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The View Confirms New Panelists For Season 18

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At long last, the new View is coming into focus. When ABC addressed Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy’s departures back in July, the network stated they would be moving in ‘an exciting new direction next season.’ They weren’t kidding.

First, word came that Rosie O’Donnell booked a return ticket to the panel after her infamous one-year stint. With less than two weeks before the talk show’s Season 18 premiere on September 15, producers have finally revealed the other two panelists sitting alongside O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg.

“These are powerful and accomplished women from different walks of life who have had amazing personal and professional experiences. Each brings incredible perspective and information to the table,” said Bill Wolff, the show’s new executive producer, who joined last month from MSNBC.

Producers are doubling down on ‘Rosie.’ Former Fly Girl choreographer Rosie Perez who has previously served as a guest co-host has secured a more permanent seat. Two Rosies on the panel!!! Things are about to get a little spicy. While most of the media attention focused on who’d fill the conservative seat on the panel, the Academy-nominated Fearless actress flew below everyone’s radar. I’m a fan so I approve of Perez’s appointment.

“I am beyond thrilled, honored and completely surprised that I’ve been asked to join ‘The View’,” says Perez in a statement

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NeNe Leakes Set To Make Broadway Debut

In: Donovan, The Arts, TV Shows
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She proved she didn’t have two left feet on Season 18 of Dancing With The Stars. In November, NeNe Leakes will have to prove she can carry a tune.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star makes her Broadway debut in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. She’ll play the titular character’s wicked stepmother Madame. If you’ve seen Leakes during any of the RHOA reunion shows, you know she was born to play this part. NeNe has proven she has a mean streak when provoked.

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Dwayne Johnson Joins DC Comics Universe

In: Donovan, Movies
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Even though the movie hasn’t been officially announced by Warner Bros yet, the rumored Shazam film has its first cast member. After months of speculation, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has finally confirmed he’ll be playing the supervillain Black Adam in the Shazam DC Comics property. “Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot.” My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics,” the 42-year-old actor tweeted.

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Did you grow up in the 90s? Are you a Maroon 5 fan? If both apply to you, then his potential new series is right up your alley.

Deadline.com reports Adam Levine and his production company have received a script commitment from NBC for a potential single-camera series tentatively titled Kids In America. The show is inspired by the 35-year-old’s real-life experiences growing up in an unconventional family during the 90s. Much like ABC’s The Goldbergs, the show will be seen through the eyes of a teenager.

With 90s nostalgia in full swing and Levine hotter than ever, it’s the perfect time for this project. If the peacock network passes, hopefully another network steps in. Do you agree? Would you watch a show based on Adam’s childhood dreams of becoming a rock star? Weigh in below.

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ABC doesn’t officially announce the Dancing With The Stars Season 19 cast until Thursday, September 4 on Good Morning America. However, names of several celebrities possibly participating have began to surface. Whether these rumors are true, we’ll have to wait til next week. In the meantime, enjoy the speculation.

Of the rumored cast, one of the biggest names is Antonio Sabato, Jr. The General Hospital alum and former Calvin Klein underwear model will certainly appease those women who like their men a little more seasoned. He was so cute back in the day as one of Janet Jackson’s music video love interests.

Occupying the middle-aged actress slot is Lea Thompson of Back To The Future and Caroline In The City fame. Eccentric fashion designer Betsey Johnson is one I’m hoping is true. She’s so kooky and I can’t wait for her pro to incorporate her signature cartwheel in one of her dances. Check out the other possible contenders below which includes a Mean Girls star.

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Mean Girls Star Joins Looking’s Second Season

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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As Gretchen Wieners would say, “This is so FETCH!!!.”

Daniel Franzese who played too-gay-to-function Damian in 2004′s Mean Girls is heading to San Francisco. The 36-year-old joins Looking for its second season.

The Hollywood Reporter reports he’ll have a multi-episode arc on the HBO series. His character Eddie who works in the San Fran non-profit community will be a new love interest. For whom, that hasn’t been disclosed yet.

check him out with the Looking cast after the jump

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It appears that CBS is continuing their mandate to create more cross-brand synergy between their shows. On the heels of Survivor: San Juan del Sur casting former racers, the Amazing Race has tapped Whitney Duncan and Keith Tollefson from Survivor: South Pacific.

They’re not the only familiar faces. The milestone 25th season of The Amazing Race includes pro surfer Bethany Hamilton, famous for losing an arm during a shark attack, and TNA pro wrestling stars Brooke Adams and Robbie Strauss, better known as Miss Tessmacher and Robbie E to their fans.

The Race kicked off in May with the first ever public start from Times Square in New York City where Phil Keoghan introduced a new game-changing element, “The Save.” The team-that finishes first in the premiere episode will be awarded “The Save,” which they can use to rescue themselves if they come in last on a leg and face elimination. Teams this season will travel through eight countries and twenty cities.

The Amazing Race moves to a new night, Fridays at 8pm this Fall, starting September 26. Check out the teams below.

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Chris Soules Is Officially The Next Bachelor

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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After Emily Maynard reject, Arie Luyendyk Jr., spilled the beans about the next Bachelor, ABC made it official.

Chris Soules, who was sent home right before the finale on Andi Dorman’s Bachelorette season, will be handing out roses for the dating show’s 19th season. The 32-year-old farmer from Iowa was easily the frontrunner, winning over the shows’ fans. Let’s just hope he doesn’t have a fall from grace like most of his predecessors. Juan Pablo Galavis and Ben Flajnik anyone?

“Absolutely, that’s why I am doing it. I believe in the process I believe in what I went through on the previous show and that’s why I am doing it I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t feel like that was a potential.” - Chris Soules

Chris has been engaged once before, but the seven-year relationship ended just months before he expected to walk down the aisle. Season 19 of The Bachelor will air in January 2015.

It’ll be interesting to see how many of the women are legitimately serious about moving from their respective homes to working on a farm. Andi can deny it all she wants, but I’m sure that’s the big reason why she dumped Soules. Do you agree? Excited for Chris to give out roses? Did producers make the right choice? Sound off below.

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