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Graham Elliot Leaving Masterchef Franchise

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Another original judge from Masterchef is leaving the kitchen. Joe Bastianich was the first to exit the cooking competition. A year later, Graham Elliot is now following suit after sharing his culinary knowledge on the FOX show for six years. The 38-year-old Chicago-based chef will finish his current run on MasterChef Junior.

“It has been an awesome experience to be part of the MasterChef family,” Elliot said in a statement. “I learned so much from the people I got to work with and it has been a true honor to share my love of cooking with the audiences who have allowed me into their homes over the last 6 years. I remain committed to using my passion for cooking as a way to entertain and teach people of all ages, and will be making some exciting announcements about the next steps of that journey in the new year.”

Christina Tosi was brought in to replace Bastianich. No word on who’ll step in to fill Elliot’s apron. Producers will most likely announce the new judge in time for Season 7 of Masterchef.

The last remaining OG judge and producer Gordon Ramsay released a statement regarding the latest exit. Read it below.

read what Gordon Ramsay had to say after the jump

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After several guest host stints, Margaret Cho joins the Fashion Police panel on a more regular basis. E! announced the 47-year-old comedian will officially begin on January 11, 2016. She’ll join Giuliana Rancic, Brad Goreski and Melissa River to critique the Golden Globes red carpet fashions.

Cho’s addition finally ends a year-long talent shuffle which saw Kathy Griffin in and out within seven episodes and long-time panelist Kelly Osbourne leaving. Melissa who’s produced the show since the beginning stepped in front of the camera when Griffin left.

Personally, I love this. Every time Cho has appeared, I’ve laughed out loud without fail. She’s snarky without being mean-spirited. Do you agree? Excited Margaret is joining full-time? Sound off below.

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It’s the dawning of a new era for the Miss Universe pageant. After being in bed with Donald Trump for a dozen years, the organization and NBC cut ties with the 69-year-old mogul after his controversial remarks about immigrants. Personally, good riddance. I liked the telecast much better before The Donald was involved.

The Trump-less era begins this Sunday, December 20 on FOX when the 2015 Miss Universe competition takes place, live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Emmy Award winner Steve Harvey will host with Devious MaidsRoselyn Sanchez reporting backstage.

Rising star Charlie Puth has been tapped to serenade the global beauties. Seal and The Band Perry are also set to perform. Savvy move on the producers’ part to select musical acts from different genres.

Are you going to tune in? I definitely am and excited to see what other changes producers have up their sleeves. Weigh in below.

ABC Taps Scream Queen For Dirty Dancing Remake

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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With NBC hit ratings gold with The Wiz Live! and Grease Live! airing on FOX in January, ABC must be feeling a little left out. Not anymore. The alphabet network has greenlit a musical version of Dirty Dancing. Unlike NBC and FOX’s offering though, the three-hour ABC event isn’t going the live route.

While no word on who’ll fill Patrick Swayze’s shoes in the musical, producers have found their Baby, originally played by Jennifer Grey. Find out which Scream Queen has been tapped to play the iconic role.

find out who after the jump

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Hot off the heels of her well-received showing in NBC’s The Wiz Live!, Queen Latifah books another high-profile music-related series. FOX announced the 45-year-old entertainer will headline a new drama from Empire creator, Lee Daniels.

The untitled Daniels music pilot, previously referred to as Star, follows three young women, who form a girl group with hopes of making it big in the music industry, and the choices with which they’re faced along the way. Latifah anchors the cast as “Carlotta,” the owner of an Atlanta beauty salon, with an amazing voice, who will become a surrogate mother to the three girls – even though she doesn’t approve of their musical dreams.

find out the rest of the cast including a well-known transgender personality

Grease Live! Cast Hand Jives In New Promo

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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On the heels of FOX releasing the first promo images of its highly-anticipated production of Grease Live!, comes the first clip. This time, however, Aaron Tveit, Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens aren’t the only ones featured. The entire main cast don their 50s-era outfits to serve up retro realness.

Carly Rae Jepsen (Frenchy), Keke Palmer (Marty), Carlos PenaVega (Kenickie) and the rest of the cast shake and shimmy in front of their Rydell High lockers to the iconic song, “Born To Hand Jive.” It’s a fun and slick promo that has me even more excited for the telecast. Will this new cast, though, do the beloved musical justice come January 2016? Fingers crossed. Check out the promo below.

Grease Live! Synopsis

Featuring a young ensemble cast, GREASE: LIVE will reintroduce and reimagine some of the show’s most memorable moments, great music and timeless love story to an entirely new generation. In this live television adaptation of the musical classic, the beginning of senior year means the end of Danny and Sandy’s summer romance – until Sandy unexpectedly transfers to Danny’s high school. Can Danny maintain his bad-boy image as the coolest member of the T-Birds, once he and Sandy start going together, and can Sandy remain a good girl after she joins the Pink Ladies? With their friends Rizzo and Kenickie pulling them in different directions, it’s up to Danny and Sandy to stay hopelessly devoted as they make their way from Rydell High to a new frontier.

watch after the jump

Chris Colfer Joins Ab Fab Movie

In: Donovan, Movies, Totally GAY!
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The Absolutely Fabulous movie just got a little gayer. If that’s even possible 😉 The film’s official Facebook page announced Chris Colfer will join Patsy and Edina on the big screen.

“Look who’s found himself in the middle of an Ab Fab sandwich! We’re feeling totally gleeful as we welcome the wonderful Chris Colfer to the cast,” via Facebook

The former Glee actor joins previously announced celebrity guests Kate Moss, Emma ‘Baby Spice’ Bunton, Harry Styles, Kim Kardashian, Jerry Hall and Joan Collins. Colfer recently told Larry King Now his character is a “hairdresser-slash-social media consultant.” Try fitting that on a business card.

The Ab Fab movie plot reportedly revolves around Edina and Patsy running away to the French Riviera to escape that trouble they apparently caused at a London fashion party. It’s set to hit theaters July 2016. I can’t wait.

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Since White Collar ended, Matt Bomer hasn’t been hard up for work. He starred in the Magic Mike movies, snagged a regular gig on the latest season of American Horror Story and will next appear in the upcoming The Magnificent Seven film remake. He even won a Golden Globe statue for his work in The Normal Heart. Who says you can’t be an openly gay actor and successful?

Deadline reports Bomer has a new gig lined up. The media outlet reveals the 38-year-old actor will headline Amazon’s Tycoon. The potential new series is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon.

read about the show after the jump

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