Monday, May 4, 2009

News Round-up: Jess Walton, AW Today, James Scott

INTERVIEW: Y&R's Jess Walton (Jill)
On her recent contract issues: “It had nothing to do with my co-stars. It had to do with my family and this economy. I felt so bad that so many people have lost their jobs, that, all of a sudden, I thought: ‘This is really silly. I have a wonderful job and I really think I owe it to myself and my family to continue on.’ But I really was off and done. I really did come back in that one weekend. I am very fond of Maria (Bell, co-headwriter) and the Bell family. I am very fond of my costars and the crew. But, ultimately, it was a decision between my family and me.”

You can now vote for what happens next on ANOTHER WORLD TODAY following the first episode. Whom does Jamie see?

INTERVIEW: Soap Vet Mark Pinter
"I loved that Grant was always in love with Vicky, desperately in love with her, desperately wanted her, and had this child with her. Family rooted him and still roots him. It’s his reason for living, his reason to survive. He wanted family and went somewhere where he could have that and not be bothered anymore. The whole thing about Grant, the whole reason he was such a successful character despite the fact that he had maybe ten Headwriters during the time I was on the show, was they never failed to keep him a loving father, in spite of all the blackness and all the unforgivable things that he was asked to do by so many."

A Different Kind of Chocolate Joint
GRASS ROOTS, an unscripted project in the works from producers Jonathan Reiner (RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE) and Julio Kollerbohm, focuses on Frank Sheftel, who runs Los Angeles-based chocolate store the Candy Factory, as well as a medical marijuana dispensary. The drama—and comedy—in the show will come from Mr. Sheftel trying to balance his dual identities as well as his very different customer bases.

Will the real James Scott...
If you think you're chatting with James Scott (EJ, DAYS) through his official MySpace page (, turns out you're not. "I want to alert people to the fact that this is a fraudulent entity," says the actor, who only recently discovered just how misrepresented he was online. "The whole reason this came about is because I did an event in Hartford [CT] and people contacted my MySpace page because they wanted to find out more about it. I looked at it and there is a MySpace page that is supposed to be my official MySpace page, though it is not. It has nothing to do with me. You might think, 'Well, it's fans who have made a MySpace page dedicated to me and they're pushing it by saying it's official.' Well, that would be true, but they've gone a step further in that they are doing two things that are very misleading, one of which is a blog, which is not mine and the second is, they are 'tweeting' as me. Alison Sweeney (Sami) found this out. Someone from my 'official' MySpace page was sending messages as if they were from me. It didn't really bother me, but the problem is there are a lot of people who don't know that there are people are pretending to be me." Scott says he isn't online at all. "I don't have an official Web site, a MySpace page or a Facebook page and I am not on Twitter. I'm a technophobe; I barely use my computer and I don't do social networking of any kind. And I can't imagine I'm the only person this has happened to."

A day in the Lives of soap star royalty
Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso from DAYS OF OUR LIVES made a fan appearance at Castle Towers Shopping Centre in Sydney, Australia on Saturday.

NBC Introduces New Lineup For 2009-10 Season
NBC will roll out two new comedies and four new dramas during the 2009-10 season, the network announced Monday.

DirecTV, Liberty Entertainment to merge
Satellite TV giant DirecTV Group and Liberty Media's Liberty Entertainment will combine, the companies said Monday. John Malone's Liberty Media controls a large stake in DirecTV, and a merger of some sort with Liberty Entertainment, which houses the stake, has been expected. Liberty had previously announced plans to split off Liberty Entertainment, and the merger is likely to happen after that split. The deal combines DirecTV with the Game Show Network, FUN Technologies and three regional sports networks that are part of Liberty Entertainment.

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