SOAPnet Reaches 75 Million In Viewers, Renews “Being Erica”. SOAPnet is getting a little more strange. The soap opera-centric cable network has announced plans for a third season of the original scripted series “Being Erica.” Showing along the likes of “All My Children,” “The Young and the Restless” and more melodramatic fare, the series follows Erica Strange, a beautiful woman confronting her past life in a very mystical way, through the use of a therapist who possesses the ability of time travel, enabling Erica the opportunity to literally revisit her mistakes and learn from them. The announcement was made via press release by Brian Frons, the president of Daytime through the Disney/ABC Television Group. “‘Being Erica’ is a series that won the hearts of our audience and also brought new viewers to SOAPnet,” Frons said. “As the network continues to grow, we look forward to following Erica on her endearing journey of self discovery.” The BBC Worldwide and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation-produced series’ third season will feature a theme of transformation, as Erica (Erin Karpluk) and Dr. Tom (Michael Riley) work to make her a more responsible and confident person despite the loss of her job and boyfriend and the need to make a difficult choice. Production on the show is scheduled to begin May 17 in Toronto. The episodes will air in early 2011. Receiving 1.5 million viewers during its first season and more than 3 million in the second season, “Being Erica” is just one of SOAPnet’s draws. Since its inception 10 years ago, the network has reached an overall viewership of more than 75 million viewers, according to a recent Nielsen Company survey.
Green Day start work on next album Green Day fans will not be giving fans a self-indulgent soap opera on their next album. They say they are going back to basics. Green Day hit up fans with the two concept albums ‘American Idiot’ and ’21st Century Breakdown’ last time around. Next time it will be about individual songs. In a recent interview Billie Joe Armstrong said, ‘We set up all of our equipment from 1992, and we sat in a room. We got in, and I was like, ‘Come on, guys, we’re getting back in’. The band is currently working on the songs for the next record but has yet to hit the studio to lay them down. “It’s still really early. We’ve got to start translating the songs and explaining the songs, and the next step will be arguing about the songs.” It may be released before the end of this year but they way they are going this could be a 2011 release
A major character returns, then dies at the start of a new version of the series. This isn’t your ’90s show.Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer are the kinds of writers who bring back popular people from the dead only to kill them. In 1997, “Melrose Place” viewers were devastated when a car struck and killed Sydney Andrews(Laura Leighton) on her wedding day. But in the pilot of Slavkin’s and Swimmer’s remake, Sydney is alive and looking sensational in her middle age — until she’s discovered floating in the apartment complex pool about 10 minutes into the show. That the executive producers have chosen to kick off Continue reading →