Thursday, June 6, 2013

NEWS: BOARDWALK EMPIRE Premieres September 8; More Charges For William Roache; Plus, Matthew Morrison, Prospect Park, James Wolk, Tammin Sursok

Fourth season of BOARDWALK EMPIRE will premiere Sunday, September 8
Jeffrey Wright and Ron Livingston are among the new castmembers for the Prohibition-era mob drama.

GLEE's Matthew Morrison opens up about broken engagement to DAYS OF OUR LIVES actress Chrishell Stause
“When I was 27, I proposed to my then girlfriend, but I didn’t do it for the right reasons. We’d been going out for a year or so and I felt under pressure from society. I was thinking, ‘This is the age when I should probably start having kids so this is what I should do…’ But after I did it (proposed), I immediately felt in my heart it wasn’t right. My instant thought was ‘What did you just do?’”

Morrison later ended the engagement and admits it was an awful experience, but he learned a lot.

Did Susan Lucci Dodge a Bullet? Revived Soaps in Disarray
It seems in retrospect that when Prospect Park announced the cut back to two episodes per week rather than four of each, the company knew it was running out of money. Now they’ve doubled how long their backlog of episodes will last. So it had nothing to do with their “viewer survey.” It was simply about stockpiling episodes.

None of this should come as a surprise. Prospect Park has run this operation in disarray from the start. They sued ABC, which licensed the soaps to them, over the move of three characters from ONE LIFE TO LIVE to ABC’s GENERAL HOSPITAL while the online version of the former show was being planned. Instead of making an arrangement to cross-promote the OLTL, Prospect Park instead took an adversarial approach.

Again no surprise to anyone who covered or knew about Kwatinetz in his prior incarnations. A Hollywood manager with a checkered past, Kwatinetz burned a lot of bridges in the music business during tenures with Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson. He merged his company, The Firm, with Mike Ovitz and Rick Yorn’s AMG ten years ago. The whole thing collapsed quickly, with Ovitz leaving the business and Yorn taking top clients like Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz. Kwatinetz’s personal life also attracted attention with major drug issues– chronicled in a 2002 Vanity Fair profile– and a brief engagement to the late actress Brittany Murphy.

CORONATION STREET star William Roache faces new charges
Roache has been charged with five counts of indecent assault of young girls, in addition to an earlier charge of rape, prosecutors say.

The 81-year-old, who has played Ken Barlow since the first episode of CORONATION STREET in 1960, is accused of indecently assaulting four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16 on five occasions in the 1960s.

An ITV spokesman has said the actor, who has been in the soap since it started in 1960, will not be appearing in CORRIE until legal proceedings had concluded.

DirecTV Said Among 3 Hulu Bidders at $1 Billion or More
Bids of at least $1 billion increase the odds that owners Walt Disney Co., News Corp. and Comcast Corp’s NBC Universal will sell Hulu after a previous auction and plans for an initial public offering faltered. Hulu would give DirecTV, with 20 million subscribers, a lower-cost online video offering alongside its more expensive pay-TV packages.

Should Netflix Shows Be Considered ‘Television’?
Do you agree with the Emmys that HOUSE OF CARDS and its ilk should be allowed to compete directly with sitcoms and dramas that were meant to air on actual televisions, over a longer span of time? Or should they compete in a different category, or not at all, or with certain caveats? If a show never airs on a television, does it even make sense to refer to it as a television show, or should we just call it a show?

Mckenna Grace replacing Alyvia Alyn Lind as Faith on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
Due to scheduling issues, Alyvia Alyn Lind will be unavailable for an upcoming summer storyline, so the soap has recast the role of Faith with Mckenna Grace. "I have a new little daughter now," says Sharon Case (Sharon). "She's very cute and sweet. She's not nervous at all. She didn't have to warm up. She's very confident and has a big personality." Look for Lind to make her final appearance on Tuesday, July 2, and Grace to debut on Friday, July 12.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS actress Tammin Sursok is pregnant
Sursok previously played Colleen on Y&R.

ABC Family Spokesperson: “I Have Nothing New To Report” On BUNHEADS
“The tax credit selection does not correlate to a pick-up of another season of Bunheads. I have nothing new to report on that. Any show that is in the program, that may be returning for a subsequent year, must submit an application prior to June 1 and the allocation is grandfathered in. We are not making a decision about a pick up until we know how our new summer series premiere. I promise I will let you know when I have news to share one way or the other.”

Vince Gilligan: 'I Cried' Writing BREAKING BAD Finale
He said that though BREAKING BAD is often praised for its meticulous planning, he insisted the show’s ending was not part of a master plan concocted during season one.

“We sat around in the writer’s room for thousands of man hours playing a game of chess, saying, ‘If we move the character from here to here to here, what happens? What’s the counter-move?’” Gilligan said. “Essentially we said, ‘What are all the possible endings we can come up with?' And then, ‘What is the ending that satisfies us the most?’”

The Bob Benson of His Office: James Wolk on His MAD MEN Role
"I always feel like hard work leads the way, and from there, I leave it up to the powers that be. I try to stay away from the more schmaltzy side of things. That can backfire quickly."

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