Thursday, November 20, 2008

News Brief

BOLD and the bookseller
Robin McGraw, wife of DR. PHIL, will visit CBS' "THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL today, playing herself and plugging her new book, "What's Age Got to Do With It."

New HOLLYOAKS actor happy with life
There's a handsome new face among the HOLLYOAKSs cast, and fans of reality TV show Living On The Edge will recognise him. Stephen Beard has leapt from that show to the Channel 4 soap - and he couldn't be happier.

In an interview with Digital Spy, Beard revealed more about his new alter ego, Archie, saying: "He's definitely a wild one. People who have watched Living On The Edge may draw some comparisons. I go to a certain point in life, but Archie definitely will take things all the way. He's got no fear. At the same time, though, he has a sensitive side. He's like the big class clown but when he gets a knock, he really feels it. I think Archie's intended to bring a bit of light-hearted humour to the show."

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, "New York, New York": I'm rollin' here!
"...when the episode was good, it was really good. Street reuniting with his family was just as genuinely tear-jerking a send-off as Smash's, and Coach tossing the ol' pigskin to Saracen was one of those pure fun moments the show does so well. And good lord was every word out of Tim Riggins' mouth a comic gem, from him talking up the two-suits-for-$125 deal to him quoting Ben Brantley's 'Gypsy' review to him declaring "I'm pregnant" during the role-play in the cab."

CORRIE's Ryan and Tina set their wedding date
Ex- and current CORONATION STREET stars Tina O'Brien and Ryan Thomas have reportedly set their wedding date, but don't be in too much of a hurry to dash out and get your wedding hat - it's still two years away. And Ryan hasn't proposed yet.

CORRIE star in Killarney role
CORRIE fans should keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks in case hearthrob Jason Grimshaw materialises in the Rover’s Return wearing the Kerry jersey he brought home from Killarney last weekend. Ryan Thomas, who plays Jason in CORONATION STREET, returned to Manchester a diehard Kerry fan after Kerry footballer Darren O’Sullivan, who works with Ulster Bank in New Street, presented him with a tiny green and gold jersey for his baby daughter plus one for himself. The soap star was in town on Saturday night at the invitation of the Corkery family to launch the Silver Fox Restaurant in High Street.

Spotlight on the soaps: InstantCast editor Isabelle Dungan checks in
"InstantCast is a nationwide social networking and casting website for actors and models. We have over a half million users. Every week we have a new theme and this week we happen to be featuring soap operas. The idea is talking about stars who got their start on soaps & featuring soap opera casting calls etc. to encourage our members to get their career start on a soap."

TOM CASIELLO: Rediscovering the Lost Fan, Llanview Style
"I've said many times before, I had quite the roller coaster in Llanview. I wrote episodes there I'm extremely proud of, but I also faced some of my darkest times as a writer in those two years. It was definitely all over the map. While I was there, though, I built an extremely special bond with someone who works high up in production there - somebody with the same drive, the same passion, the same love of the genre I have. On top of all of that, she has an incredible work ethic and is talented in many areas across the board. In the short time I've known her, she's become quite important to me. She is leaving Llanview to carve a new path for herself, and tonight, many of us said goodbye."

Daytime Emmys' bubble bursts
The Daytime Emmys could become a lot less soap-centric next year as organizers -- faced with the prospect of ABC and CBS shunning the low-rated telecast -- entertain new ideas that could include shifting the show to cable. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is sifting through bids from two broadcast networks and two cable channels to carry the telecast. NATAS president Peter Price said Tuesday that a decision could be made by year's end.

He declined to name the networks, though ABC and CBS -- which traditionally have carried the ceremony on a Friday night in late May or early June -- likely aren't in the running. ABC, which carried the telecast this year, isn't interested in doing it again in 2009 after CBS dropped out. (Next year was supposed to be CBS' turn as the two generally alternate.)

"We're still talking to CBS and ABC, but it's more likely going to be another network," Price said. While the NATAS deal for the Daytime Emmys telecast was a license fee last time, it has been a license fee and revenue share in past years. It could be one or both next time.

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