INTERVIEW: DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Alison Sweeney (Sami)
"It is so sad for me that Bryan is leaving DAYS. I'm sad for the show and the characters. They haven't had a great story for Lucas for a while now, and Bryan is a really talented actor. I'm sorry Days couldn't make the most of that. I don't know how they'll address it with Sami; I'll just remind myself that it's a 'business' and that we're all professionals. 17 years is a long time to work with someone. He will always be my friend."
I think the economy and the ever more competitive marketplace have lent to Daytime, as well as every aspect of entertainment struggling. If anything prime-time soaps only reminds executives how viable the medium is. That audiences still want drama and good love stories."
OLTL is 25th Stickiest Show on TV
Rentrak Corporation (Nasdaq: RENT), a leader in multi-screen media measurement serving the entertainment and advertising industries, released the "Stickiness" Index for the week of December 21 through December 27, 2009. The "Stickiness" Index lists the top-25 "stickiest" 30-minute, 60-minute and 120-minute primetime programs based on proprietary information derived from Rentrak's TV Essentials service which tracks anonymous set-top-box viewing information. ONE LIFE TO LIVE ranked 25th for the week (on SOAPnet). No other daytime soap made the list. Univsisions SORTILEGIO was second.
Tatyana Ali to star in new Martin Lawrence comedy
Martin Lawrence is returning to TV, executive producing an African-American comedy for cable network TV One. LOVE THAT GIRL! stars Tatyana Ali (Quinci, BUPPIES), and was made on a shoestring budget.
30 ROCK: James Franco, an Anime body pillow and Liz Lemon's pajamas
James Franco's run on ABC's soap opera GENERAL HOSPITAL ends this Friday (Jan. 8), but his fascinating return to television continues next week when he guest stars on the Thursday, Jan. 14 episode of 30 ROCK.