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Monday, August 15, 2016

Jill Soloway Developing Musical Comedy Series at Amazon with ‘Transparent’ Writer by Elizabeth Wagmeister

Amazon is furthering the relationship with one of their most proven hit-makers, “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway. Soloway, along with former “Transparent” scribe E…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:08PM
Monday, August 8, 2016

‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Cast Promises to Pay Homage to Original, Raves About Laverne Cox by Elizabeth Wagmeister

More than four decades after the original movie hit theaters, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is coming back — to TV. The cast of Fox’s remake — which includes …

SOURCE: Variety at 10:32PM
Friday, July 22, 2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Narrate Hamilton on Comedy Central’s ‘Drunk History’ by Elizabeth Wagmeister

Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” will return for its fourth season on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 p.m., and the ten-episode season will bring a slew of guest stars. The seas…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:46AM
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Scott Ellis Set as Director for NBC’s Live ‘A Few Good Men,’ Aaron Sorkin Discusses Casting & More by Elizabeth Wagmeister

Scott Ellis has been tapped to direct NBC’s upcoming live adaptation of “A Few Good Men.” Aaron Sorkin broke the news Tuesday morning at Variety’s annual TV Summit, h…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:56PM
Monday, June 13, 2016

Netflix Greenlights Animated Series from Nick Kroll by Elizabeth Wagmeister

Netflix has greenlit “Big Mouth,” an animated series from Nick Kroll with a 10-episode order, Variety has learned. The 30-minute “edgy, surreal animated comedy” about teenaged advent…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:15AM
Friday, June 10, 2016

‘Nashville’ Officially Renewed for Season 5 at CMT by Elizabeth Wagmeister

“Nashville” has officially been renewed for Season 5 on CMT, Variety has learned. Hulu will continue to make “Nashville” episodes available to stream the day after th…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:38PM
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sara Ramirez Leaving ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ After More Than 10 Years by Elizabeth Wagmeister

“Grey’s Anatomy” star Sara Ramirez, who plays Dr. Callie Torres on the long-running ABC medial drama, is leaving the show. The news of her departure comes on the night of &…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:58PM
Thursday, February 18, 2016

NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live’ Musical Set for December Debut, Original Creative Team on Board for TV Special by Elizabeth Wagmeister

NBC’s latest live musical “Hairspray Live” will premiere on Wednesday, Dec. 7, the network announced today. Much of the original stage production’s creative team from…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:53PM
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

‘Grease Live’: Fox Thrives In the Live Musical World by Elizabeth Wagmeister

Fox took its big bow into the live TV musical space on Jan. 31 with “Grease Live,” and it hit a home run. The three-hour production drew the best ratings for a musical since NBC’s “…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:48PM
Sunday, January 31, 2016

‘Grease Live’ By the Numbers by Elizabeth Wagmeister

Fox takes its first bow into the live television musical arena with “Grease Live” tonight, and though the musical is a one-night-only event, the TV special has been a hefty pro…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:03PM
Friday, January 29, 2016

‘Grease Live’: A Peek Inside the Wardrobe Department with Costume Designer William Ivey Long by Elizabeth Wagmeister

Step into William Ivey Long’s “Grease Live” lair on the Warner Bros. lot in L.A., and you’ll feel like you were transported back to Broadway. The costume designer ha…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:38PM
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Julianne Hough on Playing Sandy in Fox’s ‘Grease Live,’ Getting Olivia Newton-John’s Blessing by Elizabeth Wagmeister

Julianne Hough is a live-TV pro, thanks to “Dancing With the Stars,” but nothing could prepare her for the pressure of playing Sandy to Aaron Tveit’s Danny in Fox’s “Grease Live”…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:50PM
Monday, January 18, 2016

PBS to Air Behind the Scenes Documentary on ‘Hamilton’ Broadway Musical from RadicalMedia by Elizabeth Wagmeister

PBS is set to air a documentary giving a behind-the-scenes look at the Broadway musical “Hamilton.” The doc, titled “Hamilton’s America,” will be part “Gr…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:41PM
Monday, January 11, 2016

John Legend’s A Cappella Competition ‘Sing It On’ Renewed for Season 2 at Pop by Elizabeth Wagmeister

Pop has renewed a cappella competition series “Sing It On” for a second season with an eight-episode order. Pop announced the pickup on Monday. Hailing from exec producer John Le…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:54PM
Friday, January 8, 2016

‘Once Upon A Time’ Casts Gaston in ‘Beauty & the Beast’ Storyline (EXCLUSIVE) by Elizabeth Wagmeister

“Once Upon A Time” has found Belle’s dangerous suitor, Gaston. The chiseled hunter will be played by “True Blood” alum Wes Brown who’s been cast in an up…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:48PM
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Jeff Daniels to Appear on Bravo’s ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ by Elizabeth Wagmeister

Jeff Daniels is set to stop by “Inside the Actors Studio,” Variety has learned. The Emmy-winning “Newsroom” alum’s episode, which will mark his first time …

SOURCE: Variety at 01:45PM
Monday, December 21, 2015

Fox’s ‘Grease: Live’ Musical to Air in Front of Studio Audience by Elizabeth Wagmeister

“Grease: Live” will not only air live, but will be staged in front of a live studio audience. Fox made the announcement Monday with a cast video, along with new promo shots for t…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:58PM
Monday, December 14, 2015

Dick Wolf & Chuck Lorre: TV Biz Changed More in Last Six Months Than in Six Years by Elizabeth Wagmeister

“This is actually the closest Dick and I will come to this stage when it comes to the Golden Globes,” Chuck Lorre said Monday afternoon at the Beverly Hilton. Lorre’s laughter-…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:22PM
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Disney’s ‘Lion King’ Revival Series ‘The Lion Guard’ to Premiere in January by Elizabeth Wagmeister

Following huge ratings for its precursor TV movie, Disney’s “The Lion Guard” series will premiere Friday, Jan. 15 at 9:30 a.m., the kids’ cabler announced on Wednesda…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:28PM
Saturday, August 29, 2015

Steven Pasquale Joins Katherine Heigl in CBS Reshoot of ‘Doubt’ by Elizabeth Wagmeister

CBS is readying up for the reshoot of “Doubt,” filling out the cast with a new addition in Steven Pasquale, Variety has learned. Pasquale takes the place of Teddy Sears who was …

SOURCE: Variety at 12:21PM
Thursday, August 6, 2015

‘The Wiz’ Casts ‘Orange Is the New Black’s’ Uzo Aduba & ‘Glee’ Alum Amber Riley by Elizabeth Wagmeister

“Orange is the New Black” star Uzo Aduba and “Glee’s” Amber Riley have joined the cast of NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” Aduba will play Glinda, the…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:55PM
Monday, June 8, 2015

Scott Rudin Inks Mega Multi-Year First Look Deal with Fox Networks Group by Elizabeth Wagmeister

Scott Rudin is heading to TV in a big way. The prolific producer has inked a three-year first-look deal with Fox Networks Group, Variety has learned. The new pact with Scott Rudin Product…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:45PM
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

‘Tangled’ Animated TV Series Based on Film Coming to Disney Channel by Elizabeth Wagmeister

“Tangled” is heading to the small screen. Based on the 2010 feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the animated television series is slated to premiere on Disney Chann…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:38PM
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Showtime’s ‘The Affair’ Casts Joanna Gleason for Season 2 by Elizabeth Wagmeister

“The West Wing” and “Newsroom” alum Joanna Gleason has been cast in Showtime’s critically-acclaimed drama “The Affair,” Variety has learned. She jo…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:39PM
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

‘Actors Studio’ Welcomes ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’ at Bravo’s Tasting Event by Elizabeth Wagmeister

The cast of “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” joined James Lipton Tuesday evening for a mock edition of “Inside the Actors Studio” to discuss Bravo’s first-…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:34PM
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thomas Kail & Alex Rudzinski to Direct Fox’s Live Musical ‘Grease’ by Elizabeth Wagmeister

Tony Award-nominated director Thomas Kail and “Dancing with the Stars” vet Alex Rudzinski are set to direct Fox’s “Grease: Live” musical event, the net announce…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:42PM
Monday, March 30, 2015

NBC Reveals ‘The Wiz’ as Next Live TV Musical Special by Elizabeth Wagmeister

NBC will ease on down the road for its next live musical television event. “The Wiz” will take center stage on Thursday, Dec. 3, the net announced Monday. Following the success …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:45PM
Monday, March 2, 2015

Jane Lynch to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Angel From Hell’ by Elizabeth Wagmeister

Weeks before “Glee’s” series finale, Jane Lynch has locked down her next television role. Lynch will star in CBS’ pilot “Angel From Hell,” Variety has le…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:30PM
Friday, February 20, 2015

Laura Benanti Cast as Melissa Benoist’s ‘Supergirl’ Mom in CBS Pilot by Elizabeth Wagmeister

“Supergirl” has found her mom in “Nashville’s” Laura Benanti. Benanti has been cast in a major recurring role, as Alura Zor-El, the birth mother of Kara Zor-El…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:01PM
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

‘Jane the Virgin': Rita Moreno Cast as Rogelio’s Mother by Elizabeth Wagmeister

Are you ready to meet Jane Villanueva’s other grandmother? Rita Moreno — who’s an EGOT winner, best known for “West Side Story” — has been cast as the mother of …

SOURCE: Variety at 06:27PM

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