Saturday, January 31, 2009

News Round-up

Deidre Hall, Then and Now
THEN: It may have lasted only one season on TV, but ELECTRA WOMAN AND DYNA GIRL will live forever in our hearts. For many of us, it offered our first glimpse of female empowerment as embodied in the red-and-yellow leotard-wearing Deidre Hall and Judy Strangis.

NOW: While Strangis' star faded away (she made a few guest appearances on TV shows in the '80s), Hall would go on to have one of the most successful careers in the history of daytime soaps.

Thaao Penghlis on the best part of his job on daytime
"I'll never die of Alzheimer's. Stimulating the memory muscle for so many years is a sure remedy of not getting dementia. The only negative thing is if I gave my brain to science and they opened it up they would probably say, 'What the hell was that man thinking!'"

Tim Hornor appeared on DAYS recently and now will be in a Super Bowl commercial
"Budweiser has apparently filmed about three commercials featuring their Clydesdales, and will choose one or two of them to debut at the Superbowl. I am in one of them. I shot an episode of DAYS OF OUR LIVES that aired a week ago last Monday."

Diamont in Toronto at NBA game
Former Raptor Charlie Villanueva poured in 26 points and added 13 rebounds to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 96-85 win over the Raptors in Toronto. Author/environmentalist David Suzuki was at the game, as was Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Litsch and actor Don Diamont of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Connie Britton blogs last night's show
"Well, here's the deal: I'm not really much of a blogger. Is blogging like clogging? I'm not much of a clogger either, actually. But I did tell my friend Dalton at EW that I would blog for episode 303 of FFRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, and so I've been trying to figure out what that means. I started by re-watching the episode. And MAN, there are some great freaking actors on our show! So while I'm not sure if this counts as a legitimate blog, I'd just like to give a little revelatory shout-out to them as I watch this show."

A creative cure for TV: Less is more
"With change having come to America, it's time for that change to spread to American television, which might be better served by thinking like the British, who offer shorter runs of more complex serialized programs."

Grayson McCouch, International Superstar
Tommy Garrett of the L.A. Canyon News writes: "McCouch is proof that talent and looks in the entertainment industry will keep you busy working. But it’s his natural grace and cordial attitude that makes him such a huge international icon."

1 comment:

  1. The Variety article is spot on for TV: shorter serials with defined end dates. Part of the reason I love HBO serials, or Lost, is because they're little gems that I need to eke out a *little* time for. I can enjoy them ... salivate from week to week for the next installment ... but then I can also salivate for 40 weeks for the next installment.

    Anticipation is not over-rated.

    How could this model play out for daytime?