Monday, January 7, 2008

Evening News

TV Guide: Luke and Noah Fans Send CBS Big Kisses. A "Kiss Campaign" is underway, hoping to coax CBS and Procter & Gamble Productions into giving As the World Turns' Luke and Noah another on-screen liplock (especially since some primo opportunities were conspicuously dodged in recent weeks). "Soaps, like all businesses, live and die by consumer response to a product," campaign founder Jerome writes at "And while email complaint letters certainly get noticed, it's the more-grandiose gestures that usually succeed in eliciting a response." Hence, his decision to make like Jericho fans did (showering the Eye with nuts) and call on Luke-Noah supporters to flood CBS Daytime Programs SVP Barbara Bloom with Hershey's Kisses. "The symbolism," Jerome notes, "is obvious."

Marlena De Lacroix: From Hank to Luke and Noah: A Personal Journey. Patrick Erwin writes: "Most soap operas are a unique combination of realism and complete fantasy. But every once in a while, there are characters or storylines that transcend the fictional wall, and spill over into real life — one’s own real life — in a very powerful way."

ABC: Daytime Ratings for the week of December 24-28, 2007. Former "As The World Turns" and "All My Children" star Count Stovall has been cast in Debbie Allen's upcoming African-American Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Daily Telegraph: Kym Douglas, the wife of long-time Y&R star Jerry Douglas, has co-written a new book, The Black Book of Hollywood Diet Secrets.

The Desert Sun: Y&R's Judith Chapman attends the The Palm Springs International Film Festival's Screen Actors Guild-Indie brunch.

The Sun: "EastEnders" is to screen one of its most shocking storylines ever – when teenager Jay Brown is brutally stabbed by a gang of hoodies. The mouthy 13-year-old is left fighting for life after thugs start to terrorise Albert Square.

Press Association: Soap fans might be in two minds about ITV1's decision to make Sunday nights a serial-free zone, especially as it pits two of the biggest soaps against each other. However, bosses at the third channel are confident rural drama "Emmerdale" will more than hold its own opposite BBC One rival "EastEnders."

ABC: Following the successful 2007 CD "A Holiday Affair," stars from the ABC dramas "All My Children," "One Life to Live" and "General Hospital" join together to perform a selection of love songs for a new soon-to-be released Valentine's Day CD entitled "A Love Affair." Five-time Emmy(r) Award winner Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer, "General Hospital") makes his recording debut with "Every Time We Say Goodbye," and Emmy(r) Award winner Susan Lucci (Erica Kane, "All My Children") headlines this January 29, 2008 release from Buena Vista Records. The announcement was made today by Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group.

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