"The Voice" champ Josh Kaufman has landed the lead role in the Broadway debut of "Pippin." Kaufman plays the young eighth century prince, who leaves his familiar surrounding to see what the world has to offer. "It's something I'm really excited about," Kaufman told the Star. "I tend to be the kind of person who doesn't want to do just one thing. I get bored."
The so-called "Untitled Cocaine Project" from producers Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer has been ordered to pilot by TNT. The pilot episode is written by Michelle Ashford ("Masters of Sex"). The show, according to an official synopsis, is a "serialized character drama that brings the audience into the captivating, wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s."
Aubrey Plaza will voice the character of Grumpy Cat in the upcoming Lifetime TV movie "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever." The film centers on Grumpy Cat (a.k.a. Tardar Sauce), who lives in a pet store and is perpetually overlooked by its patrons, until a 12-year-old girl named Chrystal begins to talk to her. The script was written by Tim Hill and Jeff Morris.
Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Darrell Hammond has been tapped to replace deceased announcer Don Pardo. Hammond was a fixture on "SNL" from 1995-2009 and has filled in for Pardo on several occasions. "There were a lot of sweet ideas about carrying on with Don somehow," "SNL" boss Lorne Michaels told the New York Times. "Because everyone has a Pardo impression."
"Orange is the New Black" star Laverne Cox has signed on to produce and host a new MTV special focusing on transgender youth. The special will be titled "Laverne Cox Presents: The 'T' Word" and it will focus on a group of transgender youths ranging from 12 to 24-years-old. "For many of us, the 'T' in LGBT means more than transgender, it also means truth," Cox said in a statement.
Magician Mat Franco has been crowned the newest "America's Got Talent" champion. Franco was the only magician amongst the pool of six finalists, four of whom were singers. He will take the $1 million cash prize and also have his very own headlining show in Las Vegas. "This is just unbelievable. It's outrageous. I can't believe it was me. It all still feels like a dream at this point."
Rumors are swirling that Joan Rivers' personal physician may have snapped a selfie in the exam room of the endoscopy clinic, in which she fell into cardiac arrest days before dying. Reports had previously surfaced that the same doctor was in fact not licensed to practice medicine in the facility at all.
Meredith Vieira has opened up about an abusive relationship in her past. Vieira said she was in her twenties when she was involved in an abusive relationship, explaining, "It started out with, we would have a fight and he'd just sort of grab my arm. You know, I didn't think a lot about it. And then it turned into pushing me against the wall, then it went beyond that . . ."
Pete Davidson ("Guy Code," "Adam DeVine's House Party") has been added to the cast of "Saturday Night Live" as a featured player for the upcoming season. According to Deadline, Davidson was "handpicked" by "SNL" boss Lorne Michaels. Davidson did a recent stand-up set on Jimmy Kimmel during which he revealed that he's a 20-year-old college drop out.
"CSI: Cyber" has cast Luke Perry as a former FBI agent named Nick Dalton. According to TV Line, Dalton was pegged as the head of the cyber crime division, but was eventually replaced by Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette). After a classified falling out, Dalton set his sights on becoming a "futurist" for the private sector.
Martha Stewart has sounded off against actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her GOOP lifestyle brand. Stewart's comments came during a recent interview with Porter Magazine and the queen of DIY suggested that Paltrow should stick to the silver screen. "[Gwyneth Paltrow] just needs to be quiet. She's a movie star. If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn't be trying to be Martha Stewart."
Lauren Morelli, one of the main writers for "Orange Is The New Black," has filed for divorce from her husband after coming out as a lesbian. She is dating "OINTB" actress Samira Wiley. Morelli said that she realized that she was a lesbian after she began to write the story of main character Piper, a bisexual woman who is sent to an all-female prison where she is reunited with her ex-girlfriend.
"White Collar" will have a "shocking" series ending, according to USA president Chris McCumber. He announced the news to Entertainment Weekly, saying, "From its inception, White Collar captured a massive and loyal following, in large part due to the incredible on-screen chemistry between Matt [Bomer] and Tim [DeKay], who deserve credit for one of the most brilliantly performed 'bromances' . . ."
Lauren Conrad ("Laguna Beach") wed lawyer William Tell on Saturday, September 13 in Santa Ynez, California. The pair shared the news to People magazine, saying, "What a perfect way to start our lives together; surrounded by the people we love most." Conrad was joined by nine bridesmaids, including "Laguna" co-star Lo Bosworth.
Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015. The 23-year-old daughter of Russian immigrants performed a rendition of Pharrell Williams' "Happy" (using the cups routine from the film "Pitch Perfect") and spoke about the importance of preventing domestic violence. When Kazantsev plans to become a diplomat and deferred her entry to Notre Dame law school.