Casting

Twin Peaks Cast

Showtime’s Twin Peaks cast includes original members and newer famous faces

Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival has long been the subject of much Internet gossip, particularly around who would return from the series original incarnation. There was much hand-wringing over David Lynch’s return and the related budget issues, but, for my money, if you don’t have the original Twin Peaks cast members in tow, then you don’t have much of a reboot/revival.

Well, we can all rest assured now as Showtime has revealed the full Twin Peaks cast list, which numbers a massive 217 cast members. Most of the expected original cast members (Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, etc) are set to return including David Duchovny whose memorable season two turn as a cross-dressing FBI agent shot him to fame before The X-Files took hold.

What’s more interesting is the bevvy of famous, non-Twin Peaks faces that decorate the cast list, including Monica Bellucci, Jim Belushi, Michael Cera, Richard Chamberlain, Jeremy Davies, Laura Dern, Balthazar Getty, Ashley Judd, David Koechner, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Matthew Lillard, Trent Reznor, Tim Roth, Amanda Seyfried, Tom Sizemore, Eddie Vedder and Naomi Watts. There’s no word on how extensive these roles will be if anything beyond cameos. The full cast list is included below.

As per usual, the plot and additional specifics behind the reboot have been kept under wraps. David Lynch directs his own scripts which were co-written by Mark Frost. Filming is reportedly complete with the series still targeted to air on Showtime in 2017.

twin peaks cast

twin peaks cast

Drag Race

RuPaul’s Drag Race reveals their contestants for the 2016 season

Last year’s season of LOGO’s RuPaul’s Drag Race felt a bit one-heeled from the beginning. For months it felt like no one heard anything about who was going to be on the show or when it was going to air. Information slowly came out, but it just didn’t feel totally solid. Those feelings are washed away with the arrival of the queens of Season 8 of the drag-tastic reality show.

RuPaul will start serving us platters of fierceness on March 7th.

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Bob the Drag Queen
Bob the Drag Queen

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Chi Chi DeVayne

Cynthia
Cynthia Lee Fontaine

Dax
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Derrick
Derrick Barry

KimChi
Kim Chi

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Laila McQueen

NaomiSmalls
Naomi Smalls

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Naysha Lopez

RobbieTurner
Robbie Turner

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Thorgy Thor

Twin Peaks

After all the drama over Showtime’s Twin Peaks reboot, Deadline reports that original series star Sherilyn Fenn has joined the update’s cast. Currently, only Kyle MacLachlan is confirmed to return to the series, but Deadline‘s report puts Fenn in a major role. Other original Twin Peaks stars rumored to join the reboot include Miguel Ferrer (Agent Albert Rosenfield), Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer), David Patrick Kelly (Jerry Horne), and Richard Beymer (Ben Horne).

Lara Flynn Boyle (Donna Hayward) will apparently not return to the series after declining the 1992 film version as well. She was replaced by Moira Kelly in the controversial and critically derided cult film. Since its debut, however, many high-profile critics have re-appraised it and given it new respect.

Showtime’s Twin Peaks will, however, apparently see an influx of new faces. Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Robert Knepper (Prison Break), Balthazar Getty (Brothers & Sisters), and Amanda Seyfried (Big Love). Director David Lynch returns behind the camera after a highly publicized budget dispute with Showtime. He will direct scripts co-written with original series co-creator Mark Frost.

The Twin Peaks reboot is currently scheduled to drop in 2017, although the Peaks faithful (myself included) are holding out hope for a Fall 2016 debut. There is no word on the series’ plot.

Big Little Lies, one of the more interesting projects coming soon to HBO, has announced the final major members of its large cast. Based on the enormously readable and absorbing 2014 novel by Liane Moriarty, Lies has added Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) and James Tupper (Revenge) as husband and ex-husband to, respectively, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.

The limited run series stars Kidman and Witherspoon as friends and mothers who take a new-to-town single mother, played by Shailene Woodley, under their wing. Bouts of drunken bad behavior, jealousy, and kindergarten mother rivalry eventually lead to murder. The remainder of the cast includes Adam Scott, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz.

With a script by David E. Kelley and direction by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club), Big Little Lies is shaping up to be a big event for HBO and will undoubtedly become a major Emmy player given that high-powered cast, much like its 2014 Emmy-winner Olive Kitteridge. It’s a shame, though, that Hollywood couldn’t have found room for this clever satiric property on the big screen as the story holds enough truth and witty insight to merit cinematic treatment.

Filming is set to begin this January with a potential air date in late 2016.

As if a gift from the gods of television, it was just announced that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be returning to Saturday Night Live to host the annual holiday episode on Saturday, December 19th. The beloved comic duo (who, sadly, won’t be hosting the Golden Globes this year) have Sisters coming out the previous day. You know, something other than Star Wars is being released in December, and I’m sure Fey and Poehler wouldn’t have it any other way.

SNL tweeted the above picture to make the announcement. It wouldn’t be horrible if they took over the writer’s room as well as hosted, am I right? Lorne Michaels should at least have the thoughtfulness to allow Fey and Poehler to kick Colin Jost and Michael Che off the Weekend Update desk to show them how it’s really done.

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It seemed like the Internet was bursting with news greatness today. Here’s a quick round-up of the highest profile announcements, developments, scheduling, and ratings.

  • Reveal: Jeffrey Dean Morgan (WatchmenGrey’s Anatomy) has signed on to join AMC’s The Walking Dead as villain Negan, a major figure from Robert Kirkman’s comic book series. Morgan will reportedly debut in the Season Six finale, directed by Greg Nicotero. Fans of the comic series are well acquainted with Negan’s association with a current major cast member who may or may not be dead. Assuming the character has survived her/his current predicament, things will likely not go well for future interactions with Negan. Lips. Sealed.
  • Ratings: CBS’s Supergirl premiered to a hefty 13 millions live viewers on its October 26 birth. Since then, the ratings have continued to drop, reduced to half of its series premiere audience in its third week. Adding insult to injury, the critically maligned Scorpion actually built on its Supergirl lead-in. All may not be lost for the Girl of Steel as the delayed viewing ratings won’t be available until later in November.
  • Revival: Even though it felt as if it never left, Mystery Science Theater 3000, through media company Shout Factory, is attempting a reboot. Series creator Joel Hodgson has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the comeback. The initial goal is to raise $2 million for three feature-length episodes with an ultimate eye toward $5.5 million for a full-season order of 12 episodes. MST3K has always been a grassroots kind of show, premiering on a local cable station in Minnesota before moving to Comedy Central for six seasons and then on to Syfy for an additional three seasons. It was cancelled in 1999.
  • Renewal: Hardly a surprise to anyone, Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story has been cleared for a sixth season in 2016 by FX. The series remains the highest-rated offering in FX’s history. No word on its new theme – not a shock as Murphy is notoriously tight-lipped – but Lady Gaga has already been approached to return to the series assuming her tour schedule can accommodate filming. Perennially nominated for boatloads of Emmys, AHS‘s current season is running ahead of all previous seasons in the ratings. While its premiere fell second to Freak Show‘s record ratings, Hotel has managed to maintain its ratings far better than its predecessor, running 7 percent ahead in viewers 18-49.
  • Returns: The Fox Network has announced its schedule for the upcoming Winter season. The notable offerings include the final season premiere of American Idol on Wednesday, January 6; The X-Files return on Sunday, January 24, before settling into its Monday night run; the premiere of Grease: Live on Sunday, January 31; and a new night for sci-fi stalwart Sleepy Hollow on Fridays beginning February 5. Deadline offers an in-depth look at the 2016 Winter/Spring Fox schedule.

Well, if this isn’t a sign of bad things to come, then I don’t know what is…

Meet Denise, an ABC marketing executive who Kermit now calls his girlfriend. This comes after Kermit broke up with Miss Piggy a few months ago. Denise will appear on ABC’s The Muppets, which premieres September 22 at 8pm. 

Miss Piggy could not be reached for comment but was seen karate chopping a fire hydrant. 

  

Saturday Night Live has added comedian Jon Rudnitsky as a featured player for its upcoming 2015-2016 season. This is one of the only changes as SNL advances into its 41st season – a good thing considering the massive cast upheaval that occurred heading into the 40th season.

Rudnitsky has performed with L.A.’s The Groundlings, a popular improv and sketch comedy troupe that has for years provided SNL with famous comic talent including Will Ferrell, Will Forte, Phil Hartman, Ana Gasteyer among many, many others. Rudnitsky is well known for his popular You Tube videos, examples of which are included below.

Saturday Night Live kicks off its 41st season Saturday, October 3, with host Miley Cyrus.



After several casting announcements, NBC announced on this morning’s Today show that 18-year-old Shanice Williams has landed the role of Dorothy in its upcoming live production of The Wiz Live!.

Williams won the part after an exhaustive nationwide open casting call. Her previous experience is limited to several years of local theater productions.

Her casting announcement helps round out the high profile cast which includes Queen Latifah (The Wiz), Mary J. Blige (Evillene, the Wicked Witch), and David Alan Grier (Cowardly Lion). The telecast will be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron with Kenny Leon and Matthew Diamond directing the stage and telecast versions, respectively.

The Wiz Live! will air on NBC December 3.

Arguably one of the best actresses working in Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story anthology series, Lily Rabe has officially signed up for its newest incarnation – American Horror Story: Hotel. Rabe will reportedly play a famous serial killer who sets up shop at the titular hotel.

Currently seen on ABC’s The Whispers, Rabe had a smaller role in the first Murder House season but is best known for her later roles as Sister Mary Eunice in Asylum and the tragic Misty Day in CovenFreak Show featured Rabe as Sister Mary Eunice in a brief cameo.

Rabe joins what has become a massive star cast for Murphy’s Hotel, which debuts in the traditional October timeframe. Previously announced cast members include Lady GagaMatt BomerSarah PaulsonKathy BatesAngela BassettEvan PetersFinn WittrockChloe SevignyWes Bentley, and Cheyenne Jackson.

American Horror Story: Freak Show received a series-record 19 Emmy nominations in last week’s Emmy nominations announcement.

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