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The CW Finds Its Jughead & Betty For Riverdale

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Riverdale is an upcoming one-hour drama based on the beloved Archie Comics, set in present day. It’s a subversive take on Archie and his crew, exploring the surrealism of small-town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade. Greg Berlanti, the man behind Supergirl and Blindspot will produce the series for The CW.

No word if Berlanti will incorporate the recent revelation about Jughead’s asexuality. Knowing Berlanti, he probably will.

Speaking of Berlanti, he’s becoming the Shonda Rhimes of The CW. He has Arrow, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow all currently airing. With only so few timeslots on the network, the 43-year-old producer is certainly a dominant force.

The first actors have been cast for the pilot. Lili Reinhart (Surviving Jack) will play loveable Betty Cooper while Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody) will tackle the role of Jughead Jones. This marks the latter’s return to acting after taking a break to attend university. Check out what Sprouse looks like these days.

check out what he looks like these days after the jump

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There’s still no word on when the Frozen sequel is coming, but at least there’s this to tide fans over until it arrives. ABC announced an animated Christmas special featuring Elsa and the gang is in the works. The network plans to air it during the 2017 holiday season.

If you’re worried other actors are voicing the beloved characters, fear not. Idina Menzel will return to voice Elsa, along with Kristen Bell as Anna, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff, Josh Gad as Olaf and Frank Welker as Sven.

Original directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee aren’t working on this project. I assume they’re busy developing the feature film sequel instead. Emmy winners Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (Brother Bear) will take on directing duties while Oscar winner Roy Conli (Big Hero 6) will produce it.

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Remember when Friends said they will always be there for you? Well, it appears one of them was lying. Matt LeBlanc just signed on to appear in a new comedy for CBS, aptly titled I’m Not Your Friend.

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Both have proven they can carry a tune. Channing Tatum shows off his pipes in Hail, Caesar! which is out this weekend, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt gave a memorable performance in (500) Days of Summer. The two are now teaming up for an upcoming musical comedy, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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In addition to the Rocky Horror Picture Show, FOX also has another musical in the works. The network gets biblical with The Passion Live, airing on Palm Sunday.

The two-hour musical event taking place live in New Orleans will be hosted and narrated by Tyler Perry. It’s based on a format originally created in the Netherlands. The yearly event has become a pop culture phenomenon in that country.

Seal has joined the star-studded cast. He’ll play Pontius Pilate. Read below to find out who else is starring in the highly-anticipated project.

see who else is joining him after the jump

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With such universal praise for Grease Live!, FOX must be feeling a little pressure for their next big musical production. Unlike Grease though, the Rocky Horror Picture remake won’t be a live staging. Reportedly, this decision was made to attract top talent who were fearful of performing without the safety net of retakes.

Personally, I think there’s more pressure this way. At least if it’s live you can chalk it up to nerves, technical issues etc… With it being taped, I guarantee critics and viewers alike will be much more critical.

Christina Milian is the latest to join the project. Find out what her role is below.

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During the New Now Next Honors earlier this week, LOGO took the opportunity to reveal the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8. It’s about friggin’ time 😉

The premiere will be a supersized 90-minute extravaganza on Monday, March 7. As it turns out, the premiere also marks a drag milestone as it features the 100th episode and 100th drag queen to sashay into the work room. Expect an unpredictable season full of head-turning twists.

“This is an amazing time to be producing television,” said executive producer RuPaul Charles. “The fact that ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ is celebrating its 100th episode is undeniable proof that there is an insatiable hunger for authentic, unfiltered and ribald voices that not only challenge the norm, but help redefine mainstream media.”

The drag queens will be competing for a $100,000 cash prize and more importantly, the coveted title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.”

The ones that made a solid first impression for me right away include Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Acid Betty and Derrick Barry. If you’ve been to Las Vegas, you’ll recognize Barry. Girlfriend does a sensational Britney Spears impersonation. If she makes it to the Snatch Game, you just know Barry will bring out his best Brit. Meet all the 12 fierce queens vying for your hearts this season.

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February is going to be a busy month for Lady Gaga. In addition to her David Bowie tribute at the Grammys and performing at the 88th Academy Awards, the 29-year-old singer will also perform at Super Bowl 50. She’s been tapped to perform the National Anthem.

Mother Monster follows in the footsteps of Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks to name a few. Idina Menzel sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at last year’s game.

Gaga is the latest big name scheduled to perform this Sunday. Beyonce and Bruno Mars will join Coldplay during the Half-Time Show. Sunday night is going to be epic.

Do you think Gaga is a good choice to sing the National Anthem? I think so. Given that she slayed her Sound of Music tribute at the Oscars last year, she should have no problem this Sunday. Weigh in below.

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