Monday, May 30, 2011

NEWS: Martha Byrne's Showbiz Bootcamp, Mark Teschner, J.R. Martinez

Aspiring Stars Look To Mahwah Actress For Guidance
Mahwah resident Martha Byrne, perhaps best known for her turn as Lily Walsh Snyder on soap opera AS THE WORLD TURNS, and Mario Costabile, an accomplished music producer, founded Showbiz Boot Camp, a series of courses on acting, singing, songwriting, music and video production, as well as resume development and other courses to help students break into the entertainment industry.

"This is not their day job," Byrne said of the instructors. "They're doing this out of a love of the industry, a love of the creative process. They see a potential for future talent."

New Executive Producer Of THE TALK Quits After One Week
After only a week on the job, Susan Winston, the new executive producer of CBS’ THE TALK, has turned in her letter of resignation. Developed as a replacement for AS THE WORLD TURNS, this shoddy VIEW impersonation has gotten almost universally slandered by critics and has shed viewers from the figures its soap opera predecessor was putting up.

Dish on daytime TV casting
The AFTRA Los Angeles Education Department recently invited casting directors from Y&R and GH to share their secrets about landing that lead role. For almost 22 years, New York native Mark Teschner has been head casting director for ABC’s General Hospital. He’s a three-time Emmy winner for "Outstanding Achievement in Casting". “It's been a real luxury and blessing. Even on busy and crazy days, I never complain,” said Teschner. “I’m appreciative and grateful.”

J.R. Martinez upbeat despite ALL MY CHILDREN ending
“It’s been a phenomenal experience,” Martinez said this week from his home in Los Angeles. “It gives me pride to know that I’m too young to be there from day one, but I’m young enough and able to say I was there when it finally wraps. I’m going to be a part of that historic moment. It’s going to be an unbelievable honor to be able to see so many people’s great careers get wrapped up on the show.”

VH1's scripted series SINGLE LADIES plays up soap opera drama but features likeable characters
SINGLE LADIES has stretches when it gets stuck in its own cliches and must fight its way through the soap suds.

Photo Credit: Full Circle Talent Group


  1. I actually like The Talk better than The View.

  2. A repeat of Saturday Night Live had a spoof of The Talk and it was funny. There was a guy in the audience (I think he is in The Hangover movies) who thought he was at The View and yelled at the woman for ruining his dream to be in the audience of The View and it was on his birthday.

    How appropriate that The Talk is having trouble. Still, the TV head honchos don't care; it is cheaper to produce. Sad, just sad. America, meet the new normal of TV.