An Aug. 21 DVD release date has been set for 'Til Death: The Complete First Season. The catch: You have to watch an American Idol DVD beforehand.... Pat O'Brien has inked a new deal to continue on at The Insider at a marked pay cut (hello, bargain moustache wax!) and with the show relocating to New York City, sources tell the New York Daily News.... Days of our Lives hits iTunes Tuesday. John Black raises his eyebrow to that!
Days of Our Lives vet Alison Sweeney is replacing Caroline Rhea as host of NBC's The Biggest Loser, Variety is reporting. Rhea, who has fronted the weight-loss compeition since Day 1, has moved on "to pursue other interests," says the network. The hiring of Sweeney, meanwhile, says exec producer Ben Silverman, "will bring not only a great fresh face, but [also] a huge, loyal fan base." Heck, based just on the evil twins and illegitimate children who may start tuning in, the ratings could go up 10 percent.
Question: I realize that soap operas are not your regular beat, so I understand if you don't respond to my question. I'm curious, though: Do you have any thoughts on NBC's cancellation of Passions to add another hour of Today, and on the talk that its other soap, Days of our Lives, will be canceled once the network's contract with the show expires in 2009? I figure the motives for these moves are similar to NBC's earlier announcement that they were giving up the 8 pm prime-time slot to inexpensive shows. I read how you feel about the prime-time decision. Do you feel similarly about the daytime decision? I know that soaps have had a rough time of it in the last decade or so, and it's my understanding that NBC has historically been less patient and more aggressive with their daytime lineup. Is the situation with soap operas that bad? Do you think NBC is setting a precedent that the others will follow?
Answer: Kelly, you're right that daytime soaps are absolutely not my beat, but this does
Lisa Rinna, Tease
Daytime drama star turned soap-opera journo turned Dancing with the Stars alum Lisa Rinna is continuing her fancy footwork, juggling a new reality competition — Oxygen's Tease, which she hosts (premiering tonight at 9 pm/ET) — with DWTS' ongoing cross-country tour. TVGuide.com grabbed a few minutes with the fabulously coiffed brunette to comb through her many projects, which include a long-awaited date on Broadway.
TVGuide.com: What title do you think your husband, Harry [Hamlin], would be OK with me using for this Q&A? Can I do "Lisa Rinna Is a Big Tease?"Lisa Rinna: [Laughs
Hello, fans of The Office. Meredith here."The Merger" is coming up this Thursday at 8:40 pm/ET on NBC. Last week was nail-biting. Thank god the Scranton branch didn't close. It's pretty wild. Now the Stamford, Connecticut, branch is about to merge. Michael has some very intense techniques for initiating the new people. This was a really fun episode to shoot. The new actors on our show are really fun. We all had a blast. Rashida Jones, Ursula Burton, Wayne Wilderson, Ed Helms, and Mike Bruner as Tony — all hilarious. They double the size and they double the comedy. I sound like a commercial for gum! It was like a party all week shooting this episode. I'll drink to that!I hope you all had a chance to watch the NBC.com producer's cut of "Branch Closing." I had a few really fun scenes in the producer's cut — which is the one for sale on iTunes, FYI! I loved doing the possible love scene with Steve where Meredith asks Michael if he's the guy she made a deal to have sex with o...
Question: What is your bag with Studio 60? I can’t wait for Monday nights.
Answer: I've got no bag with Studio 60. I think it's a really well-produced, fantastically-acted show. It's just not appointment TV for me. Unless Lauren Graham is on. Then it is appointment TV. Speaking of which, she better have more to do next week or Aaron Sorkin's on my you-know-what list. (Rhymes with "knit.")
Question: What do you think about this for the three new characters they are looking for on Lost: Famke Janssen as the "leader," Elisha Cuthbert as the girl in her "early twenties" and Matt Cedeno (Days of Our Lives) as the "Latino hunk."
Answer: I've got three better ideas: Roberta Weiss (Santa Barbara), Emily VanCamp and Y Tu Mama Tambien's Diego Luna.
Are you a wealthy fan of Days of our Lives? Well, first of all, call me! Secondly, you should know that Deidre Hall's luxe Bel-Air pad is currently for sale, listed at just under $8.5 million. Per the Los Angeles Times, the amenities of Marlena's walled and gated half-acre compound include six bedrooms, a playroom and 11 bathrooms. Oh, there's also a pool, a detached guest house and a sports court. Hall and her husband, writer-producer Steve Sohmer, purchased the 6,800-square-foot estate in 1992 from Bob Newhart for around $3 million. In other news, this reporter can't even afford a lousy one-bedroom condo in the Valley. But I'm not bitter, I swear.
When Arianne Zuker (Nicole) left Days of our Lives in January, the NBC sudser chose not to explain her absence. On Monday viewers finally found out what the heck happened to Nicole! She's gone to work for Austin's company in Los Angeles. "I didn't want her anyway," Austin told Lucas. "She fell in love with some soap-opera actor and wants to get married and have a baby."
Of course, that's a cute nod to Zuker's real-life husband, Kyle Lowder
). The couple live in L.A., where they're both pursuing work in prime-time TV and films. And before you all start speculating, Days
wasn't dropping any hints with that line about having a baby. The show's rep tells TVGuide.com that Zuker is not pregnant.
Do soap operas really rot your brain like our parents warned us? A study published in the Southern Medical Journal reveals that elderly female soap fans ranked poorly in tests of memory, attention and mental quickness. However, that doesn't mean these viewers' love of daytime TV caused their cognitive decline; it might only be a symptom. Researchers suspect that seniors whose minds are already impaired may just find it easier to watch shows that involve "parasocial relationships," meaning that viewers at home feel a daily emotional connection to the people on screen.
Hmm... well, thanks to my job, I spend several hours a day watching my soaps, and this reporter's mind remains razor sharp and attentive, thank you very much. That said, I will concede that I feel emotionally connected to Days of our Lives' Austin Peck — especially whenever he takes off his shirt, which is often, god love him. Maybe those scientists should quit scrutinizi