Thursday, May 24, 2007

NBC's Kostura: Casting Re-Ups Mean PASSIONS "Will Still Be the Same" After DIRECTV Move

An update on the casting re-ups as PASSIONS prepares to move from NBC to DIRECTV from The Hollywood Reporter:

NBC Universal Television Studio has signed the principal cast members of the daytime drama "Passions" to new contracts, ensuring that they will continue with the soap when it makes the move from NBC to DirecTV's original programming channel, the 101, on Sept. 17.

Those continuing with the series include Eric Martsolf (Ethan), Ben Masters (Julian), Kim Johnston Ulrich (Ivy), Dylan Fergus (Noah), Galen Gering (Luis), Emily Harper (Fancy), Lindsay Hartley (Theresa), Liza Huber (Gwen), James Hyde (Sam), Juliet Mills (Tabitha), Heidi Mueller (Kay), Tracey Ross (Eve), Eva Tamargo (Pilar), McKenzie Westmore ("Sheridan") and Erin Cardillo (Esme).

"It is important that the fans know that the show will still be the same after the move," NBC Universal vp daytime Annamarie Kostura said.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

here! Networks to Debut New Supernatural Soap

Following the overwhelming success of their sexy, supernatural soap, the witchcraft-themed DANTE'S COVE, here! Network is debuting a new scripted serial THE LAIR June 1, during Cove's summer hiatus.

here!, a premium television network programmed with gays and lesbians in mind, announced the debut of the first season will be available on the 1st and continue through August with a new episode airing every other week. The show will folllow a young journalist on a quest for answers regarding series of murders...a quest that leads him to a private gentlemen's club called "The Lair," which he soon discovers is home to a coven of vampires.

(UPDATED - DANTE'S COVE Season 2 was recently released on DVD.)

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Where Did All the Serial Viewers Go?

David Bauder of the Associated Press asks the question (and examines the implications for nighttime programming) here.

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