Clay Aiken joining the Broadway cast of Monty Python’s Spamalot

American Idol 2 runner-up Clay Aiken will soon join season three winner Fantasia and other show alumni on Broadway, as he will star in Monty Python’s Spamalot. His run as Sir Robin begins Jan. 18 and ends May 4.

“Aiken will be making his Broadway debut in the role originated on Broadway by David Hyde Pierce,” Playbill reports. The play, which won a Tony for best musical in 2005, “tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table on their quest from God for the Holy Grail — with a short stop in the dazzling Spam-filled land of Camelot.”

Mike Nichols, the play’s director, said in a press release, “Clay Aiken is amazing beyond that glorious voice. Turns out he is an excellent comic actor and a master of character. People will be surprised by his wide ranging talent, since the first impression is of great country charm and a singer to remember. This guy is not only a star, he is a lot more. We are lucky to get him for Spamalot.”

The musical is performed at the Shubert Theatre, and is currently performed Tuesdays through Sundays.

Clay Aiken to Make Broadway Debut in Monty Python’s Spamalot [Playbill]
Monty Python’s Spamalot

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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