ABC Family Finds its Young Nicki Minaj — Picked by Nicki Herself

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

ABC Family finds its young Nicki Minaj — picked by Nicki herself

Fruitvale Station and Get Hard alum Ariana Neal will take on the title role in Nicki, inspired by the rap star's early life. Selita Ebanks will play her mom, while Whoopi Goldberg will guest as their neighbor. "I've literally hand picked the main characters of my scripted series Nicki,” Minaj wrote on Instagram.


The Bachelor is getting a live aftershow

Chris Harrison will host Bachelor Live following each new episode of The Bachelor, starting next month. Bachelor Live follows the success of Bachelor in Paradise talk show After Paradise.


E!'s The Soup will be missed, but it became irrelevant in our social media age

“Maybe it wasn’t tone or even customarily low ratings that did the show in,” Hank  Stuever says of the Joel McHale-hosted clip show. "It might have been the unthinkable: It has become impossible for The Soup to keep up. No longer can a reality-show outrage or talk-show gaffe wait a week for its proper drubbing. In the highly competitive market of online clicks, such moments can barely wait a half-hour before they turn into old news and tired jokes. Each of us carries around in our pockets a machine that can clip videos and create GIFs, allowing users to provide their own snarky asides and disseminate them to our followers.” PLUS: The Soup: An appreciation; From Aisha Tyler to Hal Sparks: Talk Soup alums discuss the show’s legacy; watch a farewell montage; and, where are The Soup alums now?


Ben Schwartz: I became involved with Star Wars: The Force Awakens thanks to being on a canceled J.J. Abrams show

The Parks and Rec alum was one of the stars of the 2010 J.J. Abrams-created NBC drama Undercovers.


Showtime teases the Twin Peaks reboot with the unveiling of the "Welcome to Twin Peaks” sign

“Location sometimes becomes a character,” says Michael Horse in the new teaser.


Amazon renews Hand of God and Red Oaks, picks up 5 new shows, including one starring Tig Notaro

Notaro’s dark comedy One Mississippi (from producers Louis CK and Diablo Cody) will join Terry O’Quinn’s Patriot. Also added to the list: Highston starring Mary Lynn Rajskub and Chris Parnell, Good Girls Revolt and Z starring Christina Ricci.


Friends alums Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox are not dating in real life

Recent internet rumors claimed that Perry and Cox took their on-screen Friends relationship off-screen.


Fuller House gets the horror movie treatment

Watch the Netflix series featured in a horror film trailer.


Netflix puts the premiere of Making a Murderer on YouTube

You can now watch the debut episode of the true-crime series that premieres today.


The Hills alum Audrina Patridge announces her pregnancy via sponsored post

Patridge’s Instagram announcement was an ad paid for by Clearblue pregnancy test kit.