Sunday, August 18, 2013

NEWS: Social Networking No. 1 Online Activity; Roku Beats Apple TV; Chris Fountain Controversy; Paula Garces Baby Show; Is THE NEWSROOM the Best Bad Show Ever?

10 Online Activities That Dominate Americans' Days
Social networking was the most time-consuming online activity for Americans in 2012, followed by checking email, watching online video and using search engines.

Internet users in the United States between the ages of 13 and 64 spent an average of 37 minutes on social networks out of just over three hours online per day.

Roku Beats Apple TV In Homes With Streaming Media Devices
About 14% of all households have a streaming media device, twice the number that had one two years ago, research firm Parks Associates says. But the most interesting finding in its new report on trends in connected TV is that relatively tiny Roku handily beats the mighty Apple among people who own a streaming video media device. Some 37% go with Roku vs 24% who “primarily use” Apple TV, the company found in a survey of 10,000 U.S. broadband households early this year.

CORONATION STREET in meltdown over Chris Fountain's rape rap
Fountain may lose job after being exposed as a foul-mouthed internet rapper who boasts about raping women. ITV chiefs have already suspended the 25-year-old from his role as Tommy Duckworth. He will be brought back to the studio during his holiday next week to meet boss Stuart Blackburn and other senior executives where he will be forced to explain his actions. Soap chiefs held a crisis meeting yesterday amid calls from viewers for Chris to be fired.

Baby shower for Paula Garces held at Ana Ortiz's house
The first season of their primetime soap opera, DEVIOUS MAIDS, revolves around Ortiz's character investigating the death of Flora, played by Garces, who now stars on ALL MY CHILDREN. Natalie Klein of HOLLYWOOD HOT MOMS helped DEVIOUS MAIDS stars Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Roselyn Sanchez, and Edy Ganem plan the shower, that was filled with a very apt theme of “Happiness and Gratitude.”

Is THE NEWSROOM the Best Bad Show Ever?
It's hard to take THE NEWSROOM, and even harder to stop watching it.

CW Buys Lauren Graham Drama Project Produced By Ellen DeGeneres
The CW has put in development SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE, a drama based on Graham’s debut novel, which was published in April.

DEXTER's James Remar joins GREY'S ANATOMY
Remar has landed a multi-episode arc on ABC’s long-running medical drama but his character has not yet been announced.

Cruz will take on the role of NYPD detective Gina Mendez, who will work closely with Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore) and the FBI when a new murder spree hits the city.

Former EASTENDERS star Leslie Grantham moving to Bulgaria after divorce left him homeless
The actor, who became a household name as the soap's iconic character Dirty Den, told the Sunday Mirror he was staying in a friend's spare room since splitting from his wife Jane after 31 years of marriage.

Ex-EASTENDERS producer Sean O'Conner is just what radio soap THE ARCHERS needs
Alison Graham, a fan of THE ARCHERS for 35 years, writes to the show’s new editor.

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