NEWS ROUNDUP: Jen Lilley Wants Spixie, Sean Kanan Returns to B&B, TV Ratings Collapse

GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jen Lilley wants Maxie to be with Spinelli
Despite the complications of Maxie’s love triangle, there’s a clear frontrunner in Lilley’s eyes. “Ultimately, I really want Maxie to be with Spinelli,” she reveals. “He’s head over heels in love with her. He’s very selfless and relentless in his love for her.”

Unfortunately, Maxie could make a very common mistake by overlooking the good guy. “I think it’s a subconscious thing that girls do because we feel like we don’t deserve love.” Lilley went on to draw her characters experience to a real life example, explaining, “Maybe that’s part of what’s going on with Maxie. She thinks she doesn’t deserve something so good with Spinelli.”

Where Are All the TV Viewers? Ratings Are Down Across the Board
Network executives have been scratching their heads to explain the sweeping collapse of so many shows at the same time. One factor appears to be daylight saving time, and some executives have pointed to the unusually warm spring weather, which is sending people outdoors, especially early in the evening. It does seem that the 8 p.m. entries have been most affected.

But the effect has been felt across the night: So, what’s happening? Another explanation, which has yet to be established by statistical research, is that more people are using DVRs and delaying their viewing.

Sean Kanan Returns to The Bold and the Beautiful
Kanan will return to THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL on May 24 in the role of Deacon Sharpe. Deacon will be in cahoots with meddling patriarch Bill Spencer who will try to use him to destroy the star-crossed romance of Liam and Hope.

Awaiting GCB Renewal News is a Cliffhanger
Two weeks ago, renewal seemed like a lock. But this is show biz and, just like in horse racing, nothing is a lock.

'Francophrenia': James Franco Takes on Media and His Critics, Reveals Career Master Plan
"All I said was I wanted to be an artist and I wanted to be crazy," he tells The Hollywood Reporter during a sit-down conversation in New York.

"I didn't know what would happen, it was just sort of an experiment, it was a way to just insert myself into this kind of foreign world that was also sort of related to my world," Franco explains, adding that he also was interested in exploring the friction between what is perceived as highbrow (film) and lowbrow (soaps) entertainment.

Photos: Betty White inducted into NAB Hall of Fame in Las Vegas
Beloved actress and TV legend Betty White was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame in a ceremony this morning in the Paradise Ballroom at the Las Vegas Hotel. NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith presided over the ceremony.

Save Facebook and Twitter, REVENGE actor Connor Paolo would rather do the talking
“I don’t like it, it makes me uncomfortable,” Paolo says of the digital landscape. “I feel like it’s completely fake, I feel like it’s a lie. We’ve been made to believe this is all a lens into our souls,” he adds. “We say, look at us, we’re all comfortable. We can show them our lives. It’s not true.”

AfterElton: Brendan or Doug? Who Should Ste Choose on HOLLYOAKS?
"Boy did this past week get people talking. That simple hug between Doug and Ste was like a shot across the bow of the Ste and Brendan fandom. For me, the scene where Doug became aware of his feelings for Ste was a wonderful moment and perfectly acted by PJ Brennan. But Ste and Brendan fans weren’t pleased."

Was THE REVOLUTION Canceled Due To Tim Gunn’s Awful Fashion Advice?
"Why would Gunn, who has become something of an icon for his taste level, make all of these ladies look so weird?"

Daniel Gillies still on VAMPIRE DIARIES despite new show SAVING HOPE
“I have not entirely left THE VAMPIRE DIARIES,” says Gillies. “Fortunately we film at different times during the year. I’m deeply indebted to what [THE VAMPIRE DIARIES] has given me, but this show [SAVING HOPE] takes precedence. I love [DIARIES executive producers] Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson. I’d do anything for them in a instance. I can’t speak about anything further on the show, or I probably will be fired.”

India: A Soap Opera Starring Mamata Banerjee
A few months ago, Zee TV launched the television show HITLER DIDI. Despite its controversial title, the show has nothing to do with the German dictator. It’s about a simple Indian girl who cares about her family, perhaps a little too much: In taking care of her large family, she becomes a little authoritarian.

Replace “large family” with West Bengal, “work front” with the central government and you could be forgiven for thinking the Didi in question is Mamata Banerjee.

Nicollette Sheridan's DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Case: New Trial Date Set as Judge Urges Settlement
At a court hearing this morning, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White told both parties that she was denying ABC and Disney's motion to dismiss the case,

Heather Tom starring in new play
Starting on Tuesday, April 24, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Heather Tom (Katie) will be doing double duty -- she'll be starring in Pasadena Playhouse's production of The Heiress, opposite BROTHERS & SISTERS' Richard Chamberlain and DESIGNING WOMEN's Julia Duffy! The drama will run through Saturday, May 20, with opening night set for Sunday, April 29.

For the First Time Ever, Oprah Omitted from Time’s Most Influential People List
From 2004, when Time decided to annually update its Most Influential People roll call, to 2011, Winfrey was the only person to maintain her standing each year


  1. Where are all the TV viewers? I will tell you where they are-- on tablets, laptops and sometimes even smartphones and it's time that these shows start lobbying for DVR and online views to be counted in the ratings. I'll let you in on a little secret, I was once asked to be on a Nielsen panel for online activity but quite frankly I declined because 1) I hadn't been given enough information about the software I'd have to install in my computer. When you do the TV Nielsen, you get a separate device that you install onto your TV. This is not the case with the online version that requires one to install software. I am wary of this as are probably many computer owners of how their information will be collected and used and stored. If it were just about what online shows you watched, but it is about all your online activities. Even someone like me whose online activities consist mostly of reading the news, articles and blogs watching some programs, clips and doing research, I am wary of how far this monitoring extends. 2) The incentives are nothing like those of the TV Nielsen, which is also modest, but the online rewards are almost close to nothing the last time I was approached. So given how intrusive the monitoring is of online activity, it hardly seems worth the effort when you're getting so little. To me the easiest way, is to do a counter the way You Tube does it (but perhaps only make the counter available to the broadcaster and the Nielsen people). Whatever way, they choose to go forward, surely, they must realize that the current system of tabulating only same time viewing is antiquated and should be augmented.