NEWS ROUNDUP: Jack Wagner, John Stamos, Pablo Escobar, Timothy Busfield, Charles Michael Davis

DOWNTON ABBEY holds up against Super Bowl
Roughly 6.6 million viewers tuned into the episode that had Robert (Hugh Bonneville) still in the doghouse with Cora (Elizabeth McGovern). Overall, the average audience for season three’s first five episodes is 72% higher than the first five episodes of season two, according to Nielsen.

Grey's Anatomy Finale: No [Spoiler] This Year!
Series creator Shonda Rhimes tells TVLine that the Season 9 closer in May will most likely not feature some kind of large-scale disaster.

“I have a general idea of what the finale is going to be, but it’s been evolving as the season progresses,” she says. “At this moment in time, I would not consider it to be a catastrophe.”

Jack Wagner Dishes On Details Of His GENERAL HOSPITAL Return, Talks Frisco & Felicia
“I’m really happy that this character can evolve and now say, ‘I was gone, I wasn’t a present father, I’m here now. I want to make up for the time that I was away and I think those are powerful scenes,” says Wagner. “I think it’s what the audience needs to hear and it’s what this character needs to say to have any kind of nobility.”

John Stamos visted GENERAL HOSPITAL
John Stamos (ex-Blackie, GH) visited Port Charles yesterday and posted the following pic on Instagram http://instagram.com/p/VXvpU7Ch4A/ with the message, visiting "my buddy kin shriner (scotty baldwin) at my old stomping grounds –GH."

ALL MY CHILDREN And ONE LIFE TO LIVE Start Dates Revealed
Production is set to begin on the new AMC and OLTL from Prospect Park. "MARCH 11, 2013 #OLTL RETURNS TO LIFE-Just learned thatz when we START taping. TY You know YOU did this-Stand up/take a bow-who me? bossy?:)" posted an ebullient Robin Strasser (Dorian) on Twitter. AMC's Debbi Morgan (Angie) tweeted, "Almost 3 more weeks & we'll be back 2 taping new episodes of 'AMC' on the 25th of this month! Sooo excited!"

ALL MY CHILDREN Casting Three Roles
A casting call went out for the following roles for the AMC reboot: The contract role of Grace, who is described as a blonde, driven, sexy, Caucasian girl in her early 20s, and the recurring roles of Hunter, a handsome, confident bad boy, Caucasian, 16 to 18-years old and Heather, a beautiful 18-year-old Caucasian queen bee.

Former ONE LIFE TO LIVE associate director Tracy Casper Lang blogs about show's DGA Award win
It's amazing to think that ONE LIFE TO LIVE aired just ten episodes in 2012--over a year ago--and one of them won a DGA award. I guess what we did back then did live on after all.

See the Real Models for the ARCHER Characters
If you thought Chris Parnell was the model for his nebbish Archer character, Cyril, you’d be wrong. Cyril is actually the two-dimensional incarnation of well-hung Atlanta restaurateur Stuart Fierman, a friend of ARCHER executive producer Matt Thompson. In fact, when the producers first asked their animators to develop the show’s characters, they handed over pictures of a ragtag group of friends of the show and fellow animators that they wanted to use as physical guideposts: Lana is a Hooters waitress from whom Thompson once ordered hot wings, and Archer is, of course, a former model. Thompson gave us the inside story about each of the show’s muses and showed the real-life inspirations side by side with their ISIS doppelgängers.

Netflix Eyes Pablo Escobar Series From Gaumont International TV & José Padilha
The series will chronicle the life and death of Escobar, the ruthless boss of the Medellin Cartel and a known terrorist who was also a congressman, a family man and revered by the poor as a new Robin Hood.

Timothy Busfield to guest in REVOLUTION
Busfield will play Dr. Ethan Camp, a “brilliant doctor protecting a devastating secret.” He joins another familiar TV name guest-starring in the second half the of the season, Leslie Hope, who was previously announced as playing President Foster — the tough, seasoned leader of the Monroe Republic rival The Georgia Federation.

Charles Michael Davis Lands Key Role In VAMPIRE DIARIES Spinoff THE ORIGINALS
Davis (THE GAME) is set to co-star opposite The Vampire Diaries‘ Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies and Phoebe Tonkin in the potential spinoff.

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