Tuesday, December 2, 2008

News Round-up

TV soaps and their stars face cost-cutting
Without offering specifics, ABC Daytime on Tuesday confirmed a new focus on belt-tightening. A statement from the network spoke of "carefully and responsibly managing our costs, which include some production cuts, but in ways the audience will not see on screen."

What's Killing Soap Operas?
Why are soaps become endangered programming?

OnScreen Media Summit: Branded Content's Risks and Rewards
On the matter of risk, Jarrod Moses (Founder, President and CEO, United Entertainment Group), suggested it should cut both ways. "How do we prevent a network from walking away from a show before giving it enough time?" he asked, noting NBC’s treatment of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, which he said several advertisers were anxious to back. "Is there some kind of make-good either in ad time or a chance to get behind an A-list show?"

Moses also used the point to praise NBC Entertainment Co-Chair Ben Silverman’s understanding of brand integration, saying conversations with the network under his leadership have been more productive. Conversely, he said, CBS’ "old-school model" is far less hospitable.

Fillion's CASTLE premieres Monday, March 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET
Wildly famous mystery novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), who is bored with his own success, learns that a real-world copycat killer has started staging murder scenes depicted in his novels. Rick is soon questioned by NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), a very bright, aggressive detective who keeps her investigations under tight rein. Rick and Kate's styles instantly clash, yet sparks begin to fly, leading both to danger and a hint of romance as Castle steps in to help find the killer. And once that case is solved, he and Beckett build upon their new relationship as they look to solve strange homicides in New York - as much fun as one can have with death & murder. Castle is kept grounded by his Broadway diva mother, Martha Rodgers (Susan Sullivan, ANOTHER WORLD; FALCON CREST) and quick-witted teenage daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn).

Also starring in the series are Ruben Santiago-Hudson (ANOTHER WORLD) as NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas (UNDRESSED) as NYPD Detective Tony Esposito and Seamus Dever (GENERAL HOSPITAL) as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.

Tamblyn's THE UNUSUALS premieres Wednesday, April 8 at 10:00 p.m. ET
In THE UNUSUALS, it helps if a cop has a twisted sense of humor, because every moment could be your last. Just ask Casey Shraeger (Amber Tamblyn, GENERAL HOSPITAL), who started her day as an NYPD vice detective before unexpectedly being transferred to the homicide division. She quickly realizes that, not only does everyone in her new department have a distinct sense of humor, but also their own dirty little secrets.

The series stars Amber Tamblyn as Detective Casey Shraeger, Jeremy Renner as Detective Jason Walsh, Harold Perrineau as Detective Leo Banks, Josh Close (UNDRESSED) as Detective Henry Cole, Monique Gabriela Curnen as Detective Allison Beaumont, Kai Lennox as Detective Eddie Alvarez, with Terry Kinney as Sergeant Harvey Brown and Adam Goldberg as Detective Eric Delahoy.

Francis back for The Note II
Genie Francis (ex-Laura, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Ted McGinley (HOPE AND FAITH) star in The Note II: Taking a Chance On Love, the sequel to The Note, Hallmark Channel's highest-rated film of 2007. Francis and McGinley's Hallmark Channel Original Movie premieres on Saturday, January 31 at 9 p.m. EST. Francis told Soap Opera Digest, "I'm very pleased with the script. It's sweet. I think it's great that Hallmark is excited about the movie. The original was such a beautifully written story and I think this is a great follow up."

GH's Ted King to guest on PRISON BREAK
King will featured as the mysterious Downey on the Fox Monday night drama.

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