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Emmy Predictions 2016: Makeup and Hair Standouts Are Glam Attention Grabbers

29 August 2016 9:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The two standouts in the makeup and hair races for imagination and glam are definitely “American Horror Story: Hotel” (limited series) and “The Wiz Live!” (special).

“Ahsh” was like Halloween every day with a gallery of ghouls ranging from Lady Gaga’s fashionista vampire, the Countess, to Alex Ward’s creepy Addiction Demon with his drill bit dildo, to Denis O’Hare’s scene-stealing transgender bartender, Liz Taylor.

Meanwhile, “The Wiz” upped the live musical for TV by blending the Broadway show and movie into a new urban experience.

Lady Gaga’s 111-year-old Countess was the centerpiece for both makeup designer Eryn Kruger Mekash and hairstylist Monte Haught. Gaga had the opportunity to show off 65 glam looks throughout the 20th century. The actress’ personal makeup artist, Sarah Tanno, collaborated with Mekash on the designs, and Mekash’s husband, Mike, did all of the blood-related prosthetics.

The late ’20s vampire look »

- Bill Desowitz

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'The Wiz' Star Elijah Kelley -- Busted for Getting Handsy with Lapd

1 August 2016 9:10 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Elijah Kelley -- the guy who played Scarecrow in "The Wiz Live!" -- was arrested Sunday after allegedly getting touchy with cops in downtown L.A. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Elijah and another man got into a heated argument after a New Edition concert at Microsoft Theater. Things were about to get physical when cops arrived, broke things up -- and both men were ejected. [[tmz:video id="0_65h3mb1f"]] We're told Elijah, who's playing Ricky Bell in an upcoming New Edition biopic, »

- TMZ Staff

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‘The New Edition Story’ Trailer: ‘Empire’ Star Bryshere Gray Toplines Bet’s Dramatic R&B Biopic

28 June 2016 10:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

New Edition paved the way for many successful boy bands, and now their story is coming to the silver screen. Bet unveiled the first trailer for its upcoming mini-series biopic, “The New Edition Story,” featuring Duane Martin and Wood Harris.

The three-part series will chronicle the group’s humble beginnings in Boston, their handwork and dedication and their rapid rise to stardom. It will also give glimpses of their struggles, fights and drama they had along the way, including their decision to replace Bobby Brown.

Read More: Bet Awards 2016: Full Bet Awards Winners List

Known for their early hits including “Candy Girl” and “Cool It Now,” the R&B quintet went through many highs and lows since its formation in 1978. “Empire” star Bryshere Gray will portray Michael Bivins, R&B singer-songwriter Luke James will be Johnny Gill, Woody McClain will take on the role of Bobby Brown, Elijah Kelley will be Ricky Bell, »

- Liz Calvario

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‘The New Edition Story’ Trailer: ‘Empire’ Star Bryshere Gray Toplines Bet’s Dramatic R&B Biopic

28 June 2016 10:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

New Edition paved the way for many successful boy bands, and now their story is coming to the silver screen. Bet unveiled the first trailer for its upcoming mini-series biopic, “The New Edition Story,” featuring Duane Martin and Wood Harris.

The three-part series will chronicle the group’s humble beginnings in Boston, their handwork and dedication and their rapid rise to stardom. It will also give glimpses of their struggles, fights and drama they had along the way, including their decision to replace Bobby Brown.

Read More: Bet Awards 2016: Full Bet Awards Winners List

Known for their early hits including “Candy Girl” and “Cool It Now,” the R&B quintet went through many highs and lows since its formation in 1978. “Empire” star Bryshere Gray will portray Michael Bivins, R&B singer-songwriter Luke James will be Johnny Gill, Woody McClain will take on the role of Bobby Brown, Elijah Kelley will be Ricky Bell, »

- Liz Calvario

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Watch First Trailer for Bet’s New Edition Miniseries

27 June 2016 12:40 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Here’s the long-awaited first trailer for Bet’s New Edition miniseries; details on the project follow after: Bet Networks upcoming New Edition miniseries will air over 3 nights, with a starring cast that includes Bryshere Y. Gray as Michael BivinsElijah Kelley is… Continue Reading → »

- Tambay Obenson

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How ‘The Wiz Live!’ and ‘Grease Live!’ Revitalized the TV Musical (Emmy Watch)

24 June 2016 7:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“The Wiz Live!” and “Grease Live!” both continued the live musical revival that began with NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live!” in 2013, which drew a remarkable 18.4 million viewers.

NBC’s “The Wiz,” though, was designed more like a Broadway show with an eye on Broadway sometime in the future. “The Wiz” “lent itself more to theatrical environments because of its familiarity, because it’s fantasy, and because of its musical performances,” said production designer Derek McLane (“The Sound of Music Live!” and NBC’s “Peter Pan Live!”).

McLane collaborated with”Hamilton” Tony-winning costume designer Paul Tazewell on an organic world with different looks made for the culture of today.

“Kansas is not a happy place for Dorothy and that’s reflected in its neutral palette,” McLane continued. “Munchkinland is predominantly orange with cylindrical buildings that evoke the Munchkins. Emerald City is like a modern club with different shades of green and electrified. »

- Bill Desowitz

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Watch Behind-the-Scenes Report From Bet’s New Edition Miniseries, Currently Filming

24 June 2016 6:19 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Bet Networks upcoming New Edition miniseries will air over 3 nights, with a starring cast that includes Bryshere Y. Gray as Michael BivinsElijah Kelley is Ricky Bell; singer-songwriter Luke James is Johnny Gill; Algee Smith is Ralph Tresvant; Keith Powers is… Continue Reading → »

- Tambay Obenson

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Bet Orders John Singleton’s ‘Rebel,’ Dramedy ‘Benched,’ Music Drama ‘Tales’ in Scripted Push

20 April 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bet Networks is loading up its 2016-17 slate with series and telepics that reflect an earthy view of African-American life, including a detective drama from John Singleton, a soap set in the world of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and a dramedy revolving around a criminal courts judge.

Bet is stepping up its production of original scripted series for its mothership Bet channel at a time when competition for its target audience has become fierce. “Rebel” revolves around a female police officer in Oakland, Calif., who becomes a private investigator after her brother is killed by police. “Benched,” created by Scott Brown, is a dramedy about a young judge who struggles to give up his bachelor lifestyle as he confronts the “underbelly” of the criminal justice system on a daily basis.

” ‘Benched’ and ‘Rebel’ will allow us to address issues that are very relevant and germane to our audience,” said Stephen Hill, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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