Chord Overstreet may not be returning to Glee's McKinley High next season, but he won't be skipping class altogether.
The actor-musician will guest-star as a newbie Orson Elementary school teacher to young Brick Heck (Atticus Shaffer) on the Wednesday, Sept. 28 episode of ABC's The Middle, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Ralph Wilkerson (Overstreet) is enthusiastic, energetic but perhaps a little too forward-thinking for the elder Hecks' tastes.
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Disney Channel's Shake It Up will return for a second season on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8/7c, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
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On the dance-themed comedy, CeCe Jones (Bella Thorne) and Rocky Blue (Zendaya) fulfill their dreams of becoming professional hoofers when they land roles on the local show "Shake It Up, Chicago!" On the hour-long season premiere, CeCe and Rocky risk being cut from the show when they audition for a reality show.
Relax, ThunderCats fans. Panthro isn't dead. "I noticed a little bit of a rumor about that," Kevin Michael Richardson, who voices Panthro in the Cartoon Network remake, tells TVGuide.com. "Someone said that on Facebook, and I was like, 'Really?'
When ThunderCats made its triumphant return to television in July, fans were outraged that Panthro, an integral part of the original '80s-era ThunderCats team, was absent without a satisfactory explanation. In the reboot, Panthro is first reported to be killed in action. Later, a false Panthro is revealed to actually be the evil Mumm-Ra in disguise. After all of this misdirection, it's a relief to know that we'll see the real Panthro back, however briefly, on Friday's episode (8:30/7:30c on Cartoon Network).
Atticus Shaffer is having Lego flashbacks. "It was a Star Wars set," he says with a groan that makes him sound 70, not 12. "Something like 1,035 pieces. It took me three days to put together." Shaffer only had a few last bricks to click when... Crash! Meowww! "My cat jumped on it and destroyed everything." Shaffer scrunches up his shoulders, tosses up his hands. "So you just start rebuilding."
The adorable young star of The Middle is tenacious like that. At a Lego store near where the ABC sitcom shoots in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley, Shaffer is recalling his most memorable projects:
It's both harder and easier than ever to be punk'd on April Fool's Day, thanks to the Internet. With all of our ways of being connected, alerts warning you not to be fooled are everywhere. But then, so are the pranks — it's now customary on this not-quite-special day for major companies, services and personalities to run outlandish claims of inventions, advances and changes. Taken collectively, what emerges is Internet-wide self-parody that ribs technology's unrelenting forward march and online culture's obsession with product development. If there's truth in every lie, the best April Fool's Day e-pranks are just slightly distorted mirrors aimed back at us in a moderately fun house. Seven examples of truly clever work follow...
Even when the cast of The Middle is away from the set, they can't stop acting like a family. Patricia Heaton (Frankie Heck) gabs with her TV daughter, Eden Sher (Sue), about shopping. Neil Flynn (Mike) bonds with TV sons Charlie McDermott (Axl) and Atticus Shaffer (Brick) over who's the best shot during their on-set basketball games. We sat the close-knit crew down to swap stories about everything from the first time they met to their favorite Mexican veggie.