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Callie Khouri, Megan Hilty, Jessie Mueller Celebrate ‘Patsy & Loretta’ at Nashville Bow

  • Variety
Women supporting women was the main topic of conversation Wednesday night at the Tennessee premiere of Lifetime’s new film, “Patsy & Loretta,” held south of Nashville at the Franklin Theater. Starring Megan Hilty (“Smash”) as Patsy Cline and Jessie Mueller (Tony-nominated for “Waitress” and a winner for “Beautiful”) as Loretta Lynn — pictured above, with their wax counterparts — the film shines a spotlight on the friendship that formed between them before Cline’s untimely death in a plane crash in 1963.

Director Callie Khouri, the Oscar-winning writer of “Thelma and Louise” and creator of the ABC/Cmt series “Nashville,” has a history of creating powerful narratives around strong women. “I think the story of women’s friendships has never been told in enough depth,” the filmmaker told Variety at the premiere. “For women to be helping each other back when everybody thought that there was only one slot, to see somebody
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Familiar Faces Both Old And New Make Contact In New Season Of Roswell, New Mexico

In the aftermath of the tragic sacrifice of Max Evans (Nathan Dean) and return of Rosa Ortecho (Amber Midthunder) in the season one finale of Roswell, New Mexico, the mysterious town seemed like a place where anything could happen. It’s only fitting then that the second season will see two surprising recurring guest stars: Gaius Charles from Friday Night Lights and Jason Behr, the actor who portrayed Max Evans in the original Roswell series. Cast and producers of The CW/Warner Bros. Television’s sophomore series announced the cast additions during Roswell, New Mexico’s New York Comic Con 2019 panel on Sunday, October 6. Gaius Charles, who played Smash on Friday Night Lights, will recur as Bronson, a local farmer with a strong moral compass that leads him to see the good in people –– and aliens –– in a time of great prejudice. Ultimately, his quest to protect those he loves
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Original ‘Roswell’ Star Jason Behr Joins CW Reboot in ‘Top Secret’ Recurring Role

  • The Wrap
A familiar face will be landing in Roswell when The CW’s “Roswell, New Mexico” returns for its second season next year.

Jason Behr, who starred as Max Evans on the original “Roswell” series in 1999, has joined the cast of the midseason drama in an undisclosed recurring role. Behr will appear in multiple episodes of the reboot, including at least one directed by his former co-star and on-screen flame, Shiri Appleby.

“We’re very excited that Jason will be joining us for a multi-episode arc,” executive producer Carina Adly MacKenzie said in a statement. “It’s only fitting that he’s playing a (currently top secret) character with deep ties to Roswell, New Mexico’s history.”

Also Read: CW Renews 'All American,' 'In the Dark' and 'Roswell' for Next Season

She continued, “Working with him has already been such a special experience for all of
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Roswell, New Mexico Casts an Og Roswell Star

Roswell, New Mexico is adding two new faces to the fray for Season 2: Gaius Charles, who played Smash on Friday Night Lights, and Jason Behr, the actor who portrayed Max Evans in the original Roswell series. Cast and producers of The CW/Warner Bros. Television's series announced the additions on

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Bernadette Peters Joins The CW’s ‘Katy Keene’ As Fabulous & Cunning Con Mom Figure

  • Deadline
Bernadette Peters Joins The CW’s ‘Katy Keene’ As Fabulous & Cunning Con Mom Figure
Exclusive: The CW’s upcoming Katy Keene is once again expanding its family: Broadway legend Bernadette Peters has been cast as a mother figure to Julia Chan’s Pepper Smith, one of Katy’s close friends and inner circle.

Peters will play “Ms. Freesia,” described as “Pepper Smith’s eccentrically elegant surrogate mother and mentor” who “taught Pepper in the art of the con.” What’s more, “Ms. Freesia” is “a wealthy Upper East sider who secured her luxurious lifestyle through cunning means and is actively forming Pepper in her fabulous image.”

Chan’s Pepper is the name-dropping “It Girl” of Katy’s inner circle of friends. She’s the type who is always in the right place at the right time, knows all the hip people and is a sort of link between Katy’s gang and the red-velvet-rope crowd.

At the recent Tribeca TV Festival following a screening
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Perfect Harmony: Season One Ratings

Scripted network TV shows that revolve around music have had mixed success in television. Fox's Glee was a big hit while ABC's Cop Rock was a big flop. NBC's Smash was somewhere in the middle and was cancelled after two seasons. How will NBC's newest entry, Perfect Harmony, perform in the ratings? Will it be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.

A single-camera comedy series, Perfect Harmony stars Bradley Whitford, Anna Camp, Will Greenberg, Tymberlee Hill, Geno Segers, Rizwan Manji, and Spencer Allport. Arthur Cochran (Whitford) is a former Princeton music professor who unexpectedly stumbles into a small-town church's choir practice. Arthur finds a group of singers that are out of tune in more ways than one. Despite a major clash of sensibilities, Arthur and his newfound cohorts may just be the perfect mix of individuals to help each other reinvent and rediscover a little
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Broadway’s Daphne Rubin-Vega Set To Recur On The CW’s ‘Riverdale’ Spin-Off ‘Katy Keene’

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Broadway’s Daphne Rubin-Vega Set To Recur On The CW’s ‘Riverdale’ Spin-Off ‘Katy Keene’
Exclusive: Daphne Rubin-Vega, the original Mimi in both the Off Broadway and Broadway landmark productions of Rent and coming off the Lin Manuel/Warner Bros. feature In The Heights, will appear in a major recurring role on the CW’s upcoming Riverdale off-shoot Katy Keene.

She’ll play Luisa, the mother of a central character, Katy’s roomie Jorge/Ginger. She’s described as a doting mother, a former Rockette and now owner, with her husband Luis, of a bodega in Washington Heights. She supports her son Jorge’s ambitions to make it on Broadway, but doesn’t know about his drag alter ego, Ginger.

The Jorge/Ginger character, played by Jonny Beauchamp, is a central figure on the series and one of at least two characters expected to perform musical numbers on every episode.

In the Katy Keene series pilot, recently screened at the Tribeca TV Festival, Jorge is
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Daybreak Trailer: Netflix Teen Comedy Is a Post-Apocalyptic Ferris Bueller (Complete With Matthew Broderick)

It’s the end of the world as we know it in Netflix’s Daybreak, and 17-year-old Josh Wheeler feels… pretty chill, actually. The post-apocalyptic comedy dropped its first teaser trailer on Monday, giving us our first look at Brian Ralph’s comic book series in action.

Daybreak is described as a “genre-bending series” set in Glendale, Calif., which is now “populated by marauding gangs of jocks, gamers, the 4-h Club, and other fearsome tribes who are kicking ass as they fight to survive in the wake of a nuclear blast. Following an eclectic group of survivors as they navigate this strange and treacherous world,
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Banjo-Kazooie Character Creator Wants to See New Games

Matthew Byrd Sep 6, 2019

Count Banjo and Kazooie's character creator among those who wants sequels and remakes.

Steve Mayles, the creator of the Banjo and Kazooie characters, spoke via Video Game Chronicles about how pleased he is that the characters have been added to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster.

"Now they have returned in Smash, I’ve been surprised by the reception," says Mayles. "Part of it is being away for so long, and a part of it is returning to a Nintendo console. And maybe just a small part because they are decent characters!"

While Mayles is pleased that Banjo-Kazooie is getting some modern love on a Nintendo console, he admits that he hopes that this is just the start of a grand return for the characters.

"Could the reaction of fans to Banjo and Kazooie in Smash persuade Microsoft to make another Banjo game?" Mayles wonders. "The revival
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Gets Terry Bogard This November

Gavin Jasper Sep 4, 2019

Fatal Fury's main hero, Terry Bogard, will be knocking Nintendo characters out of the ring with his Buster Wolf very soon!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is currently in the middle of its run of Dlc, which is an exciting guessing game because you never know who’s joining the fight next. They can be from any game! So far we’ve already seen the Piranha Plant from Super Mario Bros., Joker from Persona, Hero from Dragon Quest, and Banjo-Kazooie.

The latest character to join the game is Terry Bogard, the main character from the Fatal Fury series! Watch the announcement trailer below:

Okay! The Legendary Wolf himself from the Fatal Fury series, Terry Bogard, will be joining the Super #SmashBrosUltimate roster as Dlc fighter 4. Look forward to his release this November. pic.twitter.com/lUntbo45Vj

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 4, 2019

In a scene that recalls the
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‘Hercules’ Theater Review: Can Disney’s Animated Hero Go the Distance to Broadway?

  • The Wrap
Disney’s 1997 animated film “Hercules” was a box office underperformer, and the film landed only a single Oscar nomination, for Alan Menken and David Zippel’s upbeat anthem “Go the Distance”.

But now, Disney Theatrical Group has unearthed the fan favorite for the stage — and the first production, playing for a brief run at the Public Theater’s outdoor Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, works better than bigger-budgeted recent efforts like “Frozen.”

For one thing, director Lear deBessonet’s homespun production runs about as long as the original film — just over 90 minutes — despite the addition of five mostly catchy new songs.

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But the show also captures the bouncy energy and fleet storytelling of the original, which adapted the Greek myth of half-God, half-human Hercules for the Disney storybook set. Kristoffer Diaz’s new script
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'Roman Holiday': THR's 1953 Review

On Aug. 27, 1953, Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The film would go on to win three Oscars at the 26th Academy Awards, for costume design, Dalton Trumbo's screenplay and for Hepburn as best actress. The Hollywood Reporter's original review, titled "'Roman Holiday' Smash," is below: 

William Wyler's first comedy in almost 20 years proves a charming, laugh-provoking affair that often explodes into hilarity. With Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn turning in superb performances, Roman Holiday is 118 minutes of sheer ...
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Broadway-Bound Musical Is Like Aldous Huxley, Cary Grant & Clare Booth Luce On Acid, Literally

Brave New World author Aldous Huxley, diplomat Clare Booth Luce and movie star Cary Grant now have two things in common: They all tried LSD, and they’ll all be subjects of a Broadway-bound musical being developed by a trio of theater’s most accomplished creators.

Lincoln Center Theater announced today it will produce a new musical in the spring called Flying Over Sunset, with book and direction by frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, music by Tom Kitt (the Pulitzer-winning Next to Normal) and lyrics by Michael Korie (Tony-nominated Grey Gardens). Michelle Dorrance, founder and artistic director of Dorrance Dance, will be making her Broadway debut as the choreographer.

Flying Over Sunset will begin previews March 12 at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, officially opening April 16, with Carmen Cusack as Booth Luce, Harry Hadden-Paton as Huxley and Tony Yazbeck as Cary Grant.
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Watch the Dramatic Trailer For Lifetime's Movie About Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn's Friendship

Watch the Dramatic Trailer For Lifetime's Movie About Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn's Friendship
Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline's personal and professional bond is the subject of a dramatic movie coming to Lifetime this Fall. The recently released trailer for Patsy & Loretta, shown above, offers a first look at Smash alum Megan Hilty portraying the iconic Cline and Broadway actress Jessie Mueller portraying Lynn.

It appears the television movie will focus on Lynn's ascent as a country singer, Cline's near-fatal car crash in 1961, and her untimely death in a plane crash just two years later. Lynn, who considered Cline a mentor, later released an album in her honor, I Remember Patsy, which included several covers of Cline's songs, including "Crazy" and "I Fall to Pieces." Lynn would also go on to name one of her daughters Patsy.
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TVLine Items: Wendy Williams Biopic, Wu Assassins Trailer and More

TVLine Items: Wendy Williams Biopic, Wu Assassins Trailer and More
Wendy Williams‘ life is about to get even more public: The talk show host will executive-produce a Lifetime biopic based on her story, the cable net announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

The project — airing in 2020 — “provides a revealing look at Wendy’s journey, from her scrappy upstart days in urban radio to the success of her own syndicated talk show,” per the official release.

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Sean Hayes Named Roast Master for the ‘Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin’ (Video)

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Sean Hayes Named Roast Master for the ‘Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin’ (Video)
Sean Hayes has been named Roast Master for the “Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin,” which will tape on Sept. 7 and premiere eight days later.

“It’s always been my dream to roast a Hollywood legend, so when they asked me to roast Alec Baldwin I said ‘close enough’,” Hayes said.

Past roastees have included Justin Bieber, James Franco, Donald Trump, Rob Lowe, Bruce Willis, Charlie Sheen, David Hasselhoff and others. You can watch a short teaser video above of Baldwin preparing to be razzed.

Also Read: 'Drunk History' Stages Mini 'Freaks and Geeks' Reunion With John Francis Daley and Martin Starr (Exclusive Video)

Baldwin has had a long acting career dating back to the early 1980s, with films under his belt including “The Departed,” “It’s Complicated,” “The Boss Baby,” and television roles including Jack Donaghy on “30 Rock” and Malcolm Widmark on “Will & Grace
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Jonathan Groff Set For ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ Off Broadway Revival

Jonathan Groff Set For ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ Off Broadway Revival
Jonathan Groff is, suddenly, Seymour with this fall’s Off Broadway return of the beloved Howard Ashman-Alan Menken musical Little Shop of Horrors. Co-starring with Mindhunter‘s Groff in the Michael Mayer-directed revival will be Tammy Blanchard and Christian Borle.

The production and casting was announced today by producers Tom Kirdahy, Robert Ahrens, Hunter Arnold, Mickey Liddell, Curt Cronin and John Joseph. Previews begin Tuesday, September 17, at the Westside Theatre, with opening night set for Thursday, October 17.

Groff will play Seymour, the hapless, lovestruck florist who creates a monster when he starts feeding a voracious, people-eating and fast-growing plant. Blanchard will play his co-worker and love Audrey.

Borle has been cast as Audrey’s cruel dentist boyfriend Orin Scrivello
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Alicia Keys, ‘La La Land’ Trio & Kyle Jarrow Team On Musical Drama Series For Showtime

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Alicia Keys, ‘La La Land’ Trio & Kyle Jarrow Team On Musical Drama Series For Showtime
Showtime has given a series commitment to an untitled musical drama executive produced by multiple Grammy winner Alicia Keys and the Oscar, Tony and Grammy winning team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Pasek and Paul also will contribute music to the series, produced by Fox 21 Television Studios. Kyle Jarrow (SpongeBob SquarePants musical) will write the series and executive produce with Oscar-nominated producer Marc Platt, Emmy winner R.J. Cutler, and Emmy winner Adam Siegel (Grease: Live!)

The as-yet untitled series traverses generations to tell an emotionally complex family story that interweaves modern-day and 1959 Detroit, centering on a mystery uncovered by a young musician who moves back to her childhood home.

“We have always been intrigued by the prospect of doing a Showtime musical series,
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‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot Gets Series Order At HBO Max

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‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot Gets Series Order At HBO Max
Gossip Girl is making another comeback. WarnerMedia’s soon-to-launch streaming service HBO Max has ordered 10 hourlong episodes of a reimagined version of the pop culture phenomenon that made household names of stars such as Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick.

The project hails from the original series writer and executive producer, Quantico creator Joshua Safran, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. TV and CBS Television Studios.

Like the original series, the new iteration of Gossip Girl, written by Safran, is based on the book by Cecily von Ziegesar. The logline: Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. The prestige series will address just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years.
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TV News Roundup: Showtime Sets ‘The Circus’ Season 4 Premiere Date

  • Variety
In today’s TV news roundup, Showtime sets the premiere date for season 4 of its docu-series “The Circus,” and Pop TV orders a new coming-of-age comedy “Best Intentions.”

Casting

Hulu has added four new series regulars to its upcoming original series “Reprisal.” Craig Tate is joining the cast as former Special Forces operative Earl, Wavvy Jonez as Earl’s cousin Cordell, Shane Callahan as Bru, a member of the Banished Brawlers, and Rory Cochrane as Burt, the reclusive gang leader. Created and executive produced by Josh Corbin, the series follows a femme-fatale who, after being left for dead, seeks revenge against her brother and his fellow gang members. Previously announced series regulars include Abigail Spencer, Rodrigo Santoro, Mena Massoud, Rhys Wakefield, Madison Davenport, Gilbert Owuor, David Dastmalchian and W. Earl Brown.

Dates

Stand-up specials from Alonzo Bodden, #IMomSoHard, Alice Wetterlund, and Mike E. Winfield will premiere on Amazon Prime on Aug.
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