It was between The Music Man and The Wiz and it appears the latter won. The re-imagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz featuring an all-black cast will be NBC’s next live musical production. With Empire nabbing killer ratings, it’s a wise choice for the peacock network to go with a music book filled with R&B flair. For the first time ever, producers will team up with Cirque du Soleil.
“We love this yearly tradition and we’re more excited than ever to not only bring another Broadway musical to America’s living rooms, but also see it land on Broadway as well,” said NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt. “Cirque’s incredible imagination will help bring the fantasy world of Oz vividly to life and give this great show a modern spin on the age-old story we all love.”
Not only is The Wiz coming to television this holiday season, it’s also headed to Broadway for a revival production scheduled to debut during the 2016-17 season. Once again, Smash showrunners and exiting Oscar producers Craig Zaden and Neil Meron will executive produce the show. Harvey Fierstein will contribute new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown.
When NBC first announced it was resurrecting Heroes for a 13-episode miniseries, many were hopeful that some of the original cast members would return. Jack Coleman who played Noah Bennet was the sole OG alum attached to Heroes Reborn. That is until now… A fan favorite just booked a guest-starring arc on the event series. Find out who below.
Out of all the sitcoms to resurrect from the 1990s, this one comes out of left field. Even more surprising is the fact, the original series ran on ABC initially. NBC, though, somehow got their peacock claws on Coach and convinced Craig T. Nelson to reprise his role. The network announced it’s ordered 13 episodes.
Coach aired on ABC from 1989-1997 and was a Top 20 hit show for the first six seasons. The revival will “pick up 18 years later and find his character Hayden Fox interrupting his retirement to become assistant coach to his own grown son, who is the new head coach at an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania that is just starting up a new team.”
It’s not known if any of the other original cast members are returning. Hopefully, a couple of them make special cameos.
This revival comes off the heels of another 90s classic being resurrected. FOX renewed The X Files for a six-episode event earlier this week. What show from the 90s will be resuscitated next? Weigh in below.
April 11 ya’ll. Mark your calendars now!!! This is no April Fools joke. Cookie effing Lyons is heading to Saturday Night Live. Words can’t even describe my excitement. Taraji P. Henson is going to slay it during her hosting debut.
Even though the long-running late night staple already aired an Empire spoof during Chris Hemsworth’s episode, I expect another sketch based on the FOX hip-hop drama to come. Fingers crossed, they poke fun at Cookie slammin down Boo Boo Kitty on the pool table.
NBC also revealed that Michael Keaton is also hosting. The Birdman actor will appear on the April 4 show, marking his third time presiding over Studio 8H. Find out which musical act is on board for each episode below.
Last season Taylor Swift did it and this year it’s Nate Ruess. The 33-year-old singer heads to The Voice to impart knowledge to this season’s contestants during the Knockouts.
“I’m super excited and always happy to lend whatever knowledge I have to other vocalists,” Ruess said in a statement. “Plus I’ve heard nothing but great things about Blake, Pharrell, Christina, and the guy with the tattoos.”
Based on the above comment, you can see Ruess and Adam Levine are buddies. Better watch it Blake, there’s a new bromance on set ;)
Ruess recently debuted his first solo single “Nothing Without Love.” He’s pursuing a solo career while his band, fun., is on hiatus.
Check out a preview of Ruess’ stint as an adviser on The Voice below. Dude seems to be a very likeable and fun (hehe) guy.
The thing I look most forward to as each season of The Voice begins is the group performance from the coaches. It’s always a highlight of every cycle.
Last year, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine joined Gwen Stefani on her No Doubt hit “Hella Good.” In previous years, “I Love Rock And Roll” by Joan Jett, “Come Together” by The Beatles and the Rolling Stones classic, “Start Me Up,” to name a few have been covered. For Season 8, it’s all about Lenny Kravitz’s catalog.
Levine, Shelton, Williams and returning coach Christina Aguilera take on the rock anthem “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” Perhaps it’s the old adage of ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder‘ that’s responsible for this, but X-tina slays it. As much as I love a ballad or dance track from the 34-year-old diva, I’m partial to when she gets dirty and rocks it out.
Check out the performance below. The Voice returns on Monday, February 23.
SCHWING!!! NBC’s decision to devote the entire night to Saturday Night Live proved to be a wise decision. It generated huge ratings for the peacock network.
Not including Super Bowls, the SNL 40th Anniversary Special netted 23.1 million viewers and a 7.8 rating among adults 18-49. Those numbers give the special the honor of being NBC’s s most-watched prime-time entertainment in more than 10 years since the ER finale in 2004. With regards to the coveted demo, it’s the best since the Will & Grace finale in 2006.
The special broadcast also broke records on Twitter. According to Nielsen Social, 1.3 million tweets were sent with 9.1 million viewing them. Guess Amy Poehler’s comment during her return to the Weekend Update desk proved prophetic.
I’m sure the cold weather on the East Coast helped bolster numbers since people were advised to stay indoors. Did you watch the special? Favorite moments? Weigh in below.
NBC went a little overboard with its special celebrating Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary. If you count the hour-long red carpet special, the entire tribute clocked in at four and a half hours. Mind you, the last hour was filled mostly with commercials, but still. A tad overkill.
With that being said, there were plenty of memorable moments from a star-studded roster including SNL alums Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Jane Curtain, Amy Poehler, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Martin Short, Steve Martin, Adam Sandler and plenty more fan favorites. They were joined by A-list stars such as Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington, Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Douglas, Sean Hayes, Melissa McCarthy and Taylor Swift to name just a few.
Throughout the night, Lorne Michaels and company resurrected popular skits including Celebrity Jeopardy once again featuring an inappropriate Sean Connery, Maya Rudolph as Beyonce and Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reuniting for Wayne’s World. Another highlight saw Jane Curtain joining Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Weekend Update anchor desk.
The two most disappointing moments was the N Sync reunion that was rumored but never happened and Eddie Murphy’s awkward return to his former stomping grounds. Talk about underwhelming.
Check out my favorite moments below which includes Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s sensational opening number referencing SNL’s most iconic moments from the past four decades. Be sure to weigh in afterward on your favorite and least favorite moments.