Wednesday Briefs: How Jane Lynch was notified about SNL; Rachel Maddow’s new digs; Nicholas Rodriguez’s new role
My blogging schedule remains screwy as my mom recovers from her hip surgery. We hope to bring her home today but aren’t sure yet! So here are some items that might have to last you the rest of the day! Hopefully I can get back to a more consistent schedule tomorrow!
BUSY LADY: When Saturday Night Live wanted Jane Lynch to host an episode in October, they went straight to her Glee boss Ryan Murphy to get permission. “I notified her by accident,” Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter at the New York premiere of his new film Eat, Pray Love. “Saturday Night Live called to say, ‘Would you give us Jane for a week in October?’ We just don’t do that, but for Lorne Michaels, I said yes.” Then, Murphy sent a text message to an unsuspecting Lynch: “I said, ‘Lady, you’re doing Saturday Night Live,” Murphy told THR. “And she literally wrote back, ‘What are you talking about?’”
MOVING ON UP: Don’t know about you, but I’d love to have Rachel Maddow in my neighborhood. The brainy and super cool MSNBC host and her partner Susan Mikula have just purchased singer Michael Stipe’s West Village apartment for $1.25 million.
Since it is two combined units, the couple will have plenty more room than their previous digs which at about 275 square feet, Rachel once described as “the size of a van.”
DIVERSE ROLE: Don’t you miss when ABC’s One Life to Live had gay characters? You remember Kyle and Fish and that handsome guy Nick who came between them for awhile? Well, Nick was played by the talented Broadway veteran Nicholas Rodriguez who after he was written out of the now non-gay soap went on to star in a production of The Light in the Piazza in Washington D.C., has been hired for a multiculturally-cast Oklahoma! He will play the part of Curly. Tony winner Phylicia Rashad is also among the stars of Arena Stage’s inaugural season at the Mead Center in Washington D.C. along with Anna Deavere Smith and E. Faye Butler. Oklahoma!, directed by Molly Smith for a run Oct. 22-Dec. 26. Source: Playbill.com