Monday, December 1, 2008

News Round-up

A new paradigm for TV success?
TV Guide's Matt Roush believes "we're on the brink of a new paradigm for success in the digital-TV age. Cable has the luxury of multiple revenue streams, from advertising as well as from cable companies, and can make their numbers work at a far lower level than the broadcast networks, which still operate in the mass marketplace. I keep thinking and hoping the networks will establish new models and formulas so the best and brightest shows can flourish even if they don't break out. The NBC/DirecTV sharing of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS this season could be a starting point, but the industry isn't yet willing to relinquish its hope that everything it puts on can draw an audience on the level of NCIS, DANCING WITH THE STARS, CSI and GREY'S ANATOMY."

A SAG strike won't cripple TV
Dark clouds of labor trouble are again closing in on Hollywood. But the environment for the TV industry looks considerably different than it did when the writers strike began a little more than a year ago, scuttling much of the networks' 2007-08 season. That's because a larger number of shows this time around simply wouldn't be affected. Producers have pushed to get more series covered under a deal with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which has traditionally represented broadcasters as well as some actors and generally has a more harmonious relationship with the studios than SAG has had.

Helgenberger and Rosenberg announce separation
Marg Helgenberger (ex-Siobhan, RYAN'S HOPE) and husband Alan Rosenberg have announced they are separating. A rep released a statement to EXTRA saying, "After 19 years of marriage, Marg and Alan have decided to take some time apart. They love and respect each other and remain committed to their family."

Helgenberger and Rosenberg, who is president of the Screen Actors Guild, married in September 1989. They met when Rosenberg guest-starred on RYAN'S HOPE.

UGLY BETTY's Indelicato is working on a clothing line
Mark Indelicato plans to parlay his UGLY BETTY character Justin Suarez’s obsession with fashion into his own label. "I want to do a jeans line for boys and girls that are sometimes too skinny to fit into jeans, or sometimes a little bit too husky to fit into some jeans."

SARA A. BIBEL: November Pain (Midterm Report Card)
"This was the most memorable November in years. We elected a president. The economy collapsed. Axl Rose finally released Chinese Democracy. It was a less auspicious November for Soaps. Sweeps months used to be full of big events: location shoots, weddings, a hotel full of guests held hostage. This isn’t nostalgia for the 1980s. GENERAL HOSPITAL's metro court crisis happened in 2007. This year, without looking at a calendar, soap fans would not have known what month it was. Not only did soaps eschew expensive stunts, they also skipped very affordable story payoffs."

Spotlight On Reality Stars Who Want To Be Legitimate Actors...But Fail
Former DAYS OF OUR LIVES actor and THE REAL WORLD star is included in the list.

TV Globes race quieter than Emmys
For TV's top series, the battle to score a Golden Globe vs. an Emmy couldn't be more different. Emmy campaigns are big-budget undertakings -- massive mailings of elaborate box sets, extensive full-page ads in the industry trades, even big events staged to drum up interest (or at least convince voters to actually watch their shows). To pull all that off, studio and network publicity teams spend months plotting their Emmy campaigns.

On the flip side, the Golden Globes rely on much simpler voter outreach. Trade ads? Nope. Pricey, embarrassingly big screeners? Nah.

90210 star Shenae Grimes denies eating disorder rumors
Shenae Grimes is speaking out against the rumors that have been spread about her in the tabloids, particularly that she is thin because she has an eating disorder. The 90210 and DEGRASSI star said the people spreading the rumors should ask her before believing what they read, according to People.

"Nobody has asked me about it," she said. "I really can't help what someone thinks of me because they are reading a paper and choosing to believe it."

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