ABC Daytime to publish book about General Hospital's Damian Spinelli

January 31, 2011

Following the success of the New York Times bestselling books, The Killing Club and Charm!, Hyperion and ABC Daytime announced today that they will join efforts to publish a novel based on Damian Spinelli, one of the most beloved characters on ABC-TV's popular daytime soap, "General Hospital," to coincide with the show's 48th anniversary.

Titled The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli (Hyperion; $22.99 hardcover; April 5, 2011 publication date), this book is the story of the endearing, lovable computer genius and geek, Damian Spinelli, and his exploits as a private detective as told to another character on the show, the high-powered attorney of Port Charles, Diane Miller. Filled with mystery and suspense, the pages were found on
Ms. Miller's stolen computer disc and include never-before-told stories of Port Charles residents-their confessions and behaviors in times of crisis and triumph through Spinelli's imagination.

"General Hospital" is the longest-running daytime dramatic serial on ABC, having aired over 12,000 episodes. Carolyn Hennesy, the actress who plays Diane Miller and an established author herself, will actually write the book. Fans will be invited to special book signing events in select markets with actors from "General Hospital."

Readers will also be able to download The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli as an ebook, as well as an enhanced ebook, which will feature clips from the show and other bonus material.

Vice-President, Executive Editor Gretchen Young said, "Hyperion is thrilled to be partnering on a new book with ABC Daytime and bringing the world of Spinelli and Port Charles to life on the page."

Winner of a record-setting ten Emmys for Outstanding Daytime Drama, "General Hospital" celebrates 48 years of broadcasting on April 1, 2011. The program consistently rates as one of the top-rated Daytime programs in the key demographic of Women 18-49.

"General Hospital" was created by Frank and Doris Hursley. Jill Farren Phelps is the executive producer. Mary O'Leary, Mercer Barrows and Michelle Henry are producers. Robert Guza, Jr. is the head writer. Full episodes of "General Hospital" are available on ABC.com the day after airing on the network for users to watch online.
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SAG Awards 2011: Red Carpet Fashions

Some of the best looks were out tonight at the Screen Actors Guild Awards:


"Hot in Cleveland" stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick.


Amber Riley of "Glee"


Tina Fey of "30 Rock"


Annette Benning and Warren Betty


Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth of "The Kings Speech"

For a full list of winners: SAG Winners
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'The King's Speech dominates the Oscar race with 12 Academy Awards nominations.

January 25, 2011

Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced today (Tuesday, January 25) by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2009 Oscar® winner Mo'Nique.

Sherak and Mo'Nique, who won an Academy Award® for her supporting performance in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," announced the nominees in 10 of the 24 Award categories at a 5:38 a.m., PT live news conference attended by more than 400 international media representatives. Lists of nominations in all categories were then distributed to the media in attendance and online via the official Academy Awards website, www.oscar.com.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5:00 p.m., PT/8:00 p.m., ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide. Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway will host along with James Franco who received an Oscar nomination this year for his role in "127 Hours."

Below is a full list of nominees:

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Javier Bardem in "Biutiful" (Roadside Attractions)
Jeff Bridges in "True Grit" (Paramount)
Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Colin Firth in "The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Company)
James Franco in "127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Christian Bale in "The Fighter" (Paramount)
John Hawkes in "Winter's Bone" (Roadside Attractions)
Jeremy Renner in "The Town" (Warner Bros.)
Mark Ruffalo in "The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features)
Geoffrey Rush in "The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Annette Bening in "The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features)
Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole" (Lionsgate)
Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter's Bone" (Roadside Attractions)
Natalie Portman in "Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight)
Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine" (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Amy Adams in "The Fighter" (Paramount)
Helena Bonham Carter in "The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Company)
Melissa Leo in "The Fighter" (Paramount)
Hailee Steinfeld in "True Grit" (Paramount)
Jacki Weaver in "Animal Kingdom" (Sony Pictures Classics)

Best animated feature film of the year
"How to Train Your Dragon" (Paramount)
Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois

"The Illusionist" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Sylvain Chomet

"Toy Story 3" (Walt Disney)
Lee Unkrich

Achievement in art direction
"Alice in Wonderland" (Walt Disney)
Production Design: Robert Stromberg
Set Decoration: Karen O'Hara

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" (Warner Bros.)
Production Design: Stuart Craig
Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan

"Inception" (Warner Bros.)
Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas
Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat

"The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Company)
Production Design: Eve Stewart
Set Decoration: Judy Farr

"True Grit" (Paramount)
Production Design: Jess Gonchor
Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

Achievement in cinematography
"Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight)
Matthew Libatique

"Inception" (Warner Bros.)
Wally Pfister

"The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Company)
Danny Cohen

"The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Jeff Cronenweth

"True Grit" (Paramount)
Roger Deakins

Achievement in costume design
"Alice in Wonderland" (Walt Disney)
Colleen Atwood

"I Am Love" (Magnolia Pictures)
Antonella Cannarozzi

"The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Company)
Jenny Beavan

"The Tempest" (Miramax)
Sandy Powell

"True Grit" (Paramount)
Mary Zophres

Achievement in directing
"Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight)
Darren Aronofsky

"The Fighter" (Paramount)
David O. Russell

"The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Company)
Tom Hooper

"The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
David Fincher

"True Grit" (Paramount)
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Best documentary feature
"Exit through the Gift Shop"
(Producers Distribution Agency)
A Paranoid Pictures Production
Banksy and Jaimie D'Cruz

"Gasland"
A Gasland Production
Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic

"Inside Job" (Sony Pictures Classics)
A Representational Pictures Production
Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs

"Restrepo" (National Geographic Entertainment)
An Outpost Films Production
Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger

"Waste Land" (Arthouse Films)
An Almega Projects Production
Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Best documentary short subject
"Killing in the Name"
A Moxie Firecracker Films Production
Nominees to be determined

"Poster Girl"
A Portrayal Films Production
Nominees to be determined

"Strangers No More"
A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production
Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon

"Sun Come Up"
A Sun Come Up Production
Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger

"The Warriors of Qiugang"
A Thomas Lennon Films Production
Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

Achievement in film editing
"Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight)
Andrew Weisblum

"The Fighter" (Paramount)
Pamela Martin

"The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Company)
Tariq Anwar

"127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight)
Jon Harris

"The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Best foreign language film of the year
"Biutiful" (Roadside Attractions)
A Menage Atroz, Mod Producciones and Ikiru Films Production
Mexico

"Dogtooth" (Kino International)
A Boo Production
Greece

"In a Better World" (Sony Pictures Classics)
A Zentropa Production
Denmark

"Incendies" (Sony Pictures Classics)
A Micro-Scope Production
Canada

"Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)" (Cohen Media Group)
A Tassili Films Production
Algeria

Achievement in makeup
"Barney's Version" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Adrien Morot

"The Way Back" (Newmarket Films in association with Wrekin Hill Entertainment and Image Entertainment)

Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
"The Wolfman" (Universal)
Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
"How to Train Your Dragon" (Paramount)
John Powell

"Inception" (Warner Bros.)
Hans Zimmer

"The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Company)
Alexandre Desplat

"127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight)
A.R. Rahman

"The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
"Coming Home" from "Country Strong"
(Sony Pictures Releasing (Screen Gems)
Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey

"I See the Light" from "Tangled"
(Walt Disney)
Music by Alan Menken
Lyric by Glenn Slater

"If I Rise" from "127 Hours"
(Fox Searchlight)
Music by A.R. Rahman
Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong

"We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3"
(Walt Disney)
Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Best motion picture of the year
"Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight)
A Protozoa and Phoenix Pictures Production
Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers

"The Fighter" (Paramount)
A Relativity Media Production
David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers

"Inception" (Warner Bros.)
A Warner Bros. UK Services Production
Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers

"The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features)
An Antidote Films, Mandalay Vision and Gilbert Films Production
Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers

"The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Company)
A See-Saw Films and Bedlam Production
Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

"127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight)
An Hours Production
Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers

"The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
A Columbia Pictures Production
Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers

"Toy Story 3" (Walt Disney)
A Pixar Production
Darla K. Anderson, Producer

"True Grit" (Paramount)
A Paramount Pictures Production
Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers

"Winter's Bone" (Roadside Attractions)
A Winter's Bone Production
Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

Best animated short film
"Day & Night" (Walt Disney)
A Pixar Animation Studios Production
Teddy Newton

"The Gruffalo"
A Magic Light Pictures Production
Jakob Schuh and Max Lang

"Let's Pollute"
A Geefwee Boedoe Production
Geefwee Boedoe

"The Lost Thing" (Nick Batzias for Madman Entertainment)
A Passion Pictures Australia Production
Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann

"Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)"
A Sacrebleu Production
Bastien Dubois

Best live action short film
"The Confession" (National Film and Television School)
A National Film and Television School Production
Tanel Toom

"The Crush" (Network Ireland Television)
A Purdy Pictures Production
Michael Creagh

"God of Love"
A Luke Matheny Production
Luke Matheny

"Na Wewe" (Premium Films)
A CUT! Production
Ivan Goldschmidt

"Wish 143"
A Swing and Shift Films/Union Pictures Production
Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Achievement in sound editing
"Inception" (Warner Bros.)
Richard King

"Toy Story 3" (Walt Disney)
Tom Myers and Michael Silvers

"Tron: Legacy" (Walt Disney)
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague

"True Grit" (Paramount)
Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey

"Unstoppable" (20th Century Fox)
Mark P. Stoeckinger

Achievement in sound mixing
"Inception" (Warner Bros.)
Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick

"The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Company)
Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley

"Salt" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin

"The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten

"True Grit" (Paramount)
Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Achievement in visual effects
"Alice in Wonderland" (Walt Disney)
Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" (Warner Bros.)
Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi

"Hereafter" (Warner Bros.)
Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell

"Inception" (Warner Bros.)
Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

"Iron Man 2" (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment, Distributed by Paramount)
Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Adapted screenplay
"127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight)
Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy

"The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin

"Toy Story 3" (Walt Disney)
Screenplay by Michael Arndt
Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich

"True Grit" (Paramount)
Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

"Winter's Bone" (Roadside Attractions)
Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Original screenplay
"Another Year" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Written by Mike Leigh

"The Fighter" (Paramount)
Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson

"Inception" (Warner Bros.)
Written by Christopher Nolan

"The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features)
Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg

"The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Company)
Screenplay by David Seidler
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Regis Philbin set to retire from 'Live With Regis and Kelly'

January 18, 2011

Daytime television icon Regis Philbin shocked his morning audience when he announced his plans to retire at the end of the season from "Live With Regis and Kelly."

“It’s been a long time,” the talk show host said when commenting on his long and successful career. "It’s been 28 years and it was the biggest thrill of my life to come back to New York, where I grew up as a kid watching TV in the early days, you know—never even dreaming that I would one day have the ability, or whatever it takes, to get in front of the camera and talk to it."

Philbin first came on the air with his "Live" talk show with former host Kathie Lee Gifford in 1988 and has been hosting with Kelly Ripa on "Live With Regis and Kelly" since 2001.

“There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera—especially certain old people!” said Regis.

There's no official word on Regis' last day or who could possibly replace him on the talk show with Kelly.
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'One Life To Live' actor Ted King to appear on 'The View' Wednesday January 19

January 14, 2011

Popular soap opera actor Ted King will chat with the ladies of "The View" on Wednesday, January 19. The actor, who appeared on "Charmed," "The City" and on "General Hospital" as Luis and Lorenzo Alcazar, is heading to "One Life To Life" in the role of Tomas.

King helped create the character who will be the new love interest for Blair Cramer, played by Emmy nominated actress and "One Life" vet Kassie DePaiva.

"He's a little out of touch with reality — the kind of guy who'll go buy a beautiful bottle of Bordeaux instead of paying his rent," King said in an interview with TV Guide about the mysterious character he plays. "I love the character's spontaneity. He wants to live in the moment and doesn't care about the practical things in life."

King first airs on "One Life To Live" on January 21. "The View" with co-hosts Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Sheri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselback airs weekdays on ABC.
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'Piers Morgan' to appear on 'Good Morning America' Monday January 17

January 13, 2011

With "Larry King Live" fully retired, Piers Morgan is launching his new talk show. The "America's Got Talent" judge and former "Celebrity Apprentice" winner is set to to appear on "Good Morning America" to promote his new prime time program.

"Good Morning America" airs weekdays on ABC.
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Namm Show 2011: VG Mojo On The Go folding guitar presented at music show

At the 2011 NAMM Show VG Mojo presented their folding traveling guitar. The
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'Grey's Anatomy','Castle' and 'Private Practice' renewed by ABC

January 10, 2011

ABC announced today the renewal of six of their most popular shows, including hits dramas from Shonda Rhimes "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice." The medical dramas have been an ABC staple for a number of years and Rhimes has a freshman drama airing on ABC entitled "Off The Map."

Also getting a renewal the next season is the detective drama "Castle." The series stars Nathan Fillion.

Wednesday night comedies "Modern Family," "The Middle," and "Cougar Town" were also renewed.

The announcement came in connection with ABC's presentations at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena.
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TEC Awards at 2011 NAMM to honor Lindsey Buckingham

January 8, 2011

Some of the recording industry's most celebrated engineers, producers and musicians will gather to recognize 25 of the year's most outstanding audio projects and products at the 26th Annual TEC Awards at The 2011 NAMM Show on Friday, January 14.

The evening's top honor, the Les Paul Award, will be presented to
Lindsey Buckingham by producers Elliot Scheiner and Ken Caillat, and introduced by Al Schmitt. Other presenters include: Alan Parsons, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Ken Scott, Ed Cherney, Dylan Dresdow, Frank Serafine, Paul Lipson, Jeff Kollman and Mr. Bonzai. Along with the star-studded 2Cold ChiliBone TEC Band led by Larry Batiste, music performances scheduled to date include Ambrosia's David Pack, Pablo Cruise's David
Jenkins and Public Enemy's Brian Hardgroove.

Meyer Sound, Sennheiser and Avid are supplying state-of-the-art sound, with Video4 and Jeff Scheftel providing the evening's high-definition video presentation on 5 screens. Overseeing production will be veteran producer Rick Miller.

Tickets On Sale at NAMM: A limited number of general admission tickets will be on sale in the H.O.T. Zone, on the mezzanine level of the Convention Ctr. on Thursday: 10:30-4pm, Friday: 10:30-1pm.
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Sheri Shepherd, and All My Children's Walt Willey and Bobbie Eakes hosts ABC DAYTIME SALUTES BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS March 13 in New York

THE GRAND FINALE CELEBRATION OF "ABC DAYTIME SALUTES BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS" MUSICAL EVENT TO BE HELD AT TOWN HALL IN NEW YORK CITY, MARCH 13, 2011
Walt Willey and Bobbie Eakes Named New Co-Hosts, with Headliner
Sherri Shepherd from "The View"; Full Cast and Soap-a-Thon Auctions Announced

"All My Children" stars Walt Willey and Bobbie Eakes will co-host the Grand Finale Celebration of "ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares" in New York City on March 13, 2011. Mr. Willey and Ms. Eakes have been part of the benefit since the very first production in celebration of "All My Children's" 35th anniversary show.

Following last year's rousing musical performance of her rendition of the Tina Turner classic, "Proud Mary," Sherri Shepherd, co-host of "The View," returns to the Broadway stage at the 7th annual event. Her headlining number will no doubt bring the audience to their feet once again.

Stars joining Mr. Willey, Ms. Eakes and Ms. Shepherd in performances on stage will include: "All My Children's" Natalie Hall and Lindsay Hartley; "One Life to Live's" Kristen Alderson, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Josh Kelly, Mark Lawson, Nic Robuck, Brittany Underwood, Kelley Missal, Hillary B. Smith and Kim Zimmer; and "General Hospital's" Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash, Anthony Geary and Jonathan Jackson (talent participation is subject to change).

Broadway Cares also is announcing a variety of auction packages in support of the event, including:

* The ultimate soap fan fantasy weekend, which includes round-trip airfare to New York and hotel accommodations, private access to the event's final dress rehearsal, VIP tickets to the Grand Finale Celebration and a post-show party with the cast
* The opportunity to appear on stage during the Grand Finale Celebration
* Opportunities to appear in a scene of "All My Children" "One Life to Live" and "General Hospital"
* Behind-the-scenes tours of each ABC Daytime drama
* A VIP package for a taping of "The View," including a meet-and-greet with the hosts

More exclusive, one-of-a-kind auction lots will be announced soon.

Additionally, fans will have an opportunity to win prizes through the ABC DAYTIME SOAP-A-THON SHOWDOWN. The SOAP-A-THON is an interactive online competition where fans of ABC Daytime dramas have the chance to win rare ABC Daytime memorabilia, including show props and wardrobe pieces. Fans will raise funds online for Broadway Cares in the name of their favorite ABC Daytime duo. They'll compete against other fans to see who can raise the most money. The top fundraising team coordinator will be eligible to win a pair of VIP tickets to the Grand Finale Celebration and will be recognized for their efforts from the stage.

For more info, visit: Broadway Cares

pictured: Sherri Shepherd performs at last year's event photo credit: Broadway Cares.org
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Stars of 'All My Children', 'The View','General Hospital' and 'One Life To Life' salutes Broadway Cares

"All My Children" stars Walt Willey and Bobbie Eakes will co-host the Grand Finale Celebration of "ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares" in New York City on March 13, 2011. Mr. Willey and Ms. Eakes have been part of the benefit since the very first production in celebration of "All My Children's" 35th anniversary show. Cameron Mathison had previously been announced as host but is now unable to travel to New York due to a scheduling conflict.

Following last year's rousing musical performance of her rendition of the Tina Turner classic, "Proud Mary," Sherri Shepherd, co-host of "The View," returns to the Broadway stage at the 7th annual event. Her headlining number will no doubt bring the audience to their feet once again.

Stars joining Mr. Willey, Ms. Eakes and Ms. Shepherd in performances on stage will include: "All My Children's" Natalie Hall and Lindsay Hartley; "One Life to Live's" Kristen Alderson, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Josh Kelly, Mark Lawson, Nic Robuck, Brittany Underwood, Kelley Missal, Hillary B. Smith and Kim Zimmer; and "General Hospital's" Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash, Anthony Geary and Jonathan Jackson (talent participation is subject to change).

Broadway Cares also is announcing a variety of auction packages in support of the event, including:

* The ultimate soap fan fantasy weekend, which includes round-trip airfare to New York and hotel accommodations, private access to the event's final dress rehearsal, VIP tickets to the Grand Finale Celebration and a post-show party with the cast
* The opportunity to appear on stage during the Grand Finale Celebration
* Opportunities to appear in a scene of "All My Children," "One Life to Live" and "General Hospital"
* Behind-the-scenes tours of each ABC Daytime drama
* A VIP package for a taping of "The View," including a meet-and-greet with the hosts

More exclusive, one-of-a-kind auction lots will be announced soon.

Additionally, fans will have an opportunity to win prizes through the ABC DAYTIME SOAP-A-THON SHOWDOWN. The SOAP-A-THON is an interactive online competition where fans of ABC Daytime dramas have the chance to win rare ABC Daytime memorabilia, including show props and wardrobe pieces. Fans will raise funds online for Broadway Cares in the name of their favorite ABC Daytime duo. They'll compete against other fans to see who can raise the most money. The top fundraising team coordinator will be eligible to win a pair of VIP tickets to the Grand Finale Celebration and will be recognized for their efforts from the stage.
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'Castle': Writer/Producer David Grae talks about writing for the show

January 3, 2011

On "Castle" crime writer Richard Castle has found his muse in New York police detective Beckett. With his best seller "Nikki Heat" being made into a movie, the show's third season adds a new dimension to the budding relationship between the sexy stars of the show.

Castle and Beckett are played by the wonderful Nathan Fillon and Stana Katic.

The show's writer and supervising producer David Grae talks to Gotham Workshop about what makes the ABC series such a success.

The upcoming episode is entitled, "Naked Heat (Nikki Heat)

"...Castle isn't your typical procedural cop show", Grae shares with the site exclusively. "The banter and character quirks are just as important to us as the murder mystery in every episode."

Grae's biggest challenge is keeping what could be tedious police work interesting for TV.

"...I focus on character," he says. "The police work provides the frame, or structure, for the murder mystery, but the show comes to life when the characters get excited about the case. And, hopefully, that's when the comedy happens."

It still surprises Grae the things he learns when working the police consultants who help keep the show's police scenes real.

"The former detective I work with on Castle always surprises me when he recalls interrogation techniques," Grae admits. "The way detectives get suspects to open up to them is fascinating. A lot of it is about building up trust with the suspect."

To see first hand what makes the show a success, watch "Castle" Mondays on ABC.

David Grae co-founded Gotham Writers' Workshop with Jeff Fligelman in 1993. A published playwright, David has also written for the TV shows Joan of Arcadia, Without a Trace and Gilmore Girls. He is currently a supervising producer and writer on Castle.
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