A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting will become a movie and TV Series

Written by: Chae’ Jones                                  

Babysitter aren’t only the people who make sure that mom and dad get that date night and adult time away from the house. They also might be apart of a secret society who protect children from the monsters under their bed. On “Book Circle Online” our host Chae’ Jones sat with author, screenwriter and director Joe Ballarini to talk “A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting”, what his inspiration behind the book was and an exclusive new deal that everyone everywhere will be able to enjoy.

For those who didn’t know that this is the first book in a three book series Ballarinii actually let out some exciting news. Ballarini said, “Three book possibly six and it’s going to be a movie and television series too guys.”

When asked what inspired him to write this book Ballerini said, “I was a babysitter three nights as a child. Someone actually let me look after them. It wasn’t three nights in a row, it was three jobs in row. I should’ve not been babysitting. I was not very good at babysitting so I think that experience always stuck with me. That idea of having so much responsibility put upon you at an early age and saying oh my gosh I don’t know if I can handle this. I don’t like horror films, I like to watch them and think that I’m a lot braver than I am but I’m actually terrified of them. I like this kind of blend comedy and horror that’s in the book and that a lot of times the babysitters in movie are always the one that gets killed first. The babysitters in horror films they are always like is that a cold breeze? And you never really see them again. But I love the idea that the babysitter is super empowered and come prepared. Zip open their backpack and have all their cool weapons ready to go. There is something neat about a secret society of babysitters that look after kids that that’s there job. We don’t really know the truth about them. That they’re actually fighting these gigantic monsters.”

You can watch the FULL interview here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qegwalQpVUU

CBS, Jerry Bruckheimer, and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder team up.

By Ali Esquivel

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will collaborate with Jerry Bruckheimer to produce a TV series based on Holder’s experiences at the White House.  The drama series will be called Main Justice and will be produced for CBS. Back in July, Jerry Bruckheimer signed a TV deal with CBS and this is the first product of this deal.

Eric Holder was appointed by President Barack Obama as the 82nd U.S. Attorney General from 2009 to 2015. The series will be centered around his experiences as America’s youngest Attorney General as he investigates the biggest and most complicated cases in the country.

The series will be written by Sascha Penn, who will be producing along Holder, and Bruckheimer. They will be joined by producers from Jerry Bruckheimer TV and CBS Studios, Jonathan Littman and Kristi Anne respectively. Jerry Bruckheimer TV is responsible for CBS’s popular CSI series. It has two shows currently airing The Amazing Race on CBS, and Lucifer on Fox.

SYTYCD Final Four: September 18th

By: Tiege Dooley-Panko

The So You Think You Can Dance final four contestants performed together, some of them for the last time Monday night, and emotions were high at CBS Studios!

Jenna Johnson cried on stage dancing with Kiki for one of the last times this season.

Jenna told AfterBuzz TV host Tiege Dooley-Panko she was just sad the season was coming to an end.

“I think I got emotional because I wasn’t on stage with him as much as I have been in the past few weeks and so watching him from backstage and just watching his growth with my own eyes, it’s just crazy and I’m really sad it’s going to be over soon,” Jenna told ABTV.

Contestant Koine Iwasaki said she is sad to see the season come to an end, but she’s so thankful for the experience. She told ABTV host Carla Renata her favorite memory from the season with Marko, her Allstar.

“Before we dance on stage, every week we switch off, and we say a prayer and I need it to dance,” Koine said. “It’s special and I will always remember that.”

As for Lex, he said he wanted to do better than last week so he was focused on that. “It’s not over yet for me,” Lex said. “I feel like I just need to do what I do best.”

As for what we can expect next week during the finale, STYCD Judge Nigel Lythgoe let AfterBuzz TV in on a little secret!

He told ABTV exclusively, that we can expect to see choreographer Travis Wall performing next week with contestant, Lex Ishimoto!

Travis Wall confirmed this information and said he is excited to dance with Lex because he’s a part of his company, Shaping Sound.

SYTYCD Judge Mary Murphy said she feels like a proud parent watching the contestants grow this season. She told ABTV she loves keeping up with contestants from past seasons, too.

“It’s really cool for me and Nigel,” Mary said. “I love it when they call me and I love it when they come down to my dance studio and dance – it’s certainly a rich history.”

SYTYCD Judge Vanessa Hudgens said she loves everyone but it sounds like she has a favorite!

“I think I love Lex. I think that what he can do is unparalleled to any other dancer and it’s very special to just see him doing his thing,” Vanessa told ABTV.

Tune in next week for the So You Think You Can Dance finale on Fox and be sure to join in on the conversation with AfterBuzz TV So You Think You Can Dance After Show Wednesdays live at 7pm PCT!

SYTYCD Final Four Revealed!

By: Becky Sattero

They have personality.

They have dance versatility.

They had what it took to secure a coveted top 4 spot in the So You Think You Can Dance season 14 finale.

The season finale will be split between Monday, September 18th and the winner for America’s Favorite Dancer will be revealed after a entertainment-packed show on September 25th.

After Monday night’s top four was announced – there was a palpable juxtaposition of emotions backstage by dancers, judges, and choreographers.

The shock of the night was front-runner and show favorite, Logan Hernandez (partnered with All-Star, Allison Holker) not carrying enough votes by America to make it as a top 4 finalist.

“I’m leaving with my heart full of love, my head high, I feel like I did leave a mark on the stage,” Logan explains when asked what the experience has meant to him. As many SYTYCD fans know, this is not the end of the road for Logan. He is open to all of the new and exciting adventures coming his way. Travis Wall, who won an Emmy on Saturday for his Choreography on SYTYCD, is proof that you don’t have to win the competition to completely change the landscape of the dance world.

Logan certainly left his mark on the hearts of many this season.

“I was surprised Logan wasn’t in it, at the same time I’m thrilled with America’s vote,” Executive Producer and Judge Nigel Lythgoe said when asked who he was surprised by in the top 4. He continues to explain that even though it’s disappointing Logan did not make it in the final four – he “wouldn’t know who he’d take out of the top 4.”

That has been the story of this season on SYTYCD, each dancer in the top 10 is a remarkable talent soeach elimination proved to be excruciating for the judges.

Both Lythgoe and Judge Mary Murphy agreed they are relieved the voting and fate of the contestants are completely in the hands of America going forward in the competition.

Last night’s first double elimination of the season cut Kaylee Millis’ journey into the finale short as well. Her unique dance style will be missed by many on SYTYCD, but like Logan she will have a bright future continuing to impact the dance community.

That means contestants: Taylor Sieve, Lex Isimoto, Koine Iwasaki, and Chris “Kiki” Nyemchek earned their way as a top 4 finalist in season 14 finale.

“Absolute madness, I don’t know what to expect, I never ever ever thought this could happen,” Taylor exclaims when asked what her thoughts were on being a finalist. “It still hasn’t sunk in,” her co-finalist and boyfriend Lex, told AfterBuzz TV. He explains in detail that he owes everything to Gabby, his All-Star partner.

“I think every single one of us is different, we’re all so different and then have to come together to do all these different styles of dance. I mean two Japanese people in the top 4 that’s…Let’s go Japan!” Koine says with excitement when asked if being from Japan and her uniqueness helped her into the finale.

“She’s MVP, I love her to death and wouldn’t be here with out her,” Kiki gushes about his All-Star Jenna Johnson, who he believes is the “secret ingredient” to getting him into the top 4.

All the contestants expressed their deep gratitude for being voted into the finale by America!

What an accomplishment for these dancers but now, it’s all about the finale. Each contestant will be put through the most intense week of dance they’ve ever experienced for the reward of being named, Americas’s Favorite Dancer.

“Learn, Earn, and you’ll get a return,” Murphy so eloquently states during Monday’s live taping. She couldn’t be more right when it comes to how much effort and perseverance these contestants will need to put forth moving into the finale.

To get all the updates, news and info tune in on Wednesday nights at 7 PCT for the AfterBuzz TV after show of, So You Think You Can Dance!

Love and Hip Hop’s Zell Swag Talks, Sexuality, Marraige, and Cultural Appropriation

By: TK Trinidad

Stylish and Love and Hip Hop Hollywood star, Zell Swag is the special guest on Afterbuzz TV: Love and Hip Hop Hollywood this week and tells reveles if Princess and Ray J are having a baby.

Get it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/L6FLf6lIWa4 with highlights below:

Zell Swag Says He is Not Gay:  I don’t Identify as nothing, I don’t identify as bisexual. I identify as Lazell Shaw.I’m 29 years old, I’ve been dating guys since I was 23…I’ve never been in a full relationship with a guy, I’ve only been in real relationships with girls…I came to a point in my life where I want a real family with a wife and kids. With guys it’s truly only sex…with girls I had real relationships.

Zell Swag drops his first Single:I got my first song dripping ft Alexis Skye. It’s a diss track on water balloon lip Masika and Marshmallow man Ray. So Dripping will be on Itunes and all the music outlets on Oct 2nd.

How does Zell Swag deal with Haters: The best thing to do is look good and take a great picture.

Zell Swag thoughts on Cultural Appropriation: I see it all the time. It bothers me. I pick and choose what bothers me and what doesn’t. As a stylish, sometimes I use to get mad when I feel like someone is trying to copy of my style or something like that, but then I stop because that is the reason I’m a stylish. My whole thing is like everything draws inspiration somewhere;                                                                                                                                                                            so why can’t we as black or hispanic or whatever. Why can’t we be the muse. I don’t mind being the muse sometimes… as long we know. WE know where they got it from. I know where you got those braids from Kylie

Zell Swag talks about Teairra Mari leaving Rehab: She was just dealing with a lot of just stressful things just in life and in general. She actually did 90 days. It said 30, so she actually stayed there and did the 90. Which I’m excited for her. Because she’s out now, she’s better than ever. She looks good. Her mind is, she’s very focused. Music is coming. It’s really dope. She’s moving around doing things. I’ve always wanted to be there for her.

Are the Attacks on Mr. Ray Over?: TK Trinidad : So are the attacks done with Mr.Ray, or is it for the reunion special? Will there be another attack or have you decided yet?

Zell Swag:I’m never done! And takes off his gold glasses and sticks his tongue out. Especially if we had no relationship but I could see if we had a relationship that could be patched up then like but like we never had no relationship, I don’t know you.
Zell Swag talks about Maskia and Alexis Skyy’s Relationship: Masika needs to handle this and at least sit with Alexis Skyy and fight it out or talk it out. They owe it to each other to have a grown conversation.

I don’t think Alexis is upset over it, she is so over it. She just wants it to stop and it’s back and forth. She (Alexis Skyy) and Masika still deal with Fetty, they both do. Both of them right now. Alexis still deals with Fetty off and on.
Zell Swag gives Brooke Valentine Relationship Advice:Get a man that don’t have so much baggage…don’t have no man at all, have a career.Leave these bums alone and focus on your career.

Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s: Love and Hip Hop Hollywood. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!

Hannah Zeile Teases More Teenager Scenes In “This Is Us” Season 2

By Amy Cassandra

AfterBuzz TV’s Amy Cassandra recently caught up with Hannah Zeile of the hit NBC show This is Us at the Kids in the Spotlight Cocktails for a Cause event in West Hollywood. When asked about how she’s feeling about the reception the Big Three have been getting she had this to share. “I’m feeling blessed that people are loving it as much as we are filming it.”

It is clear to see how much fun they have on set with the cast and crew all over social media. What us as viewers don’t get to see is what happens moments before the director yells action. “The way that Milo and Mandy get into scene, before action because everyone sees what happens on screen but beforehand, they improv, they get themselves into character. They really become Jack and Rebecca, they’re not Milo and Mandy anymore and it’s so cool to watch.” said Zeile.

Of course, as honorary Pearson’s ourselves we felt it was our duty to ask for any exclusives for Season 2 premiering on September 26th and Zeile gave us a little inside scoop! “There is going to be a lot more of the teens. I think people are going to be happy to explore the teenage age range. It’s such an important age that so much goes down in a teenager’s life. So I think people are going to be really happy to see the teens.”

We’re really happy to see the teens and the rest of Pearson clan on September 26th at 9/8c on NBC! Make sure to watch our after show airing immediately after only on AfterBuzz TV!

 

The Purge continues from the beginning.

By Ali Esquivel

The Purge horror series will continue bringing more thrills next year when the fourth installment Purge: The Island is released. Director James DeMonaco will continue as producer and writer, however the director’s chair will be occupied by Gerard McMurray. The franchise will also be brought to live in a tv series (and will be talked about and discussed here on AfterBuzz).

The Purge franchise depicts a crime-free utopian America made possible by a day of total and complete anarchy. A day when nothing is illegal including theft, rape, and murder. One may only wonder how and why anyone would sign up for this but that is precisely the focal point of the upcoming film. The film is actually a prequel of the original trilogy, it depicts the first group of guinea pigs to experience the purge. In an interview with Vulture DeMonaco explains:

“I was wondering how you get people to stay for the first Purge, and what they do is they start monetizing it. People from Staten Island can easily go to Brooklyn for the evening, so what they do is start promising very decent sums of money for the very poor people in the neighborhood. It becomes a monetization of murder and violence, incentivizing killing and keeping people around for them to be victims”

The upcoming TV series will tie the events of the fourth movie to the events of the first movie. It will focus more on the characters in their everyday lives when they are not purging or being purged.
“The movies are more like events. In the TV show, I think we’re slowing it down, and we’re using this flashback structure to enter into the non-Purge lives of these people. We’re going back six months or two years or into their childhood to see some things that might’ve fed into their decision-making on this particular Purge. The long form is actually allowing it to become more of a character study, which is kind of cool, instead of a singular event of surviving the night.”

Purge:The Island is set to be released on July, 4 no word on the release date for the tv series yet.

Warner Bros and DC Announce Gavin O’Connor to Direct Suicide Squad Sequel

By Sam Curran

Following a lengthy search Warner Bros and DC have finally announced their choice for who will direct the sequel to Suicide Squad.  Gavin O’Connor, who has directed films like The Accountant, Warrior and Pride and Glory will be directing the film featuring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and the rest of their crew of villains.

The studio had been searching for a fit replacement to writer and director of the original film, David Ayer, considering directors like Mel Gibson and Jaume Collet-Serra, who directed The Shallows.  The original Suicide Squad globally grossed $745 million, and showed promise for a successful second installment causing the studio to be diligent in their search for a director.  Gavin O’Connor’s experience in directing strong action films sparks expectation for an intense and enjoyable sequel.

It is unclear when they will begin shooting for the sequel as Margot Robbie is currently shooting for Mary Queen of Scots, and Will Smith is shooting for Aladdin, and is scheduled to film Gemini Man after.

Emmy Winning Sarah Paulson to Star in Ratched, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Prequel Story

By Sam Curran

Executive producer Ryan Murphy has a prequel series to the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, called Ratched.  Ratched follows Nurse Ratched from the original film who will be played by Emmy winner Sarah Paulson.  Michael Douglas, producer of the original film, will also be listed as an executive producer along with Ryan Murphy.  The drama has secured two seasons at Netflix totaling 18 episodes with production beginning in the middle of 2018.

This origin story takes place in 1947 and will follow the fall of Nurse Ratched as she progresses through the mental health care system.  This story was created by Evan Romansky shortly after finishing film school and his script was given to Ryan Murphy by CAA agent Joe Cohen.  Ratched serves as Murphy’s first streaming series, as well as proving to be a great feat for Romansky receiving a big package and two season guarantee from his first script out of school.

Colin Trevorrow is No Longer Directing Star Wars Episode IX

By Frank Alteri

Changes in director have become a habit for Star Wars. On Tuesday, it was confirmed that Colin Trevorrow would not be directing Star Wars Episode IX. Lucasfilm released the following statement;

“Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process, but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon,”

Trevorrow’s departure is not a surprise, as rumors of his possible firing have persisted for months. Trevorrow and Lucasfilm apparently could not agree on a script, which lead to the addition of writer Jack Thorne.

This is now the second time in three months that a Star Wars director has been removed from a project. Back in June, Lucasfilm parted ways with directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord on the untitled Han Solo movie.

Who do you want to replace Colin Trevorrow as the director of Star Wars Episode IX? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

AfterBuzz TV launches The Political Beat and teams up with Run For Something

By Drexel Heard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 6, 2017

AfterBuzz TV, the ESPN of TV Talk, is wading into the political news world with the launch of a new series The Political Beat.

AfterBuzz TV’s Chief Political Analysts and Co-Hosts of the former Political Culture, Drexel Heard II and Chelsea Galicia, will bring the new weekly political show for millennials to AfterBuzz TV bridging moderate and progressive perspectives.

Following a successful test run, the new show has grown over the months with panel discussions, special guests, and news from the 2016 election and headlines from Washington and around the country. The Political Beat will feature more prominent guests, in-depth policy discussions, 2018 races across the country, and more. In addition to the new show, Brooke Taylor Solis joins the team, hosting a new headline news roundup The Buzz on AfterBuzz TV social media platforms, Fridays starting September 12th.

“The move to create a more refocused political show on AfterBuzz TV was something we talked about for a few months after the 2016 election, and the timing made sense as the network continues to grow,” — Drexel Heard

The new show is also teaming up with the Democratic recruiting organization, Run For Something (www.runforsomething.net), to interview, highlight, and get out the message for millennial candidates across the country.

“More than 11,000 millennials across the country have signed up with us to run for local office — we’re excited for AfterBuzz TV to highlight some of their stories, bring attention to their important campaigns, and inspire other young people to run for office themselves. If the day-to-day news bums you out, don’t worry: these candidates will make you feel good about the future.” — Amanda Litman, co-founder of Run for Something

The first episode on Tuesday, September 5th, featured an interview with California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman, and a discussion on DACA with immigration Attorney Belen Gomez.

Created by Emmy winner Maria Menounos & producer Keven Undergaro, AfterBuzz TV is the digital broadcast network dedicated to producing live and on-demand after-shows, news and coverage for nearly every TV show featuring expert recaps & interviews with cast & crew.

All shows stream live on www.afterbuzztv.com, YouTube, and can be heard on Apple podcast. ###

Kardashians Weekly Is OFFICIALLY Launching

By Dakota T. Jones

Sept. 24th marks the “10 Year Anniversary Special” of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” on E!. It will also be the kickoff of the BRAND NEW “Kardashians Weekly” show on AfterBuzz TV. Previous panel members Dakota T. Jones & Howard the 3rd from the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” after show are set to return as well as new additions Guinwa Zeineddine & Shanti Christina. With their individual, unapologetic approach, they are sure to tell it how it is each week as they spill the tea on America’s “favorite” family. Follow along as they try to “keep up” with this family empire by discussing the latest episodes, news and gossip, their current fashion/make up trends, and SO MUCH MORE! The best part? The show will run year round with no hiatus which means YOU will always have a place to turn to for Kardashian updates! Who knows, they might even bring some special guests along for the ride. Tune in every Sunday at 8pm pst ONLY on AfterBuzz TV.

Netflix’s Back to School Announcement: The Magic School Bus Rides Again

By Sam Curran

Back to school time is here and what better way to get in the spirit than a reboot of the hit TV series The Magic School Bus!  Netflix released its trailer for the new animated children’s series on September 5th featuring a catchy new theme song by Lin-Manuel Miranda.  In this version of the show, Kate McKinnon’s Fiona Frizzle will take the place of her sister Professor Frizzle as the extravagant science teacher at Walkerville School.

We are not only getting a new science teacher, but a new bus capable of taking the classroom’s field trips to new heights including the core of the sun and even the internet, according to a press release.  The announcement of this reboot has caused a great spark of excitement among Magic School Bus fans and TV viewers in general.  It will be interesting to see how this version of the television show educates and relates to today’s youth culture.  The adventure begins September 29th on Netflix.

Narcos Season 3 Released on Netflix: Pablo Escobar’s Replacement—The Cali Cartel

By Sam Curran

This year September rolled around accompanied by the release of the third season in Netflix’s hit TV drama Narcos.  Season 2 left us with Pablo Escobar bleeding out on a Columbian rooftop at the hands of DEA agent Steve Murphy ending the dynasty of the Medellín Cartel. The season 2 finale concluded by revealing the new prioritized target of the DEA—the Cali Cartel.

Steve Murphy left the DEA shortly after the death of Pablo Escobar and was consequentially written out of the script.  Holbrook’s co-star Pedro Pascal who plays DEA agent Javier Peña is assuming the role of our protagonist as well as show narrator.  After developing a significant relationship with Holbrook as the lead of the show I am interested to see how I may take to this change of leads.  This change could argumentatively serve as beneficial to reminding the audience the focus of the show is the cocaine industry, and the players are a secondary focus.  With Escobar and Murphy gone we are given an opportunity to become reinvested in different aspects of the show.

Season 3 will focus on the Cali cartel, a very large, prestigious, and violent organization responsible for smuggling tremendous amounts of cocaine into the U.S. in the late 80s and early 90s following the death of Pablo Escobar.  The leaders of the Cali cartel announce their plan to surrender to authorities on their own terms and must make as much money as they can and however possible, over their final six month period as a drug smuggling organization.  As Peña explains in the season premiere, “When Pablo Escobar killed you, he wanted everyone to know about it”, but the Cali cartel’s best interest is to keep a low-profile, which could prove to cause a viciously bloody battle.

Music Mogul Kevin Liles’ Latest Discovery Found Through National Hashtag Challenge

By: Jeff Graham

LOS ANGELES, CA – August 30, 2017 – Kevin Liles’ iconic hip hop label 300 Entertainment, home to such hard-hitting acts as Migos and Fetty Wap, has found its newest artist – through social media. Chicago rapper Y.K Supe, 23, defeated eight of the nation’s top emcees at the #freestyle50 cypher, a freestyle battle tournament, in Hollywood last night to be crowned the winner of Verizon’s #freestyle50 challenge. Y.K Supe will receive a record deal with 300, where his debut single will be produced by London On Da Track (Drake, 50 Cent), as well as $10,000 and an opening slot on the label’s upcoming Artist Development Tour. A hashtag challenge in search of the next voice of hip hop, #freestyle50 is a partnership between Liles and Verizon that celebrates the art of freestyle rap. Launched in July, the competition became a viral phenomenon over the summer; receiving over 9,000 submissions from aspiring emcees from across the country.

“Y.K Supe clearly had a story to tell,” said 300 Entertainment CEO Kevin Liles. “He surprised the judges with his talent and creativity and we look forward to welcoming him to the 300 family.”

“The goal of #freestyle50 was to discover that one artist with the potential to be the new voice for hip hop and support them with all the tools they need to see it through,” said London On Da Track. “Y.K Supe proved he has the talent and drive. I am excited to hit the studios with him.”

Hosted by Sway Calloway and Smack White, the #freestyle50 cypher featured eight national finalists – each representing one of the country’s top hip hop cities — battling across various rounds for a shot at the grand prize. Judges for the tournament were comprised of a panel of music industry experts including radio legend Big Boy, Tuma Basa (Spotify’s Global Programming Head of Hip Hop) and Real 92.3’s DJ A-Oh. The exclusive, invite-only event featured special performances by rising stars OMB Peezy and Cyhi the Prynce and special guest appearances by Lyor Cohen and others. The night ended with a surprise performance by rap icon Redman and Tee Grizzley. Music was provided by DJ Amen, DJ Carisma and DJ Dre Sinatra.

Now in its second year, the #freestyle50 challenge was inspired by Verizon’s 8GB for $50 prepaid offer available exclusively at Walmart. This year, Samsung joined #freestyle50 as an official sponsor with their J3 smartphones. Additional partners included World Star Hip Hop and Sneakercon. To enter the competition, the public was asked to post a video of themselves freestyling to Tee Grizzley’s ‘No Effort’ to Instagram or Twitter with #freestyle50challenge and @verizon and @300Ent.

“We’re excited to celebrate this lyrical art form and, through the use of technology, reinvigorate and transform lives,” said Jessica Cecile Thorpe, Verizon Corporate Communications Manager, Cultural Engagement and CSR. “After this second year, #freestyle50 continues to transcend cultures and empower communities.”  

Among the 7 other national finalists for Verizon’s #freestyle50 challenge were:

ABOUT 300 ENTERTAINMENT

300 Entertainment is a boutique music media company that prides itself on being “a record label for the 21st century…capable of launching self-starting artists to the next level without the burdensome bureaucracy—and cost structure—of a major record company.” In the short amount of time the label has found its artists being nominated for Grammys (Fetty Wap and Young Thug), partnering with brands like Coca Cola for advertising campaigns (Conrad Sewell), and had albums go Platinum (Fetty Wap). Founded by industry heavyweights Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles, the company was also featured in a CNBC short documentary series about innovative leadership and forward thinking companies.

ABOUT VERIZON

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 161,000 and generated nearly $126 billion in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with 113.9 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over mobile broadband and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.

Ryan Henry Surprises Black Ink Chicago Hosts In Studio

By: Nakia Monet 

Its always a turn up when it comes to Black Ink Crew: Chicago, and this season has not disappointed. Afterbuzz TV’s after show hosts Carmelita Cimone, LMarie and Nakia Monet  keep it real ever week by discussing the changes within the cast, the fights, the hookups and the glow ups that’s been occurring on season 3.

With cast mates Charmaine, Kat and Van making their appearances at the Black Ink Chicago after show at Afterbuzz TV, it was now Don’s turn to tell his story. With Don currently located in Chicago, he took the time out and skyped the ladies of Afterbuzz introducing himself as the Don the audience never got to see on television.

“I’m not going to say its uncommon but people make mistakes. so in the beginning of my Black Ink career you just kind of saw me getting over that depression. I was an individual trying to bounce back. I’m not gong to lie to you I was just caught in a negative space”

The audience  can agree that its been a breath of fresh air to see this side of Don. For the past two seasons we only got to see the “angry Don” and never got the opportunity to know the real Don. During the interview, Don opened up to ladies about his community outreach and working as a behavioral specialist in Chicago. 

“The Donald that you see on TV is only like 25% of the man I really am in reality. The things I really do outside of TV, Community base wise especially in Chicago with the guns, the death rate and violent rate so high. Cook county is full of our young black male and women here in Chicago. I’m that dude that’s really out here in these streets in the city of Chicago trying to put them under my umbrella , cuff them under my wing, really trying to reform my city back to what it use to be”

With the interview going at a steady pace, Don opened up even more and talked about his relationship with wife Ashley, piercing at the shop, and staying neutral while some of the 9 Mag family were feuding.

During the opening of the show co host Nakia Monet read some tweets that she exchanged with cast member Ryan last week, tweeting that his side of the story has not come out yet and they have to stay tuned because there is was more to come. Looking into the camera the ladies invite Ryan to a future show but expressed that he may actually be in LA while they were filming. “A little birdie told me that he might be in LA the weekend- Carmelita.  “I saw him on an airplane (Instagram), I’m like where are you going Ryan”- LMarie

To their surprise during the show, the studio door swings open and its Ryan himself surprising the ladies during his LA trip and boy were they excited, shocked and speechless at the same time. And with the ladies not holding back, as soon as Ryan got comfortable and seated, they went straight to the horses mouth to get the tea about whats really going on over there at 9 Mag and who really owns it.

“The building that we are in, we are in a building called Artist loft. I had been in that building for the last 7 years. Me and the owner, a guy named Joey , we’ve been good friends through that. from that me and the owner we had an idea like okay ,well I  want to do something different , man we like we got all this space in this building, lets build this shop. This was just me and the owner and I always been in talks with Van and Phor because we all been on different sides of the  city like Lets build a shop. We should come together” “I had the opportunity to build this shop with the owner. We build the shop he wanted to have a partnership, I’m like no lets not have the partnership, so he was like okay put what artist you want to go in here. He wanted me to go and put some whole other artist in there, I’m like no I don’t want to put these artist in there, I want to put these artist (Van and Phor) In here.”

With Ryan keeping it all the way 100, it was pure silence from the ladies as he continued to tell his story of the beginning of 9 Mag. He stated he had to put his ego aside and come together as a team to build an amazing shop.  “

“What I own on the show and what they don’t show a lot of is , man look, I know where  I was wrong by saying yea I own the business but F*** it man everybody do what they want to do because the ultimate goal was lets be a family. I always told them and they always knew like  man I’m not working with nobody else. We all worked solo , we all worked by ourselves and moving forward in business  no matter how big we got I never wanted to work with no other artist. I want to work with y’all forever, y’all my family, that what this tattoo is about. “

Talk about a surprise! Ryan and Don got the opportunity to tell their sides of the story, A side you don’t get to see on reality TV.  Make sure to tune into the whole interview below for laughs and good time with the 9Mag Guys.

Make sure to catch up on AfterBuzz TV’s Black Ink Crew: Chicago after show on YouTube.com and tune in live every week Wednesday at 10pm. You can follow the host at @KeyKeyBoomBoom @King_Carma_  @LMarieTV and make sure to follow Afterbuzz at @AfterBuzzTV. 

In Real Life finally announces the name for their fandom, plus new Christmas music, celebrity crushes, and the roles they each play in the group!

By Stephen Lovegrove

“In Real Life,” currently the biggest boy band in the world, stopped by the Afterbuzz studios on August 29, 2017 to talk with Stephen Lovegrove and Suzanne Quast about their recent victory on the ABC series Boy Band.

They are celebrating their first single, “Eyes Closed” reaching #8 overall on the iTunes charts overnight. In Real Life performed their first official show at Universal Citywalk on Saturday night, August 26th, in front of a huge audience turnout.

The guys of IRL are filming the music video for the single on August 30th, 2017. They are primarily filming outdoors on an LA rooftop in weather that is predicted to be over 100 degrees. The “Eyes Closed” music video will be shared on social media in the coming weeks.

The boys were thrilled to announce that they just recorded a Christmas song which “definitely incorporates a lot of different elements,” It’s an original song – not a cover of a Christmas classic, but one that is completely unique to In Real Life. Chance Perez mentioned how rare it is for there to be new Christmas songs, especially from boy bands, and Brady confirmed that it’s a pop song that perfectly matches their sound. Fans can expect the Christmas single to be out later this year.

When asked about the roles each of the boys play in the group, they expressed that Sergio is the comedic relief; Michael Conor is the inspiration; Chance is the dad of the group; Drew is the nerd; Brady is the realist.

The boys were happy to reveal the long-awaited name for their fandom – LIFELINES. Brady explained the name has significance because the fans were their lifelines during the show, voting to keep them on each week and then to put them into the band. As Michael Conor put it, “Our fans are our lifelines.”

The guys of IRL each shared their dream musical collaborations and personal inspirations:
Chance – Michael Jackson
Brady – The Weeknd
Sergio – Charlie Puth
Drew – Bruno Mars
Michael – Logic
They also shared their surprising celebrity crushes in the interview!

The IRL boys revealed they have a group goal of performing on the VMA stage next year. They also would love to perform at Madison Square Garden and Staples Center one day.

Each boy finished the show by sharing their personal favorite movie, Boy Band architect, candy, song, fast food restaurant, superhero, Disney princess, ice cream flavor, and fan gift.

Check out the full show HERE:

Andrew Bohen Talks Indie Film, Autism, and Directing

By: Zoe Hewitt

Los Angeles, CA, August 28, 2017 –(afterbuzztv.com)–Andrew Bowen talks about his award-winning independent film “A Boy Called Po”, his proof of concept tv project “The 716th” which he directed and starred in, and working with good friend and fellow actor/director John Asher.

On discussing the film, Bowen said, “We were all connected…we all have a first hand experience with Autism.  Chris’ son has Autism as well, it came from an incredibly honest place. …Because of that, we really treated it with care and I think when it came down to those scenes and those experiences that happened, especially with the father and son, there’s not so much acting involved because it’s tapping back into what happened.”

The conversation then switched to discuss his proof of concept TV concept, the 716th. “I just got this idea, I’ve always been a big fan of science fiction and comedy…and made it a proof of concept, ” Bowen explained. “There’s energy and fun to the show.”

On working with John Asher, Bowen offered, “What most people don’t know is John’s actually a fantastic actor as well, very funny.” 

Links to Andrew Bowen’s appearance can be found on AfterBuzz TV’s website, on iTunes or through this YouTube link: 

YouTube – https://youtu.be/z8JowSnUMZo

Host Zoe Hewitt is on Twitter and Instagram @RealZoeHewitt.

Renee Lawless Talks Abouts The Have and Have Nots, Kathyrn Cryer and Season 5 Finale

By: Chae’ Jones

A real Cinderella story came true for AfterbuzzTV guest Renee Lawless!  She was recently featured in our “Spotlight On” series, where host Chae’ Jones and her chatted about about getting the part on Tyler Perry’s The Have and Have Nots, Kathryn’s journey these last five seasons, and a small tease on what to expect from the season five finale that’s two short weeks away.

When asked about her transition from Broadway to TV if she found the process harder or easier to make. “They have a thing in New York if you’re in musical theater. It’s very difficult to break into television unless you’ve won a Tony. There are a few who’ve done it but it was just harder to get in the room. It’s changing now, slowly changing. But if you have a predominantly musical theater resume it’s hard to get into the room unless a casting director is willing to take a chance on you and I was very blessed that to have happened. “ Lawless goes on to say. “I didn’t hear anything from two months.  So, the process wasn’t difficult, it wasn’t easy, it wasn’t really anything. It was just…it was literally a miracle in the making. “

The gloves For Katheryn Cryer have come off in this season and when asked about the journey she has taken these last five years. Lawless said. “It’s about time. I look at our show like Star Wars. Our show started with Episode 4. We came in at the middle of their stories but you’ve come in and learned the backstory of “The Have and Have Nots” through all our seasons. I don’t think this is the first time Kathryn has ever killed and this is not the first time she’s thrown the gloves down. But Kathryn doesn’t let anybody see her sweat. The audience saw all she had felt but they thought wow she’s really not a nice person. But that didn’t see all she had gone through.”

When asked to share any teases possible that will be happening for the finale. Lawless said, “There’s going to be some really powerful, beautiful acting moments. Not only will the season finale will be huge, huge, huge! The audience is going to get their action, their cliffhanger but they are also going to see some amazing acting.” The ratings have been off the charts continuously these last five years so the fans will get everything they wanted out of this season finale.

You can watch the FULL interview with Renee Lawless HERE:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwH19no8kOU

Renee Lawless Talks Abouts ‘The Have and Have Nots’, Kathyrn Cryer and Season 5 Finale

By: Chae’ Jones

A real Cinderella story came true for our guest.  On “Spotlight On” our host Chae’ Jones talked with actress Renee Lawless about getting the part on Tyler Perry’s “The Have and Have Nots,” Kathryn’s journey these last five seasons and a small tease on what to expect from the season five finale that’s two short weeks away.

When asked about her transition from Broadway to TV and if she found the process harder or easier to make. “They have a thing in New York if you’re in musical theater. It’s very difficult to break into television unless you’ve won a Tony. There are a few who’ve done it but it was just harder to get in the room. It’s changing now, slowly changing. But if you have a predominantly musical theater resume it’s hard to get into the room unless a casting director is willing to take a chance on you and I was very blessed that to have happened. “ Lawless goes on to say. “I didn’t hear anything from two months.  So, the process wasn’t difficult, it wasn’t easy, it wasn’t really anything. It was just…it was literally a miracle in the making. “

The gloves For Katheryn Cryer have come off in this season and when asked about the journey she has taken these last five years. Lawless said. “It’s about time. I look at our show like Star Wars. Our show started with Episode 4. We came in at the middle of their stories but you’ve come in and learned the backstory of “The Have and Have Nots” through all our seasons. I don’t think this is the first time Kathryn has ever killed and this is not the first time she’s thrown the gloves down. But Kathryn doesn’t let anybody see her sweat. The audience saw all she had felt but they thought wow she’s really not a nice person. But that didn’t see all she had gone through.”

When asked to share any teases possible that will be happening for the finale. Lawless said, “There’s going to be some really powerful, beautiful acting moments. Not only will the season finale be huge, huge, huge! The audience is going to get their action, their cliffhanger but they are also going to see some amazing acting.”

The ratings have been off the charts continuously these last five years so the fans will get everything they wanted out of this season finale.

You can watch the FULL interview with Renee Lawless HERE:

Showtime Being Sued Over Mayweather-McGregor Fight Live-Stream Glitches

By: Briana Phipps

A disgruntled fan of Saturday nights fight filed a lawsuit against Showtime Networks, alleging the programmer’s live-stream of the much-hyped boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor was not delivered in HD quality as promised.

The suit, which was filed by Zack Bartel, a resident of Portland, Ore., against Showtime seeks the greater amount of either $200 in statutory damages or recovery of “actual damages.” The complaint seeks class-action status on behalf of other Oregon residents, and noted that Bartel and others are entitled to punitive damages.

A Showtime rep declined to comment, citing its policy of not commenting on ongoing litigation.

“Instead of being a ‘witness to history’ as defendant had promised, the only thing plaintiff witnessed was grainy video, error screens, buffer events, and stalls,” according to Bartel’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Portland on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Bartel, paid $99.99 to watch the event in HD on Apple TV via Showtime’s pay-per-view app. Per the lawsuit, while the Showtime PPV stream was delivered in poor quality and plagued with error messages, Bartel was able to access YouTube and Netflix “in crystal-clear HD, as usual.” He even tested his Comcast Xfinity broadband connection to make sure the issues weren’t being caused by a bad connection, according to the suit.

“In hopes of maximizing profits, [Showtime] rushed its pay-per-view streaming service to market, without securing enough networking bandwidth to support the number of subscribers who paid to watch the fight,” Bartel alleged in the lawsuit.

The Aug. 26 Mayweather-McGregor fight was the first major boxing match available to order on pay-per-view online — without requiring a pay-TV subscription.

A Showtime rep said that it would issue a full refund to any customers who paid for the PPV eventthrough its direct-to-consumer services, if Showtime is able to confirm they were unable to watch the live stream.

‘Game of Thrones’ Ends It’s Season With Its Highest Ratings Ever

By: Briana Phipps

(Warning: This post contains spoiler for Game of Thrones’ Season 7 finale)

Despite going up against the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA’s) on Sunday night, Game of Thrones‘ Season 7 finale clocked in its highest rating ever.

The show had 16.5 million people tuned in live or streamed the hour-and-a-half-long episode the same night it aired — marking an all-time high for the fantasy series. Season 7 has seen a 34 percent increase in viewership overall, averaging about 31 million views per episode after you count all the live, on-demand and streaming plays. In other words, a lot of people watch this show.

These numbers should make the folks at HBO smile after dealing all season long with hackers leaking episodes (and the network’s international streaming platform accidentally leaking one themselves) throughout the season.

In the record-breaking finale, we learned that not only is Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) real name Aegon Targaryen, but that he’s also the real heir to that coveted Iron Throne. Plus, we finally saw Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) meet his maker and, in the most stunning act of the episode, Viserion brought down the Wall with just a few icy breaths. Something tells us that Season 8 will be just as big, if not bigger.

Game of Thrones returns for its final run in 2018.

Jane the Virgin Is About to Have Its Shortest Season Yet

By: Briana Phipps

The fourth season of The CW’s Jane the Virgin will be its shortest yet.

The newest season, which has also been moved to Friday nights, will run for just 17 episodes, which is shorter than the previous three seasons. The first two seasons ran for 22 episodes each, while Season 3 featured 20 episodes.

Before you start worrying that this is a bad sign for Jane‘s future, you can rest easy. The decision to streamline the new season was reportedly purely a creative one made by the network in conjunction with show creator Jennie Snyder Urman, who has been developing a reboot of Charmed that will serve as a prequel to the original witchcraft-centric series.

Production on the series’ fourth season has just begun, with the first table read of the premiere taking place in mid-August, and the stars are already sharing some behind-the-scenes details and images from the set.

The show will return to The CW on October 13th.

It’s a Couples Competition on Season 25 of “Dancing With The Stars”

By Becca Brown

It’s a couples competition! Multiple sources have now confirmed that couple Nick and Vanessa Lachey will be competing with each other for the mirror ball trophy during season 25 of Dancing With The Stars. Also confirmed to be joining the competition this season are twins Drew Scott and Nikki Bella.

The source who confirmed that the Lachey’s will be competing on this season of the show said “The show isn’t holding back this year, they really want this to be a big season and one of the ways they’ll do this is with mini rivalries!”

As long time DWTS fans know, this isn’t the first time a Lachey has competed on the show. In season 2, Nick’s younger brother Drew Lachey won the mirror ball trophy with partner Cheryl Burke and returned to compete on the show in season 15 for the All-Stars season.
Dancing With the Stars returns Monday, September 18th at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC and will once again feature pros, Mark Ballas, Witney Carson, Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta, Emma Slater, Lindsay Arnold, Keo Motsepe, Artem Chigvintsev, Gleb Savchenko, Sharna Burgess, and Alan Bersten.

Moms of In Real Life and Other Boy Band Contestants

By Stephen Lovegrove

On the finale of Boy Band, “Top 5 Revealed,” America’s new boy band, In Real Life, was revealed to millions of eager fans – one boy at a time. This event was covered live by Stephen Lovegrove, Suzanne Quast, and Lindsey Miller at the taping and then extensively during the aftershow on Afterbuzz TV. 

The band’s name (In Real Life) was chosen by both producers and contestants together, and the five winning boys are the recipients of a record deal with Hollywood Records. 

The five boys who made it into “In Real Life” are Brady Tutton, Chance Perez, Drew Ramos, Sergio Calderon, and Michael Conor – revealed to the viewing audience in that order during the finale. 

Their first single is entitled “Eyes Closed.” It was written by platinum Hollywood hitmaker Justin Tranter (the songwriter behind Julia Michaels’s Issues and Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”) and performed by In Real Life at the conclusion of the episode. They are planning to film the music video for the song next Thursday and currently exploring possible names for their fanbase. 

The boys revealed backstage that they all had to learn all parts for the song individually – including what ended up being Michael Conor’s rap – and be prepared to perform any of them during the finale. That was necessary in order for the producers to keep the final winners a secret until Thursday night on live television. 

Two of the boys’ moms revealed fascinating backstories about the entire show process on an Afterbuzz TV exclusive special with Stephen Lovegrove, Suzanne Quast, and Carissa Blades. 

Coleen Tutton, mom of Brady Tutton, shared the hilarious story of her son’s audition journey. Brady completed a Skype audition for the show and had not received instructions in advance, so he didn’t even realize it was an audition and thought it was more of a “hi, how are you” meeting. Brady had zero preparation for the audition, particularly the dancing part, and felt sure he didn’t make it onto the show. He was also already committed to a play that ran through October, which was a direct conflict with filming. The producers encouraged Coleen and Brady to come out to LA, reassuring them that it was a good fit and asking, “What do you have to lose?” Brady was “hooked” after doing the main audition in LA. Although he originally turned down Boy Band to do the play, the producers were persistent, and the director of the play graciously allowed Brady to leave to pursue his dreams. 

Dena Smith, mom of Michael Conor, explained that Michael came home from school one day and shared that he had received a DM on Instagram asking if he was interested in auditioning for a show. She was in the midst of packing for a spring break trip at this point. They asked if Michael could get on Skype to sing, rap, and complete an interview. He struggled to find a rap for the audition that was “family appropriate” for ABC Disney. As Dena explained, somehow “all the pieces fell into place … it all worked out.” They were invited to the big audition in LA, but Dena still did not believe it was real until they got their plane tickets in the mail. When they arrived at the hotel, Dena expressed that it felt surreal. Michael came home saying “My life is forever changed.” 

The rest is history, and the boys’ journey has just begun! 

Watch the full special featuring the moms of “In Real Life” with Stephen Lovegrove, Suzanne Quast, and Carissa Blades here: 

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) Kenny Omega Talks About Getting A Six Star Match Rating

By: TK Trinidad

NJPW Star, Kenny Omega is the special guest on Sean Waltman’s X-Pac 12360 this week and talks about how he’s not fit to be a leader of the Bullet Club.

Get it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sB6-YwbmaLk  or download the podcast version on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/x-pac-1-2-360-afterbuzz-tv/id1150124693?mt=2&i=374822005

The interview featured highlights discussing NXT, Adam Cole, and the ever changing nature of professional wrestling:

Kenny Omega Shares His Reaction To Getting A Six Star Match Rating : Someone had said like ‘Hey, Meltzer just gave you, you know the first ever six-star match’ and I am like ‘ha-ha yeah right whatever’… You know it’s a five-star scale, right, (laughs) you’d think it have to be something real special and he’s like ‘No, look it’s right here,’ so I was actually getting ready to go out and this dude or whatever passes me his cellphone and it had the write up with the six stars on it. And I was like if this isn’t a typo that’s pretty damn cool.

Kenny Omega Talks About Adam Cole’s NXT Debut : As friend to Adam Cole, I am not sure  what I can say or cannot say but I know there was difficulty with that situation and I’m just happy as a friend of his that he was finally able to freely make his television debut.

Kenny Omega on Skills Learned in Developmental :It wasn’t pleasant while I was there doing it, but then I look back at it and it was an experience that helped shape the person that I am today, and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world because it really helped me see more of what the business end of wrestling is like there (WWE). The highs and the lows, meeting some cool people… The biggest thing that helped me moving forward were, Dave Taylor was there and he had some classes. Before going to developmental I had next to no fundamentals and that was sort of, doing cool chain wrestling and using a lot of holds and stuff. That was sort of the kick on the Indies. So when I had left developmental had I not had those fundamentals and been able to do those types of things, I wouldn’t have been able to have a career in the Indies at all… and I wouldn’t have ended up in Japan either.

Singing John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt with Daniel Bryan During a Match:We started singing it together and the lightning bolt struck. I’m like “come on Brian we got to do this.” And he’s like “What?! You’re kidding me?” I was like “No. We have to… Listen hear me out here Brian. You’re pretty much known as the guy that has these awesome matches with everyone. People literally call you the Best in the World and sure we could go out there today and we could have a pretty darn good match but then at the end of the day what’s it going to be? It’s just going to be another good match that you had. Who cares? So let’s do something memorable.” And he’s like “Okay. I’m listening.” … It’s John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt. “Well what does that even mean?” Off the top of my head I sort of laid out this groundwork for how it would be placed into this match. And he was like, “I think it’s going to be real fun, but man I got a Steven Regal in the back of my head telling me right now this is the worst idea I’ve ever heard in my life.””

Some of Kenny Omega’s Favorite Matches Fans May Never See:Some of my favorites, we would have this thing called a Rock-N-Roll Death Match and it’s some of my proudest work there (DDT) but can never be shown because of copyright factors. You wrestle a match and at random… music would randomly quote unquote play and you have to stop what you’re doing and dance. It sounds like a simple idea but the way that we worked in the dancing into the spots and the types of dances depended on the song. I thought it was really creative and I thought a lot of people would like it and not shit all over it… You could put generic music over the music that we used but for example, when we would wrestle and then the Macarena would turn on it would have to be the Macarena because we’re doing the Macarena know what I mean?”

Comedy Wrestling VS Serious Wrestling:A lot of people think that comedy is sort of a cop out to not wrestling seriously but I actually would argue that comedy is much more difficult than wrestling seriously because you have to be creative in almost everything that you do if you want the comedy to make sense within the realms of pro wrestling… But to work a good comedy match. To work with a doll and make people believe; to make people bite on the falsies; to make people laugh or say you know this is entertaining; to want them to show their friends, that’s tough to do.   And when people ask well aren’t you embarrassed? Aren’t you ashamed of yourself?  No I’m not. It’s actually some of my most proudest work.

Kenny Omega vs Daryl (Hiromu’s pet cat): It honestly would be the same exact situation as facing the girl (9yr Old), or Yoshihiko (Blow-Up Doll), where the crow would believe and cheer for Daryl. There is nothing the Daryl could ever do that would make him a heel in that match. I don’t think I would ever do a singles. But if it was for example, myself and the Young Bucks vs Hiromu, Naito, and Daryl, I think it could work. I honestly think it could work. Even just saying that right now all these cool ideas are popping into my head on how we could make it work and actually make it believable as well.”

Kenny Omega Talks about how he’s not fit to be a leader of the bullet club:I’m not sure if I’m fit to be a leader anymore, right now. That is just because it’s to a degree in Japan where if you’re shown working hard, you’re just going to start getting over. People are going to love it, people are going to love you. You’re giving your heart, you’re giving your soul and there is almost nowhere you’d be a full heel anymore. That is the situation I’ve fallen in, being in every big show main event since Wrestle Kingdom this year. There’s really nothing I can do, aside from purposely not trying. I honestly feel even though in America the bullet club presence is really – almost like a babyface entity. People love repping The Bullet club, they love putting up the Too Sweet. In Japan, I know for a fact they would prefer us to be a straight heel unit. We do try to work that way into our matches, no matter what we do, no matter the drastic things we do leading up to the big matches if you perform and you have a great match people are going to love you anyway

The Rebirth of Kenny Omega: I wasn’t sure where I would go from here (after leaving developmental) Do I even want to continue with wrestling? What is it that I want to do if I continue it? I made the decision that I wanted to be myself. Instead of stressing about all these characters that I thought of, drew up & suggest to WWE Office & Bill DeMott. Which wasn’t me, just ideas I thought of might make the company money. I was going to be myself, try and have fun with it. If people don’t like me, well they don’t like me, then I’ll just disappear & it’s over. If they do like me, then I’m going to enjoy what I am doing again, fall in love with wrestling all over again or keep loving wrestling. That in itself hopefully shines through & believe in the character that is Kenny Omega that is me.

Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s X-Pac 12360. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!

Gordon On Cocaine

By: Jeff Graham

Shows like BREAKING BAD and WEEDS have piqued an interest in portraying the drug experience on Modern American television, and ITV’s newest purchase, GORDON ON COCAINE, continues in that tradition, this time with an unscripted contribution.

The show is going to be “a two-part hourlong docuseries in which [Gordon] Ramsay strips away cocaine’s glamorous image to expose the dark and deadly side of the drug [cocaine],” according Deadline.

The show is being produced by Mr. Ramsey’s production company, studio Ramsey, and will feature on-location investigations in Central, of how the drug is produced and trafficked.

“I’ve wanted to understand the ‘world’ of cocaine ever since I lost one of my chefs at my flagship restaurant in Chelsea and I wanted to learn why it’s becoming such an epidemic not just globally but specifically in the culinary world,” says Ramsay. “Understanding and seeing how it’s made, transported, distributed, abused and prevented, has opened my eyes to the dreadfully dark side of cocaine that is simply not talked about and shown me that it’s far from glamorous and harmless. The documentary is gritty and shocking, but importantly an eye opener and hopefully a real education to all those in our industry and beyond. I dare anyone to watch this series and not think again about taking cocaine.”

Derrick Kosinski talks about his Challenge return on AfterBuzz TV

By Jenna Bussiere

Derrick Kosinski is back from the dead. MTV fans were unsure they would ever see the veteran on a Challenge again, but after seven years he’s resurrected to join this season of The competition show, ‘The Challenge’ XXX: Dirty 30. Kosinski called into AfterBuzz TV’s The Challenge after show to tell Paulina Aguilar, Jenna Bussiere, Pamela Gross, and David Christopher all about his return.

“I was going through some tough times in my life, and I needed it. I needed someone to toss me a bone and I feel like this is Gods way of giving me a chance and an opportunity. This is something I’ll never forget.”

Considered one of the best to ever play the game, Kosinski has competed in nine different challenges. However, the hiatus left him feeling like a rookie again. “It was a major culture shock when I got there,” he admitted to AfterBuzz. “It’s survival mode everyday. For you to bite your tongue is difficult and the longer you’re there, the more and more stressful it gets.”

The three time champion played a key role in episode six this past Tuesday. After finishing the challenge in the bottom two teams, he pulled the double cross and chose to put Ammo in the elimination against Jordan. It was a decision he was ridiculed for.

“Today was a big move for me. I didn’t want to put Ammo in and I felt bad. A part of me wanted to actually put myself in. Believe it or not, it wasn’t do I put Tony in? Do I put Dario in? It was do I put myself in? Or do I put the new guy in?”

Kosinski further explains his decision to throw in Ammo on the AfterBuzz TV recap when he  mentions a prior alliance he had with Tony and Dario. He also spilled a rumor he’s heard about a long time favorite MTV series making a return. Make sure you check out AfterBuzz TV’s The Challenge After Show for Episode 6 and tune in every Tuesday at 10PM PST.

SYTYCD Comfort Zones Get Tested

By: Becky Sattero

Another emotional Monday night at So You Think You Can Dance proved, each cut is not going to get an easier on the judges, the contestants, Allstars – or fans.

The reoccurring theme of the 2 hour talent-packed show: contestant’s comfort zones were tested by breathtaking choreography by some of the industry’s best.

Which contestants thrived and demonstrated excellence? Who fell slightly short of impressing the judges?

The ladder was Sydney Tormey, who’s elegance, poise, and ballroom technique caught the eye of fellow ballroom expert and Allstar, Paul. Additionally she was awarded a humbling complement by Nigel in week one for being so memorable and “no longer flying under his radar.” However, after being caught in the bottom three for the second consecutive week and their hip hop leaving much to be desired for the judges, Sydney was eliminated.

Mark and Dassy were the other two contestants in the bottom three. Loud disapproving screeches filled the soundstage when their names were called.

AfterBuzz talked to Sydney after the show and she said she’s looking forward and hopeful to what’s next for her.

“Honestly, I just wanna travel and find myself, find what I really wanna do with dance, just experience as many things as I can before it’s too late,” Sydney said. It’s never too late, we will see much more from this talented dancer.

Many of the contestants had a blast testing their comfort zone, like Taylor Sieve and Allstar Robert. “I was so pumped actually, I was really excited because obviously I had never done it before,” said Taylor when asked how she felt about taking on a difficult Samba that left the judges underwhelmed.

“Anything that comes at us, I really enjoy doing,” Lex exclaimed when asked if there was type of choreography that would be too tough for he and Allstar partner Gaby.

Though Dassy was in the bottom three, she and Allstar Fik-Shun were all smiles during ABTV’s interview. They laughed and were playful with one another when asked about nicknames and pre-show rituals. “Luther can bring out ‘Peaches’ – y’all don’t know who Peaches is but that’s her little alter ego…” said Fik-Shun when asked about what choreographer the pair would love to work with. Apparently Dassy has a pretty sassy alter ego and we caught glimpses of that in tonight’s funky jazz routine.

“We do it for ourselves, it’s a deep inner spiritual thing…to be proud of myself,” Mark says with  much heart when asked how hard it was to be in the bottom three. He continues, “this is longevity!” when talking about his undeniable chemistry and friendship with partner and Allstar, Comfort.

Allison continued to gush over the raw talent and exquisite technique of her partner, Logan, the pair blew the judges away with their high-energy Jive. “I felt like this week was a week to show so many different shades of myself,” said Logan. They showcased tonight, they are a force to be reckoned with in the competition.

Another force in the future to watch out for, The Boss Family’s possible appearance as contestants on season 2 of The World of Dance. When asked if they’d consider, “The Boss Family on World of Dance!? Yeah I’ll put that out there,” said Allison. You heard it here first AfterBuzz fans!

To get all the updates, news and info tune in on Wednesday nights at 7 PCT for the AfterBuzz TV after show of, So You Think You Can Dance!

Stephen Glover Talks about “Crazy” Atlanta Ideas and His Emmy Nomination

By Becca Brown

Soon after FX’s Atlanta was announced as a 2017 Emmy nominated show, writer Stephen Glover, brother of creator and star Donald Glover talked with Entertainment Tonight about how the crazy ideas channeled in which no one was one hundred percent confident would work, earned him an an Emmy nomination for his writing.

Atlanta was a hit for FX in 2016 with not only the audience, but with the critics. The show recently earned a total of five Emmy nominations including Glover’s nomination for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series”.   

When asked about the show’s success Glover said, “We really thought it was going to be a show that people wouldn’t get. Like, ‘This is kind of out there, but it’s something I might like.’ But I think it turned out that people actually wanted something like that, something kind of weird. The response up front has been crazy.”

Glover’s nominated episode is called “Streets on Lock,” which is an episode about what happens directly after the pilot of the show in which Earn and Paper Boi must deal with the results of a parking lot shooting.

About the writing process for the show which involved a writing room of entirely black writers who were gaining their first TV experience, Glover says, “It was organic. We would meet at the house and talk about different things — things we wanted to see. We weren’t used to the typical structure and that worked to our advantage.”

Season two of Atlanta is confirmed to be returning in 2018. Make sure to catch the Primetime Emmys on Sunday September 17th to find out which Emmys Atlanta takes home. Check out our after show for Atlanta HERE: 

Aly & AJ Make Their Return to Music

By Becca Brown

Aly & AJ Michalka ARE BACK! After 10 years, the Hollywood Records signed teen duo who became well known because of songs such as “Like Whoa”, “Rush”, “On The Ride”, “Potential Breakup Song”, and more, just released their new single “Take Me” on iTunes.

Back in 2004, Aly got her start with Disney Channel when she starred in Phil Of The Future as Keely Teslow. One of the duo’s breakout moments happened in 2005 when their cover of “Do You Believe In Magic” played in Aly’s Disney Channel Movie Now You See It…. AJ later made her first appearance on Disney in 2006 with her sister in the movie Cow-Belles. Four years later, Aly & AJ left Hollywood Records and changed their band name to 78violet.

When asked about the change Aly told ELLE.com, “We wanted to do projects that didn’t involve the two of us. Over time we realized making records without any sort of label support is really difficult. It ended up taking more time than we originally thought, but we also didn’t think it was going to be as hard as it was. That sort of crushed us, and we had to go back to square one.”

From 2014 on, both Aly & AJ pursued acting careers. Aly currently stars on iZombie as Peyton Charles while AJ stars on The Goldbergs as Lainey Lewis. Since the beginning of the year the duo has been teasing new music and with their release of their new single “Take Me” also came the announcement that they are releasing a four-song EP followed by a full album release in 2018. When teasing their new music Aly said that “Now that I’m married, and we’ve each had many relationships and heartbreaks, we’re coming at songwriting at a much different way.”

What are your thoughts on Aly & AJ’s comeback? Sound off in the comments below!

 

Bachelor In Paradise’s Carly Waddell and Evan Bass Announce They’re Expecting a Baby Girl

By Becca Brown

It’s a girl! It’s a girl! As seen on ABC network, in June of this summer Bachelor In Paradise couple Carly Waddell and Evan Bass tied the knot and just days later the couple has announced that they’re expecting a baby girl. On Saturday Waddall posted a photo which included Bass and his three sons from his previous marriage and holding pink props with a caption that read, “This is our professional Gender Reveal photo! 😂 IT’S A GIRL!!!! I’m not the only girl anymore! Woo Hoo!!!! 👛👙👗🐷”.

“When we found out we both started crying our eyes out with tears of happiness. We are already planning an all pink room. The boys freaked out. Also, I was feeling extremely lucky so I went out and bought a lottery ticket for the first time since I was 18. I didn’t win so I guess I’m not that lucky,” Bass told E! News this weekend. He also said that the entire family was hoping the gender of the baby would be a girl.

To add to the excitement, the couple also recently revealed that the baby girl is expected to arrive in February of 2018. “We are so excited to welcome this new addition to our family, we wanted to start having children quickly…..and mission accomplished,” said Bass.

Check out our Bachelor In Paradise after show HERE:

Twinkie Bryd’s The Counter: 1960 Is Bringing History Back In Style in a Real Honest Way

By Chae’ Jones

A real history lesson is the cornerstone of what “The Counter: 1960” brings to its viewers. On “iTalk Movies” host Chae’ Jones sits down to talk with director/writer/producer/casting director Twinkie Byrd, and her cast members Etienne Maurice and Jerod Haynes to talk about Twinkie Byrd making her directorial debut of her short film The Counter:1960. The Counter:1960  is the story of six friends working to make a difference in the world they live in. Set in the deep south, they encounter all the challenges of that time period and during their journey employ the methods of peaceful resistance taught by James Lawson, in an attempt to achieve their goals. We talked about how important this story was to tell for Twinkie, dreaming for a better future when you see others that look like you make it, aspirations African Americans had growing up with black leads in a television series, and the empowerment she wants other African Americans to take in knowing their history and be proud about it.

When asked did she know just how important her film would be in today’s world, Bryd replied, “It’s always been important to me. I went to a Historical Black College. I went to North Carolina Central College. My mother’s cousin is Emmett Till and that’s in me. It’s always been in me to talk about about them.” She went on to say about what being a superhero means to her in relation to her film.. “It’s not about capes and it’s not about superpowers. It is literally about the spirit and how they literally faced death. They put their lives on the lives so that we can walk into Starbucks and just order coffee. Just be treated like human beings. Those are my superheroes. We gotta share the stories of my superheros.”

Haynes plays Joseph and likes to think of himself as the Martin Luther King Jr. of the film. Haynes remarked about his character,  “People wanna say he’s a leader. I wanna say it’s more of a sacrifice, right? It’s not about me. If you wanna make it about you, you kinda on your own. He was lucky enough, blessed to find people with all the like and on the wavelength that enough is enough what can we do? And that came to an agreement to say let’s do this and know what’s at risk and we thought the reward was greater than the risk at hand. Today with present Joseph, its the same but because the rules have changed we play a different game. I don’t think we’ve progressed. I think the rules have changed.”

Etienne Ralph Maurice, son of Sheryl Lee Ralph plays Franklin and is said to be more of the Malcolm X of the film. We talked about how the televisions shows we loved growing up that you had to see how having a black father being there for your family could feel a void you didn’t even realize you had. “You’d be amazed how many times growing up, and I’d be in the supermarket with my mom and people would flip out when they’d see my mind. Like you where the mom I never had and I never even really internalize what that meant to people who would watch her on TV. Again it was an aspirational experience to watch these black families on TV.”  

When you think about African American history don’t be ashamed by it because it’s because of those who came before you that made your path a little more clearer. “You should be proud. They walked into schools and were spat upon, had to be escorted by the armed forces just to integrate a school for you.” Bryd said.

You can WATCH the full interview here:

Julie Ann Emery Stops By AfterBuzz TV’s PREACHER After Show to Discuss How Good It Is to Be Bad

By Matt Marr

Julie Ann Emery made an appearance of AfterBuzz TV’s PREACHER after show, where she was interviewed by hosts Ben Bateman, Davie Child, Nate Miller, and Matt Marr.  During the hour interview, Emery, who plays Featherstone, on AMC’s second season of Preacher, dished on how delightful it is to play an assassin.

 NOTE: If you did not watch the August 14th episode of Preacher, beware…SPOILERS AHEAD!

 This episode was huge for Featherstone and the audience got to see that this woman is fearless.  The AfterBuzz panel wanted to know what makes Featherstone so committed to the cause. Is she in love with Herr Starr?

 “I don’t know if it’s love love” Emery said, “He [Herr Starr] has a strength and a directness, and a willingness to do anything. She finds that appealing.”  she went on to say, “Featherstone is a true believer in the Grail. She thinks the world has gone to hell and if she has to blow it up to save she’s going to do that. Herr Starr embodies that.”

 One of the most intense moments of this week’s episode of Preacher was the night massacre where the Grail comes looking for Jesse. The apartment sequence was shot in complete silence in a Call of Duty POV style.

 “Yes, that was a credit to the director, Michael Dowse”, Emery explained, “But also, it was written that way from the beginning. In the first script I got, it said this is shot from the POV of what they called, ‘Grail Hero’.  I think that’s a fascinating thing for a writer to put into a script.”

 This episode also introduced Featherstone’s new favorite weapon of choice, B.R.A.D.

 “Featherstone proper—you know like regular Featherstone—feels very low and flat all the time,” Emery explains. “She thinks in a straight line. [But] there is this whole B.R.A.D. thing that actually does something to her insides where she’s excited about B.R.A.D. It’s awesome. That’s a true zealot.”

 The panel also discussed the long road Preacher had in finally making it to the silver screen…or any screen for that matter. 

Emery was shocked and grateful the show has come so far.  “Who does Preacher? You gotta give AMC Credit,” she said. “Not just for doing it but also–everytime I read something online, where people say, ‘Oh they’re [AMC] not going to let them [the writers] do this.” she then joked, “I’m like…ummmm.”

 AMC and the show’s creators Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin have famously taken many of the ‘not-so-family-friendly’ aspects of the Preacher comics, and integrated them into the show. “Charlie Collier has taken a big, big risk with Preacher, and continues to take it.”

 Host Miller commented on the many different versions of Featherstone Emery has to play. “It’s amazing how completely you change your looks in the show, “ he noted.

 “I have amazing wigs!” Emery responded.  “A lot of folks on twitter are talking about Featherstone’s quick change abilities, which obviously are vast. But if you do look closely in this episode, you’ll see the wig and the sweater hanging right next to the coat rack in the corner, right next to the front door. She’s insanely prepared, all the time. She’s Featherstone.”

Make sure to catch up on AfterBuzz TV’s Preacher after show on Youtube.com and tune in live every Monday night at 11pm EST / 8pm PST.

Veteran actor William Sadler joins AfterBuzzTV “POWER” recap show

By Jill Munroe

Veteran actor William Sadler, who portrays Tony Teresi on season four of the hit Starz show POWER, dropped into AfterBuzz TV this week. Sadler joined hosts Bamm Erikson, Jimmy Vibert, Jill Munroe and Robin Ayers to recap episode 8, “It’s Done.”

Sadler gave insight into the Tersei character, talked POWER internet theories, and shared how he was cast in the pivotal role of the incarcerated gangster with crazy connections to the character of Tommy. When asked if Tersei is really going to use Tommy to help Kanan, Sadler said “I think that’s a distinct possibility, I mean his wife is, she’s sick, his wife of 30 something years and they never had kids you know, so it’s possible.”

Sadler also mentioned how much fun it is to watch the episodes while the rest of the audience is watching saying, “I watch it when the rest of the world watches it, when the rest of the world sees it all kind of sewn together, and it’s always a blast.”

There are only two more episodes remaining of season four of POWER. You can check out the AfterBuzz TV recap show Monday nights at 7:10 PM.

TV Producer/ Screenwriter Shonda Rhimes Signs Major Deal With Netflix

By: Briana Phipps

47-year old Shonda Rhimes has just signed a multi-year production deal with Netflix, making her production company, ShondaLand, one of the most powerful woman-owned companies in the television industry!

The terms of the deal with Netflix have not been disclosed, but it was reportedly worth more than $10 million dollars and all of her future productions will be Netflix Original series. Although she is technically leaving ABC, Shonda will also still be continuing to oversee the ABC hits, including development of a spinoff for “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, is glad to have her on board, calling her “one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television.”

How does Shonda feel about her new deal with Netflix? “The future of Shondaland at Netflix has limitless possibilities,” she exclaims.

For more details about Shonda Rhimes and her current/ upcoming TV projects, follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShondaRhimes/ or Twitter at www.twitter.com/shondarhimes

Is Love In The Air on “So You Think You Can Dance”?

By Tiege Dooley-Panko

So You Think You Can Dance contestants, judges, and Allstars all had to face the hard truth this week.

Someone was going home.

It wasn’t just anyone that went home either – Robert Green, who’s been a fan favorite since auditions had to say goodbye after being eliminated with partner and Allstar, Jasmine.

Logan and Sydney were the other two contestants in the bottom three.

AfterBuzz talked to Logan after the show and he said the whole thing is starting to feel more serious.

“We did build this bond and we built this family. Last week we didn’t have anyone go home but this week was just a hit to the heart for all of us,” Logan said.

Mark said eliminations don’t scare him but he does get upset to see people go home.

“They don’t scare me because I think whenever I go home, I did my job,” but he also mentioned, “it makes me cry to see people go home because you connected so that’s tough.”

Allstar Cyrus told ABTV that everyone always knows eliminations are coming but no one talks about it.

“We didn’t have to say anything but you can feel it,” Cyrus said. “But it’s also pushing people to dance better, dance smarter, and dance harder.”

Cyrus’s partner, Kaylee, said she’s just trying to stay present and live in the moment while enjoying the process.

Allstar Jenna and Kiki had a lot to prove this week after a routine that left the judges wanting more last week.

And boy, did they bring it! Kiki and Jenna performed a Luther Brown hip-hop routine with a joker theme and a money gun. YES…a money gun. The crowd and the judges went wild and Kiki worked his way back into America’s heart.

Another huge moment of the night was when Lex confirmed to AfterBuzz TV that he is dating fellow contestant, Taylor Sieve! The couple just posted a photo together on Taylor’s Instagram. The caption was, “my love.”

Koine and Marko won’t confirm or deny that they’re dating but it’s clear the fans really want them to!

The pair performed an African dance by Sean Cheesman that left the judges very impressed. At one point, Koine lifts Marko and made it look effortless. Nigel said a piece like that shows dance can “unite the world.”

Be sure to tune into AfterBuzz TV for So You Think You Can Dance after show on Wednesday nights at 7 PCT for the most up to date So You Think You Can Dance info and news!

Dance Moms’ Gianna Martello Gives an Update on Abby Lee Miller

By Dani Golub

Gianna Martello of Dance Moms made an appearance on the 2017 Teen Choice Awards carpet, where she was interviewed by host Dani Golub. Martello revealed some inside scoop on how Abby Lee is handling life behind bars.

“I do keep in contact with her, I have talked to her since everything. She’s good, she’s ok. The competition team is still going under the direction of me.”

The show must go on for the Teen Choice nominated reality show and the dancers seem to be in very good hands with Martello. Though she is excited, there is a lot of pressure to fill the giant shoes of Abby Lee, “I think Dance Moms in general is a lot of pressure on me to perform, but I think I’ve got it from here.”

On working with Maddie Ziegler, Martello reveals her close relationship with the teen sensation, “I actually raised her, I’ve been with her before the show and after the show. It’s just exciting to see how much she’s grown and what she’s doing now. That’s my girl.”

The interview also touched on what it has been like to go from being just a small competition dance team in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to international fame.

Make sure to catch all the Afterbuzz TV interviews from the 2017 Teen Choice Awards HERE:

 

Zendaya Continues to Inspire at the Teen Choice Awards

By Becca Brown

At only age 20, Spiderman Homecoming’s Zendaya can already be considered a role model to millions of people who watch her projects, listen to her music, and more. Tonight at the Teen Choice Awards after winning Choice Summer Movie Actress, she again used her voice to share her wisdom and knowledge with the teen fanbase.

“Right now I wanna talk to all the young people in the audience, I want you all to listen. With all the injustice and the hatred and everything that is happening, not only in the world but in our country, I need for you guys to be educated, I need you to listen, I need you to pay attention. I need you to go ahead and understand that you have a voice and it’s ok to use it when you see something bad happening,” said Zendaya about the rally that broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia.

This isn’t the first time Zendaya has used her voice in a positive way to shed light on an important issue. She uses her Twitter to be a role model and start important conversations. In fact she even said “I have a billion dreams, and I want to use my platform to help people,” to Vanity Fair not long ago.

Check out Zendaya’s full speech at the Teen Choice Awards HERE:

Daytime Divas Special Recap Edition Was Full of Laughter, Talks About Food, and Season 2 Predictions

By Chae Jones

Hosts Lynneisha Charles, Chae’ Jones, Amy Cassandra talked with “Daytime Divas” stars Camille Guaty, Fiona Gubelmann, and Vanessa Williams about everything that happened this season, laughter, and their own predictions for what they want for their characters possibilities and of course the food!

The ladies of the aftershow got called by the one and only Vanessa Williams who plays Maxine and Queen Bee of the “Lunch Hour”. When asked what are some of the things she enjoyed the most about filming this season of Daytime Divas, Williams said, “Oh, I think number one was the food. You can see from the time I started and the time I finished I probably gained 10 to 15 pounds. And out craft service guy kept bringing out like hot delicious morsels every single day.” She goes on to talk about working with the ladies and on this show to say, “It’s also great to see everyone’s range of acting which is really impressive. I’m just a fan!”

For God Sakes, why can’t Heather finish her song? Gubelmann said, “The writers really wanted that to happen. It just didn’t end up happening.I actually ended up recording the entire song. We even talked about doing a music video of it.” Her hope is for the possibility of season 2 that she is able to sing her song and make the music video to go with it.

The ladies gave their predictions for their characters and some of the ladies want a more darker turn for their character. Guaty “I really want Nina to go bad. I want her to rouge. I kinda want the Pulitzer to deeper. Like did the guy disappear? Or did she do something to really get it?” She always plays the good girl, the one that tugs at our heartstrings and even though she’s used to it she wants to go darker. “I wanna play character that really people hate. I mean people already hate her.” She continues. “I want her to be more calculating.”

You can WATCH the full recap here:

Parrish, Wallach, and Findlay Cast in Toronto’s Stage Production of Grease

By Becca Brown

Grease is taking a trip from California to Toronto! Starting on November 1st 2017, Toronto Grease fans will be lucky enough to hear famous songs such as “You’re The One That I Want”, “Grease (Is The Word)”, Hopelessly Devoted To You”, and “Summer Nights” live on stage at Elgin Winter Garden Theatre.

Already cast in the production is Pretty Little Liars’ Janel Parrish as Sandy, Dylan S. Wallach, as Danny, and How To Get Away With Murder’s Katie Findlay as Rizzo. The rest of the cast, yet to be announced is promised to be an all-star cast. “I’m beyond excited to return to the stage, Sandy has been a dream role of mine since I was a child, and a role I never thought I would be asked to play.” says Parrish.

Directed and choreographed by Broadway’s Josh Prince, this production of Grease will be the first time in a generation that a home-grown production of the famous musical will come to life. Prince is planning on incorporating the songs audiences know and love from the original movie into this theatre production, but in new arrangements. “If you already love Grease, you’ll fall in love with this production all over again. If you’re experiencing Grease for the first time, you’ll be hooked!” says Prince.

Tickets for the show go on sale on September 5th HERE: https://greaseonstage.com

Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder Welcome Bodhi Soleli Reed Somerhalder

By Becca Brown

Another Hollywood baby has been born! It was recently announced by Twilight’s Nikki Reed and The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder that their baby Bodhi Soleli [meaning awakening of the sun] Reed Somerhalder was born on July 25th.

The couple kept Bodhi’s birth under wraps for about two and a half weeks which didn’t come as a shock after Reed told Fit Pregnancy “We’ll take the baby’s first month for ourselves, “After the baby arrives, we’re doing one month of silence. Just the three of us, no visitors, and we’re turning off our phones too, so there’s no expectation for us to communicate.” the couple’s goal was to be fully present in the baby’s life for it’s first couple of weeks which in this day and age can really only be achieved with radio silence.

The birth of Bodhi wasn’t the only time the couple has been secretive, the couple kept the sex of the baby secretive during their pregnancy and even waited to tell family and friends. “We waited months to tell even friends and family that we were expecting. It started out with us not knowing how long we’d keep it private. Then it started to feel like we had this really cool thing, a secret with just each other. The downside was that I had moments of wishing I could do things other pregnant mamas were doing. But the upside was that we started the journey without having to open up about it to anyone else, and that made it special.”

Brooke Shields Joins SVU for Season 19

By Becca Brown

Exciting news Law and Order: SVU fans! Brooke Shields has officially joined the cast of season 19 for NBC’s hit drama. Shields who has previously appeared on two other NBC shows including Suddenly Susan and Lipstick Jungle will be joining an already impressive list of guest stars including Sharon Stone, Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, and Carol Burnett.

So far nothing about the character has been revealed although Shields has teased that her character will mess with Benson’s world. “I play a very different character from any I have ever played, I’m excited to stir the SVU pot a bit.”

Shields isn’t the first new addition to the show as Philip Winchester is also slated to join the show to play a Chicago Justice role, lawyer Peter Stone. Hopping on board behind the scenes for season 19 of SVU will be showrunner Michael S. Chernuchin.

Catch Law and Order: SVU on NBC Wednesday September 27th at 9pm and watch our past after shows BELOW: 

JHype reveals new music and new merch, plus a message to all his fans!

By Suzanne Quast

Eliminated Contestant JHype (age 14) from Las Vegas, NV was a featured guest on the Afterbuzz TV Boy Band Aftershow covering episode 8 with hosts Stephen Lovegrove and Suzanne Quast. He described his time on the show to Lovegrove and Quast by saying, “I’m blessed to even have had this experience.” JHype made a prediction that the top 5 of Boy Band will include contestants Michael Conor, Chance Perez, and Marcus Pendleton. 

JHype confirmed that he will be releasing a single with another eliminated contestant from ABC’s Boy Band, Miles Wesley in the near future. JHype stated that he had wanted to do a collaboration with Wesley, and Wesley approached him with a track. JHype also confirmed that merchandise is on the way and connected his personal mantra of “young and blessed” to the possible merchandise launch.

He revealed that “young and blessed” is a phrase he got from his mother, and he also explained that he first used the term “blessings” to a girl at McDonald’s who looked like she was having a rough day and has been using it ever since. JHype also said there are several exciting projects in the works that he is not yet at liberty to discuss. “I’ve got plans for the future, trust me.” He delivered this message to all his fans: “Just know, Boy Band was just the beginning.” 

Make sure to catch up on AfterBuzz TV’s Boy Band after-show featuring Stephen Lovegrove and Suzanne Quast on YouTube.com and tune in live every week Thursdays at 9pm pacific time.  

 

Michael Conor and Chance Perez tell the truth about their experience with Devin Hayes

By Stephen Lovegrove

On Episode 8 of ABC’s Boy Band, Devin Hayes, 18 year old contestant from Springfield, IL was eliminated. His elimination was covered on the Afterbuzz TV Boy Band aftershow by Stephen Lovegrove and Suzanne Quast. 

Backstage after the show, group “3rd Wheel” from ep. 8 weighed in on the elimination and provided insight to Lovegrove and Quast about their true feelings on Hayes. 

Michael Conor stated, “I want to comment and touch on that, because, you know, going into this, Devin wasn’t someone who all of us really clicked with. He was somebody who there was a lot of skepticism in the air about if he was here for the right reasons. I know personally he just didn’t give off a good vibe to me. But this past week we settled everything, and I went out to dinner with him and talked to him about everything, and he brought us all into his room to tell us that he felt like he wasn’t doing enough to be part of the group. You know, Chance was like his best friend, and he didn’t really talk to us that much, but you know, for him doing that, I mean, I just couldn’t help but respect it.” 

Conor went on to say, “I was so glad he did that, because I never want to …. I didn’t want to come into this competition … you know we’re all supposed to be forming a band; we’re supposed to be like touring the world together, so the fact that he did that was just such a relief to me. I respect him so much for that – there’s no ill feelings”

Hayes’ roommate Chance Perez had some insights as well: “I’ve been roommates with him since we got back here for over a month, and not everyone sees the side of Devin that I get to see. Like, he’s been doing stuff in front of the camera for his whole life – he puts on a show when it happens, and he’s like kinda isolated. So not everyone sees how kind and genuine he can be, and when he pulled everyone into his room to say, ‘you know, I don’t feel that close to you guys, and I wanna be,’ you know that takes a big man to get everyone in there and talk about it.” 

Marcus Pendleton reassured fans that he has a “lot of respect for [Devin]” and that “he’s going to be missed.” 

Perez ended the conversation by saying, “He pulled us into his room a little too late for all of us to be close to him, and I think that might have been part of it, but I wish people could have seen it sooner.” 

Make sure to catch up on AfterBuzz TV’s Boy Band after-show featuring Stephen Lovegrove and Suzanne Quast on YouTube.com and tune in live every week Thursdays at 9pm pacific time. 

Dominique Perry Talks Her Villainous Role on HBO’s Insecure

By Mariel Turner

Dominique Perry made an appearance on Black Hollywood Live’s Insecure After Show, where she was interviewed by hosts Mariel Turner and Ashley Allen. Over the course of the hour-long interview, she shared how she copes with hate mail from fans regarding her character, Tasha, her thoughts on the show’s executive producer Issa Rae and how she ditched a first date when she got the news about her role.

“At first it was overwhelming because I’ve never played a character that is so the villain to other women,” said Perry. “But I count it all as joy. I’m just glad to be in the position to even be Tasha. To even have the attention, whether it’s good or bad, I just embrace it.”

In fact, Perry was so excited about the role that she abruptly left a first date when she received the news that she had secured the part.

“I will never forget; I was on a semi-date! It was my first date with him,” said Perry. “He was so sweet. We were at dinner and I left Daniel [her date] at the table, went in that bathroom and got on my knees and just thanked God. I was so excited. That’s basically how I celebrated, I kind of left Daniel at the table. Shoutout to Daniel, I’m sorry!”

Perry also gave a glowing acknowledgement of Insecure executive producer and creator Issa Rae during her interview. Although Rae plays Perry’s rival on the show there is nothing but respect and love between the ladies off set.

“To be able to be with Issa all the time and she’s such my ‘shero’,” Perry said. “I admire her so much; she’s another sister to me. I’m in awe whenever I see it, whenever I watch it, whenever I’m around the people.”

“I wouldn’t have wanted to be on another show starting out my career because it really gave me a platform. I love Issa so much, and HBO, for giving me the wings on this amazing show,” Perry added.

The interview also touched on production specifics about the show, how Perry relates to her character, Tasha, and working with many of the special guests on the show.

Make sure to catch up on Black Hollywood Live’s Insecure after show on YouTube.com and tune in live every week Mondays at 6pm.

Stars Of Lifetime’s new Show “GROWING UP SUPERMODEL” Talk About Life In The Limelight

By: Morgan Willet

STARS OF LIFETIME’S NEW SHOW “GROWING UP SUPERMODEL” TALK ABOUT LIFE IN THE LIMELIGHT  

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Up-and-coming supermodels Cairo Peele and sister duo Cambrie and Faith Schroder were the special guests on this week’s AfterBuzz TV’s Spotlight On. They talked about what it’s like growing up with famous parents and starring in the new show, “Growing Up Supermodel” that premieres Wednesday, Aug. 16. Stream it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/OMtfhOaQd7k?list=PL6THzna6gLceuH3CwILF5MTLJ2UFIJ49Hor with highlights below:

Peele talked about wanting the show to shine a light on their hard work. He offered, “ I’m excited for the world to see that just because we have celebrity parents, we are not put on a pedestal and we have struggles that we go through as well. We still too have trials and tribulations, just like Cambrie said, when it comes to having to put in work to get jobs, it doesn’t just come to us because of our parents.”

Faith Schroder’s offered some feelings as to what is what like getting used to the camera: “It took awhile to get used to. It’s weird having three big cameras following you. There was one time where I cried and I tried so hard not to cry all season because I hate crying in front of anyone. The moment I did I just broke down and I just felt uncomfortable. But by the end we (the camera crew) got really close!”

One of the most interesting challenges about entering reality for Cambrie Schroder was the televising of her parent’s divorce.  “I think it is going to help people be more relatable. Just to show that we go through the exact same stuff that every other teenager goes through with their families. It’ll help the audience bond with us more because they can see we struggle through things. For the longest time I would deny any issues that my family would have just because there was like, an image to withhold. And this show was totally just like, ‘Here it is, here we are!’

Peele’s upbringing was interesting, as her mom was a supermodel. She offered, “At one point in my life I was kind of sick of when people would hear, ‘Oh Beverley Peele’s daughter’ and they’re expecting this 6-foot-1 amazon as well and you know, I’m only 5’7” and I’m definitely proportioned differently than she is. We have two different fingerprints, that’s all I have to say. People will now know who Cairo Peele is for Cairo Peele.”

The Schroder Sisters Met The Cast And Didn’t Like PeeleCheck out their conversation from the show:

Faith: We thought she was going to cause drama and be super aggressive.

Cambrie: Because she introduces herself and is like “Yeah I’m Cairo and I can be a “B,” and I am honest and I’m blunt,” and we were like, “Oh God.”

Peele: That is what it is! But they understood that it was more from a genuine place. At the end of it.

Cambrie: At the end, we for sure bonded with Cairo the most. We were best friends with her.

But in the end, Faith Schroder says that most of the drama didn’t actually come from the models: “There was one mom we didn’t get along with.  Actually most of the drama came from the moms. My mom especially started a lot of the drama. But I think she grew a lot in this process and I hope that everyone can just see the good side of her and see what she was going through.”

Get all the details about Lifetime’s new show Growing Up Supermodel on a brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s Spotlight on. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!

 

Jordan Wisely talk about MTV’s “The Challenge: XXX Dirty Thirty”

By Jenna Bussiere

MTV veteran Jordan Wiseley was a guest on Afterbuzz TV’s The Challenge after show this week where he gave behind the scenes dirt on this season of the reality series: ‘The Challenge: XXX Dirty Thirty.’

Wiseley held nothing back when talking about the other competitors in the house and gave his perspective on the argument that occurred between Tony Raines and Cara Maria Sorbello on Episode 4 ‘Dirty Deeds.’
“It’s not that she’s a girl,” he said, “It’s that you spoke up first so you’re about to get drunk Tony.” He continued to discuss Sorbello, stating “Every single time that’s what [Cara] goes to. Its ‘I’m the best girl here, everyone wants me.’ No we don’t.”

Another key aspect of this week’s episode was when the females in the house decided to split up the partnership of Jenna Compono and Kaliah Casillas by throwing them into elimination against each other. Wisely discussed why the house voted her in.

“I think it’s mostly the girls that don’t like her, right? Cause she states her mind. She speaks up. She’s not scared. She doesn’t do the whole hierarchy system.”

The Rivals II winner told hosts Paulina Aguilar, Jenna Bussiere, Pamela Gross and David Christopher that this would be his last season participating in The Challenge.

“I will never do another Challenge,” Wiesley said, with charity being the exception. “The situation is an incubator. We have zero connection to news. We don’t know what’s going on.” He ended with, “Prisoners have more rights than we do.”
Wiesley also talked about his relationship with Johnny Bananas and part of this week’s deliberation that did not make TV. You can watch the full after show on YouTube.com and catch AfterBuzz TV’s The Challenge recaps everyday Tuesday at 10pm PST.

Two Worlds Collide: The “Empire” and “Star” Casts Sing Hit Song “You’re So Beautiful”

By Becca Brown

An Empire and Star crossover has officially happened, but it’s a different kind of crossover than you might be used to. To announce it’s pair up on Wednesday night’s on Fox starting on September 27th, stars of both Lee Daniels shows including Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Trai Byers, Serayah, Queen Latifah, and Benjamin Bratt came together to record a cover for an Empire season one hit song “You’re SoBeautiful”.

“It’s nice for us to have this overlap of Star and Empire,” said Empire star Howard about the collaboration. Star’s Jude Demorest added, “To be able to work with and get to know Jussie and Yazz and Serayah is just really cool, even for viewers to see that kinda collide.” Fans will also be happy to know that the chemistry between Hensen and Latifah on set of the video was one hundred percent real. “It was just pure fun,” Latifah said.

“The two sets of casts obviously live in two different worlds: Atlanta where Star and her girls are at they’re aspiring to get to the level of an Empire. They get in the studio and they are dreaming about performing with Jamal.” said director Chris Robinson about the plot of the video. You can check out the full music video directed by Robinson below:

Hosts Tiege and Carla Attend First SYTYCD Live Show for Season 14

By Tiege Dooley-Panko

Excitement was in the air on the red carpet after the first live show of SYTYCD Season 14. AfterBuzz TV spoke with Allstars, contestants, and judges about how the season is going so far.

Vanessa Hudgens told ABTV host Carla Renata, “I told myself I wasn’t going to cry tonight and I totally cried.” while Nigel Lythgoe said he thought all of the performers gave their best during the first live show, “they are far better than I anticipated.”

After taking two seasons off, Mary Murphy, the driver of the hot tamale train, is back! Murphy said she is very happy about who the Allstars chose to bring to the live show. She told ABTV, “ I feel like everybody did a good job in the chemistry department because that’s not always the case.”

The contestants were bright eyed and laughing together after the performances. Allstars Robert and Taylor performed a stunning piece choreographed by Travis Wall that had everyone talking after the show. Mary Murphy said it was instantly one of her top ten favorite performances ever. Robert told ABTV, “it felt like I blacked out for a second,” he continued, “it was that perfect thing that happens when you look at each other and you know each other and know the story line between each other’s heart and soul.” Taylor said if people consider their performance history, she’s honored.

Mark and Comfort performed an energetic hip-hop piece choreographed by the highly accredited choreographer, Luther Brown. Mark talked to ABTV about how grateful he was to be there and that he knows that’s where he’s supposed to be. “Every day I’m just taking things in like seeing my name tag on my shirt,” Mark said, “that hypes me up, yo.”

Robert Green and Allstar Jasmine performed an upbeat hip-hop by Chris Scott with fake hairspray that left everyone in the crowd grooving! Green said he’s been loving the whole experience and has a few tricks up his sleeve for the coming weeks. “Just be on the look out because I might have some looks in the closet that I might be pulling out of the trunk,” Green said about incorporating his style into the show. 

Allstar Marko and Koine looked like they’d been dancing together for years in a piece choreographed by Stacey Tookey. Marko and Koine both told ABTV that they have a really good connection. Marko said, “ I always follow my gut and since academy week, the opening routine, saw her, felt it, followed my gut.” Allstar Allison hurt her shoulder during rehearsal with Logan so former SYTYCD contestant, Audrey Case, stepped up and performed Tyce Diorio’s contemporary piece with Logan.

Audrey only had a few hours to learn the routine but no one in the crowd could tell, the judges reacted positively to it and Logan said he is just so happy to be in the competition. Logan told ABTV, “ I couldn’t have asked for a better partner and even through this whole accident with the shoulder injury and when Audrey had to come in and learn the dance, she (Allison) was super supportive.” Audrey said that being able to watch from the other side, made her appreciate SYTYCD even more and her partner, Logan.

Allstar Cyrus and Kaylee performed a contemporary piece by Tessandra Chavez and the judges suggested they might have some work to do going forward if they want to win. Cyrus and Kaylee told ABTV that motivated them. Kaylee said she came to SYTYCD to challenge herself and that’s why she chose Cyrus.

Make sure to catch up on AfterBuzz TV’s So You Think You Can Dance after show on YouTube.com and tune in live every week Wednesday’s at 7pm.

Billy Ray Cyrus Joins “The Voice” as an Advisor

THE VOICE — “Battle Reality” — Pictured: (l-r) Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

By Becca Brown

The Voice season 13 premieres on NBC on September 25th at 8pm pt and today judge Miley Cyrus took to social media to announce that for season 13 of the show her dad will be joining her team as an advisor saying “DAD ALWAYS HAS THE BEST ADVICE! Which of course makes him the perfect advisor!!!!!! @billyraycyrus #TeamMiley!”

DAD ALWAYS HAS THE BEST ADVICE! Which of course makes him the perfect advisor!!!!!! @billyraycyrus #TeamMiley!

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Along with Cyrus, the judges for season 13 will also include Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and newcomer to The Voice, Jennifer Hudson. Previously announced team advisors will be Joe Jonas for Team Levine, Rascal Flatts for Team Shelton, and Kelly Rowland for Team Hudson [fun fact, Kelly Rowland is currently a coach for The Voice Australia, while Hudson was the winning coach for The Voice UK last season].

On season 12 of The Voice advisors included Luke Bryan, Céline Dion, DJ Khaled, John Legend and Shania Twain.

Do you plan on tuning in for this season of “The Voice”? Let us know in the comments below.

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris Break Hearts With Divorce Announcement

By Becca Brown

After eight years of being married, tonight Chris Pratt best known for Guardians of The Galaxy and Anna Farris star of CBS’ comedy Mom both took to social media to announce they’re legally separating.

“Anna and I are sad to announce we are legally separating. We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed. Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward,” said Pratt on his verified Facebook page.

Farris also reposted the above via Twitter.

Pratt and Farris got married in 2009 and have a four year old son together. Many fans took to Twitter today to express their feelings about the news of one of Hollywood’s “IT” couples calling it quits saying “love is dead”.

What are your overall thoughts on the split announcement? Were you as upset as people on social media? Comment below and let us know.

Will Tudor Gives Shadowhunters Fans An Inside Look Into Playing One Of The Most Evil Characters On TV!

By Sam Davidson

The newest member of the Shadowhunter family, Will Tudor, spoke with Afterbuzz TV hosts Sam Davidson and Becca Brown via Skype.   The London based actor plays the role of Sebastian aka Jonathan, Clary’s long lost brother.  His character was introduced to us as a conflicted villain, that might have some good left in him.  However after last week’s episode, the audience and characters are absolutely certain that any good Sebastian had in him has been gone for a very long time.  With that being said, the way Tudor plays the role still brings a sense of humanity to such an evil character.  Tudor spoke about his character’s flaws, but also his relateability, which has a great deal to do with the writing on the show.  “He is somebody who is very flawed, and he does these things where we go ‘oh no, no no,’ but then it is so cleverly written because you see where he is coming from, but at the same time you think ‘I am absolutely horrified by that.’  It’s very smart, and I feel really lucky to have worked with those scripts.”

As Shadowhutners is based on the Cassandra Clare book series, all of these characters came with a ton of expectations from the fans, which in turn puts a lot of pressure on the actors.  When asked how these expectations effected his preparation for the role, Tudor said, “I knew of the character before even auditioning for this.  It was daunting, but the vision that was set out by the writers is so clear and brilliant and I always felt the way for me to find the best way to do it and serve the fans and source material best, is to kind of do what comes instinctually.  And I hope that translated!” 

Fans definitely agree that not only did Tudor’s exceptional portrayal of Sebastian/Jonathan translate, but they couldn’t have imagined a better actor for the role.  Don’t forget to catch the Shadowhunters aftershow on Tuesdays at 6pm PST! on Afterbuzz TV. Watch our full interview with Tudor HERE: 

A Quick Strike Doesn’t Spare Bolling

By: Jeff Graham

One wonders if “Sexual Harrasment” would appear under the Webster’s thesaurus entry for “Fox News.” In the last year, not one, but two major sexual harassment have reared their heads in the world of the right-winged cable news giant. The first of course, is Mr. Bill O’Reilly himself, but the second, comes in the form of Eric Bolling, who made frequent appearances on O’Reilly’s show.

“Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway,” the network said in a statement.

Some say that apparently predatory culture fostered under CEO Roger Ailes is the reason for the rapid increase in sexual assault cases, and the company is trying to purge itself of the image as quickly and efficiently as possible.

“Over most of last year, we had six of the top eight management positions turn over, and three of the four primetime people left. Some of that has been planned, but most has been unplanned. We’ve had big shifts,” Abernethy told Variety last month. “We have been tasked with putting in new people and training people and sending a signal that there’s a new environment.”

 

Tyra Banks, Mandy Moore, and Marlon Wayans Tease Their Shows at NBC’s Press Day

By Ivanna Williams

LOS ANGELES- Black Hollywood Live attended the NBC Press Tour red carpet on Thursday, August 3rd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The NBC Press Tour gave us behind-the-scenes access to NBC’s upcoming shows.

BHL host, Ivanna Williams, spoke with Tyra Banks-yes, THAT Tyra Banks- about her experience hosting “America’s Got Talent”. She says, “I know I’m there to host, but because I produce shows and create other stuff, I can’t help it! I’m like, ‘You need to go out, you need to look at Simon first’! I’m whispering all this stuff in their ears and then I’m like ‘What am I doing?!’”

Banks says she doesn’t know if she has any hidden talents and Williams asked Banks about her singing. Banks took the opportunity to teach a song from Cycle Two of “America’s Next Top Model” with the lyrics ‘Shake your body body, Move your body body’ and they. had. a. BLAST! “America’s Got Talent” airs on Tuesdays, at 8pm.

Williams also spoke with Mandy Moore, who plays wife and mother, Rebecca Pearson, on “This Is Us”. Moore says the reception of season one exceeded all her expectations, “None of us would’ve predicted or begun to expect the embrace that people have shown the show pretty much from the beginning.” Moore says they have so much in store for super fans with the upcoming season, “Buckle up! It’s intense! I’m telling you, just the first episode and the second episode. It’s beautiful! Like, I don’t know how they do it, the writers!” “This Is Us” returns Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Get ready for your weekly cry session!

Marlon Wayans’ sitcom, “Marlon”, is set to hit the small screen Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Wayans and Essence Atkins say viewers should expect the unexpected. Marlon: “I don’t know what I’m going to do from scene to scene or show to show. I know all the shows have a lot of heart, but they’re really funny and it finds its balance. I guarantee you, every episode you’re going to go ‘I can’t believe when they said this or they did that’.

Watch our NBC Press Day Interviews HERE: 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsewtEOygG8vAK8bEEoBUaMz_5xf9QyrC

 

‘MADAM SECRETARY’ STAR KATHRINE HERZER TALKS ON-SET NICKNAMES, SET SOUVENIRS AND KEEPING A LOW PROFILE. 

By: Zoe Hewitt

Los Angeles, CA, August 2, 2017 –(afterbuzztv.com)–Kathrine Herzer from “Madam Secretary” talks her on-set nickname, things she has taken from set and keeping a low profile at New York University where she attends school.

HERZER on NICKNAMES:

Herzer says, “I was called ‘Girl’ [for the 1st season] and it translated into my nickname with the camera guys, which is Deep Girl because for the first few episodes I was always Deep and I was always Girl. …Deep as in in the back…we like a lot of movement in our scenes, that’s very real. …So the first few episodes I was always sulking at the dining room table, so they put me at the dining room table and would start [the cameras] on the other side.”

HERZER on SOUVENIRS:

Herzer says, “I’m going to get myself in trouble here…a pair of slippers once ‘fell off the truck’.  For some reason they happened to fall off the truck and into my purse and I wear them. …They were Ugg slippers, they were really nice slippers and I needed a pair.”

HERZER on KEEPING A LOW PROFILE:

Herzer says, “I’m creating my own path and learning what I want to do. …I’ve had friends that didn’t even know I was an actress.  It’s important to me not to get it too muddled because people do look at it differently sometimes.”

Links to Kathrine Herzer’s appearance can be found on AfterBuzz TV’s website, on iTunes or through this YouTube link: 

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtJlxGflQ1g&feature=youtu.be&a

Host Zoe Hewitt is on Twitter and Instagram @RealZoeHewitt

  

Spotlight On features various hosts and is available for download the next day on iTunes and YouTube. It broadcasts worldwide from Los Angeles, CA as part of E!’s Maria Menounos and filmmaker Keven Undergaro’s online broadcast network, AfterBuzz TV. AfterBuzz is dedicated to producing daily post-game wrap-up shows for fans’ favorite TV shows, covering shows like The Bachelorette, Ray Donovan, WWE’s Monday Night Raw and countless others. Currently, AfterBuzz TV receives over 20 million weekly downloads on iTunes from over 75 countries. For further information about the network, visit afterbuzztv.com 

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Patricia Heaton Says Decision to End ‘The Middle’ Was ‘Mutual’

By: Taylor Gates

“The Middle” is coming to an end. ABC recently announced that their long-running comedy would be coming to a close after nine seasons. It’s certainly sad news, but Patricia Heaton—who plays matriarch Frankie Heck in the middle class, somewhat dysfunctional family living in the Midwest—took to Facebook Live to address fans and assure them the news isn’t all bad.

“It was a mutual decision between the writers and the actors and the producers and the network and the studio,” Heaton said of the choice to end things after the upcoming season. “Everybody weighed in, and I think mainly we felt that we’ve told a beautiful story about this wonderful family and that it’s time to wrap it up. It’s similar to ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ in that we want it to go out on a high note when people are still excited about the show…I think we’re picking the right time to go.”

Heaton also recognized that the show has been on for nearly a decade and will break 200 episodes before its end—milestones that few series ever get close to reaching. “It’s gonna be a great season. We’re gonna be celebrating our 200th episode in October.”

The actress praised ABC for allowing them to have a heads-up so that the writers could give the characters a satisfying conclusion. “You, the fans, deserve to have the show properly sent off.” She also revealed that, while the actors know very little about where their characters will end up, they’re excited to see where they land.

Heaton vowed to document and share behind-the-scenes videos during the last batch of episodes. “We’ll do this final season together,” she promised.

The ninth and final season of “The Middle” premieres October 3rd on ABC.

‘Will & Grace’ Cast Talks Shooting Revival—‘It Feels Like No Time Has Passed’

By: Taylor Gates

Break out the vodka, honey—“Will & Grace” is officially back! Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes celebrated their first day back on set in an epic way.

In true Jack McFarland fashion, Hayes grabbed McCormack and made out with him as confetti rained down during a press event. “It’s just like riding a bike,” McCormack announced after the kiss.

Mullally echoed his sentiment, sharing how easily they reconnected at the first table read back. “I always thought about the four of us as being like an orchestra,” she said, “each of us playing a different instrument and creating a musicality together. When we started playing the music again, it was like, ‘Oh!'”

“This guy is the Sonny to my Cher, the Tic to my Tac, the Mork to my Mindy,” Messing captioned an Instagram photo of her and McCormack. “Partners in crime and in everything else. It feels like no time has passed. That’s how you know you’re family.”

“Will & Grace” returns September 28th at 9/8c on NBC.

‘Better Things’ News—Four Sneak Peeks Released, Pamela Adlon Selects Emmy Episode

By: Taylor Gates

Pamela Adlon was “stunned” when she scored an Emmy nomination for her performance in “Better Things.” The FX comedy is close to her heart—not only did she co-create the show and loosely base it on her life, but she also acts, writes, directs, and executive produces the series.

“I cried for almost an hour straight when I heard,” Adlon told Deadline “I’ve been acting my whole life. I’ve always been bringing up the rear—like, the side character—just wanting to keep working, never part of the Big Boys Club. So this is unbelievable for me.”

Adlon recently revealed to Gold Derby the episode she chose to submit. “Future Fever,” the sixth episode of the program, centers around Adlon’s character Sam talking to eldest daughter Max (Mikey Madison) about her fear of growing up and about making it in the real world. The installment is a highlight of the series, seamlessly blending drama and comedy.

Though the second season doesn’t premiere until September 14th, FX has released four small teaser clips to tide fans over: Sam rejects a man at a bar, buys groceries, gets put on hold, and refuses to adopt a Syrian refugee. All in a day’s work.

Which sneak peek is your favorite? What do you hope to see in season two? Tell us below in the comments!

Hosts Ryan Malaty and Kristen Snyder talk about Teen Wolf’s Top 10 Moments

By Becca Brown

The season six mid-season premiere of fan favorite MTV show “Teen Wolf” aired last night. With the show wrapping up this season it seemed only fitting that MTV played a top 10 moments special after episode 6×11 titled “Said The Spider To The Fly”. Among those talking about the top 10 moments of Teen Wolf to ever happen were hosts Kristen Snyder and Ryan Malaty.

Read below to find out what Snyder and Malaty had to say during the Top 10 Moments Special:

10). “You can’t kill me.” [Intense Dylan O’Brien moment]
Malaty: “It really makes you appreciate the talent that is in this show. I wanna eat a big bowl of Dylan O’Brien-Os.

9). “No, I was evolving.” [Derek shapeshifting into a wolf]
Snyder: “It’s something as fan you really wanted to see. You wanted to see someone fully shapeshift and I was glad it was Derek.”
Malaty: “It’s cool.”
Fan Segment:
Malaty: “Everyone who is a fan of “Teen Wolf” is–is a pack.”

6). The Wailing Women [Lydia discovering that she’s a banshee]
Malaty: “This just adds more diversity and coolness to the pack as a whole.”

5). “I’m an alpha now.”
Snyder: This moment of Scott becoming a true Alpha and breaking through the Mountain Ash is so important because most Alphas have to actually kill another Alpha in order to become an Alpha.”
Malaty: “It was like you know, when Luke Skywalker gets his lightsaber or when Captain America gets his shield, you know? It’s like now Scott has his eyes.

4). “I didn’t say it back.” [The Stiles and Lydia kiss]
Malaty: “Stydia is so sweet. I think I wanna add them to my morning coffee.”
Malaty: “You don’t even have to be a fan of “Teen Wolf” to recognize how powerful this scene is.”

3). “But we call him Stiles.” [Longest running Teen Wolf question. What is Stiles first name? Mieczyslaw]
Malaty: “We’ve been waiting for it, we’ve been wanting it and now that we have it we can’t pronounce it.”

2). “I’m in the arms of my first love.” [Allison dying]
Malaty: “I think this moment was raising the stakes for the show.”

Bonus Moment
Snyder: “This is where the teen becomes the wolf.”
Malaty: “This is the scene that really pulls you into the show.”
Snyder: “It’s a huge moment in Teen Wolf history that needs to be part of this top 10.”

1). “Scott you’re my brother.” [Scott and Stiles friendship]
Malaty: That was like what forged them into more than just a pack, you know.”
Snyder: “It strengthened their bond, I mean so much of the show is Scott saving Stiles and in this scene we see Stiles saves Scott.”

For more of their thoughts and Alana Jordan’s thoughts on “Teen Wolf” over the years make sure to check out our Teen Wolf after show below:

Meghann Fahy Talks ‘The Bold Type’ on AfterBuzz TV

By Becca Brown

Are you looking for a show that contains fashion, great music, and strong female characters? If so, tune in to Freeform on Tuesdays at 9/8c for “The Bold Type.” This past Friday, hosts Ally Nasta, Karla Beltran, Becca Brown, and Taylor Gates talked about all three and more with star Meghann Fahy, aka Sutton Brady herself!

When asked about the fashion on the show, Fahy praised costume designer Frank Fleming. “He’s a genius,” she said bluntly. As we’ve seen on the show, the characters outfits serve as a form of self-expression. Fahy told us that for Fleming getting their personalities across through the way they dress is something he strives for. “What’s most important for him is that we feel comfortable and confident and good in what we’re wearing.”

Fahy, who starred in the Broadway musical “Next To Normal” and has a singing background, told a fan she was totally down for a musical episode. “We’ve talked about it a lot. I’m hoping that we talk about it so much that they’re like, ‘now we have to do it.’” Fahy even told us that Aisha Dee (Kat) plays the drums and ukulele, while Katie Stevens (Jane) sings and writes songs as well as previously appearing in Kathryn Merteuil’s “Cruel Intentions” musical in Los Angeles.

If you’ve watched episodes one through four of “The Bold Type,” you know that the show is very female-driven in the way it depicts three bold young women chasing their dreams and balancing day-to-day life in the workplace. Unlike many popular young adult dramas, the show doesn’t portray cattiness or competition among the girls, but instead focuses on them supporting one another. Fahy confirmed that, not only are these positive relationships a breath of fresh air, but the friendship displayed on screen between them is 100% real off-screen too. “It really is an authentic connection that we have. I don’t think you can fake that kind of chemistry. We’ve only known each other for a little over a year at this point, but it feels like it’s forever.” said Fahy.

Make sure to catch “The Bold Type” after show every Tuesday at 10pm PT on AfterBuzz TV’s YouTube and iTunes channels. You can check out our full conversation with Meghann Fahy below.

 

11 Things We Learned from ‘The Bold Type’ Writers’ Twitter Q&A

By: Taylor Gates

In case you missed it, “The Bold Type” writers did a quick Twitter Q&A between loads of laundry this weekend. Here are 11 things we learned while they were washing their clothes.

1. The show is mostly shot in Canada. The pilot was filmed in Toronto and the rest was primarily done in Montreal. Only a few scenes were actually shot in New York.

2. The actors’ personalities seep into the characters. Particularly their speech patterns.

3. Kat is 25. However, a specific birth date has not yet been revealed.

4. Jane loves hardcore rap. She also prefers puppies to kittens. Snoop Dogg and cute dogs, am I right?

5. Sutton is the mom friend. She would also survive the longest in a zombie apocalypse. Makes sense—the mom friends are the ones with all the Tylenol and band-aids.

6. Don’t expect to see flashbacks. According to the writers, they’re not part of the show’s structure.

7. Jacqueline is married, and we’ll get to meet her husband this season. According to an ATX Television Festival panel, he’ll be played by Melora Hardin’s real-life husband Gildart Jackson. (*swoon*) And they filmed a scene where they celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary…on the same day as Hardin and Jackson’s real-life 20th wedding anniversary. (*double swoon*)

8. We’ll find out more about Jane’s mom. Can’t see that relationship being simple…

9. Jane, Kat, Sutton, Jacqueline, and Alex are the only series regulars this season. Which means love interests Pinstripe, Adena, and Richard are all just reoccurring as of right now.

10. The infamous yoni egg incident was inspired by true events. Yikes.

11. The writers are basically real-life Jacquelines. “Form strong relationships, announce what you want respectfully, and when the time is right, call in favors,” they advised young women looking for career advice. Solid, inspiring tips.

How are you liking “The Bold Type” so far? What do you hope to see this season? Tell us below in the comments!

Pop the Champagne—Lifetime Has Renewed ‘UnREAL’ for Season 4

By: Taylor Gates

Get ready for more catfights, crying, and competition—Quinn and Rachel will live to see (and produce) another day. Despite its third season not airing until early 2018, Lifetime has already picked up its Emmy-nominated series “UnREAL” for season four.

“UnREAL” is set behind the scenes of a “Bachelor”-like reality show and centers around the relationship between a troubled producer and her morally ambiguous boss as they manipulate contestants and struggle to navigate family, romance, and their high-pressure jobs.

“It’s OFFICIAL,” said star Constance Zimmer in an Instagram post. “@unrealtv picked up for #season4 before #season3 even airs!! We are back early 2018…thanks for hanging in there!!! Now you know you have 2 seasons to be excited for!! #quinning”

“Congrats to the whole team,” co-star Shiri Appleby added in her own post. “#hardworkmakesthedreamwork #unrealtv”

What do you hope to see in seasons three and four? Tell us below in the comments!

Transgender Veteran Shane Ortega: The Pentagon Was Blindsided by Trump’s Ban

Jeffrey Masters interviews Shane Ortega on LGBTQ&A

By: Jeffrey Masters

In an interview on LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters, Shane Ortega (the first transgender person to serve openly in the military) discusses Donald Trump’s announcement banning transgender people from serving in the military. He talks about how the Pentagon was blindsided, why people are already afraid to come out in the military, and explains why trans people are not a burden.

Click here to listen to the full interview.

LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters is an interview series that documents the stories of the LGBTQ community. Previous guests include Asia Kate Dillon, Ross Mathews, Trixie Mattel, Laura Jane Grace, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Nico Tortorella, Peter Paige, Cleve Jones, and Shane Ortega.

Shane Ortega says the Pentagon was blindsided by President Trump’s announcement: 

“Donald Trump had actually not even referred to the Joint Chiefs of Staff when making this decision. He claims that he talked to officials and generals about it and actually the entire Pentagon was blindsided.”

Shane talks about the reaction from active service people: 

“The fear is that they’ll get a bad conduct discharge which means that they wouldn’t be able to get any sort of employment and that they wouldn’t have any access to any veteran’s benefits. A lot of people would be crushed.”

Shane says people are already afraid to come out so the estimated number of transgender people serving is most likely higher: 

“The Trump climate has bred a more intense and traumatic atmosphere for people serving. There are not as many people coming out, so I believe that number is quite higher.”

Shane says this is a distraction and being used to pit Americans against each other: 

“He’s using this as a distraction from his impending impeachment. He’s also using this as a tactic to pit the American people against each other. He’s starting with these marginalized groups and radicalizing small towns folk that voted for him and he’s trying to basically enforce a tyrannical reign that’s unconstitutional. That’s really what’s going on here.”

Shane disputes that transgender people are a burden:

“Transgender people are not a burden. I would say that, if anything, most military folk who are transgender are somewhat OCD and a bit of over-achievers. If anything they’re bringing their units up by being those work horses. But to say that transgender people in the civilian population are a burden, they are not a burden. They just don’t necessarily have the accessibility due to the ignorance of our society and that’s what saddens me the most.

I’m just afraid for the service members and their families. I’m afraid for the American public. Once we can attack such a professional institution like the military, that means that no one is ever going to live up to the standards of whatever it is in Donald Trump’s eyes you need to be considered human and worthy of the ability to thrive or get access to education or healthcare. No one will meet that measure and that’s scary.”

Shane talks about how diverse the military is: 

“The United States Military is the most diverse employment institution in the entire country. That means we have people with multitudes of ethnic backgrounds, we have people with multitudes of income levels and education levels, male and female, and obviously transgender people. And then we have the largest employment of LGBT people across any company or organization.”

The full interview with Shane Ortega is available on iTunes: http://apple.co/2u2NNh9

Miley Cyrus Opens Up About Child Stardom and Being a Female in Hollywood

By: Marina Varano

At one point, Miley Cyrus was TV’s most desired southern belle. Now the 24-year-old Malibu singer has opened up about the process of finding herself and the effect child stardom had on her growing up.

Notoriously known for dancing on Robin Thicke while wearing close to nothing and sticking her tongue out, the star shared that those controversial actions were a phase, saying she has since changed.  She blames being a child star and constantly being told how to dress for making her the sexualized young woman she was portraying at the time.

“I didn’t realize how much pressure I was under and how that shaped me until, like, this year,” Cyrus stated.

Cyrus agrees with Beyonce in her belief that girls run the world. “That was an important thing to say because I think subconsciously we are beaten down to believe that it isn’t true our whole lives,” said Cyrus. “It’s no wonder that a lot of people lose their way and lose who they really are because they always have people telling them who to be.”

Nicole Kidman, HBO Talk ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2—‘We’re Working on It’

By: Taylor Gates

Get ready for more trivia nights, beach jogs, and Blue Blues coffee—“Big Little Lies” might be back for round two.

Though a second season pickup for the HBO series hasn’t officially been announced, the network’s Programming President Casey Bloys offered some words of encouragement for fans itching to return to Monterey. Bloys revealed that author Liane Moriarty is currently brainstorming ways to continue the plot—a highly unorthodox occurrence in Hollywood. “I’ll be very curious to see what she comes up with that. Normally you go to a TV writer and say, ‘What do you see?’…I don’t think [there’s been] a time when we’ve gone to the writer of the novel, the source material, to come up with like, ‘Do you see ongoing stories?’”

The show stars Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley as well as Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, and Alexander Skarsgård and has just scored a whopping eight Emmy nominations. Kidman and Witherspoon also act as executive producers and have been outspoken about their wish to revisit the series. But despite the show’s critical success, co-executive producer/director Jean-Marc Vallée has been much more hesitant to dive back in.

“There is no way. There’s no reason to make a Season 2,” Vallée said bluntly. “That was meant to be a one-time deal, and it’s finishing in a way where it’s for the audience to imagine what can happen.”

But Bloys thinks there’s a possibility that he could change his tune. “Nicole and Reese can be very persuasive,” he laughed.

The two do seem to be determined. When asked about a sophomore run, Kidman assured audiences they were “working on it” and “really want” it to happen, even collaborating with Moriarty on potential directions it could go. However, Kidman promised they weren’t rushing into or forcing anything. “We’ve always said we only want to do it if it can really warrant it.”

“First we have to see the material and see if it’s worth everyone’s time,” Bloys added. “And if it is, [we’ll have a] conversation about directors.”

Would you love another season of “Big Little Lies” or do you think it should be left alone? Tell us below in the comments!

David Harbour, Ross Duffer Talk ‘Stranger Things’ Ending—‘We’re Going to Get Out Before We’ve Worn Out Our Welcome’

By: Taylor Gates

A sad thing was revealed for “Stranger Things” fans at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend. Actor David Harbour and co-creator Ross Duffer both confirmed that the Emmy-nominated show would likely end after four or five seasons.

“We don’t have an open-ended thing like ‘The Walking Dead,’” Harbour told TVLine. “There is an end to all these characters…We’re going to give you something fun and then we’re going to get out before we’ve worn out our welcome. We have a specific story that we’re going to tell.”

“In terms of exact number of seasons we’re not sure,” added Duffer before hinting that four or five seemed like a sweet spot. “I know that [co-creator] Matt and I wanna stick with it and just sort of finish it out. But again we don’t want to linger too long, we just want to tell the story that we want to tell and get out. Hopefully people are like, ‘I want more!’ and that’s great, but that’s sort of how we want to leave it.”

Duffer also talked about how season 2 would set the tone for the rest of the series. “We sort of have a rough plan,” he teased. “I think the important thing for us was to really start to lay the groundwork this season for what would be the arc for the rest of the show.”

The second season of “Stranger Things” hits Netflix October 27th.

Grace Park Attends Comic-Con’s ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Reunion Panel, Discusses ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Exit

By: Ali Marashi

After recently leaving “Hawaii 5-0,” actress Grace Park attended San Diego Comic-Con 2017 for a “Battlestar Galactica” reunion panel. Park played Kono Kalakaua on “Hawaii Five-0” since season one but made the decision to exit last month along with Daniel Dae Kim after their request for pay equal to that of their co-stars was reportedly turned down.

During the “Battlestar” panel, Parker revealed how she came to the decision to attend Comic-Con despite all the drama and speculation surrounding her exit from the CBS procedural.

“I think the main thing is I knew I was here for ‘Battlestar’ and I really wanted to see my co-stars, producers, and creators,” she said. “I think there’s a lot of questions that people have. I certainly have a lot of feelings and experiences, but we’re going to focus on ‘Battlestar…'” she told E! News at Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con Bash.

Though fans are still not sure how the producers of “Hawaii Five-0” plan to deal with the loss of the two characters, rumor has it their absence will be explained in the season eight premiere.

“Hawaii Five-0” returns Friday, Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. on CBS.

Katherine McNamara Talks ‘Shadowhunters’ Season 2 Finale—It’s ‘One of the Most Heartbreaking Things I’ve Ever Done’

By: Ali Marashi

San Diego Comic-Con 2017 was filled with fun and surprises. In the midst of the excitement, Katherine McNamara—aka Clary Fray from “Shadowhunters,”was interviewed on the red carpet and discussed what fans can except from the season 2 finale.

This was McNamara’s first time at San Diego Comic-Con, and unfortunately she was caught breaking the cardinal rule: not wearing a costume. “Every time I’ve gone to New York Comic Con I keep a costume in my suitcase,” she explained. “I forgot this year because I packed in such a hurry!”

McNamara teased that the season 2 finale would bring major drama. “[There will be] death. I can tell you that. At least one main character is going to die in the finale. It’s crazy. [It’s like] we’re going Game of Thrones!”

She continued, calling the episode “one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever done.”

McNamara shared that she was surprised by the layers and brutality on Freeform show. “The fact that this show has grown to the point where it can have this maturity and depth and this prevalent peril all the time, I think it’s amazing and good to push the show to that point.”

Are you excited for the “Shadowhunters” finale? What do you hope to see in the season’s final episodes? Tell us below in the comments!

Diarra Kilpatrick Chats with AfterBuzzTV about American Koko

By: Carla Renata

American Koko Creator – Diarra Kilpatrick popped by AfterBuzz TV’s “Spotlight On”, where she was interviewed by host Carla Renata Over the course of the hour-long interview, Kilpatrick provided insight about her humble Detroit beginnings, Japanese virgins, Trump and the creation of her digital shows American Koko for ABC Digital and The Climb for Amazon Video, as well as, the importance of leading ladies having diversified looks on television.

“People refer to American Koko as a snack series you can binge watch in two hours.  We get in there and try to solve America’s race problems, which is no easy task” Creating race detective Akosua Millard and Amazon’s “The Climb”, which centers around a young internet celebrity, Diarra Kilpatrick is well on her way to becoming the internet’s version of Shonda Rhimes.

Already featuring established Hollywood talents Wilson Bethel (“Hart of Dixie”) and Cleo King (“Mike and Molly”), Diarra’s dream Guest Cast would be Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”), Christopher Walken and of course…American Koko Executive Producer – Viola Davis.   Why?  You’ll have to stream American Koko to find out.

The cliffhanger for Season Two?   “I think the thing that will be on Koko’s mind is forgiveness.  Is forgiveness possible? Not only with interpersonal relationships, but racially?  At some point, how and can you forgive some of the things that have happened in this century.”

What’s next for this bright, beautifully talented creator?  “I want to make stuff that couldn’t happen in any other time.”  “I’m also interested in addressing the issue of how we discard our elderly. How do we reframe where the elderly fit within our society? 

The interview also touches on the images of African American actresses, comparisons to fellow internet breakthrough star Issa Rae and flipping the script on being the only ethnic friend with your squad.

Make sure to catch up on AfterBuzz TV’s  shows available on YouTube.com, live stream American Koko on ABC Digital and be on the lookout for The Climb coming to Amazon this fall.

Casual Creator Zander Lehmann on Working with Jason Reitman, Female Directors and Writing the Show’s Main Characters

By: Elysabeth Alfano

Casual creator Zander Lehmann joined Afterbuzz TV Casual Aftershow co-hosts Elysabeth Alfano and Caley Rose to dish on working with Jason Reitman, the show’s female directors and writing the show’s main characters.  Here is the video link: https://youtu.be/ZfYnNM0_Uys .

Very casual and chill himself, the 30 year-old Creator, Executive Producer and Writer was very candid about working on the set of Casual with great talents like Tommy Dewey, Michaela Watkins and great guests like Judy Greer.  When we discussed the unique editing style so critical to the character development on Casual, Zander was quick to credit his co-Executive Producer, Jason Reitman.

(38:06) “Jason Reitman from the start has emphasized [that] when you change worlds with a different cut, change the sound volume, change the look of it, change the color. Really jarring your audience keeps them invested and engaged. Whether it’s just going from a really quiet, silent scene to a loud musical beat, where you go, ‘Oh, oh, what’s going on here?’  That keeps you involved in the world in a way that I think is necessary because if you don’t have that, you miss stuff.”

It isn’t just an incredible cast that is on Hulu’s Casual.  The string of outstanding female directors engaged by him and fellow Co-Executive Producer Helen Estabrook is notable. (33:54) “These are people that both of us have been dying to work with for forever.  So, for us, this is like a dream come true. This is like, ‘Oh, we get to hang out with Carrie Brownstein for two weeks and Lake Bell and Lynn Shelton? And like you know, Amy York Rubin and Gillian Robespierre? These are great directors and, for us, we just want to make more stuff with them. So, it’s selfish on our part. We’re like, ‘Oh, you’re great! Do our show, and then also let’s be friends and hang out!”

In the end, it is no surprise that Zander would have a heartfelt connection to the characters he has created. (11:04) “I tend to write the Alex character as well as anyone.  Most of the writing staff is women and they write the women characters a little better than I do; but, that said, I sympathize with all of the characters. I love all of them, as flawed and messed up as they are.

Make sure to catch up on the Casual After shows of Season 3 on Afterbuzz TV  Youtube channel.

Is There a ‘Witches of East End’ Movie in the Works?

By: Taylor Gates

Fans were devastated when Lifetime gave their beloved supernatural series “Witches of East End” the axe after only two seasons. To make matters worse, the show ended on some serious cliffhangers. Will Freya find out that Dash has switched bodies with Killian? Who is the father of Ingrid’s baby? And how is Wendy doing in the underworld after giving up her last life to keep Tommy alive?

During an Instagram live stream this Sunday, Mädchen Amick—aka Aunt Wendy herself—teased that we might not have seen the last of the Beauchamp women.

Not only did Amick reveal that she misses playing her quirky character and working with fellow actors Rachel Boston, Jenna Dewan Tatum, and Julia Ormond, but she also shared that she and some of her co-stars have discussed approaching whoever owns the rights to “Witches of East End” about potentially developing a movie that would wrap up and expand some of the story lines.

In addition to reprising her role, Amick also hinted that, if the film were to happen, there’s a possibility she could step behind the camera as well. Amick has recently directed several music videos, including daughter Mina Tobias’ award-winning “Kings and Queens” and most recently son Sly Beetz’s “Spoken.”

Though nothing is confirmed or in the works yet, this is still great news for fans mourning the show’s cancellation and holding out hope for some answers. In the meantime, you can catch Amick in both “Riverdale” and “Twin Peaks.”

‘Supergirl’ Cast Faces Backlash Over ‘Homophobic’ Comments—‘It’s Downright Disrespectful’

By: Taylor Gates

An interview with the “Supergirl” cast was met with a less-than-super response after many social media users accused them of making homophobic comments.

During a musical recap of season 2 with MTV, actor Jeremy Jordan—who plays Winn Schott on the show—dissed fans rooting for a romantic Kara/Lena relationship. “Kara met a new girl; her name was Lena. She was the best friend a girl could ever have, but they were only friends! They’re only friends! They’re not gonna get together—they’re only friends!”

“I feel like I’m gonna get destroyed for what I just did…I just debunked SuperCorp,” he continued later in the interview. “That’s pretty brave,” Melissa Benoist responded.

Fans were not happy with their behavior, feeling like it mocked and disrespected the show’s large LGBTQA+ fanbase. “This was pretty gross. The cast wouldn’t have mocked Supercorp if Lena was a man,” said Twitter user @CalzonaKerBear. “If Lena was a man, this is the pairing they’d be running with because of the amazing chemistry,” @YankeeJosh agreed.

“This is incredibly rude to your LGBT fans,” added @Sydney562a. “It’s downright disrespectful and you’ve lost a loyal fan. #superfail.”

Jordan took to Instagram to make a statement defending his actions. “Now I apologize to anyone who took this the wrong way, but the fact that hundreds of ppl are calling my comment homophobic or putting down the lgtbq community, you are so off the mark. My track record for years has PROVEN my love and utter devotion to the lgtbq community.”

“We love ALL of our fans and encourage you to enjoy the characters and relationships in WHATEVER way u choose. My interpretation of our story is one of many, and you know what? It’s just as valid…Guys, this world is too small and life too short to try and find hidden meanings in silly jokes.”

“I know now that I made some of you feel pretty shitty, and I’m really sorry for that,” Jordan continued. “I think you can guess you’ve succeeded in making me feel the same. The difference, however, is mine was unintentional. So enough with the hate. Let us live our lives with love (and humor).”

Many people were unsatisfied with Jordan’s words, accusing him of making excuses, not accepting responsibility for his actions, and playing the victim. Later Jordan released another, more apologetic statement on Instagram.

“All your comments are breaking my heart. I’m gonna try to be better,” Jordan said. “I’m gonna make mistakes. I want to tell every one of you I’m sorry I hurt you. I would go back in time and redo my recap if I could. I would. I realize the issue of homophobia is better than any note I could ever write and many of you will never be satisfied.”

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Could Be Taking Hulu In a New Direction

By: Ali Marashi

“The Handmaid’s Tale” could be the start of a new era for Hulu: award show domination.

13 Emmy nominations were not something that was ever expected back in 1985 when Margaret Atwood initially wrote “The Handmaid’s Tale” novel. The story depicts a grim, misogynist dystopia where women are force to wear oppressive clothing and bear children.

“We anticipated this,” said Hulu’s head of content Craig Erwich. “Not the Emmy nominations, but the type of show that ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ would be for Hulu a year ago. It’s an incredible book that lends itself to a television series [with] the villains, the heroes, and this incredible world.”

The show’s success is a nod to Erwich’s vision and strategies for Hulu’s future and new direction. “We were keenly on the lookout for [shows] that have a big world, feel relevant and feel like television events,” Erwich continued. “And they’re hard to find.”

You can watch the entire first season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu now. See how the show fares at the 69th annual Emmy Awards on September 17th!

‘Game of Thrones’ Creators Developing New HBO Series

By: Taylor Gates

The next season of “Game of Thrones” will be the its last, but fortunately fans won’t have to wait long for new material from creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Immediately after the the “Thrones” finale, the pair will be making the move from Westeros to the United States.

Benioff and Weiss will continue working with HBO on a drama called “Confederate” that will take place in an alternate timeline and depict events leading up to a Third American Civil War. In this version of history, the South successfully seceded from the Union and slavery remains legal. The cast will include an ensemble playing various roles, from abolitionists to slave hunters, politicians to journalists, slaves to slave-owners.

Benioff and Weiss will serve as showrunners, executive producers, and writers on the series; Nichelle Tramble Spellman (“Justified,” “The Good Wife”) and Malcolm Spellman (“Empire”) will also co-write and executive produce. “Game of Thrones” producers Carolyn Strauss and Bernadette Caulfield will executive produce as well.

HBO shared their excitement about the upcoming project. “We are thrilled to be able to continue our relationship with Dan and David, knowing that any subject they take on will result in a unique and ambitious series,” said HBO programming president, Casey Bloys. “Their intelligent, wry and visually stunning approach to storytelling has a way of engaging an audience and taking them on an unforgettable journey. ‘Confederate’ promises to be no exception, and we are honored to be adding the talented team of Nichelle and Malcolm Spellman to the mix.”

Benioff and Weiss also expressed their gratitude for the network and their writing team. “We have discussed ‘Confederate’ for years, originally as a concept for a feature film. But our experience on ‘Thrones’ has convinced us that no one provides a bigger, better storytelling canvas than HBO,” they said. “There won’t be dragons or White Walkers in this series, but we are creating a world, and we couldn’t imagine better partners in world-building than Nichelle and Malcolm, who have impressed us for a long time with their wit, their imagination and their Scrabble-playing skills.”

Although there are several “Game of Thrones” prequels in the works at HBO, Benioff and Weiss are not currently attached to any of them.

Are you eager to see “Confederate?” Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

Smackdown After Show Makes Battleground Predictions!

By: Christian Rosenburg
The last Smackdown before Battleground displayed patriotism, mystery, and love. It was quite the busy week! For the first time ever we had AJ Styles and Nakamura take on the team of Kevin Owens and Baron Corbin in an intense match. On top of that, we had the in-ring debut of Mike Kanelis as he duked it out with Sami Zayn. Plus, we had Charlotte vs Becky Lynch in a wrestling clinic.
In this episode, Smackdown panelists talk the Punjabi Prison, Lawler talking smack, ratings and cancellations, and more!
Listen to the gang break down all of Smackdown as well as give their Battleground picks on AfterBuzzTV’s Smackdown after show hosted by Christian Rosenberg, Scott Narver, Tom Connolly and Gabby Loren.
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Don’t miss Smackdown discussion every Tuesday on AfterBuzz TV at 9PT. You can catch every episode on YouTube and iTunes. Can’t get enough of wrestling? Check out our weekly NXT and Monday Night RAW coverage as well.

Annie Potts Joins ‘Big Bang Theory’ Spinoff

By: Taylor Gates

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the stars they cast to play characters from The Lone Star State. “Big Bang Theory” spinoff “Young Sheldon” has snagged veteran actress Annie Potts to play the famous Meemaw.

Potts—who is known for roles in movies like “Ghostbusters,” “Toy Story,” and “Designing Women—will appear as a series regular on the show as Sheldon’s affectionate, whiskey-loving grandmother. The actress was most recently seen on “The Fosters” as Sharon Elkin.

Evident by “The Big Bang Theory,” Mamaw plays a pivotal role in Sheldon’s life. The character has only appeared on the original show once, having been played by June Squibb.

Potts joins a cast that includes young actor Iain Armitage as Sheldon (“Big Little Lies”) and Lance Barber and Zoe Perry as his mother and father. (Perry is the real-life daughter of actress Laurie Metcalf, who plays Sheldon’s mom on the regular show.)

“Young Sheldon” premieres September 25th on CBS.

Camille Guaty Talks ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ Audition Tales, Playing the Bad Girl, and Working With Creator Star Jones

By Chae’ Jones

When in doubt, you gotta kick it up! Hosts Lynneisha Charles, Chae’ Jones, and Amy Cassandra talked with “Daytime Divas” star Camille Guaty, who plays Nina, about playing a more manipulative character than she is used to playing, how she got her role on “Gotta Kick It Up,” and doing a scene with the creator Star Jones.

Playing interesting and complex characters is what lots of actors love. For this star, playing the role of Nina Scandoval is a nice change of pace. “I always play the good girl, the girl next door, the one that pulls on your heartstring and makes you cry….I just think it’s fun to play the other side of something. I’ve never got to play that.” Guaty said. We all know that bad girls get to have the most fun.

For all you Disney lovers out there, you might also recognize Guaty as Daisy from the Disney Original Movie “Gotta Kick It Up.” After watching a clip, Guaty was filled with emotion as it brought back amazing memories as it was the first thing Guaty auditioned for. “When I was auditioning, I was so nervous because I wasn’t a dancer, but the choreographer said that the reason why we chose you, you would go off and rehearse and practice, practice, practice. I was just like Daisy but I was also really scared, like, ‘I don’t know if I can do this.’”

For those who don’t know, creator Star Jones also makes a cameo in an upcoming episode of “Daytime Divas.” When asked what was it like doing a scene with her, Guaty had nothing but good things to say. “She came on and just ruled that scene. It was so impressive. Every time I was like, ‘what?!’ She’s a lawyer and she just knows that it’s about winning in a scene in acting. If you’re in an argument, it’s about winning the argument. And she won.”

There is a lot more to Nina that we have yet to really delve into, but Guaty teased us about what’s to come during our interview.

You can watch the our FULL interview with Camille Guaty here:

‘Gilmore Girls’ Co-Stars Reunite on Vacation!

By: Taylor Gates

Where one leads the other will follow—Sookie and Michel have made a ton of memories together, from the Independence Inn to the Dragonfly and now Greece!

Melissa McCarthy and Yanic Truesdale had a mini “Gilmore Girls” reunion this week when they both found themselves in the oceanic country.

“I love when this happens!” Truesdale captioned a photo of the two by the pool on Instagram. “By coincidence, we both booked a vacation at the same time in Greece! #magicaltiming #bestvacations.”

Truesdale also brought costar Lauren Graham along…sort of.

“Catching up on my reading in Greece,” Truesdale wrote along with a photo of himself reading Graham’s latest novel, “Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between).”

“At last a vacation!” he continued. “Proud of my friend Lauren for her funny and entertaining new book! #talentedactress #friendship #bestvacations.”

Crossing our fingers that they all reunite on screen again soon for more episodes!

Ed Sheeran’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Appearance Sparks Mixed Reactions

By: Ali Marashi

The long awaited season 7 “Games of Thrones” premiere came with many surprises for fans. Among these surprises was popular musician Ed Sheeran.

Ed Sheeran’s cameo provoked a mixture of reactions, from excitement to confusion to outrage. However, the episode’s director Jeremy Podeswa had nothing but good things to say about the popular musician.

“It was lovely working with Ed,” he said in a statement. “He is one of the nicest guys in the world, and he really is one of the guys. He’s lovely, he’s a team player, he wants to do a good job, he takes direction, he’s very open.”

“He’s a big fan of the show and he was really excited to be a part of it,” Podeswa continued. “I think his lovely voice was used to great effect and he just has a really nice presence. He blends into the world of the show in a nice way where if you didn’t have all these associations with him and his musical career, nobody would even blink about his presence on the show.”

What did you think of Sheeran’s appearance? Do you hope to see him again? Tell us below in the comments!

‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Most Eligible Bachelor, Dean Ungler

By: Ali Marashi

If this season of “The Bachelorette” has left you crying (either from laughter or sadness or both), you’re not alone. But I think we can all agree that this week’s episode evoked nothing but tears of pain when Rachel Lindsay sent Dean Unglert home.

But it’s not all doom and gloom for Unglert. The man without the rose will be a cast member of the new season of “Bachelor in Paradise” which airs August 14.

According to E!, “[with] Dean’s vulnerability, buzzed-about hometown date and huge online following, we think the 26-year-old is going to be quite the hot commodity among the ladies in Mexico.”

After Monday night’s episode, fans were heartbroken over his exit. “I think that in the back of our head we all kind of want to find the one, so if this is another opportunity then better…but I was just more sold on the fun experience that we could have in Paradise,” Unglert said in a statement. “I think we all had a good amount of fun. I’ll be excited to see it all play back.”

Dean will be joining many other past eligible Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants. And who knows? Maybe he will finally find the one.

‘Riverdale’ Season 2 Scoop: Varchie Drama, Lucy Hale, and that Insane Cliffhanger

By: Taylor Gates

The second season of “Riverdale” doesn’t premiere for another few months, but luckily the stars of the show are sharing inside info and dropping hints about what’s to come to tide fans over. Camila Mendes recently spoke about what we can expect the sophomore season to hold for Veronica and Archie’s relationship, and Madelaine Petsch dished about that shocking season 1 finale.

“There’s going to be some tension in that relationship,” Mendes said of Varchie during an interview with Just Jared Jr. “Obviously Archie’s just gone through a very traumatic experience…it’s either going to make their relationship stronger or it’s going to make it weaker. Probably a little bit of both.” Mendes teases that the conflict stems from Veronica attempting to support Archie and him “constant[ly]…pushing her away.”

Petsch revealed to the magazine that the cast was just as blindsided that Fred Andrews was shot as fans were. “That was a secret scene that they added,” she said, under the impression that the final image would be Cheryl burning down the house. “We had no idea.”

There are also rumors swirling about a season 2 casting addition after a comment Petsch left on Instagram. Former “Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale posted on one of Petsch’s set photos that she wished she was there with them, to which Petsch responded, “we shall recreate when you’re here.”

While it’s entirely possible that the two were simply talking about Hale visiting the set to hang out, many people are crossing their fingers that Aria Montgomery herself will make her way to another popular teen mystery series.

What are you hoping to see in season 2 of “Riverdale?” Tell us below in the comments!

‘Doctor Who’ Casts First Female Doctor

By: Taylor Gates

“Doctor Who” has finally found its Thirteenth Doctor: Jodie Whittaker! The actress—who is known for her roles in movies like “Venus” and “Attack the Block” as well as popular TV drama “Broadchurch”—will take over for current Doctor Peter Capaldi this December.

The announcement of a new Doctor is always exciting, but this time around the news is even more monumental—for the first time in the show’s 54 year history, the Doctor is a woman.

Whittaker told the BBC how it feels to make history. “It feels completely overwhelming,” she said, “as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible.”

Colin Baker, the Sixth Doctor, took to Twitter to express his own happiness. “Change my dears and not a moment too soon,” he said. “She IS the Doctor whether you like it or not…the BBC really did do the right thing and let the Doctor be in touch with her feminine side. As a father of daughters—result!”

What do you think of the newest Doctor? Tell us below in the comments!

‘Bridezillas’ to Return to WE tv

By: Ali Marashi

Loyal fans of shows like “Full House,” “The X-Files,” and “Boy Meets World” have had their programs brought back to life. It’s always exciting when a favorite show gets another shot, and the extremely popular WE reality show, “Bridezillas,” is the latest to get the reboot treatment.

“Bridezillas” brought us almost-married monsters that we couldn’t stop watching. Unfortunately the show was cancelled in 2013 after 10 seasons, but the network has recently announced that 10 new hour-long episodes are coming in 2018.

Marc Juris, the President of WE tv, released a statement. “From the beginning, Bridezillas was nothing short of pop culture phenomenon and a brand-defining show for WE tv,” he said. “Years after saying goodbye to our last Bridezilla, we have been asked consistently to bring this show back by viewers and fans. With its built-in fan base and continued cultural relevance, the Bridezillas franchise is a strategic growth asset that we can leverage across our business and we are thrilled to be bringing it back to WE tv.”

He continued, “as we move closer to the brides’ big day, tempers and tensions flare, the patience of loved ones is tested, and monumental meltdowns become inevitable as our Bridezillas are pushed to the edge—all in the name of planning the ‘perfect’ wedding.”

Are you excited for the show’s return? Tell us below in the comments!

‘Real Housewives of New York City’ Stars Bethenny Frankel and Ramona Singer are Feuding

By: Ali Marashi

The ring has reopened again for Bethenny Frankel and Ramona Singer.

The beef between the two reality stars began over the girls’ group trip to Mexico for tequila tasting and sunbathing. This trip has been in the works since last season, and the drama starting up again between Ramona and Bethenny over the trip has stopped it in its tracks.

The blow up occurred during last week’s episode. Singer turned to Frankel and said, “you know what? Don’t attack my business because I support my family, okay? You were only married two [years]. Talk to me when you’ve been married for 30 years.”

She continued, “don’t even….try to compare your life to mine. Don’t. Don’t. Just don’t, Bethenny. Have more respect for me. Have more respect and more sympathy. It’s not always about you.”

Frankel responded to the outburst swiftly and savagely by revoking her invitation. “I take it back. I don’t want you to come on the trip.”

The possibility that the two will never be on good terms for the trip seems likely. The other housewives have not made many comments on the two and their rocky relationship.

‘The Punisher’ Netflix Series is an ‘Adult Drama,’ According to Director

By: Frank Alteri

The partnership between Marvel and Netflix has been widely successful, having already accomplished solo outings for “Daredevil,” “Luke Cage,” “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist,” and “The Defenders” (which will be released on Netflix August 18th.)

After this long awaited team up, the focus will be shifted to a very different Marvel show that will drop in November: “The Punisher.”

During an interview with Combat Radio, director Stephen Sufjik hinted at a series entirely unlike previous Marvel/Netflix shows.

“It is different than the other Marvel shows as far as it is an adult drama,” Sufjik said. “There are no superpowers. You know the Punisher is a character who is based on vengeance, fundamentally. His family is a victim of some horrific thing, but the character himself is well-known and the way that they approach it is very different from the other shows.”

While Marvel has always had the creative freedom to be edgier on Netflix, “The Punisher” will take things to a whole new level. During the character’s debut in “Daredevil” season two, Frank Castle was brutal and relentless in his pursuit of justice. Now with an entire season as the main protagonist, Marvel will have the opportunity to continue their display of the authentic Punisher from the comics.

Dominic Sherwood Talks About Malec’s Evolving Relationship on Shadowhunters

By: Becca Brown

Storylines have been quickly heating up in 2B of Shadowhunters. All of the audience’s favorite characters have been discovering more about themselves and their feelings towards other characters on the show whether they want to or not. In 2×14, “The Fair Folk” for example, Clary is forced by the Seelie Queen to kiss the person she romantically loves rather than just loves as a friend in order to save Jace and Simon’s life, leaving Simon completely heartbroken.

While talking about 2×15 “A Problem of Memory” this week with Dominic Sherwood, hosts Sam Davidson, Dakota T. Jones, and Becca Brown were reminded by Sherwood that these characters have been discovering and having to process all this information about themselves in a shorter time than we have to in everyday life. “It’s been about two months Shadowhunters time, everything has happened in those two times.” said Sherwood who also joked that apparently they haven’t slept in those two months. “We do see the bedrooms more and more.” promised Sherwood.

Speaking of how much has happened in two months worth of Shadowhunters time, hosts were reminded by Sherwood, that the slight conflict happening between Magnus and Alec right now is a very realistic part of the show. “They met and fell in love in those two months, but they don’t really know enough about each other for Malec to really be a thing,” said Sherwood. Recently we’ve been finding out more and about Alec’s past, but Sherwood reminded us that Magnus has thousands of years worth of a past that Alec still has to learn about before they can become an even stronger couple than devoted Malec fans already see them as. “We have to learn more about them, they have to learn more about each other,” said Sherwood who also pointed out that “something that has to happen in relationships is discovery.”

Following what Sherwood said about Malec and how their relationship is still growing and will continue to grow, he took to Twitter to clarify his statement for Malec fans: “I would like to clear this up. I love their relationship. More than most. But it is, in fact a relationship. Simply put, for a relationship to grow and evolve, there has to be discovery. Trials and tribulations. Ups and downs. To say that a straight guy has no opinion seems a little strange to me because aren’t all relationships, in their basic form, the same. About love and journey and exploration of the soul of the other. Same as Clary and Jace. Same as any relationship. That’s not to say Magnus and Alec haven’t had their hardships. In fact that’s why we love them. And that the discovery of how to overcome adversity with each other was exactly my point. Relationships are a journey between the peoples involved. Love is only solidified through that journey.”

Makes sense to us! Comment below and let us know what YOU want to see happen in the storylines of YOUR favorite Shadowhunters couples and check out our FULL after show with Dominic Sherwood below:

Sean Waltman Talks To Wrestler Kenny King About His Experience On The Bachelorette

By: TK Trinidad

ROH Wrestler and Bachelorette contestant, Kenny King is the special guest on Sean Waltman’s X-Pac 12360 this week and he talks about the major difference between ROH and Impact Wrestling

Stream it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dV2nbgUjnJ4, or download the podcast version on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/x-pac-1-2-360-afterbuzz-tv/id1150124693?mt=2&i=374822005, with highlights below:

Sean Gives His Thoughts About Austin Aries Leaving The WWE:

Apparently someone in the company wasn’t happy with him. I’m not sure why. Maybe he rubbed someone the wrong way, who knows.

Kenny King Mentions His Mother Beating Cancer:

There is no trace of cancer anywhere in her the body. She is completely recovered from her kemo. She’s stronger than I’ve seen her in a long time.

Kenny King Tells How ABC Contacted Him To Be On The Bachelorette:

The funny thing is I didn’t send anything in.  I got a phone call from an ABC producer.

I have a friend who writes a Hollywood blog, he’s in the scene. He brought the subject up to me, “hey would you ever be interested in doing the bachelor or the bachelorette?” We laughed like whatever…”the wrestling bachelor” , so it was a joke but I said “sure whatever I am up for it”.

Kenny King’s Thoughts on Austin Aries Leaving WWE:

Aries and I are really good friends. We speak pretty regularly… Austin Aries is a guy who knows his worth; he knows where he fits in the wrestling business.

Kenny King on the difference between working for Impact and Ring of Honor:

I get my damn check on time bro. Getting paid on time is a huge advantage and difference. That and also the culture at ROH.  It’s always been we’re just going to blow this shit up. And it doesn’t matter who’s there. Whether it’s AJ (Styles), or the Briscoe’s (Briscoe Brothers), or Roddy (Roderick Strong) or everybody. It’s a team mentality. And everybody wants to put their best effort on each card to make each show the best. I’m not saying it wasn’t like that at Impact but it’s very much like that at ROH.

MVP takes the Wrap for Beat Down Clan:

How is that it was MVP’s fault in any way, shape, or form? He is talent. He recommends a talent. You got all these lawyers and you got all these people that work in Panda (Panda Electric – Former Owner of Impact) and the office for this sort of thing. You mean nobody thought it would be a good idea to check? Its standard operating procedure nowadays in pro wrestling to say, “Let me see your non-compete? When’s your non-compete up?” This is just how wrestling works in the twenty-first century.

Goal to Act with The Rock:

I feel like me and The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) should make a movie called, “Swole Mates”, where we’re two guys that used to be either real skinny or real fat and we got super jacked and it’s like “Step Brothers” in the gym… Kenny King and The Rock in “Swole Mates” is everything America needs right now.

Kenny King Gives His Thoughts On Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather:

Connor’s a boxer, sure, but he ain’t in the same galaxy as Floyd Mayweather and vice versa. Floyd can sort of fight but he ain’t in the same galaxy as Conor when it comes to mixed martial arts.

Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s X-Pac 12360. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!

SmackDown Talks AJ Styles and John Cena, That Epic Usos/New Day Rap Battle, and More!

By: Christian Rosenberg
If you wanted an action-packed SmackDown, you’re in luck! This week’s after show was filled to the brim with discussion about the latest news and happenings in the wrestling world.
Since the show was off last week due to the 4th of July, we couldn’t miss a chance to talk about the epic rap battle that ensued between The Usos and The New Day.
Plus, after winning the U.S. Title in Madison Square Garden this past Friday at a Live event, AJ Styles and the unlikely partner of John Cena take on the team of Kevin Owens and Rusev. Hosts also discussed WWE Champion Jinder Mahal taking on Tye Dillinger, Xavier Woods vs Jay Uso, Nakamura vs Corbin and much more!
This is an episode you definitely don’t want to miss.
Check out the crew breaking it all down on this week’s SmackDownLive AfterBuzzTV with hosts Christian Rosenberg, Scott Narver, Tom Connolly and Gabby Loren!
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‘The Fosters’ Creator Talks Season 5 Premiere: ‘It Sets the Stage for a Return to Family’

By: Taylor Gates

Starting its fifth season, the stakes on “The Fosters” have never been higher. Callie has narrowly avoided an almost lethal situation involving a sex trafficking ring, Jesus is still suffering from a TBI, the future of Anchor Beach as a charter school is in serious jeopardy, and much, much more.

Show creator Peter Paige recently talked about what’s in store for our beloved Adams Fosters and what we can expect the tone of season five to be. “The amazing thing about television is it’s never perfect and you’re always learning,” Paige told Variety. “It’s like, ‘OK, next week we’ve got to remember X!’ And then you remember X but you forgot Y.”

Instead of viewing this as a downfall, however, Paige sees these imperfections as a means of making the show more authentic and realistic. “That’s the thing about this mess called life, especially in a family like this—this giant, constructed, messy, full of love family—all of the colors of the rainbow are there. There are people having good days [and] there people having bad days.”

Paige says the name of the game this season is balance—expect some feel-good fluff to counteract the darker, grittier material. “When one kid is winning the spelling bee, another is getting in a van with a pimp. There’s always a way for us to layer in some other lighter, kinder, gentler stuff. And the foundation of the show is the unconditional love,” he assures us, “so there’s always hope somewhere in our stories, no matter how bleak they get.”

Although Paige promises that “The Fosters” will continue to tackle relevant issues, he hints at a more grounded batch of episodes this time around. “The end of the premiere posits a very pointed question about Callie in particular…[and] sets the stage for a return to family and the more pedestrian questions about what it is to be a teenager and to grow up, as well.”

You can catch “The Fosters” every Tuesday at 8/7c on Freeform.

Ian Eastwood Aimed For Artistic Integrity on ‘World of Dance’

By Kristyn Burtt

Ian Eastwood, one of the biggest dance superstars on YouTube, is making a big splash on World of Dance this summer on NBC. He stopped by To The Pointe With Kristyn Burtt, a show presented by Popcorn Talk and Dance Network, to talk about his career and the impact the dance competition show is having on his work.

“The moment you have any of these people on the show — Les Twins, Keone and Mari, Jabbawockeez — these are real people in the dance community,” Eastwood explained. “It automatically validates it just by the people who show up.”

That doesn’t mean Eastwood always agreed with the judges — Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough and Ne-Yo — on the show.

“Do they think it’s right for the TV show? I think that’s what they were trying to say, but you can’t knock down points for being yourself,” he said. “That’s essentially what I got knocked down points for — me deciding not to do a hype song.”

Overall, Eastwood appreciates his experience on the show and he’s setting his sights on inspiring the next generation of dancers. He has a few thoughts on what could be improved in the dance community.

“People tend to aim low because it’s a bigger payoff to do something easier, and it will make it go through the roof [with likes and views on social media]. I don’t have a problem with anyone putting out content and showing the world what they do,” Eastwood shared. “I just think the dance world could be more real about people’s intentions. I can tell the difference when I watch someone dance to a song whether this is coming from their heart or if this was something that was manipulated to gain popularity.”

Be sure to catch up on prior episodes of Popcorn Talk and Dance Network’s To The Pointe With Kristyn Burtt on YouTube or tune in live on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. PT.

Rhea Seehorn’s Dad is a Spy!

By: Taylor Gates

“Better Call Saul” actress Rhea Seehorn made an appearance on the “I Blame Dennis Hopper” podcast to talk about her father’s espionage work, how she learns her lines, flop sweating at table reads, being mistaken for Craft Services, and what excites her about the theater.

On her dad’s spy job (24:55):

Illeana Douglas and Tamara Berg were both shocked when Seehorn revealed that her father was a counter-intelligence agent for NIS. Seehorn, however, was unfazed—she gets that reaction a lot.

“It seems like a made up job, but you realize someone has to have [it],” said Seehorn. “When you’re doing counter-intelligence, naval intelligence, naval investigative service…we moved to Virginia to catch the Walker spy family, ‘cause he was involved in that. Those are people that are aware…he’s not under cover. People are like, ‘How did you know that he even had that job? Was he wearing a costume every morning?”

Seehorn assured viewers that her father did not wear a cape or anything, and while he did do severe under cover work in the past, that part of his life was mostly done before she entered the picture. “By the time I got there it was more about…you know, you’re investigating moles and spies amongst your own.”

On learning her lines (35:05):

Seehorn also talked about her process of getting into character and memorizing the material. “I learn my lines up to a certain point and then the challenge is I have to do another activity while reciting the lines,” she said. “To use left, right brain—well, it’s not even left, right—but to force myself, ‘cause, you know, as an actor you can think you know them and you get there and it could be as crazy as they’ve said, ‘Actually, she’s going to ride a bike in this scene.’ And you’re like, ‘Shi…’ Suddenly you don’t know anything. But it can also just be having them in your body that much that if you can do them while you’re doing a crossword puzzle, which I’ll also do, then they feel more lived in.”

On table reads and flop sweat (38:35):

Douglas and Seehorn bonded over the pressure they feel during table reads, where nowadays it’s more than just their own job on the line.

“My experience of doing table reads is you go in, you read it, somebody gets fired and you get a new script,” Douglas said bluntly.

“Yes, that’s what it is now,” Seehorn agreed. “It is insane!”

Seehorn highlighted the difference of television versus theater as well. “[During] table reads in theater, you would be told over and over, ‘this is about the words, the playwright needs to hear the words. Please don’t put too much spin on it. Everybody’s here to literally start at ground level.’ And then TV, I remember my first show I got was a sitcom and I was flown out right after I finished doing A Playwright’s Horizon play and we did a table read. Thank god someone did tell me, “This is more like you bring your “A” Game. And actually an “A+” because if you’re trying to sell a joke, and the table reads they invite network and studio and all these people, and not only is your job on the line but dude who got to write his first script this year, and that joke, his job is on the line if you don’t sell the joke well.”

“It’s very stressful,” Seehorn admitted. “I won’t name which show, but I did one table read where the network head of development, on our way in for the very first read of this show said, ‘Okay everybody, make sure you bring your “A” Game. We do fire people from table reads. So, make sure you bring an “A” Game today.’ And sweat shot out of my armpits.”

On craft services (42:18):

Seehorn opened up about the challenges on set as well as table reads, revealing that she finds solace by the food table. “I hang out by the Craft Service table and I’m very nervous around the whole energy…even when you start shooting…the energy of jockeying for who’s important here, who am I supposed to kiss up to, which clique do you belong in…It makes me a nervous wreck,” she said. “So, I hang out by food.”

She revealed that, hilariously, sometimes she’s even mistaken for a PA. “Inevitably there’ll be a guest star that’s more famous than I am who will be like, ‘Can you do anything about getting toasted bagels?’ And I’m just like, ‘I think I can.’ And I go and try to find toasted bagels.

On what she misses about theater (46:50):

Seehorn has had a rich theater career, and she shared the one thing she misses most about the stage: mistakes. “One of the things that makes theater most alive and exciting to me is the moment something goes wrong,” she said. “From small to big, I don’t care if it’s someone having a sneezing attack in the front row or literally a set wall just fell. Or realizing, blinking to each other, ‘the prop knife that is the only way this scene can end is not out here. What’s our plan?’ And you’re doing it in Morse Code. Those moments where this weird tacit agreement with your cast of like, ‘Do you want to keep sailing the ship?’ ‘Doin’ it.’ And you go.”

“I love it so much, and I remember the first take on ‘I’m With Her,’ which was my first television show, and something went wrong—a door didn’t open or something—and it was so sad that they yelled, ‘Cut.’ ‘Cause I just thought, ‘let’s see what happens if the door is jammed.’ I love the promise of what would happen.”

Watch the whole interview with Seehorn below:

About the I Blame Dennis Hopper Podcast with Illeana Douglas:

Illeana Douglas is an actress, writer, director, producer and self-proclaimed “Film Evangelist.” As the granddaughter of two-time Academy Award winner Melvyn Douglas she is privy to the history of Hollywood Royalty and has worked with directors from Martin Scorcese to Gus Van Sant to Allison Anders. With her unique insight, she interviews celebrities for the inside info about acting, filmmaking and what really happens behind the scenes on movie sets and TV shows.

‘The Little Couple’ Makes a Big Move

By: Ali Marashi

TLC’s show “The Little Couple” is back on September 19th, but this news is not little at all.

It was recently announced that the couple will not be proceeding production from Houston due to Dr. Jen Arnold accepting another job offer. Instead, Dr. Arnold and husband Ben Klein will be continuing the show from St. Petersburg, Florida along with their two children, Will and Zoey, now ages six and five.

Dr. Arnold, who had been working in the Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Hospital as well as serving as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at Baylor College of Medicine, will now be working at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

The series had been delayed for quite some time due to legal disputes between Discovery and LMNO, but luckily, the issues have since been resolved and fans will get to see more of their favorite reality couple this fall.

Are you excited for the show’s return to TV? How do you think the move will impact the family? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

Bill Skarsgård Joins Stephen King’s Hulu Series ‘Castle Rock’

By: Ali Marashi

Bill Skarsgård is no stranger to Stephen King productions. The actor recently shot the second film adaption of Stephen King’s classic novel “It” about an evil clown who terrorizes people.

“Castle Rock” will be his second collaboration with the famous horror writer. The 10-episode Hulu series will take place in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. Every episode title will be named after King novels. For example, prepare to see episodes titled “The Dead Zone,” “Cujo,” and “The Body.”

Skarsgård will be playing a young man with legal issues in the psychological-horror drama. The cast will also include actors like Andre Holland, Melanie Lynskey, and Sissy Spacek. According to Variety, this show plans to take place in a “Stephen King multiverse that combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.”

Are you excited for the series? Tell us below in the comments!

‘True Blood’ Stephen Moyer Pays Tribute to Late Co-Star Nelsan Ellis

By: Ali Marashi

“True Blood” star Stephen Moyer recently paid tribute to his late co-star Nelsan Ellis, calling him “original, funny, sardonic, risqué and brilliant. Ellis was 39, and his cause of death was due to complications from heart failure.

Moyer played vampire Bill Compton on the HBO show; Ellis appeared as Lafayette Reynolds.

Moyer took to social media to express his thoughts, reminiscing on the life of his late costar. “I’m not sure I have ever seen, before or since, people crowd around a monitor at video village with their hands clapped to their mouths from shock, sheer laughter, and wonder as the actor playing Lafayette jiggled and shook and humped the butchers block to get his point across,” said Moyer. “I think it would be fair to say that he taught all of us that intent and courage and fearlessness and freedom are the aspects of playing make-believe that spark the corners of the room where the dark is most impenetrable.”

Moyer continued, talking about the power of entertainment. “To shine a light on those corners within ourselves is the very reason we go back time and again to movies, TV shows and theatre. To see that spark ignited.”

The star will be missed. We send our love to his family and friends.

The Lehrer Boys Appear on AfterBuzz TV’s Comic Book Exchange

By: Lacretia Lyon

It was a real schmooze fest on The Comic Book Exchange July 5th. At least that’s how Daniel and Jeremy, better known as The Lehrer Boys, described it.

The twins were inspired by “The Far Side” growing up, but thanks to pesky Gifted and Talented programs, they were pushed towards a different career path until they both left their lucrative corporate jobs to pursue their cartoonist dreams.

Daniel and Jeremy discussed how they started their daily Instagram cartoons that can be described as cartoons for the discerning idiot and perfectly pair as satire for the current political climate. Don’t worry, there are also plenty for the potty humor loving folks out there like myself, and masturbation is one of their favorite topics and past times.

Their cartoons haven’t gone unnoticed (they have over 100k Instagram followers), and their success ultimately led to creating and developing numerous shows for Fox, Adult Swim, Amazon and Maker Studios. Their latest venture with Maker Studios, a show called “Highly Gifted,” is based on their socially challenged high school years and stars comedian Ron Funches as well as Nat Faxon and Kesha.

While you wait for “Highly Gifted,” be sure to check out their Instagram (@lehrerboys) for your daily comic fix, their shop for awesome swag (lehrerboysshop.com), and their website (Lehrerboys.com) for more information on those awesome contests like Jam Jam for Your Gram Gram.

Be sure to check out the entire interview here, where we talk comics, the process, and (of course) masturbation.

‘The Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow’ is Raunchy, Quirky Fun

By: Taylor Gates

What would you get if you mixed “Drunk History” and “Avenue Q?” I would argue Fuse’s newest series, “The Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow,” would come pretty darn close.

The show intersperses marionette reenactments throughout always hilarious and frequently vulgar celebrity anecdotes. The puppets—which are startlingly lifelike—are fashioned after the A-listers telling the never-before-heard tales.

The stars who make appearances range from musicians like Joe Jonas, Big Freedia, Lil Jon, and Steve Aoki to actors like Terry Crews, Damon Wayans Jr., Karrueche Tran, and Anjelah Johnson to social media sensations like Amanda Cerny and Amber Rose.

The series is hosted by the passionate and charismatic Wilmer Valderrama, who also created the show and serves as an executive producer. And if you live in Los Angeles, you’re in luck. There’s currently a giant, 25-foot working puppet in the likeness of Valderrama on the corner of Hollywood and Highland with which the public is free to interact.

“The Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow” premieres July 11th at 10:30pm on Fuse.

‘One Day at a Time,’ ‘Queen of the South’ Lead Imagen TV Nominations

By: Taylor Gates

The nominees for the 32nd Annual Imagen Awards have been announced, and the competition is fiercer than ever! Sponsored by the Imagen Foundation, the awards aim to recognize and honor Latino achievement in television and film.

This year, USA’s “Queen of the South” and Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” lead the number of nominations in the television categories, each earning five.

“Queen of the South” is in the running for Best Primetime Television Drama; actors Joaquim de Almeida, Alice Braga, Peter Gadiot, and Veronica Falcon are also nominated.

“One Day at a Time” has the chance to snag the Best Primetime Television Comedy crown. Justina Machado is up for Best Actress, 19-year-old Isabella Gomez and 85-year-old Rita Moreno are both up for Best Supporting Actress, and Marcel Ruiz is in the running for Best Young Actor.

Other notable nominees include Jennifer Lopez and NBC’s “Shades of Blue,” “Jane the Virgin,” and Dick Wolf shows “Chicago Fire,” Chicago P.D.,” and Chicago Justice.”

The Imagen Awards will be held on August 18 in Beverly Hills. Who are you rooting for this year? Tell us below in the comments!

‘Younger’ Scoop—Will Maggie and Lauren Get Back Together?

By: Taylor Gates

There are so many iconic ships on “Younger.” From the intense Liza and Josh versus Liza and Charles debate to the budding relationship between Josh and Kelsey, there is no lack of heat on the TV Land comedy.

However, many fans are missing the chemistry and hilarity between Liza and Kelsey’s BFFs—Maggie, a lesbian artist, and Lauren, a bisexual social media guru—who were together in season two. Although Lauren is currently kindling a romance with doctor Max and Maggie has since moved on to the likes of community gardener Malkie and barista Montana, is there any possibility that the two will reconnect?

Molly Bernard, who plays Lauren, hopes so. At an AOL Build panel, Bernard was recently asked about what she wants to see from her character in the future. “I hope for Lauren that she gets back together with Maggie,” Bernard said bashfully.

“That was good, right? You had it good!” Debi Mazar, who plays Maggie, teased in response. “[And] you dropped me for a dude.”

Bernard continued her wish list by saying that she hopes Lauren’s special brand of crazy is never, ever contained. “I just hope she’s always totally nuts and has the kind of unconditional love for herself that allows her to be that free and open.”

On a more serious note, she also added that she hopes the writers continue to dive into her sexuality. “I hope they continue to explore what it is to have a pansexual or a very fluent character on a television show and how to really maximize that opportunity.”

Mazar also commented on her character’s sex life. “I hope I still get to be really sexually active,” she said. “My character is a little bit slutty, and I like that because [I’ve been] married a long time and I get to live out my fantasies at work.”

Though the status of Maggie and Lauren’s relationship is still unclear, here’s to hoping that “Younger” will continue to be a pioneer for representing LGBT and female sexuality!

‘American Gods,’ ‘Hannibal’ Creator Bryan Fuller Wins Outfest Achievement Award

By: Taylor Gates

The opening night of Outfest was full of laughter, tears, and positivity. A screening of critically acclaimed British drama “God’s Own Country” opened the LGBT film festival’s 35th anniversary, and director Francis Lee and actor Alec Secareanu were in attendance to introduce the raw, deeply personal film.

It was also an evening of celebration with the presentation of Outfest’s Achievement Award. Kristin Chenoweth, who played Olive Snook on “Pushing Daisies” and now Easter on “American Gods,” and Zachary Quinto, who appeared on “Heroes” and “Hannibal,” presented Bryan Fuller with the honor.

Quinto described Fuller as a “true visionary of television whose gift for diversity and inclusivity is matched only by his skill at writing unforgettable characters and placing them within visual worlds that are like nothing we have ever seen before on the small screen.”

Fuller used his acceptance speech to talk about his journey and fight to depict LGBT characters in his shows. From “Wonderfalls” and “Dead Like Me” to “Pushing Daisies” and “Heroes” to “Hannibal” and “American Gods,” Fuller shared that the push for authentic representation has always been a battle. And while the world and media is rapidly changing, Fuller noted, there is still a long way to go.

Fuller also talked about the first time he was ever called queer and, instead of feeling ashamed, how he was proud to embrace the label. “When I could finally read I remember looking up the word ‘queer’ and being very pleased with what I found, since I had been told I was one,” Fuller said. “I thought, ‘Who wouldn’t want to be queer?’ Every synonym was something I aspired to be: strange, unusual, peculiar. All of them an achievement of their own right—an achievement shared by every filmmaker and storyteller represented at Outfest.”

PBS to Adapt ‘Little Women’ into Miniseries

By: Ali Marashi

Get excited, “Little Women” fans! The literary classic by Louise May Alcott has already been made into a popular movie and musical, and now the story is making its way to the small screen.

PBS recently announced they would be airing a television adaptation of “Little Women” from “Call the Midwife” writer Heidi Thomas. The network plans to co-produce the miniseries with BBC.

Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, “Little Women” is an iconic coming-of-age story that centers around four sisters as they grow up and navigate the world of gender roles, sibling rivalry, love, and loss.

The show, which will be split into three parts, will include A-list talent such as Jessica Fletcher, Angela Lansbury, Michael Gambon, and Emily Watson. The March sisters will be played by four newcomers: Willa Fitzgerald will play eldest daughter Meg, Maya Hawke is set to be rebellious and adventurous Jo, Annes Elwy will appear as Beth, and Kathryn Newton takes the role of the youngest sister Amy. Vanessa Caswill is set to direct.

 

‘Jane the Virgin’ Actor to Create Men’s Talk Show

By: Ali Marashi

Justin Baldoni, who plays Rafael on CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” has announced that he will be collaborating with his media company Wayfarer Entertainment to create a talk show called “The Men’s Room.”

In an interview with Variety, Baldoni revealed that the show “is based on [his] real-life social media presence, which frequently engages his followers on the subject of redefining masculinity, female empowerment, fitness, marriage and fatherhood.”

The show will be formatted similarly to “The View” and “The Talk.” Each week, the revolving panelists will open up about their feelings and personal lives while delving into hot topics concerning manhood and the role men play in society—conversations that aren’t normally had by men, particularly those in the spotlight.

“I think that one of the main reasons the talk show space hasn’t previously seen an all-male show is simply because our culture has taught men that they need to be strong, confident, and stoic and that emotions are a sign of weakness,” Baldoni said.

Are you excited for the new program? Tell us below in the comments!

‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Lena Headey Opens Up About Struggle with Postpartum Depression

By: Ali Marashi

Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister on the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” is no stranger to showcasing her determination and strength on and off the screen. Now, Headey is opening up about her battle with undiagnosed postpartum depression while filming the first season of the hit show.

During this time period, Headey had just given birth to her first child. She recently revealed her struggle in an interview with The Edit magazine. “I was postnatally depressed but I didn’t know it,” said Headey. “I saw a doctor for the medical check, and I just burst into tears. She said I was postnatally depressed and I went, ‘Am I? Why is that?'”

Luckily, the story has a happy ending, as Headey got the help she needed. “I saw a great guy and he sorted me out, but I did the first year [on Game of Thrones] in that space, figuring out motherhood and going through a weird time personally. It was tricky.”

Headey shared that depression has been something she has had to deal with since she was 15 years old. “I went a bit nuts,” she continued, “and eventually [I] went to a guy who mixes Western and Eastern philosophy in terms of medicine. He put me on a course of something that changed everything.”

We’re glad Headey is doing better and using her story to help others who might be going through the same thing!

‘South Park’ Won’t Parody Trump Anymore

By: Ali Marashi

Donald Trump becoming POTUS was shocking to some people, and popular shows like “Saturday Night Live” and “South Park” have capitalized on this, writing satire about his presidency.

However, those excited to see more political parody on the Trey Parker and Matt Stone show shouldn’t hold their breath, as the comedy creators announced that they will no longer portray Donald Trump on “South Park.” Although the show has a long history of poking fun at celebrities and events in popular culture, Parker and Stone revealed that they are done with Trump-centric jokes.

“It’s…just gotten boring. We weren’t ever really that show,” Parker told the Los Angeles Times. “We would do an entire season and there would be one moment that played off something that had just happened and people would go, ‘South Park is the show that does that.’ And that’s just not true. We’re not.”

“We did start to become that though,” Parker recognized, “especially the last season. We fell into the same trap that Saturday Night Live fell into…Matt and I hated it but we got stuck in it somehow.”

Parker understands the risk involved with this decision. “We probably could put up billboards—‘Look what we’re going to do to Trump next week!’—and get crazy ratings,” he continued. “But I just don’t care.”

Daniel Dae Kim Opens Up About ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Exit

By: Ali Marashi

Along with costar Grace Park, Daniel Dae Kim recently announced that he would not be returning to CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0.” The two actors allegedly left following a failed salary negotiation.

A statement released by Peter M. Lenko, network and executive producer, read: “We are so appreciative of Daniel and Grace’s enormous talents, professional excellence and the aloha spirit they brought to each and every one of our 168 episodes, they’ve helped us build an exciting new ‘Hawaii Five-0,’ and we wish them all the best and much success in their next chapters.”

Kim took to Facebook to provide some clarity as to why he decided not to sign on for more episodes. “Though I made myself available to come back,” part of his post read, “CBS and I weren’t able to agree to terms on a new contract, so I made the difficult choice not to continue. As sad as it feels to say goodbye, what I feel most is gratitude.”

He continued, expressing his love to the cast and crew. “I am so deeply thankful to our crew, writers and everyone associated with the show—and especially the cast, who have been nothing but supportive through this entire process. They and the crew have been my second family for seven years and I wish them nothing but success for season 8—and beyond.”

‘Golden Girls,’ ‘Roseanne’ Writer Stan Zimmerman Stops by AfterBuzz TV’s Gay Weekly Roundtable

By: Adam Salandra

Stan Zimmerman, a writer on such megahits as “The Golden Girls” and “Roseanne,” stopped by AfterBuzz TV’s Gay Weekly Roundtable this week to get candid about what it was like working with the iconic sitcom ladies, being forced to stay in the closet while working on the show, and not being allowed to look Roseanne in the eyes. Plus, he revealed the inside scoop about his new pilot, “Silver Foxes,” which is an older gay man’s version of “The Golden Girls.”

Despite the Golden Girls being one of the LGBTQ community’s most beloved sitcoms, the shows male writers and producers needed to maintain an air of straightness. Per Zimmerman, “Most people do not understand what it was like in Hollywood writing back then. You could not be an out writer in Hollywood on staff, even for “Golden Girls.” You’d come back after the weekend and everyone is talking about parties and things they went to, I couldn’t say I was in West Hollywood or at a gay bar or on a date with a guy. We were told you don’t talk about that at work and if you have a function with the show, you bring a woman, a beard, to events. That was the life then.”

Despite that, Estelle Getty revealed herself to be an ally on set. “When we got on stage, Estelle Getty pulls us back behind the set and she said “you guys, you’re one of us.” And I thought she meant a Jew. But she meant gay because she considered herself kind of gay because all of her friends were all the gay boys from the show. [Torch Song Trilogy with Harvey Fierstein] So we were like, ‘Yes, but don’t tell anybody. Keep it quiet!’ Then we just became super buddies and got to go to her birthday party. She lived on Hollywood Blvd…We’re just sitting in her little two bedroom apartment and then in walks Rue McClanahan and Betty White together. I guess they drove together. I was like, “Wow, what world is this in?”

 

On Gay life while living in Moscow to help develop a Russian version of Rosanne, Zimmerman had this to say: “That was crazy and scary and I didn’t want to go for many reasons—being Jewish, being gay. And I had the best time. I met great people. Then figuring out how to date even in Moscow. There whole thing was, obviously, don’t invite anybody up to your apartment. Everyone there you met by a monument…And everyone said you go for a walk…Cause I’m sure people have heard the stories of people being abducted and murdered and filmed during it. It’s so horrible. So you’d go for a walk. And I had to ask, “Can we go for a walk with a glass of wine??”

Speaking of Rosanne, Zimmerman addressed her notoriously tricky on-set reputation. “We were told don’t let her see the whites of your eyes cause then she’ll fire you. There were over 21 writers on the show that year. That was the year they gave out t-shirts. The first day they lined up all the writers and we each got a numbered t-shirt because they didn’t want to know your name cause then they’d feel bad about firing you. “You stand in line. We’re gonna hand this out.”…I didn’t really understand how demeaning it was…I always stood behind the tallest person so she wouldn’t see me…If she saw you, she’d say, “You! You’re out! You’re fired!…She was on a series of medications, and one episode we were doing a table read and then her and Tom went behind the set screaming, yelling. All of a sudden I hear a door slam. She’s gone. Tom comes back around and says, “We have to write Roseanne out of the episode…She’s going to get electroshock and she’ll be back next week. Go back to your office and figure it out.” And she was gone for the week.

Check out some more highlights from the show below:

ON RUMORS OF BEA ARTHUR BEING DIFFICULT TO WORK WITH ON SET/NOT LIKING BETTY WHITE

https://youtu.be/4NrzFgLs-Y8?t=35m12s

“I think because she is so imposing. One time we ended up in the elevator with her after a table read. I’m like, “We can wait for the next one.” She says, “Get in!”…and I just looked down cause she doesn’t wear shoes because she likes to have open toes and to me, as I remember, it looked like the hobbit. Hair and nails and things. But she, I learned, was just really sweet and scared and sensitive and so, I think she kind of had this strong vibrato that would maybe push people away but she was a very tender, sweet person…But there were issues with Betty, between the two of them. There were…We felt the tension. And because I knew Estelle, she felt the tension a lot.”

ON ESTELLE FORGETTING HER LINES, STAGE FRIGHT AND ONSET OF DEMENTIA

https://youtu.be/4NrzFgLs-Y8?t=37m4s

“We didn’t know about the Alzheimer’s or dementia she was experiencing…We thought she was out having a party cause here she is a sudden star…So if you look at a lot of episodes, she’s eating raisins. They started writing them on her hand. But it sent her into therapy more than one day a week. Betty would joke about it in her way, which is very dry and sarcastic. But still, it made Estelle feel less than. “Why are these three women—it’s so easy for them. Why am I having a hard time?”

ON THE NEW GAY-MEN VERSION OF “GOLDEN GIRLS” HE WROTE CALLED “SILVER FOXES”

https://youtu.be/4NrzFgLs-Y8?t=42m12s

“It’s not a reboot of “Golden Girls” so everyone can calm down…But obviously it’s inspired by them. So we created a show about four men that live in Palm Springs and our models were literally George Takei who got kicked out for Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and his ex-lover who he lived with and Bruce Vilanch did it in our reading. And then we had Leslie Jordan, who is the gayest man in the world. We watched this documentary called “Gen Silent” and it talked about how LGBT community, when they go into assisted living, have to go back in the closet at certain assisted living places. And it was so shocking to think you struggle to get out your whole life and then suddenly having to go back in the closet, so we made that part of the pilot. They go to visit [Jordan] because he had a mishap with a George Foreman grill so they put him into assisted living. They go there on his birthday with a penis cake and butt balloons and he’s there watching the game being there all macho…Bruce Vilanch pulls a Dixie Carter and rants and gets him kicked out so he moves in with them. And Todd Sherry from “Parks and Rec” plays the twink.

ON STILL DEALING WITH AGEISM AND HOMOPHOBIA IN HOLLYWOOD IN 2017

https://youtu.be/4NrzFgLs-Y8?t=45m30s

“It’s been very difficult to hear the resistance still in Hollywood—homophobia and ageism is still alive. That’s what upset me in the last week. That people can literally say, “Well the characters are too old.” Like can you imagine saying, ‘They’re too Jewish. They’re too black.’ You said that out loud, you know? You can’t say that!”

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Jennifer Muro chats with Popcorn Talk’s Jedi Alliance about Forces of Destiny

By: Michael Young II (NERDSoul)

Jennifer Muro stopped by Popcorn Talk Network’s Jedi Alliance to chat about Star Wars’ “Forces of Destiny” Hosts Mark B. Donica and Michael Young II (NERDSoul) interviewed her on the atmosphere in Lucasfilm, writing for the galaxy far far away and revealing the small moments in heroism throughout Star Wars. She answered the five Star Wars questions breaking down her perspective and touched on her favorite moments in creating for “Forces of Destiny”.

We found out that Padme is in demand: “People are crazy about Padme, like that has been the most tweets I’ve gotten. Like, Ahsoka and Padme are the top two!” Letting us know that there is still a lot of love for Kylo Ren’s Grandma, aka the best dressed of the Prequel Era films.

Jennifer went on to speak on characters and scenarios that would be a “dream” and that she is definitely ready to work on more narratives throughout the galaxy. The interview also touched on production specifics about the show, like the production timeline going from writing to animatics to final product.

Make sure to catch up on Popcorn Talk Network’s Jedi Alliance on YouTube.com and tune in live every week on Sunday at 7pm PST.

Maia Mitchell Talks the Future of Brallie in ‘The Fosters’ Season 5

By: Taylor Gates

The season four finale of “The Fosters” left us with a ton of cliffhangers. Will Callie be okay after following Diamond to her pimp’s house? Will Anchor Beach really be privatized? Will Jesus and Emma’s relationship last?

There’s a lot for fans to speculate about, and Maia Mitchell teased Just Jared Jr. about one of the most pressing questions going into the show’s fifth season—what will the dynamic between Callie and Brandon look like?

Brandon and Callie have a long, complex past. From friends to lovers, foster siblings to legal brother and sister, the two have always had difficulty finding a way to coexist given their chemistry and ever-evolving feelings towards one another.

“Their relationship is quite complicated,” Mitchell recognized, “so I don’t think you’re going to see them be each other’s person this season.”

However, the news isn’t all bad for Brallie fans. “They do have such a strong connection and understanding of each other so you will see them checking in with each other,” she continued. “Underneath it all they still care about each other a lot.”

“The Fosters” premieres July 11th on Freeform. What are you hoping to see this season? Let us know in the comments!

‘Game of Thrones’ Fan Theory Confirmed!

By: Ali Marashi

Aidan Gillen, known for playing Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish on HBO’s wildly popular “Game of Thrones,” discussed the upcoming season this past weekend with EW.

During this conversation, he addressed one of the fan theories from season two, namely: did Littlefinger recognize Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) when he encountered during the second season?

If you recall, the scene involved Littlefinger visiting Lord Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) at Harrenhal while Arya worked disguised as a servant girl. She nervously tips over some wine and Littlefinger glances at her curiously. Littlefinger had met Arya briefly during season one, though he didn’t pay her much attention–rather, his focus was more on her sister Sansa.

Gillen responded to the inquiry in a straightforward manner. “Yes, I did recognize her,” he said. “I just didn’t say anything or do anything about it.” Fans are shocked this information was released, as the show is notorious for being shrouded in secrets and mystery.

Looking forward, Gillen also teased that this season his character “puts himself in a situation that could backfire on him.” However, Gillen thinks his character likes the risk. “His plans are never fail safe,” he adds. “But he puts himself on the line like a good gambler.”

Fans don’t have to wait much longer for even more answers. The highly anticipated new season starts July 16th.

‘What Happens at the Abbey’ Star Elizabeth Steinle Opens Up About Her Battle with an Eating Disorder

Written by: Guinwa Zeineddine

Some of you may remember Elizabeth Steinle from “What Happens at the Abbey” as the loud bartender who caused multiple fights–fights that caused her to come across as an aggressive and compulsive human being.

Well, “What Happens at the Abbey” after show hosts Sarah Serio, Guinwa Zeineddine, Paige Bach, and Matt Marr got to see a different side of her. Panelists got to witness the real Elizabeth who served an integral purpose on the show.

Most people find reality TV to be entertaining. However, Elizabeth did something much more with her time onscreen, using her spotlight to raise awareness about important issues close to her heart.

Elizabeth managed to utilize her media platform to speak about her eating disorder and serve as a role model for young women. “I had [the eating disorder] for 7 years starting from middle school up until I moved to LA,” she said. “I was super sneaky about it. I didn’t tell anyone about it. But I had to make a choice about the life that I wanted to live.”

Elizabeth also advised anybody dealing with such a disorder to always seek help and talk about it. By using her breakdown on the show as a moment to connect with others and share her story, Elizabeth inspired others to find the courage within themselves to overcome their hardships, whether that be an eating disorder or another obstacle.

Research shows that three out of four American women have disordered eating behaviors, so having public figures and reality stars like Elizabeth shed light on pivotal societal issues can be crucial.

We applaud your strength and bravery, Elizabeth!

Gillian Anderson Criticizes All-Male ‘X-Files’ Writer’s Room

By: Taylor Gates

Gillian Anderson wants to believe…that someday Hollywood will be less sexist.

After learning that the writer’s room for season 11 of ‘The X-Files’ would consist of all men, Anderson took to Twitter to express her disappointment at the lack of female voices.

“And 2 out of 207 eps directed by women,” she wrote. “I too look forward to the day when the number are different. #TheFutureisFemale.”

Anderson hasn’t been shy about advocating for gender equality. When “The X-Files” revival was announced, Anderson revealed that, during its original run, it took her three seasons to close the pay gap between her and costar David Duchovny. When she was approached to reprise her role in 2016, Anderson was only offered half of what Duchovny was set to make and had to negotiate an equal salary.

Anderson’s performance as Dana Scully has earned her both an Emmy and Golden Globe award. The new season of “The X-Files” is expected to premiere in 2017.

‘Sense8’ Gets 2-Hour Finale Special on Netflix

By: Taylor Gates

This news is great for fans of “Sense8!”

Sensates were devastated when their beloved show was cancelled by Netflix earlier this month, bombarding the streaming giant with tweets, petitions, and calls begging them to change their mind. And while the drama won’t be returning for a full season 3, fans can celebrate the fact they will get some closure in the form of a 2-hour finale special.

“Sense8” has been praised for its inclusive storytelling, including its representation of LGBT characters and people of color. It was nominated for both a Dorian and GLAAD Media Award.

Netflix broke the news via their Twitter account. “It’s happening,” flashed on the screen in the middle of the video. “2 hour finale episode. Tell your cluster.”

Co-creator Lana Wachowski also took to social media to release a celebratory statement thanking fans for their support and passion. “By myself, there was nothing I could do,” she said of the cancellation. “But just as the characters in our show discover that they are not alone, I too have learned that I am not just a me. I am also a we…Improbably, unforeseeably, your love has brought Sense8 back to life. (I could kiss every single one of you!)”

For the fans who are still holding out hope that “Sense8” could be returning for more after the special, Wachowski had encouraging words. “If this experience has taught me anything,” she said, “you NEVER know.”

Jade Hassouné Is Just As Much Of A Shadowhunters Fan As The Rest Of Us!

By: Sam Davidson

On Thursday, Shadowhunters actor Jade Hassouné came by Afterbuzz TV to talk with hosts Sam Davidson, Dakota T Jones and Becca Brown about the role of Meliorn and to recap season 2 episode 14. Fans from around the world were anxiously awaiting Hassouné appearance, and some were even able to call in to speak with him themselves. One thing many fans wanted to know was if his character and the character of Izzy (played by Emeraude Toubia) were going to ever have a romantic relationship again like they did at the beginning of the series. His response gave us a little hope, but he also reminded us that there is much more to Meliorn’s story than Izzy. “Meliorn has his own story in the books that has nothing to do with Izzy, and what is happening right now is leading up to him joining the council. But I mean I hope there is more with Izzy and Meliorn too, I really do. I’m as much of a fanboy as all you guys!”

A large portion of this week’s episode took place in the Seelie realm, which was one of the most stunning and magical sets TV has ever seen. Since Hassouné’s character is a Seelie himself, he has spent a lot of time on those sets and explained to us what it was really like. “In the Seelie court when all the petals are falling, there are actually giant fans that you can hear, so you can barely hear each other talk. So a lot of the dialogue in the Seelie realm is actually pre-recorded.”

One of the coolest things about Shadowhunters, is that before it even premiered there was a huge built in fanbase as it is based on the book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. And once the show was cast, to say that fans were happy would be an understatement. Everyone already knew this was going to be a very special show and Hassouné agreed. “We just have to appreciate what we got, it’s a very, very special thing. I love my cast members. It’s fun on set and it’s fun off set, and you can’t see that. We have the best time, we hang out, and when we are all in Toronto it’s just a blast. When we get off all set, we all meet up, try to do games and things like that. I love those dudes so much. And the crew is great too. Everyone on set is so beautiful and loving. It’s a big group, and at the wrap party was huge and everybody was celebrating. We try to just appreciate what we got, it’s just such a special, special thing.”

For more news on what is coming up this season on Shadowhunters and Jade’s take on this episode, watch the full conversation here:

THE CAST OF TBS’ WRECKED TALKS PROPS, WORKING IN FIJI and COMIC CON 2017. 

By: Zoe Hewitt

Los Angeles, CA, June 28, 2017 –(afterbuzztv.com)–Zach Cregger, Brooke Dillman and Jessica Lowe of the second season of TBS’ Wrecked talk Comic Con 2017, working on set in Fiji and Comic Con 2017 in San Diego.

LOWE on PROPS:

Lowe, “I think [the intestines] were corn syrup and red food dye.  They said ‘you can put it on your face, but it’s probably going to stain.’ …I had to put it on my face and [it stained] slightly. …It was really fun to put it on my face and I’ve never felt so badass.”

CREGGOR and DILLMAN on FIJI:

Creggor says, “[It went from] super-hot to hot.  People were dropping like flies.  [A costar] vomited from the heat.  He had to be removed from set.”

Dillman adds, “The Fijians were hot.  They were like, ‘this is horrible, we’ve never felt this way before.’”

LOWE and DILLMAN on COMIC CON 2017:

Lowe says, “This Wrecked island is awesome.  They started it off around LA and they’re dragging it, they’re tugging it, all the way down to San Diego.  Brookie and I already broke the S from TB.  We were having a twerk-off.”

Dillman says, “Yes, an upside-down twerk-off.  I said this will not hold and I went up in my handstand and the S came off immediately. …[The island boat] is the size of two basketball courts stuck together and there’s a mechanical boar, a palm tree you can climb up…”

Links to Sean Cameron Michael’s appearance can be found on AfterBuzz TV’s website, on iTunes or through this YouTube link: 

YouTube –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJyPwFhrfYE&feature=youtu.be&a

Host Zoe Hewitt is on Twitter and Instagram @RealZoeHewitt

‘Below Deck Med’ Star Hannah Ferrier On Her “Epic, Epic Fail” 

By: Laura L. Thomas
Hannah Ferrier, also know as the Chief Stewardess on Bravo’s Below Deck Mediterranean, was the guest of honor on the show’s AfterBuzz TV after show, where she was interviewed by hosts Paulina Aguilar, Laura L. Thomas and Jamie Banks. She joined the hosts via Skype from Sydney, Australia, where she revealed that though she’s recently tried settling down, she simply wasn’t happy living that lifestyle.
“I actually came back (to Sydney) in November or December and I was like, ‘Ok, I’m settling down, I’m starting a normal life,’” the yachtie told the hosts. “I got an apartment…I bought a nice Mercedes and met a guy,”. She then shared that the relationship had since fizzled. “That lasted about as long as the charter season,” Hannah laughed. That decision led to another big decision…and a big move for the Chief Stew. “I’m now packing up my apartment, selling my Mercedes and going back to Europe,” she exclaimed.
So exactly how long was Hannah anchored to Sydney and the “normal life”? “My girlfriend kindly worked it out the other day. She goes, ‘Ok, so we’ve worked out in six monthsyou’ve paid $25,000 in rent and you’ve spent 28 nights there’,” Hannah said. “It was an epic, epic fail.”
While the so-called “fail” may have been expensive, it was also rich with valuable life lessons. “I was actually in Corporate IT Intel Code before I did (yachting), and I would love to say that I could go and sit in the rat race and do 9 to 5 on a computer,” Hannah said. “If I could do it, I would, but I came back to Sydney and I just wasn’t happy here,” a moment that caused her to reflect and reprioritize. “It’s all well and good to want a husband and kids…but if you’re not happy, you’re not going to attract the right people into your life,”.
So where in Europe will Hannah now call home? “I’ll be based in South of France,” Hannah said, adding “I’m just always so happy when I’m over there.”
The half hour interview also touched on Hannah’s role on the show, her relationship with her other cast mates and all the drama surrounding a charter guest and the ship’s iPad, as seen in this week’s episode.
Watch the full interview on AfterBuzz TV’s Below Deck Mediterranean after show on YouTube.com and catch up with the hosts live every week Tuesday’s at 8pm.

Blade Possibly On His Way to the MCU 

By: Frank Alteri

It’s a wonderful time to be a fan of Marvel Comics. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been consistent on the film side, and has produced great Netlfix content with the exception of Iron Fist.

At one point, the idea of a massive connecting franchise based on comic book characters would have been viewed as laughable. Surprisingly, the success of a character many wouldn’t have expected showed the future possibilities of Marvel on the big screen.

In 1998, Blade became an instant classic, and by far the best film based on a Marvel character at the time. Even with an R rating and the negative track record for Marvel related films, Blade grossed $131 million at the box office worldwide. New Line Cinema went on to produce two more Blade films, with the highly acclaimed Blade II , and the disappointing third chapter Blade: Trinity.

Since then, Marvel Studios has reacquired the film rights to the vampire slayer, leaving fans clamoring for an MCU debut. While being interviewed for JoBlo, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was asked if Blade would be making a comeback.

“We think it would be cool. Someday,”

Feige also accredited the success of the Blade franchise as a reason Marvel was willing to take chances on lesser known properties.

“It doesn’t matter how well known the character is, it matters how cool the movie is. Which, many years later, would be the reason we do Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange. I think Blade is a legacy character now, and I think it would be fun to do something with him one day.”

Do you want to see Blade in the MCU? If so, would you want to see the Daywalker get another movie or possibly his own Netflix series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and tune in to Marvel Movie News for more MCU content!

Smackdown Review

By: Christian Rosenberg
As always, Afterbuzz TV broke down ALL of the juicy details from this week’s epic SMACKDOWN. Hosts Christian Rosenberg, Scott Narver, Tom Connolly and special guest Christian Cole gave us all the know how on of Smackdown’s best episodes yet!
Battleground is coming and the battle lines have been drawn in this incredible episode of SmackdownLive.  For the first time ever we had a Money in the Bank ladder match on television as Carmella reclaimed the briefcase that was stripped away from her last week in a hellacious match with Charlotte, Tamina, Natalya and Becky Lynch.  We also had Naomi defend the womens title against Lana.  Plus, Baron Corbin was finally able to get a taste of revenge on Sami Zayn.  All this and lots lots more on this weeks episode of Smackdown Live!
Listen to the AfterBuzz crew breakdown this episode with hosts Christian Rosenberg, Scott Narver, Tom Connolly and special guest Christian Cole!

TREEHOUSE MASTERS RETURNS TO ANIMAL PLANET FOR AN ALL-NEW SEASON ON AUGUST 4 AT 9PM/ET

 

(New York, NY) Animal Planet’s TREEHOUSE MASTERS returns for all-new episodes beginning Friday, August 4 at 9PM. This season, Pete Nelson and his crew will take on new build locations, including Norway for their first ever international treehouse build, and a very special treehouse for singer-songwriter Grace Vanderwaal.

When asked in 2016 what she would do with her winnings, America’s Got Talent season 11 winner, Grace Vanderwaal said she wanted a “sick treehouse” built by Pete Nelson. Now the 13-year-old singer-songwriter’s wish will come true when she appears on TREEHOUSE MASTERS. Pete will make Grace’s dream a reality when he builds her a treehouse of her very own that will be the ideal get away for songwriting and letting her imagination run wild! Here’s a first look at Pete and Grace choosing the perfect spot for her oasis in the trees: https://www.instagram.com/p/BV5A9_3AA13/?hl=en

Pete dedicates his life granting people’s dreams of turning peaceful nooks in nature into the ultimate escapes. He and his team execute the most outrageous treehouses designed to delight every whimsy, form and function. Whether he’s building magnificent multi-bedroom treehouses with state-of-the-art kitchens and bathrooms or rendering simpler, peaceful one-room escapes, Pete always goes out on a limb to create the most breathtaking treehouses with spectacular views.

Other build locations this season will include Denali State Park, Alaska, where a one-of-a-kind treehouse at Princess Cruises’ Mt McKinley Wilderness Lodge is constructed for mountain high relaxation with spectacular views of Denali.

Treehouse Masters is produced for Animal Planet by Discovery Studios.

Actor Johnny Flynn, Who Plays A Young Albert Einstein on Nat Geo’s Genius, on Working with Executive Producer / Director Ron Howard and Actor Geoffrey Rush

By: Elysabeth Alfano

Actor Johnny Flynn, who plays a young Albert Einstein on Nat Geo’s Genius skyped in from London on the Afterbuzz TV Genius Aftershow with co-hosts Elysabeth Alfano, Zach Silverman, Joelle Monique and Louiza Sharamatyan.  Here is the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQHIvvRwpYs

With both charm and humility, Flynn answered what it was like to be working with Executive Producer and Director Ron Howard. 19:20 – 21:59 “The whole thing felt like a dream. I almost didn’t send in an audition tape for the job because I don’t look like Einstein for starters. […] All the execs at Nat Geo, on paper they are very, intimidating, highly qualified, people with tons of stuff under their belts. […] I think Ron knew it would be intimidating for me so we started with a day with doing one only very small scene, even though the schedule would become very incredibly intense for me, and I was doing like 6 or 7 pages a day, and having to memorize huge chunks of dialogue and loads of crazy math stuff.  The first day was just playing the violin in a church. […] I think he almost picked that because it would build my confidence, just allowing me to kind of stand there as the character, and no pressure to do very much. It was like a very nice way of getting into it, but day two was like crazy intense. I had dialect classes, violin classes and physics classes, so it was packed and I loved every minute.” 

It wasn’t just Ron Howard that Flynn was nervous to work with.  Flynn admitted that Geoffrey Rush, who plays the elder Einstein, had been a huge influence on his career, and Rush’s film Shine is what made Flynn become an actor.  On working with Rush, Flynn explained how he got over his nerves and connected with the veteran actor by both Flynn and Rush focusing on Einstein’s charm and humor. (16:10-16:34) “It’s harder to portray the side of him that’s working out these ideas, then the side that’s making people laugh and communicating those ideas in quite playful, abstract ways. I think [Einstein] was a very funny person and we both kind of clutched on to that.”

For any questions, please contact co-host, Elysabeth Alfano at Elysabeth@theDinnerParty.tv, 312.391.2883. 

Make sure to catch up on the Genius After shows of Season 1 on Afterbuzz TV  Youtube channel.  The co-hosts will be back to cover Season 2 of Genius in the Spring of 2018.

‘Younger’ Actress Sutton Foster Opens Up About Adopting Daughter Emily Dale

By: Taylor Gates

Sutton Foster is known for her work on stage and on screen, but now she’s opening up about her newest and most exciting role yet—being a mom!

“It’s been unbelievable,” the “Younger” star gushed on the Today show. “There are many ways to have a family, and the adoption process for us was so beautiful. It just felt 100% right.”

Foster and her husband, screenwriter Ted Griffin, adopted daughter Emily Dale this past April. “It just changed everything,” said the 42-year-old actress. “I’m just like, ‘what took me so long?’ but yet I felt like I was waiting for this little soul to find me.”

“Terrifying and beautiful,” is how Foster described the first time holding her, revealing that this is the first grandchild on both her and Griffin’s side of the family. “My husband and I are having a great time just figuring it out. We have no idea what we’re doing!” laughed the two-time Tony winner.

“Someday I will share, because it’s her story too,” Foster said, keeping many of the adoption process’ details under wraps. “Someday we will share the whole story,” she beamed.

You can catch Foster on an all-new season of TV Land’s “Younger” starting June 28th.

‘What Happens at the Abbey’ Star Lawrence Charles Talks Baby Making Plans with Brandi J. Andrews

Lawrence Charles and Brandi Andrews from E!’s What Happens at the Abbey. Image courtesy of E!

By: Paige Stroobach

Lawrence Charles, one of the What Happens at the Abbey cast members and fan favourites, made an appearance on Afterbuzz TV, Sunday June 25th, where he joined panelists Guinwa Zeinedenne and Paige Bach to discuss their Season 1 finale, Episode 7.

The one hour conversation with Lawrence Charles revealed that he truly is the genuine, fun and loving father figure of the show that fans and other cast members have claimed him to be. Not only was his insight hysterical and spot on but his words about the struggles we watched throughout Season 1 of the E! reality tv show between him, Brandi and her fiancé Chloe shone a wonderful light on where they are at post show. When asked about their plans to have a baby in the future and where his and Brandi’s relationship stands Lawrence shared, “The bond is still not broken… I mean we’re moving in together next week” he went on to explain that the show covers what happened “a year ago, so a lot has changed over a year, I mean the engagement, you know and all that stuff and just their (Brandi and Chloe’s) relationship…”. He also told the Afterbuzz TV panel that although the delay in having a baby was stalled when Chloe came in to the picture he understood – “I completely understand”. 

So when will the world have a little Lawrence-Brandi baby? Hopefully soon! When Guinwa Zeinedenne asked if we were to expect a baby next year he shared, “I would love that, I would absolutely love that!” and let us know that he and Brandi were “definitely going to start trying like at the end of this year”.

Will Lawrence and Brandi be successful in their pursuit to become a modern family of three? or will more issues arise? Time will tell. To make your own predictions check out our other discussions with previous special guests on Afterbuzz TV What Happens at the Abbey

Will Ezria End Up Having a Happy Ending on “Pretty Little Liars”?

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “Till Death Do Us Part” (Freeform/Eric McCandless)

By: Becca Brown

Who is A.D.? Tomorrow the groundbreaking series, Pretty Little Liars is coming to an end, which means that come tomorrow whoever is unmasked and revealed as A.D. will make sense and add up to the dedicated fans who have spent the last seven years watching the show, according to many cast members. With the ending also comes the rest of the answers which creator I. Marlene King has continually promised those fans who constantly send their theories to her and the cast via social media.

Fans of the show are also looking forward to finding out which of their favorite couples will have the happy endings they deserve. In recent stills released by PEOPLE from the series finale, fans can assume that Ezria [Aria and Ezra] will end up together as Hale is seen in a wedding dress [pictured above], earlier this year Ian Harding told PEOPLE that “There definitely is a wedding in there but I don’t think it’s going to go like people want,” which leaves us wondering, is the wedding going to mean a happy ending for Aria and Ezra or not? Also pictured in stills released by PEOPLE is Spencer Hastings holding a baby whose identity is unknown to fans as of now, as well as the rest of the liars and Caleb in black dresses with slightly concerned looks on their faces.

Leave a comment below and let us know why you think Harding said the wedding isn’t going to go like people want and don’t forget to tweet us YOUR thoughts about the finale tomorrow night.

GLOW Alumni Illuminate AfterbuzzTV’s Aftershow

 

By: Candice Cruz

Creator of “Orange is the New Black” Jenji Kohan, has blessed us with another hit show, this time a female-driven wrestling comedy.

The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling have reclaimed their top spot in the world after the debut of the newest Netflix binge-worthy show “GLOW” on June 23rd. This popularity comes as no surprise as the hugely successful original GLOW garnered thousands upon thousands of cult-followers back in the ‘80s.

For the first time since its release, two original GLOW girls, “Hollywood” and “Little Egypt” were joined by one of the new stars of the remake, Kia Stevens, on AfterBuzz TV.

Kia Stevens is no stranger to the world of wrestling; she is one of the only professional wrestlers in the cast and a five-time Women’s Wrestling Champion, also known as Amazing Kong and WWE’s Kharma.

The hour-long segment was full of juicy tidbits. On her experience working with the other women of the cast, Stevens offered, “It was just really exciting because these women didn’t really know the ins and outs of backstage of wrestling and so to be able to help mold their impression and their education on wrestling was just precious. And to see them go from being very timid of taking a bump or what not, to getting over that hump and seeing ‘Oh, okay, so I fell and I didn’t die so, okay, let’s go.’ And to push them through that was, it was just very, very precious.” – Kia

Referring to the comparisons between characters Ruth Wilder and Debbie Eagan and original GLOW Girls, Hollywood and Egypt offered,  “We have ‘similarities’ with The Farmer’s Daughter and Hollywood, because we went to the same high school. For real, true. Sally and I went to the same high school and we knew the same people. So when they threw us in the ring together, you guys, you got jealousy and egos.  Because I’m thinking ‘I can’t loose’ to her because she knows all the same people we went to high school with. So the fights that we had, like how Marc was envisioning that fantasy sequence, that was my favorite part…when that fantasy part that he’s thinking about these two that hate each other are going to get in the ring that was The Farmer’s Daughter and me. And we must have fought more than any of the other girls.”

Egpyt offered some incredible insight about the original casting call: “I went and I sat down there with 500 girls, all looks and sizes, shapes, headshots, everything…I’ve never done this before. And David McClane comes out and said, ‘This is about wrestling!’ My heart went ‘Oh my god, I don’t know anything about wrestling,’ but half those girls walked up and left just like y’all had it. I went ‘Oh my god, that’s exactly how it was!’”

While the Netflix show honors the original, well-respected, cult series, Egpyt countered, “I don’t want to be the one to break any, like, news stories here, but I heard that this was not historically accurate. I’m just throwing that out there. It’s not historically accurate, that these aren’t, not everybody that is in this show is doing and living and breathing every single step we took. That there are some creative licensing here going on with the writing, and that is okay.”

Stevens was a huge fan of the original franchise: “GLOW is definitely, for me anyway, like an American treasure. You know what I mean, it’s just a pop culture treasure. And I, you know, we may not be doing a biography, a biopic, but we are definitely paying homage to it. “

For fans, old and new, Hollywood broke some very exciting news: “Brooke [Hogan], Hulk’s daughter, is doing an all-women’s league, run by women…and some of the GLOW Girls might be involved with that.”

Geeks Get Hot On The Unproduced Table Read

By: Jeff Graham

Actors Jeff Graham, Andrew Ghai, Hayley O’Connor, Roxy Striar, Adrian Snow, Tim Rodriguez, and Dave Child featured acclaimed writer and script doctor Daniel Calvisi on Popcorn Talk’s The Unproduced Table Read where collectively read Mr. Calvisi’s award-winning script HOT GEEK on air, followed by an exclusive Q&A.

Regarding the voice of the work, Calvisi offered, “I wanted snappy dialogue, I wanted it to really flow, and I wanted it to feel real, and not like a contrived TV show.

Interestingly, though the script is semi-autobiographical, it’s also driven by a female protagonist. On this decision, Calvisi said, “I thought it was more interesting. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. I’d been looking online and seeing how STEM was becoming a movement, and I was really excited by G-STEM, a female driven STEM movement, and I wanted to explore that in my work.”

Regarding important rules to play by in screenwriting, Calvisi said, “The opening scene really have to suck the reader in. They have to jump off the page. For pilots, you really have to keep it punchy. Scenes should be around 2-3 pages.”

Don’t forget to tune in to The Unproduced Table Read weekly, at 9am PST on Fridays, exclusively on The Popcorn Talk!

 

 

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Cast Dominates Teen Choice Award Nominations

By: Taylor Gates

Two can keep a secret, but only one can win Choice Drama TV Actress at the Teen Choice Awards on August 13rd. However, there’s a pretty good chance that lucky gal will be one of the stars of “Pretty Little Liars.” Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Sasha Pieterse, Shay Mitchell, and Troian Bellisario—the five lead actresses on the hit Freeform drama—are nominated along with Bella Thorne from “Famous In Love.”

Considering the show is ending in less than a week, this is great news for long-time fans of the series. The fact the entire main cast is being honored in the last year they are eligible is definitely reason to celebrate. Ian Harding, also on “Pretty Little Liars,” is nominated in the Choice Drama TV Actor category. Competing for the title alongside Harding are Cole Sprouse from “Riverdale,” Jesse Williams from “Grey’s Anatomy,” Jussie Smollett from “Empire,” and Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown, both from “This is Us.” “Pretty Little Liars” is also nominated for Choice Drama TV Show as well as “Empire,” “Famous In Love,” “Riverdale,” “Star,” and “This Is Us.”

Who are you rooting for in this year’s Teen Choice Awards drama categories? Tell us below in the comments! Picture:

Leah Remini Opens Up About A&E Scientology Show: ‘Everybody On My Team Told Me Not to Do It’

By: Taylor Gates

Leah Remini is no stranger to the spotlight. The 47-year-old has been acting since she was a teenager and for two seasons starred on a series that centered around her home and family life, TLC’s “Leah Remini: It’s All Relative.” Considering her past as a reality star, her newest project isn’t completely uncharted territory for Remini. But while her TLC program scratched the surface of Scientology, her new documentary series dives right in. “Scientology and the Aftermath,” which airs on A&E, depicts Remini interviewing and conversing with other ex-Scientology members about their own experiences.

During The Hollywood Reporter’s Reality Roundtable, Remini shared that—despite warnings from her team—this series was close to her heart and felt important to make. “Everybody on my team told me not to,” she said bluntly. “They want me to be an actress. They don’t want me to be known as somebody who does a show about Scientology. I’m like, ‘What am I going to do? Not do it? This is my passion.’” Remini hopes that the show can educate the public on the toxicity of Scientology and create empathy for those who may fall victim to it. “The Church of Scientology has been in the news, but more so for fodder and a headline,” she explains. “What we are trying to do is show that this is a real thing that’s tearing families apart…we’re showing how a person actually can get there, and that’s what’s resonating.”

“We’re standing up to a bully and, in a culture where people are feeling apathetic, we’re representing a group of courageous people who are saying, ‘No, I’m going to do something about it.’” Remini is also quick to clarify that, although she always gets nervous about hearing stories about people’s experiences with the church, she’s not afraid of the institution itself. “I never want to give the organization of Scientology the idea that anybody is scared of them. We are not,” she said. “And the more they react in the way that they do, it makes me think we’re doing the right thing.”

Chloe Lukasiak Returning to ‘Dance Moms’

By: Taylor Gates

Despite a dramatic exit from the show three years ago, Chloe Lukasiak is officially returning to “Dance Moms” for season 8! This is great news for fans of the show, especially the ones who have missed Christi’s iconic savagery the past few seasons.

But why would Chloe decide to go back after such a bad experience? “I think it’s important that I do,” said the 16-year-old. “It was unfinished business for me. I’ve now been able to close that chapter and move on. You just have to ignore what people are saying and do what’s right for you.” The fact that former coach Abby Lee Miller will not be involved, as she recently landed herself in jail on fraud charges, likely contributed to her decision as well. Instead of Miller, the girls will be coached by “Dancing with the Stars” alum Cheryl Burke.

“She is so amazing,” Lukasiak said of Burke. “She’s been in the industry a long time…she really got us and took us under her wing. She’s pretty competitive, but she really cares about us.” Lukasiak said that, although fans can still expect drama and tears from the show, it was incredible to be back dancing with her friends. She says she had a great experience her second time around. “It’s going to be a little different than what fans are used to,” Lukasiak warned. “[But] I think the change was good for all of us.” Are you excited for Chloe and Christi’s return? Let us know in the comments!

SEAN WALTMAN TALKS THE WOMEN’S MONEY IN THE BANK MATCH

By: TK Trinidad

MMA FIGHTER, Chael Sonnen is the special guest on Sean Waltman’s X-Pac 12360 this week and he talks about his upcoming fight.

Stream it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sAQgxy2dxFw, or download the podcast version on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/x-pac-1-2-360-afterbuzz-tv/id1150124693?mt=2&i=374822005, with highlights below.

Chael Sonnen mentions how he was more motivated after his fight with Tito Ortiz: I went crazy after that fight, absolutely crazy. I never trained so hard, never felt so good. That was the motivation I needed. It was just a motivation thing and I haven’t been so motivated in over 10 years.

 Chael Sonnen talks about his first tryout at the Power Plant for WCW Nitro:I went for the tryout, they used to advertise that at Nitro “Hey call this number if you want to be a pro-wrestler.” So I called in one day, told my dad and he got me a ticket and he sends me out there. It was right after my sophomore year in college and it was a tryout. Sarge was still running it, I was in great shape, all American that was in great shape. I can’t tell you how difficult It was. Only me and two other guys made it through while everyone was done the very first day.

Chael Sonnen Gives His Thoughts on the Conor McGregor/ Floyd Mayweather Match: Mayweather better win and he better do it really quickly and really dominantly. You got a guy whose never lost at boxing against a guy who has never boxed and if this story ends any other way than absolute destruction and the entire integrity of the sport of boxing takes a huge blow and they cannot afford that right now.

Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman talks about the finish of the Women’s Money In The Bank Match: It felt like they took a big giant crap on it, to be honest with you. And here’s the thing, we can blame anything or anyone and point fingers. But, when it comes to these things; it’s Vince McMahon, that’s where the buck stops. That’s just the way it is.

 Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s X-Pac 12360. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!

Smackdown Recap: Tue, Jun 21

By: Christian Rosenberg
As always, the Smackdown Aftershow on AfterbuzzTV was let as HELL, and this week, the hosts really got into it, talking about all of the drama, thrills, and excitement on this week’s show.
The fallout of MITB left more questions than answers, especially pertaining to the womens MITB match. Well, General Manager Daniel Bryan returned to SmackdownLive tonight with the blockbuster announcement that we will have another MITB match next week on Smackdown!  Can you believe that? Along with that, Randy Orton has told the WWE Champion Jinder Mahal that their rivalry is now personal, Kevin Owens issues an open challenge and is answered by…Chad Gable? That was a definite shocked. Plus, we could never forget about Nakamura vs Ziggler, Big E vs Jimmy Uso and more!
Listen to the group break it down on AfterBuzzTV’s SmackdownLive aftershow with hosts Christian Rosenberg, Scot Narver, Tom Connolly and special guest Frankie George.

“Family Friendly” Fantastic Four Reboot in Development

By: Frank Alteri

Fox is not done with the Fantastic Four just yet, and their next attempt at making a quality F4 movie is a bit unconventional.

Multiple sources are reporting that 20th Century Fox has begun to develop a “kid friendly” Fantastic Four film that will focus on Franklin and Valeria Richards, the children of Reed Richards and Susan Storm. This is a very strange and risky concept, especially regarding a franchise that has yet to have a successful installment.

In February, producer Simon Kinberg spoke to Collider about the importance of the next Fantastic Four movie, and the lessons learned from the failure of the 2015 film.

“I think the truth is we would not make another Fantastic Four movie until it was ready to be made. One of the lessons we learned on that movie is that we want to make sure we get it 100% right, because we will not get another chance with the fans.”

Frankly, most fans will say there are no chances left, and hearing the idea of the Fantastic Four becoming a children’s franchise is like finger nails on chalkboard. The original plan by Fox was for the Fantastic Four to cross over with the X-Men, but having a family friendly film would make it impossible. Fox has had incredible success with PG-13 and R rated X-Men movies, and will continue with this formula.

Is this another disaster waiting to happen? or will this offbeat idea pay off? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

‘Bachelor in Paradise’ to Resume Production, Investigation Finds ‘No Misconduct’

By: Taylor Gates

It looks like ABC will be heading to paradise this summer after all. Barely a week after production was halted after a sexual assault allegation from contestant Corrine Olympios, Warner Bros. released a statement about their findings and the fate of season four.

“We take all such allegations seriously,” said the company. “The safety, security and well-being of the cast and crew is our number one concern, and we suspended filming so that the allegations could be investigated immediately and thoroughly.” Though the network does not plan on releasing the tape in question “out of respect for the privacy interests of those involved,” they assure that it “does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member…[or] that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy.”

ABC said they would resume production on the reality series shortly and that it would air this summer like originally planned.

The network declined to comment on whether Olympios and DeMario Jackson, the man she accused, will continue filming and finish out the season.

Drake Bell Not Invited to Former Co-Star Josh Peck’s Wedding

By: Ali Marashi

They never thought it be so simple, but they found a way.

This Saturday, Josh peck married his longtime partner Paige Obrien in Malibu. Everything seemed normal until fans realized Drake Bell had not been invited to the wedding.

The duo first appeared together on “The Amanda Show” with Amanda Bynes before playing stepbrothers on Nickelodeon’s “Drake & Josh.” However, their relationship in real life may be questionable since fans noticed that one of the famous duo was missing from the other’s wedding.

There could have been drama in the friendship between the two, but none of us would’ve known. During the festivities, Drake Bell tweeted, “When you’re not invited to the wedding the message is clear…” and “ALWAYS remember where you came from.” Seems like Bell was just as shocked as fan were.

Actors who WERE invited to the wedding included John Stamos, who Peck worked with on “Grandfathered.”

Is the iconic Drake/Josh friendship over, or will the two find a way to hug it out?

Shay Mitchell Talks ‘PLL’ Finale: ‘I’m Not Gonna Say Everyone Is Going to Be Happy’

By: Taylor Gates

For seven years, Shay Mitchell has played lovable jock Emily Fields on Freeform’s hit show “Pretty Little Liars.” Unfortunately, fans will have to say goodbye to the liars in a matter of days, as the series finale airs June 27th.

Of course, the news isn’t all bad. The audience will finally find out the ultimate endgame and the identity of A.D. Mitchell is excited for fans to get answers but warns that not everyone will be over the moon when the credits roll.

“You can never please everybody, so I’m not gonna say everyone is going to be happy,” she said bluntly at the launch of Warner Bros. Studio’s new exhibit entitled “Pretty Little Liars: Made Here.”

However, Mitchell is confident the positive buzz will far outweigh the bad, giving the ending her stamp of approval. “I think for the most part the writers have done an insane job, from the beginning to the end,” she said. “The final episode is amazing.”

What do you hope to see in the show’s final moments? Tell us below in the comments!

Adelaide Kane, Craig Parker, Ben Geurens and More Join Series Finale of ‘Reign’ After Show!

By: Taylor Gates

Adelaide Kane, Craig Parker, and Ben Geurens joined hosts Phil Svitek, Keetin Marchi, Lina Noory, and Alina Vission in the AfterBuzz TV studio for the last ever “Reign” after show. Spencer Macpherson, Sara Garcia, and Jonathan Goad also Skyped in throughout the episode, making it a very special series finale indeed. The cast shared on-set stories and secrets, heartfelt advice to their fans, and reminisced on all four seasons.

In true Lord Narcisse fashion, Craig Parker couldn’t resist the opportunity to tease Jonathan Goad about the brutal scene in which his character castrates John Knox.

“He was actually strapped down to that table,” Parker recalled. “That was kind of fun…I was muffing the lines just to watch [him] struggle on the table for another hour.”

Goad reflected that, although thankfully his private parts remained unharmed, a different area was hurting by the end of the day. In order for the crew to get a good angle for his reaction shot, Goad had to lift his head about three inches off the table, so it turned out to be the ultimately ab workout.

Funnier still is the fact that Goad unknowingly predicted his character’s fate. “I didn’t know it was coming up,” he promised before launching into the anecdote. “I saw Craig on set one day and said, ‘are we gonna get a chance to meet again? Surely you’re coming after my nuts.’ I was making a [crude] joke! And sort of wide-eyed he said, ‘did you read it?’ I said it off the cuff,” Goad laughed. “I had no idea. I wouldn’t have guessed that in a thousand years that I would’ve been neutered.”

It’s hard to imagine anyone else as the villainous Knox, but Goad shared that it almost didn’t happen. In fact, he was one of two finalists for a different role back in the show’s second season: Conde, a role that ultimately went to then 21-year-old Sean Teale.

Adelaide Kane, Queen Mary herself, was surprised when Teale showed up on set. “I remember they were looking to cast older initially with Conde,” she recalled. “We did expect to get someone sort of in their mid-30s/early-40s.”

Goad, who was 44 at the time, would have been a perfect fit, but he’s happy they ended up going a different direction. “I’m grateful now that it didn’t happen,” he said. “Knox was a more satisfying thing to do.”

The lavish costumes were a huge part of what gave the show its authentic feel, and nobody got to wear more dazzling fashion than Kane. With so many breathtaking choices, it’s understandable that she had trouble picking her favorite looks. “There are so many,” she said. “It’s really hard to choose.” Ultimately she narrowed it down to a top three: her red and gold coronation dress, both wedding gowns, and a more casual, black Alexander McQueen number with a gold collar from season one.

Kane looked absolutely ravishing in every frame, so it’s hard to imagine her ever being the victim of bullying. However, she assured us that she experienced firsthand how cruel kids can be.

“Funnily enough a lot of people in the entertainment industry have a history of bullying or mental illness like anxiety,” she said. “[Acting] becomes catharsis or means of validation.”

Kane had some beautiful, inspiring advice for anyone who might be going through a hard time. “It’s really hard now, but in ten years none of that—none of those people—will matter. They don’t matter…ten years seems like a really long time, but it’s not. Trust me. Find something to love, and that will feed you. I promise: none of that will matter, and it’ll just feel like a bad dream.”

As far as tips on how to handle things, Kane’s advice was to find a passion and run with it. “Just find what it is that you love, what makes it worth getting up every day, and pursue that as best you can. You can channel all your anger and frustrations into a dream, and then in ten years when that dream is sustaining you none of those people will matter. Chances are you’ll be doing that thing that you love, you’ll find amazing people who understand you along the way, and those people will still be there doing the same thing they’ve always been doing.”

Kane even opened up about how those who were mean to her in the past came back and apologized to her later on. “It’s not that hard to be nice to people. It really isn’t,” she said simply.

Of course, we couldn’t have Kane in for the finale without asking her about the ending as a whole. Though she admits it all felt a bit compressed, she was happy with the final montage. “I did appreciate them giving that final moment some breathing space,” she said.

Kane said that shooting the last episode was bittersweet, especially considering she “ate, slept, and drank ‘Reign’” for the better part of four years. She admitted she couldn’t hold it together while watching the finale. “I cried but tried to enjoy it as much as I could.”

Click below to watch the final “Reign” after show in its entirety: 

Zendaya Was Adamant That Her ‘K.C. Undercover’ Character Be Smart and Strong

By: Taylor Gates

It’s no secret that Zendaya is a talented singer, actress, activist, and all-around boss. The 20-year-old has already made countless headlines by doing everything from calling out ignorant remarks about her dreadlocks to booking a role in the highly-anticipated “Spiderman: Homecoming” movie. Now the young star is sharing how she influenced her Disney series “K.C. Undercover.” In an interview for the July issue of ‘Vogue,’ she revealed her criteria for starring in the series about a witty high school student who becomes a spy. Right off the bat, she requested that the show’s title (originally “Super Awesome Katy”) be tweaked.

“I got in a room with the heads of Disney Channel…I was like, ‘The title is whack. That’s gonna change.’” She also required that the series showcase a family of color and stay away from making her character a singer, dancer, or actor. “There are other things that a girl can be…I want her to be martial arts-trained.” Zendaya was adamant that her character be a realistic, empowered female. “I want her to be able to do everything that a guy can do…I want her to be a brainiac. I want her to be able to think on her feet. But I also want her to be socially awkward, not a cool kid. I want her to be normal with an extraordinary life.” In the end, Zendaya’s persistence paid off: her character has both a black belt and knack for math. You go, girl.

Chloe Mondesir Visits AfterBuzzTV to Discuss New Season of ‘American Grit’

By: Ty Matthews

U.S. Marine Corps veteran and American Grit Cadre member Chloe Mondesir stopped by the AfterBuzz studios for a guest appearance on the American Grit Aftershow, where she was interviewed by hosts Lem Gonsalves, Yvette Sanchez, TK Trinidad and Ty Matthews. Mondesir spoke to the hosts on a variety of topics, including what she took from being one of four new coaches on the John Cena-hosted reality competition.

“For me, I realized that not just one style of leadership works. As the time progressed, we kind of all started using each other’s leadership styles without even knowing, you know? We didn’t even realize it. Another thing, I guess it kind of goes along with that, is that we were there to help [the contestants], but it also helped us all individually, and you will see that as the show progresses.”

One element of American Grit that might have contributed to that constructive atmosphere is the hands-off nature of Grit’s producers. “There’s always a producer around, but as far as whispering in your ear, no. They’re very free. Competitions have these strict rules. There’s no way they can tell me who to pick. There’s no way they can tell me what to do, what to say, none of that. They want it to be very real.”

Mondesir also told AfterBuzz about her time devoted to Pin-Ups for Vets, a California-based non-profit organization.

“Pin-Ups for Vets is an organization that raises money for underfunded VA programs. We go around and visit hospitalized soldiers, and we dress up in pin-up attire. We do a calendar every year, and all of the proceeds go to that.”

“Most of the models and volunteers are veterans. A lot of times, when people hear ‘veteran’ [and] ‘female,’ they think ‘masculine,’” Mondesir said. “But we out here. We cute.”

Be sure to catch AfterBuzz TV’s continued coverage of American Grit’s second season on YouTube.com, and tune in live every Thursday night at 8PM PST.

Madelaine Petsch Calls ‘Riverdale’ Role ‘Very Rewarding,’ Stuns on ‘Popular’ Cover

By: Taylor Gates

“Very rewarding and very exciting” are the words Madelaine Petsch uses to describe playing “Riverdale” HBIC Cheryl Blossom in the new issue of ‘Popular.’ It’s not hard to see why—the fan-favorite character can go from zinging witty, pop culture-packed one-liners to sobbing and setting a house on fire in a matter of minutes. Like the mysteries the gang attempts to solve, Petsch adds that she’s “always discovering something new” about the fiery redhead.

The new TV queen bee also offered insight into her favorite music. “Right now I’m listening to the new Alt-J album,” she spills, although she admits she loves a plethora of genres. “I have the most wild collection.” Throughout the magazine’s latest issue, the 22-year-old actress channeled the outrageous, chaos-loving Cheryl while modeling a variety of Wildfox outfits, including a fabulous pink leather jacket, a yellow tee with the word “bad” in blood red, and Geraldine Grundy-style heart-shaped sunglasses.

What are you hoping to see from Cheryl Blossom in season 2? What’s your favorite look that Petsch rocked? Tell us below in the comments!

Things Get Homeless w/ Writers Hannah McMechan & Danya Jimenez

By: Jeff Graham

Popcorn Talk’s show “The Unproduced Table Read” featured a rousing, manic, and beautifully offensive comedy pilot reading on Fri, Jun 16. Hannah McMechan & Danya Jimenez’ comedy BLACKFRIARS, offers interesting insight about the nature of millennial entitlement and homelessness, and host Jeff Graham, accompanied by a panel of professional actors, happily explored these questions with the writers in studio.

The pilot takes place in the bowels of London’s Blackfriars Underground station, but interestingly, neither of the pilot’s writers are British. “British comedy is our favorite genre to watch. With that kind of humor, you can get away with more, and that’s what we write. Dark stuff. We’re constantly worried about toeing the line between comedy and offensiveness.”

The conversation shifted to discuss how character dynamics can really counter the edgy intensity of dark comedy. “In this pilot, we worked really hard on the relationships. They’re homeless, but we still wanted the characters to seem relatable. We want these relationships to feel like real relationships and real life.”

On the benefits of writing mockumentary comedy, “One of the advantages is that you can see what the other characters are thinking about their peers. You can get them to talk shit about other characters. It’s away to get away with backhanded exposition.”

Tune in every Friday @ 10am PST on http://popcorntalknetwork.com/ for more table reads, and exclusive writer interviews!

In the meantime, check out this week’s show below!

Kat McNamara Teases the Shadowhunters Action Ramping Up in 2B

By: Becca Brown

On Tuesday, Kat McNamara, who followers of The Mortal Instruments series know as Clary Fairchild returned to the studio, cupcakes in hand, to talk Shadowhunters season 2B with hosts Sam Davidson, Dakota T. Jones, and Becca Brown. “There’s something about the show in this half that, I feel like the show’s grown up and it’s really settled into itself,” said McNamara who actually said that the first couple episodes of season 2B are slow episodes compared to later episodes.

One thing’s for sure, the show isn’t lacking anything in the romance department. Clary who thought Jace was her brother for the first half of season two is now in a relationship with Simon. From filming scenes on a bench in front of a green screen to more steamy scenes in bed, McNamara says filming scenes with Alberto Rosende who plays Simon is easy and comfortable no matter what the scene. “Alberto and I have been very close since the beginning,” said McNamara. On filming the steamier scene in bed in episode 12 “You Are Not Your Own” McNamara also said “We literally spent the morning laying in a bed, just chit chatting and then we’re like ‘Oh right, we have to do a scene.’’

In season two episode 11 “Mea Maxima Culpa”, we meet Sebastian from the London institute or so he says, in episode 12 he officially meets Alec, Jace, and Clary at the institute and even helps Clary hone her abilities as a Shadowhunter. Those who read the books, might or might not know a little more about Sebastian than those who watch the show, however McNamara says the audience doesn’t necessarily know anything about Sebastian yet, “keep an open mind, things are achanging — we don’t know what he’s got going on.” So far, Sebastian has given us as an audience no reason to not trust him. He took Izzy under his wings and has become a major help to her as she tries to recover from her yinfen addiction. “He’s helped each one of them in so many different ways and will continue to in future episodes. There’s ways that he sort of infiltrates himself into the core group,” says McNamara.

Another continued storyline from episode 11 revolved around the greater Azazel who switched Magnus’ and Valentine’s minds, causing not only the audience, but McNamara to go through a great deal anxiety while watching Magnus inside Valentine’s body almost get executed, because Alec didn’t believe the switch happened. “My little Malec loving heart had a really hard time watching the episode.” The impressive thing about the switch was without a doubt how well Harry Shum Jr. [Magnus] and Alan Van Sprang [Valentine] played each other’s characters. “He and Harry spent a lot of time together, they got together they talked it out, they rehearsed, they gave each other little insider things of what they do so they could really make this switch worth it.” said McNamara. Because of the almost execution that happened many fans suspect that we’ll see what happened actually affect Magnus. “Yes you will see,” McNamara said on the effects that are to come “It’s actually something that affects not only Magnus, but his relationship with Alec and his relationship with the clave.”

For more news about what’s coming up this season on Shadowhunters, check out our full season two episode 12 conversation with Kat McNamara HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR-QNo8jeY8&t=23s

Smackdown Recap: Tue, Jun 13, 2017

By: Christian Rosenberg
WWE Smackdown was LIT on Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 and the AfterbuzzTV Aftershow was just as Lit! As always, we bring you the exclusive, weekly coverage, right to your eyes and ears!
Money in the Bank is just 5 days away and the WWE Universe is ready to see who walks out of St. Louis on Sunday with the Briefcases!  This outstanding go home edition of SmackdownLive consisted of Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin teaming up to take on their other opponents at the MITB ladder match AJ Styles, Sami Zayn and Nakamura.  We also saw Charlotte take on Natalya in a technical wrestling clinic to hype up the women’s MITB match.  Plus Naomi vs Tamina, 8 man tag match and the return of Zack Ryder!
Listen to us break down this week’s Smackdown Live and give our MITB predictions with hosts Christian Rosenberg, Scott Narver, Tom Connolly and special guest Marc Warzecha.

Casual Is Anything But With Kristina Emerson!

By: Abby Vega

Actress Kristina Emerson joined the AfterBuzz TV Casual after show this week to chat about her guest starring role on the show, as well as interactions with cast and crew on set, including the show’s star, Tommy Dewey and the extremely talented Judy Greer who is a guest star on this season!

Kristina revealed that to land the role, she went and read for the casting director and then learned shortly after that she got the part! She plays the character of Saya, a bitchy employee at the new company Alex Cole (played by Tommy Dewey) works for. Her character appears in episodes 6 and 9.

Judy Greer also makes her first appearance on episode 6 and when asked if she was able to work with Judy she replied, “Yes, I was so excited….She’s amazing…She’s incredible. I think she is so smart…To be able to work with her I felt so honored. I feel like I could learn so much from her.” (31:40-32:18)

Kristina also spilled some behind the scenes insight on how it was to film a particular stand out scene of the episode with Casual’s leading guy, Tommy Dewey. “I felt really bad for his voice. Like, afterwards, I was like go sleep, go drink some tea. It was a lot. I was like ‘should I be yelling more at him? Like I feel like I need to give more because he is yelling so much.’  It was tough, the first couple times I was like ‘let me get the laughs out, let me get the laughs out.’ And then every time he did it, I mean the reactions of everyone were great too.” (35:08-35:44)

Emerson revealed that her experience on the show was wonderful and the vibes on set were very casual, no pun intended. Check out the full interview and aftershow here.

Hosts, Abby Vega, Elisabeth Alfano and Caley Rose are excited to see Emerson show up again later this season!

Check out the Casual after show every Tuesday night at 9:00 PST!

Suzanne Cryer on Silicon Valley Journey

Suzanne Cryer opened up on Silicon Valley Season 4 Episode 7 Review w/ Suzanne Cryer about character development, how the show addresses women in the tech industry and much more!

Link to interview on AfterBuzz TV’s YouTube: https://youtu.be/5kvNTCBVN4U?list=PL6THzna6gLcdJu6kS1XqsgiQpJJZFxmXr

Regarding the development her character in season 4, Cryer offered, “There are certainly similarities between Lori and Peter I don’t think anyone would deny that and you know I think there are people out there that are haters of Lori, or think that I’m doing a horrible job imitating Peter, but which isn’t too bad. What happened is that they wanted that they needed someone in that position because that position was necessary, that VC position, to counter Hooley. However, Chris Welch is just irreplaceable, I think he was doing a career defining performance, he’s still missed, it was a great performance, everybody is still sad. I think they thought to myself they thought they could kill two birds with one stone here, I’m just of course speculating here because no one shares anything with me. I think they could address having more female power on the show and also fill the position without competing and having a man come in.”

When speaking about the gender politics of the show, Cryer had this to say: “It interesting that they get critiqued a lot because in terms of female issue because I think they did a really stunning job of doing some gender examination and particularly this season and have a pregnant woman as a VC and she is just tenacious and ignoring it. And that’s what I love is that the pregnancy and the family is inconsequential. Its background noise, maybe she’s a good mother maybe she’s a bad mother but its none of your damn business.”

She further elaborated on the shows complicated gender politics, offering: “It goes back to the episode she was introduced in and she says ‘I’m being scrutinized from goth within and without’ she’s keenly aware for somebody who lacks all social sense, maybe she has tremendous social sense. She’s bypassing social all things women are trapped all social niceties that women are trapped and probably stymied by she just skipped by them and dispenses with them. I do think that some of it is biological wiring.”

Of coruse, it’s been announced that TJ Miller is not returning for the show’s final season. On this topic, Cryer said, “It’s heartbreaking. I mean listen its really heartbreaking, I think the show is bigger than TJ I think it will be a different show without TJ. it surprising that that mike judge and HBO doesn’t loop me in on the decision making process, given, from my understanding it was a mutual thing and there is no bad guy in the situation. And everyone is sad TJ is sad HBO is sad, there were a lot of things at play, clearly and I am not privy to them and I hope we see him again. I certainly do not rule it out but what the hell do it know. Not much. But Its heartbreaking because I love working with him and also on a personal note. TJ was really kind to me after entering after a season of a show after a season he was understanding and kind and supportive.

Finally, she discussed the changing nature of Hollywood media. “[TJ] is creating projects and he’s doing all this kind of stuff. All of the guys work a lot and they are all busy. It is so different now, young people, I’m like ‘just go to auditions, work and then leave’ everybody is generating stuff and it is just different, I find it exhausting just even hearing about it.  They talk about their schedules and what they are doing between doing standup and improv and writing projects and I’m just like ‘oh my lord and I can barely get dinner made for the children and I can barely show up to work with my face”.

Tune in at 4pm PST on Mondays for more exclusive coverage of HBO’s Silicon Valley.

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James Galton, Former President of Marvel Entertainment Group, Dies at 92

By: Lanisha Fisher

James Galton was the former President and CEO of one of the most popular production companies in the industry, Marvel Entertainment Group and has died at the age 92. He was best known for saving the famed comic book company from bankruptcy in the 1970s and introducing “Spider-Man” to a global audience. Galton graduated from Antioch College in Ohio in 1946 and became an accountant. From there he moved up and became president at Marvel Entertainment Group in 1968.

James Galton died Monday surrounded by loved ones at his home in Naples, Fla. According to Variety, his family said in a statement, “He maintained that comic books were a legitimate form of literary expression that deserved respect and he used the medium to bolster social change like energy conservation, civil and women’s rights, child abuse prevention and universal literacy.”

Donations in his name may be made to the Naples Botanical Garden and Literacy Volunteers of Collier County. A private memorial will be held at a later date.

Oprah Talks about the Power of Being Vulnerable

By: Lanisha Fisher

Most people know Oprah Winfrey as one of the most successful African American woman in America. She is best known for her talk shows which started in 1986. One of the best qualities that people loved about her show was the fact that she was willing to open up to her audience, however she did not always know that her vulnerability had its advantage. According to the Hollywood Reporter on their first broadcast, Oprah shared, on their podcast, at what point she was willing to open up. She talks about how she was born in Mississippi and how she was raised by her grandmother. When she was 6 she was sent to live with her mother where she was molested by relatives and acquaintances. And to make things worst she became pregnant at the age of 14 by her uncle who had raped her.

“I had hit rock bottom.” says Winfrey, “I intended to kill myself”. At this point she had moved in with her father. When Winfrey had a miscarriage she thought of it as a second chance at life. At the age of 16 she was able to get her first job in journalism, reading the news for a local radio station. She thought to use Barabra Walter as her muse. From there Oprah’s life has been turning around in the best way possible. She was able to act in her very first major film “The Color Purple.” Then after that she was able to have her very own show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” where she prayed everyday, “God use me and protect me”.

Her mission for this show was to uplift, enlighten, encourage, and entertain. With this mission in mind, she realized durning the show that opening up was the best way to acccomplish her mission. Now the questions are what will Oprah Winfrey do next and how will she continue to change and affect people’s lives in the best way possible.

“UnReal” Delays Season 3

By: Lanisha Fisher

The popular hit show “UnReal”, which airs on Lifetime, has been pushed back until 2018. Star Constance Zimmer who plays Quinn King on the show, tweeted the news, “Here’s to the fans… Hang in there for #season 3 @UnRealLifetime AIRING in the FIRST PART OF 2018” Of course this news went viral, and Constance had to be interviewed in person, where she announced on the Hollywood Reporter that it is actually better for the show to be delayed. “Lifetime has a few new shows that they are adding to their network that they would like to pair with our show.” says Constance, “And I think everybody needs a good partner in crime. We didn’t really have a show to air with us and so waiting is going to be hard because we all thought it was going to be on by now and I know there’s a lot of fans that are very mad and I’m very sorry but just hang in there.”

She ends off comment on a positive note about starting off the new year right, “2017, let’s be honest, has not been that great. So let’s just start off 2018 better with Season 3 of ‘UnReal.'”

Fans have seen Constance interview and has commented non-stop. Some are still bummed out to the idea of waiting, while others share their excitement for the show. Asma Azmat Shaikh tweets “Well I’m sure it will be worth the wait.” and Ranveer Lochab tweets, “So excited for @UnRealLifetime @ShiriAppleby you guys are worth the wait! Because I know your acting will be INCREDIBLE!!” Will the wait be worth it? We’ll all see in fall of 2018.

Complete List of 2017 Tony Award Winners!

By: Briana Phipps

The 71st Annual Tony Awards were held Sunday night in New York City and broadcast by CBS, with host Kevin Spacey helping stage luminaries hand out trophies for the best that Broadway has to offer.

With no play or musical ready to dominate like clear-winner Hamilton did last year, it was mostly up to a few favorites: Dear Evan Hansen, Oslo, and Hello Dolly! to take home the big prizes in their respective categories. And for the most part they did; Dear Evan Hansen won five awards, including Best Musicalto be the big winner of the night. And somewhere, Bette Midler is still giving her acceptance speech.

Here’s the full list of winners.

Best Play: Oslo

Best Musical: Dear Evan Hansen

Best Revival of a Play: Jitney

Best Revival of a Musical: Hello, Dolly!

Best Book of a Musical: Steven Levenson, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Kevin Kline, Present Laughter

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Michael Aronov, Oslo

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Scenic Design of a Play: Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong

Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Best Costume Design of a Play: Jane Greenwood, The Little Foxes

Best Costume Design of a Musical: Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!

Best Lighting Design of a Play: Christopher Akerlind, Indecent

Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Best Direction of a Play: Rebecca Taichman, Indecent

Best Direction of a Musical: Christopher Ashley, Come From Away

Best Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand

Best Orchestrations: Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan Hansen

Lifetime Achievement Award: James Earl Jones

Special Tony Award: Gareth Fry, Pete Malkin

Regional Theatre Tony Award: Dallas Theater Center

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award: Baayork Lee

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater: Nina Lannan, Alan Wasser

‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Production Suspended Over Alleged Misconduct

By: Taylor Gates

According to Warner Bros., production on the fourth season of ABC’s ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ has been temporarily suspended due to misconduct.

“We are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations,” the company said in a statement. “Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action.” WB did not elaborate on the details of these allegations.

Reporter Reality Steve tweeted that the cast was told they were being flown into Houston from Mexico and had no idea what was going on. The series only recently began filming and was set to premiere August 8th. The network announced the first 16 cast members just last week, including Corinne Olympios, Raven Gates, Alexis Waters, Amanda Stanton, and DeMario Jackson. However, the show introduces new contestants every week in order to add a new dynamic to developing relationships.

Three couples got engaged last season, though only Carly Waddell and Evan Bass are still planning to tie the knot.

‘This Is Us’ Cast Reveals How the Show Has Impacted Them

By: Marina Varano

“This Is Us” the show that undoubtedly has all of us in tears week after week.

What’s even more amazing than the magic that this cast is able to create, is how deeply passionate they are themselves about these life stories.

One of the main characters of the show, Justin Hartley, stated in an interview, “After I watched the pilot, I said this show’s gonna change people’s lives. And I didn’t know I was talking about me at the time… And then I realized after a while, no it’s my life. This is really changing my life. It changes the way that I listen to my daughter and the way I respond to what she says, and I like to think I’m a better father because of the show.”

Are you crying yet? It gets even more heartfelt.

Susan Kelechi Watson, who plays the wife of one of the main character explains how the show has taught her how important being vulnerable is. She explains, “I think I’ve learned a little bit about vulnerability, that it’s OK to sit in a vulnerable moment and be there with somebody in a vulnerable moment and just let it be that…It is what it is, it’s an open wound, and we can sit here and be in it together.”

Okay, now you are free to grab your tissues.

Suzanne Cryer Talks About Her Character Development, How the Show Addresses Women in the Tech Industry & More on AfterBuzz TV’s ‘Silicon Valley’ AfterShow!

By: Ali Amarashi

Suzanne Cryer stopped by the AfterBuzz TV studio’s to talk about Silicon Valley season 4 episode 7 and let us know some things concerning her character on the show as well TJ Miller and being a women in the entertainment industry.

SUZANNE CRYER TALKS HOW HER CHARACTER LORI BREEN WAS DEVELOPED

https://youtu.be/5kvNTCBVN4U?t=3m36s

“There are certainly similarities between Lori and Peter I don’t think anyone would deny that and you know I think there are people out there that are haters of Lori, or think that I’m doing a horrible job imitating Peter, but which isn’t too bad. What happened is that they wanted that they needed someone in that position because that position was necessary, that VC position, to counter Hooley. However, Chris Welch is just irreplaceable, I think he was doing a career defining performance, he’s still missed, it was a great performance, everybody is still sad. I think they thought to myself they thought they could kill two birds with one stone here, I’m just of course speculating here because no one shares anything with me. I think they could address having more female power on the show and also fill the position without competing and having a man come in.”

 

SUZANNE SPEAKS ABOUT HER CHARACTER’S REACTION TO PREGNANY AND ADDRESSES HOW THE SHOW DEAL FACES GENDER POLITICS EXAMINATION

https://youtu.be/5kvNTCBVN4U?t=10m30s

“It interesting that they get critiqued a lot because in terms of female issue because I think they did a really stunning job of doing some gender examination and particularly this season and have a pregnant woman as a VC and she is just tenacious and ignoring it. And that’s what I love is that the pregnancy and the family is inconsequential. Its background noise, maybe she’s a good mother maybe she’s a bad mother but its none of your damn business.”

 

OPENS UP ABOUT HER CHARACTER SURVIVING AS A WOMAN IN HER INDUSTRY.

https://youtu.be/5kvNTCBVN4U?t=12m32s

“It goes back to the episode she was introduced in and she says ‘I’m being scrutinized from goth within and without’ she’s keenly aware for somebody who lacks all social sense, maybe she has tremendous social sense. She’s bypassing social all things women are trapped all social niceties that women are trapped and probably stymied by she just skipped by them and dispenses with them. I do think that some of it is biological wiring.”

 

SUZANNE ADDRESSES TJ NOT RETURNING FOR A SECOND SEASON

https://youtu.be/5kvNTCBVN4U?t=22m36s

“It’s heartbreaking I mean listen its really heartbreaking, I think the show is bigger than TJ I think it will be a different show without TJ. it surprising that that mike judge and HBO doesn’t loop me in on the decision making process, given, from my understanding it was a mutual thing and there is no bad guy in the situation. And everyone is sad TJ is sad HBO is sad, there were a lot of things at play, clearly and I am not privy to them and I hope we see him again. I certainly do not rule it out but what the hell do it know. Not much. But Its heartbreaking because I love working with him and also on a personal note. TJ was really kind to me after entering after a season of a show after a season he was understanding and kind and supportive.

 

SHE TALKS ABOUT HOW THE INDUSTRY HAS CHANGED SINCE SHE STARTED AS AN ACTRESS

https://youtu.be/5kvNTCBVN4U?t=25m35s

“[TJ] is creating projects and he’s doing all this kind of stuff. All of the guys work a lot and they are all busy. It is so different now, young people, I’m like ‘just go to auditions, work and then leave’ everybody is generating stuff and it is just different, I find it exhausting just even hearing about it. They talk about their schedules and what they are doing between doing standup and improv and writing projects and I’m just like ‘oh my lord and I can barely get dinner made for the children and I can barely show up to work with my face”.

You can see the full interview below and make sure to catch up on our after show and tune in every week Monday’s at 4pm to hear our thoughts on “Silicon Valley!”

Nico Tortorella Opens Up About Biphobia and Wanting to Start a Family on LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters

Interview with Nico Tortorella on LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters

Interview with Nico Tortorella on LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters

By: Jeffrey Masters

In an interview on the podcast, LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters, Nico Tortorella (Younger, Menendez: Blood Brothers) talks about not caring if his sexuality will have an impact on his career, becoming comfortable identifying as bisexual, biphobia that he’s encountered, and his desire to get married and have a family.

Nico Tortorella on not caring about how his sexuality will affect his career:

At the end of the day if there’s some old white guy in the studio that’s like, “We’re not going to give him the part because he f*cked a dude.” That’s OK. I’m never going to work for that guy. You can go f*ck yourself. I’m fine with that.

On biphobia and assuming it equates to promiscuity:

The biphobia that exists, not only in our community, but outside of it, is insane…from people I’ve dated, from strangers to relatives. Yeah. They just think we’re whores. It’s like, “You’re so greedy. You can’t just pick one. You want all of them. This is just a moment before you say you’re gay. You just want to hold onto the idea that you can still be with women.” Like, come on. I’m not doing this for anybody but myself. It’s ridiculous actually.

On craving connection over sex with people:

I feel like so much emphasis in the umbrella of sexuality is put on if I’m physically attracted to someone: am I sexually attracted to this person, can I imagine having sex with this person? And for me, that’s an afterthought to asking, can I care about this person, can I love this person, can I feel really connected to this person? Do I have an incredible exchange of energy with this person? I’m a true believer that love is so blind.

On getting comfortable with the bisexuality: 

I use the term bisexual because I really respect the people that put it in the LGBTQ community in the first place. I’m not going to say fluid just for the sake of it because I respect our elders in the community. That is why I use the term bisexual.

On wanting to get married and still date other people:

I’ve been in an open relationship with somebody in my life for up to 11 years now and we’ve talked about getting married and having kids and what that looks like and dating other people, so all of these things are in the ether. But we’re still figuring it out.

The full interview is available on iTunes and YouTube.

LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters is an interview series that documents the stories of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. Previous guests include Asia Kate Dillon, Ross Mathews, Trixie Mattel, Laura Jane Grace, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Peter Paige, Cleve Jones, and Shane Ortega.

Actress Kosha Patel on How She Was Hired to be on Netflix’s ‘Girlboss’

By: Elysabeth Alfano

Funny and talented actress Kosha Patel joined the AfterBuzz TV Girlboss Aftershow this week to dish on the fun atmosphere on the set of Netflix’s Girlboss. Although she never worked with Charlize Theron or Sophia Amoruso, she worked directly with writer Kay Cannon and Laverne McKinnon to flush out her role as Kaavi, the web designer of the Nasty Gal website.

It was through her relationship with Laverne McKinnon, whom she had met earlier and who knew Patel would be perfect to play Kaavi, that Patel landed the part. In regards to getting the role of Kaavi, Patel said, “I was really lucky! I didn’t even read for [the part]! It all went through my agent and I, like, went straight through. That seems like a great girlboss moment; but, at the time, since no one had seen what I was thinking about the character, I was so nervous. I just wanted to do a good job and do the character justice and match their vision. So, I was so nervous! But Kay Cannon disarmed those feelings.” (13:19 – 13:50)

Patel, who joined the show for episodes twelve and thirteen, said that by the time she arrived on set, the group was already in their groove and that the atmosphere was great. With a special fondness for Ru Paul and a good laugh, she also said that sometimes on set they played dirty charades, changing the letter or a consonant of a movie to have a slightly different meaning, all in good fun!

Co-hosts Dominique Cerita, Candice Daniels and Mina Wahab are all looking forward to a Season 2 of Girlboss, so that Patel can join them again at Afterbuzz TV.

For any questions, please contact co-host, Elysabeth Alfano at Elysabeth@theDinnerParty.tv, 312.391.2883. Here is a link to the show: https://youtu.be/i2_F0wnkQlo

Make sure to catch up on the Girlboss Aftershow on AfterBuzz TV Youtube channel. Live episodes of the Girlboss Aftershow will resume for Season 2 of Netflix’s Girlboss.

Shawne Merriman Talks With ‘The Challenge’ Hosts on AfterBuzz TV!

By: Jenna Bussiere

Shawne Merriman stopped by AfterBuzz TV’s “The Challenge” after show on June 6th to discuss his appearance on MTV’s latest installment of the reality competition series: “The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros.” He talked with hosts Paulina Aguliar, Jenna Bussiere, and Pamela Gross, about what it’s like to become a human hot dog, losing an elimination round to CM Punk, who he’s rooting for in the NBA finals and playing AAU basketball with Kevin Durant.

The three-time pro bowl linebacker also opened up about his homeless childhood in Maryland, and how that inspired him to create his charity, the “Lights on” foundation. “The electricity went off, we couldn’t afford the bills, and my mom lit a candle in the house because we didn’t have lights, and one of the candles had burned through my TV in my room, and burned the entire house down. We were forced to move into shelters, and lived in cars and had it pretty rough growing up.” Merriman played to raise money for his charity on this season of The Challenge.

Merriman was eliminated from The Challenge on episode two thanks to former WWE superstar and current MMA fighter CM Punk. Merriman has openly feuded with Punk since 2007 when the two went at each other on twitter. He told AfterBuzz hosts his side of the drama and how he wished he had a better opportunity to “physically do something” to Punk during the elimination. Lights out Merriman also dropped some hints on an upcoming TV gig he’s working on with George Lopez and Cedric the Entertainer.

Check out Episode 4 of AfterBuzz TV’s The Challenge: Champs Vs Pros after show to hear everything that Merriman had to say!

‘Black-ish’ Star Yara Shahidi will be Joining Malia Obama at Harvard University

By: Taylor Jackson

The beautiful talented actress Yara Shahidi from ABC’s hit show “Black-ish” is heading off to Harvard University.

The 18 year old,Yara was accepted to every college and university she had applied to. Tuesday she posted a photo on instagram rocking a Harvard University Hoodie. That came with a caption that included power quote,“The paradox of education is precisely this ― that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated. ~ James Baldwin #CrimsonPride,” Shahidi wrote.

In Marched the fabulous Shahidi revealed with seventeen magazine that former first lady Michelle Obama wrote four of her letter of recommendation. Similar to Malia Obama,Yara plans to double major in sociology and African American Studies. She is considering taking a gap year before started Harvard to work and be better prepare for her future. The gap year could help ShahIdi with her busy schedule.

In addition to starring as Zoey in “ Black-ish” who is speaking out against social injustices,actively encouraging young women to thrive and working on her very own spin-off show that will explore Zoey’s life at college.

CONGRATS TO YARA SHAHIDI !

Actress Kosha Patel on How She Was Hired to be on Netflix’s ‘Girlboss’

 

 

By:Elysabeth Alfano

Funny and talented actress Kosha Patel joined the Afterbuzz TV Girlboss Aftershow this week to dish on the fun atmosphere on the set of Netflix’s Girlboss. Although she never worked with Charlize Theron or Sophia Amoruso, she worked directly with writer Kay Cannon and Laverne McKinnon to flush out her role as Kaavi, the web designer of the Nasty Gal website.

It was through her relationship with Laverne McKinnon, whom she had met earlier and who knew Patel would be perfect to play Kaavi, that Patel landed the part.  In regards to getting the role of Kaavi, Patel said, “I was really lucky!  I didn’t even read for [the part]! It all went through my agent and I, like, went straight through.  That seems like a great girlboss moment; but, at the time, since no one had seen what I was thinking about the character, I was so nervous.  I just wanted to do a good job and do the character justice and match their vision.  So, I was so nervous! But Kay Cannon disarmed those feelings.” (13:19 – 13:50)

Patel, who joined the show for episodes twelve and thirteen, said that by the time she arrived on set, the group was already in their groove and that the atmosphere was great.  With a special fondness for Ru Paul and a good laugh, she also said that sometimes on set they played dirty charades, changing the letter or a consonant of a movie to have a slightly different meaning, all in good fun!

Co-hosts Dominique Cerita, Candice Daniels and Mina Wahab are all looking forward to a Season 2 of Girlboss, so that Patel can join them again at Afterbuzz TV.

For any questions, please contact co-host, Elysabeth Alfano at Elysabeth@theDinnerParty.tv, 312.391.2883.  Here is a link to the show: https://youtu.be/i2_F0wnkQlo

Make sure to catch up on the Girlboss Aftershow on Afterbuzz TV  Youtube channel. Live episodes of the Girlboss Aftershow will resume for Season 2 of Netflix’s Girlboss.

Afterbuzz TV

With over 23 million weekly downloads from over 150 countries, AfterBuzz TV is an online broadcast network created by E! host Maria Menounos and producer Keven Undergaro. Nicknamed the ‘after-show’ network, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to afterbuzztv.com to watch or listen to a post-game ‘after-show’ for that series. On each AfterBuzz TV after-show an eclectic and knowledgeable mix of celebrities, personalities and industry professionals break down that night’s episode, take calls from fans and interview guests. The network produces over 60 after-shows per week and more information can be found at Afterbuzztv.com.

 

It Seems that Ben & Lauren are Happily Never After

By: Ali Marashi

After hearing the news about the split of famous Bachelor couple Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell, Bushnell is addressing all the rumors regarding the break up. The tensions in the relationship could have started from the on-screen confessing his love for runner-up JoJo Fletcher with the famous lines, “I found love with you, but I found it with somebody else more.”

Lauren never states that this is the sole reason for the breakup, but she told People Magazine that “I don’t think I’ve ever talked about how hurtful that was.”

Even months after she finally was able to watch the show like all viewers at home. She was just as we were when she found out her beau would be confessing to love to another woman as well. As for the engagement, one of the reasons she called it off was because of that very special moment was not solely hers. couples try to make it work, but other times it is better just to let each other go.

AfterBuzz TV Talks ‘Smackdown Live’ For June 6th, 2017!

By: Christian Rosenberg
As always the AfterBuzz TV’s “Smackdown Live” panel is on top of it with all the new news and events from the show, and this week is no different.
The blood is boiling between the combatants of both the male and female Money In The Bank Ladder Match as this week’s “Smackdown Live” emanated from Rochester New York and it was full of hard hitting bouts!
We also saw the “Smackdown” debut of The New Day as they took on The Colons.  Plus we got the debut of Lana, AJ Styles vs Dolph Ziggler and for the first time ever, Kevin Owens vs Nakamura!
Make sure you listen to the crew breakdown all of this and more on AfterBuzzTV’s “Smackdown Live” after show with hosts Christian Rosenberg, Scott Narver, Tom Connolly and special guest Denise Salcedo.
You can check out the video below or listen to it on iTunes, make sure you let us know all your thoughts on what went down this week!

Authentic & Zoe Saldana’s Cinestar Create New Interpretation of Popular Israeli Unscripted Series ‘Mothers’

By: Ali Marashi

Authentic Entertainment has been working hand in hand with Zoe Saldana alongside other her sisters Mariel and Cisely have decided to create a new adaption of the Israeli show ‘Mothers’ in US.

The show ‘Mothers’ focuses on various lifestyles of six different women who have different styles of parenting. Moreover, this could be seen as a social experiment or just a view on how motherhood can be interpreted differently and all work for a similar goal.

The show has been extremely successful and has been broadcasted on Italian and German networks. In addition, under Authentic Entertainment, a US production is in the works and plan to meet this week.

‘Mothers’ is made to empower all women from different platforms and unites them under defining motherhood in the modern world. Overall, this show provides insight into how others are brought up and how new techniques can be applied to all lives.

There’s a ‘Misfits’ Reboot in the Works at Freeform

By: Briana Phipps

Missing the teenage supernatural shenanigans of the Misfits? Freeform is about to reintroduce you to your favorite British TV series with a whole new cast of characters. The network has given a pilot order to a new Misfits series.

From the minds of Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, the new Misfits will reboot the original series with new characters played by Ashleigh Lathrop, Tre Hall, Allie MacDonald and Jake Cannavale, Deadline reports.

For those unfamiliar, Misfits followed the story of a group of teenage delinquents sentenced to community service who mysteriously obtain supernatural abilities when a lightning storms hits them on the job. Their abilities range from immortality to time travel to invisibility — just a few of the talents you sincerely hope criminally-minded teens never acquire. The series ran for five seasons in England until it concluded in 2013.

Should this pilot be ordered to series, it would fit in nicely with Freeform’s other supernatural and fantasy-based series like Shadowhunters, Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger and Siren.

Taken Taps ‘Person of Interest’ Alum Greg Plageman as Season 2 Showrunner

By: Briana Phipps

Taken has found its new showrunner. Person of Interest‘s Greg Plageman will replace Alexander Cary, Variety reported.

“We’re thrilled to bring Greg on to run the show,” Matthew Gross, president of EuropaCorp TV USA, said in a statement. “His enormous talent and vast experience with bold broadcast television is a perfect fit. We look forward to seeing what his vision and direction brings to Taken and the Bryan Mills character as we move into the show’s second season.”

When NBC renewed Taken for a 16-episode Season 2 in May, it was announced that Cary would be leaving the drama. The news came amid speculation that NBC was hoping to tweak Taken‘s format to make it more of a procedural, which would fall in line with Plageman’s history.

Plageman was the showrunner of Person of Interest, a popular procedural which ran for five seasons on CBS. His other credits include Cold Case, NYPD Blue and Law & Order.

Jordyn Starr Has A Message to Bullies and Talk About Who She Admires

Written By: Chae’ Jones

Laughter, quirkiness and a genuine love for life are some of  the best things about this star. On “Spotlight On” this week host Chae’ Jones talked with actress, singer, and model Jordyn Starr about her movie “Child Support”, bullying and who she admires the most in this industry.

There are many people to admire in this industry. For some of us they are the reason we want to be in the entertainment or music industry. Role models are important and Starr admires and looks up to Zendaya. Starr had this to say about her idol, “Because she never gives up on what she believes. And if she doesn’t get a booking or if she doesn’t get it, she keeps moving on.”

“A girl I saw was being bullied, and I told the bullies to stop and when the bullies didn’t stop we told a teacher.” Starr said talking about a moment that happened in which she saw someone getting bullied.  Starr does not condone bullying of any kind.  It does not matter if you’re her friend or is someone being bullied. If she sees you bulling someone Starr has this to say, “I would tell the bullies to stop. It’s not right and we can’t have that in our world.”  Truer words have never been more spoken. For any children who have the same mindset as Jordyn, I truly believe our future is very bright.

You can watch the FULL interview with Jordyn Starr  here:

‘The Leftovers’ Has Quietly Revolutionized TV: Spoiler Free Reactions!

By: Jeff Graham

HBO’s 3-season critical darling The Leftovers has a had a strange life. It’s first season, based on the novel by Tom Perotta, was decently well-received, but suffered from dismal ratings. Season two took on it’s own life, astounding critics, with many praising it as the best drama on television, but still, no one was watching the show. When HBO announced the show’s renewal, the show’s cult following was thrilled, and frankly a bit shocked, but both the network and the show-runners announced that season three would be the series’ last.

Last night, the network aired the series finale, and as the reviews roll in, it looks like both fans and critics are satisifed!

Joshua Alston of the AV Club offers, “By making a show so brave and mysterious Lindelof and Perrotta put themselves in a position to create a series finale that is, to some extent, self-validating.”

CNN’s Brian Lowry says  “Those who did hang around for all 28 hours, though, were rewarded with a sendoff possessing levels of clarity, grace and satisfaction that, frankly, seemed unlikely.”

The Ringer’s Allison Herman lauds, “The show blindsided us with stories that felt wildly implausible in one moment and made perfect sense in the next. Just like the tall tales Kevin and Nora trade, even if some parts didn’t add up, the whole clicks seamlessly into place.”

Did you catch the Leftover’s Finale? What do you think?

Erinn Hayes Exiting ‘Kevin Can Wait’

By: Briana Phipps

The second season of Kevin Can Wait is edging closer and closer to becoming a sequel (or prequel) to landmark sitcom The King of Queens, as co-star Erinn Hayes will depart the show.

Hayes played star Kevin James‘ wife Donna, and will not be returning next season, a fact which was first reported by TV Line. This news comes shortly after CBS announced King of Queens co-star Leah Remini would be joining the show full time in Season 2, after a much ballyhooed guest appearance at the end of Season 1.

It’s one thing to write a friend or co-worker off a sitcom, but Kevin Can Wait is about the home life of a retired ex-cop (played by James); so having his wife just up and disappear vastly changes the dynamic of the show. And it sounds like that’s part of the plan: the show is heading in a new creative direction in Season 2, which (clearly) doesn’t leave room for Hayes’ character.

It’s possible (and mind you, this is all speculation) that the final episodes of Season 1 were a sneaky back-door pilot for the new status quo: Kevin briefly returned to his life as a cop, pairing up with Remini’s Vanessa Cellucci.

So will the show morph into a precinct based workplace sitcom in Season 2? Will Remini just move in with James, as if Hayes never existed? Will Jerry Stiller get sucked into the show by the gravitational pull of King of Queens nostalgia by season’s end?

For that news, like Kevin, you’ll have to wait.

Exec Producer Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane of Nat Geo’s ‘Genius’ on Bringing the Show to TV and if Einstein was a Good Father

June 2, 2017

By: Elysabeth Alfano, Co-Host, Genius Aftershow, AfterBuzz TV

Executive Producers Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane (Madison Wells Media’s Oddlot Entertainment) of Nat Geo’s Genius dropped in on the Afterbuzz TV Genius Aftershow with co-hosts Elysabeth Alfano, Zach Silverman, Joelle Monique and Louiza Sharamatyan.

In a candid, on-the-couch kind of chat, Gigi shared how Genius came to be after eight longs years of failure.

Check out some of the best quotes from the interview below!

“We started with this material almost eight years ago when we acquired the rights to Walter Isaacson’s amazing book…We tried unsuccessfully for many, many years to make this into a feature film.  I think It goes to the power of tenacity and of being patient with material because when we started there wasn’t really the robust world for television that there is now.

So, we kept trying to fit it into the mold of a feature film. But, his life as you see…is so enormous, there are so many themes and so many pieces to it and it is in a piece of history that is enormous and fascinating and multi-faceted, so it wasn’t until we started to re-think it after we failed miserably…and we thought about is as episodic television.

Gigi also shared a story from on the set with Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn, both of whom play Einstein, older and younger respectively.  Gigi remarked that both actors saw Einstein very differently when it came to being a father, given their experience with the character and their respective ages.”

They also discussed the meta-commentary elements of the show. “I have to tell you a very funny, sort of inside of baseball – and I may get in trouble, but we were standing somewhere waiting for something and I was talking to Johnny and…we were talking about was Einstein a good dad or a bad dad. I was like, ‘Well, we can all agree Einstein was a terrible father.’  And Johnny got very upset and (said), ‘That’s not true. He was not a bad father. He loved his children.’… He was defending him.  Geoffrey walked by and said, ‘He was a shitty father.’ …The piece of the character that they each held, at such a different time in that character’s life; when you are older, you reflect on things and you reflect on your own weaknesses and the things you wished you had done differently.  When you are younger, you are busy doing the thing you are doing or building the thing you are doing. You are very focused on why you need to do that thing.”

For any questions, please contact co-host, Elysabeth Alfano at Elysabeth@theDinnerParty.tv, 312.391.2883.  Here is a link to the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0j4dAHyp6U&feature=youtu.be&a

Make sure to catch up on the Genius Aftershow on Afterbuzz TV  Youtube channel and tune in every Thursday at 2p for live episodes.

 

Michael Gilvary is On Fire!

By: Jeff Graham

One of Chicago Fire’s key writer-producers, Michael Gilvray, just signed an overall deal with NBC.

Gilvray’s first official produced credit as a writer is 2012’s Transit, an moderately well-received action crime thriller starring Jim Caviezel. He also worked on the writers staff of Breakout Kings. But his first commercial success came in the room of Chicago Fire, a reliable procedural for NBC, and just one in the recently successful Chicago procedural franchise.

This is Gilvary’s first overall deal. He joined Chicago Fire after the embedded pilot, and he ascended ranks from executive story editor to co-executive producer.

“It gives us great pleasure and comfort to know that Mike will continue to be a key part of the success of Chicago Fire for many more seasons to come,” said Universal TV president Pearlena Igbokwe.

Gilvary is repped by ICM Partners, Michael Gaeta and Alison Rosenzweig of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films and Mark Gochman at Gochman Law Group.

Martial Artist Caitlin Dechelle talks ‘Wonder Woman’

By: JJ Jurgens

World Champion martial artist and stuntwoman Caitlin Dechelle received what many would call the best birthday present ever. She auditioned to be a stuntwoman for Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman on her birthday, and she got the role. Dechelle sat down with AfterBuzz TV’s TomGirl host J.J. Jurgens to talk her experience working on the film.

“For a lot of women this is going to be a huge, empowering movie and coming from the martial arts world and being such a woman role model, all these years I’d never think later that I’m going to double Wonder Woman or be a part of that legendary movie,” Dechelle told Jurgens. “To fill a role like this and create who and what she is action-wise it’s…it was such an exciting (thing)… like yes this is going to happen…wow, it was an amazing adventure.” Dechelle credits her martial arts training and experiencing competing for preparing her for this role. “I always try to just stay focused and I know on that day what I have to do. There’s a task, I’ve trained for that task and I make sure I’m as prepared as I can be and then I just go. I attack.”

Dechelle spent six months in London working on stunts for the film and spent time in Italy filming the training scene fights with Robin Wright. Dechelle enjoyed working with such a strong female cast including Wright, Gal Gadot and Connie Nielsen. “Being with all of them was just amazing. When I look at them I most admire them for their skill and what they’ve accomplished and what they’ve done..I admire them for their drive and the direction they go because they’re doing what they love and they’re just so good at it.”

Dechelle has won over 95 martial arts World Championships and has also performed stunts in Furious 7, Teen Wolf and in the music video for Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood.

NBC’s ‘World of Dance’ Premiere Cha-Chas to Impressive Ratings; ‘America’s Got Talent’ Returns Strong

NBC’s ‘World of Dance’ Premiere Cha-Chas to Impressive Ratings; ‘America’s Got Talent’ Returns Strong

By: Taylor Gates

The premiere of NBC’s new dance competition series “World of Dance” cha-cha’d its way to a win Tuesday night. The show, which Jennifer Lopez serves as both a judge and executive producer for, debuted to almost 10 million viewers, 2.4 million of those coming from the 18-49 demo group.

It was the largest broadcast alternative series bow since ABC’s “Wipeout” nine years ago. “America’s Got Talent” also brought in solid ratings for the network. The numbers remained steady from last season, raking in 12.1 million viewers. The show consists of a four-judge panel: Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel. Tyra Banks made her hosting debut for the program.

Trailing behind NBC in total numbers was CBS. A new episode of “48 Hours: NCIS” raked in a crowd of 4.3 million. Fox rounded out the top three with its “Lethal Weapon” repeat and season five finale of “Prison Break.”

What was your favorite Tuesday night show? Tell us below in the comments!

‘Amazing Race’ Contestants talk Strategy, Love and Lessons Learned

By: Nataly Tavidian

This week on the Amazing Race the winner will be announced. Two teams will be eliminated.  Logan, Brooke, Scott and Sara from the Amazing Race Season 29 visited Afterbuzz TV to discuss episode 11.

The boys, Matt and Redmond, were eliminated leaving the final three teams; Team LoLo, Team Scott and Brooke and Team mom and dad remain two will be eliminated tonight on the season 29 finale and winner will be announced!

Underdog team LoLo’s Logan Bauer talked strategy on the Amazing Race at Afterbuzz this week.

Logan Bauer joked, team LoLo lives up to their name and keeps a low profile. “I forget we’re on the show sometimes, that’s why we’re called team LoLo,” Logan said.

Logan said, “We were just kind of under the radar, we said the whole time we were racing that we’re going to be Switzerland. We’re not going to fight each other and we’re not going to pick fights with any other teams.”

Sara Fowler was asked how she was able to deal with Shamir who many viewers viewed as a partner who complained a lot. Sara said she knew going into the race it would be an adventure and opportunity of a lifetime. She said,“I just stayed focused on wow I am so fortunate to be here.”

Brooke commented on fellow contestant Shamir saying “I wanted to let people know we’re all friends. Shamir is great.”  Sara too said, “I love Shamir and at the end of the day we’re all friends.”

Sara said Looking back I she was  proud of herself at how she dealt with it. “I was frustrated but stayed focused and knew it’s out of my hands.”

Scott  Flanary described the challenges in S. Korea saying “This is the first time a leg was not extremely physical in our season of the race. A lot of people have commented that our cast is very physical. I was happy we had indoor tasks. I got to sit down and play video games.”

Brooke talked about the strategy that helped them in this leg. The final teams were speaking with locals when arriving in Seoul she said they heard opinions on taking a taxi or a subway. People were split on the advice. Different people said different things.

Team Scott and Brooke and team LoLo waited for one another for a taxi. Scott says they are an alliance. It came down to a taxi like it normally does on the amazing race.

In episode 11 Scott and Brooke finish in first place with team Logan and London right behind.

When asked what they liked best or learned about their time on the amazing race:

Logan Bauer said, “I liked the experience overall. I’d do it all over again, if there were no cameras or money involved. Seeing the vast differences with the cultures was incredible it made you appreciate people in the world. It was a very educational experience, on top of being this amazing race.”

Brooke Camhi  said, “I wanted to do the show and the race I thought it was a cool experience. “Getting to see this on television, I don’t realize I’m so vocal as I’m going through things. My way of dealing with things was to talk myself through everything. I guess I do it at home too and I don’t realize it. You tell yourself you can’t while you’re doing it. This morning we all went to Crossfit and Sara said I only whispered you can’t like twice.”

Sara Fowler said, “For me it was going into a situation completely unplugged from technology. To really experience different cultures and people.  We knew we would be interacting with 20 strangers so the curiosity that builds when you don’t know anything about these people and go through casting your interest peaks. When you engage with these people you’re actually present because you don’t have the ability to pull out your phone and distract yourself with whatever it may be. It was like the best detox ever. The genuine connections you make given the situation when you’re completely unplugged.”

Scott Flanary said,  “these answers were reflections of everyone’s personality.” Scott said he has been a super fan of the Amazing Race and has been watching the show for 17 years. “Sitting on my couch saying this is what I’d do in these situation. I’m like a bull waiting for you to let me go. I was ready to go. The travel was amazing believe me it was amazing, but I wanted to play the game that’s what I loved most about the experience. Sitting on your couch is very different than being in it. In my interviews I told them I’m going make alliances with everyone and drop them when we don’t need them. It was hard. Look at Logan and I now, we’re such good friends but it was hard. It’s so hard to do   I wanted to play the game I had to stay strong and it was proof I could accomplish that goal.”

Sara and Logan discussed their love story. Sara said she and Logan were attracted to each other from the start.  Sara said, “I thought he was an attractive man but we didn’t have a lot of time to talk. On our flight to Africa it was the first time we talked. It wasn’t until after the race when we all got together to go to Joshua Tree and he and I ended up carpooling together.”

Sara  said “What’s special about us is that we’re so grateful because we realize that our relationship is so unique. That’s what keeps us going and in a state of euphoria everyday, because what are the chances that we met on The Amazing Race and to have that experience and even after that learn more about each other. It’s like waking up on Christmas and a week later getting another present. I really mean it.”

Season finale for The Amazing Race season 29 is tonight.

Marissa Spills Tea on Kyle Afterbuzz TV ‘Abbey’ Aftershow!

Written by: Guinwa Zeineddine

Marissa Faith, one of what happens in the abbey cast members and fan favorite made an appearance on AfterBuzz TV where she joined the show panelists, Sarah Serio, Matt Marr, and Guinwa Zeineddine as she discussed her experience being on the show and some other behind the scene news. 

The one hour conversation with her discussing Episode 3 of What Happens At the Abbey showcased her fun and bubbly personality that we have all seen on the show! With all the drama that happens at the Abbey, Marissa managed to stay true to herself amidst the hot drama and the challenges that comes with moving to LA.

When asked how she felt about Kyle hooking up with another cast member in front of her, Marissa verified, “The fact that he was doing it so in front of me, like throwing it in my face… that’s disrespectful.”

However, the connection we have seen between Marissa and Kyle in the first 3 episodes is no fluff. Marissa exposed a side of Kyle that not many of us were able to see stating, ” One time I lost my sunglasses and I was so upset about them. They were Ray-Bans, they were gold and he goes like, oh Marissa, I found your sunglasses but he didn’t really find them, he just bought them for me.”

Will Marissa and Kyle take it to the next level? or will she be the Lauren Conrad of the show as co-host Matt Marr suggested by finding her own way away from the Abbey?

Stay tuned for more discussions and special guests on After-buzz TV What Happens At the Abbey After Show every Sunday at 10pm PST.

Robert Knepper Talks ‘Prison Break’ Finale at ABTV!

By: Daniel Lindgren

Robert Knepper made an appearance on AfterBuzz TV’s Prison Break Aftershow season finale, where he was interviewed by hosts Daniel Lindgren, Candice Daniels and MJ. Over the course of the 45 minute interview, he provided insight about the filming of the show, how Prison Break changed his life, his personal life, and how he brought his character to life.

When asked about a potential season 6 of Prison Break Knepper said, “I’m torn about it, I don’t always want to be known as T-Bag, but at the same time it (Prison Break) made us and it’s amazing.”
Later he was asked about his audition for the role of T-Bag Knepper said, “I did a lot of stuff with dream work, you write yourself a letter, what would I like me to know about my audition tomorrow for T-Bag, and the word that popped out for me the next morning, the word that I wrote down was charming. That’s all I went on. And I said be charming. Play the opposite . Don’t go in there playing this terrible guy. Charm. Charm the pants off people.”
On Knepper’s reaction to the season finale Knepper said, “It was a numb kind of feeling of going wow I think that’s it and I always feel like I did a good job on parts when I walk away and went I’ve done everything I think I could do. I tried everything. And for an actor that’s a great feeling.”
The interview also touched on his characters redemption, Robert playing a character with one hand, and many more behind the scenes stories.
Make sure to catch up on AfterBuzz TV’s Prison Break after show on YouTube.com.

Olivia Newton-John Has Breast Cancer

By: Jeff Graham

Olivia Newton-John, who was recently been suffering back pain, just discovered that she is actually suffering from breast cancer. As such, she will be suspending her June U.S. and Canadian concert tour dates to battle the diesease.

“I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia,” she wrote.

She will be undergoing a number of “natural wellness therapies,” as well as completing a short course of photon radiation therapy. The Australian singer and actress  “is confident” that she will return to the stage later this year, satisfying her many eager fans.

This isn’t Newton John’s first time dealing with the disease. In 2012, 20 years after she first fought and won a battle with breast cancer, the “Grease” star launched the Olivia Newton-John Wellness and Research Centre in Australia.

Luke Pell NOT Headed To Paradise

By: Jeff Graham

Bachelor hottie Luke Pell made waves during his stint on Jojo’s season of ABC’s hit show The Bachelorette. Many fans were shocked when he wasn’t selected as the follow up Bachelor, instead opening the door for Nick Viall to run the show.

Since then, fans have eagerly hoped that he may join the cast Bachelor in Paradise, but alas, he officially will not be joining the wild show.

“For me, it’s actually something I’m not interested in right now,” he shared in a sneak peek obtained exclusively by E! News. “Obviously, that’s been on the table for a lot of folks that are alumni for at least the last couple of seasons. Just for me, after some discussions, it just didn’t feel right for me.”

Whether or not Pell will join other iterations of the popular franchise remains to be seen. For now, you can check out his music at https://www.lukepell.com/.

Andrea Boehlke joins AfterBuzz TV for a Special Season Recap of ‘Survivor: Game Changers’

Los Angeles, CA – May 26, 2017: Three-time Survivor player Andrea Boehlke made an appearance on AfterBuzz TV last night for a special season recap of Survivor: Game Changers. Hosts Paige Bonanno, Timothy Michael and Domonique Price interviewed Boehlke about her gameplay, the final tribal council, and her thoughts on winner Sarah Lacina.

As host Jeff Probst brought to attention at CBS’ live finale, runner-up Brad Culpepper may have made the wrong move by bringing Sarah Lacina to the Final 3 over Tai Trang.

“Brad and Troyzan both thought that the jury was going to be a lot more bitter than we were,” Boehlke said. “And we were kind of bitter, but we were still going to award the person that played the best game. So it was just a wrong move on [Brad’s] part.”

She mentioned that she, too, might have cast a different vote had the Final 3 been slightly different.

“If it was Brad, Troyzan and Tai [in the Final 3], after the game that Brad played this season, I would have voted for Brad. Which is so crazy and I’m just shocked that he brought Sarah.”

Boehlke is the 7th player to surpass playing over 100 days of Survivor.

You can find Andrea hosting a celebrity pop culture morning show for People on people.com at 8:30a and 11:30a EST.

Make sure to catch up on AfterBuzz TV’s Survivor after show on YouTube.com and tune in live every week Wednesday’s at 10pm

Netflix Orders First Turkish Series

By: Taylor Gates

Netflix has made great strides with its original programing lately. After finding both critical and commercial success with shows like “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards,” the streaming site has pushed for even more fresh, creative content with projects such as a TV adaptation of “Dear White People” and the “Gilmore Girls” revival.

Now Netflix is making history yet again with its first-ever Turkish-language series. The network has given a 10-episode order to an action drama inspired by the rich history and legends of the Ottoman empire. The show will depict a young man who, upon finding out he has special powers, must team up with a group of misfits in order to save Istanbul—and the entire world—from dark forces.

The show will be written and produced in Turkey and is rumored to debut on Netflix worldwide in 2018. It’s almost certain that the series will boost Netflix’s appeal in Turkey considering its fondness for domestic dramas, but it wouldn’t be surprising for the show to find a fanbase outside of its home country as well. Foreign-language programs are becoming more and more popular in the U.S.—Brazilian sci-fi series “3%” and Danish dramedy “Rita” gained a sizable American following after being added to Netflix’s queue.

 

‘The Simpsons’ Skewers Trump With Visit from Richard Nixon’s Ghost

By: Briana Phipps

Courtesy of “The Simpsons,” the ghost of Richard Nixon has offered up a little advice for President Trump: “If you have tapes, burn ‘em.”

“The Simpsons” mocked the POTUS on Friday with a new video short commemorating his 125th day in the Oval Office. It features Vice President Mike Pence scratching off the word “vice” from his nameplate and Trump attempting to squash his beef with former FBI Director James Comey. Trump is laying in a bed surrounded by books including “Two Scoops for Me,” “How to Lose Friends and Piss Off Israel” and “I’m Still Fired” by Bill O’Reilly.

“I want a do-over, I have no tapes, let’s make a deal. You hand over all your notes and I’ll erase the tapes,” the animated Trump said before realizing he contradicted himself. “There are no tapes! No tapes!”

The ghost of Nixon then tells Trump, “Thanks to you, I’m now the 44th best president.”

“The Simpsons” put out a similar video last month for the 100th day of Trump’s presidency, packed with jokes as it delved into the White House, evoking the famous “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween episodes.

Last time, Trump was surrounded by books like “Florida on $10 Million a Day” and “Killing a Good Thing” by Bill O’Reilly. Trump looked back on his “accomplishments” after 100 days. They include “lowering my golf handicap,” boosting Trump’s Twitter following by 700 people, and making it legal to shoot hibernating bears. “My boys will love that,” Trump exclaimed.

Andrea Boehlke joins AfterBuzz TV for a Special Season Recap of ‘Survivor: Game Changers’

By: Paige Bonano

Three-time Survivor player Andrea Boehlke made an appearance on AfterBuzz TV last night for a special season recap of Survivor: Game Changers. Hosts Paige Bonanno, Timothy Michael and Domonique Price interviewed Boehlke about her gameplay, the final tribal council, and her thoughts on winner Sarah Lacina.

As host Jeff Probst brought to attention at CBS’ live finale, runner-up Brad Culpepper may have made the wrong move by bringing Sarah Lacina to the Final 3 over Tai Trang.

“Brad and Troyzan both thought that the jury was going to be a lot more bitter than we were,” Boehlke said. “And we were kind of bitter, but we were still going to award the person that played the best game. So it was just a wrong move on [Brad’s] part.”

She mentioned that she, too, might have cast a different vote had the Final 3 been slightly different.

“If it was Brad, Troyzan and Tai [in the Final 3], after the game that Brad played this season, I would have voted for Brad. Which is so crazy and I’m just shocked that he brought Sarah.”

Boehlke is the 7th player to surpass playing over 100 days of Survivor.

You can find Andrea hosting a celebrity pop culture morning show for People on people.com at 8:30am and 11:30am EST.

Make sure to catch up on AfterBuzz TV’s Survivor after show on YouTube.com and tune in live every week Wednesday’s at 10pm

Nicole Kidman, Sofia Coppola Among Cannes Award Recipients

By: Taylor Gates

After ten days of star-studded movie premieres, Cannes has come to the close and winners of the prestigious French festival’s awards have been announced.

Swedish comedy “The Square” took home the coveted Palme D’Or. The film—which stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, and Dominic West and was written and directed by Ruben Östlund—is a satire set inside a contemporary art museum.

Its victory comes as somewhat of a surprise, as films with humorous undertones rarely win top honors at the festival. French AIDS drama “120 Beats Per Minute” won the Grand Prix while Russian drama “Loveless” received the Jury Prize.

Sofia Coppola is the first woman in over 50 years to take home the Best Director prize and is only the second female in history to do so. Her Civil War-set film “The Beguiled” stars Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, and Nicole Kidman. Kidman appeared in a whopping four projects that premiered at Cannes this year. In addition to “The Beguiled,” she also starred in season 2 of “Top of the Lake” as well as “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” and Best Screenplay winner “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” Kidman herself received the Special 70th Anniversary Award at the festival. Tying “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” for Best Screenplay was Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here,” which Joaquin Phoenix took home a Best Actor award for. Diane Kruger won Best Actress for “In the Fade.” Rounding out the Main Competition winners were Léonor Sérraille’s “Jeune Femme” for the Camera d’Or and Qiu Yang’s “A Gentle Night” for the Short Film Palme d’Or.

‘Hannibal’ Season 4 May Be Back on the Table

By: Briana Phipps

Of all the heartbreaking TV cancellations of 2015, Hannibal was perhaps the most devastating for its hardcore group of dedicated fans. Now though, it sounds like showrunner Bryan Fuller may have put a Season 4 back on the table.

After NBC broke the news that Hannibal would end after its third season, the cast and writers seemed optimistic that they could possibly shop the show elsewhere. In this time of Netflix and Hulu, cancellations sometimes just means it’s time to find a new home for the show, like in the case of The Mindy Project or Nashville.

In the past two years though, there’s been no news that Fuller has successfully pitched the show to any networks. He has, however, pitched it to Hannibal’s leading men, Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelson.

Fuller recently revealed to the podcast Post Mortem with Mick Garris that he’s had talks with both stars as well as the show’s former executive producer Martha De Laurentiis about a potential Season 4. “I have conversations with Martha De Laurentiis… I have conversations with Mads and Hugh. We’re are all excited about the prospect of returning to the story. There’s some hurdles to get through… [But] I just had a great idea for Season 4. There’s an interesting next chapter in the relationship between Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter that would be fascinating to unpack. I’ve shared it with the gentlemen and they’re both keen on it.”

De Laurentiis now heads up Fuller’s American Gods on Starz, which would be an ideal destination for a gory, mind-melding show like Hannibal.

For now, we’ll all have to sit on our hands while Fuller and De Laurentiis try to make it work, but if there was ever a show that could rise from the dead after years in limbo, it’s Hannibal.

Sophia Bush to Exit ‘Chicago P.D.’ After Four Seasons

By: Taylor Gates

It looks like Detective Erin Lindsay is turning in her badge—it was announced that Sophia Bush will be exiting “Chicago P.D.” after four seasons.

Bush’s departure was set up in the season finale, as it ended with her character receiving a job offer with the FBI in New York. The procedural—which also stars Jason Beghe, Jesse Lee Soffer, Patrick John Flueger, and Marina Squerciati—is one of three Chicago-set shows currently airing on NBC, the others being “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago Med.”

The newest Windy City drama in Dick Wolf’s franchise, “Chicago Justice,” was recently cancelled after just one season. Bush’s exit is not the only change happening within Wolf Films. “Law & Order: SVU” showrunner Rick Eid will be leaving the series in order to take the reigns at “P.D.” Michael Chernuchin, who served as a showrunner on the original “Law & Order,” will succeed him on the Mariska Hargitay drama.

Ellen Outs Nicki Minaj and Nas Relationship R&B’s

By: Taylor Fisher

#1 Barbie Nicki Minaj, was interviewed on popular talk show Ellen where she had to answer some questions that had the audience intrigued. According to Essence, after breaking up with boyfriend Meek Mill in January, Minaj admits she wanted to take things slow with any feature beau by making a vow to be celibate even with Nas.

In the interview, Ellen started off talking about Nicki’s outfit at the Paris Fashion Show. Nicki was wearing a very sexy dress that revealed her left boob with a metal pasty on her nipple. Ellen complimented Nicki’s breast giving her a open opportunity to talk about a very hot topic, Nicki Minaj and Nas Dating Rummors. “I am an equal boob opportunist” says Nicki Minaj, “I love them both.”. Ellen responds by asking, “Does Nas like both of them the same as well?” As shocking as this question came across to Nicki, she was not afraid to give the Ellen the tea.

She revealed that she respects Nas as a Rap Legend and she also reveals that she does in fact have “sleepovers” with him, but they have not done the nasty. After Nicki and Ellen’s humorours conversation, Ellen finally wraps up the topic by asking Nicki Minaj to tell Nas that she said hi. Fans are wishing Nicki Minaj nothing, but happiness for her and her future relationships.

Adam Glick Spills The Tea on AfterbuzzTV’s ‘Below Deck Med’ Aftershow!

By: Laura L Thomas

Guest: Adam Glick, Cast Member

AfterbuzzTV’s Below Deck Mediterranean Aftershow got busy with Chef Adam Glick on Tue, May 23.

The Chef from the second season of Bravo’s Below Deck Mediterranean dished about his yacht crush, Malia, confirming he only had eyes for her while on board and that the two may still be linked even after the ship’s final charter has sailed.

When asked if there were any other ladies whose lips we could see him locking with on the boat (we see a teaser of a quick kiss between him and Malia in the Season 2 trailer), Glick was quoted as saying that there were “not any other ladies,” and later added, “I wanted her lips,” referring to Malia. (ABTV time stamp: 29:45).

Glick also confirmed that he and Malia are still in touch, adding, “Malia’s amazing, we still talk today,” (ABTV time stamp: 2:20). Could there be love in the future for our chef and the red-hot tomboy everyone on Sirocco is crushing over? “You’re going to have to wait and see how we develop,” (ABTV time stamp: 2:14) is all the beans the chef would spill.

With over 23 million weekly downloads from over 150 countries, AfterBuzz TV is an online broadcast network created by E! host Maria Menounos and producer Keven Undergaro, dedicated to producing ‘after-shows’ for favorite TV shows. For more information, please visit afterbuzztv.com.

 

Smackdown on Tuesday, May 23!

By: Christian Rosenberg
Smackdown was lit on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Fortunately, as is the case every week, your AfterbuzzTV Smackdown panel has all the coverage that you need to get through the rest of your week.
Just as soon as we think we’re cooling down from Backlash things start heating up as SmackdownLive gets ready for Money In The Bank!!!  On tonight’sSmackdownLive, we find out that AJ Styles, Baron Corbin, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens and Shinsuke Nakamura will be the ones competing for the briefcase guaranteeing them a WWE Championship match anywhere at any time.
We also saw the Punjabi celebration for the unthinkable new WWE Champion in Jinder Mahal.  Plus we see what might be the final installment of The Fashion Files???
Hear the breakdowns on all of this and more on this weeks AfterBuzzTV SmackdownLive after show Hosted by Christian Rosenberg, Scott Narver and Tom Connolly!

Alexandra Billings: Larry Kramer Asked Me Not to Walk in the AIDS Marches

Alexandra Billings Jeffrey Masters LGBTQ&A Podcast

Alexandra Billings and Jeffrey Masters

By: Jeffrey Masters

In an interview with the podcast, LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters, Alexandra Billings (Transparent) talks about Larry Kramer asking her not to participate in the AIDS marches, meeting Sylvia Rivera, and what it was like when her best friend died of AIDS. 

The full interview is available on iTunes and YouTube.

LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters is an interview series that documents the stories of the LGBTQ community. Previous guests include Asia Kate Dillon, Ross Mathews, Trixie Mattel, Laura Jane Grace, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Peter Paige, Cleve Jones, and Shane Ortega.

Alexandra Billings says Larry Kramer asked her not to march in the AIDS Marches:

“The movement included us, it just did not bring us out. And I asked him [Larry Kramer] once about Act Up. This was when Act Up was new and just bring birthed. And I said, “I really wanna march. I really wanna be in the front lines with you.” He said, “Alex, you can’t do that.” I said, “Why?” He said, “Because they won’t take us seriously.” I said, “I don’t understand what you’re saying.”

It was the same thing that happened in the feminist movement. They didn’t want lesbians in the feminist movement. They wanted housewives in skirts. You know what I’m saying? So the general populist could go, “Oh, they deserve to have equal rights. That makes sense.” But they didn’t want militant revolutionaries in their movement. God forbid.”

Alexandra Billings talks about marching anyways and meeting Sylvia Rivera:

“I did [march]. And funnily, I was one of the few that when we began to picket the bathhouses, and take it to the mayor, and finally, try to get President Reagan to open his eyes, I was with my sisters with our signs. We were in the streets. You have to remember from Stonewall, all the trans people in Stonewall kinda bled over. Sylvia was still speaking. I met Sylvia a couple of times. I did not know them, but I knew of them.”

Alexandra Billings watched her best friend die of AIDS:

“Everyone we knew was dying in the most horrible, unimaginable ways. I see horror films now; they don’t compare with what I saw in the ’80s. I sewed up my best friend in her best sheet when she died, her body because her parents wouldn’t take her. None of her family would take her and hospitals wouldn’t take her. They wouldn’t bury her in a cemetery because she had this disease and we left her body in the ER at the Cook County hospital. Left it there.”

Alexandra Billings’ response when people say they don’t see her transness:

“People say, when they talk to me, “I don’t see your transness.” And I always say, “If you don’t see my color and you don’t see my transness, then you don’t see me.” You see an idea of me. You see the thing through your lens that you want to project onto me and that has nothing to do with me. I then disappear.”

The full interview with Alexandra Billings is available on iTunes here: apple.co/2cmbiLy

‘Basketball Wives’ Cristen Metoyer on Makeovers, Miscarriages, & Misconceptions

By: Taquaila Jackson

Los Angeles, CA  –  Speculation is at an all time high concerning the life of one of the new cast members of Basketball Wives LA. Cristen Metoyer, photographer and girlfriend to former NBA player Joe Crawford, sat down with AfterBuzz TV Host Michelle Madison, Laura Thomas, and Taquaila Jackson to set the record straight about the makeover, her miscarriage, and any misconceptions about her realness on the show.

It all began due to what is now coined, “Makeover Gate”, by AfterBuzz Tv Host Michelle Madison. Cristen makes it clear that “It was a safari. We were walking in dirt…we’re feeding animals. Why would I wear some really expensive shoes to something like that?”

For viewers who thought Evelyn tried to shade Cristen about giving her a makeover, Cristen has Evelyn’s back. In the interview, Cristen states that, “Honestly, we’ve talked about it. Evelyn came to me several times and was like that wasn’t my intention. And just from our relationship and how she had reached out to me prior, on her own; she really was like a big sister and so, I knew it wasn’t from a shady place.” So for all the viewers who thought Evelyn reverted back to “Miami Evelyn”, give her a break!

Want to know how Cristen feels about Saniy’yah Dodson, the Stylist? You just might be surprised. Cristen revealed that, “I feel like her style fits her. You know what I mean? Loud, in your face. Like that’s her style. And I’m not taking nothing from that but that’s just not me.” Since the episode aired, Cristen now feels “bad for the slack that she’s getting. This is the nice side of me. But she did come in like “Oh girl we’re going to get you together”. That’s how it started. But then afterwards, it’s like dig, dig, dig. Then it’s like wait, are we getting me together?”

Rumors are tough to ignore especially when it concerns the life of an unborn child. Bravery is what Cristen exhibited when she addressed her abortion rumor, started by none other than her sister, Aja Metoyer. “For the record”, Cristen begins, “When I went to the doctor, there wasn’t a heartbeat. I didn’t use the correct medical terminology. I didn’t use a D&C (dilation and curettage). I didn’t say that. I said, it wasn’t a heartbeat so I ended up having the abortion procedure. Which technically, that’s what it is.” Sadly, this rumor could put a rift in Cristen and Aja’s relationship; however, we’ll stay tuned to see how this situation develops.

There is no mistaking that Cristen is confident in who she is as an individual. “People say I’m not being myself but like what you see is what you get with me. I don’t know how to be nothing different. My mom taught me, be yourself, if people don’t like you, screw them.”

Basketball Wives LA airs on Monday nights at 10pm. You can follow Cristen Metoyer on social media @Crissmarie.

 

Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel Reunite for Magical ‘High School Musical’ Duet


By: Taylor Gates

As Sharpay would say, this news is simply fabulous!

Ashley Tisdale, who played the glamorous diva, and Lucas Grabeel, who played her hat-loving twin Ryan, reunited ten years after the release of the first “High School Musical” movie to sing a rendition of “What I’ve Been Looking For” that Grabeel arranged himself.

Before the song, they also shared some favorite memories of their Disney Channel days, including going on tour. Grabeel even wore the ring that costar Corbin Bleu gave him as a “High School Musical 2” wrap present to the duet.

Tisdale and Grabeel even dished that, although they weren’t the closest of friends back then, over the years they have grown to love each other and create a sibling-like bond. Since appearing in the massively popular “High School Musical” franchise, both have gone on to have successful careers in the industry.

Grabeel served as a series regular in Freeform’s “Switched at Birth” and Tisdale voiced the character of Candace in “Phineas and Ferb.”

Do you find their duet swoon-worthy? Tell us below in the comments!

James Corden pays Tribute to Manchester

By: Lanisha Fisher

During James Corden’s taping of “The Late Late Show” there was a bomb attack in London Manchester at a Ariana Grande concert. After the taping James Corden received the news and decided to pay tribute to Manchester.

Police have reported that 19 audience members were dead and that there were several audience members that were injured. Corden makes another recording, with no audience, to add on to the show paying tribute to Manchester. He tells all the viewers how amazing the place is and all the great qualities it is known for. “It’s a place full of comedy, and curries and character.” he continues by saying, “But when I think of Manchester, the place that I know, I think of the spirit of the people there.” Thoughts and prayers goes out to all the innocent lives that were there at the concert and to Ariana Grande who took the time to tweet to her fans, “broken. from the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry. i don’t have any words.” James Corden wraps up his speech by saying, “We’ll all go to bed holding our little ones a little tighter this evening”.

Hopefully this tragic event will make Manchester even stronger.

Jost-hannson?

By: Jeff Graham

Saturday Night WHAT!?

Apparently weekend update correspondent and former SNL head writer Colin Jost is hooking up with A-List beauty queen Scarlet Johansson, and apparently, it’s not as new as we think.

News first broke when the two got cozy at the Sat, May 20, 2017 SNL Finale Afterparty where they were sporadically making out in a corner.

“Scarlett and Colin were flirting and canoodling in full view of everyone at the after party, including the SNL cast and crew,” said one guest. “They made out at least twice,” offered another partygoer at the bar.

E! News learned Monday that Johansson, 32, and Jost, 34, had actually been “hooking up” prior to the party. “Saturday night wasn’t the first time,” an insider says. “It’s been going on for a bit.”

Colin Jost is full evidence that funny men know how to snag beautiful leading ladies. Other comics with bombshell babes include the likes Sasha Baron Cohen (married to Isla Fisher), Ben Stiller (married to Christine Taylor), and Kevin James (married to Steffiana de la Cruz).

ABC to Air Live ‘Little Mermaid’ TV Musical this Fall

By: Taylor Gates

ABC is going under the sea!

The network recently announced that they would be airing a live televised version of “The Little Mermaid” this fall. Live televised musical events have been a staple at NBC and Fox for the past few years, and it looks like ABC is finally ready to follow suit with their own content. Unlike its predecessors, however, this TV musical will come with a twist.

Instead of adopting the standard format, ABC’s event is set to mesh elements of the animated classic with celebrity performances to create a live action/animation hybrid. Though casting is still yet to be announced, the network teased that some of the hottest artists in Hollywood would be covering songs from the 1989 Oscar-winning soundtrack. In addition to “The Little Mermaid,” there are several other TV musicals in the works. NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” is set to air Easter 2018, and Fox’s “A Christmas Story” will bow sometime this December. Fox also recently announced an upcoming adaptation of “Rent.”

You can catch ABC’s two-hour “Little Mermaid” special on October 3rd.

Vanessa Bayer Exits ‘Saturday Night Live’ After Seven Seasons

By: Briana Phipps

Just hours ahead of the “Saturday Night Live” Season 42 finale, Vanessa Bayer has announced she is leaving the sketch comedy series after seven seasons. This casting news comes just two days after Bobby Moynihan shared he was departing after nine seasons on the late-night staple.

“Thank you SNL for 7 years of laughs, love and incredible memories,” she posted on Instagram. “It has been a dream come true.”

Bayer also posted an image of a sketch written by Colin Jost, saying “Thanks for this goodbye sketch at the table.”

Saturday night’s “SNL” hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with Katy Perry as musical guest will mark the final appearances for both Moynihan and Bayer.

Bayer had been with the NBC variety show since 2010 where she spent two years as a featured player before being promoted to repertory during Season 38. She is currently the longest-serving female cast member.

Some of Bayer’s most iconic characters and celebrity impressions include Miley Cyrus, Rachel from “Friends,” Jacob the bar mitzvah boy on “Weekend Update,” and Rebecca Stern-Markowicz, co-host of “J-Pop America Fun Time Now.” During her tenure on “SNL,” Bayer was twice nominated for an Online Film & Television Association Award, and earned an American Comedy Award nod as well. She also had a main role in Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck.”

“Saturday Night Live” airs simultaneously on both coasts tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST/8:30 p.m. PST on NBC.

Freeform Orders ‘Black-ish’ Spinoff

By: Becca Brown

With the recent Freeform cancellation of the hit series Baby Daddy comes the announcement of a new comedy show on the network. Black-ish stars Yara Shahidi and Deon Cole will now be the stars of a spinoff called College-ish on Freeform.

As audiences can assume by the title, College-ish will follow the oldest Johnson daughter Zoey to college and her struggle to realize that leaving home and growing up isn’t as easy as she expected it to be. “I never thought they’d let me put Black-ish on the air let alone give me a spinoff. I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to continue working with Yara and the rest of this talented young cast,” said Black-ish creator Kenya Barris

College-ish was originally supposed to air on ABC where Black-ish airs, but it was decided that the show seemed geared more towards Freeform’s younger audience. While there is no confirmed premiere date, it is expected to premiere on Freeform in early 2018. Shahidi will be exiting the show Black-ish and according to The Hollywood Reporter, her exit will in fact be addressed next season. Cole, is expected to continue to star on Black-ish and as well as in College-ish. “Our goal at Freeform is to celebrate the power, possibility and inclusivity of youth culture through our shows,” said Karey Burke, the executive vice president of programming and development at Freeform.

Troian Bellisario’s Pretty Little Liars Directorial Debut Airs on Tuesday

By: Becca Brown

Missed Pretty Little Liars this past week? So did we, fear not though because it’s back this Tuesday and the episode is airing is the episode we’ve all been waiting for as Troian Bellisario who you might also know as Spencer Hastings directed it. The good news doesn’t stop there though, a fan favorite character Wren Kingston, played by Julian Morris is returning to the show. “I got to work with him as a director — I got to direct a scene between Spencer and Wren and it was such a joy,” said Bellisario about his return to the show. Watch a sneak peek Freeform aired on their channel in which Hastings [Bellisario] introduces Wren Kingston [Morris] to Ezra Fitz [Ian Harding] for the first time HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Dn26oQj1pY.

Bellisario also told Rotten Tomatoes that the episode she directed of Freeform’s hit show was a lot of fun for her to direct because it was a character driven episode. In May 9th’s episode the audience of the show saw Aria Montgomery take a dark turn that might make some question her loyalty towards the other liars. Based on what Bellisario said about working with Lucy Hale it seems like there’s more to come with the dark Aria storyline. “I got to work with the girls and particularly with Lucy Hale and take Aria in a direction that was really fun for both of us.”

Knowing that Bellisario grew up watching both of her parents, Donald Bellisario and Deborah Pratt, working in the entertainment industry makes us even more excited to see what this next episode 7×15 of Pretty Little Liars titled “In the Eye Abides the Heart” will bring.

Cheryl Burke Gets Real About New ‘Dance Moms’ Season

By: Jeff Graham

It’s official, with Abby Lee Miller headed to the clink, the Dance Moms franchise has casted a new leader to oversee the girls. Dancing With The Stars professional Cheryl Burke is taking over, and she’s already reflecting on the experience with surprising candidness.

Burke revealed, “It’s going great. The girls are so precious and I feel like they’re traumatized from what has happened with Abby and it’s important for me to still be strict and do what I do, and I expect nothing but the best from the girls but it’s also important for me to make them feel confident about themselves because they’re all beautiful, they’re all talented. They all want to move on and do other things and it’s important that they all have the right head on their shoulders and they don’t ever walk in a room with their head down, feeling like they aren’t good enough,” she said.

 

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