Friday, July 16, 2010

NEWS: Titillating TV, Emmys, Pelphrey, DEGRASSI, Evans

DEGRASSI Introduces Its First Transgender Character
Degrassi marks ten seasons of surprise pregnancies, underage drinking, hearts being broken and universal angst-ridden rebellion in a new season starting on Monday by going into formerly uncharted territory as it introduces its first transgender character. This season of the Canadian teen drama will break new ground with the introduction of new student, Adam, who identifies as male, despite being born female, according to CTV.

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, others poised to raise risque quotient after FCC ruling
Primetime TV this fall is going to be chock-a-block with even more blatant sexuality and raunchy language. It's a trend that's been a long time coming and is now accelerating.

With more broad-appeal nominees on offer, Academy chief bullish on Primetime Emmys
"The audience likes to tune in to be reminded what they love and to also be reminded of things that they've missed," ATAS Chairman/CEO John Shaffner asserts. "We're going to continue with the concept this year of doing a greater review of the year in television so that [the Emmycast] can be an opportunity for people to come together. It's a cultural pause where we collectively look at the state of television."

New Off-Broadway show for Tom Pelphrey
Pelphrey is returning to the stage in the Apothecary Theater Company's production of "In God's Hat" at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

ABC Seeks Special Waiver From WGA
Multiple sources have confirmed to Daytime Confidential that ABC Daytime has approached the Writers Guild of America (WGA) requesting a special waiver allowing them to cut up to 20 scripted episodes a year from each of their three soap operas.

Mary Beth Evans returning to DAYS OF OUR LIVES in September
According to Soap Opera Digest, Evans, who is returning to AS THE WORLD TURNS this summer and starring on indie soap THE BAY, will be making another appearance in Salem in September.

Hitwise: and still most visited network websites
As usual, ABC and CBS were the top two broadcast-network Web sites for the week ending July 10, according to data from Hitwise.

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