October cannot come soon enough! To hold us off, we finally get the first official trailer to Syfy's "Reginald the Vampire" with Jacob Batalon. We're not long until we see our favorite "guy in the chair" on-screen. See him transform from an ordinary guy selling slushies to the next blood-sucker navigating his way through being a new vampire. With the official poster just releasing last week, the Spider-Man actor is coming in hot with these quick glimpses of his character. Check it all out below!
Jacob first shared last year that he's stoked to be No. 1 on the call sheet with his announcement for his next project. The Syfy series Reginald the Vampire was picked up by the NBCUniversal network and is based on the book series, Fat Vampire. The book series follows Reginald Baskin who gets turned into a slow, weak, most out-of-shape vampire by his coworker and tech guy Maurice. The story of an unlikely hero will bleed into the TV series.
Harley Peyton (Twin Peaks, Chucky), who will serve as showrunner, the dramedy imagines a world populated by “beautiful, fit and vain vampires.” Reginald Baskin will have to navigate every kind of obstacle – the girl he loves but can’t be with, a bully manager at work, and the vampire chieftain who wants him dead. He'll discover that he has a few powers of his own to navigate through the "undead life which is just as complicated life itself."
Cover Photo Credit: Jacob Batalon Instagram
The NBC sitcom series, Mr. Mayor is in its second season and there's a big Filipino representation in the most recent episode, "Sister Cities." From the creators of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the series follows fictional Los Angeles Mayor Neil Bremer played by Ted Danson. Fil-Am actor Mike Cabellon is a series regular who plays Chief Strategist, Tommy Tomas.
This week, Mike Cabellon is joined by 2 more Filipino actors, Bernadette Balagtas Batts and Marie France Arcilla who we see throughout the episode in guest roles. Not only were there 3 Filipino actors on set, the episode was also spearheaded by Filipina director Heather Jack.
Here's the episode's synopsis: Neil can't wait to show off his deal-making skills with the visiting mayors of L.A.'s sister cities, but chaos ensues when he mistakes a group of film extras for the real mayors.
Check out the behind the scenes of this fun episode.
Bernadette hangs out with Ted Danson and cast in between filming.
Director Heather Jack shares it was an insane experience directing a primetime series alongside Fil-Am talents.
Cover Photo Credit: Mike Cabellon Instagram
Simu Liu and Saweetie recently made their debut on Saturday Night Live (SNL) with Simu hosting and Saweetie as the musical guest lighting up the stage. Simu's opening monologue went smooth and set it up for a great night of sketches. His natural demeanor and delivery were favored by entertainment critics.
Saweetie took the stage twice, performing with a live band and full choreography. We have to give it up to Saweetie as we continue to see her elevate her artistry in every live performance she's recently had. The slowed down, almost uptempo jazzy opening version of her Tap In performance made for a great change of pace and delivery. Check out her performances below.
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Up next for SNL in December is Billie Eilish, Paul Rudd, and Charlie XCX!
We can't get enough of these live shows that have been happening! It takes us on a specific experience where we watch a Broadway-style show from the comfort of our homes. So far, productions like Grease and How the Grinch Stole Christmas have aired, but now we get another classic with Annie Live! The sun is definitely coming out in this production that premieres for one night only on December 2nd at 8pm ET/PT on NBC.
Casting has been set with Celina Smith as Annie, Harry Connick Jr. as Sir Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, Taraji P. Henson as Miss Hannigan, Nicole Scherzinger as Grace Farrell, and more. Nicole's role of Grace Farrell is "Daddy" Warbucks' assistant and a mother figure to Annie.
According to Deadline, Nicole said, “Musical theater has always made my heart soar, so I’m over the moon to join this amazing cast for such a great classic.” Her character also traditionally sings in various musical numbers like “You Make Me Happy,” “You Won’t Be an Orphan for Long,” “Annie,” and more!
The character of Grace traditionally participates in musical productions as “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here,” “N.Y.C.,” “You Make Me Happy,” “You Won’t Be an Orphan for Long,” “Annie,” and “New Deal for Christmas.” We hope to hear Nicole's voice in a number on the live show!
Annie Live! is produced by Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron and Alex Rudzinsky and co-directed by Lear deBessonet and Alex Rudzinski with choreography by Sergio Trujillo. This will definitely get you in the holiday spirit if you aren't already! Let's be real here, we've been in holiday mode since September.
Want to catch up on what Nicole Scherzinger has been up to? We sat down with her not too long ago to chat about her reimagined Tagalog song, "Pangako" for Troy Laureta's OPM project, Kaibigan: A Troy Laureta OPM Collective, Vol. 1. She also dished about her journey, her experience in the Philippines, and Filipino food. Check it all out below!
Cover Photo Credit: Nicole Scherzinger Facebook
Be ready as we'll see a lot of Ginger Gonzaga on our screens soon. She recently landed the lead role in a new CBS pilot series, True Lies opposite Steve Howey (Shameless). The pilot series is a take on the 1994 film of the same named that starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Gonzaga will portray the character, Helen originally played by Jamie Lee Curtis. According to Variety, Helen is described as Harry’s (Howey) supportive wife, mother of two teenage kids and a linguistics professor. She doesn't have a clue that her husband is a secret spy and is getting annoyed with his frequent "business trips." We'll see the antics that go down when Harry invites Helen on a trip to Paris and finds out her husband isn't who she thinks he is.
There is not yet a premiere date so we'll just have to keep our eyes peeled, but Gonzaga is set to be pretty busy these days. With her returning to the NBC comedy series "Kenan" for its second season, she is also appearing in the upcoming Disney Plus-Marvel series “She-Hulk” opposite Tatiana Maslany.
While the actress had starring roles in the TBS comedy Wrecked and the ABC sitcom Mixology, she also appeared up on other shows like Chance, I’m Dying Up Here and Those Who Can’t. Plus and a recurring role on the upcoming fifth season of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie. She also has directorial credits for Your Day starring herself and Jason Ritter.
According to Us Weekly, Gonzaga also sings, performs stand-up comedy, and holds a B.A. degree from UC Santa Barbara, where she majored in political science/international relations and minored in Chinese.
Cover Photo Credit: Mixology Facebook
Registered nurse Vaughn Mugol sings his heart out in this week's Season 21 premiere of NBC's The Voice. Originally from the Philippines and migrated to Beaumont, Texas, Vaughn is a soulful artist with great technique. His cover of Ed Sheeran's "The A Team" had 3 out of the 4 coaches turn their chairs during Blind Auditions and sweet talk him to joining their team. Ultimately, he joined joined Ariana Grande's team beating out Kelly Clarkson and John Legend. Ariana means business this season.
As part of Team Grande, she looks forward to working with Vaughn and guiding him throughout the competition, selecting songs that best fits his voice, and be the best he could be. This registered nurse isn't used to singing a grand stage like The Voice and only sang to his patients, but now America will see he's made for it. He dedicated his performance to all the healthcare workers battling still at the frontlines.
A "nurse by day, singer by night. Livin' that double life" will now live his musician dream. Like Ariana, we're excited to see how he'll progress in the competition.
Cover Photo Credit: Vaughn Mugol Instagram
Who else misses traveling like we do? Youtuber Mikey Bustos takes NBC's Today Show hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on a mini tour around Manila. Mikey is a singer, comedian, and entertainer who grew up in Toronto, Canada and is now based in Manila. He likes to travel the world while living out his dream of being a performer and makes fun video and vlogs along the way to share with his 1.29 million subscribers.
Mikey kicks it off with a kalesa (horse drawn carriage) ride around various churches, moments, and historical sights. After sightseeing, he shows a couple of pastimes that we do best like tinikling and a few of our national attire like the Barong and Filipiniana dresses.
He then diverts to Bohol in the central Visayas region to check out the natural wonder of the world, the Chocolate Hills. Mikey also stops by the tarsier sanctuary to visit the famous animals of Bohol. Wanna guess his next stop? Of course, the beaches of Boracay and Palawan. From the white sand beaches to the underwater caves, the Philippine beaches are a wonder itself.
Lastly, you can't talk about the Philippines without talking about food! Mikey goes to the street to find the best snacks, restaurants, and treats. Mikey gives a glance at the street food vendors and visits restaurants packed with pancit, chicken inasal, lumpia, and halo-halo. This totally makes us both hungry and wanting to go back to visit the homeland. Where's your first stop next time you visit the Philippines? We wanna know, @myxnews on Twitter!
Wanna see more BTS of Mikey's trip? Check out his vlog!
Cover Photo Credit: Mike Bustos Twitter
Yellow Rose actress, Eva Noblezada and How to Get Away with Murder actor, Conrad Ricamora land guest star roles on primetime television this week. 24-year-old Noblezada appears on the most recent episode of Law and Order: SVU alongside Mariska Hargitay. The episode revolved around a meeting between Noblezada's character and her idol turning violent.
As Broadway shows remain shut down due to the pandemic, Law & Order showrunners aim to continue to hire stage actors. Noblezada's career in Broadway has earned her two nominations for a Tony Award. One for the role as Kim in the 2017 Broadway production of Miss Saigon, and for the lead role of Eurydice in Hadestown.
Conrad Ricamora best known for his character of Oliver Hampton on ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, will have a reoccurring role on Fox's The Resident. He'll play the stepson of surgeon, Dr. Bell played by Bruce Greenwood. We may also see Ricamora's character scrub in as he is also a surgeon.
Ricamora is also a stage actor, having portrayed Ninoy Aquino in the 2013 Off-Broadway musical, Here Lies Love, which won him a Theatre World Award. In the show Soft Power, he was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical. To top it off, he's also a Grammy nominee for Best Musical Theater Album, Principal Soloist in The King and I.
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Han Han, an emcee and operating room nurse from Toronto recently had her song, Be Iba on the NBC series Nurses. As audiences are captivated by her spoken word style and rapping skills, her music is described to "grapple with social issues and her experiences as a woman and an immigrant." Her songs tend to use both the Tagalog and Cebuano dialects, but in the song, Be Iba she uses Tagalog specifically.
Her debut album, Han Han was released in 2014 and was recognized by Huffington Post and more. Her single, ‘World Gong Crazy’ was nominated for "Best Song" in the 2017 Berlin Music Video Awards, which also lead her to a publishing deal with EMI. This opportunity brought her further exposure in TV and international radio plays.
She recently released a new single, "Babae Ka" from her sophomore album, Urduja (2020). Catch new episodes of Nurses Tuesday nights on NBC.