NEWS: Benz, Miller, Chappell, AMC/GH/OLTL Previews

VIDEO: Head To Dance Class With GLEE's Lea Michele And Cory Monteith
The cast of the hit Fox television show GLEE can sing...no doubt about that. But dancing was a new frontier for most of them, particularly the leads Lea Michele and Cory Monteith.

James Van Der Beek hired by MERCY hospital
The former AS THE WORLD TURNS and DAWSON'S CREEK actor will recur as thew new ICU chief.

Gay Year in Soaps: Chappell Soap Newsmaker of the Year
Frontiers-IN LA has named Crystal Chappell, Soap Newsmaker of the Year. In a special year-end Q&A, Crystal previews VENICE in 2010 and discusses her return to DAYS OF OUR LIVES. "In the New Year that is what you will be seeing; the reason why Gina has the enormous intimacy issues that she has, and the reason she can’t be with Ani."

NBC orders 18 pilots — the most since 2003
The network hopes to make a comeback with 10 dramas and eight comedies. "In success we became used to making fewer and fewer pilots," says NBC entertainment boss Angela Bromstad. “We have to take more swings, take more shots creatively, and have more back-up.”

INTERVIEW: ANYONE BUT ME writer/producer Susan Miller
"Listen, we're going to lose some people and we're going to absolutely engage more and more people. I don't think the show is just about teenage-hood. It's about seeing what we're free to do, or not free to do, or hold ourselves back doing. It's what does the world think of us?"

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES revives DEXTER casualty Julie Benz
Benz has been cast in the recurring role of Debbie, a stripper with a heart of gold and a Masters degree in education. When Susan offers her the chance to transition into a more legitimate career, Deb jumps at it. Benz is booked for at least three episodes, the first of which is scheduled to air in February.

ALL MY CHILDREN 2010 Preview
From SOAPnet's Erica Brown: "Look for a big return in 2010 of a familiar, beloved face to kick off a new story that made us so excited we almost passed out."

ONE LIFE TO LIVE 2010 Preview
From SOAPnet's Joe Reid: "The exciting news for 2010 are all the returns. Gina Tognoni as Kelly! She'll be followed by Melissa Fumero, Laura Bonarrigo and Dan Gauthier reprising their roles as Adriana, Cassie and Kevin, respectively. And Snoop Dogg is back on February 24th!"

GENERAL HOSPITAL 2010 Preview
"By the end of the month, an arrest is made, and the fallout from that is going to be severe. You can't miss it. Sonny, Dominic, Michael, Olivia, Johnny -- lives are going to be turned upside down."

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