Saturday, 27 February 2016

New Street producer discusses Corrie cast culls and cameos

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog February 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)

The new Coronation Street producer, Kate Oates, will be taking over at the helm of our favourite show later this spring.

Shas given a statement to The Daily Star.  In it, she dismisses tabloid rumours of cast culls and talks about celebrity cameos too.

Kate Oates tells The Star about celebrity Corrie cameos including those last year from Sarah Harding.

“I think the decisions to do cameo roles were based on storylines at the time. It paid off in that there was some press interest, which is always great. It can work sometimes and sometimes it does not. I didn’t do it on Emmerdale. What I liked to do was bring in unknown talent, my own cast. If you look at somebody like Michael Parr, who plays Ross Barton, he was an unknown when we brought him into Emmerdale and that’s really rewarding.”

When it was announced Kate Oates was moving from Emmerdale to Corrie, reports claimed she was set to kill off major characters.

But she says: “When I read that I laughed. I think the show has a great cast. I know a lot of them already and nobody has cause to be afraid. It’s going to be fine. There is always pressure in a role like this. Whatever show you do, you have to make sure people know they can trust you and you’re open to their thoughts and input. It’s important everyone knows their input is important. One of the challenges of this job is you have to be creative to order and work at a pace.”

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