Saturday Night Live plans to add one or two black female performers to its cast as soon as January.
A representative for the NBC sketch-comedy show on Thursday confirmed reports it's answering complaints about its lack of diversity by staging showcases to choose at least one black female cast member and to hire her within weeks.
In recent weeks, the show has seen two-dozen candidates in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.
The New York Times reported that a special audition for seven or eight finalists will be held Monday on the SNL stage in Manhattan.
It's "100 percent good for the show to have an African-American woman" in its ranks, executive producer Lorne Michaels told The Times.
Awards shows can seem like interminable events, but Susan Sarandon has apparently found a way to make all those dreary speeches seem a lot more fun: by being stoned!
The Oscar-winning actress, 67, seemed downright casual about her penchant for getting high on Watch What Happens Live Wednesday.
When host Andy Cohen asked her to name one major Hollywood event she showed up to stoned, Sarandon replied, "Only one?" and slapped her knee as the two shared a hearty laugh.
"I would say almost all except the Oscars," she replied.
They've tackled music, acting and fame, and now brothers Donnie and Mark Wahlberg are engaged in a new family pursuit – the restaurant biz.
Also starring in this new venture is their lesser-known but similarly outspoken older brother Paul, who isn't necessarily keen on having the celebrity siblings step into his groove. Check out a first look at A&E's new reality show, Wahlburgers.
"Being in business with my brothers was never the plan," says Paul.
Sally Langston has done something very, very bad.
So it would seem from this sneak peek of Thursday's Scandal on ABC, shared with PEOPLE exclusively.
Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) arrives at the vice president's residence, flanked by Secret Service, only to find a grim scene inside – a bloodied, dead body on the floor and Langston (Kate Burton) mumbling about devils and hell.
"What are we to do, Cyrus? What are we to do?" she whispers, her own face caked in blood. "We had a fight. The devil came in. ... I did this."
Sarah Palin will host a weekly outdoors-oriented program that will celebrate the "red, wild and blue" lifestyle, the Sportsman Channel said Monday.
The program, Amazing America, will debut next April. The Sportsman Channel is in some 32 million homes, fewer than one-third of American households with television, with programming geared to people interested in hunting, fishing and shooting. Palin's show will include a series of stories about personalities and activities in that vein.
"It's very important to have somebody of her stature as a personality on Sportsman because it validates the whole category for everybody," said Gavin Harvey, network CEO.
After revealing to the world on Friday that she is fighting a rare cancer, Jen Arnold of TLC's The Little Couple has a strong supporter by her side who is ready to fight along with her: husband Bill Klein.
"Thanks to everyone for your continued support," Klein tweeted after the news of Arnold's diagnosis was made public. "We appreciate everyone's generous well wishes and prayers. We will fight and we will win."
Arnold, 39, a neonatologist at Texas Children's Hospital, and Klein, 38, an entrepreneur and owner of Rocky and Maggie's, a pet accessories store in Houston, recently became parents to two children with dwarfism: son Will, 3, and daughter Zoey, 2.
A few years ago, millions of viewers anxiously tuned in to catch an infamous MTV screaming match at then-Hollywood hot spot Les Deux that forever changed the relationship between best friends – and The Hills reality starlets – Lauren Conrad and Heidi Pratt.
Fast-forward to the present, Heidi (née Montag), 27, says the night that made "You know what you did" a household phrase is now water under the bridge.
"I've talked to [Lauren] a few times on the phone and we've caught up," Heidi told PEOPLE on Friday. "She's been really sweet. The last time we talked was like a year ago. I lost her number so I haven't been able to call her [recently]. I told her I got really caught up and I was sorry about how things happened. I told her I miss her and she told me she'd always be there for me."
Vowing to fight her rare form of cancer, Jen Arnold, star of TLC's The Little Couple, has decided to let cameras document her ordeal.
"TLC has chronicled Bill and Jen's lives since 2009 and at their request, we will be following them through this challenge," a TLC spokesperson tells PEOPLE. "Jen is a doctor and teacher and she saw this as an opportunity to educate and possibly help, through sharing her story."
Arnold, 39, is a neonatologist at Texas Children's Hospital where she serves as medical director of the Pediatric Simulation Center and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.
She is "currently undergoing treatment, including surgery and chemotherapy," she told PEOPLE Thursday.
It's more formal than their adorable save-the-date card. But Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici's official wedding invitation still captures the spirit and personality of the fun-loving couple.
The invite, shared exclusively with PEOPLE, has "the LOWEdown" on "marrying, eating, boogie-ing," and goes on: "Together with their families, Sean Thomas Lowe will marry his best friend, Catherine Ligaya Mejia Giudici, who completely adores him."
The invitation, designed by Smitten on Paper, includes an RSVP card for recipients to declare whether they "can't wait" or have "something more important to attend than celebrating the union of Sean & Catherine."
Lady Gaga, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and more of the Muppets crew are ready to ham it up this Thanksgiving!
The "Do What U Want" singer, 27, posted to Instagram a sneak peek of the musical special, Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular, which will air Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET) on ABC.
The video features Gaga singing "Applause" with Kermit, Piggy, one of Gonzo's chickens and all other assorted Muppets bopping along. Watch the clip below.