Wednesday, December 19, 2007

News Brief

Fort Worth Star Telegram: Soap opera's heiress has but one life to live -- in East Texas. Victoria Lord Davidson of "One Life To Live" must be among the most resilient heroines in the history of television soap operas. This fall, the show's matriarch, a millionaire newspaper publisher, suddenly disappeared from her home in Llanview, a town in Pennsylvania. E-mails to her dysfunctional family suggested she was living in Paris, France. She's really been living in Paris, Texas, working as a waitress. "Oh, my, isn't that a hoot!' said Becky Semple, the Lamar County tourism director. "We've gotten lots of calls; so far it's been very positive. We think it's the neatest thing."

Broadway World: He may not have been visited by a roller-skating, Australian-accented muse from Mount Olympus, but AndrĂ© Ward definitely feels there has been some divine guidance in his career. In October, Ward costarred in a three-day story arc on the ABC soap One Life to Live. He played Clarence, a blond-wigged, sequin-gowned performer in a Georgia drag club who helps hide Marcie (Hairspray’s Kathy Brier) after she “steals” her adopted son from his criminal biological father. Part of Clarence’s decoy from the cops? Gussying up Marcie as a drag queen and putting her in his act lip-synching “One Night Only.”

All American Patriots: Three fan favorites return to ABC's "All My Children" in January when a mysterious illness reunites lovers and when Rebecca Budig returns as Greenlee Smythe Lavery, the role she created in 1999. Daytime Emmy Award winners Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams return as Angie and Jesse Hubbard, one of daytime television's most beloved super-couples. The announcement was made today by Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group.

Press-Enterprise: James Offord, Palm Springs' fun-loving restaurateur whose partner in life and business is "The Young and the Restless" actress Judith Chapman, calmed down his Icon Lounge "Star Wars" bar by remodeling it and his adjoining St. James at the Vineyard restaurant into the inviting Vineyard Tuscan Grill.

PGP Blog: Ron Raines will perform with the Boston Pops in a series of concerts beginning on Friday, December 28 and culminating in a New Year's Eve gala concert on Monday, December 31 at the Boston Symphony Hall located at 301 Massachusetts Ave, in Boston, MA.

Shreveport Times: Former "Guiding Light" star Taye Diggs goes caroling in hurricane-stricken community.

AfterElton: Support Nuke: Write-In Campaign. As some of you know, As the World Turns has introduced the first gay teen couple in daytime soap history. The pairing started out full of angst, drama, and passion, but lately the passion aspect has been sorely missing. Now granted, having one of the main characters in a wheelchair could dampen their ardor, but the fans haven't been treated to anything warmer than a handshake in months. Apparently, CBS' parent company, Procter and Gamble, is having reservations about the couple. So, even if soaps aren't your cuppa tea, you may still want to support positive gay images on TV. Add your voice by sending P&G a letter.

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