Thursday, June 14, 2012

NEWS ROUNDUP: Max Page Recovering From Heart Surgery, Overseas DALLAS, Lucy Lawless Pleads Guilty

7-year-old Max Page is recovering from heart surgery
Dr. Vaughn Starnes says the surgery to replace Max's pulmonary valve went without incident on Thursday. The operation was done at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where he's recovering in the cardiac intensive care unit after the operation. Max played Reed Hellstrom on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.

Warner Bros. to give new DALLAS series overseas TV audience
With nearly 7 million viewers tuning in for Wednesday night's U.S. premiere on TNT — the best in its time slot — Warner Bros.International Television Distribution will roll out the new version of the classic soap opera to 170 countries around the world, many of them where the original series was hugely popular during its 1978-91 run.

Britain will be the first overseas market to get the show, in September.

Actress Lucy Lawless pleads guilty to trespassing after protest aboard oil ship in New Zealand
Lawless says she has “no regrets” about boarding and preventing an oil-drilling ship from leaving a New Zealand dock, a protest action that saw her plead guilty on Thursday to trespass charges.

“For the first time in my life, I put my body and reputation on the line to stand up for my beliefs and do the right thing,” she said in an interview with The Associated Press after her appearance in court. “I hope I’ve encouraged other people to do the same.”

Why Broadcasters Didn't Tune in More Dollars at the TV Upfront
This year, the five English-speaking broadcast networks won a total of between $8.8 billion and $9.3 billion, depending on whose fuzzy math you use. And while that sounds like a lot, it's about the same amount secured last year by the Big Four-And-A-Half (The CW is too small a revenue generator to make a Big Five).

11% of Consumers Access Network Programming Without TV [STUDY]
comScore looked at the viewing habits of 10,000 people during a five-week period last fall and found 11% were watching network programming solely via digital means. Another 17% were dubbed multi-screen users since they watched programming on the web and on their TVs. However, some content scored higher for multi-screen viewing, including news, sports and young adult programming, which had as much as 30% of its audience going multi-screen.

Such viewing habits bode well for the networks, according to the study. Multi-screen viewers tend to be more aligned with the networks’ key demographics than TV-only viewers. Multi-screen viewers also watched more, consuming 125 minutes of content during the period vs. 100 minutes for TV-only viewers.

B&B's Don Diamont gets married
Diamont (Bill) and his fianceƩ Cindy Ambuehl were married June 12 at the Chateau de la Chevre d' in Eze, France. Several of his daytime pals were in attendance including Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy), Scott Clifton (Liam), Kim Matula (Hope), Christian J. LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) and Eva LaRue (ex-Maria, AMC) who tweeted, "At the most gorgeous wedding of one of my best friends Cindy, to Don Diamont (for soap fans-Y&R).We are in the city of Eze,France- Magical!!"

Daytime Emmy celebs to nosh on Amarillo swag
Groovy Pop Popcorn has filled bags full of its colorful tie-dye variety to send to California. Off the Wall Gifts, a New Hampshire company coordinating the giveaway gift, asked Groovy Pop to participate. Store co-owner Traci Tucker said she plans to deliver 1,000 popcorn bags to the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel on June 20.

Here's How Pirated Soap Opera DVDs Are Helping To Save North Korea
In a country with such limited media, North Koreans have reportedly taken to watching pirated DVDs together, often in groups. Almost half of those surveyed in the report admitting they had watched a foreign DVD within North Korea.

A few days before opening night, students in the 16th annual St. Lucie County School Board Summer Musical, "Hairspray," are being treated to a master acting class taught by Kathy Brier, who played the main character, Tracy Turnblad, in the Broadway production.

Kim Kardashian CORONATION STREET, EASTENDERS cameo bets being taken
Irish bookmaker Boylesports has set odds of 10/1 that Kardashian will appear in CORONATION STREET, and 14/1 for EASTENDERS.

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