Win A Trip To Super Soap Weekend

User Rating: / 0
Veteran writer joins PC, Super Soap Weekend, Casting news & more

Lorraine Broderick Joins Port Charles as Breakdown Writer

Award-winning writer, Lorraine Broderick, has been named breakdown writer for Port Charles. Broderick's extensive daytime television writing career began in 1979 when she joined ABC Daytime as an assistant to the All My Children writing team, under the leadership of show creator, Agnes Nixon. In the fall of 1981, she began writing for the show and in 1987, she was named co-head writer with Wisner Washam, with whom she continued to work until 1991. Under their leadership, AMC won two Emmy's for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series. From 1991 to 1995, Ms. Broderick worked on Guiding Light as a member of the Emmy-winning headwriting team, and Another World as associate headwriter. Broderick returned to AMC in 1995 as co-headwriter, where she remained until 1997. During that time, Broderick garnered three Emmy wins for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, as well as a Writers Guild Award and two GLAAD Awards. In 1997, she returned to Another World as headwriter. Broderick is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College. She then went on to receive her master's degree in East Asian studies from Stanford University. She then returned to the east coast and became associate dean of the College of Wesleyan University, where she also taught Chinese literature until l979. In the "it's a small world" category, Michael E. Knight, who was cast as Tad Martin on AMC in 1983, attended Wesleyan University in the drama department, and knew Ms. Broderick during his college days.

"Get Into the Act" and Win a Trip to Super Soap Weekend

The View launches a month-long sweepstakes, urging fans to "Get into the Act at Super Soap Weekend!" The sweepstakes, which began September 18, 2000 and will run until midnight October 18, 2000, will send one lucky viewer and your guest to the 5th Annual Super Soap Weekend at Disneyworld. The View co-host, Meridith Vieira, announced that she was interested in learning how to act and was surprised on set by actors Josh Duhamel (Leo), Mark Consuleos (Mateo) and Walt Willey (Jackson), all from All My Children. The actors then extended an invite to Ms. Vieira, who in turn announced the sweepstakes, "Get Into the Act at ABC Super Soap Weekend," and invited a viewer to experience the fun, music and excitement of SSW and a chance to mingle with some of ABC Daytime's brightest stars. The grand prize winner will be announced live on T he View on Thursday, October 19, 2000. The winner will receive roundtrip coach airfare for two to Orlando, two night's hotel accommodations at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, and admission to Disney-MGM Studios theme park. In case you were wondering, it's easy to enter. Just send in a postcard with your name, address, and telephone number. Address it to "Get Into the Act at ABC Super Soap Weekend" c/o The View, 320 West 66th Street, New York, NY 10023, or visit The View's official website at to qualify for the random drawing and all the official rules. There is no purchase necessary, and all entries must be received by midnight, Wednesday, October 18, 2000. The contest is open to residents of the 50 United States, plus the District of Columbia. You must be 18 years of age or older. Limit one entry per person. Good luck!

Jay Leno on Passions!

Host of NBC's Tonight Show, Jay Leno, will make a guest appearance as himself on Passions on Friday, October 13, 2000 when Gwen Hotchkiss (Liza Huber) will face her worst nightmare. She will become the butt of Jay Leno's joke! Leno will be wisecracking about Harmony's upper crust. He will appear to Gwen in a dream sequence making jokes about her recent break-up with Ethan Crane (Travis Schuldt).

Major Casting News!

First things first. Genie Francis (Laura) returns to General Hospital! Her first airdate is Friday, October 6, 2000.

Former One Life to Live star, Robin Strasser (Dorian), who left the show earlier this year, will now make her home in Harmony! Strasser, who came in second in TRO's 2nd Annual Cybby Awards for the Most Missed Missing Veteran, has been cast in the contract role of Hecuba on Passions. Hecuba is another witch. She has been Tabitha's nemesis for about 300 years! Can you imagine? LOL In Strasser's role as Dorian on OLTL, she won both Emmy and Soap Opera Digest Awards. Prior to her joining the cast at OLTL, she originated the role of Rachel on Another World. Strasser's other credits include the made for TV miniseries Baby M, Blind Faith, Glitz, and Jackie Collin's Lady Boss. She has also had recurring roles on Knots Landing and Coach, and has guest starred on Murphy Brown, Murder She Wrote, China Beach, Civil Wars, and Highway to Heaven. Her theater credits include Michael Christofer's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Shadow Box, and Neil Simon's Chapter Two. She has also spent several seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Mark Taper Forum, and is a founding mentor of the American Conservatory Theater. Her first airdate on Passions as Hecuba is Monday, October 23, 2000.

Days of Our Lives is proud to welcome Valerie Wildman to its cast of talented performers. Wildman portrays Fay Walker, a woman with a heart of gold despite unfortunate circumstances. "I have played so many rich and shallow women," states Wildman, "that playing Fay Walker, with her humility and compassion, feels like a blessing! I hope Fay will inspire others who are going through hard times." Wildman was born in Miami Beach, Florida and attended Miami Beach High where she juggled academics, theater, and her overwhelming desire to be involved in social services. She graduated from the University of Florida (GO GATORS! Sorry. My school! ;o) with a degree in psychology and attended graduate school at Sonoma State in Northern California, all the while dreaming of acting and finding a way to combine drama with helping others. Wildman holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in the barrios of the Cartagna Mountains in Columbia. At the end of her Peace Corps tenure, she backpacked through Columbia, Ecuador and the Peruvian Andes, "through hail, snow and rainbows," and realized she wanted to expand her theatrical efforts to make a difference by developing film and television projects that "uplift the human spirit." Thus, her production company, Wildwind Productions, was born. Upon arriving in LA after the Peace Corps, Wildman appeared in numerous films and television series including playing the love interest of Jack McCoy in Beverly Hills 90210 against former DOOL star Josh Taylor. In 1995 she won the prestigious Dramalogue Award for her Marilyn Monroe-like portrayal of Helen of Troy in Trojan Women. Before joining the cast of DOOL, she just finished a role in the upcoming film Cast Away, starring Tom Hanks and Nick Searcy scheduled for December, 2000 release.

Days of Our Lives is also delighted to welcome Heather Lauren Olson (Jan) to Salem. Jan is a self-centered, trouble-making, obnoxious Salem High student. "If I really treated people that way, I would have no friends," states Olson. "But it is fun playing a character that I would never act like in real life!" Born in San Jose, CA, Olson started modeling and doing commercials at the age of 2 1/2. A top fashion model saw Heather and suggested to her parents that she should pursue modeling. She landed an agent in San Francisco and soon booked her first professional modeling job, a cover for a Christmas catalog. She then became one of San Francisco's top models, appearing on countless covers, catalogs, greeting cards, toy packages, commercials, ads in Vogue and Elle magazines, fashion shows and clothing hang tags. Jesse McClintock children's dresses still have a picture of a very young Olson on the hangtag! After three years of doing countless commercials and print work, Olson caught the acting bug and soon landed an agent in LA. Her first role was stepdaughter to Richard Gere in Internal Affairs. She later appeared in the feature of Leave it to Beaver, along with numerous music videos including Julian Lennon and Don Henley. When Olson was almost 8 years old, her family decided to relocate to LA permanently. She then added many more commercials to her list of credits, along with numerous television appearances on both drama and sitcom series. Just prior to her joining DOOL, she just finished shooting a pilot for HBO called Another Shot starring with S eth Green (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Austin Powers.)

More Casting

Days of Our Lives: Harry Danner portrays Dr. Maxwell, the pediatrician on Monday, September 25, 2000. Kamila Bjorlin portrays the Serpent in Austin and Greta's virtual Eden. Kamila, the older sister of Nadia Bjorlin (Chole), will air on Tuesday and Thursday, September 26 and 28, 2000. Robert Madison, the son of screen legend Guy Madison, has been appearing as the Italian waiter who works alongside Lucas.

One Life to Live: Robert Clohessy plays the recurring role of Colin's lawyer. His first airdate is Thursday, October 6, 2000. John Doman plays the recurring role of Mr. Rourke, the mob boss from whom Kevin tries to gain information about the Crossroads shooting. His first airdate is Friday, October 6, 2000.

Passions: Newcomer Deanna Wright joins the cast in the contract role of Kay Bennett. Her first airdate is Monday, September 25, 2000.

Port Charles: Laura Savato, who you may remember from Living Out Loud, joins the cast as Louise, a nurse who conveniently shows up at General Hospital in time to work with Dr. Green. Her first airdate is Wednesday, September 27, 2000. Irene Lopez, who appeared in Erin Brokovich, has been cast as Lupe, a suspicious neighbor of Mr. Green's who meets up with Ian and Eve on Monday, October 2, 2000. Jan Devereaux has been cast as Mrs. Warren, a distraught patient who bombards Dr. Boardman with questions about his resident's HIV status. Brian Morton, an anchorman from ABC affiliate KDRV-TV in Medford, tackles the role of a reporter on Thursday, October 5, 2000. He interacts with a mysterious informant. Brian Presley has been cast in the role of Jack. His first airdate is October 6, 2000. Jason Faunt has been cast as Kane, a young man playing craps with Jack in the Recovery Room alley. His first airdate is Wednesday, October 11, 2000.

Seeing Stars

So many soap stars. So many appearances! Get on out there and see your favorites!

November 11 &12, 2000. Both ABC and NBC Daytime host weekend events for fans. ABC's Super Soap Weekend at Disneyworld in Orlando, Fla. Aside from getting to meet your favorite stars from ABC soaps at SSW, The View'sMeridith Vieira will also be attending. Walt Willey (Jackson, AMC) will once again host a game show, and One Life to Live'sCatherine Hickland (Lindsay) returns to host the ABC Super Soap Celebration Show, which includes revealing interviews with stars, sneak previews of upcoming episodes, and the opportunity for fans to play a scene with their favorite actors. Fans will also be treated to Saturday and Sunday night street parties, featuring musical performances by several of the stars. For a complete list of ABC stars attending SSW 5 see Top of the Week for September 11, 2000. For information call the Super Soap Hotline at 407-397-6808 and ask about the special Super Soap Weekend package. NBC's FanFest will be held at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Fla. See Top of the Week for September 18, 2000 for a list of stars attending. To book accommodations and/or further information call 877 912-3838.

All My Children: Cameron Mathison will be at Generations Expo in Cincinnati, OH on Saturday, September 30, 2000 from 2-4 PM. Mathison will also appear at the Punchline Comedy Club in San Francisco on Saturday, October 28, 2000. Tickets are $40.00 each. Call 1-877-749-2209 for further info. Mark Consuelos (Mateo) and Josh Duhamel (Leo) will be at Planet Hollywood in Seattle Washington on Saturday, October 7, 2000 from 3-5 PM. Call 206 287-0001 for information. Consuelos and Duhamel will also appear at the Planet Hollywood in Bloomington, MN on Sunday, October 8, 2000 from 3-5 PM. Call 612 854-7828 for information.

General Hospital: Coltin Scott (Nikolas) and Michael Saucedo (Juan) will be at Planet Hollywood in San Antonio, TX on Saturday, September 30, 2000. Call 210 212-7827; and at Planet Hollywood, Dallas TX on Sunday, October 1t, 2000. Call 214 749-7827. They will then appear at Planet Hollywood in San Francisco on Saturday, October 14, 2000 from 3-3 PM. Call 415 421-7828 for information. Then, on Sunday, October 15, 2000 Scott and Saucedo will appear at the Planet Hollywood in Reno, NV from 3-5 PM. Call 775 323-7837 for information.

Days of Our Lives: Kevin Spirtas (Craig) and Patrika Darbo (Nancy) will be in Cut Bank, Montana (just north of Great Falls) on Saturday, September 30, 2000. Call 406 873-4280 for info. Jim Reynolds (Abe) and Bryan Datillo (Lucas) go to Rhine, GA on Saturday, October 14, 2000 to help raise funds to restore the town's high school basketball gym. Call 912 385-5521 for information and ticket sales. Drake Hogestyn (John) signs autographs at the Farm Fresh Extravaganza in Hampton, Virginia from 1-4 PM on Sunday, October 15, 2000. Call 757 369-6179 for info. Kevin Spirtas (Craig) will sing the National Anthem for the Phoenix Suns at Portland Trailblazers game at the America West Arena, located at 201 East Jefferson in Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, November 2, 2000. Tickets for the game can be purchased through Matt Cedeno (Brandon) and Bryan Datillo (Lucas) appear at Chip-In's Island Resort in Harris, MI on November 18, 2000 at 7 PM and 10 PM, and on November 19, 2000 at 2 PM. Each appearance will last one hour.

Louisiana Days of Our Lives fans! Make a date to ring in the New Year with Kevin Spirtas (Craig). On New Years Eve, 2000 at the Central School Arts & Humanities Center Auditorium in Lake Charles, LA from 10:00 PM 1:30 AM, Kevin will pay tribute to Broadway musicals and share his unique stories of how the Broadway stage influenced his life. Mail your ticket request to: Kevin Spirtas c/o New Year's Eve with Kevin Spirtas, 8033 Sunset Blvd., Suite 637, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Single tickets: $85.00. Two or more, $75.00 each. All orders MUST be placed by December 15, 2000. Make checks payable to Kevin Spirtas.

Days of Our Lives and Passions autographed photos and scripts, visits to both sound stages, and lunch with Patrika Darbo (Nancy, DOOL) and Kevin Spirtas (Craig, DOOL) will be auctioned off on eBay from October 14-23, 2000. All funds benefit the Doberman Rescue of LA. The eBay code is "dobiedogs."

Passions: Dalton James (Hank) will be playing celebrity golf on Monday, September 25, 2000 at the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, CA. For information all 818 993-4330. Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel) and McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) will participate in the First Annual Ronald McDonald House Celebrity Mini Grand Prix and Vintage and Custom Car Show on Sunday, October 1, 2000 at the Inland Center Mall in San Bernardino, CA. Mckenzie Westmore will be presenting the award for the Student Film Competition at the Laguna Film Festival on Saturday, October 7, 2000. For info visit Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy) will sign autographs at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times on Sunday, October 29, 2000 at Universal Studios Backlot from 12-4 PM. Josh Ryan Evans, Galen Gering (Luis) and Juliet Mills (Tabitha) will guest star on Hollywood Squares the week of October 16-20, 2000. Check your local listings. Donn Swaby (Chad) is making his directorial debut in Los Angeles with Sam Shepard's Fool for Love. The play stars fellow Passions castmates, Lindsay Korman (Theresa) and Travis Schuldt (Ethan) and opens Saturday, September 30, 2000 at the Little Victory Theater in Burbank, CA. Performances are weekends only until October 15, 2000. Ticket prices are $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. For information call 818 841-5421.