NEWS: Batt, Magnussen, Apple Tablet, Browne, Flockhart

Bryan Batt's MAD MEN Character Fired Because He's Gay
Said creator Matthew Weiner to TV Guide: “We don’t murder people on our show, but for there to be any stakes, there have to be consequences. [Losing Bryan] was a tough moment for the show, but that’s where we are. I know how people felt about Bryan. I obviously love working with him, and he has been an indelible character since the pilot. But I felt it was an expression of the times that he couldn’t work there anymore. It’s the ultimate case of sexual harassment.”

ALL MY CHILDREN interviews from the Palen Center tribute
AFTRA and the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills welcomed to Los Angeles last Thursday the cast and the production staff of ALL MY CHILDREN with a special evening and tribute for the show, which just turned 40 just a few weeks ago. has interviews with Susan Lucci, Julia Barr, Bobbie Eakes, Debbi Morgan and more.

Stanford Who's Who Awards Peggy McCay For Her Extraordinary Work As An Entertainer
Peggy McCay has been recognized by Stanford Who's Who for her extraordinary work in the Entertainment Industry. As Owner of Peggoty- Mac Art Attack Music as well as throughout her famed acting career, Peggy has consistently performed at a magnificent level. McCay received her training at the Actor's Studio, Barnard College and Columbia University. She is currently authoring a book.

TV Braces for the Apple Tablet
Newspaper and magazine executives aren't the only ones buzzing about what Apple may have in store for them today, when the company unveils its new media device tentatively known as the Tablet. Television executives, too, are pondering how yet another "over-the-top" platform for TV watching could change the dynamics of their business models.

While the details are still speculative until today's press conference at 1 p.m., the Tablet is expected to be an elegant large-screen device with applications like Apple's iTunes and the ability to act as both a text reader and video player. For TV industry watchers, however, the big questions concern the device's potential to disrupt both traditional TV distribution models and the recent disruptors challenging it.

Calista Flockhart scales back BROTHERS & SISTERS workload
Flockhart will be working a reduced schedule next season. An ABC spokesperson declined to comment except to say that Flockhart will remain a series regular. She’ll most likely appear in at least 13 of next season’s 22 episodes.

Former ATWT Emmy winner Julianne Moore pursued for multiple pilots
Moore has been pursued for at least two pilots so far: NBC's PRIME SUSPECT remake and another redo, ABC's direct-to-series SCOUNDRELS, based on the New Zealand series.

Billy Magnussen's Twelve screened at Sundance last night
Roger Friedman reviews: "Billy Magnussen, currently on AS THE WORLD TURNS, makes a lasting impression as a spoiled kid who goes crazy, gets some guns and tries to kill everyone. I wish he’d tried harder."

Psychic Sylvia Browne to appear on Y&R again
Per the Yuma Sun, "She's going to be playing herself for the second time on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS."


  1. It's really too bad to hear that the movie version of "Twelve" (nice that Magnussen got a good mention though) --- I read the novel a few years ago and liked it quite a bit.

  2. That should have said that I was sorry to hear that movie is so awful (or at least that it is getting such awful reviews).

  3. Mad Men got so full of itself this past season I had already lost some interest, but this with Sal would probably be the last straw. Plenty of closeted gay men worked in advertising agencies back then. What a lovely message to send out, yet another TV character destined to a horrible future because of his sexuality.

  4. I kind of see the Mad Men situation from the other side. I think it is really important to remember that it wasn't all that long ago that the open persecution of gays was perfectly acceptable. I think it is good for people to be reminded that things are moving in the right direction and maybe pause for a second to realize how wrong people can be to one another.