Tuesday, December 21, 2010

NEWS: Dolan, Carlson, Havins, Hagman, B&B Christmas, Google TV

Ellen Dolan to appear on SELLING NEW YORK
The excitement of New York City’s high-end real estate market, with its unique, often incredible urban dwellings, returns to HGTV in the compelling second season premiering on Thursday, January 6. Future episodes feature celebrity clients, including soap actress Ellen Dolan of the recently canceled AS THE WORLD TURNS who turns to Warburg Realty to help sell her Tribeca loft as soon as possible.

CW Entertainment President Dawn Ostroff Expected To Leave At The End Of Season
While the decision is not final, sources indicate that Ostroff is leaning heavily in that direction and is expected to make it official early next year.

On December 22, cancer victim Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) will purchase the show's hipster hangout Insomnia Café and then, on Christmas Day, she'll hand the keys over to Dayzee (Kristolyn Lloyd), the Skid Row youth she befriended several weeks ago.

DALLAS Without J.R.? "News to me," Says Stunned Larry Hagman
While Hagman claims he'd be far from devastated if the series attempted to launch without him, he acknowledges he would be deeply disappointed not to reunite with his old co-stars. "I'd miss playing with Patrick and Linda, that's for sure, because we're all buddies," he says.

The Myth of Fast-Forwarding Past the Ads
In homes that have DVRs and among 18- to 49-year-olds, ratings for the commercials for prime-time shows rise by 44 percent when playback within three days is counted, Nielsen says, noting, “this degree of lift to the viewing of commercials has remained steady for several years.”

Steve Landesberg, Sitcom Star and Comedian, Dies
Landesberg, the deadpan comic who earned three Emmy nominations for the 1970s sitcom BARNEY MILLER, has lost a battle to cancer. He was 65.

Google TV Faces Delays Amid Poor Reviews
Google has asked TV makers to delay their introductions, according to people familiar with the company’s plans, so that it can refine the software, which has received a lukewarm reception. The late request caught some of the manufacturers off guard. And it illustrates the struggles Google faces as it tries to expand into the tricky, unfamiliar realm of consumer electronics, and drum up broad interest in a Web-based TV product that consumers want.

Searching for the Future of Television
Even without Google's contribution, the consumer electronics industry has already transformed the TV set into a computer that can be connected to the Internet. That means the future of television is now up for grabs: the screen, the industry, even the meaning of the word.

BEING ERICA remake to be set in Philadelphia
The original version of the show is still awaiting its fourth-season pickup on home network CBC, though exec producer Aaron Martin promises the season, if it happens, will answer “every question” about Erica’s therapy and her time travel.

Amy Carlson bumped up to contract status with BLUE BLOODS
Carlson, who plays Donnie Wahlberg's wife, is poised to become a regular if the cop family drama is picked up for a second season, something that is widely expected. The show is about to get a trial run on Wednesday nights, swapping time slots with THE DEFENDERS.

Linda Evans Selling in Beverly Hills
Evans has listed her Beverly Hills, Calif., home for $3,295,000.

Alexa Havins joins GREY'S ANATOMY
ALL MY CHILDREN sweetheart Alexa Havins (ex-Babe) has a new show to call home! ABC has announced that the actress is joining the cast of GREY'S ANATOMY as the much-younger girlfriend of Meredith and Lexie's father, Thatcher. Look for Havins to make her debut on the ABC medical drama on February 10.

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