Friday, October 25, 2013

NEWS: Finola Hughes' 'The Bet' at FLIFF; Melody Thomas Scott; New EMMERDALE Farm; CHARMED and MURDER, SHE WROTE Reboots

GENERAL HOSPITAL star Finola Hughes' directorial debut, The Bet, part of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival starting tonight
“I loved the whole process,” Hughes said while ferrying her daughter to a dental appointment in Los Angeles. “Just the feeling of showing up on set and seeing these great people at work. Wow.”

“When I first started doing GH back in the ’80s that sort of sealed the deal because soaps were at their peak, and we had this big old spy story going on. It gave me a huge connection to so many people who would rush home from school to watch it. I was part of their youth, and I get great enjoyment out of that. Soap fans are so loyal and patient.”

EDITOR'S NOTE: Hughes will be at Cinema Paradiso 7 p.m. Friday and will attend additional screenings 3:30 Saturday at the Cinema Paradiso-Hollywood and then 6 p.m. at Muvico Pompano.

Melody Thomas Scott on being surprised by the twist that Dylan is Nikki's son on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
"Very surprised! I was so happy that the writers used existing history, with video of Doug and me from when we were in the cult over 30 years ago! That grounds the story and makes it very believable."

EMMERDALE: New Home Farm plan for soap opera plot
A new version of EMEMRDALE's Home Farm could be built at Harewood by ITV as part of plans for an “exciting” storyline, but fans will have to wait to discover why producers need an additional set.

A Reboot of CHARMED Is in the Works at CBS
Vulture has learned that a remake of the hit Aaron Spelling–produced WB drama CHARMED is in the works at CBS. Details are scant right now, but PARTY OF FIVE co-creator Chris Keyser and partner Syndey Sidner are co-writing the project, which insiders describe as a "re-imagining" of the original series about a sisterhood of witches who use their powers for good. CBS TV Studios, which has the rights to all of the Spelling library, is producing the project alongside the Tannenbaum Company.

Contentious SCANDAL Fan Blogger Exposed as ABC Sales Director
Courtney Pajor, a director of special sales for the network out of its New York City offices, has made herself one of the most influential fan voices on SCANDAL, two individuals with knowledge of the blogger’s identity told TheWrap.

“I am 100 percent sure that Scandal411 is Courtney Pajor,” one individual who’s had multiple interactions with the blogger said.

CW Buys 1930s Hollywood Drama Produced By Ellen DeGeneres; Danny Cannon To Helm
PLAYERS is a one-hour drama set against the Golden Age of Hollywood.

NBC To Reboot MURDER, SHE WROTE With Octavia Spencer Starring
Spencer’s involvement in MURDER, SHE WROTE stems from an exploratory meeting she took with Greenblatt. “I’ve always considered myself an armchair detective and in a recent meeting with Bob Greenblatt, he asked me what type of character would be able to lure me to TV. Naturally, I said ” J.B. Fletcher” meets “Colombo”… And here we are,” she said.

Lindsey Gort on becoming THE CARRIE DIARIES' Samantha Jones
"It was long and arduous. It was about a month-and-a-half long [process]. I got the audition and got the call back. It was between me and two other girls. Two days later, I got a no. They were waiting for a bigger name. I accepted that. That's Hollywood. About a week after that, I got a call and they asked if I wanted to come back in and try again. I went back in and a week later they said no, they're still waiting for a bigger name. I said I understood. About a week and a half after that, they called me said I'd come in that day and read one more time. It was between me and one other girl. If I booked it, I'd leave the next day for New York. No pressure. I worked my butt off and went in and found out that night I got it."

Lesbians Are Having a TV Moment, but Where Are the Gay Men?
Slate's Willa Paskin writes: "The preponderance of lesbians on TV is also progressive—representation is a good thing—but not nearly as progressive as it first appears. . On television, women longing for other women may be hot, but men longing for other men is still decidedly not. TV’s gay men hardly ever get any action, and you will rarely see a bisexual guy falling for another man, and certainly never in a story line that could be described as swoony."

SCANDAL, PARENTHOOD, and the Art of the Casting Double-Dip
Shonda Rhimes has competition for TV's biggest double-dipper, though. Jason Katims has brought more than a few FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS cast members to PARENTHOOD. While both shows aggressively double-dip, their cross-casting tactics are complete opposites. On GREY'S ANATOMY and SCANDAL, most actors wind up playing two totally different characters; on FNL and Parenthood, the roles are a lot more similar.

Comcast's HBO + Internet Plan Is the One You've Been Waiting For
No cable, no problem. The rumors that Comcast is going to let you pay for HBO like you pay for Netflix are true. Comcast is now the first company to let you have HBO without being trapped in a basic cable plan.

FX, Turner, and Netflix Face Off in a Battle of the Binge
Most networks only have rights to stream the last five episodes of their series on their websites and VOD, and Netflix usually doesn’t post the whole season until a few weeks before the next season begins. A couple of cable’s biggest programming powerhouses, FX and Turner, are fighting back on this industry standard, telling TV studios that they will not buy any new show unless it comes with the right to keep streaming every episode in a current season until it ends. Netflix has made its position on the issue clear: If studios give into these demands, the service could dramatically cut the price it pays for streaming rights, potentially denying producers millions of dollars in revenue. A battle of the binge is brewing.

Francia Raisa and Brenda Wool join Shiri Appleby in Lifetime's UNREAL drama pilot
Raisa (THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER) will play Inez, a lesbian producer behind the scenes of the unscripted show who has a knack for finding great talent for the show. Wool will play Faith, a contestant on the show within the show.

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