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'Real Housewives' star joins 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy's NBC comedy project
Apparently, NeNe Leakes made a friend while guest-starring on "Glee" as nails-hard synchronized swimming coach Roz Washington.
According to Deadline, "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy has tapped the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" villain to star in a new comedy pilot he's making for NBC called "The New Normal," about a gay couple and their surrogate.
Leakes will play a character named Rocky, though the report provides no details about the role. According to Digital Spy, "The Book of Mormon" star Andrew Rannells will play one half of the gay couple, while Ellen Barkin is circling the project as well.
"Glee" ends a two-month hiatus on Tuesday, April 10, welcoming "White Collar" star Matthew Bomer as the older sibling of Darren Criss' Blaine. According to TV Line, the brothers will perform Duran Duran songs.
FOX co-chairman Dana Walden told TV Line that Season 3 will conclude with "a very powerful finale when viewers get to see what’s on the horizon for all of these characters that people love so deeply."
"Glee" returns Tuesday, April 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Series continues to stir up the past with 'Echoes' from its Gothic nightclub
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'The Bully Project,' support for veterans and blockbuster films
Schedules subject to change. Original airdate and repeat notation provided when available.
Mon: Kristin Chenoweth
Tues: "The Bully Project"
Wed: latest "American Idol" castoff, Niecy Nash
Thurs: Kristen Johnston
Fri: Miss Robbie Montgomery, Renegade Moms
"Live! With Kelly"
Mon: Kate Winslet, Lily Collins; guest-host Jerry O'Connell
Tue: Ryan Reynolds, Jane Lynch, Sammi Giancola and Deena Cortese; guest-host Jerry O'Connell
Wed: Charlize Theron, Nicolas Cage, Jessica Biel, Abigail Breslin; guest-host Josh Groban
Thurs: Channing Tatum, Anjelica Huston; guest-host Dan Abrams
Fri: Tyra Banks; guest-host Mark Consuelos
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"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
Mon: Jennifer Aniston; "The Skating Aratas" perform
Tues: First Lady Michelle Obama, Daniel Radcliffe; Sara Ferguson
Wed: Channing Tatum, Paul Bartholomew; Sophia Grace and Rosie perform
Thurs: Sofia Vergara; By Big Time Rush performs
Fri: Steven Tyler, Timothy Olyphant; Chris Young performs
"The Rachael Ray Show"
Mon: Brooke Burke-Charvet, John Varvatos
Tues: Christian Slater
Wed: Fergie, Sunny Anderson
Thurs: Tyra Banks, Rocco DiSpirito
Fri: Mystery Taster, Taniya Nayak
Mon: Billy Campbell, Sabrina Soto
Tues: Fran Drescher, Jackie Warner
Wed: Gary Sinise, Lesley Jane Seymore
Thurs: Niecy Nash; Chris Young performs; Miranda Lambert guest hosts
Fri: Reba McEntire
Mon: Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn and Jonnie Penn; Clay Aiken; Lauren Alaina performs
Tues: The Professional, Rachel Maddow, Lionel Richie performs with Little Big Town
Wed: Suze Orman, Shannon Elizabeth
Thurs: Joe Palma, Jane Seymour
Fri: Kerri Glassman, Stanley Tucci
Mon: Woody Harrelson, Carmen Wong Ulrich
Tues: Eric McCormack, Annie Potts, Isabel Toledo
Wed: 50 Cent, Vera Wang, Bone Hampton, Lori Klein
Thurs: Tyler Perry, Abby Lee Miller; guest co-host Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Fri: Ricky Gervais
"The Wendy Williams Show"
Mon: Poppy Montgomery, June Ambrose
Tues: Hill Harper, Tina and Erica Campbell
Wed: no celebs on the docket
Thurs: Shannon Elizabeth, Steve Schirripa
Fri: Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn
Megan and Don's French kiss, Joan's little mister and more highlights from 'A Little Kiss'
- Don does not like surprises. Which is, naturally, an enraging irony for Megan and his colleagues, who only ever know as much about the former Dick Whitman as he's willing to reveal.
- Peggy's still dating that hippie "underground" journalist guy. Yet, still is completely unhip.
- Christine Estabrook is, somehow, as deranged and irritating playing Joan's belittling mother as she was in the role of homophobic realtor Marcy on "American Horror Story."
- Don hates Harry. Now we know why.
- Pete is becoming Don, and Don is sort of becoming Pete. We're all mirror-image mannequins, eh?
- Meanwhile, Bert is apparently a child who eats cake, gets befuddled during political debates, is always the last to know everything and takes orders from Pete. Throw in a Rothko and honorary executive-ship, and it's pretty much the same old Bert.
- Roger likes to smoke around babies, but then again, Joan lets pretty much anyone get their grubby hands on her newborn infant. So long as they're not a sweaty handyman named Apollo who wants to fix her mother's pipes.
- Pete and Roger's war for territory (again, echoes of Don and Roger) is the most entertaining white-collar skirmish this side of "Celebrity Apprentice."
- OK, Megan's pretty hot, and that final, messy tango had us blushing. But Don, oh Don (and Megan, oh Megan), that magic spell will wear off like a fading grin.
- Slow as this show's characters might be to adapt, the world outside is moving and progressing faster than ever before. Soon, Bert might seem like an iconoclast in comparison.
CBS daytime drama marks a very happy silver anniversary
Twenty five years ago, "The Bold and the Beautiful" premiered on CBS, introducing the world to the Forrester, Spencer and Logan clans. The soap celebrated it's silver anniversary with an onset cake party and a rocking private party, but that was just the beginning. The stars also visited "The Talk" and "The Price is Right" and there's still a very special episode to come on Monday, March 26. To top it all off, showrunner Brad Bell previewed big plans for the new year, including his pill popping princess storyline and the show's upcoming Italian remote.
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MSN TV was on set for the cake party, where the new kids were literally hopping with excitement and the veterans couldn't help but feel nostalgic.
"25 years sounds like a lifetime, but it's been a good lifetime of memories and experiences," Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) said. "It's amazing. It's hard to comprehend. I’m proud that I've been here since day one."
Her costar Ronn Moss (Ridge) has also been there since the start, along with Susan Flannery (Stephanie) and John McCook (Eric).
"I remember doing my first scene with Bill Spencer Sr., the original Bill, and being really nervous and excited at the same time," Moss recalled. "I was just trying desperately to remember my lines and wanted to do well. I had this new character and I didn't know where he was going to go yet, but I was in charge of making that happen, which was cool. Bill Bell (show creator) gave me that freedom. So I was making it up as I went.
"Then, after shooting a few scenes of my own, I remember watching Katherine work her first scene," he continued. "She came blasting through the door crying. Her clothes were torn, her hair messy and the cops came in with her. I remember watching that and going, 'Okay, here we go! We're off and running.'''
25 years later, they're still running. In a time when many soaps are being canceled, "The Bold and The Beautiful" remains the most watched daily dramatic serial in the world.
"I thank our fans," Moss said. "They’ve made the show what it is. The fan base around the world helped us transcend a lot of the shows here. Personally, I think they just enjoyed the relationships between our characters. That's what made them keep coming back. Katherine and I can come in and out of a relationship for 25 years and each time, people would say, 'They can't be interested in that anymore.'"
Time and again, "The Bold and the Beautiful" fans have proven that they are. These days, however, Brooke and Ridge are letting the younger generation enjoy the drama. Their daughters Hope and Steffy are battling for Liam's affection and working in the biz, Hope has started popping pills, Rick is canoodling with Amber (again!) and Dayzee and Marcus are newly engaged.
"I like it for a change and it's important for my character," said Lang, who has been known to spend entire seasons in tears. "I'm sure there will be some trouble for Brooke to get into in the future, but it's important that she did learn from her mistakes and grow up. She had to become more of a mom to her kids and be there for them. I like that aspect and I hope it gets more involved. I love having scenes with Kim (Matula, Hope) and Jacob (Young, Rick), my daughter and son!"
There's plenty to come for those characters, but the commemorative anniversary episode, which is airing on Monday due to a preemption earlier this month, is all about where the show started. Don't miss the walk down memory lane.
"The Bold and the Beautiful" airs weekdays on CBS.
Also, Christian LeBlanc visits 'The Talk' in another daytime crossover
"The Talk" co-host and self-professed soap fanatatic Sheryl Underwood seems to be making her visits to "The Young and the Restless" a regular thing. She's set to appear in the soap's 39th anniversary episode on Monday, March 26, and was also just booked to officiate an upcoming Genoa City wedding. First, however, Christian LeBlanc (Michael) is coming to "The Talk" on Friday, March 23. Check out the crossover preview above.
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In the "The Talk" clip above, LeBlanc and the ladies discuss the finer points of guest starring and then Underwood gets surprised with another invite to Genoa City. During his visit, LeBlanc also shares some of his art, so don't miss the episode.
"I've never been a full guest," LeBlanc told MSN TV. "The last time I visited 'The Talk', I just did a bit where I brought some champagne out. I was carrying a full tray of champagne glasses, which I hadn't done since I bussed tables at the Helmsley Palace! They were actually joking about it: 'We're not even making you do chores this time.'"
LeBlanc, who was clearly thrilled to get to sit down at the table, had just as much fun working with Underwood when she came to his set.
"We hit it off right away," he recalled. "She was so nervous. We were doing acting class in the dressing room and she cracks me up. We also got in these fantastic conversations. As an acting person who's funny, it was interesting to come upon acting from the comedian's standpoint, which is where she comes from."
Funnywoman Underwood gets back into drama at "The Young and the Restless" Monday when Michael Baldwin shows up to handle some business with her character, Justice of the Peace Clarice. During Underwood's last run, Clarice married Angelina and Kevin. This time, Michael is visiting her for a mysterious reason related to that faux wedding, and from the sound of the teaser from "The Talk," she won't be happy to see him.
Marital drama and romance are among the many things that make Underwood a soap fan and as you can see, she is over the moon about getting to return for another wedding soon. But this wedding business isn't exactly what she had in mind for her big return when she spoke with MSN TV after her first visit.
"If they ever call me back: fantasy dream sequence. 'Victor Newman if you do not marry me and love me right now, I will destroy your company! Get in the hot tub, Victor Newman,'" she fantasized. "I would be biting him and everything."
Maybe next time ...
"The Young and the Restless" and "The Talk" air weekdays on CBS.