Sunday, February 21, 2010

NEWS: Becki Newton, Betty White, Setton, Brooks, GL

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE close to landing Betty White
Michael Ausiello is reporting that the grassroots campaign to have White host SNL may have worked. "White would not be hosting alone. Rather, I hear SNL is putting together a 'Women of Comedy' episode that would team the former Rose Nylund with several of her younger contemporaries. Ex-SNL MVP Molly Shannon is on board, I hear, and feelers have also been put out to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler."

Johnny Depp on the new Dark Shadows movie
"I see it going this year, I hope it does. I do yeah. We’ll work like dogs to get there."

UGLY BETTY's Becki Newton cast in NBC pilot
Newston has landed a starring role in NBC’s hour-long romantic comedy pilot, LOVE BITES. The potential series will follow three loosely connected stories of love, dating, and marriage each week. Newton will play Annie, an infectiously bubbly hopeless romantic who also happens to be a virgin.

GUIDING LIGHT shines again
"The fans really miss their show," said Dicopoulos, who met many long-time viewers at farewell events in various U.S. cities. It wasn't uncommon, he said, to find fans who claimed to have bonded with their grandparents or great-grandparents watching the program. "Whenever we can provide an opportunity for them to see their favorite actors, it'll be a bonus for them. It is a shock that this show has not been picked up yet," Dicopoulos said. But he remains hopeful that another life for the program is not out of the question.

Ray Brooks slams "shabby" EASTENDERS
"The cast greeted me with tremendous enthusiasm and I thought it was going to be glorious," he said. "But gradually all that subsided as they got back into the old routine and I quickly noticed how tired everyone looked."

Brooks complained that the show had "shabby sets and poor scripts" and criticised the short amount of rehearsal time. He also admitted that his relationship with his late co-star Wendy Richard deteriorated after the pair's characters got married.

"It was a good lesson, though admittedly one that I didn't need at my time of life," he concluded. "If I'd done it a little earlier I would have probably been more confident and been given better stuff."

Amanda Setton leaving OLTL?
Daytime Confidential's Jamey Giddens is reporting that Friday was Setton's (Kim) last day taping on the show.

Battle of the lesbian web series at The Dinah
One More Lesbian, silver sponsor of The Dinah 2010, will be hosting the first annual Battle Of The Lesbian Web Series on Saturday April 3rd, 4:30PM – 5:30PM at The Hilton Palm Springs. Come cheer for your favorite web series as they face-off in a fierce and hilarious competition.

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