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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.


'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

'Glee' turnaround: Show's going to Comic-Con!


Glee won’t break from tradition after all. The Fox show decided to send a contingent of actors, including stars Lea Michele and Cory Monteith, to Comic-Con next month for the fourth consecutive year.

Michele and Monteith will be joined by Darren Criss, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz and Naya Rivera, along with Glee co-creator/executive producer Brad Falchuk, on the panel that will take place on Saturday, July 14. Ryan Murphy, the show’s other creator, will not attend.

“This was the first year our cast has not gone out on tour, so Ryan and I thought we’d let them have some well-deserved time off,” said Falchuk, in a statement. “But everyone wanted to be there, and we couldn’t be happier that Glee is returning to the convention where we feel it all started.”

Fans are likely to ask for answers about next season — specifically, who’s going to stay and who’s going to leave now that the seniors have graduated from McKinley High School.

Glee has attended Comic-Con for the past three years, but a studio spokesman confirmed a week ago that the show would not attend this year.

'Glee' not going to Comic-Con 2012


Twentieth Century Fox TV just released its Comic-Con panel lineup, but the most interesting aspect is which show is not on the list: Glee.

A studio spokesperson confirms the current plan is to not bring Fox’s musical comedy to the sci-fi and fantasy convention this year, even though Glee has been an unlikely Comic-Con hit since its premiere. The show made its first San Diego appearance in 2009 between its May preview airing and its official debut that fall. Glee also had packed auditoriums in 2010 and 2011.

So why isn’t the show going? Unclear at the moment, but we’re hearing that producers are still working out the creative aspects of season four (mainly, who sticks around full time) so it might be too early to talk about next season. Also, it’s probably worth noting that last year’s Comic-Con panel created some headaches for the network and studio after Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk contradicted fellow co-creator Ryan Murphy’s claims that several actors were leaving the show.

Still, between the Glee cast not doing a summer concert tour this year and not going to Comic-Con, that’s two of the show’s usual big publicity marketing ventures off the board.

Here’s what shows are going to Comic-Con from 20th Century Fox this year: Bones, Sons of Anarchy, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, American Dad, Futurama and Brickleberry. Also: Here’s the list of Warner Bros. shows announced yesterday.

'The Glee Project' scoop: More 'Glee' stars to appear as season 2 mentors

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Fans of The Glee Project already know that Glee stars Lea Michele (who appeared in Tuesday’s premiere), Cory Montieth, and Naya Rivera have been announced as guest mentors for season 2 of the Oxygen hit. Now, comes word that more of their co-stars will be joining them on the reality series. Last night at an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences panel for The Glee Project, executive producer and judge Ryan Murphy let it slip that Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, and Amber Riley will all make their Project debut this year while Darren Criss, who appeared in the first season, will return for an episode as well.

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'The Glee Project' Exit Q&A: 'I guess I just wasn't what they were looking for at the time'

 The Glee Project kicked off its second season on June 5, and Ryan Murphy and Co. had to let somebody go first. Despite a strong last-chance performance of “Always on My Mind” by Willie Nelson, 23-year-old country crooner Maxfield Camp struggled with the one-on-one studio singing and hit the road. He clued us in about nerves, Lea Michele, his favorite contestants (“I like everyone, but Michael is my dude. I hope he makes it far”),  and what’s next for him.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you watch the episode last night? How was that?
I did. Going into it, I was a little bit nervous, but I had some friends and family over to watch and I think at the end [the judges] were supportive and I think I went out the best way possible.

In the episode last night, it seemed like you struggled a bit with singing in the studio. What was that experience like?
Yeah, it was really tricky. I don’t know what happened. For some reason, I couldn’t sing on key. I don’t know what the problem was and it definitely showed. By the end of it, I did get it, and I think the outcome of the song was really cool It just took me awhile to get there. So I think that’s why I took a spot [in the bottom three].


Lea Michele teases 'The Glee Project' season 2 premiere

When we last saw Lea Michele, her Glee character Rachel Berry was putting it all on the line and moving to New York City to make her dreams of stardom come true. Though Michele herself was a Broadway veteran at the ripe old age of 9, moving to TV (and across the country) for Glee was a big leap of faith. So she can relate to the 14 hopefuls on this season of The Glee Project. Below, watch the Emmy-nominated actress make her grand entrance as a mentor on the June 5 premiere, then find out her early favorite and the Glee wannabes’ first song. READ FULL STORY

'The Glee Project' scoop: Cory Monteith, Naya Rivera, Samuel Larsen, season 2 guest mentors

Tyler Golden/Oxygen

Oxygen’s reality series The Glee Project already has Glee star Lea Michele popping up in the June 5 season premiere as a mentor and now the show has announced a trio of other Glee alums.

Stars Cory Monteith, Naya Rivera and Samuel Larsen—who was one of Glee Project‘s two winners last year—will all appear as mentors in the second season of the series, which finds 14 hopefuls competing for a seven-episode arc on Glee.


InsideTV Podcast: How to fix 'American Idol.' Plus: Sizing up 'Bachelorette' villains and the 'Glee' finale

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Phillip Philips just won American Idol! Of course, we could have pretty much predicted that result when we first laid eyes on him back in January. That’s because Phillips is now the fifth straight white-guy-playing-guitar to win the show (along with David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, and Scotty McCreery). But predictability in terms of winners is just one of the problems plaguing a show which lost around 30 percent of its audience from just a year ago. Are the contestants to blame? The judges? The format? On the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast, Jessica Shaw and I brainstorm ideas to help the reality competition show get back on track. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' season finale scoop: Gloria Estefan on playing Santana's mom

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It was last fall when EW originally broke the news that pop superstar Gloria Estefan would be appearing on Glee as Santana’s mother, Maribel Lopez. Now, Estefan is finally making her first appearance in the season finale! Sadly, Gleeks, the singer won’t be carrying a tune in the episode, fittingly titled “Goodbye,” which finds McKinley’s seniors graduating. “I don’t sing on the show but I kinda think that’s better because I think that would throw fans,” says Estefan. “Hopefully, we can come back and do the singing. But I love to be on there and establishing a character.” EW talked to Estefan about her character’s relationship with Santana as well as her favorite Glee number of all time—the answer may surprise you!


TV's top time-period battles this fall

With the fall TV schedule now complete (below), we get to step back and take a look at the hellish battleground that broadcast hath wrought. There’s some very tough-to-predict match-ups this fall:*

Tim Allen vs. Whitney Cummings (Fridays, 8-9): “No, my show’s lamer!” ABC and NBC have their low-expectations comedies airing on Fridays this fall, and they might run head-to-head depending on when NBC launches (ABC’s comedies premiere in November). NBC has Whitney and Community and ABC has Last Man Standing and new comedy Malibu Country. (Community fans, if your ass beat by Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin, we have no words for you). At least 9 p.m. shows Shark Tank and Grimm will have half-way decent lead-ins for once. Our prediction: Edge goes to ABC.

Britney Spears vs. Christina ‪Aguilera‬: OK, so one this is kind of a cheat. The Voice and X Factor won’t air on the same nights, let along in the same time period. But if you think their lack of head-to-head scheduling will matter to the media, you deserve to be hit, baby, one more time. Everybody will obsess over how these two compare. NBC’s The Voice has the wind at its back, averaging 6.2 in the adult demo this season compared to X Factor‘s 4.4. We all want to see how Spears handles the reality show spotlight, but many wonder if she can pull off being entertaining and analytical. Mark Burnett cast The Voice with big names who are charismatic and have the cojones to criticize a singer. Simon Cowell seems to like big names — who are just big names. Prediction: You can’t hold down Xtina. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' scoop: New Britney Spears tribute planned for fall; plus details on Kate Hudson's role -- EXCLUSIVE

Adam Rose/FOX

Yesterday, Fox announced that pop superstar Britney Spears would be joining their reality competition The X-Factor as a judge and that Glee would follow X-Factor‘s results show on Thursdays. Now comes even more exciting Britney/Glee news: EW has exclusively learned that Glee is planning a second Britney Spears tribute for the fall! Set to be the second episode of the series’ fourth season, this hour homage to Brit Brit will feature eight of her songs but won’t focus on the character of Brittany (Heather Morris) as the first tribute did (Spears is not scheduled to appear in the episode as of now but producers are hoping to work out a deal). The reason for the Spears hour is because the network is so excited about the pairing of a Spears/X-Factor with Glee on Thursday nights. It also certainly doesn’t hurt that the original Britney tribute, which aired early in the second season, is still one of Glee’s highest-rated episode to date.

In other Glee news, Chris Colfer let it slip today on Live! With Kelly that the newly announced guest-star Sarah Jessica Parker would be playing Kurt’s mentor on the fourth season. EW has now learned that Kate Hudson, the other big star set for a Glee arc next season, will be playing a similar mentor-type role to Rachel Berry (Lea Michele). Hudson’s role will have her singing but will also be very dance-heavy, which the actress should be able to easily handle as evidenced by her performance in the movie musical Nine.

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