Monday, July 6, 2009

News Round-up: Scott, Bierdz, Sutton, Dinsdale

Melody Thomas Scott Renews Contract With Y&R
Scott exclusive tells TV Guide's Michael Logan that she can reveal the terms of her new deal. "I’ve always had a non-disclosure clause in my contract, so no," Scott says. "And now we’ve all been given the most strict confidentiality memo I’ve ever seen at Y&R. I guess in these days of Twitter apparently people at our show are just typing away when they’re not supposed to be."

She goes on to add, "The way they write me off is shocking, but ambiguous. It’s a short amount of time. Just a few weeks. I have not been given my exact date of return. And I really have to hand it to the writers. Nobody knew how this [contract situation] was going to end so they very cleverly figured out a way to get me off the show. I never say stuff like this, but I have been so knocked out, so impressed with the writing of the episodes that air the first week of August. That week is not to be missed."

INTERVIEW: Y&R's Thom Bierdz (Phillip)
"This is the best time in my life. I love playing gay on Y&R and being gay, and am grateful to make a living selling art and have publishers so interested in my memoirs. The eve before my character Phillip’s return to Genoa city, was a hard night, as I lay in bed 13 hours trying to beat my insomnia. I had three half hours of nightmares and I think they were my subconscious fear of the limelight. Every time I get close to being in the public eye I have these nightmares, like people breaking in to my space. It's a horrible feeling."

T.J. Hooker will patrol bigscreen
T.J. HOOKER is headed for the bigscreen as an action comedy with David Foster, Ryan Heppe and series creator Rick Husky producing. The TV series, produced by Aaron Spelling, debuted in 1982 on ABC and ran for five seasons, the last on CBS. William Shatner starred as a no-nonsense patrol sergeant, with Adrian Zmed, Heather Locklear, Richard Herd and James Darren as co-stars.

Dinsdale to quit CORONATION STREET?
Reece Dinsdale is leaving CORONATION STREET over fears of becoming typecast, according to reports. The News of The World says 49-year-old Dinsdale who plays Joe McIntyre in the soap has turned down an offered pay increase and has decided to leave the Street. The report claims his character will be killed off next year when he takes an accidental overdose of painkillers.

Ashlee Simpson-Wentz desperate to read MELROSE PLACE scripts
She tells, "I play the girl that's straight-off-the-bus. It's exciting because we don't get to see the next episode. We don't get to read the scripts until we're actually about to shoot it, and everyone is dying to know what's going to happen to their characters, so it's fun. It'll be exciting to play that arc." And the 24 year old isn't ruling out a guest appearance from her husband, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz: "He hangs with me, but we don't read lines. I'm sure he would (make a cameo) if I asked him to!"

James Sutton used to be a bingo caller
From bingo halls to the world of daily soaps - it’s been a long and eventful journey for actor James Sutton. This 26 year old soap star, once familiar as the gay student John Paul in HOLLYOAKS, has now made his debut as the mechanic Ryan Lamb in hit series EMMERDALE on ITV1.

Before his acting career really took off, Sutton said he also did a stint as a bingo caller. This lasted for a span of 2 months till he got his first acting break. The actor admitted to having difficulty keeping up with the very fast moving bingo game. "I was being trained to use all the lingo but it really wasn't for me … I'd have made the worst bingo caller in the world," he said.

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