Tuesday, March 13, 2012

NEWS ROUNDUP: Newt Slams GCB, No MAD MEN Spoilers, Marc Cherry Dropped From Lawsuit

Newt Gingrich blasts GCB
Addressing a crowd in Gulfport, Miss., Gingrich criticized the show, a comedy that follows the lives of several wealthy women living in Dallas, Texas.

“Look at the new show that’s on that has the word ‘Christian’ in it, and I want you to take the exact name, drop out Christian and put in ‘Muslim.’ And ask yourself is their any network that would have dared to run a show like that and you know the answer is not a one, because anti-Christian bigotry is just fine in the entertainment industry but they have to be very protective of Islam,” Gingrich said, according to ABC News.

Will Critics Heed Matthew Weiner's 'Mad' Plea? No Spoilers!
Weiner wrote in a letter a plea for no spoilers: "I know you are aware how strongly I feel that the viewers are entitled to have the same experience you just had. My goal every season is first and foremost to entertain the audience, and I know that this is best accomplished when key storylines are not revealed in advance. I am asking you to please join with me to ensure this enjoyment by not revealing any of these answers or other issues. ... I truly look forward to your spoiler-free thoughts and insights."

Peter Facinelli, Jennie Garth to Divorce
"While we have decided to end our marriage, we both share the same deep love and devotion to our children," Facinelli and Garth tell Us. "We remain dedicated to raising our beautiful daughters together. We ask for privacy and respect during this time."
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SMASH bringing back Nick Jonas
Jona will return for the season finale.

Judge tosses DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES battery charge against Marc Cherry
The DH creator is no longer a defendant, says his attorney, but Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination suit is proceeding.

A Desperate Cover-up On DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Set?
In a transcription of a voice-mail obtained by RumorFix, the employee claims that someone wanted the show’s producers to have their hard drives erased shortly after Nicollette Sheridan filed a lawsuit against show creator Marc Cherry and Touchstone.

Federal judge invokes the "Gilligan's Island" theme in his court ruling
Chief U.S. District Judge William Steele rejected an Alabama man's claim to a shipwreck, writing: "Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip. It did not start in a tropic port, nor aboard a tiny ship."

Grant Show and Mariana Klaveno latest stars to join DEVIOUS MAIDS pilot
Show will play Spence Davis, a successful daytime star married to a gorgeous, self-centered actress (Klaveno).

EASTENDERS' Steve McFadden has accepted damages for libel
McFadden - best known for playing the character Phil Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EASTENDERS - has accepted undisclosed libel damages in the High Court after a tabloid newspaper suggested that he may have been guilty of harassing a former girlfriend.

NBC passed on current cultural favorite ‘Downton Abbey,’ produced by NBCUniversal's Carnival Films studio in London, believing that American audiences wouldn't have the appetite for a very British historical drama set in a country manor in Edwardian England.

Why TV soaps are deserting the saas
Widows and divorcees are increasingly taking centrestage in a new crop of Hindi TV serials where the action is no longer concentrated in the kitchen or around saas-bahu (mother-in-law-daughter-in-law) politics.

1 comment:

  1. So glad NBC passed on Downton Abbey. The 5.4 million viewers the show has gotten at PBS is a good thing, but a commercial broadcast network like NBC probably would have yanked the show from its schedule with a number like that.

    Deadline says that Downton Abbey "brought the pubcaster a burst of critical recognition during a time in Washington when government funding of public broadcasting was suddenly in peril. One could even go so far as to say that Downton Abbey helped to save PBS ...."

    IMO - Much better to save PBS. NBC probably would have just screwed the whole thing up during this period of turmoil going on there.