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Michelle Williams returning to TV. Michelle Williams is returning to television for the first time in 16 years. She's playing dancer and actress Gwen Verdon, whose career aspirations were supplanted by her marriage to choreographer-director Bob Fosse. Oscar winner Sam Rockwell plays Fosse in the eight-episode FX series "Fosse/Verdon," debuting April 9. Williams' last TV work was the hit series "Dawson's Creek" that ended in 2003. She sees parallels with Verdon, who was a working mother like Williams. Williams pointed out a long gap in Verdon's career while she stayed home to raise Nicole, her daughter with Fosse. Nicole Fosse is a creative consultant on the series. Williams said Monday that such gaps are something all working mothers struggle with and called it "a very complicated dilemma." (PageSix)

Why The Bachelor's Elyse Left Colton Underwood Heartbroken. One woman on The Bachelor left the show before Colton Underwood could give her another rose. 31-year-old redhead beauty Elyse Dehlbom left the show on her own accord after an emotional and tearful conversation with the 27-year-old. Elyse foreshadowed her departure early in the show. She spoke to fellow competitor Kirpa and described a "pit in my stomach" that she felt. Elyse said tearfully, "I had the world's most perfect date, and to watch people go on dates and come back and be so excited. For me, I just feel kind of heartbroken." She continued in a confessional, "I did not anticipate coming to Thailand -- probably one of the most romantic places I've ever seen -- and not get time with him. I think the reality is hitting home a little bit more after having a one-on-one." Elyse and Colton's romantic date occurred a few weeks ago where they flew to San Diego and hung out with kids at an amusement park. She said over a flashback of video, "Our date was way above and beyond. We had some moments that I felt was one of the best days I've ever had. Something like you read in a romance novel." After seeing "never been kissed" Heather return from her date (where she got kissed!), Elyse stormed out of their hotel and slammed the door. That contestant Demi said, "I don't know what's going with Elyse right now. I don't know where her head is at." She left in her "statement dress" and proceeded to knock on Colton's door, where the two of them had a very deep and frank conversation about their relationship. "It's frustrating to sit back and watch where his relationships are with some of the other girls," she said in a later confessional. "It's just made me doubt everything and doubt what I was feeling or doubt myself. But I think Colton and I have a great connection." Elyse called their date "one of the best days of my life" and then opened up to the former NFL player about how she wants to spend more time with him than she actually gets. "I want to know all the silly, stupid things about you and how we are together. And I can't call Chris Harrison and say, 'I want every one-on-one for the next year,'" she told Colton. "I want the time and attention that a relationship deserves." Colton had a moment to tell Elyse how he felt about her. "With you, I'm excited," he said. "With you, I can't help but think about what we have." He empathized with her about the difficulties of The Bachelor as a whole. "It's not a competition," he asserted. "I wish I could just say that there was something off between us, but I'd be lying," Elyse responded. "I don't give up on relationships," Colton said. "Especially ones that I'm genuinely excited for." The makeup artist got to the nitty gritty of the show's purpose and talked about the inevitable proposal that occurs at the end. "I literally can't accept a proposal after a few months of sharing your time and attention with other people. I can't do it," she explained. She added, "I like you. I think that's crazy obvious when we're together. I listen to these girls talk about how much they're falling in love with you. This isn't working for me. I have to leave." Elyse told a tearful Colton, "I just don't think it's authentic for me to say I care about you and I respect you and not want you to get what you want out of this when I can't accept your proposal in a few weeks." "I really, really regret doing this," she said after walking out of his hotel room. "How f--king stupid am I? I'm leaving disgusted with myself and heartbroken." Colton spoke about his relationship insecurities after the hard conversation. "For someone to just give up on me and give up on us, I mean, it's confusing. I've had people give up on me in the past," he said. "That's my worst nightmare: getting to the end of this and not being loved back, not being enough." (Eonline)

Abby Lee Miller is back and she's better (and more explosive!) than ever! In an exclusive trailer of Lifetime's upcoming Dance Moms Resurrection, the 52-year-old reality star gets candid about her cancer struggle and reveals just how she regained the strength to do what she loves teach dance. "In an instant, your life changes completely," Miller says in the clip, followed by raw footage of her fighting back tears in a hospital bed. "I was ready to go back to work and start my life over and now I can't even walk." "I need to get back to teaching and I need to get back to screaming at children," she adds. "I need to get back to my roots. I'm going to take these kids right back to the turf." Abby who now uses a wheelchair then enters the studio to meet her new team of dancers. "There's people that counted me out, thought I was finished, considered the ALDC [Abby Lee Dance Company] dead," she tells the kids. "Well I fought hard to be here and you have to be a fighter too. You have to fight to get those legs straight, fight to get better feet, you have to fight to be a champion. "I have my own personal goals and I have goals for the team. I need to be ready for that first competition. We need to make a statement on that stage that the ALDC is back ... and watch out!" Amid her ongoing battle with cancer, Miller first revealed that she was returning to work in November, by posting a photo of herself sitting in her wheelchair in front of the cameras -- and an "Abby Lee Dance Company" logo. In April, one day after undergoing emergency surgery for what was initially thought to be a spinal infection, the reality star -- who was released from prison in March -- was preliminarily diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer that develops in the lymphatic system. "It was not an infection, it was a type of a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma -- it's a type of a cancer," said Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Cedar Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital who treated the star. "We're getting an oncologist involved and we have to figure out what the next steps are as far as chemotherapy or radiation or more spine surgery. Depending on the tumor type, depending on the sensitivity of the tumor -- it just depends the type but I feel more than yes, she will undergo chemotherapy or radiation." Miller went into the emergency room after she experienced "excruciating neck pain" and weakness in her arm, and after her condition deteriorated over the next couple days, Dr. Melamed performed emergency surgery for a multi-level laminectomy. "If we didn't do something, she was going to die," Dr. Melamed told PEOPLE. "Her blood pressure was bottoming out. She was not doing well." Since then, Miller has been receiving chemotherapy, rehabilitation, and documenting her journey via social media. Miller left her rehabilitation facility in September. An insider previously told PEOPLE that Miller has struggled to "stay positive throughout this journey." "She's getting a little stronger every day, but we don't know if she'll ever walk again," the insider added. Before her health crisis, Miller had been living in a halfway house since serving her 366-day sentence for bankruptcy fraud at the Victorville Federal Correctional Institution in California, which she entered in July. She was officially released from the halfway house in May. Dance Moms Resurrection will air in June on Lifetime. (People)

Hair Live! Musical Cancelled by NBC. Sad news, musical fans! NBC announced they are cancelling their live broadcast of Hair Live! the musical. "Live musicals are a part of this network's DNA and we are committed to continuing that tradition with the right show at the right time," Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, co-chairmen of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. "Since these shows are such enormous undertakings, we need titles that have a wide appeal and we're in the process of acquiring the rights to a couple of new shows that we're really excited about." The hippie rock musical, Hair Live!, was set to air on NBC on May 19, but as Deadline points out, the musical would compete against two major television shows: HBO's series finale of Game of Thrones and the season finale of ABC's American Idol. The publication also notes that Fox's Rent, which starred Vanessa Hudgens, Tinashe, Kiersey Clemons and Mario (to name a few), didn't have the best ratings, which they think NBC was informed about. In fact, Rent brought in the lowest ratings ever for a live broadcast musical, despite its amazing cast. However, production for Bye Bye Birdie has been delayed multiple times. "Broadway musicals and films fueled my childhood and Bye Bye Birdie was one of my favorites," Lopez said in a statement back in May 2017. "I'm proud to be a part of the NBC family with Shades of Blue and I thought it would be a blast to take on one of their big live musicals." Back in 2016, E! News reported that Hairspray Live had an initial audience of 8.9 million viewers and a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic. However, the ratings were lower than The Wiz Live musical, which was also an NBC live musical. E! News has reached out to NBC for a statement. (Eonline)

Rosanna Arquette cast in Ryan Murphy's Netflix series. Sarah Paulson has revealed that Rosanna Arquette has joined "Ratched," Ryan Murphy's new Netflix series starring Paulson as a younger version of the diabolical Nurse Ratched. In a post Monday on Instagram, Paulson said Arquette would be playing a multi-episode arc in the series. In her post, Paulson said she was "stirred" by Arquette's recent interviews in which she was quoted as saying she couldn't find work or representation, seemingly a direct result of her speaking out about Harvey Weinstein. "The story of Rosanna Arquette is a triumphant one but also disturbing," Paulson said. "I am producing a new Netflix show, 'Ratched,' with Ryan Murphy," Paulson wrote, "and we decided this could not stand. Her body of work -- from 'Desperately Seeking Susan' to 'Pulp Fiction' and beyond, has always been deeply inspiring to both of us." Paulson said Arquette will begin shooting Wednesday. "I say with great pride- welcome to our family, Rosanna. I am thrilled to be in a position, due to the empowerment of my friend and collaborator, Ryan Murphy, not to just act in a piece, but hire the talent showcased in it, as well," Paulson wrote. "Ratched" is an origins story, beginning in 1947, which will follow Ratched's (Paulson) journey and evolution from nurse to full-fledged monster. The series will track her murderous progression through the mental health care system. In the series, Paulson also will be joined by Sharon Stone, Cynthia Nixon, Finn Wittrock, Jon Jon Briones, Charlie Carver, Judy Davis, Harriet Harris, Hunter Parrish, Amanda Plummer and Corey Stoll. "Ratched" scored a two-season, 18-episode, straight-to-series order at Netflix in September 2017. The film's producer, Michael Douglas, is set to executive produce alongside Murphy. (PageSix)

Inside Victoria Gotti's new biopic. Victoria Gotti's voice is finally being heard. John Gotti's daughter spent seven years working on the latest biopic centered on her relationship with the late mob boss, "Victoria Gotti: My Father's Daughter," in hopes to tell her story of growing up. "I think everyone has their own view on how things are played out," she recently told Page Six. "I think at the end of the day it's interesting how each child or each person views their life or their relationship with different people." She added that her children have been more curious about her life after reading the script for the film, which she says is "different than anything that's ever been [out]." "It shows a side of my father and it's not a puff piece so to speak," she explained. "You know, it's not this great relationship between a father and a daughter. It shows conflict. It shows a lot of things." Gotti, 56, previously told us that she's happy the movie will clear up misconceptions about herself and her family, but she's only seen one cut of the film. "Victoria Gotti: My Father's Daughter" premieres Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime. (PageSix)

Nick Cannon gives emotional update on Wendy Williams. Nick Cannon addressed Wendy Williams' extended absence head-on while he hosted her namesake talk show Monday morning. While speaking to the audience, Cannon revealed he has spoken to Williams and her family directly. "She sounded amazing, y'all," Cannon shared. "Her spirit was so big. It was so amazing." Williams appeared to assure her fill-in host that all was well with her family, despite the rumors plaguing them. "She said she wanted to speak as a family unit and her, [her husband] Kevin and [her son] Little Kevin they said they are all good," Cannon continued. "The love and the passion is still there because that's what you need in times like this ... is for your family to stick together with you." The conversation, he admitted, "got a little emotional." "She said she feels all of your love," he said. Williams has been absent from "The Wendy Williams Show" since it went on holiday hiatus in December. Her family and the show's production company later announced that she was entering long-term hospitalization for treatment of her Graves' disease; however, last week she was spotted with a friend at a CVS in Florida. (PageSix)

Party of Five Reboot Officially Coming to Freeform. Another day, another reboot comes to life. Freeform has officially announced that it ordered 10 episodes of a Party of Five reboot, from the original show's creators Amy Lippman and Chris Keyser along with Michal Zebede, though this version has a bit of a modern twist. While the original show followed a family of five siblings from ages one to 24 who have to take care of each other after their parents die in a car accident. This time, the parents have been suddenly deported to Mexico, leaving their five kids behind to navigate daily life without them. Brandon Larracuente, Emily Tosta, Niko Guardado, and Elle Paris star in the new series as the four older kids in the Acosta family. "Party of Five embodies the heart and soul of what it means to be a family in the most trying of times," said Freeform president Tom Ascheim in a statement. "We're so lucky that Freeform gets to be the home for this reimagined story as we continue to represent the resilience of young adults and the importance of fighting for your voice in times of doubt. We are thrilled to be able to share the groundbreaking storytelling from Amy and Chris with a new audience and are excited for our viewers to discover the beauty of this series." The original series ran on Fox from 1994 to 2000 and starred Scott Wolf, Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, and Lacey Chabert. Jennifer Love Hewitt also starred in a short-lived spinoff in 1999. No word yet on when exactly the new version will air. (Eonline)

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