Sunday, January 24, 2016

NEWS: Eileen Davidson, Jason Thompson, Kimberly McCullough, Arianne Zucker, Robert Palmer Watkins

TV Is Hot in Cleveland, Cold in San Francisco
Nielsen released a report showing how much time viewers in the top 25 U.S. markets spend watching live and time-shifted TV. The overall data shows adults 25 to 54 in 24 of those top 25 watch more than three hours of live TV per day.

Cleveland viewers watch the most, with an average of 4 hours and 42 minutes a day, followed by Baltimore (4:38), Detroit (4:37), Pittsburgh (4:31), Philadelphia (4:30) and St. Louis (4:20). The market with the least amount of time watched was San Francisco, where viewers only watched a average of 2:45 minutes of live TV a day.

The Young and the Restless star Eileen Davidson reveals a dark secret no one knew about
On last week's episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Davidson (Ashley on Y&R) revealed that she was in a physically abusive relationship years ago. In her Bravo TV blog, she wrote: "I've been very blessed in my life. I'm a wife, a mother, stepmother, actress, author, and many other things. But these aren't the only labels that define me. I'm also a physical abuse survivor."

The Young and the Restless star Jason Thompson reflects on the past year
"It’s been an amazing year, to be honest, to look back on it," says Thompson (Billy on Y&R). "It feels really smooth, in the best kind of way. There’s been a lot of transition, feels really, really good. To be honest, we got married and I was on General Hospital for 10 years, and that job changed my life in a really big way. And after 10 years, it just felt like the right time to make another change. The person that hired me was Jill Farren Phelps at General Hospital, and she is now the executive producer over at Y&R. So, she changed my life once, and we said – coming up at my 10 years at General Hospital – it just felt like the right thing to do, in order for me and my family to make a change, and artistically to make a change. That’s how I find myself at Y&R right now. So far, it’s been really fantastic."

General Hospital's Kimberly McCullough directs this week's episode of Pretty Little Liars
McCullough (GH's Robin) admits that having to wait six months between being told she had the job and actually getting behind the camera was tough, but it gave her time to do research. “It’s a lot like a soap opera,” she tells Soaps In Depth. “So I started at season one and I watched every single episode. And I would write diaries about the character and what they were going through so I was really clear on the history. It’s a very intertwined, twisty-turny kind of a show.”

Days of our Lives star Arianne Zucker looks back on her time in Salem in new Glamour interview
"I think now that time has gone on, I have infused Ari's personality with Nicole's," says Zucker (Nicole on Days). "Some of my wispy little 'Woos!' you know, one-liners—sometimes I can throw a little bite in there 'cause it's fun. I love Nicole. I always feel bad for her, and I'm in love with her. I think what's happening is myself and her are blending because I want her to do the right thing. She's now so much more emotionally charged, and I'm a very mushy person in real life. I love to laugh, so I try to put some of that in her because there's really no ending to a soap opera. So, my arcs are always, I take two weeks worth of scripts and give myself my own arcs, so I never get bored."

Has NBC already renewed Days of our Lives?
Serial Scoop's Michael Goldberg is hearing the show has been renewed, even though NBC said last week they would begin negotiating with Sony Pictures Television in February.

General Hospital star Robert Palmer Watkins has released a cover of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself"
“My roommates and I are all great friends and love collaborating on creative projects,” Watkins (Dillon on GH) tells Soaps In Depth. “Most of us are actors and musicians."

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