TV News Roundup: Billy Eichner Joins the Cast of NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live!’

In today’s TV news roundup, Billy Eichner joins the cast of NBC’s “Hairspray Live” in a guest appearance. Also in today’s roundup, VH1 launched the mobile app “Love & Hip Hop: The Game,” based on the network’s hit reality series.

CASTING

Billy Eichner (“Difficult People”) joins the cast of NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” as Rob Barker, the Baltimore TV newscaster who reports on Tracy Turnblad and her escape from prison in an attempt to integrate into the “Corny Collins Show.” Eichner joins an all-star cast that includes Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana Grande and more. “Hairspray Live!” is scheduled to air Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.

DATES

VH1 and 345 Games announced on Wednesday the launch of “Love & Hip Hop: The Game,” a new mobile app based on the VH1 reality show. Combining elements of the reality show with a “rich, interactive world,” the goal of “Love & Hip Hop: The Game” is to complete challenges and level up in order to take a place among the hip-hop elite, according to the press release.

“‘Love & Hip Hop’ fans are the most passionate enthusiasts and we developed the game to fuel their passion and further extend this hit franchise into a true lifestyle brand that reaches fans worldwide,” said Dan Yang, Viacom’s EVP & GM of consumer products.

The app is now available worldwide on iOS and Android and is free to play with the option of in app purchases.

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