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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

First Wives Club TV Reboot Casts Jill Scott and Michelle Buteau For 2019 Premiere

People First Wives Club TV Reboot Casts Jill Scott and Michelle Buteau TOMÁS MIER August 02, 2018 08:46 PM bette midler, first wives club The First Wives Club TV reboot has tapped two of its stars. On Thursday, Paramount Network announced that Grammy winner Jill Scott and comedian Michelle Buteau have joined the 10-episode TV reboot of the cult classic First Wives Club. Scott, known for her role as Sheila in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?, will play Hazel, a music superstar who has been silenced by her unfaithful husband and manager for years. Jill Scott Jill Scott Paramount Buteau, from Broad City and Key & Peele, is set to play Bree, a doctor and overwhelmed mom whose husband cheats on her. Michelle Buteau Michelle Buteau Mindy Tucker Tracy Oliver, the writer of comedy Girls Trip, is tasked with writing and executive producing the half-hour series alongside Karen Rosenfelt from the Twilightsaga and Scott Rudin, who produced the original movie. Oliver expressed her excitement for the two first cast members on Twitter. “SO excited to welcome these two crazy talented ladies, @missjillscott and @MichelleButeau, to the #FirstWivesClub!!!” she wrote. “We bout to have @paramountnet LIT in 2019!!!” “Thank you for believing,” Scott replied. The dramedy series, set to debut on Paramount Network in 2019, is based on the 1996 film of the same name, which featured Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn, and was a hit in the box office, raking $181,490,000 worldwide. The series will begin filming in New York City this fall.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Paramount Network picks up First Wives Club reboot as half-hour series – To Premiere On TV Next Year

meaww Paramount Network picks up First Wives Club reboot as half-hour series By Alakananda Bandyopadhyay · 19:51 PST, 3 Jun 2018 Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton Paramount Network’s latest venture is in the form of a new comedy series, “First Wives Club” – 10 half-hour long episodes of which have been picked up from Paramount Television. The blockbuster hit film ‘Girls Trip’ writer, Tracy Oliver, is attached to write and serve as executive producer. Based on the favorite 1996 film from Paramount Pictures, which featured Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn, the half-hour series resembles the movie in its setting, which is New York City. The plot revolves around a group of women who band together after their marriages fall apart, and who find strength in their sisterhood – and of course a little revenge. The movie itself is from the 1992 book of the same name by Olivia Goldsmith. “Tracy Oliver is a brilliant writer and the perfect visionary to bring this unforgettable story from the big screen to the small screen in a fresh and contemporary way,” said Keith Cox, President, Development and Production, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT. “‘Girls Trip’ was one of the funniest comedies in recent memory and we know Tracy will breathe new life, and some serious laughs, into these beloved ‘First Wives Club’ characters,” said Amy Powell, President of Paramount TV. Production for the series will begin in New York City this summer, and the series will debut on Paramount Network in 2019. A cast announcement is coming.  Producer of super hit movies like the “Twilight” saga and “The Devil Wears Prada,” Karen Rosenfelt will be executive producer of the series, along with Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony award-winning producing legend, Scott Rudin, who had also created the original movie. Tony Hernandez of JAX Media will also serve as Executive Producer. Brad Gardner, Senior Vice President, Development and Original Programming, Paramount Network and TV Land, will serve as the executive in charge of production and will oversee the project for the network. Before moving to Paramount Network, the project had initially been in development at fellow Viacom network TV Land. Paramount Network was itself Spike TV before it got rebranded back in January. So far, the network has launched the limited series “Waco”, which stars Taylor Kitsch as the cult leader David Koresh. It was also set to premiere the Kevin Costner-led drama “Yellowstone” on June 20, and the Alicia Silverstone comedy “American Woman” on June 7. Apart from those, the TV Land series “Nobodies” is also aired on Paramount Network, including several other Spike TV originals like “Ink Master,” “Lip Sync Battle,” and “Bar Rescue” all still air on Paramount Network as well.
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Friday, April 6, 2018

Another Reboot For The First Wive’s Club TV Series On Another Network

Deadline The First Wives seem to have nine lives. By Kimberly Roots / April 5 2018

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A First Wives’ Club TV adaptation has scored a pilot order at Paramount Network (fka Spike), our sister site Deadline reports. The half-hour comedy will be based on the 1996 film starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton, which was itself an adaptation of Olivia Goldsmith’s 1992 novel. The potential series will take place in New York City and will chronicle a sisterhood of women who find strength in each other — and engage in a little revenge — after their marriages end. If you feel like you’ve heard this all before, that’s because in 2016, a pilot based on the movie was in development at TV Land. That one was set in San Francisco and starred How I Met Your Mother‘s Alyson Hannigan, Smash‘s Megan Hilty and Dads‘ Vanessa Lachey; it did not make it to series. The new reboot will be written by Tracy Oliver (Girls’ Trip); she’ll executive-produce alongside Karen Rosenfelt (who was part of the first remake effort) and Scott Rudin, who produced the feature film. Paramount Television will produce.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Bette Midler’s Birthday Breaks Broadway Box Office Record

Forbes Bette Midler’s Birthday Breaks Broadway Box Office Record Lee Seymour , CONTRIBUTOR December 4, 2017 What goes up, must come down. Unless you’re Bette Midler, of course. As the rest of Broadway sank into a post-turkey stupor, Hello, Dolly! sneaked in another house record at the Shubert Theater. Just $10,000 higher than last week, the $2.48 million gross nonetheless marks the 12th time this production has cracked its own ceiling. And on Midler’s birthday, to boot. Not a bad way to kick off one’s 72nd year. (Oh, and she earned a Grammy nomination for the cast album, too.) The big question is: when will it turn a profit? Multiple investors and co-producers have expressed frustration that a show regularly grossing over $2 million each week has yet to return a $15.5 million capitalization (none would go on record, however, citing lead producer Scott Rudin’s notorious temper – not to mention several NDA’s). It’s possible the office is hoarding cash to present a big holiday check, but that may not be enough to mollify some of the more restless natives. In the meantime, Midler is expected to clean up tidily at the box office, with premium seats now going for an industry record of $996 for her final weeks. If they don’t turn a profit by year’s end, something is deeply wrong with this picture. Elsewhere, business was down, as expected. Almost every show sank after the tryptophan wore off. Tourist faves, in particular, fell hard – School Of Rock and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory both plummeted over $600,000 apiece. Hamilton crashed too, though its cushion is large enough that it remained the highest-grossing show overall, with $2.8 million in the bank. Bucking the trend was Beautiful, which soared up over $100,000 to land in the $1 Million Club again. Impressive for a show that’s been on the books more than four years, and one not anchored by any pop star. It was the only show with anything close to a six-figure boost over last week’s numbers. Perhaps riding the news that composer Sara Bareilles will be returning to the stage, Waitress stayed above $1 million as well. Ditto The Band’s Visit, which jump-started the Tony Award buzz with its combo of great reviews and record-breaking sales. Overall industry sales were down a whopping 23.3%, for a total of $29.98 million. This week sees the opening of SpongeBob SquarePants and previews for Mark Rylance’s first post-Oscar Broadway gig, in Farinelli And The King. Farinelli was a big hit in London, while SpongeBob is still finding its sea-legs. But buzz is solid, and producers are hoping the reviews match.
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Friday, December 1, 2017

Bette Midler Will Bow Out of ‘Dolly!’ With Box-Office Bang

cetusnews Bette Midler Will Bow Out of ‘Dolly!’ With Box-Office Bang By Charles Passy 11-30-2017 Bette Midler is going out with a bang—a $10,000-a-ticket bang. Ms. Midler’s final performance in the Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!,” scheduled for Jan. 14, will serve as a benefit for the Actors Fund, an organization that supports entertainment professionals. Tickets for the event, slated to go on sale soon, start at $250 and go up to $10,000. “This night will be one for the ages,” Actors Fund chief executive Joe Benincasa said in a statement. He said his “jaw hit the floor,” when he learned that “Dolly” producer Scott Rudin wanted to make Ms. Midler’s last show a fundraiser for the Actors Fund, whose services and programs range from senior care to an HIV/AIDS initiative. Ms. Midler’s Tony Award-winning turn in the principle role of Dolly Levi has been the talk of Broadway for the past year. The show, which also took home the Tony for best revival of a musical, has set one box-office sales record after another at the Shubert Theater, where it has played since it opened in previews in March. Last week, the musical grossed $2.46 million, topping its previous record of $2.4 million, set in October, according to show’s press representative. To date, the show has grossed $73 million, according to BroadwayWorld.com, a website that tracks the theater industry. In recent years, final performances by stars in Broadway shows have become high-profile occasions. When Lin-Manuel Miranda’s marked his last appearance in 2016 in the title role of his musical “Hamilton,” for example, celebrities including Spike Lee, Rosie O’Donnell, Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez filled the theater. Ms. Midler won’t be the only star departing “Hello, Dolly!” on Jan. 14. David Hyde Pierce, who plays Horace Vangelder, also will be leaving. Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber will take over the roles starting on Jan. 20, with an official opening on Feb. 22.
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Donna Murphy Sets Final Performance Date in Hello, Dolly!; Bernadette Peters Will Perform Eight Shows a Week

Broadway Donna Murphy Sets Final Performance Date in Hello, Dolly!; Bernadette Peters Will Perform Eight Shows a Week by Andy Lefkowitz • Sep 6, 2017 84966-9 Donna Murphy, who has been wowing Tuesday-night audiences in the title role of Hello, Dolly! since June, will play her final performance in the musical on January 9, 2018. Bernadette Peters, who is set to replace Bette Midler in the role on January 20, will play all eight weekly performances in the musical. Midler’s final performance will be on January 14. As previously announced, also joining the company on January 20 will be Victor Garber, taking over the role of Horace Vandergelder from David Hyde Pierce. The cast of Hello, Dolly! also includes 2017 Tony winner Gavin Creel as Cornelius Hackl, Kate Baldwin as Irene Molloy, Beanie Feldstein as Minnie Fay, Will Burton as Ambrose Kemper, Melanie Moore as Ermengarde and Jennifer Simard as Ernestina Money. Taylor Trensch will exit the company as Barnaby Tucker at a date to be set to lead the cast of Dear Evan Hansen; a Hello, Dolly! replacement for Trensch will be announced. The full company of Hello, Dolly! features Kevin Ligon, Cameron Adams, Phillip Attmore, Giuseppe Bausilio, Justin Bowen, Taeler Cyrus, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Stephen Hanna, Michael Hartung, Robert Hartwell, Aaron Kaburick, Amanda LaMotte, Analisa Leaming, Jess LeProtto, Nathan Madden, Michael McCormick, Linda Mugleston, Hayley Podschun, Jessica Sheridan, Christian Dante White, Branch Woodman, Ryan Worsing, Richard Riaz Yoder, Michael Hartung, Elizabeth Earley, Jenifer Foote, Ian Liberto, Michaeljon Slinger, Nathan Keen, Sarah Meahl and Stephen Hernandez. The revival features direction by Jerry Zaks and choreography by Warren Carlyle with lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Scott Lehrer and costume/scenic design by 2017 Tony winner Santo Loquasto.
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bette Midler, ‘Hello, Dolly!’ score Tony nominations

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Schools of the Stars: Where Hello, Dolly! Cast and Creators Went to College

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Broadway belongs to Bette and her Dolly! BAZ BAMIGBOYE sees the indestructible star give a rousing performance

Daily Mail Broadway belongs to Bette and her Dolly! BAZ BAMIGBOYE sees the indestructible star give a rousing performance By Baz Bamigboye for the Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 18:42 EDT, 13 April 2017 2017-04-15_1-57-01 Bette Midler, resplendent in a sequined scarlet gown and with feathers in her hair, leads a line of male dancers in a rousing promenade at New York’s Shubert Theatre. ‘Wow, wow, wow fellas; look at the ol’ gal now, fellas!’ Bette sings, as she sashays saucily around the orchestra pit, the audience on its feet, going wild. It’s a classic Broadway moment, for any number of reasons. Hello, Dolly!, based on Thornton Wilder’s play about meddling matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi, boasts music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart. Carole Channing created the role on Broadway (I caught her in a so-so revival in the mid-Nineties); and there’s great affection for that title song, which I remember belting out in a school gang show once upon a time, a long time ago. Then we have Ms Midler, last seen on Broadway as Hollywood agent Sue Mengers in I’ll Eat You Last, four years ago. Incredibly, Hello, Dolly! is the first musical she’s starred in with her name emblazoned above the title. The combination of the 71-year-old indestructible star, the indestructible show and that iconic song is magical. Which might explain why Hello, Dolly!, stunningly directed by Jerry Zaks, beautifully choreographed by Warren Carlyle (with Gower Champion’s original steps acknowledged) and produced like a love letter to theatre by Scott Rudin, has an advance topping $40 million (£32 million). During the interval, I overheard a couple talking about how they ‘couldn’t take their eyes off’ the divine Miss M. I knew what they meant. She moved with such ease, sang with such gusto — and looked every inch a star, displaying a lightness of touch that not only looks easy, but which she has been perfecting for half a century. I’m still chuckling about her entrance on a trolleybus — and an Act Two moment when she eats her dinner while her pals are in the dock in a courtroom. It’s the funniest show in town. In a programme note, Ms Midler offered ‘profound thanks’ to the creators, and said it was ‘a privilege and honour to share the stage with this brilliant, talented, hard-working company’. The feeling is obviously mutual — I noticed a dancer deftly hold on to her when, for a split second, there appeared to be some danger of her falling into the orchestra pit. A couple of blocks away, Glenn Close, 70, gives an unforgettable performance in Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard; while four streets away, Patti LuPone, 67, and Christine Ebersole, 64, eclipse their material with star turns in new musical War Paint (about Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden). But Broadway belongs to Bette in Hello, Dolly! She’s still goin’ strong.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CD Release Date Change: Hello Dolly! Soundtrack Will Be Released May 12, 2017 Instead Of June 2, 2017

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