Maurice Benard to Appear on the Daytime Emmy Awards

Maurice Benard has special plans this Friday…

The 57-year-old Salvadorian and Nicaraguan American actor and General Hospital star is set to appear on the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards this Friday on CBS.

Maurice Bernard

Benard, who has portrayed Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital since 1993, is a two-time Daytime Emmy Award winner, including a win last year in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category.

Bernard joins a presenters and performers roster that includes Kelly Ripa and Ryan SeacrestKelsey GrammerGayle King, Melody Scott ThomasKathie Lee Gifford, Cookie MonsterScott EvansPatrika Darbo, Kevin FrazierWayne BradyMichael Strahan, James ReynoldsJacqueline MacInnes WoodNate BurlesonSunny Hostin and Eric Braeden.

The event’s hosts will be Sharon OsbourneSheryl UnderwoodEveCarrie Ann Inaba and Marie Osmond.

This year, awards in the leading categories will be presented virtually, with recipients and other guests appearing from home. Additional categories will be announced on the Daytime Emmys’ social media accounts simultaneously with the CBS broadcast, with some immediately following the broadcast and others streamed in separate virtual ceremonies on July 19 and July 26.

The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast Friday, June 26, 8:00 – 10:00 pm ET/PT) on CBS.

Categories scheduled for the CBS broadcast include:

Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Entertainment News Show
Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series
Outstanding Digital Drama Series
Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
Outstanding Game Show Host
Outstanding Game Show
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show
Outstanding Informative Talk Show
Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series
Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program
Outstanding Special Class Special
Outstanding Culinary Series
Outstanding Morning Show
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Mariah Carey Returning to Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest

Mariah Carey is getting a second chance…

The 47-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer will return to the scene of her infamous major malfunction in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, agreeing to another performance this year for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

Mariah Carey 

Carey was the victim of an alleged technical malfunction when she appeared on the globally televised program in 2016-17, though her bizarre off-camera demeanor made others question whether sound was the issue. Carey wound up walking around the stage without singing in what many described as a meltdown.

A representative for Carey blamed Dick Clark Productions. saying “production set her up to fail”; DCP called that claim “absurd.”

This year, Carey will take another stab at performing in the New Year’s Eve celebration, taking the stage at 11:45 p.m.

Carey recently changed managers, and the switch to Roc Nation might have prompted the return.

Other performers scheduled to appear include Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland. Britney Spears will appear for a remote cameo from Las Vegas.

NBC Renews Lopez’s “Shades of Blue” for Third Season

There’s more Blue in Jennifer Lopez’s future…

NBC has renewed Shades of Blue, starring the 47-year-old Puerto Rican actress/singer and Ray Liotta, for a third season.

Jennifer Lopez

The announcement comes only two weeks into the police corruption drama’s sophomore run.

Shades of Blue has done okay relocating from Thursday to Sunday, wining its new Sunday 10:00 pm slot. It averages a modest 5.0 million viewers and 1.0 among adults 18-49 in Live+same day, though, in today’s day and age, these are considered solid linear numbers for a serialized 10:00 pm broadcast drama series.

Shades of Blue is boosted by a strong delayed viewing. It adds substantial viewership from time-shifting and video on demand, with the show’s March 5 season premiere growing by 66% in L+3 to a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49, and in total viewers by 2.5 million persons to a total of 7.8 million, accounting for the biggest L+3 lifts of the night on the Big 4 networks.

“We’re so hugely appreciative of everything Jennifer and Ray do, and know it is due to their dedication, as well as the hard work of our incredible cast and producers, that ‘Shades of Blue’ has so clearly and compellingly earned a third-season renewal,” said NBC’s president of entertainment Salke said. “This show continues to mine powerful stories that always leave us hungry for more.”

Harlee Santos (Lopez) is a charismatic single mother and resourceful detective at the heart of a tight-knit crew of Brooklyn detectives, led by enigmatic Lt. Matt Wozniak (Liotta) who often leads the team to step outside the limitations of the law in order to effectively protect their precinct and their own.

The cast of the series, created by Adi Hasak, includes Drea de Matteo, Dayo Okeniyi, Vincent Laresca, Hampton Fluker, Sarah Jeffery and Gino Anthony Pesi.

Showrunner Jack Orman and Lopez serve as executive producers along with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Ryan Seacrest and Nina Wass.

Shades of Blue is a production of Universal Television, Nuyorican Productions, EGTV, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Jack Orman Productions.

ABC Developing a New Half-Hour Comedy for Gabriel Iglesias

ABC isn’t giving up on a Gabriel Iglesias series…

The network is taking a second chance at developing a sitcom starring vehicle for the 40-year-old comedian.

Gabriel Iglesias

ABC has a new half-hour project in development, starring Iglesias, from Ryan Seacrest Productions and CBS Television Studios.

This is not a spec sale; the pitch was bought by ABC late last year and the script will be is in consideration for this pilot cycle. Last year, Iglesias starred in the ABC multi-camera comedy pilot The Fluffy Shop.

Written by Taylor Hamra (Nashville), the untitled project focuses on a commitment-phobe bachelor who reconnects with his friend who has just broken up with the woman he has been with since pre-school. Iglesias stars and executive produces.

Iglesias stars in and executive produces Fluffy’s Food Adventures (previously titled Fluffy Breaks Even) at Fuse.

Moto to Serve as a Presenter at the Creative Arts Emmys

Bethany Mota is about to get creative 

The 20-year-old YouTube sensation will serve as a presented at this weekend’s two-night Creative Arts Emmys.

Bethany Mota

The Television Academy has revealed news that Mota, a former contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, will be a presenter on Sunday night. She joins a roster that includes Lori GreinerErinn HayesMarilu Henner, Jane Lynch, Tyler Oakley, Chris Parnell, Ryan Seacrest and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

FXX will air the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 17.

Mota to Serve as a Presenter at This Weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys

Bethany Mota is about to get creative 

The 20-year-old YouTube sensation will serve as a presented at this weekend’s two-night Creative Arts Emmys.

Bethany Mota

The Television Academy has revealed news that Mota, a former contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, will be a presenter on Sunday night. She joins a roster that includes Lori GreinerErinn HayesMarilu Henner, Jane Lynch, Tyler Oakley, Chris Parnell, Ryan Seacrest and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

FXX will air the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 17.

NBC Hires Lima to Serve as Correspondent for the 2016 Rio Games

Adriana Lima is heading to the Olympics

NBC has hired the 35-year-old Brazilian model and her compatriot and fellow Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio to appear on the network’s late-night coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Adriana Lima & Alessandra Ambrosio

Lima and Ambrosio will appear primarily on Ryan Seacrest‘s after-hours show, which will be largely human-interest and entertainment based.

The bombshells will serve as NBC’s food and culture correspondents for the 2016 Rio Games.

“Adriana and Alessandra are the perfect ambassadors to guide viewers through the celebrations taking place outside of the competition, showcasing the off the field experience for Olympic fans,” said NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell in a press release.

Olympics coverage typically straddles the line between sports news and entertainment, with the expansion into the celebrity space coming into play to appeal to a broader audience beyond traditional sports fans, as well as fill 6,755 hours of coverage.

Lopez to Perform New Single “Ain’t Your Mama” on American Idol Finale

Jennifer Lopez is bringing her Mama to American Idol

The 46-year-old Puerto Rican singer, actress and AI judge will debut her new single “Ain’t Your Mama” during her performance on the Fox reality singing competition’s two-hour series finale on Thursday.

Jennifer Lopez

In a Facebook live chat, the Idol judge not only announced the news, but also offered a little preview of what her track sounds like.

“Ain’t Your Mama” will be available on iTunes right after the finale, which will crown this season’s winner. The three-part finale starts Tuesday night (April 5) with the 90-minute special American Idol: American Dream hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

American Idol airs live at 8:00 pm on April 6 and 7 on Fox.

Former Idols including Jennifer HudsonCarrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson are scheduled to appear on the season finale.

McCreery Returning to Perform on “American Idol”

Scotty McCreery is returning to the American Idol stage…

The 22-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer and former AI champion will return to Fox’s reality singing competition to perform with one of this season’s contestants.

Scotty McCreery

On this Wednesday’s show (Feb. 10) MacKenzie Bourg, Emily Brooke, Gianna Isabella, James VIII, Jeneve Rose Mitchell, Stephany Negrete, Jenna Renae, La’Porsha Renae, Jordan Sasser, Thomas Stringfellow, Sonika Vaid and Avalon Young will each get a chance to perform solo.

The next night (Feb. 11), the semi-finalists will have the opportunity to duet with McCreery, Fantasia Barrino, Ruben Studdard, Caleb Johnson, Lauren Alaina, and Nick Fradiani . Each Idol will duet with 12 semi-finalists, seven of which will move forward to the next round, according to a Fox release.

The Feb. 17 show will feature Jenn Blosil, Amelia Eisenhauer, Trent Harmon, Lee Jean, CJ Johnson, Adam Lasher, Tristan McIntosh, Dalton Rapattoni, Olivia Rox, Manny Torres, Kory Wheeler and Shelbie Z.

The next night they will get their chance to duet with alums Constantine Maroulis, Haley Reinhart, Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Jordin Sparks and David Cook. The judges will then announce which contestants are moving forward and who is going home.

The following week (Feb. 24), the judges will reveal which eight singers are definitely moving forward to the top 10, leaving six remaining vocalists to compete for America’s vote.  The show will go live the next night (Feb. 25), when host Ryan Seacrest announces the results and which two singers will complete the top 10. As a bonus that evening, Kelly Clarkson will return to the show to perform and serve as a guest judge.

Beginning Feb. 24, public voting will be live at AmericanIdol.com, on the FOX NOW app, via Google Search, via text messaging and by toll-free calling when the Idol vote window opens.

Pentatonix to Perform on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest”

Kirstie Maldonado is Square-ing up for New Years Eve…

The 23-year-old half-Mexican, part Spanish-American singer and her fellow Pentatonix members have been added to the list of performers for this year’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest in Times Square, New York City.

Pentatonix

It will be Pentatonix’s first appearance on the annual holiday extravaganza.

In addition to Pentatonix, the list of recently added performers includes Nick Jonas, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Joe Jonas-fronted DNCE.

Additionally, Alessia Cara, OMI and Nathan Sykes will join the fun of the New Year festivities.

In Los Angeles, there will be the West Coast celebration hosted by Fergie and will feature the last performance from One Direction before their indefinite hiatus.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve will broadcast live at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 31 on ABC.