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Passions is an American television soap opera created by writer James E. Reilly. Produced by NBC Studios, the series debuted July 5, 1999, on NBC (replacing Another World), and its final airdate on that network was September 7, 2007. The direct broadcast satellite service DirecTV picked up the series with new episodes airing on DirecTV-exclusive channel The 101 starting September 17, 2007. In December 2007, DirecTV decided not to renew its contract for the series, and the studio was unable to sell the show elsewhere. The final episode aired on DirecTV on August 7, 2008. Passions recap (8/7/08) - Passions: After 10 Years, the Supernatural Soap Ends, part one

Passions follows the various romantic and paranormal adventures of the residents of Harmony, a fictional New Englandmarker hamlet. Storylines center around the interactions among members of its multi-racial core families — the African American Russells, Caucasian Cranes and Bennetts, and half-Mexican half-Irish Lopez-Fitzgeralds — as well as the supernatural including town witch Tabitha Lenox.

During its NBC run, Passions ran for 60 minutes every weekday (excluding some holidays). After the move to DirecTV, the schedule was shortened to four days a week (Monday through Thursday) plus weekend marathon encores, then later three days a week (Monday through Wednesday) starting in January 2008 until the finale. The series was also available via online paid subscription from NBC within the United States and on the paid cable Super Channel in Canada.

Series history

Passions debuted in 1999 with major fanfare. Creator Reilly had been credited for a large surge in the ratings for Days of our Lives years before, thanks to innovative storylines like that of heroine Dr. Marlena Evans being possessed by Satan that drew new viewers, but also tended to alienate stalwart fans. With Passions, Reilly was able to start with a blank slate and no pre-existing fan base to please.
Original cast of Passions
In the early days of the show, Passions heroine Sheridan Crane is identified as a close friend of the late Diana, Princess of Wales; soon Sheridan recalls speaking to Diana on the phone immediately prior to the 1997 car accident which took the Princess' life. Sheridan also has a similar accident in the same Paris tunnel, and speaks to a "guardian Angel Diana" who urges her to fight to survive, which drew considerable controversy. Sheridan later adopts the name Diana after a boating accident that results in amnesia.

The opening days of the show also introduced the Gwen/Theresa/Ethan love triangle that persisted as an ongoing main storyline to the very last episode of the series.

For much of the first three to four years of the series, supernatural elements such as witches, warlocks and closet doors leading to Hell were major plot points, many surrounding the machinations of the centuries-old witch Tabitha Lenox and her doll-brought-to-life sidekick, Timmy — named by Entertainment Weekly as one of their "17 Great Soap Supercouples" in 2008. In 2001, HarperEntertainment released Hidden Passions, a tie-in novelization presented as Tabitha's diary, exposing the secrets and pasts of the town's residents. Passions featured a storyline involving Tabitha and Timmy promoting the book, which reached #4 on the real-life New York Times Best Seller list and garnered the series two alternate covers of TV Guide in July 2001.

In 2003, Passions submitted a trained orangutan named BamBam, who had been portraying the recurring role of Precious, for a Daytime Emmy Award. Precious was the non-speaking live-in nurse and caregiver for elderly Edna Wallace, and held an unrequited love for Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald, which was depicted in elaborate fantasy sequences. In early 2004, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which administers the awards, disallowed the entry with the following statement:
Our ruling is based on the belief that the Academy must draw a line of distinction between animal characters that aren't capable of speaking parts and human actors whose personal interpretation in character portrayal creates nuance and audience engagement that uniquely qualifies those performers for consideration of television's highest honor.

During the summer of 2005, the prominent character Simone Russell came out as a lesbian; Passions made daytime history by being the first serial to show two women — Simone and love interest Rae Thomas — in bed making love. In 2007, it was revealed that longtime hero Chad Harris-Crane was cheating on his wife with another man. This was also a daytime first, with the men portrayed in bed together. Passions also broke new ground in 2007 with its portrayal of Vincent as an intersexual who becomes pregnant with his own father's son.

Nearly seven years after the debut of Passions on July 5, 1999, the NBC-owned Sci Fi Channel began airing the series from its first episode starting February 13, 2006; the reruns had originally been announced to begin on February 6. Due to low ratings, the reruns were taken off the air as of May 25, 2006. On August 15, 2006, Passions became the first daytime drama to make full episodes available for download and purchase from the online music store iTunes. On November 6, 2006, the show also became the first daytime drama to make full episodes available for free viewing via streaming on

Though plagued since its inception by low overall Nielsen Ratings, Passions was historically top-rated in key demographics. The series was not renewed by NBC for a full ninth season in 2007 as a result of the network's decision to extend its morning news and talk show Today to a fourth hour. Satellite provider DirecTV soon picked up Passions, with most principal cast members staying on. The series ended its NBC run on September 7, 2007, and new episodes began airing on DirecTV's original-programming channel The 101 on September 17, 2007, making Passions both the first soap opera broadcast on a direct broadcast satellite service and the first series to make such a transition from broadcast television. The series ran Monday to Thursday at 2 pm ET/11 am PT, with repeats airing later in the day and on weekends. Although continued to cover the series' official website with features, video clips of each episode aired, updating news, and products relating to Passions once the series left NBC and had moved to DirecTV, initially new episodes were no longer available for free viewing on Passions official website at or for purchase at since NBC sold complete broadcasting rights to DirecTV. Very soon on September 27, 2007, DirecTV announced they would make new episodes of Passions available online on the official Passions website at for a monthly fee. This service began on October 1, 2007 for $19.99 a month then reduced to $14.99 a month when Passions' schedule was cut from four episodes a week to three episodes a week.

On December 10, 2007, Variety magazine and various cast members confirmed that DirecTV had decided not to renew Passions for another season, but ordered 52 additional episodes to be taped through March 2008. New episodes of the series were broadcast until August 7, 2008, with DirecTV airing three new episodes per week starting January 2008. Universal Media Studios wrapped up production of Passions on March 28, 2008. The cast and crew were told at the wrap party that efforts to find a new outlet had failed and that the cancellation was final. Cast member McKenzie Westmore confirmed the news. Though Passions had been the highest-rated original program on DirecTV's The 101, it was reported that the network had failed to meet the projected number of new subscribers they had hoped to attract with the series.


Pop culture homages

Over its run, Passions featured several storylines and sequences paying homage to or parodying films, books, and musicals like Gone with the Wind, Titanic, Brokeback Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Wizard of Oz, The Da Vinci Code, The Little Mermaid, and Wicked. A 2003 fantasy sequence imitated the "Cell Block Tango" number from the 2002 film Chicago; Passions version of the song, "I Ain't Sorry," received a 2004 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song.
A 2006 Bollywood homage featured the song "Love is Ecstasy," which earned the show another Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Original Song and was made available on the NBC website. In nods to Bewitched, the series' "Dr. Bombay" twice appeared on Passions in scenes with Tabitha (not to be confused with Bewitched 's own Tabitha Stevens). When Passions' Tabitha has a child in 2003, she names the baby "Endora" which was Tabitha's grandmother's name, and later notes that her parents had been "Samantha" and a mortal named "Darrin."

Dream sequences and flashbacks

One of Passions' most notorious trademarks is the false "dream sequence" or fakeout. Often, the show will play out an outlandish event, or explode a huge secret viewers have long been waiting to see, only to reveal it to be a daydream. This dream sequence can last anywhere from a few scenes to a few episodes, typically beginning without warning. On Passions, often a dream sequence will begin with no visual cues of any sort what so ever, often going as far as to include contradictory elements to give the dream sequence credence. (For instance, another character may show up within the dream wearing an outfit, or revealing information that the daydreamer had no possible way of knowing about beforehand.) While a veteran viewer can usually spot a fake dream sequence once it has neared its climax, the fake dream sequence tends to cause confusion amongst the more casual viewer who may not get to catch the revelation that it was all a dream.

Characters on the show have flashbacks to earlier events quite often, so much so that a significant portion of an episode may be repeated scenes.

Roman Catholicism

Father Lonigan officiating at the double wedding of Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald and Sheridan Crane Boothe, and Ethan Winthrop and Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald Crane at St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church
Roman Catholicism and its principles figure greatly into the show's themes. Several characters, including Grace Bennett and Pilar Lopez-Fitzgerald, are portrayed as being particularly devout Catholics, often praying with a rosary. Father Lonigan, the blind priest, has the ability to sense evil, causing lots of trouble for Tabitha over the years. Many theological debates on the importance of Catholic marriage vows have arisen over the years as well, as various characters attempt to divorce or remarry.

Fate and destined couples

Another trademark of the serial is its pre-occupation with the concepts of fate and soulmates. For the run of the series, the show established a few couples as "fated", and, with few short-lived exceptions, never mixed up any of the relationships. Some of the early "fated" couples were considered to be those of Luis and Sheridan, Ethan and Theresa, Miguel and Charity, and Chad and Whitney. Common indications of a couple's status as "fated" include (but are not necessarily limited to) Tabitha's desire to split said couple up, an unshakeable love that survives numerous break-ups and relationships with third parties, and/or an ability of one character, or perhaps both characters, to "sense" when his/her "soulmate" is in danger, as well as having shared past lives together in the case of Luis and Sheridan. However, despite the fact that each of these couples has existed as a storyline since the first episodes, the show seems to have given up on the "fated" angle as it approached its end. Ethan and Theresa are still in love and marry in the final episode, but Miguel is now in love with and marries Kay (not Charity), Luis falls in love with and marries Fancy while Sheridan's formerly presumed dead husband Antonio returns to Harmony alive and well. Whitney recently left Chad after finding out about his affair with Vincent. Chad later was shot dead by his father, Alistair.

Summertime extravaganzas

Likely due to Passions' school-aged target audience, the show often cooks up large, wild storylines for the summer, which often, but not always, take place in a city outside of Harmony. In 1999, a carnival came to town as characters were introduced; 2000 saw Luis and Sheridan traveling to New Mexicomarker in search of his then-missing father, Martin Fitzgerald, and 2001 witnessed the failed double-wedding of popular couples Luis and Sheridan and Ethan and Theresa, and their subsequent journey to Bermudamarker, where Sheridan apparently perished in a boat explosion and Theresa wound up married to Ethan's ex-stepfather, Julian Crane. In 2002, Julian and Timmy set out on a journey in the magical land of Oz as Theresa was "executed" for Julian's "murder"; 2003 saw six characters (Chad, Whitney, Fox, Theresa, Ethan, and Gwen) travel to Los Angeles for the summer (and into October), while, in 2004, Luis and Sheridan traveled to Puerto Arena, Mexico, to retrieve his younger sister, Paloma (and ended up finding his missing father, Martin, and her "dead" mother, Katherine). The plot of the summer in 2005 was a deadly earthquake and tsunami, which destroyed much of Harmony and resulted in the death of James' mother, Maureen, while 2006 saw the extravagant Passions Vendetta plot, in which Alistair lured seventeen people (Whitney, Simone, Paloma, Chad, Ethan, Theresa, Gwen, Lena, Spike, Jessica, Maya, Noah, Esme, Fancy, Luis, Beth, and Marty) to Rome, where he planned to take over the world with a chalice stolen from the Pope's private chambers; the plot saw the death of Lena, Maya, Alistair, Beth, and Marty.
Summer 2007 saw the resolution of the "blackmailer" storyline as Vincent Clarkson was revealed to be the half-man/half-woman blackmailer, and Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald was saved from execution for Vincent's crimes by Endora's spell that turned back time in the execution chamber. In 2008, the show spent its final summer on the air wrapping up its plotlines at a rapid pace, with Alistair Crane being killed once and for all, the final showdowns between the main characters and the newly introduced villains Viki, Juanita, Pretty, and Vincent, the Tabitha's redemption as a born again Christian who sacrifices her powers to save the residents of Harmony, the return of Antonio and his reunion with Sheridan, the mass weddings of Fancy and Luis, Paloma and Noah, Miguel and Kay, and Edna and Norma (the first gay couple ever to go down the aisle on a soap opera), and Gwen and Rebecca being exposed for their crimes as Theresa and Ethan finally married, once and for all.

Sexual violence

Another recurring theme on Passions is sexual violence. Many storylines, especially since 2005, have included rape as a plot point.

In 2005, so many plotlines came to involve an element of rape that fans began to refer to that year as the "Year of the Rapes". Early that year, Paloma Lopez-Fitzgerald was sexually assaulted and nearly raped during a club raid. The show then carried a plotline over whether they should do a rape test while Paloma was in a coma (at the time she was a virgin) and Jessica Bennett was also raped a few weeks later while at a club. Also early in the year, Alistair Crane repeatedly raped his wife, Katherine Crane, while at the Crane Compound. Late in May, heiress Fancy Crane was nearly raped by a man in Las Vegasmarker who demanded "payment" for letting her into a party after she lost her invitation. During the tsunami and later in November, Liz Sanbourne attempted to rape Julian Crane at knifepoint. In August, Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald was raped by Alistair Crane when she refused to pay him (with sex) for helping her with visitation of her infant daughter, Jane; Theresa later married Alistair, and he continued to rape her throughout their marriage. Also in August or September, Kay Bennett was attacked by a gang of men while walking through the park at night, though Fox Crane soon arrived and the two defeated the group. Liz Sanbourne also revealed during the tsunami that Julian Crane had raped her in Boston many years previously (she later revealed that it had been Alistair who had done the deed, thus producing a son, Chad Harris-Crane).

The most prominent rape storyline began in December 2006, when Crane heiress and police cadet Fancy Crane was raped during a sting operation designed to catch a peeping tom. The brutal attack left Fancy in a brief coma and emotionally traumatized the young woman. Fancy was also the show's first rape victim to visibly experience prolonged effects; her bubbly demeanor disappeared, and she became extremely nervous and could not stand to be touched for several months. Fancy was eventually raped for a second time in January 2007, and her boyfriend, Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald, was framed for the crimes; the rapist was later revealed to be Vincent Clarkson, Fancy's biological half-brother through their father.

Rape also played prominently into the 2007—2008 storyline involving Mexican drug cartel leader Juanita Vasquez. Sometime between the births of Pilar's second and third children, the Lopez-Fitzgerald matriarch returned to her native Mexico to visit with her childhood best friend, Juanita Vasquez. There, she discovered that Juanita's husband, Carlos, was still involved with his family's drug cartel and was planning a hit on a rival family; when Pilar confronted Carlos, he raped her, and she accidentally killed him in self-defense. Pilar then called the police in an attempt to stop the hit, but the police ended up murdering the entire Vasquez family, including Juanita and Carlos' young children, except for Juanita. Juanita refused to believe that her husband had raped Pilar and made it her life's mission to murder Pilar's entire family, eventually murdering Pilar's sister and two nephews.

Men on the show were equally as likely to be violated as women. Fox Crane, Julian Crane, Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald, Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald, and Ethan Winthrop have all been victims of sexual assault.

Eerie deaths

One unfortunate trademark for Passions has been eerie deaths. In 2002, Josh Ryan Evans, who played Tabitha's extremely popular doll sidekick Timmy, died while on medical leave, just as scenes were airing where Timmy died in the hospital and went to Heaven. Passions had planned to revive the character in a few months once Evans returned from his own surgery, but instead had to write Timmy out. After five years of evil Crane patriarch Alistair being heard but never having his face seen (voiced by Alan Oppenheimer), Passions finally cast the role with longtime daytime vet David Bailey. Bailey was a hit with the cast as well as the fans, but on Thanksgiving Day 2004, he drowned in his pool, just as scenes were airing where various characters tried to kill Alistair, who actually suffered clinical death before being magically revived by Tabitha. Again, the viewers and the producers were stunned, but the show had no choice but to recast the pivotal role (with John Reilly).

Breaking the fourth wall

With its humor and occasional tongue-in-cheek tone, Passions has been known to "break the fourth wall," or somehow call attention to the fact that the show is fictional. In an early episode, Kay, Simone and Zombie Charity were seen actually watching Passions, and when the television in the Bennett's kitchen covered what would have been Theresa's execution, the news report actually pre-empted Passions, cutting in during the theme song just after the appearance of the logo. In a 2002 episode Theresa was giving birth while stuck in a cabin with Ethan and Gwen; she had a hallucination in which the three of them did a dance together and sang the show's theme song "Breathe." In 2004, TC made a reference to "that crazy soap after Days of our Lives", which in most areas airs before Passions. In one episode Fancy Crane used a magazine to hide her face from Noah; the magazine had an image of the then-unseen Rachel Barrett with the sentence "Who is she?" under the Passions logo. Fancy later commented that serials "are just like life; you never know what's going to happen!" In an early 2006 episode, Ivy and assistant Valerie were searching on the internet for Miguel to bring him back to Harmony and interfere with Fox and Kay's relationship. They couldn't find him, but Valerie tracked down his last place of employment: he was last seen working as a gardener in some suburban town on a street called Wisteria Lane. At that time, Jesse Metcalfe (ex-Miguel) was playing a gardener on the prime-time serial Desperate Housewives, which takes place on a street called Wisteria Lane. In the March 30, 2006 episode, while Passions reruns were airing on the Sci-Fi Channel, Simone compared life in Harmony to living in a show on the Sci-Fi Channel. Similarly, in the August 10, 2006 episode, Theresa commented that her office wasn't like a NBC daytime serial, and that she wouldn't hire somebody just because he looked like Jesse Metcalfe (who had portrayed her brother Miguel from 1999-2004). A similar inside joke occurred when the character Fancy had a dream that she was a cheerleader; in real life, Fancy's portrayer Emily Harper was a "Laker Girl" (cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers) from 2000-2003.

In April 2007, Kay was watching the sixth [sic] hour of The Today Show (an apparent jab at NBC's decision to extend it at the expense of the Passions timeslot) when it was interrupted with a news report that Luis had been arrested. In one August 2007 episode, Tabitha said that a certain soap opera was starting on DirecTV and she would have to tell her friends not to call her between the hours of two and three PM, blatantly referring to Passions itself. At the beginning of the show's final week on NBC, as Whitney was preparing to move to New Orleans, Theresa asked if she was sure she wanted to go, and Whitney commented that she had already arranged to have her DirecTV hooked up in Louisiana so she could "keep up on everything happening in Harmony." And also in 2007, Endora flat-out made a reference to the "audience" in one of her thought balloons, prompting Norma to look in the camera and respond, "Audience? What audience?" Endora also pointed out in one of her thought balloons that when Miguel returned to Passions, he looked nothing like Jesse Metcalfe ("Nope, not even close!"). In May 2008 while Juanita was looking for clues in a book store as to where Pilar was, the bargain shelf was full of copies of Hidden Passions. In June 2008, Tabitha mentions the fourth hour of Today being a ratings-grabber, poking fun as to how they canceled the soap making way for this fourth hour trying to bring the ratings on NBC up.In the June 30, 2008, episode, Sheridan mentions Pretty's fake scar with references to her real family the Westmores. Michael Westmore did make up for Star Trek.In the July 30, 2008, episode, Tabitha tells Endora about the volcano in Harmony referring to it as how Passions was canceled at the last moment and the actors not knowing. She tells Endora to look in the bowl and Endora says she sees a man sitting at a desk with the initials J. Z. this is referring to NBC President Jeff Zucker. Tabitha looks at the audience mentioning Universal forces and Direct Intervention. This is a nod at both Universal Studios and Direct TV for canceling the series twice in one year.

Promotion and product placement

During its NBC run, Passions was known to "promote" other NBC programming within its storylines, and to incorporate commercial products into the plot in a promotion tactic known as product placement.

Shortly after Passions debuted, Campbell tomato soup was featured as an ingredient in Grace Bennett's tomato soup cake. Also, Nestlé Purina Dog Chow was used to feed Tabitha Lenox's pet cat Fluffy.

In a 2004 episode, TC watched an NBC ad for Days of our Lives on his TV, and went on to praise the writers of Days of our Lives for coming up with such good storylines; Days, at that time, was under the helm of James E. Reilly, head writer of Passions. In the September 4, 2006, episode, Fox was sucked into a black hole; he then told Tabitha that it was the kind of black hole that one gets sucked into on the Sci Fi Channel, which was the channel on which Passions repeats aired in 2006. Tabitha then told him stick with NBC (Passions' network). In an episode later in September 2006, Siren tried to get Miguel into bed by singing her Siren's song. Miguel told her that she should not audition for America's Got Talent, which airs on NBC. In another episode, Tabitha talked about The Biggest Loser season finale, which was also aired on NBC. A more recent episode featured characters watching a trailer for the 2007 Diane Keaton film Because I Said So (produced by Universal Studios, which, like NBC, is owned by General Electric).

For a time, Jessica Bennett was an Avon mark saleswoman, and more recently the show featured Johnson & Johnsonmarker's K-Y Jelly personal lubricant, and characters were seen drinking from Brita water pitchers. Both Jessica and Theresa were seen using Clearblue Easy pregnancy test products. After Kay and Miguel's wedding in 2008, Norma gave Miguel the 2 in 1 K-Y Jelly personal lubricant by Johnson & Johnsonmarker telling him how it is so great for her and Edna and that Miguel and Kay will find great enjoyment in it.

In July 2007, Passions began to promote its own move to DirecTV the following September. Several characters' homes were seen sporting DirecTV dish on their roofs, and characters began to make frequent references to switching to DirecTV.

Time dilation

Another trademark of Passions is its unusual handling of the passage of time. A single story day can take weeks of episodes to play out, with simple conversations sometimes taking days to complete on-screen. On the other hand, events that should take many hours, such as international travel, can take place in just a few minutes of story time.

Theme song and opening sequence

Opening sequence of Passions
The theme song for Passions is titled "Breathe"; it was performed by Jane French and written by French and John Henry Kreitler. A long version of this theme was also released but was never used on the show.

The opening title sequence used since the show's premiere in 1999 features shots of the city of Harmony and its landmarks (actually the real-life town of Camden, Mainemarker). The sequence opens and closes with the show's logo in an italic typeface and in an Arial Black typeface in generic caps posted in front of the cursive form of the title. From time to time, the opening theme is shortened to the last two verses to fit in extra scene time.

Passions is one of the few long-running American serials that, with the exception of occasional abbreviated versions of the intro, never changed its opening theme from the series debut through its cancellation.

Ratings and broadcasting history

Essentially a replacement for the canceled long-running serial Another World, Passions claimed Another World's time slot in many US markets for its run on NBC from July 5, 1999 until September 7, 2007. Passions then moved exclusively to DirecTV's The 101, premiering with new episodes on September 17, 2007. The final episode of the series aired on August 7, 2008.

Passions debuted on NBC ahead of fellow NBC soap Sunset Beach with a 2.1 rating (1.9 million viewers) and remained there after Sunset Beach was canceled in December 1999. From January 2000 until early May the show remained dead last among all 10 soaps. During May Sweeps 2000, Passions was gaining in popularity and pulled ahead of ABC's Port Charles. Passions remained ahead of Port Charles until its cancellation in October 2003. Passions once again was dead last, and would stay there for virtually the rest of its run. It did top Guiding Light on occasion, but never for more than one week at a time. During 2001-2003 when Passions was at the peak of its popularity, it averaged a weekly 2.1-2.3 rating (which at that time equaled roughly 2.4 million viewers). However, the ratings slowly declined with each passing year, to the point that the show averaged a 1.5 weekly rating (about 1.9 million viewers) throughout much of the 2006—2007 season, especially after NBC announced the show's cancellation in January 2007. The final episode on NBC had a household rating of 1.3/4 (1.68 million viewers). No ratings information exists for the show's single season on DirecTV.

While Passions was never a big hit in household ratings, the show was a powerhouse in the younger-skewing demographics. For its entire NBC run it ranked as the #1 soap in Girls 12-17, Women 18-24 and Girls 12-24. The show also ranked #2 in Women 18-34 and even overtook fellow NBC soap Days of our Lives for a short period during the 2004-2005 season. In the crucial 18-49 demographic, Passions usually ranked #7, ahead of the long running CBS soaps As The World Turns, and Guiding Light. The highest ranking Passions ever achieved in 18-49 demographic was 4th place in November 2002 and once again in January 2007.

Passions aired in Canada for its entire NBC run, first on CTV in 1999 and then on Global TV in 2000. The series lasted there until its final airdate on NBC in September 2007, at which time it was then succeeded by Guiding Light in the same time slot. NTVmarker in Newfoundland and Labradormarker also aired Passions for almost its entire NBC run and was replaced by As the World Turns just before the series ended on NBC. On July 3, 2007 it was reported that new Canadian premium television service Super Channel would air the DirecTV episodes of Passions in Canada when the channel launched in October 2007. Those episodes premiered on Super Channel on October 8, 2007 and ran until the series finale on August 7, 2008. On August 11, 2008, Super Channel began to air Passions from the premiere episode. Starting on August 10, 2009, season 2 started airing on its program.."July 2000 - July 2001" no word has been said yet about season 3 and the following seasons.

Passions has been shown on African Independent Television, Lagos since 2001.

In Japanmarker, the show is called 情熱 on TBSmarker.

1040 episodes of Passions aired in South Africa on from 4:40 to 5:30 PM Monday to Friday from September 24, 2004 to September 12, 2008. The series finished up, due to the cancellation of the show's international licensing.

Passions was broadcast nationally in Australia on the Seven Network each weekday at 3pm, beginning in 2001 with the series' 1999 episodes. In 2005, the series was moved to an earlier 9:30 am time slot, before the show's international licensing was canceled due to the music copyright fees. Passions then went into re-runs in a 2am weekday morning time-slot, before ultimately ending with a "series finale."

Passions aired in Croatiamarker for two seasons on Nova TV, which broadcast 520 episodes until the 2005 cancellation of international licensing.

The first 260 episodes of Passions aired in Bulgariamarker on TV 7 days from 2001 to 2002.

Passions aired in France for 2 months on TF1marker starting July 31, 2001, at 5:10pm CET after the end of Sunset Beach. The soap ended on October 8, 2001.


For a full listing of award wins and nominations, see List of awards for Passions
Passions has been honored with numerous awards and nominations during its run, including Daytime Emmy Awards, Imagen Foundation Awards, and a GLAAD Media Award.

Critical reception

At its debut, the Orlando Sentinel gave Passions a "bleak prognosis" regarding the Princess Diana controversy:

It is still early days for Passions, but a review published in the Orlando Sentinel gave the soap opera a rather bleak prognosis.
Their critic wrote: "A show's dearth of creativity is evident when it shamelessly keeps picking over the bones of the dead. Passions seems to have a death wish."


Contract cast members

Actor Character Duration
Silvana Arias Paloma Lopez-Fitzgerald (#1) 2004—2007
David Bailey Alistair Crane (#1) 2004—2005
Adrian Bellani Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald (#2) 2006—2007
Kacie Borrowman Cracked Connie 2002
Brandi Burkhardt Siren 2006
Erin Cardillo Esme Vanderheusen 2007—2008
(recurring previously)
Lena Cardwell Simone Russell (#1) 1999—2001
Justin Carroll David Hastings 2001—2004
Charles Divins Chad Harris (#2) 2002—2007
Cathy Jeneen Doe Simone Russell (#3) 2004—2007
Christopher Douglas Antonio Lopez-Fitzgerald 2001—2004, 2008
Josh Ryan Evans Timmy 1999—2002
Dylan Fergus Noah Bennett 2005—2008
Galen Gering Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald 1999—2008
Hannia Guillen Paloma Bennett (#2) 2007—2008
Bruce Michael Hall Reese Durkee 2000—2002
(recurring previously and thereafter)
Jade Harlow Jessica Bennett (#2) 2000—2002
(recurring previously and thereafter)
Emily Harper Fancy Lopez-Fitzgerald 2005—2008
Justin Hartley Nicholas Foxworth Crane (#1) 2002—2006
Lindsay Hartley Theresa Winthrop 1999—2008
Liza Huber Gwen Hotchkiss (#1) 1999—2000, 2002—2008
James Hyde Sam Bennett 1999—2008
Dalton James Hank Bennett (#1) 1999—2001
Brook Kerr Whitney Russell 1999—2007
Jack Krizmanich John Hastings 2001—2004
Kyrie Maezumi Maya Chinn 2006
Amelia Marshall Liz Sanbourne 2001—2006
Eric Martsolf Ethan Winthrop (#2) 2002—2008
Ben Masters Julian Crane 1999—2008
Kelli McCarty Beth Wallace 2002—2004
(recurring previously and thereafter)
Victor McCay Doc 2001—2002
(recurring thereafter)
Ryan McPartlin Hank Bennett (#2) 2001—2004
(recurring thereafter)
Jesse Metcalfe Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald (#1) 1999—2004
Juliet Mills Tabitha Lenox 1999—2008
Taylor Anne Mountz Kay Bennett (#1) 1999—2000
Heidi Mueller Kay Lopez-Fitzgerald (#3) 2003—2008
Kathleen Noone Edna Wallace 2003—2004
(recurring previously and thereafter)
Jason Olive Frank Lomax 1999
Chrystee Pharris Simone Russell (#2) 2001—2004
Blair Redford Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald (#3) 2007—2008
John Reilly Alistair Crane (#2) 2005—2006
(recurring thereafter)
Alisa Reyes Syd Valentine 2003
Tracey Ross Eve Russell 1999—2008
Daphnee Duplaix Samuel Valerie Davis 2004—2007
(recurring thereafter)
Travis Schuldt Ethan Winthrop (#1) 1999—2002
Dana Sparks Faith Standish
Grace Bennett
1999, 2004
(recurring thereafter)

Molly Stanton Charity Standish
Zombie Charity
Richard Steinmetz Martin Fitzgerald 2004—2006
James Stevenson Jared Casey 2006—2007
Danica Stewart Jessica Bennett (#3) 2003—2007
(recurring thereafter)
Donn Swaby Chad Harris (#1) 1999—2002
Melinda Sward Pretty Crane 2007—2008
(recurring previously)
Eva Tamargo Pilar Lopez-Fitzgerald 1999—2008
Leigh Taylor-Young Katherine Barrett 2004—2006
Kim Johnston Ulrich Ivy Winthrop 1999—2008
Rodney Van Johnson T.C. Russell 1999—2007
McKenzie Westmore Sheridan Crane 1999—2008
Adrian Wilson Christopher Boothe 2005—2007
Mary Elizabeth Winstead Jessica Bennett (#1) 1999—2000
Deanna Wright Kay Bennett (#2) 2000—2003
Sharon Wyatt Rachel Barrett 2005—2006
Mark Cameron Wystrach Nicholas Foxworth Crane (#2) 2006—2007
Natalie Zea Gwen Hotchkiss (#2) 2000—2002

Recurring cast members

Actor Character Duration
Jorge Alberti Roberto (#1) 2004—2006
Mitchell and Shane Albin Marty Lopez-Fitzgerald 2005, 2006
Victor Alfieri Gianni Valentino 2006
BamBam Precious 2003—2005
Nicole Cox Endora Lenox 2003—2008
John Beck Bruce 2001, 2003
Alain Benetar Pierre 1999—2000
Michael Bergin Nick Bozman 2002
Eric Bizot Jean-Luc Moulin 1999
Sarah and Thomas Buhl Little Ethan Crane (#1) 2002
William Bumiller Faux-Martin Fitzgerald 1999—2000
Owen Bush Orville Perkins 1999—2000
Hector Luis Bustamante Hench 2008
Colby and Grayson Button Little Ethan Crane (#2) 2002—2003
Amy Castle Viki Chatsworth 2007—2008
Chea Courtney Little Angel Girl 1999—2003
Roark Critchlow Dr. Ackland 2003—2004
Marita DeLeon Tina Alvarez 2000
Bill Dempsey Alistair Crane (#1) 1999—2004
Emiliano Diez Francisco Lopez 2001
Marta DuBois Maria Lopez 2004, 2007
Brenda Epperson Doumani Crystal Harris 2000
Andrea Evans Rebecca Hotchkiss Crane 2000-2008
Deborah Flora Nurse Susan Bain 2002-2008
Bruce French Father Lonigan 1999—2007, 2008
Arturo Gil Cecil 2002
Nicholas Graziano Ethan Winthrop, Jr. 2003-2004
Phillip Jeanmarie Vincent Clarkson 2006—2008
Jackson and Ryan Keane James Boothe (#1) 2005—2006
Sky McDougall Mystery Monk 2006
Marianne Muellerleile Norma Bates 2001—2008
Alan Oppenheimer Voice of Alistair Crane 1999—2004
Jill Remez Juanita Vasquez 2007-2008
Jean Paul San Pedro Roberto (#2) 2008
Colton Shires Little Ethan Crane (#3) 2004—2008
Seth Stern James Boothe (#2) 2006—2007
Danny Woodburn Demon Elf 2007-2008
Harrison Young Palmer Harper 2001

Deceased cast members

Actor Character Year of Death
Owen Bush Orville Perkins 2001
Josh Ryan Evans Timmy Lenox 2002
David Bailey Alistair Crane 2004
Harrison Young Palmer Harper 2005
Alice Ghostley Matilda Matthews 2007

Noted guest stars

Actor(s)/Performer(s) Character Year of Appearance
Ruth Buzzi Nurse Kravitz, An eccentric nurse who discovers that Endora has a demon tail. 2003
Melissa Caulfield (Daughter of Juliet Mills) Nanny Phoebe Figalilly, a role her mother originally played in the short-lived sitcom Nanny and the Professor 1999, 2005
Julia Duffy Mother Superior at the convent Whitney Russell ran off to after discovering her lover Chad could also be her half-brother 2005—2006
Georgia Engel Tabitha's old school rival Esmerelda 2007
Judge Mablean Ephriam Herself, in a fantasy sequence where T.C. Russell takes wife Eve onto Divorce Court 2003
Bernard Fox Doctor Bombay (Bewitched) 1999—2000
Alice Ghostley Matilda Matthews, Tabitha's former witch friend (and later enemy) 2000
Robert Horry Himself 1999
R&B Star Mýa Herself 2003
Scissor Sisters Themselves 2007
Gabby Tamargo (daughter of Eva Tamargo) Young Pilar 2008

Hidden Passions

In 2001, HarperEntertainment released Hidden Passions: Secrets from the Diaries of Tabitha Lenox, a tie-in novelization presented as Tabitha's diary, exposing the secrets and pasts of the town's residents. Passions featured a storyline involving Tabitha and Timmy promoting the book, which reached #4 on the real-life New York Times Best Seller list and garnered the series two alternate covers of TV Guide in July 2001. The novel was billed as being canonical, but the televised canon has diverged significantly from the novel since its publication.

See also


  1. "Sci Fi Channel revives NBCU's used Passions" -
  2. Passions video -
  3. "The Today Show expands on NBC" ~
  4. "Passions: Who Won't Survive the Move to DirecTV?" - TV, May 24, 2007
  5. "Passions: DirecTV Soap Available Online — But Not Free" -, September 27, 2007
  6. "DirecTV to cut ties with Passions" -
  7. "Passions Canceled Again?" Soap Opera Digest. January 1, 2008, Vol. 33 No. 1.
  8. "Passions: The Soap is Really Over This Time" -, March 31, 2007
  9. Passions Vendetta ~
  10. Episode Summary
  11. "Passions to Continue in Canada" - July 3, 2007
  12. "Super Channel to Re-run Passions From the Beginning" - July 10, 2008.
  14. - "Passions run amok" August 4, 2005. Retrieved 11 February 2008.
  15. Passions - Croatian Wikipedia

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