Thursday, March 11, 2010

NEWS: Rodriguez, Easton, Fonseca, Mathison, GREEK

Next season likely the last for GREEK
The show’s just-announced, 10-episode fourth season — slated to debut later this summer — will most likely be its last. “That is the plan,” confirms series creator Sean Smith, who hopes to lure back some old faves like Charisma Carpenter and Michael Rady for the final stretch. “We’re all looking at this as an opportunity to come back, wrap up the show, and end strong.

Nicholas Rodriguez on the impact of OLTL's gay storyline
"In New York I had this one kid come to me and say, 'I watched you propose to that boy with my grandma.' This gay, 13 year-old boy was so excited that he got to see a man propose to another man. It was so incredible."

Since doing ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Rodriguez has volunteered for several youth organizations, a cause important to him. "We're able to be out and have more of a presence as a gay community," he says, "and kids are able to come out earlier and earlier. But then what happens to them? Some of them get kicked out and bullied in school. While I'm excited that they're able to come out at 10, 11, 15, 16 they still need guidance. These kids need role models."

OLTL's Michael Easton Steals Souls in Indie Book
On the idea for "Soul Stealer": "It began as a dream that became a nightmare. I'd like to blame it on the Ambien but the fact that it's continued on leads me to believe I'm just a little twisted."

DWTS Alum Cameron Mathison: Aiden Turner Has My Vote!
"I'm going to say my buddy Aiden Turner, who's on ALL MY CHILDREN with me, will be in the thick of it. Gotta support him! And he's British and a good-looking cat, which women love, so that will help him. But Evan Lysacek will really pull through. His job is to perform a trained-routine under pressure! The rest of us are faking it."

Channel 4 picks E4 editor as first cross-platform commissioner
The broadcaster has appointed Jody Smith, editor of, to the role. He will discover new talent on the web and generate ideas that could be transferred to TV.

Ricky Whittle 'downplays HOLLYOAKS cull'
This week it was announced that 16 characters are to leave the show under new producer Paul Marquess, including Ricky's onscreen family the Valentines. Speaking at the Tric awards, where he won the 'TV Soap Personality' gong, he told Holysoap: "It's not this mass cull that everyone thinks it is. It's just people are coming to the ends of their contracts. People are choosing to do different things. It just so happens that everyone's contracts are coinciding - they're all ending at the same time."

More on the NEIGHBOURS extra that slashed her wrist in front of horrified cast members
The troubled woman cut herself with a glass from fictional hangout Charlie's Bar.

Former Y&R and DH actress Lyndsy Fonseca lands CBS pilot
In NIKITA, about the training of a new assassin (Maggie Q), Fonseca will play another assassin-in-training, a girl from a deprived background.

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