NEWS ROUNDUP: DOWNTON ABBEY Season 3 Preview, CORRIE Looking For Sponsor, Denise Vasi-Ricky Whittle Photos

ITV seeks new CORONATION STREET sponsor when Harvey's deal ends in January 2013
Simon Daglish, group commercial sales director at ITV, said: "CORONATION STREET remains one of the jewels in ITV's crown and this sponsorship package consistently delivers some of the highest audiences across any year, as well as outstanding additional value and exciting opportunities across multiple platforms. [Furniture retailer] Harveys remains one of our largest advertisers and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them going forward."

CORRIE is the UK’s most popular soap and currently attracts an average audience of 10.1 million viewers for each of its five episodes per week This year it peaked with 12.5 million viewers, or 45% of the available TV audience, for an episode on 23 January that saw Becky McDonald leave the show.

Sir Derek Jacobi set for CORONATION STREET cameo
The show's production staff confirmed that the Shakespearian action will appear is an extra during a scene in the Rovers Return pub, but may be difficult to spot.

DOWNTON ABBEY Season 3 Preview: Life, death and Shirley MacLaine
“Matthew and Mary do get married,” MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton said last week at a Winter Park (Florida) party. She previewed the British drama, which is in production, for supporters of WUCF TV, Central Florida’s new PBS station.

In the new DOWNTON season, everyone is waiting for the arrival of the mother of Cora (Elizabeth McGovern), a character played by Oscar-winner Shirley MacLaine. They’re waiting for MacLaine’s character because the British family, especially Violet (Oscar-winner Maggie Smith), needs money again, Eaton said.

“There are some wonderful scenes between Maggie and Shirley MacLaine — Shirley MacLaine being as ditsy as ever,” Eaton said. “And Maggie barely restraining her sneer in having to deal with this American. Maggie Smith is a handful, it’s true. She’s very difficult. She knows her worth, and she’s tricky on the set, but she delivers when the time comes.”

Eaton supplied more teases: “Somebody will be born, and somebody will die, somebody pretty key in the cast, unfortunately not going to make it. It’s the 1920s now.”

SINGLE LADIES Photo Preview: ALL MY CHILDREN's Denise Vasi with HOLLYOAKS' Ricky Whittle
"If Denise Vasi's presence isn't enough to have your eyes glued to the television on a weekly basis, Ricky Whittle is now set to play her love interest. Ricky will play a world traveler and potential love interest for her."

DALLAS star Josh Henderson suits up in DSquared2 for the April/May 2012 issue of Da Man magazine (with Alexander Ludwig on the cover).
On his new role in the new TNT series: “I play John Ross, J.R.’s son. He’s a lot like his father. And he’s very set on carrying the Ewing name back to the top of the oil game. Very passionate and determined to carry on the legacy his father created for the Ewings.”

Jon Bernthal talks Shane Walsh, THE WALKING DEAD, and his new role on L.A. NOIR
"I loved the cast and crew The Walking Dead. They’re like family to me I know people talk about that all the time. I have never had an experience where I’ve gotten so close with the people I’ve worked with. We all know how lucky we are to be there. We all believe in the show immensely. We all believed in each other immensely. I miss them with all my heart. I’m so sad I don’t get to go mix it up with them again. I love them all. I could go on and on about any single one of those people. It was such an honor to be with them, and I’ll miss them."

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