Monday, April 27, 2009

News Round-up: Jeanne Cooper, Noelle Beck, Drama Desk

Y&R's Cooper inducted into the Taft Union High School Hall of Fame
Seven people were inducted in the Taft Union High School Hall of Fame Saturday night. The group included actors, educators, businessmen, and civic leaders.
Saturday’s ceremony brings to 21 the number of TUHS alumni that have been honored for their life’s achievements.

Jeanne Cooper (Class of 1949) was honored. “The Taft School system is the finest school system in the United States,” she said.

INTERVIEW: ATWT's Noelle Beck (Lily)
Beck appeared on "Robert Reid Live" on Monday afternoon.

On if she was nervous returning to daytime: "I was incredibly nervous. Even before I committed to AS THE WORLD TURNS, I would have nightmares about going back to daytime. I thought about it for a long time and was waiting for the right role. I spoke with Chris Goutman, our executive producer, and he was lovely, and the way he described the character of Lily so appealed to me. I had so many butterflies in my stomach. My first day of work they gave me 24 scenes. Luckily I had a week to prepare for it. I had every single one of my children, I have three kids, running lines with me. I would pay them a dollar a page. I wanted to go to work as prepared as I could possibly be. As soon as I walked in the door, I was met with so much warmth, and people were fantastic, and it just all disappeared. It's a great job and great people. I love it."

On playing the mother of a gay character on ATWT: "I'm so proud our show is doing it and doing it so well, and that it's received so well. I was just saying how impressed I was with the Luke and Noah fans at the Fan Club luncheon last weekend. I was really touched by their sincerity. They are behind that storyline and behind those actors in such a beautiful way that I was sort of just standing there and taking it all in, and looking at Van, and being so proud to get to be his mother on television. I have never seen fans like that before. It's pretty impressive."

Lorenzo Lamas to star in "A Chorus Line"
Former FALCON CREST and B&B actor Lorenzo Lamas makes his triumphant return to the Ogunquit Playhouse to star as Zach in this ground-breaking musical May 20th through June 13th.

Soap stars in crash on way to charity game
Two soap stars were unable to take part in a charity soccer match yesterday after they were involved in a road accident on their way to Suffolk. Former EMMERDALE heartthrob Ayden Callaghan and ex-HOLLYOAKS actor Jake Hendriks, both 27, were travelling to the fundraising event in Needham Market when their car was hit from behind.

CBS moves HARPER'S ISLAND to Saturdays
CBS is exiling HARPER'S ISLAND to Saturdays, which continues to serve as a clearinghouse for original series that didn't quite cut it during the week. According to insiders, HARPER'S got a reprieve from outright cancellation thanks to its live-plus-seven Nielsen ratings, which exhibited solid DVR interest in the show's premiere. HARPER'S also earned a healthy online streaming audience.

Drama Desk nominations announced
Nominations for the 54th annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today and several actors who appeared on soaps were recognized including Thomas Sadoski and Allison Janney.

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