Friday, August 3, 2012

NEWS ROUNDUP: B&B Slander Suit May Be Dismissed, Betty White Reps Tide; Plus, Laura Wright, Doug Hutchison, Paul McDonald

CBS Nears End Of THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Stylist's $6M Slander Suit
A Los Angeles judge on Friday said he’s inclined to dismiss CBS Corp. from a $6 million defamation lawsuit accusing THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL producers of trumping up criticisms of the soap opera’s lead hairdresser to justify his termination.

“There’s no dispute about certain issues, certain issues your client has even admitted,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Rico told plaintiff Carlos Pelz’s attorney Friday, pointing to a purportedly libelous memorandum listing producers’ complaints about the hairdresser.

GENERAL HOSPITAL's Laura Wright in Myrtle Beach for wine tasting, says "storytelling is different" about the state of daytime soaps
Shifts in production also have affected “how we shoot the show, and we shoot so much more in a day than we used to,” she said.

Her parts for three hourlong episodes were filmed on Monday alone, she said, explaining how “the story moves faster” as well, because “times are different, and storytelling is different,” especially with the Internet and video games stimulating younger generations more intently.

Peter Bergman and Heather Tom represent soaps for CBS Daytime during their talk to critics on THE PRICE IS RIGHT set
Asked whether Peter and Heather were worried about the state of their daytime dramas, they both added that they feel quite secure right now considering Y&R and B&B are always #1 and #2 respectively.

34 People You Probably Didn't Know Were On Seinfeld
Bryan Cranston, Brenda Strong and Marcia Cross are a few of the actors on the list.

5 Questions with Aaron Sorkin
Sorkin answers fan questions every Monday. His latest show, THE NEWSROOM, airs Sundays on HBO.

NBC Buys United Nations Drama From Parkes/MacDonald
NBC has gone global with a geopolitical project set at the United Nations. Described as “WEST WING in the United Nations,” the drama, which has received a script commitment, follows an interpreter at the international organization’s New York HQ working with ambassadors and politicians from various countries as they deal with political and military crisis around the world.

Betty Whites signed to be Tide Vivid White and Bright spokesperson
The campaign features Ms. White in humorous situations where she advocates for wearing white clothing without worrying about staining them. One new commercial opens with Ms. White approaching a mirror in a trendy clothing store to check out her outfit, a white denim jacket with fuchsia leopard trim and matching white skirt.

AMERICAN IDOL's Paul McDonald lands role in PARENTHOOD
The singer-songrwiter will play a musician who uses Crosby and Adam’s recording space, The Luncheonette, and promptly catches the eye of the studio’s new assistant, Amber (Mae Whitman).

Courtney Stodden and GUIDING LIGHT alum Doug Hutchison get their own reality series
Stodden -- who married Hutchison when she was 16 -- has signed on to the upcoming season of VH1's COUPLES THERAPY.

Colin O’Donoghue joins ONCE UPON A TIME as Captain Hook
A handsome, fearsome and confident pirate ship captain, Hook relishes every challenge and never backs down from a fight, whether the reward is power, riches, or women. He possesses the meticulous style and old-school manners of a proper gentleman, but beneath that veneer lies a vindictive enemy who will not rest until all his enemies have been defeated… and humiliated.

Peter Bergman on the regime change behind the scenes at THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
"It's always difficult to transition in anything. It will come with some difficulties, but frankly we've got a seasoned veteran coming in and we have in Josh a writer we're familiar with who did great things to help us in the past, so you go on with a kind of happiness just being here."

Fox Buys Aircraft Carrier Drama From Writers Russel Friend And Garrett Lerner
Set at a naval aircraft carrier, the project has an upstairs/downstairs dynamic: the “downstairs” is filled with 18-20-year-olds, their coming-of-age stories heightened by the life and death nature of their everyday jobs; the “upstairs” is anchored by a female fighter pilot and her season long quest to solve a murder that occurs on board.

Actress Kelly Stables' baby shower attended by soap stars
The former GREEK star was joined by several of her acting friends, including Jennifer Taylor, ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Farah Fath and ALL MY CHILDREN's Lee Meriwether, at the bash in Sherman Oaks, California.

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