Monday, November 23, 2009

News Round-up: Ripa, Roku, Peggy, Oprah, Compton

The Repercussions of Winfrey's Departure From Daytime TV Far Reaching
Oprah Winfrey's decision to discontinue her longrunning syndicated talk show in 2011 carries with it a long list of repercussions, according to The New York Times. It means the loss of its signature program and millions of dollars every year in revenue for distributor CBS, and for stations, the loss of daytime’s most popular program that generates huge audiences for their local evening news.

Roku Opens Roku Channel Store
Media technology company Roku, Inc., maker of the family of Roku players, is launching the Roku Channel Store and 10 new free channels available to customers on their TVs on Monday, Nov. 23. In addition to audio and video podcasts, Web content, photo sharing and children's entertainment, the Roku Channel Store--accessible via all of Roku's players--will offer an open platform to deliver content to user's TV sets. The additional channels being made available for customers to add include, Facebook Photos, Flickr, FrameChannel, Mediafly, MobileTribe, Motionbox, Pandora, Revision3 and TWiT. EDITOR'S NOTE: WE LOVE SOAPS TV is available on Roku.

At last, Kelly Ripa gets her wedding cake
Thirteen years after eloping to Las Vegas, Kelly Ripa finally got her wedding cake. The no-frills wedding package didn't include cake when she and ALL MY CHILDREN co-star Mark Consuelos got hitched at the Chapel of the Bells here on May 1, 1996. Their story goes full circle Tuesday when they revisit their runaway wedding on LIVE WITH REGIS & KELLY.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: EDGE OF NIGHT's Forrest Compton (Mike)
The first thing you notice during a conversation with actor Forrest Compton is his voice. It carries a compelling quality, both piercing and soothing at the same time. His delivery is so resounding that “when he reads Scripture during mass at the Presbyterian Church,” his wife, Jeanne, joked, “he gets a standing ovation.”

He's retired now, but still does the occasional radio commercial and participates in the Historical Society's “Voices from the Vault” presentations. They allow him to stay near his home on Little Ram Island Drive. “He doesn't want to leave Shelter Island,” said Jeanne.

He started acting in THE EDGE OF NIGHT in 1971, when the show was still broadcast live. “The excitement of it being live really made it special,” said Mr. Compton. “If something went wrong, you just kept going, kept the mouth moving.” The adrenaline involved in being someone else, he said, is part of what drew him to acting.

But perhaps the greatest draw was “to be able to create something outside of myself. The challenge of being real with, sometimes, words that aren't so real.”

Five celebs perfect for guest stints on soaps
Jack Nicholson, Lindsay Lohan (who was already on ANOTHER WORLD), Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep and Robert Pattinson made the list.

EASTENDERS' Peggy will not be killed off
EASTENDERS character Peggy Mitchell will not be killed off when Barbara Windsor leaves the show, according to reports. Windsor recently announced that she was planning to leave the show but no details of her exit storyline have yet been announced.

Gay Activist Marc Harshbarger Speaks OUT
His first novel, "Deep Dish" is a gay soap opera that turns back the clock to 1975 during the disco culture of yesteryear. It tells the swinging saga of the Davenport and Haze families, who fall in and out of love and lust in one cliffhanging chapter after another while searching for happiness in a crazy world. In the sequel, "Deeper Dish" the many colorful characters return for more sordid misadventures, nail-biting cliffhangers, passionate encounters and disco fever as the Dish becomes Deeper.

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