Wednesday, June 10, 2009

News Round-up: TV Viewing, Ganatra, Hot Gay Nerds

Change afoot among the TV set
Baby boomer professionals are spending 12.9 nonbusiness hours each week surfing the Internet and 11.8 watching TV. The data are based on a survey by ChangeWave Research of 1,660 business professionals ages 45-63. ChangeWave relies on a preselected "alliance" of 20,000 members from the business and investor class to identify trends early.

Broadcast Network Execs: Expect More Integrated Campaigns This Upfront Season
Few things are certain about this year’s upfront ad market, but one thing is for sure: There are likely to be more integrated product campaigns on the broadcast networks next season than ever. That was the message from top broadcast network execs convened in Beverly Hills Tuesday for a panel during the ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment's (the advertising group formerly known as the Family Friendly Forum) fifth annual symposium.

Nitin Ganatra 'frustrated' with EASTENDERS
Nitin Ganatra (Masood) has admitted that he sometimes gets frustrated working on EASTENDERS. The actor wonders if his character will ever be given big storylines - adding that he thinks, in general, ethnic minority characters on TV get worse storylines.

Ganatra said: "The Mitchells have been there for a very, very long time and they've got that whole gangster thing behind them - The Masoods don't have that. They've got much more of a Pauline and Arthur Fowler with them, a very domestic story, and domestic stories don't necessarily take the same kind of gritty, upfront drama that the Mitchells may have. But certainly when you compare EASTENDERS to my other work, as a writer, as an actor and as a producer, I do enjoy that sort of work and EASTENDERS does have those sort of frustrations for me because even two years down the line I'm not used to that way of working. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy it. I do.

ATWT's Luke and Noah make AfterElton's list of Hot Gay Nerds
Brent Hartinger writes: "Okay, so Luke (Van Hansis) and Noah (Jake Silbermann) technically aren’t nerds, but what do you call it when two college students date for a year and a half, living together much of that time, before they decide to have sex?"

Moonves Optimistic at CBS Corp. Shareholders Meeting
CBS Corp. President and CEO Leslie Moonves reassured shareholders at an annual meeting Tuesday in New York, pointing out that CBS' stock has already doubled from its low point earlier this year, the Hollywood Reporter says.

"As the economy improves, our stock price will, too," Moonves said. "We believe we have seen the bottom of the downturn."

Soap stars at Connecticut Women’s Expo
The 7th Annual Comcast Connecticut Women’s Expo will take place on Saturday, September 12th from 10:00 - 6:00 and Sunday, September 13th from 10:00 to 5:00 at the Connecticut Expo Center in Hartford.

Three soap stars are scheduled to appear: Bryan Dattilo of DAYS will appear on Saturday from 12:00 to 5:00 and on Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00. He will be providing attendees with a free personalized autographed photo. Vincent Irizarry of AMC will appear on Saturday from 12:00 to 4:00 and John-Paul Lavoisier of OLTL will appear on Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00.

WWE COO says business not affected by UFC
WWE COO Donna Goldsmith said WWE having intellectual property rights to the wrestlers on the roster means they can rebuild or re-package a wrestler even after suffering losses that would debilitate a legitimate fighter's career in a legit sport.

"With our guys, there's a soap opera; there's a storyline that continues and they come in as a new character," Goldsmith said. "The fact that we own the characters has made a big difference for us and has not hurt us."

Laurence Lau to tour with "August: Osage County"
Complete casting has been announced for the national tour of the Broadway's Tony Award-winning Best Play of 2008, "August: Osage County," the sprawling and darkly comic drama by Tracy Letts. Soap vet Laurence Lau will play Steve Heidebrecht on the tour.

Actor Johnny Palermo dies in car crash at age 27
Palermo had small roles on GENERAL HOSPITAL, DAYS OF OUR LIVES and PASSIONS.

Stage manager Tony Neely has passeda away
He worked on GENERAL HOSPIAL and SOAP during his career, among many other shows.

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