Jewel, you were meant for The Sing-Off.
The four-time Grammy Award nominee has joined Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman and singer Ben Folds as a judge for NBC's singing competition series' recently announced fourth season. Nick Lachey will continue to turn the heat up to 98 Degrees as host of the show while singer-songwriter Jewel replaces Sara Bareilles, who took over for Nicole Scherzinger during the third season but is now stepping out to "focus on her music."
"There are very few musical artists as accomplished and talented as Jewel. Her addition to The Sing-Off judges panel, along with our stellar team of Shawn Stockman and Ben Folds, raises the showmanship of the series up another notch," said Paul Telegdy, NBC's President of Alternative and Late Night Programming. "The musical credentials of Nick Lachey are extraordinary and his continued contributions to the show as host remain a huge asset.""I am so thrilled to welcome Jewel to our expert musical panel," added executive producer Mark Burnett about the singer, who most recently starred in Lifetime's June Carter Cash biopic Ring of Fire in addition to releasing a greatest Hits album.
Here's to hoping the judge lineup is here to stay when The Sing-Off returns in December, because let's be real... these foolish changes are tearing us apart.
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Comic-book nerds and fairytale fanatics unite! Two of ABC’s most highly-anticipated new shows — Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland — are making their fan debuts next month at Comic-Con 2013. The alphabet network announced Thursday that the two fall pilots will head to the convention for the first time, along with the fan-favorite and three-time Comic-Con veteran series Once Upon a Time.
Kicking off the ABC takeover, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will host a panel on Friday, July 19 with creator and Comic-Con legend Joss Whedon and Marvel’s Head of Television and series executive producer Jeph Loeb. If that’s not enough to get your superhero-loving hearts aflutter, get excited because the show will also be spotlighted at the Marvel Entertainment Booth on the Convention Center floor throughout the entire weekend, with special surprises to be announced.
Saturday, July 20 will be an enchanting event as the executive producers Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, of Once Upon a Time and their new spinoff series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, take the stage to showcase all their magical new plans for fall. As if that’s not spellbinding enough, the casts of both series will be on hand to answer fan questions and host autograph sessions. To top off the fairytale invasion in San Diego, fans can catch a ride through the city on one of three specially themed pedicabs: the Evil Queen’s carriage, The Jolly Roger, or Alice’s magical mushroom.
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In this week’s edition of Leanne’s Spoiler List, I decided to shake things up a bit. On Monday, I asked you — the lovely readers of the Internet—to vote for the five shows that you wanted to be featured this week. After thousands of votes I’ve discovered a few things: The first is that the Glee fans will automatically dominate any type of competition or poll. And secondly, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that your votes allowed me to write about five of my all-time favorite shows! Basically I felt like this when I saw the results.
To thank you for your good taste and participation, I’ve packed this week’s list with as many spoilers as I could. I chatted with Andrew Rannells to get the goods on Girls, laughed with Once Upon a Time’s Josh Dallas about his charming new family, and chatted with Glee’s very own Ryan Murphy to bring you your weekly shipper update. I’ve also gathered scoop from the stars of New Girl and Arrow to get you all caught up on the craziness that it coming to your TV screens. Read on for all the scoop from the shows you picked!
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1. Girls: The Best Performance We Never Saw!
In last Sunday’s painfully awkward — and just plain painful to watch — episode of Girls, fans witnessed Marnie’s first attempt to showcase her newly declared dream of being a singer. In case you missed the most horrifyingly realistic performance to ever creep across your television screens, you can watch it here. Was anyone else peeping from between their fingers?
Hopefully Marnie’s singing skills will improve, because as I recently revealed, The New Normal star Andrew Rannells is returning to Girls in Season 3! We all know that Rannells has a flawless voice and amazing stage presence — but does Elijah share these same skills?
To find out the answer, I caught up with the unbelievably handsome Rannells at PaleyFest’s red carpet to honor The New Normal last week. After gushing over the brilliance of Matt Bomer — again — I asked if we could expect to see a Marnie/Elijah duet sext season. Rannells smiled and revealed, “Well you know what’s a bummer is we did one!”
Did you hear that, Book of Mormon fans?! Rannells sang on the HBO hit earlier this season, and somehow it ended up on the cutting room floor. Gasp! “In Season 2 — the first episode back — Allison and I sang a song together,” Rannells said. “We sang a karaoke version of The Wreckers, which is Michelle Branch’s country group. We did a duet.” Apparently this alcohol-induced performance happened only a few minutes before their “two-and-a-half pumps" that took place on the couch.
Is anyone else experiencing a strong case of FOMO right now?! (Psst! That means “fear of missing out” Mom.) Thankfully, the multi-talented actor assures Girls fans that he’s currently campaigning for another duet next season. “Hopefully we’ll get to do something else. If nothing else Allison and I will just get drunk and sing somewhere,” Rannells says with a laugh. Umm, that sounds absolutely amazing! Can we come too?
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2. Arrow: New Island Ally
Believe it or not, we’re about to hit the home stretch, Arrow fans: starting on March 20, we’re going to get 7 amazing, action-packed, jaw-dropping episodes in a row, all the way to the season finale! And if you think the freshman CW drama can’t get any more epic than it already has, then we’re clearly not watching the same show.
When we caught up with the Arrow cast and producers at their PaleyFest event last week, we could barely contain our fangirling long enough to ask questions about the next chapter of the show. Thankfully, star Stephen Amell was as eager as we were to talk about what Oliver does next, especially now that his island self has started to toughen up.
“I’ve become a big sucker for the island," he says. "When we began on the island, I was just laying around in the cave like an idiot, like, ‘Aww I need some fooood.' But I always knew that eventually my spine would begin to form. We’re going to see in coming episodes that things are actually pretty good for Oliver — relatively speaking [on the island], so that means something bad is about to happen.”
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim agreed that the island story is a crucial part of Arrow's mythology, and the addition of Manu Bennett’s Slade Wilson was a success. “We love writing Oliver and Slade together," Guggenheim says. "They are the proto Butch and Sundance. But something will complicate that relationship soon, adding a third element to that.”
Spoiler Alert! That third element is Yao Fei’s daughter, Shado, who we briefly got a glimpse of during “The Odyssey” — when we learned that Fyers was holding her hostage in exchange for Yao Fei’s obedience. Shado is a lawyer (as well as an expert martial artist and archer... hmm, that sounds like another certain lady friend in Ollie's past... cough, Laurel cough…) fighting to free her father from being banished to the island by the Chinese government.
Expect to see the dynamic duo of Slade and Ollie add one more to their alliance when she teams up with them to rescue her father and escape the island But most mysteriously of all, she has the same tattoo of a tiger on the back of her shoulder that post-island Ollie has… Could there be something more between them? Something romantical, perhaps?
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3. Once Upon a Time: A Baby Maybe?
Being forced to save your baby girl by passing her through a magical wardrobe into another realm and then missing out on her first 28-years of existence — followed by a year of not remembering her at all — is not an ideal parenting situation.
In ABC’s hit drama Once Upon a Time, Prince Charming and Snow White have spent the past 16 episodes trying to make up lost time with their darling magic-inclined daughter Emma, and it’s been just lovely. However, many fans — myself included — are campaigning for the stork to visit Storybrooke.
So I caught up with Prince Charming himself, Josh Dallas, last week at PaleyFest, and asked if a new baby is something he’d like to see for his on-screen alter ego. “God, that would be nice wouldn’t it?" Dallas says. “I think that would be a really nice happy ending for them. There are [currently] no talks, but I think it would be a cool way to go.”
That’s not quite true, Josh! In the PaleyFest panel, creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz briefly mentioned that a Charming baby is most likely in the works for sometime next season. All together now: Squee!
Until the Charmings get another royal bun in the oven, their main priority for the next few episodes is looking after Henry. Luckily Neil/Bae’s presence should help take away some of that babysitting burden. Dallas admits that Charming is genuinely happy that Henry has been reunited with his father. “I think on one hand he’s going to be really relieved that there’s going to be a puzzle piece from Henry’s past placed back in there," he says. "So he’s going to sit back and just see what Neil is all about.” Would you like to see Snow and Charming with a baby prince, or princess? Cast your vote in the comments below!
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4. New Girl: Love in The Loft
Nick/Jess shippers, let it be known that something major goes down during next week's episode, “Quick Hardening Caulk.” Jess, hopped up on pain pills, confesses her true feelings to Nick. But how will he react? I’m not telling ...but let Nick himself, Jake Johnson, share how this admission will affect the group's dynamics: "It throws a wrinkle into the mix a little bit, and it kind of takes it to another level."
But while Nick and Jess could potentially heat up, another beloved non-couple (not anymore, at least), cools down. In “Quick Hardening Caulk,” we'll see Schmidt desperately trying to let go of his feelings for Cece now that his ex is engaged. "In a way, there is a cathartic experience that Schmidt goes through involving a fish — that he may think is Cece — and he’s starting to try to come to terms with it," Max Greenfield says.
Schmidt will get back out in the field as a way to get over the one that got away, and "ends up reconnecting with an old girlfriend from college, played by Merritt Wever, who is just the best," Greenfield says. That will last for at least a few episodes, and inspires the gang's virginity-losing flashback episode the cast and producers teased during the show's PaleyFest panel Monday night.
Not to worry, Winston fans! He certainly won't be left out on the relationship front — he's still dating Daisy, although the state of their relationship is up in the air. "His relationship is very patchy," Lamorne Morris says. "His girlfriend is always on a plane somewhere so he doesn’t really have time to see her. It’s more of a convenient relationship [for Daisy] — it’s like I’m in town, and none of my other dudes have picked up their phones, so I’m going to call Winston. That’s what I feel like Daisy’s doing. I don’t even care."
Their relationship should last for a while, though — or at least until the end of the season. "The only reason I say that is because Brenda Song got a new TV show, so she won't be back next season," Morris says. "Hopefully her TV show will last a million years. She's the greatest." Fingers crossed New Girl lasts a million years too!
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5. Glee: Ryan Murphy Tells All
It’s no secret that Glee fans are, without a doubt, an extremely and sometimes overly passionate group — but that’s what makes them so great! According to Glee creator Ryan Murphy, that is. (Bee tee dubs: I totally agree, but you already knew that of course.) When I caught up with the Murphy a few weeks ago, I made sure to ask the showrunner extraordinaire if he ever lets some of the — Hmm, how should I put this? — intense fans influence his creative choices for the show.
“They’re all so intense, are you kidding?” Murphy says with a smile. “I don’t look at is as pressure, I just look at it as passion. I’ll be honest — when I first started [using] Twitter, I was a little unnerved. But [now] I just treat it as a fandom that has a love of things that I’ve created, so why would I think differently?”
And as far as the “original” shipper fandoms go — we’re talking Klaine, Wemma, Brittana etc. — Murphy reminds fans that all couples go through their natural ups and downs in a relationship and there is always an opportunity for reconciliation. However, when it comes to progression in upcoming episodes, Murphy revealed that Finn and Rachel fans should remain optimistic. “Always have hope, I’ve said that from the beginning," he says. "Always."
Bonus Scoop! Here are some other Gleeful goodies we can look forward to: Finn is finally going to find his dreams — and he’s going to discover this inner amazingness in the hallowed halls of college! That’s right, Mr. Hudson is headed to higher education. While I’m not allowed to reveal what his major will be, I can tell you that we will be meeting his roomie very soon!
Also — we’re getting a flashback! In the upcoming episode “Sweet Dreams,” fans will not only be reunited with the lovely Shelby Cocoran — aka Rachel’s momma — but we’ll also get to see 5-year-old Rachel! Fingers crossed they make Reindeer sweaters for little ones. Also, one member of the New Directions will take their crack at songwriting — and I anticipate it to be very Taylor Swift-y. (Pssst! Meaning it’ll be about boys…)
Are you excited for the upcoming episodes of Glee? Think Snow and Charming should have a royal new addition to the family? Wanna get drunk and sing karaoke with Andrew Rannels and Allison Williams on Girls? Sing out in the comments!
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If you thought fairytales were just a bunch of singing animals and happy endings, then you clearly have not been watching ABC’s hit drama Once Upon a Time. This Sunday’s episode, “The Miller’s Daughter” was a truly enchanting hour of television that left audiences absolutely shocked — not just by who died, but by the twists and turns that led up to this out-of-character murder.
Hollywood.com met up with the cast of Once Upon a Time at last week’s PaleyFest panel to find out how this dark death will affect our Storybrooke citizens — and to learn just how wicked some characters will go. Read on for all the spell-binding secrets below!
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WARNING: There are MAJOR spoilers from Sunday’s episode of Once Upon a Time ahead. Read on at your own risk.
In Sunday night’s episode, fans watched as the fairest of them all — Snow White — used a candle filled with dark magic to save Rumplestilskin’s life. However, as we know all too well, all magic comes with a price. In order to save Rumple from the kiss of death and protect her family from impending evil, Snow used the candle to curse Cora's heart instead. According to actress Ginnifer Goodwin, her decision will have lasting consequences.
“Snow White is forced to face a part of herself that she did not know existed, and it will really color her confidence in a very dark way.” Goodwin says. “It shakes her very identity and her self-definition.”
Snow used her kind face and sweet words as a façade to trick Regina into placing the secretly cursed heart back into her mother’s body. At the very last second, Snow’s guilty conscience caught up with her and she tried to stop Regina, but it was too late — Cora is dead, Regina is furious, and Snow has made her first kill.
Once Upon a Time creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis said that their decision to have Snow inadvertently murder Cora was something that they’ve been planning for a long time. Kitsis explains, “When Regina sat down with Snow and said, ‘What did good get me? Dinner with a bunch of people who will never forgive me?’ Snow then starts to think, ‘Had I killed her, had I not given her so many chances, maybe my dad would be alive — maybe I would have seen my daughter grow up. I’m tired of being good.’”
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Of course, for someone as pure as Snow, a turn to the dark side won't sit easy. "Now it becomes, what are the ramifications?" Kitsis says. "In a lot of ways Snow and Regina have the same arc this season. They’re both trying to put their family back together and they’re both trying to heal their hearts.”
And now it looks like Snow will need to heal her relationship as well. Charming was adamant against Snow’s desire to take someone’s life, and fans will see that her actions cause repercussions for the couple. Goodwin explains, “No matter what, when that happens that affects your romantic relationships.”
Prince Charming himself, Josh Dallas, agrees. “It puts a slight strain on [their relationship] because of course he wants the best for everyone — including his wife," he says. "If she’s in a bad way, then he wants to do whatever he can to fix it — to try to get her out of it, or try to do anything he can because that’s his love.”
Unfortunately for Charming, Snow’s off-screen counterpart is looking forward to embracing her inner evil. Goodwin says that she loved seeing a different side to the classic fairytale heroine. “I really hope that I get to explore more and more of that dark sides of Snow White," she says.
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While the Charmings work on mending their relationship, they’ll also need to need to sleep with one eye open —because this is not something that Regina will forgive or forget anytime soon.
The producers stress that whatever progress Regina had made earlier this season is completely thrown aside after the murder. “The gloves are off and she’s on the warpath,” Horowitz says. Kitsis agrees. “If you thought that her attitude toward the secret was bad, imagine being conned into killing your own mom."
The evil queen herself, Lana Parilla, revealed that Regina will stop at nothing to avenge her mother’s murder. “[She’ll go] as far as she can possibly go," she says. "She’s a warrior, she’ll slay dragons if she has to.” Better watch out Stroybrooke, hell hath no fury like an evil queen scorned!
What did you think of the twists and turns in “The Miller’s Daughter”? Do you think Snow is going to fully embrace her dark side? How do you think Regina will enact her revenge? Cast your spell in the comments below!
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It was an afternoon of magic, mayhem, and mysteries as the cast of Once Upon a Time graced the PaleyFest panel on Sunday. The enchanting cast and creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis took the stage to dish bewitching details about what’s still to come in Season 2 of the ABC drama. From time-traveling storylines, to new realms and former flames, Hollywood.com was there to gather all the highlights. Read on for scoop on Henry’s fate, Rumbelle’s awkward love-triangle, Sheriff Graham’s return and much more!
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Journey to Neverland: Kitsis confirmed that later this season fans will be transported to a completely new and different realm that we’ve never seen before. Although he wouldn’t reveal where, fans instantly figured out the puzzle when Horowitz reveald the titles for the Season 2 finale. “The final two episodes of season two they kind of work as a two parter. Part one is “Second Star to the Right” and part two is entitled, “And Straight on Til Morning.” Grab some fairy dust and put on your jammies because we’re headed to Neverland! And let’s just say that Hook is not the only character who’s lived in this forever young land — Bae’s been there too.
Henry vs. The Dark One: As we learned in the final few seconds of “Manhattan,” the seer revealed to Rumplestilskin that one day a young boy will be his undoing, to which The Dark One sneered, “Well then I’ll just have to kill him.” Kitsis explains that Rumple will eventually have to face this fate-filled decision. “We saw when Rumple was last given a choice between love and power he let his own son go, so the question is has he learned anything and what chance does his grandson have?” After Lana Parilla pretended to punch Robert Carlyle in the face for threatening her TV son, Horowitz presented an interesting point, “An is undoing a bad thing?” Perhaps there’s hope that both Rumple and Henry can co-exist without any bloodshed.
Return to The Enchanted Forest: In many of the most recent episodes, Charming has expressed his strong desire to return to their fairytale-filled land. Kitsis confirms that this vision of home is something that our swashbuckling Prince is willing to fight for. “As much as David likes electricity, he misses his sword, and he misses his horse, and he misses his castle, he wants to kill some ogres and he wants to rebuild his land this is something that I think a lot of people could go on board for so we’ll see if that happens.” Kitsis says.
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Captain Swan Scoop: While many fans are dying for this electrifying duo to finally lock lips, there are two people who would be less than pleased with the pairing: The parents. “I’ll let you take this one daddy,” Ginnifer Goodwin says to her on-screen (and off-screen!) beau Josh Dallas. The actor channels his protective father side saying his character would “definitely’ have a problem with a Captain Hook/Emma Swan hookup. Dallas says, “They want to protect her and they love her. They want to make sure that she has a shot at her happy ending,” Goodwin chimed in adding, “I think it would be tricky for her being with someone who shared her baby’s daddy’s mothers bed.” Ooh snap!
Welcome Back Sherriff Graham! Fans across the interwebs have been aflutter ever since it was revealed that dearly departed Sherriff Graham (Jamie Dornan) would be returning to set. The fan-favorite will be returning in episode 17 entitled, “Welcome to Storybrooke.” Horowitz reveals “[This] is an episode that we’re very excited about and we’re going to see the early days of Storybrooke.” Kitsis continues, “It’s the first week of the curse… We are going to get more insight into what it was like that very first week in 1983 what was life like for the evil queen to live in and to figure out this modern clothing.” Parilla was quick to assure fans that Regina will not be rocking a perm in this episode, however we will get to see more about her desires to look into adoption.
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Tootles Belle, Hello Lacey: For those of you who are crossing your figners and toes for Belle to regain her memory, we’ve got some bad news for you. We’ll let Kitsis explain: “Remember when David Nolan was in a coma and he woke up and didn’t know who he was and then all of the sudden one day his cursed personality took over?” Be prepared Rumbelle fans because in episode 19, Belle is released from the hospital but she’s not the same innocent book-loving girl. Get ready to meet Lacey. “She is the opposite of Belle… things are going to get a lot more interesting for Mr. Gold,” Kistis says. Emilie de Ravin also offered her two-cents on the new character: “Racey Lacey.”
Always-Evolving Characters: You may think Snow White is the purest of pure, but be warned Once fans, the characters of Storybrooke always have a chance to change. “I think the interesting thing about our show is that we don’t write all of the good characters completely good, and we don’t write all of the bad characters completely bad.” Kitsis says, “And at the end of the day they’re all searching for their happy endings, it’s just that some of them have a harder path.” Especially our dear sweet Snow. (Hint-Hint!)
What do you think of all the Once Upon a Time goodies we’ve gathered? What storyline are you most eager to see more of? Intrigued to meet Lacey? Cast your spell in the comments below!
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