SOAPGEIST: Ellen Wheeler, Crystal Hunt & More
Headlines include: Ellen Wheeler joins WORLD TURNS! Crystal Hunt’s ONE LIFE firing confirmed! More GOTHAM news! New Hope for B&B! Tops of the Decade: Best Y2K Villainesses! Top-rated actors and next week’s viewing cheat-sheet!
"Major story" as Crystal Hunt's Stacy exits
In response to online buzz of Hunt's firing, an OLTL spokesperson offers to Soap Opera Digest, "Crystal Hunt will be in major story in the coming months as the story of Stacy and her baby builds to a climax."
WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Former GL star Denise Pence (Katie)
The Ridgefield Library will screen a 2009 movie that offers a look at the auditions for the Broadway revival of the classic, A Chorus Line, Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 1:30 and 7. Two of the original cast members of "A Chorus Line," Ridgefielders Steve Boockvor and Denise Pence (the real-life Al and Kristine), will introduce the film and talk about their experience working with Michael Bennet during the writing and production. Pence currently does commercials, voiceovers and audio books.
Comedy Central Bets Big On Web Development
New series WORKAHOLICS, UGLY AMERICANS and THE FUZZ come rooted in online process.
Laura Leighton, Ashley Benson & Nia Peeples join PRETTY LITTLE LIARS
Laura Leighton (ex-Sydney, MELROSE PLACE) and Alexis Denisof have joined the cast of ABC Family's hourlong pilot PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. Ashley Benson (ex-Abby, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), newcomer Shay Mitchell, Jean Louisa Kelly and Nia Peeples (ex-Karen, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS) also have been cast in LIARS, joining Lucy Hale and Troian Bellisario.
A new Amanda on ALL MY CHILDREN
ABC Soaps in Depth is reporting: "JaManda fans, cherish your time with Chrishell Stause while it lasts: Soaps In Depth hears that the show is in the process of recasting the role of Amanda. Though earlier this year the actress announced she was leaving AMC, she planned to continue playing Trevor's mom on a recurring basis after the soap moved to California later this month. But rather than wait to recast the part until after Stause moved on to other projects, we hear that AMC may go ahead with the change much sooner. An AMC rep has no comment."
Josh Duhamel to Compete in 2010 DRAMBUIE Pursuit Competition
DRAMBUIE® Liqueur today announced that famous film and television actor Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo, ALL MY CHILDREN) will take part in the 2010 DRAMBUIE Pursuit -- an epic outdoor adventure race across the wild terrain of the Scottish Highlands. Fans can sign up for a chance to join Josh's team at www.PursuitOf1745.com. From speedboat racing and white water rafting, to archery and mountain climbing, TEAM JOSH will enjoy the experience of a lifetime as they race in the footsteps of a legendary Scottish Prince.
Univision to produce its own telenovelas for American television
Univision, the nation’s highest-rated Spanish language television network, plans to announce on Monday the formation of a dedicated studio division and the hiring of an experienced producer to run it.
The move reflects Univision’s effort to produce and own more of its programs. For years virtually all of the network’s hugely popular serialized soap operas, called telenovelas, have been imported from other countries under a deal with the Mexican media giant Televisa. Over time, the studio will allow Univision to reduce its dependence on overseas producers.