TVLine Items: Zendaya to Channel Aaliyah, Disney Silences Idol and More

Zendaya Aaliyah

Lifetime has found its Aaliyah.

Disney Channel star Zendaya (Shake It Up!) will portray the R&B singer, who died in a plane crash in 2001 at the age of 22, in the network’s upcoming original movie.

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Zendaya will record four of Aaliyah’s songs for the film, which will premiere this fall.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Disney’s Hollywood Studios will shut down its American Idol Experience attraction in Jan. 2015, the Orlando Sentential reports.

* The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives actress Eileen Davidson has signed a contract with the former show, Soap Opera Digest reports. Her Y&R episodes will begin airing in early September, while her 12-week story arc on Days continues to play out.

* Adan Canto (Mixology, The Following) has joined the cast of Amazon’s drama pilot Hysteria, starring Mena Suvari and T.R. Knight, per The Hollywood Reporter.

* Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors will premiere Sunday, Aug. 31 at 9 am on Disney XD.

* Cinemax has unveiled a trailer for its new original series The Knick, starring Clive Owen and directed by Steven Soderbergh. Debuting Aug. 8, the 1900-set drama centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine.

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8 Comments
  1. Annie says:

    OK, The Knick looks intriguing enough – but sadly, no Cinemax for me.

  2. Mick says:

    I thought Keshia Chante was a lock for the Aaliyah role, but happy for Zendaya.

  3. Robert says:

    I wonder will Lifetime bring up that pseudo pedophile karrige she had with R. Kelly?

  4. Lucy says:

    Aw man – I wanted someone else as Aaliyah! Not Zendaya – she doesn’t even sing well live! :-(

  5. TB says:

    I am over these lifetime bio pics

  6. Maria says:

    I don’t mind if they have a movie on the life of Aaliyah on lifetime. Lifetime needs to find someone else to play the role of Aaliyah. I feel like fans just want someone better, not Zendaya. If i’m watching a story on a famous person who passed, I would like someone who resembles the person to play the role. Just like the movie on the The Jacksons. Some say appearance should not matter when it comes to other actors playing roles of famous people. They all got it wrong, appearance do matter. Why would I want to look at someone who does not remind me of the person. Lifetime if you want to tell people about the story of Aaliyah, an African American young lady, icon, dancer, and singer…. find someone better. If Zendaya plays the part I will make sure not to watch it, and tell everyone I can not to.

    • Mandi says:

      Girl shutup. Zendaya is just a teenager..let her live. To be honest, Zendaya looks up to Aaliyah, so for her this could be a dream come true to get to play the part of a role model she admired. So forreal,don’t nobody in the world care if you watch the show or not. It’s not even about who plays the part of Aaliyah, it’s about her story

      • james jones says:

        no girl you shut that girl looks nothing like aaliyah or the same color they not about to do her like that i seen plenty of felames look and act like aaliyah they didint even have concent from her family they dont want this movies was never told about it HAVE RESPECT!!!!!

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