Wednesday, June 13, 2012

NEWS ROUNDUP: Jeff Zucker May Leave Katie, Lucy Hale Record Deal, Mark LaMura Film on DVD

Given all his job offers, Jeff Zucker could soon move on from Katie Couric
“The reason his name is popping up is because he told his people to put his name out out there for every job that comes up,” said one network insider. “He’s upset that Comcast [the new owner of NBC] is blaming him for the deep hole they are in.”

Zucker and Couric, whose daytime show debuts in September, squabbled in April when Couric realized that Zucker might not be in it for the long haul.

A source close to the show said, “I don’t think Zucker is going anywhere until it is certain there will be a second season, and I don’t think he’s deliberately putting his name out there.”

But if he’s offered CNN ... hasta la vista, Katie!

Junior Hall jailed for 11 years for raping girl too scared to report him because of EASTENDERS plot
A storyline in the BBC serial in 2001 featured physical and sexual abuse of the Little Mo character by her on-screen husband Trevor. Mo confided to her sister Kat but said she did not want to go to court and repeat details to a courtroom full of strangers. Later in the series, Mo killed Trevor with an iron. The girl believed she would not get any support and did not realize that she would be able to give evidence behind a screen.

"Just wrapped my week on B and B, did 5 shows! Airs in mid july!"

If you have compelling characters, the audience will follow them anywhere and rarely question the particulars of the journey
"With a serialized show, you need to have a character who becomes the franchise," says John Shiban, who worked on BREAKING BAD and now exec produces western railroad epic HELL ON WHEELS for AMC. "The character's personal story and how that plays out generates the stories. You're always walking that tightrope of believability, where audiences begin to wonder how much can happen to just one person, so you have to know how to stretch it out."

Check Out a GAME OF THRONES Cake
Watch the thrones. Then eat the throne. Portia De Rossi To Play Lily Munster In NBC’s MUNSTERS Reboot MOCKINGBIRD LANE
Mariana Klaveno had previously been cast as Lily Munster but the deal was contingent on her being released from ABC’s pilot DEVIOUS MAIDS, where she was a regular. However, DEVIOUS MAIDS producer ABC Studios did not release Klaveno or agree to make her a recurring on the project, which is in consideration for a series pickup at Lifetime, sending NBC back to the drawing board.

DALLAS star Jordana Brewster wanted to do primetime soap
"I lived in Brazil from 1986-1990, and I loved watching telenovelas and the production value is so good for them. When I was younger, I would watch them and think, I really want to do that when I'm older. I think night time operas like DALLAS and ABC's REVENGE is just good storytelling with really fun characters to me."

LaMura's recent film, Trinity Goodheart, is now out on DVD.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS' Lucy Hale: Signed To Hollywood Records
“Lucy’s immense talent and passion for music make her a great fit for the label,” Ken Bunt, Executive Vice President of Disney Music Group shared in a statement. “We’re very excited to be working with her.”

NBC Greenlights Soap/Thriller Drama Pilot for THE SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES Produced By Jerry Bruckheimer
Inspired by Josie Brown’s 2010 novel that takes on life love, marriage, infidelity and friendship in suburban California, the project is described as thriller/dramatic soap that centers on a murder and the secrets and lies within a tightly woven group of three couples and their families exposed in its aftermath.

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