Monday, April 18, 2011

NEWS: Facebook Censorship, TV's Changing Landscape, Triple H

LA Writer Perplexed by Homophobic Censorship of His Facebook Page
Over the weekend, Facebook deemed the photo below “abusive material” and removed it from the profile of Los Angeles-based author Richard Metzger.

The pic above is from a 2008 episode of the British soap opera EASTENDERS. An image of two fully clothed, adult men sharing a closed-mouth kiss that has been deemed appropriate for the whole of England, but is apparently too racy for Facebook.

The photo had been posted to Metzger’s profile by Brit blogger Niall O’Conghaile, who received a written warning from Facebook for sharing the pic. Both men write for, and have been using the popular site to protest what they see as blatant homophobia.

TV's changing landscape is washing soaps away
A gradual loss of fans led to less advertising revenue — which didn’t impact soaps right away. But when the soaps became too costly to support the loss of revenue, their descent accelerated.

“Over the years, commercial time has expanded within the soaps, but there are only so many minutes in an hour, so a network can only run so many minutes of ads,” explained Mary Alice Dwyer-Dobbin, former executive vice president for ABC Daytime.

“It matters how fans feel about what they’re watching,” writer Courtney Simon said. “I don’t think you’re ever going to get the passionate loyalty you get from a soap-opera viewer when you have a lifestyle show. Someone who has watched the ABC lineup for 30 years will be proud of that and say, ‘I love that network.’ Now, they’ll be saying, ‘I have 10 minutes to kill. Let’s see if Mario Batali is making lasagna.’ It’s not the same connection.”

“It doesn’t mean soaps can’t make a comeback,” said Ed Scott. “It just may take on different forms. There are still four left. And remember: Networks may find they’re not really going to make any money on these new shows. You can still go to the Food Network and watch what they’re doing there ... done better.”

GAME OF THRONES May Be The Best Soap Opera On TV
"Don’t let HBO’s reputation for Emmy bait and critical favourites fool you, GAME OF THRONES is nothing but a classic prime-time soap opera of the trashiest sort."

The Significance of Triple H's New Position in the WWE
In the midst of so many notable things happening, however, fans of the “action packed, soap opera drama” have missed one important note that can and will dramatically change the WWE as we now know it.

The tidbit of info that zipped past our collective sports entertainment radar is the official announcement of Paul “Triple H” Levesque’s new position with the company as the head of a fresh talent development department.

WWE Hires Tom Casiello
Casiello, a writer for the popular soap opera THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, and the recipient of Daytime Emmy Awards back in 2001 and 2002, has noted on his Twitter account that he has been hired as a member of the WWE creative team.

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