Wednesday, March 30, 2011

NEWS: Couric to CBS? Kimberly McCullough, Ignacio Serricchio

CBS Emerges As Front Runner To Land Couric Daytime Talker
CBS CEO Leslie Moonves fully backs the effort to keep Couric in-house, report several sources, and is very involved in talks. NBC, whose stations are seen as having the most need for a strong daytime show, remains interested, although CBS' option to match any offer is causing NBC to tread lightly, because "we don't want to negotiate her contract for her," according to one NBC source.

Although ABC doesn't seem to be a strong contender, ABC executives apparently would be more interested in having Couric host a network-based talk show that would replace another hour of the network's daytime programming, such as a soap opera.

Jean's EASTENDERS return grabs 8.7 million viewers
BBC One's flagship soap was watched by 8.71 million viewers (38.7%) from 7.30 p.m., as Jean returned to the Queen Vic to stay with Kat and Alfie. The repeat screening fetched 900K (4.6%) on BBC Three from 10 p.m.

Kimberly McCullough to visit Jaya Yoga for opening
On April 16 and 17, Northeastern Pennsylvania residents will have the opportunity to stretch, jump and dance with GENERAL HOSPITAL's Robin Scorpio. The real-life Robin is Kimberly McCullough, a yoga enthusiast and close friend of Hilary Steinberg, who along with partner Kelly O’Brien is opening Jaya Yoga Studio on State Street in Clarks Summit.

James Franco Goes From NYU Student to NYU Professor
The actor will reportedly teach a third-year film course focused on adapting poetry into short films.

Ignacio Serricchio to appear on COVERT AFFAIRS
Serricchio will play an Italian secret agent who is intended to be exchanged for a captured CIA operative.

Matthew Weiner: I've offered to take a pay cut to save the MAD MEN cast
Weiner also says he's willing to take less pay so that the show's running time won't be restored, but "the harder that I've fought for the show, the more money that they've offered me."

"Body of Proof" has strong debut, beating "The Good Wife"
With help from "Dancing with the Stars," Dana Delaney delivered 13.8 million viewers to ABC last night.

PHOTOS: Adrianne Palicki filming in her new WONDER WOMAN costume
Palicki was captured running in her less-shiny "Wonder" pants in L.A. on Tuesday.

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