Sunday, November 7, 2010

NEWS: ATWT in NY Times, Lauralee Bell, Ana Ortiz, Ed Marinaro

ATWT in New York Times: Stay Tuned for Soap Stars’ Next Acts
When production at the AS THE WORLD TURNS studio in Brooklyn halted in June, New York was left with only one soap — ONE LIFE TO LIVE, on ABC — and hundreds of actors plotting their next real-life story lines.

“It’s the loss of a creative environment as much as a loss of paychecks,” said Trent Dawson.

In interviews with actors who brought life to the soap’s fictional Oakdale, few said they were caught off guard by the show’s demise. Mr. Silbermann said he sensed a certain end-time mood almost immediately after joining the show in 2007. Veteran cast members, he recalled, “would say, ’Oh, man, if only you were here years ago, when location shoots meant going to Rome instead of Staten Island.’ You know, too bad.”

UGLY BETTY's Ana Ortiz lands on Fox
Ortiz will play a frazzled mom on OUTNUMBERED.

HILL STREET BLUES alum Ed Marinaro (ex-Packy, EDGE OF NIGHT) has been hired at DAYS OF OUR LIVES to play Leo, an old Merchant Marine buddy of Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope's (Kristian Alfonso). He is set to air the first week in January. The actor is currently appearing on SPIKE TV's BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE, which stars DAYS alum Darin Brooks (ex-Max).

Lauralee Bell excited about the Shirley Jones appearance on FAMILY DINNER
“We’ve been so lucky to have had Phyllis Diller and Cloris Leachman appear on our show. We’re now feeling like three-classic stars is the charm for our little series. Shirley [Jones] was so professional. I had to pinch myself to think I was working opposite this lady, but not only is she classy and extremely talented, but she’s also very easy to work with as well,” said Bell. The new episode of FAMILY DINNER will air on November 15.

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