NEWS ROUNDUP: Irna Phillips, Tracey E. Bregman, Ming-Na, Kamar de los Reyes, Wally Kurth

Irna Phillips: Brief life of soap opera’s single mother (1901-1973)
Lynn Liccardo writes in the January-February 2013 issue of Harvard Magazine: "Haunted by her lost pregnancy, in 1972 she created ATWT's beautiful and independent Kim Reynolds, who was meant to have a baby of her own. Of course, to conceive that baby, Kim seduced her sister’s husband. Sponsor Procter & Gamble, unwilling to reward adultery, chose to veto that happy ending; when Phillips—increasingly difficult to work with and unwilling to sensationalize her plots to compete with rival shows—was fired, Kim’s pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. It’s hard to say what caused Phillips more pain—losing the show that was so real to her, or reliving the loss of her baby as Kim lost hers. A few months later, she died of a heart attack, or perhaps of a broken heart."

Ming-Na to guest star in NASHVILLE
Ming-Na will appear in an upcoming episode of NASHVILLE as Calista Reeves, a successful Los Angeles music-label exec with designs on luring Connie Britton’s country superstar away from her Edgehill roost.

Y&R Star Tracey E. Bregman Drives a Fisker Karma (Video)
The attention Bregman (Lauren) gets driving her Karma makes her feel like a rock star.

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Will Prospect Park Use Fi-Core Writers on New ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE?
"They're looking to hire Fi-Core writers," says an insider. "That way they don't have to negotiate with the WGA or deal with Guild minimums."

PRIVATE PRACTICE Series Finale to Feature Addison's Wedding
Addison (Kate Walsh) and Jake (Benjamin Bratt) are getting married in the PP series finale, airing Tuesday, January 22 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

GOSSIP GIRL Series Finale: Mystery Blogger Revealed!
fter six years of covering the Upper East Side, it was revealed that Brooklyn-born Dan (or Lonely Boy as he referred to himself) has been writing the blog.

Wally Kurth taping more GENERAL HOSPITAL episodes
Kurth, who also plays Justin on DAYS, is back at the GH studio, taping more episodes as Ned Ashton. The actor returned in November for the funeral of Edward Quartermaine, Ned's grandfather.

90210's Trevor Donovan to guest star in THE CLIENT LIST
Donovan is set to guest star as an NFL quarterback who visits The Rub -- a massage parlor that serves as a front for a prostitution business -- with a few aches and pains... and a wacky fetish that only Jennifer Love Hewitt can accommodate.

New Alicia Keys video features a cameo from ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Kamar de los Reyes

AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Scott Bryce stars in "Small World" at SKTC
Bryce will star as the iconic master of animation, Walt Disney in the world premiere of "Small World" by Frederick Stroppel at Stray Kats Theatre Company in January.

Soap operas give Brazil the edge in Mozambique rush
In fish markets, hospital waiting rooms and government offices, Brazilian soap operas have become a Mozambican staple, underpinning a cultural bridge across the South Atlantic that Brazilian companies are rushing to exploit as memories of Mozambique's brutal 17-year post-independence civil war fade.

Nina Wadia quitting Brit TV show EASTENDERS after 5 years
She will film her exit over the next few weeks but her character is not expected to be killed off. Masood, son Tamwar and her brother-in-law AJ are all staying put.

"Playing Zainab has been a gift and a privilege," the Daily Star quoted her as saying.

Julianne Moore Returning For 30 ROCK Finale
30 ROCK ends its seven-year run on NBC on Thursday, January 31 at 8 p.m. ET.

GAME OF THRONES gets super-sized season 3
“A super-sized season, as befitting Storm of Swords,” showrunner David Benioff says. “Last year we had a lot of 52-minute episodes. This year is a lot of 56, 57.”

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