Wednesday, May 9, 2012

NEWS ROUNDUP: Liam's Italian Wedding on B&B, Kristian Alfonso Renews Contract, Gay on TV, 'Desperate' Feud?

In this photo released Wednesday, May 9, 2012 by Bell Phillip
Television Productions Inc., Kim Matula, left, who plays Hope,
sits on a small truck during the shooting of B&B in Masseria San
Domenico, Italy, Sunday, May 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Damiano
Guberti, Bell Phillip Television Productions, Inc.)
American soap opera 'Bold' is big hit in Italy
The soap's most important scene is the wedding between Hope and Liam (Scott Clifton). It is being shot in the stunning seaside village of Polignano A Mare, which is perched on rocky cliffs that plunge down to the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea.

For the wedding scene, Matula wore an elegant ivory wedding dress designed by Vera Wang with tiny buttons running down the back and sported a Grace Kelly-like hairdo.

In a nod to Italy's car industry, its famed three-wheeled mini scooter-car, the APE, plays a key role in the scenes. The car was first built by Piaggio in 1948 and was common in the postwar period when people couldn't afford a larger four-wheel vehicle. It is still popular today.

The soap opera is also using the song "Volare" in a nod to Italian singer-songwriter Domenico Modugno, whose statue stands at the center of the piazza where the wedding procession was being shot. According to producers, the song represents how Hope is flying high with happiness at her wedding.

A magical Italian wedding on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL?
Katherine Kelly Lang tweeted a photo from on location in Puglia on Wednesday.

Kristian Alfonso Inks New Deal to Remain With DAYS OF OUR LIVES
"We are grateful to have the hard work and efforts of so many of our team acknowledged; it's a testament to those who put their heart and soul into DAYS OF OUR LIVES every day,” co-executive producer Greg Meng said.

Linda Gray on why DALLAS originally caught on in 1978
"I think that when it first began, there were - there were a lot of people that didn't know quite what it was -- was it a nighttime soap opera -- what was it? And I think that it was all about timing. I've always - I always go back to that. In television historically, there's always been shows that were perfectly timed. I LOVE LUCY was at a perfect time, there was - there were a lot of doctor shows, now there's a lot of reality shows. And I think that in 1978 it was a perfect time for something bigger than life."

TV Land Unveils New Logo, New Look
The news comes as the Viacom-owned network prepares to add a second night of original programming, beginning June 20.

Gay on TV: It’s All in the Family
The cultural battlefield of television has changed markedly since the 1990s.

PRIVATE PRACTICE's Shonda Rhimes: Season Finale Will Leave Some Questions Unanswered
"I'm never going to say that I absolutely know it's coming back until the network tells me that it's coming back but I'm hopeful," Rhimes tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I feel like we've done our job for the network for a very long time and we're continuing to do it. It's really great to know that we have done better in that time slot and held more audience than has ever been held before coming out of the DANCING WITH THE STARS results show and I hope the network recognizes that."

ABC Family Buys THE KEYS Detective Drama Project Produced By Ashley Tisdale
Written by Jonny Umansky and Zach Hyatt, THE KEYS follows a young woman unraveling the secrets of an exclusive and mysterious resort off the coast of Florida.

Another One Bites The Dust: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Death Montage

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Feud Put in Spotlight: Co-Stars Gave Crew ‘Thank You’ Present, Teri Hatcher Excluded
After the final scenes for the much-hyped final episode were shot, the stars of the hit ABC show teamed together to provide the program’s crew with a parting gift to thank them for their highly successful eight-year run. But one name was left off the card accompanying the gifted luggage, Celebuzz is reporting.

NBCUniversal Begins $190M NYC Facilities Upgrade
The construction, which is scheduled for completion in mid-2014, will see more than 1.2 million square feet of renovation within 30 Rock.

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