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Vanessa Hudgens is understandably missing her father. Exactly one week after Greg Hudgens passed away after a battle with cancer, his daughter decided to share a heartfelt message on social media. "I wish heaven had visiting hours," the quote read on Instagram and Twitter before Vanessa added the words "If only…" Vanessa's latest message comes after the actress inspired audiences with her portrayal of the feisty and sassy Rizzo on Grease: Live. In fact, her live performance in front of millions of viewers occurred less than 24 hours after she learned of her dad's passing. "I am so sad to say that last night my daddy, Greg passed away from stage 4 cancer," »
The Performer | Vanessa Hudgens
The Show | Grease: Live (Jan. 31, 2016)
The Performance | Headlining a live TV musical is a lofty challenge, but Vanessa Hudgens’ wickedly funny, wildly charismatic and deeply sympathetic performance as bad girl Rizzo in Grease: Live borders on miraculous when you remember that she lost her father to cancer the night before the telecast.
Hudgens’ pair of showstoppers were a study in opposites. “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee” — a deliciously bitchy put-down of wholesome new acquaintence Sandy — allowed Hudgens to show off her comic chops as she donned a blond wig, swanned around a slumber party »
The Last Man on Earth will return with new episodes on Sunday, March 6, at 9:30/8:30c, Fox announced Friday. That same day, Seth MacFarlane’s animated series Bordertown will move to its new 7 pm time slot.
The Will Forte-led comedy will pick up right where it left off, with Mike’s space capsule descending toward Earth, putting him on the same planet as his big brother.
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Vanessa Hudgens and her sister Stella visited a cemetery together just four days after their father's death. The sisters were photographed arriving at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Burbank, California, on Tuesday. Vanessa and Stella's dad Greg Hudgens died of cancer Saturday. On Sunday, Vanessa, 27, took to Twitter to announce the sad news and to confirm that she would still perform in Sunday's Grease: Live "in his honor." The former High School Musical star went on to blow away viewers with her portrayal of Betty Rizzo, and Fox's three-hour live telecast ended on a poignant note with a tribute dedicating the show to her dad, »
- Aurelie Corinthios
Sandy, Rizzo and Danny are all over ITV2 tonight as the channel devotes three hours to Grease: Live. So why haven’t other homegrown stations been bitten by the musical bug?
Tonight, ITV2 is clearing three full hours out of its schedule to screen Grease: Live, a high-wire staging of the classic 70s musical about a bobby-sox holiday romance. This ambitious one-off has already been a palpable hit for Fox in the Us, where 12m viewers got their Rizzo kicks by watching, tweeting and likely singing along in real time on Sunday night. Filmed on two large soundstages in front of a lively studio audience, it stars beaming pros Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens and Broadway veteran Aaron Tveit as the central trio of Sandy, Rizzo and Danny. Amid the whooshing camera moves and excess choreography, you can also spot Carly Rae Jepsen, Boyz II Men, Jessie J and Bunk from The Wire. »
- Graeme Virtue
On Sunday night, Vanessa Hudgens took the Grease: Live stage to play the part of Rizzo. Hours before her performance, the actress took to Twitter to break the news of her father’s passing. “I am so sad to say that last night my daddy, Greg passed away from stage 4 cancer. Thank you to everyone who […]
- Crystal Smith
Having dedicated her performance in Fox’s Grease: Live to her father Greg, who on Saturday lost a battle with cancer, Vanessa Hudgens on Monday night expressed her appreciation to those who supported her during the difficult time.
RelatedRatings: Grease: Live Beats The Wiz, Rivals Sound of Music in Demo
“Thank you to everyone who watched and supported me last night,” the High School Musical alum shared via Instagram, accompanied by a still of her performance of “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” the live musical’s best-reviewed number (per TVLine readers).
Emotionally trying as it was, Hudgens called »
My name is Dancin' Dan and I Loved Grease! Live.
When Fox announced they were getting into the live musical game, with "America's Favorite Musical", Grease, there was reason to be skeptical. True, the home of American Idol seemed like a more natural fit for a live musical than NBC, but Grease is perhaps an even more iconic show than The Sound of Music, and we all know how that one turned out for NBC.
But then casting announcements kept rolling in, and they felt shockingly on point: Broadway heartthrob Aaron Tveit as bad-boy-with-a-heart-of-gold Danny Zuko. Dancing With the Stars alum Julianne Hough as eternal good girl Sandy Young. High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens as bad girl Rizzo, pop star and Broadway Cinderella Carly Rae Jepsen as air-headed beauty school dropout Frenchie, former child star Keke Palmer as sex-obsessed Marty.... could this actually work?
'Ben-Hur' 1959 with Stephen Boyd and Charlton Heston: TCM's '31 Days of Oscar.' '31 Days of Oscar': 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Ben-Hur' are in, Paramount stars are out Today, Feb. 1, '16, Turner Classic Movies is kicking off the 21st edition of its “31 Days of Oscar.” While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is being vociferously reviled for its “lack of diversity” – more on that appallingly myopic, self-serving, and double-standard-embracing furore in an upcoming post – TCM is celebrating nearly nine decades of the Academy Awards. That's the good news. The disappointing news is that if you're expecting to find rare Paramount, Universal, or Fox/20th Century Fox entries in the mix, you're out of luck. So, missing from the TCM schedule are, among others: Best Actress nominees Ruth Chatterton in Sarah and Son, Nancy Carroll in The Devil's Holiday, Claudette Colbert in Private Worlds. Unofficial Best Actor »
- Andre Soares
Vanessa Hudgens wowed audiences with her performance as Rizzo in Fox's Grease: Live on Sunday. And the following day, the actress reacted to the well-deserved praise as well as enormous ratings. "I can't believe @gogrease is Over! Grand opening and grand closing," Hudgens, 27, wrote on Instagram and Twitter with a photo from her "There Are Worst Things I Could Do" scene. I can't believe @gogrease is Over! Grand opening and grand closing. Thank you to everyone who watched and supported me last night. Doing #greaselive was one of the most incredible experiences and I'm so glad you guys liked it as much as I did. »
- Karen Mizoguchi
On Sunday morning, Vanessa Hudgens took to Twitter to announce the heartbreaking loss of her father, Greg Hudgens. The timing of the news was especially tough, seeing as Vanessa was set to perform in Grease: Live on Sunday night on Fox. Nevertheless, the actress made a brave, beautiful move - she tweeted that she would still be doing the show, and it would be in his honor. Of course, Vanessa positively killed it as Rizzo, and Twitter was quick to take note with an outpouring of praise and love. She even got a shoutout from her boyfriend, Austin Butler! Keep reading to see a collection of especially poignant tweets, then relive every reaction you had to the show. »
- Ryan Roschke
After a slew of well-deserved praise for her performance on Grease: Live, Vanessa Hudgens is thanking everyone who supported her along the way. "I can't believe @GoGrease is Over! Grand opening and grand closing. Thank you to everyone who watched & supported me last night," the actress, who played Rizzo in the Fox live musical production, penned on Twitter. "Doing #GreaseLive was one of the most incredible experiences and I'm so glad you guys liked it as much as I did. Till next time Rizz #PinkLadyForLife." Hudgens stole several scenes throughout the three-hour show, and proved that the time-tested show buiz adage—the show must go on—is a real thing. The star »
Grease: Live aired on Sunday and the show's stars Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens and Aaron Tveit delivered incredible performances. It was a bittersweet experience for Vanessa, whose dad Greg Hudgens passed away on Saturday. On Sunday morning, just hours before Grease: Live filmed, Vanessa took to Twitter to tell everyone the devastating news. Vanessa tweeted, "I am so sad to say that last night my daddy, Greg passed away from stage 4 cancer. Thank you to everyone who kept him in your prayers." The actress then went on to say, "Tonight, I do the show in his honor." And what a stunning performance she gave! Vanessa absolutely dominated her role as Rizzo and »
Vanessa Hudgens had one special person cheering her on during Grease: Live on Sunday: her longtime boyfriend Austin Butler. Hudgens, 27, blew away viewers with her Betty Rizzo performance, taking the stage just hours after revealing that her father, Greg, lost his battle with cancer Saturday and that she would be doing the show "in his honor."Fox's three-hour live telecast also ended on a poignant note, dedicating the show to the former High School Musical star's father with a tribute at the end. "In loving memory of Greg Hudgens. June 22, 1950 - January 30, 2016," it read. Meanwhile, Butler, 24, took to Twitter to »
- Aurelie Corinthios
Carly Rae Jepsen made one of 2015's standout pop albums, Emotion, on her own terms, and she's back with more bold choices for 2016. On Sunday night, Jepsen starred in Fox's megasuccessful Grease: Live as Frenchy, Rydell High's lovable, cotton-candy-haired, beauty-school dropout. And Jepsen was joined by none other than the original Frenchy herself, the charming Didi Conn, who guest-starred as the wise waitress at the diner who consoled her young counterpart through the end of her beautician aspirations. Vulture caught up with a still-buzzing Jepsen the day after the show about being in love with Conn, the surreality of being serenaded by Boyz II Men, and Vanessa Hudgens's courageous performance.How surreal was it playing Frenchy opposite the original Frenchy, Didi Conn? It was just as surreal in rehearsals as it was on live TV. It's intimidating to play a character like that, who's so beloved, and to have »
- Dee Lockett
"Grease" is officially the word today, as Fox revels in the ratings high -- and critical success -- of Sunday's "Grease: Live" broadcast.
The network's first foray into the live musical game was a slam dunk, scoring an impressive 12.2 million overall viewers during its 7-10 p.m. timeslot. That number rose slightly during the final half-hour of the broadcast, which drew 12.81 million sets of eyeballs to the telecast.
And things get even better from there: The broadcast notched a 4.6 share in the coveted 18-49 demo (tying "The Sound of Music Live!"'s impressive total), and boasted Fox's largest overall audience for any series so far this season, snatching the title away from the 11 million viewers who tuned in for "American Idol"'s debut.
Compared to NBC's recent musical offerings -- which started the live TV trend back in 2013 -- "Grease" proved a formidable foe, easily taking down "The Wiz Live! »
- Katie Roberts
From the first chord of Grease: Live, which aired last night on Fox, the powers that be behind the production seemed to be shouting: “Don’t worry! We listened to you!” With the inclusion of a live audience, source material that is iconic yet still very digestible for a young and modern audience, and a refreshingly diverse cast, the special seemed to be getting ahead of the negative reviews that plagued its TV musical predecessors, The Sound Of Music Live! and Peter Pan Live!
Unfortunately, despite Grease: Live’s stunning vocal performances and outstanding direction, lackluster performances from its lead players and a bland script left the special unable to truly set itself apart from the ever-growing crowd of modern TV musicals.
With an updated book by Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins, Grease: Live told the familiar story of Danny (Aaron Tveit) and Sandy (Julianne Hough) – two teens who have a kinda-sorta star-crossed courtship, »
- Samantha White
Over the past few years, NBC has started an annual tradition of airing a live musical every year during the holiday season. This year, Fox is starting a tradition of its own with the 3-hour live musical special Grease: Live, which aired last night. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the show was a bona fide hit, attracting 12.2 million viewers, a higher figure than NBC's last two live musicals.
NBC's first musical special, The Sound of Music Live, was a ratings juggernaut in late 2013, attracting a whopping 18.3 million viewers and scoring an impressive 4.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic. The network's next musical, 2014's Peter Pan Live!, shed more than half of The Sound of Music Live's audience, with 9.1 million viewers and a 2.3 rating, but December's The Wiz Live! rebounded slightly with 11.5 million viewers and a 3.5 rating.
Grease: Live was the most-watched program on Sunday night with 12.2 million viewers and a 18- »
Grease: Live took over Fox on Sunday night, boasting a star-studded cast, more exceptional dance moves than we could count, and a slew of showstopping performances. Of course, we attempted to capture every emotion you felt during the broadcast, but Chrissy Teigen took it upon herself to share her reactions live via Twitter. Considering how hilarious all her tweets about being pregnant are, we have a feeling these will bring just as many laughs. Keep reading to see her stream of Twitter consciousness, then see all the Twitter love for Vanessa Hudgens after her heart-wrenching performance. »
- Ryan Roschke
Fox's Grease: Live production was as flashy and fun as one would hope the adaptation to be. Fusing the Broadway show with the familiarity of the film, the three-hour television event was a fun, entertaining event packed with strong performances, gorgeous costumes and massive sets. While the show overall was one of the strongest televised musicals from the recent influx of them (and only beat by The Wiz), here are 10 of our favorite moments, performances and aspects of the TV spectacle.
1. The Live Audience
Unlike the other televised live musical »
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