Saturday, April 23, 2011

NEWS: Banff World Media Awards, BBC, David Sutcliffe, Oprah

Best Soap Opera/Telenovela nominees announced for Banff World Media Awards
Top-rating primetime Kapamilya soap MARA CLARA picked up a 2011 Banff World Media Festival – also known as the Rockies – nomination over the weekend.

The drama serial remake competes for Best Soap Opera/Telenovela category alongside South Korea's BREAD, LOVE AND DREAMS (BAKER KING also aired on GMA-7), UK's CORONATION STREET, USA's DAYS OF OUR LIVES, EVA LUNA and THE QUEEN OF THE SOUTH.

The Best Soap Opera/Telenovela category falls under The Fiction Rockies bracket which will announce winners June 12 (June 13 in Manila) at the AOL Canada Theater.

Nominees in other categories include BOARDWALK EMPIRE, GREY'S ANATOMY, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS and DETROIT 1-8-7.

BBC, Under Criticism, Struggles to Tighten Its Belt
The BBC seems at times to be an all-purpose whipping boy, an easy target for casual joking and at times naked derision from the country’s political establishment.

GILMORE GIRLS dad David Sutcliffe: Today, I'm Struggling
Two years ago David Sutcliffe (ex-Christopher Hayden, GG) was working on a project called Group. David, who has been tweeting for some time now, recently took to both Tumblr and YouTube to share in his personal journey, both in life and in this project.

TREME is improved and zestier in Season 2
This season will explore the flip side of TREME's main characters, while bringing some to the forefront.

DOCTOR WHO debuts episodes filmed in America
Saturday's Season 6 opener kicks off in Monument Valley, Utah. "The landscape was incredible," says Matt Smith. "And I think being in America, filming in that terrain, has definitely added a sense of scale and a filmic quality to this season. It was an amazing experience and . . . I have to confess that I think the Stetson has been my favorite hat for the Doctor so far."

The Boston Herald asks, "Why is BBC America spending more money to air American shows?"

Study: Few Americans care about the Royal Wedding
Only 6% of Americans have been following next week's wedding very closely, while 22% have been following it somewhat closely, according to a New York Times/CBS poll.

Yale prof: Oprah is like a religious icon
Yale religion professor Kathryn Lofton read through everything Oprah, including 1,560 show transcripts to come to her conclusion for her new book, "Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon."

Creative differences? BLUE BLOODS creators leave after one season
Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green, THE SOPRANOS vets who created the Tom Selleck CBS drama, are exiting their highly successful series reportedly because they were being pushed to turn their drama into more of a procedural.

TV bosses seek review on sex, HOME AND AWAY part of controversy
TVNZ and TV3 are calling for a review of broadcasting standards, saying a High Court decision proves the industry watchdog is too conservative in its approach to sex on screen. The offending HOME AND AWAY episode contained a scene in which a female character straddled her lover on a table, wearing only a bra and pajama pants, kissing him passionately.

It was found the program, which was classified as suitable for children and screened at a time when children were likely to be watching, breached the good taste and decency standard.

British Star Takes Pride in Popular Soap’s Gay Plotline
Antony Cotton, star of the hit British soap opera CORONATION STREET, told reporters for New magazine that he is pleased and proud that the show will be depicting gay parenting in a positive light in the upcoming Easter episode.

Cotton, who plays Sean Tully on the show, explained that his gay character will be reunited with his former partner Marcus (Charlie Condou) and son Dylan before moving back in with them to help raise the 3-year-old child as a family.

1 comment:

  1. David's a very talented actor. I hope his project and life turnaround soon. Sounds like he's in tortured-artist mode.