Friday, July 23, 2010

NEWS: ATWT Honors Helen Wagner, Scorsone, Bergl, Bowen

AS THE WORLD TURNS will honor Helen Wagner
"Helen's death was a great loss, made even greater by the fact that she didn't make it to the end," says executive producer Chris Goutman, who will have Nancy quietly pass away August 30. The soap will then pay tribute to both actress and character with a full farewell episode August 31.

Don't expect the usual church memorial. "We decided not to go the traditional route in paying tribute to Nancy because she made it clear she didn't want anything fancy done," Goutman notes. "Instead, we pick up right after the ceremony with all the characters feeling like they need to do more for her. Casey takes the lead and challenges everyone to come up with a special way to honor Nancy, and that becomes our farewell episode."

Publicist Howard Bragman Developing 'Coming Out' Show
Bragman, who many celebrities have hired to assist them in coming out of the closet, is developing a show with A&E based on just that premise, Nikke Finke reports. "Casting is still in process. Bragman has been working with celebrities coming out of the closet for two decades and recently orchestrated exposure for Meredith Baxter and country singer Chely Wright. Bragman and Baxter were part of a 'Coming Out in Hollywood' panel at Outfest, the gay and lesbian film festival, this past weekend, and Bragman mentioned that if anyone knows a high-profile celebrity coming out of the closet he has a great TV opportunity."

Primetime Emmys: Actresses reels
Entertainment Weekly reveals the episodes submitted in the Lead and Supporting Actress categories.

A DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES insider confirms that MEN IN TREES' delightfully daffy Emily Bergl (a.k.a. Annie) is a breath away from landing the recurring role of Beth, the fragile soul who married Paul (Mark Moses) while he was behind bars.

Andrea Bowen not returning to DH next season
Michael Ausiello confirmed in his weekly "Ask Ausiello" column.

PRIVATE PRACTICE Promotes Caterina Scorsone to Series Regular
"It's so fantastic for so many reasons," Scorsone, who plays Dr. Amelia Shepherd, tells of her promotion. "The set is really a wonderful environment. Everyone is generous and fantastic, so to know that's going to be my home for a while is pretty nice."

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