Monday, October 29, 2012

NEWS ROUNDUP: Heather Tom Welcomes Son; DAYS November Preview; Sandy Impacts NYC Production

DAYS OF OUR LIVES November Preview
In a new DAYS video preview, Kristen stirs up trouble for John and Marlena (plus slaps Brady), Chad is determined to cause trouble for Gabi and Nick, Rafe wants Sami, Will and Sonny get intimate, and Nicole's lie is exposed.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL's Heather Tom welcomes a son
Tom (Katie) and her husband James Achor, who welcomed their first son, Zane Alexander, on October 28. The actress shared via Twitter, "Zane is 8lbs 1oz- and so strong and healthy in every way."

Movies Try to Escape Cultural Irrelevance
Several industry groups, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, and the nonprofit American Film Institute, which supports cinema, are privately brainstorming about starting public campaigns to convince people that movies still matter.

That seemed self-evident only a few years ago. But the mood has turned wistful as people in the industry watch the momentum shift toward television.

Hurricane Sandy impacts New York City productions; Philadelphia and CT too
Warner Bros. TV and CBS TV Studios have suspended production on their New York-based TV series and pilots. NBCUniversal also is halting all East Coast production for Monday. WBTV’s impacted shows are 666 PARK AVEN, THE CARRIE DIARIES, THE FOLLOWING, GOLDEN BOY, GOSSIP GIRL and PERSON OF INTEREST plus the pilot THE SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES. The affected CBS Studios series are THE GOOD WIFE, BLUE BLOODS and ELEMENTARY. NBCU’s affected shows are New York-based series 30 ROCK, LAW & ORDER: SVU and SMASH; INFAMOUS, which films in Philadelphia and Do No Harm, which shoots in Connecticut; as well as syndicated shows Maury and Steve Wilkos. Showtime’s NURSE JACKIE and THE BIG C also have been shut down tomorrow due to the storm.

GLEE's Ryan Murphy Planning Two Tribute Episodes, Valentine's Wedding
"We're working on two tribute episodes," co-creator/showrunner Ryan Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm not ready to announce yet because it's not clear, but fun stuff."

Also to keep an eye out for: GLEE's Christmas episode, which Murphy described as "very emotional." "We've taken characters that you wouldn't expect should be together and put them together," he teased, noting it's done in a very Love Actually fashion.

Shonda Rhimes To Produce Android Sci-Fi Thriller For ABC Written By Dave DiGilio
MILA 2.0 is a sci-fi thriller about a young woman who discovers that she is a Mobile Intel Life-like Android, Mila, an experiment in artificial intelligence created by the U.S. government and her scientist mother, who kidnapped her when she was found to have human emotions.

HELL ON WHEELS renewed for 10-episode third season
However, the Western drama’s creators Joe and Tony Gayton are stepping down as executive producers and will no longer be involved day-to-day on the show. They may consult. John Shiban continues as showrunner.

In China, MAD MEN reflects reality of modern life
It's not exactly 1960s nostalgia that's driving young, urbane Chinese professionals like Ken Ji, a 28-year-old from Shanghai, onto the Internet to spend hours with Don Draper, or Tang Deleibo, as he's known in Mandarin. Yet hundreds of thousands of viewers like Ji have turned the Madison Avenue period drama — which explores issues of suburban ennui and changing social mores around sexism, racism, individuality and homosexuality in the time of JFK and LBJ — into an improbable Chinese niche hit.

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