Lauren Tom (I) - News Poster

News

Here's What Julie From Friends Has Been Up to

Here's What Julie From Friends Has Been Up to
This is the one where Julie from Friends is a grandma. Not in real life. But 56-year-old Lauren Tom, who played one of two of Ross' very memorable girlfriends—and one of Rachel's biggest obstacle to anticipated eternal happiness—for seven episodes of the NBC sitcom in the '90s now stars as Celia Mack, grandmother of the main character, teen Andi Mack, on the Disney Channel series Andi Mack. The show debuted earlier this year. Andi, played by 13-year-old actress Peyton Elizabeth Lee, was abandoned as a child by her mother (Lilan Bowden), who gave birth to her as a teen. She was raised by her maternal grandparents, who made her believe they were her parents and that...
See full article at E! Online »

‘Andi Mack’ Explores Character’s Heritage for the First Time With Chinese New Year Episode

‘Andi Mack’ Explores Character’s Heritage for the First Time With Chinese New Year Episode
Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack” centers on a multigenerational family that has Chinese roots, but the show never really addressed that heritage with any depth in its first season. That’s going to change with Friday’s episode, “Chinese New Year,” which will go inside the Mack home as they celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Creator, writer, and executive producer Terri Minsky told IndieWire why the show decided to feature the traditional Asian holiday on the show.

“While ‘Andi Mack’ was not originally conceived to be a show about an Asian-American family, when we cast Chinese-American actress Peyton Elizabeth Lee in the title role, we then cast other Asian-American actors to play her family members,” she said. “The stories are meant to be universal about a teenage girl dealing with her life, and at the core of her life is ‘family.’ So, the Chinese New Year celebration at the Mack
See full article at Indiewire Television »

‘Andi Mack’ Explores Character’s Heritage for the First Time With Chinese New Year Episode

  • Indiewire
‘Andi Mack’ Explores Character’s Heritage for the First Time With Chinese New Year Episode
Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack” centers on a multigenerational family that has Chinese roots, but the show never really addressed that heritage with any depth in its first season. That’s going to change with Friday’s episode, “Chinese New Year,” which will go inside the Mack home as they celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Creator, writer, and executive producer Terri Minsky told IndieWire why the show decided to feature the traditional Asian holiday on the show.

“While ‘Andi Mack’ was not originally conceived to be a show about an Asian-American family, when we cast Chinese-American actress Peyton Elizabeth Lee in the title role, we then cast other Asian-American actors to play her family members,” she said. “The stories are meant to be universal about a teenage girl dealing with her life, and at the core of her life is ‘family.’ So, the Chinese New Year celebration at the Mack
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Andi Mack’ Review: Gay Storyline Goes Straight for the Heart in a Sweet and Emotional Season 2 Premiere

  • Indiewire
‘Andi Mack’ Review: Gay Storyline Goes Straight for the Heart in a Sweet and Emotional Season 2 Premiere
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the Season 2 premiere of “Andi Mack.”]

In its second season premiere, “Andi Mack” goes straight for the heart and holds nothing back. Disney Channel announced this week that one of its characters would begin a journey to discovering his identity as a gay individual, and it doubled the runtime for the episode to give space to properly explore this storyline alongside the main plot.

It was reported that creator Terri Minsky had consulted with child development experts, as well as Common Sense Media, GLAAD, and Pflag in order to make sure the story be told in a manner that was both respectful and appropriate to the age group. This depth of care shows because how Cyrus (Joshua Rash) slowly begins to realize he’s gay and discusses this with his friend Buffy (Sofia Wylie) is note-perfect in many ways. “Andi Mack” has always had a deft hand balancing the fun of a kids show with heartfelt stories that actually feel genuine,
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Andi Mack’ Review: Gay Storyline Goes Straight for the Heart in a Sweet and Emotional Season 2 Premiere

‘Andi Mack’ Review: Gay Storyline Goes Straight for the Heart in a Sweet and Emotional Season 2 Premiere
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the Season 2 premiere of “Andi Mack.”]

In its second season premiere, “Andi Mack” goes straight for the heart and holds nothing back. Disney Channel announced this week that one of its characters would begin a journey to discovering his identity as a gay individual, and it doubled the runtime for the episode to give space to properly explore this storyline alongside the main plot.

It was reported that creator Terri Minsky had consulted with child development experts, as well as Common Sense Media, GLAAD, and Pflag in order to make sure the story be told in a manner that was both respectful and appropriate to the age group. This depth of care shows because how Cyrus (Joshua Rash) slowly begins to realize he’s gay and discusses this with his friend Buffy (Sofia Wylie) is note-perfect in many ways. “Andi Mack” has always had a deft hand balancing the fun of a kids show with heartfelt stories that actually feel genuine,
See full article at Indiewire Television »

Asian World Film Festival Broadens Already-Wide Embrace

Georges Chamchoum has a simple mission: He wants to share the rich and varied offerings from Asian filmmakers with Hollywood players and beyond.

A cultural counter force to Washington isolationism, he has lined up a wide array of screenings, panels and tributes for the third annual Asian World Film Festival. The eight-day event kicks off Oct. 25 in Culver City and concludes Nov. 2, sponsored in part by Variety.

This year’s installment is the broadest yet in scope. Movies range from “Dearest Sister,” the first film from Laos submitted for a foreign-language Oscar, and

Little Gandhi,” Syria’s first entry in that category, to pioneering Hollywood drama “Joy Luck Club,” part of a beefed-up Asian-American focus.

Opening-night movie “Ayla: The Daughter of War” sets the tone. Directed by Can Ulkay, it centers on an orphan and a Turkish soldier during the Korean War and is Turkey’s official foreign-language submission in the Academy Awards.

Chamchoum considers
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Andi Mack

  • TVSeriesFinale
Network: Disney Channel. Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: April 7, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Lilan Bowden, Lauren Tom, Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie, Asher Angel, Stoney Westmoreland, Emily Skinner, and Trent Garrett. TV show description: A live-action comedy from creator Terri Minsky, the Andi Mack TV show is a coming-of-age story centered on Andi Mack (Lee). The night before her 13th birthday, Andi finds out that Bex (Bowden) is not her big sister, but is actually her mother. As if this stage of life weren't already replete with upheaval, Andi feels adrift and sets out to figure out who she really is. Thankfully, her good friends Cyrus
See full article at TVSeriesFinale »

Asian American TV Actors Expose the Difficulty of Landing Parts – With or Without an Accent

Asian American TV Actors Expose the Difficulty of Landing Parts – With or Without an Accent
Daniel Dae Kim made headlines this year for leaving “Hawaii Five-0” over issues of pay inequality, and later, for replacing actor Ed Skrein as a Japanese-American character in the big-screen remake of “Hellboy.” Both instances involved how Asian Americans are still underrepresented in the entertainment industry, and it’s an issue that requires more discussion in order to foster understanding of how the so-called “model minority” continues to be marginalized.

It wasn’t that long ago that very few actors of Asian descent were even considered Hollywood stars. In an interview with IndieWire, Kim reflected on the few Asian actors who were his role models growing up.

“The only two that I can think of were Bruce Lee and George Takei. They were the only two,” he said. “I was a big ‘Star Trek’ fan when I was a kid, and I would watch Mister Sulu all the time. Bruce Lee,
See full article at Indiewire Television »

Asian American TV Actors Expose the Difficulty of Landing Parts – With or Without an Accent

  • Indiewire
Asian American TV Actors Expose the Difficulty of Landing Parts – With or Without an Accent
Daniel Dae Kim made headlines this year for leaving “Hawaii Five-0” over issues of pay inequality, and later, for replacing actor Ed Skrein as a Japanese-American character in the big-screen remake of “Hellboy.” Both instances involved how Asian Americans are still underrepresented in the entertainment industry, and it’s an issue that requires more discussion in order to foster understanding of how the so-called “model minority” continues to be marginalized.

It wasn’t that long ago that very few actors of Asian descent were even considered Hollywood stars. In an interview with IndieWire, Kim reflected on the few Asian actors who were his role models growing up.

“The only two that I can think of were Bruce Lee and George Takei. They were the only two,” he said. “I was a big ‘Star Trek’ fan when I was a kid, and I would watch Mister Sulu all the time. Bruce Lee,
See full article at Indiewire »

Andi Mack: Season Two Premieres in October on Disney Channel

  • TVSeriesFinale
Andi Mack is back! This week. Disney Channel announced season two of the TV show will premiere in October.From Terri Minsky, the comedy follows Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee), “a 13-year-old girl who finds herself questioning everything she’s ever known after her older sister returns home unexpectedly.” The cast also includes Sofia Wylie, Lilan Bowden, Lauren Tom, Joshua Rush, and Asher Angel.Read More…
See full article at TVSeriesFinale »

TV News Roundup: Disney Channel’s ‘Andi Mack’ Sets Season 2 Premiere Date

TV News Roundup: Disney Channel’s ‘Andi Mack’ Sets Season 2 Premiere Date
In today’s roundup, “Andi Mack” gets a Season 2 premiere date and Jane Seymour joins the cast of Pop’s “Let’s Get Physical.”

Premiere Dates

The season premiere of Disney Channel’s series “Andi Mack” airs on Friday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. Et. Created and executive produced by writer Terri Minsky (“Lizzie McGuire”), the series stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Lilan Bowden, Lauren Tom, Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie, and Asher Angel. Recurring stars include Stoney Westmoreland, Emily Skinner, and Trent Garrett. Season 2 continues to follow the lives of Andi, her friends, and family.

USA Network announced its fall schedule, including the air date of the new series “Damnation” on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 10 p.m. The co-production from Universal Cable Productions and Netflix follows a bloody battle set in the 1930s as the fight between the rich and poor escalates. The rest of the schedule is as follows: “Mr Robot” Season 3 premieres Wednesday, Oct
See full article at Variety - TV News »

Andi Mack: Season Two Renewal for Disney Live-Action Sitcom

Tomorrow starts today. Disney Channel has renewed its live-action Andi Mack TV show for a second season, about a month before the season one finale airs. Although the renewal is not yet posted to the Disney-abc press site, Deadline has confirmed it. A coming of age series, Andi Mack centers on Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee). When her sister Rebecca or "Bex" returns, Andi learns the woman is actually her biological mother, and that Celia (Lauren Tom), the woman who raised her, is actually her grandmother. The Disney Channel TV show also stars Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie, Asher Angel, Stoney Westmoreland, and Emily Skinner. Trent Garrett recurs. Read More…
See full article at TVSeriesFinale »

‘Andi Mack’ Renewed for Season 2 at Disney Channel

‘Andi Mack’ Renewed for Season 2 at Disney Channel
Freshman comedy series “Andi Mack” has been renewed for a second season at the Disney Channel, Variety has learned.

The series follows the titular character, a 13 year old girl who discovers that the girl she always thought was her older sister is in fact her mother. The revelation sends her down a new path of self discovery.

It stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee as Andi Mack, Lilan Bowden as Bex Mack, Lauren Tom as Celia Mack, Joshua Rush as Cyrus Goodman, Sofia Wylie as Buffy Driscoll and Asher Angel as Jonah Beck. Recurring cast members are Stoney Westmoreland as Henry “Ham” Mack, Emily Skinner as Amber, and Trent Garrett as Bowie Quinn.

The series ranks as the number one show of 2017 to-date among girls 6-11, girls 9-14 and girls 6-14. Nearing 40 million views on seven digital platforms, linear TV and social media,it recently hit a ratings high on May 19 in total viewers, marking
See full article at Variety - TV News »

Review: The Zeta Project

  • Comicmix
Lost amid the hubbub over the animated series based on the traditional DC Comics was The Zeta Project, a fun spinoff from Warner Animation’s first original creation, Batman Beyond. Thanks to Warner Archives the two season series, spanning 2001-2002, is being released on DVD.

The series is focused on Zeta (Diedrich Bader), formally known as Infiltration Unit Zeta, a synthoid, who works for the Nsa. The machine was introduced in the season two Batman Beyond episode “Zeta,” written by Robert Goodman, who developed the spinoff.

He violates his programming when he is asked to kill an innocent and goes on the run, vowing never to kill again. Of course, the Nsa wants him back and sends a team, led by the clichéd obsessive, Agent James Bennett (the well-cast Kurtwood Smith), convinced Brother’s Day, the terrorists reprogrammed the agency’s machine. He’s often accompanied by the arrogant Agent
See full article at Comicmix »

Andi Mack: Watch the Disney Channel Premiere a Month Early

Meet Andi Mack. Today, Disney released the premiere of their new series online a month ahead of its TV debut.From Terri Minsky, the comedy follows Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee), “a 13-year-old girl who finds herself questioning everything she’s ever known after her older sister returns home unexpectedly.” The cast also includes Sofia Wylie, Lilan Bowden, Lauren Tom, Joshua Rush, and Asher Angel.Read More…
See full article at TVSeriesFinale »

Andi Mack: New Disney Channel Series Premieres a Month Early Online (Teaser)

Tomorrow starts today and the new Andi Mack TV show, which will have its Disney Channel linear premiere on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 8:30pm, will be available a month early on digital platforms. The Andi Mack release date on the Disney Channel app, video on demand, Youtube, and Disney.com is Friday, March 10th at 12:01am Pst. Watch the title sequence and theme song (as sung by Sabrina Carpenter), below.A new family sitcom, Andi Mack stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Lilan Bowden, Lauren Tom, Joshua Rush, Sofia Wylie, and Asher Angel. Recurring cast members are Stoney Westmoreland, Emily Skinner, and Trent Garrett. Michelle Manning and Terri Minsky executive produce. Phil Baker is co-executive producer.Read More…
See full article at TVSeriesFinale »

Disney Channel hiring adults and kids to work as extras on 'Ando Mack'

Disney Channel is now hiring adults and kids to work on the new comedy series "Andi Mack". The show stars newcomer Peyton Elizabeth Lee in the title role, and Lilan Bowden as Andi's sister Bex. Shooting runs through mid-December, 2016. Email submissions are being accepted. Starring in "Andi Mack" is Peyton Elizabeth Lee in the title role. Lee's only two previous credits are playing small roles in one episode of the ABC television series "Scandal", and a few episodes of the Showtime series "Shameless". Also starring in Andi Mack is Lilan Bowden as Bex Mack, five-time Btva Television Voice Acting Award winner Lauren Tom as Andi's mother Celia, three-time Young Artist Awards nominee Joshua Rush as Andi's friend Cyrus, and Asher Angel as Jonah. Writers Guild of America WGA Award nominee Terri Minsky is creator and executive producer, and will serve as showrunner. Minsky was the creator and executive producer of
See full article at LA Acting Auditions »

Disney Channel hiring adults and kids to work as extras on 'Ando Mack'

Disney Channel is now hiring adults and kids to work on the new comedy series "Andi Mack". The show stars newcomer Peyton Elizabeth Lee in the title role, and Lilan Bowden as Andi's sister Bex. Shooting runs through mid-December, 2016. Email submissions are being accepted. Starring in "Andi Mack" is Peyton Elizabeth Lee in the title role. Lee's only two previous credits are playing small roles in one episode of the ABC television series "Scandal", and a few episodes of the Showtime series "Shameless". Also starring in Andi Mack is Lilan Bowden as Bex Mack, five-time Btva Television Voice Acting Award winner Lauren Tom as Andi's mother Celia, three-time Young Artist Awards nominee Joshua Rush as Andi's friend Cyrus, and Asher Angel as Jonah. Writers Guild of America WGA Award nominee Terri Minsky is creator and executive producer, and will serve as showrunner. Minsky was the creator and executive producer of
See full article at LA Acting Auditions »

Andi Mack: Production Begins on New Disney Channel Series

  • TVSeriesFinale
Andi Mack is coming to TV soon. This week, Disney Channel announced production has begun on the new series.From Terri Minsky, the comedy follows Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee), "a 13-year-old girl who finds herself questioning everything she's ever known after her older sister returns home unexpectedly." The cast also includes Sofia Wylie, Lilan Bowden, Lauren Tom, Joshua Rush, and Asher Angel.Read More…
See full article at TVSeriesFinale »

TV News: Anthony Anderson To Host Animal Planet Series; ‘Hairspray Live’ adds ‘Hamilton’ Alum

TV News: Anthony Anderson To Host Animal Planet Series; ‘Hairspray Live’ adds ‘Hamilton’ Alum
In today’s TV news roundup, Katey Sagal has joined new CBS comedy “Superior Donuts,” Anthony Anderson has been tapped to host a series on Animal Planet, and NBC’s “Hairspray Live” has rounded out its cast.

Casting

CBS announced that Katey Sagal has been cast as a guest star in the pilot “Superior Donuts.” Written and executive produced by Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan and Bob Daily, and based on the play by Tracy Letts, “Superior Donuts” follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, Arthur (Judd Hirsch), his new young employee (Jermaine Fowler) and their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago. Sagal will portray Randy, a practical and apathetic police officer who’s “been on the force a long time.” She is expected to join the cast should the pilot continue as a series.

Broadway actors Ephraim Sykes (“Hamilton”) and Shahadi Wright Joseph (“School of Rock”) have been cast as Seaweed J. Stubbs
See full article at Variety - TV News »
loading
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Credited With | External Sites