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NBC is clearly smitten with their Shades of Blue superstar. The peacock network has asked for another dance with Jennifer Lopez. Literally.

The 46-year-old entertainer has teamed up with the World of Dance organization for a new dancing competition show with a grand prize of $1 million dollars. World of Dance is open to all ages, professional or amateur, pretty much anyone. The competitors will be divided into three groups: under 16 years old, over 16 years old and teams.

“This will be a fierce talent-heavy dance competition that embraces the raw emotion and excitement that dance represents,” Lopez said in a statement. “I am excited to work with World of Dance, an organization that has had an immeasurable impact on the dance community, to give all dancers an enormous platform where their dreams can be realized.”

With So You Think You Can Dance no longer being the powerhouse it once was, it’s time for a new dance show to sweep the nation off its feet. This is the second dance-themed series NBC has ordered in recent months. They previously picked up a six-episode unscripted dancing competition from Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum.

check out promo and announcement after the jump

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NBC is taking a page from ABC’s hit show Shark Tank, but with a twist. The peacock network is putting a Voice-like spin on their new entrepreneur reality series, Funded.

Tyra Banks will serve as one of the mentors on the business competition show. Budding start-up companies will battle it out for an investment in their business. Each episode will feature a mentor pairing up with a company.

At the end of each episode, the start-ups and their mentors will face a venture capitalist in front of a live audience and convince them that their company could be the next great company if they get the fund’s backing and that $1 million cash infusion. Only one start-up per episode can get funded.

“I have spent my life encouraging people to BYOB – Be Your Own Boss,” Banks said. “Making everyday people’s dreams come true is what I live for. ‘Funded’ is the life-changing type of television power project that gets me pumped. We will enlighten and entertain audiences big time and encourage our viewers to attack their most outrageous goals with fierce determination.”

find out who the other panelists are after the jump

Ariana Grande Joins NBC’s Hairspray Live!

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NBC just added a very “Dangerous Woman” to its annual live musical production.

Ariana Grande is the latest big name to participate in Hairspray Live! She joins previously announced cast members Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Harvey Fierstein, Martin Short, Derek Hough and newcomer Maddie Baillio.

I AM NOWWW A CHECKERBOARD CHICK,” tweeted Grande. The 23-year-old songbird will play Penny, who was played by Amanda Bynes in the 2007 musical film. No disrespect to Bynes, but Ariana is absolutely going to slay it on December 7. Her vocals are far superior. Don’t you agree? Weigh in below.

check out all her tweets regarding her new gig after the jump

Kristin Chenoweth Joins NBC’s Hairspray Live!

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NBC just snagged a Tony award-winning actress for its annual musical production. And she’s a good witch to boot. Kristin Chenoweth is the latest star to join Hairspray Live!

The 47-year-old Wicked actress joins previously announced cast members Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Martin Short as Wilmer, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, and Derek Hough as Corny Collins. Newcomer Maddie Baillio beat out over 1,000 hopefuls to play Tracy Turnblad. Find out below which role Chenoweth is playing. If you watched the feature film musical, you probably have a good idea who.

find out what part after the jump

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Welcome to the ’60s, Maddie Baillio.

Just like The Wiz Live! NBC has tapped a newcomer to play the lead role for the network’s next live musical production. Shanice Williams absolutely slayed as Dorothy Gale last year and I have a feeling Baillio will as well, based on her audition footage. Girl has some pipes on her.

Maddie is a 20-year-old actress and singer from Texas. The sophomore at Marymount Manhattan College reportedly beat out a pool of nearly 1,000 hopefuls at the casting call. Her turn as Tracy Turnblad is by far her biggest gig to date.

Baillio joins previously announced cast members Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, and Derek Hough as Corny Collins.

Hairspray Live! airs on NBC on December 7. Check out Maddie’s audition below and her reaction upon learning she landed the coveted role.

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NBC has over a dozen new shows to roll out during the 2016-2017 season but is only premiering three of them in the fall. Certainly surprising since the network has the Olympics this summer to serve as a major launching pad to promote new shows.

Even more surprising is the fact, the more highly-anticipated series are being held for midseason. Emerald City, Taken, The Blacklist spinoff and the DC Comics comedy Powerless were the ones I was most excited about, but sadly I’ll have to wait until the new year.

The three shows debuting this fall are the dramas Timeless and The Good Place, along with the Ted Danson and Kristen Bell-fronted comedy The Good Place. Of the three, Timeless interests me most with its time-traveling premise. NBC is bullish about its prospects too. It gave the action adventure series the coveted post-Voice slot. The Good Place also looks promising. Bell looks absolutely adorable in it.

Among the returning shows, the most notable change is freshman breakout hit Blindspot loses its cushy Monday slot to lead off Wednesday night. Hopefully, it doesn’t fizzle like Revolution after that show lost its strong Voice lead-in.

Check out all the new series coming to the peacock network, along with its new schedule below. Be sure to comment on which shows you’re excited for afterwards.

check out the trailers after the jump

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This isn’t your grandparents’ Kansas folks.

NBC’s on-again, off-again gritty spin on The Wizard of Oz has been two years in the making and it looks like it was worth the wait. Emerald City looks fantastic based on the first few pics. How fierce does Florence Kasumba as the Wicked Witch of the East look above? Slay bitch, slay!!!

The 10-episode drama will take inspiration from all 14 of L. Frank Baum’s Oz-based books. The Cell and Mirror, Mirror’s Tarsem Singh will direct all the episodes. With his keen eye, the series will no doubt deliver amazing visuals.

Adria Arjona will play Dorothy Gale while Oliver Jackson-Cohen will play her love interest Lucas aka Scarecrow. Also included in the cast are Vincent D’Onofrio as the Wizard and Joely Richardson as Glinda to name a couple.

Check out more preview pics below. Don’t expect a yellow brick road in this adaptation. It looks like the path to the Emerald City is more of a brown dusty one. Also, Toto isn’t the same either.

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NBC Finds Its Corny Collins For Hairspray Live!

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Just the other day NBC announced Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein as the first cast members of Hairspray Live!. The peacock network has revealed two more names taking part for their annual live musical production.

First up is Martin Short. The 66-year-old comedian has been tapped to play Wilbur Turnblad, Tracy’s father. The role was played by Christopher Walken in the 2007 feature film. “We are very happy to have the inimitable Martin Short to play Edna’s loving husband, Wilbur,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment.

Find out below who’ll step into James Marsden’s shoes to play Corny Collins for the live event.

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