Tuesday, September 20, 2011

NEWS ROUNDUP: Alicia Minshew Open To Staying With AMC, Alison Sweeney On New DAYS, Sue Sylvester's Opponent Revealed!

AMC's Alicia Minshew Not Moving On Just Yet
"Nothing has been worked out with me yet; we're trying to figure things out and figure out what is going to work out best for me given that at some point, I have to return to the East Coast."

DAYS star Alison Sweeney on the state of soaps
"I think our competition has changed a lot over the years; it's not the three other soaps, it's all of primetime TV. I think a lot of primetime TV have embraced their inner soap, with serialized stories that have a real soap energy and feel to them. And reality shows have done that, too. A lot of reality shows are that kind of escapism, naughty TV that no one admits to watching. Fans are getting that kind of fix from any number of new areas.

"For us to be competitive in the market we cannot continue to do so the way we did 30 years ago and what I like about what we're doing on DAYS is that we're honoring the family of Salem and all who came before us and at the same time taking it in a new direction. I've done some scenes where I am hanging out with other women on the show the way friends do in life and it's been really different and fantastic."

Soap Opera's Swan Song Is Good For Women Who Refuse To Settle
Historically, daytime soaps have been marketed to women of all ages, with mothers and daughters often watching the same shows. But women are changing. The two biggest constants in these programs may no longer appeal to most women: 1. myopic portrayals of female characters, and 2. melodramatic relationships.

Female characters in these shows are overwhelmingly one-dimensional. They typically ascribe to the virgin-whore dichotomy (the maternal good girl versus the evil vixen). The one deviation to these simplistic characterizations is when characters have split personality disorders (a surprisingly common portrayal). They are caricatures.

Leven Rambin to Play Female Lead in Curtis Hanson’s Mavericks
Variety reports that Leven Rambin (ALL MY CHILDREN) has landed the female lead in Curtis Hanson’s Mavericks. The film centers on the late legendary surfer Jay Moriarty (Jonny Weston) and his “quest to ride the iconic Northern California break known as Mavericks, where winter swells bring in treacherous waves the size of five-story buildings.” Rambin will play “a California surfer girl who is Moriarty’s best friend and the object of his adoration.” Gerard Butler co-stars as Moriarty’s trainer and friend Rick “Frosty” Hesson.

Schweddy Balls Make AFA Squirm
The American Family Association affiliate OneMillionMoms is calling on activists to boycott Ben & Jerry’s because of the company’s new Schweddy Balls ice cream. In an email, the group describes the legendary Saturday Night Live skit featuring People For the American Way board member Alec Baldwin, Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon that gives the ice cream its name, but doesn’t see the humor in it. “The vulgar new flavor has turned something as innocent as ice cream into something repulsive,” the group writes.

GLEE: Sue Sylvester Will Face Off Against [Spoiler] in Her Run for Congress
Sue will be facing off against none other than Kurt’s dad, Burt Hummel (Mike O’Malley), in her race for office.

SMALLVILLE Showrunners Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders Join THE SECRET CIRCLE
The gig is consulting, at least for now.

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