It is with a saddened heart that I mention the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the arrest last weekend of Michael Nader (Dimitri, AMC) on alleged charges of selling a small amount of cocaine to undercover police at an after hours club in New York City's East Village. Not the first time Nader has suffered an altercation with the law (he was arrested for alleged drunk driving on Long Island in 1997 while he had his teenaged daughter in the car with him), he is also apparently suffering from health problems as he was admitted to Bellevue Hospital for an undisclosed illness after the arrest last weekend.
Happy to have been involved with the wonderful group of AMC fans who joined together last year to bring the actor back to the show after AMC decided not to exercise a third year option on his contract, I am surprised that so far, we have only received one letter of support for Nader in regard to this breaking story:
"We are totally disenchated with the behavior of the NYC media who chose to find Michael Nader guilty before any concrete investigation was underway. The treatmeant of celebrities in the media is generally reprehensible with regard to substance abuse. One could liken this to the recent over coverage of the Robert Downey Jr.,who admittedly has a problem but is attempting to combat it. Oddly enough his employers, Fox TV/David E.Kelley Prod/Ally McBeal have chosen to extend his working contract rather than engage in the ongoing media vilification. One can only hope that ABC TV/Disney/All My Children would do the same concerning Michael Nader."Jazzriel and Kissntel 02
In seeing Nader on AMC since his return, I have noted that he looked gaunt and much thinner than he did before he left. Perhaps he decided to trim down for health reasons. Perhaps health reasons caused the weight loss. Having had the pleasure of interviewing Nader, I found him always grateful to his fans, and more than gracious with me.
If his health is at risk, I wish him a speedy recovery. If he needs help to combat a substance abuse problem, I pray he seeks it. Far as Nader continuing on AMC, many rumors are circulating the internet, including that of a possible recast. However, on Thursday, March 1, 2001 AMC released this statement in regard to Nader's status with the show: "No decision has been made. The situation is being carefully reviewed by senior management, and to the extent that Michael needs help, we hope he gets the help that he needs. ABC has made resources available to him."
Nader was released on $500.00 bail, and is scheduled to appear in Manhattan Criminal Court on March 26, 2001.
In other AMC News, Ruth Warwick (Pheobe) while on vacation in Italy, broke her hip. She was placed in a body cast and flown back to New York on Wednesday, February 28, 2001 for immediate surgery. As of this writing (Thursday, March 1, 2001) the network had no further word on Warwick's prognosis, but promised to keep us informed. TRO wishes her a speedy recovery.
While on the subject of AMC, I applaud the current storyline involving Tad, Dixie, David, and Leslie. Although not a popular one from the standpoint of many Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Dixie (Cady McClain) fans, the performances all around have been beyond amazing. Vincent Irizarry (David) has been downright despicable in his manipulations of Leslie and Dixie, and his attempts to degrade Tad in Dixie's eyes. Colleen Dion (Leslie) has been remarkable as the crazed, lovesick sociopath who is out to win Tad for herself if it's the last thing she does (and with devious Dr. Dave around, it just might be!). Dixie (Cady McClain), although being played the fool by David, is maintaining her dignity by staying true to her character and continuing to defend the underdog and trust in her fellowman, while fighting her pain for both the husband she believes cheated on her yet again and the man she believes has saved her life one more time. As for Tad (Michael E. Knight), he has been literally breaking my heart! He is hurting so much as he fights for the love of his life and the life he loves, yet Dixie is so blindsided by David that she can't see her husband for the man he really is. Tad feels helpless but won't let that stop him from proving to Dixie that David is not who he pretends to be. The performances and the storytelling have me riveted to the television each day. I can't wait to see what will happen next. Isn't that why we watch soaps in the first place? Great job to the writers and actors of this powerful storyline.
Speaking of AMC writers, congratulations to Michael Conforti who has been named co-head writer of the Emmy Award-winning daytime drama All My Children effective Monday, March 5, 2001. He will be working alongside current head writer Jean Passanante in his new position. "I am delighted to have Michael Conforti join All My Children, said executive producer Jean Dadairo Burke. "He is a wonderful addition to our writing team." Conforti began his long association with daytime television as an actor, playing the role of the young John Anderson on Love of Life, leading to additional acting stints on Edge of Night, As the World Turns and Guiding Light. Conforti then entered a writer development program in 1987 (remember those? I mentioned those last week! Where are they now?) and began writing scripts and breakdowns for Guiding Light full time in 1988. He was promoted to associate head writer of the drama in 1994 and, in 1996, was made co-head writer with Victor Miller and later with Jim Brown and Barbara Esensten. In July of 2000 Conforti joined One Life to Live as an associate head writer.
This Just in! Anna Devane Lavery Scorpio Alive on All My Children!
Pine Valley, Friday, March 2, 2001. ABC soap fans were shocked when they learned that Anna Devane Lavery Scorpio (Finola Hughes) from General Hospital is alive and well on All My Children! Finola Hughes will be playing the dual roles of twin sisters Anna and Alex, revealing the years of mystery behind Anna's presumed death from a boat explosion in 1992. Anna was, and is, one of daytime's most beloved characters, and the fact that she is alive, although rumored ever since Hughes first made her triumphant return to daytime on AMC just over one year ago, is now by far, one of daytime's biggest storylines. Both GH and AMC fans will be riveted to the screen to see what the future holds for Anna and her twin sister Alex, now that we know that Anna is still alive. Stay tuned to Turtle Run's Top of the Week next week for our historical rundown of both characters, from Anna's days as a WSB agent working undercover as a double agent for the DVX to her explosive exit off the show, and Alex's arrival in Pine Valley caring for and protecting the wishes of her ill husband, Dimitri.
Big News for Passions Fans!Save the date. The second annual Passions fan club event will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2001. Stay tuned to Turtle Run for further details!
Days of Our Lives Breaking News!Meet newcomers Paul Logan (Glen) and Megan Corletto (Abby)
Seven year old Megan Corletto plays Abby Devereaux, the only child of super-couple Jack and Jennifer. Born and raised in Glendale, CA, Corletto lives with her father Carlos, a salesman for a plumbing wholesale company, her mother, Erica, and her two-year-old younger brother, Carson. Corletto began her professional acting career when she was five years old with a Campbell's Soup commercial. The young actress already has several television credits under her belt, including ER, The X-Files, Chicago Hope, and the new TNN series, Eighteen Wheels of Justice. Playing a young Piper (Holly Marie Combs) on the hit series Charmed is by far Corletto's favorite guest-star appearance. "I got to do magic and freeze things," said the young actress. "I stopped a ball in mid air," Corletto continues as her eyes light up. Corletto has appeared in a variety of commercials including Intel, Pfeizer, Chevy, and Montgomery Ward. She can be seen in the upcoming feature films Checkers and One Hour Photo starring with Robin Williams. Last summer, Corletto played the Princess in the play Wedding Band, directed by James Avery, at a theatre festival in Los Angeles. When she isnt attending second grade or acting, Corletto enjoys watching the PowerPuff Girls and Pokemon, as well as collecting the Pokemon cards. She loves to read, especially the Harry Potter series, and enjoys cruising around the neighborhood on her Razor scooter. An active member in Brownies, Corletto also enjoys playing on the afterschool playground with her friends. She has brown hair and green eyes, and celebrates her birthday on September 25th.
Cabaret with the Wesley's
Deidre Hall Hosts Gala Fundraiser
Deidre Hall will be hosting the 2001 International Gala for Hope, saluting the women of Parkinson's Disease, on Saturday, March 3rd at the Sheraton Bal Harbour Beach Resort on Collins Avenue in Miami, Florida. Cocktails begin at 6:30 PM, dinner at 7:45 PM. It's a black tie affair and tickets are available by calling the National Parkinson Foundation at 305 243-6666.
Deidre Hall's Beach Break!
From fundraising to raising fun, join Deidre Hall in Virginia Beach for Beach Break 2001 on Sunday, July 8, 2001 at Great Neck Middle School, Virginia Beach, VA. Doors open at 8:30 AM. There will be a morning conversation, videos, autographs, photos and always a few surprises. Send your check or money order for $50.00 (in US funds) along with a SASE to Tinselvania, 11041 Santa Monica Blvd, PMB 715, LA, CA 90025. For more info, visit http://www.marlena.com
Premiering on SoapCenter, Monday, March 5, 2001Ken Corday: The Man BehindDays of Our Lives: An intimated portrait of the talented man who calls the shots at NBC's top-rated soap. Through interviews, testimonials, behind-the-scenes exclusives and archival historic footage, you'll get a firsthand look at Ken Corday, who can truly be described as the prince of a soap dynasty. According to Corday, "This is an extended family for me. And as cliched as it sounds, I do believe that our studio is the happiest place on daytime television."
Liz vs. Gia: GH's New Feud: Remember the rivalry between Laura and Bobbie on General Hospital in the late 70's? What about Lois and Katherine? Well, those match-ups pale in comparison to the newest GH feud. Liz Webber and Gia Campbell's battle to be the all-important face of Deception. Who will win? SoapCenter takes you behind the scenes for exclusive interviews and rehearsal footage. "Now, if Elizabeth wins, Gia, I think, will have a mental breakdown because she (won't) know what she is going to do with her life," Rebecca Herbst (Liz) tells SoapCenter.
Livvie's MakeOver on Port Charles: Livvie, the quintessential soap-opera waif, gets an on screen makeover, and SoapCenter is there to capture the occasion and get the full scoop from actress Kelly Monaco and executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers. According to Moraco, "I'm thinking maybe she is just (learning) how to play with makeup and see what it can do, so it will probably be a lot of fun!"
Getting Wet in Sarasota, FL: ABC actors Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC), Josh Duhamel (Leo, AMC), Michael E. Knight (Tad, AMC), Walt Willey (Jack, AMC) and Catherine Hickland (Lindsay, OLTL), lend their celebrity for a good cause at a benefit for the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fl.
Why I Love Working on Passions: What's not to love? The popular NBC soap is shot on a luxurious studio lot in suburban Los Angeles, and the cast and crew are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. The stars of the show tell SoapCenter why they are so passionate about Passions. "I can't tell you how welcomed I felt from the moment I walked in the door. People saying, 'I'm so glad you're here,'" Robin Strasser (Hecuba) tells SoapCenter. "I'm willing to fly on my broomstick, or any which way they want me to!"
SoapCenter Spotlight: Mimi Torchin and Ron Raines: SoapCenter special contributor, Mimi Torchin, and respected soap veteran Ron Raines (Alan, GL) talk about real life in an intimate conversation that shows you a whole new side to the talented actor.
**TRO Disclaimer: The above 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.**
CastingAll My Children: Daniel Sunjata plays the recurring role of Zachary Pell. His first airdate is March 12, 2001.
Days of Our Lives: Paul Logan is cast in the contract role of Glen. His first airdate is March 5, 2001. Tamara Clatterbuck joins the cast in the contract role of Barb. Her first airdate is Tuesday, March 6, 2001.
General Hospital: Kin Shriner (Scotty) returns to GH as a permanent fixture. Look for his story to heat up beginning March 5, 2001.
One Life to Live: Beau Gravitte takes over the role of Tim Rourke, the crime boss. His first airdate is Friday, March 16, 2001. On the same day, Ross Gibby plays the recurring role of Keith, and Donald May plays the Mayor.
Port Charles: Lance Gilbert has been cast as an unhappy neighbor and appears on Monday, March 5, 2001. Anne Jefferies returns as Amanda Barrington on Thursday, March 8, 2001. Robert Barry plays Peterson, a building inspector. His first airdate is Monday, March 12, 2001. Simon Harvey has been cast as Arnie and appears on Friday, March 16, 2001. Moira Walley plays the role of Stacey, a patient at the hospital, and her husband Troy will be played by John Sovec. They air on Monday, March 19, 2001. Aimee Brooks plays the recurring role of Samantha. Her first airdate is Tuesday, March 20, 2001. Josh Holland plays the recurring role of Zach. His first airdate is Thursday, March 22, 2001. Barry Culllison has been cast as Harry, a volatile dad. He begins airing on Wednesday, March 28, 2001.
General Hospital: Sarah Brown stars as Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac at the Knightsbridge Theatre in LA. Chad Brannon stars as Cyrano. The play opens on Friday, January 26, 2001 and runs through March 11, 2001. Performances are Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 5 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Knightsbridge Theatre LA is at 1944 Riverside Drive. Call the reservation line at 626 440-0821 for ticket information and directions. On Saturday, March 10, 2001 see Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Real Andrews (Taggert) at the Comedy Palace at the Grille 93 Restaurant in Andover, Massachusetts for two shows: 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $35.00 to $50.00. Call 978687-2442 for info. Also on Saturday, March 10, 2001, Steve Burton (Jason) appears at the Glendale Galleria Mall "Be a Star for a Day" event from 2-4 PM. Call 818 240-9481. On March 24, 2001 Steve Burton (Jason) Soap Star on Tour, appears at Flatiron Crossing in Denver, CO. The "Project Bundle Up Fashion Show" proudly announces a new guest. Rebecca Herbst (Liz) will now be attending this event alongside Tava Smiley (Chloe) and Lisa Vultaggio (Hannah) on March 24, 2001 in Pittsburgh, PA at the Fox Chapel Yacht Club. Tickets are $35.00 for fashion show and luncheon; $20.00 for fashion show only. For info visit the Project Bundle Up website at http://www.geocities.com/projectbundleup On April 7, 2001, A Martinez (Roy), Soap Star on Tour, appears at Deerbrook Mall, Houston, TX. On Saturday, April 21, Wally Kurth will be participating in a Soap Operas' AIDS Response benefit at the Poughkeepsie Galleria in Poughkeepsie, New York from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $30.00 and can be purchased by calling 845-255-3685. You can also find out more information by visiting www.soar8.com. Later that same day, see Wally Kurth at Brokerage Comedy Club in Bellmore, New York at 7:30 p.m. and again at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $26.00. Call 516-785-8655 for info.
Passions: Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy) will be at Universal Orlando on Monday and Tuesday, February 26 and 27 as "King of the Universal Mardi Gras." Josh will also participate in the opening ceremonies of the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando on Monday, February 26, 2001. Through a collaboration between Friends, NBC Daytime and NBC Current Programming, McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) and Alison Sweeney (Sami, DOOL) star on Friends. The episode is titled The One With Joey's Award, and is tentatively scheduled to air on March 29, 2001. Check local listings.
Port Charles: On March 31, 2001, Thorsten Kaye (Ian) Soap Star on Tour, appears at Northbrook Court, Chicago, IL.
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, 1268 East 14th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11230
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
For those who are disappointed that NBC cancelled Titans, send snail mail to:
Mr. Scott Sassa, President, NBC West Coast, 3000 W. Alameda Avenue, Burbank, CA 91523
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