Saturday, July 18, 2009

News Round-up: Sloan, Willey, Barton, Emmys

VARIETY: How to avoid trophy atrophy
There's an urgency surrounding the Primetime Emmy Awards telecast this year. The real drama concerns the Sept. 20 telecast itself. The show is facing the same make-or-break pressures as all ratings-challenged kudofests these days: Evolve or die.

Why FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS was snubbed again by the Emmys
"If you're a lightly viewed show that happens to be big-hearted, well-crafted and ultimately uplifting, you've got no chance."

INTERVIEW: GL's Tina Sloan (Lillian)
Sloan was a guest on Friday's episode of the "Pancakes and a Valium" podcast.

Deep Soap: Student Film
Sara Bibel writes on the debut of ATWT's Mason: "I have never been a cosmetic mogul, mobster or a brain surgeon. However, once upon a time I was a college student who wrote a stupid, self-indulgent screenplay. I imagine that most of the writers on ATWT are guilty of the same cinematic sin. So this is one storyline that they have no excuse not to get right."

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Walt Willey and Jill Larson to star in "The Odd Couple"
"The Odd Couple," produced by WilleyWorld Community Productions is, scheduled to open on Friday, July 24, will run on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26. Willey will be playing Felix and Lason will be playing one of the "Pigeon Sisters."

Mischa Barton series BEAUTIFUL LIFE on hold
The production start on CW's new drama THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE has been pushed back by a week, from July 22 to July 31. And despite the widely publicized recent meltdown and hospitalization of co-star Mischa Barton, sources close to the show say the reason for the delay is far more mundane: Some of the sets for the show were not completed on time.

Arrested Development: Serial Handcuffer Strikes Again
It's hard to argue with blogger Minschmootz on this one: "There is a serial handcuffer on the loose at CBS, and it’s not the good kind. I reported earlier that Crystal Chappell had been restrained in Springfield, and now it appears the network censors have traveled to Genoa City."

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