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TV BITS: Fantasia DISHES ON SINGING Andrea Bocelli, RETURNING To Broadway + Sanya Richard Ross REVEALS “Sanya’s Glam & Gold” PREMIERE Date + Shamicka Lawrence JOINS "Hollywood Exes"


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Fantasia appeared on the TODAY Show where she discussed her tour with Andrea Bocelli and her return to Broadway.  Watch the clip inside and find out when WE tv will debut the new reality show starring Olympic champion gold medalist Sanya Richards Ross.  Also, find out the latest ex-wife who's headed to "Hollywood Exes."


Earlier this morning, "Lose To Win" singer Fantasia chatted it up with Kathie Lee and Hoda on the fourth hour of TODAY.  Fantasia, who's been doing concert dates with famed opera singer Andrea Bocelli, promoted their upcoming performance with the New York City Orchestra later this evening at the Prudential Center.  

During the interview, Fantasia talked about singing in Italian, raising her kids as a single mom and using her testimony to inspire fans.  She also announced that she'll return to Broadway in October 2013, but kept project deets under wraps.  

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During one light-hearted moment of the segment, Fantasia commented on Kathie Lee's jewelry and Kathie Lee responded by immediately taking the necklace off and giving it to her as a gift. 

Watch the interview here:

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And coming to the small screen this summer....

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Four-time U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Sanya Richards-Ross has signed on for a new WE tv original docu-series, entitled “Sanya’s Glam & Gold.” Premiering Thursday, July 25th at 10pm ET/PT, the show will follow the track superstar's fast-paced life and high-profile marriage to NFL star Aaron Ross (who's won two Super Bowl Championships).

The show was filmed primarily in Austin, Texas, which serves as the homebase for the couple who met in college at the University of Texas and married in 2010.  Speaking about the show in a WE tv press release, Sanya said,

“I’m so thrilled to have this opportunity to open up my life and marriage to viewers and to introduce them to my incredibly supportive, and let’s be honest, sometimes-crazy family.

I hope that in addition to being entertained by my journey since my victories last summer at the Olympic games, viewers will also identify with the challenges I face—and that all modern women face—to balance work, family, a husband and everything else life throws our way. There’s never a dull moment and things can sometimes get out of control, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!”

Outside of Texas, the show also filmed in Jacksonville, Florida, New York City and Jamaica.  The show is helmed by executive producers Jason Carbone (Tia & Tamara, Run’s House) and Nick Lee (Run’s House, The Bachelorette).


In other tv additions.....

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There's a new high-profile addition to VH1's hit "Hollywood Exes" and she's the ex-wife of our fave sitcom boyfriend/hubby of 90s.  A new press release from VH1, has revealed that Shamicka Lawrence, the ex-wife of Martin Lawrence,  will join the current cast which includes Nicole Murphy, ex-wife of Eddie Murphy, Sheree Fletcher, ex-wife of Will Smith, Andrea Kelly, ex-wife of R. Kelly, Jessica Conseco, ex-wife of Jose Canseco, and Mayte Garcia, ex-wife of Prince.

IndieWire posted a synopsis of this season...

Drea, who has been spending her time between Chicago and Los Angeles, is not happy with Jessica for some choice words she shared with Drea on Twitter. After returning to L.A., she and Jessica will finally have it out, resulting in one of the most explosive - and honest - confrontations in the show's history. Meanwhile, Jessica struggles with being the single mom of a rebellious teenager - Josie has been acting out and her grades are slipping. Mayte, who has been desperate to have a child, makes plans to adopt a one-year-old baby. The others worry that everything is happening too fast - what if something goes wrong and Mayte loses another child? Finally, Shamicka's wounds from her divorce are still fresh - her divorce from Martin Lawrence was just recently finalized. Every day brings new challenges that only a Hollywood Ex can understand, but thankfully the others are there to help her find her way.

We're wondering why Daphne Wayans wasn't included in the synopsis. Did she make the final cut? We heard rumbles producers may have put her of the show early. We shall see.

The new season of "Hollywood Exes" premieres on July 8, 2013, at 10pm ET/PT, with 13 1-hour episodes.



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