AfterElton Briefs: Anderson Delivers A Smackdown, NBC’s New Musical Dramedy, and What Are Your Rock Hall Choices?

Stevie Nicks performs in New York City

  • Birthday shoutouts go to Anne Rice, who is 71, Susan Sarandon is 66, Liev Schreiber is 45, and Alicia Silverstone is 36.
  • Speaking of Stevie Nicks, once again she’s not among this year’s nominee list for The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Yes, I know she’s in with Fleetwood Mac, but her solo career deserves recognition. This year’s nominees (of which five acts will be chosen) are Donna Summer, Joan Jett, The Meters, Public Enemy, N.W.A., Albert King, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Randy Newman, Procol Harum, Rush, the Marvellettes, Deep Purple and Chic. My five choices would be Heart, Donna Summer, Joan Jett, Kraftwerk, and the first band I ever saw in concert, Rush.

  • Smash wonder-producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are developing another musical project for NBC. “The hour-long dramedy centers on a 30-something songwriter who has written the most epic love songs of our time, despite, or perhaps due to the fact that she is painfully unlucky in love.” It will feature the music of Diane Warren, who has been writing hits for thirty years, and the”plot represents a fictionalized version of Warren’s career.”
  • ABC Family has renewed Pretty Little Liars for a 24-episode fourth season.
  • Rutger Hauer is joining the cast of Season Six of True Blood, but not in the role I would have expected.
  • Orlando Cruz coming out as gay is awesome, but won’t lead to a flood of other out athletes.
  • Below you can see Anderson Cooper with a spectacular takedown of Star Jones.

  • October 23rd!

  • Nicole Kidman in Grace of Monaco.

  • Below you can see a clip from tomorrow’s Jeff Probst Show, in which Pauley Perrette and her fiance explain why they’re waiting to get married. If you know how big an ally Pauley is, you can probably guess.

  • Finally …

  • Continuing the Official snicks Top 100 Lost Hits of The 80’s … Today it’s #38, “MIRROR MAN” by The Human League. The follow-up to “Keep Feeling (Fascination)” was a Motown-inspired ditty that Phil Oakey later revealed was written about Adam Ant, who he felt “was starting to believe his own publicity, and was in danger of losing touch with reality.” It peaked at #30 in November 1983. Here’s the clue for #37 – “Every Street Is An Arcade Of Dreams”

  • Congrats to


    for being the first to correctly guess that Yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Waiting To Exhale.

  • Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Below you can see characters from a famous movie. Can you name it?


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