Sunday, September 16, 2012

NEWS ROUNDUP: EASTENDERS Shona McGarty's Lesson Learned. Plus, Emily Wilson Joins GH, Why TV Pilots Crash & Burn

Why TV pilots crash and burn
"Network TV shows might be better off if they started with the second episode, or the third. The best TV shows (most of them on cable) launch themselves into what seems like the middle of a story. People have been watching TV nonstop for 60 years; surely we’ve learned how to figure our way around a basic premise and a set of characters by now. Why drag us through the unnecessary clumsiness of a beginning, an origin story?"

EASTENDERS actress Shona McGarty "really learned my lesson" after suspension
The actress, who plays Whitney Dean in the BBC soap, was suspended without pay in July for repeated lateness. McGarty said that her co-star Patsy Palmer helped her get through her time away from the soap.

"It's like a massive family at EastEnders and everyone supports each other.

"Patsy is my biggest rock, she was really there for me and helped me through it."

Former EASTENDERS star Barbara Windsor recently criticized the lateness culture on the soap.

Jenna Dewan Joins Cast of Lifetime's WITCHES OF EAST END
Dewan will play one of Julia Ormond’s secretly supernatural daughters.

Ron Palillo Memorial in NYC Oct. 3
Gabe Kaplan will remember Ron Palillo as will John Travolta, Marcia Strassman, Donna Pescow and Bruce Vilanch who have each written statements to be read at the Memorial Tribute.

Emily Wilson joins GENERAL HOSPITAL
Wilson has been cast in the new recurring role of Ellie Trout.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Kimberlin Brown stars in The Necklace, screening at the BolderLife Film Festival
Director MaryLee Herrmann's short The Necklace is a narrative about two sisters who meet in a cemetery after one finds herself at a crossroads.

Annie Potts joins ANIMAL PRACTICE
Potts has been cast as Virginia, the intractable mother of Justin Kirk’s grumpy veterinarian, George. The moneyed Virginia is described as snobbish, racist, and utterly self-absorbed. But much like her son, deep down she has something resembling a heart.

TRUE BLOOD's Carrie Preston returns for multiple episodes
The actress will reprise her role as hilariously kooky attorney Elsbeth Tascioni for multiple episodes later this fall.

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