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Tracy Morgan Returns To Saturday Night Live

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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From 1996 to 2003, Tracy Morgan was a cast member on Saturday Night Live. This October 17, the 46-year-old heads back to his former stomping grounds to host. I fully expect other alums to come back to celebrate this homecoming.

His return marks his first major appearance since he was critically injured in a car accident back in June 2014. That tragedy took the life of his longtime friend and colleague, James McNair.

NBC also revealed two other big names booked to host during SNL’s 41st season. Find out below which two ladies received a call.

find out who’s hosting the premiere after the jump

The Wiz Live! Finds Its Good Witches

In: Donovan, Music
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There were rumblings that Beyonce was being courted to play Glinda, the Good Witch of the South. Sadly for the BeyHive, that never came to fruition. Even though, I’m pretty sure the “Drunk In Love” singer was on top of NBC’s wish list, their final pick is a solid one.

Orange Is The New Black actress Uzo Aduba has scored the coveted role. Before her breakout role of Crazy Eyes, the 34-year-old actress appeared on Broadway in Godspell. Find out below who’s playing her sister on The Wiz Live!

find out below

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After an exhaustive search, NBC has finally found its Dorothy. Relative newcomer Shanice Williams beat out the competition to play the iconic role previously played by Diana Ross and Stephanie Mills. The 18-year-old New Jersey native has appeared in local productions of West Side Story, 42nd Street, Pippin and other titles.

NBC made the big reveal on The Today Show. Williams joins recently-announced David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion and Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige as The Wiz and The Wicked Witch of the West respectively. Beyonce is reportedly being courted to play Glinda the Good Witch.

Congrats to Williams for what will undoubtedly be a star-making gig. Girls has some pipes. Check out her audition below. Williams eases down the road in The Wiz Live!, airing on Thursday, December 4 on NBC.

check out her audition after the jump

The Voice Announces Season 9 Mentors

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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The Voice just revealed the four mentors tapped to assist the judges for Season 9 during the Battle Rounds. As you can figure out from the picture above, Selena Gomez is one of them.

The “Good For You” singer, the youngest of the four, will be on Team Gwen Stefani. According to US Weekly, she was a backstage favorite.

“She was surprisingly amazing as a mentor even though she’s so young,” the source reveals of the “Good for You” songstress. “She exceeded everyone’s expectations.”

check out the other pairings after the jump

Is Beyonce Joining NBC’s The Wiz?

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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NBC is really on a mission to make The Wiz Live! a star-studded spectacle. On the heels of Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah joining the cast, comes news of an even bigger star possibly heading down the yellow brick road.

E! News reports that Beyonce has been offered the role of Glinda The Good Witch. If the peacock network is somehow able to make this happen, it would be epic. This would be a huge coup for the live production.

Jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater and legendary singer Lena Horne played the part in the Broadway and feature film respectively. Queen B would definitely be in fine company.

If Bey isn’t interested or the powers-that-be don’t shell out enough cash, another actress is reportedly being considered for the role. Find out who below.

see who else is in the running for the part

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Though better received by critics, NBC’s Peter Pan Live! failed to match the massive ratings of its predecessor. Say what you will about the legendary wooden acting of Carrie Underwood, but the country superstar delivered the viewers.

While producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are on the hunt for a talented newcomer to play Dorothy, the peacock network has enlisted two marquee names to add star power to their upcoming The Wiz Live! Having established household names to anchor the production are a must. NBC clearly realized their misstep from last year’s disappointing showing. Find out below what Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige are playing in the live production.

their roles after the jump

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Over the weekend, Thomas Roberts stepped in for Lester Holt to anchor the Nightly News. By doing so, the 42-year-old journalist made history. He became the first openly-gay anchor of an evening news program on a major television network.

Roberts told The Advocate that it was a ‘huge honor‘ to anchor the program. Thomas’ regular gig is MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts which airs during the week.

Coincidentally, the opening story for the newscast was about Donald Trump. A couple of years ago, Roberts co-hosted Miss Universe when Andy Cohen stepped down because the beauty pageant was being held in Russia. Check out his history-making telecast below.

watch the newscast after the jump

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Just because NBC cut ties with Donald Trump, it doesn’t mean that Celebrity Apprentice is necessarily dead. The peacock network is looking to forge ahead but with a different personality at the helm. Though talks are still in the early stages, there is a short list of personalities that executives are eying. Find out who below.

find out who after the jump

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