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NEWS ROUNDUP: Soap Operas Change The World, AMI Creates Celebrity Magazine Group, Sarah Michelle Gellar Pregnant

Radio soap TARU  led to the opening of several schools
BBC News: How soap operas changed the world
Soap operas aren't often celebrated for contributing to the good of society. Whether it's the materialism of DALLAS or the idle gossip of NEIGHBOURS, they are better known for being shallow and addictive than for bringing about social change.

But around the world the genre has succeeded in providing "educational entertainment" - a blend of public service messages and melodrama that has enraptured millions of viewers.

Editorial Shakeup: James Heidenry named editor in chief of 'Star'
Richard Spencer is leaving his daily duties at OK! and Reality Weekly while becoming editorial director of the newly created Celebrity Magazine Group, which includes OK!, Reality Weekly, Star and Soap Opera Digest, the company's remaining soaps weekly. Spencer reportedly is hoping to broaden Star’s editorial coverage and make the magazine more female-friendly.

GCB's Mark Deklin, Miriam Shor on Their 'White Marriage,' Babies and Whether Blake Will Ever Come Out (Video)
"People ask me, 'Is Blake ever going to come out?' and I have mixed feelings about it," Deklin told THR. "In terms of my own beliefs, I'd like to see anybody who's in the closet come out and feel free to do that. At the same time, I love [Blake and Cricket's] relationship so much, that I kind of don't want him to."

Broadcast Reality Check: Despite their popularity, unscripted shows play understudy to pricier fare
Reality shows account for just three of the 92 projects on the 2012-13 broadcast development slate, a disproportionate allowance given the enthusiasm of the American TV audience.

2012 Drama Desk Nominations Announced
This year's acting nominees include Kevin Earley, Jeremy Jordan, Tracie Bennett and Judith Light.

Newport Has 'Dark Shadows' Connection
According to the Newport Historical Society, Seaview Terrace on Ruggles Avenue was used during the opening and closing credits.

When the series was brought back to life in 1991, Joanna Going, who was raised in Newport and attended Rogers High School, starred as Victoria Winters. Going’s family also owned the Isaac Bell House on Bellevue Avenue.

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. expecting baby No. 2
The RINGER star and Prinze, married for almost 10 years, already have young daughter Charlotte Grace, who was born in September 2009.

Chloƫ Sevigny To Play Shelly The Nymphomaniac On 'American Horror Story'
The second season will see some of the original cast return, including Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson, but will see them playing different characters than the ones they’ve become known for.

Economy: Y&R's Michelle Stafford reduces home sale price
Stafford recently dropped the price on her Los Feliz home, which was first listed last summer. Listing agent Stephanie Vitacco reports the new prices is $2.395 million – a 4% reduction.

Y&R participates in 17th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
"The Young and the Restless: Writing Today's Teens," was moderated by Aaron Hartzler. Featured in the photo (l. to r.) authors Joanna Philbin, Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan, and Deb Caletti.

Houston's Stage Right offers debut of ‘The Carol Burnett Show’
The performance includes classics like “As the Stomach Turns,” a parody of AS THE WORLD TURNS and “Went with the Wind,” a send up of Gone with the Wind, featuring Burnett as Scarlett O’Hara in a dress made from a window curtain – complete with curtain rod.

Primetime Pilot Panic: Hot List Update
Of the slew of soap pilots ordered by ABC, NASHVILLE and Marc Cherry’s DEVIOUS MAIDS are hot, and there’s buzz that straight-to-series MISTRESSES might be headed for fall. AMERICANA and the period GILDED LILYS also are solid, though AMERICANA doesn’t appear as slam-dunk as it once did; PENOZA has been getting mostly good feedback with some mixed reaction too, while buzz on SCRUPLES has been mixed.

Richard Simmons Slams 'Biggest Loser' Methods
While in an interview with MensHealth.com Simmons does admit that THE BIGGEST LOSER has "some merit," he believes that in general it takes the wrong approach to helping people reach their weight loss goals. "I'm not into any show that makes people compete when they lose weight."

OWN Sets Summer Primetime Schedule
Six new series are on the way.

Lindsay Lohan's GLEE "Nightmare": Show Sources Spill Details of "Disrepectful" Day on Set
"Lindsay was a total nightmare yesterday," says one (clearly less than thrilled) source on the Glee set. "She was three hours late in the morning, and when she did finally arrive, she just didn't want to be there. She did not want to work. She had not memorized her lines, and she kept disappearing so no one could find her."

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