Monday, August 6, 2012

NEWS ROUNDUP: SMASH Honors Marilyn On 50th Anniversary; Plus, Bailey Chase, McG, Graham Shiels, Dr. Dre, Sean Kanan

Stars Of NBC's SMASH Honor Marilyn Monroe On 50th Anniversary Of Her Death
On Sunday, the cast of SMASH honored the 50th anniversary of the death of big screen icon Marilyn Monroe, who died of an overdose on August 5, 1962.

The cast, including Debra Messing, Megan Hilty and Christian Borle, took a break from filming on the New York City set and posed for photos, holding up a handmade sign that read, "Remembering Marilyn."

Messing also shared a Monroe quote on Twitter: "A career is wonderful thing, but you can't snuggle up to it on a cold night."

Hilty re-tweeted the post: "Can we get Rip Marilyn Monroe trending worldwide? R.I.P to this beautiful icon of the 20th century! Never forgotten!"

LONGMIRE's Bailey Chase compares his time on AS THE WORLD TURNS as Chris Hughes to boot camp
"I feel like – for me and probably for most actors – it’s boot camp, at least in the beginning. It was a great training ground for me, I logged a lot of hours in front of the camera and at that point, I felt a real growth, like I got over myself a little bit, my vanity and things like that. It’s about just showing up and the work. I feel like at that point, by the time I was done with that, it was like, “Okay, I’m a professional actor, this is what I do” [laughs]. And I felt like I earned it at that point. It’s hard doing daytime because of the demands. And I think that’s why the finished product suffers a little bit, because there’s never any time."

Hayden Panettiere Gets 'Bratty and Snotty' – in NASHVILLE
"My character, Juliette Barnes, is very edgy," Panettiere, 22, says of her on-screen alter ego in a preview of the series, which premieres Oct. 10. "She comes off very diva-ish and bratty and snotty sometimes."

During a trip to Italy in July, Sean Kanan (ex-Deacon, B&B/Y&R) exchanged vows with Michele Vega. "We covered probably 15 different cities and small towns and had our honeymoon in Sicily," smiles the actor. "We had an unbelievable time."

UK 1970s soap GENERAL HOSPITAL to be released on DVD
Network DVD is releasing the first season of the daytime version of GENERAL HOSPITAL on DVD later this month. Sadly not all of the episodes from the first series are present in the archives meaning the release contains the only episodes known to still exist. The missing episodes are believed to have long since been wiped; a common policy across television in the 1960s and '70s.

SUPERNATURAL star Jensen Ackles lists Brentwood house
Ackles has listed his house in Brentwood at $3.495 million. The Mediterranean home, built in 1947 and recently renovated, sits on a walled site of about a third of an acre. The 2,636-square-foot main house features high ceilings, a loft library, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The two-story guesthouse has a gated entrance. Outdoor amenities include a swimming pool with spa, a kitchen, a lawn and fruit trees.

FX Makes Deal With Dr. Dre for Drama Pilot About Music and Crime
FX has closed a script development deal with Dr. Dre and writer Sidney Quashie for a one-hour drama pilot that will explore present-day Los Angeles through "the music business and the crime business," the network announced.

Next ARCHER season will include a BOB'S BURGERS crossover episode
The Archer team has produced a crossover episode in which H. Jon Benjamin will play both ISIS agent Archer Sterling and grillmaster Bob Belcher. The episode will air during ARCHER's next season (FX has yet to announce a premiere date).

Will Jason Stackhouse Die on TRUE BLOOD?
If you blinked during Sunday night's trailer for the final three episodes of True Blood, you may have missed one heck of a spoiler.

The trailer showed an image of what appears to be a dead Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) in a grave next to Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll). Did Sookie's brother meet his maker, then get turned into a vampire like Tara (Rutina Wesley)? The evidence seems to be in the photo. Jessica is curling up next to him, or going to ground, as the vamps call it. There is even dirt already thrown onto Jason.

Tired TRUE BLOOD? Convoluted plots another nail in coffin of once-great show
In Alan Ball’s final season as show runner, “True” seems to have about 30 characters and just as many stories.

Graham Shiels to recur in THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
While his character name is being kept under wraps, Soap Opera Network has learned that the role may vacillate between perceived enemy or ally and that Shiels will appear in scenes with Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) and Genie Francis (Genevieve Atkinson). His first airdate is scheduled for Monday, September 10.

ABC Buys McG-Produced Drama
In one of ABC’s first major development commitments for next season, the network has bought a soapy drama from McG, producer of Fox’s THE O.C., which helped usher in the current resurgence of the primetime soap genre.

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