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Jimmy Fallon reveals his lunar 'Tonight Show' logo

This is really happening, people.

Late Night host Jimmy Fallon has just tweeted out the logo for his revamped Tonight Show, premiering next February after the Olympics on NBC. The all-caps letters are reminiscent of Fallon’s Late Night logo. The full orb may be making you thirsty for a beer. It seems more modern than current Tonight host Jay Leno’s own logo — and it’s also got approximately 90 percent more moon.


'SNL' to add black female cast member in January

No more wigs and heels for Kenan Thompson!

Early next year, Saturday Night Live will add someone new to its ranks — specifically, its first black female cast member since Maya Rudolph vacated in 2007. (SNL has only featured four African-American women in its entire 39-year history: Yvonne Hudson (1980-81), Danitra Vance (1985-86), Ellen Cleghorne (1991-95) and Rudolph (2000-2007).)

The news comes from straight from executive producer/SNL Czar for Life Lorne Michaels, who told the New York Times that his team has been holding special casting sessions for weeks. The search culminated in an under-the-radar audition for black female comedians held at Los Angeles’s Groundlings Theater last week, at which about a dozen performers were present. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' held an audition for female black comedians in L.A.

UPDATE (Dec. 13): Executive producer Lorne Michaels tells The New York Times a black woman will join SNL‘s cast in early 2014.

ORIGINAL POST: Saturday Night Live is looking for new talent, and the show has clearly listened to recent criticism.

EW has confirmed that SNL held an audition for female black comedians just last week at L.A.’s Groundlings Theater. This fall, the show got some flak for adding six new cast members, all white, when there still wasn’t a black female in the mix. They addressed the controversy when Kerry Washington hosted last month, but some critics — including civil-rights group Color of Change — demanded more. This audition could be a step in that direction. Although we’re not sure how many comedians were invited, a few of them took to Twitter and Instagram to talk about their experience.

NBC to re-air 'Sound of Music Live!' on Saturday

The hills will be alive once again Saturday when NBC re-airs The Sound of Music Live!

The original, live airing last week pulled in more than 18 million viewers, so not surprisingly, NBC has already announced plans to do another live musical next year. For now, fans can re-watch Carrie Underwood’s version on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

The cast recording of The Sound of Music Live! is now available, and a DVD version of the performance is being released Dec. 17. A scheduled Saturday airing of It’s a Wonderful Life will now air Friday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. ET.

NBC announces plans for another live musical

After the huge ratings success of Sound of Music Live!, NBC has announced plans for another live musical next holiday season, EW has confirmed.

In an interview with the New York Times, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said they were “circling a couple of titles” that could be staged next year, to be led by Sound of Music producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. “All weekend, people have been calling us and emailing us,” Greenblatt told the Times. “Rights holders of musicals have said, ‘Please do one of our shows.’ We’re excited to try it again.”

Meron and Zadan didn’t give any specific casting information, or say if they would try to reunite most of the Sound of Music cast once again.

'Late Night With Seth Meyers': See the poster -- EXCLUSIVE


Seth Meyers is a seasoned pro when it comes to Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update, but the actor is now preparing to sit behind a different desk as the host of Late Night With Seth Meyers.

EW has an exclusive first look at the art for Meyers’ new late-night talk show, which premieres Monday, Feb. 24, at 12:35 a.m. on NBC, when Jimmy Fallon leaves Late Night and takes over Jay Leno’s Tonight Show.

'Sound of Music': Laura Benanti talks live performance, Carrie Underwood, and why musicals are ready for a comeback

TV fans may already know Laura Benanti from roles on Go On, The Playboy Club, Law and Order:SVU, and many others. And of course theater lovers have long been fans of the Tony-winning Broadway performer. On Thursday night, the two worlds merged when Benanti stole the show as Elsa in NBC’s ratings smash Sound of Music Live!, leading more than a few viewers to hope that Captain von Trapp might end up with her as opposed to Maria.

While nothing so sacrilegious happened, Benanti is enjoying increased attention since the broadcast. EW talked with the actress Friday afternoon about her day-of prep, tweeting offstage, and what she’s planning next.

John Corbett to reprise role on 'Parenthood'

For Parenthood‘s Sarah Braverman (Lauren Graham), the ghosts of exes’ past will continue to reappear with the return of John Corbett. TV Guide reports that Corbett is slated to reprise his role as Seth Holt, Sarah’s ex-husband and Amber (Mae Whitman) and Drew (Miles Heizer)’s father, in an upcoming episode of the NBC dramedy. According to TV Guide, he will appear on episode 13, where Amber unexpectedly visits the restaurant in which he works and causes a scene with a fellow customer. Amber has been going through a tough time recently as her fiancé, Iraq War vet Ryan (Matt Lauria) was arrested for starting a fight with her colleague.

The last time audiences saw Seth was back in season 3, when he turned his life around and reconnected with Sarah and his children. A longtime drug addict and alcoholic, Seth, a musician, spent most of Amber and Drew’s childhood out of the picture as Sarah raised the kids largely on her own. Most recently, he left Berkeley, where the series is set, to start a new life in Tahoe, away from music and drugs.

'The Sing-Off' elder statesmen slay One Direction cover -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Your favorite mom-and-pop a cappella competition show is back in less than two weeks, and it’s time to get ready for the doo-wop.

The Sing-Off‘s unique sound is a mix of old and young, classic and new; and this exclusive clip of the premiere episode, airing Dec. 9, is the show at its most endearing. Street Corner Rennaissance, the oldest group in the competition, manages to even out-charm those 1D moppets, putting a soulful spin on One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” in their debut performance.

Judge Shawn Stockman is so impressed, he’s compelled to get up and give a round of hugs to the gentlemen of SCR. You better believe I’d be giving them hugs too, if only to see if some of their cool would rub off on me. Check out sneak peak below:

Howard Stern will return for more 'America's Got Talent'

The King of All Media isn’t moving from his current primetime throne — for at least another season, anyway.

A source confirms to EW that shock jock Howard Stern will return for a third season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2014. Stern himself first broke the news on his “Howard 100″ Sirius radio show, announcing, “After a lot of thought…and I say this with peace and love…I am going back to America’s Got Talent.”

Stern is the second AGT personality to sign on for the show’s ninth season. On Nov. 11, Nick Cannon confirmed on NBC’s Today that he will return as AGT‘s host, a role he’s filled since the talent competition’s fourth season in 2009. Season 8′s judging panel included Stern, Howie Mandel (a judge since 2010), and Heidi Klum and ex-Spice Girl Melanie Brown, both of whom joined the series last year.

'The Sing Off': First look at Mark Burnett's revamped season 4

The time is upon us. The moment we’ve been eagerly awaiting since 2011: Nick Lachey is back hosting the fourth season of cult-favorite, The Sing-Off, and we can only hope he’ll be wearing more jewel toned dress shirts than ever before!

Though short, the exclusive trailer below has everything you’ve been missing from your non-instrumental singing competition shows: Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes,” a Jennifer Hudson look-alike and a couple of good ole boys dropping the butt-rattling bass on “Life Is a Highway.” But all is not as it once was in a capella land. Now that The Sing-Off is officially “from the producers of The Voice” (which, oddly enough, premiered a year and a half after The Sing-Off) it seems like the charms of its previously, lesser-NBC-show quality might be returning with a fresh new glaze. And, of course, new judge, Jewel (Sara Bareilles, miss you, girl).

The best aspects of the show are still alive and well; now the kitschy matching group outfits just come with the judges in front of a fancy backdrop and a heaping dose of almost-Voice-quality graphics. But the real question is, do their chairs spin? Hopefully not. I don’t know that Ben Folds could ever recover from the giggle fit that might induce.

Check out the trailer for season four of The Sing-Off, premiering December 9th at 9 p.m. ET on NBC, and get excited for the second coming of Pentatonix (and a lot of other good groups, but come on, Pentatonix): READ FULL STORY

Jason Ritter to return to 'Parenthood'

Just last night, Parenthood‘s Sarah Braverman was telling her father that she didn’t need a man. However, that doesn’t mean that her life is completely void of men, especially when it comes to exes.

Sarah often runs into Hank, the man she chose in last year’s finale, at his local photo studio. And now, EW has confirmed that Jason Ritter, who plays Sarah’s ex-fiance Mark Cyr (a.k.a. the man she didn’t choose), is planning a trip back to town this spring. READ FULL STORY

Hoda Kotb signs new deal to stay with NBC

Fans of Today‘s boozy fourth hour can breathe a little easier this morning: A source confirms to EW that Hoda Kotb has inked a new, multi-year deal with NBC News. The contract has Kotb staying on as co-host of the morning show’s concluding segment with Kathie Lee Gifford; she will continue contributing to NBC News’s other programs as well.

Earlier this year, it seemed as though Kotb was preparing to jump ship. EW reported that the anchor was taking meetings with other studios, signifying that she was considering leaving NBC. And according to Capital New York, Kotb was “hotly pursued” by ABC over the summer; NBC’s rival allegedly wanted her to join the panel on The View, which will undergo another major shakeup when Barbara Walters steps down in May 2014.

Kotb has had a presence on NBC since joining Dateline as a correspondent in 1998. She’s been co-hosting Today‘s fourth hour since the segment launched in 2007.

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