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As much as I love Carrie Underwood, I think doing a remake of such a classic film is a recipe for disaster. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t check out NBC’s star-studded live production of The Sound of Music airing this December. You never know, it actually might do the original justice. The network teams up with Smash producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron for The Sound of Music Live!.

Joining Underwood in the remake are a handful of Tony award-winning Broadway vets and even a True Blood hunk. Find out who’s playing Captain Van Trapp below, along with a few other key parts. On a side tangent, doesn’t Carrie do a pretty good job of channeling Julie Andrews in the recently-released artwork above?

find out who else is part of the cast after the jump

Meet The Newbies Joining Saturday Night Live

In: Donovan, TV Shows

With Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis leaving Saturday Night Live last season and Seth Meyer’s planned midseason exit, pressure was on Lorne Michaels to recruit talented newbies to fill the void.

Entering its 39th season, the show is going through one of the biggest cast overhauls in the sketch comedy’s history. Five new faces are being added to the roster this year. The most new talent since 1995 when Will Ferrell made his debut, along with Cheri Oteri and Darrell Hammond to name a few. Get to know the quintet of new players hoping to make you laugh this season below. One of them (Beck Bennett) is a certifiable hottie. Wouldn’t mind spending some early Sunday morning time with him ;)

meet the newbies after the jump

Lisa Kudrow Books Scandalous Gig

In: Donovan, TV Shows

First Scott Foley getting upgraded to series regular and now this. Fellow Gladiators, I need my Scandal fix now.

Deadline.com first broke the news that Lisa Kudrow is the latest to join the ranks of Scandal this Fall. Question remains. Will she be “friend” or foe to Olivia Pope? Personally, it doesn’t matter to me as long as Shonda Rhimes names her character Regina Phalange. How awesome would that be?

Kudrow’s addition to the show reunites her with her long-time producing partner Dan Bucatinsky who plays Cyrus’ husband James Novak. Kudrow and Bucatinsky’s production company is responsible for The Comeback, Web Therapy and Who Do You Think You Are? No word on what role Lisa will play on the show, but it’s a safe bet she’ll be a politician given that Season 3 will revolve around Fitz’ re-election campaign.

Excited for Lisa to join Scandal? Are you excited for the third season of ABC’s hit show? Sound off below.

The official Dancing With The Stars casting announcement doesn’t take place until next week on Wednesday, September 4, but TMZ has the lowdown on who might be competing for the Season 17 mirrorball.

According to the site, television icon Valerie Harper is one of the participating hoofers. Rumor has it, she’s already been practicing with professional dancer Tristan MacManus. Though she’s been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, reportedly she’s in good enough physical condition to undergo the strenuous strains the competition requires. Check out the rest of the rumored cast below.

check out the other rumored contestants after the jump

Worst Casting Decision Ever!!! Meet Your New Batman

In: Donovan, Movies

Really Warner Bros, REALLY!!! I’m not a Ben Affleck hater by any means. I’m probably the only one who enjoyed Jersey Girl and was his biggest cheerleader when he won an Oscar for Argo, but c’mon. This casting news is the worst ever. Did the studio not watch Daredevil? That was a trainwreck and a half. I’m almost tempted not to watch the upcoming Man of Steel sequel because of this lapse in judgement.

“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.” – director Zack Snyder

“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular superheroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some,” said Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. president for creative development and worldwide production. “His outstanding career is a testament to his talent, and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

check out the rumored contenders he beat out after the jump

Randy Jackson Returns To American Idol (UGH)

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Randy Jackson is the cockroach of reality television. He just won’t go away. Just when I thought he was gone from American Idol for good, the Top Dawg returns. Why??? Dude even had a going away montage during last season’s finale.

Jackson, however, won’t be claiming his seat back on the judging panel. He’s set to replace Jimmy Iovine as the show’s in-house mentor. DOUBLE UGH. Not only is Randy coming back, but Jimmy is leaving. The latter has been my favorite part for the past couple of years. He’s the only one not afraid to say exactly how it is.

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Is Demi Lovato Joining Glee’s Fifth Season?

In: Donovan, TV Shows

According to TVLine.com, it’s a “yes.” The website reports that Demi Lovato is close to finalizing a deal to join Glee for a “significant arc” for the FOX show’s fifth season.

Reportedly, her character Dani ia a struggling artist friend of both Rachel (Lea Michele) and Santana’s (Naya Rivera). She’ll make her first appearance sometime in October and will stick around for at least six episodes, much like Kate Hudson did last year. I can already picture the network’s promotion of an all-Demi night with X Factor and Glee. Lovato is the latest guest star to sign on with the FOX musical series. Adam Lambert is also coming on board.

Over the weekend, Glee debuted it’s first promo for the upcoming season. Given the tragic loss of Cory Monteith, the show decided to go with more of a cheerful and upbeat tone to the teaser. No mention of Monteith or his character Finn Hudson are in the clip, despite using footage from last season. Check out the “Once Again” promo below.

watch the first promo for Season 5 after the jump

Grey’s Anatomy is losing an original cast member in 2014. Out of the OGs, only Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens, Jr., Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh and Ellen Pompeo remain. Isaiah Washington was fired after Season 3, and T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigl left after Season 5 and Season 6 respectively. Sometime during the ABC show’s tenth season, one of the aforementioned six is bidding adieu to Seattle Grace Hospital. Find out who below.

find out who after the jump

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