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Chris Daughtry’s already a rock star — and now he’s about to play one on TV.
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Fans of Daughtry’s original music need not worry about his acting gig getting in the way of fresh music, as he’ll also write original tunes for the potential series.
The rocker has been cast in a recurring role in the “Studio City” pilot, Variety has learned.
Daughtry — who’s the front man of the Grammy-nominated band Daughtry, which he formed, after his “Idol” elimination — will play a Keith Rhodes, a drug-addicted rock star. He will also write original music for the series.
The musician joins “Will & Grace” star Eric McCormack who will topline the hourlong dramedy, as a singer-songwriter who turns out to be a celebrity drug dealer. British actress Florence Pugh has been cast as McCormack’s singer daughter, Cat, who navigates her journey to stardom and holds onto her big dreams, despite living under the same roof as her drug dealer father. Heather Graham will also co-star in the pilot.
While Daughtry is widely known as a singer-songwriter, he’s tried his hand at acting with a »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
“Dancing With the Stars” professional and “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer Dmitry Chaplin is set to guest star on TNT’s “Agent X,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. Chaplin will play Nasim Chaikin, a Chechen rebel and professional henchman who’s no match for undercover operative, John Case (Jeff Hephner). Sharon Stone and Gerald McRaney also star on the series, which is being produced by TNT Originals in association with Beacon Pictures. Stone also serves as executive producers alongside Armyan Bernstein and pilot scribe William Blake Herron. The pilot was directed by Peter O’Fallon. TNT previously ordered 10 episodes for the first season of. »
- Tony Maglio
Ellen DeGeneres is known for her dance moves, but add Michelle Obama to the mix and the pair really brought down the house during The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday. The first lady stopped by the show to talk about the fifth anniversary of her "Let's Move!" campaign, an initiative to get the public to lead healthier lives. During her appearance, she announced that this year, for the first time, So You Think You Can Dance all-stars will take over the White House Easter Egg Roll to teach a dance to "Uptown Funk." Michelle joked that she's been practicing the choreography, which prompted Ellen to say, "I've been practicing somewhat. I'm very busy. Very, very busy, and I'm not really good at choreography. I'm more of a freestyle kind of street dancer." The host then challenged the first lady to a dance-off, and what happened next will get everyone on their feet. »
Endemol Shine North America, the result of a joint venture uniting Endemol, Shine and Core Media and now the largest independent production and distribution group in the world, has announced its new executive management structure.
Ben Samek, who had been COO for Endemol North America, has been named chief operating officer for Endemol Shine North America, reporting to both Charlie Corwin and Cris Abrego, the co-chairmen and co-CEOs of the company.
Corwin and Abrego’s teams oversee a diverse programming lineup including “Big Brother” (CBS), “MasterChef” and “MasterChef Junior” (Fox), “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), “Hell on Wheels” (AMC), “Kingdom” (DirecTV), “Wipeout” (ABC) and the nationally syndicated “Steve Harvey.”
- Debra Birnbaum
It’s not just new faces like Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo joining So You Think You Can Dance for its upcoming 12th season. The competition is also bringing back two alumni, Stephen “Twitch” Boss and Travis Wall, as mentors for Season 12’s Top 20 finalists. Beginning in the Las Vegas callbacks round, the dancers will be divided into the best street and best stage dancers. Travis will mentor the stage dancers and Twitch will mentor the street dancers. The stage dancers will feature those trained in styles such as contemporary, ballet, jazz or tap, while the street dancers will be those skilled in styles such as hip-hop, animation or breaking. When the competition goes “live,” the Top 20 will be challenged weekly to perform a variety of styles, working with Twitch and Wall. One dancer from each genre will be eliminated each week leading up to the season finale. Twitch was… »
- Chris King
“So You Think You Can Dance” will be bringing two of its alumni on board when it returns this summer for season 12. Travis Wall and Stephen “Twitch” Boss will join the competition dance series as mentors to the top 20 finalists.
The series previously announced that in this year’s dance-off two teams will be created: stage dancers and street dancers.
Wall, who was the first runner up in “Sytycd’s” second season, will mentor stage dancers, trained in contemporary, ballet, jazz or tap styles, while Twitch will mentor street dancers, skilled in hip-hop, animation or breaking. Twitch was a competitor during the show’s fourth season.
Both dancers have returned to choreograph or guest judge on the series. Wall has gone on to choreograph for “Dancing With the Stars” and the 82nd Academy Awards, »
- Shelli Weinstein
So You Think You Can Dance alums Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Travis Wall are coming back for Season 12 as mentors to the Top 20 finalists. They’ll join new judges Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo, alongside returning judge Nigel Lythgoe and host Cat Deeley. Beginning in the Las Vegas callbacks round, the dancers will be divided into the best street and best stage dancers. Wall will mentor the stage dancers and Boss will mentor the street dancers. Sytycd premieres Monday June 1… »
So You Think You Can Dance is offering two very charismatic incentives to retain long-time viewers who might have some trepidation about Season 12’s new “Stage Vs. Street” twist.
Fox’s summer reality sensation is bringing back Stephen “Twitch” Boss and Travis Wall – who rank among the show’s most popular graduates — as mentors to the Top 20 finalists, the network announced Monday.
Sytycd‘s tweaked structure will begin during the Las Vegas callbacks round — with contemporary, ballet, jazz and tap specialists getting separated into the “Stage” group, and hip-hop, »
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AMC has guaranteed two seasons to the prequel companion series of The Walking Dead, as per THR. The announcement was made earlier this week, and comes as somewhat unsurprising news. The Walking Dead continues to be one of the channel’s highest rated shows, with its popularity showing no signs of waning as the show’s fifth season rolls along. In addition, AMC has found similar commercial and critical success with Better Call Saul, its new series that is itself a spinoff of Breaking Bad.
There’s no set title for the series as of yet, and working titles have included Fear The Walking Dead and Cobalt. The first season, much like the show that spawned this spinoff, will consist of six episodes, with creator Robert Kirkman working »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Michelle Obama and Ellen DeGeneres make for a great dance team. Yesterday, the first lady stopped by the Ellen show to talk about her popular “Let’s Move!” campaign, an initiative to get people to lead healthier lives. After trying to one-up each other about who can do more push-ups, the two bust out a choreographed dance number to Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk” featuring members of So You Think You Can Dance. The professional dancers will also being teaching the dance at the White House Easter Egg Roll for the first time ever. Check out the dance above and add some new moves to your repertoire. »
- Kyle Hodge
Michelle Obama continues her charming attempts to get people out of the horizontal position and into a more active one with this appearance on Ellen. They banter like two moms who have known each other for years. After trying to one-up each other for a while, they do a choreographed dance routine to "Uptown Funk" with some So You Think You Can Dance members behind them. It's adorable. Kick back with a white-wine spritzer and enjoy. »
- E. Alex Jung
Michelle Obama and Ellen DeGeneres had themselves an "Uptown Funk" dance party on Ellen's show. The first lady was so enthusiastic, her microphone fell off, and the group had to start the dance over. Michelle Obama was promoting the fifth anniversary of her health and fitness campaign called "Let's Move!" She announced that at this year's White House Egg Roll, the So You Think You Can Dance all-stars will teach a dance to "Uptown Funk." To get everyone excited for the event, Michelle and Ellen showcased the choreography alongside Sytycd dancers. Watch it below.
- Lorena O'Neil
Don't believe her, just watch! When First Lady Michelle Obama visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, she's bringing some serious dance skills. In celebration of the fifth anniversary of her Let's Move initiative, Obama, 51, has enlisted several So You Think You Can Dance favorites to pull together a choreographed group routine that will be performed on the White House lawn at this year's Easter Egg Roll.Obama - who has been challenging celebrities including Beyoncé, Ryan Seacrest, Nick Jonas, Michael Strahan and Hugh Jackman with her Gimme Five campaign - invited Ellen DeGeneres to preview the dance to Mark Ronson »
- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard
Don't believe her, just watch! When First Lady Michelle Obama visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, she's bringing some serious dance skills. In celebration of the fifth anniversary of her Let's Move initiative, Obama, 51, has enlisted several So You Think You Can Dance favorites to pull together a choreographed group routine that will be performed on the White House lawn at this year's Easter Egg Roll.Obama - who has been challenging celebrities including Beyoncé, Ryan Seacrest, Nick Jonas, Michael Strahan and Hugh Jackman with her Gimme Five campaign - invited Ellen DeGeneres to preview the dance to Bruno Mars's "Uptown Funk. »
- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard
The search for a new Duffman on Sunday’s The Simpsons (Fox, 8/7c) brings a bevy of familiar voices to Springfield — including one not heard on the show in more than 20 years.
TVLine has an exclusive first look at the episode, offering a behind-the-scenes peek at Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) and Stacy Keach (Full Circle) getting into character; Deeley plays herself, while Keach once again plays the great H.K. Duff.
Bonus scoop (not in the video): »
It’s time to put your dancing shoes (or your chef’s hat) on, because Fox has announced its summer line-up, including the premieres of So You Think You Can Dance Season 12 and Masterchef Season 6. In addition, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? is also making its return to the network, along with the series premiere of Fox’s new quiz show Boom! Fox’s first premiere of the summer (excluding its event series, Wayward Pines, which already had its May 14 premiere date announced earlier this year) will be Masterchef Season 6, which will welcome a new judge, Christina Tosi, renowned pastry chef and owner and founder of New York City’s Milk Bar, when it returns with a special two-hour premiere on Wednesday, May 20, at 8 p.m. Masterchef will remain in its Wednesday night, 8 p.m. time slot for the rest of Season 6, with only hour-long episodes following its premiere. »
- Chris King
Fox has announced the upcoming debuts of five summer shows: thriller Wayward Pines (May 14th), MasterChef (May 20th), revived Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (May 26th), So You Think You Can Dance (June 1st), and new game show Boom! (June 25th).
In additon, the network has highlighted the season finales of Backstrom (April 30th), Gotham (May 4th), New Girl (May 5th), Weird Loners (debuts March 31st, wraps May 5th), American Idol (May 13th), The Simpsons (May 17th), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (May 17th), Family Guy (May 17th), The Following (May 18th), Bones (June 4th) and Hell's Kitchen (June 9th).
Here's the press release:
Fox Announces Summer Premiere Dates
Event Series "Wayward Pines" Makes Its Global Debut Thursday, May 14
"Masterchef" Returns Wednesday, May 20
"Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?" Premieres »
Fox has set its summer premiere dates for a slate that includes the global premiere of M. Night Shyamalan’s event series “Wayward Pines” and the return of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” while also announcing spring finale dates for current series.
As previously announced, “Wayward Pines” kicks off Fox’s summer on May 14, the final Thursday of the television season, as the psychological thriller opens globally in more than 125 countries simultaneously. The network is working alongside Fox International Channels for what it says will be the world’s largest day-and-date launch ever for a scripted series.
“MasterChef” cooks up its sixth season on Wed., May 20, with a two-hour premiere, and will begin airing in its regular 8-9 p.m. timeslot one week later. »
- Rick Kissell
Fox set premiere dates Monday for its explosive new quiz series “Boom!” and a revamped edition of “So You Think You Can Dance.” The network also announced premiere dates for its other summer offerings, including Gordon Ramsay’s competitive cooking show “Masterchef” and the trivia series “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” See Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 “Boom!,” the network’s new reality series centered around answering questions and defusing fake bombs, will premiere Thursday, June 25, “Sytycd” premieres Monday, June 1, “Masterchef” returns Wednesday, May 20 and “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” returns Tuesday, May 26. Hosted by comedian Tom Papa (“The. »
- Travis Reilly
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