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For its 2016 live musical event, NBC selected Hairspray. Wise choice if you ask me. Love the stage production and feature film musical. The peacock network has announced its first two cast members.

Fresh off her Broadway debut in The Color Purple, Jennifer Hudson heads over to Baltimore to play Motormouth Maybelle. Queen Latifah memorably played the character in the 2007 film. Inspired casting if you ask me. J-Hud is going to absolutely slay it. Find out which Broadway legend is also joining the project.

find out who after the jump

Michael Strahan Leaving Live With Kelly & Michael!

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Looks like Kelly Ripa and Gelman will be on the search to find a new co-host once again. After spending nearly four years alongside the perky blonde, Michael Strahan is leaving the daytime show.

“My time with Live with Kelly and Michael has been transformative, and my departure will be bittersweet,” the former NFL player noted in the release. “Kelly has been an unbelievable partner, and I am so thankful to her and the entire team. I am extremely grateful for the amazing support I’ve received from all of the fans.”

Strahan is expected to leave Live With Kelly & Michael sometime this summer. The 44-year-old personality will join Good Morning America full-time. He began appearing twice a week on GMA in 2014.

“Over the past two years on GMA, Michael’s proven to be a tireless and versatile broadcaster with an incredible ability to connect with people, from veterans and all kinds of newsmakers to a host of modern American cultural icons,” said ABC News president James Goldston in a statement. “He is a great modern thinker and leader, and with our brilliant team in front of and behind the cameras, he will help us drive forward into a very exciting future.”

In addition to GMA, Strahan is expected to host ABC’s The $100,000 Pyramid primetime reboot this summer. It’ll be interesting to see if Strahan will continue his work as a Fox Sports anchor, given it’s for a different network.

Who do you think should replace Strahan on Live? Will you miss his banter with Kelly? Weigh in below.

Castle Cast Shakeup For Season 9

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ABC hasn’t officially picked up Castle for a ninth season yet, but if it does, it’ll be without one of its co-leads. Stana Katic who plays Detective Kate Beckett on the long-running series is set to exit. Reportedly, it’s due to budgetary reasons.

“Rather then distract from what was an amazing experience, I would just like to say that I’m very grateful to ABC for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a much beloved show. Thank you to the fans.” – Katie Stanic

Also a victim of cutting costs is longtime cast member Tamala Jones as M.E. Lanie Parish. Below is ABC’s statement confirming both actresses’ exits.

“Kate Beckett has been a beloved character on our hit series Castle for the past eight years. We are grateful for Stana Katic’s talent and dedication to the series and we hope to continue our relationship. Tamala Jones has also been an integral part of the series and we are grateful she was a part of Castle.“

Rumor has it the alphabet network might renew the show for a shortened 13-episode ninth season. Do you watch Castle? Will you miss both ladies? I’m sure when the show airs its series finale, Katic will most likely return. It would be weird to have the final chapter without Castle’s love interest. Don’t you agree? Weigh in below.

Josh Charles Will Return For The Good Wife Finale

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Not even death can keep Josh Charles away from saying goodbye to The Good Wife. TV Line reports the 44-year-old actor is set to reprise his role of Will Gardner for the series finale. With his character being shockingly killed off during Season 5, most likely it’ll be a flashback scene.

This rumor is a bit surprising given that series creators Robert and Michelle King previously stated Charles would not return. I suppose we’ll have to tune in on May 8 to find out.

Sadly though, fans will most likely not be graced with Archie Panjabi’s presence. Unless of course, they film another unfulfilling split-screen reunion.

Excited that Charles might be returning for one last hurrah? Are you hoping Punjabi does the same? Sound off below.

Channing Tatum Gets Golden For Kingsman Sequel

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Channing Tatum is about to enter the circle. The Golden Circle that is. The 35-year-old announced via Twitter he’s joined the Kingsman sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Matthew Vaughn returns to direct the sequel which will once again follow the adventures of London hooligan turned secret spy, Gary “Eggsy” Unwin played by the adorable Taron Egerton. Also booking a return trip are Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Firth. The latter’s addition is surprising given he appeared to die in Kingsman: The Secret Service.

If Tatum joining the spy adventure franchise wasn’t exciting enough, there are reports a legendary singer is in talks to appear as well. Find out who below.

see which legendary singer is reportedly on board as well

Scott Eastwood Joins Fast & Furious Franchise

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If the addition of Charlize Theron wasn’t exciting enough, this latest casting development certainly is. Scott Eastwood is the latest to join the Fast & Furious franchise. He’ll play a new character who operates under Kurt Russell in the upcoming Fast 8.

It’s interesting that this is the second time Eastwood has followed in Paul Walker’s footsteps. Davidoff Cool Water tapped the 30-year-old actor as their new spokesperson after Walker’s tragic death. Eastwood took to Instagram to talk about his close friend Paul and joining the F&F family. Read it below.

read his Instagram post after the jump

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Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel and plenty others are returning for Netflix’s Gilmore Girls revival. In fact, producers booked all the major players with exception to two. Edward Herrmann and Melissa McCarthy being them.

In the former’s case, he passed away in 2014, so unless he’s Jesus, that’s not going to happen. Just until this week, it looked like McCarthy would be the sole holdout. Looks can be deceiving. The 45-year-old, much to the delight of fans, revealed she will, in fact, head to Stars Hollow once again. She broke the news on The Ellen Show.

“It is really exciting. There has been something that I have been asked about so, so many times and it hasn’t worked out…And there was a whole thing. And then I was gonna be out of the country and blah, blah, blah. And literally about an hour and half ago we figured out that I’m gonna go back and do it and I am so excited. And they are gonna be amazing,” Melissa told Ellen

The news comes as a bit of a surprise given that Amy Sherman-Palladino just a few days ago stated Melissa most likely couldn’t participate in the new episodes. I’m so curious what wheeling and dealing transpired to make it happen. Watch the video announcement below.

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Best.News.Ever!!!

Charlize Theron will appear in the yet-untitled eighth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise. Reportedly, she’ll play the car saga’s “greatest adversary ever.” Vin Diesel ya’ll better watch out. She’s one bad ass mother!!!

If there’s one thing we know, the 40-year-old can play a villain like no other. Mad Max: Fury Road anyone? She absolutely slayed as Imperator Furiosa and she stole the show as Queen Ravenna in Snow White & The Huntsman. In addition, Theron has proven she can handle being behind the wheel in The Italian Job. Girl drove a Mini Cooper like a boss.

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