Wednesday, June 10, 2009

News Round-up: Buckley, DTV, McCartney, Warlock

Green turns down OTH; Buckley replaces
Brian Austin Green's reps got cold feet and pulled out of the deal with ONE TREE HILL. LIP STICK JUNGLE actor Robert Buckley has just signed on to replace him.

One upshot of the digital transition: Live TV on your cellphone
For San Diego-based Qualcomm, Friday marks a big opportunity. It's the day the company can finally flip the switch on FLO TV, its expensive and long-awaited mobile TV service that will broadcast about a dozen channels to mobile devices so addicts can watch live shows on their phones.

ABC soaps off air in Peoria for final conversion
Friday's digital conversion deadline will pass uneventfully in the Peoria TV market, "except for some soap operas" that will go missing. June 12 is the date when U.S. television stations are mandated by Congress to switch entirely to a digital signal, ending analog transmissions. The last remaining analog signal in central Illinois is at WHOI-TV which will shut down at noon Friday, said Mark DeSantis, general manager for that station as well as WEEK-TV.

Deep Soap: Infant Mortality Rate
Sara Bibel writes: "This is a bad week for babies in daytime. So far Grace died of meningitis on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Jessica grieved the death of her baby on ONE LFIE TO LIVE, Ashley fell down the stairs and miscarried on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, and there were two near-miscarriages via the ever-popular fall down the stairs on GENERAL HOSPITAL. It’s only Tuesday. All of the other pregnant soap characters should spent the rest of the week on the first floor."

Jesse McCartney lists Hollywood Hills home at $1,199,000
Singer-songwriter-actor Jesse McCartney has listed his Hollywood Hills home of two years at $1,199,000. The updated modern-style house, built in 1965, has two bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms in 1,600 square feet. Outside, there's a spa with a waterfall, a fire pit and a seating area with canyon views.

Spoilers for next week
If you can't wait to find out about next week, here's your chance.

Canada's SunTV Unveils its 2009 Fall Schedule
SUN TV’s daytime lineup includes the soap ONE LIFE TO LIVE which has been on air for 41 years.

Billy Warlock in Hatchet Man
Warlock and Matt Boren star in the short film that's part of the NetflixFindYourVoice film-making contest.

GH: Top Five Reasons for Hospitalization
Kristle Maxwell writes: "In honor of the recent Carly and Claudia predictable stair fall scene, I thought it would be fitting to reflect upon other 'see it coming from a mile away' accident types that are used in the soap realm to pump up the drama."

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