NEWS: Fichtner, Marcil Giovinazzo, iPad, MAD MEN, DAMAGES

The MAD MEN Lesson: Buzz Lights Up a Network
Along with being TV’s definitive sleek and determined advertising guy, add this to the portfolio of MAD MEN’s Don Draper: He’d make one hell of a cable programmer. Take this bit of advice he passed along in a season two episode: “Success comes from standing out, not fitting in.”

Bob Guza reveals more about Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo's return to GENERAL HOSPITAL
"We have Vanessa for at least a year and she and I have talked about going longer. I don't want people to think this is some six week in-and-out. Brenda will be heavily involved with all the characters she had important relationships with, especially Sonny [Maurice Benard], Jax [Ingo Rademacher], Jason [Steve Burton] and Robin [Kimberly McCullough]. I don't want people to think this is just a Brenda-Sonny story. If there was ever a time when Sonny really needs Brenda, this would be it, but all three of her romances will be revisited."

AS THE WORLD TURNS is still one of William Fichtner's most recognizable roles
"Well, it used to be AS THE WORLD TURNS back in the 80s- Josh, the misunderstood farmhand..military folks remember Black Hawk Down. It’s hard to recognize anybody in Black Hawk Down, it’s a fast moving movie, everybody looks the same but military guys will just shoot right across and thank me. I did a series a couple of years ago, INVASION that was canceled after one season and that’s a biggie because I remember at the time everyone was saying that Nielsen ratings were low. This show had no viewers, no one was watching it and that’s got to be in the top 3."

iPad: Not all shows translate to smaller small screen
According to Robert Bianco, GLEE works well, but the FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS shooting style does not.

DirecTV deal saves DAMAGES from cancellation
After months of negotiations, DirecTV has reached a deal with Sony Pictures Television to acquire DAMAGES from FX. Under the terms of the pact, DirecTV’s 101 network will air two additional seasons of the drama—each consisting of 10 episodes—beginning in 2011. Unlike DirecTV’s arrangement with NBC for FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, DAMAGES will only air on DirecTV.

Confirmed: Rich Fields No Longer with THE PRICE IS RIGHT
Rich has been the announcer of the show since 2004, taking over for the deceased Rod Roddy.

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