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By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Those who still refer to a television set as “the idiot box” must not be watching much TV.
Regular viewers of weekly programs like “Mad Men,” “The Good Wife,” “Modern Family,” “Breaking Bad” and “Dancing with the Stars” found plenty of laugh, cry, and cheer about this year. But only one show routinely made its audience members do all three … usually in each and every episode.
“Glee” entered its second season with a mountain of expectations. Miraculously, it surpassed them. Ryan Murphy’s musical-comedy continued to push the medium’s artistic boundaries as glee club director Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) continued to challenge his high-school singers … much to the chagrin of bitter cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch).
Highlights from season two included episodes dedicated to Britney Spears, Madonna and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Guest stars included Meat Loaf, Neil Patrick Harris and Gwyneth Paltrow in a show-stopper. »
- Sean O'Connell
HollywoodNews.com: Gee, what a surprise, right?
A friend of mine was teasing me that it was a no-brainer that as a Gleek myself, I would choose ‘Glee’ to win the 2010 Greggy for TV Show of the Year without even considering other shows.
But the truth is, I did give this category some serious thought and the superb ‘Modern Family’ was a close runner-up. It is not only hilarious, smart and features the best acting ensemble in television, but Cam and Mitchell are my favorite TV couple (sorry Kevin and Scotty!).
Still, ‘Glee’ continued to move, entertain and inspire me in season 2 as much as it did in its first year – if not more. It just touched my Lgbt heart more often than did ‘Modern Family’ and far more than any other show on television although I’m encouraged by the Teddy storyline on ‘90210′ and continue to »
- Greg Hernandez
Javier Bardem has revealed that he's had discussions with Glee creator Ryan Murphy about filming a guest appearance on the Fox comedy. The actor, who won a 'Best Supporting Actor' Oscar for his performance in No Country For Old Men, told Vulture that he is open to the idea of guesting on the sitcom. "The Glee situation is that Ryan and I talked together about it, and we had a blast imagining ideas. I don't know if it's gonna happen or not," he said. The (more) »
- By Justin Harp
Will Blaine and Kurt get together romantically on Glee?
Are Blaine and Kurt better off as friends? Sound off now in our Glee forum!
But we may have our first hint that this relationship in leaning in a non-platonic direction.
"There might be a development." »
- email@example.com (Matt Richenthal)
Actor Faizon Love has been sued by the man he allegedly beat outside a Hollywood hotel in early 2009.
The star was accused of attacking a male after he was turned away from a nightclub inside The Standard hotel in Los Angeles in January 2009. He was charged with felony assault and released on $30,000 (£20,000) bail.
Now Love is facing a lawsuit from his alleged victim, Ryan Murphy, who claims in court papers filed earlier this month that he suffered "serious, disabling and permanent injuries".
In documents, Murphy's legal team states that Love made "unwanted and unwelcomed statements to him," before he "proceeded to strike (the) plaintiff with his fists".
Murphy is suing for unspecified damages. »
Darren Criss just gave us another reason to love him. Over the weekend, the Glee star performed two back-to-back shows at the Roxy in Hollywood for fans, inlcuding fellow Glee guys Matthew Morrison and Ryan Murphy. Not only did a portion of the ticket sales benefit Toys for Tots, but concertgoers also brought toys for the children's organization. Criss performed signature songs along with his hit cover of "Teenage Dream" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." "Thanks to all those who brought toys to the Roxy," Criss tweeted after the show. "We are now giving 15 full bags of toys to Toys For Tots! Rock on." In other celeb sightings news, find out what we »
Gwyneth Paltrow tells E! "I want to kind of continue feeling as grateful as I feel now for my life. I just appreciate what I've been through and where I've come and I'm just looking forward to seeing what's around the corner." Paltrow won the Best Actress Oscar at the age of 26. Now 38, she is playing a high-stepping schoolmarm in the hit show Glee, and a tortured singer in the new film, Country Strong. From E! The multi-talented actress sits down with E!, along with her mother, Blythe Danner, co-star Tim McGraw, Glee creator Ryan Murphy, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and several close friends to reveal the true story of a hopeful teenage girl turned glamorous »
- April MacIntyre
Was the Kurt Hummel storyline on Glee as revolutionary as its fans say it is?
Some say no. They pick apart Glee's bits and pieces – storylines, characterizations, wardrobe choices, casting – and point out there are things here we've seen before. The harassed effeminate queer high school kid was done by Rickie Vasquez (Wilson Cruz) on My So-Called Life all the way back in 1994, and Queer as Folk's Justin Taylor (Randy Harrison) spent the show's entire first season being slammed into lockers by a football player in the hallways of his high school. [For more, on these characters see our companion article, Life Before Kurt.]
But those who say Kurt Hummel and his still-developing story aren't something new are wrong. Of course we've seen some of their components before – in fact, many of us have lived them. But at this moment in time, elements both external and internal to Glee have come together to create a phenomenon of popular culture that »
- Christie Keith
No, the three storylines weren't identical, and neither were the three characters. But however revolutionary the character of Kurt is — and he is [See companion article, Kurt Hummel's Perfect Storm] — Rickie and Justin broke quite a lot of ground for Kurt. Here is a look at how their stories are similar to Kurt's —and how they're not.
My So-Called Life's Rickie Vasquez
My So-Called Lifedebuted in 1994 on ABC, and ran for one critically-acclaimed season before being canceled. It starred 14-year-old Claire Danes as Angela Chase, and 19-year-old Wilson Cruz as her out gayfriend and classmate, Rickie Vasquez.
- Christie Keith
Yes, it was the year of talkative gay teens and the cat-fighting stars of The A-List: New York. It might not seem like it, but 2010 was the year gay TV grew up. Well, at least part way.
Last year, AfterElton.com asked whether gay TV had matured, and this year that question seems to have been answered. More gay characters than ever graced our screens, and with the rising number of networks making reality shows, sitcoms, and dramas, there was something for everybody from daytime to primetime. In fact, it was so good that the gayest shows on broadcast dominated ratings, and cable series upped their game.
Sure, too many of the new shows with gay characters didn’t survive very long – Mercy, Trauma, and The Whole Truth. But most new shows don’t make it, and at least these characters were something different.
And, of course, there were scandals, »
- Aymar Jean Christian
Get ready McKinley High -- you haven't seen the last of April Rhodes!
Kristin Chenoweth appeared on Access Hollywood Live on Friday with Billy Bush and Kit Hoover and piped up on details about her reccurring "Glee" appearance and the new sitcom "Glee" creator, Ryan Murphy, is creating... starring her!
The Broadway babe-turned-Hollywood hottie confirmed to Billy and Kit that she will be in Murphy's upcoming 30-minute sitcom, which she explained, will be of the musical genre much like "Glee." However, it will not be a spinoff of the Fox hit show. Rather, it will be a musically ...
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This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
After 20th TV chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman's uproarious Modern Family-flavored holiday video card last year written and directed by Steve Levitan, it was natural for the duo to turn to the studio's other monster hit, Fox's Glee, for greeting card inspiration next. Here is this year's video, written by Glee co-creator/executive producer Ian Brennan, who writes Sue Sylvester's (Jane Lynch) dialogue on the show, and directed by Glee co-creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy. Click here to view the embedded video. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The "Rock of Ages" big screen adaptation already has its director, "Hairspray"'s Adam Shankman, and pretty much has its leading man squared away with Tom Cruise in talks. So now it's time for the musical homage to '80s hair bands to serenade it's leading lady. And, according to EW.com, it has.
While promoting her other singing movie, "Country Strong," Gwyneth Paltrow told EW that the movie "sounds cool." "I just got the script and I will read it on the plane home tomorrow," she said. "But it sounds like it could be fun."
This time last year we wouldn't have called Paltrow a singer, but recently she's shown off her stellar pipes in "Country Strong" and as a guest on "Glee." Fox's hit musical show is looking to have Paltrow back for some more substitute teaching, but none of the songs we've seen her perform yet have »
- Terri Schwartz
Glee star Lea Michele has hinted that Finn and Rachel have some big scenes together in future episodes. Speaking to E! Online, Michele admitted that fans have responded angrily to Rachel and Finn's recent break-up. "I'm so upset about it," she said. "The tweets that I get about this are so intense. They're like, 'You have ruined the show for me! I am sitting here crying right now'... I [showed] the tweets to [creator] Ryan Murphy and [I was] like, 'Look what you've done!' And he loved it. He was like, 'Really? Oh my God'. I'm so sad. I love working with Cory [Monteith]." However, Michele suggested that the relationship between Finn and Rachel could be revived later in the season. "They're not keeping us apart," she said. "I (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
Exclusive: The Matrix star Carrie-Anne Moss has been tapped as the lead in Lifetime's untitled Michael Sardo pilot. The project, from writer-executive producer Michael Sardo and Universal Cable Prods., centers on Ann Brown (Moss), New York's premiere celebrity psychologist. With her life and marriage in shambles, she leaves town to join her sister, the Dean at a teaching hospital, to become the chief of staff of the hospital's psych ward. There, she rediscovers her love for helping people while reconnecting with her sister, despite their volatile history. Gerard Bocaccio is executive producing the pilot with Sardo, while Timothy Busfield is set to direct. Moss, repped by Wme and manager Elizabeth Hodgson, is the latest feature actress to headline a cable pilot. Moss started off on TV, with roles on such series as Dark Justice, Models Inc. and F/X: The Series, before her big breakthrough in the 1999 feature The Matrix, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The "Glee" television series won't be airing any new episodes for a while, but hardcore Gleeks will be able to get their fix of Will Schuester, Sue Sylvester, and the singing Glee Clubbers this week with the release of the "Fame: The Cast Of Glee" biography comic.
The latest in Bluewater Comics' line of unauthorized biographies of pop-culture celebrities, the 32-page comic promises to chronicle "the lives of the actors and creative talent that have made the Fox Broadcasting's series 'Glee' such a runaway hit." The book will focus on regulars Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer, as well as "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy.
The book is written by Cameron Cooke and Patrick McCormack, with art by Ben Bradi. We've posted the full synopsis and cover art below, so read on, Gleeks!
Official solicit info:
“Glee” is on hiatus for the next eight weeks, »
- Rick Marshall
It was pretty much inevitable - after Glee music albums, tours and merchandise, now comes a Glee comic book. Fame: The Cast Of Glee, from Bluewater Prods., "takes a close look at the lives of the actors and creative talent" behind the hit Fox dramedy, including the cast and co-creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy. It follows the release by the same publisher of Fame: Justin Bieber. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The theme of the awards in general is definitely drama. The nominated films, actors and actresses all power it up in the intense drama department versus science fiction last year when Avatar dominated nominations.
We’re all glued to the Golden Globes because nominations at this first big awards show set up the tone and the battles for the Oscars, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Critics Choice Awards and more.
HollywoodLife.com favorites getting the Golden Globe nomination nod, that we can’t wait to see on the red carpet.
The 68th Golden Globe Award nominations, probably the most significant industry award ceremony preceding the Academy Awards (and most likely to match the Academy Awards), were announced minutes ago… and, of note, Halle Berry received a nomination for Best Actress (Drama) for her work in Frankie & Alice. So, it looks like the campaign has paid off somewhat. She hasn’t won, and she probably won’t win, given her competition, but at least she’s been noticed. Let’s see if Oscar voters feel the same way.
Also, Idris Elba gets a nomination for his performance in the BBC America hit Luther – a show we’ve touted on this website many times. He’s nominated in the Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television. Hopefully this helps draw audiences to the series, which you can watch on demand, right now, via Amazon.com »
Gwyneth Paltrow’s guest-appearance this fall on Glee was without a doubt one of the highlights of the Fox hit’s second season. So it’s not entirely surprising that the Oscar winner is saying she will return to the series. At this past weekend’s junket for her new film Country Strong, Paltrow told Access Hollywood that she will reprise her role as substitute teacher Holly Holliday. Says Paltrow, “I’m going to do one more. I signed up for two…so I’m excited!” Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy told EW in November that both he and Paltrow were »
- Tim Stack
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