NEWS: Deidre Hall, Samii Ryan, Hispanics on TV, Stamos

Actress Samii Ryan waiting for OLTL call back
"I just went to an audition for the soap opera, ONE LIFE TO LIVE. I got a call back from them and now I wait," she said.

Networks improving Hispanic presence – on both sides of camera
n December, the National Latino Media Council issued its ninth annual network television report card, grading the four largest commercial networks on their ability to hire Hispanic talent. “There has been incremental progress at all four networks in terms of American Latinos,” said an announcement from the National Latino Media Council when it issued the grades.

Art Van Furniture Joins with DAYS Cast Members to Aid Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries
Art Van Furniture is teaming up with cast members from DAYS OF OUR LIVES and Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV Channel 4 to help Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries- Genesis House III. Truckloads of furniture including 50 mattress sets, bed frames, night stands and dressers will arrive next week at the Genesis House III compliments of Art Van Furniture. To celebrate this campaign and draw attention to the cause, DAYS cast members Shawn Christian (Daniel) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) will make personal appearances at four Art Van Furniture stores for autographs and photos on January 16 and 17.

Deidre Hall joins Operation Smile as Smile Ambassador
Operation Smile, a worldwide children’s medical charity, has announced that actress Deidre Hall (ex-Marlena, DAYS) has been named an official Smile Ambassador and will support the organization’s global efforts of providing free surgeries for children born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. Hall wanted to become involved with a charity that involved surgery and helping children. After researching children’s medical charities, Hall contacted Operation Smile and volunteered her services.

John Stamos Named a Top Presley Impersonator
The King of Rock-n-Roll would have been 75 this week and Time Magazine celebrated his birthday with a list of the top ten Elvis Presley impersonators. Among them, John Stamos (ex-Blackie, GH).

Online soap opera COVIES aims to clean up
The first episode of online soap opera COVIES opens with a naked man on a beach who does not know his own name but who is drawn to Croagh Patrick. Producer Len Collin believes that COVIES is the first of its kind to be shot in Ireland.

The Top 10 Most Watched Web Series, December 2009
Comedy series FRED was number one.

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