Thursday, December 17, 2009

NEWS: Rodriguez, ASC, Tellem, Santer, Claywell, Murphy

Women on TV: the difference between night and day
Mala Bhattacharjee writes: "I sifted through each daytime soap that I watch, trying to think of a woman who is not reduced to obsessing over some man or over their children — to think of women who are shown as flawed but also root-worthy, with solid careers, who aren’t written off as ball-busters or sacrificed for the sake of a plot. Good gravy, do you know what a difficult task that is?"

Nancy Tellem switches roles at CBS
The 12-year CBS veteran is shedding day-to-day responsibilities to become senior adviser to the CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves, her boss of the past 23 years, working closely with him on new business and strategic opportunities involving content partnerships, new production models and new technologies. Tellem will start her new position in January.

INTERVIEW: EASTENDERS executive producer Diederick Santer
On the show's upcoming 25th anniversary week: "It's really important that the feel of the week is active and exciting and not too reflective. There'll be those moments for some of our longer-serving characters that briefly reflect on themselves and how they've changed. The characters don't know that it's the 25th anniversary of anything, so it'd be absurd to contrive too many situations in which they're reflective on the past. The main engine of that week is great stories that'll get people talking."

ASC TV award noms announced
The American Society of Cinematographers' nominations in two television categories, announced Thursday. UGLY BETTY's "There's No Place Like Mode" episode was nominated.

INTERVIEW: OLTL's Nicholas Rodriguez (Nick)
"There's definitely a fighter inside Nick, just like there's definitely a fighter inside of me. I really tried to tap into what I would do in this situation and they were pretty big about letting that happen. And I think there's all types of activism and all types of ways to achieve an end, but it's those non-violent people who I've always looked up to as role models, like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King. I think the way to go with Nick Chavez is he fights with his brain and he fights with his words."

Brett Claywell judges '25 Most Interesting Webcams' contest
EarthCam (, the world's favorite webcam network and recognized international authority in the network camera industry, today announced its 11th annual list of the world's "25 Most Interesting Webcams." OLTL's Brett Claywell (Kyle) was one of the VIP judges.

INTERVIEW: GLEE and NIP/TUCK creator Ryan Murphy
“We have 10 Madonna songs in one episode [of GLEE] – a huge amount and I’m really excited about that,” he said. “I’m really excited about Kristen Chenoweth coming back, she’s such a doll and I love writing for her and I love pitching songs that she’s never sung. And we have a couple of really big top-secret guest stars who I can’t say. Childhood idols of mine. … They love the show and wanted to do it.”

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