Thursday, May 7, 2009

News Round-up: Michael Malone, James Reynolds, Nielsen

INTERVIEW: Former OLTL head writer Michael Malone
Malone talks about his new novel, "The Four Corners of the Sky," and more. Malone's work often deals with large casts of characters from various social, racial and religious backgrounds, from the communities that populate his novels to his Emmy-winning work as former head writer on ONE LIFE TO LIVE. He's enthusiastic to see how this storytelling style has become more prominent in popular culture, particularly with such television series as THE WIRE.

"To see that format being finally grasped and picked up by episodic nighttime television—pure, character-driven shows—is amazing," Malone says. "In daytime, the process is so ongoing that you don't always have time to polish what you're putting out, and I have often thought, 'Wouldn't it be interesting to do this the way they're now doing it?'"

Technical Problems Delaying TV Ratings
In what one television executive called an unprecedented data delay, Nielsen Media Research failed to provide overnight TV ratings for four days this week. The delays caused considerable consternation within the networks that have to make important decisions this month whether to cancel or renew shows.

“Nielsen’s reporting systems require that all ratings are processed in chronological order. Therefore we are catching up,” the company said in an e-mail message. It expects the ratings for Monday and Tuesday to be released on Thursday.

INTERVIEW: DAYS' James Reynolds (Abe)
Reynolds appeared Judyth Piazza's radio show earlier this week.

INTERVIEW: DAYS' Rachel Melvin (Chelsea)
"The last four years were fun and I lived in the moment and I appreciated it when it happened, and now it's over and it's like, 'Holy crap. Those four years flew by.' You try not to dwell on it, but it was super-fun and I learned a lot. I grew as an actor and learned the business and made relationships."

Nothing worthwhile about Luke Spencer anymore?
"You'd think that seeing a rapist-turned-hero like GH's Luke fall as far as he's fallen in recent years would somehow warm the cockles of my heart. That I would take joy in what a degenerate loser and deadbeat he's become. But, honestly...? All it does is make me sad."

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DirecTV Q1 profit down, subs up
DirecTV reported a lower first-quarter profit as it added 460,000 net new subscribers -- its highest quarterly U.S. user gain in four years. The satellite TV giant Thursday morning said net income attributable to the company fell 46% to $201 million. Operating profit before depreciation and amortization declined 8% to $1.09 billion, and operating profit decreased 35% to $424 million. Revenue rose 7% to $4.9 billion as U.S. net subscriber gains rose 67% over the year-ago period. That left DirecTV's U.S. user base at 18.08 million at the end of March.

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