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'Lone Star' Leads James Wolk and Eloise Mumford Book Pilots, David Arquette to Sit Down With Oprah and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 18th 2011 2:30PM
Lone Star, James Wolk, Adrianne Palicki, Eloise MumfordFinally, the critically lauded stars of 'Lone Star' have all found other gigs. Adrianne Palicki was cast yesterday in David E. Kelley's 'Wonder Woman' reboot, and now the other two leads have booked pilots of their own.

The charming James Wolk will play young speechwriter Andrew Pierce in Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Washington, D.C.–set ABC pilot, 'Georgetown.' According to Vulture, the casting breakdown describes the character as a "handsome, effortlessly charming, sophisticated, brilliant, Yale graduate" and "the youngest presidential speech-writer on record."

Eloise Mumford, who played Wolk's sweetly innocent girlfriend on 'Lone Star,' is the first one cast in the ABC thriller drama 'The River.' She'll star as a "fearless helicopter pilot" searching for a missing TV explorer and his cameraman (who also happens to be her father) in the Amazon, according to Deadline.

In other TV news ...

Disney isn't letting the 'High School Musical' franchise die with its cast's innocence, not with 'Madison High' in the works. The new series will follow drama teacher Ms. Darbus as she moves from East High to the titular school to rebuild the drama program there. [Variety]

David Giuntoli will solve mysteries as the handsome detective lead on NBC's 'Grimm.' Like many other pilots this season, the drama's got fantastical elements: characters from the Grimm brothers fairy tales exist, and Giuntoli's Nick Burckhardt is tasked with protecting humans from the beasts. [Deadline]

David Arquette will replace Michael Vick on 'Oprah' next week. The fresh-out-of-rehab 'Scream 4' star will replace the Eagles quarterback, who abruptly cancelled his appearance two days ago. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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'High School Musical': Where Are They Now?

by Kim Potts, posted Jan 20th 2011 2:30PM
High School Musical
It was a mere five years ago, on Jan. 20, 2006, that 'High School Musical' hit the Disney Channel airwaves, making Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens the king and queen of the teen dream set, becoming the most successful movie in the cable network's history, nabbing a pair of Emmys and sparking TV and big-screen sequels, all along the way to becoming a true pop culture phenomenon.

You may have heard what "Zanessa" has been up to post-'HSM,' but, in honor of the original movie's anniversary, we're catching up with what the rest of the East High Wildcats have been doing ...

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Zac Efron Will Join the Dark Side in Third 'Robot Chicken: Star Wars' Special

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 13th 2010 9:40AM
Zac EfronThe Force is strong with Zac Efron: According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 'High School Musical' dreamboat has surrendered to the Dark Side and signed on to lend his golden vocal cords to the third 'Robot Chicken' 'Star Wars' special, imaginatively titled 'Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III'.

A previous 'Chicken' alum, Efron will join 'Star Wars' staple Anthony Daniels (C3PO), 'Community' star Donald Glover and 'The Cleveland Show' regular Mike Henry in their 'Robot Chicken' debuts, while Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) and Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks) will return to reprise their roles from the movies and previous 'RC' specials.

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Disney Channel Sweet on 'Lemonade' Musical

by Harley W. Lond, posted Apr 30th 2010 11:39PM
The Disney Channel is puckering up for what the network hopes is another 'High School Musical'-type franchise: 'Lemonade Mouth,' an original movie based on a novel about five Rhode Island high school students who meet in detention and decide to form a garage band.

Casting for the project, which is based on the 2007 young adult novel by Mark Peter Hughes, is now underway, with Disney hoping for a 2011 release date, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter.

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Disney Hopes Tweens Thirst for 'Lemonade'

by Audrey Fine, posted Apr 30th 2010 12:45PM
With Troy and Gabrielle having been replaced by Edward and Bella in the hearts (and wallets) of gazillions of tween/teen girls, Disney has pounced on what it hopes will be its next 'High School Musical.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the next coming will be an original made-for-TV movie based on Mark Peter Hughes' cult fave, 'Lemonade Mouth.'

The novel, about 5 outcast "freaks" at a New England high school whose chance meeting in detention leads to them form what becomes "Rhode Island's most influential band," has been adapted by April Blair ('Christmas Caper') and will be produced by Debra Martin Chase ('The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,' 'The Cheetah Girls').

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Ashley Tisdale Prepares 'Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure'

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 1st 2010 10:15AM
Fans experiencing symptoms of the dread malady known as 'High School Musical' Withdrawal Syndrome can set down their dogeared copies of 'Tiger Beat,' because a cure is on the way in the form of a movie-sized dose of Ashley Tisdale.

According to Multichannel News, Tisdale is set to reprise her role as drama queen Sharpay Evans in the upcoming feature length telepic 'Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure.' The special, which Tisdale will also be executive producing alongside 'High School Musical' honchos Barry Rosenbush and Bill Borden, is slated for a 2011 debut.

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Ashley Tisdale Goes to 'Hellcats'

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 18th 2010 4:00PM
Ashley TisdaleAshley Tisdale is making her way from the Disney Channel to regular broadcast TV for the CW's new pilot, 'Hellcats' (not to be confused with 'High School Musical's' Wildcats).

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the singer-actress joins Aly Michalka in the Tom Welling-produced series, about a competitive college cheerleading team. Michalka plays Marti, a sort-of bad girl who joins the Hellcats after budget cuts and her mother's irresponsibility cause her to lose her scholarship.

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Nickelodeon Goes to 'Summer Camp': Is it the Next 'High School Musical'?

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Nov 17th 2009 12:00PM
Peter Barsocchini'High School Musical' writer Peter Barsocchini is making the pre-teen rounds, moving from his 'HSM' Disney Channel roots over to Nickelodeon, which has just picked up a half-hour pilot of his new concept, 'Summer Camp.'

Set to begin filming in Malibu next month, "Summer camp, in reality, is an iconic experience for kids," Barsocchini tells the Hollywood Reporter, "and the show is an opportunity to present the comedy and emotion kids experience when they are away from home for the first time."

Barsocchini made a name for himself in 2004 when he wrote 'High School Musical' for his daughter, Gabriella, and her friends, many of whom he named 'HSM' characters after. The sequel became the highest-rated cable broadcast in history, with 17.2 million viewers, and the theatrical 'Senior Year' installment had the biggest opening weekend of any movie musical in history. The series, in turn, launched the careers of Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, among others.

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Disney grooming Wizards of Waverly Place to be their "next big thing"

by Jason Hughes, posted May 2nd 2009 12:08PM
Wizards of Waverly PlaceDisney is doing everything they can to make sure that their target demo of 9-14 year olds can't breathe without choking on the Russos of Wizards of Waverly Place. Other than that, And with Miley Cyrus talking publicly about life after Hannah Montana, whenever that might be, it's time to look to Wizards of Waverly Place's Selena Gomez. As such, Disney has renewed Wizards for a third season and even greenlit a telefilm for the property.

What they really need to do is stream it on Hulu to ensure it is. The kids are online, you know.

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Those commercials for 17 Again really bother me

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 14th 2009 1:24PM
17 AgainI've been trying to figure out what bothers me about the TV commercials for the new movie 17 Again, and I finally know what it is: it's just not believable.

I know, I know, of course a movie that features a 37-year-old man somehow becoming a teenager again through some complicated process (from the previews I think it involves a whirlpool and/or lightning) isn't supposed to be gritty realism, but I'm talking about the cast members.

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Saturday Night Live: Zac Efron/Yeah Yeah Yeahs - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 12th 2009 12:35PM
SNL Zac Efron
(S34E21) When it came to everything unrelated to jazz hands, my expectations for Zac Efron were pretty low. Then again, there was part of me that kept thinking back to Justin Timberlake's first time hosting; he was just another song-and-dance good guy but the enthusiasm and craziness he brought to his performances blew everyone away. Okay, so Efron didn't do as well as Timberlake, but as the evening progressed, Efron seemed to get a little more comfortable and delivered a not-too-cingeworthy performance. Consider that a massive victory.

Here are some video highlights from the evening.

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Jonas Brothers purify South Park, and a Season twelve DVD preview - VIDEO

by Nick Zaino, posted Mar 9th 2009 7:05PM
The South Park-ized Jonas BrothersSouth Park hasn't been too kind to musicians over their twelve seasons on Comedy Central. You may remember the origins of Bono were less than flattering (seem the U2 singer and Mr. Hanky have something in common). Last season, Britney Spears wound up horribly disfigured. And Richard Stamos (brother of John) never hit that high "F."

When the thirteenth season kicks off Wednesday (March 11, 10 PM), musicians will apparently have their revenge. Kenny takes his girlfriend to a Jonas Brothers concert in an effort to get lucky, but has his plans foiled when the band gives them "purity" rings. Can't wait to see what Matt and Trey have in store for the ubiquitous heart pre-teen heart throbs - I'm hoping it will warm the hearts of any parent you had to take their kids to that 3-D movie.

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God help us, another High School Musical

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 3rd 2009 5:29PM
High School MusicalYes, it's back. And once again, it's on the Disney Channel.

High School Musical 4 is returning to its cable roots and being broadcast sometime in 2010 in the House of the Mouse. The new installment will star none of the previous cast. Hopefully all the Zac Efron fans won't commit ritualistic mass suicide over this fact.

I've already written of my opinion on this franchise. My only question is will the lack of original cast simply suck in a new generation who have no associations with the original version and from whom Disney executives will feast on their child brains for years to come, or will it suck like Ace Ventura III (admittedly, I haven't seen this direct-to-DVD gem. I'm just assuming).

Honestly, they should get back one or two of the original cast, just to have a sense of continuity between the two "generations" of the films. It worked for Grease II.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 16th 2009 6:04PM
Jonny QuestHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I didn't even realize that there was a newer version of Jonny Quest. Or maybe I did and put it out of my mind because I never saw it and didn't want it to interfere with my childhood memories of the original. The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest aired in the mid-90s and was voiced by such people as Robert Patrick, John DeLancie, and George Segal. Both DeLancie and Segal did the voice of Benton Quest in different episodes.

  • The Beverly Hillbillies - Season 3
  • Dead Like Me - Life After Death and The Complete Collection
  • The F Word - Series 1 Uncensored
  • High School Musical 3 - Regular Edition and Extended Edition
  • Law and Order: SVU - Season 8
  • Murder, She Wrote - Season 9
  • The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest - Season 1, Vol. 1
  • Sabrina, The Teenage Witch - Season 5

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An item for those who haven't had their fill of Miley or the Jo Bros

by Richard Keller, posted Jan 19th 2009 11:03AM

Haven't had enough of the Jo Bros. Well, you'll have a chance to see more of them Monday night.Admit it ... you're obsessed with the Jonas Brothers (known in the tween world as the Jo Bros) and Miley Cyrus (known in the tween world as -- Miley Cyrus). You wake up in Hannah Montana pajamas, you eat your cereal with your Miley Cyrus spoon, and you make sure you have safe sex with your Jo Bros' IUD. But, you need more to satisfy your craving for Disneyfied bubblegum rock and pop. Thing is, you fear that you have exhausted all of your resources.

Have some faith, slightly creepy one. Fact of the matter is the Disney Channel is watching your back. Starting at 5:30 pm tonight, the network will be premiering the Jonas Brothers' newest video, as well as Miley's first video from her new Hannah Montana movie. If that weren't enough to sustain you, Disney will be broadcasting the Kids Inaugural: We Are the Future concert, which will feature not only the Jo Bros and Miley, but Demi Lovato and Bow Wow (no longer 'Little').

See? Everything will be okay. Now you can get dressed in your High School Musical pants suit and head out to your job as CEO of a multi-billion dollar company.

[information courtesy of Cynopsis]

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