Monday, February 2, 2009

News Round-up

A debate over ABC Family values
Disney says shows like THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER are in sync with many families' reality. Critics say such programs don't belong on a channel with the word 'family' in its name.

Former soap star Mark Valley marries FRINGE co-star
Valley, who played Jack on DAYS OF OUR LIVES and Father Pete on ANOTHER WORLD reported married Anna Torv over the holidays.

Fun for cheap in LA during Oscars season
A roughly 70 minute tour of NBC Studios, 3000 W. Alameda Ave., travels through sets for THE TONIGHT SHOW and DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Tickets cost $8.50 for adults and $5 for kids.

"Billy Elliott" stars to join ABC and SOAPnet Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Billy Elliot stars David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish will join over two dozen ABC soap stars in the benefit concert to be held at 8pm on Monday, March 9 at the Town Hall.

Fashion changes on UGLY BETTY?
Patricia Field, a downtown boutique owner who became an Emmy-winning stylist for SEX AND THE CITY, is again the costume designer for the show, after working on the pilot episode.

Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello on GREY'S ANATOMY's Owen and Christina
"Lots of cheesy, slow-mo, piano-scored interludes will give way to an emotional collapse that is either extremely moving or ridiculously over the top. I haven't made up my mind yet."

Is There Intelligent Life on Television?
If you can tear yourself away from your favorite television shows long enough to wander down to your local bookstore, you will be amazed at all the books you'll find these days-about your favorite television shows. The medium that was supposed to be the archenemy of the book is now giving an unexpected—and welcome—boost to the publishing industry.

BET Networks acquires rights toTHE GAME
BET Networks announced today that it has acquired the off-network cable rights to the sitcom THE GAME from CBS Television Distribution. THE GAME, currently in its third season on The CW and produced by CBS Paramount Network Television, is the #1 show on broadcast television among African American adults 18-34 and African American women 18-34, beating out powerhouse shows such as GREY'S ANATOMY, HOUSE and LAW & ORDER: SVU.

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