Friday, October 23, 2009

News Round-up: Sue Ellen, Salling, Hulu, NYC, Egglesfield

Sue Ellen may return in DALLAS remake
Gray and Larry Hagman, who played JR Ewing in the classics 1980s soap about a Texas oil family, have been approached to reprise their roles in a new Warner Bros series.

She has yet to see a script, but Gray, 69, said she hoped Sue Ellen had not been turned into a sweet-natured grandmother, in the style of Ellie Ewing.

"I'm not going to wear little boring dresses with pearls around my neck. At this age, Sue Ellen should be a powerhouse role model," Gray told TV Guide.

INTERVIEW: GLEE's Mark Salling (Puck)
"The whole show is a little tongue-in-cheek. I remember in the breakdown for the show, when they were describing his character in the very beginning, it's like Puck: a man-child. They described him as a man-child, so I figured a couple crow's-feet might be alright."

GREY'S rebounds in the ratings
ABC’s GREY'S ANATOMY rebounded slightly after dropping below a 5.0 last Thursday. It returned with a 5.2/14 and 14.7 million viewers, making it the highest-rated and most-watched show in primetime. The network again won the night overall, even with last week at 4.0/11.

NYC wants to charge TV shows $3,200 for filming on its property
The city is nearing a decision to charge TV shows and film productions a fee to shoot on city properties, such as courthouses, jails and schools. Until now, in order to encourage filming in the city, it's been free.

Colin Egglesfield: "I had a multiyear contract"
Egglesfield got the news from producers Thursday morning: "They said it was a network decision, and they said the network thought Auggie was a little too dark, with his alcoholism."

Fox network adopts movie casting method
Fox is changing the way it selects actors for pilots. The network is phasing out traditional in-person network tests, in which finalists for each role audition for network executives who choose a winner. Taking a page from the feature world, where screen tests are prevalent in casting a role, Fox is opting for taped network tests. After passing live tests for the producing studios, actors' performances are being filmed and sent to the network for judging.

Hulu downplays move to a pay model
Says a Hulu rep: "We continue to believe that the ad-supported free service is the one that resonates with the largest group of users and any possible new business models would serve to complement our existing offering. There are no details or timelines to share regarding our future product roadmap."

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