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TVLine Items: New Chicago Fire Chief, Megan Hilty on TV Land and More

19 August 2015 12:35 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The members of Firehouse 51 might not want to get too comfortable when Chicago Fire returns — at least, not if Fredric Lehne has his way.

The ubiquitous TV actor will recur on Season 4 of the NBC drama as Deputy District Chief Ray Riddle, a gruff, politically savvy fire chief above Boden.

RelatedChicago Fire Boss Talks More Spinoffs, Four-Way (!) Crossover With Svu

According to, Riddle is gunning for the Fire Commissioner position — and he doesn’t care if Firehouse 51 becomes collateral damage along the way.

Lehne’s many TV credits include Law & Order: Svu, American Horror Story and Supernatural, »

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Megan Hilty & John Behlmann Among Four Cast In TV Land Pilot ‘I Shudder’

19 August 2015 8:49 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

TV Land has tapped into the theater world for the cast of its comedy pilot I Shudder. Smash and Broadway alum Megan Hilty (9 to 5: The Musical, Wicked), John Behlmann (Significant Other, The 39 Steps), Geneva Carr (Hand To God) and Brooklyn Shuck (Matilda The Musical, Annie) are set to co-star opposite Hamish Linklater in the comedy written by Paul Rudnick. I Shudder revolves around Elyot Vionnet (Linklater), an advocate of manners, style and most importantly, common… »

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‘Smash’ Star Megan Hilty and Fellow Broadway Alums Join Hamish Linklater in TV Land’s ‘I Shudder’

19 August 2015 8:40 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Megan Hilty and several other Broadway alums have been added to the cast of TV Land dark comedy “I Shudder,” the network announced Wednesday. Hilty, known for playing Ivy Lynn on the NBC show “Smash” and for appearing in Broadway productions of “Wicked”,  is joined by John Behlmann (“Significant Other,” “The 39 Steps”), Tony nominee Geneva Carr (“Hand To God”) and Brooklyn Shuck (“Matilda The Musical,” “Annie”) to co-star opposite previously announced lead actor Hamish Linklater (“Cymbeline,” “The Newsroom”). Hilty and Behlmann will play Sara and Drake Morelle, the demanding parents to 11-year-old Stella, played by Shuck. The Morelles are neighbors. »

- Joe Otterson

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Megan Hilty Joins TV Land Comedy Pilot ‘I Shudder’

19 August 2015 8:34 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TV Land has tapped Megan Hilty and three other theater vets to star in the comedy pilot “I Shudder.”

The pilot written by Paul Rudnick revolves around a master of etiquette, played by Hamish Linklater, who inflicts terrible consequences on those who don’t take his advice. Hilty, a stage vet and former star of NBC’s “Smash,” and John Behlmann (“The 39 Steps”) will play the parents of an 11-year-old girl who lives next door to Linklater’s character, Elyot Vionnet.

Geneva Carr (“Hand to God”) and Brooklyn Shuck (“Matilda”) have also signed on to the pilot, to be lensed in New York in October.

Rudnick is exec producing with Dan Jinks. The pilot is based on Rudnick’s book of the same name: “I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death and New Jersey.”


- Variety Staff

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Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Adds Abby's Parents in Season 2

31 July 2015 1:47 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Because Abby still has a few levels of public embarrassment she hasn’t experienced, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce has decided to introduce her parents in Season 2.

The Bravo drama has cast Barry Bostwick (Spin City) and Lesley Anne Warren (In Plain Sight) as Abby’s folks, George and Dina, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Related NeNe Leaks Parts Ways With Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta

At present, the pair are slated to appear in one episode. They join a Season 2 guest roster that includes Megan Hilty (Smash), Maury Sterling (Homeland), Aaron Staton (Mad Men), Retta (Parks and Recreation) and »

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Have Jurassic Dinosaurs Truly Kicked Marvel Superheroes Butt at Worldwide Box Office?

25 July 2015 9:48 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Jurassic World' velociraptor kicks Iron Man ass at worldwide box office. 'Jurassic World' officially surpasses 'The Avengers' at worldwide box office Directed by Colin Trevorrow; starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Vincent D'Onofrio; and co-executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World has officially become the third biggest worldwide box office hit in history. The Jurassic Park sequel – or reboot, as it's basically the same story with a slightly different twist – has surpassed Marvel's Joss Whedon-directed all-star superhero flick The Avengers, which broke box office records back in 2012. Of course, "officially" just ain't what it used to be – like, in the days before The Fall. So you wisely ask, "But which movie has actually sold the most tickets?" After all, that's the true measure of a film's popularity. Well, that's a tough one to answer without the studios providing accurate, precise numbers. And that's not about to happen. It always »

- Zac Gille

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2015 Pilot First Impressions: CBS’ Supergirl

23 July 2015 8:49 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

To clarify, this article and the ones similar to it that will follow are not reviews of this fall/midseason’s pilots (because pilots can change a lot between now and when they broadcast). These are just my first impressions of the not-for-air network pilots that I have been able to screen. First up: CBS’ Supergirl, which premieres on Monday, Oct. 26, at 8:30 p.m. The Cast: Melissa Benoist (Glee) as Kara Zor-El/Kara Danvers, Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) as Cat Grant, Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy) as Alex Danvers, Mehcad Brooks (True Bloood) as James “Jimmy” Olsen, Jeremy Jordan (Smash) as Winn Schott, and David Harewood (Homeland) as Hank Henshaw My First Impression: Although it’ll air on CBS, Supergirl feels very similar in tone and style to The CW’s The Flash in its first hour, and that’s neither surprising, since both shows come from Greg Berlanti, »

- Chris King

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‘Mad Men,’ ‘Smash’ Alums Added to Bravo’s ‘Girlfriends Guide to Divorce’

21 July 2015 1:20 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bravo rom-com “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” is amping up its cast for season two, Variety has learned.

Homeland’s” Maury Sterling has been cast in the recurring role of Jo’s (Alanna Ubach) ex-husband, Frumpkis. He also has a new wife, a southern belle named Charlene (“Smash” alum Megan Hilty). Meanwhile, Aaron Staton (“Mad Men”) will be recurring as Jd, a new love interest for one of the show’s many single ladies — we just don’t know which one.

Bravo’s first scripted series, “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” follows self-help author Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein). A former picture of perfection, Abby finds herself navigating life as a single woman in her 40s after her seemingly idealistic career and marriage simultaneously implode. In addition to Ubach’s Jo, who is Abby’s best friend from her college days, the cast also includes Paul Adelstein as Abby’s ex-husband, Jake.

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- Whitney Friedlander

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Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Adds Megan Hilty, Mad Man in Season 2

21 July 2015 1:11 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Fade in on a girl with a husband named Frumpkis…

Smash star Megan Hilty will recur on Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce as southern belle Charlene, the woman married to Jo’s oft-referred-to ex, Robert Frumpkis.

The series, which announced the casting Tuesday, also is adding Mad Men alum Aaron Staton and Homeland‘s Maury Sterling to its Season 2 cast.

Related Bravo Renews Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce for Season 2

Sterling will play Frumpkis himself — who comes to Los Angeles to be closer to his daughter — while Staton will play Jd, a new love interest for one of the ladies. Both roles are recurring. »

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Chasing Life's Krysta Rodriguez Teases Vanessa's Backstory, Says Playing a Character With Cancer Is 'Cathartic'

20 July 2015 8:52 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chasing Life‘s April Carver doesn’t know it yet, but newcomer Vanessa (played by Smash alumna Krysta Rodriguez) might just be her guardian angel in disguise.

RelatedExclusive Pretty Little Liars First Look: The Girls Are Dressed to Kill (Charles?) at Prom

Sure, Vanessa’s blunt manner of speaking seems off-putting at first, but as Rodriguez points out to TVLine: “Anytime Vanessa says something to April, it changes her entire life. She switched her clinical trial after a conversation with Vanessa, then she decided to dance and be free and get fired from her job because of Vanessa. My character »

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Supergirl Stars Talk Casting Drama — and Who's Stoked for 'Makeout Scenes With Superman'

11 July 2015 4:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Landing a coveted role on CBS’ buzzy freshman drama Supergirl was no easy task — just ask Glee alum Melissa Benoist about her three months of screen testing — so forgive the cast if they’re not about to get caught up in any social-media negativity surrounding their worthiness, thank you very much.

RelatedCBS’ Supergirl Enlists Peter Facinelli as DC Comics’ Maxwell Lord

In a freewheeling chat with TVLine’s Michael Ausiello from our Comic-Con suite at the Hard Rock Hotel, Mehcad Brooks (True Blood) brushed off criticisms about the network’s decision to cast him in the role of Jimmy Olsen – despite the fact that, »

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Debra Messing "Wasn't a Fan" of Jeremy Piven on Will & Grace: "He Shoved His Tongue...Down to My Heart"

8 July 2015 6:05 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Debra Messing isn't afraid to kiss and tell — especially if the kiss is bad! During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live earlier this week, the Smash alum dished on one of her least-favorite former costars: Jeremy Piven, who apparently got a little overzealous during their makeout scene on Will & Grace back in 2000. Asked by a caller to name the best and worst guest stars on the sitcom, Messing, 46, was quick to single out Harry Connick, Jr. as her favorite. (The crooner played [...] »

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‘Chasing Life’ Exec Producer Teases Season 2: April’s Love Triangle ‘Ramps Up’

6 July 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Chasing Life” returns with its second season, anchoring a drama-heavy Monday night on ABC Family’s summer slate.

The new season will head into “uncharted waters,” says exec producer Patrick Sean Smith, who teases April’s (Italia Ricci) wedding, career, health and love triangle with Leo (Scott Michael Foster) and Dominic (Richard Brancatisano).

The Season 1 series finale left off with Leo proposing to April in her hospital room, where she was recently re-admitted, due to her cancer coming back, which caused her to choose to leave her job as a newspaper journalist. Smith says, “The biggest change this season comes in April’s shift in ambitions.”

Smith, who also created the cabler’s former college hit “Greek,” tells Variety what to expect in “Chasing Life’s sophomore season.

Season 2 will see a lot of new movement in April’s life. What inspired all of the changes?

We felt like her »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Smash’s Megan Hilty Thinks She Would Be ‘Perfect’ for Bombshell

1 July 2015 6:07 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Last week, Universal announced that Bombshell — the musical contained within Smash — was going into development to become an actual musical following the success of its one-night-only concert. Vulture caught up with Megan Hilty, who played Ivy Lynn, the blonde ingenue vying for the role of Marilyn Monroe on the show, to ask if she would consider going in for the part. “I’d love to do it. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime," Hilty told us at Voice for the Voiceless, a benefit concert raising money for foster children where she would be performing onstage. "It would be perfect for me, in my opinion. I mean, I know the songs and I love singing them.”So true! Later that night, Hilty even belted out "Second Hand White Baby Grand" from the show as though to prove the point. Maybe we can consider the clip below her audition? »

- Ericka Goodman

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Comic Con 2015 Thursday Schedule

25 June 2015 2:42 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Thursday, July 9. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.

Thursday, July 9

10:00am - 11:00am - Amazon: Hand of God

Amazon will introduce the Comic-Con audience to Hand of God; a one-hour drama series that stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman in his first lead television role since Sons of Anarchy, as the honorable justice Pernell Harris. The series centers on Harris, a powerful and corrupt judge who comes apart at the seams in the aftermath of a family tragedy. Stricken by grief, and in »

- MovieWeb

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‘Smash’ Musical ‘Bombshell’ to Get B’way Run

23 June 2015 1:34 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

There are different ways shows move from screen to stage, but the Broadway adaptation of the musical within the show “Smash” is a singular event. “Bombshell,” the musical bio of Marilyn Monroe, first introduced in the hit NBC TV show starring Megan Hilty, featured music from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray”). After a one-night-only performance on June 8 received a positive response from fans, a fully realized Broadway production is set to include choreographer Joshua Bergasse (“On the Town,” “Gigi”). Also attached to the project are “Smash” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, as well as Steven Spielberg, executive producer for the TV version. No word yet as to whether or not Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing, Jeremy Jordan, Anjelica Huston, or newly minted Tony winner Christian Borle (“Something Rotten”) will reprise their TV roles in the stage production. Inspired by this post? Check out our theater audition listings! »

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Smash Is Becoming Real Life As Bombshell the Musical Goes Into Development

22 June 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Bombshell is becoming a real-life Smash. Universal announced Monday that due to the overwhelming response from the one-night only Bombshell benefit concert earlier in June, it is going to develop the show for the stage. NBC chair and musical lover Bob Greenblatt said, "Over the course of two seasons an entire ‘Bombshell’ score was written to service Smash storylines, and now that show will have a chance to stand on its own." Meaning: The fake drama to bring Bombshell to Broadway is a reality! Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who were executive producers on the series, will be co-lyricists with Shaiman as the composer. Otherwise, Universal didn't make any firm commitments as to what shape Bombshell would take, and certainly didn't make any casting announcements, but we're crossing our fingers for the girl who wants it more. »

- E. Alex Jung

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Smash's Marilyn Monroe Musical Bombshell Headed for Stage Run

22 June 2015 12:52 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Let’s not turn this into a referendum on whether Megan Hilty or Katharine McPhee makes the better Marilyn Monroe, Ok?

Oh, who are we kidding? That’s half the fun of the news that Universal Stage Productions has begun development on a stage musical version of Bombshell — the fictional Broadway show at the center of NBC’s two-season musical-within-a-musical drama Smash.

VideosSmash‘s Broadway ‘Bombshell’ Videos: Watch the Marilyns’ ‘Big Finish,’ ‘The 20th Century Fox Mambo’ and More

News of Bombshell‘s resurgence comes a week after a buzzy Actors Fund benefit featuring the show’s music that starred Smash cast members Hilty, »

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Smash's Bombshell Musical About Marilyn Monroe Is Actually in the Works

22 June 2015 12:47 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The show must go on, and for Smash and Bombshell, it just took a little longer to continue. NBC canceled the musical drama in 2013 after two seasons, but now it could get a new life of sorts on stage. Bombshell, the Marilyn Monroe musical at the center of the series, is being developed into a real Broadway musical. This news comes after the cast, including Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty, reunited for a charity concert benefiting The Actors Fund. The show sold out in pre-sale and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. "There is a still a lot of love for Smash and a rabid fan base out there, and we're thrilled to be able to keep the dream alive as we work towards bringing Bombshell to theatre audiences," Robert »

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Fame lives again with a reboot at Lifetime from Nigel Lythgoe

10 June 2015 12:05 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Fame is alive again at Lifetime, thanks to So You Think You Can Dance producer Nigel Lythgoe.

Lythgoe is partnering with the cable network for an updated version of the 1980s dance-themed drama series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Development is still in the early stages, with writer Josh Safran currently attached to pen the pilot episode about dancers attending a major performing arts academy.

Safran is familiar with the musical drama format through his work as showrunner of short-lived NBC series Smash's second season.

No cast members are attached to Fame yet, and it's not clear when it will air on Lifetime.

A Fame revival has long been in development from MGM, having first been announced back in the summer of 2012.

The 1982 television version of Fame was based on the hit 1980 film of the same, and made stars of Debbie Allen, Nia Peeples and Jesse Borrego. »

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