Passions

2007, TV Show

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Natalie Zea Engaged to Longtime Boyfriend

Travis Schuldt, Natalie Zea

The Following actress Natalie Zea is engaged, her rep tells TVGuide.com.

Zea and her boyfriend of more than 10 years, Travis Schuldt, got engaged during a recent trip to Hawaii. The couple met when they co-starred on the NBC soap opera Passions 10 years ago.

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Exclusive: Eric Martsolf and Galen Gering Strip for a Cause on Days of Our Lives

Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering

Only in Salem, kids, only in Salem. Days of Our Lives heartthrobs Eric Martsolf (Brady) and Galen Gering (Rafe) claim they had no problem shooting the soap's Magic Mike spoof airing April 23. But let's get real here. When you launch your career on Passions — as both actors did — you probably don't have much dignity left!

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Smallville's Justin Hartley and All My Children's Lindsay Hartley Divorcing

Justin Hartley and Lindsay Hartley

Smallville's Justin Hartley and his soap star wife Lindsay Hartley are getting a divorce after eight years of marriage, TMZ reports.

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Lindsay filed papers in Los Angeles County Superior Court last week, citing "irreconcilable differences." She is asking ...
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Hulu Picks Up Season 2 of Web Series Workshop, Starring Passions Vet Phillip Jeanmarie

Phillip Jeanmarie

It's smart, it's sweet, it's snarky, it's Workshop! That terrific web dramedy about a band of struggling Hollywood actors has returned for its second season and is now available via Hulu (hulu.com/workshop). This is the first time Hulu has distributed an independent half-hour series, so kudos to Nate Golon, the show's gifted creator/exec producer/star, and to Daytime Confidential gossip kings Luke Kerr and Jamey Giddens, who recently signed on as associate producers. To help kick off Season 2, TV Guide Magazine had a chat with actor Phillip Jeanmarie, who plays Workshop wannabe Adam Saltair. Of course, he's better known to the fans of Passions for his landmark work as Vincent Clarkson, the psychotic, incestuous, sperm-stealing, she-male tabloid reporter who made life in Harmony a living hell... read more

90210 Lands Soap Star Blair Redford

Blair Redford

Soap star Blair Redford has signed on for a recurring role in 90210's Season 3, a show rep says.

The 26-year-old actor — who portrayed Miguel on NBC's Passions — will play... read more

VIDEO: Kelli McCarty Explores New Passions, as a Porn Star

Kelli McCarty, Faithless

As Passions' Beth, Kelli McCarty pretty much experienced it all — a love triangle with an orangutan, dressing up as a clown, and getting wooed by her own father. Still, McCarty has found new territory to explore, as the star of her first-ever adult film, Vivid's Faithless.

"Doing an adult film was never in the back of my head," McCarty says of her unexpected professional segue. "I just sat on the idea [and] approached Vivid, and they said, 'Yeah, let's make a movie.'"

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Soaps Scribe James E. Reilly Dies at 60

James E. Reilly, a sometimes controversial soap scribe who twice served as Days of Our Lives' headwriter and created the supernatural-themed Passions, passed away over the weekend, at age 60, Soap Opera Digest reports. Reilly was recovering in the hospital from cardiac surgery when he died.

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A Retrospective: Passions' Legacy of Lunacy

Juliet Mills by John Paschal/JPI/NBC Universal

Zany witchcraft. Sordid violence. Cheese-tastic monsters. Gratuitously naked men. Has there ever been a show like Passions? Created in 1999 by the certifiably insane suds legend James E. Reilly, the NBC-DirecTV soap signs off this week (Thursday at 2 pm/ET, DirecTV channel 101). Here's a look back at its most twisted plots. — Michael LoganTo Di For: Passions rewrote history — and p.o.'d Princess Diana fans — when it revealed that Diana and Dodi had been on their way to see socialite Sheridan Crane (McKenzie Westmore) when they crashed in that Paris tunnel. Later, Di contacted Sheridan from heaven.Whole Lotta Shakin': The quaint little town of Harmony survived countless disasters — earthquakes, a tsunami, an avalanche, a volcano eruption, even an asteroid. Then there was the real-estate crisis: The Bennett home started oozing blood and sank into the bowels of hell. Dynamic Duo: Let's raise a Martimmy glass to Juliet Mills and Josh Ryan Evans, the wildest couple in... read more

Daytime Emmy Nominations Feeling Very Restless

Jeanne Cooper by Robert Voets, Peter Bergman by Robert Voets, Tracey Bregman by Tony Esparza/CBS

Nominations for the 35th annual Daytime Emmy awards were announced Wednesday, and CBS' daytime lineup has the early lead with 51 total nods — or for comparison purposes 12.75 nominations per soap. ABC netted 27 noms for its three sudsers, while NBC's Days of Our Lives and Passions amassed 10 bids between 'em.Among the noteworthy tallies, The Young and the Restless collected 11 acting nods, including at least one contender in every race, while Days made an atypically strong showing, scoring four acting nominees. Kudoscast host ABC, meanwhile, may want to instead broadcast a test pattern, as All My Children, General Hospital and One Life to Live netted just three acting nods combined. That said, both GH and OLTL are vying in both the outstanding drama series and writing contests.The major races:Lead ActressMaura West (Carly, ATWT)Crystal Chappell (Olivia, GL)Nicole Forester (Cassie, GL)Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R)Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, Y&R)Lead ActorDavid Canary (A... read more

Michael Logan's Worst of 2007

Drake Hogestyn by Chris Haston/NBC

I knew we were in for a bumpy ride when All My Children started the year by murdering Dixie — the show's heart and soul — with a plate of poisoned pancakes. But hey, that meant more airtime for Zarf, a rude, suffocatingly hammy, penis-flashing transgender rock star who fell in love with Pine Valley's saintly lesbian Bianca. Appropriately, fans on the Internet named the couple "Barf." In a pathetic attempt to boost ratings, Days of our Lives pretended to kill its most popular male character, John, played by Drake Hogestyn. Even the cast was fooled. But with the Nielsens staying flat, Hogestyn is now back at work and we're left to wonder: How the hell can we ever invest in Days again?General Hospital viewers had a fit and threatened to stop watching when heartthrob Jax was held hostage and forced into sex by a loony Russian chick. Meanwhile, they didn't seem to mind when a Port Charles strangler killed three women.Things that made me cringe: Constantine Maroulis on The Bold ... read more

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Premiered: September 17, 2007, on Direct TV 101
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Perhaps the wildest soap since `Dark Shadows' takes place in the seldom harmonious Harmony, where the occult meets an array of conflicts between the wealthy Cranes and the salty Lopez-Fitzgeralds. Throw in a centuries-old witch, an orangutan nurse, one never-seen patriarch and a large, diverse cast and you have a cult hit that's lived down its scandalous debut, which rankled viewers---many of them upset about the show replacing the beloved `Another World'---with a tacky Princess Di subplot.

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