TRO Salutes Top Posters Y&R Gets New EP NBC Daytime

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Dear Suds Buds:

Several weeks ago, Tizoog, one of's more prolific posters reached a milestone. He contributed 5000 posts to our message board community. I congratulated Tiz on his accomplishment and thanked him for his participation at Turtle-Run. As I knew there were a few others who had likewise reached this lofty number, I thought it might be fun to bestow some soap-related prizes to the first poster to reach 10,000 posts! No sooner did I post this on our message boards, several community members informed me that we already had someone who had posted 10,000. In fact, they'd posted close to 13,000 messages in just slightly over one year of registered membership. That wonderful poster is none other than our very own Louisak, who joined October 2, 2000. Well known for her love of Passions and Days of our Lives, Louisak has even contributed to our As the World Turns board and a few others. 

Louisak first found while surfing the net at school. "I wasn't all that familiar with the internet," she admitted to me over the phone last week. "But I did know the NBC website. I was surfing there at that site and I and saw a link to and the StarDay or the Cybby Awards, and linked over," Louisak recalls. "I don't think Turtle-Run was a very busy (then), but it's gotten (a lot) more busy."

Most passionate about Days of our Lives and Passions, Louisak's favorite characters include Ethan and Theresa on Passions and the ups and downs of their romance. "It's the chemistry between Lindsay (Korman, Theresa) and Travis (Schuldt, Ethan)," Louisak says. "It's not even so much what the characters do, it's the way the actors portray the characters."  As for Days of our Lives, Louisak is a die-hard fan and will watch no matter what. "I've liked Days all my life," she said. "I've grown up with Days. I will always watch it. It's habitual. No matter who leaves or whatever, I will just stick with the soap because I have always watched it." For her, the best of Days comes with one particular character. "Marlena is my favorite character," Louisak says. "Diedre Hall is a wonderful actor." 

Once Louisak found Turtle-Run she became a posting machine. "The StarDay with Lindsay Korman drew me in," she said. "I started posting and saw other fans like ruthannj and carenjoyous who were also big Theresa and Ethan fans, and I knew I'd found a home." Unfortunately, Louisak's posting on our Passions board has diminished of late, largely due to her waning interest in the Ethan/Theresa storyline. "I'm just not happy with the way things are going on the show right now, " she said. "So I am not posting as much."

But she is still a posting dervish our TRO's Days of our Lives boards. Her comments are so lively and full of passion that she gets tons of responses to every thread she begins. At first, I remember having to reign her in a tad. "I am very passionate about my shows," she said with a laugh. And sometimes, in the heat of that passion, certain expletives would emerge throughout her posted comments. As Turtle-Run is a "G-rated" community, a little editing was needed, along with a reminder or two regarding TRO's Rules & Regulations for posting. Soon, Louisak got the hang of posting with passion, while choosing her words more succinctly, and became one of the top "personalities" on the Turtle-Run boards.

Congratulations, Louisak. It's been a pleasure reading your wonderful comments on your favorite shows, and watching as you stand up for your favorites without fail. Thank you for your many contributions to the Turtle-Run community! Here's to many more posts, and watch your snail mail. SoapsSanta is on his way!

Posting Contest

Now that we have acknowledged our Top Poster for 2001, I have a contest to announce. As we have several posters who have already exceeded the 5,000 mark, the next person to reach 10,000 will get a special prize and be interviewed just like Lousiak! So everyone, keep posting and sharing your thoughts about your favorite shows and stars. I'll see you on the other side of 10,000 comments! To join the Turtle-Run Message Board community, click on the Message Boards link to the left! (For those of you who have lost some posts due to unfortunate message board glitches, just keep a record of them, and email me when you near 10,000.)

Y&R Gets New EP

Emmy Award-winning Producer David Shaughnessy has been named executive producer of television's Number One daytime drama, CBS's The Young and the Restless, effective immediately, it was announced by William J. Bell Sr., the series' co-creator, senior executive producer and executive story consultant on Thursday, December 6, 2001. The series, now in its 28th year on CBS, has been the Number One daytime drama for 674 consecutive weeks as of the week ending Dec. 2, 2001.

"I am confident that under David's leadership, 'Y&R' will continue to produce compelling and provocative daytime drama," said Bell. Kay Alden, three-time Emmy Award-winning headwriter of the drama, stated:

"Having worked with David for more than a decade, I'm excited about the enthusiasm and perspective that he brings to the show. Our writing team looks forward to a great future under his leadership."

"I'm proud to be a part of the daytime institution that is The Young and the Restless," said Shaughnessy. "I'm pleased with the opportunity to produce this legendary series and look forward to the challenge." Shaughnessy, who was named supervising producer of The Young and the Restless in November 2000, joined the show as a producer and a director in 1990. He had previously worked as a director and actor in television and on the London stage. As a producer of "Y&R," he received a People's Choice Award, multiple NAACP Image Awards and several Media Access Awards.

Shaughnessy replaces Edward Scott, who left the series following the completion of his contract. "Scott's contributions to 'Y&R' will be sorely >missed by the company, and we wish him well in all his future endeavors," said Bell.

The Young and the Restless, a Columbia Tristar Television production, is the most successful daytime drama series to debut in the last three decades and now airs in more than 30 foreign markets. Nancy Bradley Wiard is the senior coordinating producer of the series.

NBC Garners 13 NAACP Image Award Nominations, 2 for NBC Daytime

NBC's "Days of our Lives," a 1998 contender for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series, was nominated for two Image Awards. "Days" series regular Renee Jones (Lexi) was honored with her fourth nomination as Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series, and James Reynolds (Abe) was also nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series.  "Passions" regular Tracey Ross (Eve) nabbed her third nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series. Congratulations to NBC for all of its Image Award nominations. The 33rd Annual Image Awards will be taped Feb. 23, 2002 for broadcast on the Fox network on March 1, 2002.

Marj Dusay Signs New Contract with AMC

It was reported in the December 11, 2001 issue of Soap Opera Weekly that Marj Dusay would most likely be departing PineValley as it didn't look as though there was any more story left to tell for the character of Vanessa. However, according to E.J. HAAS, Dusay's official webmaster, Dusay is not going anywhere, and she passed on words directly from Marj to her fans:

"First and foremost, thank you all for your support!" Dusay announced on her official chatroom/message board. "It thrills me to know you appreciate my contribution to your favorite show (and mine!) AMC. And now, what you really want to know. I signed a new contract with All My Children, that I'm quite pleased with," she said.

Looks like the mischief-making Vanessa is sticking around in PineValley afterall! What will Vanessa have up her sleeve next? We will just have to tune in and see.

Montel Williams Joins the Cast of AMC (Contains Scoopage)

Daytime Emmy Award-winner Montel Williams will hold Erica Kane's (Susan Lucci) future in his hands when he appears as honorable Judge Pearson on the ABC Television Network's Emmy Award-winning drama "All My Children," beginning Thursday, January 3, 2002.

Erica Kane is facing life behind bars as the number-one murder suspect in the mysterious killing of Frankie Stone (Elizabeth Hendrickson). Unlike most people being tried for murder, Erica is trying to prove to Judge Pearson and the jury that she is guilty of a crime she really fears her daughter, Bianca (Eden Riegel), has committed. Will Judge Pearson be able to see through Erica's claims, or will he just be another man whom Erica uses to get what she wants?

"We are thrilled to welcome Montel to 'All My Children.' It's a great opportunity for us to have such a well know personality and talented actor play in this role. I'm sure his fans and the fans of 'All My Children' will relish watching the drama unfold, " says executive producer Jean Dadario Burke.

Emmy Award-winner Montel Williams currently hosts the eleventh season of "The Montel Williams Show," a daily, one-hour, syndicated talk show in which Montel addresses familial, youth and relationship issues with provocative and meaningful discussions that are always entertaining,

spontaneous and challenging.  In addition to his busy career as a successful talk show host, Montel is also an accomplished author and publisher, releasing The New York Times bestseller "BODYchange" and "A Dozen Ways to Sunday" this past year. Adding to his credits, he is also a talented actor, having appeared in episodes of "Touched by an Angel" and "JAG."

Speaking of AMC....

Congratulations to John Callahan (Edmund) and his wife, Eva LaRue Callahan (ex Maria) who have just brought a new little bundle into this world. On Thursday, December 6, 2001, broke the story on the TRO AMC Message Boards that the Callahan's were the proud parents of 7 lb, 1oz Kaya McKenna Callahan, their bouncing baby girl born earlier that day. Kaya was 21 inches long at birth and both mother and daughter are doing just fine!

And... "Ebbie" airs on Lifetime

The classic story of "A Christmas Carol" is given a major makeover when Ebbie, a contemporary female Scrooge played by AMC's Susan Lucci, must face the demons of her past, confront the reality of the present, and fight the phantoms of her future in order to reconnect with the goodness in herself. "Ebbie," the Lifetime Original Movie starring Susan Lucci airs Thursday, December 13, 3-5 PM and again on Monday, December 24, 4-6 PM.

In the last Top of the Week

Last week we ran a letter from Stephanie who wondered where AMC buys the clothes for Kelly Ripa's character, Hayley.  According to the AMC spokesperson, clothes for the character are purchased in a variety of places. "They shop in stores all over NYC," he said. But store-bought wardrobe comprises only part of Hayley's attire. "Richard Schurkamp is our costume designer," continued the spokesperson, "and he does design some (original) items as well." 

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NBC Daytime Stars Play the Weakest Link

On Monday, December 3rd, 8 stars from the NBC daytime dramas taped a special celebrity edition of "The Weakest Link," NBC's hit primetime game show. Days of our Lives' Alison Sweeney (Sami), James Reynolds (Abe), Matt Cedeno (Brandon) and Jason Cook (Shawn) joined Passions' stars McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan), Galen Gering (Luis), Lindsay Korman and Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy) for the trivia showdown, with all winnings going to the stars' selected charities. NBC has not yet scheduled an air-date for this special episode, so stay tuned to for more info.

Soapnet & Celebrate the Season with Special Programming & Exclusive Online Features

A classic Christmas block and a FANtastic Countdown hosted by One Lifeto Live's Hillary B. Smith and Catherine Hickland highlight Soapnet's holiday lineup, so get ready to deck the halls with your favorite soaps!  SoapNet and are teaming up for a holiday season chock full of special programming and innovative online experiences. 

On Tuesday, December 25, SoapNet helps fans relive the memories of Christmas past with their favorite characters and stars during a special 3-hour programming block. As reported last week in Top of the Week, the event will feature classic holiday episodes of Ryan's Hope, All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital spanning from 1975-1990.  With ABC's daytime schedule pre-empted for Christmas Day, SoapNet's vintage yuletide block will air 7:30PM -- 11PM ET/4:30PM -- 8PM PT in place of SoapNet's normal same-day repeat lineup. The classic Christmas block will repeat that evening at 11:30PM ET/8:30PM PT and again on Wednesday, December 26 at 7:30AM ET/4:30AM PT. 

Plus, as you all know, 2001 was quite a year in the world of soaps! So what better way to ring in a brand new year than to air some of the best soap episodes of the past year? And who better to choose what those episodes should be than the people who know best -- YOU! SoapNet and join forces to celebrate the arrival of 2002 with the first ever "SoapNet FANtastic Countdown" featuring a full day of viewers' choice programming. You had until Sunday, December 2, 2001 to log on to to vote for you favorite episode from four popular soaps from 2001 from a select list of 40 episodes -- 10 each from Port Charles, All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital. The results will be announced on air January 1 when the winners will be featured during the 10-hour "SoapNet FANtastic Countdown." The entire day, beginning at 1PM ET/10AM PT, will be hosted by One Life to Live'sHillary B. Smith (Nora Buchanan) and Catherine Hickland (Lindsay Rappaport).

In addition to these joint online and on-air events, will extend soap fans' holiday experience online with a variety of exclusive features. Highlights include a holiday Q&A segment with the stars; a "12-Days of Holiday Gifts" area where the perfect present, in the context of their on-air plotline, will be revealed for certain characters; an "Under the Mistletoe" feature in which stars will reveal the celebrities with whom they would most like to be caught under the mistletoe; a "Who's Been Naughty and Who's Been Nice" list; and a stocking stuffer area where stars can endorse their favorite holiday gift choices. These various online events will be rolled out beginning the first week of December and will continue to be live through the first week of January.

Now on SoapCenter as of Friday, December 7, 2001

With hosts Peggy Bunker in New York and Tanika Ray in Los Angeles

Storyline Spotlight: As the World Turns' Katie and Simon: Confessions of a Combustible Couple - Love and marriage didn't go hand--in- hand at first for As The World Turns' Katie and Simon, but it sure does now! How did they move from a messy marriage of convenience into a union of love, longing and lust? Terri Conn and Paul Leyden, divulge their amazing chemistry on and off-screen. Plus, a sneak peak at their upcoming wedding vow renewals.

Character Profile: From Handsome Hunk to Nerd On the Block: What's behind Passion's Ugly Duckling Reese Story

From modeling to acting, Bruce Michael Hall has found good fortune with his face and physique. But things have gotten a little "ugly" for him in his role as nerd Reese Durkee on Passions. Find out how he and real life girlfriend/on-screen friend Jade Harlow, (Jessica Bennett) feel about his daily transformation. And behind those glasses and greasy hair, will Passions soon have a handsome new prince? Stay tuned.

Behind the Scenes: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Bells For Tony and Kristen- Despite many romantic roadblocks, from Tony's (Paulo Benedeti) HIV status to Kristen's (Tracy Melchior) overprotective father, this young couple is finally reaching their destination. The altar! What's it take to pull off one of November sweeps most anticipated events? From interviews with the bride and groom and wedding party stars, to key behind-the-scenes folks involved in making this breathtaking, yet controversial marriage happen, you'll get it all in this segment.

Feature: From Vampires to Angels: Port Charles' New Four Week Holiday "Book" - 

How do you top the blood-curdling storyline featuring the dynamic vampire Caleb? The show has an "angel" of an idea just in time for the holidays --"Miracles Happen" follows angel Rafe's mission to save Port Charles and undo Caleb's evil. In a break from the soap's successful 13 -week "books," this romantic seasonal story will be told in just four weeks in December. Head Writer James Harmon Brown, actors Brian Gaskill (Rafe) Erin Hershey (Alison) and others will give us an inside look at what viewers can expect.  

**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:  Charles Borland has been cast in the recurring role of Larry. His first airdate is Wednesday, December 26, 2001. MontelWilliams begins in the role of Judge Pearson on Thursday, January 3, 2002.

As the World Turns:Robert Sonderskov plays Reverend Elkins beginning Wednesday, December 12. Domique Aries plays a chauffeur beginning Friday, December 14, 2001.

Days of our Lives:Kristen Alfonso does double duty when she portrays Princess Gina in a newly created flashback on Thursday, December 13, 2001.

GeneralHospital:Guiding Light: Joseph Siravo and Rocco Sisto return as Carlos and Bernardo on Tuesday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 12. TonyDevito and Mario Polit play bodyguards on Tuesday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 12. Jennifer Ikeda plays a nurse on Tuesday, December 11. Caralyn Kozlowski plays Helen Simpson, a woman with information on Tory, on Thursday, December 13. Adrian Witzke and Dean Strange play German soldiers on Friday, December 14, 2001.

Port Charles: Real-life couple, and veteran actors, Charlie Brill and Mitzie McCall, make a cameo appearance as Mr. & Mrs. Murphy on Tuesday, December 11, 2001. The couple last appeared on the television series, "Silk Stalkings" as Captian Harry and Franny Lipschitz. Brill met McCall when they both appeared at the Jerry Lewis Comedy Workshop in 1959. The couple has one daughter, Jennifer, and are the Godparents to actress Melissa Gilbert.

Passions: Bruce French returns in the recurring role of the blind priest, Father Lonigan. Frieda Jan appears as Theresa and Whitney's friend, Lynn. Melissa Caulfield, David Tuchman, Sherre Cook, Jason Smith and John Summers appear as ice skaters at the skating pond.

Seeing Stars

AMC:On Saturday, December 29, see Josh Duhamel (Leo) at the Washington DC Auto Show, the WashingtonConvention Center from 204 PM. Call 866-WASH-AUTO for info.On Saturday, February 9, 2002 Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), Michael E. Knight (Tad) & Walt Willey (Jackson) appear at the 3rd Annual Valentine's Dinner With The Stars ~ Mote Marine Event. Also attending from One Life to Live are Mark Derwin (Ben), David Fumero (Cristian) and Catherine Hickland (Lindsay) at the beautiful Michael's on East, Sarasota. All proceeds benefit the Dolphin and WhaleHospital. Call 941-388-4441 Ext. 465 for additional information. (Some appearance info provided by SEAHAAS.)

As the World Turns: The As The World Turns Fan Club Luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2002 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. The luncheon will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY. Tickets are $90.00 for non-fan club members and $85.00 for current ATWT Fan Club Members. A $15.00 non-refundable deposit per person will reserve your seat in the order it is received. Checks and money orders are payable to: As The World Turns Fan Club Luncheon Tickets, P.O. Box 647, Merrick, NY11566-0647.

Days of Our Lives:  On Saturday, December 29th, Farah Fath will be appearing at a charity dinner to benefit the Scott Crosbie Children's Charity Fund in Lexington, Kentucky. The benefit starts at 7:00 PM at the Landsdowne Club in Lexington. Tickets are $30.00 and can be ordered by calling 859/276-1484.

One Life to Live: On Saturday, February 9, 2002  Mark Derwin (Ben), David Fumero (Cristian) and Catherine Hickland (Lindsay) appear at the 3rd Annual Valentine's Dinner With The Stars ~ Mote Marine Event. Also attending from All My Childrenare Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), Michael E. Knight (Tad) & Walt Willey (Jackson) at the beautiful Michael's on East, Sarasota. All proceeds benefit the Dolphin and WhaleHospital. Call 941-388-4441 Ext. 465 for additional information. (Some appearance info submitted by SEAHAAS.)

Passions: Bruce Michael Hall (Reese), Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) and Deanna Wright (Kay) will be at the Hollywood Knights Celebrity Basketball game on Friday, December 14, 2001 at GlendaleHigh School in Glendale, CA. The phone number of the school is (818) 242-3161. For more information go to On Sunday, December 16. 2001, Lindsay Korman (Theresa) performs The National Anthem at the Los Angeles Clippers vs. Detroit Pistons game 12:30 p.m. at the StaplesCenter in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets can be obtained through Ticketmaster or the StaplesCenter box office.

Young & the Restless: Shemar Moore is still touring the U.S. in "The Fabric of A Man." Check your local newspapers.

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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