Few shows experience growing pains more publicly than Fox's Glee, the exuberant and irreverent — and often painfully inconsistent — coming-of-age musical comedy that is in a seemingly constant state of reinvention, often at its own peril. Coming off the most significant upheaval to date, a graduation-day finale that sent a number of its most prominent characters (Rachel, Kurt, Finn, Quinn, Santana, Mercedes, Mike Chang) into the world beyond Lima, Ohio, Glee rebounds in the fourth season with a terrifically entertaining season opener on a new night and time (Thursdays, 9/8c). Glee may never be able to recapture its initial glow and buzz, but if this is an indication of its future, I like where it's heading.
Be careful what you wish for, Rachel Berry. A freshman at the New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts, McKinley High's star graduate will instantly encounter both a new villain to take the place of Sue and a love interest to fill in for enlisted man Finn.
On the evil side, Kate Hudson shimmies in for six episodes as dance teacher Cassandra July. "I'm having an absolute blast....
Lea Michele and Dean Geyer
In the Sept. 20 episode of Glee, the Fox musical comedy will once again pay tribute to the pop songstress and new X Factor judge (Fox synergy, what what!). In these new photos from the episode, fans will see...
Question: Let's play armchair programmer. While I am enjoying Major Crimes, it does feel a bit like we're just waiting for Brenda Leigh to show. Do you think they could have benefited from holding Major Crimes until the traditional December run of The Closer to let us get a little distance? Or is it purely a creative question? Major Crimes looks just like The Closer. Could the show benefit from some slight visual tweaks? Perhaps a slightly different opening sequence? — Steven
Matt Lauer, Al Roker
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14. Mr. Wrong Award: Never go out again with a guy who sleeps with you and then goes MIA for three months. Maura never gets that memo on Rizzoli & Isles, as her on-again beau Dennis (guest star Eddie Cibrian) turns out to be the serial killer that Jane has been tracking. As police burst into his home, interrupting their "date," Dennis takes Maura hostage and explains that she ...
The first Glee trailer has arrived, and it will have you salivating over the upcoming fourth season.
The new season will see Rachel (Lea Michele) head to NYADA, where training under Kate Hudson may not be as easy as being the former leader of New Directions. Speaking of the glee club, they'll welcome a new member in the returning Glee Project alum Alex Newell, who is hilariously mistaken for someone else. Find out who in the trailer below:
Aylin Bayramoglu, Ali Stroker and Blake Jenner
[Warning: This story reveals the winner of the second season of The Glee Project. Read at your own risk.]
After four contenders were essentially crowned the winner of the first season, The Glee Project stayed true to its word by only choosing one winner this season. So, did Muslim-American Aylin come out on top? Or was it the bubbly Ali? How about the only man left standing, Blake? Before we find out who won the seven-episode guest-starring role on Glee, let's take a look at how the final three got to the end:
Aylin Bayramoglu, Ali Stroker, Blake Jenner
This Tuesday marks the season finale of The Glee Project (10/9c on Oxygen), which means Aylin, Ali and Blake will not only have to bring it for Ryan Murphy and the rest of the judges, but also for final Glee Project mentor, Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer. Luckily, Glee casting director Robert Ulrich has called in some reinforcements.
"To really make sure you have a killer finale homework performance, I've arranged for you to work with some amazing backup vocalists," he tells the final three before the eliminated Season 2 contestants -- including Aylin's former real-life love interest, Charlie -- come strolling through. And Aylin and Charlie don't waste any time giving each other a proper hello.
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13. Funniest Name: On Bachelor Pad, the contestants have to run through an obstacle course called "The Hot Sludge Fundae." As hilarious as it is to watch the players fumble through foam that looks like ice cream and a chocolate syrup-soaked slide, it's the last leg of the race, which host Chris Harrison informs us is called "The Nut Sack," that makes us laugh the hardest. (Yes, we're 12.)
12. Most X-Rated Christmas Carol: Countess LuAnn tries to mix things up on...
The Glee Project
With only five contenders left in the running for a role on Glee, The Glee Project is turning up the heat and trying some new tricks.
In this week's music video, for P!nk's hit song "Perfect," the contestants must bring their best vocals and their top acting chops to the table for a clip that's more short film than performance art. In the clip, Charlie and Michael play best friends fighting over Aylin, who's...