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“Do something funny for money” was the slogan of NBC’s inaugural “Red Nose Day” telecast, a live three-hour show that helped raise more than $21 million to aid children living in poverty in the U.S. and abroad.
The telecast that originated Thursday from New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom went off with only a few minor hitches that were probably not visible to the viewing audience at home.
Seth Meyers, David Duchovny and Jane Krakowski each hosted an hour of the program that blended pitches from stars such as Julianne Moore, Olivia Wilde and Gwenyth Paltrow with taped comedy segments produced by Funny or Die and in-studio bits from “Saturday Night Live’s” Colin Jost, Michael Che and Jay Pharaoh, as well as Billy Eichner and Josh Groban.
In between the entertainment, short films featuring celebrity appeals on behalf of specific causes struck a serious note. Jack Black traveled »
- Cynthia Littleton
NBC has partnered with Walgreens and M&M’S for the first-ever “Red Nose Day” telethon, Variety has learned.
The live televised charity drive, a popular annual charity event across the pond that has raised over $1 billion over the past 30 years, is collaborating with both brands, which will be two of the presenting media sponsors during the three-hour May 21 broadcast with an on-air and online presence across NBC’s platforms and the dedicated NBC telecast site.
Walgreens will serve as the exclusive U.S. retailer of red noses, which will be available to purchase for $1 each from April 17 through May 30.
All of the red nose proceeds will be contributed to the Red Nose Day fund, which helps programs that address poverty in the U.S. and internationally, and will be split between charity partners including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, charity: water, Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Gavi, the Global Fund, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
At the tail end of last month, it was announced that Helen Slater, who played Kara Zor-El in the 1984 Supergirl movie, and Dean Cain, who portrayed Superman in the 1990s TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, have joined the DC Comics adventure series Supergirl for CBS. At the time, their roles were being kept a secret. Now, it seems their characters have been revealed by IMDb.
According to the Internet Movie Database, which is not always accurate, Helen Slater will be playing Sylvia Danvers, while Dean Cain takes on the role of Fred Danvers. The married couple are Kara Danvers' (aka Kara Zor-El) foster parents, who take in the young girl after she flees Krypton before the destruction of her home planet. While this news has not been confirmed, it makes a lot of sense, and sounds like perfect stunt casting. It also falls in line with »
A former Superman and Supergirl has joined the new CBS incarnation of the Girl of Steel! TVLine broke the big (and possibly biggest geek worthy) news for Supergirl earlier today, revealing that Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman’s Dean Cain and Supergirl The Movie’s Helen Slater have joined the project in two secret roles. Cain is known for his terrific potrayal of Clark Kent a.k.a. Superman on the Lois & Clark series back in 1993 that ran for four seasons on ABC (the series also starred Desperate Housewives’ Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane). He also appeared in an episode of the Superman prequel series Smallville as Dr. Curtis Knox (an adapation of the DC villain Vandal Savage) in Season 7. Slater is known for her great portryal in the sadly not-so-well-received Supergirl movie back in 1984, which starred big names such as Peter O’Toole and Mia Farrow. Like Cain, »
With several main characters already cast, CBS' Supergirl has added two more actors that many superhero fans will surely get a kick out of. Helen Slater, who played Kara Zor-El in the 1984 Supergirl movie, and Dean Cain, who portrayed Superman in the 1990s TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, have joined the DC Comics adventure series, according to a TV Line report. Unfortunately, the site doesn't specify which characters they will be playing.
Helen Slater and Dean Cain join a burgeoning cast that already includes Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, Mehcad Brooks as Kara's neighbor and co-worker Jimmy Olsen, Calista Flockhart as Kara and Jimmy's employer and CatCo founder Cat Grant, Laura Benanti as Kara's Kryptonian birth mother Alura Zor-El, Chyler Leigh as Kara's foster sister Alex Danvers and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, who, in the DC Comics, eventually becomes Cyborg Superman. Both Helen Slater and »
CBS’ forthcoming Supergirl series continues to flesh out its growing cast roster with the addition of two surprising – yet familiar – names. TV Line reports that Helen Slater and Dean Cain have boarded the show for what are being described as two “top secret, guest-starring roles.”
This marks the third time each actor has appeared in the Superman-Supergirl canon. Slater first made waves in the titular role for 1984’s Supergirl movie, while Cain portrayed Clark Kent on the small screen in ABC’s long-running series, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Both went on to guest star on The CW’s Superman drama Smallville; the former as Clark’s birth mother Lara, and Cain as Dr. Curtis Knox. For now, the network are keeping the details of their specific roles on Supergirl under wraps.
One thing’s for certain – they won’t be reprising their original franchise roles. Kara »
- Gem Seddon
Slater starred as Kara, the titular heroine, in 1984 movie “Supergirl” (the character will be played in the CBS pilot by Melissa Benoist), while Cain portrayed the Man of Steel/Clark Kent in ABC’s “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” Both guest-starred on Superman origin series “Smallville,” with Slater appearing as Clark’s Kryptonian birth mother Lara, and Cain playing Dr. Curtis Knox.
News of Slater’s and Cain’s casting was first reported by Variety sister site TVLine.
- Shelli Weinstein
Slater, of course, played Kara on the big screen in 1984’s Supergirl, while Cain starred as the Man of Steel in ABC’s Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. And both guest-starred on the WB/CW Superman drama Smallville, Slater in the role of Clark/Kal-El’s Krypton mom Lara, and Cain as the immortal Dr. Curtis Knox.
Related Supergirl Is (Sorta) Casting Superman
Details on who the pair will be playing in the pilot are being »
TV Line report that both Helen Slater and Dean Cain have been added to the cast of the CBS' Supergirl pilot in roles that shall remain a mystery. Both actors previously popped up in the CW's Smallville, where Slater played Clark/Kal-El’s Kryptonian mom Lara, and Cain appeared as the Dr. Curtis Knox). There's a good chance they'll both be playing established DC characters again, but for now we can only speculate about that. So far the cast of Supergirl also includes Laura Benanti as Alura Zor-El, Chyler Leigh as Kara’s foster sister Alex, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, and of course Melissa Benoist as the titular superheroine. »
9 items from 2015
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