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NEWS ROUNDUP: Pilot Trends, Tristan Rogers to Y&R, GLEE to Actors Studio, Shannon Tweed Video Game

The Nine Trends That Are Dominating the 2012–13 Pilot Season
9. Soaps
REVENGE is apparently a dish served over and over again, at least judging by network development grids, which are chock-full of potential soap operas. ABC's lathering up the most, with nearly a half dozen sudsy projects. (EDITOR'S NOTE: We have deemed 2012 "The Year of the Soap" and the pilot trends are re-enforcing it.)

Tristan Rogers returning to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS for a couple of appearances
"This is a two part thing," says the actor, who is due back to the set in early April.

GLEE Gang Going 'Inside the Actors Studio'
Co-creator Ryan Murphy and cast members Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith will sit down with James Lipton (ex-Dick, GUIDING LIGHT) on Monday, April 9 at 8 p.m.



Shannon Tweed-Simmons gets her own video game
“Shannon Tweed’s Attack of the Groupies” game for iPhone and iPad was released in Canada on iTunes Tuesday. Tweed played Diana Hunter on FALCON CREST and Savannah Wilder on DAYS OF OUR LIVES in the 1980s.

Jai Rodriquez joins Reba McEntire pilot
QUEER EYE's Rodriguez, who appeared on DAYS OF OUR LIVES earlier this year joins MALIBU COUNTRY, the story of Reba Gallagher (McEntire) who moves her family from Nashville to Malibu after getting a divorce.

A 1960s ‘Star Trek’ Script Is Grounded in Cyberspace
Last fall an unused script for the cult 1960s television show turned up after being forgotten for years. Its author, the science-fiction writer Norman Spinrad, announced it would become an episode of a popular Web series, “Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II,” which features amateur actors in the classic roles of Capt. James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock and other crew members of the starship Enterprise.

But then another player stepped in: CBS, which said it owned the script and blocked a planned Web production of it. Trekkies were appalled.

Did ABC Leak DANCING WITH THE STARS Contestant William Levy’s Modeling Pics On Purpose?
"While it’s certainly possible that someone else “leaked” the photos, I wouldn’t be too surprised if ABC took advantage of their existence to revive flagging ratings."

Five Things You Don't Know About Telenovela Star William Levy
1. Born William Levy Gutierrez on August 29, 1980 in a small fishing village east of Havana, Cuba. He emigrated to Miami, FL, when he was 14 years old.

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Martina Navratilova is the first to go home
"It was an amazing experience," she told host Tom Bergeron, as the audience gave her a standing ovation. "But I messed up. I blew it."

Facebook behind the soap opera's demise, says social media marketing guy
“The average (Facebook) visit time is 20 minutes. This is what’s putting soap operas out of business,” said Nathan Smith, of Zynali Marketing Solutions."

NBC Will Launch NBC Kids, a New Saturday Morning Preschool Block Programmed by Sprout®, Saturday, July 7
NBC Kids is a programming block designed specifically to address the developmental needs of preschool-aged children.

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