Tuesday, August 16, 2011

NEWS ROUNDUP: Ron Raines & Follies, Rave Reviews For Judith Chapman, Harvey Fierstein To GOOD WIFE

Former GUIDING LIGHT star Ron Raines writes about playing "Follies'" Ben Stone and Singing beside Bernadette Peters. Y&R's Judith Chapman wins rave reviews for her portrayal of Vivien Leigh. Matthew Ashford talks about DAYS return with Sacramento's KCRA. ReelzChannel will air the Primetime Emmys Creative Arts Awards. Harvey Fierstein guest starring on THE GOOD WIFE as a judge. Are end dates actually good for TV shows? Are showrunner tweeters a good thing?

Ron Raines on Being "Follies'" Ben Stone and Singing Beside Bernadette Peters
"One of the challenges for me right now is doing eight shows a week. Stephen Sondheim is a composer and lyricist whose work demands that you show up at each performance. I have to be at the top of my form because there are so many emotional changes that Ben goes through during each performance. Of course, working with Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell and Danny Burstein eases the way throughout the journey. Even though the stage is filled with legends—Elaine Paige, Susan Watson, Terri White, Rosalind Elias—there is a wonderful sense of ensemble in the production. It's an honor to be onstage with these survivors and fantastic performers."

Y&R's Judith Chapman wins rave reviews for her portrayal of Vivien Leigh
"Her mastery of Leigh’s mannerisms -- that cat-that-got-the-cream smile, that icy stare, that lilting voice -- is uncanny."

Matthew Ashford talks about DAYS return with Sacramento's KCRA
"Jack is fighting like mad to get Jennifer back."

Minor TV Characters Who Deserve Their Own Spin-Off
Included in the list are Carla from MAD MEN and April from GLEE.

PRIMETIME EMMYS: ReelzChannel To Air Creative Arts Awards
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that REELZCHANNEL will broadcast the 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards which will once again be produced by Spike Jones, Jr. The announcement was made by Television Academy Chairman and CEO John Shaffner. The awards will be taped on Saturday, September 10th and air on Saturday, September 17th at 8:00 PM ET and at 8:00 PM PT. While this marks the 17th year that Jones, Jr. has produced the awards, it is the first time REELZCHANNEL has broadcast the ceremony.

GLEE's Chris Colfer to take his grandmother to the Emmys
Colfer is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Kurt Hummel in the hit series.

New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez is a Gleek
The DVR squares with Sanchez's unabashed love of show tunes.

TV Showrunners and Twitter: Too Much Exposure?
Like many social media outlets, Twitter has made for a more immediate kind of engagement between creator and audience, but sometimes an unpredictable one.

The impending demise of BREAKING BAD: Are end dates actually good for TV shows?
The problem with the End Date Theory is that it isn’t really true. It has the whiff of truth; it seems logical that storytellers should know when their story ends. But that logic assumes that TV show storytelling ought to follow classical rules of narrative, when the entire nature of the medium makes that impossible. Unlike novelists or movie screenwriters or playwrights, TV writers don’t have the benefit of going back to correct old drafts — they can’t change information in the show’s series premiere two years later.

Drew Carey busts his collarbone, PRICE IS RIGHT on hold
Carey tweeted: "Had to cancel TPIR tapings today. I fell while running this AM and separated my clavicle. Be back tomorrow though!"

Harvey Fierstein guest starring on THE GOOD WIFE as a judge
Fierstein is playing a liberal, ex-hippie type who marches to a different drummer. He’ll preside over a case Alicia (Julianna Margulies) is working on with a sharp eye, but rather laid-back speech.

Daniel Goddard Wants Colin to Threaten to Cut Off Victor Newman's Legs on YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
Genoa City really does't have a crime family," points out Goddard. "You've got Victor and Jack going at each other, but Colin is really a take-no-prisoners kind of guy. He knows what he wants and goes after it."

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