Saturday, May 23, 2009

News Round-up: Noelle Beck, Univision, Chris Engen

Twins Patrick and James Kelly playing Henry on GL
“They [GUIDING LIGHT] were looking for twin boys with their hair and eye coloring and in their age range,” said Tamara Markowitz, a professional talent manager and judge for “I thought their pictures on TheCuteKid were adorable. Their mother and I spoke, and I sent her on the audition. The boys did a wonderful job and were hired that day to start the following Monday for the recurring role!”

On the show, the boys will be playing “Baby Henry”, the adopted son of Marina and Mallet and the biological son of Shayne. They’ll be in this role until the end of August, when the show officially stops filming.

Deep Soap: Career Suicide
Sara Bibel writes: "It’s the shocking daytime scandal du jour. Chris Engen (Adam) has quit THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS because he didn’t want to play a gay kissing scene. My gut reaction: Engen is unprofessional for quitting the show mid-contract, whatever his reasons were. Actors hate their storylines all the time. That doesn’t stop them from doing their jobs."

INTERVIEW: ATWT Noelle Beck (Lily)
The second half of Beck's interview with "The Nuke Fancast" will air today at Noon ET.

Univision touts World Cup, novelas, reality
The 2010 World Cup, new novelas and reality shows all play key roles in Univision's program development for the 2009-10 season, the network said late Thursday. New novelas include ATREVETE A SONAR (Dare to Dream), a modern-day ugly duckling story; UN GANCHO AL CORAZON (A Blow to the Heart), a comedy of errors story about an ex-stock-car champion racer meeting a beautiful female boxer; EN NOMBRE DEL AMORE (In the Name of Love), a family drama of two sisters, Macarena and Carlota, who fall in love with the same man and pay dearly for their love; and SORTILEGIO (Lucky Spell), which is centered around a woman who falls in love with and marries a man with a dual identity.

Ad Execs: Go Ahead, Call It a Comeback
Broadcast television is emerging from the wreckage of the writers' strike with what advertising executives are calling a better development season than many have seen in years. From the acting and casting to the scripts and the scheduling, advertisers can grab their upfront luggage and head home feeling hopeful about the future of the most mass-market medium of all.

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