In January, the book "Hidden Passions: Secrets from the Diaries of Tabitha Lenox." Within a few weeks, the book had made the New York Times' Best Seller List.
In July, Passions' creator and head writer James E Reilly announced plans to develop two Passions spinoffs, one for the Saturday morning teen crowd, as well as a primetime tele-movie based upon the soap.
Vampires Put New Bite Into Port Charles
June 2001 --
Television viewers have more choices now than ever before. Some cable outlets carry hundreds of channels and the number of programming choices a viewer can tune into at a given time continues to grow. Capturing the attention of television viewers is increasingly difficult.
Port Charles' decision to introduce shorter, faster moving storylines may very well have been the biggest story of 2000. In 2001, the show also made a surprise move - introducing vampires into its storylines.
When "Tainted Love" debuted in June, PC's writers tickled viewers with ideas that Michael Morley and his evil "brother" Caleb might be symbolic of God and the devil. It would later be revealed that Caleb was actually a vampire. Moreover, Michael and Caleb were also the same person.
NBC's Passions had already used supernatural storylines quite readily, Days of our Lives featured a demonic possession in the 90s and General Hospital brought back a character from the dead by thawing him out. Something about Port Charles' vampires, however, seemed more believable and certainly less campy than any of the other programs' attempts.
Read The StoryPC introduces vampires in "Tainted Love." [Jun 4, 2001]
Read The StoryVampires continue in "Tempted." [Sep 3rd, 2001]
Read The StoryPC will not continue vampire saga in '02 [Dec 3rd, 2001]
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
Scott Leaves Y&R -- Then Returns
July 2001 -- Long-time Y&R veteran Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) stunned viewers of The Young and the Restless when she reportedly cleaned out her dressing room and stormed away from the Y&R studios.
Fans were upset that Scott had left, but many said that they understood that the actress was probably upset about not having any meaty storylines for quite some time.
Less than a month later, CBS issued a statement that Scott was remaining with the show. Sure enough, Scott return to active duty on the program later in the summer.
Read The StoryBrown clears out Y&R dressing room. [Jul 30, 2001]
Read The StoryCBS says Scott is staying. [Aug 13, 2001]