NEWS ROUNDUP: Constance Towers Talks GH Short Stint; NYC Productions Resume; Brazilian Novela Finale Reached 50 Million Viewers

Constance Towers discusses her upcoming short-stint as Helena in GENERAL HOSPITAL
"I really am excited to have viewers see what Helena has up her sleeve this time around," shared Towers. "The writing is absolutely amazing for GENERAL HOSPITAL, and I hear it every day whenever I run into a viewer. It's amazing. I may only return for a short time each time, but I feel as though I've never been away. Everyone is so professional and great to work with, from the actors to the behind-the-scenes geniuses that make all of us look and feel great."

When asked how long we might get to savor Helena's scheming ways this go around, the actress would only say that she's on for a "short stint."

Hurricane Sandy: New York City to Resume Issuing Permits for Exterior Shoots
With Hurricane Sandy recovery and relief efforts ongoing, the city of New York will begin issuing permits for exterior production shoots on Monday, Nov. 5.

Many productions have already begun rolling again at their studios including CBS’ BLUE BLOODS and THE GOOD WIFE, which film at Broadway Stages in Grennpoint, Brooklyn, and midseason series THE CARRIE DIARIES and THE FOLLOWING, which shoot at Steiner

But the city had revoked or suspended permits for exterior locations shoots as the worst storm to hit the region in nearly a century destroyed homes and property up and down the coast lines of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Exterior permits will not be issued for areas severely affected by the storm.

A Soap Set in the Favelas
For many Brazilians, tuning in to the prime-time soap opera that airs on Globo television each weeknight is somewhere between national pastime and national obsession.

Even by those standards, the recent finale of AVENIDA BRASIL on Oct. 19 was a huge hit. The story of a child abandoned by her stepmother and her quest for revenge, the final episode was seen by 50 million viewers, or 25% of Brazil's 200 million people, making it a kind of Super Bowl of soaps. Many noted that President Dilma Rousseff postponed a rally scheduled during the final show, although a spokesman wouldn't confirm the reason. The electric company assured the country there was ample power available so everyone could watch.

Globo now is trying to follow the success of AVENIDA with SALVE JORGE, or "Hail George," a love story set partially in one of Rio de Janeiro's teeming hillside shantytowns, or favelas. The show promises to leverage topical news with the usual telenovela plot lines of love and betrayal.

Mark Consuelos on stepping out of the box for AMERICAN HORROR STORY's Spivey
Almost three episodes in, Consuelos has been seen in only a few scenes so far, but he assures the truth about Spivey will eventually be revealed. But unlike Sarah Paulson’s Lana or Lizzie Brocheré’s Grace, who seemingly have no business being patients at the asylum, Consuelos suggests Spivey may belong there. “I think in his mind, he absolutely thinks he’s there unjustly and he should be out. But I think it’s fair to say he deserves to be there,” he says with a laugh.

Freddy Rodriguez To Co-Star In NBC Pilot AFTER HOURS
The show revolves around the graveyard shift in the ER at San Antonio Medical Center. Rodriguez will play hospital administrator Michael Ragosa who is the new Comptroller for the Night Shift.

Annie Wersching will guest star in TOUCH
Wersching — who portrayed FBI Agent Renee Walker in seasons 7 and 8 of 24 — will guest star in the second season of the Kiefer Sutherland starrer TOUCH. Wersching will play Dr. Kate Gordon, a smart and caring family therapist specializing in early childhood trauma and behavioral issues. Her episode will air sometime in the spring.

MYTHBUSTERS to do BREAKING BAD-themed episode with Aaron Paul and Vince Gilligan
“We’ve been wanting to do a BREAKING BAD episode for awhile,” says MYTHBUSTERS host Adam Savage. “Obviously there’s a lot of fertile material to play with, so things that happen on the show have been ending up on our list of stories to tackle for a couple years now. And when Vince said in an interview that he’d love to see a MYTHBUSTERS/BREAKING BAD crossover, we reached out to him directly and the response was overwhelming positive.”

'Once' star Glen Hansard to guest in PARENTHOOD
Glen Hansard is guest-starring as himself on an upcoming episode of the NBC drama. The Oscar-winning singer/songwriter and star of Broadway's "Once" will use the Luncheonette to record a few tracks. Hosting another famous musician at the studio poses problems for Adam (Peter Krause) and Crosby (Dax Shepard), as they are engaged in a legal battle with their ill-tempered neighbor, who is less than thrilled with all of the activity going on next door.

Hurricane Sandy Forces LAW & ORDER: SVU To Film On Location
The show, which films at Chelsea Piers, resumed production for on-location shoots.

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