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Bruce Jenner’s highly-touted interview with Diane Sawyer aired Friday night, delivering not only the long awaited news that the former Olympian is transitioning to female — but also major star support on social media. Rosie O’Donnell, Rob Lowe, Lady Gaga, Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Simmons and plenty more show business types spoke out about the sit-down, singing Jenner’s praises as a trailblazer and hero . “Bruce Jenner – An American hero yet again. You changed everything tonight. Thank you. #brave #authentic #beautiful,” wrote Debra Messing. Also Read: Bruce Jenner Reveals to Diane Sawyer: 'Yes, I Am a Woman' (Video) Gaga, »
- Matt Donnelly
1 | It shouldn’t surprise us by now, but wasn’t it a bit icky to see Glee‘s Mr. Schuester so thoroughly enjoying Artie’s highly sexual audition song? And didn’t you expect Rachel to acknowledge Finn in some form while accepting her Tony?
PhotosGlee: Ranking the 25 Best (and 10 Worst) Musical Numbers
2 | What do you think the odds are of Grimm‘s Nick and Juliette staying together, »
The following Melissa Joan Hart casting news is brought to you by Best Buy:
Fresh off the 100th installment of her ABC Family sitcom, Hart is guest-starring on an upcoming episode of The Mysteries of Laura (Wednesdays, 8/7c), TVLine has confirmed, playing an online radio host named Kc Moss, a la Serial‘s Sarah Koenig.
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Kc is described as a “former ‘nobody,’ a nerdy, frizzy-haired teenager who now runs a website dedicated to solving a fifteen year old cold case.” Naturally, problems arise when Detective Laura Diamond feels that Kc’s “reporting” is getting »
The future is still up in the air regarding Debra Messing’s NBC sitcom The Mysteries of Laura. The drama, which also stars Josh Lucas and Janina Gavankar, was panned by critics before it even began airing last fall. Because of this, everyone was surprised when people were actually tuning in to watch Messing’s character Laura Diamond juggle a successful career as a detective and raise two young and menacing boys. So, the concept does seem a little outdated, but it worked and the network decided to give the series a full season order. This is not the first time that Debra Messing has starred on an NBC show. This is also not the second time. Messing has quite the extensive career in television. Here is a look back at some of the high points (Will & Grace) and the low moments (anyone remember Ned & Stacey?). The Early Years (1994- »
- Tim Gerstenberger
On March 15, 1985, ABC debuted Mr. Belvedere at 8:30 p.m. as a midseason replacement airing immediately after that other show about a wise-cracking butler, Benson. The show centered on a proper British butler (Christopher Hewett) adjusting to life working for the Owens family of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. And for six seasons, characters on the show and the people watching them chose not to think too much about how strange it was that a middle-class family would have a live-in butler. The show hit that family-comedy sweet spot right along with Family Ties, Growing Pains, Full House and The Cosby Show, »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Mona lives! E! News has exclusively learned Janel Parrish is heading to New York City for NBC's The Mysteries of Laura. The Pretty Little Liars star will play Jillian Havenmeyer in the May 6 episode, "The Mystery of the Crooked Clubber." Parrish's character is described as "gorgeous, poised" and the "cream of the Manhattan trust fund crop." She's got an impeccable wardrobe and the perfect home. But despite her wealth, she fell in love with a working class boy from Queens. However, they don't get a happy ending. Enter: Laura (Debra Messing). When a murder and jewel thieves rock Jillian's world, the rich girl comes into the detective's crosshairs. When you can buy »
The cast of Smash is officially reuniting for a one-night only concert. On Broadway! Katharine McPhee. Megan Hilty. Debra Messing. Christian Borle. Will Chase. They're all coming back together to give Bombshell, the fictional Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe at the center of NBC's Smash, a sendup this June. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will present the concert version of the musical with songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, with choreography from Joshua Bergasse. Joining the cast will be a "starry collection of Broadway favorites." The one-night only event on Monday, June 8 is a benefit for The Actors Fund. "The Actors Fund is an organization close to our hearts," Zadan and Meron »
Unsurprising given its laughably affected title, Like Sunday, Like Rain boasts what may be the most insufferably precocious protagonist in cinema history. Reggie (Julian Shatkin), a twelve-year-old boy genius, proclaims that art is dead, casually questions adult "mores," and composes classical music that he then practices on his cello in his Upper West Side mansion's empty indoor swimming pool. Actor-turned-writer/director Frank Whaley employs studied tracking shots and a mind-numbing piano theme to chart Reggie's quasi-romantic relationship with twentysomething Eleanor (Leighton Meester), who's hired by Reggie's cold, wealthy mom (Debra Messing) to be the kid's nanny. That job involves listening to Reggie prattle on about museum paintings and his vegan diet, al »
Updated: In updated national estimates from Nielsen, “Empire” was revised up to a 5.4 rating in 18-49 and 13.9 million viewers overall, gains of 42% and 40%, respectively from the show’s Jan. 7 premiere.
CBS’ “Survivor” edged up to a 2.4/7 in the demo and 10.04 million viewers overall, while ABC saw 0.1 declines for both “Black-ish” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 6.63 million viewers overall) and “Nashville” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.86 million).
It’s getting increasingly difficult to describe the ratings performance of Fox’s rookie soap “Empire,” which moved past the “megahit,” “phenom” and “unprecedented” stages weeks ago.
On Wednesday, “Empire” added nearly 1 million more viewers to approach the 14-million mark while growing yet again in the key young-adult demo of adults 18-49 (up a tick to a 5.3 rating/15 share), according to Nielsen national estimates. In 18-49, it bested the night’s former champ, ABC’s “Modern Family,” by more than 50%.
“Empire” has now grown seven consecutive weeks in total viewership since its Jan. »
- Rick Kissell
Debra Messing had a long and successful run on NBC on Will & Grace while later series Smash was cancelled after two seasons. How do things look for The Mysteries of Laura? Will it see a second season?
The Mysteries of Laura revolves around a brilliant-but-harried NYPD homicide detective (Messing) who must also juggle her home life, including raising her young twin boys and trying to divorce her husband. The rest of the cast includes Josh Lucas, Laz Alonso, Janina Gavankar, Max Jenkins, Vincent Reina, and Charlie Reina.
Patricia Arquette was a lock to win Best Supporting Actress, so it was no surprise when her name was announced at the Oscars on Sunday night.
Every one of her Boyhood co-stars jumped to their feet to hug her before she walked to the stage -- which she accepted with teary-eyed enthusiasm -- except for the embrace from Ellar Coltrane, the young actor who appeared next to her for 12 years of filming.
Sorry, Ellar! At least Ethan Hawke was there to give him a big bear hug. Patricia needed to take the stage to deliver the most amazing speech of the entire awards season.
The 46-year-old actress used her time on stage to make her opinions of women's rights heard, and the audience couldn’'t have cheered any louder.
News: Oscars 2015: The Complete Winners List
"To everyone who gave birth to every tax payer and citizen of this nation, we have fought »
Excellent news for Red Reddington converts: NBC has picked up The Blacklist for a third season. The second place network also continues to believe in Dick Wolf's cop drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: the Mariska Hargitay starrer earned an incredible 17th season renewal. (Though it's still shy of what the mothership accomplished. Law & Order made it to 20 seasons.) Grimm will also be back for a fifth season, Chicago Fire for a fourth, and Chicago P.D. for a third, NBC announced Thursday. The jury is still out on a few new dramas, however. NBC has yet to decide »
- lynette rice, @lynetterice
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Ellen DeGeneres was Jimmy Fallon's guest Tuesday night on "The Tonight Show," but two current Oscar nominees - Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell - competed opposite Ellen and Jimmy in a game of "Password." They were actually pretty good.Neil Young was also on "The Tonight Show" and here Jimmy does an amazing impression to sing "Old Man" along with the real guy. Two Neil Youngs = doubly amazing!
Mila Kunis was on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to promote "Jupiter Ascending" and she talked about her new baby. This is her first time out and about without her daughter - she admitted she cried to leave Wyatt behind. She also »
- Gina Carbone
Well-known actor Frank Whaley has taken another step behind the camera: "Like Sunday, Like Rain" stars Leighton Meester as a young, seemingly lost woman who is hired by a busy, rich mother (Debra Messing) to care for her son. The son is played by newcomer Julian Shatkin, who is earning accolades for his breakout performance. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong also co-stars as a troubled boyfriend. The film's synopsis, courtesy of Monterey Media, reads: "Surrounded by wealth and living with abundant resources in Manhattan, 12-year-old cello prodigy and all around genius Reggie, lives a solitary, bookish life lacking only frequently absent parents and friends. Estranged from family, having slacker boyfriend troubles, and fired from her waitressing job, sometimes musician 23-year-old Eleanor needs a new place to live and a new job. Fate winds her lovely fingers around these two lives to unexpectedly place the inexperienced Eleanor as the new au pair for a skeptical. »
- Casey Cipriani
Do you ever wonder how awesome it would be if you were famous and starring on a hit television sitcom? I am sure many of the stars you see on the small screen pondered that as well. Some of those actors would graduate from high school and head to Hollywood and try to make it. Others were more cautious and decided to venture off to college and try to obtain a degree in case they were unable to become a big celebrity. Some of those actors like Debra Messing from The Mysteries of Laura or Alec Baldwin from 30 Rock would continue their education and receive a degree related to the field of theater. Here is a list of some TV stars who would go on to college and get a degree in a field completely unrelated to acting. Be prepared. Some of these may shock you. Julie Bowen from Modern Family Julie Bowen has been… »
- Tim Gerstenberger
Dropping in on an old friend. Well, not Old... @DebraMessing @NBCLaura pic.twitter.com/8vPZQBf6ps — Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) January 22, 2015 They’reee baaackk! Will & Grace fans got a cuteness overload on Thursday, Jan. 22, when the hit sitcom’s stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack reunited for her new show The Mysteries of Laura. “Dropping in on an old friend. Well, not Old... @DebraMessing @NBCLaura,” McCormack, 51, captioned an adorable pic of the pals hugging. NBC star Messing, 46, also posted a picture of the pair looking serious on set, writing, “Yes, [...] »
Somewhere in TV land, Will & Grace‘s Jack and Karen are feeling left out.
As previously reported, McCormack is playing Dr. Andrew Devlin, a “roguish” heart surgeon who also happens to be — wait for it — Laura’s ex-fiancé!
(Hmm… Not so platonic anymore, are we?)
Check out the photo in full below, then drop a comment: Which other former Will & Grace-rs need to get on this show?
Will and Grace are back together. Eric McComack and Debra Messing, stars of Will and Grace, are reuniting on Messing's freshman NBC series The Mysteries of Laura. McCormack shared the above picture of the two former costars and they look as happy as clams. "Dropping in on an old friend. Well, not Old..." he tweeted. Look for McCormack to play Dr. Andrew Devlin, described as a "roguish" and "arrogant-as-can-be" heart surgeon. Oh, he also happens to be Laura Diamonds' (Messing) former fiancé. His ex-wife is murdered and he becomes the prime suspect in Laura's investigation. Sparks will fly! In April, rumors swirled about a full on Will and Grace reunion, but sadly they »
Warning: Contents may be hideous. There are worst dressed lists, then there's this list. Sure, there've been plenty of red carpet highs at the SAG Awards in years past, but the low moments just might eclipse them entirely. Brace yourselves, we're about to discuss. It's nothing personal, but Debra Messing looked flat-out bizarre in a funky chartreuse gown at the 2004 show. From quirky to drab, Rose Byrne entirely underwhelmed in a matronly floral Valentino gown with ample ruffles and poor styling at the 2013 SAGs. We get it: Color is great. But too much of a good thing can be very ugly, as demonstrated by Kyra Sedgwick's pastel-rainbow gown from the 2005 red carpet. And we only have one »
History will be made at night when Smash‘s lead actresses reunite for a live staging of the defunct NBC series’ central musical.
The performance will include all 22 songs from the Marilyn Monroe biographical musical at the center of the Peacock Net drama.
The performance has been moved up a week to June 8, and tickets go on sale soon; check Actorsfund.org for updates.
Related storiesSmash Musical Gets One-Night Broadway Bow -- Who Will Star In It? »
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