Tuesday, May 12, 2009

News Round-up: Alison Sweeney, Katy Cavanagh, Census

INTERVIEW: DAYS' Alison Sweeney (Sami)
"People ask me why I was so committed to losing weight after Megan was born and why I wanted to do it quickly. I felt that I owed it to the contestants, to every person that stood on that scale next to me and given it everything they had all week long to get there. I owed it to them to show them I honored what they did and how brave they are and I wanted to be a part of that."

The second episode of the ANOTHER WORLD revival text series is now online.

90210 contest winners appear tonight
To kick off Prom season the Clean & Clear Brand partnered with The CW's hit show, 90210, to countdown to the West Beverly High School Prom episode where they'll be introducing two prom-goers, Jenna Matus and Kayla Law. These best friends from Hauppauge, New York entered the "Countdown to Prom" sweepstakes and won the chance of a lifetime -- a walk-on role on 90210, airing Tuesday, May 12th at 9pm EDT.

James Sutton on his EMMERDALE role
The former HOLLYOAKS star said: "He's a lot more grounded, a lot more grown up - and he's heterosexual! (It) means that my mother can actually watch me on TV without hiding behind a cushion!"

SHORTLAND STREET rapped for violence...again
Graphic violence has landed Television New Zealand's popular soap opera SHORTLAND STREET in trouble with the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) again. The latest complaints related to episodes which screened on January 19 and 20 and concerned gang crime. Gang leader Kane had kidnapped Kingi, a police informant, and Tania, a nurse from Shortland Street Hospital.

Multiple scenes of violence were shown, including Kingi punching and kicking the henchmen who had kidnapped them, Tania hitting a henchman over the head with a hammer and Kingi being buried alive. A verbal and written warning preceded both episodes: "The following programme is rated PGR. It contains violence and scenes that may be unsuitable for a younger audience. We recommend the guidance of a parent or other adult."

South African soap star charged with intimidation
Muvhango actor Joe Ragwala, 53, has been charged with intimidation. He appeared briefly in the Thohoyandou magistrate's court last week and was released on bail until he appears again on May 29. Ragwala, who lives in Ha-Mangilasi in Vuwani, Limpopo, plays the part of Ntshavheni Mukwevho in the SABC 1 soap opera, MUVHANGO.

Census Bureau must get numbers right in 2010
Maybe this time around the U.S. Census Bureau will get the numbers straight. In the past, the decennial routine of counting every American has resulted in a significant undercount among immigrant populations. The Census Bureau has allotted $600 million for multilingual outreach. And if there's any doubt it's needed, just consider what happened in 2000, when 196,000 Floridians were not included in the census.

Former soap writer/producer Susie Horgan hopes to inspire at workshop
"Publishing is changing so rapidly and writing can be found anywhere," said Horgan, a Wilton resident for 23 years. As a life coach with a passion for writing, Horgan wants to help people find the tools to write their own stories. "It's amazing to me how universal it is," she said.

"It's taken me a year but I've been quite lucky because I crept in at the back and pottered around for a bit, finding my feet. I was definitely ready to get my teeth into something. I'm so chuffed with it. I've loved it. It's nice to show a different side to Julie and discover what's behind her slightly manic positivity."

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