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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 28: How Much Will the Celebrities Get Paid? Cha-ching! Hannah Brown, Lamar Odom, James Van Der Beek and Sean Spicer stand to earn a pretty penny if they stick it out during season 28 of Dancing With the Stars. Hours after the celebrity cast was announced on Wednesday, August 21, Variety reported that contestants will earn $125,000 during their rehearsal period and the first two weeks of the show. Stars who make it to week three and on will then begin to receive additional fees every week. The maximum payday comes to $295,000 for those who are particularly successful at mastering ballroom dancing. According to the outlet, in previous seasons, contestants could end up making as much as $345,000. Other members of the season 28 cast include Christie Brinkley, Karamo Brown, Lauren Alaina, Ally Brooke, Kate Flannery, Kel Mitchell, Ray Lewis and Mary Wilson. Alan Bersten, Brandon Armstrong, Cheryl Burke, Emma Slater, Gleb Savchenko, Jenna Johnson, Keo Motsepe, Lindsay Arnold, Peta Murgatroyd, Sasha Farber, Val Chmerkovskiy and Witney Carson make up the returning pros, while husband-and-wife duo Pasha Pashkov and Daniella Karagach will make their debut among the dancers. Brown, for her part, opened up exclusively to Us Weekly on Wednesday about whether anyone in the cast has caught her eye. "Not talking about relationships, I'm talking about my dance skills," she said. "I don't think I can ... nope, not there right now. I have blocked [romance] out right now." The 24-year-old former Bachelorette added: "I'm focusing on Hannah and working on continuing to get stronger and I'm excited for Dancing With the Stars to continue telling my story in a different way, and that doesn't mean looking to find a partner. There's more to Hannah than that." Odom, meanwhile, confided in Us that he hopes ex-wife Khloe Kardashian -- whom he divorced in 2016 after seven years of marriage -- is "one of his supporters." Dancing With the Stars premieres on ABC Monday, September 16, at 8 p.m. ET. (UsMagazine)

New Amsterdam Season 2 Key Art Teases Even More "Breaking the System." New Amsterdam's mission of healing continues. E! News has your exclusive first look at the season two key art for NBC's medical drama starring Ryan Eggold. Season one ended with the good doctors of New Amsterdam in a dangerous situation after an ambulance crash left Dr. Max Goodwin (Eggold), Dr. Lauren Bloom (Janet Montgomery), Dr. Helen Sharpe (Freema Agyeman), Georgia (Lisa O'Hare) and Luna on a cliffhanger. Viewers saw Max emerge, with Luna, and Georgia was cleared, leaving Lauren and Helen in question. The episode ended with someone being covered up. Not everybody survived. The new season debuts on Tuesday, Sept. 24 after This Is Us. Created by David Schulner, the series is based on Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital by Eric Manheimer. The cast also includes Jocko Sims, Tyler Labine and Anupam Kher. With DVR playback factored in, the series pulled in around 10 million viewers and a 1.9 rating in with the May 2019 finale. And so, the medical drama genre endures. "I think that medical dramas often work because it's a melting pot," Eggold told E! News. "You get a lot of different people from a lot of different places and they're all struggling with very real things and the stakes are often very high, life or death situations. And these hospitals, there's a great deal of humanity in them. The human spirit is so present because there's people trying to survive, it's people trying to help other people, there's hardship and there's humor. It's just a lot of life concentrated in one place." See who survives on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 10 p.m. on NBC. (Eonline)

Wendy Williams cancels 4 more shows. The show mustn't go on. Wendy Williams has continued her parade of cancellations for her "For the Record... Umm Hmm!" tour. Both Atlanta, Ga., shows -- which were to be held at the city's Symphony Hall on Sept. 6 and 7 -- have been canceled, with the venue providing a statement on its website. "We always want to be able to give the fans the best show ever. With that said, the same excitement, intensity and headlines that fueled Wendy Williams and Friends presents 'For The Record Umm Hmmm!' Comedy Tour has also fueled the cancellation of the scheduled show. Unfortunately, the goal and purpose of the tour has been sidelined by the headlines. The show may be canceled, but Wendy's commitment and love for all of the fans that support her and continue to support her never will. It is our utmost goal to return to the marketplace in the future. Ticket holders can receive refunds at the point of purchase." Williams' Aug. 23 stop at the Cleveland Playhouse has also been canceled, per the venue, as has her Oct. 5 stop in Detroit, which was itself a rescheduled date after a previous cancellation. The venue for her canceled Philadelphia tour stop also gave a similar statement when that cancellation was announced Tuesday. Williams' stop in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Sept. 21 is still on as of Wednesday. Low ticket sales have reportedly been the cause of the cancellations. Reached for comment by Page Six, a rep did not provide a statement. (PageSix)

Hugh Laurie to Star in BBC Political Thriller 'Roadkill'. The 'Veep' and 'Night Manager' star will play a Conservative politician whose public and private life appear to be falling apart in the four-parter from David Hare. Fresh from his turn as backstabbing U.S. senator Tom James in HBO's hit satire Veep, Hugh Laurie is taking his political chops back over the Atlantic. The Brit also known for House and The Night Manager and appearing in Armando Iannucci's upcoming HBO space comedy Avenue 5 is set to take the lead in upcoming political thriller Roadkill for the BBC, written by David Hare (Collateral) and produced by The Forge (Collateral, National Treasure, Kiri). Roadkill is a four-part fictional thriller about a self-made, forceful and charismatic Conservative politician called Peter Laurence (Laurie), whose public and private life seems to be falling apart or rather is being picked apart by his enemies. As the personal revelations spiral, he is shamelessly untroubled by guilt or remorse, expertly walking a high wire between glory and catastrophe as he seeks to further his own agenda whilst others plot to bring him down. However, events show just how hard it is, for both an individual and a country, to leave the past behind. With enemies so close to home, can Peter Laurence ever out-run his own secrets to win the ultimate prize? Roadkill was commissioned by Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore, controller of BBC Content. It will be directed by Michael Keillor (Line of Duty, Strike, Chimerica) and executive producers are creator Hare, George Faber and Mark Pybus for The Forge, Lucy Richer for the BBC and Michael Keillor. "I first worked with Hugh Laurie in 1987 when he set off on his riveting change of direction from adroit comedian to commanding dramatic actor," said Hare. "I can't wait to see him embody the fictional future of the Conservative party in Roadkill." Further casting will be announced in due course. (Hollywood Reporter)

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