Wednesday, April 7, 2010

NEWS: Christopher Cazenove, GLEE, Elman, Indian Soaps

Christopher Cazenove dead at age 64
Cazenove played Ben Carrington on DYNASTY (the father of Terri Garber's Leslie)along with many other film and television roles. He died yesterday at the age of 64 after a battle with septicaemia. His death comes just days after that of 92-year-old John Forsythe in California. Forsythe played his on-screen oil tycoon brother Blake Carrington.

Indian Soap Operas Draw New Captive Audience, Men‎
"When reality TV became a part of the programing, we managed to pull in a lot of male viewers from news channels," says Ashvini Yardi, head of programing for the Colors channel, which airs "Uttaran."

"But they stayed back for the daily soaps because the content of the daily soaps has undergone a change. We find that men like strong women characters and there is a high recall value for them, so that is something else we keep in mind when we design our programing," says Yardi.

Adrienne Frantz returning to THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Frantz posted the news on her Facebook: "I will be going back to B&B!! I AM VERY HAPPY!"

Parents TV Council upset that MODERN FAMILY and GLEE are considered "family friendly"
The group is up in arms over a recent Los Angeles Times article that argued that American television has reverted back to more family-friendly programming. While the article acknowledged that the shows deal with mature subject matters and that the term “family friendly” is far more limber than it was years ago, the Parents Television Council (PTC) begs to differ, saying it believes the article reflects that Hollywood has lost sense of what is and isn’t appropriate viewing for young audiences.

GLEE holds its notes, unlike most other musical TV shows
The high school setting and popular songs in the fledgling Fox TV series appeal to audiences in ways that other failed shows did not.

Eva Longoria Parker 'Really Confused' by Nicollette Sheridan's Lawsuit
"I'm really confused about this whole thing," Longoria Parker said Wednesday morning on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show. "I would love to see her to find out if everything's okay."

SAG split on AFTRA's call to merge
An open letter from AFTRA's top brass calling for "one media and entertainment union for all actors, performers and broadcast journalists" has met with mixed reaction from SAG leaders, with moderates hailing it as an important step and hard-liners sounding a note of caution.

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