Saturday, March 15, 2008

News Brief

Digital Spy: Bands including The Guillemots will perform on the HOLLYOAKS set in a T4 special. HOLLYOAKS MUSIC SPECIAL, which could return if it proves a success, will be hosted by T4's Rick Edwards and the soap's Matt Littler (Max Cunningham). Live performances will come from The Dog in the Pond and The Loft nightclub. There will also be interviews with acts, carried out by HOLLYOAKS characters the McQueens, filmed items and a cartoon segment. The show, which will air on Easter Sunday, will also feature unsigned bands.

WBGA-TV: Starting Monday, April 7th, DAYS OF OUR LIVES will air on NBC26 in Greenbay at 1:00pm. The move comes after NBC26 News announced the debut of LATER TODAY at noon. The hour long news-cast will provide the latest Breaking News and the important stories of the day.

NBC: VIDEO: American Gladiator, Titan, puts his acting muscles to the test on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

Soapdom: First Looks/Fresh Peeks for the week of March 17th.

Barrie Examiner: Cassandra Simmons tracks ghosts in some of the scariest places in Ontario. She's only 13 years old, but she's not even a wee bit nervous about the job. She might have be a bit perturbed when some mysterious communication upset disconnected her audio from YTV's GHOST TRACKERS command headquarters, if she'd known about it. But only the television viewing audience and host Joe MacLeod were aware of what happened. Simmons has wanted to be an actor for as long as she can remember. Most of that desire is rooted in all the shows she watches. It is her goal to act on the soap AS THE WORLD TURNS. She is the third generation in her family to watch the show.

Horror Yearkbook: NSFW: Former DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Krista Allen's nude pictures released.

Emediawire: The Second Annual Independent Handbag Awards is now accepting designer submissions. The "Handbag Awards" provides an opportunity for emerging and established independent designers to be recognized and stand out into the highly-saturated accessory market. The staff of Handbag Designer 101 will review all entries and choose finalists in each category based on the merits of their submitted designs. A Fashion Panel consisting of Ann Watson (Fashion Director for Henri Bendel), Lisa Smilor (Associate Director for the Council of Fashion Designers of America), Dana Palzkill (Senior Vice President of Product Management for Bag, Borrow or Steal), Rebecca Weinberg (Emmy Award Winning Costume Designer and Stylist), David Zyla (Daytime Emmy Nominated Costume Designer for ABC Inc./ALL MY CHILDREN) and Julia Poteat (Assistant Professor of Fashion Methods for Parsons The New School for Design) will decide who has created the "Top Handbag Design" and select a winner from each respective category.

Back Stage: EVENT: On April 28, Joan Baker, author of "Secrets of Voice-Over Success," and the Alzheimer's Association, in partnership with the organization Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, will present "Voices Remember," a star-studded charity event of intimate musical cabaret in support of a cure for Alzheimer's disease. On hand will be many Broadway and record industry celebrities, including Emmy-nominated actress, singer Bobbie Eakes (ABC's ALL MY CHILDREN).

Hollywood Reporter: After being courted by the major networks to do a primetime show, former RYAN'S HOPE star Christian Slater has signed on for an NBC drama described as a cross between "The Bourne Identity" and "Jekyll & Hyde." Slater will play a mild-mannered suburban dad who learns that his alter ego is a spy. The show would mark Slater's first TV series, though he was attached to another NBC pilot ("Dirty Little Secrets") last year.

Daily Telegraph: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is about to celebrate its 35th anniversary - and being the number-one US daytime show for a record-breaking 1000 weeks straight - by bringing back fan favorite Danny Romalotti (Michael Damian). Meanwhile, UKTV's CORONATION STREET might celebrate its 50th anniversary by opening a chain of Rovers Return pubs across Britain. So come on, Seven, how about Summer Bay Diners across the nation for HOME AND AWAY's 20th?

Student Operated Press: Teen pregnancy is such a popular topic that the ABC soap opera, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, is writing in a teen pregnancy story line to parallel Jamie Lynn Spears.

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