Sunday, April 15, 2012

NEWS ROUNDUP: Eric Braeden Opines ‘They’re Replacing the Soaps with Crap’; Peter Bergman; Victoria Rowell; James Franco

Y&R's Eric Braeden: ‘They’re Replacing the Soaps with Crap’
“You cannot tell me that all of a sudden, people who have been used to the novelistic form of entertainment, soap operas, have suddenly lost interest,” he goes on. “This form of serialized storytelling goes back to radio, to serialized novels. Dickens was essentially a soap opera writer. The desire to see, to be part of that has not died suddenly. I think it has died in the minds of some executives.”

Braeden’s last contractual go-round, in 2009, was so difficult that for awhile, it appeared he might be ending his run with the show. He finally wound up with his current three-year deal that runs into the fall. His feelings about his future on “Y&R”? “To be honest with you, I don’t know. I don’t,” he says. “It depends on how hostile an environment the negotiations are carried out in. If it’s as adversarial as it was, I have no interest.”

Ottawa Women's Show Goes On, Minus Peter Bergman
Bergman was forced to cancel his appearance due to flight delays at Air Canada.

Victoria Rowell will be keynote speaker for Child Abuse Awareness Luncheon
The luncheon is an April 20 fundraiser for the Joshua House residential program for children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected.

James Franco packs MOCA for lecture and book-signing
Franco says he’s aware of his skeptics but owns the issue, instead of the other way around. “People are always gonna be skeptical of celebrity. But I’ve kind of laid claim to that and that’s become part of the work.”

Kelly Ripa hosted TVLand Awards on Saturday night (will air April 29)
"Kelly Ripa hosts the show, by the way. She gets an A for effort, especially for a little filmed piece she did in which she dressed up like a bunch of famous TV characters like Lucy Ricardo and Morticia Addams. I am not sure when she sleeps."

SIN PEAKS is a live soap opera
SIN PEAKS, which opens tonight at The Waldorf, was inspired by Edmonton’s long-running improvised soap DIE-NASTY (which counts Mike Myers among its alumni). Combining improvised comedy, drama, live music — and the occasional cat fight — the SIN PEAKS troupe are hoping to grip audiences with weekly doses of intrigue, romance and mystery.


  1. I have to agree with Eric on this one!

    Brian :-)

  2. For one brief shining moment yesterday afternoon/evening Victor Newman was trending on Twitter. Not Eric Braeden but 'Victor Newman'. I kid you not!
    Personally I think it had something to do with Titanic's anniversary and the James Cameron film being shown in 3-D.

  3. That reminds me of our 2009 Soaps on the Street segment the last time Braden's contract was up. A number of people recognized his picture as Victor Newman.

    Soaps on the Street