Friday, May 15, 2009

News Round-up: Emmys, GREY'S, Emma Rigby

INTERVIEW: Soap manager Michael Bruno
Bruno appeared on "Brandon's Buzz" this morning to discuss the Daytime Emmy nominations and more. Bruno voted in the Drama Series category this year and he felt AMC and B&B were the top two shows. Bruno's personal pick to win is AMC: "All I need is some kind of raw, emotional, honest beats that pulls me in and gives me some kind of reaction. And ALL MY CHILDREN did that." AMC submitted the tornado episode where Babe cried for everyone to save her son before she died.

Deep Soap: Recount?
Sara Bibel writes on the Daytime Emmy nominations: "The best show category has always been problematic. The only thing worse than the old system of selecting a winner based on two episodes is the new one of selecting a winner based on one episode using a single round of voting to determine both nominees and the winner. Unless the voters decide to go rogue and vote on the year as the whole, none of the elements that make a soap great are judged. It’s impossible to evaluate longterm storytelling and day-to-day quality from a single episode."

GREY'S finale a ratings success
The two-hour season finale of GREY'S ANATOMY gave ABC its largest average audience and second-highest rating on Thursday nights since the show’s season premiere in September 2008. Grey’s closed out the season as the highest-rated regular entertainment telecast for 11 straight weeks of original broadcasts.

SLIDESHOW: ABC Stars Go Country
Actors from ALL MY CHILDREN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and GENERAL HOSPITAL attended the 2009 Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, CA on April 25 and 26. It was part of ABC Daytime and SOAPnet's Soap Nation Tour, an ongoing initiative to bring the stars to more fans in more cities more often. The daytimers appeared at the event, introduced musical acts and interacted with fans.

B&B receives fourth straight Monte Carlo Television Festival Award
B&B is one of three nominees this year for the 4th International TV Audience Award in the “Telenovela/ Soap Opera” category. Brad Bell, Ronn Moss and Ashley Jones will attend the ceremony on June 11.

Emma Rigby delays HOLLYOAKS exit
Emma Rigby has admitted she delayed her HOLLYOAKS exit date in order to get a better final storyline. The actress will now be staying on the soap until December - with her last scenes due on screen in February - after her exit was initially meant to be shown in June.

Accused killer of French students ‘tried to break into EASTENDERS Mo’s home'
A man accused of the sadistic murders of two French students during a burglary had allegedly tried to break into the nearby home of an EASTENDERS actress 30 minutes earlier. Dano Sonnex, 23, climbed up to the window of a flat occupied by the actress Maureen Bass, who plays “Big” Mo Harris in the BBC soap.

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