Sunday, June 29, 2008

News Brief

AMC's Mathison is talking himself up
Sunday's New York Daily News is reporting that ALL MY CHILDREN hottie Cameron Mathison has acquired an awful big head after co-hosting the Daytime Emmys with Sherri Shepherd. He now fancies himself the next Regis Philbin, even if REGIS & KELLY isn't exactly, according to him, the hottest gig in town.

"That would be the ultimate job for me, yeah," the soap star told us. "Every day you're talking to new celebrities. It's also nice and high-profile, clearly, if it's not the biggest morning show."

He has already done his homework.

"Michael Gelman knows that I want it. There's a ton of people that know I want it. My agent knows."

Can't beat YouTube? Then join 'em
Remember the days when, if you wanted to watch a vintage TV show – say, THREE'S COMPANY or AIR WOLF – you dusted off the VHS tapes in the closet or trotted to the video emporium?

You can still do those things, but TV networks, movie studios and others are making viewing the past just a mouse click away on your computer.

They’re doing so not just for your convenience but for their profit margins. Tired of sites such as YouTube stealing their thunder – posting clips and sometimes entire episodes of popular fare without permission or payment – entertainment conglomerates are taking charge of their own content. In order to beat the little guys, content providers are joining them.

CBC's cancelled MVP soap getting good reviews in U.S. - even from The New Yorker
While Canadian reviewers were lukewarm about the CBC's cancelled nighttime hockey soap, MVP, the show is getting high praise from television writers in the United States, where its first and only season is airing on the cable channel SOAPnet.

The most surprising American review, arguably, appeared in a recent issue of The New Yorker, the high-brow magazine popular among the intellectual set.

The show "calls to mind such past treasures as DYNASTY and almost every other nighttime soap you can think of," Nancy Franklin wrote. "I'm going to sit right down and send Canada a thank-you note."

Mark A. Perigard of the Boston Herald was in agreement: "Not since the glory days of MELROSE PLACE has a soap seemed like such a naughty pleasure," he wrote.

AUDIO: The Nuke Fancast, Episode #5

HOLLYOAKS star wants period drama role
HOLLYOAKS star Roxanne McKee has revealed that she is feeling "positive" about her chances of finding work after leaving the soap.

The actress has no immediate plans to quit her role as Louise Summers on the Channel 4 show, but she is already considering a future in film and serious drama.

"I just try to think positive," Roxanne told Celebs on Sunday magazine. "I want to do a period drama - I'd love to be in a bonnet and a big flouncy dress - and I'd like to do a play, because I've never done one before. And a film."

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