Wednesday, October 27, 2010

NEWS: CAPRICA, TWIN PEAKS on PSYCH, Shaughnessy, Maria Bell

EVENT: NY SAG Foundation Conversation with ONE LIFE TO LIVE
The New York SAG Foundation has invited all union members (SAG, AFTRA, Equity) to a Conversations Event with the Executive Producer and Cast Members of ONE LIFE TO LIVE. The panel will include: Frank Valentini, Gina Tognoni, Florencia Lozano, Sean Ringgold, Kristen Alderson, David Gregory, Hillary B. Smith, Kassie DePaiva. The panel will discuss the 42-year-old soap and will be moderated by Abby West from Entertainment Weekly.

Museums, including Maria Bell's MoCA, roll out the red carpet for Hollywood
Maria Bell, producer and head writer of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and co-chair of the MoCA board, believes that making the contemporary art museum "less elitist and intimidating" helps. She helped bring the populist-minded Jeffrey Deitch on as director of MOCA, and is the driving force behind the museum's increasingly star-studded galas — including last year's Lady Gaga showcase, where Brad and Angelina (Pitt and Jolie) made a cameo and Gwen and Gavin (Stefani and Rossdale) stayed for dinner.

She also credits Philbin at the Hammer and Michael Govan at LACMA (where her husband, Bill Bell Jr., and sister-in-law Colleen Bell are both trustees) with making inroads.

"One thing that Michael especially has done is made it cool to be on museum boards," she says. "He's made it stylish to be a board member — not all drudgery but something you aspire to socially."

Are David and Charles Shaughnessy brilliant businessmen?
Says David: "In 2004, we started working with a technology company, that had developed an online revenue-solution called Hyperspots. We decided to merge our experience in the media with their technology."

PSYCH's James Roday salutes TWIN PEAKS
Roday will unveil, as Agent Cooper may have put it, a damn fine tribute to his all-time favorite TV show, TWIN PEAKS, Dec. 1 on USA Network.

"I can't say that I've ever been more proud of anything we've accomplished on our show than I am of this Twin Peaks episode," Roday said in a USA teleconference call.

Oprah unveils new OWN logo
The logo is a mix of orange, yellow, green and purple.

Syfy cancels CAPRICA
The final five episodes will be yanked from the schedule, to air sometime in 2011.

Why would NBC allow THE OFFICE to watch GLEE?
NBC's maneuver is "certainly unusual," said Tim Brooks, a former broadcast and cable network executive who is the co-author of "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV."

13 of 15 highest rated programs in primetime this season are NFL games
And the Week Seven NBC game between the Vikings and Packers attracted the biggest audience for any Sunday night game in history, with 25.7 million viewers.

THE TALK Holds Its Own in Premiere Week
THE TALK averaged about 2.2 million viewers in its first week, Nielsen ratings show. While that's not enough to topple Barbara Walters' THE VIEW, which won handily by over a million viewers a day, THE TALK is closing the gap between it and ONE LIFE TO LIVE, the current No. 1 show in its time slot.

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