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When I first heard Zac Efron signed on for NBC’s new reality series hosted by Bear Grylls, I just assumed he was an adrenaline junkie. After watching the network’s latest promo for Running Wild With Bear Grylls, I’m thinking Efron’s participation is a calculated move by his team to show studio execs that Zac is ready to become Hollywood’s next big action movie star.

In the recently-released clip, Efron crosses a rope tied across 150 foot high ravine. Even though he’s attached to a safety line, I can only imagine how harrowing it was for him. Grylls instructs Zac not to look down, but did anyway which threw him off in the beginning. I expect plenty more death-defying stunts from the 26-year-old during his episode.

Running Wild with Bear Grylls premieres on Monday, July 28 at 8/7c on NBC. Other stars signed on include Channing Tatum, Tom Arnold, Ben Stiller and more. Check out the clip below.

watch the video after the jump

NBC Taps Christopher Walken For Peter Pan Musical

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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NBC’s next live musical event finally has its first cast member. The network announced Christopher Walken’s addition during the Television Critics’ Association’s summer press tour on Sunday. Walken will play none other than Captain Hook in the network’s production of Peter Pan.

The 71-year-old actor is known mostly for his dramatic work but he’s worked in musicals before, appearing in both Hairspray and Jersey Boys, though he doesn’t sing in the latter. Here’s what NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters.

“He might really be a song and dance man at heart. He’s fearless as a comedic actor and always comes to play.”

“I guarantee you he’s going to bring his own spin to Captain Hook,” added the exec. “He might be the first tap dancing Captain Hook.”

read Walken’s thoughts after the jump

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Starting July 20, Bear Grylls will take six celebrities into the wildest and most remote locations in the U.S. and around the world for a 48-hour journey of a lifetime. Each episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls will feature one celebrity enduring the harsh wilderness in high-octane, action-based and empowering journeys spread over six remote locations. From skydiving into the Catskill Mountains, to rappelling down the cliffs of Utah and battling torrential wind and rain in Scotland, Grylls and each celebrity will have to push both their minds and bodies to the limit to successfully complete their journey.

Those brave stars who signed undoubtedly multiple releases to appear on the show are Zac Efron (Neighbors), actor-director Ben Stiller (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), actor Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street), NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, actor Tom Arnold (Sons of Anarchy) and MSNBC and Today anchor Tamron Hall. NBC just released two promos for the upcoming reality show. In one of them Efron is shown eating a bug. Check it out below.

watch the promo and Zac’s clip after the jump

Who’d You Rather: Night Shift Edition

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!, TV Shows
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Looks like the doctors over at NBC have to clock in some overtime. The peacock network just renewed the mid-season medical drama for a second season with even more episodes, 14 to be exact.

In honor of The Night Shift surviving on the network (which isn’t an easy feat), I thought I’d highlight some of the show’s hottest men in our latest Who’d You Rather battle. I picked my three favorites in no particular order.

For those who’re wondering why Scott Wolf isn’t in the mix, technically he’s only a guest star. Depending on if he survives the season finale on Tuesday, July 15, I expect he might pop up next season as well. He’s definitely this fan’s favorite ;) Check out the three dudes in contention below.

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Recently, Jillian Michaels announced she was leaving The Biggest Loser. When you’re as fabulous as she is, you need not one but two trainers to replace her. Clearly, producers learned their lesson after the debacle that was Anna Kournikova. Love her but she didn’t exactly fit on the show. Find out the two trainers joining Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince below. One of them is even related to a former Bachelor.

check them out after the jump

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Sounds like a wet dream come true.

NBC announced a new hour-long series titled Running Wild with Bear Grylls. The survival specialist will take celebrities into “remote and wild locations in the U.S. and around the world” for 48 hours. So far, the network has ordered six episodes.

“Running Wild allows viewers to see inside the hearts and minds of these guests in a very open, honest and vulnerable way, pushing them out of their comfort zones and seeing what they are like in real life when stripped of all the benefits of celebrity,” Grylls said in a press release. “Ultimately, this show is about taking these stars on the adventure of a lifetime and being alongside them when they discover something new and empowering about themselves and their world. For me, that is always a privilege.”

Hopefully for Bears, this new reality venture fares better than his last collaboration with NBC, Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls. While I extremely enjoyed that show, it was a little ratings challenged. Check out the cast below.

check out more of the cast after the jump

Maya Rudolph Scores Solid Ratings For Variety Show

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NBC finally gave arguably one of its most underutilized stars a platform to shine. In the grand tradition of The Carol Burnett Show and The Muppets, Maya Rudolph tried to revive the variety show last night. It appears her experiment worked. The Maya Rudolph Show delivered an impressive 7.2 million viewers and a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49. No doubt those numbers were aided by its cushy Voice lead-in. What’s a little unsettling is that the show lost about 21 percent in the second half hour.

Did you check it out? I did and I definitely enjoyed the first half hour. I can see why so many tuned out midway through. While I love a good song and dance number, there was far too much of it. More skits and other segments are needed. Network execs and Rudolph definitely need to address the situation if they plan on making her variety show a weekly or monthly special.

With that being said, there were two numbers that were fantastic. The opening act was definitely Tony and Oscar worthy while the Kristen Bell-assisted faux Frozen 2 pitch was killer as well. Another highlight was the “Meet The Garmyns” sketch where Maya along with Fred Armisen played GPS navigation systems voice providers. The Annapolis bit had me howling. Check out some of the highlights below.

watch the best moments after the jump

SNL Parodies Solange Beatdown & Michael Sam Kiss

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Saturday Night Live can sometimes be at the mercy of a slow news week. The comedy gods were extremely generous to SNL this week with plenty of hilarious topics for the show to work with.

For its season finale hosted by Andy Samberg, the late-night show tackled two of the previous week’s juiciest stories- Solange’s elevator attack on Jay-Z and Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend after learning he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams.

Check out both sketches below which features plenty of returning SNL alums including Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and more. The voiceovers by Solange and Jay-Z during the elevator footage is everything. Apparently a pesky spider was all to blame.

watch both clips below

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