Thursday, September 11, 2008

News Brief

TOM CASIELLO: Remembering

"As I watched the [9/11] march outside my window, and the reading of names on my television screen, I was overwhelmed by the feeling of love and friendship that surrounded me, in spite of the fear that morning, out at the Midwood studio where AS THE WORLD TURNS is shot. So instead of blogging about [Victoria] Rowell, I wanted to write about the amazing spirit that helped support me on that morning, in Oakdale."

According to OK! magazine, Tomlin's character arrives on Wisteria Lane to help out a sibling who has fallen ill.

Tea Returns To OLTL
Per the new Soap Opera Weekly, Florencia Lozano's Tea Delgado is heading back to ONE LIFE TO LIVE. She'll begin airing in early December. Wonder how Todd will cope with this?

EVA LONGORIA: "I'm just fat"
Eva Longoria has put an end to weeks of rumors that she is pregnant.

"I'm just fat," she said Tuesday during an interview with Le Grand Journal with husband Tony Parker.

She then burst out laughing while Parker chuckled nervously.

90210 keeps Jennie Garth, loses Shannen Doherty
Producers are inviting Garth back for more, but Doherty's four-episode stint will be her last with the CW series -- unless she's called back for more later in the season. "They asked me to do a lot more," says Doherty, but "I'm in the middle of pitching a show, (so) I couldn't commit to more than (I did)."

Daughter of EASTENDERS' Mike Reid scraps BNP election bid over fears she would be branded 'a Nazi'
Until yesterday, Angela Reid, 50 - whose late father played car dealer Frank Butcher - was set to contest a vacant seat on Braintree District Council in Essex. But in a dramatic u-turn, Reid scrapped her bid for a political career when the identity of her father was revealed. Before the last minute snub, the BNP had played up the famous connection, even bragging that the popularity of the late comic could attract more votes.

"Angela is a respectable, middle-aged woman and we will see what we can do with regards to what votes we can get," said BNP deputy leader Simon Darby. "It's not going to be a hindrance - Mike Reid was a very popular bloke."

Ms Reid's husband Kenneth Gamble confirmed that his wife had withdrawn from her candidacy saying, "She has cancelled her candidacy because she's Mike Reid's daughter and people would call her a Nazi and slag her off."

ITV looks cheap but comes with baggage
Any European media group thinking of launching an opportunistic bid for Britain's biggest broadcaster ITV would face major obstacles.

The shares are trading so low that some industry players have started voicing an interest, but the sceptics say ITV's pension liabilities, its debt and the uncertain economic outlook are likely to stand in the way.

Bid speculation has swirled around the home of award-winning soap opera CORONATION STREET in recent days, prompting its shares to start edging up off near-historic lows, with a current market value of about 1.9 billion pounds.

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