News Round-up: Ed Scott, Media Stocks, VOROGAYT

TV GUIDE: Did Ed Scott Save Days of Our Lives?
“It’s proof a show can turn around in these difficult times, a soap can be saved,” Ed Scott says. “There needs to be leadership, drive, positive energy and a respect for the audience — but that’s nothing new. It’s old-school stuff. Of course, you don’t have all the time in the world. You need to work hard and work fast.”

“Ed inspired our entire company,” Peter Reckell (Bo) says. “He gave us back what made Days a part of American culture to begin with. Sure, the devil possession was a big conversation piece, but our show deeply mattered to people when it was about love and loss, family and relationships. Ed understood that.”

Highway Tragedy Claims Popular Actors: Armenia’s “Gokor” and “Garik” killed in late night crash
Two actors popular on Armenian television died Monday around midnight when the car in which they traveled crashed on the Echmiadzin-Armavir highway. Dead at the scene was Gegham Ghandilyan, 35 – known to thousands of Armenians as “Gokor”, the character he portrayed on VOROGAYT (Trap), a soap opera based on gangster life. Also killed immediately was Aram Miskaryan, 36, who played “Garik” on the show.

Johnson's estranged wife to return in EASTENDERS
EASTENDERS character Lucas Johnson’s domestic happiness is threatened by the return of his estranged wife this week. Trina Johnson wastes no time in making things tricky for her husband and his new fiancĂ©e, Denise Wicks, by revealing she slept with Lucas at Christmas.

Media stocks sink Monday
Big media stocks took a dive Monday amid market declines in the U.S. and Europe driven by renewed economic concerns and doubts that the recent market rally can continue.

Ed McMahon Dies At 86
Ed McMahon, the longtime sidekick to Johnny Carson on THE TONIGHT SHOW has died, according to multiple reports. Recent reports said that McMahon had been hospitalized with pneumonia. He was at UCLA Medical Center when he died.

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