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Is Beyonce Joining NBC’s The Wiz?

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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 Home 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

The Heroes Are Hunted In Heroes Reborn Full Trailer

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For months now, NBC has slowly leaked tiny bits and pieces regarding their Heroes revival series. On the last day of San Diego Comic-Con, the peacock network unveiled the first full trailer. And it doesn’t disappoint.

The three minute-plus clip features enhanced humans being heavily persecuted and hunted down. While there are plenty of new faces for Heroes: Reborn including two vigilantes played by Zachary Levi and Judith Shekoni, there’s a healthy dosage of familiar faces. Fan favorites from the original series including Masi Oka, Greg Grunberg, Sendil Ramamurthy and Jack Coleman reprise their roles for the highly-anticipated series.

I was a fan of the first season of the original run but quickly lost my interest during its sophomore season. This new promo has me extremely excited for the return. I definitely plan on adding this to my Fall viewing schedule. Check out the trailer below. Heroes: Reborn resurrects on NBC on September 24.

watch after the jump

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Just days after Univision cut ties with Donald Trump, NBC is following suit. The peacock network announced it’s officially ending its relationship with the 69-year-old business tycoon. That means Celebrity Apprentice and both the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants will no longer air on the channel.

“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC . In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in “The Apprentice” on NBC. “Celebrity Apprentice” is licensed from Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue.”

Trump found himself in hot water after making comments he made about Mexican immigrants while declaring his candidacy for President of the United States. He pretty much called them rapists, drug dealers and other unsavory characters.

read his offending comments after the jump

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At long last, NBC has finally shared footage from the highly-anticipated Heroes: Reborn. The new trailer gives an exciting look at the 13-episode event-series reboot which picks up five years after the events of Heroes’ last episode. The network released an official description as well.

Returning cast members include Jack Coleman as H.R.G., Jimmy Jean-Louis as The Haitian, Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura, and Greg Grunberg as Matt Parkman. The cast also includes Zachary Levi along with Robbie Kay, Danika Yarosh, Judith Shekoni, Kiki Sukezane, Henry Zebrowski, Gatlin Green and Ryan Guzman. Check out the stirring promo below. Guzman looks absolutely tasty in it. WOOF!!!

Official Description

A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.

Two such vigilantes include Luke (Zachary Levi, “Chuck”) and Joanne (Judith Shekoni, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”), who are seeking to avenge a tragic loss.

Noah Bennet, aka H.R.G. (Jack Coleman, “Heroes”), has gone off the grid but conspiracy theorist Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski, “A to Z”) finds him and opens his eyes to the truth behind the Odessa tragedy.

While in hiding, some are discovering their newfound skills. Awkward teen Tommy (Robbie Kay, “Once Upon a Time”) just wants to be normal and win the girl of his dreams, Emily (Gatlin Green, “Criminal Minds”), but normalcy is virtually impossible after learning of a new ability that terrifies him. Coming from a very sheltered upbringing, a bold and ethereal teenager, Malina (Danika Yarosh, “Shameless”), has been told she is destined for greatness. In Tokyo, a quiet and unique young woman, Miko (Kiki Sukezane, “Death Yankee 3”), is trying to track down her missing father while hiding an extraordinary secret that will make her a force to be reckoned with. Elsewhere, a different type of hero is emerging through former soldier Carlos (Ryan Guzman, “The Boy Next Door”).

watch trailer after the jump

NBC Officially Names New Nightly News Host

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NBC finally confirmed whether or not the beleaguered anchor would return as anchor of the Nightly News. Brian Williams is staying at the network but will lose the highly-coveted gig. Instead, the 56-year-old news anchor will now join MSNBC as an anchor of breaking news and special reports.

NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack said the following in a statement, “Brian now has the chance to earn back everyone’s trust. His excellent work over twenty-two years at NBC News has earned him that opportunity.”

Taking over as the permanent anchor is Dateline reporter Lester Holt. “Promised my family I wouldn’t think about work during vacation. Just got the ok to break that promise. Excited and grateful for new role,” he tweeted after the announcement.

“Lester has done outstanding work for NBC News over the last 10 years, and he’s performed remarkably well over the last few months under very tough circumstances,” said NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack in a statement. “He’s an exceptional anchor who goes straight to the heart of every story and is always able to find its most direct connection to the everyday lives of our audience. In many ways, television news stands at a crossroads, and Lester is the perfect person to meet the moment.”

Williams finally broke his silence on his suspension and being found guilty of an internal investigation for fabricating stories. His two-part interview with Matt Lauer will air on Friday. In the meantime, read his statement issued about his new position.

read Williams statement after the jump

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