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Though better received by critics, NBC’s Peter Pan Live! failed to match the massive ratings of its predecessor. Say what you will about the legendary wooden acting of Carrie Underwood, but the country superstar delivered the viewers.

While producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are on the hunt for a talented newcomer to play Dorothy, the peacock network has enlisted two marquee names to add star power to their upcoming The Wiz Live! Having established household names to anchor the production are a must. NBC clearly realized their misstep from last year’s disappointing showing. Find out below what Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige are playing in the live production.

their roles after the jump


Ed Sheeran is about to get all medieval. The 24-year-old just landed his first major acting gig. He joining FX’s new series, The Bastard Executioner.

Hailing from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, the drama follows a 14th century knight played by True Blood star Stephen Moyer. Sheeran will play recurring character Sir Cormac, an “ambitious and deadly protégé of a high-ranking church elder.”

This isn’t the first time Ed has worked with Sutter. The “Thinking Out Loud” singer covered Foy Vance’s “Make It Rain” for Anarchy’s penultimate episode.

Sheeran recently appeared in an episode of NBC’s Undateable earlier this year. Fingers crossed, Ed doesn’t get bit by the acting bug too badly. I’d be crushed if he ignored his music career.


Are you effing kidding me?!?!?! Naomi Campbell!!! The second I read this, I nearly peed my pants. Not only is the legendary model joining American Horror Story: Hotel, but she’ll do so as Lady Gaga’s nemesis. Ryan Murphy, you are one diabolical genius. Hopefully, this face-off will have more teeth than Campbell’s run-in with Taraji P. Henson on Empire.

TV Line reports, the 45-year-old supermodel will appear in multiple episodes for the FX anthology’s fifth season. She’ll play “a fashion editor who pays the ultimate price for her critiques.” Naomi is also slated to share scenes with Angela Bassett. This just keeps on getting better.

Campbell is the latest marquee name checking into AHS: Hotel. She joins previously announced cast members Matt Bomer, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Denis O’Hare, Finn Wittrock, Angela Bassett, Lily Rabe and newbie Max Greenfield.

Excited to see Naomi on board? This almost makes up for Jessica Lange not coming back. Almost being the key word. Sound off below.

The View Reportedly Finds Two New Panelists

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Season 18 of The View was a rebuilding one. The veteran daytime chatfest moved into a new studio and overhauled the panel, leaving Whoopi Goldberg as the sole returnee. Fast forward to Season 19, and once again the Ghost actress is the last woman standing. Rosie Perez, Rosie O’Donnell and Nicole Wallace just didn’t work out.

The View has already announced Michelle Collins and Ravyen-Symone as permanent co-panelists moving forward. It appears producers have found two more women to usher in yet another new era for the once watercooler show.

Not surprisingly, Candace Cameron Bure is poised to become one of the new co-hosts. She easily fills the resident conservative SLASH religious spot. She’s guest hosted a handful of times and already butted heads with Raven. Did you see their heated debate about the bakery that wouldn’t bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple? Talk about tense. These two will undoubtedly bring plenty of fireworks with their opposing viewpoints.

check out the other new panelist after the jump


Yesterday, we saw Lifetime’s first promo pic for The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story. Today, it’s time for the other Aaron Spelling 90s hit to take center stage. The network unveiled their casting choices to play Brenda, Brandon, Kelly and Peach Pit crew for the The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 airing on October 3.

Just like the Melrose Place doppelgängers, the network has chosen wisely in a couple instances for the 90210 tell-all. The Dylan Mckay, Steve Sanders and Andrea Zuckerman are bang-on. Check out the cast photo below and weigh in afterward.

check out the cast after the jump


In the past, the cast promo photos for their unauthorized films have been more entertaining than the actual movie. The actors chosen to portray the iconic characters are usually busted-up poor-man versions of the originals. This time around, Lifetime hasn’t completely fumbled on their choices. Some of their picks aren’t bad.

With the iconic FOX nighttime soap spanning seven seasons and 226 episodes, naturally not every character could be featured in Lifetime’s Unauthorized Melrose Place Story. A few of the notable cast members missing from the promo photo include Lisa Rinna, Kristen Davis, Alyssa Milano, Jack Wagner and Kelly Rutherford.

The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story airs on Lifetime on October 10. Check out the cast promo photo below. I can’t wait for the first trailer to drop.

check out the cast photo after the jump

Lily Rabe Set For American Horror Story: Hotel

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Another alum is set to return for the latest season of American Horror Story. exclusively reports that Lily Rabe will make an appearance in AHS: Hotel. The scoop is part of the publication’s #50Scoops50Days leading up to their Fall TV preview. learned Rabe will play a famous serial killer who stays at the titular hotel. Lily, who currently stars in ABC’s The Whispers, has previously played a hippie witch, nun and ghost in the popular FX anthology.

Are you excited that Rabe is returning to the horror franchise? She joins previously announced cast members, Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, Finn Wittrock, Chloe Sevigny, Wes Bentley, Emma Roberts and Cheyenne Jackson.


When The X-Files event series airs, Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) will have some young blood to contend with. The network has cast two young recognizable names to the growing list of guests stars tapped for the revival. Joel McHale, The Americans‘ Annet Mahendru, Flight of the Conchords’ Rhys Darby and Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani have all been previously announced.

Lauren Ambrose of Six Feet Under fame is set to appear in the fourth episode of the six-episode revival. She’ll play Agent Einstein who’s being described as “sharp” and “confident.” Find out below who’s set to appear as her partner.

find out who else after the jump

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