Thursday, September 17, 2009

News Round-up: Gibson, Scott, Barash, Zeman, Long

Actor Henry Gibson Dead at 73
Actor Henry Gibson, who played roles ranging from loopy poets to vengeful Illinois Nazis and cranky judges during a 40-year film and television career, has died at age 73, his representatives said Wednesday.

Gibson was a regular on ROWAN AND MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN, where he was known for popping up to read short, humorous poems during the show's 1968-71 run. He also played Wayne Landry on SUNSET BEACH in 1999 in addition to many other memorable roles.

Indie film ‘blitz’ begins this weekend in Manchester
The Crimson Mask, the subject of Saturday’s special screening, traces the story of two men from different worlds who are both down on their luck. ALL MY CHILDREN's Chrishell Stause will be part of a panel discussion that will take place after the screening.

Soap stars will appear on GSN's CATCH 21 this season
GSN's CATCH 21, a Blackjack-type trivia game which offers contestants the chance to win $25,000, is back for a third season. GSN has scheduled several celebs, including Y&R's Melody Scott Thomas and GH stars Jacklyn Zeman and Brandon Barash. Joan Van Ark, Kevin Dobson and Charlene Tilton will also appear.

INTERVIEW: Former soap writer Pamela K. Long
Long was a guest on "Brandon's Buzz" on Wednesday night. Long said that "Phillip was my first love as a writer." On Tuesday's ending with Alan Spaulding's death, she added: "I was in tears. It was brilliant and kind of fitting. It was a great day in Springfield on so many levels." She also admitted that Zimmer wasn't her first choice for Reva but she is very happy she was talked into the casting.

Future is dim for soap operas as LIGHT turns off
In the 1991-92 season, top-ranked soap THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS was drawing 10.3 million viewers, with GUIDING LIGHT seen by 6.5 million. EDITOR'S NOTE: This means Y&R has lost 5.5 million viewers (53%) in that span while GL (68%) has lost 4.4 million (Y&R just had a bigger cushion to lose viewers).

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