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NEW YORK — Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein will headline the cast of NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” on Dec. 7.

Based on the cult John Waters movie set in 1960s Baltimore, the show concerns the full-figured Tracy Turnblad whose fondest wish is to appear on a local television dance program.

Hudson, who will play Motormouth Maybelle, is currently in the Broadway revival of “The Color Purple.” She won an Oscar and Golden Globe in 2007 in the hit film “Dreamgirls.”

Fierstein, who is also writing the teleplay, will cross-dress and play Edna Turnblad, Tracy’s mother, a role he created and won a Tony Award for in the stage version of “Hairspray.”

The new live musical will be directed for TV by Alex Rudzinski, who helmed “Grease Live!” Kenny Leon will direct the stage show.

LOS ANGELES — Showtime is announcing an offbeat cast for the reboot of the offbeat series “Twin Peaks.”

The channel released a complete cast list this week that includes Naomi Watts, Richard Chamberlain, Jim Belushi, Michael Cera and Amanda Seyfried.

They join “Twin Peaks” veterans Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn, David Duchovny and Harry Dean Stanton.

The new “Twin Peaks” returns to the scene of the crime, a quaint Northwestern town, 25 years after the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer.

Showtime said principal photography on “Twin Peaks,” from executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost, has wrapped. The series’ 2017 premiere date has yet to be announced.

Other newcomers include Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ashley Judd and Ernie Hudson.

LOS ANGELES — Donald Trump will join Megyn Kelly on a Fox TV special for her first interview with him since the fallout from their encounter during a GOP presidential debate last summer.

The Republican front-runner will be a guest on “Megyn Kelly Presents,” a prime-time special airing May 17, the network said Monday.

In a statement, Kelly said she asked Trump for the interview when they had a private meeting earlier this month. She said she looks forward to a “fascinating exchange.”

Kelly and Trump’s second debate go-around, in March, proved far milder than the initial Republican debate that aired on Fox News last August.

In that telecast, Trump was angered by Kelly’s question about statements he had made about women and he later began criticizing her on Twitter.

Portions of the Trump interview also will air on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” beginning May 18.

Associated Press