Friday, June 11, 2010

NEWS: B&B Books Jason Castro, Jake Turner, AFTRA

AFTRA approves contract extension
Facing an intense negotiating season, leaders of the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists have agreed with the four networks and their production companies to a one-year extension of its network code contract until Nov. 15, 2011. Among the current programs covered by the net code are DAYS OF OUR LIVES and THE VIEW.

Soap star Justin Deas has Connellsville roots‎
Emmy Award-winning actor Justin Deas called Connellsville "true small-town America," and he should know. He has lived all around the world. He also knows from experience that Connellsville "is a great place for the arts. It's a good location." He has extensively been on stage and screen.

Deas hasn't lived in Connellsville for decades but says, "When you don't really have roots, a town like Connellsville reminds you that you do."

CORONATION STREET stars honoured by Queen
Three CORRIE actresses have been honoured by the Queen in the ITV1 soap's 50th year. Eileen Derbyshire and Barbara Knox, who play Emily Bishop and Rita Sullivan, have been appointed MBE, along with Anne Reid, who played Valerie Barlow.

AMERICAN IDOL alum Jason Castro will make an appearance on CBS’ THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL in July. In an episode that he’ll tape next week at the sudser’s Los Angeles set, Castro will play himself and sing “Love Uncompromised” — a track off his self-titled debut album — in a scene involving Hope (Kimberly Matula) and Oliver (Zack Conroy).

St. Francis Professor Turner Nominated for Daytime Emmy
The fights and falls on daytime Television add spice to our favorite soap operas and for Jake Turner, a professor at St. Francis College, it may also add an Emmy Award, after being nominated in the Outstanding Stunt Coordination category. Turner, who teaches directing at St. Francis, received the nomination for his work as the stunt coordinator on the CBS soap AS THE WORLD TURNS. The episode that garnered the nomination featured fights and a roof collapse.

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