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NEWS ROUNDUP: Bally's Host Soap Weekend With Y&R Stars, SMASH's Megan Hilty Scores Record Deal

Bally’s hosts a Soap Opera Weekend with THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Cast
Bally’s Atlantic City hosted a special Soap Opera Weekend last Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, in its Park and Garden Ballrooms, which included a meet and greet with the stars of Y&R.

On hand to answer intimate questions about the show and their personal lives were Greg Rikaart (Kevin), Stephen Nichols (Tucker), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) and Michael Muhney (Adam). Watch a video here.

More Movies That The CW Could Turn Into Teenage Soap Operas
Movies that The CW could turn into teenage soap operas, complete with pouting, random subplots, and nutty love triangles.

EMMERDALE's Danny Miller: I’m so glad I won’t be kissing any more blokes
DANNY MILLER's tears were real when he filmed his final EMMERDALE scenes – because he is going to miss his co-stars so much. The award-winning actor joined the soap as tortured gay teen Aaron Livesy when he was 17 and feels like he grew up there. But seven years on he admits there is one thing he won't miss.

Miller said: "Romantic scenes are embarrassing, especially when you're only 17, but you just have to get on with it. I didn't have to kiss anyone for the first six months but then it was Victoria Sugden I kissed first. I won't miss kissing blokes. I haven't got a problem with it but I don't think I'll be reminiscing!"

SMASH Star Megan Hilty Scores Record Deal
"I just got my first record contract with Sony, so we just started doing demo music this week. I'm totally stoked," she told Life & Style on March 21. "It's been so many dreams coming true for me!"

Mayor Bloomberg Opens Five New Soundstages at Steiner Studios and Announces New Programs to Help New Yorkers Get Jobs in Entertainment Industry
The new stages, totaling 45,000 square feet, will provide new and expanded opportunities for New Yorkers who work in the film, television and commercial production industry.

Disney Junior Chases Next Generation of TV Viewers
“We certainly have Sprout, we have Nick Jr. for kids and a few other smaller players—Disney wants to be in that space as well,” says Darcy Bowe, associate media director at Starcom. “Soap operas are no longer being produced. There are already a variety of cable networks targeted to adults, but not as many directly focusing on the co-view target. It’s definitely an area for growth and diversification of audience.”

SOAPnet exec promoted
Herb Ford today was named national account executive for the Live Well Network, the broadcast, online and wireless service for digital channels in local markets owned by the ABC Owned Television Stations Group. Ford previously was an account executive for the Disney ABC Television Group’s SOAPnet cable television network since 2007, where he developed media schedules, multiplatform packages and promotions for a wide range of advertisers and agencies.

Eva Longoria will executive produce Marc Cherry's DEVIOUS MAIDS
Based on the Mexican soap and written by Cherry, DEVIOUS MAIDS follows four women harboring their own dreams and ambitions while they work for Beverly Hills' rich and famous. Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Judy Reyes, Roselyn Sanchez and Susan Lucci will star in the pilot.

FX targeting young male viewers has paid off
Last year was FX’s most-watched year, with an average nightly audience of 1.5 million and a 22 percent lift in viewers ages 18 to 49. In the first quarter of 2012, FX ranked as the 10th most-watched basic cable channel, and the eighth most-watched in the 18-49 category.

Showtime puts season premieres of NURSE JACKIE, THE BIG C and THE BORGIAS online
Tired of waiting for your favorite Showtime series to return? Well, fret no longer because right now you can watch the season premieres now.

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