Thursday, December 22, 2011

NEWS ROUNDUP: Jonathan Jackson, Betty White, Buffy Movie, Jon Tenney, Mario Batali

GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jonathan Jackson on telling love stories and maintaining character integrity
"It's difficult to tell love stories in a day in and day out medium. It can easily become a little bit mundane," Jackson says. "I think there's a way around that, but it's not easy. The answer can't be to always have one of the two people betray the other one and have the whole thing fall apart because the characters end up compromising everything about themselves. There has to be another way to have drama without the characters themselves doing that to themselves or doing that to each other. That would be the challenge: how do you create drama and suspense nuances but maintain the integrity of the characters? That's really difficult to do."

‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ movie looking for new writer
That big-screen revamp of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER has been dealt a setback. Two sources close to the project say that the script submitted this past summer by writer Whit Anderson fell far short of expectations and, in the end, was rejected completely.

THE CHEW's Mario Batali: Accused in Butt-Slapping Suit Of Ignoring Sexual Misdeeds
Eugene Gibbons filed the suit in NY Supreme Court, claiming several co-workers ruthlessly harassed him while he worked at Batali's Babbo Restaurant in NYC -- co-owned by MASTERCHEF judge Joe Bastianich. Eugene claims Batali and Bastianich were fully aware of the harassment -- but did nothing to stop it ... the suit claims ... by their inaction the two chefs condoned the campaign of humiliation.

THE CLOSER's Jon Tenney Heads to HBO's Aaron Sorkin-Produced THE NEWSROOM
The hour-long drama is set behind the scenes at a fictional cable news network and centers on an anchor (Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer (Mortimer), his newsroom staff (Alison Pill, John Gallagher, Jr., Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Thomas Sadoski) and their boss (Sam Waterston).

Betty White to star in MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL season finale opener
White will be seen kicking off the MNF game in which the Atlanta Falcons will defeat the New Orleans Saints.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY scoop: Second season will have new cast, locale (goodbye, Jessica Lange?)
Creator Ryan Murphy told reporters today that season 2 of the hit FX drama will begin with a new locale and a (mostly) new cast.

5 things GLEE could learn from PRETTY LITTLE LIARS
1. Camp and character can co-exist!

TV grandmas turn the rocking, knitting stereotype on its ear
Today’s TV grandmothers have evolved from the cranky or cackling grannies of old; no Granny Clampett here.

Ranking TV’s Nightlife Destinations from Worst to Best
4. Dobler’s, GREEK

How BEING ERICA took product integration too far
The proverbial last straw came with the fourth season’s eighth episode, which begins with Erica (inexplicably) test-driving a Ford Focus with Julianne.

Another peek at the upcoming season of GAME OF THRONES
We're still months away from the Season 2 premiere of HBO's GAME OF THRONES, but the network continues to throw dedicated viewers a bone (watch below).

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