Wednesday, July 18, 2012

NEW ROUNDUP: Kassie DePaiva Visits Ailing Father. GH Recast? 3C Infringement? Plus, Lori Loughlin, Viacom vs. DirecTV, Freddie Smith & More

"3C" cast Jake Silbermann, Anna Chlumsky and Hannah Cabell
New play "3C" concludes run despite cease and desist order from THREE'S COMPANY
Most playwrights have jitters on opening night, but David Adjmi was in a panic amid the festivities last month for “3C,” his darkly comic deconstruction of the 1970s sitcom “Three’s Company.” That same day he learned that the copyright owner of “Three’s Company” had sent a cease-and-desist letter to the play’s producers charging that Mr. Adjmi had infringed on the copyright by borrowing so many elements from the TV series, including its premise about a man who pretends to be gay to live with two female roommates.

The show went on — but the copyright fight remains far from resolved.

GENERAL HOSPITAL looking to cast 16-year-old boy
The show has put out a casting call and is seeking to hire a male, "major, ongoing recurring role" who is "16, African American. Charming, charismatic, very appealing and handsome. A bit cocky, gets into trouble, but has a very soulful, sensitive side." The actor who lands the role would begin taping later this month. It sounds awfully similar to the role Molly's boyfriend, TJ, currently played by Krys Meyer.

Lori Loughlin Returns to 90210
Loughlin, who played maternal Debbie Wilson on The CW’s soapy reboot, will return for the upcoming season’s October 8. Debbie's son, Dixon, was in a car accident at the end of last season, just as he was begging Navid to stop Adrianna from relocating to Las Vegas. Viacom Ratings Nosedive In First Week Of Dispute With DirecTV
The previous week the networks collectively were -14%. Those with the steepest year-over-year drops were Nick at Nite (-48.1%), Nickelodeon (-45.0%), VH1 Classic (-35.3%), Nick Toons (-34.8%), and CMT (-32.0%). Viacom’s more resilient channels were VH1 (-1.3%), Teen Nick (-2.5%), Comedy Central (-5.5%), BET (-13.0%), and TVLand (-18.1%).

TNT's Electromagnetic Dot-Screen Billboard In Times Square Enthralls Passersby
Here's the latest for the nifty-gadgetry file—a billboard digitally rigged by agency Breakfast in New York to flip 44,000 analog pixels from black to white and back, silhouetting the movements of passersby in real time and revealing single-word clues from TNT's crime drama Perception. The visual effect is meant to emulate the ability of the show's code-cracking protagonist to pull anagrams out of bodies of text.

For anyone who wants to go play with it, it's at 6th Avenue and 32nd Street in Manhattan.

Linda Hamilton Lands a Killer Role on Syfy's LOST GIRL
Hamilton will guest-star in Season 3′s 10th episode as Acacia, “a tough, sexy and ruthless assassin who has enjoyed a storied and deadly career.”

DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Freddie Smith heads To D.C.
Smith (Sonny) will visit Washington, D.C. on July 19 to talk with legislatures about bullying, keeping sports programs in schools and foster care mentoring. Other celebrities joining Smith at the Children Uniting Nations National Conference for Children's issues include Brooke Anderson (THE INSIDER) and Nikki Blonksy ("Hairspray").

SMASH alum Will Chase to guest star on NECESSARY ROUGHNESS
Joined by actor Josh Hamilton, the two will drop by as ex-bandmates who, prior to embarking on a reunion tour, seek the help of Dr. Dani (Callie Thorne) in resolving their lingering issues. The installment will air in the second half of Season 2, which is slated to run this winter.

Ty Olsson to recur on SUPERNATURAL
Olsson, who also starred as 9/11 hero Mark Bingham in the A&E telepic Flight 93, will play Benny, a dark and dangerous vampire who helps Dean escape from purgatory.

2012 Highest Paid TV Actresses
No. 1 Sofia Vergara.

THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Adam Gregory is going to be a father
"I don't know if you all heard the good news or not," Gregory tweeted, linking to a video of their ultrasound posted on his wife's blog. "@imsheridanicole and I are gonna be parents!! I'm gonna be a daddy!!"

ONE LIFE TO LIVE/GENERAL HOSPITAL star Kassie Depaiva back home in Union County Kentucky
DePaiva was visiting her father at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, where he is recovering from heart surgery. DePaiva talked about her experience playing different characters.

"The soap opera world is a pretty good gig," DePaiva said. "It's very funny to be here in a hospital situation and not here 'cut' so I'm thinking oh but this is the real deal here at the Heart Hospital," Kassie DePaiva said.

"There is not a day that goes by that I am not stopped on the streets of New York City, down on the subway, at the airport, in a restaurant that they don't say I miss ONE LIFE TO LIVE, I miss Blair, what are you doing? How's it going? Why did they cancel ONE LIFE TO LIVE?"

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: DAYS OF OUR LIVES, SANTA BARBARA alum Brian Autenrieth welcomes child
Tweeting a picture of the baby boy last night, his wife Alisan Porter wrote: "Mason Blaise Autenrieth. 7 lbs 20 inches long. Born 7/17 we are all very in love."

EASTENDERS star June Brown (Dot Cotton) releasing a single!
Brown leant her vocals to a single being released by her godson next week, called "Soho Heroes," apparently said to sound "somewhere between Blur and The Divine Comedy."


  1. 3C was a good play. A bit hard to take in some places but well worth it. All the actors, especially Jake, did a great job.

  2. md, are you familiar with Three's Company? Did you see it as a parody, or do you think the cease and desist order had some merit? Anyone else who saw the show please weigh in.

  3. What a shame! I was not able to fly to NYC to see the show, but from everything I have heard and read 3C definitely fit into the "parody" category. I hope Mr. Adjmi fights and wins!

    1. Adjmi did win, finally. After three years. And he was able to assemble most of the original cast, including Jake, back in NYC for a public reading of the play as well as a post-play discussion of the legal issues involved. (October 22, 2015).

  4. So glad the theatre community has come out strong in defense of Adjmi's work. Totally agree with the protest letter that stated:

    "The critical response to the play has generally acknowledged 3C's exploration of the essential aloneness of the characters, and the toxic suffering they endure," said the theater community protest letter. "Mr. Adjmi's intentions are not to replicate Three's Company, but clearly and patently to mutate it into something dark and frightening, savage even."

    I don't get the legal action at all.

  5. Yay Freddie Smith! It's so nice (and rare) to see a young stars use their celebrity for good these days.

  6. On January 30, 2014 - Here's an update to the situation about '3C' as playwright Adjmi is now taking his case to federal court:

  7. April 1, 2015 - Adjmi WINS in court. No infringement.

    Then tweets, "Come and knock on my door ..." LOL!