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Nick Jonas Joins FOX’s Scream Queens

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FOX’s upcoming new horror-comedy anthology just got a little sexier. Scream Queens just booked Nick Jonas in a recurring role. The 22-year-old joins previously announced cast members Lea Michele, Emma Roberts, Joe Manganiello, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Jamie Lee Curtis and Ariana Grande. This series is shaping up to be must-see television.

The first season of Scream Queens will revolve around a series of murders on a college campus. If Ryan Murphy’s new series is renewed, it will follow in the footsteps of American Horror Story and feature a new plot and cast every season.

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Empire’s Ratings Once Again Rises, Defying Odds

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Empire shocked industry experts with its big premiere. Most expected those numbers to drop for its second outing. However, the FOX show defied odds and actually rose. In its third week, the hip-hop drama once again surprises and posts gains. This is practically unheard of these days in the DVR era.

Empire scored a gigantic 4.3, up 8 percent from last week’s 4.0 adults 18-49 rating and ranking as the highest rated drama telecast in over a year. Overall it climbed to 10.9 million viewers. This weeks gains could be attributed to a number of things.

Buzz for the show is absolutely insane. In addition, American Idol also rose this week which gave it a better lead-in. Meanwhile, Modern Family and black-ish aired reruns which could’ve also been a factor. Whatever the reason, the show is officially a hit.

On last night’s episode, Naomi Campbell made her debut as the older lover of Lucious’ youngest son. I can’t wait for Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Courtney Love and more to pop up during this season.

While the men have been stealing the spotlight, especially Jussie Smollett, in terms of music on the show, Serayah McNeil and V. Bozeman sassed it up on the infectious “Bad Girl” last night. It’s reminiscent of early Beyonce. Give it a listen below.

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After NBC scored boffo ratings with its live production of The Sound of Music, FOX announced it was going to tackle a classic musical as well. Wisely, they picked the beloved Grease. Based on brand recognition alone, the network should generate decent ratings. Something NBC knows all to well after picking the not-so-popular Peter Pan for its second live production.

FOX recently released the first two names participating in Grease. While no one can ever fully live up to Olivia Newton-John’s performance in the film, Julianne Hough is a pretty decent choice to play Sandy. She can dance, has that wholesome girl-next-door quality and can carry a tune. Find out who’s taking on Rizzo below.

“Grease is one of the movies that made me want to be an entertainer, and I have literally been waiting my whole life to play Sandy,” Julianne shared in a statement. “My siblings and I watched it and played it out over and over when we were kids. This is my dream role and performing it live on television will be one of the most thrilling opportunities I’ve had in my career so far.”

find out who’s playing rizzo after the jump


It’s a good thing for Lea Michele that Ryan Murphy loves collaborating multiple times with his cast. When Glee sings its final note, the 28-year-old actress already has her next gig lined up. Good for her because sadly her recording career fell flat despite having a couple of good tracks.

Michele joins previously announced stars Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis in Murphy’s latest anthology series, Scream Queens. The comedy horror debuts this Fall and will revolve around a series of murders on a college campus. If renewed, it will follow in the footsteps of American Horror Story and feature a new plot and cast every season.

Also joining the show in a recurring role is pop sensation Ariana Grande. While she’s currently tearing up the charts, she previously starred in two television series- Victorious and Sam & Cat. Find out below who else has signed on to the show.

check out more cast members after the jump


After the debacle that was the Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj pairing on Season 12, there was talk about an all-star American Idol alum panel for Season 13. Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert were just a few names being tossed around to fill the seats. Sadly, that never came to fruition and instead, Harry Connick Jr was brought in to join a returning Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. On the Thursday night episode, we caught a glimpse of what could’ve been.

Lambert filled in for Urban during the New York auditions while the country singer was tending to a family emergency. The “For Your Entertainment” singer was a natural and fit right in with his constructive, strong and empathetic feedback. Adam became the first person to experience the American Idol journey from both sides of the judging panel.

In between auditions, Connick asked Lambert to recreate his audition from Season 8. “I would kill if you auditioned for us,” Harry said. “I want the whole Adam Lambert experience.” Without any warmup, Lambert slayed an a capella rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Loved the flashbacks showing the panel when Paula Abdul and Kara Dioguardi occupied seats.

In other Lambert-related news, he announced his third studio album and first with Warner Bros, will be coming soon. He also revealed that he’s teaming up with Max Martin and Shellback again. The duo was responsible for his hit “Whataya Want From Me.” I.CANT.WAIT!!! While we wait for his new material, check out his impromptu Idol performance below.

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Empire Defies Odds And Rises In Second Week

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“The streets ain’t made for everybody that’s why they made sidewalks.” – Cookie Lyon

Seriously, Taraji P. Henson is everything. I’m so glad people are tuning in. Her Empire character is quickly becoming my obsession, inching ever so close to becoming my spirit animal. If her epic one-liners keep on coming, I might actually consider going as her for next Halloween. In that above outfit of course.

Typically, when any new show debuts, it declines the following week. It’s even more true if said show premieres to huge numbers. Not so for FOX’s hip-hop Dallas-like soap opera.

Industry experts were predicting a drop in the 12-15 percent neighborhood. Instead, it scored a 4.0, up two tenths from the 3.8 last week’s premiere earned, representing a 5 percent increase. That’s despite it’s lead-in (American Idol) declining. Overall, 10.3 million tuned in for the show’s second episode.

check out this week’s performances after the jump


I don’t watch too many cooking shows partly because I find myself getting hungry even if I have a full stomach. Masterchef, however, is the exception. Every Summer, I look forward to Gordan Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich doling out their culinary knowledge to amateur home cooks.

For Season 6, Bastianich leaves his post. Though it’ll be odd to not have the original three back, it’ll be nice to have some new blood injected into the show. Especially from a woman’s point of view.

The network announced Christina Tosi will join Ramsay and Elliott on both the MasterChef and MasterChef Junior judging panels. Tosi is a cookbook author and the owner of New York City’s Milk Bar. Check her out below.

check out the new judge after the jump


Did you watch FOX’s highly-anticipated hip-hop Dynasty-like soap opera last night? If you did, you weren’t alone. Empire premiered to 9.8 million viewers and a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49, giving the network the highest-rated series debut in three years.

Empire also ties ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder as the highest-rated new show premiere this season. If that wasn’t impressive enough, the Lee Daniels-produced drama beat ABC’s Modern Family head-to-head in the coveted demo and built on it’s American Idol premiere by 19 percent.

Speaking of Idol, the veteran show saw it’s lowest season premiere in its 15-year history. As an avid fan and supporter of the singing competition, I didn’t even watch it last night. Could this be it’s last year?

What a difference a new year makes. Last Fall, FOX saw most of its new offerings like Red Band Society, Gracepoint, Mulaney and Utopia fizzle. Gotham, it’s lone standout, has managed to perform well and stabilize. Things appear to be looking up with Empire on deck.

Hopefully, Empire can keep the momentum if not build on it. I absolutely loved it. Taraji P. Henson is EVERYTHING on it. She looks like she’s having so much fun playing the part of Cookie.

Other standouts include Gabourey Sidibe and the Frank Ocean-like gay character Jamal Lyon played by Jussie Smollett. If you missed his “Good Enough” performance, you have to check it out. #moving

With Courtney Love, Macy Gray and the stunning Naomi Campbell coming on board in future episodes, Empire is only going to get better. Check out a few performances from last night’s premiere below. Be sure to weigh in on the show if you watched it.

check out some of the performances after the jump

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