Unfortunately, even promising television sometimes gets the ax. Intricate, intelligent writing didn't keep AMC from crossing off Rubicon, and Huge's witty teen dialogue and emotional depth failed to win a huge audience. Not even super producer JJ Abrams or the combined star power of Maura Tierney and Rob Morrow could rescue Undercovers or The Whole Truth, respectively. So we ask: Which of these canceled shows deserves more time?
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Let's get this week's highlight reel started on a positive note.
TEARJERKER OF THE WEEK: Kurt Hummel plaintively singing "I Want to Hold Your Hand" on Glee as we relive home movies in his mind, showing bonding moments with his (now comatose) dad Burt, including a tea party where the little boy playing Young Kurt is an uncanny dead ringer. A catch in his voice, a lump in our collective throats, a Kleenex run at the commercial break. Chris Colfer's sensitive yet tough performance as a boy sticking by his non-beliefs during a trying time is the highlight of "Grilled Cheesus," a tricky, affecting exploration of faith, religion, friendship and family. Amber James' soaring renditions of "I Look to You" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (the latter backed up by a church choir) also top this week's Glee Hit Parade, and or course Rachel turns to Yentl for inspiration. Even a friend's dad's coma can't rain on her Streisand parade. We also learn Sue has turned from God because of the cruelties visited upon her beloved sister, and Emma shows uncommon wisdom as she opens Finn's eyes to the folly of praying to a sandwich. The best Glee episode in quite a while, reminding us why we stick with this show even when the notes sometimes seem sour.
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Huge just wasn't big enough for ABC Family.
Huge, which centered on eight kids sent to weight-loss camp, has been canceled, network reps confirm.
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Summer reaches its halfway point (at least on Camp Victory's calendar) during this freshman series' midseason finale. This episode is the conclusion of last week's two-parter, and the drama intensifies as parents' weekend continues. Not only do the campers face challenges with their parents, but Dr. Rand does, too. Yet the major turmoil comes from the revelation of an unexpected romance that leaves some stunned and others heartbroken. It's a cruel summer indeed...
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While fans of Hairspray star Nikki Blonsky may have been surprised to see her on Huge with no makeup, scraggly hair, and a cynical and sarcastic personality, the 21-year-old says she's "never felt more pretty in a role." Blonsky spoke to TVGuide.com about how she brings Will to life, and how Will's feelings for Ian (Ari Stidham) and keeping a secret for Amber (Hayley Hasselhoff) will affect them in Monday's season finale.
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A global collection of head-turning beauties is featured as the women vie for the crown by competing in swimsuit, evening-gown and interview categories at the 59th annual contest, hosted by Natalie Morales and rocker Bret Michaels from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Adding sonic glitz to the gala is a song medley from the Cirque du Soleil show, Viva ELVIS, plus a performance by John Legend and the Roots. The celeb panel of judges includes illusionist Criss Angel; actors William Baldwin, Chazz Palminteri and Jane Seymour; anchor Tamron Hall; skater Evan Lysacek; singer Chynna Phillips; model Niki Taylor; and musician Sheila E.
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Getting your heart broken is no fun, but it may just be what Huge's Amber needed.
Last week, Camp Victory's resident pretty girl — though she doesn't think so herself — was dumped by hunky counselor George (Zander Eckhouse) barely two trysts into their secret relationship. She ended the episode in tears — a good wake-up call, says Hayley Hasselhoff, who plays Amber.
"She came to camp to lose weight and I think now she realizes she got off-track because she focused all her time and energy on this boy that she shouldn't really be with," Hasselhoff tells TVGuide.com. "Her whole fling with George brings her ...
A couple weeks back, I revealed that NBC's Chuck would be bringing back Armand Assante in the fourth episode of its new season. Now Armand's character, Premier Alejandro Goya, has been given an exotic wife in the shapely form of...
What is Hairspray and Huge star Nikki Blonsky's dream job? Not a guest spot on Glee, surprisingly, but a remake of Murder, She Wrote.
"I know a lot of kids don't know what it is, but I love Murder, She Wrote and I love Angela Lansbury. She's my favorite actress," the 21-year-old told TVGuide.com at the Camp Rock 2 premiere.
Huge executive producer: "You don't need to be fat to relate" to series
First Justin, then Frank: Isn't Ali supposed to do the rejecting, not being rejected? But that's for the Bachelorette history books; now it's time for Ali's finale as Season 6 ends. This summer's Super Bowl of Love pits Chris L., the landscaper from Cape Cod, against Roberto, the Charleston, S.C., insurance agent. The setting is Bora Bora, and Ali brings her family along for advice. Trouble is, they like both guys equally.... So, Ali, who'll it be? Hope it works out better than Jake and Vienna.
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