Wednesday, April 29, 2009

News Round-up: DH Wedding, Swine Flu, Yvonne Perry

INTERVIEW: Y&R's Sharon Case
"Maria Arena Bell told me it’d be a long wait for a Nick and Sharon reunion. You want to play all the beats in the drama. I learned Nick and Sharon would be [drawn into each other’s orbit] in October. I thought it would take six months for us to reunite, but I’m happy with how it’s developing. I think Nick and Sharon have a long way to go before they realize their happily ever after."

HOUSEWIVES wedding mystery: Who's getting hitched?
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES will conclude its season on May 17 with a surprise wedding. The nuptials are so top secret that even members of the show's cast and crew don't know who's walking down the aisle.

Will swine flu help TV ratings?
Media reports say swine flu is hitting people between the ages of 25 to 45 the hardest. That's right: The super flu is actively targeting the core of TV's coveted adults 18-49 demographic.

So depending on the severity of the flu outbreak, we're looking at either a potential short-term increase in viewing ... or a long-term decrease.

Deep Soap: The Birth of Exec-Fic
Sara Bibel writes: "P&G/Televest may be losing GUIDING LIGHT, but it’s gaining a toehold in the fan-fic business. In a sweet, surprising and not remotely profitable move, the production company is bringing back ANOTHER WORLD as an interactive blog. Picking up in the present, a decade after the show’s cancellation, the well written first chapter fills readers in on what has happened to the characters in the past ten years. The website promises that a new chapter will be posted every week and fans will have the chance to vote on future plot points. It’s a rare instance of a media company producing a professional version of an amateur phenomenon."

"While in college, Phillips became pregnant at nineteen. She was unmarried at the time, and in 1920 she probably felt like the most isolated person in the world. The baby was stillborn, and she sought guidance from the medium that would make her famous, the radio. She listened to sermons about how we weren’t all alone, that there must be light somewhere, and we had to help others just as much we had to help ourselves. She called her new show THE GUIDING LIGHT."

Crystall Chappell believes 'love is universal'
"It means so much to me that you're willing to share your stories with me. I've wept at some of the letters I've received. I've shared them with my EP and HW. I feel hopeful that with a story like the Otalia story we can open a few minds and hearts to the very basic idea that love is universal! Label-less Kind! Decent! Let's move it forward."

Yvnonne Perry: Waking Up at Last
"Today was sunny and hot for April. My husband took off a few hours from work in the middle of the day, and we walked for miles through the neighborhood. Talking and laughing. When we got back home, we stripped off our clothes and jumped into our pool. The water was cold. Cape Cod ocean cold. It seemed like the silicone in my chest was freezing into two large ice cubes. Another thing that has changed about my body. The old boobs floated and bobbed freely. Swimming topless used to be like instant relief. But today in the pool , as I looked at my scarred, naked body and my solid, immovable new breasts. . . it was still difficult to feel badly."

Sony's Crackle Adds Content
Sony Pictures' Web video site will launch a pair of original series later this year along with a slew of theatrical movies as the property continues its evolution toward becoming a destination for premium, young-male-targeted content.

Bewkes: Plans for AOL to Be Revealed 'Very Soon'
Time Warner didn't offer any decisions on what it will do with AOL during its first-quarter earnings call today, but it offered some heavy hints.

Reports earlier this week suggested Time Warner will soon spin off the internet portal, and CEO Jeffrey Bewkes said new AOL Chairman-CEO Tim Armstrong is involved in those discussions and that they would announce plans about AOL's future structure "very soon."

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