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Kerry Washington teamed up with Michelle Obama to honor students and teachers at Savoy Elementary School in Washington DC today. Both ladies spent time singing, dancing, and performing with the kids on stage, and the first lady made a special trip to one of the classrooms to show off her exercise skills and yoga moves. Between the fun, Michelle spoke to the students and faculty about the importance of overcoming failure - a valuable and encouraging message for Savoy. The school, which was once one of the lowest-performing in the District of Columbia, has shown significant signs of improvement since being designated as one of eight institutions selected for the Turnaround Arts Initiative by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in 2012. Celebrities like Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker, and Sarah Jessica Parker joined the Obama administration in those efforts to help turn around failing schools by integrating arts education. »
- Brittney Stephens
First Lady Michelle Obama busted a move with some school kids during a stop at Savoy Elementary School in Washington, D.C. on Friday.
Obama danced to James Brown, who the kids called "the godfather of soul."
Obama -- along with Kerry Washington, star of ABC's "Scandal" -- encouraged students to "try new things and not be afraid to fail." The school, where the arts are being used to help boost student performance, is located in Anacostia, one of the Washington, D.C.'s poorest neighborhoods.
Watch a video of Obama dancing with the kids above. (Video via CBS News)
Check out a slideshow of her visit below:
- The Huffington Post
Washington -- Failure is Ok, but continuing to work hard is more important, Michelle Obama said Friday.
That was the message the first lady delivered to students at an elementary school where the arts are being used to help boost student performance. The school is located in Anacostia, one of the city's poorest neighborhoods.
Mrs. Obama said failure was not an impediment for her and shouldn't be for them.
She also encouraged the students to "try new things and not be afraid to fail, because we have all failed."
"You're looking at the first ... I have failed at things. Things have been really hard for me at times," Mrs. Obama said at Savoy Elementary School. "But all I had to do was keep going and keep working hard."
Mrs. Obama said the actress, »
Apologies to any TV viewer who thinks they are Scandal's No. 1 fan; the show's cast already owns that title! Seriously, the entire cast of the ABC hit drama is obsessed with their show and why shouldn't they be? Did you watch that season-two finale?! We chatted with stars Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, Guillermo Diaz, Bellamy Young and Darby Stanchfield at the ABC/Disney International upfront in Burbank, Calif., where they looked back on season two's shocking conclusion, talk about the show's very vocal fan base and tease what's ahead for the Gladiators in season three... On Twitter, Thursday nights turn into a Scandal viewing party as the show's cast and fans live-tweet every »
The comedy series, which airs Monday nights on the network, was actually filmed before Scott's "Scandal" arc began, but was held by the network until now. Sitting down on Friday's Access Hollywood Live, Scott explained the premise of his funny new series.
"It's a very sweet idea for a show - the father dies and the sort-of-estranged children come back for his funeral. They learn that he's amassed this fortune and he's set up this series of games ...
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There's much to love about Scandal, from its fiery romances to its nasty political maneuverings. And at the center of this wonderful craziness is Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope — gutsy, brilliant, and incredibly powerful. Also, she wears suits! Lots of suits, lots of separates, and all within a very limited color palette of white, gray, beige, greige, black, and the very rare glimpses of ultra-pale pastels. We see Olivia in white suits pretty often, but she's more likely to be found in a gray suit or jacket this season, perhaps reflecting that she's in a position of moral ambiguity. (Or maybe it just looks great.) Journey with us through every single thing we've seen Olivia Pope wear in the second season of Scandal, won't you? Update: Now with the rest of the outfits from the end of season two! »
- Margaret Lyons
Recently, we considered why Kerry Washington, star of ABC's hit drama "Scandal," isn't considered a frontrunner for Best Drama Actress despite widespread acclaim for her performance and ratings that have steadily increased since the drama debuted last spring. Is there a racial component? Black actresses are certainly underrepresented at Hollywood awards, not because of a lack of talented actors but because of the dearth of prominent roles for them. Indeed, Washington would be only the fifth nominated for Best Drama Actress at the Emmys, and would be the first to win. But "Scandal" probably faces a different problem, which may be even more difficult to overcome: the Emmys' bias against soap operas. "Scandal," about a sexy political crisis manager (Washington) having an affair with the President of the United States (Tony Goldwyn), has grown in popularity precisely because of its sensational twists and tu »
Season 2 of "Copper" on BBC America has added two more guest stars to its cast.
Billy Baldwin, last seen on "Gossip Girl" and "Hawaii Five-0," will play a member of the Tammany Hall political machine in the season's final two episodes. His character, William "Wild Bill" Eustace, is a saloon owner who used his business and family connections to gain some political muscle and now works as a fixer for the machine.
Lindy Booth ("October Road") will also guest as a witness in a high-profile murder case. She and Baldwin join a guest cast that also includes Alfre Woodard, Eamonn Walker, Lee Tergesen and Andrew Howard. "Copper" returns to BBC America on June 23.
More TV news and notes:
- MTV has set a premiere date for Season 2 of its docu-series "Catfish." It premieres Tuesday, June 25 and will run for 16 episodes, up from 12 in its first season.
The Scandal Season 2 finale was knock-your-socks-off fantastic. Between Billy Chambers, divorce plans, sex tapes, Baby Huck and the redemption of David Rosen, our heads never stopped spinning. And let's not forget the jaw=dropping reveal in the last few minutes!
Below, TV Fanatic Staffers Christine Orlando, Leigh Raines, Miranda Wicker, Jim Garner - and Emily from ABC Scandal Fans - gather to discuss "White Hat's Back On." It's time to breakdown the Scandal season finale, people! Pull up a virtual chair and jump right in...
What was your favorite scene or quote from "White Hat's Back On?"
Christine: I couldn't help but laugh at Huck's "It's true what they say. If you want someone killed right, you've gotta kill them yourself." and Abby's response: "Somebody stitch that on a pillow." I just love Abby.
Leigh: The redemption of David Rosen and watching Olivia pop that white Fedora on her head. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (TV Fanatic Staff)
The former NBC genealogy documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? is being resurrected by TLC, which has ordered eight new hourlong episodes to begin airing July 23, the network announced. Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal) are back as executive producers of the series that finds celebrities looking into their pasts to discover unknown details about themselves and their families. “I’ve never stopped hearing about how much people love Who Do You Think You Are?, and I’ve always known that we’ve had more great stories to share,” said Lisa Kudrow. “TLC is a great home for the series, [...]
The post TLC is bringing back celebrity genealogy series “Who Do You Think You Are?” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
TLC announces that it has ordered new episodes of the Emmy-nominated series 'Who Do You Think You Are?, Executive Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal). From TLC The network has ordered 8 hour-long episodes, going behind the famous names of celebrity contributors and sharing their hidden backstories. Celebrities such as Christina Applegate, Cindy Crawford, Zooey Deschanel, and Chris O.Donnell have signed up for the emotional journey, with additional subjects to be announced. All-new episodes, helmed by EPs Lisa Kudrow & Dan Bucatinsky, set to premiere July 23 The series famously takes celebrities on a journey into their personal histories, mining their surprising pasts to reveal unknown details about themselves and their families. The series opens the »
- April Neale
On TV this final night of May Sweeps: Criminal Minds unmasks The Replicator; The Middle, Modern Family, Chicago Fire, Nashville and Svu sign off; and Masterchef turns up the heat once more. Here are 8 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm MasterChef (Fox) | Season 4 premiere: The best home cooks, culled from a nationwide search, prepare their signature dishes for judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Eliot in hopes of earning a white apron and moving to the next round. (Take a peek at a tasty preview.)
8 pm The Middle (ABC) | Season finale: Axl dodges Frankie’s questions about the »
- Kimberly Roots
The first still from the true-crime tale Devil's Knot, which is based on the tragedy surrounding the now freed West Memphis Three, is here, and it offers your first look at Reese Witherspoon as Pam Hobbs, the mother of Steve Branch, one of the three children savagely murdered in Arkansas in 1993.
Worldview Entertainment's dramatic crime thriller Devil's Knot, filmed in the greater Atlanta, Georgia, area under the direction of Atom Egoyan, stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth with a screenplay by Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson. Elizabeth Fowler, Richard Saperstein, and Clark Peterson produced Devil’s Knot alongside Worldview Entertainment CEO Christopher Woodrow. Worldview’s Molly Conners, Sarah Johnson Redlich, Maria Cestone, and Hoyt David Morgan executive produced alongside actual defendants Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. Devil’s Knot is a Fowler-Saperstein-Peterson Production.
Following the release from prison of the West Memphis Three, after nearly 20 years of incarceration, »
- Uncle Creepy
Not much new programming from ABC to look forward to next season, as far as shows with black actors in lead/starring roles are concerned. Of course both Shonda Rhimes series - Grey's Anatomy and Scandal - are returning. But both are already in ABC's arsenal. Ashley Madekwe and Toks Olagundoye will return to their respective supporting roles in Revenge and The Neighbors, respectively. There's also Robert Wisdom in Nashville. One new series of note is Resurrection, which stars Omar Epps in the the top role, in the serial adaptation of author Jason Mott's debut novel, The Returned. Although it's a mid-season replacement, so don't expect to see it until sometime in early 2014. There are a couple of new shows with black actors in them, although not necessarily front-and-center. Isiah Whitlock Jr. is a member of the ensemble cast of Lucky 7, which revolves around seven employees of a service. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Not much new programming from ABC to look forward to next season, as far as shows with black actors in lead/starring roles are concerned. Of course both Shonda Rhimes series - Grey's Anatomy and Scandal - are returning. But both are already in ABC's arsenal. Ashley Madekwe and Toks Olagundoye will return to their respective supporting roles in Revenge and The Neighbors, respectively. There's also Robert Wisdom in Nashville. One new series of note is Resurrection, which stars Omar Epps in the the top role, in the serial adaptation of author Jason Mott's debut novel, The Returned. Although it's a mid-season replacement, so »
- Tambay A. Obenson
All season long, Criminal Minds has been teasing the arrival of The Replicator, and this Wednesday on the two-hour season finale, we’ll finally be able to put a face to the name. But first, the Hotchner brothers are going to find themselves dealing with a tricky situation.
As you can see in this exclusive preview from the episode, Hotchner is called away from a seemingly lovely reunion with Beth (guest star Bellamy Young of Scandal) after receiving an urgent call from his younger brother, Sean, who may have gotten himself mixed up in a crime. (Per the episode description, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
While pilots for "The Selection" and "Delirium" were not picked up by their respective networks, The CW did move forward with the adaptation of another Young Adult novel - one that hasn't even been released yet - called "The 100" by Kass Morgan. ... Eliza Taylor (newcomer) as Clarke, Paige Turco (“Person of Interest,” “Damages”) as Abby, Thomas McDonell (“Suburgatory”) as Finn, Eli Goree (“Emily Owens, M.D.”) as Wells, Marie Avgeropoulos (“50/50“) as Octavia, Bob Morley (newcomer) as Bellamy, Kelly Hu (“X2: X-Men United,” “Arrow”) as Cece, Christopher Larkin (“Squad 85”) as Monty, Devon Bostick (“Aim High”) as Jasper, with Isaiah Washington (upcoming “Blue Caprice,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) as Chancellor Jaha, and Henry Ian Cusick (“Lost,” “Scandal”) as Kane. Based on the upcoming book series by Kass Morgan, The 100 is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Matthew Miller (“Human Ta. »
Welcome back to Scandal, the finest slice of political drama on the TV, now with more fashion accessories, torture and twists and turns! It’s the finale of the show’s second season, aptly titled ‘White Hat’s Back On’ in a reflection of the season premiere ‘White Hat’s Off’, and with the big revelations that Billy Chambers, disgraced politician and murderer, is the Albatross and that David Rosen has betrayed the team, the team is scattered and scrambling to deal with wave after wave of problems. Let’s jump in, shall we?
Olivia and the team are running a handy little recap of the Billy Chambers reveal of last week, particularly the moment when Billy buys back his life from Charlie, the pair forming a friendship. David, meanwhile, is holding onto the Cytron card for security. Later on, the team look for someone who Billy can use to »
- Chris Haigh
Recent Scandal guest star and Torchwood mainstay John Barrowman will host a reality contest show for ABC called Sing Your Face Off. According to EW, five celebrity ("celebrity") contestants will "take on the identity of an iconic music performer each week," attempting to impress judges Debbie Gibson and Darrell Hammond. The contestants are Jon Lovitz, Lisa Rinna, Sebastian Bach, NBA player Landry Fields, and Disney Channel actress China Anne McClain, so place your bets accordingly. As horrendous as this all sounds, maybe Syfo is the first step toward a musical special starring the cast of Scandal! Not a musical episode of the show, mind you, just a one-off special. Maybe with holiday songs? »
- Margaret Lyons
Kerry Washington stars on one of the hottest shows on TV. The second season finale of her critically acclaimed ABC political drama "Scandal" topped nine million viewers last week. Yet she sits in the seventh slot on our list of the potential six nominees for Best Drama Actress at the Emmys. If she can reap a bid, she is spoilt for choice when it comes to which single episode to submit to the jury that determines the winner. So, why is she not a frontrunner? Could it be racial bias? After all, Washington stars on the highest-rated series among the top tier of women vying for Emmy recognition. "Scandal" is generating lots of buzz, meriting the covers of Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide. And she got great reviews: Alan Sepinwall (Hitfix) said, "she owns every moment she's on camera, and is completely believable as someone who'd feel comfortable charging into »
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