Sunday, December 29, 2013

NEWS: Martha Byrne, Michael Saucedo, Susan Lucci, Freddie Smith, Most-Pirated TV of 2013

Martha Byrne appears on Bronxnet's OPEN to promote GOTHAM pilot
Byrne talked about GOTHAM and the new pilot edit that is available on Vimeo VOD.

GENERAL HOSPITAL's Michael Saucedo Turns Author
Thanks to the latest creative venture from her real-life husband, the flawless face of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) now graces the cover of a serialized e-book, "Liberty Strong," the first installment of which, "Dead Extra," was just released. Inspired by his soap star wife, Michael Saucedo (ex-Juan) has co-written a series of episodes revolving around Liberty, a fictional daytime darling who remains unshakable even as chaos closes in on her daily life.

Susan Lucci on DEVIOUS MAIDS, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and Eva Longoria's directorial debut
So, how does Lucci compare her DEVIOUS MAIDS character Genevieve with Erica Kane - the iconic soapland character who has dominated much of her career? "She's different from Erica in that she's somewhat of an innocent in many ways and there's a naivety in some areas, although she has been married six times and is looking for husband number seven. That she has in common with Erica.

"She is someone who has spent her life attracting one rich and powerful husband after the next and now she doesn't have a man in her life and she's feeling she's lost her mojo. It's driving her a little bit crazy so she's seducing the pool boy and the landscape artist - whoever - and also self-medicating. It's a very different character. Erica would have said, 'Yes, I can do this by myself'. She was very capable. Genevieve is bright but she's not street smart at all."

GAME OF THRONES Most Pirated TV-Show of 2013
GAME OF THRONES has the honor of becoming the most downloaded TV-show for the second year in a row.

With 5.9 million downloads via BitTorrent, the 2013 season finale has beat the competition by a landslide.

More than half of the downloads occurred in the first week after the show aired and the total exceeds the number of traditional viewers in the US. BREAKING BAD and THE WALKING DEAD complete the top three with and estimated 4.2 and 3.6 million downloads respectively.

Freddie Smith hopes audiences will accept new version of popular gay couple on DAYS OF OUR LIVES
"I really want people to give this new version of WilSon a chance," Smith tells CBS Soaps In Depth. "We're still telling a great story and shedding light on what’s happening. It's truly rewarding."

GUIDING LIGHT Alum Justin Klosky Releases Book ("Organize & Create Discipline")
Klosky (ex-Joey Lupo, GL) has published a book on how to organize your life, which is available today. "Writing this book was a challenge for me; not in the context of supplying simple, powerful, and unique organizational advice, but because I wanted to open up and tell the story of what growing up with OCD was like and why my OCD came about," the actor explains.

EASTENDERS denies Janine Butcher exit plot changes
The upcoming scenes will bring Janine's dark story to its final conclusion, but a tabloid report today has suggested that the plot will have to be changed after Jasmyn Banks - who plays wrongly-accused Alice Branning - became unavailable for filming.

An EASTENDERS spokesperson told Digital Spy: "There have been no changes to the ending of Janine's story. Alice's role was a very minor part in the conclusion of this storyline so everything will go ahead as planned.

10 tear-jerking soap opera exits that will have you reaching for your hanky
As CORONATION STREET fans prepare to bid farewell to Hayley Cropper, Wales Online looks at some of soap land's most poignant screen deaths.

Google Discarded 21,000,000 Takedown Requests in 2013
Google discarded 9% of the 235,000,000 allegedly infringing links copyright holders asked the company to remove from its search engine this year. This amounts to 21 million URLs for which Google took no action, either because the requests were illegitimate or were duplicates already submitted in previous notices. NBC Universal, Fox and have the worst track record in this regard as more than a quarter of their requests were discarded.


  1. I could not find the Gotham Pilot on Vimeo. Where are those 13 new episodes Martha Byrne spoke of?

  2. Great Martha Byrne interview - and I really hope to see those new Gotham episodes she spoke of produced. Gotham is terrific, and it would be wonderful to have it continue!