To know Olive Kitteridge is not easy. Many would likely argue it's not worth the risk of being exposed to her harsh, judgmental New Englander's scorn. Suffer fools gladly? Not this curmudgeonly math teacher who, when her husband insists she's not depressed, snaps back, "Yes, I am. Happy to have it. Comes with being smart." Prompting her long-suffering son to wonder, "Is that why you're so mean all the time?"
And yet, in HBO's oddly moving and melancholy-shrouded two-night adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer-winning novel Olive Kitteridge (Sunday-Monday, 9/8c), a remarkable Frances McDormand makes Olive a fascinating, tragicomic study in human stubbornness, contrariness and contradiction....
It's not easy being a Gleek. At least, it wasn't earlier this season. Aside from the sudden and tragic death of star Cory Monteith, and the subsequent sudden and tragic death of his character Finn Hudson, the Fox musical comedy (Tuesdays, 8/7c, Fox) felt a bit, well, off-key in the first part of Season 5. The story lines started to feel either predictable or haphazard, the music was bland and most of the theme episodes like The Beatles two-part tribute or "Previously Unaired Christmas," lacked a real purpose or message.
Thankfully, the show returned from its extended hiatus re-energized and looking — and more importantly sounding — like its old self. After weeks of letting Season 5 collect virtual dust on the DVR, here are eight reasons why it's time to ...
Looks like someone finally got that call from Ryan Murphy!
American Idol Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert is joining the cast of Glee, series creator Murphy announced on Twitter Wednesday. "I am thrilled to...
Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik
Few things bring more pleasure than watching a deservedly hit comedy firing on all cylinders. Such is the case with this week's rollicking The Big Bang Theory (Thursday, 8/7c on CBS), which no matter how long we've enjoyed it still manages to show that it has new tricks up its sleeve — notably, Simon Helberg's gift for celebrity impressions. They come in handy as Howard assumes the role of dungeon master in a game of Dungeons & Dragons on what's supposed to be a boys' night, soon invaded by the gal pals when their plans for a Vegas getaway crap out. "I've never played Dungeons & Dragons with girls before," whines the resistant-to-change Sheldon, to which Penny answers: "Don't worry, sweetie, no one has." Big boom!
It took 21 episodes, but Jacob Artist's dreams finally came true on Glee's penultimate episode last week when he got to dance alongside series vet, and dancer extraordinaire Harry Shum, Jr.
"I said right when I got cast I would love to dance with Heather [Morris] or Harry, so when I read that in script, I was like...
The field of finalists was narrowed to eight on American Idol Thursday, but before any of the results were read, mentor Jimmy Iovine had some feedback of his own for the judges, whom he essentially said were being way too soft on the contestants at this stage in the competition.
American Idol's Jessica Sanchez is officially heading to Glee, TVLine reports.
After rumors first linked the pint-sized vocal powerhouse to the...
Their political history may be fraught with tension, but former President Bill Clinton put aside any past disagreements with Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night. The 42nd president gave a rousing speech endorsing Obama's reelection in November, slamming the far right wing of the Republican Party and...
Jessica Sanchez may have come in second to Phillip Phillips on American Idol this past May, but she may just come out on top on another Fox show.
The 16-year-old singer is in negotiations for a multi-episode arc on the new season of Glee, TVLine reports.
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According to the site, the Fox musical plans to...
The Glee Project
On Tuesday's Season 2 premiere of The Glee Project (10/9c on Oxygen), 14 new contestants will claw, croon and maybe even cross-dress their way to a recurring role on Glee. But while these kids probably already have the song-and-dance, not to mention acting, skills down cold, it takes a lot more to be on Glee than just strong pipes and the ability to read lines. Based off the first season — which saw two winners, as well as two runner-ups land recurring roles on the Fox musical — we've devised a cheat sheet of tips that is a must for those hoping to walk the halls of McKinley High next season...