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Casper Smart Joins ABC’s Dirty Dancing Remake

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Casper Smart, aka Jennifer Lopez’s boy toy, is the latest addition to ABC’s three-hour remake of Dirty Dancing. He joins previously announced cast members Abigail Breslin (Baby), Colt Prattes (Johnny Castle), Nicole Scherzinger (Penny), Sarah Hyland (Baby’s sister Lisa) and Debra Messing (Baby’s mother).

Unlike The Wiz, Grease and other recent television musicals, ABC’s Dirty Dancing production won’t be live. Find out below who the 28-year-old dancer-choreographer-actor is playing in the remake.

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Recent speculation suggested Caila Quinn (second from right) scored the coveted gig. Cameras were spotted last week in her hometown of Hudson, Ohio filming the 24-year-old for what looked like an intro package. Plus, her elimination on The Bachelor Season 20 fell in line with how previous Bachelorettes placed. Typically, the next leading lady had placed third or fourth in their respective season.

Also on her side was the fact Quinn is of Filipino descent. The show has longtime been criticized for not picking an ethnic Bachelor or Bachelorette. Caila certainly fit the bill in several criteria.

During the After The Rose special, Chris Harrison revealed who producers picked. Find out who below. Longtime viewers might be surprised who snagged it.

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Netflix Finds Its Lemony Snicket

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It was previously announced that Neil Patrick Harris would play Count Olaf for Netflix’s eight-episode adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events. As you recall, Jim Carrey played the villainous character in the 2004 feature film which also starred Meryl Streep. The online streaming service just announced who’s voicing Lemomy Snicket for their project. Find out who below.

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The most surprising survival from the first season of Scream Queens was the actual show itself. FOX renewed the black comedy for a second season despite lackluster ratings. It generated only 2.8 million viewers with a 1.1 rating. According to the network though, live watching only accounted for 30 percent of total viewership, with 26 percent catching up on DVR and 44 percent viewing via VOD and Hulu.

During the show’s PaleyFest panel on Saturday night, it was revealed who’s returning for the sophomore season. Pretty much, everyone who survived is returning, with one notable exception.

Skyler Samuels who played Grace Gardner didn’t attend the panel, nor was her name included in the Instagram video announcing that Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Keke Palmer, Abigail Breslin, Billie Lourd and Glen Powell all booked return gigs.

Executive producer Brad Falchuk revealed Season 2 will be set in a hospital, where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation. Once again, a terrifyingly funny murder mystery will be at the center. Read below for their Season 2 character descriptions.

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Riverdale Casts Its Kevin Keller

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Earlier this week, The CW renewed 11 of their hour-long dramas. With only 10 hours to fill on their schedule, it’ll be interesting to see how they cram everything in. Fingers crossed, execs make it a priority to find a spot for Riverdale. Greg Berlanti’s (Supergirl, The Flash) adaptation of Archie Comics is shaping up quite nicely.

Already on board on the potential series are KJ Apa and Camila Mendes as Archie and Veronica respectively. Rounding out the cast are Surviving Jack‘s Lili Reinhart as Betty; Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody) as Jughead; Luke Perry (Beverly Hills, 90210) as Archie’s dad, Fred Andrews; Marisol Nichols (Teen Wolf) as Veronica’s mom, Hermione Lodge; and Madchen Amik (The Witches of East End) as Betty’s mom Alice Cooper. Find out below who’s been tapped to play Riverdale’s resident gay, Kevin Keller.

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FOX Finds Its Mel Gibson For Lethal Weapon Reboot

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Mel Gibson played Martin Riggs in four Lethal Weapon films. Obviously, the 60-year-old actor isn’t starring in FOX’s TV series reboot. Though, I wouldn’t rule out a surprise cameo during sweeps.

Clayne Crawford has been tapped to play the role made famous by Gibson. He’ll join Damon Wayans Sr. who’s taking over the Danny Glover part, Roger Murtaugh. Surprisingly, Crawford isn’t of Australian descent but rather hails from Alabama. His television credits include Roswell, Jericho, Justified and 24 to name a few. Over on the silver screen you might recognize the 37-year-old from The Perfect Host, A Walk To Remember and my personal favorite, Swimfan.

“Based on the feature film of the same name, the pilot kicks off when Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs (Crawford, taking on the role played by Gibson in the film franchise) suffers the loss of his wife and baby and moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh (Wayans), who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life.” – Hollywood Reporter

Crawford joins a cast which includes Jordana Brewster, Golden Brooks and Kevin Rahm. Check out pics of Clayne below.

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The celebrities competing for the Season 22 mirrorball have been announced. While, it’s not the most star-studded, I’m quite like the cast. My only gripe is that there’s three football players in the mix. Sure Doug Flutie is retired but still, do we need three? I feel one probably got called in after another male star flaked.

Speaking of men, I’m rooting for ANTM alum Nyle DiMarco and Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller. Over on the women’s side, I’m torn between several names. You have former OC actress Mischa Barton, RHOA‘s Kim Fields, Fuller House star Jodie Sweetin and Donald Trump’s second wife Marla Maples all in the mix. I can’t wait for all the Trump digs with the latter. This should be good.

The professional dancers competing are also noteworthy. Artem Chiqvinstev returns from Strictly Come Dancing. Sasha Farber gets promoted again from the Troupe. Peta Murgatroyd is healthy again after skipping last season due to an injury. Lastly and certainly not least, fan favorite Edyta Sliwinska is back. She hasn’t competed since Season 10. Sadly, she’s paired up with Geraldo Rivera which likely means she won’t win.

Speaking of perennial loser. Keo Motsepe finally has a partner that has massive potential. It’ll be a shocker if he gets eliminated within the first couple of weeks again. Check out the Dancing With The Stars Season 22 couplings below and weigh in on which celebs you’re rooting for.

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Zendaya Snags Mystery Role For Spider-Man Reboot

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Spider-Man is receiving yet another reboot whether we like it or not. Personally, I could do without but that’s my two cents.

Tom Holland steps in to play the web-slinger previously played by Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maquire before that. “Something New” singer Zendaya joins the project in a mysterious lead role.

Deadline reports the 19-year-old entertainer will play a character named Michelle. It’s believed it won’t be a romantic interest for Peter Parker but it will be a major part in the superhero film which also features Marisa Tomei as Aunt May.

Sony and Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man reboot won’t swing into theaters until July 7, 2017 but moviegoers will get their first look at Holland as Spidey in this summer’s Captain America: Civil War.

Interested in another Spider-Man reboot? Why or why not? Weigh in below.

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