Wednesday, June 17, 2009

News Round-up: Strasser, Ehlers, Seganti, Miller

ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Defending Dorian
Marlena De Lacroix is back from hiatus with a new column on OLTL's Dorian and her portrayer, Robin Strasser.

It’s way too easy for soap writers to fall into cliché. Robin is, after all, an older woman. In our soap world of 20-year-old uneducated, unsophisticated heroines, it’s only too tempting to write an older woman who can be easily marginalized — and laughed at. It’s an ugly stereotype.

INTERVIEW: Y&R's Billy Miller (Billy)
Miller was a guest on "BuzzWorthy Radio" Wednesday night. He stopped taping ALL MY CHILDREN and started taping Y&R five days apart. Miller said, "ALL MY CHILDREN taught me daytime." Miller's roommate and new cast mate, John Driscoll, said hello during the show. Driscoll is "getting used to the sunshine and palm trees."

Miller added: "Where I come from, if someone pays your for $5 for work, you give them $10 of service." He also would love to be Tracey E. Bregman's pool boy and questioned the Nielsen ratings.

Swine Flu at NBC?
Wednesday afternoon, the human resource department at NBC in New York sent out a bulk email to staffers warning them that a couple of employees at 30 Rockefeller Plaza have come down with the flu.

"Recently, like many other companies, we had a few NBCU New York employees diagnosed with independent cases of the flu. In these cases, the employees quickly sought medical attention and went home immediately after diagnosis, thereby limiting any possible exposure. They are all recovering well."

HARDING: The soap magazines hung on better than the soaps!
Mark Harding takes a look at the trends in soap print publications circulation versus the decline in soap ratings and draws some interesting conclusions.

INTERVIEW: AMC's Beth Ehlers (Taylor)
Ehlers was a guest on "Stardish Radio" on Wednesday evening. Like Billy Miller on "BuzzWorthy," Ehlers questioned the Nielsen ratings system. She also talked about Chuck Pratt as a writer, and how he was out of the medium for a while writing "camp" where history didn't matter, but said he was a talented writer. She even commented on the Reese gay/not gay turn in the Bianca/Reese storyline.

WGA links earnings to vote eligibility
The WGA East and WGA West have instituted a minimum income level required for members to be eligible to vote on the Minimum Basic Agreement. Members of both guilds passed this joint "qualified voting" standard with 96% of those voting approving the changes. Polling via mail and bicoastal membership meetings Tuesday produced a total of 1,720 yes votes and 67 no votes. The guilds together have about 12,000 members.

INTERVIEW: ATWT's Paolo Seganti (Damian)
Seganti was a recent guest on the "Your Mental Health" BlogTalk Radio show.

PlanetOut, Here Networks merge
Here Networks on Wednesday completed a merger with the struggling PlanetOut to create a new company called Here Media. Here targets the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population through the Advocate and other magazine titles as well as through movies via Here Studios and Here Films. Other assets include a television company and online properties and

Shantel VanSanten joins ONE TREE HILL
Shantel VanSanten has been tapped to play the series regular role of Quinn, one of Haley's free-spirited older sisters. The character comes to Tree Hill with a wounded heart and in search of something new.

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