Friday, December 12, 2008

News Round-up

Fans from as far away as Brazil flock to telenovela event
Ana Costa, who lives in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, went to great lengths to be in Stockton, California on Thursday. Costa, who sold her car in Brazil to travel to Stockton, waited anxiously along with several hundred other people for an encounter with the Shawn Christians (from DAYS OF OUR LIVES) or Steve Burtons (from GENERAL HOSPITAL) of Spanish-language television.

It was moments before the stars of the syndicated telenovela FUEGO EN LA SANGRE (FIRE IN THE BLOOD) appeared at Verizon Wireless on Trinity Parkway. It was past 6 p.m., but some fans had lined up since noon.

Telenovelas are closely compared with English soap operas; however, the Spanish-language shows reserve prime-time slots and lead in Spanish television advertising.

Y&R villainess finds herself in stir
Gloria is finally busted Friday on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS for tainting the Jabot face cream.

"She gets a call from Jeffrey saying, 'I'm in the hospital,'" says Judith Chapman to Carolyn Hinsey in today's New York Daily News. "She runs to the hospital and sees this massive smirk on his face. He says, 'Doctor, I used my wife's face cream.'"

Viewers know Gloria poisoned that face cream years ago to frame her stepson Jack and oust him from his dead father's company, Jabot. Her actions resulted in the death of a young woman - and Gloria's husband, Jeffrey, has been blackmailing her with the offending jar ever since.

"The doctor takes the cream for testing," says Chapman. "She says, 'What are you doing?' Butter wouldn't melt in his mouth. 'What do you mean, honey?' He gets her to confess by making her think they are playing a game."

Eva Marcille joins Y&R cast permanently
According to sources, Marcille's work on the Emmy-award winning soap impressed the writers so much they decided to develop her character for future storylines.

B&B releases DVD internationally
The most watched soap opera in the world has now given its fans what they have wanted for years, a DVD of their favorite episodes and behind the scenes highlights.

DVD Special Features include:
• The very first episode
• 2006 Cast Photo and Interview
• Behind the Scenes: 5000th Episode
• Interviews with key cast including Katherine Kelly Lang, Ronn Moss, Jack Wagner
• John McCook fan mail

Michael Fairman on Sirius XM's "The Frank DeCaro Show"
Fairman will be chatting up the latest hot topics in soaps and breaking news, and taking calls from listeners at 11:15am ET this morning (8:15am PT).

"Certainly Phillip's return means a lot of emotional upheaval for Beth. Beth has never gotten over Phillip, but his being back would complicate her life, as it stands now. Of course, that is what makes good story and, from what little I know of the story, it's terrific."

MICHAEL FAIRMAN: Day One Impressions from Peapack
"It seemed very important to each division of the show's production, that the exteriors in Peapack become a staple of the show. Some may have thought they were for budgetary reasons, but they informed us it was to truly open up the lives of the characters of Springfield, and broaden the reality."

Indian TV soap-addicted Pak women have high incidence of psychological problems
Women in Pakistan, who are addicted to TV soap operas, mostly produced in India, are found to have high incidence of psychological problems.

TV soaps, like KYON KEY SAAS BHI KABHI BAHU THI, KOI APNA SA, SAANS, SANSKRITI, SHAGUN, KAHANI GHAR GHAR KI, DESH MEIN NIKLA HOGA CHAND, have been so popular among Pakistani women that girls, housewives and elderly women alike are virtually addicted to them.

Women, who are mostly confined to their homes, keep waiting for them, and when they are on air, abandon work, glue to the screens and won't like to be disturbed. In fact, the lengthy episodes are followed by detailed discussions on storyline, characters, dresses and speculative talk on what will happen next.

"Soap operas are very close to life and help women understand their problems, especially after marriage, and how to handle them. I've little time to watch TV, as I spend a lot of time out due to job but I never miss them," The Daily Times quoted Salima Khan, a schoolteacher, as saying.

Michael Bolton left homeless after splitting with Nicollette Sheridan
Michael Bolton is currently "homeless" after splitting from Nicollette Sheridan. The singer - who separated from Nicollette in August when the pair mutually decided to end their engagement - has been left on the streets after being thrown out of the $4.4 million Los Angeles mansion the pair shared. The DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES actress' decision comes just two days after Michael put his Connecticut property up for sale for $11 million.

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