Sunday, July 31, 2011

NEWS: Taylor Spreitler wishes soaps got more respect, GREY's Shonda Rhimes talks about new season, CORRIE's Armitage/Anthony to return

Former DAYS OF OUR LIVES actress Taylor Spreitler wishes soaps got more respect. Arab Spring transforms TV and movie industries, soaps may not get the usual ratings bump. GREY'S ANATOMY's Shonda Rhimes talks about Mer-Der's struggle, Cristina's pregnancy and more in a new interview. Peter Armitage and Kate Anthony are returning to CORONATION STREET in September as Bill and Pam. British Royal Zara Phillips weds rugby star Mark Tindall, CORRIE's Katherine Kelly attends.

Hattiesburg native Taylor Spreitler hits prime time, wishes soaps got more respect
"It's an end to an era, and people are losing their jobs," she said of canceled daytime soaps. "It sucks that they don't get the respect that they deserve. I grew up on soap operas."

Spreitler said she didn't worry too much about her soap opera experience on DAYS when she started auditioning for other roles, although she did wonder if casting directors might hold it against her.

"If I'd been on for 10 years it might have been different," she said. "I have been very blessed to work for four years straight."

Arab Spring transforms TV and movie industries
Typically Ramadan season sees a rise in soap opera and cinema viewership in the Arab world. But experts say this Ramadan may be different. Many factors could contribute to a slump in their viewership because of the Arab Spring.

GREY'S ANATOMY: Shonda Rhimes Talks Mer-Der's Struggle, Cristina's Pregnancy
"I usually start planning my seasons [by planning the last scene first]. This year, we just don't know. I just don't know what we'll be doing at the end of the year, so we couldn't start out that way. We're doing it a little bit differently this year. I pitched eight different scenarios for the end of this season, but we don't know which ones we're writing to. So right now, we're concentrating on the first half, then we're going to concentrate on the second half as a separate shock."

Peter Armitage and Kate Anthony are returning to CORONATION STREET in September as Bill and Pam
Pam, aunt of the late Molly Dobbs (Vicky Binns) and Bill were last heard off travelling around Europe following the devastating tram-crash last year which claimed the lives of several residents of the street. However, it's been revealed that the duo are to return from Europe planning to marry.

British Royal Zara Phillips Weds Rugby Star Mark Tindall, CORRIE's Katherine Kelly attends
Katherine Kelly was among the first guests to arrive. She wore a bright tangerine-colored hat with a fuchsia ribbon, and a matching tangerine handbag. The accessories livened up her long flowing ballerina-pink dress.


  1. So glad to see that Pam Hobsworth is coming back to Coronation Street.

    We all need a fix of Aunty Pam and she will brighten up the recent Corrie storylines. Well done Corrie - I was beginning to lose faith in you.

  2. Oh yes, Aunty Pam. I'll have some of that.