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NEWS ROUNDUP: Aaron Sorkin Fires NEWSROOM Writers; Plus, King Sisters, Perry Fenwick, Epix, Grace Phipps, David Hasselhoff

King sisters are making their mark in Hollywood
Hunter King, 18, stars in HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS while her sister, Joey, 12, has a role in the new Dark Knight movie. Hunter finished shooting the first season of HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS this week. She plays Adriana, the daughter of Grayson McCouch's Don.

Aaron Sorkin fires THE NEWSROOM's Season 1 writers
Most of the writers on the cable drama about a Keith Olbermann-type television news demagogue have been fired, sources with knowledge of the show told The Daily. "They're not coming back, except for Sorkin's ex-girlfriend [Corinne Kinsbury]," one source said. [Sorkin is currently dating SEX AND THE CITY actress and MELROSE PLACE alum Kristin Davis.]

EASTENDERS star Perry Fenwick is getting ready to carry the Olympic torch
Fenwick's Billy Mitchell will carry the Olympic flame through Albert Square in a special live episode next Monday as part of the official Torch Relay, before dashing to be with granddaughter Lola Pearce, played by Danielle Harold, when she goes into labor. Parts of the episode have been filmed in advance to be broadcast with the live footage.

Perry revealed: "We've all been under strict rules about haircuts and all that because of continuity. Funnily enough, when we filmed the stuff before we were quite brown then, me and little Danielle, because it was very warm." "So I think it's a little bit of the old St Tropez going on on Monday night!"

How TV Shows Are Tricking You Into Watching Ads
Nomura Securities’ Michael Nathanson has some encouraging news for networks concerned that ad skipping will become a lot more commonplace as the number of DVR households grows from 40% now to 47% expected in 2015. New users don’t appear to be as fast on the trigger: The percentage of broadcast commercials skipped by DVR users dropped to 46.7% in the 2011/2012 season from 58.8% in 2007/2008. For cable, 50.4% of the ads were skipped this past season vs. 52.8% in 2007/2008.

In Viacom vs. DirecTV, Viacom Is Losing The Public Relations War
In the heated battle for consumers’ sympathy and affection, DirecTV is looking like the unlikely winner. “Winner” might be a tad strong. “Less of a loser” is probably more apt. Both sides are feeling the heat from satellite TV customers angry over the sudden loss of MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central.

Denied Nickelodeon, DirecTV’s Youngest Clients Find Substitutes
For the second week, Nickelodeon and its two smaller siblings Nick Jr. and Nicktoons, owned by Viacom, have disappeared from DirecTV’s lineup, affecting would-be viewers across the country.

The two companies have not been able to agree on the amount of money that Viacom should receive from DirecTV for a bundle of its channels.

For the Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, the Hub and Sprout, it is the equivalent of a baby boom after a hurricane or a snowstorm. After all, while adults may have 500 channels at home, children only have a handful to choose from.

What Viacom and DirecTV Are Really Feuding Over: Epix
According to DirecTV: "Viacom insists that we carry the Epix channel at an additional cost of more than half a billion dollars. We know our customers don’t want to pay such an extreme price for an extra channel, they simply want the ones they had returned to them."

Grace Phipps to recur on THE VAMPIRE DIARES
Phipps has landed the recurring role of 16-year-old April, described as “a natural beauty with a bit of an edge.” April has just returned from private school after the death of her father. She has some history with Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) and Elena (Nina Dobrev), and Elena hopes to protect her from the many secrets the town holds. April will make her first appearance in the second episode next season.

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS alum David Hasselhoff speaks out about ripped 'Hoff' ads











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