Tuesday, October 8, 2013

NEWS: Viewers Complain About Shocking DOWNTON ABBEY Story; Larry Lamb Says EASTENDERS Was A Hell Hole; Kyle Chandler Doesn't Want FNL Movie

Viewers complain over 'shocking' DOWNTON ABBEY episode
Viewers took to Twitter to express their "shock" and "distress" after Sunday's episode. A warning alerting viewers to the upsetting scenes was broadcast before the episode aired. Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has also received a number of complaints - although it cannot yet release figures. An average of 9.2 million viewers watched the episode, with a peak audience of 9.9 million. (Major spoiler in article so be warned before you click the link.)

Connie Britton: Kyle Chandler Doesn't Want to Make a FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Movie
The actress explains that Chandler is hesitant to do the film because it's already been done before (the series FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS was based on the 2004 movie, which was based on a book). "And he has a point," Britton noted.

Larry Lamb: EASTENDERS was a hell hole
Lamb, who played Archie Mitchell on the show, has penned his autobiography. He said actors were expected to film up to 30 scenes a day. He revealed how some were close to cracking up under the “tremendous pressures” placed on them by producers. One actress could not take the heat and became so paralyzed with fear that writers had to rewrite the script when she refused to leave her dressing room.

Lamb said: “In the end the director was begging her, yet she couldn't come out of the dressing room because of the pressure. She never ever went on.”

The BBC said: "EASTENDERS takes the well-being of all our actors and staff extremely seriously and we would never put any of our actors under any unreasonable pressure."

Ellen Pompeo Breaks Silence on Isaiah Washington, Katherine Heigl and Her GREY'S ANATOMY Future: 'I Have an Amazing Life'
In a new interview, Pompeo — whose contract is set to expire next summer (along with all of her original co-stars, including Patrick Dempsey) — expressed little desire to explore life outside of Grey Sloan Memorial.

“Actors always think the grass is greener somewhere else — I didn’t want to do that,” she told the New York Post. “I have an amazing life. I have a house five minutes from the studio, I have a house in the Hamptons, a house in Malibu, a beautiful daughter whom I see every night, and it’s all because I didn’t leave GREY'S ANATOMY.”

Pompeo also spoke candidly about the show’s tumultuous early days, including the high profile exits of Isaiah Washington and Katherine Heigl. “Hurt feelings, combined with instant success and huge paychecks started things spinning out of control,” she explained. “The crazier things got, as I watched all the tumult with Isaiah and then the Katie thing, I started to focus on the work. Maybe it is my Boston, blue-collar upbringing. I just tried to not pay attention to all the noise around me.”

Arthur Malet dead at 85
Arthur Malet died on May 18, 2013 in Santa Monica, California, U.S.A. He was an English actor of stage, film and television. He played Nigel Peabody on DAYS OF OUR LIVES and Ryan on DALLAS in 1990. He also appeared in DALLAS as Mr. Forest in 1982.

Check out a clip of Malet on DAYS below:

Dianna Agron Not Welcome At GLEE Tribute Show For Cory Monteith: Co-Stars & Creator ‘Intensely Dislike’ Her
An insider reveals that Monteith’s girlfriend, Lea Michele, and co-creator, Ryan Murphy, ”intensely dislike Dianna and have both worked to marginalize her as much as possible.”

“They never saw her as a team player,” the insider added.

“They simply did not want her sharing the glory for this very special episode.”

Dot-Marie Jones Is Engaged, GLEE Star Set to Wed Longtime Girlfriend Bridgett Casteen
Jones, 49, revealed the engagement at a Q&A session during Anaheim Gay Days, an annual weekend event that draws in LGBT allies and visitors to the amusement park.

GREY'S ANATOMY alum T.R. Knight Marries Longtime Boyfriend
Knight is currently playing Mercutio in an off-Broadway production of "Romeo and Juliet" that also stars Elizabeth Olsen and William Hurt. (He missed two performances for the wedding.)

DOCTOR WHO: Newly discovered lost episodes to be released for sale this week
BBC Worldwide will put the previously lost episodes from different stories – both believed to be from the Patrick Troughton era – for sale on digital platforms such as iTunes from Wednesday.

Nielsen to Measure Twitter Chatter About TV Shows
Executives at Nielsen say they expect that TV networks will start to promote their Twitter TV Ratings performance the same way they do broadcast ratings. But it is unclear how many networks or advertisers are actually paying to receive the overnight data. Nielsen declined to name any customers, and representatives of only two media companies — Discovery Communications, the Discovery Channel owner, and the ad-buying giant Universal McCann — were quoted in a news release about the new product.

DEXTER Producer: Showtime Wouldn’t Let Us Kill Dexter
"Showtime was very clear about that. When we told them the arc for the last season, they just said, 'Just to be clear, he's going to live.' There were a lot of endings discussed because it was a very interesting problem to solve, to bring it to a close."

Recently departed REVENGE star Ashley Madekwe joins WGN's SALEM
Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, SALEM explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials. Madekwe will play Tituba, Salem’s most powerful witch Mary Sibley’s exotic and mysterious right hand and helper who hasn't aged in the ten years she has been apart from her master.

Laura Wiggins joins INTELLIGENCE as Marg Helgenberger's daughter
"For some reason I always have daughters," Helgenberger says. "We just finished shooting the episode with Rebecca, who is the polar opposite of my character."

MIPCOM: TV version of FARGO won't feature Frances McDormand's character, says MGM Studios exec
"It's not a retelling of the same story, because on so many levels that would be foolish," Roma Khanna explained.

Michelle Williams Brings Daughter, Matilda, to Dawson's Creek Set 10 Years Later
"I actually hadn't been back since the show ended but I went back and took my daughter on vacation and saw people I hadn't seen in 10 years and went all the places that we used to go," she revealed in an interview with The New Yorker's David Denby. "And it was great. It was actually a real stroke of luck to be transported there."

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