Tuesday, December 16, 2008

News Round-up

Former GL set designer assaulted with frying pan
A two-time Emmy-winning set designer for GUIDING LIGHT was pounded on the head with a frying pan and hammer early yesterday in a squabble with his elderly wife, law-enforcement sources said.

Harry B. Miller, 84, dashed out of his Upper East Side apartment at around 2 a.m. after his 79-year-old wife, Zdenka Kral, assaulted him, sources said. A doorman called cops.

When police arrived, they broke down a bedroom door, and found Kral, a doctor, unconscious after apparently taking prescription drugs, sources said.

Both were taken to Lenox Hill Hospital. Miller was later released but his wife remained hospitalized.

According to IMDB, Miller also worked on THE EDGE OF NIGHT.

GUIDING LIGHT's Jeff Branson (Shayne) on taping in Peapack
"[It is] a lot of fun. I got to be honest; I didn't know if I would be into it. Sometimes these locations aren't as wonderful as they're sold to you. The house is gorgeous, the land is great. Ellen Wheeler directs out there, and her energy is contagious, rain or shine she's there really working you, so it's wonderful. She rolls her sleeves up. She's an actor’s producer and director."

"Because of the pace of daytime, you don't necessarily have time to work every detail of your character, so you have to bring a lot of it yourself. I got a break in that this was a new character to create, but I came in during a strike, so half the things the writers had set up for me [ultimately] were changed. Everybody knows that and everybody who watched it was like, 'What?' So it was different. As an actor, it leaves you out there to dry, because you've made choices that don't work anymore and you're suddenly saying things that contradict what you did earlier. But since [head writer] Bob [Guza] has been back, I feel a great improvement in the way Claudia has been written."

VIDEO: Van Hansis Talks Dance
AS THE WORLD TURNS's Van Hansis (Luke) is starring as Wiggles in a stage adaptation of the popular video game Dance Dance Revolution. Watch him talk about his new role here (.mov file). The musical closes on December 20th. The entire run sold out before the show even opened.

Want to be part owner of the DAYS theme song?
So you always wanted to be in the pop music business? SongVest, an online auction site, lets music fans bid for a percent of songwriter ownership in tunes such as the Monkees’ "Last Train to Clarksville," or the theme to the TV soap opera, DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

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