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“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” Season 2 Trailer Teases Love Drama, Big Dance Numbers & Rivalries

The drama at East High is about to get bigger in season 2 of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” The trailer for season 2 of the hit Disney+ show just dropped and it’s giving us our first look at some of the dilemmas our favorite wildcats will be dealing with. In the trailer, we learn that the drama department was set to do “High School Musical 2” as the spring musical which makes total sense following the first season. But, with the entrance of rival school North High, things go for a loop. Derek Hough’s character, Zack, makes a grand entrance as the ex boyfriend of Miss Jenn and the drama teacher at North High. He informs Miss Jenn that their school will be competing in the Alan Menken Awards for Excellence in High School Theater Awards. North High is doing “The Little Mermaid” so Miss Jenn changes East High’s show to “Beauty & The Beast.”
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As for Ricky and Nini, we see that Nini finally tells Ricky she got into the conservatory and they’re trying to make long distance work. However, we see a student named Lily set her sights on Ricky telling him “sounds like your girlfriend wants some space. Let me know if you’re looking for one who doesn’t.” Wow, she is not holding back! Meanwhile it seems like Nini is lonely at her new school and missing Ricky and all her friends. We have a feeling this may be like High School Musical 3 where Gabriella had to leave the show early but swoops in at the end…maybe Nini will decide to come back to East High and play Belle. The trailer also teases some big dance numbers and many feature Sofia Wylie’s “Gina,” which makes us so happy because that means she decides to stay at East High. There’s plenty more in the trailer which you can watch above. We are so excited to hear the cast sing original songs, HSM 2 songs (hopefully), and some Alan Menken classics from “Beauty & The Beast” and “The Little Mermaid.” Season 2 of HSMTMTS kicks off May 14 with new episodes Fridays on Disney+. What are you most excited for in season 2?
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Cole Sprouse Reveals If He Ever Watches Old “Suite Life” Episodes in Vogue’s 73 Questions

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Cole Sprouse is the latest star to let Vogue into their space for a 73 Questions segment. The “Riverdale” star gave Vogue’s Joe a glimpse at his pad where he has an amazing view of Vancouver. The video started off with Cole preparing to cook a tasty meal of carbonara and then continued with Cole talking about being a child actor, photography, archaeology and more. When asked if he ever watches old episodes of “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” Cole said “when I’m drunk or feeling really narcissistic.” We have a feeling he’s probably being sarcastic as his next answer is he doesn’t like watching himself. But we’re just going to pretend like he does take a trip down memory lane every now and then. Cole was also asked about the biggest romantic gesture he’s done for someone. “I’m a road trip guy. I like the big sweeping vistas.” As far as the most romantic gesture done for him? “My heart is attached to my stomach. So, any cooked meal, any family recipe, that’s the way to my heart.” He then talked about his traveling and gave his number one travel tip – “Don’t nap on the first day. That’s the big no no.” And when it comes to his favorite role he’s ever done? “I still have a very deep fondest for the Suite Life,” he shared. It warms our heart to know that Cole still looks fondly on the show that made him a household name. While there will probably never be a reboot or reunion for it, we’re excited we still get to see Cole on our TV screens in “Riverdale.” Check out Cole’s full 73 questions above. What celeb do you want to see take on 73 questions next?

The “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” Cast Strike A Pose for New Season 2 Photos

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We are a little less than 2 months away from season 2 of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”! As we eagerly await our first glimpse at a trailer, Disney+ has released brand new promotional photos of the cast. The cast includes Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, Sofia Wylie, Larry Saperstein, Dara Renee, Frankie A Rodriguez, Matt Cornett, Julia Lester, Joe Serafini, Kate Reinders & Mark St. Cyr. Season 2 will kick off May 14 as we see our favorite wildcats take on Beauty & The Beast for the Spring musical. Season 1 left off with a few cliffhangers including whether Nini will tell Ricky she got into the conservatory and whether or not Gina will move in with Ashlyn. In addition, a new romance was budding between Big Red and Ashlyn but now some new characters will be causing drama. If you thought Ricky and EJ were the biggest rivals, think again. Season 2 will introduce us to rival North High who are cutthroat and determined to win the student theater competition against East High. Oh, and North High’s program is run by Miss Jenn’s ex played by Derek Hough. We can already feel the tension. Olivia Rose Keegan, Roman Banks, Andrew Barth Feldman and Asher Angel will also be joining season 2. We cannot wait for season 2 of HSM:TM:TS. What song are you most excited to hear the cast take on from B&B?

Disney Channel Announces Addison & Zed to Return for Intergalactic ZOMBIES 3

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Seabrook has seen cheerleaders, zombies and werewolves. What could be next? How about something out of this world. Disney Channel announced Monday that production is set to begin this Spring in Toronto on “ZOMBIES 3,” the third installment in the hit musical franchise. Meg Donnelly and Milo Manheim are both set to reprise their roles as Addison and Zed. So, what will these star-crossed lovers be dealing with in the third film? Zed and Addison are beginning their final year at Seabrook High in the town that’s become a safe haven for monsters and humans alike. Zed is anticipating an athletic scholarship that will make him the first Zombie to attend college, while Addison is gearing up for Seabrook’s first international cheer-off competition. Then suddenly, extraterrestrial beings appear around Seabrook, provoking something other than friendly competition. That’s right, aliens seem to be coming down to Seabrook and maybe Addison will be one step closer into solving the mystery of her heritage. “After the enormous success of ‘ZOMBIES 2,’ we wanted to raise the stakes in this third and final installment,” said Lauren Kisilevsky, vice president, Original Movies, Disney Branded Television. “So when the ultimate outsiders descend on Seabrook, our team of cheerleaders, zombies and werewolves must band together to face a threat of galactic proportions that may change the face of Seabrook forever.” While it sounds like ZOMBIES 3 will be the final film in the franchise, we’re excited to see what happens with Zed, Addison and the rest of the group. What do you hope to see in ZOMBIES 3?

SXSW 2021 Review: ‘Introducing, Selma Blair’ Gives a Heart-Breaking & Insightful Look Into the Star’s Battle with MS

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When most people think of Selma Blair, her iconic roles in Legally Blonde and Cruel Intentions probably come to mind. Or maybe it’s her quick wit and sense of humor. However, in 2018, the actress announced she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and that is who audiences will meet in her new documentary – Introducing, Selma Blair. The documentary directed by Rachel Fleit premiered on opening day of SXSW Online 2021. While the doc opens with Blair showing off her signature sense of style putting on makeup from “little known artist” Kim Kardashian’s line, it takes a turn minutes later as you see how scary the effects of MS can be. When Blair’s adorable comfort dog leaves her lap, you see how quickly her speech begins to slur and muscle tics and other symptoms overtake her. It really sets the tone of the documentary which is very funny at times but equally heartbreaking as well. The first half of the documentary gives a look into the discovery of her diagnosis and how her everyday life has changed. Simple things like taking out the trash or playing with her son leave her exhausted. We also get a peek into her mindset and her relationship with her mom that really shaped her attitude early on, which was often times very dark. This all leads up to Blair heading to Chicago in 2019 to receive a stem cell transplant where she wrestles with if the treatment will work. Self filmed videos from her hospital bed are intertwined with doctors explaining the procedure as well as more information about MS. The way Fleit is able to capture all sides of Blair’s journey and mix it with a bit of dark humor but also information for those of us not familiar with MS is a triumph. But also, a lot of it rests on Blair who is able to completely let down her guard in a situation most people would likely want to keep private and draws you in with her personality. Honestly, I’d watch a docuseries about the continuation of Blair’s journey. One of my favorite things is seeing the journey in Blair’s attitude towards her mother, her outlook on life and wanting to now make a contribution and help people before she dies. We have a feeling this documentary is just the beginning of her contribution. Introducing, Selma Blair will premiere later this year on Discovery+.

The OG’s Go to Battle in First “The Challenge: All Stars” Trailer – Full Cast Revealed

Get ready for the ultimate battle of MTV’s Challenge OG’s. Last month, Paramount+ teased “The Challenge: All Stars,” which will see old MTV Challenge vets facing off for a prize. They revealed 6 of the cast members but now we have the full trailer, full cast and a premiere date! “The Challenge: All Stars” will premiere on Paramout+ on April 1 and reunite 22 fan favorites from Real World, Road Rules & Fresh Meat on their quest for $500,000 and to be crowned the ultimate challenge champion. The cast features a good mix of champions (Darrell, Mark, Derrick), as well as a bunch of favorites we haven’t seen grace our TV screens in a long time (Katie, Teck, Kendal, Beth). The trailer shows that the challenges have definitely stepped up their game since a lot of these vets competed. It’s no longer carnival games as the jumping off trucks and wrestling seems to be back. There may be some old challenges thrown in though as you can spot the challenges trying to melt ice cubes with their bodies, which was a challenge used quite a few times in the old days. It’s also good to see TJ Lavin as the host and he’s still not taking anyone’s BS as he is heard telling someone in the trailer, “don’t take care, hope to see you never.” Ouch. The show also teases some drama as many of these challengers, like Katie and Beth or Beth and well, everyone, have a lot of history. This challenge takes place in the Andes Mountains of Argentina and there will be 9 episodes. We’re excited to see all the drama and action go down on April 1. If you haven’t subscribed to Paramount+ yet, we recommend it. Also, THE CHALLENGE: AFTERMATH will be returning which is an inside look at all the behind the scenes dirt from the challenges, eliminations and drama. These exclusive after shows, hosted by Challenge veteran Devyn Simone, will be available to stream on Paramount+ and on The Challenge YouTube channel. See below for the full cast of The Challenge: All Stars.
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Ace Amerson (Real World: Paris) – 4 Challenges Alton Williams (Real World: Las Vegas) – 4 Challenges, 1 win Aneesa Ferreira (Real World: Chicago)- 14 Challenges Arissa Hill (Real World: Las Vegas) – 1 Challenges Beth Stolarczyk (Real World: Los Angeles) – 7 Challenges Darrell Taylor (Road Rules: Campus Crawl) – 9 Challenges, 5 wins Derrick Kosinski (Road Rules: X-Treme) – 10 Challenges, 3 wins Eric “Big Easy” Banks (Challenge: Fresh Meat) – 6 Challenges Jemmye Carroll (Real World: Back to New Orleans) – 7 Challenges Jisela Delgado (Road Rules: The Quest) – 3 Challenges Jonna Mannion (Real World: Cancun) – 5 Challenges Katie (Doyle) Cooley (Road Rules: The Quest) – 9 Challenges, 1 win KellyAnne Judd (Real World: Sydney) – 4 Challenges Kendal Sheppard (Road Rules: Campus Crawl) – 1 Challenge, 1 win Laterrian Wallace (Road Rules: Maximum Velocity) – 3 Challenges Mark Long (Road Rules Season 1) – 6 Challenges, 2 wins Nehemiah Clark (Real World: Austin) – 4 Challenges, 1 win Ruthie Alcaide (Real World: Hawaii) – 4 Challenges Syrus Yarbrough (Real World: Boston) – 5 Challenges, 1 win Teck Holmes (Real World: Hawaii) – 1 Challenge Trishelle Cannatella (Real World: Las Vegas) – 4 Challenges Yes Duffy (Road Rules: Semester At Sea) – 3 Challenges, 1 win Who are you most excited to see return to play the game? If there’s a season 2, what challengers do you hope return?

Harry Styles Kicks Off the 2021 GRAMMYs with “Watermelon Sugar” & Wins First GRAMMY

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Harry Styles is officially a GRAMMY winner. The 63rd annual GRAMMY awards kicked off with a stellar performance from nominee Harry Styles. Harry donned a feather boa and Gucci leather outfit and sang his smash hit “Watermelon Sugar” complete with some stellar dance moves that showed off his butterfly tattoo. After the performance, Harry was seen watching Billie Eilish’s performance and even catching up with ex Taylor Swift. He then went on to win his first GRAMMY award for best pop solo performance for “Watermelon Sugar.” In the press room after winning, Harry shared, “This is incredible icing on the cake of what I get to do every day. I want to thank my fans for giving me an environment to be free to make the music I want to make. And supporting me along the way the last 10 years.” We are so happy for Harry and his big win! He recently wrapped filming the movie Don’t Worry Darling, which we can’t wait to see. What did you think of Harry’s performance and speech?
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2021 GRAMMYs Winners: See the Full List Including Taylor Swift, Megan Thee Stallion, Harry Styles

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Music’s biggest night saw first time winners and records shattered. The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles on Sunday evening and were hosted by Trevor Noah. The night looked different than years past as celebs took to the red carpet wearing masks and many of them matched their masks to their outfits. Stars like Taylor Swift, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Harry Styles, Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, Lil Baby, Bad Bunny and many more took to the stage for performances that ranged from simple to elaborate. In between the most epic concert of the year, awards were handed out and some of the highlights included Beyonce picking up her 27th and 28th GRAMMY making her the singer with the most awards. Taylor picked up album of the year for Folklore making her the first woman to win the honor 3 times. Megan Thee Stallion had a huge night as well picking up 3 awards while Harry Styles won his very first GRAMMY for best pop solo performance. Blue Ivy Carter also became the second youngest person to win a GRAMMY. Check out the full list of winners below. 2021 GRAMMY winners Record of the Year “Everything I Wanted,” Finneas O’Connell, producer; Rob Kinelski and Finneas O’Connell, engineers/mixers; John Greenham, mastering engineer (Billie Eilish) Album of the Year “Folklore,” Taylor Swift Song of the Year “I Can’t Breathe,” Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.) Best New Artist Megan Thee Stallion Best Pop Solo Performance “Watermelon Sugar,” Harry Styles Best Pop Duo/Group Performance “Rain on Me,” Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande Best Pop Vocal Album “Future Nostalgia,” Dua Lipa Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album “American Standard,” James Taylor Best Dance Recording “10%,” Kaytranada featuring Kali Uchis Best Dance/Electronic Album “Bubba,” Kaytranada Best Contemporary Instrumental Album “Live at the Royal Albert Hall,” Snarky Puppy Best Rock Performance “Shameika,” Fiona Apple Best Metal Performance “Bum-Rush,” Body Count Best Rock Song “Stay High,” Brittany Howard, songwriter (Brittany Howard) Best Rock Album “The New Abnormal,” The Strokes Best Alternative Music Album “Fetch the Bolt Cutters,” Fiona Apple Best R&B Performance “Black Parade,” Beyoncé Best Traditional R&B Performance “Anything For You,” Ledisi Best R&B Song “Better Than I Imagine,” Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello and Gabriella Wilson, songwriters (Robert Glasper featuring H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello) Best Progressive R&B Album “It Is What It Is,” Thundercat Best R&B Album “Bigger Love,” John Legend Best Rap Performance “Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé Best Melodic Rap Performance “Lockdown,” Anderson .Paak Best Rap Song “Savage,” Beyoncé, Shawn Carter, Brittany Hazzard, Derrick Milano, Terius Nash, Megan Pete, Bobby Session Jr., Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe and Anthony White, songwriters (Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé) Best Rap Album “King’s Disease,” Nas Best Country Solo Performance “When My Amy Prays,” Vince Gill Best Country Duo/Group Performance “10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber Best Country Song “Crowded Table,” Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby and Lori McKenna, songwriters (The Highwomen) Best Country Album “Wildcard,” Miranda Lambert Best New Age Album “More Guitar Stories,” Jim “Kimo” West Best Improvised Jazz Solo “All Blues,” Chick Corea, soloist Best Jazz Vocal Album “Secrets Are the Best Stories,” Kurt Elling featuring Danilo Pérez Best Jazz Instrumental Album “Trilogy 2,” Chick Corea, Christian McBride and Brian Blade Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album “Data Lords,” Maria Schneider Orchestra Best Latin Jazz Album “Four Questions,” Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Best Gospel Performance/Song “Movin’ On,” Darryl L. Howell, Jonathan Caleb McReynolds, Kortney Jamaal Pollard and Terrell Demetrius Wilson, songwriters (Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music) Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song “There Was Jesus,” Casey Beathard, Jonathan Smith and Zach Williams, songwriters (Zach Williams and Dolly Parton) Best Gospel Album “Gospel According to PJ,” PJ Morton Best Contemporary Christian Music Album “Jesus Is King,” Kanye West Best Roots Gospel Album “Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album),” Fisk Jubilee Singers Best Latin Pop or Urban Album “YHLQMDLG,” Bad Bunny Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album “La Conquista Del Espacio,” Fito Paez Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) “Un Canto Por Mexico, Vol. 1,” Natalia Lafourcade Best Tropical Latin Album “40,” Grupo Niche Best American Roots Performance “I Remember Everything,” John Prine Best American Roots Song “I Remember Everything,” Pat McLaughlin and John Prine, songwriters (John Prine) Best Americana Album “World on the Ground,” Sarah Jarosz Best Bluegrass Album “Home,” Billy Strings Best Traditional Blues Album “Rawer Than Raw,” Bobby Rush Best Contemporary Blues Album “Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?,” Fantastic Negrito Best Folk Album “All the Good Times,” Gillian Welch and David Rawlings Best Regional Roots Music Album “Atmosphere,” New Orleans Nightcrawlers Best Reggae Album “Got to Be Tough,” Toots and the Maytals Best Global Music Album “Twice as Tall,” Burna Boy Best Children’s Music Album “All the Ladies,” Joanie Leeds Best Spoken Word Album “Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth,” Rachel Maddow Best Comedy Album “Black Mitzvah,” Tiffany Haddish Best Musical Theater Album “Jagged Little Pill,” Original Broadway Cast Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media “Jojo Rabbit,” Various Artists Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media “Joker,” Hildur Gudnadottir, composer Best Song Written For Visual Media “No Time to Die,” Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas Baird O’Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish) Best Instrumental Composition “Sputnik,” Maria Schneider, composer (Maria Schneider) Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella “Donna Lee,” John Beasley, arranger (John Beasley) Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals “He Won’t Hold You,” Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier featuring Rapsody) Best Recording Package “Vols. 11 & 12,” Doug Cunningham and Jason Noto, art directors (Desert Sessions) Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package “Ode to Joy,” Lawrence Azerrad and Jeff Tweedy, art directors (Wilco) Best Album Notes “Dead Man’s Pop,” Bob Mehr, album notes writer (The Replacements) Best Historical Album “It’s Such a Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers,” Lee Lodyga and Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Mister Rogers) Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical “Hyperspace,” Drew Brown, Julian Burg, Andrew Coleman, Paul Epworth, Shawn Everett, Serban Ghenea, David Greenbaum, John Hanes, Beck Hansen, Jaycen Joshua, Greg Kurstin, Mike Larson, Cole M.G.N., Alex Pasco and Matt Wiggins, engineers; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer (Beck) Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Andrew Watt Best Remixed Recording “Roses (Imanbek Remix),” Imanbek Zeikenov, remixer (Saint Jhn) Best Engineered Album, Classical “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13, ‘Babi Yar,’” David Frost and Charlie Post, engineers; Silas Brown, mastering engineer (Riccardo Muti and Chicago Symphony Orchestra) Producer of the Year, Classical David Frost Best Orchestral Performance “Ives: Complete Symphonies,” Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic) Best Opera Recording “Gershwin: Porgy and Bess,” David Robertson, conductor; Frederick Ballentine, Angel Blue, Denyce Graves, Latonia Moore and Eric Owens; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; the Metropolitan Opera Chorus) Best Choral Performance “Danielpour: The Passion of Yeshua,” JoAnn Falletta, conductor; James K. Bass and Adam Luebke, chorus masters (James K. Bass, J’Nai Bridges, Timothy Fallon, Kenneth Overton, Hila Plitmann and Matthew Worth; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and UCLA Chamber Singers) Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance “Contemporary Voices,” Pacifica Quartet Best Classical Instrumental Solo “Theofanidis: Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra,” Richard O’Neill; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony) Best Classical Solo Vocal Album “Smyth: The Prison,” Sarah Brailey and Dashon Burton; James Blachly, conductor (Experiential Chorus; Experiential Orchestra) Best Classical Compendium “Thomas, M.T.: From the Diary of Anne Frank & Meditations on Rilke,” Isabel Leonard; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Jack Vad, producer Best Contemporary Classical Composition “Rouse: Symphony No. 5,” Christopher Rouse, composer (Giancarlo Guerrero and Nashville Symphony) Best Music Video “Brown Skin Girl,” Beyoncé, Blue Ivy and WizKid Best Music Film “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice,” Linda Ronstadt

The CW’s Live-Action “Powerpuff Girls” Pilot Casts Dove Cameron, Chloe Bennet & Yana Perrault

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The CW has found its trio to bring the iconic Powerpuff girls cartoon to life. Dove Cameron, Chloe Bennet and Yana Perrault will be suiting up as the Utonium sisters according to Deadline. The CW pilot will be written by Diabo Cody and Heather Regnier and will be based on the beloved Cartoon Network series. It follows the trio, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, who used to be America’s pint-sized superheroes. Now they’re disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having lost their childhood to crimefighting. Will they agree to reunite now that the world needs them more than ever? So, who will be playing which sister? Chloe Bennet will be playing Blossom Utonium. As a child, she was a spunky, conscientious, Little-Miss-Perfect child who holds several advanced degrees. Now, Blossom’s repressed kiddie-superhero trauma has left her feeling anxious and reclusive, and she aims to become a leader again — this time on her own terms. Dove Cameron will play Bubbles Utonium. As a child, Bubbles’ sweet-girl disposition won America’s hearts. Now, she still sparkles as an adult, but her charming exterior belies an unexpected toughness and wit. She’s initially more interested in recapturing her fame than saving the world, but she just might surprise us and herself. Yana Perrault will play Buttercup Utonium. As a child, Buttercup was the rebellious badass of The Powerpuff Girls in its heyday. Now, she is more sensitive than her tough exterior suggests. She has spent her adulthood trying to shed her Powerpuff Girl identity and live an anonymous life. The show will reunite Bennet and Cameron, who both appeared in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Bennet starred on AOS for 7 seasons and also appeared in the musical remake of Valley Girl. Cameron is best known for her work in “Liv & Maddie,” the “Descendants” franchise and “Hairspray Live.” Perrault hails from Broadway where she appeared in “Jagged Little Pill.” All three of these talented actors also sing so could that be an element to this new show? “The Powerpuff Girls” is produced by Berlanti Productions and Vita Vera Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. What do you think of the casting for “The Powerpuff Girls”? If the show gets picked up, will you be tuning in?

Nick Jonas Plays a Disney Prince, Leads a Workout & Sings About Cult Shows in “Saturday Night Live” Hosting Debut – Watch All the Sketches

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Nick Jonas returned to “Saturday Night Live” this weekend but this time he took on hosting duty.   Nick showed off his his comedy chops, his biceps, his singing skills, a lot of wigs and more with a handful of sketches and two amazing performances. First up, Nick took the stage for his opening monologue which saw a guest appearance from his brother Kevin Jonas and addressed Jonas Brothers break up rumors. He also performed “Drink With Me” with a twist from Les Miserables. Next up, Nick returned to his Disney roots…sort of. In a parody on Cinderella, Nick played Prince Charming who shows up at Cinderella’s house with the glass slipper in hopes of finding his princess. Things take quite a turn though when they all realize the glass slipper is a little too small and can only fit one person…or er…creature. In one of this week’s digital shorts, SNL decided to make another catchy song about a popular guilty pleasure. Earlier this season they made a song about searching on Zillow and this time they took on everyone’s obsession with true crime and cult shows. In the “Mirror Workout” sketch, two buddies decide to try a few different instructors on their workout mirror. They find a few they like, including Nick’s character Nathan but then things go wrong when they discover someone who doesn’t seem like a workout instructor. (PS. Anyone else get a kick out of how Nick plays quite a few characters named Nate/Nathan – previously in Camp Rock, Kingdom) Nick then headed to the amusement park with some pals who had to decide who would ride with who on the flume ride. Someone gets stuck riding with the life size “Joe” doll from Pixar’s Soul. In another digital short, Nick and his buddies head to a cabin for a bachelor party where some strippers come to spice up the party. Before they can even start to perform, the guys all bust out in an interesting song about…well…their boners. In the first of Nick’s performances, he performed his latest single “Spaceman” for the very first time. We love that he kept with the theme of the song for his outfit. Nick and Kate McKinnon then tackled what dating might be like post-Covid times which included a very interesting version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Then we were so happy to see one of our favorite new sketches return – The Dionne Warwick Talk Show. In the sketch, “Dionne” interviews “stars” like the Weeknd, Dua Lipa and of course, Nick Jonas (as himself). She decides to ask all the important questions, like what do “Cake By the Ocean” and “What a Man Gotta Do” really mean…and then one not so appropriate question. Nick’s second musical performance was of “This Is Heaven” from his upcoming album Spaceman. The song will be available on March 4 ahead of his album’s March 12 release. And finally, to close out Nick’s stint on SNL, here’s the cut for time sketch – Home Makeover. In the sketch, Nick and Heidi play a makeover TV duo who redo a bachelor pad. We have to say, Nick did a really good job in his hosting debut. There were a few sketches like “Amusement Park” and “Bachelor Party” that weren’t really a hit for us, but Nick did very well and held his own on the show. Plus, his singing vocals were flawless. We hope he gets another shot at hosting in the future. In the meantime, you can catch Nick on the new season of “The Voice” starting March 1, in Chaos Walking out March 5 and then his new album out March 12. Which SNL sketches from this week were your favorite and least favorite? How do you think Nick did as host?