Friday, September 20, 2013

NEWS: "Cord-Nevers" Killing Cable TV? B&B Casting New Role; Eva Longoria Adapting Telenovela; Alison Sweeney Cover

Slate: Cable TV Is Dying, and Colleges Are Killing It
It isn't just cord-cutters who are the problem for the pay-TV industry, Bloomberg's Ian King points out. It's "cord-nevers"—young people who have never paid for cable or satellite TV and have no intention of doing so in the future.

Even today, most Americans grow up with cable in their homes, their parents footing the bill. Those who go straight into the workforce and get their own apartment might continue to view cable as a high priority, if they can afford it. But a still-growing number of Americans head to four-year colleges and live in dorms where very reliable, high-speed Internet is now routinely provided but cable TV is not. As a result, they come to view fast Internet as a necessity and cable TV as a luxury, subsisting instead on scraps from YouTube, Hulu, and perhaps a little piracy—in short, the media-diet equivalent of ramen and leftover pizza. By the time they leave college, some may be starving for cable TV, but a lot have weaned themselves off of it for good.

B&B is looking for someone with strong credits to play the recurring role of Tom, a leading man who is 40-50 years old and is described as a mischievous ladies' man and a bit of a troublemaker. "Any ethnicity. Accents ok."

Eva Longoria To Produce ABC Adaptation Of Telenovela PURA SANGRE With Berman/Braun
ABC has bought TRUST, an hourlong soap based on the popular Colombian telenovela. Written by Katie Lovejoy, TRUST centers on David Montenegro, a humble attorney in Miami who is given the chance to become the Trustee of the Lagos estate. David takes the job to try and rekindle a romance with his first and only love, Rosella Lagos – who is now engaged to another man – but before long, he finds himself sucked into her dysfunctional family and discovers that, in a world of so much money, the only true currency is trust.

VH1 Greenlights Drama Pilot HINDSIGHT
The project centers on Becca who, as she nears 40, is about to embark on her second wedding to Andy Kelly, but her joy is tempered by the absence of her old best friend Lolly who’s a no-show, having dropped out of their relationship years ago. As Becca mulls over her past with Lolly and the mishap of her marriage to her first husband, Sean, she wakes up on her wedding day and discovers that it’s 15 years in the past — she’s about to marry Sean, her own parents are still married, and Lolly is still in her life. Becca must now decide to either go ahead with her marriage to Sean and watch the years play out as they have before, or chuck it all and try for a re-do of the history of her life that’s still in the future.

DAYS' Galen Gering and WWE Diva Natalya to appear at the Southern Connecticut Women’s Expo on Sept. 21 & 22
Gering will be meeting fans and signing autographs on both Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. WWE Diva Natalya will also be signing personalized photos on Sunday only from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Stratford casino soap opera looking for local stars
PERSONA is set in Aspers at Westfield Stratford City and follows the lives of characters playing staff and customers of the venue. The soap opera is "the first ever to be designed specifically for smartphone users and is watched through a downloadable app."

Creator Don Allen said: "We just want to make fun entertainment. It's like an EASTENDERS or a HOLLYOAKS but each episode is just two to three minutes long."

Costume Designers for TV Have a Big Impact on Fashion
Years ago, if costume designers were known at all, they worked in movies. But as television has gained more respect as a medium, there has been a coattail effect on some of its costume designers, who say that their work there gives them greater opportunity than current cinema to influence the culture at large.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Alison Sweeney covers Women's Running magazine
Sweeney (Sami)covers the September issue of Women's Running. The host of THE BIGGEST LOSER, who just completed a half-marathon at Disneyland, says she began incorporating running into her fitness routine when she joined the prime-time series. “I ran a little bit when I was in high school, but I really committed to running regularly when I started with THE BIGGEST LOSER,” Sweeney recalls. “I saw how inspired the contestants were by the BL Marathons we did, and it inspired me to try. As I started settling in for longer distances, I noticed a big change in my body. Also, mentally it’s made a big difference. I feel better when I get to run regularly.”

BBC America Cancels COPPER
The cancellation leaves ORPHAN BLACK as BBC America's lone scripted original. That drama, which featured a breakout performance by Tatiana Maslany, has been renewed for a second season to return in 2014.

New HBO series LOOKING being shot in San Francisco

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