A year ago, no one, not even the powers that be at NBC, expected The Voice to pose a real threat to American Idol. Simon Cowell had taken his talents to The X Factor and between the two shows, Fox would out-yell and outspend any and all other music competitions.
But then The Voice and its big red swivel chairs and its panel of feisty, funny judges surprised everyone. Rather than repurposing the Idol formula, The Voice gave America a much-needed break from painful auditions, "dawgs," "songs that inspire" week, and judges critiques that ranged from "you really made it your own" to "that was beautiful, perfect." The show also beat X Factor to the punch in having judges act as mentors to the contestants, and in lining up a group of...
Ricky Gervais, The 2012 Golden Globe Awards
Was Ricky Gervais holding back this year? Hosting the Golden Globes for the third time, the comedian opened Sunday's awards show by ribbing Eddie Murphy for pulling out as Oscar host ("When the man who said yes to Norbit says no to you, you know you're in trouble") and NBC for being America's third-place network (oh, actually, fourth).
He did get in a few zingers. His five best jabs were aimed at:
His own manhood -- "No profanity: That's fine, I've got a huge vocabulary. No nudity: See that's a shame because I've got a huge [pause] vocabulary. But a...
Oh, Marti Noxon, you had fun writing this one didn't you. The Buffy vet, who serves as a consulting producer on Glee this season, made her episodic writing debut with "Extraordinary Merry Christmas," a near-plotless throwback to The Judy Garland Show's boozy, high-as-a-kite holiday special (and old-timey variety specials in general). And why not? Last season, they turned Sue into the Grinch (literally) and gave Artie fake legs (literally). Why not deliver a holly-jolly Christmas by serving up some Yuletide chestnuts and the best of '60s TV (accents! corny jokes! canned laughter!)?
But in case you missed the story stuff, or forgot it, or blocked it, here's what you need to know: Mr. Schue picks Artie to direct a throwback Christmas special for Lima's cable-access station, which interferes with the glee club's promise to help Sue serve at a homeless shelter (this year, she's the anti-Grinch), but they show up anyway to sing...
Credit where credit is due: For a competition episode, this was a pretty darn good hour of Glee, almost obliterating last year's New York Nationals from our minds.
Here's what went down in Tuesday's big Sectionals showdown, "Hold on to 16": Sam returned to McKinley to help New Directions beat the Troubletones and get Mercedes back (with his stripper-honed body rolls). Tina decided it was time to get Mike's dad on board with his son's future in the arts. Sebastian told Kurt to get ready because he wants himself some Blaine. Finn confessed that he was jealous of Blaine and apologized for throwing so much 'tude his way. Sam, Shelby and Rachel forced Quinn out of her funk. The New Directions triumphed at Sectionals, and...
Naya Rivera, Dianna Agron
And that's how you come out in Lima Heights Adjacent. It wasn't until Finn brought out her competitive edge (hello, sectionals!) that Santana considered re-entering Mr. Schue's choir room and letting her friends help her out of the closet. And even then, she didn't get any warm fuzzies after being serenaded with Kurt and Blaine's cutesy performance of Pink's equally earnest "F---in' Perfect" because being gay doesn't mean she's going soft.
Instead, after Finn created a safe haven for her to the sounds of the more appropriate "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," Santana paraded proudly down the halls of McKinley, ladies in tow, to the no-shame anthem "I Kissed a Girl." Abuela hasn't come around yet, because not everyone can be Burt Hummell, but it was so nice to see her show Brittany some affection outside of Breadsticks.
Because we so enjoyed this week's Glee — and because we're still in the...
L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul judging thousands of aspiring singers, some of whom will make your ears bleed? Sounds like American Idol redux. At first glance, there isn't a ton separating Cowell's new music competition show, The X Factor, from its predecessors — until you stack up the details. Then Cowell's master plan for music show domination becomes all too clear.
My God, It's huge! And 9 other things we learned at the premiere of The X Factor
In advance of Wednesday's premiere (8/7c on Fox), Cowell and the other X Factor judges help explain the five biggest ways in which their show will crush the competition.
5. He'll throw more money at the screen: How best to top...
Nick Offerman, Ben Schwartz
Are you ready for Tammy, Ground Zero?
Parks and Recreation executive producer Mike Schur tells TVGuide.com exclusively that the show is on the hunt for an actress to play Ron Swanson's mother, "who is exactly what you'd imagine the woman who gave birth to Ron Swanson to be like."
Eddie Izzard has booked a guest-starring role on The Good Wife, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Izzard will play Abbott Thrush, an upper-class English barrister brought in to fight Lockhart/Gardner in a libel case that...
Is Mr. Schuester out of Coach Sue's crosshairs for good? It sure seems like it. He and Coach Sue called a truce at the end of last season, and now Glee boss Ryan Murphy says she's getting a new archrival!
"The winner of The Glee Project is the person who she hates the most in the history of the show," Murphy tells TVGuide.com exclusively. The Glee Project, airing Sundays at 9/8c on Oxygen, is the reality competition aimed at finding new blood for McKinley. The winner gets a seven-episode arc when Glee returns this fall.
The Glee Project: The goal is too Ryan Murphy
Next season, Murphy says Sue (Jane Lynch) will get a new love interest and...
When Glee returns, Cheerios coach Sue Sylvester may reach her diabolical peak. In Tuesday's new episode (8/7c on Fox), she'll form A League of Doom. The members? Will's ex-wife Terri, former McKinley High glee club director Sandy Ryerson and Vocal Adrenaline coach Dustin Goolsby. Together, can they topple New Directions? The truth is Sue — who is so hardcore evil she grinds beef bones into her smoothies, advocates caning and littering and is missing a uterus — has been doing a bang-up job on her own for the past two years.
But don't take our word for it. In honor of her unyielding quest to destroy Will Schuester and the glee club, here's every rotten thing she's done to them in chronological order: