Tuesday, December 29, 2009

NEWS: Rodriguez, 3D, BANNEN, Remakes

Why Studios Keep Cranking Out TV Remakes, Despite the Flops
The track record does more than suggest not: it screams not. In the history of network television, no remake of a previous hit series has ever become a hit itself on network television.

“The identity of a hit TV series is so intimately tied to the original stars, style and attitude that made it a hit in the first place that any deviation from that creates a real sense of aesthetic dissonance,” said Robert J. Thompson, a professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University.

Introducing Gabriela Rodriguez (Gabi, DAYS)
Once on set, Gabriela quickly learned how nice and friendly the cast and crew are. "I just feel so at home with everybody," she said. "Everybody was so welcoming when I first got there." But she also learned what a confusing place Studios 2 and 4, where Days shoots, can be. "The first couple of weeks that I was there, Lindsay Hartley helped me a lot," Gabriela told us. "She plays my sister on the show. She was so great to me. She showed me around, told me where everything was. At first, I would always be so lost. I did not know where to go. She was always there for me. 'Gabi, no! Wrong set!' She was great."

THE BANNEN WAY Sneaks Online Early — for Streamys Consideration
For a few months now, plenty of buzz has been circulating about the Crackle-produced THE BANNEN WAY, a gritty noir web series created by Mark Gantt and Jesse Warren that was set to launch on Jan. 6. A representative from Crackle confirmed via email this afternoon that making THE BANNEN WAY eligible for Streamys consideration was a factor in the decision to release the show early.

EASTENDERS scores 10.9 million viewers on Christmas
EASTENDERS was at the top of the Christmas Day ratings battle with 10.9 million viewers tuning in to watch Archie Mitchell be murdered. The audience researchers have also found out that nine out of ten of the most watched shows during the Christmas period were BBC shows.

DirecTV launches new satellite; 3D channel coming?
Pay-TV operator DirecTV proclaimed the launch of its newest satellite, DirecTV 12, to be a success and said it will boost its HD capacity by some 50 percent when it becomes operational in the second quarter of 2010. The launch of the new satellite is also fueling speculation that DirecTV will launch a 3D HD service next year, something 3D insiders have suggested privately for months. The blog HDGuru.com reported yesterday that DirecTV will use DirecTV 12 to start an all-3D HD channel offering an assortment of movies, sports and programs in 3D, and that it will announce the new service at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week.

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