Friday, October 9, 2009

News Round-up: Cherry, Posey, GREY'S, Digital Men

ABC wins Thursday night with GREY'S ANATOMY
GREY'S took the top A18-49 spot at 9 with a 5.3/13, down from 6.0/15 from last week. FlashForward had a 3.0/9 at 8 while at 10 PRIVATE PRACTICE scored a 3.7/10, though that was lower than last week's 4.5/13 premiere number.

Channel 4 to broadcast HOLLYOAKS suicide pact storyline
Channel 4 said they would go ahead with plans to broadcast tonight's episode of HOLLYOAKS featuring a suicide pact, despite 'similarities' to the deaths of two teenagers earlier this week. Producers said they have carefully considered whether or not to continue with the storyline, which features schizophrenic teen Barry 'Newt' Newton trying to kill himself by jumping off a platform as a disused factory. This week in the run up to Friday's episode, the channel has broadcast a helpline number after the show for anyone affected by the plotline.

INTERVIEW: VENICE's Elizabeth Keener (Lara)
"Lara is a children’s book writer and basically what she is she’s the kind of woman…what happened was she was engaged to a man and she fell in love with her Editor who happened to be a woman and then after that she realized now she lives her life as an openly confident gay woman and she learned who she was. She’s kind of a knight in shining armor feel to her not really a player. She has quirkiness to her and she’s humorous and all those kind of things. She meet’s Jessica’s character (Ani) and who knows what happens!"

Men More Likely to 'Go Digital,' Study Says
Independent media agency TargetCast:tcm has released a consumer trend report that reveals differences in how men and women engage with traditional media. The study also points to generational differences in the ways digital media is perceived and consumed.

The study, based on a survey last month of 895 adults age 18-64, found that men are generally more willing than women to adapt their habits to incorporate digital and online platforms as replacements for traditional media. For example, it's more common for men to say that the Internet has replaced their need to read printed newspapers and magazines. Men are also more willing to pay for an online subscription that allows them to watch TV programs on the Internet with limited advertising.

Marc Cherry developing new ABC series
Five years after the launch of his "Desperate Housewives" helped turn around ABC's fortunes, Marc Cherry is developing a new series for the network targeted for next season. Cherry is in discussions with ABC about the project, which he will write with DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES executive producer Alexandra Cunningham.

In development circles, the project has been referred to as a DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES spinoff, but while there was some discussion about spinning it from the hit dramedy, it will now be a stand-alone show.

Former ATWT actress Parker Posey cast in Highland Park
Parker Posey (ex-Tess, AS THE WORLD TURNS) has joined the cast of the Bureau of Moving Pictures feature Highland Park, now shooting in Detroit. The Bureau's Andrew Meieran is directing and producing the dark comedy, which he co-wrote with Christopher Keyser.

DC #466: Jonathan Reiner Gets Real About Future of Soaps
Soap journalist turned reality producer Jonathan Reiner was a guest on the latest Daytime Confidential podcast.

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