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The 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards have officially been rescheduled. 

Postponed from their previously planned date of Jan. 31 due to COVID-19 concerns, the 2022 GRAMMY Awards will now be held on Sunday, April 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas -- airing live on CBS at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET, as well as streaming live and on-demand on Paramount+.

Daily Show host Trevor Noah will return as master of ceremonies for music's biggest night. Additionally, The Recording Academy also announced on Tuesday that the CMT Awards will move from its originally scheduled date of Sunday, April 3 to a later date in April, in order to accommodate the GRAMMYs.

The 2021 GRAMMYs were an in-person event, however, there were also many restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, include outdoor seating for nominees and isolated performances.

This year, Jon Batiste leads the nominations with 11 nods. Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, and H.E.R. each earned eight, and Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo nabbed seven apiece.

The 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards air live on Sunday, April 3, at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on CBS and Paramount+. For more on this year's show, check out the video below.


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The star-studded ensemble for The White Lotus season 2 continues to grow. On Tuesday, HBO confirmed to ET that F. Murray Abraham, Adam DiMarco, Tom Hollander and Haley Lu Richardson have all joined the cast as series regulars.

Abraham, who currently stars on the Apple TV+ series Mythic Quest, will play Bert Di Grasso, an elderly man traveling with his son and grandson, while DiMarco (Syfy’s The Magicians) will play his grandson and recent college graduate, Albie Di Grasso. 

Additionally, Hollander, who also appears in The King’s Man, will play an English expat named Quentin, who is vacationing with his friends and his nephew, and Richardson (Five Feet Apart) will appear as Portia, a young woman traveling with her boss. 

The four new cast members join Michael Imperioli, who rounds out the Di Grasso trio as Dominic, and Aubrey Plaza, who will play Harper Spiller, a woman on vacation with her husband and his friends.

Created, written, directed and executive produced by Mike White, the social satire follows a group of employees and guests at a luxury Hawaiian resort, where their unexpected interactions lead to even more unexpected results. 

The second season will leave Hawaii behind for another White Lotus property, which is rumored to be in Italy. However, that location has not been confirmed by HBO, which did not comment on The Hollywood Reporter’s story


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It's a new year and the NAACP Image Awards is ready to dole out shiny new trophies to honor the trove of Black excellence that made 2021 so special. The annual awards show highlights the achievements of people of color across television, music, literature and film, and the promotion of social justice through their creative endeavors.

This year's NAACP Image Awards class is even more of a star-studded list than ever, with nominations for everyone from Megan Thee Stallion to Jonathan Majors, Ariana DeBose, Marsai Martin, Denzel Washington and more. There are also plenty of sweet first-timers (William Jackson Harper earned a double nod for his roles in Love Life and The Underground Railroad) and a few startling omissions. (No love for RuPaul again?)

Winners will be revealed during the two-hour special, hosted by seven-time NAACP Image Awards winner Anthony Anderson, on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 8/7c on BET. 

Here is the complete list of nominees:

Jennifer Hudson
Lil Nas X
Megan Thee Stallion
Regina King
Tiffany Haddish

Motion Picture

Judas and the Black Messiah
King Richard 
The Harder They Fall
The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth 
Jonathan Majors, The Harder They Fall 
LaKeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah 
Mahershala Ali, Swan Song 
Will Smith, King Richard 
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Halle Berry, Bruised
Jennifer Hudson, Respect 
Tessa Thompson, Passing
Zendaya, Malcolm & Marie 
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Algee Smith, Judas and the Black Messiah 
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah 
Delroy Lindo, The Harder They Fall 
Idris Elba, The Harder They Fall 
LaKeith Stanfield, The Harder They Fall 
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard 
Audra McDonald, Respect )
Danielle Deadwyler, The Harder They Fall 
Dominique Fishback, Judas and the Black Messiah 
Regina King, The Harder They Fall 
Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

American Skin
Test Pattern
The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain

Outstanding International Motion Picture

7 Prisoners 
African America
Eyimofe (This is My Desire)
The Gravedigger's Wife

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture

Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
Danny Boyd, Jr., Bruised
Jalon Christian, A Journal For Jordan
Lonnie Chavis, The Water Man 
Sheila Atim, Bruised 
Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture 

Coming 2 America
Judas and the Black Messiah
King Richard 
The Harder They Fall

Outstanding Animated Motion Picture

Raya and the Last Dragon
Sing 2 

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance - Motion Picture

Andre Braugher, Spirit Untamed
Awkwafina, Raya and the Last Dragon 
Brian Tyree Henry, Vivo 
Eric André, Sing 2 
Letitia Wright, Sing 2
Outstanding Short-Form (Live Action)

Aurinko in Adagio 
The Ice Cream Stop 
These Final Hours 
When The Sun Sets (Lakutshon' Ilanga)

Outstanding Short-Form (Animated)

Robin Robin 
She Dreams at Sunrise 
Twenty Something 
Us Again

Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Motion Picture)

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Jamila Wignot, Ailey
Jeymes Samuel, The Harder They Fall 
Liesl Tommy, Respect
Rebecca Hall, Passing 
Outstanding Comedy Series

Run the World
The Upshaws

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Cedric the Entertainer, The Neighborhood
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Elisha 'EJ' Williams, The Wonder Years
Jay Ellis, Insecure
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Issa Rae, Insecure
Loretta Devine, Family Reunion
Regina Hall, Black Monday
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Yvonne Orji, Insecure
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC)
Deon Cole, black-ish
Kenan Thompson - Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Kendrick Sampson, Insecure
Laurence Fishburne, black-ish
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Amanda Seales, Insecure
Jenifer Lewis, black-ish
Marsai Martin, black-ish
Natasha Rothwell, Insecure
Wanda Sykes, The Upshaws
Outstanding Drama Series

All American
Godfather of Harlem 
Queen Sugar 

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

Billy Porter, Pose 
Damson Idris, Snowfall
Forest Whitaker, Godfather of Harlem
Kofi Siriboe, Queen Sugar 
Sterling K. Brown, This is Us
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Angela Bassett, 9-1-1 
Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Queen Sugar 
Octavia Spencer, Truth Be Told
Queen Latifah, The Equalizer
Rutina Wesley, Queen Sugar 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Alex R. Hibbert, The Chi 
Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Power Book II: Ghost 
Daniel Ezra, All American
Giancarlo Esposito, Godfather of Harlem 
Joe Morton, Our Kind of People
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Alfre Woodard, SEE
Bianca Lawson, Queen Sugar
Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy
Mary J. Blige, Power Book II: Ghost 
Susan Kelechi Watson, This is Us 
Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Colin in Black & White
Genius: Aretha
Love Life
Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia
The Underground Railroad

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Anthony Mackie, Solos 
Jaden Michael, Colin in Black & White
Kevin Har, True Story
Wesley Snipes, True Story 
William Jackson Harper, Love Life
Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Betty Gabriel, Clickbait 
Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha 
Danielle Brooks, Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia
Jodie Turner-Smith, Anne Boleyn
Taraji P. Henson, Annie Live!
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Courtney B. Vance, Genius: Aretha
Keith David, Black As Night 
Tituss Burgess, Annie Live! 
Will Catlett, True Story 
William Jackson Harper, The Underground Railroad 
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

Anika Noni Rose, Maid 
Natasha Rothwell, The White Lotus 
Pauletta Washington, Genius: Aretha 
Regina Hall, Nine Perfect Strangers 
Sheila Atim, The Underground Railroad  

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)

Blood on Black Wall Street: The Legacy of the Tulsa Massacre
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
Soul of A Nation
The Reidout 

Outstanding Talk Series

Desus & Mero
Hart to Heart
Red Table Talk
Tamron Hall 
The Real 

Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition or Game Show (Series)

Celebrity Family Feud
Iyanla: Fix My Life
Sweet Life: Los Angeles
The Voice
Wild 'n Out
Outstanding Variety Show (Series or Special) 

A Black Lady Sketch Show 
BET Awards 2021 
Dave Chappelle: The Closer
Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Outstanding Children’s Program

Ada Twist, Scientist
Family Reunion 
Karma's World
Raven’s Home 
Waffles + Mochi

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-Series)

Alayah "Lay Lay" High, That Girl Lay Lay
Celina Smith, Annie Live! 
Elisha 'EJ' Williams, The Wonder Years
Eris Baker, This Is Us 
Miles Brown, black-ish 
Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

Joy Reid, The Reidout
Daniel "Desus Nice" Baker, Joel "The Kid Mero" Martinez, Desus & Mero
Garcelle Beauvais, Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai Jenkins, The Real
Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Willow Smith, Red Table Talk
LeBron James, The Shop: Uninterrupted
Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

Alfonso Ribeiro, America's Funniest Home Videos 
Amber Ruffin, The Amber Ruffin Show 
Cedric The Entertainer, 73rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
Iyanla Vanzant, Iyanla: Fix My Life
Trevor Noah, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Outstanding Guest Performance

Alani "La La" Anthony, The Chi
Christina Elmore, Insecure 
Daniel Kaluuya, Saturday Night Live
Erika Alexander, Run the World 
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Animated Series

Big Mouth
Peanut Headz: Black History Toonz 
Super Sema
We The People 

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television)

Angela Bassett, Malika: The Lion Queen
Billy Porter, Fairfax
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Karma's World
Cree Summer, Rugrats 
Keke Palmer, Big Mouth 
Outstanding Short Form Series - Comedy or Drama 

Between the Scenes - The Daily Show
Dark Humor 
Della Mae 
The Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator
Two Sides: Unfaithful

Outstanding Short Form Series or Special - Reality/Nonfiction

Life By The Horns 
Memory Builds The Monument 
Widen the Screen: 8:46 Films 
Through Our Eyes: Shelter
Lynching Postcards: Token of a Great Day

Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Television)

Angel Kristi Williams, Colin in Black & White
Cierra Glaude, Queen Sugar 
Deborah Riley Draper, The Legacy of Black Wall Street
Halcyon Person, Karma's World
Quyen Tran, Maid 
Outstanding New Artist

Cynthia Erivo
Jimmie Allen
Zoe Wees
Outstanding Male Artist

Anthony Hamilton
J. Cole
Lil Nas X
Outstanding Female Artist

Ari Lennox
Jazmine Sullivan

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album 

Anthems & Glory - Todd Dulaney
Believe For It - CeCe Winans
Jonny x Mali: Live in L.A. - Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music 
Overcomer - Tamela Mann 
Power - Jason McGee & The Choir 
Outstanding International Song

"Essence" - Wizkid feat. Tems and Justin Bieber
"Peru" - Fireboy DML 
"Somebody's Son" - Tiwa Savage feat. Brandy 
"Touch It" - KiDi
"Understand" - Omah Lay 
Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album

"Best Friend" - Saweetie feat. Doja Cat
"Essence" - Wizkid feat. Tems 
"Fye Fye" - Tobe Nwigwe feat. Fat Nwigwe 
"Have Mercy" - Chlöe 
"Leave The Door Open" - Silk Sonic
Outstanding Album

An Evening with Silk Sonic - Silk Sonic 
Back of My Mind - H.E.R. 
Certified Lover Boy - Drake 
Heaux Tales - Jazmine Sullivan
When It’s All Said and Done… Take Time - Givēon
Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album

Coming 2 America (Amazon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Eddie Murphy, Craig Brewer, Kevin Misher,  Randy Spendlove, Jeff Harleston, Brittney Ramsdell
Judas and the Black Messiah (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Mark Isham and Craig Harris
Respect (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Jason Michael Webb and Stephen Bray 
The Harder They Fall (The Motion Picture Soundtrack) - JAY-Z and Jeymes Samuel 
The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Music from the Motion Picture) - Salaam Remi, Andra Day, Raphael Saadiq, Warren “E” Felder, Downtown Trevor Brown 
Outstanding Gospel/Christian Song 

"Believe For It" - CeCe Winans 
"Help Me" - Tamela Mann feat. The Fellas
"Hold Us Together (Hope Mix)" - H.E.R. and Tauren Wells
"Overcome 2021" - Kirk Franklin 
"Time for Reparations" - Sounds of Blackness 
Outstanding Jazz Album - Instrumental

Forever…Jaz - Jazmin Ghent
Love Languages - Nathan Mitchell
Somewhere Different - Brandee Younger
Sounds from the Ancestors - Kenny Garrett 
The Magic of Now - Orrin Evans 
Outstanding Jazz Album - Vocal

Dear Love - Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Force
Generations - The Baylor Project 
Ledisi Sings Nina - Ledisi 
Let There Be Love - Freda Payne
SALSWING! - Rubén Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquesta
Outstanding Soul/R&B Song

"Damage" - H.E.R. 
"Be Alive" - Beyoncé 
"Have Mercy" - Chlöe
"Leave The Door Open" - Silk Sonic
"Pick Up Your Feelings" - Jazmine Sullivan
Outstanding Hip Hop/Rap Song 

"Best Friend" - Saweetie feat. Doja Cat
"Fye Fye" - Tobe Nwigwe feat. Fat Nwigwe 
"Industry Baby" - Lil Nas X feat. Jack Harlow 
"My Life" - J. Cole feat. 21 Savage and Morray
"Way 2 Sexy" - Drake 
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Traditional) 

Anthony Hamilton feat. Jennifer Hudson - "Superstar" 
Chlöe x Halle - "Georgia On My Mind"
Jazmine Sullivan feat. H.E.R. - "Girl Like Me"
Leela James feat. Anthony Hamilton - "Complicated (Remix)"
Silk Sonic - "Leave the Door Open"
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration (Contemporary) 

Chris Brown feat. Young Thug, Future, Lil Durk and Latto - "Go Crazy (Remix)"
Doja Cat feat. SZA - "Kiss Me More"
Drake feat. Future & Young Thug - "Way 2 Sexy"
H.E.R. feat. Chris Brown - "Come Through"
Tobe Nwigwe feat. Fat Nwigwe - "Fye Fye"
Outstanding Documentary (Film)

Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power
My Name Is Pauli Murray 
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Outstanding Documentary (Television)

1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything
American Masters: How It Feels to Be Free
Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali 
High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America 
Insecure Documentary

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

Ashley Nicole Black - Ted Lasso - "Do the Right-est Thing"
Issa Rae - Insecure -"Everything's Gonna Be, Okay?!"
Leann Bowen - Ted Lasso - "Lavender"
Maya Erskine - Pen15 - "Blue in Green"
Temi Wilkey - Sex Education - "Episode #3.6" 
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

Aurin Squire - Evil - "C Is For Cop" 
Davita Scarlett - The Good Fight - "And the Firm Had Two Partners…"
Malcolm Spellman - The Falcon and the Winter Soldier - "New World Order"
Nkechi Okoro Carroll - All American - "Homecoming"
Steven Canals, Janet Mock, Our Lady J, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy - Pose - "Series Finale"
Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special

Abdul Williams - Salt-N-Pepa
Mario Miscione, Marcella Ochoa - Madres
Monique N. Matthew - A Holiday In Harlem
Sameer Gardezi - Hot Mess Holiday
Sherman Payne - Black As Night
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture 

Janicza Bravo, Jeremy O. Harris - Zola 
Jeymes Samuel, Boaz Yakin - The Harder They Fall
Shaka King, Will Berson, Kenny Lucas, Keith Lucas - Judas and the Black Messiah 
Virgil Williams - A Journal for Jordan
Win Rosenfeld, Nia DaCosta, Jordan Peele - Candyman
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle - South Side - "Tornado"
Melina Matsoukas - Insecure - "Reunited, Okay?!"
Neema Barnette - Harlem - "Once Upon A Time in Harlem" 
Prentice Penny - Insecure - "Everything's Gonna Be, Okay?!"
Tiffany Johnson - Black Monday - "Eight!" 
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series

Anthony Hemingway - Genius: Aretha "Respect"
Barry Jenkins - The Underground Railroad - "Indiana Winter" 
Carl Seaton - Snowfall - "Fight or Flight" 
Carl Seaton - Godfather of Harlem - "The Bonanno Split" 
Hanelle Culpepper - True Story - "Like Cain Did Abel"
Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special

Jaffar Mahmood - Hot Mess Holiday
Kenny Leon - Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia
Mario Van Peebles - Salt-N-Pepa 
Maritte Lee Go - Black As Night 
Veronica Rodriguez - Let's Get Merried 
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture

Denzel Washington - A Journal for Jordan 
Jeymes Samuel - The Harder They Fall 
Lin-Manuel Miranda - tick tick...BOOM! 
Reinaldo Marcus Green - King Richard 
Shaka King - Judas and the Black Messiah

Outstanding Directing in a Documentary (Television or Motion Picture)

Andre Gaines - The One and Only Dick Gregory
Dawn Porter - Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer 
Sam Pollard - MLK/FBI
Samantha Knowles, Yoruba Richen, Geeta Gandbhir, Nadia Hallgren - Black and Missing 
Spike Lee - NYC Epicenters 9/11➔2021½ 

Outstanding Literary Work - Fiction

Harlem Shuffle - Colson Whitehead
Libertie - Kaitlyn Greenidge
Long Division - Kiese Laymon 
The Man Who Lived Underground - Richard Wright 
The Perishing - Natashia Deón
Outstanding Literary Work - Nonfiction

Dance Theatre of Harlem - Judy Tyrus, Paul Novosel
Just As I Am - Cicely Tyson 
My Remarkable Journey - Katherine Johnson 
Renegades: Born in the USA - Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen 
The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story - Nikole Hannah-Jones 
Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author

Just As I Am - Cicely Tyson
My Remarkable Journey - Katherine Johnson
Other Black Girl: A Novel - Zakiya Dalila Harris
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois - Honorée Fanonne Jeffers 
Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts - Rebecca Hal
Outstanding Literary Work - Biography/Autobiography

Just As I Am - Cicely Tyson 
Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement - Tarana Burke 
Unprotected: A Memoir - Billy Porter 
Until I Am Free - Keisha Blain
Will - Will Smith
Outstanding Literary Work - Instructional

Diversity Is Not Enough: A Roadmap to Recruit, Develop and Promote Black Leaders in America  - Keith Wyche 
Feeding the Soul (Because It's My Business) - Tabitha Brown
Permission to Dream - Chris Gardner
Teaching Black History to White People - Leonard N. Moore
The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth About Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations - Robert Livingston 
Outstanding Literary Work - Poetry

Perfect Black - Crystal Wilkinson 
Playlist for the Apocalypse - Rita Dove 
Such Color: New and Selected Poems - Tracy K. Smith
The Wild Fox of Yemen - Threa Almontaser 
What Water Knows: Poems - Jacqueline Jones LaMon
Outstanding Literary Work - Children

Black Ballerinas: My Journey to Our Legacy - Misty Copeland 
Change Sings - Amanda Gorman, Loren Long
Stacey’s Extraordinary Words - Stacey Abrams, Kitt Thomas
Time for Bed, Old House - Janet Costa Bates, A.G. Ford
When Langston Dances - Kaija Langley, Keith Mallett
Outstanding Literary Work - Youth/Teens

Ace of Spades - Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé 
Happily Ever Afters - Elise Bryant
The Cost of Knowing - Brittney Morris
When You Look Like Us - Pamela N. Harris 
Wings of Ebony - J. Elle 
Outstanding News and Information Podcast

After the Uprising: The Death of Danyé Dion Jones
Blindspot: Tulsa Burning
Into America

Outstanding Lifestyle/Self-Help Podcast

Checking In with Michelle Williams
The Homecoming Podcast with Dr. Thema
The SonRise Project Podcast
Two Funny Mamas: Sherri Shepherd & Kym Whitley
Under Construction w/ Tamar Braxton

Outstanding Society and Culture Podcast

Beyond the Scenes - The Daily Show
Jemele Hill is Unbothered
Professional Troublemaker
Questlove Supreme
Super Soul Podcast

Outstanding Arts and Entertainment Podcast

Club Shay Shay podcast with Shannon Sharpe
Jemele Hill is Unbothered
Questlove Supreme
Reasonably Shady
The History of Sketch Comedy with Keegan-Michael Key


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@KevOnStage - Kevin Fredericks
@Laronhinesofficial - Laron Hines
@_Lyneezy - Lanae Vanee
@Terrellgrice -  Terrell Grice


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PaleyFest LA is returning in 2022! The annual television festival is bringing fans a pop culture-packed lineup for the 39th Annual PaleyFest LA, which is set to take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles from Saturday, April 2 through Sunday, April 10. 

This is the first time the festival is back in person in three years and they're celebrating in style. Fans will get to see behind-the-scenes conversations with some of their favorite shows' leading stars and have interactive audience Q&As. 

Some of the shows on this year's lineup include This Is Us, Superman & Lois, black-ish, Ghosts, The Neighborhood, Hacks, Cobra Kai, Riverdale, Better Call Saul, A Salute to the NCIS Universe celebrating NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, and NCIS:Hawai'i, and Emily in Paris.

Both This Is Us and black-ish are celebrating their final seasons this year. Their panels will feature special preview screenings of upcoming episodes followed by a conversation and Q&A with the casts. The This Is Us panel will feature creator Dan Fogelman, as well as stars Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, and Jon Huertas. The black-ish panel will feature showrunner Courtney Lilly,  as well as stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, and Jenifer Lewis. 

Paley members and Citi card members will have advanced access to ticket sales starting Tuesday, Jan. 18 until Jan. 20. Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, Jan. 21 at 7 a.m. PT at


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Showtime's dark and twisted new series Yellowjackets has become an obsessive must-watch for fans who have gotten wrapped up in the drama. However, for star Melanie Lynskey, there was a bit of behind-the-scenes drama before the show ever even kicked off.

The acclaimed actress, who plays Shauna on the show, recently sat down for a profile interview with Rolling Stone, and recalled how she's often faced criticism and even body shaming throughout her career. This even extends to an unnamed member of production on Yellowjackets.

According to Lynskey, people approached her before filming began, "They were asking me, ‘What do you plan to do? I’m sure the producers will get you a trainer. They’d love to help you with this.'"

However, this wasn't the kind of passive-aggressive suggestion that Lynskey's co-stars were willing to abide.

According to the interview, her Yellowjacket co-stars Christina Ricci, Juliette Lewis, and Tawny Cypress all voiced their strong support for Lynskey, with Lewis going so far as to pen a letter to the producers on the actress behalf.

Lynskey said that she feels it's important to show characters who have different body-shapes or different looks than what is often presented on TV.

"It was really important to me for [Shauna] to not ever comment on my body, to not have me putting a dress on and being like, 'I wish I looked a bit better.' I did find it important that this character is just comfortable and sexual and not thinking or talking about it," she shared. "Because I want women to be able to to watch it and be like, ‘Wow, she looks like me and nobody’s saying she’s the fat one.'"

"That representation is important," Lynskey added.

The season one finale of Yellowjackets aired Sunday, giving many fans answers to questions, revealing which fan theories had actually been true, and leaving many mysteries still to be solved.

Check out the video below to hear more about the season finale, and what is in store for season 2.


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After a season of dark omens, near death experiences and many theories, Jackie’s fate on Yellowjackets was finally revealed. And while it’s one that some viewers may have predicted, how things unfolded was still very much a surprise. Actress Ella Purnell as well as creators and executive producers Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson break down Jackie’s journey, the finale episode and what’s to come in season 2.  

[Warning: Spoilers for “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi,” written by Lyle and Nickerson, and directed by Eduardo Sanchez.] 


At the end of season 1’s last episode, Jackie died after being forced to survive outside on her own. “This was an idea that existed from the very beginning. It was part of the pitch,” Nickerson tells ET. “The character of Jackie, in a lot of ways, sort of symbolizes something endowed by a kind of society. And so, to have that fall away over the course of the first season, her death represents a sort of slipping away of home in a very real way. That was something from the beginning that we started with.” 

Back in 1996, in the Canadian Rockies where the surviving Yellowjackets are still stranded, members of the group start turning on each other. And it’s during the episode’s final moments that Shauna (Sophie Nélisse) and Jackie finally confront each other over everything that has happened between them since they’ve survived the plane crash. The emotional and game changing fight, with the remaining survivors taking Shauna’s side, leads to Jackie getting kicked out of the cabin and freezing to death in the snow.  

“We felt like her character deserved a really emotional death. That was really important to us,” Lyle says, explaining that much of season 1 is built around Shauna and Jackie's friendship. And the fact that they couldn’t find a way to resolve their issues -- with Shauna becoming pregnant after sleeping with Jackie’s boyfriend being one major one -- “was just really heartbreaking to us,” she adds.   

“It was sad,” Purnell says of reading the final script, especially given the arc that her character went on over the course of the season. And because of that, one of the things the actress wanted to do was to make sure “that the death was impactful, if not divisive for the audience.” 


From the premiere, Jackie was admittedly not the most likable character, described on paper as a stereotypical queen bee who has it all, but she had her positive traits. She was the soccer team’s captain, best friends with Shauna, whom Jackie helps calm her fear of flying by lending her her necklace before the two get on their ill-fated plane.  

But at the same time, Jackie often rubbed the rest of her team the wrong way, failed to contribute to the group’s survival in a meaningful way and even hooked up with Travis (Kevin Alves) despite knowing that Natalie (Sophie Thatcher) likes him.  

“Jackie is not the most likable character,” Purnell says of having to carefully toe the line with her evolution of the character from episode to episode. “But technically speaking, by the finale, she’s done nothing wrong. Whereas Shauna, who is the likable one, has done things wrong.”  

Of course, the actress is referring to Shauna’s betraying Jackie by sleeping with Jeff and threatening to slice up Travis during Doomcoming. She adds, “When you take these women out of civilization, a normal, practical society and you put them in the wilderness, the rights and the wrongs don’t matter.” 

Before Jackie does succumb to the outdoors, there’s a dream sequence that leads her back into the cabin. But once she’s inside, things quickly turn into a nightmare when she’s confronted by the group, including Laura Lee (Jane Widdop) and the mystery man from the opening credits. “It’s a really tender moment for a second, and then it got really f**king creepy,” Purnell says.  

Ahead of the finale, the creators told ET audiences would see the unidentified man in the episode but didn’t offer any more details. When asked if she knew anything specific about who he is, Purnell was quick to say, “I can’t tell you.”  


Given the number of dead bodies that have piled up along with an increasing number of unanswered questions, it’s any wonder if they or Jackie will appear again in the future, whether in flashbacks or another form. While Purnell claims she has no idea what’s in store for her character, she’s hopeful she’ll turn up again. “I keep trying to convince the writers. Like, I’m trying to come up with all these different reasons why they should write me in the next season,” she says, joking fans should start a petition to bring her back as a ghost.  

If nothing else, Jackie’s death will weigh heavily on Shauna, who is facing a reckoning in season 2, with the creators acknowledging that it’s something “that could arguably be her fault.”   

Until then, another lingering question is what happens to Jackie’s body. While the finale didn’t go there in terms of the cannibalism teased in the season 1 premiere, could she be the first person the remaining survivors eat? “I don’t know. But I mean, it’s going to happen at some point,” Purnell says, before teasing, “Let me put it this way: it’s going to be a long, cold winter.”  

Season 1 of Yellowjackets is now streaming on Showtime. 


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After 10 twist-filled and captivating episodes, Yellowjackets season 1 has come to a close. Creators and executive producers Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson of Showtime’s hit series about members of a high school soccer team stranded in the Canadian Rockies after a plane crash break down some of the finale’s biggest cliffhangers. The duo also teases to ET what’s to come in season 2 now that winter is here, and that the survivors are one step closer to cannibalism.  

[Warning: Spoilers for season 1, episode 10, “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi,” written by Lyle and Nickerson and directed by Eduardo Sanchez] 

In the final hour, Taissa (Tawny Cypress), Natalie (Juliette Lewis) and Misty (Christina Ricci) must help Shauna (Melanie Lynskey) clean up her mess and dispose of Adam’s (Peter Gadiot) body before heading to their 25th high school reunion, where their forced to revisit their plane crash. But that’s not the only dead body in need of disposing of after Misty poisons Jessica (Rekha Sharma).

Later, Taissa learns that she had a miraculous finish at the polls and won her New Jersey senate race before her estranged wife, Simone (Rukiya Bernard), returns home to find a dog’s head and a broken doll among a collection of witchcraft-like objects in furnace. The episode ends with Natalie getting kidnapped by strangers wearing the mysterious rune symbol from the woods and the audience learning that Lottie is alive and drained Travis’ bank account before he died.  

Back in 1996, in the woods where the surviving Yellowjackets are still stranded, the group is recovering from their mushroom induced Doomcoming party as individuals start turning on each other. Van (Liv Hewson) challenges Taissa (Jasmin Savoy Brown) over her disbelief that something supernatural may be happening to them while Misty seeks forgiveness for drugging everyone.

Elsewhere, Travis (Kevin Alves) and Natalie profess their love for each other before he goes off in search of his younger brother, Javi (Luciano Leroux). Meanwhile, Shauna (Sophie Nélisse) and Jackie (Ella Purnell) finally confront each other over everything that has happened between them, with the group sending Jackie out on her own before she eventually dies alone in the snow.   

So, what comes next? See what Lyle and Nickerson have to say below... 


ET: We didn’t end with the survivors engaging in cannibalism, which is something it felt like we were building up to all season. So, I was curious about why you didn’t go there in the finale and if there was a reason for holding off.  

Ashley Lyle: It’s a case of wanting to make sure that we build the story properly and have – despite the heightened quality of the show – have the right amount of grounding. And in our minds, it just would take longer than the time we allotted for the first season to get to that actual point. I mean, in terms of crossing a Rubicon, that is a very big one. So, we wanted to really hit the emotional moments that we could see as precursors to that.  

The intention was always that season 1 was always meant to be spring, summer, fall with a sort of “winter is coming” feel to it. And then season 2, winter hits and it’s sort of the apex of everything that we've seen building toward. 

I would love to reassure all our viewers that we're not going to drag out cannibalism for five seasons. It is very much coming, but we want to make sure we get there the right way. 

Bart Nickerson: A big part of that is that we a gave away the cannibalism in the pilot. And part of that is we wanted to build to not just that they do in fact engage in cannibalism, but why they do. So, really being able to build that out and sort of earn it in the way that we’d like and have planned to do, we just want to give that the time that it needs to be a kind of satisfying, engaging and believable.  


So, Jackie’s dead after all. Was that always the plan and can you explain the purpose of her arc in season 1?  

Nickerson: This was an idea that existed from the very beginning. It was part of the pitch. The character of Jackie, in a lot of ways, sort of symbolizes something endowed by a kind of society. And so, to have that fall away over the course of the first season, her death represents a sort of slipping away of home in a very real way. That was something from the beginning that we started with.  

Lyle: We felt like her character deserved a really emotional death. That was really important to us. And so, you know, so much of the season is built around Shauna and Jackie's friendship and the solution of that. I think that oftentimes female friendship, you know, it ebbs and flows, particularly at that age. It can be really volatile, their fights and then their makeups. And we fell in love with the idea that this is a situation that back in the real world would have probably resolved itself. It might’ve ended, you know, with them both going off to college and going to different colleges, maybe they never would have repaired that relationship. But the consequences obviously would have been just so much different.  

And in terms of something that could weigh on Shauna and really change her moving forward, to have Jackie’s death be something that could arguably be her fault or not be her fault -- it’s really sort of a mutually assured situation because of their stubbornness and their pride and their refusal to just cross that line and make amends -- just felt really heartbreaking to us.  


When it comes to Shauna and all the secrets from the past and present that seem to be piling up, are we going to see her crack or start to unravel at all?  

Nickerson: I definitely think that there will be a kind of reckoning. Shauna is very much a character who started in this self-imposed kind of stasis, because she's trying to, as best as she can, cope with unresolved emotions and feelings around her trauma. And for Shauna, that is not going to continue to work for much longer. Like, we've already started to see throughout season 1. 

Speaking of her trauma, my biggest thing is wanting to know what happened to her baby or the pregnancy while they’re stranded in the woods. And given that this show is eventually going to embrace cannibalism, is it the kind of show that will go there, with them eating the baby? 

Lyle: I don't entirely know how to answer that question because I think people should be prepared for things to get quite a bit darker. We do know what goes on with the baby, but we're going to hold that pretty close to the vest right now.  

I think though that for as much as we love to revel in the dark and the macabre, that there are certain lines that you can cross that will make it a show potentially not fun to watch anymore. And we always want to be careful with that, giving the viewer a really fun experience, even if it is dark and twisted. But we never want to get into a territory that is so fully grim or bleak that it’s no longer entertaining to watch.  

Nickerson: I don’t think we’re trying to ever be provocative for the sake of being a provocative. We’re trying to create a mood and a kind of reality that is both fun, but also has a sort of like a visceral kind of experience with the stakes, especially in kind of the wilderness, but also in kind of the present day. 

So, I guess the darker stuff or the gorier stuff are really just tools that we use in the service of that. You know, I think that as much as anything will dictate how far we go. It is something that's being decided like on the way based on what the moment needs. 


Now that Lottie is the Antler Queen, what’s next for her in the past?  

Nickerson: I think what you’re going to see in season 2 is going to be the continued emergence of her conversancy with something sort of beyond the normal kind of reality. She is not fully formed. Like, the thing she's going to be in the end, she is not yet. 

And what about the present? What can we expect from adult Lottie? 

Lyle: I would say a lot of, maybe barring Jeff [Shauna’s husband played by Warren Kole] and his blackmail scheme, a lot of what we've seen from the women in season1 is sort of an interior threat, particularly with Shauna. And I think that moving forward in season 2, we’ll see a little bit more exterior threat.  


What’s up with the items in Taissa’s furnace mean? Has she gone full on witchcraft?  

Lyle: Like Lottie, whether she is always conscious of it or not and as much as she’s trying to deny it to herself and repress it is, is in a way a believer as well. I think we can, for now, leave it at. 

Nickerson: The intent of the final moment with Taissa was the realization about how this victory sort of happened. Not necessarily that she had consciously created an altar. So, that’s the place that we’ve left her in is that in season 2, she’ll have to be sort of grappling with that reality that this thing that she has gotten has come through this sort of dark way.  

What’s the deal with the people wearing the rune symbol who kidnapped Natalie? Are they other survivors or new recruits?  

Lyle: They are not survivors. 

Nickerson: Those are new recruits.  

Now that winter has arrived, what's in store for season 2? How would you describe the theme or the overall intention of what comes next?  

Lyle: I would say that season 1 was really about fissures and the past bubbling to the surface. And I think, you know, Bart used the word reckoning before, and I think that there will be a more direct reckoning with the past moving forward.  

Nickerson: There's also something that [director] Karyn Kusama said in our first meeting, which feels like a million years ago, where she pitched as a subtitle for the show, she said, “Yellowjackets: An American War Story.” And that’s always kind of stuck with me. And I think that will be very true with season 2.  

Season 1 of Yellowjackets is now streaming on Showtime. 


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