- The Daily Telegraph intimates a “falling-out” between Andrew Lloyd Webber (a guest on this week’s Friday Night with Jonathan Ross) and John Barrowman, a judge on Lloyd Webber’s series How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? and Any Dream Will Do. Barrowman was dropped from the soundtrack of Love Never Dies, the Phantom of the Opera sequel which premiered in the West End. The Torchwood star told the Telegraph’s Roya Nikkhah, “I was taken off it because Andrew decided to reorchestrate everything. Sometimes I don’t know why he makes some of the decisions he makes.” But Barrowman adds, “The one thing that I love about our relationship is that Andrew doesn’t mind if I disagree with him. There’s a lot of people who won’t disagree with Andrew, but I have no problem with it, and vice versa he with me.”
Barrowman also briefly chats about his Desperate Housewives role, which he calls “pure evil,” and says that he and his longtime partner Scott Gill are thinking about adopting children. But he says that he’d try first to adopt a British child before traveling outside the country:
“With all the kids who’ve been orphaned there, I said to Scott, we could really help. Then I thought to myself, if I did that, the press would really jump on it. That I’m on a bandwagon, and I’d be an Angelina and a Brad or I’m doing what Madonna did. But if you’re going to adopt a child, you should look at adopting in your own country first, because there are a lot of children within the UK who need to be adopted. So if that was ever to happen, I would want to adopt from the UK, and if there were still children who needed a home, say, in Haiti, then we’d do that. We can offer a child a loving home and a great opportunity they would never have had.”
Seriously, who wouldn’t love John Barrowman as a dad? He’d have the most immaculately groomed children in the world.
In other news:
- ‘Tis the season for British television awards. Today, the Royal Television Society released their final nominations for their annual awards, which will be handed out Tuesday, March 16th. As usual, BBC AMERICA programming is in the running for top trophies.
• The Inbetweeners is recognized in the Scripted Comedy category. Writers Iain Morris and Damon Beesley are also up for awards.
• Occupation is up for Best Drama Serial (similar to a miniseries award), and scriptwriter Peter Bowker is nominated for Best Writer – Drama.
• Don’t Tell the Bride is shortlisted for Best Features and Lifestyle Series.
• Top Gear may not be nominated for any RTS awards, but co-host James May is nominated for his series, James May’s Toy Stories.
- BAFTA winner Colin Firth is one of several celebs writing letters in support of British citizen Linda Carty, who is facing execution for a 2002 murder in Texas. (Telegraph)
- Hear the latest Gorillaz album in its entirety. (Guardian)