Dear Suds Buds:
Believe it or not, it has been a fairly quiet week in Soapdom. Breaking newswise that is! LOL As for the soap storylines themselves, we have seen a number of interesting turns of events. On Passions, the character of Theresa, wrought with frustration and fear of losing the man she loves forever, actually raised a fire poker to a woman in a wheelchair in order to preserve her latest secret. On As the World Turns, Bryant was killed off rather suddenly in a car accident. I still cannot believe that one. But you know, killing off a character so abruptly does make for intriguing story development in the wake of the tragic death. It will be interesting to see just how that one pans out. My guess? Carly and Craig will get together. You heard it here first, ATWT fans. But it's only a guess. We will have to tune in and see. On GeneralHospital it doesn't look good for Scotty and Laura, or does it? But I gotta admit it. My favorite GH couple is Nik and Gia. They work, IMHO. LOL Speaking of soap couples, Chloe may be in for a run for her money on Days of our Lives, as another young beauty sets her sights on Philip! (See below.)
There's plenty of buzz on the Turtle-Run Message Boards. Some Y&R fans are concerned with the downward spiral the character of Raul is taking of late; many AMC fans are livid over the fact that Tad may once again be keeping Leslie a secret from Dixie (Wait till you see what happens this week.); and one PC fan has some very definite opinions on the vampire storyline in light of the tragic events of 9/11.
The good news is we do have our soaps to watch and discuss. Regardless of the harsh realities of the world around us, we can always escape into the fantasy world of our soaps for an hour or so a day. For many, their favorite soap is a welcome relief. "Give me my hot bath in the evening and my soap at noon," my mom used to say! And on Halloween I met a very nice woman who shared with me that she watches All My Children at work. Never misses a day!
SuperSoap Weekend 6
It's SuperSoap time again, and as we go to press on this Top of the Week, ABC executives were all getting ready to head on down to Florida for the festivities. SoapCenter's Peggy Bunker and Tanika Ray will be covering the event front to back for airing on SoapCenter at a later date. There are many festivities planned including a breakfast with Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC) and fans from her internet chat club, an ABC SuperSoap Weekend Talk Show, hosted for the first time this year by Linda Dano (Rae, OLTL). Previously hosted by Catherine Hickland (Lindsay, OLTL), Dano will interview some of soaps biggest and brightest stars in this non-stop, round-the-clock soap talk show. And the ABC SuperSoap Street Jam Concert featuring performances by Susan Lucci, Kassie DePaiva (Blair, OLTL) and Catherine Hickland (Lindsay, OLTL), Wally Kurth (Ned, GH), Coltin Scott ... who really rocks, by the way! (Nik, GH), and others.
For those of you who attended SSW6, I hope you had a blast. And for those who are perhaps considering attending next year, I say don't hesitate another second. It's an amazing way to get up close and personal (barring a few lines and dealing with the crowds). To get the SSW fever, revisit Turtle-Run's Top of the Week coverage of SSW5. Click on the "Past Top of the Week" link and read November 20, 27 and December 4 and 11, 2000.
GH Star Gives Birth to Halloween Baby!
Congratulations are in order to Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) and Michael Saucedo (ex Juan) who have just had their first child. Baby Ethan Saucedo joined the world on Wednesday, October 31, 2001 at1:22 AM, just making the fun distinction of being born on Halloween. The little guy weighed in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 20" tall. Mom, dad and baby Ethan are all doing great. Congrats, guys!
Port Charles Scores Acting Coup
Film, television and theater star, Charles Keating, returns to Port Charles as the character of James. It seems that Caleb will be in need of some assistance with his evil machinations, and James is just the person to come on board and help him out!
With an impressive list of credits, Keating has worked in such films as "The Thomas Crown Affair," "Awakenings," "Harlem Aria," and "The Bodyguard." He has guest-starred on a number of top-rated television shows including "Sex in the City," "The Equalizer," "A Talent for Murder," "Hotel," and "Miami Vice," among others.
Keating has also worked in a number of British television series including "Brideshead Revisited," "Edward and Mrs. Simpson," "Richard II," and "Tales of the "Unexpected." His extensive list of theatre preformances includes productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Crucible Theater, Bankside Globe and the KennedyCenter.
Be sure to tune in to Port Charles beginning Friday, November 16, 2001 to see Keating's portrayal of James, Caleb's new confident.
ATWT's Terri Conn Takes New Name as Katie Shares her Hopes & Dreams with YOU
Terri Conn (Katie, ATWT), has just announced that from now on she will be using her married name as her official nom du star! She has officially taken her husband's last name "Colombino," as her professional name. So, when you see the name Terri Colombino mentioned in the magazines or on cast lists, don't think that the powers that be at ATWT have recast the part of Katie. Heck no! It's just that now, she has expressed the desire to go by her married name.
But that's not all. On Wednesday, November 7, Katie presents Simon with her hope chest on-air. And on www.astheworldturns-tv.com, you can take you own special peek at Katie's hope and dreams in her "A Journal of Our Love scrapbook." Also on November 7, be sure to check out Abi-Mail where you can see the videotape of Molly and Jake's wedding that was shot and edited by Nick.
DOOL's Philip Gets Ego Boost from Cynthia
This week on Days of our Lives, lovelorn Philip gets a shot in the arm when Cynthia comes back into his life with nothing but the hots for guy. But who is this Cynthia when she's at home, you may be asking? Cynthia first appeared on the show when all the teens went to Puerto Rico on their class trip last summer. Chloe better make up her mind and quick because word has it that Philip and Cynthia are meant to "get to know each other a little better" in the weeks to come! SIZZLE ALERT!
Now on SoapCenter as of Friday,November 2, 2001
Spotlight: Second Annual "Women of Style" Fashion Show
Get your backstage pass to Soap Opera Digest's Second Annual Women of Style fashion show. The event, a benefit for Dress For Success New York, was hosted by Finola Hughes and Cameron Mathison (Anna and Ryan, AMC). Celebrity models include Kim Onasch (Jennifer, As the World Turns), Laura Wright (Cassie, Guiding Light), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis,"Young and the Restless) and Julianne Morris (Greta, Days of Our Lives).
Spotlight: Passions' star Andrea Evans Marches for Breast Cancer Awareness
Unlike her selfish character on Passions (Rebecca), actress Andrea Evans is quite generous. She and her mother -- a breast-cancer survivor -- joined hundreds of others walkers in Chicago to raise money and awareness for The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and you getto follow them every step of the way.
Spotlight: Y&R and B&B stars "Feud" for Charity
Ten actors from The Young and Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful competed against each other on Family Feud, the popular game show, donating their winnings to 10 different charities. (These episodes of Family Feud air the week of Nov. 5). SoapCenter's cameras captured the action and the fun of their friendly rivalry.
Feature Report: Guiding Light's Fan Club Weekend
The Guiding Light fan club recently held its 20th annual gathering in New York and the cast came out in force to meet its fans. First, actors from Guiding Light and As the World Turns teamed up with viewers at the annual bowling fundraiser; proceeds from the event benefited the Twin Towers Fund. The next day, hundreds of loyal GL fans gathered at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York for the club's annual luncheon. SoapCenter takes you behind the scenes at both events.
At Home with All My Children's Walt Willey
He may be at home in Pine Valley, but where is Walt Willey's (Jackson, All My Children) heart when he wants a perfect getaway? His beautiful bed and breakfast, Crystal Mesa Farm, in New Mexico. He takes viewers on a private tour of his rustic retreat.
Daytime Unites For a Very Special Fundraiser
Young and the Restless star Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) gathered more than 100 actors recently for "Daytime Unites," an afternoon of music, food and mingling with the stars to benefit children affected by the tragic events of Sept. 11, in North Hollywood, CA. See the roundup of the afternoon's events.
Premiering on SoapCenter, Friday, November 9, 2001
Spotlight: The Bold Life of Hunter Tylo
Hunter Tylo (Taylor) has made her mark as an international model, author, spokesperson and, of course, as an actress on the world's most popular daytime drama, The Bold and the Beautiful. She'll reveal how she's adding her own makeup line to her long list of accomplishments.
Character Profile: Beth's Look-Alike on Guiding Light
Beth Chamberlin played feisty Beth Raines from 1989 until the character's death last summer in a flash flood. But, in true soap fashion, Beth Raines' death doesn't mean Beth Chamberlin is leaving the soap. Since September, she's played trashy Lorelei Hills, a woman who bears more than a slight resemblance to the late Beth. In this package, Chamberlin talks about the challenges of playing a new role on her old show and gives viewers insight into Lorelei's character.
Spotlight: Feast With Famous Faces
One Life to Live's James and Kassie DePaiva (Blair and Max), some of their famous soap friends and the best chefs in New York teamed up at a recent benefit for the League for the Hard of Hearing. The result? Good food for a good cause.
Character Profile: General Hospital's Kristina
She's Alexis's sister, but that's just about all we know about this mysterious General Hospitalnewcomer Kristina -- until now. Actress Jamie RayNewman reveals new details about her rookie character, including hints about Kristina's new love interest.
**TRO Disclaimer: The above SoapCenter segments are scheduled in advance and may be bumped without notice for airing at a later date. The above segments may then be replaced with other segments. Check your local listings.**
All My Children: The recurring role of JR (Adam Chandler, Jr.) has been recast. The role will now be played by Jonathan Bennett. Bennett's first airdate has not yet been set. Lauren B. Maron has been cast in the recurring role of Susan. Her first airdate is Monday, November 5, 2001. Meredith Vieira stars as June Bellwether, the wedding planner, on Monday, November 12, 2001.
As the World Turns:Christine Farrell (Aretha) and Patrice MiriamJohnson (Rainbow) come looking for Katie on Monday, November 5th and Tuesday, November 6th. Adrian Rieder begins playing Devon, a BRO publicist, on Wednesday, November 7.
Days of our Lives: For the week of 11/5-9, Ryan Scott continues in the role of Harold. Veronica Lauren plays the recurring role of Cynthia.
Guiding Light: Carl DiMaggio plays a Spaulding security guard on Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9. (Wonder if Carl is any relation to Joe?)
One Life to Live: Guenia Lemos plays the part of Whitney on Monday, November 5, 2001. Bobby Moat plays the recurring role of a boy . His first airdate is Tuesday, November 6, 2001. Ilene Kristen will play the recurring role of Roxanne. Her first airdate is Wednesday, November 7, 2001. Wortham Krimmer makes several appearances as Reverend Andrew Carpenter beginning Thursday, November 8, 2001. Playwright ("The Tale of the Allergist's Wife") and actor Charles Busch begins a recurring role as Peg Barlow. Her first airdate is Wednesday, November 14, 2001. Tonja Walker Davidson reprises her role as Alex Olanov beginning Thursday, November 15, 2001. Walker Davidson played the manipulative Ales on and off from 1990-97, receiving a 1993 Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She last appeared on OLTL for several episodes in May, 2001. Prior to joining OLTL, she starred as Olivia Jerome on GH, and Lizbeth Bachman on "Capital." In addition to her daytime success, she has appeared in several primetime series, commercials, and feature films, starring alongside actors such as Matt Dillon, Bernard Hughes, Michael Nouri and William Shatner. Several of Asa's ex wives return beginning November 15, 2001. Watch for Tonja Walker Davidson (ex Alex), Mary Gorgon Murray (ex Becky Lee) ShellyBurch (ex Delila) and Christine Jones (ex Pamela).
Port Charles: Charles Keating returns to daytime as James. His first airdate is Friday, November 16, 2001.
Young & the Restless: Anita Finlay is Dr. Nora on November 2 and 5. Lise Simms is Connie on Monday, November 5. Jonathan Bray is Johnny and Tracey Bregman is Lauren on Tuesday, November 6, 2001.
AMC: On Sunday, On November 5, 2001 see Susan Lucci (Erica) performing on stage at Carnegie Hall in honor of the Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation. The evening is entitled Accentuate the Positive'. Susan will grace the stage along with other esteemed performers such as The NY Pops, Marvin Hamlisch, Holly Berger, Rex Reed to name a few. Call (212) 903-9600 for info. On November 10, 2001Susan Lucci and Regis Philbin appear at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT from 9 PM. Tickets are $55. & $66. Call 800-200-2882 or 860-312-3352. On November 9-10,Walt Willey (Jackson) appears at Babylon Comedy Cabaret, 9 North 3rd Street, Grand Forks, ND 58201 Call 701-775-5555 for time. On Sunday, November 17, 2001 at 4 PM see Josh Duhamel (Leo) along with Patrika Darbo (Nancy, DOOL), Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, Y&R), and Jerry ver Dorn (Ross, GL) at Joyce Becker's Soap Opera Festival at the Oneida Bingo and Casino in Green Bay, WI in the Radison Hotel Ballroom. Call 800 238-4263. On November 18, 2001 see Josh Duhamel (Leo) at the North Riverside Park Mall in North Riverside, IL from 1-3 pm. Call (708) 442-7552. (Some appearance info provided by SEAHAAS.)
As the World Turns: Paul Leyden (Simon) appears at Sears, Roebuck & Co., Polaris Fashion Place, 1400 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240 on Saturday, November 10 (new date) from 1:00-3:00pm. For more information, call 614/797-2054. Paul Leyden (Simon) will appear at Sears, Roebuck & Co., Arcadia Crossing, 4531 East Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85008 on Saturday, November 17 from 2-4 pm. For info, call 602/956-1263. Michael Park (Jack) will appear at Sears, Roebuck & Co., Arcadia Crossing, 4531 East Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85008 on Saturday, December 8 from 1:30-3:30pm. For info, call 602/956-1263.
Days of Our Lives: Watch for Steve Blackwood (Bart) as Det. Leon on Judging Amy on Tuesday, November 6 at 10 pm. Wednesdays, November 14 and 28 see SteveBlackwood at Jax in Glendale, CA from 9 PM-1AM. Call 818 500-1604 for info. On Sunday, November 17, 2001 at 4 PM see Patrika Darbo with Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, Y&R), Jerry ver Dorn (Ross, GL), and Josh Duhamel (Leo, AMC) at Joyce Becker's Soap Opera Festival at the Oneida Bingo and Casino in Green Bay, WI in the Radison Hotel Ballroom. Call 800 238-4263. On Sunday, November 18th, Matt Cedeno will be appearing at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant, Michigan from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. For more information, please call 888/732-4537. Your Holiday Wish Come True -- Our "Passions" for unity in America will guide us for all the "Days Of Our Lives." A percentage of this benefit will be donated to the World Trade Center Relief Fund. Lunch, pictures, autographs, celebrity auction and much more! See Passions' JesseMetcalfe (Miguel), and DOOL's Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip), Jason Cook (Shawn), and Kyle Lowder (Brady) on Sunday, December 2, 2001 at The White Sands Oceanfront Resort and Spa Point Pleasant, NJ from 12-4:00pm. Tickets $85 per person. Send S.A.S.E. to S.T.A.R.S., PO Box 195, Adelphia, NJ 07710 For further info call: (732) 294-1682
General Hospital: Luke & Laura wedding 12-episode marathon Soapnet, November 23, 2001 from 11 am to 11 pm, ET.
Guiding Light: Jordi Vilasuso (Tony) appears at Sears, Roebuck & Co., The Mall at Robinson, 1000 Robinson Town Center Drive, Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, November 10 from 12:00-2:00 pm (new date). On Sunday, November 17, 2001 at 4 PM see Jerry ver Dorn (Ross) with Patrika Darbo (Nancy, DOOL), Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, Y&R), and Josh Duhamel (Leo, AMC) at Joyce Becker's Soap Opera Festival at the Oneida Bingo and Casino in Green Bay, WI in the Radison Hotel Ballroom. Call 800 238-4263. Jordi Vilasuso (Tony) will appear at Sears, Roebuck & Co., Arcadia Crossing, 4531 East Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85008 on Saturday, December 1 from 1:30-3:30pm. For info 602/956-1263.
One Life to Live: Ty Treadway appears at Giant Eagle in Kent,OH onSaturday, November 17 from 10 am-1 pm. Call 330 677-1314 for info. See Treadway again on Saturday, December 8, 2001 at Sears in Crystal Lake, IL from 1-3 pm. Call 815 477-4718 for info.
Passions: Check out Bruce Michael Hall (Reese) when he appears on the new talk show "Talk or Walk" on Friday, November 9. Check your local listings for time and channel. Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) signs autographs and greets fans at the opening of SEARS in Wasilla, Alaska on Saturday, November 10 from 12-2 p.m. Also on November 10 join Galen Gering (Luis), Mackenzie Westmore (Sheridan) Dana Sparks (Grace) Lindsay Korman (Theresa), Eva TamargoLemus (Pilar) Deanna Wright (Kay), Justin Carroll (David) and James Hyde (Sam) at the Westfield Shopping Town Promenade in Woodland Hills, CA from 12-2 PM for autographs and dog adoptions benefiting Galen's pet charity, New Leash on Life. Many of the men and women who have been called to service for our country due to the events of 9/11 have left their dogs with New Leash on Life. The organization needs to raise money to care for these animals. Galen, James and Justin hope to see you on November 10. Call 818 594-8740 for info. James Hyde (Sam), Rodney Van Johnson (T.C.), Juliet Mills (Tabitha) and her husband, Maxwell Caulfield (ex Pierce, AMC), Eva Tamargo Lemus (Pilar) and McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) will be attending "An Evening with the Stars" for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network on Saturday, November 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. We will have ticket information available at a later date. Brook Kerr (Whitney) premiers in The Sanford Meisner Center for the Arts' 'The Day They Shot John Lennon,' a play by James McClure. Brook is one of the eight principal actors, starring as 'Sally.' The production will run from October 12 - November 18, 2001 on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission and group rates are available. For reservations call (818) 509-9651. The Sanford Meisner Center for the Arts is located at 5124 Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood, CA. See Passions' JesseMetcalfe (Miguel), and DOOL's Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip), Jason Cook (Shawn), and Kyle Lowder (Brady) on Sunday, December 2, 2001 at The White Sands Oceanfront Resort and Spa Point Pleasant, NJ from 12-4:00pm. Tickets $85 per person. Send S.A.S.E. to S.T.A.R.S., PO Box 195, Adelphia, NJ 07710 For further info call: (732) 294-1682
Young & the Restless: Shemar Moore is still touring the U.S. in "The Fabric of A Man." Check your local newspapers. On Sunday, November 17, 2001 at 4 PM see Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) with Patrika Darbo (Nancy, DOOL), Jerry ver Dorn (Ross, GL), and Josh Duhamel (Leo, AMC) at Joyce Becker's Soap Opera Festival at the Oneida Bingo and Casino in Green Bay, WI in the Radison Hotel Ballroom. Call 800 238-4263.
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