News on Michelle Branch, Elvis, Brian Setzer
Up-and-coming pop artist Michelle Branch is due to guest star on NBC's new nostalgic drama "American Dreams." Executive produced by Dick Clark and Jonathan Prince, the show is set in the early-1960s and will utilize vintage footage of Clark's long-running music and dance series "American Bandstand."
In the episode, Branch will play singer Lesley Gore and perform her hit "You Don't Own Me," which held the No. 2 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 for three weeks in 1964. The episode will feature character Meg Pryor, a "Bandstand" dancer played by Brittany Snow, meeting Gore as she rehearses for that day's broadcast. Branch's previous television experience includes a guest appearance on the WB's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." She'll also be seen next year in the Adam Sandler film "The Hot Chick."
The Philadelphia-based "American Dreams" will air Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET on NBC beginning Sept. 29. The cast also includes Gail O'Grady ("NYPD Blue"), Tom Verica ("Providence"), Will Estes ("7th Heaven"), Ethan Danpf ("Collateral Damage"), and Vanessa Lengies ("Popular Mechanics for Kids").
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.