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Arm wrestling, "The Body" in Genoa City and Casting about

They say that good things happen in threes. Several months ago I saw a delightful off, off, off, off, off-Broadway play (it was so off Broadway, it was in Hollywood, CA! LOL) co-written and starring one of TRO's regular visitors, surfer. The play was called Life Goes on, Up to a Point and was about a fledgling soap opera that gets bought by wrestling promoter, who casts a pro wrestler as the lead character. What a far-fetched premise, I giggled. But what great fun! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our night in the theater.

As it turns out, the premise is a lot less far-fetched than I thought!

At EMMY time, fiction turned to fact when the World Wrestling Federation (or was it the other one? I forget now. Not important.) joined with soap stars to host an arm wrestling competition and an auction of soap and wrestling celebrity artwork. Wow, I thought. Is that a coincidence or what? Wrestling and soapdom joining forces for real? LOL Way too cool.

Then, this past Monday, July 10, 2000 ,the two worlds collided yet again, but added a touch of politics this time when Minnesota Governor, Jesse "The Body" Ventura guest starred as himself on the Young & the Restless. According to the story in the LA Times, Ventura is a 15-yr veteran fan of the show!

Again according to the LA Times, this casting was not so abstract as wrestling is often described as a male soap opera (It is? I guess you could say that! LOL), and it's a comparison Ventura wholehearted defends. "You have heroes and villains in both, and they switch as the scenarios change. Pro wrestling is just a soap opera with a little more physical violence to it!"

But Ventura was not always a fan. His wife watches the Young & the Restless, but he scoffed at soaps just like many a red blooded American male. "At first, I said (to her) how can you watch this? Two weeks later, I was hooked."

Ventura's favorite all-time couple is Nikki and Victor. While on the set, every time a new actor would arrive, Ventura would jump to his feet, humbly extending his hand. He called each of the actors by their character name: Mrs. Chancellor, Jack, Jill, etc.

So, there was the ex-wrestler and esteemed Governor of the State of Minnesota on Y&R last Monday, and I was at a meeting and missed the show. Totally disappointed about that. Did any of you see it? Please share your comments on the TRO Y&R Message boards. Then, for the entire story on Ventura's debut in Genoa City visit http://www.calendarlive.com/tvent/20000709/t000064763.html


TRO's All My Children fans have asked us to look into rumors that an actor has been cast in the role of Jake Martin. As of this writing (Thursday, July 13, 2000) the part has still not been offered to anyone, although the network is aggressively seeking to recast the role vacated by Michael Lowry several months ago. The AMC spokesperson promises to keep TRO apprised of casting developments as they occur.

Tamara Clatterbuck (ex Alice Johnson, Y&R) joins General Hospital in the role of Tammy Carson. Clatterbuck has recurred on such television series as NYPD Blue, Murder One and Beverly Hills 91210. Her feature film credits include co-starring roles in Sour Grapes, City of Industry, and Set It Off. Her first airdate on General Hospital is Tuesday, August 1, 2000.

Jensen Ackles (Eric, DOOL) airs for the last time as Eric Brady on Monday, July 31, 2000. Best of luck in your future endeavors, Jensen! :o)

In other DOOL casting news: Brandon Cousins plays a private investigator hired by Victor to follow Sami and Brandon to Italy. Corinne Kason returns as hospital board member, Mrs. Winston on July 17, 2000. David Carrera portrays Paul, Nicole's Dad, in a pivotal flashback on July 18, 2000. Ian Patrick Williams portrays Mimi's father, David, beginning July 21, 2000.

Soap News & Notes

ABC Daytime informs TRO that Regina DiMartino has been named Sr. VP, Marketing and Promotion. It was announced by Angela Shapiro, president, ABC Daytime on July 10, 2000 who said: "Regina's experience and expertise in the daytime television industry make her the ideal choice for this creative, strategic position. I am thrilled to welcome her back to ABC Daytime."

DiMartino held a variety of positions at ABC Television Network from 1978-1996, including most recently as director, marketing, ABC Daytime. From 1997-99 she was a producer for As the World Turns. Earlier this year she produced She-tv, a half-hour woman's health program for ABC News Productions. She currently resides in New York City but will relocate to Los Angeles this summer.

Speaking of summer, the summer series, The Young Americans, premiered Wednesday, July 12, 2000 at 9 PM on The WB. Spinning off from Dawson's Creek, the teen soap follows New England boarding school student Will Krudski and a gang of friends with their own share of juicy secrets. Americans features a theme song and assorted music from M2M, and both Will and the other lead character, Scout, work as waiters for the East Coast restaurant chain Friendly's. The premiere episode was repeated Friday, July 14, 2000 at 9 PM. Sounds like a cool new show! If you missed the premiere, be sure to tune in this week, and have a Fribble on me! ;o)

Once again, NBC's daytime drama Passions breaks new ground by taking fans beyond the scenes to access never-before-seen footage from the show on the internet, beginning July 17, 2000. Fans who watch the show and look for the "Passions Bonus" icon can log onto the official website www.nbc.com/passions to view intimate moments between their favorite characters that will not be seen on-air.

The first installment of the webcast will feature an intense discussion between Eve (Tracy Ross) and Grace (Dana Sparks) that builds off a scene aired during the regular program. Additional "Beyond-the-Scenes" features will be made available to fans on an on-going basis.

Seeing Stars

Saturday, July 22, 2000: Jim Reynolds (Abe, DOOL), Patrika Darbo (Nancy, DOOL), Frank Parker (Shawn, DOOL), Michelle Stafford (Y&R), and many other celebrities will act as All Star Celebrity Soda Jerks to benefit the Pasadena Humane Society at the Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain, located at 1526 Mission Street, South Pasadena, CA from noon till 5:00 PM.

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