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NickMom has ordered 13 episodes of Instant Mom (working title), the primetime TV block's first original scripted comedy series, starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict. The half-hour series is set to premiere later this year on NickMom and repeat on Nick at Nite. Instant Mom follows young party girl Stephanie (played by Mowry-Hardrict) who trades in cosmos for carpools when she marries an older man, Charlie (Michael Boatman), with three kids. Stephanie slowly grows into her role as a full-time stepmom while struggling to maintain some sense of her fun-loving, slightly irresponsible life. Sheryl Lee Ralph stars as Stephanie's mother Maggie, with Sydney Park, Tylen Williams and Damarr »
- Tambay A. Obenson
NickMom has ordered 13 episodes of Instant Mom (working title), the primetime TV block's first original scripted comedy series, starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict. The half-hour series is set to premiere later this year on NickMom and repeat on Nick at Nite. Instant Mom follows young party girl Stephanie (played by Mowry-Hardrict) who trades in cosmos for carpools when she marries an older man, Charlie (Michael Boatman), with three kids. Stephanie slowly grows into her role as a full-time stepmom while struggling to maintain some sense of her fun-loving, slightly irresponsible life. Sheryl Lee Ralph stars as Stephanie's mother Maggie, with Sydney Park, Tylen Williams and Damarr Calhoun rounding out the cast, playing the 3 kids. The series is created by Warren Bell and Jessica Butler and executive-produced by Howard Gould and Aaron Kaplan). Since leaving The Game last year, Mowry-Hardrict hasn't skipped a beat. Currently she stars in (with her sister...
- Tambay A. Obenson
NickMom has ordered 13 episodes of Instant Mom (working title), the primetime TV block.s first original scripted comedy series, starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict, it was announced today by Bronwen O.Keefe, Senior Vice President, NickMom. The half-hour, multi-camera series is set to premiere later this year on NickMom and repeat on Nick at Nite. From Nick Instant Mom follows young party girl Stephanie (Mowry-Hardrict) who trades in cosmos for carpools when she marries an older man, Charlie (Michael Boatman, Spin City), with three kids. Stephanie slowly grows into her role as a full-time stepmom while struggling to maintain some sense of her fun-loving, slightly irresponsible life. Sheryl Lee Ralph (Moesha) stars as Stephanie.s mother Maggie and rounding out the cast are »
- April Neale
Nick at Nite comedy pilot Instant Mom (working title) has been picked up to series with a 13-episode order. But in a twist, the multi-camera comedy starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict will have its premiere airings on NickMom, marking the first scripted series for the primetime TV block. It will then repeat on Nick at Nite. Instant Mom was created by Warren Bell and Jessica Butler. Bell will not be involved with the series, with Howard Gould (The Jeff Foxworthy Show) coming on board as executive producer/showrunner. Instant Mom hails from executive producer Aaron Kaplan. It marks Kaplan’s second Nick pilot, along with Wendell & Vinnie, both of whom have gone to series. (Both are directed by John Fortenberry.) Instant Mom follows young party girl Stephanie (Mowry-Hardrict) who trades in cosmos for carpools when she marries an older man, Charlie (Michael Boatman), with three kids. Stephanie slowly grows into her role »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Upcoming guests on The Talk include actress Valerie Harper, who announced this week she has terminal brain cancer. From CBS Monday, March 11Singer Marie Osmond guest co-hosts; actress Jami Gertz; author Sheryl Lee Ralph discusses her book .Redefining Diva. (n) Tuesday, March 12Actress Lynda Carter guest co-hosts; actress Regina King; Talk Takeaway: Spring fashion essentials with Jamie Krell (n) *Wednesday, March 13Actress Valerie Harper; singer Michael Bolton performs live and discusses his new book .The Soul of it All;. Talk Takeaway: sex advice with relationship expert Anna David (n) Thursday, March 14Actress Rita Moreno discusses her new memoir; Talk Takeaway: cooking dessert with Gesine Bullock-Prado (n) Friday, March 15Kcbs Los Angeles news anchor Pat Harvey guest co-hosts; actor Steve Carell; »
- April Neale
Did you use last week’s Smashcap to catch up on the madness that is America’s #1 Most Watched Show About Musicals? Even if you didn’t, I’m back to share with you the magic of this week’s continuation of Deborah Messing’s career. Here are the ten things you must know about this week. I’d argue that reading these ten things is every more crucial than watching the show, but, don’t take my word for it.
10. Jennifer Hudson sung (or screamed, depending on your personal preference), “I got loooooooooove” over and over again for what felt like one hundred minutes straight.
9. Katherine McPhee’s love interest, who I like to call “trying to play a straight guy named Jimmy” is still acting like a spoiled tough guy.
8. Julia may have lost the scarves from season one, but gained a pair hideous glasses for season two. »
- Abby Holland
Previously, on Smash
We open at rehearsal for Veronica Moore's big concert, which in true Smash fashion is missing a number the day before it's set to go. Ronnie's singing something that based on the repetition of the phrase “I got love” approximately eleventy-billion times is called “I Got Love”. It's boring as all hell, but the chorines seem to like it. Derek agrees with me, but it's apparently Veronica's signature piece. He tries to convince her it doesn't fit into the new adult image she's trying to create for herself but her newly-arrived mother Cynthia “They don't call me Cyn” Moore (Sheryl Lee Ralph) sees no reason to mess with the two-time Tony-winning persona. Stage Manager Linda, aside to Tom: “Isn't she a little old to have a mom-ager?” I demand more Stage Manager Linda now!
As the ensemble takes a break, Linda informs Derek that a dancer »
It's no wonder Jennifer Hudson's "Smash" character Veronica Moore is a Broadway sensation. She's got a bona fide Broadway star as a mother -- or at least as the actress playing her mother. Sheryl Lee Ralph made her debut this week as Veronica's overbearing mother/manager, Cynthia, and she immediately started to spar with Derek.
Veronica was wanting to overhaul her image, and Derek certainly had a more sexually charged vision for her. But this show was going to be broadcast on television, so Cynthia had some serious concerns about Veronica going more mature. So she basically threatened Derek into keeping Veronica's image pure.
"What if it gets out that you were fired because you pushed her in a sexual direction that she didn’t like?" Cynthia asked him. "Now what’s that gonna do for your career?"
But Veronica wanted to change her image into something more mature, »
- The Huffington Post
In the exclusive preview above, Karen confronts an inebriated Jimmy in the alley. He's upset over rejection, but that's the nature of the business, according to Karen. Her pep talk seems to succeed ... in getting attention from his lips.
Here's how NBC describes the episode:
Derek (Jack Davenport) calls in help for a special event, but Jimmy’s (Jeremy Jordan) pride might get in the way of a huge opportunity Karen (Katharine McPhee) orchestrates for him and Kyle (Andy Mientus). Peter (guest star Daniel Sunjata) challenges Julia’s (Debra Messing) pride as they continue to work together. Meanwhile, Ronnie (guest star Jennifer Hudson) struggles to assert her independence from a powerful mother (guest star Sheryl Lee Ralph), as Eileen (Anjelica Huston) finds herself at a moral crossroads with huge ramifications for “Bombshell.” Christian Borle »
- Chris Harnick
Did you watch NBC’s reboot of Smash last night? If you did, then you saw guest-star Jennifer Hudson’s first appearance as Broadway star Veronica “Ronnie” Moore (Hudson appears in 3 out of the first 4 Smash installments). Ronnie first appears in Beautiful, a Broadway show-within-Smash, and performs a rollicking swing number called “Mama Makes Three.” But that was not how producers initially intended to introduce Ronnie.
EW was on set in July for the original introductory Ronnie number called “Take a Picture…It Lasts Longer.” Hudson belts out the tune while dancing paparazzi swirl around her. Eventually she and »
- Tim Stack
All eyes will be on Smash to see if Season 2 hits the right notes.
The main conclusion about the first season of Smash was that... it wasn’t a smash. Instead it was a strange mix of love it/hate it characters and storylines. Thankfully, NBC (like many of us) still believed that despite the first season missteps there is still a good show here. The curtain opens on a second season tonight.
With a new showrunner in Joshua Safran (Gossip Girl) steering the ship, we’ll see familiar faces like Ivy (Megan Hilty), Tom & Sam (Christian Borle and Leslie Odom, Jr.) and Julia (Debra Messing, minus the annoying first season scarves) as well as new faces in Broadway’s Andy Mientus (who we recently spoke with), Jeremy Jordan (Newsies) and Krysta Rodriguez (The Addams Family).
And while we do see Julia’s husband (Brian d’Arcy James) in the opening episode, »
Jesus Days: Photos of the World Through the Lens of a Closeted Young Gay Man. Sarah Jessica Parker's role as Gloria Steinem has been cut from the final edit of Lovelace. In ratings news, The New Normal was even with last week's season low, while Happy Endings was up slightly. Big deal. My jeans are the same way whenever I watch Federbear play. Disgusting.
Emmy Rossum's album of classics Sentimental Journey comes out January 28th, and below you can see a preview of "These Foolish Things." Gorgeous.
Anderson talks about his past experiences with girls. I so want him to call me Sweetie.
The NOH8 Campaign celebrates its fourth anniversary. Among the attendees »
If you’re going to hire Jennifer Hudson to guest-star on a musical like Smash, you better have an epic ballad for the Oscar-winner to sing. Well, thankfully, the producers of the NBC series know exactly how to use Hudson’s talents. In this exclusive clip from the climax of episode 4, Hudson’s Veronica “Ronnie” Moore sings a brand new song, written by Smash’s composers and exec producers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, while performing at her own televised concert.
- Tim Stack
13 items from 2013
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