Saturday, April 9, 2011

NEWS: YouTube Channels, Ingo Rademacher, Gaga, Jenni Pulos

Google Plans to Organize YouTube Site Around 'Channels,' Fund Original Content as TV and Web Converge
Google Inc. is working on a major overhaul of YouTubeas it tries to position itself for the rise of televisions that let people watch online video in their living rooms, according to people familiar with the matter.

Google's YouTube video website is working on a major site overhaul to organize its content around "channels" as it positions itself for the rise of Internet-connected televisions. Jessica Vascellaro has details.

YouTube is looking to compete with broadcast and cable television, some of these people said, a goal that requires it to entice users to stay on the website longer, and to convince advertisers that it will reach desirable consumers.

The site is planning a series of changes to its home page to highlight sets of "channels" around topics such as arts and sports. About 20 or so of those channels will feature several hours of professionally produced original programming a week, some of these people said. Additional channels would be assembled from content already on the site.

It is planning to spend as much as $100 million to commission low-cost content designed exclusively for the Web, people familiar with the matter said.

Ingo Rademacher On GH Status: "I'm Not Holding My Breath"
While published reports indicate that GH has a big umbrella tale in the works that includes Jax and Brenda, Rademacher remains skeptical. "I'm not holding my breath about this next storyline that I, apparently, have coming up in a little bit. I haven't worked a frontburner storyline since last August, I think it was. To be honest, I'm just doing my thing up there right now. If I don't work more, then the writing is on the wall."

Susan Lucci: 'It Hurts Me to Hear' Rumors of ALL MY CHILDREN Cancellation
"The rumors are not coming from ABC. I just have been very enthusiastically told how much they love my story line that I just begun working on, and I just was given my schedule into next year," the actress adds.

GLEE confirms Lady Gaga episode on April 26
GLEE pays homage to Mother Monster herself, Lady Gaga, when New Directions performs her latest smash hit, “Born This Way,” in a super-sized 90-minute episode airing Tuesday, April 26 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. In the “Born This Way” episode, Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) teaches the glee club a valuable lesson about self-acceptance and embracing what makes you unique through the music of Lady Gaga. Meanwhile, Lauren Zizes (guest star Ashley Fink) and Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) go toe-to-toe for the prom queen crown, Ms. Pillsbury (Jayma Mays) confronts her obsessive issues, Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) struggles with a life-altering decision and Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera) has something up her sleeve that could permanently alter the glee club dynamic.

A Lady Gaga–Themed MODERN FAMILY?
Jesse Tyler Ferguson told Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa that Gaga had approached producers about appearing on the show, but nothing has happened yet. But he did reveal his character will be desperate to go to the Lady Gaga concert in an upcoming episode.

SMALLVILLE promo uses Superman movie music
On Friday, The CW rolled out this promo for the final episodes of SMALLVILLE that licenses John Williams’ classic score from the original 1978 Superman movie.

FLIPPING OUT's Jenni Pulos to appear on Y&R
Pulos will pop up on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS during May sweeps, playing Ashley and Tucker's wedding planner.

VIDEO: Y&R April 13 Wedding Preview

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