|Priyanka Chopra stars in Quantico. Photo Credit: ABC/Guy D'Alema|
ABC made a blunder this week, confusing Quantico star Priyanka Chopra with Indian actress Yukta Mookhey in a promo advertising a Nightline interview with the Bollywood star. The network quickly issued an apology for the mistake.
Ironically, the story — which is headlined “How Quantico Star Priyanka Chopra Dealt With Race Issues,” deals with Chopra’s racial bullying while attending school in the U.S.and prejudice she encountered throughout her life.
Chopra took the error in stride, tweeting “Lol!” about the mix-up.
Millennials Reconnect the Cable Cord as Children Arrive
Millennials, more than a fifth of the total American TV audience of about 292 million adults and children, are considered crucial to the future of television because marketers covet their high earning potential and receptivity to ads. Nielsen analyzed members of the group by segregating them by life situations: millennials living in their parents’ or someone else’s home, those living on their own without children and those living on their own with children.
Since there are roughly two and half times as many millennials in the first two groups as in the third, many additional millennials can be expected to eventually start families. And Nielsen found that millennials who had done so were more likely to subscribe to a pay-television service than their peers without children.
Melrose Place alum Vanessa Williams joins The Flash
Williams — not to be confused with the Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives star of the same name — has been cast as Iris West’s (Candice Patton) mother and Joe West’s (Jesse L. Martin) wife in season two of The CW drama.
Steve Mosko Named Chairman Of Sony Pictures TV
Sony Pictures TV president Steve Mosko has been upped to chairman. He will continue to oversee all television operations for Sony Pictures Entertainment worldwide, reporting to Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.
“Under Steve’s leadership, Sony Pictures Television has become the industry’s largest independent television studio,” Lynton said. “Our media networks business has expanded to over 150 channel feeds around the world and the company is well-positioned for growth in both production and distribution. Steve is a remarkable executive and we are proud to have him at the helm of Sony Pictures Television.”
In the U.S., Sony Pictures Television’s series portfolio includes The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives, The Blacklist, The Player, Masters Of Sex, Outlander and Better Call Saul.
Days of our Lives cast to visit Pigeon Forge for book signing
A few cast members of NBC's long-running soap opera will attend a book signing from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, October 31, at the Titanic Museum for "Days of our Lives: 50 Years," a book with a collection of photos that reflect the show's history and celebrate its anniversary. Author and co-producer Greg Meng wrote the book, and it will be released on October 27.
Meng along with cast members Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans), Kristian Alfonso (Hope Williams Brady), Lauren Koslow (Kate Roberts), Stephen Nichols (Steve "Patch" Johnson), Jen Lilley (Theresa Donovan), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Horton), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Horton) and Thaao Penghlis (Andre DiMera) will be at the Pigeon Forge signing.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Premiere Week
The first week of the 2015–16 television season belongs to history now, and if there’s any good news for the broadcast networks, it is this: Viewers, particularly older ones, are still interested in seeing what linear TV has to offer.
That said, networks have become increasingly adroit at figuring out ways to survive in a world of delayed and depressed viewing.
The Good Wife May Explore Alicia's Alcoholic Tendencies in Season 7
In an interview with CBS’ Sunday Morning, Good Wife leading lady Julianna Margulies revealed that her character’s fondness for pinot noir may soon become more than just a running joke.
“I think Alicia might have a drinking problem,” the Emmy winner told Jane Pauley. “She’s lonely. And I think wine is numbing her out a little bit. And I think that’s something we might address in Season 7.”
In fall TV, lesbians of color take center stage
Lesbian and bisexual women of color are suddenly everywhere on network television, whether they’re cheating on aspiring rappers in Empire, seducing their way through downtown Atlanta on Survivor’s Remorse, causing all kinds of telenovela trouble in Jane the Virgin and playing the sensible, tough-talking sidekicks to slightly unstable sidekicks on two new fall entries, Rosewood and Grandfathered on Fox.
Part of what’s striking about this new crop of characters is the way they differ from TV lesbians of the past, who often existed to spur character growth in the protagonists of shows in which they appeared. Instead, these new gay characters serve very different functions and storylines of their own; they have independent reasons to exist, instead of simply proving that a show’s characters are capable of tolerance.
Jake Wood says it's the "right time" for his EastEnders departure
Speaking on ITV's This Morning following his dramatic scenes on EastEnders Monday night, Wood, who plays Max Branning, explained what's next for his character and real life plans as he takes a year off from the soap.
On his last week on screen in EastEnders, Wood said, “There are twists and turns… obviously they will work my break into the story, and Max is either on the run or gets recaptured, I don’t know, we’ll find out this week. It’ll be interesting to see what plays out…” Before adding, “I’ll return next September… so yeah, it could go on for another year.”
When asked why he wanted to take a break, the actor admitted, “I decided to take a year break, I’ve been there for nine years, done just under a thousands episodes… so nine years without a break, and I’ve got two small children at home so it’ll be nice to reacquaint myself with the family. It felt the right time to take a break.”
Inside Soap Awards short list revealed
Best Actor: Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald, Corrie), Danny Dyer (Mick Carter, EastEnders), Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale, EastEnders), Michael Parr (Ross Barton, Emmerdale)
Best Actress: Alison King (Carla Connor, Corrie), Kellie Bright (Linda Carter, EastEnders), Charley Webb (Debbie Dingle, Emmerdale), Nikki Sanderson (Maxine Minniver, Hollyoaks)
Scottish TV soaps through the decades
The story of Scottish soap opera is one of strife and conflict. The all-too-literal rise of the apartment block to take the place of the terraces, the country’s declining manufacturing industries and dispersal of mining communities for the cities informed the darker, emotionally wrought storylines that ran from the 1960s into the 1980s. The traditional beauty of small-town Scotland then became the face of its TV drama later in this period. These more picturesque settings gave Scottish soaps more appeal south of the Border, but the frictions of daily life remained a fixture. In recent years, Scottish soaps have addressed more modern concerns – multi-culturalism, substance abuse and sexuality have sprung up alongside themes of heritage and tradition that international audiences have latched onto.
Ugly Betty Reunion: Michael Urie & Becki Newton Tease 'Secret Project'
Urie posted a video on Instagram on September 28 teasing his “super secret project” with Newton.
New X-Files promo: Mulder, Scully and Lots of Questions
In the spot, we see: Mulder in both civilian clothing and his G-man suit, Joel McHale’s character, Scully looking concerned, Skinner!, the empty basement office (and its pencil-pocked ceiling), a mysterious old man, a mysterious young man (in flashback), Area 51 (maybe) and more.