Tuesday, June 12, 2012

NEWS ROUNDUP: Buy Products With TiVo, Maurice Benard Fire, Kristian Alfonso Stays, Max Reed Heart Surgery, Jon Hensley Back to B&B

TiVo Treads Into T-Commerce With PayPal Pact
Starting this fall, ToVp will let DVR users click on interactive ads to buy products or services through their PayPal accounts, a solution that will be available to TiVo's cable operator customers.

The concept of letting TV viewers shop with their remote controls has been around since the earliest days of interactive TV -- with limited success to date. Players already engaged in T-commerce include HSN, which provides on-screen interactive TV apps that let viewers buy products featured on the shopping channel through Comcast, Dish Network, Verizon and other operators.

One of TiVo's challenges in entering the T-commerce arena will be its relatively small subscriber base.

ATWT alum Jon Hensley making another appearance on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Hensley will once again be scrubbing in as THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Dr. Meade on Thursday, July 19.

"I Got Tested" Campaign Encourages Americans To Know Their HIV Status
Greater Than AIDS, a leading national public information response to the domestic epidemic, today unveiled new outdoor media messages urging Americans to get tested for HIV. The "I Got Tested" campaign features real people's stories of testing and encourages others to "join the movement."

Fire breaks out at home of GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard
TMZ.com is reporting that a small house fire broke out at the home of Benard (Sonny). According to their story, the fire began in a bathroom and was successfully extinguished by firefighters. No one in the Benard family was injured. Benard's wife, Paula, took to Twitter shortly after saying, "This is Paula.The fire was small and Thank God, everyones fine."

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Max Page (Reed) will undergo open heart surgery on Thursday, June 14
You can donate to Max's fundraising page at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles (use the link above), or you can send get well cards and letters to:

Max Page
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS 7800 Beverly Boulevard, Suite 3305
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Kristian Alfonso stays with DAYS OF OUR LIVES
Alfonso tweeted: "we were both asked to stay with days ; ))I resigned a while ago ; ) proud to be part of wonderful family."

Top Hollywood Publicist Howard Bragman Teams With E! For Scripted Series About PR
Inspired by Bragman’s real-life experiences, the untitled project centers on 30-years-old Jake Levy, a rising star publicist who, after hitting his peak at his NYC firm, makes a drastic move and launches out onto his own.

What's your Soap Opera Name?
Enter your name on HLN's Daytime Emmy Awards site to find out.

Today's the 45th anniversary of the ruling in Loving v. Virginia, which struck down the ban on interracial marriage


  1. There is a pretty poignant movie about the Lovings called Mr. and Mrs. Loving starred Lela Rochon (Waiting to Exhale) and Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People). At the time the movie aired, Mildred Loving, a widow, remarked that little in the movie was accurate except the fact that she had three children. The sentiment of the movie, though, was very touching.

  2. Call me pedantic, but Kristian Alfonso's tweet had me doing a double take due to her saying she "resigned" instead of "re-signed."