LaKendra Tookes, Leslie Jones
In addition to adding Sasheer Zamata to its cast, Saturday Night Live has hired two new black female writers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones will start work on the sketch show on Monday.
Both comedians were discovered during the recent auditions Lorne Michaels held in response to criticism of the show's lack of diversity.
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker
Vin Diesel has thanked fans for their support while he coped with the death of his good friend Paul Walker with a lengthy tribute video, featuring clips of the actors together over the years.
Young Jeezy, born Jay Wayne Jenkins, has been arrested for alleged battery, false imprisonment and making terrorist threats against his own son, TMZreports. Jeezy turned himself in on Friday after a grand jury warrant for each charge was issued. He was released on bond for $45,000.
Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics logo
NBC will live-stream all events of the upcoming Sochi Olympics except the opening ceremony, Variety reports.
Candace Cameron Bure; Valeri Bure
Candance Cameron Bure has been happily married to ex-NHL player Valeri Bure for 17 years, but how the former Full House achieves marital success has outraged many.
Bobby Moynihan, Sasheer Zamata
Lorne Michaels took the first step in fixing Saturday Night Live's diversity problem by hiringSasheer Zamata earlier this week, making the Upright Citizens Brigade alum the first black female cast member on the series since Maya Rudolph left in 2007. Zamata will face extra pressure, thanks to the ongoing controversy surrounding SNL's whitewashed cast, but new co-star Bobby Moynihan has full faith she'll be able to handle it with ease.
"I've seen her perform at UCB and I've never seen a more beautiful, confident person onstage than Sasheer," Moynihan tells TVGuide.com. "I think we're very, very lucky to get her."
Female Texas Rangers are few and far between and who better to join their ranks than beloved badass Tricia Helfer — at least on TV.
Killer Women (premieres Tuesday, 10/9c, ABC) stars Helfer as Molly Parker, a Texas Ranger whose gender certainly influences her work but never defines her. "She's tough, but she's not one-note," Helfer tells TVGuide.com. "She's got her work, she's got her funny side and her vulnerable side." She's even got a bit of a quirky side, playing trumpet every week at a local bar.
Both raised on a ranch and growing up quite tomboyish, Helfer found it easy to relate to Molly right off the bat. And though she doesn't play the trumpet, Helfer did play clarinet in marching band. "I felt very close to her right when I read her for the first time," the actress explains.