News Round-up: Judi Ann Mason, GOSSIP, Plimpton

Writer Judi Ann Mason dies at 54
Judi Ann Mason, a trailblazing African-American writer who spent more than three decades creating for television, film and the stage, died July 8 of a ruptured aorta in Los Angeles. She was 54. Mason once led the writers development program at GUIDING LIGHT and later became associate head writer on NBC's GENERATIONS, the first daytime serial to revolve around an African-American family. The show ran from 1989-91.

Reiko Aylesworth cast as Ming-Na's life partner on STARGATE UNIVERSE
With its October premiere date approaching, new info is starting to emerge about Stargate Universe, the Syfy channel's latest Stargate spinoff. The series will include a leading lesbian character named Camille, played by Ming-Na (ex-Lien, AS THE WORLD TURNS), who has a long-term partner back on Earth. Camille's long-term, life partner, Sharon, will be played by Reiko Aylesworth (ex-Rebecca, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) in episode 7 ("Life").

Target: GOSSIP GIRL clothing line is still alive
Says a spokesperson for the company: "The collection is moving forward as always intended. We're continuing to work with The CW and GOSSIP GIRL, and the four main characters will continue to serve as the muses for the Anna Sui for Target collection."

Marlena’s Midsummer Night’s Questions
Marlena De Lacroix is back, watching soaps and has a list or questions based on recent events and stories.

Martha Plimpton to do GREY's arc
Martha Plimpton has been tapped for a multi-episode arc on ABC's GREY'S ANATOMY. Starting with the season premiere of GREY'S on September 24, Plimpton will appear as the mother of a young patient.

Isaiah Washington films gay marriage PSA
Washington made the public service announcement for the NO H8 campaign, which was launched by photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in opposition to the passage of Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California.

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