Star Scoop: Nick Cannon’s New Beat, Laughs on LeBron, Congressman Clay Aiken?
VH1 may have another original hit on its hands. The network is teaming up with Nick Cannon for a Drumline sequel that will follow a Brooklynite who tries to revive her college’s marching band, particularly, it’s once-thriving percussion section. According to Cannon and execs, high ratings for the “cultural happening” will certainly ensue. [Deadline]
LeBron James is racking up stats on and off the hardwood. The Miami Heat forward will produce a new comedy for Starz called Survivor's Remorse. The half-hour spot will follow an emerging basketball star who deals with the pressures of family, loyalty, and money after signing a multi-million dollar contract to play in the NBA. We’re sure he has some first-hand input for that. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Congressman Clay Aiken? Yes, you read that right. The American Idol runner-up is gunning for a Democratic seat in his home state of North Carolina. In an intimate video released this week, he says “I'm not a politician. I don't ever want to be one,” insisting that he’d rather be the voice of change to unseat the conservative state’s Tea Party representative, Renee Ellmers. [Reuters]
We couldn’t fathom getting through our adolescent years without the gem that is Mean Girls. With a jewelry line and Ed Sheeran reenactment commemorating its comic splendor, the film’s director, Mark Waters, came forth with 10 little-known facts about the classic, including the dirty joke that would have made it rated-R. [Vulture]
Save the date! Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will report for hosting duties at the 72nd Golden Globes on January 11, 2015. It will be the duo’s third time emceeing, and quite possibly, boosting ratings for the annual soirée. According to a memo from The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, this year’s ceremony experienced a 6% viewership boost from last year. [The Hollywood Reporter]
The Super Bowl has come and gone, but we’re still pining for the pigskin. Never fear, CBS is here. The network inked a deal with the NFL to air eight Thursday-night games early in the new season, which will “cement the Eye’s dominance on one of the most important nights of the week for programming and advertisers.” Touchdown! [Variety]