Sunday, September 1, 2013

NEWS: TWD Soundtrack, Bethany Joy Lenz, Charles Shaughnessy, Robin Wright, Russell Tovey, Zack Conroy, Katherine Chancellor Memorial Preview

'The Walking Dead' Soundtrack Vol. 2 Exclusively At Wal-Mart
Following the success of last March’s volume one, which made it to second place on the iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart and was number one on the Soundtrack Albums chart, ‘The Walking Dead AMC Original Soundtrack – Vol. 2…Sounds of Survival’ includes original music recorded for the show. The soundtrack is part of the special edition Blu-ray and DVD set ‘The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season.’

Former GUIDING LIGHT and ONE TREE HILL star Bethany Joy Lenz Joins CSI's Milestone 300th Episode
Lenz as signed on to guest star in the milestone outing as a sexy, seemingly normal-looking mother of two.

Charles Shaughnessy returning to DAYS OF OUR LIVES this fall
Shaughnessy (Shane) will join Patsy Pease (Kimberly) back in Salem for November sweeps, confirms a show spokesperson. The actor, who last appeared in May, 2012, was open to the idea of a comeback, especially now that Shane and Kim's daughter Theresa is in town.  They arrive November 18.

Former SANTA BARBARA star Robin Wright directing a Season 2 episode of HOUSE OF CARDS
It is Wright's first time ever directing.

Zack Conroy making another YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS appearance
B&B's Conroy (Oliver) will cross over to Y&R on Friday, September 20.

Russell Tovey Joins Gay-Themed HBO Dramedy LOOKING
Tovey, best known as werewolf George Sands on the hit BBC supernatural drama BEING HUMAN, has been booked to play the recurring role of Kevin, an accomplished video game wunderkind who has achieved financial and critical success at a young age. Kevin, who is gay, works closely with Patrick, the show's lead, played by Jonathan Groff.

People Magazine Prepares New Subscription Model
People is preparing to unveil a new pricing model designed to transform the way people think about subscriptions, according to people familiar with the publisher’s plans. Other titles in the company are expected to follow suit.

With advertising sagging—PricewaterhouseCoopers estimated that consumer magazine ad revenue will decline 7.3 percent from 2012 to 2017, to $15.2 billion—Time Inc. isn’t alone in turning to consumers for new revenue. Hearst Magazines priced its tablet editions higher than its print editions, betting that people will pay more for an enhanced version. Casting its net for more print subscribers, Condé Nast recently announced a deal with Amazon to let people manage their orders on the e-commerce site.

The Next Big Ad War: Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon
So far the ascendant streaming services haven't waged much of an ad war, but that seems likely to change. The subscriber counts and video content of all three are continually growing by leaps and bounds, increasing their competition, costs and potential rewards at a rapid pace. Netflix, which offered about 1,000 movies and TV episodes when it began streaming videos in 2007, now has thousands more for its 29 million US subscribers. Just last week it signed a deal with the Weinstein Co. for exclusive rights to its movies starting in 2016, a pact Harvey Weinstein called "probably the biggest" in the company's history. One media analyst estimated the cost to Netflix at $30 million -- per year.

What’s The Future Of THE NEWSROOM?
Aaron Sorkin’s show has not yet been picked up for Season 3 — even though HBO famously renews its hits quickly. So what’s going on?


Bangkok TV Soap Opera Attracts Muslim Anger and Scrutiny
The soap opera FAH JAROD SAI (Where the Sky Meets the Sand) stars Thai actors in a superficial melodrama portraying an imaginary Arab-style royal officer who falls in love with a girl who is half-Thai, half-French, in a fantasy kingdom named Hinfara.

Family flies in for CORONATION STREET star Michael Le Vell's child sex trial
Le Vell has vowed to clear his name when he goes on trial Monday for child sex offenses.

Joe Sugden’s win leaves ex-soap star in a lather
Frazer Hines, played Joe Sugden in EMMERDALE from 1972 to 1994, was “over the moon” when s horse named Joe Sugden got home by a head sparking celebrations by members of Chippenham-based syndicate, the Brookside Breeders’ Club. Part owner Daniel James, whose father John James, right, owns Brookside Stud, said: “Frazer sold the horse as a two-year-old and we invited him to become a part-owner with us. We named the horse Joe Sugden as Frazer had been very poorly with cancer and we wanted to cheer him up.”

Y&R star Peter Bergman: Katherine's memorial episodes are 'deeply powerful'
In a clip from the memorial episodes, Jack and his brother Billy (played by Billy Miller) take a moment to privately and fondly recall their late father, John, and his long friendship with Katherine.

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