There's more tearful soul-searching than singing in Fox's Glee (Thursday, 8/7c) as the show tackles an issue that couldn't be more timely and topical, on Capitol Hill and in any community that worries about its children's safety in the wake of recent (and not-so-recent) tragedies. The episode is titled "Shooting Star," which should give you an indication of just what triggers such intense emotional anxiety in the halls of McKinley High. Some would argue that the way the story ultimately plays out trivializes the issue, and maybe they're right, but as unpleasant realities seep into what is usually a musical-comedy fantasy, the glee club won't be the only ones left shaken and perhaps even a little more awakened.
To watch or not to watch? That is the question TVGuide.com examines as Idol enters the twilight of its tween years:
Nashville, the city, and Nashville, the country music industry, are expecting big things from Nashville, the new fall drama from ABC. The serialized drama, which stars Connie Britton as an country singer juggling her home life and struggling to remain a relevant artist, might not have made it on the air a few years ago.
But just as country music is moving toward the mainstream, the mainstream is gravitating toward country music — and TV execs, hungry for audiences, are eager to tap into country's loyal fan base. "We know from our proprietary research that about 96 million Americans qualify as country music fans, based on their listening habits and purchase behavior," says Country Music Association marketing director Cory Chapman. "That leads to a big opportunity for a network to go after that audience."
VIDEO: American Idol's Scotty McCreery Falls Off Stage During Concert
American Idol champ Scotty McCreery took a tumble off the stage during his concert last week.
"Dagum @BradPaisley pranked me again.. he narrowed up the stage on me for my last song..... #MeetTheCrowdNight #ImOk," he tweeted on Friday.
American Idol Scotty McCreery's Clear As Day album goes platinum
Two American Idol alums took home top honors Wednesday night at the 2012 CMT Music Awards.