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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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Your Guide to All the Must-Watch Christmas Movies of 2022

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Your Guide to All the Must-Watch Christmas Movies of 2022

When the weather outside is frightful, holiday rom-coms are surely delightful.

There’s a reason why those predictable Hallmark-esque movies continue to be a holiday tradition—there’s nothing better than cozying up on the couch with some hot cocoa (or Gluhwein) and getting lost in the magic of the season.

And since there are so many good Christmas 2022 movies to choose from, we put together this little movie guide to help you so that you don’t miss any of the holiday goodness!

Fa la la la—enjoy!

 

Falling for Christmas (Netflix) – Nov 10

Lindsay Lohan triumphantly returns to the screen in this original Netflix rom-com, which hit the streamer on Nov. 10. In the flick, the Mean Girls star is a newly engaged heiress who suffers an accident at a ski resort and must figure out her identity with the help of, you guessed it, a charming hunk. The film is the first of two-projects that Lohan has secured for Netflix. Her other film, Irish Wish, is set to premiere in 2023.

 

Christmas with the Campbells (AMC+ and in theaters) – Dec 2

Brittany Snow will star in the upcoming holiday romantic comedy alongside Justin Long. Snow stars as Jess, who is dumped right before the holidays by her boyfriend Shawn (Alex Moffat) but is convinced by his parents to still spend the holidays with them and Shawn’s cousin (Long) while he’s away. While we expect feelings to develop, thing take a turn when a blast from the past, played by Sweet Magnolias’ JoAnna Garcia Swisher, arrives with her sights set on him. Co-writer Vince Vaughn called it almost a parody of the Hallmark movies.

 

Christmas With You (Netflix) – Nov 17

Aimee Garcia is Angelina, a pop star that escapes from her daily life to grant a young fan’s wish in small city, where she finds inspiration for the career burn out she’s feeling and even finds herself smitten with a new love,  played by Freddie Prinze Jr. 

 

Hotel for the Holidays (Amazon’s Freevee) – Dec 2

Riverdale’s Madeline Petsch is Georgia, the manager of a high-end hotel whose guests for the season include heartbroken singles, an infamous pop star, and a European ex-prince who recently abdicated his throne. As they look for an escape from their everyday lives, Georgia finds herself entangled in the madness and in a love triangle with the hotel chef and the ex-prince!

 

The Noel Diary (Netflix) – Nov 24

Kevin Pearson, er, Justin Hartley is a best-selling author who returns home for Christmas and is forced to sort out his mother’s estate. When he finds a diary, he’s “led down a path of self-discovery.”

 

A Christmas Story Christmas (HBO Max) – Nov 17

Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) is back and he’s all grown up! In the sequel to the holiday favorite, he must deal with all things Christmas, this time as a dad.

 

A Country Christmas Harmony (Lifetime) – Nov 18

Calling all Sweet Magnolia fans! Brooke Elliott and Brandon Quinn reunite in this rom-com about a country music star who returns to her hometown to perform a live Christmas concert where she runs into her ex-boyfriend/former music duo partner. “After a tempestuous rainstorm forces the ex-sweethearts to seek shelter in Luke’s ranch home, the two realize that the only way they’ll survive the holidays is with the other’s help.”

 

Spirited (Apple TV) – Nov 18

Will Ferrell, Ryan Reynolds, and Octavia Spencer appear in this retelling of A Christmas Carol. Ferrell stars as the Ghost of Christmas Present, who selects one dark soul on Christmas Eve to be reformed by three spirits, but when he picks the wrong Scrooge, Clint Briggs (Reynolds), forces the ghostly host to examine his own past, present, and future. 

 
 

 

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ABC, FOX, NBC, and CBS Reveal Midseason TV Schedule—Mark Your Calendars

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2023 Midseason TV Schedule

With the holidays around the corner, the wind-down of many of your favorite shows is also fast approaching, meaning the midseason schedule is not far behind.

Networks are already looking to 2023 to unveil all their exciting new programming, along with the return of many favorites, some in different time slots.

Here’s what is on tap for the ABC, FOX, CBS and NBC 2023 midseason:

CBS

MONDAY, JAN. 2 — NCIS Crossover Event
8 pm NCIS (winter premiere, special time)
9 pm NCIS: Hawai’i (winter premiere, special time)
10 pm NCIS: Los Angeles (winter premiere, special night and time)

TUESDAY, JAN. 3
8 pm FBI (winter premiere)
9 pm FBI: International (winter premiere)
10 pm FBI: Most Wanted (winter premiere)

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4
8 pm The Price Is Right at Night (new episode)
9 pm Tough as Nails Season 4 premiere (two hours)

THURSDAY, JAN. 5
8 pm Young Sheldon (winter premiere)
8:30 pm Ghosts (winter premiere)
9 pm So Help Me Todd (winter premiere)
10 pm CSI: Vegas (winter premiere)

FRIDAY, JAN. 6
8 pm S.W.A.T. (winter premiere)
9 pm Fire Country (winter premiere)
10 pm Blue Bloods (winter premiere)

SUNDAY, JAN. 8
7:30 pm ET / 7 pm PT 60 Minutes (winter premiere, immediately following NFL doubleheader on East Coast)
8:30 pm ET / 8 pm PT East New York (winter premiere)
9:30 pm ET / 9 pm PT NCIS: Los Angeles (new episode)

 

ABC

THURSDAY, DEC. 15
10:00 pm THE PARENT TEST (special series premiere )

TUESDAY, JAN. 3
8:00 pm The Rookie
9:00 pm The Rookie: Feds
10:00 pm WILL TRENT 

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4
9:00 pm Abbott Elementary
9:30 pm Home Economics
10 pm Big Sky: Deadly Trails

THURSDAY, JAN. 5
8:00 pm Celebrity Jeopardy! (temporary new night)
9:00 pm THE PARENT TEST (regular time period premiere)
10:00 pm The Chase (temporary new night)

FRIDAY, JAN. 6
8:00 pm Shark Tank

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11
8:00 pm The Conners
8:30 pm The Goldbergs

MONDAY, JAN. 23
8:00 pm The Bachelor
10:00 pm The Good Doctor

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8
8:30 pm NOT DEAD YET (special series premiere)
9:31 pm NOT DEAD YET (regular time period premiere)
10:00 PM A Million Little Things (final season!)

SUNDAY, FEB. 19
7:00 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
8:00 pm American Idol 
10:00 pm THE COMPANY YOU KEEP

THURSDAY, FEB. 23
8:00 pm Station 19
9:00 pm Grey’s Anatomy
10:00 pm Alaska Daily

 

FOX

MONDAY, Jan. 2
8 pm Fantasy Island (Season 2 premiere)

TUESDAY, Jan. 3

8 pm The Resident (winter premiere)

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4
8 pm SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD’S TOUGHEST TEST (2-hour series premiere)

THURSDAY, Jan. 5
8 pm Hell’s Kitchen (winter premiere)
9 pm Welcome to Flatch (winter premiere)
9:30 pm Call Me Kat (winter premiere)

SUNDAY, Jan. 8
8 pm ET / 5 pm PT ALERT (series premiere, live in all time zones)

MONDAY, Jan. 9
9 pm ALERT (regular time slot premiere)

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11
8 pm Celebrity Name That Tune (series premiere)
9 pm SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD’S TOUGHEST TEST (regular time slot premiere)

TUESDAY, Jan. 17
8 pm 9-1-1: Lone Star (Season 4 premiere)

SUNDAY, Jan. 22
9 pm ACCUSED (series premiere)

TUESDAY, Jan. 24
9 pm ACCUSED (regular time slot premiere)

SUNDAY, Feb. 12
10:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm PT Next Level Chef (Season 2 premiere, live in all time zones following Super Bowl LVII)

THURSDAY, Feb. 16
8 pm Next Level Chef (regular time slot premiere)
9 pm ANIMAL CONTROL (series premiere)

 

NBC

MONDAY, JAN. 2
8  pm AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: ALL-STARS
10 pm  Quantum Leap

TUESDAY, JAN. 3
8 pm America’s Got Talent: All-Stars (encore)
10 pm New Amsterdam

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4
8 pm Chicago Med 
9 pm Chicago Fire 
10 pm Chicago P.D. 

THURSDAY, JAN. 5
8 pm Law & Order
9 pm Law & Order: SVU
10 pm Law & Order: Organized Crime

FRIDAY, JAN. 6
8 pm Lopez vs. Lopez
8:30 pm Young Rock
9 pm Dateline NBC

TUESDAY, JAN. 17
8 pm NIGHT COURT
8:30 pm NIGHT COURT (special bonus episode)
9 pm New Amsterdam (two-hour series finale)

TUESDAY, JAN. 24
8:30 pm American Auto

TUESDAY, JAN. 31
9 pm La Brea
10 pm La Brea (special bonus episode)

SUNDAY, FEB. 19
9 pm Magnum P.I.
10 pm FOUND

SUNDAY, FEB. 26
8 pm The Blacklist 

MONDAY, MARCH 6
8 pm The Voice 

TUESDAY, MARCH 7
9 pm The Voice
10 pm That’s My Jam


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5 Characters Who Exited ‘Chicago Med’ in 2022

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Chicago Med Recap Status Quo, aka The Mess We’re In Season 7 Episode 4

Chicago Med’s mass exodus continues with several characters exiting the medical drama in 2022 alone.

Some of the exits were preplanned and announced in advance, allowing fans to prepare mentally, but a handful caught viewers by complete surprise, without much of a sendoff for the beloved characters.

While hospitals typically see a rotation of doctors in real life, it’s understandable that fans aren’t exactly thrilled with the constant shakeups on the One Chicago show. 

Here are all the stars who have departed (or are departing) Chicago Med Season 8:

 

Sarah Rafferty

Rafferty starred as Dr. Pamela Blake, the Head of Transplant Surgery. She made her debut in the fifth episode of season 7 before exiting in the premiere episode of season 8. And it felt abrupt considering the promising relationship she built up with Crockett (Dominic Rains). The couple had a bit of a falling out after she didn’t agree with the decision he made as her power of attorney during an operation, so fans would’ve understood if she wanted to end things and get a fresh start, but the writers didn’t do these two characters justice by addressing her decision to leave before she just packed her things and left. There was no goodbye or closure. Crockett went to her house to apologize for making a poor decision influenced by his own selfish reasons, but Blake’s daughter, Avery, informed him that she had already left town. It was weak and left fans scratching their heads, which wasn’t fair to the incredible pairing they built up ahead of this moment.

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CHICAGO MED — “Lying Doesn’t Protect You From The Truth” Episode 721 — Pictured: (l-r) Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel, Sarah Rafferty as Dr. Pamela Blake — (Photo by: George Burns Jr./NBC)

 

Guy Lockard

Locked portrayed Dr. Dylan Scott on the series after joining the cast in season 7, but he also exited the drama one season later in the premiere of season 8. Scott went through a bit of a heartbreaking situation when he lost the woman he loved, Jo, who was undercover as Milena (played by Riley Voelkel). Upon her death, he realized he’d constantly be pulled back into his former life as a cop, so he resigned to get a fresh start. 

Executive producer Andrew Schneider defended his exit to TVLine saying they “played” his character out and felt it “would be a good time for him to move on,” but honestly, Will Halstead is still here, so they surely could’ve taken Scott’s character in another direction if they wanted to.

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CHICAGO MED — “Just as A Snake Sheds Its Skin” Episode 708 — Pictured: Guy Lockard as Dr. Dylan Scott — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

 

Asjha Cooper

Cooper’s exit was a total shocker and a lot of fans may not have realized that handing her birth mom, Maggie, papers for vaccinations she needed to get in order to accept a job as a clinic nurse in the Philippines meant that this was Vanessa Taylor’s final episode. Why did Asjha Cooper leave Chicago Med? It’s unclear, but what we do know is that we’ll miss her. And maybe she’ll swing back around the next time she’s in the Windy City to visit her mom!

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CHICAGO MED — “To Lean In Or To Let Go” Episode 702 — Pictured: Asjha Cooper as Vanessa Taylor — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

 

Brian Tee

Tee might be the biggest character exit to date as he’s been with the show since 2015. Sadly, his final episode as Dr. Ethan Choi will air on December 7. Tee told Deadline that he will be pursuing other projects and spending time with his family as his daughter was just a few weeks old when he joined the series. The comforting thing is that he’ll be back to direct an episode later in the season, but it’ll be hard to say goodbye to one of the OGs. Choi’s on-again, off-again love interest April (Yaya DaCosta) made a few guest appearances on season 8, even rekindling her romance with the ED doctor, so hopefully, the writers will tee-up Tee’s exit by noting that he’s going to be following his heart. 

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CHICAGO MED — “What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You” Episode 712 — Pictured: Brian Tee as Ethan Choi — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

 

Kristen Hager

Hager joined the medical drama alongside Scott in season 7 as Stevie Hammer, an ER physician, but she didn’t even last the season, exiting halfway through without as much as a goodbye. In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-moment, Stevie decided to go to Michigan to give her marriage with her estranged husband another try, which was so odd considering the series was building up a love story between her and Halstead. We invested so much time into this storyline simply to have it fizzle out with an explanation. The show’s executive producers noted that they’d love to have Hager back on the show at some point, but they never gave a reason for her abrupt exit. However, a quick glance at her Instagram page reveals that she was very far along in her pregnancy at the time and gave birth over the summer to a beautiful baby girl!

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CHICAGO MED — “To Lean In Or To Let Go” Episode 702 — Pictured: (l-r) Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead, Kristin Hager as Dr. Stevie Hammer — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

 

Which Chicago Med cast members’ exits hurt the most? Who would you like to see return?


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