Wednesday, February 1, 2012

NEWS ROUNDUP: Barbara Hershey On ONCE UPON A TIME, "Scruples" Pilot Ordered, GOSSIP GIRL Reveal

ONCE UPON A TIME: Barbara Hershey Cast as Evil Queen's Mother
Hershey will first appear as the queen’s mum, Cora, later this season, with the option of also having a short arc in Season 2 (if/when the fantastical drama conjures up a renewal this spring).

ABC orders adaptation of '70s novel 'Scruples'
The book was a bestseller and follows the life of Wilhelmina Hunnewell Winthrop, aka Billy, a previously plump woman who loses weight, becomes fabulously cool, and survives a very rich (and very old) first husband. She ends up opening up a Beverly Hills clothing boutique called “Scruples.”

ABC picks up Marc Cherry pilot for DEVIOUS MAIDS
Based on a Mexican program, DEVIOUS MAIDS is described as a soap that follows "four maids with ambition and dreams of their own while they work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills." Cherry will write and executive-produce the one-hour ABC Studios project. DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES executive producer Sabrina Wind is also attached to executive-produce the project.

The Big GOSSIP GIRL Reveal
The "GOSSIP GIRL 100th episode spectacular, which included (SPOILER ALERT) a disastrous wedding to a prince and lots of hats, was chiefly important in that it revealed, after so many agonizing false reports and bait-and-switches, the true identity of the mysterious, omnipotent Gossip Girl, blog scourge of the fictional Upper East Side. It appears that Gossip Girl, though voiced by Kristen Bell (will that continue now we wonder?) is none other than Georgina Sparks, the blundering villain played by famous BUFFY-ruiner Michelle Trachtenberg. Her? Yeah. Her."

HBO renews LUCK
Despite modest ratings after airing the pilot twice, LUCK will be back for Season 2.

Alison Sweeney And Her Dog Winky Battle Pet Obesity
With the Million Pound Pledge, Sweeney is urging pet owners to come together on and collectively help their animals drop a combined one million pounds by March 30.

ONE LIFE TO LIVE star Kristen Alderson signs three year contract with GENERAL HOSPITAL
Alderson tweeted on Friday: "Just signed my General Hospital contract! 3 years! Here we go... You guys ready!? YAY"

Former ONE LIFE TO LIVE actress Katrina Bowden engaged
She met rocker Dan Jorgensen seven years ago in their home state of New Jersey and had a “special’’ connection but separated due to her career.

The CW picks up three more drama pilots
SHELTER, written by ONE TREE HILL creator Schwahn and produced by Warner Bros TV, is set at a historic New England summer resort where the new and returning staff attend to the practical, emotional and often comical needs of the guests while navigating friendships, rivalries and romances of their own

Stephen Amell cast as Green Arrow
In a potential star-making turn, Amell has been cast in the title role of the CW drama pilot arROW.

Nollywood's Emem Isong developing new soap, CATWALK
The star-studded soap focuses on the story of a magazine company,with many stars in it,including Monalisa Chinda,London-based IT Consultant-cum-actress Uru Eke,Memory Savanhu,Joy and several others.

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