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After an exhaustive search, NBC has finally found its Dorothy. Relative newcomer Shanice Williams beat out the competition to play the iconic role previously played by Diana Ross and Stephanie Mills. The 18-year-old New Jersey native has appeared in local productions of West Side Story, 42nd Street, Pippin and other titles.

NBC made the big reveal on The Today Show. Williams joins recently-announced David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion and Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige as The Wiz and The Wicked Witch of the West respectively. Beyonce is reportedly being courted to play Glinda the Good Witch.

Congrats to Williams for what will undoubtedly be a star-making gig. Girls has some pipes. Check out her audition below. Williams eases down the road in The Wiz Live!, airing on Thursday, December 4 on NBC.

check out her audition after the jump

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Lea Michele isn’t the only Glee alum still in Ryan Murphy’s good graces. Darren Criss is as well. The 28-year-old actor joins Murphy’s American Horror Story franchise. He’ll make his debut in the Halloween episode of AHS: Hotel and recur after that.

According to E! News, Criss “is in talks to play Justin, a Silver Lake hipster who heads to the hotel on Halloween with his equally hip girlfriend to escape pesky trick-or-treaters.” While taking refuge at the hotel, he’ll face Kathy Bates’ wrath after asking for too many room service demands. She’ll give them a “Halloween trick they will never forget.”

Criss joins a litany of previously announced cast members including Naomi Campbell, Lady Gaga, Max Greenfield, Angela Bassett, Matt Bomer, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Lily Rabe, Wes Bentley and Finn Wittrock. Excited to see Darren join the FX drama? Weigh in below.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum Joins Supergirl Cast

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum aka Mrs. Channing Tatum is leaving her witchy ways to hang out with superheroes.

The Witches of East End alum has been tapped to pay Lucy Lane on CBS’ upcoming series Supergirl. Lucy, the sister of Lois Lane, is the ex-girlfriend of Jimmy Olsen (Mehcad Brooks). She’s is described as brash, funny and successful.

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The Voice Announces Season 9 Mentors

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The Voice just revealed the four mentors tapped to assist the judges for Season 9 during the Battle Rounds. As you can figure out from the picture above, Selena Gomez is one of them.

The “Good For You” singer, the youngest of the four, will be on Team Gwen Stefani. According to US Weekly, she was a backstage favorite.

“She was surprisingly amazing as a mentor even though she’s so young,” the source reveals of the “Good for You” songstress. “She exceeded everyone’s expectations.”

check out the other pairings after the jump

Famke Janssen Books How To Get Away With Murder Gig

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) proved she could handle anything that came her way on the first season of How To Get Away With Murder. But how would she fare if facing off against an X-Men mutant? When the ABC drama returns, we’ll find out.

Famke Janssen has booked a multi-episode arc on the second season of the TGIT program. No details about her character have been released. TV Line though reports “she will be playing a brilliant, revered defense attorney who takes her job very seriously.” But, no matter what, she’ll be one formidable for for Davis.

Excited to see Janssen on the show? Weigh in below.

Becky G Books Empire Gig

In: Donovan, Music
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The roster of guest stars for Empire keeps growing. Becky G is the latest to snag a part for the FOX hip-hop drama’s sophomore run. Not much about the character the 18-year-old singer is playing has been revealed, other than her name- Valentina.

The “Can’t Stop Dancing” singer joins previously announced guest stars, Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Adam Rodriguez, Chris Rock and The Wire’s Andre Royo.

Wise move for the show to enlist a rising talent to inject some youthful energy. Love Becky G. She sorta reminds me of this generation’s JoJo. “Shower” was a Top 20 hit but girlfriend needs a huge smash. She’s too talented not to have a chart-topper on her resume.

Excited to see Becky G on Empire? Do you like her music? Weigh in below.

Is Beyonce Joining NBC’s The Wiz?

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NBC is really on a mission to make The Wiz Live! a star-studded spectacle. On the heels of Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah joining the cast, comes news of an even bigger star possibly heading down the yellow brick road.

E! News reports that Beyonce has been offered the role of Glinda The Good Witch. If the peacock network is somehow able to make this happen, it would be epic. This would be a huge coup for the live production.

Jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater and legendary singer Lena Horne played the part in the Broadway and feature film respectively. Queen B would definitely be in fine company.

If Bey isn’t interested or the powers-that-be don’t shell out enough cash, another actress is reportedly being considered for the role. Find out who below.

see who else is in the running for the part

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It’s hard to imagine anyone else besides Reese Witherspoon teaching the world the ‘Bend and Snap,’ but it almost happened. While promoting her new film Vacation, Christina Applegate revealed she received the script after recently wrapping up Married… With Children. Understandably, she was hesitant to play another ditzy blonde.

With the 2001 comedy becoming a huge hit and spawning a sequel and musical adaptation, not surprisingly, she regrets that decision. “What a stupid move that was, right?” she said.

Watch the short interview with Entertainment Tonight below to hear her thoughts on Witherspoon taking over and more.

watch interview after the jump

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