NEWS: Drama on Cable, Laura Wright, McMahon, Pinter

NEW YORK TIMES: Weighty Dramas Flourish on Cable
Television viewers in search of challenging, original drama are flipping past the broadcast networks and going straight to the source: cable channels. The shift to cable also reflects a changing business model for the drama, one that is no longer dependent on making 100 or more episodes to sell in syndication. Instead, these cable dramas rely on tighter budgets, subscription fees paid by cable operators, smaller deficits and most crucially, investment by international networks.

ATWT's Colleen Zenk Pinter to appear at New Haven cancer screening
Yale-New Haven Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven will hold a free public screening for head and neck cancers on Friday, April 16, from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., in the East Pavilion special events area at YNHH. The fifth annual screening, called "Check up from the neck up," is a simple, five-minute exam that can save lives. Former YNHH patient and oral cancer survivor Colleen Zenk Pinter will appear at the screening to speak about the importance of early detection and screenings.

INTERVIEW: GH's Laura Wright (Carly)
The biggest misconception about working in soaps: "It’s the people rolling their eyes. People say: I would never do a soap. Like I said, it’s been treating me very well for 20 years and besides a handful of actors who stay on a primetime show for seven years, how long do they really last? I think I’ve outworked some of your primetime people."

Debate waging over 2D-to-3D conversion
With audiences flocking to movies that are converted to 3D as part of the postproduction process, 3D conversions are fast becoming an accepted option for both studios and filmmakers. But some tech insiders, as well as a number of reviewers, suggested that the rush to convert doesn't always lead to satisfactory results.

TRUE BLOOD Arrives in Comics in July
Described as the "exclusive, official comics" the series will reportedly "add new and unique layers" to the existing HBO drama. Show creator Alan Ball is working with a variety of writers, including Elisabeth Finch, Kate Barnow, David Tischman and Mariah Huehner, to make the comic book come to life in a way that is faithful to the original product.

NIP/TUCK star Julian McMahon's mom, Australia's former First Lady, dies of cancer
McMahon, who also starred on ANOTHER WORLD, was by his mother Sonia’s hospital bedside in Sydney, Australia, when she lost her battle with cancer overnight. She was 77. Lady Sonia McMahon grabbed world headlines in 1971, wearing a revealing white dress to dinner with US president Richard Nixon at the White House.

LAWEBFEST 1 Ends With Award-Winning Bang
Festival Founder and Executive Director Michael Ajakwe Jr. said the historic weekend exceeded his expectations. “Over 2400 people showed up. People walked through our doors curious and left encouraged and inspired, which is what LAWEBFEST is really all about. I can’t wait to do it again next year. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun.”

Laura Bell Bundy nominated for CMT Music Award
"Giddy On Up" was nominated in the Female Video of the Year and USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year categories.

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