Tuesday, April 14, 2009

News Round-up: Christians Angry with CORRIE, Nicollette

CORRIE criticized for attacking Christianity on Easter Sunday
A Coronation street Easter special has drawn dozens of complaints to Ofcom after Ken Barlow accused the Christian faith of targeting "vulnerable people".

Barlow, played by Bill Roach, made a string of outbursts against Christianity. He also accused his grandson Simon's school of indoctrinating him to Christianity before vowing to tell the youngster "the truth" about religion.

"He is already being indoctrinated. I went to his assembly last week and they had paintings on the wall depicting creation. He is being taught creationism," he said.

ITV message boards have been inundated by viewers labelling the comments "completely unacceptable".

B&B on YouTube?
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is getting its own channel on video-sharing site YouTube, which will allow fans to access full episodes and extras from the long-running soap. The distributors of the show have also inked a raft of new TV deals.

"We have a partnership deal with YouTube for a branded BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL channel," explains Christine Waage, TTHE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL's VP, international sales. "It's a useful sales tool, especially for the countries where we don't have a TV deal."

How Helena Cassadine Can Save GENERAL HOSPITAL
Ed Martin writes: "I can’t wholly condemn Helena because, even though the show’s writers and producers don’t know what to do with her and haven’t a clue how to showcase her to maximum effect, her return appearances bring Ms. Towers back to daytime, and that is always a reason to celebrate."

Joe Nichols to play lead in "Pure Country"
Pure Country, the movie that took George Strait from country charmer to matinee idol, is being adapted for Broadway, and Joe Nichols is on tap to take over the role George made famous. ATWT's Michael Park played the role in a showcase last spring but it appears he wasn't chosen for the Broadway run.

Syndication Ratings: DOCTORS Ahead of the Pack in Rookie Field During Sweeps
CTD's THE DOCTORS (not the classic soap) has shown tremendous growth since its debut and now stands at the top of the rookie shows for the sweeps period which ran from Mar. 5-Apr. 1.

Nicollette Sheridan: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES became stale
She tells TV Guide's William Keck that Edie Britt's departure will have "devastating ramifications." "When the show started it was such a different beast," she says. "It was exciting and dangerous and funny and edgy and bizarre. It started feeling a little complacent, and that was very frustrating."

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