Tuesday, November 29, 2011

NEWS ROUNDUP: Mary-Ellis Bunim & Michael Eisner Added to TV Hall of Fame, Sherry Stringfield Movie, Justin Hartley on CASTLE

Mary-Ellis Bunim & Michael Eisner among nine added to Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Hall of Fame
Mary-Ellis Bunim’s unique talents in producing daytime soap operas (SEARCH FOR TOMORROW; AS THE WORLD TURNS; SANTA BARBARA) combined with Jonathan Murray’s experience in news and documentaries proved to be the perfect ingredients to develop The Real World. This groundbreaking MTV show quickly became part of the cultural DNA, and it has now endured for almost 20 years, having been renewed through its 28th season. During their 14-year partnership, Bunim and Murray broke the boundaries of conventional television to create more than just a show. Instead they pioneered a whole new genre known as “reality television.”

Michael Eisner has been a leader in the American entertainment industry for four decades. He began his career at ABC, where he helped take the network to number one in primetime, daytime and children’s television.

Sherry Stringfield books TNT movive
TNT has decided to extend its Mystery Movie Night franchise into the spring, greenlighting today the original movie Hornet’s Nest, an adaptation of the Patricia Cornwall novel that will star Stringfield and Virginia Madsen.

Jack Huston is the man behind the mask of HBO's BORADWALK EMPIRE
"Taking this one has been a master class in acting," said Huston of his portrayal.

Former soap actress Liz Vassey sells comedy to NBC
NBC has bought FOUR PLAY, a half-hour comedy script created and written by Vassey.

New Life, Surprisingly, for ABC Primetime
One show, the fairy-tale drama ONCE UPON A TIME, probably could be considered the strongest new entry of the season because it has attracted hit ratings without the benefit of a strong lead-in show. Another drama, REVENGE, is performing consistently and generating passionate talk online.

J.R. Martinez is shopping a book
The Iraq vet, motivational speaker and actor is writing a yet-to-be-titled tome which will tell his life story. His rep, Cynthia Snyder, says the book will be “full of things people don’t know.”

Chaz Bono is creating a VIEW for guys, with J.R. Martinez?
Martinez, David Arquette and Karson Cressley talked about doing a show while on DANCING WITH THE STARS.

Justin Hartley Lands Role In Reality-TV Riff Episode Of CASTLE
In Season 4′s 13th episode, titled “An Embarrassment of Bitches,” Hartley will play the boyfriend of a Kim Kardashian-like reality-TV starlet who is famous just for being famous.

Tatyana Ali To Star In Indie Film Home Again
The dramatic feature portrays three adults raised as outsiders from childhood and deported from Canada, the U.S. and London, England to Jamaica, where they were born.

Paramount CEO Brad Grey Buys $15.5 Million Apartment in New York's Carlyle Hotel
Grey is selling the Holmby Hills estate he bought in November 2010. One of his neighbors there is B&B writer/producer Brad Bell.

GENERATIONS (Africa) star Katlego Danke says she feels honoured to have been chosen as brand ambassador for the Fezile Dabi HIV-Aids Benefit Campaign
The campaign will be staging a big benefit concert on December 3 at the Abrahamsrust Resort in Sasolburg.

PATH leader developing new Nicaraguan soap with a message
Margarita Quintanilla, Nicaragua country program leader for the Seattle-based health organization PATH, is now helping develop a new soap opera that focuses on topics such as sexual exploitation and HIV. The plan is to distribute the program not only in Nicaragua but in other Latin American countries.

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