Tuesday, May 11, 2010

NEWS: Silbermann, HAPPY TOWN Yanked, Steger, Diaz

Judith Light to star in "Lombardi" on Broadway
Light will play Marie Lombardi in the show, coming to Broadway's Circle in the Square this fall (previews begin September 23, opening night is October 21).

New NBC execs named including Rebecca McGill (Director, Drama Programming)
McGill will oversee current drama series and will continue to handle daytime program duties for DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

ABC pulls HAPPY TOWN, will burn off in summer
After this week, ABC is pulling HAPPY TOWN from its schedule for the rest of the month/season. The decision comes after two episodes have aired of the Wednesday night show, which dropped 29% for its second week to a decidedly unhappy 1.2 adult demo rating. ABC will air another episode Wednesday night, then burn off the remaining five episodes starting June 2.

Primetime Emmys: Main Title Music Category To Stay
The TV Academy has nixed a plan to eliminate the primetime Emmy category for main title music and replace it with a Music For a Nonfiction Program category after a vote by the academy’s music branch. Of the 121 ballots returned, 36 were for the change while 85 voted against it, the TV Academy said Monday. The change, tied to the decreasing number or traditional television main title theme music, was to take effect next year.

INTERVIEW: ATWT's Jake Silbermann (Noah)
"It’s the end of an era and it’s been very good to me. I’ve made a lot of very dear friends as a result of this and it’s been a really great experience for me. That said, I think it’s really sad for the fans. For so many people this has been a stable thing. It’s been in their lives for far longer than it’s been in mine and I’m totally aware of that. To me it’s like if Spiderman suddenly stopped."

90210's Steger goes gay for TRUE BLOOD
Michael Steger is going from being surrounded by metaphorical bloodsuckers to literal ones: The 90210 actor has been tapped to guest star on TRUE BLOOD. He will play Tony, a gay prostitute who gets picked up by King of Mississippi Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) because of his resemblance to his current steady, Talbot (Theo Alexander).

New head writers material begins airing today on ALL MY CHILDREN
Tuesday's episode marked the first with new material from head writers David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski.

Mizen's launch WATCH OVER ME to take on youth crime
Margaret and Barry Mizen, who held a service today marking two years since the murder of their sixteen-year-old son, Jimmy, used the event to launch WATCH OVER ME, a 10-episode soap opera for teenagers on issues surrounding youth crime. The series, made in Jimmy’s memory and launched by not-for profit child safety organization the Kids Taskforce, deals with Fahri’s trial and the Mizen family’s experience as one of its storylines.

Argentine Serials Watched in Living Rooms Around the World
In little over a decade, Argentina has become one of the world leaders in production and export of films, mini-series, telenovelas (soap operas), entertainment programs and commercials.

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