Hollywood Now: Mrs. Maisel Wins, Rashida Jones Gushes about Her Dad & Here’s Your New DVR Lineup

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Cast of the Voice
Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson & Adam Levine. Credit: Tyler Golden/NBC

On September 24, Adam Levine returns for the 15th season of NBC’s The Voice, joining vocal coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson. The product of an interfaith marriage (Jewish father, Christian mother) and in one himself, the Maroon 5 singer has been married to model Behati Prinsloo since July 2014 and they have two daughters.

Leighton Meester
Leighton Meester. Credit: F. Scott Schafer/ABC

Married to Jewish actor Adam Brody and the mother of a 3-year-old daughter, Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) plays a single mom in the ABC series Single Parents, about a group of divorcées and widowers who bond because their kids are in the same class at school. Brad Garrett and Taran Killam co-star in the comedy, which premieres September 26 on ABC.

An airplane en route from Jamaica to New York lands safely after encountering turbulence, but the passengers are astonished to discover that five years have passed, and they were all presumed dead. That’s how the new series Manifest begins, but it’s just the start, since there’s a lot of family drama and strange, possibly supernatural aftereffects that these no-longer-missing individuals have to deal with. Josh Dallas leads an ensemble cast in the series, which creator Jeff Rake likens to Lost meets This is Us. Dallas, who is not Jewish, has been married to Ginnifer Goodwin, his Jewish former Once Upon a Time co-star, since April 2014, and they have two sons. Manifest premieres September 24 on NBC.

In the first season finale of ABC’s The Good DoctorRichard Schiff’s character Dr. Aaron Glassman revealed his terminal cancer diagnosis. When the series returns for its second season on September 24, Glassman begins treatment with oncologist Dr. Blaize, played by Lisa Edelstein, who played Dr. Lisa Cuddy for seven seasons on House. Schiff is Jewish and has been in an interfaith marriage with actress Sheila Kelly since 1996.

We Applaud The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel at the Emmys. Credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Interfaith couple and producing partners Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino are celebrating the five awards that The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won at the Emmy Awards, adding to the three honors earned earlier at the Creative Arts ceremony. Amy, who is Jewish and in an interfaith marriage with Daniel, won a pair of Emmys for writing and directing the show, which was named best comedy series.


With her trademark humor, she said during her acceptance speech, “Um, OK, it takes a giant village full of union crew members to make sure that Maisel goes out to the streets of New York and takes away your parking spaces from you. So, to my crew, my crew, my crew: You are my everything. I worship you.” Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein also won for lead and supporting actress in a comedy, respectively. The Amazon series will return for its second season later this year.


Rashida Jones Gushes about Her Dad

Quincy and Rashida Jones
Quincy and Rashida Jones: Instagram @rashidajones

Rashida Jones pays homage to her father, musician and producer Quincy Jones, in the Netflix documentary Quincy, which she co-directed with Alan Hicks. “It’s rare that somebody who has lived as much life as my dad is still interested in growing and knowing the next generation,” she says. “He is such a man of action and accomplishments, but we were so lucky to spend real time with him, to let him reflect on life and the larger picture. I feel honored to be able to share that with audiences all over the world.”

Jones (Angie Tribeca) is also the daughter of Jewish actress Peggy Lipton, who appears in the film with other celebrities including Mary J. Blige, Tony Bennett, Bono, Will Smith, Jay Z, Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey. It begins streaming September 21.


Gerri Miller

Gerri Miller wrote and reported from Los Angeles about celebrities, entertainment and lifestyle for The Jewish Journal, The Nosher, Hadassah and others. A New York native, she spent a summer working at Kibbutz Giv’at Brenner in Israel and attended High Holy Day services at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood every year.


Author: Gerri Miller