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B&B nominated for 31st Rockie Awards!

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This week, The Banff Television Festival announced tthat The Bold and the Beautiful has been nominated for the 31st Rockie Awards, in the Soap Opera category. All the nominees were announced at the MIPTV broadcast and digital media conference taking place in Cannes, Frances.

The Bold and the Beautiful’s nomination comes for the series’ submission of episodes that explored the sensitive subject of dying with dignity, feature an all female cast, including Betty White as “Ann Douglas,” and Susan Flannery and Alley Mills as her daughters, “Stephanie” and “Pam.”

The BANFF organizers designated 68 jury panels from over 30 countries around the world to select Rockie Award nominees in each of the 34 categories. The international final jury will screen the programs just before the BANFF festival taking place June 13-16 in Banff, Alberta, and select category winners, special jury prizes and Grand Prize winners. There will be 5 separate award ceremonies for winners from each of these 34 categories, culminating in the Banff World Television Awards on June 15, 2010. 

Chosen from 900 entries from more than 43 countries, the Banff World Television Awards, also known as the “Rockies”, is one of the world’s most prestigious events celebrating outstanding work by international TV creators responsible for the continuing evolution and originality in the industry. The Banff World Television Awards have been recognizing programming excellence for over 30 years and we are so proud that the Rockies have become one of the highest, global accolades in the television industry,” says Georges Leclere, executive producer of the Banff World Television Awards. “It’s exciting to see such superb quality in television programming and this year’s 2010 nominees are great examples of what creative talent can achieve.”

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Congratulations to Betty White, since her name most likely is the reason why B&B got nommed.

The sad part is that this nomination may actually encourage Bell to keep up his writing “standards”. Bell’s formula is this: write crap all year but for 1 week, write a really soapy death to land him an Emmy. He did that w/ Storm’s suicide, Ann’s death and now w/ Beth’s drowning.

Yet none of the storylines are stretched out to their full dramatic effect. Katie’s heart surgery scar is nonexistent since she keeps showing her cleavage. She never even mentions Storm’s suicide, nor does she, Brooke or Donna attack Stephanie for making Storm go bonkers after he found out her part in Brooke’s rape, how she humiliated Donna by letting Thorne and Felicia trap her in the steam room and for all the years Steph messed w/ the Logans. Steph is still violent, so Ann’s death did nothing. Beth’s death will be like Steph pushing Jackie over the balcony all over again. Jackie, who supposedly suffers from migraines for life bec of being pushed by Steph, has even become her “best friend”. Jackie is a poor version of Sally Spectra.

Steph’s violence is always swept under the rug on B&B. Even after Beth’s death arc, Steph will be back to humiliating the blonde Logans or getting violent w/ Brooke and Donna. Everything is plot driven on B&B. Nothing is character driven.

After Beth’s death, Steph will be excused for her violence yet again, Donna will leave Eric because of it, and Donna will ask for half of FC. Then Steph will call the Logans sluts who sleep their way to the top and steal FC and the Eric from her. It’s all the same crap from Brad Bell. That’s why ratings on soaps are sinking.

Any writer who revives the past Logans vs. Forresters rivalry would mine the show’s history. The rivalry was abt the working class family vs. the rich family. Particularly, it was abt the richbitch, elitist matriarch Steph vs. the destitute slut from the valley Brooke. Where’s Steph saying “You’re the caterer’s slutty daughter from the valley. You should be serving me appetizers instead of running around in your lingerie at FC.” Where’s Brooke saying “Ridge is finally mine, so go hop on your broom and fly to a hotel since you’re dressed like a bellhop.” The Brooke vs. Stephanie rivalry should extend and include Donna vs. Pam and Katie vs. Felicia.

Bell never should have married off Tay w/ Whip, especially since he killed off Beth. Killing off Beth was a good move since Robin Riker’s acting is pretty boring. Tay could have counseled Stephen, and then married him since she’s fond of sleeping w/ and marrying her patients (Ridge, Nick). It would be a new way to put Brooke and Tay at odds w/ each other.

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GH Head Writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor Reveal More Details On Michael E. Knight’s New Soap Role

When daytime favorite Michael E. Knight debuts on General Hospital on September 30th, he will not be coming to Port Charles as his former All My Children alter-ego Tad Martin; but instead will be playing a different character.

EW.com has first look photo of Knight in his new role and spoke directly to General Hospital co-head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor for the scoop on the ever-popular Knight’s return to ABC.  On GH. Michael will indeed play a new role.

According to the scribes: “There are a number of people in Port Charles who are in trouble and his character will have an impact on how their stories are solved or further complicated.”

Both Van Etten and O’Connor shared: “As we were writing his character, we found out that oh, we have even more use for him! It’s helpful to know who the actors are in this situation. We have lots of ideas on how we can expand his character and cross-pollinate his character.”

As to how long Knight will be sticking around Port Charles, that was not offered-up, but what was is that Michael’s new character will mix it up with Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) with whom Knight worked with on All My Children when James played Will Cortlandt.

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Because ABC now has the rights back in their possession to use the characters from One Life to Live and All My Children, Van Etten expressed: “We have conversations when we have these actors come back about whether it’s more useful or not to resurrect their characters. “=We’ll continue to have these as the opportunity arises.”

So, what do you think Michael E. Knight’s role will be based on these tidbits from the GH scribe? Share your theories via the comment section below.

 

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Peter Weber Is Revealed To Be The Next ‘Bachelor’

On the season finale of Bachelor in Paradise, the big question was finally answered.  Who would be the next star of the upcoming season of The Bachelor.  Well the wait is over and it turns out to be one of the runner-ups from Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette.

Pilot Peter Weber has nabbed the spot of the next ‘Bachelor’ when the reality-competition series returns for its 24th season in January of 2020.  Weber follows Colton Underwood as the guy who will hopefully hand out a final rose to one woman that steals his heart from the bevy of contestants.

Weber and Hannah Brown’s chemistry was undeniable during this season of The Bachelorette.

After expressing his love to her and spending a memorable night in a windmill together, America was left shocked and heartbroken with Hannah’s decision to end the relationship. making him the second runner-up for her season.  Returning back to his home from Greece, Peter was forced to confront his pain and pick up the pieces of his broken heart.

Now, Peter is back to look for love a second time.   He said of the opportunity during a brief appearance on the Bachelor in Paradise finale: “I feel so grateful right now just to have this opportunity. “This is life-changing.”

So, are you glad Peter was named the next ‘Bachelor’? Comment below.

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‘Chad & Abby In Paris’ Chapter 2 Set To Debut On The DOOL App As The Story Continues

The story of Chad & Abby in Paris will soldier on after its very successful first chapter launch.  News today is that Days of our Lives will be releasing the second chapter on the young DiMera couple abroad from Salem on the DOOL app starring Billy Flynn (Chad) and Kate Mansi (Abby).

The next set of 8 episodes brings it with some new and not-so-new faces.   Look for revenge, power, romance and family to play heavily in chapter two .  As after the fallout from the first chapter, this second take of the couple’s journey in Europe kicks off with a surprise visitor from Salem that shakes things up for them.  Will they stay strong together  …. or have more strain put on their marriage?

Be on the lookout for the debuts of Shawna Della-Ricca in the new role of Sylvie and Remington Hoffman as Li Shin, the son of DiMera Enterprises’ Mr. Shin.

Episodes of Chapter 2 of Chad & Abby in Paris will post every Thursday morning for the next 8 weeks on the DOOL app.  Make sure to visit thedoolapp.com for more info on how you can download the free app to your mobile device.

So, excited to see more Chad & Abby in Paris? Who might make a surprise visit to them? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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