Lauren to Lend Her Voice to PBS’ THE GREAT AMERICAN READ

PBS revealed last week that Lauren will be among key authors, celebrities and notable figures in the entertainment, sports, news and literary worlds who will lend their voices and passion to THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, an eight-part television competition that celebrates books!

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, a new eight-part television competition and nationwide campaign created in partnership with the production company Nutopia, explores the power of books and the joy of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved novels, as voted on by the public.

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ launches with a two-hour special event on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 8 p.m. on PBS stations. Over the course of 15 weeks in the summer, viewers can read and vote on favorite works of fiction; the series then returns in the fall with additional episodes exploring the nominated books through themes including “Heroes,” “Villains & Monsters,” “Who Am I?,” “What We Do for Love,” “Other Worlds,” and will conclude with an exciting finale and countdown to “America’s Best-Loved Book.” The full list of 100 titles, chosen from a demographically representative national survey conducted by YouGov, will be made available to the public prior to the launch episode in May.

Here’s a first teaser:

And a first (pretty) pic of Lauren (click on it for a larger version):

Photo credit: Nutopia/PBS​

We don’t know yet when Lauren will appear on the show but we’ll keep you posted 😊

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Vampirina Renewed for a Second Season!

This is just in: Disney Junior has picked up a second season of Vampirina!

In case you’re not familiar with it, the show follows a young vampire girl, Vampirina, who learns to adjust to city life after her family moves from Transylvania to Pennsylvania.

Lauren lends her voice Vampirina’s mother Oxana Hauntly, opposite James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) as her husband Boris. Their characters run a bed and breakfast for visiting ghouls and goblins.

No airing date yet, but in the meantime, please enjoy this new behind the scene picture of Lauren on your left 😊 (bigger size in our gallery)

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Lauren to appear on “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”?

In a interview with The Telegraph to talk about the (well-deserved) Golden Globes wins for The Marvelous Mrs Maisel (streaming on Amazon Prime), Amy Sherman-Palladino revealed it’s likely that Lauren will appear on the show!

Here’s what she has to say about it:

There has, they say, been “literally no discussion” about doing a series based around Rory’s pregnancy, which is where the last episode ended. It is likely, however, that a Gilmore Girls star will appear in a future episode of Mrs Maisel.

“I’m talking to Lauren [Graham]. We’re crafting her character… She wants something very specific,” says Sherman-Palladino. It’s news that hadn’t even reached Brosnahan, who happens to be a big Gilmore Girls fan and whose response – “Stop it. What? Amy has not said this to me! That’s amazing!” – likely sums up that of all other fans out there. Roll on season two.

Lauren has already talked about a possible appearance on Amy and Daniel Palladino’s new show during an interview with The Los Angeles Times in May 2017. To watch what she had to say at the time just click “Play”, the video will magically start at the right time 😉

To read Amy and Dan’s full interview click here (you have to register for free to read the article): How Mrs Maisel got so marvelous: Rachel Brosnahan and Amy Sherman-Palladino on the making of their Golden Globes sensation.
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is available on Amazon Prime and the pilot is streaming for free on Youtube.

UPDATE

Following a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, in which Amy said again how much she’d like to have Lauren on the show, Lauren gave an answer about a possible appearance on “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel” via Twitter:


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“Talking as Fast as I Can” is a Goodreads Choice Award Winner!

Super Awesome News! “Talking as Fast as I can” won the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award in Best Humor 🎉📚

Also super awesome: to celebrate their win, Goodreads asked the authors to share photos of themselves reacting to their victories. Here’s Lauren’s adorable pic and note:

I’M SO THRILLED! GOODREADERS ARE THE BEST READERS. THANKS SO MUCH. — LAUREN GRAHAM

Even more super awesome: Lauren’s brand new and shiny interview with Goodreads contributor Kerry Shaw where she discusses her writing process, her book club, and the best life advice she can offer. She also talks about her upcoming fun giftie mini-bookIn conclusion, Don’t Worry About it” (available on April 3rd):

GR: I know you’re coming out with a graduation book in April 2018. What inspired that?

LG: My dad was trying to get me to give a graduation speech at my high school. I said, “Dad, I haven’t been there in a million years!” He thought it would be fun for me to be home and to look back on high school. And it was.

The book has evolved; now it’s pretty far from the speech. I had thought about including it as a bonus chapter in another book, but my agent said, “I feel like this is a fun book on its own, and rather than waiting for your next book of essays, which is probably years away, or the next novel, which is way overdue, here’s something that’s manageable and would be a fun gift for people.”

So it started from the speech and then it became something else. In my speech, I used the template of the roles I got in high school and how they were reflective to me of what happens later in life. Like the idea that I probably had as much fun—or more fun—being the nobody in the chorus as I did when I eventually got the leading role.

As a person who has gotten to do what she wants for a living, I was trying to convey the mixed blessings of success. It didn’t feel like it was a giant book, and it didn’t feel like it was like an essay that belonged anywhere else. Hopefully it’s a nice bite-size bit of encouragement.

Click here to read the full and very inspiring interview: Interview with Lauren Graham

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