only actor there to wear a tie. "I got the memo, what about you guys?" he joked. Rounding out the group, Nathan Purdee commented on his kids, and was very cordial and appreciative throughout the whole session.
As the clock hit noon, Phil Carey (Asa), Robert S. Woods (Bo), Melissa Archer (Natalie), Sherri Saum (Keri) and Tim Stickney (RJ) entered the room, but unfortunately weren't that much livelier than the last group. Woods, Archer and Stickney were sincere and gracious, but the others didn't seem to be in the mood to talk. However, it was funny when a reporter asked Saum to comment on her professional R&B singing career. Looking quite puzzled, Saum told the reporter that the statement wasn't true and the only place she really sings is in the shower. As for Melissa Archer, she gave the sun a run for its money with her bright red hair. Very sweet and energetic, she seemed to be enjoying her first Super Soap experience. Equally so was Robert Woods in a casual un-tucked white shirt, who looked more like he was ready for a day at the beach.
The last group of the day was by far the most animated and talkative. Although, that might have had something to do with the fact that it was after lunchtime and the actors had loosened up. Fiona Hutchison (Gabrielle) is very cute and petite and commented that she is enjoying her role now more so than in the past when she first was on OLTL. "I hope that's showing," she offered. Although Erin Torpey (Jessica) remained quiet for much of the interview, she looked rather pleased to see OLTL's fan club president in the audience. As for Catherine Hickland (Lindsay), it was obvious that she was thrilled to be attending California's first Super Soap Weekend. Dressed in a Pocahontas-themed outfit (fringe suede jacket, suede low-riders and feather earrings), Hickland was never at a loss for words. Pretending that her disappointment stemming from Kristen Alderson's (Starr) failure to garner an Emmy nomination was going to prevent her from attending this year's telecast, Hickland admitted the real reason she'll be absent on Emmy night is due her performing on the New York stage. In addition, she commented that working with Ty Treadway (Troy) is a huge joy for her and that the upcoming story for Lindsay in prison is going to really knock the fan's socks off! Speaking of Treadway, he is absolutely gorgeous and extremely friendly. Now that he has nabbed a seat next to Lisa Rinna in SoapNet's new soap-themed talk show, he admitted that he should start taking tips from us fellow reporters.
Last but not least, the very boyish and adorable Laurence Lau (Sam) really did a number on the crowd. He was one of the most attentive and friendly stars in attendance. But before he left the pressroom to meet his fans, I asked him that since so many fans remember him as Greg Nelson from All My Children, does he keep in touch with fellow co-star Kim Delaney (ex-Jenny, AMC)? Lau explained that five years ago they tried to meet up but things didn't work out. "We played phone tag for quite a while, but then it got silly. Kim and I have gone our own ways, although I do see Darnell (Williams; ex-Jesse, AMC) from time to time."
Out of everyone I observed interacting with the fans, none paid them the attention or spoke to them so eagerly than Lau. He treated each fan as though they were the only one in the park and graciously answered all their questions. Even after security tried to rush him along his way when his Q&A session ended, he stopped to take pictures and chat for an extra 15 minutes with the fans that had gathered by the side exit ramp. In all fairness, Treadway was extremely gracious too and rushed over to take a picture with a fan when it was apparent that she couldn't make her way to see him. It's that kind of interaction that make the long lines and hot temperatures worthwhile for the fans.
Finally, one suspicious absence during the press interviews was that of Hillary B. Smith (Nora). Reporters were running rampant with several thoughts as to why she had skipped out of the session, but for those who stuck around for the Q&A session later in the day, they found out the real answer. She revealed that she flew in from NYC only that morning because her son was in a play the previous night. As a mom, she explained to the crowd that she wouldn't have missed it for the world.
Overall, it was a terrific weekend for OLTL fans. Except for a few absences (Kristen Alderson, Roger Howarth, James and Cassie DePaiva among them), the entire cast was there to give the fans the greatest weekend of their lives. Job well done guys--you served them right!
DOOL's Darbo on Tour with "365 Nights of Love and Romance"
"There is no point in thinking, 'coulda, woulda, shoulda.' I'm where I'm supposed to be with no regrets. I've learned that power is sexy. So is confidence in yourself. Whatever package you're in, put a bow on it. Get out there and capture your dreams." Patrika Darbo (Nancy, DOOL) from "365 Nights of Love and Romance," Harper Collins.
Start taking Darbo's advice by getting out and meeting Patrika Darbo! She may be coming to your town to promote her new book. Here's where you can see Darbo over the next few weeks.
Saturday, April 27 -- 4pm
LA Times Book Fair
Book Soup Booth 315
UCLA Zone C, Royce Quad
New York -- Long Island
Thursday, May 2 -- 7:30pm
Barnes and Noble, Carle Place
91 Old Country Rd.
Carle Place, NY
New York -- Rockland
Friday, May 3 -- 7:30pm
Barnes and Noble, W. Nyack
West Nyack, NY
Chicago -- Oak Brook
Monday, May 6 -- 7pm
1500 16th Street, Ste. D
Oak Brook, IL
Tuesday, May 7 -- 7pm
Barnes and Noble
801 W. 15th Street
One Life to Live, LIVE!
Some people call it working without a net. We call it daytime drama. One week of One Live to Live you won't want to miss! Here's why:
Two people will tie the knot, a location shoot, a love scene, a big secret revealed and much more... It's all live on ABC Daytime's "One Life to Live Live!," MAY 13-17. The BiorÈ(r) brand has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of this unprecedented week of television when "One Life to Live" will air live from its New York-based studio, as well as New York City's famous Central Park. OLTL will be the first one-hour drama in television history to air live for an entire week.
OLTL executive producer Gary Tomlin, who conceived of the idea, said, "Each of the 30 contract cast members will appear during the week. Production has not been pared down to take on the challenge of the live shows; in fact we've made it even more ambitious. In addition to a love scene, we will feed in a remote shoot from nearby Central Park."
Among the exciting stories this week will be the long-awaited moment when Blair (Kassie DePaiva) finally learns the truth about the terrible secret her husband Todd (Roger Howarth) has been keeping. Anything can happen when a show that usually takes an entire production day to shoot will air live in just one hour.
This exciting week of television will culminate with the Daytime Emmy Awards on May 17, for which "One Life to Live" is nominated for Outstanding Drama Series.
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DOOL and Country Music Stars Mix Drink for Charity
On Monday, May 20th, Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), Patrika Darbo (Nancy), Kyle Lowder (Brady) and Arianne Zuker(Nicole) will be participating in KZLA's 2nd Annual Hot Sizzlin' Country Celebrity Bartending Event. Joining the Days of our Lives actors behind the bar will be country superstars Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, Doug Supernaw, Lila McCann, Jamie O'Neal, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and many others. The event is in conjunction with the Academy of Country Music Awards being held on May 21st. Proceeds from the event will benefit Cystic Fibrosis. The fun starts at 5:00 PM at BJ's Restaurant and Bar in Burbank, CA, located at 107 First St in Burbank (cross street is Olive.)
DOOL's Bill Hayes Does Frasier
Bill Hayes (Doug Williams) guest stars on NBC's hit comedy Frasier on Tuesday, May 7th. In the episode titled "Frasier has Spokane," Bill portrays a TV Talk Show host who has been on the job for thirty years and whom Frasier is set to replace. Check local listings for channel information.
DOOL's Dr. Rolf's Art on Display
Will Utay (Dr. Rolf) will be having a showing of his hand-colored photography at theSylviaWhiteArtGallery from April 30 -- May 30th.
The Sylvia White Gallery is located at 2022 Broadway in Santa Monica, CA 90404. Will Utay and his wife Susan, whose artwork will also be on display at the showing, will be appearing at an opening reception on May 2nd from 5:00 PM -- 7:00 PM.
As the World Turns:Graham Winton reprises his role as Caleb Snyder on Thursday, April 25th. Jessica Dunphy joins the cast as Alison Stewart on Thursday, April 25th. Trent Dawson reprises the role of Henry Coleman on Monday, April 29th.
Days of our Lives: Wayne Heffley and Marilyn McIntyre will reprise their roles as Vern Scofield and Jo Johnson on April 25th. Darryl Anderson once again portrays the tabloid reporter on Friday, April 26th.
Guiding Light:Robert Cuccioli plays the police chief on Monday, April 22.
Ryan Williams plays a room service attendant on Tuesday, April 23. Pilar Witherspoon plays a fan of Darlena LaCrosse on Tuesday, April 23.
Ben Fox plays a Spaulding servant on Wednesday, April 24. Sarah Zimmerman plays Ms. Porter, the bank manager, on Wednesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 25. Stephen Schnetzer brings his Another World character, Cass Winthrop, to Springfield, beginning on Thursday, April 25.
Cameron Blair plays the "Marlers'" babysitter on Friday, April 26.
Passions: Jonathan Goldsmith continues to portray Judge Matthews on the 22, 23and 24. Tonia Kalouria plays Tonia, the psychiatrist who picks up the hitch hiking Timmy on the 23rd. Neil Dickson portrays the master of ceremonies at the masquerade ball on the 24 and 25. Casey McCarthy plays Glenda, Brett Wagner plays Crusher, Michael Olfiers plays Spike and Lisa Arturo plays Kitten. All have scenes with Josh RyanEvans (Timmy) at the Biker Bar on the 25th.
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).
As the World Turns: Terri Conn (Katie) and Paul Leyden (Simon) will host Comedy Night at Brokerage Entertainment Club in Bellmore, NY on Saturday, May 4 at 5:00 pm. For ticket information call, 516-785-8655.
One Life to Live: OnFriday, May 17, 2002see Catherine Hickland (Lindsay) perform "Love Letters" with Campbell Scott at Fleetwoods Stage, New Rochelle, NY. Tickets are $25. The play begins at 8 PM. Call 914 654-8949 for tickets and 914 654-8533 for directions.
Passions: William Shatner's 12th Annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show is scheduled for Saturday, April 27that the BurbankEquestrianCenter. New confirmation Ryan McPartlin (Hank) will join previously announced cast members Justin Carroll (David), Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy, Amelia Marshall (Liz), Marianne Muellerlielle (Norma), and Eva Tamargo Lemus (Pilar) as they come out to meet and greet fans, sign autographs and help raise money for worthy charities. Please note that Lindsay Korman (Theresa) and Dana Sparks (Grace) will not be able to attend the Annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show as previously announced. For ticket information, please call 818/509.2290. Dana Sparks (Grace) will be hosting A Passionate ROAR luncheon on Sunday, April 28 from 11am-3pm. Proceeds from the event will go towards animal preservation. Tickets are $50.00. For more information visit www.danasparks.com. The stars of Passions are participating in the Make-a-wish® Foundation and Snuggle® Fabric Softner Celebrity Soft Tee charity event. During the month of February, stars signed and decorated a t-shirt that will be auctioned off on eBay on May 6, May 13, and May 22. You can link directly to the auction by logging on to snuggletime.com. The stars of Passions and Days will make an encore appearance in Nashville for Fan Fair 2002 . Stars including Andrea Evans (Rebecca), Bruce Michael Hall (Reese), Lindsay Korman (Theresa), and Justin Carroll (David), will be greeting fans and signing autographs at the NBC daytime booth in the NashvilleConvention Center, as well as making special appearances at various events throughout the weekend. The stars' return trip to MusicCity will be highlighted by an exclusive Fan Fair event, June 15 and 16. On Father's Day, Sunday, June 16, Rodney Van Johnson (TC) will be participating in the 13th Annual REAL MEN COOK for CHARITY, the largest, longest running, annual urban Father's Day event in the nation! Visit www.realmencook.com. ATTENTION ALLCANADIAN FANS: Galen Gering (Luis) and Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) will make a personal appearance at a Soap Opera Festival on Sunday, June 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Paramount Canada's Wonderland theme park in Toronto, Ontario, CANADA. The appearance will be held in the theme park's 5,000-seat amphitheater and will be a question and answer session. For more information, call WonderlandTheme Park at (905) 832-7000. On Sunday, June 16, Amelia Marshall (Liz), Kim Johnston Ulrich (Ivy), McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) and Deanna Wright (Kay) will act as the official hostesses for the opening night of the 2002 California Police and Fire Games, which will take place throughout Orange County, California from the dates of June 16-June 23, 2002. Opening Ceremonies will be held at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Irvine. Admission is free. Ceremonies begin at 5pm. For further information call: 714/245.8653. 3rd Annual Passions FanEvent, Saturday, July 20, 2002, 8 AM-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), Rodney Van Johnson (TC), McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan), Deanna Wright (Kay) and Natalie Zea (Gwen), 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.
Young & the Restless:Kristoff St. John (Neil) will star on an upcoming episode of HBO's "Arli$$." Check TV listings. Eva Longoria is the Grand Marshall of the Fiesta Flambeau Parade in San Antonio, TX on Saturday, April 27. The theme of the parade is magical moments. The parade will be televised live in San Antonio on the CBS affiliate, KENS-TV. On Saturday, May 18, 2002 at the Grand Casino in Robinsonville, MI see Jeanne Cooper (Katherine), Christian LeBlanc (Michael), Joshua Morrow (Nicholas), and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis). For info call: 662 357-3322.
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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