Friday, July 22, 2011

NEWS: WWE Wants Soap Writers, Emmy's Rocky Race Relations, Alicia Minshew, Paige Turco

WWE Wants To Hire More Soap Opera Writers
"There are people in WWE who are very interested in bringing in experienced soap opera writers to join the company’s creative tam. One of the big reasons behind this push is that the soap opera industry is in very bad shape and they can likely sign some talented writers for much less than they could have 2-3 years ago. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE wants to improve its storylines and present compelling personal conflicts. An example of this would be the Vince McMahon – Triple H segment that ended this week’s RAW."

The Emmy's Rocky Race Relations
The blatant snub of TREME (and THE WIRE before it) reveals a troubling truth about the academy's obliviousness to actors of color.

The website Black Voices noted that by 2010, only 36 black actors had won an Emmy in the 62-year history of the awards; seven of those had won multiple times, but the total still fell below 50.

Kyle MacLachlan, Paige Turco Cast in Schwarzenegger Scandal-Esque Episode of LAW & ORDER: SVU
MacLachlan (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES; TWIN PEAKS) will play Andrew Raines, a powerful politician whose family is embroiled in a headline-grabbing scandal. Turco (GUIDING LIGHT) has been cast as the “charming, charismatic and fiercely protective” Kathleen Raines.

Apple Said to Consider a Bid for Hulu
Hulu would give Apple a new subscription service and represent a possible challenge to Netflix Inc. Hulu’s media-company owners, Walt Disney Co., News Corp. and Comcast Corp.’s NBC Universal, are offering suitors a five-year extension of program rights, including two years of exclusive access, people familiar with the matter said earlier this week.

ALL MY CHILDREN TV to Web Transfer Could Change Everything!
Ed Martin writes: "If "AMC" succeeds there, either as a free advertiser-supported Web series, or on a pay-per-month or pay-per-view and/or download platform, everything we know about the production, distribution and potential longevity of broadcast and cable programming will likely change forever."

ALL MY CHILDREN's Alicia Minshew still undecided about future with the show
"I have made absolutely no decision about appearing on ALL MY CHILDREN after its last TV episode because I know nothing!" the actress tells Digest. "I have not been spoken to at all [by the show's new owners, Prospect Park] and I have not told anyone that I am leaving. I don't know where that came from. The same story said that I'm tired of commuting between New York and L.A. For the record, I am not tired of commuting because I have never commuted — I live in Los Angeles now! I really do appreciate that people are taking an interest in me and Kendall and the future of the show," she adds. "But if they want to know, they should ask me!"

Rupert Murdoch and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: What do they have in common?
From a story in the Washington Post: A partial nod must go to the soap opera THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, whose character Victoria Newman was arrested on her wedding day for allegedly bribing a foreign dignitary. Television and Murdoch and ’round-the-clock FCPA conjecture — it’s a welcome publicity storm for the FCPA bar.

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