Thursday, April 30, 2009

News Round-up: Jessica Leccia, CBS Digital, Indy 500

INTERVIEW: GL's Jessica Leccia (Natalia)
Leccia was a guest on a special episode of the "Big Purple Podcast" on Thursday.

Josh Duhamel To Drive Indy 500 Pace Car
Duhamel will drive a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, leading the field of 33 drivers to the green flag for the May 24 race. The car also appears in the new Transformers movie.

Ada Maris cast on OLTL?
UGLY BETTY's Tony Plana celebrated the show's early pickup by taking his family out to dinner and having "some really expensive wine." His wife just got a job on ONE LIFE TO LIVE. All ABC shows... "I'm a loyal guy," he said.

INTERVIEW: OLTL's John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex)
Lavoisier was a guest on "BuzzWorthy Radio" on Thursday afternoon.

ANALYSIS: All Eyes on CBS Digital Strategy
With three of the four big networks now partners in online video hub Hulu, CBS is now distinctly under pressure to either get on board or make its own strategy pay off.

“My guess is that CBS is going to feel their digital strategy needs to deliver this year because of their CNET acquisitions,” says Dennis Miller, general partner at venture capital firm Spark Capital. “Their individuals are going to be under pressure. We’re just in the first inning of what’s going to be relatively long game.”

CBS may ultimately become a partner, but it has other reasons for maintaining a distance; the desire to make cable operators pay for retransmission of CBS network. One executive with knowledge of talks said, “The money is with retrans today. The question is what’s the value of what’s going on with online video. Retrans is very much top of mind.”

Before They Were Stars, They Were Soap Stars
Despite the tough economy, soap operas still serve as a launching ground for actors' careers. Many of TV's most famous faces once played a recurring role on a soap opera. ABC News looks at nine.

Korean Vs. U.S. Soaps
Korean devotees of U.S. soap operas are increasingly voting with their feet, watching them not only on cable or satellite TV channels but engaging in such illegal activities like posting episodes of popular dramas with Korean subtitles online just a few hours after they are broadcast in the U.S. Pundits say as their number explodes, the viewer ratings of Korean dramas are shrinking. More than 1.5 million such fans are estimated to be out there online, more than three times the number three years ago.

When The Soap Opera Devil Possesses You, You Get Laser-Beam Eyes And Projectile Vomit
Charlie Jane Anders writes: "The Devil possesses Marlena, DAYS OF OUR LIVES' plucky doctor, and causes her to manifest powers such as laser-beam eyes and projectile vomit, which coats her longtime love-interest John completely. Greatest soap-opera plot ever."


  1. Thanks for linking to Jessica's Podcast!! She was so thoughtful and funny and sweet!! It was a special evening!! Thanks to Jessica, Destini and Telenext for making it happen!!

  2. Just got thru listening to Jessica's podcast......just when you think you love her she does something like this and you love her more!!!! Great interview, she was sweat and funny......just an all around wonderful woman. We all heart ya Jessica!!! Thanks for the interview.

  3. Jessica Leccia is such a wonderful person, listening to that podcast turned me into mush.

    I love how committed she is to this storyline and how excited she is about all of it, her role, the social impact of it, the wave of support she's getting from the fans... love her.

    Thanks for providing this link, Roger!

  4. Jessica Leccia 'for the hour' and the story about Ugly Betty's panel discussion! It's a great Thursday night at my house. Thank you!

  5. Thank you for linking to the BPP Special Edition. I just finished listening to Jessica Leccia on the podcast and she was absolutely fantastic. She was not only sweet beyond words, she offered intelligent observations about her character and the direction of the story. Destini was a wonderful interviewer and Jessica gave a rocking interview!

  6. Thanks Desti and TeleNext for the Latte with Leccia Podcast!

    It was totally fabulous with a gracious hostess (Desti) and a gracious actress (Jessica).

    It's wonderful to hear an actress excited not only about her storyline, but other storylines on the show.

  7. Wow! That was an awesome interview! Thanks Destini for setting it up.

    And a HUGE thank you to Jessica for taking time out to spend a little time with your very "interested" fans. ;-)

    Thanks Roger for the link to get the word out! We sure love you over at BPD!

  8. Thank you for the link to the BPP podcast with Jessica Leccia. She was so gracious, sweet, and funny. We heart you Jessica!

  9. Thanks Roger for giving a shout out for the interview that Destini did with Jessica. It was a pure joy to listen to, and makes me very proud to be a member of the Big Purple Dreams Board. On a week when we had only a few crumbs (okay a peanut butter and banana sandwich) of Otalia, it was such a delight to hear what Jessica had to say about her role as Natalia...and God only knows that poor Natalia has to keep things internalized for so long. Thanks to all involved for making this happen :-)

  10. Thanks for the Jessica Podcast link! That was unbelievably good. I mean how often do you ever get a chance to hear from an actor (and one we love by the way)talking about their character in such a way - an hour never flew by so fast. The storyline on GL is a special one, but its clear that the heart and commitment of the actors are bringing this wonderful story to life. A great moment to be a soap and a GL fan!