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Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 2:46PM EST
Netflix orders Rhythm + Flow hip-hop competition, sets Cardi B, T.I. and Chance the Rapper as judges
John Legend will serve as an executive producer of Netflix's first-ever music competition reality show, which is aimed at finding the next breakout hip-hop star. Rhythm + Flow, which Netflix has been developing for a year, will visit cities around the country over the course of 10 hour-long episodes, including the judges' hometowns of Atlanta, Chicago and New York. It is expected to premiere in fall 2019. Each audition city will also feature established rappers who hail from that city serving as guest judges. Rhythm + Flow will mark a return to reality TV for Cardi B and T.I., who have starred, respectively, on VH1's Love & Hip Hop: New York and T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle.
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 3:17PM EDT
NBC announces a John Legend-Chrissy Teigen Christmas music special
A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy, airing Nov. 28 at 10 p.m. will feature the EGOT winner and his social media star wife joined by friends family and special guests to be announced later.
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 9:25PM EDT
BET makes its Quincy Jones TV special official
The legendary producer and musician will be feted for his 85th birthday as part of Q 85: A Musical Celebration For Quincy Jones, which will tape on Sept. 25. Rashida Jones will honor her dad with the help of John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Dave Chappelle, Gloria Estefan, Danny Glover, Gladys Knight, Herbie Hancock and Brian McNight.
# TOPICS: Quincy Jones, BET, Q 85: A Musical Celebration For Quincy Jones, Brian McNight, Danny Glover, Dave Chappelle, Gladys Knight, Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Rashida Jones
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 4:01PM EDT
LeBron James and John Legend to produce a female-led CW series based on the movie Lean on Me
The Lean on Me series will focus on a spirited young black teacher who becomes the principal of a public high school in the NBA superstar's hometown of Akron, Ohio. The 1989 movie Lean on Me starred Morgan Freeman in the principal role.
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
John Legend joins The Voice, replacing Jennifer Hudson
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The recently-minted EGOT and Emmy winner will become a coach for the 16th season in the spring.
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice join the EGOT club thanks to NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert
Source: The New York Times
The trio join 12 other winners who've won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony following their Creative Arts Emmys victory.
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Craig Zadan dies: Former Oscars producer helped bring live TV musicals to NBC
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Zadan died Tuesday at age 69 of complications following shoulder replacement surgery. Together with longtime producing partner Neil Meron, Zadan brought live musicals back to TV in 2013, starting with NBC's The Sound of Music Live! starring Carrie Underwood. Zadan and Meron would go on to produce 2014's Peter Pan Live!, 2015's The Wiz Live!, 2016's Hairspray Live! and this year's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. The producing duo previously produced the CBS TV movie musical Gypsy starring Bette Midler, as well as musicals for ABC's Wonderful World of Disney. Zadan and Meron also produced the Oscars for three years in a row, from 2013 through 2015, with hosts Seth MacFarlane, Ellen DeGeneres and Neil Patrick Harris. "I’m stunned and saddened the unexpected passing of Craig Zadan," tweeted Harris. "He’s been a friend my entire adult life, championed me to host the Oscars, brought musical theatre back to TV. A wonderful, kind spirit." John Legend tweeted: "RIP to our friend Craig. He produced Jesus Christ Superstar with us and also produced the Oscars when Common and I sang 'Glory' in front of a replica of the Pettus Bridge. A wonderful producer and a lovely man." NBC Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt, who tapped the producing partners to bring back live musicals to TV, called Zadan "my dear friend," adding: "Craig’s distinguished career as a passionate and consummate producer is eclipsed only by his genuine love for the thousands of actors, directors, writers, musicians, designers, and technicians he worked with over the years. His absence will be felt in our hearts and throughout our business." Others paying tribute include Kevin Bacon, whose breakout role in Footloose was co-produced by Zadan, and Sean Hayes, who tweeted "my life and career were forever changed by the opportunities he and his producing partner, @neilmeron, provided me over the years."
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
Netflix got the most Emmy nominations because it had the most shows, not the best ones
With 112 nominations, Netflix overtaking HBO for the most nods "is a reflection of volume, and an emerging status quo," says Willa Paskin. Netflix aired 70 new shows during the nominating period, while HBO aired 20 new and returning shows. "Forget hours: to stay ahead in the prestige game, HBO’s bread and butter, it would seem to have make more series to keep up," says Pasklin. "But there’s another way to look at these numbers. HBO still has way more nominations per show than Netflix does: Of the 10 shows with the most nominations, HBO had three; FX had two; Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix each had one, which is another way of saying that Netflix got the most nominations because it had the most shows, not the best ones." She adds that amid the "overkill" of so many potential contenders, Emmy voters glom on to stuff they could actually remember and start using "brands like HBO, Netflix, and FX to look for contenders. Unlike Netflix and the networks, HBO and FX aren’t trying to appeal to everyone, but in terms of reliably attracting attention for their series, they too are the new networks."
- Netflix didn't do a few shows extremely well -- it did a lot of shows very well
- Netflix dominated by having lots of Emmy-approved shows in many categories, rather than one or two overperforming titles
- Don't write off HBO just yet: It landed more major program noms than anyone else, including the top two scripted series
- Netflix officially rules television with its 112 nominations
- A true changing of the guard will happen when Netflix wins in the major award categories
- Amy Sherman-Palladino, snubbed for Gilmore Girls, reacts to 14 noms for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: "Why are they letting me into the club?!"
- John Legend on a possible EGOT: "To do it with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice would be especially cool"
- Rachel Bloom posts a "Super chill" video of her trashing her office in reaction to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Emmy snub
- Bill Hader always wanted to do something like Barry, and now his show has earned five nominations
- Henry Winkler's Emmy nomination for Barry is his first for a regular TV role since Happy Days in 1978
- GLOW creators are proud to be part of a "really idiosyncratic group" of nominees
- Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost, who was nominated for writing, on major category snub: "External validation is a popsicle"
- Jonathan Van Ness was nominated for Queer Eye and Gay of Thrones
- Here are the 11 best Emmy nomination reactions -- and two of the worst
- American Vandal and Big Mouth each got nominated -- a huge victory for d*ck jokes
- Seven members of The Handmaid's Tale cast received nominations
- Donald Glover and Bill Hader each picked up four nominations, for Atlanta and Barry, respectively -- and for hosting SNL
- Roseanne wasn't snubbed -- it didn't deserve to be nominated
- The Handmaid's Tale's Yvonne Strahovski on her first Emmy nomination: "I can’t stop smiling, my face hurts"
- Megan Mullally was surprised Will & Grace was snubbed
- Regina King was nominated for the fourth year in a row, thanks to Seven Seconds
- Sarah Drew celebrates her surprise Emmy nomination for Grey's Anatomy: B-Team after she was dropped from Grey's Anatomy
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, HBO, Netflix, American Vandal, Atlanta, Barry, Big Mouth, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Gay of Thrones, GLOW, Grey's Anatomy: B-Team, The Handmaid's Tale, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Queer Eye, Roseanne, Saturday Night Live, Seven Seconds, Twin Peaks: The Return, Will & Grace, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bill Hader, Donald Glover, Henry Winkler, John Legend, Jonathan Van Ness, Mark Frost, Megan Mullally, Rachel Bloom, Regina King, Sarah Drew, Tim Rice, Yvonne Strahovski, Emmys
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
Source: The New York Times
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, Amazon, CBS, FX, HBO, Hulu, NBC, Netflix, An Emmy for Megan, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, At Home With Amy Sedaris, Atlanta, Black-ish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale, I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman, Insecure, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Killing Eve, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Modern Family, Real Time with Bill Maher, Roseanne, Saturday Night Live, This is Us, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Tracey Ullman’s Show, Twin Peaks: The Return, Veep, Westworld, Will & Grace, Aidy Bryant, Alec Baldwin, Alex Borstein, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris, Anthony Bourdain, Bill Maher, Chrissy Teigen, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Freddie Highmore, Issa Rae, James Corden, Jane Lynch, Jeff Daniels, Jimmy Fallon, John Goodman, John Legend, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Kit Harington, Kyle MacLachlan, Laurie Metcalf, Leslie Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mandy Moore, Megan Amram, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Rachel Brosnahan, Samantha Bee, Sandra Oh, Sarah Silverman, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Sterling K. Brown, Steve Levitan, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tracey Ullman, Trevor Noah, Viola Davis, Award Shows, Emmys
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 6:07PM EDT
IFC orders musical sketch show Sherman's Showcase from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon alums
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle, who co-wrote and appeared on camera on Fallon's Late Night show, are behind Sherman's Showcase. With John Legend producing, the variety sketch comedy show will feature Salahuddin in the role of host Sherman McDaniel, "taking viewers through time via music and comedy drawn from the four-decade library of his fictional musical variety show." The eight-episode series aims to be in the vein of In Living Color, The Midnight Special and Soul Train.
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:00PM EDT
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert offered three lessons in staging a TV musical
One lesson is that concert staging works. "The larger lesson is one that all live TV musicals can learn from: Strict photorealism is not your friend," says Constance Grady. "The trick is to borrow from performance styles that already have accepted cinematographies, that audiences know how to watch on television already. We’re used to watching rock concerts on TV. We know what they’re supposed to look like." Another lesson is that sung-through shows, where the audience doesn't have to move between "different layers of artifice and emotional reality" between dialogue and songs, help keep the energy level of viewers high, says Grady. The third lesson is that spectacle is the most important. "In Jesus Christ Superstar Live," she says, "the spectacle was as simple and evocative as the shot of the back of the stage opening up, forming a cross made out of negative space, as Jesus’s cross floats back into the fog. It’s a moment that would do very little in a produced movie, and the effects could be tricky to handle in a theater. But in a live TV musical special, it became the kind of extraordinary, haunting image that future live TV musicals would do well to emulate."
- "A blasphemous piece of well-crafted trash": Much of religious America hated Jesus Christ Superstar Live because old criticisms die hard
- It's a minor miracle!: Jesus Christ Superstar Live "was the closest that live television has come to creating a hybrid new form, combining elements of epic cinema, the stage musical, and the concert film," says Matt Zoller Seitz
- Hamilton's Brandon Victor Dixon stole the show as Judas
- TV musicals are judged on the "outright disaster" scale, but Jesus Christ Superstar Live never registered as a joke
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:51AM EDT
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert had a lot of excess, but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing
NBC's latest live musical was a lot to take in, says Maureen Ryan. "This musical threw together glitter, sequins, leather, writhing hotties, a few big performances pitched to the last row, and camerawork that often felt as though it was hopped up on too many lattes," she says. "Actually, the ragged edges of a unifying concept did emerge over the course of the NBC musical’s two-hour-and-20-minute running time: If its philosophy could be summed up in one word, 'excess' would just about cover it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But this live show was a lot. The musical was intensely earnest, often endearingly so."
- This was the best TV musical yet, providing viewers with an actual spiritual experience
- It was a "very successful experiment" that marked the revival of the TV musical
- The emotional climax saved the overblown first half
- NBC wisely surrounded John Legend with spectacular theater vets
- It was an exhilarating production that revolutionized the "still-evolving live musical format"
- The star power was equaled by depth of feeling and characterization in all the principals
- Chrissy Teigen took on trolls, but had a fun time live-tweeting her husband as Jesus
- Jesus Christ Superstar lyricist Tim Rice tweeted: "Good to see something we wrote a while back still appreciated"
- Here are seven things you didn't see on the TV broadcast
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Jesus Christ Superstar Live director plans to "send many thousands of volts of surprising energy through a TV screen"
Director David Leveaux says Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert is a new experience, even for veterans of live TV musicals. "There are so many raw live elements of this show, it’s quite new," he says. "They may not admit it, but some people are quite nervous because you can’t control everything. That’s what makes it exciting. And if it fails, we’re hoping to fail forward.”
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:50AM EST
Check out NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live poster
Source: Us Weekly
John Legend transforms into Jesus in the key art for the live NBC musical, scheduled for Easter Sunday.
Posted Sunday 1/07/18 at 3:33AM EST
Sara Bareilles joins NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! as Mary Magdalene
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The singer-songwriter will star opposite John Legend and Alice Cooper on the April 1 Easter Sunday production.