Friday, October 9, 2009

News Round-up: Braeden, Tina Sloan, DALLAS, Springfield

Who Reshot J. R.?. DALLAS Remake Planned
Warner Brothers is once again trying to resuscitate J. R. Ewing and his bourbon-loving DALLAS clan for its sister cable network TNT, according to a producer and an agent with knowledge of the project. The show would focus on the next generation of Ewings, namely John Ross (the offspring of J. R. and Sue Ellen, for you “Dallas” neophytes) and Christopher (the adopted son of Bobby and Pam who, devotees will remember, is the progeny of Sue Ellen’s sister, Kristin, the famed shooter of J. R.).

As always with gestating creative projects, it’s no guarantee that TNT will pull the trigger on a full-blown series once the pilot is made. But members of the original cast — including Larry Hagman, above as J. R., Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy — have been contacted for their participation. Some, if not all, are on board, at least with their blessing.

Rick Springfield to bare backside on CALIFORNICATION
Rick Springfield will bare his backside when he guest stars on Showtime's CALIFORNICATION.

"It's not full-frontal, but it's pretty much full on," the 60-year-old musician-actor says. "As long as it's for the part, I'm cool with it. And it's funny. It's not done to be particularly sexy."

Springfield will appear on four episodes, and he sheds his clothes by the end of the season. His first episode airs Sunday. He plays a washed-up movie star who wants to rebuild his career.

Tina Sloan: The Urge to Strut
"I have just been asked to play a cougar on a show and my first thought was about my shoes. I realize this may be society setting a rule on how we are perceived as beautiful but it is there. Why now we are wearing insanely high boots and shoes to elevate us above the world below is perhaps because we don’t want to be in that daytime world of reality. We want to be high above (at least 6 inches in some bizarre cases) because then we are with the stars (and moon and sun) or at least 6 inches closer."

Kim Brockington succeeds beautifully in 'Zora'
In a whirlwind performance of highs and lows, love and loss, song and silence, former GUIDING LIGHT star Kim Brockington (ex-Felicia) brings writer and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston (1891 – 1960) from the pages of history to the stage. "Zora," the one-woman show starring Brockington, written by Laurence Holder and directed by Wynn Handman, presents the audience with Zora the nonconformist; Zora the feminist, Zora the "phoenix."

"I read everything that I could about Zora and I'm still reading stuff about Zora," said Brockington. "Because she was a real person, the role keeps evolving. It never stays the same, and just when I think it's over, it's never set because it's like I'll go away from the role and I'll come back and it gets deeper for me."

'Restless' Braeden quits CBS soap
"If I signed a three-year f***ing deal, you honor it!" Braeden told The Post yesterday.

But producers CBS and Sony invoked a little-used clause giving them the right to review his salary every 26 weeks (and the right to cut that salary). "You expect to be talked to in a sensitive way, not suddenly hit over the head by invoking a clause that was never invoked before and to say 'What the f*** happened?' ," Braeden says.

David Hasselhoff taken to hospital rehab in London
Former Y&R star David Hasselhoff (ex-Snapper) was taken to a hospital rehab unit after accidentally thumping a doctor at the end of a wild booze bender. The medic was called in by the actor's assistant after Hoff, 57, had been drinking for days at his London hotel.

1 comment:

  1. It's hard to take the New York Post seriously when they claim that Eric Braeden "stormed off the set" when all other published reports are that he finished taping on September 23rd and bid an on-set farewell to his fellow cast and crew telling them that he'd hoped he might return to work with them again...but he might not. The Post can be such a rag!

    All that being said, if Mr. Braeden thinks talking to every publication that calls him (if that's indeed what he's actually doing), I'm afraid it may backfire in his face. I fear Mr. Braeden may be done at Y&R after how much press has been given to this. Though I understand his frustration, if the clause is in the contract and Braeden and Sony signed it, Sony has the right to exercise the clauses. I realize he's saying that he deserves a certain amount of respect after nearly 30 years on the show; however, he has to understand that if they are trying to save money when Y&R's licensing fee was so drastically cut, exercising that clause with ANYONE isn't a surprise. My simple hope is that they will come to an agreement that would have Braeden returning to Y&R quickly and includes a negotiation NOW for an understandable paycut NEXT November. Money saving or not, Sony is sawing away at one of Y&R's "legs" right now and I think they'll regret it in the long run if they don't stop this now.