Monday, March 10, 2008

News Brief

TV Guide Canada: The Nelson Ratings: Last week’s soap reviews, this week’s viewing cheat sheet, and top-rated actors!

TIME Magazine: The Kiss Campaign for AS THE WORLD TURNS couple Noah and Luke.

Boston Herald: Keeping daytime dramas alive is a loyal fan base, consisting of viewers who have watched for decades and maintain the habit. ABC’s game plan isn’t as cosmetic but is more character-driven. ALL MY CHILDREN recently lured back actors Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan after almost 20 years. Brian Frons, ABC’s daytime TV senior vice president, says the actors, who played daytime’s first African-American supercouple, add diversity to Pine Valley’s almost all-white population. "We’ll have a core black family on the show and I think that’s really important," Frons said.

Research indicates minorities are loyal viewers to daytime dramas if they get into the habit. However, minority viewers also seek out characters with whom they can identify.

Frons says SoapNet is an important part of the future of daytime serials. Its current business model as the sole home of same-day episodes of daytime dramas isn’t profitable enough and will likely evolve. "As for ABC’s soaps, I think you’ll see them on the Web and on phones in the next 10 years," he said. "I think you’ll be watching your soap on your computer during lunch or some sort of portable device."

Pop Culture Dish: For the past few months, fans of AS THE WORLD TURNS have been waging a campaign over the lack of onscreen intimacy between two gay male characters (Luke Snyder and Noah Mayer). Although the pair made history on August 17, 2007 when they were featured in the first-ever gay male kiss in daytime history, their lack of onscreen intimacy in the ensuing months when compared with the heterosexual characters on the show has led fans to accuse the soap of suppressing the portrayal of gay male intimacy.

Los Angeles Times: If you're a woman at risk of heart disease, check into GENERAL HOSPITAL happily. The show gets it right. Thursday, Feb. 27, 3 p.m. ET.

The premise: Epiphany Johnson (Sonya Eddy), an obese African American nurse in her late 30s, is suffering from stress due to the death of her son. She suddenly becomes short of breath and falls to the floor, clutching her chest. Dr. Leo Julian (Dominic Rains) reviews her electrocardiogram and tells her she has "acute ST elevations," a sign of a heart attack. He recommends PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) with a "drug eluting stent," adding that "in this situation, time is muscle" and "every second counts." He says that she was at greater risk for a heart attack in the first place because of her gender and race. At first, Epiphany says she's simply exhausted but, with the doctor's admonitions, eventually goes through with the heart procedure. She recovers well.

Sunday Mail: Suranne Jones, a British actress who starred in the soap CORONATION STREET and once starred in a play with John Barrowman has offered to carry his child, said the TORCHWOOD star: "She has said if I wanted a baby she'll have one for me. She wants to be a mum at some point and said if she didn't have a partner, she'd do it with us instead. She also said even if Scott and I wanted to have one, she'd do it. I'd love to have kids - I'm a big kid at heart. We just hit it off [after appearing together in London's West End in the play A Few Good Men] and now Suranne is a friend for life. It's a big deal to have someone offer to have a baby for you and very humbling."

Daily Post: Youngsters at Ty Gobaith children’s hospice were delighted when a top soap opera star dropped in to say hello. CORONATION STREET star and former Hear’Say singer Kym Marsh spent Saturday afternoon chatting with children and their families at the hospice near Conwy. Afterwards she vowed to help fund-raise for the hospice which is the only children’s hospice in North Wales.

Digital Spy: Actress Wendy Richard has revealed she left BBC soap EASTENDERS because of stress. Richard, who played Pauline Fowler between 1985 and 2006, quit the show due to storyline disagreements and a heavy workload.

What's On TV: EASTENDERS actor John Bardon, who suffered a serious stroke last year, is on the mend and could be back as Dot's husband Jim Branning this summer.

Ireland Online: Pop star Gareth Gates described his DANCING ON ICE experience as "fantastic" after becoming the latest celebrity to get the boot from the show. The singer was unanimously voted off by the judges last night after finding himself in the semi-final skate-off with CORONATION STREET star Zaraah Abrahams. Abrahams, Suzanne Shaw and HOLLYOAKS' Chris Fountain will now go through to next week's final.

PGP Blog: Where are these former AS THE WORLD TURNS stars now? Peyton List (ex-Lucy), Meg Ryan (ex-Betsy), Margaret Colin (ex-Margo) and Annie Parisse (ex-Julia).

Los Angeles Times: Daytime Emmy quiz: Which soap never won best series?

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