Tuesday, February 22, 2011

NEWS: Bailey Chase, Sarah Brown, Laura Bell Bundy, Ray MacDonnell

Bailey Chase joins DAMAGES
The former Chris Hughes on AS THE WORLD TURNS has joined DAMAGES' upcoming season on DirecTV for a major recurring arc. Details on his storyline are being kept under wraps but he is said to be a potential love interest to Rose Byrne.

Sarah Brown bumped to recurring status on BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Soaps In Depth has now confirmed that the actress is no longer on contract with the show, having officially been moved to "recurring" status.

Will Prince William Stir Interest in British Soap's First Gay Wedding?
Britain's ITV network is hoping that interest in the April 29 wedding of Prince Prince William and Kate Middleton will drive viewers to its long-running soap CORONATION STREET to see the show's first gay wedding on the same day.

With the royal marriage the major event of the year, producers in various soaps are looking to introduce wedding fever into their storylines, with EASTENDERS Phil Mitchell and Shirley Carter also due to be joined in holy matrimony in April.

A CORONATION STREET source told the Sunday Mirror: “Top-brass think with the country in a frenzy over the royal wedding then it will be the perfect time to show Sean and Marcus tying the knot and trounce EastEnders.”

CORONATION STREET's gay couple get back together after a two-year split and will become the first civil partners in the soap’s history. They first met in 2007 during a scan of Sean and Violet Wilson’s baby at the hospital where Marcus was a sonographer.

V: How to fix ABC's struggling alien invasion series
Salon's Matt Zoller Seitz kept hoping, "the series would focus more provocatively on the dynamic of invaders/occupiers vs. rebels/terrorists -- not just because it plugs directly into America's ongoing foreign policy misadventures, but because it's a rich source of adult drama."

Ray MacDonnell visiting ALL MY CHILDREN in March
Original AMC cast member Ray MacDonnell, who retired from the role of Dr. Joe Martin when the show relocated to Los Angeles in 2010, will reprise the part in March when Joe (and Lee Meriwether's Ruth) return home for a Martin family event.

Alan Tudyk joins SUBURGATORY on ABC
The drama follows a teen as she moves from the city to the suburbs.

Laura Bell Bundy lands a pilot
Laura Bell Bundy rounds out the cast of another cable pilot, TBS' HOUND DOGS. The project centers on minor league team the Nashville Hound Dogs and its recovering gambling addict general manager (Tom Verica) as they try to handle life’s ups and downs. Bundy joins previously cast Darrell Hammond, Rob Mayes, Chris Butler, Megan Ferguson, Harry Lennix and Ness Buatista.

SPECIAL REPORT: ABC to Make "Major Decisions" About Daytime Lineup in Coming Weeks
“They have to make a decision by the end of the First Quarter of 2011 in order to get one or more of the shows on the air by fall,” says a source. “Affiliates are getting antsy with Oprah leaving the airwaves with no clear cut successor. The decisions ABC will be making will have ripple effects throughout the ABC Daytime lineup and yes, the soaps will be affected."

Ashley Judd joins ABC's MISSING
The former SISTERS star is plotting a return to series television in the series about a single mom who tries to track down her missing 18-year-old son in Italy.

Duchess of Cornwall visits The Mailbox
On the day of her appearance on-air in The Archers, the Duchess of Cornwall visited the home of the UK radio soap, at The Mailbox in Birmingham.

1 comment:

  1. My best wishes to Sarah Brown. She's a great actress. I hope that she lands a new gig soon. (AMC should pick her up as recast for Reese!)