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'Glee' casts Puck's half-brother; plus, a possible love interest for...

There’s a new Puckerman at McKinley!

Newcomer Jacob Artist (pictured), whose few credits include the Lifetime TV movie Blue Lagoon: The Awakening and a guest spot on Melissa & Joey, has joined the Fox comedy as Puck’s half-brother Jake. In the season premiere, the younger Puckerman will try out for New Directions, but his bad-boy ways could hurt his chances.

Glee has also cast a new NYADA classmate for Rachel (Lea Michele). Dean Geyer, who made a name for himself on Australian Idol, will play Brody Weston, an upperclassman who has eyes for the new girl on campus. He will also appear in the season opener on Sept. 13.

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'Glee Project' exit Q&A: 'Could things have been different...?'

Glee loves a good tribute episode (in fact, in the fall, they’ll be devoting another hour to Britney Spears). So it was no surprise that for Theatricality week on The Glee Project last night, the contestants all got a different musical icon to portray, and 20-year-old Nellie Veitenheimer got tasked with playing the not-so-innocent pop star.

Unfortunately, Theatricality week also meant the end of the road for Veitenheimer, who the judges often called out for her struggle to “pop” on camera and keep her energy up. Veitenheimer got on the phone with EW to talk Britney Spears, her confidence level, and why she’s a huge (somewhat secret) Gleek.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Last night’s episode was Theatricality. What was going through your mind when you found out you’d be portraying Britney Spears?
NELLIE VEITENHEIMER: Well, as you can see from watching the show, I about fell out of my chair. Because initially all I could think of was the really, really out-there outfits and the newer Britney Spears. I got really frustrated. But once I saw the outfit [from the "Baby, One More Time" era], I got pretty excited and she wound up being really fun to portray. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' Comic-Con panel: Kurt joining Rachel in New York? Chord Overstreet returning?

The Panel: Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Darren Criss (Blaine), Kevin McHale (Artie), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Naya Rivera (Santana), executive producers Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Dante Diloreto.

The Big Revelations: The producers were mum on big revelations, but here are a few tidbits:

The next Britney Spears tribute will be the second episode of the season and feature Heather Morris heavily. The episode will also explore Rachel’s transition to New York. Fresh off her breakup with Finn, Ms. Berry will find herself as a big fish in a really, really big pond in New York City. Kate Hudson will play her negative-reinforcement-loving dance teacher.

The series regulars in season 3 will be back “in some capacity” for season 4, says Falchuk. Not every episode, though — the cast is too big to accommodate everyone on each episode. Chord Overstreet — recurring in season 3 — isn’t locked in to return as a season 4 series regular… yet. Producers are hopeful that a deal will come through, though. They feel the same way about Sam and Alex, contestants of The Glee Project, neither of whom are officially signed on for the new season.

Glee favorites will find themselves all over the place. Santana is cheerleading at the University of Louisville, Finn is prepping to join the army (which led the crowd to plead for Monteith not to shave his head), and Kurt is still in Lima, stuck in a bit of a rut. Will and Emma aren’t married yet, but they are living together, happily engaged, and “doing dirty things.”

We’ll be meeting Puck’s little brother this season, and if producer Ian Brennan has his way, Artie’s parents as well. While they haven’t been written into the show yet, he says he’s always dreamed of Artie’s mother being an obsessive hoarder. Kevin McHale says that if the character ever makes the show, he’d love to see Katey Sagal play his mom and Harry Connick Jr. play his dad.

Footage Screened: No new footage but they did show a fan-made tribute video that lasted TWELVE. FREAKING. MINUTES. The show’s fourth season starts production next week.

Most Incisive Audience Question: “Why did every couple except Kurt and Blaine get a featured kiss during the season finale?” Diloreto explained, “There is no conspiracy.” As he says, during the day they shot the confetti-drop scene, they had 50 actors on stage and had to set up 100 different shots. There was no intention to leave anyone out — it’s simply the nature of the beast when you’re dealing with a cast as big as Glee‘s. Falchuk reinforced this notion, saying that no one at Fox is demanding less gay kissing.

Least Incisive Audience Question: “Darren, have you ever read a script and been like, ‘What?’” Guess what, readers. He has.

The Winner of the Panel: Darren Criss, for his off-the-cuff comment after a fan wondered whether the show would represent “Jewishness” in a more effective way. Things got somewhat awkward as the producers skirted around the question, but Criss broke the tension. Joking about his facial scruff, which Lea Michele had already called out earlier in the panel, Criss laughed, “‘I’m actually a rabbi this season.”

'Glee' at Comic-Con: Cast geeks out over 'Game of Thrones,' teases season 4 -- VIDEO

The cast of Glee starts production on season 4 next week, and while they aren’t saying much, here’s what we know after their stop at EW.com’s studio at Comic-Con earlier today:

+ Rachel is headed to New York, but she will be back in Ohio more than we might think, according to Lea Michele.
+ Cory Monteith is training hard for next season — but stopped short of saying that Finn will be in military basic training.
+ Darren Criss has a beard.
+ The cast has at least three hardcore Game of Thrones fans.

Need details? Click below to watch their chat with EW’s Tim Stack, where they talk about all the above and envision a crazy season arc that pays homage to Sandra Bullock’s Speed. READ FULL STORY

'Glee Project' exit Q&A: 'The pressure took a toll on all of us'

Is there anything more Glee-esque than a slushie? Last night’s Glee Project  treated the remaining contestants to slushies in the face for “Fearlessness” week. In addition, the whole gang filmed in bathing suits and had some drama in the recording studio.

For 23-year-old Charlie Lubeck, last night also meant the end of his Glee journey after being in the bottom three for the fourth time. Lubeck talked to EW today about his romance with fellow contestant Aylin, disagreeing with the judges and what an ice-cold slushie in the face feels like.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell me about getting hit in the face with slushies.
CHARLIE LUBECK: Well, it’s funny. Being slushied once per take, is actually pretty easy. It’s cold for a second, it’s sort of like fighting a revolution. You’ve got the gun, you shoot, then you’ve got a minute where you’re reloading and getting ready, so you have time to collect yourself. And the thing that actually hurts more is the thing in the episode with Ali, with people throwing a bunch at once, we all had to go through that, and it was probably one of the worst things I’ve ever felt in my life. It presses down on you, it freezes you from the outside in and you can’t breathe. It’s pain and sadness, really. READ FULL STORY

'The Glee Project' exit Q&A: 'I am not the villain'

This week on The Glee Project the theme was adaptability, and the contestants were definitely caught off-guard. Between having less prep time for their various projects to last-chance performances for the bottom six that turned out to be surprise duets, many in the group struggled to keep up.

At the end of the hour, it was 24-year-old Mario Bonds who was eliminated. The self-described ‘villain’ of the show talked to EW about his role on the program, his confrontations with the judges, and what’s next for the young entertainer who just happens to be blind.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Have you been keeping up with the show?
MARIO BONDS:
I think Tuesday’s episode was really hard, particularly hard for me.  It’s unfortunate that at this point in the competition, you’re in the fifth week, it really gets tricky. The competition is really narrowing and it was the wrong week for me to be caught in my head. And I was caught in my head. I made the choice, because I was stressed out over the theme and stuff, I made the choice not to ask Erik for clarification in his acting direction. For example, when Erik said [during the video shoot], “I need you to do it with more swag,’ I’m a blind actor so when you say stuff like that, it’s like, ‘What do you mean?’ So I failed to ask for more direction and I didn’t pop enough. I regret leaving during adaptability week because adapting is something I have to do as a performer in my real life all the time, and The Glee Project audience only saw a fraction of who I am. I am not the villain of the piece. And that’s sort of how I’ve been cast. In a nutshell, I’m a happy go lucky, goofy guy who can’t stop laughing. … I have mixed feelings over the episode. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' scoop: Entire cast expected to return next season, plus Chord Overstreet in talks to be series regular

This is good news for Gleeks today: EW has confirmed that all of Glee‘s main cast members have agreed to return for the fourth season. Now, it still means that there will be certain stars, like leads Lea Michele and Cory Monteith, that will likely appear in more episodes than others. But fans can expect to see Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, Naya Rivera, Kevin McHale, Darren Criss, Amber Riley, Jenna Ushkowitz, Jayma Mays, Dianna Agron, Mark Salling, Harry Shum, Jr. and Heather Morris on Glee next season in some form.

Also, Chord Overstreet, who left the show last summer after not being made a series regular only to return later in season three, is in talks to become a regular for season four of Glee.

The news, first reported by Deadline, is not a complete shock given that co-creator Ryan Murphy had invited back the entire cast to participate in the new season if they wanted.

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'The Glee Project': Kevin McHale talks tonight's episode and season 4 of 'Glee'

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This week, Oxygen’s The Glee Project welcomes Kevin McHale, who of course plays Artie on Glee, to mentor the remaining contestants. Their lesson this week? “Adaptability,” which required the contestants to think on their feet. EW spoke to McHale about tonight’s episode — and didn’t hesitate to grill him for scoop on season 4 and even his thoughts on a Quinn/Artie romance.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Your theme is adaptability. What song did they have to do?
KEVIN MCHALE: They had to do Alanis Morissette… What Alanis Morissette song was it? The one about [oral sex] in a theater.

“You Oughta Know?”
“You Oughta Know” — that’s what I thought! My intention was to be as cruel as possible to them. READ FULL STORY

'The Glee Project' exit Q&A: 'I was worried about how to pull sexuality out of thin air'

Last night’s episode of The Glee Project focused on sexuality, which naturally brought its own share of drama. Charlie got called out for flirting with Aylin, and Michael got lost in his own head and wound up forgetting the lyrics. But at the end of the hour, it was 21-year-old Florida native Tyler Ford whose Glee journey came to an end.

Tyler spoke with EW about making friends, his struggles with displaying sexuality, and why he decided to audition for The Glee Project less than a year after transitioning from being a woman.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you see the episode last night?
TYLER FORD: Of course. I watched it with Abraham, as usual. [We didn’t know each other before the show but] we live together now. READ FULL STORY

Emmy preview: Becky on 'Glee' goes for the gold

It’s not often that a recurring actor has generated enough buzz to warrant an Emmy nod — but Glee’s Lauren Potter may just be the exception.

The 22-year-old actress who plays Sue Sylvester’s sidekick Becky enjoyed not one but two big storylines this season. Her first breakout moment occurred in January’s episode titled “Yes/No,” in which Becky sets her sights on Artie (with heartbreaking results). And in the May episode of “Prom-asaurus,” Puck crowns her queen of the “anti-prom.”

For Potter, however, the winter episode that included the voiceover talents of Helen Mirren as Becky’s alter-ego still tugs at her heart. “It made me cry after I saw the episode,” Potter tells EW. “I wanted to date this typical boy.” That memorable moment could also serve as a big reminder to Emmy voters that co-stars like Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch may not be the only Glee actors who are deserving of Emmy love.

“Oh my God, it would be so exciting,” Potter says of the possibility.

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'Glee' scoop: 'American Idol' runner-up Jessica Sanchez in talks for multi-episode arc

While the future of McKinley’s graduating seniors remains somewhat unclear in terms of season 4 airtime, Fox’s Glee has begun preparing to fill their void. EW has confirmed that American Idol season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez will appear in a multi-episode arc in the fourth season of the Fox hit, but it’s unclear what role she will be playing on the musical hit.

First reported by TV Line, Sanchez will likely pop up midway through the first half of the fourth season. It means that Glee will have at least two reality talent show stars in its roster, with this year’s winner of The Glee Project also guaranteed a role.

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Comic-Con: Take a look at TV lineup so far

EW has put together a guide of all the TV madness happening at Comic-Con this year. Whether you’re dying to know what’s going down next season on Glee, searching for the inside scoop on buzzy new shows like Arrow, or just hoping to catch a glimpse of Ian Somerhalder speak, there’s a panel that’s got you covered. Drop in to learn what’s going on with your favorite television programs, and  be sure to keep checking back to this page as we update with more panel info and star appearances as they become available. Comic-Con takes place July 12-15 in San Diego. But don’t worry if you can’t make it — EW will be on ground bringing you updates as it all unfolds.

Thursday July 12:

-Beauty and the Beast (The CW): Stars Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan, along with executive producers Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper.

-Dexter (Showtime): Stars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, and special guest star Yvonne Strahovski. Also appearing are executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck, and Manny Coto.

-MAD (Cartoon Network): Producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek.

-Nikita (The CW): Stars Maggie Q, Shane West and Lyndsy Forseca; Executive Producer Craig Silverstein.

-Psych (USA): Stars James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson, Tim Omundson, Kirsten Nelson, and Corbin Bernsen, along with creator/executive producers Steve Franks,  EP Kelly Kulchak, and EP Chris Henze.

-Teen Wolf (MTV): Stars Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Crystal Reed, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden and Colton Haynes, along with executive producer Jeff Davis.

-Wilfred (FX): screening and Q&A with Elijah Wood.

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'The Glee Project' exit Q&A: 'I could just feel that I wasn't really there'

Week two of The Glee Project started off with a twist. [SPOILER ALERT!] Early in the program, Taryn chose to leave the competition. But she wasn’t the only elimination during last night’s movement-based episode, “Dance-ability.” Dani Shay, a 23-year-old Florida native, was the second contestant to be sent packing. Shay spoke to EW and shed some light on Taryn’s shocking departure: “Taryn and I were pretty close that first week. We were both kind of raised in the hood, so we bonded over that. We sang together at night. I knew she was having a hard time adjusting — [being on this show] is a huge adjustment to make.”

Shay also talked to EW on dancing to LMFAO without any training, conflicting advice from the judges and Lea Michele, and what is next for her. READ FULL STORY

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