Headlines: Empire Casting News, Katharine McPhee Hysteria

Tonight, another houseguest is evicted from the Big Brother House. Will it be Steve or John? TWIST: The four jury members will compete for an opportunity to get back into the game! 9/8c PM CBS.

‘Empire’ Promotes Serayah To Regular For Season 2 – Empire recurring player Serayah has been bumped to a series regular status for Season 2. The actress, who also is a singer and dancer, plays Tiana Brown, an R&B-pop artist signed to Empire Entertainment, who is managed by Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson). Tiana began a relationship with Hakeem Lyon (Bryshere Y. Gray) though the two later broke up after discovering that she had an affair with another woman. Serayah appeared in six of the 12 episodes fromEmpire’s first season. – Read more at Deadline

Adam Lambert, Leona Lewis & More Set for LIVE IN THE VINEYARD Line-Up – The sixteenth installment of “Live In The Vineyard,” taking place November 5-8, is shaping up to be the best yet with the announcement today that some of the biggest names in music right now including Adam Lambert, Leona Lewis, James Bay, A Great Big|Brave World and Gavin James will be performing at the nightly concerts held at the Uptown Theatre. They will join previously announced artists Rob Thomas, Barenaked Ladies, Nick Fradiani, Michael Franti, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and for KING & COUNTRY as the star-studded line-up set to take place amidst the lush scenery of boutique wineries in Napa Valley, California. – Read more at Broadway World

Carrie Underwood says she’s at the top of her game on ‘twangy’ album Storyteller – Do any of your new songs take a big departure from your older stuff? As a whole the album is a little more laid-back as opposed to the last one. Blown Away was very dramatic. It was very fierce, was always the word I wanted to use when talking about it — everything from the cover art to a lot of the songs — it was just very in your face. It was a little more aggressive. This ones a little more laid-back, and I feel like it’s just really relatable. I think there’s gong to be a lot of songs on the album that people can listen to and be like, “That’s my story.” I feel like they’re really going to enjoy going through the journey. – Read more at Entertainment Weekly

A Conversation With Katharine McPhee: A Pop Rebirth – If you don’t mind me asking, what does Hysteria mean in context for this album. Well, I think that – that song, which obviously nobody’s heard, has a lot of different – well, it speaks for itself. I don’t think I have to go into it lyrically too much. But I’ve gone through a lot of different phases in the last few years, and the album kinda shows that. So at times it was kind of hysterical. At times my life was all over the place, and when I mean hysterical, I mean, yeah, it was crazy; it felt out of control, but it also was incredibly rewarding. So it means a lot of different things. But I think life in general can be kind of crazy, so that’s what I wanted to say. Because I think this album is a result of things that I’ve gone through in my life. – Read more at BaebleMusic.com

Core Media TV Chief Jennifer O’Connell to Exit Amid Restructuring, Debt Refinancing Push (EXCLUSIVE) – “American Idol” producer Core Media Group is undergoing a management overhaul as its parent company, Apollo Global Management, tries to hammer out a refinancing deal for more than $300 million in debt. Jennifer O’Connell is exiting as the company’s head of U.S. Television. Matt Sharp, CEO of Core’s Sharp Entertainment banner, will now oversee all development and production for Core’s TV efforts, both scripted and unscripted. – Read more at Variety

Producer Nigel Lythgoe Pays Homage to the Doctor Who Saved His Baby Grandson – Nigel Lythgoe tells the story of his grandson Leo’s battle to emerge from hydrocephalus, a serious condition that can cause permanent brain damage. One of best decisions they made — when the baby was 6 weeks old— was to seek out Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ chief of neurosurgery Mark Krieger, a renowned expert who treats dozens of kids a year with hydrocephalus. Krieger recommended inserting a cerebral shunt into the baby’s head to drain the fluid and funnel it through a tube under his skin into his abdomen. It not only saved the life of the child — who doesn’t have brain damage — but should allow him to live a relatively normal existence. (Although, for now he needs visits to Children’s every three months.) – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

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