NEWS ROUNDUP: Jen Lilley's 'Awkward' GH Start, Johnny Depp Praises Jonathan Frid, Lohan on GLEE

GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jen Lilley: Replacing Kirsten Storms was 'awkward'
"In a word, awkward. It’s really wonderful now. … The analogy I always use [is] if Michael C. Hall wasn’t Dexter — and that’s my favorite show — [but] if Michael C. Hall wasn’t Dexter because he was sick, and let’s say, oh gosh, name one of the best actors ever. Dustin Hoffman. If he was filling in for him, I would be like, ‘Uh uh. No. You’re not Michael C. Hall. Get out of there.’

"So I completely get how emotional it was for them to have somebody new stepping in. … After the initial shock that it wasn’t her, they’ve been really amazing. And I gotta say, soap fans, out of all fan bases, are definitely the most loyal. They’ll tell you how it is. But once you get them on your side, they’ll fight for you. So I really like the fans."

Jonathan Frid transformed the vampire
Before Barnabas, the vampire was a creature with a fairly limited job description. He was primarily a predator. There were hints of regret or longing in some pre-Barnabas vampire portrayals, but they were only hints. The vampire always returned to predator.

After Barnabas, the vampire could question his own nature and battle against it (Louis in "Interview with the Vampire"). He could go from preying on humans to being their defender (Angel). He could be conflicted (Bill Compton in "True Blood"). He or she could be an action hero (the title character of "Blade" and Selene in the "Underworld" films).

Johnny Depp: DARK SHADOWS star Jonathan Frid was ‘elegant, magical’
“Jonathan Frid was the reason I used to run home from school to watch DARK SHADOWS,’” Depp said in an email during a break on the set of Gore Verbinski’s “Lone Ranger” in Arizona. ”His elegance and grace was an inspiration then and will continue to remain one forever more. When I had the honor to finally meet him … [he] generously passed the torch of Barnabas.”

The Emmys Grapple With a New Question: TV or Not TV?
Today's television landscape is dramatically different, and the primetime designation is gradually – or not so gradually – becoming almost irrelevant.

"Change is coming," said John Leverence, the senior vice president of awards for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. "I think we are at the dawn of a strong new presence of web-based programming.

Ramona Bruland returns to THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Bruland is returning for 10 episodes beginning Monday, April 23. Viewers will remember her as the on-air talent for Spencer's television media empire who helped Steffy manipulate her impromptu wedding to Liam last fall.

Republican Congressman on future plans: I’m certainly not going to stay home and watch AS THE WORLD TURNS
Congressman Tim Johnson is retiring to spend more time with his family.

Malaysian Government Bans Gay TV Characters
New restrictions will extend to foreign shows and movies that “go against the norm of a religious society.”

GLEE Covers Whitney Houston's 'How Will I Know' – With a Twist
GLEE is giving the Whitney Houston hit “How Will I Know” the acapella treatment.

Details revealed about Lindsay Lohan's "meaty" appearance on GLEE
will start shooting later this week and that show execs have given her a "full scene," that will consist of one day of shooting. Lohan will play a very important role in an episode set to air on May 15: a celebrity judge at Nationals.

Jose Ron Fulfilling Childhood Dream of Being Soap Opera Actor
Mexican actor Jose Ron, who plays the passionate and perseverant Gustavo in the Univision soap opera LA QUE NO PODIA AMAR, revealed that he is fulfilling his childhood dream by starring in the series.

“From the time I was a boy I watched soap operas. But there was one, and one performance in particular, that strengthened my love for the genre. The soap was ‘Corazon salvaje,’ and the actor was Eduardo Palomo in the role of Juan Del Diablo,” the handsome actor from Guadalajara told Efe.

An excerpt from Buzz Bissinger's "After Friday Night Lights"
The follow up book is on the way.

"When Boobie was a sophomore, he started missing offseason football practice because it conflicted with track, where he had already established himself as a varsity sprinter. He says the track coach told him to stop going to offseason football workouts because the biggest event of the spring, the Texas Relays, was coming up. Boobie says Gaines confronted him and asked why he was missing practice. After Boobie explained, Gaines told him he might as well go "major in track." Upset and confused, Boobie cleaned out his football locker."

Hulu's First Upfront Attracts Attention, Attendees
Series in development range farther afield from the traditional TV talent pool but include recognizable names from other media.

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