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News Round-up: Rogers, CA Incentives, Damian, DH

INTERVIEW: GH's Tristan Rogers (ex-Robert)
Rogers spoke to Michael Fairman at the Manhattanites L.A. DVD release party last week: "I think GENERAL HOSPITAL, of all the soaps, is in a real quandary because GH is constantly fighting its past, and in particular, it’s fighting its past now. It seems to suddenly have become a real issue. When I went back to the show in 2006 it was starting to bubble, and I don’t know if comments I made at the time helped it bubble up a bit hotter. But, I think what you have got now is an issue with the core body of fans. GH has a core body of fans that support it with whatever is happening. Now that core body of fans is deserting it, and when the last one turns off, that’s it. The new fans will not support it in a way that the older, foundational group will."

California incentives program lands 25 projects
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California Film Commission on Monday announced the first 25 film and TV productions to qualify for recently passed state tax credits.

"I fought hard for economic-stimulus measures, including the film and television production incentive, because we must do everything in our power to stimulate the economy and put Californians back to work," Schwarzenegger said. "This is about the makeup artists, the caterers and the countless other small businesses that rely on film and television production to succeed and create jobs for Californians."

ABC Family orders more MAKE IT OR BREAK IT
ABC Family has ordered 10 additional episodes of the one-hour gymnastics drama MAKE IT OR BREAK IT bringing the first season order to 20 episodes. MAKE IT OR BREAK IT has roared out of the gate for ABC Family since launching in June, trailing only THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER in total viewers and winning its timeslot among the network’s core young female demos.

TV's never-ending season: Traditional cycles fall in modern era
Television was built around seasons. Programs premiered during the fall (to help sell new cars), as did the football season. The summer brought reruns to catch up on what we missed. Today, the unquenchable appetite for more of everything has long since eradicated these traditional cycles. Is it any wonder, then, that things we once counted on to be special -- the big award shows, the Olympics, new-season TV premieres -- are in danger of fatigue.

Reality TV is where the jobs are
The lesson here for anyone entering the television industry is pretty stark: Reality is where the jobs are.

“It’s definitely the real growth part of the television business,” said Mark Itkin, a senior agent in the television department at the William Morris Endeavor agency. Chris Coelen, chief executive of RDF Media USA, whose productions include DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS for Fox and WIFE SWAP for ABC, added that young people wanting to make a career out of television are going after what they know.

Drea de Matteo gets hazed by DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
The cast of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES has initiated their newest resident — Drea de Matteo — into Wisteria Lane.

“We were all covered in powdered sugar and at one point Drea had a lot of powder,” Teri Hatcher told PEOPLE while promoting DVD release of her movie Coraline at Comic-Con in San Diego. “That was her hazing.”

Ashton Kutcher says Mischa Barton is "doing great"
Mischa Barton is "doing great" following her hospitalization, and is expected to join the cast of her new CW series, THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE, soon, says Ashton Kutcher, the show's executive producer.

"I can tell you right now Mischa Barton is doing great," Kutcher said at a technology conference, according to the Associated Press.

Recreate Yourself in Swanky '60s Style With MadMenYourself.com
Are you a suit or a skirt? That's just one of the many decisions you can make with MadMenYourself, which lets you build your own character from the ground up.

Ilene Chaiken on plans for THE L WORD movie
The who killed Jenny mystery issue "will be addressed" in the film.

Tracey E. Bregman's Happy Birthday to Me being re-released on DVD
Anchor Bay is re-releasing the '80s Canadian slasher Happy Birthday to Me on September 10. It was previously distributed through Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, however, there's a reason to double-dip. This edition of the film has something missing from the previous DVD release does not – the film's orchestral score, as composed by Bo Harwood and Lance Rubin, which was not included on the first DVD release.

Damian to Perform at Bonsallpalooza
Caption Records announced Grammy nominated recording artist Michael Damian (ex-Danny, THE YOUNG ANC THE RESSTLESS) will appear at "Bonsallpalooza", a benefit concert to fund School Music Education on August 7, 2009 at 8pm at the Pala Casino Spa & Resort in Pala, CA. Warning: Really loud music plays when you visit this URL.

Soap actress Licia Nunez distressed by Silvio Berlusconi spa story
Licia Nunez, 31, said that she joined the Italian Prime Minister at an Umbrian health resort with several other women last November, but was devastated to have been dragged into a scandal surrounding the alleged recruitment of prostitutes to attend parties.

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