Wednesday, May 7, 2008

News Brief

AMC's Mathison to host new TLC show
Discovery-owned US cablenet TLC is to launch a new trivia-based gameshow called Your Place or Mine?, which pits two families against each other for a chance to either win brand new furnished rooms for their home, or steal rooms from their competitor. The show, hosted by soap star Cameron Mathison (ALL MY CHILDREN), will debut on Sunday June 8th at 8:00 p.m. ET.

AUDIO: Interview with Daniel Goddard and Billy Miller
Y&R's Daniel Goddard and AMC's Billy Miller stop by "Buzzworthy Radio" to talk about their soap roles outside interests.

Marshfield native once again up for Emmy Award
Marshfield native, Kurt Biederwolf, of Boston, was once again nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award with his team for ONE LIFE TO LIVE. The group of composers and music directors was nominated for Outstanding Achievement of Music Direction and Composition, and the awards ceremony will be held June 13 in New York. Competing shows are GUIDING LIGHT, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and ALL MY CHILDREN.

Beverlee McKinsey: Star shone on daytime television
"Beverlee came to soap opera with an extraordinary background as an actress," said Michael Logan, who writes the Soaps News column for TV Guide. "She was known for playing connivers, but always with soul. She never created a cartoon villain."

In some ways, McKinsey recalled the screen divas Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, Logan said. Like them, "Beverlee always played a real woman, a great dame, a strong and vulnerable type."

"Beverly played Alex as a regal, self-assured woman who dominated people with her power," said actor Rick Hearst, who played Alex's nephew, Alan-Michael. He is now a regular on GENERAL HOSPITAL.

As an actress, McKinsey was "a professional who always knew her lines," said Scott McKinsey, who was a director on GUIDING LIGHT for six years and worked with his mother. "You could count on her, like clockwork."

SOAPnet's RELATIVE MADNESS set for premiere
It’s a fight to the finish as SOAPnet premieres RELATIVE MADNESS: BRAWL IN THE FAMILY, an original special counting down the 25 most over-the-top TV and celebrity families on Thursday, May 22 at 11:00 p.m., ET/PT. Some highlights featured in the countdown include the rocky marriages of Madonna & Sean Penn, Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey and Paul McCartney & Heather Mills; the disputes between Nick, Aaron & Jane Carter, Angelina Jolie & Jon Voight and Princess Diana & the Royal Family; and the legal troubles of Bobby Brown, THE SOPRANOS and David Hasselhoff.

Commentators weighing in on the sibling revelry are comedians Joy Behar (“The View”), Chuck Nice (BEST.WEEK.EVER), Tom Lenck (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) and Sharon Houston (THE CHICAS PROJECT), and designer Paige Hemmis (EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION).

The SOAPnet RELATIVE MADNESS franchise is a series of six original specials that take a fun and sassy look at families, blending real-life celebrities and pop-icons, as well as fictional primetime and daytime characters. Each show will count down the 25 best over-the-top TV and celebrity family moments with commentary from a variety of talent and comedians.

BRAWL IN THE FAMILY airs Thursday, May 22 at 11:00 p.m., ET/PT on SOAPnet.

Jesse McCartney returns from "departure"
The former ALL MY CHILDREN star called in from his casa in Los Angeles last week to promote his new LP, "Departure," which hits shelves May 20. McCartney describes the CD as a 'departure' from his previous sound. Of course, this is none the more evident on his first single, "Leavin'," which boasts a hip-hop beat from producer "Tricky" Stewart, who also worked on the aforementioned Carey’s single "Touch My Body" as well as a slew of other jams including the infectious Rihanna track "Umbrella."

DVD Review: Stafford's Like Mother, Like Daughter
In Like Mother, Like Daughter, Y&R's Michelle Stafford plays Dawna, a successful businesswoman, with Dani Kind as her college- going daughter, Emily. But this suspense thriller is done in by a fragile script and self-indulgent direction.

EVENT: Galaxy To Host Celeb Match
Prior to their game against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, May 10, the LA Galaxy will host a "Showbiz" soccer game at 4:30 p.m. at The Home Depot Center as part of BritWeek 2008. Some of the celebrities scheduled to appear are soap stars from GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

Leading daytime soaps back to the future
Lynn Liccardo's blogs: "I don't know why 1981 proved to be such a pivotal year for television. But the premiere of HILL STREET BLUES in January 1981 and the wedding of Luke and Laura on GENERAL HOSPITAL that November marked the beginning of a profound shift for television programming, day and night. For primetime, the trajectory was up; In Glued to the Set, Steven Stark describes Hill Street as 'pav(ing) the way for TV's second golden age,' due largely to its use of the serial narrative. As for daytime, well, it's been a long, slow downward slide; their future, a question mark. And that slide began with how other daytime soaps operas responded to the juggernaut that was Luke and Laura."

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