Tuesday, June 30, 2009

News Round-up: SuBo, HUNG, Dempsey, Joost

Joost Scales Back; CEO Steps Down
Joost, the mega-hyped and mostly disappointing online video platform which features the CBS soaps, today said it would undergo a major shift in its business model. It will no longer focus on its consumer-aimed video site Joost.com; instead, it will work toward becoming a back-end technology vendor for other media companies looking to distribute video on the Web. An undisclosed number of layoffs are expected.

GL shoot at Matheny
GUIDING LIGHT shot on location at the Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack recently, and two of the show's biggest fans got to meet the actors. Laura Daidone is the mother of Matheny's director of adult services; Tara Hopko is a Matheny occupational therapist. Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities.

FX Sets Fall Schedule
NIP/TUCK will return in October.

New Fragrance Alert: Patrick Dempsey’s Second Act
Just last summer Patrick Dempsey launched his first signature fragrance, Unscripted. And now he’s back, and poised to launch his second masculine scent with Avon this November. Patrick Dempsey 2, WWD reports, will contain notes including mandarin, nutmeg, spiced wood accord and patchouli at a budget-friendly price of $35 for a 2.5-oz. bottle.

Susan Boyle to UGLY BETTY?
The BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT sensation - nicknamed SuBo - has been offered a cameo in the show. UPDATE: ABC denies.

Michael Urie: “I don’t think it’s really newsworthy if the gay guy from UGLY BETTY is gay or not”
Urie was recently interviewed by New York Magazine about his refusal to discuss his sexuality even though on his website he describes himself as “a member of the LGBT community.”

HBO's Sunday huge with HUNG premiere
The series premiere of HBO's HUNG delivered 2.8 million viewers in its 10 p.m. timeslot Sunday. When its midnight replay is added, the series drew 3.7 million viewers its first night. That makes HUNG, a drama about a down-on-his-luck high school coach who becomes a gigolo, the highest rated HBO series premiere since JOHN FROM CINCINNATI.

"I've always said that he'll always hold a flame for Sarah - and he makes little jokes about the situation and you could tell her loved her when he was with Becky - but now, he's really playing it down, almost like he's over her. He's not forgotten her, but he's starting to move on."

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