Television in Brief


NEW YORK — Comedian Martin Short and dancer Derek Hough have leaped aboard the cast of NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” on Dec. 7.

The duo will join Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein in the TV musical based on the cult John Waters movie.

Short will play the husband of Edna Turnblad, played by a cross-dressing Fierstein, who is also writing the teleplay.

Set in 1960s Baltimore, the show concerns the full-figured Tracy Turnblad whose fondest wish is to appear on a local television dance program.

Hough will play the TV host Corny Collins.

LOS ANGELES — MTV says this summer’s Video Music Awards will mark a first in the show’s three-decade history.

The ceremony will be held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, its inaugural telecast from the famed site, the channel said

MTV President Sean Atkins said the channel is grateful to New York and the venue for “rolling out the red carpet.”

The awards have been held 15 times before in New York.

The MTV Video Music Awards will air Aug. 28.

NEW YORK — It’s going to be fun and games for Alec Baldwin as he joins Steve Harvey and Michael Strahan for ABC’s summer prime-time game-show block.

ABC announced that Baldwin will be quizmaster for a revival of “Match Game.”

First aired a half-century ago, it’s a panel game show that features two contestants who compete to match the answers from six celebrities in filling in a missing blank.

“Match Game” will round out a full Sunday night of game shows, starting at 8 p.m. with Harvey returning as host of “Celebrity Family Feud” and Strahan presiding over “The $100,000 Pyramid.” The shows will premiere June 26.

LOS ANGELES — Michael Douglas will be among Megyn Kelly’s guests on a prime-time Fox TV special.

Fox said that interviews with the actor and former O.J. Simpson attorney Robert Shapiro will be part of “Megyn Kelly Presents.”

The network previously announced that Kelly’s special will include Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

“Megyn Kelly Presents” will air May 17 on Fox TV.

Associated Press