Tuesday, August 20, 2013

NEWS: Christel Khalil Lawsuit Update; Chris Fountain Statement; Television Adjustment Act; Antonio Sabato: Wingman; SCANDAL Poster

Christel Khalil Lawsuit: Talent Agency Fires Back
The talent agency representing THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS star Christel Khalil (Lily) has countered her breach of contract suit with allegations of its own. Responding to TheWrap, Mavrick Artists Agency's attorney, Max Sprecher, said that the actress's complaint is "all blue smoke and mirrors" and suggested that she does not want to pay the agency monies owed.

Sprecher estimated that the actress owes the agency "in the ballpark of $20,000 in additional commission," and said she "doesn't want to pay it."

He also refuted her allegation about being sent to a Y&" audition.

"There's no way in hell that she went out on an audition," Sprecher said. "That just couldn't have happened. Do you think YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS is so stupid that their casting office would have scheduled such an audition? It wasn't an audition -- it was a submission."

NYT: Do we need a Television Adjustment Act to deal with the surplus of good TV?
This year is the 80th anniversary of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933, a New Deal initiative intended to help farmers, who were producing far more wheat, cotton, corn, milk and other goods than the market wanted, and in that way sending prices for those commodities to absurdly low levels. That is exactly what is happening in television today. There have never been more good TV shows available — perfectly edible series, mini-series and one-shots, tasty and in many cases nutritious — but we can’t choke them down as fast as they’re being produced. We need a Television Adjustment Act of 2013.

Entire shows are going unseen by virtually everyone, though they’re worth watching and hang on for several seasons. The Television Adjustment Act of 2013 would solve this problem by paying the people who make television to stop making it. Producers like Shonda Rhimes and Carlton Cuse would be paid to stop coming up with the next GREY'S ANATOMY or LOST. Actors would be paid to stop internalizing complex characters and writers would be paid to stop dreaming up dialogue for those characters.

Does Aaron Sorkin have a NEWSROOM checklist?
Each week, Sorkin seems to check off a number of boxes:
- Obligatory ‘quit your complaining, woman!’ remark.
- I will fix you.
- Tell don’t show.
- WEST WING redux.
- Sorkin can still write plot when he wants to.

Scandal Season Three poster revealed
The artwork features our head gladiator Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) looking down with the caption, "The secret is out." Of course, this refers to Olivia being revealed as Fitz's (Tony Goldwyn) mistress in the final moments of the shocking Season Two finale.

The Butler director Lee Daniels circling Sammy Davis Jr. film for HBO
Recently there’s been some talk about Tommy Davidson of IN LIVING COLOR fame playing Davis, but nothing had come together. The Sammy story is rife with rights issues including who is the estate, who isn't, which books are optioned, who owns what. Davis had the most extraordinary life, including the Rat Pack days of course, his early career, and his controversial marriage to May Britt.

A Brief Survey of Male Nudity in Television
We’re currently experiencing an exciting shift in television, with shows like BREAKING BAD and MAD MEN changing public opinion about the boob tube and pushing the boundaries of small-screen storytelling. Are the standards for nudity changing along with it?

ALL MY CHILDREN alum J.R. Martinez's stars in new seriers
SAF3 will premiere on the Tribune stations Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22. In Chicago it will be WGN at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday, September 21. In New York it will be WPIX at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 22.

Martinez portrays Alfonso Rivera, a Los Angelesparamedic firefighter and a member of the U.S. Air Force Pararescue team with previous assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Alfonso, like J.R., always finds the positive in any situation, is passionate about his work and someone you can always count on.

SAF3 also stars Dolph Lundgren, LydiaHull, Texas Battle, Danielle Anderson, Katie Meehan, Travis Burns and Jocelyn Osorio.

All the world is a soap opera
People who are occupied with something bigger than themselves don’t have time to drum up a crisis every few hours. Self-dramatizers are not new, but an exploding mass media and shrinking work ethic produces more of them. In a culture that seeks for no meaning outside oneself, what is left but drama?

ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Rob Gorrie recalls the first day of taping
"I remember on our first day of taping in Stamford, there was a crowd of the most incredible fans standing right in front of our studio for hours. They were holding signs and balloons and flowers. They were so excited we were back. We went out to meet them all and take pictures. We even brought them coffee and doughnuts. It was so cool to see their passion for the show. It made me happy to be part of this project."

ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Jason Tam joins "Bromance: In Concert" at Joe's Pub in NYC on August 22
"Bromance: In Concert" reveals a world of Beer, Brotherhood, and Brocabulary. This concert version of the show will feature the YouTube hit, "The Phone Call," as well as songs like "Sports Center," "Chili Cheese Fries," and "Wingman."

Fired CORONATION STREET actor Chris Fountain makes a statement
"I completely understand that ITV had no choice but to terminate my contract today," the 25-year-old actor said on Tuesday. "I have had two wonderful years playing Tommy Duckworth with only happy memories of my time on Coronation Street.

"I am mortified that I have brought so much embarrassment to my colleagues and employers these last few days. My biggest regret, however, is not to do with losing my job, but that I have hurt and let down so many people, including those in a vulnerable situation, and I am so very deeply ashamed of this."

Soap Star Antonio Sabato Jr. Is My Wingman
The lantern-jawed former GENERAL HOSPITAL and BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL hunk is on a mission to get average men laid. But does his advice really mean anything? Lizzie Crocker joins the newly-minted dating coach on a night in Manhattan.

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