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Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, LL COOL J, and Fat Joe are among the artists sharing their stories on Paramount+'s Behind the Music.

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If you've been hungry like the wolf for riveting backstories of your favorite artists, like Duran Duran, you're in luck: VH1's classic docuseries Behind the Music is back on Paramount+. You'll get to know J-Lo when she was just "Jenny from the Block," Ricky Martin when he was "Livin' La Vida Loca," and LL COOL J before he became Sam Hanna on NCIS: Los Angeles. To get you amped for BTM's grand return, we've compiled the ultimate playlist of all the artists that'll be featured this season!

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Behind the Music
premieres Thursday, July 29, with back-to-back episodes featuring Ricky Martin and LL COOL J. New episodes air every Thursday on Paramount+.

Ricky Martin, "Livin' La Vida Loca"

The Ricky Martin episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, July 29.

Ricky Martin, "La Cope de la Vida"

.The Ricky Martin episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, July 29.

Ricky Martin, "Tiburones"

The Ricky Martin episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, July 29.

LL COOL J, "Mama Said Knock You Out"

The LL COOL J episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, July 29.

LL COOL J, "Hey Lover"

The LL COOL J episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, July 29.

LL COOL J, "I Need Love"

The LL COOL J episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, July 29.

Huey Lewis, "Hip To Be Square"

The Huey Lewis episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, Aug. 5.

Huey Lewis, "Heart and Soul"

The Huey Lewis episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, Aug. 5.

Huey Lewis, "If This Is It"

The Huey Lewis episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, Aug. 5.

Busta Rhymes feat. Mariah Carey, "I Know What You Want"

The Busta Rhymes episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, Aug. 12.

Busta Rhymes, "Break Ya Neck"

The Busta Rhymes episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, Aug. 12.

Duran Duran, "Hungry Like the Wolf"

The Duran Duran episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, Aug. 19.

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Duran Duran, "Come Undone"

The Duran Duran episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, Aug. 19.

Duran Duran, "Rio"

The Duran Duran episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, Aug.19.

New Kids On The Block, "Hangin' Tough"

The New Kids On The Block episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, Aug. 26.

New Kids On The Block, "Step by Step"

The New Kids On The Block episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, Aug. 26.

New Kids On The Block, "Please Don't Go Girl"

The New Kids On The Block episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, Aug. 26.

Bret Michaels, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"

The Bret Michaels episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, Sept. 2.

Bret Michaels, "A Beautiful Soul"

The Bret Michaels episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, Sept. 2.

Fat Joe feat. Ashanti, "What's Luv?"

The Fat Joe episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, Sept. 9.

Fat Joe, "Hands On"

The Fat Joe episode of Behind the Music premieres Thursday, Sept. 9.

Jennifer Lopez, "Waiting for Tonight"

The Jennifer Lopez episode of Behind the Music premieres later this season.

Jennifer Lopez, "Jenny from the Block"

The Jennifer Lopez episode of Behind the Music premieres later this season.

Jennifer Lopez, "On the Floor"

The Jennifer Lopez episode of Behind the Music premieres later this season.

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Behind the Music premieres Thursday, July 29, with back-to-back episodes featuring Ricky Martin and LL COOL J. New episodes air every Thursday on Paramount+.

Wayne Brady and Nischelle Turner during the premiere episode of Secret Celebrity Renovation on CBS.

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By Nate Millado

Can Nischelle Turner keep a secret? "Absolutely," says the Entertainment Tonight anchor. "I'm a vault." That's certainly a good quality to have when you're hosting a show called Secret Celebrity Renovation. The one-hour series gives celebs the chance to roll up their sleeves and surprise someone who's helped guide them to success with the renovation of their dreams. Here's everything you need to know about the feel-good Friday night series.

Secret Celebrity Renovation airs Friday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and Paramount+.

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"This is not my house!"

Wayne Brady and Aunt Lilly

Wayne Brady surprises his Aunt Lilly.

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During the July 9 premiere of Secret Celebrity Renovation, Wayne Brady paid a visit to his dear Aunt Lilly in Orlando. The Let's Make a Deal host credits his aunt with helping raise him. Upon seeing her newly refurbished home, Aunt Lilly exclaimed: "This is not my house!" All the feels!

Meet the Dream Team

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Jason Cameron, Sabrina Soto, Nischelle Turner, and Anthony Ramos.

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It takes a village to realize dreams. The design team includes home improvement contractor/television personality Jason Cameron (Man Caves, While You Were Out) and interior designer Sabrina Soto (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Trading Spaces).

Some of the grateful celebrities you'll see this summer: In the Heights star Anthony Ramos, choreographer Paula Abdul, country crooner Lauren Alaina, CBS sports analyst Boomer Esiason, GRAMMY-winning artist Eve, Emmy-nominated actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Survivor legend "Boston" Rob Mariano, NBA All-Star Chris Paul, and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith.

Most Surprising Celeb

Chris Paul

Chris Paul gets emotional during Secret Celebrity Renovation.

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So which celeb surprised Nischelle Turner the most? "Chris Paul. He's a seven-time NBA All Star, a career of 16 years," she says of the Phoenix Suns point guard. "You know, you look at him and don't think that there's this big ball on mush. But he decided to renovate his grandmother and grandfather's home that they've lived in for 51 years. Chris offered to buy them a home 10 times over, but they never wanted to move. His grandfather said, 'I told your grandmother when we got married that that's the home we're going to live in and die in.' When she walked into the transformation of their home, Chris got really emotional and broke down crying. I didn't expect that from him."

Who Would Nischelle Surprise With a Home Reno?

"Oh, without a doubt, my mom," Turner says. "She is my angel. I grew up in a single-parent home. She's my moral compass in so many ways. We didn't grow up with much. She gave me her car when I got my first job in Evansville, Indiana. I would do a renovation for her in a heartbeat."

Labor of Love

When it comes to home renovations, Turner doesn't just talk the talk, she walks the walk! "Oh, I'm building house No. 2 for a year and a half right now. I finished my house during the pandemic. I was in the middle of building a home. I finished during that period and I ended up selling that house.… And I bought a new lot, broke ground, and then [started] building another house."

Nischelle's Design Style

"I'm all over the place," she confesses. "The house I just finished building was a modern house. I am now in the middle of building a Spanish colonial home. I have no idea!"

"A step toward the future"

Nischelle Turner

Nischelle Turner hosts Secret Celebrity Renovation.

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Turner is having quite the 2021! In March when she was promoted to co-anchor Entertainment Tonight with Kevin Frazier, the dynamic duo made history as the first Black team in the entertainment news magazine's 40-year history.

"It felt right. But it's not lost on me or Kevin, mind you, that this is history-making. Neither of us take it lightly. Kevin and I…we are bonded and friends and, you know, chosen family, so it was very natural, anyway. But to have this moment to be the first Black team on that show, it really hits in a different way, I think, because of the time and space we're in and the challenges that we see in our community over the last couple of years. A step toward the future is so, so satisfying."

Secret Celebrity Renovation
airs Friday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and Paramount+.

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Get ready for a new Gossip Girl.

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By Nate Millado

Spotted: A newcomer arrives at Constance Billard and stirs up the status quo of Manhattan's elite—and Gossip Girl returns just in time to spill all the tea on the next generation of schemers and socialites. That's right, the iconic teen soap that arguably put The CW on the map is back for a one-night stand.

A continuation of the Gossip Girl saga premieres on HBO Max—with a special one-night-only rebroadcast where it all began. Nine years after Gossip Girl signed off (spoiler alert: It was Dan!), a new clique of upper-crust Upper East Siders promises to be our next summer obsession. Here's everything you need to know about the highly anticipated reboot.

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The Max Original Gossip Girl series premiere will have a special broadcast on The CW on Friday, July 9 (8–9:30 p.m. ET/PT), one day after its debut on HBO Max. Following its broadcast on The CW, the episode will be available to stream on The CW's free digital platforms (The CW app and CWTV.com).

What's New With Gossip Girl 2.0?

The new Gossip Girl cast

The new Gossip Girl stars: Evan Mock, Thomas Doherty, Emily Alyn Lind, Eli Brown, Jordan Alexander, Savannah Smith, and Zion Moreno

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The creative folks behind the original—creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, showrunner Joshua Safran—are involved in the re-imagining. And while Serena (Blake Lively), Blair (Leighton Meester), Dan (Penn Badgley), and other characters in the 2007–2012 series were based on Cecily von Ziegesar's wildly popular YA books, all the new kids are, well, all-new.

And the cast is huge! It's got 16 series regulars (versus the original's seven), led by Jordan Alexander as queen bee/influencer Julien. You also won't be left guessing the identity of Gossip Girl (once again voiced by Kristen Bell)—you'll know who the anonymous blogger is by the end of the premiere.

Representation Matters

Zion Moreno Jordan Alexander Savannah Smith

Gossip Girl trio Zion Moreno, Jordan Alexander, and Savannah Smith

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A lot has changed since the zeitgeist-y Gossip Girl premiered in 2007, and not just the technology (remember Blair's T-Mobile Sidekick in the 2007 pilot?). There's even more sex this go-round; if you thought the Serena-Nate kitchen scene—Season 3, Episode 14, FYI—was steamy, you'll be clutching your pearls watching the new version. And the diverse cast spans the sexuality spectrum, including bi-curious Aki (Evan Mock) and pansexual Max (Thomas Doherty)—more on him in a bit.

Sister, Sister

Jordan Alexander and Whitney Peak

Half sisters Julien (Jordan Alexander) and Zoya (Whitney Peak)

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While the OG GG centered on the love-hate relationship between frenemies Serena and Blair, this version's dramatic duo is Julien and Zoya—who just happen to be half sisters. Zoya is a scholarship student shacking up in a rent-controlled Upper West Side apartment. Could her relatability make her the new Dan Humphrey?

Obie: The Next Dan Humphrey?

Eli Brown

Eli Brown is Obie.

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Or is Otto "Obie" Bergmann IV (played by Eli Brown) the next Dan? He certainly gives off Penn Badgley vibes. He's the richest of the bunch but wrestles with his wealth. Hmm…privileged kid with a heart of gold? Maybe Obie is more of a Nate!

Blair Waldorf Redux? Meet Audrey.

Emily Alyn Lind

Emily Alyn Lind is Audrey.

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Can we expect headbands in Audrey's future? Because Julien's bestie definitely sounds like the second coming of Blair Waldorf. As Emily Alyn Lind describes her character in Harper's Bazaar: "She's very into classic, old-fashion type things. So maybe lots of vintage, but she loves old movies, she loves Bette Davis, she loves Lauren Bacall, she loves Audrey Hepburn, she's very into the finer things in life."

The New Chuck Bass: Max Wolfe

Thomas Doherty

Thomas Doherty is Max Wolfe.

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The show's resident brooding bad boy is the aptly named Max Wolfe, a hedonistic Lothario who gets entangled with both Audrey and her long-term pink-haired beau, Aki.

Any Surprise Cameos From the Original Cast?

The stars of Gossip Girl pose in casual suits and dresses on a wall overlooking Central Park

The original Gossip Girl stars: Chace Crawford, Blake Lively, Ed Westwick, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, and Taylor Momsen

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Will S or B ever be spotted back in the Upper East Side? Maybe…just not in the first season. "If Blair showed up for two scenes, you'd say, 'I want more Blair,'" Safran told The Daily Beast. Serena's Chanel boots are big shoes to fill, and the OGs of GG certainly cast an enormous shadow for the newbies to emerge from. "The decision was: Let's get Season 1 under our belt, and should we get Season 2, we'll have the chance to bring in cameos that are more than glorified cameos but actually give them storylines."

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The Max Original Gossip Girl series premiere will have a special broadcast on The CW on Friday, July 9 (8–9:30 p.m. ET/PT), one day after its debut on HBO Max. Following its broadcast on The CW, the episode will be available to stream on The CW's free digital platforms (The CW app and CWTV.com).

Julie Chen Moonves hosts Big Brother on CBS.

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By Nate Millado

Any true Big Brother fan knows it's not summer until The Chenbot says so! And with Big Brother 23's live 90-minute move-in premiere on July 7, we can officially kick-start the sun-drenched season. Cody Calafiore was crowned the winner of last year's pandemic-delayed All Star season, but this time around, it'll be 16 brand-new players (no returnees!). Here's everything else you need to know about the highly anticipated premiere.

Big Brother premieres Wednesday, July 7, at 8–9:30 p.m. (live ET/delayed PT) on CBS and Paramount+. Beginning Sunday, July 11, the series will air Sundays and Wednesdays (8–9 p.m. ET/PT) and Thursdays (8–9:01 p.m., live ET/delayed PT), featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen Moonves.

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This Season's Theme

During a recent Clubhouse chat, host Julie Chen Moonves teased this summer's theme: the BB Beach Club. "What I'm really looking forward to is for the Big Brother Houseguests to be going on vacation and all of us living vicariously through them." The house decor will be like a boutique hotel!

Go Big or Go Home!

In addition to the beach club theme, BB23 will lean into gambling elements as well. (In fact, the backyard will be transformed into a casino backdrop come premiere night.) "This season, our theme is full of risk-versus-reward dilemmas," executive producer Rich Meehan told Entertainment Weekly. "We're dialing up the risk, hoping and anticipating the Houseguests are faced with decisions they've never really had to make in the Big Brother house before." By the end of the premiere, Julie will make a double-or-nothing offer that may be too good to refuse.

As Always, Expect the Unexpected

Big Brother prides itself in big twists to keep the Houseguests guessing—and this season is no exception. To prevent one big alliance from steamrolling the house, the HGs will be forced to compete in teams! During the live premiere, groups of four will enter into the house and vie to be team captain (and secure their spot in the Head of Household competition). Each captain will then need to choose who to add to their teams.

Meet the Houseguests

The Houseguests competing for $500,000 will be the most diverse yet—thanks to CBS' new initiative that all reality show casts must be 50 percent people of color. Keep reading to get to know the HGs!

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Pregame Elimination!

Just days before the official premiere, early fan favorite Christie Valdiserri had to bow out of the game because she tested positive for COVID-19!

Claire Rehfuss

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Claire Rehfuss

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Christie was replaced at the last minute with Claire Rehfuss, a 25-year-old AI engineer from New York City. Here are the other 15 HGs competing this summer...

Alyssa Lopez

Alyssa Lopez of Big Brother

Alyssa Lopez

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Age: 24 (will turn 25 on July 17)

Hometown: Sarasota, Fla.

Current City: Sarasota, Fla.

Occupation: Swimwear designer

Azah Awasum

Azah Awasum

Azah Awasum

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Age: 30

Hometown: Baltimore, Md.

Current City: Baltimore, Md.

Occupation: Director of sales operations

Brent Champagne

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Brent Champagne

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Age: 28

Hometown: Cranston, R.I.

Current City: Cranston, R.I.

Occupation: Flight attendant

Britini D'Angelo

Britini DAngelo

Britini D'Angelo

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Age: 24

Hometown: Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Current City: Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Occupation: Kindergarten teacher

Christian Birkenberger

Christian Birkenberger

Christian Birkenberger

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Age: 23

Current City: Harwinton, Conn.

Occupation: General contractor assistant

Derek Frazier

Derek Frazier

Derek Frazier

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Age: 29

Hometown: Philadelphia

Current City: Philadelphia

Occupation: Safety officer

Derek Xiao

Derek Xiao

Derek Xiao

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Age: 24

Hometown: Baltimore, Md.

Current City: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: Start-up founder

Brandon "Frenchie" French

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Brandon "Frenchie" French

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Age: 34

Hometown: Camden, Tenn.

Current City: Clarksville, Tenn.

Occupation: Farmer

Hannah Chaddha

Hannah Chaddha

Hannah Chaddha

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Age: 21

Hometown: Chicago

Current City: Chicago

Occupation: Graduate student

Kyland Young

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Kyland Young

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Age: 29 (will turn 30 on July 13)

Hometown: San Bernardino County, Calif.

Current City: Venice Beach, Calif.

Occupation: Account executive

Sarah Steagall

Sarah Steagall

Sarah Steagall

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Age: 27 (will turn 28 on Aug. 9)

Hometown: Boiling Springs, S.C.

Current City: Fort Myers, Fla.

Occupation: Forensic scientist

Tiffany Mitchell

Tiffany Mitchell

Tiffany Mitchell

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Age: 40 (will turn 41 on Aug. 5)

Hometown: Detroit, Mich.

Current City: Detroit, Mich.

Occupation: Phlebotomist

Travis Long

Travis Long

Travis Long

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Age: 22

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Current City: Honolulu

Occupation: Tech sales consultant

Whitney Williams

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Whitney Williams

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Age: 30

Hometown: Portland, Ore.

Current City: Portland, Ore.

Occupation; Makeup artist

Xavier Prather

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Xavier Prather

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Age: 27

Hometown: Kalamazoo, Mich.

Current City: Milwaukee, Wis.

Occupation: Attorney

Big Brother premieres Wednesday, July 7, at 8–9:30 p.m. (live ET/delayed PT) on CBS and Paramount+. Beginning Sunday, July 11, the series will air Sundays and Wednesdays (8–9 p.m. ET/PT) and Thursdays (8–9:01 p.m., live ET/delayed PT), featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen Moonves.

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