UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — June 21, 2016 — Emmy and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth has come aboard NBC’s Hairspray Live!, which will air Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, joining the previously announced all-star cast of Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short, Derek Hough and exciting newcomer Maddie Baillio.
Chenoweth will play Velma Von Tussle, the self-promoting and manipulative producer of The Corny Collins Show, who will stop at nothing to make her daughter, Amber, the star that Velma never was. Her biggest foe is Tracy Turnblad and she’ll do everything in her power to prevent the integration of the Corny Collins Show which Tracy wants so much.
“We are so excited and fortunate that Kristin — one of the best musical performers in the world — wants to come and play with us on Hairspray,” said Robert Greenblatt,Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “Everything she does is incredible, going back to the iconic Glinda in Wicked, and there’s no one better to play Velma Von Tussle. Each year we find that more and more of the top talent in our business wants to experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of these live musicals, and the bigger the roster of stars, the better the event. This one is shaping up to be one of our best!”
Hairspray Live will air December 7th at 8pm on NBC.
Yes, waiting sucks for the third season premiere of FX’s The Strain but the official trailer, just released today, does not. Take a look and mark August 28 on your calender for the season premiere of the fab vampire drama from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse.
In the trailer, you’ll see that things have definitely not gotten any easier and the rise of the infected is growing and becoming more of a threat to everyone.
Check it out and get excited for the third season of The Strain!
Given the events in Orlando last weekend, I have to applaud Freeform’s The Fosters for keeping on track with it’s admittedly intense season premiere. The main similarity in the episode is the threat of gun violence this time in the high school on the show where the kids go to school and one of their foster Moms (Lena, played by Sherri Saum) is a Principal. Of course, Stef (Teri Polo) is a cop and is also on the scene when the threat is discovered. You’ll also see what a ‘CODE BLUE’ means and what locking down a school of any kind entails but you’ll also see how this unconventional family handles what happens.
I can tell you from having seen the episode that the subject matter is handled responsibly and is incredibly informative and important for everyone to see.
Thankfully, with the help of my Hollywood QCast host, Trish Bendix from AfterEllen.com, we talked to Polo about the episode and more on our latest podcast (download/subscribe for free right here). I also was on set to talk with stars Hayden Byerly, Maia Mitchell and Noah Centineo about what we’ll see in the premiere and the rest of the season with their respective characters. (I also talked to Sherri Saum for AfterEllenso check there for that video interview!)
First, Hayden Byerly talks how Jude thinks of Connor in tonight’s episode as well as what everyone is saying about Jude & Taylor! (Is Jude still gay or…?)
Next, Maia Mitchell talks what she learned from shooting the season premiere and watch her laugh when she talks some smack about her on-screen brother, Hayden.
Noah Centineo has some ideas of what he’d like to see Jesus have to deal with on the show.
It’s been a long, tough week in the wake of the Orlando tragedy but Trish and I pulled it together as much as we could for our latest Hollywood QCast.
On the plus side, The Fosters returns on Monday and we had the chance to sit down with star Teri Polo (pictured above) to talk about the intense season premiere, her fabulous short hair as well as her narrating the LGBT-centric Hulu cartoon series, Rosaline.
Besides touching on Orlando, we also talked TV like OITNB (today on Amazon!), TNT’s new series Animal Kingdom and how The Real O’Neals star Noah Galvin got himself in hot water saying way more than he ever should in an interview. We also talked the hot new social media app, Public (look for the QCast Chat!) and much, much more!
Dive into the latest podcast and make sure to tell your friends that it’s free to download and subscribe.
As predicted, Hamilton grabbed the bulk of the Tony Awards during last night’s show, hosted by James Corden. The much-lauded musical was honored with 11 of its 16 nominations and each speech was more eloquent than the next. (Leslie Odom Jr, pictured left, won for Best Actor in a Musical) Also, with the Orlando shooting still fresh in people’s […]
Good news for those fans of Nashville who have been holding out in hopes that someone else would pick up a fifth season of the beloved musical drama. It was announced this morning that CMT, Hulu, Lionsgate and ABC have agreed to push ahead with a fifth season with Hulu continuing to bring fans episodes the day after they […]
#transcendent #fuse If the first season of the Fuse docu-series, Transcendent, knocked your socks off, wait until you see the second season, which premieres tonight at 11:30pm right after the season premiere of Big Freedia. Here’s the second season Transcendent trailer: For more on Transcendent, visit their page on the Fuse website.
Ready to add more to your Game of Thrones Blu-Ray collection? If you bought the Steelbooks for the first two seasons of the HBO hit series, it’s time to add seasons three and four to your library. Both new editions were released earlier this week. “Each Steelbook showcases a specific location that is significant to that season […]
Jim Halterman is an entertainment journalist writing for sites like Variety, OUT, Backstage, Mashable, AfterEllen and co-host of the Hollywood QCast podcast (free on Itunes). He lives in Los Angeles with his husband and two cats, which, contrary to popular belief, does not make them lesbians.
(With Bridget Regan during the first live Hollywood QCast podcast at The Abbey, West Hollywood, CA. May 28, 2016)