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Passions Gets Picked UP!

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Passions renewal, Roots on dvd, & Letters to the editor

Hi Suds Buds,

Lots to share with you this week in the world of soaps, so without further ado, let's do! :o)

Passions Renewed for 4th Year!

OnJanuary 9, 2002 NBC renewed its popular daytime drama "Passions" for a fourth season. The renewal was announced by Jeff Zucker, President, NBC Entertainment.

Just in case you didn't know...

During its three years on the air, "Passions" has revolutionized the daytime genre with unparalleled ratings growth, ground-breaking special effects, and critical acclaim from TV Guide (Best Soap 1999 and 2000), Entertainment Weekly ("...comedy, drama, camp classic, soap send-up, 'Passions' works."), and USA Today ("...has a gift for head-turning plots.").

In addition to the announcement of the serial's renewal, many of the show's original cast members have extended their contracts prior to the expiration of their current deals. Among those stars who have recommitted to the show so far are Emmy Award winning actress Juliet Mills (Tabitha), McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) (2001 Soap Opera Digest Award winner for Outstanding Heroine), Lindsay Korman (Theresa), James Hyde (Sam), Kim Johnston Ulrich (Ivy), Brook Kerr (Whitney), and Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel). All of who have created distinct and memorable characters that contributed to the creative success of the show.

During the week ending December 28, 2001, "Passions" beat its fourth-quarter ratings averages with a 1.7/9 among women 18-49 and a 2.0/12 among women 18-34. That 1.7 rating among women 18-49 put "Passions," the newest drama on the network daytime schedule, into a tie with CBS' "Guiding Light" (1.7/10), the oldest drama on the network daytime schedule.

"Passions" is also committed to extending and enhancing the viewers experience through cross-promotional ventures such as internet exclusive content on its official website, www.nbc.com/passions and the New York Times Best-Seller tie-in novel Hidden Passions: Secrets from the Diaries of Tabitha Lenox, which hit the stands in paperback on January 8, 2002 and rose to the top of the best seller lists in record time.

Turtle-Run.com would like to take this opportunity to congratulate "Passions" on getting renewed for a fourth season. We look forward to watching another exciting year ahead in the life and times of the denizens of Harmony!

The famed Mini-Series "Roots" with star GH's Lynne Moody now available on DVD

"Roots" -- the 1977 landmark Emmy-Award® winning television mini-series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Alex Haley -- makes its DVD debut January 15, 2002 with "Roots 25th Anniversary Edition," a three-disc DVD set. Winner of more than 145 awards, including nine Emmys, a Golden Globe, five Television Critics Circle Awards and the George F. Peabody Award, the Warner Home Video release has been digitally re-mastered for optimal video and audio presentation from the original elements.

Produced by David L. Wolper and Stan Margulies and originally broadcast in January 1977, "Roots: The Miniseries" was the highest-rated TV event of its day, seen by 130-million viewers (85% of all TV homes) during its initial U.S. telecasts. It is still the third highest-rated broadcast in TV history,and a quarter-century later remains vital and engrossing entertainment.

But why is this of interest to soap fans? Because Lynne Moody (Florence, GH) was one of the stars of "Roots," along with Louis Gossett, Jr. ("An Officer and a Gentleman,"), Edward Asner ("Lou Grant,"), Ben Vereen ("Pippin," "Tenspeed and Brownshoe"), and Leslie Uggams ("All MyChildren," "Harlem"). Also starring are LeVar Burton ("Star Trek X," "Star Trek: The Next Generation"), Maya Angelou ("How to Make an American Quilt,"), Lorne Greene ("Bonanza,"), George Hamilton ("Love at First Bite," "The Bold and the Beautiful"), and Cicely Tyson ("Fried Green Tomatoes," "A Lesson Before Dying"). Georg Stanford Brown, Burl Ives, Ian McShane, Richard Roundtree andO.J. Simpson are also featured.

The DVD boasts many extras, including extensive commentaries with David Wolper, Ed Asner, LeVar Burton, Leslie Uggams, Lynne Moody , Jon Amos, Georg Stanford Brown and other key members of the cast and creative team. Plus, video coverage of the recording sessions.

For those too young to remember, "Roots" details African-American life in the United States from the time of early slavery and is set against key events in U.S. history -- from the Revolutionary to the Civil Wars and eventual emancipation. The series begins with its main character, Kunta Kinte (Burton), being abducted from his African village, sold into slavery, and taken to this country where he refuses to accept his slave name of Toby. He makes several escape attempts but is finally caught and brutalized. He marries Bell (Madge Sinclair), his plantation's cook, and they have a daughter, Kizzy (Uggams), who is eventually sold away from them to a new master by whom she has a son. The boy grows up to become Chicken George (Vereen), a legendary cock fighter, who leads his family to freedom. 

Meet GH's Lynne Moody

Lynne Moody is an accomplished film, television and stage actor who is internationally recognized for the many diverse roles she has played.

One of the most memorable roles for Lynne was playing Irene, Alex Haley's great grandmother in the critically acclaimed, history making ABC mini-series, "Roots" and then reprising the role in "Roots II: The Next Generation."

Lynne began her professional career after studying acting at the Pasadena Playhouse and the prestigious Goodman Theatre in Chicago, IL. She gave dynamic stage performances in a number of productions and complemented her stage credits with roles in feature films including "Some Kind of Hero," "White Dog," "The Evil," "Las Vegas Lady" and "Scream, Blacula, Scream."

A multi-talented actress, Lynne has been a regular on four network television series "That's My Mama," "E.R.," "Soap," and "Knots Landing." She also had recurring roles on "Hill Street Blues," "Lou Grant," "Love and War," "Clueless" and "Chicago Hope" before joining "GeneralHospital."

In addition, Lynne has an extensive list of guest starring roles on TV series, plus a number of movie of the week credits.

A long time environmental activist, Lynne is on the Advisory Board for Save the Whales International and is also very involved with Earth Trust. She has the greatest respect for all living things, is deeply spiritual, constantly seeking Truth and won't eat anything that has a face!

Lynne is an active member of the Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences serving on the Executive Committee for the Performers Peer Group. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her humanitarian efforts and her work in the industry including the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for "Knots Landing," a People's Choice Award for Outstanding Performance in "Roots" and was recently nominated for a NAACP Image Award for her work on "GeneralHospital." The Pasadena Playhouse honored Lynne by naming her "Woman of the Year."

DOOL's Peggy McCay Stars In New Play

Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) stars in the Chautauqua Theatre Alliance's word premiere production of "Imitating Sam", a hilarious new comedy written by Ray Proscia and directed by Richard Hochberg.

"Imitating Sam" tells the story of Sara Rothstein, the product of a mixed marriage who grew up without religion or a sense of family.  Now an adult, Sara is forced to return to the place from which she spent most of her life running...with hilarious consequences.

"Imitating Sam" will be at the Egyptian Arena Theatre, 1625 N. Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood, Ca. Running from January 12 to February 10, performances will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 PM with Sunday matinees at 3:00 PM. Admission is $18.00. For reservations, please call 323/960-8865.

Letters to the Editor

"Can you please tell me the name of the song that Pilar sang to Antonio on Passions, and is it on CD?"Anon

The song was written especially for "Passions" by the show's music composer, John Henry, and composer/lyricist, Ali Olmo. It was sung as vocals only by both Pilar (Eva Tamargo Lemus) and Sheridan (McKenzie Westmore). It is not available for sale anywhere right now, but our friends at "Passions" say that they hope to one day put out a CD of "Passions" music, so stay tuned! 

"My question is for "Days of Our Lives." I just want to know, will Chloe ever realize that she has feelings for Brady and will they ever become a couple?

Thank-you." Jo-Anna

Excellent question. Chloe is definitely conflicted. In my humble opinion, she has feelings for both Brady and Philip. She just has to decide which feelings are stronger. It may be a case of the writers just letting it play out for the time being to see which direction works best. They may not even know who Chloe will eventually end up with.  But if you like Brady and Chloe, here is my advice. Write a postcard to Days at the snail mail address below, and let them know how you feel!

"I've been searching the web for updates on actor Alex Mendoza. I know he is no longer with Port Charles, last I read he was working the an independent film "Asylum Days." Do you have any further information on this actor and what his latest projects have been/will be? Any info is MUCH appreciated! SV

I haven't been able to find out much on "Asylum Days" other than C. Thomas Howell is listed as the star. The last project of record for Alex Mendoza is a TV movie called "Murder in the Mirror," which was released in 2000. We will keep our eyes and ears open, however, and if we learn of any new projects for Alex, we'll let you know!

"Does Bryan Datillo have his own website? I can't seem to find it! Help!" frenchie

Well, frenchie, we can't seem to find it either. Brian, if you're out there reading this, get yourself an official website soon! Your fans are eager to visit. :o)

Cyber Soap Box!

"Can someone please tell me when the writers plan to quit the never ending close encounters between Sheridan and Luis (Passions). Do we have to wait until New Years 2003 for Sheridan and Luis to finally be together? Lexvia

"There has been much speculation on the internet message boards about the possible return of "Maria" to All My Children. Many people believe that IF AMC were to bring that character back, they'd also have to bring Dimitri back. I am very skeptical. I would be shocked and appalled if AMC decided to recast the role of Dimitri. That is one role that cannot successfully be recast. After they told Michael Nader that there is no storyline potential for the character, it would be a huge slap in the face to MN and his many fans for them to all of sudden "find" some material for a different actor. 

I hope that IF AMC decides to bring back Dimitri...they use the wonderful actor who brought that character to life. Michael Nader created and perfected Dimitri and no other actor stands a chance of winning over the audience in that role. I miss Michael Nader's performance tremendously and would be thrilled to become a faithful viewer of any show that hires him....even (once again) AMC." M

Now On Soapcenter...

Be sure to tune into this very special SoapCenter presentation as the show celebrates its 100th episode with a special look back at favorite stars, stories, moments and memories. Join hosts Tanika Ray and Peggy Bunker as they revisit some of SoapCenter's all-time favorite stories, including:

Character Spotlight: "Erica Kane" Still Believes in Love

A retrospective of Daytime TV legend Susan Lucci's alter ego, Erica Kane and a long look at her romantic escapades.

Kelly Ripa and Young and the Restless star Jeanne Cooper

Before she teamed up with Regis Philbin, All My Children'sKelly Ripa did a candid interview for SoapCenter with soap legend Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, Young and the Restless).

Behind the Scenes: Laura & Scotty Reminisce

Before there was Luke and Laura, there was Scotty and Laura. On ABC's General Hospital, history is about to come full circle as Scotty and Laura revisit the love they shared more than two decades ago. Go behind the scenes with stars Genie Francis and Kin Shriner as Scotty makes a wild attempt to rekindle their romance.

Behind-the-Scenes: All in the Family

Meet three real-life siblings who worked behind-the-scenes of Passions and Days of Our Lives.


A look back at the making of Guiding Light's earth-shattering earthquake. And an encore celebration of As the World Turns 45th anniversary

PLEASE NOTE: This special will air for two consecutive weeks (weeks of January 4 and January 11, 2002.)

**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.**


As the World Turns:Lisa Mandel plays Hilda, beginning Monday, January 14. Irma St. Paule plays Libby, beginning Friday, January 18. Both are spa attendants.

Days of our Lives:David Wells is back as Carl Liszt, the owner of Permalash Cosmetics, Iva Hasperger plays Paige Moyer, and Nikki Tyler-Flynn plays Jenny Lynch on Thursday, January 17, 2002.

GeneralHospital: The role of Sarah Webber has been recast and will now be played by Sarah Laine. Laine has guest-starred on several television series including "SpinCity," and "Roswell." She had a supporting role in the feature film, "American Pie." Her first airdate is Tuesday, January 29, 2002.

Guiding Light: Aubrey Dollar's first airdate as Marina Cooper is Tuesday, January 15. A few days later, on Sunday, January 20th, you can catch Aubrey's appearance in an episode of "The Education of Max Bickford" on CBS. Bruno Gioiello plays Rawley, the Rusty Anchor bartender, on Monday, January 14. LJ Ganser plays Ross' client on Monday, January 14.

Angela Russo plays an airline attendant on Monday, January 14. Will Chase plays a store manager on Tuesday, January 15.  Jonathan Halyaker plays Chip, Shayne's friend, on Tuesday, January 15. Drew Cortese plays "Raphael," an old "friend" of "Beth's," on Wednesday, January 16 and Friday, January 18. Lawrence Zarian plays a minister and Tami Mansfield plays his wife on Wednesday, January 16. Jason Field and Stephen Anderson play EMS technicians on Wednesday, January 16. Mandy Gonzales, Abigail Lopez and Fabio Polanco play Beth's saviors on Friday, January 18.

One Life to Live:  Tuc Watkins returns as David Vickers on Wednesday, January 23, 2002. 

Passions:Martin Grey returns as the Tabloid Reporter for five episodes, January 8, 9,10, 11 and 14, 2002. Dwight Hicks returns as TC's father on January 15 and 16th. Bill Kalmenson and Paul Darrigo portray the cannery workers on January 17th. A.J. Benza appears as Nick Corelli on Monday, January 21, 2002. Alisa Reyes has been cast in the recurring role of Kelly. Her first airdate is scheduled for January 23, 2002.

Young & the Restless: Michael Neeley appears as New Orleans attorney, Scott on February 1, 2002. Jim A. Howard appears as Paul's client, Doug, on Wednesday, February 6, 2002. Chad Gordon appears as Trop and Marc Santer appears as Jake on Friday, February 8, 2002. MichaelChinyamurindi as Isaac on Thursday, February 14, 2002.

Seeing Stars

AMC: 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 Whale Hospital. Call 941-388-4441 Ext. 465 for additional information. (Some appearance info provided by SEAHAAS.)

Bold & the Beautiful: On the weekend of February 2 and 3, 2002 Erik Estrada (Eduardo), Joseph Mascolo (Massimo), John McCook (Eric), Sean Kanan (Deacon), Justin Torkildsen (Rick)and Winsor Harmon (Thorne) will be among the soap stars appearing at SoapCity Live in Pasadena, CA. Visit www.soapcitylive.com for info and to register.

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, NY 11566-0647.

Days of Our Lives:  On Thursday, January 24th, Matt Cedeno (Brandon) will be hosting "Legendary Bingo" at 8:00 PM at DuPars Restaurant in West Hollywood, CA, located at 8571 Santa Monica Blvd. "Legendary Bingo" benefits Interno's Music Organization which provides music lessons to inner-city youth. On the weekend of February 2and 3, 2002 Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), Patrika Darbo (Nancy), Jay Johnson (Philip), Matt Cedeno (Brandon) and Jason Cook (Shawn) will be among the soap stars appearing at SoapCity Live in Pasadena, CA. Visit www.soapcitylive.com for info and to register.

Guiding Light:  Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny) will star in the exotic and engaging new play, "Pera Palas" by Sinan Unel on the C. Newton Schneck Mainstage at the Long Warf Theatre in New Haven, CT. Previews begin Wednesday, January 16, 2002. The show opens on Wednesday, January 23 at 8 PM and runs through February 17, 2002. The play is directed by "Guiding Light" director Steven Williford. Call the box office at 203 787-4282.

One Life to Live:Get Naked with Kassie DePaiva! Kassie DePaiva (Blair, OLTL) released her debut CD, "Naked," last year and will now be performing her first solo cabaret act at Danny's Skylight Room Cabaret in New York City! Kassie will perform the following two shows: Thursday, January 31st at 7:00 PM and Thursday, February 7th at 9:15 PM. There will be a $20 cover and a $10 food/drink minimum. Danny's is located at 346 West 46th Street (between 8th & 9th Ave). For reservations call 212-265-8133. For more information visit www.kassiedepaiva.com or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  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 Children are Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), Michael E. Knight (Tad) & Walt Willey (Jackson) at the beautiful Michael's on East, Sarasota. All proceeds benefit the Dolphin and Whale Hospital. Call 941-388-4441 Ext. 465 for additional information. (Some appearance info submitted by SEAHAAS.)

Passions: On the weekend of February 2 and 3, 2001, Josh Ryan Evans (Timmy), Ben Masters (Julian), Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel), Juliet Mills (Tabitha) and McKenzie Westmore (Sheridan) will join the stars of other daytime dramas at SOAPCITY LIVE!, the most spectacular Soap Opera convention ever -- at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA. The program will include autograph signings, photo opportunities, trivia contests, interactive events, a fashion show and much, much more. For more information visit www.soapcitylive.com Marianne Muellerleile (Norma) has just finished taping a guest star role on "The Hughleys" which will air either February 4 or February 11, 2002 (check your local listings).

Young & the Restless: Shemar Moore is still touring the U.S. in "The Fabric of A Man." Check your local newspapers. On the weekend of Feburary 2 and 3 see David Lago (Raul), Jeanne Cooper (Katherine), Tonya Lee Williams (Olivia), Don Diamont (Brad), Christian LeBlanc (Michael), Kristoff St. John (Neil), Doug Davidson (Paul) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) appearing at SoapCity Live in Pasadena, CA. Visit www.soapcitylive.com for info and to register.

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*Post your comments to your favorite actors on Turtle-Run.com's Message Boards and we will email our contacts at the networks who will pass on your posts.

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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