Monday, April 28, 2014

NEWS: Zachary Garred, Ron George's Soap Opera Past, Columbus Short, 'House of Cards', Netflix

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New 'General Hospital' cast member Zachary Garred: 'I truly have no idea what is in store'
Like so many brooding and steely-eyed types before him, New Lambton's Zachary Garred has donned "the towel" and ruffled a few feathers as ‘‘new age hippie’’ Levi in long-running US soap General Hospital.

Garred filmed a dozen or so episodes in March before returning to the Hunter during the show's hiatus to be best man at his mate’s wedding. The gregarious 27-year-old will fly back to Hollywood on Tuesday to shoot a run of new episodes and says he is "curious" to see what the writers have in store for his character.

"I’m on a recurring contract so I’m attached to the show as long as they need me and given the nature of soap operas I don’t know where things are going. They write the scripts two weeks in advance so I have a stack of reading when I get back and we start shooting next week."

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ron George was once a daytime soap opera actor
George, 60, is better known as a two-term state delegate and Annapolis jewelry store owner. He said he never would have earned a spot in the Screen Actors Guild if it weren't for his qualifying work in several 1978 appearances — with speaking lines — in the long-running NBC soap opera The Doctors.

An NBC publicist scoffed at the idea that any footage might still exist from the 30-minute episodes in which George starred, but George said his main line involved saying, "Doctor, doctor," while lying in a hospital bed.

As George tells it, he approached his soap opera role as a method actor. A football team injured in a bus crash brought George's character into the plot. He played the kicker, who eventually succumbed to his injuries, but not before undergoing treatment for a ruptured spleen. George said he consulted his brother, a doctor, about how a patient with a ruptured spleen would be treated, and how he would likely wail in pain.

China censors 'The Good Wife' and other shows on video streaming sites
The move suggests government attention is intensifying on the online streaming industry, which is freer than state television and China's cinemas to show foreign productions and other content and has stretched the boundaries of what can be seen in the country.

'House of Cards' producers reach deal on tax incentives with Maryland, will remain there
The maker of the show, Media Rights Capital, will receive $11.5 million in tax credits in 2014, according to a joint statement released by the company and Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) Friday evening. That’s less money than the show had expected to receive, but enough to continue filming in the state.

Columbus Short not returning to 'Scandal' for season 4
“At this time I must confirm my exit from a show I’ve called home for 3 years, with what is the most talented ensemble on television today. I would like to first thank [creator] Shonda Rhimes for the opportunity to work with such an amazing cast. Thank you GLADIATORS, who have supported me throughout my entire career and of course to ABC and Shondaland for allowing me to play such a pivotal role in the Scandal series. I have enjoyed every single minute of it. Everything must come to an end and unfortunately the time has come for Harrison Wright to exit the canvas. I wish nothing but the best for Shonda, Kerry and the rest of the cast, who have become like a second family to me in such a short amount of time. For this, I will forever be grateful.”

Netflix Is Getting Its Own Cable Channel
etflix announced on Friday that it has inked a deal with three cable TV companies to make watching Netflix as easy as changing the channel.

For Netflix — a main way that people stream TV shows and movies over the internet — this deal is the first of its kind. It’s also a definitive sign that traditional cable companies, particularly small ones, are realizing they need to bridge the gap with internet TV in order to survive. Under the agreement, cable companies RCN, Grande Communications, and Atlantic Broadband will offer access to the Netflix service straight from their TV set-top boxes.

From pen pals to Facebook friends, helped by 'The Bold and the Beautiful'
Reporter Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy shares her experience of meeting her pen pal from Italy after 20 years of correspondence. Swapna was living in India and had just turned 13 when she received her first letter from Linda Danesi, who was 12 at the time. A collage of their friendship spanning 29 years.

"By 1993, we had discovered our mutual love for the American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. Until 1991, India had just one state-controlled television channel. When the country opened its doors to international cable companies, the daytime soap -- one of the first offerings -- was broadcast during prime-time. Our letters now included some discussion of Ridge and Brooke's shenanigans, not to mention the manipulative Stephanie. The soap was a big hit both India and Italy at the time, but ran three years behind the American schedule. So when I moved to the U.S. in 1994 -- before the Internet had truly taken over the world -- I regaled her with some spoilers in my letters. Ridge will get back with Brooke, again!"

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