Tuesday, June 16, 2009

News Round-up: MacLachlan, GL, Baldwin, MySpace

Kyle MacLachlan rules out SATC return
Kyle MacLachlan has ruled out a return to the Sex And The City franchise. The actor, who currently stars as Orson Hodge in DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, told Digital Spy that he is happier playing Orson than he was playing Trey MacDougal in SATC.

GUIDING LIGHT PROJECT: With the Clarity of Hindsight
Lynn Liccardo writes: "The storytelling on ATWT is a marked contrast from what's been happening on GL. I don't know what criteria beyond the numbers CBS factored into the decision to cancel GL, but had the show been given an additional year, instead of five-and-a-half months, there would have been plenty of time for the writers to fully play out several stories that are clearly being rushed."

Digital TV conversion saves elderly man's life
Robert Monsarrat, 86, couldn't watch analog TV in his bedroom. So he went to his kitchen to use his only digital TV. Minutes later, lightning struck and a large red oak tree came crashing into his house, destroying his bedroom.

Alec Baldwin: I once considered suicide
The former star of THE DOCTORS tells Playboy "I'm done" with 30 ROCK in 2012. "In March 2012 I'll wake up and say, 'What am I going to do now? Am I done?' I think I will be done. I may finish a play or something, but I'm retiring at the wrap party." He also reveals that he was so distraught over his angry voicemail to his daughter. He says in the interview: "I spoke to a lot of professionals, who helped me … If I committed suicide, (Kim Basinger's side) would have considered that a victory. Destroying me was their avowed goal."

MySpace cuts 30% of staff
MySpace said Tuesday it is cutting nearly 30 percent of its work force in a bid to become more efficient, bringing its staffing level more in line with its more popular rival, Facebook. The move comes less than two months after MySpace, a unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., hired former Facebook executive Owen Van Natta, 39, as its new chief executive.

Entertainment spending on the rise
Global entertainment and media spending will rise to $1.6 trillion in 2013, amounting to 2.7% compound annual growth driven by digital gains, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' annual "Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2009-2013." But U.S. gains will underperform the worldwide trend, with the domestic entertainment and media market expected to grow at a 1.2% compound annual growth rate to reach $495 billion in 2013.

Cable Ratings: TRUE BLOOD Delivers For HBO
The second season premiere of TRUE BLOOD drew 3.7 million viewers Sunday. That makes it the most-watched program on the network since the series finale of THE SOPRANOS, which aired June 10, 2007.

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