NEWS: Brown, Cidre To Write DALLAS, Massey, Bergman

GH has recast Lisa
GENERAL HOSPITAL has recast the role of Patrick's ex, Dr. Lisa Niles, with actress Brianna Brown, who will be seen on-air on Wednesday, January 6. A show spokesperson cites the switch was, "Due to a change in direction for storyline." Brown replaces Julie Mond, who first aired on GH on November 18.

And DAYS has recast Will
Sami and Lucas's son is about to look a whole lot different. Dylan Michael Patton is out; Chandler Massey has been hired to replace him. "They just felt they needed to make a change with the story coming up," says an insider.

Vanessa Williams' brother to play her UGLY BETTY doppelganger
Chris Williams will guest star in an early ‘10 episode as Wilhelmina Slater’s drag queen doppelganger, Wilhediva Hater.

Cynthia Cidre will write TNT's new DALLAS
Cynthia Cidre has been tapped to write TNT's new take on DALLAS, the first major development for the project that had been rumored for a couple of months. The network and Warner Horizon, which is producing the series, are refusing to discuss its story line. The initial idea was to have the series revolve around J.R. and Sue Ellen's son John Ross and Bobby and Pam's adopted son Christopher, but the studio and the network are waiting for Cidre's take on the Ewing clan and want to read her script before making a decision.

INTERVIEW: Y&R's Peter Bergman (Jack)
"Eric [Braeden] and I had a number of problems when I first came here and they climaxed in an ugly situation that Eric wished would never had happened and I certainly could have done without it in my life. But Eric and I worked together for 20 years, and we have this enmity that the audience clearly loves. It’s a crazy rivalry and it still has legs, and I am very grateful for It.! We work together just fine."

INTERVIEW: Dark Shadows film producer Graham King
"We’ve been working on the script a lot, even though he’s working on Alice….John August wrote the first screenplay. We’re making some changes, but the film’s going to be in production, as I say, September or October of next year."

We’re All Gleeks — 10 Questions for GLEE Co-Creator Brad Falchuk
"We really don’t have a formula. Our idea was always to use the stereotypes as starting points — something to make the audience instantly relate to the characters. After that, though, all bets were off and we just try to make them as real as possible. I love it when characters surprise you, just like real people. When I write a scene I just try to make the characters behave in a way that feels natural to them. Sometimes that means they make a left turn and do something unexpected. Those are always the best scenes in my opinion."

CBS airs public service ads urging men to get wives pap smears as 'special' holiday gift
"If your main objective is to offend no one, then you're on a fast track to being irrelevant," says Matthew Margo, senior vice president of program practices for the CBS TV Network.

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