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
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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!
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
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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At Fox’s upfront presentation in New York Monday, Glee stars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith joined lots of other network stars on the Beacon Theatre stage to help promote the new season. But they weren’t there to sing. They weren’t even there to talk about the big finale and what’s next for their characters.
They let Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly answer the burning questions, instead. Rather than pursue a plan announced earlier this season to spin off graduates Rachel, Kurt and Finn, Glee will now feature a “show within a show.” By having some of the characters move to New York — where guest stars like Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson are expected to interact with the Ohio transplants – Fox and Creator Ryan Murphy could simultaneously reinvigorate the dramedy by bringing in new students to McKinley High.
The only question now is how much we will — or won’t — see of the graduates next season. Over the next month, Murphy and the show’s studio, 20th Century Fox TV, will decide who will remain a series regular and who is more likely to recur. It doesn’t look that great for Amber Riley (Mercedes), Mark Salling (Puck) or even Naya Rivera (Santana): From what we hear, Glee will not be showing scenes from Los Angeles, where Mercedes wanted to score a record contract, Santana hoped to become an actor, and Puck dreamed of starting a pool cleaning business (yikes). For now, Fox can’t say what’s in store for season 4, but Riley sent this suspicious Tweet today that suggests she may be moving on: “Thank you Ryan Murphy for believing in me and helping me move forward in my career! Season 4 is going to be amazing.”
For what it’s worth, Rivera was also on stage Monday — as was Darren Criss, Jenna Ushkowitz and Jane Lynch — so maybe Santana will change her mind and move to the Big Apple. Salling, however, was MIA. Maybe he was checking to see how many pools there are to clean in New York?
What are your predictions, Gleeks?
Here’s how to interest Glee fans in 10 seconds: Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker have been cast in season four.
That’s right, the Almost Famous and Sex in the City actors are coming to Ohio (or New York … or Los Angeles … there’s a lot of locations potentially in the mix for next season).
Who will they play, what will they do? Well you see… uh… we don’t actually know. The only information Fox is releasing at this time is that Hudson has joined the cast for a six-episode arc, though Chris Colfer told Kelly Ripa this morning on Live! that she would be playing a “mentor of sorts” to Blaine in the new season. Parker, too, will have a multi-episode arc.
Glee moves to a new night this fall on Thursdays following The X Factor. The network teases that the new season will be a show within a show since key characters are graduating from McKinley High.
'Glee' scoop: [SPOILER] gets sick at Nationals! [SPOILER] has to step in to replace! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
New Directions is finally heading to Nationals in next week’s two-hour episode of Glee. But, judging from this exclusive clip from Tuesday’s installment, Nationals is gonna be no walk in the park when — SPOILER ALERT — Mercedes (Amber Riley) comes down with a nasty bug. Will (Matthew Morrison) decides that Quinn (Dianna Agron) and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) have to join the Troubletones to make up for the vocal loss. Meanwhile, Sue takes a cue from the 1990 flick Jacob’s Ladder (awesome reference) and prepares an ice bath! Watch below…
The season finale of Glee is quickly approaching but very little is still known about what the future holds for the graduating seniors of McKinley High. Will they stay in Lima? Are Rachel (Lea Michele), Finn (Cory Monteith), and Kurt (Chris Colfer) headed to New York? Will Mercedes (Amber Riley) move to LA like she’s said? Well Riley offered up a cryptic clue as to her future on the series on Twitter last night: “That’s a wrap on Amber Riley! Just closed a chapter in my life, the only thing I’ve known day in and day out for three years. I’m going to miss the whole Glee family, seeing them everyday! I have so many brothers and sisters now But I am looking forward to a much-needed and deserved summer vacation! SCHOOL’S OUT Glee Kids! Let’s play!”
'The Glee Project' scoop: Watch season 2 cast cover Lady Gaga's 'The Edge of Glory' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
EW already debuted the cast for season two of Oxygen’s reality hit The Glee Project and now we have another great exclusive for fans: the first music video featuring the contestants covering Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory.” Premiering on June 5 at 10pm, The Glee Project pits singer-actor hopefuls against each other with a multi-episode arc on the Fox hit up for grabs. Watch as the 14 contestants make their way through the streets of Los Angeles to the choir room where their Glee dreams could come true… READ FULL STORY
'Glee' scoop: Quinn goes missing and Brittany performs a prehistoric-inspired version of Ke$ha's 'Dinosaur' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Next week’s episode of Glee is titled “Prom-asaurus” and fittingly so, given Brittany’s elaborate dancefloor performance of Ke$ha’s “Dinosaur.” Brit and the dinosaur-masked Cheerios break out some elaborate choreography, and the clip also reveals a nervous Finn (Cory Montieth) looking for an MIA Quinn (Dianna Agron). Where could she be? Watch the exclusive scene below…
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Glee heads to the senior prom in next week’s installment. Naturally, the glee club is in charge of the entertainment for the evening, which allows for the men of New Directions to cover a song from boy band du jour One Direction. Check out their cover of the Brit group’s hit “What Makes You Beautiful” below…
Each year, the month of May brings the promise of warmer weather, the start of big summer movies…and the torturous, agonizing time when we have to bid farewell to our favorite primetime characters. TV addicts that we are, we feel your pain. So to curb the stress, we’ve put together a master list of when your beloved shows will be signing off. Grab your remotes and ready those DVRs as we present this year’s finales: READ FULL STORY
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