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The Magic of Live TV

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The Marlena Doll, Drew Carey live and Must see reruns

This past week I had the delightful pleasure of sitting in the front row of the live Drew Carey Show that aired Wednesday, November 10, 1999. Thanks to a colleague who works on the program, I was part of the audience for the eastcoast broadcast, the mid west broadcast, and was home in time to see the westcoast broadcast on TV. What talent. What laughs. It is incredible how well the actors improvised and adapted on the spot. Each show was the same, yet very different. Each funnier than the other. I loved watching Drew Carey crack up! He is always giggling. His fellow actors keep him in stitches. The network had to censor one scene during the westcoast broadcast, when the male stripper inadvertently flashed his butt as he jumped off the coffee table! (This guy was adorable! Cameron Mathison move over. Talk about wanting someone to take their shirt off!) During the mid west broadcast one of the characters sang a rather risque song. Wonder if the network censored that? The show aired live in all three markets, but the network reserves a five-second delay just in case. Lucky for that "mail" stripper. (Oh yes, he was a postman! LOL) I don't know if any of you had the opportunity to see this show, but it was great fun.

Being in the audience was a trip. It felt more like I was having an audience with the President, or the Pope, security was that tight. Not only were cameras, tape recorders, cell phones and electronic equipment of any kind prohibited, they made you leave your purse, backpacks, brief cases, wallets everything -- in the car. (Guess they didn't want anyone to tip the cast members. :o) We had to pass through metal detectors, could not eat, drink, chew gum, or go to the bathroom. The only thing we could do was laugh. There was plenty of that!

It is a shame that more television isn't done live. Can you imagine the flubs and mistakes we'd enjoy if our favorite soaps aired live at least once a week? Maybe that's a campaign we should mount? Bet it would keep the actors on their toes! Bet they would enjoy it, too. Aside from getting home from work very early on those days, it would give the episode the spontaneity that taped performances sometimes lack. If daytime executives pick up on this, you will know they got the idea right here!

From live TV to reruns. Daniel Markel (ATWT) fans don't forget to set your VCRs during the "Murder She Wrote" Thanksgiving Marathon on A&E. JudgeJud reminds us that Markel appears as Rick Evans in the episode titled "Murder a la Mode," scheduled to air November 25, 1999 at 5 PM EST. Check your local listings.

General Hospital fans it appears that Steve Burton (Jason Quartermaine) will indeed be leaving the show when his contract runs out. The show's producers have been auditioning a replacement. I do not have definite confirmation on this, but it seems to be coming from a reliable source. Stay tuned to Turtle-Run for further details.

We all remember Susan Lucci launching the Erica Kane Doll. Days of Our Lives fans fear not. The Marlena Doll is now available. "Does its head turn and shoot out pea soup," our very own Mothra wants to know. "If it does, I'll buy it!" she says. SEAHAAS sent us a photo that she scanned from the SEARS WishBook catalogue, Holiday, 1999, page 61. Catalogue item # 58068. Price $49.99. "No payments until February, 2000," SEAHAAS reminds us! Deidre Hall unveiled the collector's item at FAO Schwartz in New York City on November 10, 1999. Hall will appear in Palm Beach, Florida at the Parkinson's Fundraiser, November 29, 1999. For tickets, call 800 327-4545. Thanks SEAHAAS, who hosts a Purple Turtle Award winning fan site!

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