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23 Times Pop Stars and Musicians Guest-Starred on Your Favorite TV Shows

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It’s always exciting to see your favorite pop stars and musicians in a cameo on your favorite TV show.

It’s an unexpected blend of your two worlds coming together in a fantastic way that you never thought was possible.

Sometimes, these A-list celebrities play themselves, while other times, they tap into another persona and character entirely.

Oftentimes, they even appear on shows because they’re huge fans, too!

We’ve rounded up our favorite celebrity musical guest stars over the years! 

Check them out below and let us know who you’d add to the list. 

 

Britney Spears on How I Met Your Mother

The Princess of pop appeared in the episode “Ten Sessions” as Abby, the receptionist at Stella Zinman’s dermatology clinic where Ted goes to have his tattoo removed. It was some of Britney’s best work, to be honest. 

Britney also gets an honorary mention for her appearance on Sabrina the Teenage Witch as herself. 

And in another award-worthy role, Britney appears as Rogelio’s nemesis on Jane the Virgin

And finally, Britney on Glee! It was a tribute episode to the pop star and she appeared in the student’s dream sequences while at the dentist office! 

Britney was made for the screen!
 
 

Demi Lovato on Will & Grace

The 27-year-old who started her career on Disney Channel (well, Barney, if you want to be exact) returned to the small-screen when she joined the cast in season 3 as Jenny, Will’s potential surrogate.
 

 
Demi also appeared in “Shiny Happy People” on Grey’s Anatomy as Haley, a girl who has a tiny hole in her inner ear which is found to be the reason she’s been hurting herself. 
 

 

Lady Gaga on American Horror Story

The award-winning singer appeared as a main character on the fifth season of the anthology thriller themed “Hotel.” She played Elizabeth, a vampiric Countess and carrier of a blood virus who built the hotel and continues to haunt it. She also appeared as a witch in season 6 themed “Roanoke.” She won a Golden Globe for her performance in “Hotel.”

 

Kelly Clarkson on Nashville

Despite the show’s country vibe, the pop star guest starred as herself and performed “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star along with the show’s stars Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen. 

 

One Direction on iCarly

The British boy band starred as themselves on the Nickelodeon series led by Miranda Cosgrove. There were some funny bits and a performance of “What Makes You Beautiful.”
 

 

Jennifer Lopez on Will & Grace

The pop star appeared on the show’s original run and in the reboot more than 10 years later. In 2018. she appeared as both herself and her Shades of Blue character, NYPD detective Harlee Santos when Jack snagged a small role in the series as an “extra.” In 2004, she starred as herself in a few episode and even sang at Karen’s wedding. 
 

 

 

Lance Bass on 7th Heaven

In 2000 at the height of boy band NSYNC’s fame, Lance Bass guest starred on the family-friendly drama as Rick Palmer and locked lips with Lucy Camden aka Beverly Mitchell. 
 

 

Backstreet Boys on Sabrina the Teenage Witch

In “The Band Episode,” the boy banders — Nick, Howie, Brian, A.J., and Kevin — appear as a group of teens playing basketball who drink Sabrina’s magical talent potion and begin belting out “As Long As You Love Me.”

 

Madonna on Will & Grace

On “Dolls and Dolls,” Madonna appears as an office worker named Liz who becomes Karen’s roommate after she tries to connect with real people following the end of her marriage. 
 

 

Justin Bieber on CSI

The Canadian singer’s career was climbing the charts when he appeared on CSI as a serial bomber Jason McCann who acts in revenge after his brother is killed by CSI agents in an earlier episode. 
 

 

Adam Lambert on Pretty Little Liars

The former American Idol finalist joined the teen murder mystery drama for the third season’s Halloween episode. He appeared as a fantasized version of himself opposite a scene with Lucy Hale on the ghost train and performed two songs! 
 

 

Destiny’s Child on Smart Guy

In a “Date with Destiny,” T.J. steals Yvette’s spotlight when girl group Destiny’s Child hires him to be their backup dancer instead of her and a group of other dancer’s leading to some resentment! 
 

 

Prince on New Girl

The dearly departed music icon was a huge fan on the Fox comedy and reached out to the series about a cameo in 2014. Jess and Cece are invited to a once-in-a-lifetime party thrown by Prince in the episode.

 

Bruno Mars on Jane the Virgin

Bruno Mars made a surprise cameo on the season 2 finale of The CW telenovela-drama when he sang at Jane and Michael’s wedding. He serenaded the couple at the reception with a brand new song titled, “Rest of My Life.”
 

 

Taylor Swift on CSI

The larger-than-life star appeared in season 9 of CSI as Haley Jones, a rebellious teen who is found dead at a motel after a string of previous murders. 
 

 

Pete Wentz on One Tree Hill

When One Tree Hill was the top series on television, Fall Out Boy was at the height of their success, which made Pete Wentz the perfect, albeit strange, love interest for Peyton Sawyer. He bonded well with the girls at the cabin and made for one of the most memorable episodes! 
 

 

Ed Sheeran on Game of Thrones

The singer made a cameo appearance on the season 7 premiere of HBO’s hit series as a young Lannister soldier who sings a tune that Arya hears from a bit away. The show runner admitted they gave him the role because Maisie Williams is a huge fan, and in turn, Ed is a huge fan of the show. In the premiere of season 8, fans finally learn that Eddie was a victim of dragon fire. 

 

Nick Lachey on Hawaii Five-O

The former 98 degrees singer portrayed Tyler on the NBC series, who held a group of college students hostage while trying to to get money from their parents in exchange for their lives. It turns out Tyler is engaged to Susan, a worker on the cruise ship where the kids are kidnapped from. Susan is played by Lachey’s real-life wife, Vanessa Lachey. 

 

Janet Jackson Will & Grace

Janet appears as herself in “Back Up, Dancer,” the show’s seventh season. As she scouts for backup dancers, Jack auditions but must compete in a dance-off for the coveted spot! 
 

 

Kesha on Jane the Virgin

We’ve all dealt with noisy neighbors… and Kesha’s character is no different! The artist appears on The CW drama as a colorful musician and Jane’s new neighbor, and let’s just say, she’s not a baby person, which makes it a bit difficult for Jane, a new mom! 

 

Jesse McCartney on Young & Hungry

The actor and musician appeared in the first two seasons of the ABC Family sitcom as a computer genius and hacker who tapped into Josh’s app. He briefly dates Gabi before moving to China, but he can’t stop thinking about her and returns to disrupt her current relationship! 
 

 

Cher on Will & Grace

Jack meets the real Cher while out at lunch with the doll-version of the artist, but he’s convinced the person standing in front of him is a drag queen imitator. Even a “Cher-off” with the musical icon isn’t enough to convince him. 

 

Nick Jonas on Hawaii Five-O

The Jonas Brother portrays Ian Wright, a hacker who Steve and Grover initially pursue over some parking tickets before realizing that he’s a sociopathic hacker responsible for some serious crimes. He later kidnaps Grover’s daughter. 
 


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What to Watch in February 2021: ‘Young Rock,’ ‘Firefly Lane,’ ‘Malcolm & Marie’ and ‘Superman & Lois’

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What to Watch February 2021: Superman & Lois, Firefly Lane, Malcolm & Marie, Young Rock

The one thing that has remained constant and reliable amid the coronavirus pandemic has been television. 

Could you imagine if we didn’t have our favorite shows to keep us entertained during quarantine?

Primetime television and streaming services have been more than happy to deliver some of the best content to audiences who are largely sitting at home and spending time in front of the television. 

And that trend continues into February, a month jam-packed with new shows and new season premieres. 

Here’s what’s gracing our screens in February:

 

TV

Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready Season 2 – Netflix (February 2)

Need a good laugh? Tiffany Haddish and other up-and-coming comics deliver in half-hour stand-up sets.

 

Firefly Lane – Netflix (February 3)

The series marks Katherine Heigel’s return to television. In the story of friendship, Heigel stars as Tully, who befriends Kate at a young age. The series chronicles their unbreakable bond from teens to their 40s.

 

Malcolm and Marie – Netflix (February 5)

Zendaya and John David Washington star as Malcolm and Marie, a filmmaker and his girlfriend in the black-and-white film. It’s a gritty look into a couple who want to keep their relationship in-tact and open up about past relationships. Word is, it’s even looking to be a contender for awards season.

 

Super Bowl LV – CBS (February 7)

This one kind of goes without explanation… Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face-off during the biggest sports night of the year. The Weeknd is set to provide some grooves during the halftime show. 

 

American Idol – ABC (February 14)

The series will have you singing, crying, and laughing. Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie return as judges on season 4! 

 

Young Rock – NBC (February 16)

Love Dwayne Johnson? Have you followed The Rock’s career since his WWE days? Now, you can get to know his childhood in the upcoming sitcom about his life! 

 

Queen Sugar – OWN (February 16)

The Bordelon siblings are back for a fifth season which tackles COVID and BLM. 

 

The Kenan Show – NBC (February 16)

The new single-cam comedy follows a widowed dad (played by Kenan Thompson) who is juggling a high-profile job as the host of an Atlanta morning show and raising two daughters. 

 

The Real Housewives of New Jersey – Bravo (February 17)

Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Dolores Catania, Margaret Josephs, Jackie Goldschneider, and Jennifer Aydin are back!!! The 11th season will address cheating rumors, excessive drinking, and more explosive fights. 

 

Flora & Ulysses – Disney+ (February 19)

Based on the book of the same name, Flora & Ulysses follows 10-year old Flora who befriends a squirrel named Ulysses who possesses superhero powers. Your children will love this one! 

 

Superman & Lois – The CW (February 23)

The CW introduces a new super-family into the fold of superhero shows. Per the synopsis, the show picks up years after facing supervillains and aliens with Clark Kent and Lois Lane facing their greatest challenge ever — “dealing with being working parents in today’s society” to two boys, Jonathan and Jordan. Who knew even superheroes struggle with parenting?! The premiere is 2-hour event! 

 

Punky Brewster – Peacock (February 25)

The beloved ’80s series is returning to your TV screens! Soleil Moon Frye will reprise the titular character in the 10-episode revival. She is now a single mom of three hoping to get her life back on track when she meets a young girl in the foster system named Izzy who reminds her of her younger self. 

 

The Walking Dead – AMC (February 25)

The series returns after a months-long hiatus. Maggie is back, which doesn’t sit well with Negan, whose safety is at risk again.

 

Movies

To All the Boys: Always and Forever – Netflix (February 12)

The saga comes to an epic (and romantic) conclusion with the third installment dropping ahead of Valentine’s Day. Cozy up on the couch with your besties and get lost in Peter and Lara Jean’s love story. Senior year is upon them, but will their plans for the future lead to a break up? Or is their relationship strong enough to withstand anything?

 

It’s groundhog day in the coming-of-age teen comedy. Two teens try to make the best of being stuck in the same day every day by searching for all the things that make a day perfect while falling in love in the process. 

 

The United States vs. Billie Holiday – Hulu (February 26)

Andra Day takes on the legendary R&B and jazz crooner, Billie Holiday, in the drama, which finds the Federal Bureau of Narcotics launching an undercover sting operation against her. 

 

What shows/movies are making it onto your “must-see” list in February?

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15 Exciting TV Show Reboots & Spinoffs Coming in 2021

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Spinoffs and reboots are the gift that keeps on giving. 

The streaming landscape is embracing the idea of “what’s old is new again” in 2021 and well, it’s not surprising. Reboots and spinoffs thrive on nostalgia, and in a time with so much uncertainty, the notion of “good old days” is really all we have to cling to.

Not to mention that many reboots and spinoffs have seen an unprecedented amount of success, which convinces networks and streaming giants that this is what the people want! 

Here are all the reboots and spinoffs in the works in 2021:

 

True Blood

In early December, Variety reported that a True Blood reboot was in early stages of development at HBO. Riverdale/Chilling Adventures of Sabrina creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is attached to the script and set to producer with original series creator and showrunner Alan Ball also joining the project. It’s unclear if the original cast is set to return or make any guest appearances, but based on Anna Paquin’s tweet, which claims she knew nothing of the reboot, it’s not in the cards for now. 

 

Little House on the Prairie

Back to the farm! Entertainment Weekly noted that Paramount TV Studies and Anonymous Content were developing the long-awaited reboot as an hour-long drama series. 

 

iCarly

The queen of the Internet is making a comeback! A revival of the Miranda Cosgrove-led comedy has been ordered at Paramount+, the streaming service currently known as CBS All Access, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Cosgrove will reportedly reprise her character, Carly. She’ll be joined by original cast members Jerry Trainor (Spencer) and Nathan Kress (Freddie).

 

Gossip Girl

This one is tough because can you really replace iconic characters like Serena van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, and Chuck Bass? HBO Max sure hopes so. The reboot, set to premiere in 2021, is introducing a slew of new faces to the Upper East Side. The Joshua Safran created spinoff will be a “a continuation of the original show” and follow a new generation of upper-class Manhattan teens who fall prey to the infamous gossip site. And word is, there will be some familiar faces making appearances. Kristen Bell is also returning as the voice of Gossip Girl. XoXo. 

 

Dexter

Dexter is returning to Showtime! The cable network ordered 10 episodes of the limited series which brings back Michael C. Hall as the titular character. The Hollywood Reporter notes it’s a continuation of the original series and plans to air in the fall of 2021.

Dexter is such a special series, both for its millions of fans and for Showtime, as this breakthrough show helped put our network on the map many years ago,” said Showtime Entertainment president Gary Levine. “We would only revisit this unique character if we could find a creative take that was truly worthy of the brilliant, original series. Well, I am happy to report that Clyde Phillips and Michael C. Hall have found it, and we can’t wait to shoot it and show it to the world.”

 

Rugrats

The hit Nickelodeon animated series which ran for 9 season starting in 1991 is returning a decade later with new baby adventures for Tommy, Chucky, Phil and Lil, and Angelica. Many of the actors who voiced the characters are set to return along with the original show creators. 

Both the 26-episode season and the live-action film with CGI characters, which was delayed from a 2020 release to 2021, are set to premiere. 

 

Punky Brewster

Soleil Moon Frye returns as spit-fire Punky Brewster, now a single mom-of-three in the 10-episode series rebooted at Peacock.  As she attempts to get it together, she meets Izzy (Quinn Copeland), a young girl in foster care who she immediately forms a connection with. Freddie Prinze Jr. will also appear in the pilot episode as Punky’s ex-husband.

 

Clueless

As if! A reboot based on the iconic 1995 film is in development at Peacock, per Deadline. The series focuses on Stacey Dash’s character, Dionne, from the the movie and the 1996 series adaptation. It’s unclear if Dash is set to appear. 

Here’s a synopsis for the series: A baby pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sunglasses-wearing, oat milk latté and Adderall-fueled look at what happens when the high school queen bee Cher disappears and her lifelong No. 2 Dionne steps into Cher’s vacant Air Jordans. How does Dionne deal with the pressures of being the new most popular girl in school, while also unraveling the mystery of what happened to her best friend?

 

Walker

The reimagining of the long-running 1990s action/crime series Walker, Texas Ranger is probably the most promising as it is set to premiere on The CW on January 21. Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki will star as the titular character, a widower and father of two who runs on his own moral code. 

Per the synopsis, Walker will attempt to reconnect with his creative and thoughtful son (Kale Culley) and his headstrong, somewhat rebellious teenaged daughter (Violet Brinson) and navigate clashes with his family – an ADA brother (Keegan Allen) who stepped in during Walker’s absence, his perceptive mother (Molly Hagen) and his traditional rancher father (Mitch Pileggi). Walker’s former colleague is now his Ranger Captain, (Coby Bell). Walker finds unexpected common ground with his new partner (one of the first women in Texas Rangers’ history) played by Lindsey Morgan, while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death.

Check out the trailer below:

 

Sex and the City

HBO Max is looking to return to its roots with a reboot of its mega-successful dramedy Sex and the City. Deadline confirmed it would be a limited series. However, not all the ladies have signed on for the project. The New York Post notes that while Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon are interested in reprising their characters, Kim Cattrall is not. Will that sway audiences?

 

A League of Their Own

Amazon gave a series order to the reboot hailing from Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson and Will Graham, per The Hollywood Reporter. It will be a reinterpretation of the original film based on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League while exploring themes of race and sexuality amid the women carving their own path. Jacobson, Chanté Adams, D’Arcy Carden, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kelly McCormack, Roberta Colindrez and Priscilla Delgado will star. 

 

Old-ish

The “ish” franchise continues to grow. First there was Black-ish, then there was Grown-ish, followed by Mixed-ish, and now, there’s Old-ish. ABC is developing the spinoff with Laurence Fishburne and Jenifer Lewis reprising their roles as Earl “Pops” Johnson and Ruby Johnson, the parents of Anthony Anderson’s Dre. 

 

The Book of Boba Fett

Riding on the success of The Mandalorian, Disney+ announced the spinoff centered on Bounty Hunter Boba Fett during the series’ second season finale. The Book of Boba Fett is set to debut in December 2021. Temuera Morrison will return from the prequel trilogy, with Ming-Na Wen joining him as Fennec Shand.

 

Law & Order: Organized Crime

Law & Order: SVU is one of NBC’s most-successful and longest-running scripted dramas. Dick Wolf, responsible for a handful of TV shows including #OneChicago, hopes the Christopher Meloni spinoff, which has been delayed due to the COVID pandemic, will also bring in the eyeballs. Meloni is set to reprise his role of Elliot Stabler. Expect plenty of crossovers – that’s NBC’s thing! 

 

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

A… is that you? HBO Max has ordered a reimagined version of the ABC Family/ Freeform hit, Pretty Little Liars from Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Original creator Marlene King is not involved. 

Per the synopsis: “Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in the present day, a group of disparate teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown assailant and made to pay for the secret sin their parents committed two decades ago … as well as their own. In the dark, coming-of-RAGE, horror-tinged drama Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, we find ourselves miles away from Rosewood, but within the existing Pretty Little Liars universe — in a brand-new town, with a new generation of Little Liars.”

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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Season 4 Easter Eggs and Nods to ‘Riverdale’

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Since Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was cancelled by Netflix, the series was never able to deliver a crossover with Riverdale, or its now-cancelled spinoff, Katy Keene.

However, that doesn’t mean the fourth and final season skipped on the fun Easter Eggs and nods. 

The series fully embraced its connection to Riverdale, R5 (Ross Lynch’s former family band), and Sabrina the Teenage Witch!

Here are some of the best Easter eggs from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4!

 

Season 4 Episode 1

Roz raises issues about the lack of sex education at Baxter High, especially after the adulterous pagans blew into town on season 3. She points out that Riverdale has condom machines in the bathroom in the first reference of the season. It’s a bit of an odd comment, but honestly, fitting considering how much hooking up happens in the small town bordering Greendale. 

 

 

Season 4 Episode 3

After Sabrina is possessed by The Weird, an octopus-like eldritch terror, her new lab partner and the dude she went on one date, Lucas Hunt, doesn’t show up for class. When she asks the teacher why, he informs her that he “transferred to Riverdale High,” which Sabrina deems is probably for the best. It seems like she doesn’t truly know what goes down in the halls of R.H. though because it’s genuinely just as weird as Baxter High. I wonder if we’ll be seeing Mr. Hunt in future episodes of Riverdale?

 

 

Season 4 Episode 6

As Harvey, Roz and Theo get ready for band practice, they have a tense confrontation with a new band called the Stoned Philosophers, who claim they booked the practice rooms. Riverdale fans will immediately recognize band leader “Tobey” and his friends as Stonewall Prep’s Bret, Donna, and Joan. Yep, the same trio that went after Jughead and caused him to fake his own death are now bullying Harvey and friends! We may not have a full-on crossover, but this is one thrilling surprise!

In the same episode, Satanic Panic, a heavy metal band from back in the day resurrects to cause havoc in Greendale and compete in the Battle of the Bands. The lead of the band is played by Ross Lynch’s (Harvey) real-life brother, Riker Lynch. They were both in the band R5! 

 

Season 4 Episode 7 

Fans of The WB sitcom which gave us the OG Sabrina Spellman, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, will recognize Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick as Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda. The actresses replaced Sabrina’s “Aunties,” played by Miranda Otto and Lucy Davis in the Netflix adaptation, in the parallel realm in which Sabrina Morningstar finds herself stuck in a diabolical sitcom as part of the Endless terror prior to the culmination of the Void. In addition to Rhea and Broderick guest starring, there’s also a laugh track and a Salem that talks… just like in the sitcom!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Recap Deus Ex Machina Season 4 Episode 5

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA (L to R) MIRANDA OTTO as ZELDA SPELLMAN, CAROLINE RHEA as HILDA, BETH BRODERICK as ZELDA, and LUCY DAVIS as HILDA SPELLMAN in episode 215 of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Cr. DIYAH PERA/NETFLIX © 2020

 


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