Thursday, January 21, 2010

NEWS: Hulu, FNL, Kelly Carlson, BBC vs ITV

At Hulu, 'free' may soon turn into 'fee'
The site has spent months studying how to strike a balance between what people expect to watch free online and what they would be willing to pay for, said people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to speak publicly.

One plan being considered would allow users to view the five most recent episodes of TV shows free but would require a subscription of $4.99 a month to watch older episodes. Hulu believes it will need at least 20 TV series -- both current ones and those no longer on the air -- to make such a pay service attractive to users. A firm pricing model could emerge within six months, the sources said.

Furious BBC chiefs accuse ITV show of fixing CORONATION STREET win
Furious BBC chiefs last night accused ITV1 of fixing its National TV Awards to let CORONATION STREET win the serial drama gong. The ITV1 gala featured a three-minute video tribute to mark CORRIE's 50 years, a speech by two of its stars and gushing praise from host Dermot O'Leary – while large sections of the 8.2 million audience were still voting. The BBC's EastEnders, ITV1’s Emmerdale and Channel 4’s Hollyoaks are incensed their shows were not similarly plugged, even though EASTENDERS turns 25 this year.

"The very last scene — I can’t describe it — but the very last scene is great for me. It rounds out the show. I hope the audience will be satisfied. For me as an actor, it went start to finish and ended in a great place."

Why we love TV's anti-heroes
The heroes of today are radically different from those of two or three decades ago. They have evolved to represent a radically changed world.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: An Honest Portrayal of Abortion
Here's what New York Magazine has to say about how Becky's decision plays out on screen: "What follows is the best and most honest portrayal of the heartrending decision to end a teenage pregnancy that we’ve ever seen. Other than Becky’s mom railing at the state-mandated pro-life speech that the doctor has to deliver, there’s not a single reference to the cultural war that still rages over this intensely personal issue. Instead, there is just Becky’s intensely personal journey: her sadness over her situation, her shame as she realizes that her mother once viewed her as a similar 'mistake,' her overwhelming desire to be an adult, someone with responsibilities and love in her life, and, then, ultimately, her realization that she is not ready to be a parent."

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