Wednesday, August 26, 2009

News Round-up: Bradford Anderson, Hastings, Leighton

GH's Bradford Anderson "not as ugly in real life"
"The fact that they spend five days a week with us, there's a familiarity between the viewers and us that I don't think exists in any other medium," Anderson said during a quick break between hosting duties during Saturday's event at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth. "It's the main reason these events are so special."

"You're so much better looking in person!" is an oft-repeated greeting, he says. "My job on the show is not to be good-looking – and it's not my job in real life, either – but people say, 'You're not as ugly in real life as you are on TV.' I appreciate that!"

Don Hastings’ World is Still Turning
The Hollywood Reporter's Roger Friedman writes: "So here’s to Don Hastings. He’s not on the show as often as he once was, but it’s August, and the younger stars are away. The show is featuring their “vets” for once. It’s very refreshing. Dr. Bob seems to have dementia, but it’s no doubt curable. Soap diseases are fatal until they’re not. Dead people always return from the grave. And Dr. Bob is about to celebrate 50 years. He’s great. If you watch him, he has a sly sense of humor. He knows the score. He’s got everyone’s number. Sometimes, he looks like his thought balloon is a snarky quip you’d love to hear. In a way, he’s the Leslie Nielsen of soaps. And this month, he’s being featured (along with his terrific soap wife, Kathryn Hays.) Good for him! A leading man at 75. It gives us all hope."

INTERVIEW: GL's Grant Aleksander (Phillip)
"All of the changes that were made to the production of GL were motivated by the need to save money. People - and not just the actors, but the camera operators, the lighting people, everyone - should be really proud of what's been acheived. Every single person involved had to jump into the deep end and learn to swim, and I'm incredibly impressed by how people made it work."

The Making of MELROSE PLACE with Laura Leighton

USA hangs on to top cable spot
For the week ending Aug. 23, USA drew 1.52 million adults 25-54, outpacing ESPN's 1.31 million, while drawing 1.28 million viewers 18-49, edging the sports net by some 19,000 viewers.

Two Top Programming Execs Out at Oprah’s OWN
Maria Grasso and Nina Wass exit cable channel before launch.

Ex-CORRIE star unveiled as new face of Sky1
Former CORONATION STREET actress Angela Griffin has been unveiled as the new face of Sky1's daytime lineup. The star will front a new live daytime chat show called ANGELA AND FRIENDS from November alongside a revolving roster of co-hosts.

New Nigerian soap TINSEL launches
TINSEL is MNET AFRICA's first ever Nigerian soap-opera, originally created as localized content for international cast on MultiChoice's premium DStv formats. Shot on location in Lagos, Nigeria, with the "most sublime filming/programming artistry, TINSEL is that thought-provoking daily soap opera that the Nigerian film industry can be proud of."

Coalition to protest against SABC's cutting local content
Television industry workers will protest this week against the South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC) planned R500-million cut of local content budgets, said the Television Industry Emergency Coalition (TVIEC) on Tuesday.

Bid on a Piece of Television Magic While Supporting the Television Academy Foundation
Among the festivities leading up to the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation has launched its 2nd Annual Emmy Season online auction for memorabilia and one-of-a-kind experiences featuring some of the biggest shows on TV, announced Terri Clark, Executive Director of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. Items include a set visit to Y&R.

Beauty queens want Ms. Missouri Nursing Home crown
During a district pageant in Independence, a suburb of Kansas City, Wilshire's crowned queen Marietta Kirkpatrick coasted before four judges in a wheelchair with pink pompoms on its handles. Silk pink roses were taped to the wheels. The 89-year-old entertained the judges with stories of her late husband of 50 years, her love of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and her 2003 Ford Mustang that she's determined to drive this summer.

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