Monday, June 17, 2019

'American Ninja Warrior': Contestants' dreams of glory make a splash in Cincinnati - Drew Lachey

, Cincinnati Enquirer

For the first time ever, "American Ninja Warrior" brought its high-flying, big-splashing act to Cincinnati.
Contestants hopped on their toes, pumped out push-ups and held pull-ups for muscle-searing seconds. They also encouraged each other as they awaited their chance at television glory.
The NBC production lit up Downtown along Second Street on Friday night, the first of two recorded events that will air July 1.
There was Marcelino Riley, who has been training on a playground in Chicago, zipping across the first obstacle.

Do I know any of these ninjas?

Sure do.
Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees gave the course his best.
And Ryan Sutter, a winner of "The Bachelorette" was competing, too.
Jesse "Flex" Labreck also competed. Part of her training routine, sessions of which can last three hours, include rock climbing and many pull-ups. 
She's "not strong for a girl, just strong," and welcomed the show's shift to include more women, she said.
Drew Lachey stretches behind the stage of "American Ninja Warrior," as he prepares to compete in downtown Cincinnati Friday, May 24, 2019.
Drew Lachey prepares to compete on "American Ninja Warrior" Friday, May 24, 2019 in downtown Cincinnati. Drew Lachey prepares to compete on "American Ninja Warrior" Friday, May 24, 2019 in downtown Cincinnati.

So what was the vibe?

The crowd chanted for the contestants, some of whom encouraged them with a wave of the hand to raise the decibel.
One contestant casually did a backflip, to raucous applause.
Many in the crowd encouraged Drew Lachey, shouting his name during his attempt.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Nick Lachey's wife Vanessa has been cast in the Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot as Jason Priestley's high-powered publicist wife


Vanessa Lachey has landed a role in the new Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot.
The 38-year-old beauty - who is married to singer Nick Lachey - will play the publicist wife of Jason Priestley's character Brandon Walsh, Fox announced on Friday.
This comes after several reports that the show has been having setbacks after some of the key writers walked off the series.
Good one: Vanessa Lachey has landed a role in the new Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot. The 38-year-old beauty - who is married to singer Nick Lachey - will play the publicist wife of Jason Priestley's character Brandon Walsh, Fox announced on Friday. Vanessa and Nick in 2018
Vanessa will star as Camille, who is a 'high-powered publicist' that works all the time.
She wants to have children with her husband, even though her career is very demanding.
The former reality TV star also shared the news on her Instagram page.
She played the 90210 theme song and said, 'My NEW JOB has a pretty iconic zip code!!!
'I am still pinching myself that I get to join this incredible cast & play Jason Priestley’s wife. 
'This show was EVERYTHING to me in the 90’s! Now excuse me while I continue doing my happy dance while rockin’ out to this song!!!' 
The originals: Spelling, Priestley, Carteris, Ziering, Garth and Green at the Fox Upfronts in NYC on May 13
The day before it was shared that Kim Kardashian's good friend La La Anthony was also doing the Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot. 
The 36-year-old Power actress has been signed up for a recurring role as the wife of Brian Austin Green, according to Deadline on Thursday. 
She was the first non-90210 alum to officially join the cast of the new series. 
Anthony will portray Green’s wife, Shay, a superstar hip-hop/pop artist, reports the website. 
Her character is breadwinner of the family, while her Mr Mom husband watches over their three kids. 
Shay has become used to being the center of attention, but can still be surprisingly down to earth, according the Deadline. 
In the original Beverly Hills, 90210 finale, Brian Austin Green’s character David married Tori Spelling’s Donna, although in the CW’s followup series 90210, Donna revealed that she and David had separated shortly after the birth of her daughter.
The BH90210 series isn't exactly a reboot, or a sequel, but more of a meta take on the franchise that brings back the original stars.  
The stars are playing 'heightened versions of themselves' in the series, not their previous 90210 characters. 
The show will feature the actors who - having gone their separate ways in the 19 years since the series went off the air - reunite when there is talk of a reboot.   
Several of the 90210 vets have come back for the reboot.
They include Tori Spelling, Gabrielle Carteris, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, and Ian Ziering.
 Luke Perry was not attached to the reboot at the time of his death in March as he was already on the series Riverdale.  
The original series ran for 10 seasons between 1990 and 2000. 
Showrunner Patrick Sean Smith and several senior writers backed out of the show earlier this month.
A report from Variety claimed that the writers left due to issues with unspecified stars, though another source claimed they were unhappy with an executive overseeing the series.
Paul Sciarrotta has been named the new showrunner along with series’ creators Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler. 
Fox announced the six-episode event series will premiere Thursday, August 7 to kick off the network's 2019-2020 TV season.  

Who Is Vanessa Lachey? New Details On The Actress Playing Jason Priestley's Wife On 'BH90210'


Who Is Vanessa Lachey? New Details On The Actress Playing Jason Priestley's Wife On 'BH90210'/

She's Nick Lachey's wife.
Is anyone else super freaking excited for BH90210, the reboot of the classic 1990s show Beverly Hills, 90210? Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jenny Garth, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling and Gabrielle Carteris will all be back to check in and see where the gang is nearly two decades later. The cast will be playing themselves in a heightened version of reality that is inspired by their real lives and relationships.  The show will premiere August 7, 2019 at 8/7c on Fox. It was recently announced that Vanessa Lachey will be playing Jason Priestley's wife Camille. Remember this is a heightened reality show so Priestley is playing himself, not Brandon Walsh. Who is Vanessa Lachey?

1. She's from the Philippines

Vanessa Lachey was born Vanessa Joy Minnillo on May 13, 1980 in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines. Her dad, Vincent Minnillo is an American citizen from Cleveland, Ohio of Italian and Irish decent. Her mother Helen Bercero is from Manila, Philippines. Her father was in the Air Force and as a result, the family moved frequently. Vanessa attended eight different schools in nine years and lives in California, Nevada, Washington, Florida, Japan and Germany.

2. Miss Teen USA

Vanessa's family eventually settled in Charleston, South Carolina where she was a cheerleader and Bishop England High School. She was Miss South Carolina Teen USA in 1998 and went on to win the Miss Teen USA title. She was the first person from South Carolina to win and also the first to be named Miss Congeniality

3. Total Request Live

Vanessa hosted MTV's Total Request Live  from 2003 to 2007. She was also a New York City correspondent for Entertainment Tonight in 2005. She hosted the 2004 Miss Teen USA pageant nad co-hosted the 2007 Miss Universe pageant. Vanessa has appeared on a number of television shows including 30 Rock, Hawaii 5-0, Psych and The Bold and the Beautiful. She was on the 25th season of Dancing with the Stars. She competed against her husband. She was paired with Maksim Chmerkovsky while her husband was paried with Maksim's wife Peta Murgatroy. She and Maksim were the seventh couple to be eliminated from the show. She hosts Bravo's Top Chef Junior.

4. Her husband

Vanessa started dating Nick Lachey in 2006 after appearing in the music video for his song "What's Left of Me." They got engaged in November 2010 and married on Richard Branson's Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands on July 15, 2011. Nick and Vanessa have three children.

5. Her role on BH90210

Vanessa will play Camille, "the high-powered publicist wife of Jason Priestley who is balancing her demanding career with the hopes of starting a family." Vanessa posted an adorable video to Insta to announce her news. In it a GIF of her rises behind a photo of the original cast as they are today while the iconic Beverly Hills, 90210 theme song plays in the background. She captioned it: "My NEW JOB has a pretty iconic zip code!!! I am still pinching myself that I get to join this incredible cast & play Jason Priestley’s wife. This show was EVERYTHING to me in the 90’s! Now excuse me while I continue doing my happy dance while rockin’ out to this song!!!"

School's Out for Summer! The Cutest 'Last Day' Pics of Celebrity Kids - Camden Lachey

By Kate Hogan

Camden Lachey

Nick and Vanessa Lachey shared the same then and now split for son Camden’s final day of kindergarten.
“First day of Kindergarten vs Last day of Kindergarten.
Longer hair ✔️
Bigger sneakers ✔️
More self confidence ✔️
Will still kiss Mom & Dad in public!!! ✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️❤️😩
I LOVE this kid soooo MUCH!” .
, “Seems like just yesterday I was dropping him off at his first day of kindergarten and now I officially have a first grader!! How do I stop time???

Nick Lachey, son Camden 
Nick Lachey, son Camden 

On the road again, 98 Degrees coming to Meadows Casino


Nick Lachey has been television host, a reality television star, a dance contest competitor, an actor, a teen pop star (with 98 Degrees) and a music solo artist.
Wearing many hats suits him well.
“I’d like to think I’m kind of hard to label. I enjoy being diversified,” Lachey said during a recent phone interview. “I’ve always approached my career as not trying to put any kind of label on it or define it. As long as the projects are interesting and something I enjoy doing, just keep on working.”
But now, 23 years after he first came to fame as frontman of 98 Degrees, that group might be taking a central role in Lachey’s career once again.
98 Degrees will perform June 14 at Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Washington County.
Four Ohio natives
The group came together in 1996 in Los Angeles as a vocal quartet featuring four Ohio natives — lead singer Lachey, his brother Drew, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons. Initially 98 Degrees was marketed as a teen pop group, riding what was then a major trend in pop music.
98 Degrees never achieved the mega-stardom of peers like the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC or Britney Spears, but the group did very well. After notching a gold album with their self-titled debut, the group’s 1998 second album, “98 Degrees and Rising,” topped 4 million copies sold. The 2000 album, “Revelation,” was a double-platinum hit.
In all, the group has sold 10 million albums, which includes a first holiday album, “This Christmas,” released in 1999.
Then in 2001, the group went on a hiatus that lasted more than a decade. Each group member took on his own projects during the hiatus, making 98 Degrees seem like it might stay in the rearview mirror.
In music, Nick Lachey has released four solo albums (including the gold-certified 2006 release “What’s Left of Me”). But his biggest impact came through television.
Following his October 2002 marriage to singer Jessica Simpson, the couple starred in the popular MTV reality television series, “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica.” The series had a three-year run – just like their marriage, which ended in December 2005.
Odd situation
To this day, some people still associate Lachey with “Newlyweds,” even though he has since married former MTV VJ Vanessa Minnillo, with whom he has three children. It’s a situation that he finds odd.
“I guess it’s a weird thing, because it’s obviously centered around a chapter in my life which is closed and has been for a decade, really,” Lachey said. “But it’s always interesting how much people still remember that show. So on that level, it’s flattering to have been part of something people enjoyed and was a success.
“I’ve been lucky enough, thankfully, to go on and do quite a few things since then and host a lot of things,” he added. “So luckily for me my career has continued to evolve.”
Those later pursuits included hosting several television shows, including the a cappella singing competition show, “The Sing Off,” guest-starring in a few television series and competing in the 2017 season of “Dancing With the Stars.”
By then, things were gearing back up with 98 Degrees, which Lachey said — despite appearances — never broke up. The group reunited in 2012 and returned to action with the 2013 album “2.0” and a slot on that summer’s “The Package” tour with New Kids On The Block and Boyz II Men.
A headlining tour followed in 2016. Then in 2017, with the group’s 20th anniversary happening, the group decided to celebrate by making its second Christmas album, “Let It Snow,” and embarking on a holiday tour.
Full-time endeavor
The tour was a success, leading to a second holiday tour last fall. At this point, Lachey said, the four members now consider 98 Degrees an active, full-time endeavor.
“We kind of view this as a year-round thing,” Lachey said. “I think as long as we continue to enjoy performing together and the fans still come out and support it, we’re going to keep doing it. We enjoy each other’s company and enjoy performing together, so I really don’t see any reason to stop.”
The future could include more Christmas albums sometime down the road, and regular albums could also be in play — if it seems like the market has a place for new 98 Degrees music.
“That’s a tricky one, because we love making music together. So, the immediate answer would be, yeah, we’d love to be in the studio and make more music together,” Lachey said. “But the music business has changed so much in the way people consume music, and where do we kind of fit into the landscape of new music coming out and so on and so forth.

“It’s definitely something we’ve talked about and we would love to do,” he said. “I just think we have to get a better idea of what that would look like.”