Sunday, December 2, 2012

NEWS ROUNDUP: India Launches Muslim Soap Opera; Manu Bennett Joins ARROW

India launches its first Muslim soap opera
If there is a habit common in all of India, it is whole families glued to the TV watching the evening soap operas. Hindu, Parsee, Sikh, Christian and Muslim families all watch them avidly, whether they live in palaces or slums.

Yet the soaps always feature Hindu characters. None of the religious or cultural minorities has a central role, even though Muslims, for example, form 15 per cent of India's 1.2 billion population.

The director Gul Khan is changing this with her new serial QUBOOL HAI (I Agree), portraying a Muslim family in Bhopal in Central India. As a woman who has been in the television industry for a decade, Khan noticed that none of the protagonists was ever a Muslim, nor was the milieu portrayed Muslim.

CW, Warner Bros Explore Casting Lead In Wonder Woman Origin Project – Meet Diana
The studio behind the CW drama project, AMAZON, has hired casting directors Barbara Fiorentino and Danielle Aufiero to launch a search for the lead in the project in anticipation of a potential pilot pickup. A breakdown for the role has been released, providing a glimpse into the Tarzan-like fish-out-of-water premise and the central character of the Wonder Woman origin story written by Allan Heinberg that chronicles the female superhero’s life as a young Amazonian, before she becomes a warrior princess with super powers.

Manu Bennett joins ARROW
Bennett, best known as THE right-hand man and sometimes adversary on SPARTACUS, is playing Slade Wilson on ARROW.

Ellen Pompeo Weighs In on GREY'S ANTAOMY Pregnancy Twist
"She’s super-nervous because she’s had a tricky past with that miscarriage. That’s why she decides not to tell Cristina or anybody else until after the first trimester."

Maria Adelaida Puerta stars in new narco soap LA MARIPOSA
LA MARIPOSA is a series about money laundering and at the same time is a love story that goes through some pretty unusual circumstances," Puerta told Efe.

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