NEWS: DAYS $150K, Google TV, Pelphrey, Peck, Fonseca

Soap operas: All washed up?
"We've gone back to delivering a good story, well told, with compelling characters without all those extras," says Greg Meng, executive in charge of production for DAYS OF OUR LIVES. An episode which previously cost some $300,000 to produce now comes in for half that amount through cost-cutting measures. No more exotic locales, couture clothing, and extravagant set decorations.

Austin Peck films television pilot
CBS Reality Star (and Two Sport Pro Athlete) Mr. PEC-Tacular Jessie Godderz just finished filming a new television pilot and workout DVD in New York with soap star Austin Peck. The television pilot is called THE PECK-ING ORDER and the DVD is called The Mr. PEC-Tacular Jessie Godderz Arm & Chest Workout. The DVD is expected to be released by Thanksgiving by the fledgling television production company If The World Spins Productions--run by Emmy Award-winning Producer and Director Sonia Blangiardo.

NIKITA's Lyndsy Fonseca says her Y&R days were like TV boot camp
"Oh, that was so long ago. I was so young -- just a baby. It really prepared me well, though. It taught me how to learn lines. There would be times when we'd do 80 (script) pages a day, compared to seven to 14 for prime time. It was like a TV boot camp."

Sony announces "Internet TV" HDTVs, Blu-ray player with Google TV
On Tuesday night, Sony took the wraps off its "Internet TV" line of products which integrate Google TV software. The good news, at least for those considering an HDTV with integrated Google TV, is that the pricing is much lower than previously rumored. However, the set-top box with integrated Blu-ray player is still a little on the pricey side.

Tom Pelphrey's "The Lion in Winter" opens today
"I love the role," says Pelphrey, who was born in Howell and graduated from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers. "There's something exciting about playing someone who is real, who actually existed in history. That's also a challenge in a way because anyone who knows history or anything will know Richard Lionheart."

Autobiographical reasoning in long-term fandom
C. Lee Harrington and Denise Bielby discuss how soap opera fans make sense of their fandom and their own lives in a new essay in the latest issue of Transformative Works & Cultures, Autobiographical Reasoning in Long-Term Fandom.

Tyler Christopher lists his four-bedroom home in Studio City
The house is entertainment-focused, with speakers and flat-screen TVs throughtout, a barbecue center, a gym and a putting green.

1 comment:

  1. If days produces its episodes for $150K/ea. Is that equal to the cost of a talk show?

    Considering an hour of primetime TV is $1.5M to $2M easily, Days is doing an amazing job of keeping a good looking product on the air.

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