Saturday, May 16, 2009

Gareis Big, Bold and Beautiful in Italy


City in Italy Bestows Honorary Citizenship on The Bold and the Beautiful’s Jennifer Gareis

The City of Militello Val di Catania, Italy, on the island of Sicily, held an official public event on May 8, 2009, to grant honorary citizenship to actress Jennifer Gareis and her family.

Gareis stars as Donna Logan, the wife of Eric Forrester (John McCook) and sister of Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.

The ceremony was the culmination of three days of festivities organized by Sicilia Mondo, a worldwide organization devoted to the promotion and preservation of Sicilian culture. It was officiated by the city’s mayor, Sindaco Antonio Lo Presti, and attended by thousands of members of the public and numerous local press. A celebratory procession through the streets preceded the ceremony, with the Gareis family riding on an ornate horse-drawn Sicilian cart, accompanied by the music of a traditional Sicilian band and a medieval flag-waving troop.

During the procession, Gareis and her family were besieged for autographs by the throng, and many handed their small children to Gareis to hold for photos. After the ceremony, Gareis saluted the crowd with cries of “Viva Militello!” as fireworks lit up the sky.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is the most successful foreign dramatic serial in Italy, broadcast weekdays on national Italian broadcaster, Canale 5. The series and its cast enjoy high-profile celebrity status there, owing to this phenomenal long-lasting ratings success.

Gareis and her family made the trip to Italy in order to get reacquainted with their Sicilian heritage. Following an investigation some time ago by Gareis’ mother, who with the help of locals, traced family ancestors back to Militello, the family was able to find and contact descendents of Ms. Gareis’ great-grandmother, Sebastiana Tringali.

While in Militello, Gareis visited a local bakery, where she assisted with the baking of local specialties, and spent time serving the locals and getting acquainted with her relatives at her uncle’s local café-bar, Bar New York.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

2009 Daytime Emmy Nominations

The nominations for the 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced this morning on the Today show on NBC. The ceremony will be broadcast on the CW network on Aug. 30 at 8 p.m.

While never a perfect system, I would agree that most of the nominations are deserved (The Outstanding Drama Series section is especially interesting this year, nice to see Days get some respect!) Please let us know what you think in our Comments section.


Thorsten Kaye (Zach, AMC)
Peter Reckell (Bo, Days)
Anthony Geary (Luke, General Hospital)
Daniel Cosgrove (Bill, Guiding Light)
Christian LeBlanc (Michael, The Young and the Restless)

Debbi Morgan (Angie, AMC)
Maura West (Carly, As the World Turns)
Susan Flannery (Stephanie, B&B)
Susan Haskell (Marty, One Life to Live)
Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, Y&R)

Vincent Irizarry (David, AMC)
Jacob Young (JR, AMC)
Van Hansis (Luke, ATWT)
Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH)
Jeff Branson (Shayne, GL)

Melissa Claire Egan (Annie, AMC)
Alicia Minshew (Kendall, AMC)
Julie Pinson (Janet, ATWT)
Tamara Braun (Ava, Days)
Bree Williamson (Jessica, OLTL)

Cornelius Smith Jr. (Frankie, AMC)
Darin Brooks (Max, Days)
Blake Berris (Nick, Days)
EJ Bonilla (Rafe, GL)
Bryton McClure (Devon, Y&R)

Meredith Hagner (Liberty, ATWT)
Rachel Melvin (Chelsea, Days)
Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GH)
Julie Marie Berman (Lulu, GH)
Emily O'Brien (Jana, Y&R)

Jane Krakowski Re-Creates Cinematic History

Actress Jane Krakowski films a webisode for Breyers Smooth & Dreamy ice cream at Kaufman Astoria Studios Thursday, April 23, 2009, in New York. The webisode, which launches May 14, features Krakowski comedically taking the place of “Gone with the Wind” heroine Scarlett O’Hara. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, Breyers)

Starting today, you can catch 30 Rock actress Jane Krakowski (formerly of Ally McBeal and Another World) at as she recreates iconic scenes from well-loved movies — with a modern-day twist.

Plus, you can create your own mini movie starring you, as well as enter sweepstakes for some fabulous prizes. So head over to and join in the fun. Check back periodically to see new webisodes as they are posted.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Days: Such a Tease!


*Stephanie tries to escape from Owen.

*Sami and Rafe make love for the first time.

*Stefano is administered his final dose of insulin.

*Brady tells Bo he thinks Stephanie’s life is in danger.

*Daniel finds Philip (Jay Kenneth Johnson, pictured) collapsed and starts to call for an ambulance.

Thursday – Sami tells Will that Rafe is adopting Grace.

Friday – Philip and EJ make plans to exchange Stephanie for Stefano.

Monday, May 11, 2009

GH: Such a Tease!

Ric reminds Claudia that her fate rides on whether Michael (Drew Garrett, pictured) lives or dies.
Luke shares his suspicions about Tracy with Ethan.
Maxie fears she’ll end up losing her job after all.

Patrick has distressing news for Carly.
Luke and Ethan set out to rescue Holly.
Spinelli uncovers the truth about Kate.

Carly refuses to give up on Michael.
Someone is keeping their eye on Luke, Ethan and Tracy.
Ric backs Claudia into a corner.

Carly collapses in Jax’s arms.
Jason confronts Claudia with the truth about Michaels’ shooting.
Luke is surprised by a visit from Holly.

OLTL: Such a Tease!

Bo and Clint go head to head over Nora.
Jared panics when he learns Hope’s body is going to be exhumed.
Lola’s subterfuge could result in disaster for Langston and Markko.

The Pussycat Dolls rock Llanview High’s prom with a performance of “Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny).”
Natalie and Jared (Melissa Archer and John Brotherton, pictured) realize the truth about Chloe is bound to come out.
Nora questions Clint’s motives.

Todd, Blair, Marty and Tea are at Powell’s mercy.
John is desperate to get to Marty.
Langston and Markko anticipate their big night.

Powell torments Todd, Tea, Blair and Marty.
Jessica remembers more about the night she gave birth.
Jessica and Brody steal a few moments together, unaware of a looming threat.

AMC: Such a Tease!

Krystal is forced to come clean with Marissa.
Zach unleashes his wrath on Adam and JR.
Adam tells David what Krystal’s been hiding.

Zach threatens to kill Adam if anything happens to Ian.
David tries to reach out to Marissa.
Annie (Melissa Claire Egan, pictured) becomes more and more unhinged.

Tad is certain Adam had something to do with Dixie’s murder.
Zach and Kendall fear the worst for their son.
Opal has an ominous warning for Ryan.

Adam’s enemies want him to pay for his sins.
Angie and Jake work to save Ian’s life.
Annie makes her move.

Vote on the Y&R Dream Wedding!


THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and MGM Grand Las Vegas Are One Step Closer to Awarding One Lucky Couple Their Dream Wedding

May 7, 2009 (Culver City, CA) – THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, television’s #1 daytime drama series produced by Sony Pictures Television for CBS, has narrowed down the selection process and chosen four lucky couples as finalists who have the chance to win the wedding ceremony of their dreams in Las Vegas. Daniel Goddard and Christel Khalil, whose characters “Cane Ashby” and “Lily Winters” will tie the knot on the daytime drama on May 15th, reviewed the 25 semi-finalist video submissions and selected the final four contestants.

Beginning now until May 31st at 12:00 PT, viewers can go to to watch the four finalist video responses about their most romantic moment together. Fans can then vote once per day on their favorite couple and determine who will win the wedding of a lifetime at MGM Grand.

The winning couple will be notified on May 31st with the announcement going live on June 1st on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS wedding website. The winner will have their wedding witnessed by THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS’S Christian LeBlanc (“Michael Baldwin”) and Tracey E. Bregman (“Lauren Baldwin”), with Grand Prize packaging provided by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and MGM Grand Las Vegas.

The final four couples, who were narrowed down from an eligible pool of 2,600 entrants include:

* Gina R. and Matt M. from St. Petersburg , FL
* Julie R. and Brian S. from Billerica , MA
* Charlene L. and Willie W. from Bronx , NY
* Cortnie G. and Chris V. from Corona , NY

The Grand Prize winning couple will receive:

Travel and Accommodations for Four:

· Roundtrip coach airfare to Las Vegas , hotel accommodations in the luxurious and romantic suites of The Signature at MGM Grand, transportation to/from the Las Vegas airport in MGM Grand limousines and $1,000.00 spending money.

A Wedding Ceremony that includes:

· A unique and romantic ceremony poolside at The Signature at MGM Grand.

· Exquisite floral arrangements from the Forever Grand Wedding chapel at MGM Grand.

· Ceremony music performed by the musicians of “O™” by Cirque du Soleil® at Bellagio- a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

· Photography package.

· Dinner for six at Joël Robuchon, the only Michelin three star, Mobil Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant- the top accolades for each organization.

· A beautiful and delicious wedding cake from MGM Grand’s award-winning pastry team.

· Wedding attire including a wedding dress, bridesmaid dress and two tuxedo rentals.

· Wedding bands for the couple.

Pampering and Extras:

· Couple’s Dreaming Ritual signature spa treatment in an MGM Grand private spa suite.

· Custom hair and make-up from Cristophe Salon at MGM Grand- for more than 20 years, Cristophe has tended to the tresses of rock and celebrity royalty from Beverly Hills to New York City .

· VIP tickets for four to Cirque du Soleil’s “O™” by Cirque du Soleil® at Bellagio- a timeless aquatic production.

Days: Such a Tease!

•Arianna breaks up a heated confrontation between Sami (Alison Sweeney, pictured) and Nicole.

•EJ enlists help to bring down the Kiriakis family.

•Melanie is disheartened to learn of Philip and Stephanie’s engagement.

•Caroline warns Stephanie about life with a Kiriakis man.

•Victor demands EJ to sign over all of DiMera Enterprises in exchange for Stefano.

•Thursday – Bo has another one of his visions- this time it’s related to Ciara.

•Friday – Owen drugs Stephanie and kidnaps her from the Kiriakis mansion.

B&B: Such a Tease!

•Anger causes Taylor to blurt out the truth.

•Rick makes a huge sacrifice for Steffy.

•Jackie delivers an ultimatum to Owen.

•Stephanie exposes Eric and Donna to the public.

•Owen (Brandon Beemer, pictured) reveals his true self to Bridget.

Y&R: Such a Tease!

•Paul proposes to Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott, pictured).

•Lily and Cane get married.
•Daniel agrees to work undercover for the government but can he keep the secret from Amber?

•When a bank in the Caymans goes under, Jeff, Gloria and Jill learn they could lose everything.

•Karen makes an unexpected return to Genoa City.

GL: Such a Tease!

•Shayne and Josh (Robert Newman, pictured) head off to find Edmund.

•Phillip learns the depths of James's shady business dealings.
•Marina and Mallet worry as Henry faces a health scare.

•Natalia tells Olivia she wants her to come home.

ATWT: Such a Tease!

•Carly (Maura West, pictured) convinces Craig to change his mind.

•Vienna and Henry try to find a way to help Katie and Brad.

•Meg makes Paul an offer.

•Alison tries to play matchmaker.