| Jan 8, 2014
| 5:30 AM
"The Sound of Music" has been sweet to Laura Benanti. In 1998 at the age of just 18, she made her Broadway debut as Maria in a revival of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, but it was her role last month as Maria's rival, the jilted Elsa Schrader, in NBC'...
| May 9, 2014
| 9:07 PM
Laura Benanti was born to be on stage.
Not just because she could sing the entire score to Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" by the time she was 10.
Or because she trick-or-treated while costumed as the leading lady from Sondheim's "Passion."
| Apr 29, 2014
| 3:17 PM
Laura Benanti wants a bigger audience.
Not just for herself, mind you, but for all theatrical endeavors.
"I'm trying to do whatever I can to bring this art form to the next generation," the singer-actress says on the phone from her home in New York....
| Apr 24, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Todd Holland and Karey Nixon Burke's Dark Toy Entertainment has signed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios, Variety has learned.
The producing partners, who had previously been under an overall deal with Universal TV, recently finished the pilot...
| Jul 5, 2012
| 7:30 AM
NBC plans to use its Olympics coverage to promote the fall TV season, offering sneak peeks at two new comedies and launching the second season of "Grimm" when the Games end in mid-August.
The network has spread out its fall premieres over more than two...
| May 30, 2013
| 4:11 PM
Matthew Perry is opening up about his struggle with addiction while playing sarcastic goofball Chandler Bing on the hit sitcom "Friends" and how he's now working to assist men with similar battles.
Now that he's sober, the actor has focused his energy...
| May 22, 2013
| 1:22 PM
Jennifer Aniston joined Ellen DeGeneres as guest co-host Wednesday on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." To prepare for the gig, she went to the house of former co-star Matthew Perry with cameras in tow to ask for advice. What she got was a mini "Friends"...
| May 23, 2013
| 5:00 AM
If there were an Emmy for Most Disturbingly Apt Title of Series, NBC's new comedy "Save Me" would win hands down. It just works on so many levels.
"Save me" is certainly the phrase that surges to a critic's mind moments into the ludicrous machinations...
| May 12, 2013
| 3:52 PM
NEW YORK -- NBC is hoping that sitcom pros Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes can conjure their magic once more.
The beleaguered network announced its 2013-14 lineup Sunday with a focus on restocking its dwindling comedy pantry. "The Office" and "30 Rock"...
| May 13, 2013
| 6:27 AM
After the coffee. Before getting through two upfronts in one day.
The Skinny: It's a beautiful day here in New York. Too bad I'll spend it indoors at the NBC and Fox upfronts, and then running in and out of Starbucks to steal their Wi-Fi to file blog...
| May 13, 2013
| 12:23 PM
NEW YORK -- In a time long removed from Michael Scott and must-see TV, NBC is hoping Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes can help fill its Thursday night comedy void.
The network on Monday unveiled its programming for the year ahead during its annual upfront...