Wednesday, November 11, 2009

News Round-up: Nine on ABC Daytime, Thorsten, Browne

INTERVIEW: Former ANOTHER WORLD star Kale Browne (ex-Michael)
Browne was a guest on "Brandon's Buzz" on Tuesday night. One of the interesting tidbits revealed is that he tested for the role of John Black on DAYS OF OUR LIVES back in the '80s. He also discussed the wonderful actresses that played Vicky/Marley over the years on ANOTHER WORLD. On Ellen Wheeler, Browne said, "Ellen was so incredible to work with. Ellen was truly frightening in her ability to completely schiz out on the daughters. And the only way I could tell actually who was playing whom, because there were times where Vicky was playing Marley to find out what Michael really thought. The only way I could tell was to look at her feet. When she was playing Marley she was pigeon-toed. When she was playing Vicky, her feet were humped. And so I thought if I ever got confused about which one I was talking to, I'd look down. She was remarkable. She was a wonderful actress."

Nine to be previewed during ABC Daytime in December
To promote its upcoming holiday tentpole Nine, the Weinstein Co. has turned to Disney in a big way. In its largest promotion to date, Disney/ABC Unlimited -- the sales group that handles Disney's cross-platform media deals -- has sealed a megapact with Weinstein that will embed content about Nine on a wide variety of shows including the daytime sudsers.

Throughout the month of December, Nine will be written into episodes of ALL MY CHILDREN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and GENERAL HOSPITAL. Also, on Nov. 22, a two-minute Nine trailer will run simultaneously "road-block" style on Lifetime, ABC Family, SOAPnet, A&E and Bio.

AMC's Thorsten Kaye will co-host THE VIEW on Friday
It's the first time a man has guest-co-hosted since Mario Cantone back in 2007.

AMC and OLTL stars set for Stockings With Care Benefit tonight
Broadway stars and cast members of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIFE will serve as celebrity bartenders for Stockings With Care's annual benefit tonight from 7pm - 11pm at Stitch.

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Making Michael a Monster
Ed Marton wonders: "How grand would it be if Michael’s real father, A.J. Quartermaine, returned from the dead and found a way to destroy Sonny, now that he has turned Michael into an axe murderer?"

Set in the fictional small town of Dillon, Texas, the show revolves around the world of high school football. This setting has forced the writers to deal with the inevitable graduations and exits of beloved characters. A lesser show would fumble those losses, lose creative steam and make viewers yearn for a return to the glory days. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, though, carefully executes its send-off arcs and then introduces new characters who are every bit as intriguing and likeable as the old ones.

GE, Comcast talks progressing
If the deal comes through, Jeff Zucker will remain CEO of NBC Universal.

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