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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.

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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.

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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!

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows
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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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For its 2016 live musical event, NBC selected Hairspray. Wise choice if you ask me. Love the stage production and feature film musical. The peacock network has announced its first two cast members.

Fresh off her Broadway debut in The Color Purple, Jennifer Hudson heads over to Baltimore to play Motormouth Maybelle. Queen Latifah memorably played the character in the 2007 film. Inspired casting if you ask me. J-Hud is going to absolutely slay it. Find out which Broadway legend is also joining the project.

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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and that’s exactly what NBC is doing.

On the heels of FX’s successful American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, the peacock network has greenlit a Law & Order anthology series based on true crimes. To be fair, Dick Wolf has been ripping from the headlines years before Ryan Murphy’s hit series captured the nation.

Learn below what real-life crime Law & Order: True Crime will tackle for its first installment.

find out which case will be the focus after the jump

Grimm Earns A Sixth Season Renewal

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Portland will continue to be weird for at least another year. NBC announced it renewed Grimm for a sixth season.

“We absolutely love what our producers and cast have accomplished over the past five seasons,” NBC Entertainment Jennifer Salke says in a statement. “They have created a whole new world of creatures and have a truly devoted fan base. We can’t wait to see what comes next.”

The supernatural series has been averaging roughly four million viewers weekly with a 0.9 demo rating. Not too shabby for a veteran show airing on Friday nights. When DVR playback is factored in, it increases by 61 and 90 percent to 6.4 million and 1.7 rating respectively.

Grimm joins previously renewed shows Shades of Blue, The Blacklist, Superstore, Chicago PD, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Blindspot. The fates of Telenovela, You Me and the Apocalypse, Undateable, Heartbeat, The Mysteries of Laura, Crowded and The Carmichael Show are still unknown.

I practically broke up with the show over a year ago, but then one lazy rainy weekend recently, I decided to clear out all the backlogged episodes on my digital recorder. The romance between Nick (David Giuntoli) and Adalind (Claire Cofee) renewed my interest. Love them together. Naturally, this renewal makes me happy. I’m hooked again.

Do you watch Grimm? Glad that Portland’s Scooby Gang will continue to hunt Wesens? Sound off below.

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