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Tons to share with you this week, so let's get started!
The Horton's go to Horton Square!
NBC's "Days of our Lives" cast members will help to reveal the World Premiere of the " Winning is Sweet, So are the Days of our Lives" cookie. Several "Days of our Lives" cast members will be at San Diego's Horton Square to sign autographs. Special guests include the amateur chef whose recipe becomes a Mrs. Field's product in 450 stores nation wide October 2002 through February 2003 and KNSD anchors, Bill Menish and Kimberly King. Nadia Bjorlin (Chole), Kyle Lowder (Brady) and Kevin Spirtas (Craig) are scheduled to perform at Horton Square, too. Proceeds of the cookie sales benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The San Diego "Light The Night" walk-a-thon will follow with cast members beginning at 6 p.m. in EmbarcaderoPark. For information call 310.456.7151.
Cookie Contest Winner Appears on Days of our Lives!
The winner of Mrs. Fields' "Winning is Sweet? So Are the Days of our Lives" cookie contest, Margie Fisher, basked in ultimate fan-joy as she taped her prized walk-on role as Registered Nurse "C. Adams" on "Days of our Lives" at NBC studios in Burbank, California on September 5th. The overly excited Tennessean barely slept a wink the night before at the Universal Hilton before she smuggled batches of her winning cookies and homemade toffee cashews onto the set.
Margie is a lifelong fan of Days of our Lives and a professional actress. "This has been the thrill of a lifetime," said the glowing 40 year old. A dedicated mom of a 7-year old daughter, Margie is loved by all the kids in her neighborhood. Last year, she dressed up as Santa in the local mall and wrote and performed a song based on Barry Manilow's "I Write the Songs," called "I Make the Cookies."
The episode is slated to air Thursday, October 3, 2002. The winning cookies will be in 450 Mrs. Fields stores nationally October 7-- February 2003. Proceeds of the sale of the cookie will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
DOOL's Reynolds and Wildman in "Words of Love"
DOOL's James Reynolds (Abe Carver) and Valerie Wildman (Faye Walker) of NBC-TV's "Days of Our Lives," will star in "Words of Love" at the Paducah Community College Fine Arts Center on Saturday, October 5 at 8 p.m. A reception and autograph signing immediately follow the performance. Proceeds from this performance benefit the 46th Annual Telethon of Stars sponsored by the Lions Club.
"Words of Love" is a theatrical review of the heart. It is a play that is about love, heartbreak, and hope, the age-old dance of the sexes. Wildman and Reynolds play a variety of men and women in different stages of falling in and out of love in this collection of poetry, music, and humor. According to the Pasadena Star News, " 'Words of Love' is an easy evening of pleasure."
The 46th Annual Telethon of the Stars, which is sponsored by the Lions Club benefits the Easter Seal Centers which provide job training for disabled young people and adults.
The Paducah Community College Fine Arts Center is located at 4810 Alben Barkley Drive, Paducah. Tickets for the performance are $15. Tickets for both the event and reception are $20. For more information please call 270-415-1955.
Contratulations to Guiding Light
Guiding Light celebrates its 14,000th episode on Tuesday, September 24.
16 Sep 200213:00 GMT Soap Fans Connect for the Latest News, Gossip and Sense of Commmunity Through New Phone Network
Avid Enthusiasm for Daytime Dramas Drives Creation of Dedicated Phone Network for Fans
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ --The frenzy for access to insider information, gossip and plotline twists for fans of Daytime Dramas is what has driven PRIMEDIA (NYSE: PRM ) , the publishers of Soap Opera Digest, to partner with VoiceWeb, the Santa Monica-based provider of interactive telephone networks to create the new Soap Opera Digest Telephone Network. Scheduled to launch nationwide this month, the network will provide the broad base of soap opera enthusiasts with a place to leave messages for fellow fans, talk one-on-one or in groups and hear exclusive news and gossip on the soap scene by simply dialing 866-SOAP-123.
"The readers of our magazine are an avid fan base of people who really love soaps," said Lynn Leahey, editor-in-chief at Soap Opera Digest. "They aren't casual viewers -- they watch their favorite stars and shows religiously. This is a place where they can go to discuss their opinions with fellow fans. The Soap Opera Digest/VoiceWeb network gives them a way to talk to other fans about their favorite stars and stories."
All soap fans need is a phone in order to be connected with each other on the network. The Soap Opera Digest Telephone Network will allow large groups of people all interested in a certain show or topic, to leave messages for other people on the network in a personal voice mailbox, talk one-on-one or 'instant-message' another person on the network. Users of the network will also have access to exclusive celebrity interviews and contest details. The cost for the service is 10 cents per minute -- charges for the calls to the network will appear on the user's regular phone bill, and callers must be over 18 years of age to participate. An initial, limited trial period will allow fans to call in for free at launch.
"Only 50 percent of American households currently have access to the Internet -- and even then have long load times and connection problems," said Robert Botch, chief executive officer at VoiceWeb. "Talking on the phone has always been a lot more personally gratifying and instantaneous than an online chat room or Internet instant message service."
Not Quite Daytime, but...
ABC Auctions ( http://www.abcauctions.com/ ) presented by eBay, is celebrating the launch of the ABC Television Network's Fall TV lineup with an all-star auction now through September 26. It will feature an unprecedented mix of experiences with the stars and collector's items and memorabilia from many of ABC's most popular shows. Net proceeds from the auctions will benefit each television show's charity of choice.
Linda Dano Hosts Second Season of "Lifetime Now"
Well known to viewers for her ground-breaking crossover role on all four ABC daytime dramas, as well as her successful six-year run as host of LIFETIME Television's "Attitudes," Linda Dano returns to LIFETIME Television as the host of the weekly talk magazine show "Lifetime Now," premiering Saturday, October 5 at 11 AM (ET/PT) on LIFETIME Television.
"Lifetime Now" is a fast-paced magazine talk show that discusses subjects that are topical, enlightening and entertaining, ranging from fashion trends and makeovers to child safety on the Internet and caring for our pets. Focusing on all aspects of well-being, the show strives to help viewers be informed and empowered.
"LIFETIME Television is very excited about the topics the show will discuss this season and the celebrities who want to share the issues that are so important to them," commented Bill Brand, Senior Vice President of Reality Programming. "I'm also pleased about continuing our great relationship with Linda Dano. Linda is such a fun and dynamic personality ... and she has a great ability to connect to women."
Emmy Award-winning actress, talk show host, designer and author, Dano brings her matchless energy to the show as she discusses the latest trends and issues for women today. "'Lifetime Now' is fun, informative and a place to hang out with other women," said Dano. "Each of the stories give us insight into the lives of a lot of fascinating people."
This season, Linda interviews celebrities as they share issues and stories from their own lives with women of all ages. In the season premiere, Dano talks one-on-one with star Jamie Lee Curtis about the importance of reading to raise children's self-esteem. Recently, Curtis took a break from acting to write her latest children's book, "I'm Gonna Like Me -- Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem." As a mother of two, Curtis feels that it's very important for parents to foster a love of reading in children.
The following week, viewers will hear from Leeza Gibbons, who, as a mother, is very concerned about alcohol and drugs and their effects on teens. Gibbons will share with Dano the importance of teaching kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol addiction.
In a future episode, Dano will sit down with world-renowned psychic John Edward as he teaches viewers to hone their instincts. Knowing early in life that he had paranormal skills, Edward believes that others have this power and that it can be developed as people become more aware and intuitive. Viewers will also get a glimpse into the private life of "Just Shoot Me" star Wendie Malick as she talks about her yearly travels to Mexico with her husband to build shelters and homes for the needy. Other celebrity interviews include Phylicia Rashad, Jenifer Lewis, Kathy Griffin, Sharon Lawrence, Kim Fields, Taraji Henson, Debbi Morgan, Catherine Hicks and Loretta Lynn.
As the World Turns College Bus Tour for Talent Takes St. Louis' Webster U by Storm!
OnSeptember 10, 2002, the Post Dispatch of St. Louis, MO reported on the amazing turnout garnered by the As the World Turns casting tour bus when it arrived at WebsterUniversity. Some of those waiting to audition that Monday, September 9th, bided their time by going over actor information sheets that ATWT required them to complete. As you may or may not know, As the World turns is on a nationwide search for three speaking parts as well as extras. Almost 400 people showed up at Webster U on this leg of the search to try out! Here's the whole story...
From Students to Teachers to Librarians, They Came Seeking Fame
By Aisha Sultan with Television Critic Gail Pennington, The Post-Dispatch, St. Louis (reprinted with permission).
Would-be soap opera stars showed up in such numbers when As the World Turns brought its casting bus to WebsterUniversity on Monday, that they created a fire hazard before security guards turned the crowd outdoors.
Beginning before 10 a.m., almost 400 people formed a line that wound through the lobby of the Loretto-HiltonCenter, past the backstage area and started down the stairs. Even after the line was moved outside, the heat didn't deter those who had been waiting more than four hours for a shot at stardom.
Webster is the first of 10 campuses the "As the World Turns" casting bus will visit. The CBS soap's crew will return Monday to shoot scenes here; two episodes featuring the footage will be broadcast in October.
By late Monday, casting director Mary Clay Boland already knew who had won two of the three available speaking roles. Megan Goldcamp of Chesterfield, who attends NorthwesternUniversity, will play Dara, the only woman in the group. Benjamin Mathes, a WebsterUniversity student from Atlanta, landed one of the two male roles, with the other still to be decided. In addition, some of those who auditioned will be cast as extras, and during shooting next week, anyone in the vicinity stands to wind up on camera.
The "Catch Us If You Can" bus tour is an attempt to raise the profile of "As the World Turns" - which debuted in 1956 - among younger viewers. In addition, the tour gives the show a chance "to connect with our fans . . . and allow us a peek at up-and-coming talent, all at the same time," said Mary Alice Dwyer-Dobbin, executive in charge of production for Procter & Gamble Productions, which makes the show.
Dwyer-Dobbin is a native St. Louisan who attended WebsterUniversity (then college) and is a member of its board. She suggested her alma mater to executive producer Christopher Goutman, who had already put St. Louis on the tour's itinerary. "As the World Turns" is set in fictional Oakdale, Ill., so a St. Louis stop is logical, Goutman said during a visit last month to scout locations. The story line has three of the show's young characters, Lucy, Alison and Aaron, running away and hiding at schools in nine states.
Sarah Demmon, a special education teacher at CrystalCityHigh School, skipped school to audition on Monday because, she said, she is "ready to hit it big." Like many of the applicants, Demmon's only previous experience involved parts in high school plays.
Demmon wasn't the only one playing hooky. Tiffany Winkler and Eileen Costello, both seniors at BellevilleEastHigh School, ditched classes to see if they could win a part. Tiffany videotapes her favorite soaps every day and watches them when she comes home. "We love soap operas," Eileen said.
But even those who have never watched a daytime drama figured they had a chance. Pete Cooper, 44, a librarian in St. LouisCounty, watches only PBS. But he stood in the 90-degree-plus temperature in a suit, patiently waiting his turn in the casting bus.
"I've got the morning off," he said. "I figured I'd give it a shot . . . If I get it, OK; if not, I've got a job."
The show's publicist estimates that almost 400 people tried out Monday. The bus was supposed to leave at 2 p.m. but didn't get away until almost 5.
The talent search's focus on college students and younger actors didn't prevent all types and ages from seeking an audition. Seventy-year-old Elizabeth Kellett has been chasing her 15 minutes of fame since high school, when she failed to land a part in any production. She carried a white plastic chair with her to sit in as the line inched forward.
The more professional types brought photos and resumes and dressed in trendy outfits with makeup and hairstyles befitting a soap opera performer.
Others were less devoted. Plenty of students stopped by out of curiosity, wearing flip-flops and jeans. Jim O'Donnell, 28, a biology major at WebsterUniversity, plans to pursue a doctorate in epidemiology. He needed to fill a slot in his schedule this fall, so he signed up for Advanced Acting. If he had known the audition was a required assignment, he probably wouldn't have taken the class, O'Donnell said.
He figures his chances of landing a role are slim to none. "I'm too old and too fat. . . . I'm not very pretty."
Coming up on SoapNet's SoapTalk!
"SoapTalk" #0051 -- Premieres Monday, September 30 (11:00 a.m., ET/PT)
Celebrity guests include "Bold and the Beautiful's" Darlene Conley (Sally Spectra) and "Days of Our Lives'" Eric Winter (Rex). Plus, "GeneralHospital" costume designer Lori Robinson stops by to demonstrate how she makes the residents of Port Charles look fabulous, and Nancy Fox takes the fat out of your favorite dishes during her special food makeover.
"SoapTalk" #0052 -- Premieres Tuesday, October 1 (11:00 a.m., ET/PT)
"SoapTalk" celebrates teens in Daytime Television when "Day's of Our Lives'" Kirsten Storms (Belle) and "GeneralHospital's" Robyn Richards (Maxie) swing by for visits. Plus, Kirsten helps Melinda Fox demonstrate teen make-up and skin care tips, the Bean Gourmet shows off a new recipe and Bart Baggett gives a presentation on handwriting analysis.
"SoapTalk" #0053 -- Premieres Wednesday, October 2 (11:00 a.m., ET/PT)
Celebrity guests include Crystal Chappell (Olivia) from "Guiding Light" and Jillian Barberie from "Good Day Live," "Extreme Dating" and "The NFL's Pre-Game Show." Also, actor turned home repair guru and Home Shopping Network personality Michael Corbett, formerly from "Y&R," "Ryan's Hope" and "Search For Tomorrow," discusses home shopping tips and trends.
"SoapTalk" #0054 -- Premieres Thursday, October 3 (11:00 a.m., ET/PT)
Celebrity guests include Aiden Turner (Aidan) of "All My Children" and Ashley Drane of "The Rerun Show" and "The Brady Bunch Movie on Fox." Aiden sticks around for a special cooking segment, and Ty instructs viewers on proper jump roping technique during the "Ty Training" sequence. Plus, Mike Sington discusses celebrity etiquette -- specifically, the appropriate way to ask for a star's autograph.
"SoapTalk" #0055 -- Premieres Friday, October 4 (11:00 a.m., ET/PT)
Celebrity guests include the beautiful and talented Fiona Hutchison from "One Life to Live." Plus, Sears sponsors an exclusive fashion especially for women, and soap expert Stephanie Sloane offers up some advice for throwing the perfect wedding celebration.
All My Children: Linda Powell, the daughter of General Conlin Powell (guess that makes her the General's Daughter. Wasn't that a feature film starring John Travolta? I digress.), plays the role of Dr. Kimberly Reid airing on Monday, October 21, 2002.
As the World Turns: Suzenne Marie Seradwyn and Graham Winton return as Julie and Caleb, respectively, on Tuesday, September 24. Kathleen Butler plays Louella, the headmaster at Alison's school, on Tuesday, September 24 and Wednesday, September 25. Suzie Moon plays a publicist on Tuesday, September 24. David Grillo and James Rich play reporters on Tuesday, September 24. Laura Hicks plays a Lakeview maid on Wednesday, September 25. Ted Schneider plays a valet on Wednesday, September 25. Wills Robbins plays Lucinda's date on Friday, September 27. Raphael Peacock and Nurit Monacelli play EMTs on Friday, September 27. Keith Howard plays a fire marshal on Friday, September 27.
Days of our Lives:Rolonda Watts is back as Cameron Reese on Tuesday, September 24th.
Guiding Light: Nat Chandler plays Alexandra's butler and Sendhil Ramamurthy plays her attendant beginning on Monday, September 23. David Damane plays Alan's doctor on Wednesday, September 25, 2002.
Passions: Dwight Hicks returns as TC's father on Tuesday, September 24. J. Rene Pena portrays the Crane maid Alina on Thursday, September 26, 2002.
As the World Turns: Kristina Sisco (Abigail) plays Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Calgary, 61 East 21st Street, New York, NY. Performances run September 3-7 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $12; call to order them at 212/414-5408. Tamara Tunie (Jessica) appears in Call The Children Home at
Primary Stages, which is located at 354 West 45th Street in New York
City. The world premiere musical, the second musical in Primary Stages'
history, begins performances on Thursday, September 12th. Opening Night
is Monday, September 23rd. Tickets are $48. For more information call the box-office at 212-333-4052. Lamman Rucker (Marshall) will appear on The Learning Channel's A Dating Story on Tuesday, October 1, 2002.
Days of Our Lives: Kyle Lowder (Brady) will sing the National Anthem at the LA Dodgers game on Thursday, September 19th . Game time is7 PM. The Dodgers will be playing the Giants that evening. Celebrity Softball Game and Events, September 29, 2002, in Greenville, SC. Scheduled to appear are Alison Sweeney (Sami), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), Justin Melvey (Colin), Farah Fath (Mimi), Matthew Ashford (Jack), and more. Call 864-268-9232 for ticket info. Hotel accommodations by Hilton Greenville and Towers. For reservations, call864-232-4747. CRUISE WITH THE STARS: Set sail with the stars from Days and Passions for a Soap Opera Cruise Weekend aboard a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship. Fans will depart from Los Angeles on Friday, October 25 and sail down to Baja and Ensenada, Mexico returning to Los Angeles on Monday, October 28. Actors scheduled to participate are Matt Ashford, Kyle Lowder, Kevin Spirtas, and Passions' stars. Fans aboard the ship will attend cocktail parties with the stars and take part in autograph sessions and interactive programs hosted by soap columnist Lynda Hirsch. Rates begin at $459.00 per person and can be booked by calling Landfall Travel at 1-800-835-9233 or by logging on to www.landfalltravel.com
One Life to Live: On Saturday, September 21 meet and greet CatherineHickland (Lindsay) and get a Cat Cosmetics make-up demonstration at Fargodome Fargo, ND in Little Rock, AK from 1-3 PM. Visit www.fmwomensshowcase.com for info. On Saturday, September 28, 2002 meet and greet Catherine Hickland (Lindsay) and real-life husband, Michael E. Knight (Tad, AMC) at Filene's in Farmington, CT from 3-5 PM. Call 860 284-9157 for info.
Passions: Galen Gering (Luis) and James Hyde (Sam) will play celebrity golf to raise money for WeSPARK (which stands for Support, Prevention, Acceptance, Recovery and Knowledge) at actress Wendie Jo Sperber's 4th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic on Saturday, September 21 at the Glen Annie Golf Club in Santa Barbara, CA. WeSPARK is a cancer support center that is devoted exclusively to providing emotional and spiritual support for cancer patients and their friends and families. For more information on how to support the Golf Classic, or WeSPARK call (818) 906-3022 or visit www.wespark.org. Join and support Andrea Evans (Rebecca), the City of Hope's Celebrity Ambassador for the Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month. Andrea will be heading the walk at the City of Hope's headquarters in Duarte, CA on October 6. You can obtain more information or register online at www.walk4hope.org. More details to come as we get closer to this charity event. McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) will host 'SoapStyle' on ShopNBC on Saturday, October 5. Tune in! (Check your local listings).
Young & the Restless:DonDiamont (Brad) plays a supporting role in the Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson film, "Anger Management." The film is still in production, so look for it to hit theaters, oh, I'm guessing something like Summer 2003. MichelleStafford (Phyllis) just completed production in a starring role in the independent feature "Lost," which will be touring film festivals. No release date is yet set. Peter Bergman (Jack) and Michelle Stafford will hit the "airwaves" when they host an upcoming "Eye on America" for CBS. "Eye on America" is broadcast on American Airlines. No airdate for this episode has been determined as of yet.
Email the Stars
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, 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
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