Monday, July 28, 2008

Evening News

TV Guide Canada's Weekly "Nelson Ratings"

Nelson Branco reviews last week’s soaps, provides this week’s viewing cheat sheet, and names top-rated actors and shows.

Deep Soap: Don't Believe The Hype
Sara A. Bibel blogs on Friday's "Sudden Impact" on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: "I'm not criticizing Y&R. It was a solid Friday cliffhanger. I'm thrilled that things are happening on the show again. However, CBS's relentless hyping made the episode anti-climactic."

PATRICK ERWIN: Audacious list (1 of 10) - A lack of diversity
"Diversity on daytime, or the lack of it, is hardly a new conversation. OLTL is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and it was new and bold in 1968 specifically because it did have ethnic diversity (much more diversity, it should be noted, than the show has today)."

Irish Pop Singer May Play Tehran
As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice considers the latest remarks of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, there’s another sign of warming relations between Iran and the West. Reuters noticed a report from Iran’s semiofficial Press TV saying that Chris de Burgh, the Irish singer, was planning to perform in Tehran in November.

While the gig itself remains an open question, we’re free to wonder what impact “Lady in Red,” Mr. de Burg’s biggest hit, may have on world affairs. If the song brought together Patch and Kayla on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, why not Iran and the West?

EVENT: Soap Cruise to Set Sail on Celebrity Century
Cruise enthusiasts who enjoy the intrigue, drama and romance of daytime TV's most popular soap operas - and the actors who star in them - are likely to find the vacation of their dreams in "Soap Cruise," which will be held on Celebrity Century in 2009.

Hosting Soap Cruise will be Cameron Mathison, who plays "Ryan" on ALL MY CHILDREN, and has appeared on DANCING WITH THE STARS. Mathison will be joined on Celebrity Century by fellow All My Children actors Alicia Minshew ("Kendall"), Ricky Paull Goldin ("Jake") and Jacob Young ("J.R."); Austin Peck ("Brad") from AS THE WORLD TURNS; Brandon Beemer ("Owen") of The Bold and the Beautiful; Winsor Harmon ("Thorne") and Lesli Kay ("Felicia") of THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; Nadia Bjorlin ("Chloe") and Jay Johnson ("Philip") of DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Bradford Anderson ("Spinelli") and Greg Vaughn ("Lucky") from GENERAL HOSPITAL; Murray Bartlett ("Cyrus") of GUIDING LIGHT; Kamar de los Reyes ("Antonio") on ONE LIFE TO LIVE; and Don Diamont ("Brad") and Christian LeBlanc ("Michael") of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: AW, AMC and NS alum Alla Korot
Hulu begins airing ANOTHER WORLD tomorrow from May 10, 1991. Those episodes feature Alla Korot, who was very popular as Felicia's adopted daughter, Jenna. Korot later went on to play Allie on ALL MY CHILDREN and starred in the first season of GH: NIGHT SHIFT. She is current shooting the Gruntworks Entertainment film, The Intruders, where she has the lead role. The film also stars Brody Hutzler (ex-Patrick, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and Derrell Whitt (Lucas, SCRIPTS AND SCRUPLES). The film is directed by Gregori J. Martin who also directed my film, Manhattanites.

Kelley Menighan Hensley's Pet Peeve: Arguing
Everyone has pet peeves, and actress Kelley Menighan Hensley's involves her kids -- Sophie May, 9 ½, Spencer James, 6 ½, and Georgia "Gigi" Grace, 13 months. The AS THE WORLD TURNS star admits "my kids fighting and arguing over stupid stuff annoys me to no end," adding that she just "want[s] to take everything away and leave them with one book to play with." The fighting that Kelley's kids do just makes the 41-year-old realize that "our children are so overindulged -- and we've probably created it -- that I can't stand it."

Bell parties with the Pritkzers
A Chicago's Who Who (including B&B Producer/Writer Bradley Bell) trekked to Lake Geneva and Bristol, Wis., for a pair of extravagant bashes that long will have folks buzzing: M.K. and J.B. Pritzker's party toasting both her birthday and the couple's 15th wedding anniversary, and Chicago philanthropist and financial guru Richard Driehaus' annual party celebrating his birthday.

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