Wednesday, April 15, 2009

News Round-up: Mikey North Attacked, TV Doctors, Lomas

CORONATION STREET star Mikey North has suffered a broken jaw after he was attacked on the way home from a nightclub. The actor, who plays bad boy Gary Windass, needed emergency surgery after the incident in his home town of Scarborough.

It is alleged that he may have been goaded about his TV role before the attack on Saturday night. Scenes he was due to film in Manchester have been re-scheduled as 22-year-old Mikey recovers, amid fears he might not be back to work for several weeks.

A Coronation Street spokesman said: "There was an incident at the weekend which resulted in Mikey North sustaining facial injuries. He was treated in hospital and the matter is now in the hands of the police. We wish him well and hope he has a speedy recovery."

INTERVIEW: Soap vet turned novelist Louise Shaffer
Shaffer was a guest on "Brandon's Buzz" on Tuesday. Her latest novel, "Serendipity," is in stores now.

Survey Report: Viewers influenced by doctors on TV
Nine out of 10 respondents to a MedPage Today poll say medical TV shows have an impact on the doctor-patient relationship. But what that impact is depends on the particular show, according to more than half (53%) of the 1,555 respondents. Those who put the small-screen offerings definitively in one bucket or the other split almost equally on whether such shows help (20%) or harm (18%) the doctor-patient relationship.

Although the poll mentioned only prime-time shows, one nurse stated that "a huge impact is actually being made by daytime TV-- namely soap operas. When shows like GENERAL HOSPITAL or DAYS OF OUR LIVES tackle subjects such as breast cancer or HIV, the number of people seeking care and screening actually goes up.

"Even though the presentation of the amount and kinds of care are often unrealistic," she continued, "some shows do get patients to seek the care they need, and not see the doctor as a god, just as a highly educated and trained and caring person, but a person the patient can relate to, so that is a very good thing."

Victoria Rowell Appears At Smart Talk Lecture Series
9News (Ky) Anchor Carol Williams introduced Victoria Rowell as part of the Smart Talk lecture series at the Aronoff Center.

She says the mentoring she received from her foster mother helped motivate her.

"I watched this extraordinary woman who had tremendous physical hardship, rise above and achieve what she wanted to,” said Rowell. “She never stopped doing or being who she wanted to be in spite of it – really remarkable and very inspiring for a child and an adult."

Jamie Lomas promises memorable exit from HOLLYOAKS
Jamie Lomas has revealed his departure from HOLLYOAKS is going to see one of the soap's most memorable storylines.

The actor, who plays bad boy Warren Fox, said: "It's going to be the biggest episode of the year. There are loads of stunts involved and Warren past comes back to haunt him - it's been really great to film and I think the audience is going to love it."

THE BILL must be worried - loads of ex-EASTENDERS are turning up in CASUALTY instead. First Joel Beckett (Jake Moon) will play a bloke who wants to buy a baby in June, then Gillian Taylforth (Kaffy) pops up as a mother trying to reunite her warring family. Finally Anita Dobson (Angie) arrives in the hospital as a psychic called Cora who wants to contact a dead mother.

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