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'Glee' scoop: Could Bette Midler play Rachel's grandmother?

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Last night at a charity event for God’s Love We Deliver, honoree Ryan Murphy took a few minutes on stage to ask party attendee Bette Midler if she would appear on Glee. Luckily, Murphy and Midler live blogged the negotiations via their respective Twitter accounts:

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'Glee': Will we meet Blaine's SPOILER? Who should play him?

Avert your eyes if you  haven’t watched last night’s Glee…but for those who have you’re probably wondering, Who the hell is this Eli guy that Blaine cheated with?!?!?! Seen only in text messages, Eli is the mystery man whom Blaine admitted to Kurt about being with and caused the much-loved Glee gays to break-up.

Now, EW has learned that are no immediate plans to introduce Eli in the coming episodes. But we figure why not brainstorm who should play this troublemaker? It may be that I’ve seen too many Pitch Perfect trailers as of late, but I think Skylar Astin, who plays Anna Kendrick’s love interest in the acapella flick, might be a good choice. He’s cute and he can sing. Plus, he’s a Spring Awakening alum and would reunite him with his former castmates Lea Michele, Jenna Ushkowitz, and Jonathan Groff.

What do you think Gleeks? Who should play Eli?

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‘Glee’ recap: The Break-Up
‘Glee’ scoop: Details on tonight’s pivotal, emotional, and epic ‘Break-Up’ episode
‘Glee’ recap: Rabbit Feet and Makeovers

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'Glee' scoop: Details on tonight's pivotal, emotional, and epic 'Break-Up' episode

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Tonight’s Glee, titled “The Break-Up,” is one of the most emotionally wrenching episodes in the series’ history. The hour focuses on the strained relationships of four of McKinley’s favorite couples: Finn/Rachel, Kurt/Blaine, Will/Emma, and Santana/Brittany. Without spoiling too much, EW got an early glimpse at the episode and here are some of the [MINOR SPOILER ALERT] highlights from tonight’s cant-miss installment.

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'Britney 2.0': Hear a 'Glee' mashup of 'Crazy' and '(You Drive Me) Crazy'

Yes, those are two different songs. The first is a hard-rocking single from Aerosmith’s 1993 album Get a Grip; the second is a bit of pop fluff by Britney Spears, best known as the theme from the 1999 teen movie Drive Me Crazy. Mashed together and stripped down, they form a low-key super song that sounds just lovely when performed acoustically by Jacob Artist and Melissa Benoist — a.k.a. Jake Puckerman and Marley Rose, two of McKinley High’s newest students.

You could wait to hear their romantic blend on Thursday, when Glee‘s second Britney Spears-themed episode airs… or you could listen to the song now simply by clicking below the jump.

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'Glee': Brittany S. Pierce and the Cheerios cover Britney Spears' 'Hold It Against Me' -- VIDEO

This week’s Glee is the series second tribute episode to pop star (and now X-Factor judge) Britney Spears. Like the last time, a large chunk of the plot focuses on Brittany S. Pierce (Heather Morris) as evidenced by this full-length performance of Spears’ hit “Hold It Against Me” (other Britney tunes covered in the episode include “Gimme More,” “Oops I Did It Again,” “Womanizer,” “3,” “Everytime,” and a mash-up of “Boys” and Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend”). The slightly slow cheerleader appears to be competing for the spotlight of new Cheerio, Kitty (Becca Tobin). If this performance is representative of the rest of the episode, Gleeks are in for a pretty epic homage to Brit Brit. Watch below…

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'Glee' kids cover Britney Spears -- LISTEN HERE

Oops…They’re doing it again.

It’s a double dose of Ms. Spears this Thursday on Fox. After The X Factor, the Glee kids will be honoring the pop princess with a second tribute episode — mostly focusing on her later work — and you can check out a preview below of Gimme More and Oops…I Did It Again (as first released by Ryan Seacrest‘s radio show).

In addition, you can also head over to Glee’s official music site to hear the McKinley kids (and NY transplants!) take on 3, a mash-up of Boys and Justin Bieber’s Boyfriend, Womanizer, and Hold It Against Me.

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'Glee,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' '90210,' 'Bones,' 'NCIS': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

We’re only one week into season/series premieres and I want to share some embarrassing figures:

4: Number of times I cried during Parenthood‘s premiere.
3: Number of dinners eaten straight out of a container/box because I was too lazy/tired to cook.
1: Times I teared up during Glee (Lea Michele’s phone call KILLED me.)
4: Times I shouted at the TV during Sons of Anarchy‘s premiere.
~22: Number of times I laughed out loud during the New Normal. (I’m guessing it was once per minute)

My point? The fall TV season is already starting off AMAZING, and it’s only going to go up from here. Can’t wait? Not to worry; I have some nice scoop to hold you over until then. Enjoy!

(And don’t forget to keep in touch! E -mail questions to spoilerroom@ew.com or on Twitter @EWSandraG. Also, if you’re so inclined, share some numbers of your own below. Purely for my entertainment, of course.)

‘GLEE': FIVE MINI-SCOOPS

From what I can tell, Glee fans seem a little split on the new season. (Also, the Grand Canyon is a kinda big and cookies are sorta delicious.) So, in an effort to please as many people as possible, I’ve included a little scoop for everyone below. For more, check out this Glee post from earlier this week. Enjoy (and play nice, please)!

+ WHERE’S MS. PILLSBURY!? Around. And we’ll see her quite soon, Matthew Morrison promises. In fact, he says, we’ll be seeing a lot more of Will and Emma’s home life than you might think based on the first episode. “We have never seen them actually living together, and now they’re living together this season, cohabitating under one roof,” he says. “It should be interesting. It’s not as easy as I think he thought it was going to be!”

+ SKIN ALERT: Chord Overstreet claims he has a shirtless scene in episode 3. You’re welcome.

+ MORE BIEBER ON THE WAY? It’s no secret that I fell deeply in love with Overstreet’s version of “Baby.” And he says there’s a good chance there’s more Bieber in the works! “I’m a big fan of ‘As Long As You Love Me’ right now. [I] may be doing a couple of mash-ups of some different stuff — and maybe some acoustic stuff,” he says.

+ WHEN THE TWO PUCKERMANS MEET…expect fireworks. “It’s definitely kind of shocking for them both initially,” says Jacob Artist, who says we’ll soon see Puck come face-to-face with his half-brother. “Puck has never met [my character], and I’ve never met Puck. Obviously, the confrontation — there’s a lot of tension going on…it’s definitely a touchy moment for the both of them. [The outcome] definitely affects them.”

+ LOVE TRIANGLE NO. 100000000 Glee loves love triangles. I love a good one, too. And it sounds like Puck Jr. could be involved in one of the many we’ll see this season. “Jake is definitely going to have some romantic drama going on. He’s interested in the new ladies,” Artist says. “I think [he's looking] for somebody that can balance him out. He can be a little crass — so I think [he wants] somebody that can balance him [out].” Any guesses, gang?

‘90210’: 100th EPISODE SCOOP!
90210 will hit a big milestone this year — 100 episodes! That’s no small feat in TV land, and what better way to mark the occasion than with Homecoming Weekend! Showrunners Patti Carr and Lara Olsen recently gushed to me about this super-packed episode when we hopped on the phone ahead of the show’s upcoming premiere on Oct. 8.

“We get to go back and re-live a few memories.” Carr said. “And we also have things getting bigger and more out of hand. We got to the Playboy mansion, we have musical performers, and some very revealing moments for our cast.” Also expect some “fan favorites” to pop up.

But, adds Carr: “It’s not just the clip show where they all remember and come out of it unaffected. They’re all profoundly affected by what happens.”

Another treat? Denise Richards, who, as EW previously reported, will appear as an alum-turned-socialite. “There’s so much happening in the 100th episode, I don’t know how we’re going to fit it all in one episode,” says Olsen. Carr jokes: “Maybe it will be a two-part 100th episode — 99.5/100.”

‘GREY’S ANATOMY': QUICK HITS FROM KEVIN MCKIDD
True story: I adore Kevin McKidd. Not only is he a hard-working guy — currently, he’s editing the fourth episode of the season, which he directed — but he’s a massively good teaser. And while I’m going to wait to share our full convo with you, here are some really tasty bits from our chat. (And, yes, this is a totally mean way for me to do this. But, you have to admit, it’s also a little fun — for me):

SG: Is the cheating issue from last season still hanging over Owen and Cristina this season?
KM: I think we’ve kind of blown past that in a way because the cataclysmic events of what happened, especially everything with Cristina. It’s going to come back and affect Owen as well — even though he wasn’t on the plane. In retrospect, it’s going to come back and really affect him in a big way too and in a way that we don’t expect.

SG: We know that not all of the doctors are going to be working at Seattle Grace in the first episode (which is a flashforward). Obviously you can’t say who, but is it safe to assume that Owen and Christina are still in the same place working on these issues together?
KM: That is not safe to assume…[truncated]

SG: Let’s talk about the flashbacks.
KM: I can’t really say too much because that would be giving stuff away. Flashbacks are featured heavily in episode two and may appear in other ones.

SG: Did any of the characters reactions to the crash surprise you? 
KM:…the writers have kind of turned everything on its head and under duress and under stress people do act in a way out of character…

Look for my full chat with McKidd, where he talks about directing and the new season, on Sept. 27, the day of the big season premiere!

'Glee' season premiere post-mortem: Cast gives scoop on what's next!

WARNING: If you haven’t watched the season premiere of Glee, the info below will spoil some major plot points.

Now that you’ve presumably seen the season premiere of Glee, you now know that all those warnings about big changes this year were not to be taken lightly. You also got a better idea of what co-creator Brad Falchuk meant when he said they were going to “challenge every relationship” this season.

So what comes next for everyone? Will Brody make a move on Rachel? Will Mike and Tina ever rekindle their romance? Where are some of our old faves? Read on for some answers. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' scoop: Co-creator Brad Falchuk spills details on tonight's premiere and season 4

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Thursday night is the highly anticipated season 4 premiere of Fox hit Glee, which will finally give viewers a peak at what life is like for the graduated seniors and the remaining students at McKinley. Plus, Kate Hudson makes her sexy debut as Cassandra July, Rachel Berry’s (Lea Michele) brutal NYADA dance teacher. Meanwhile, Rachel is struggling with being separated from Finn (Cory Monteith) — and Finnchel won’t be the only couple struggling with a new reality.  “We’re going to challenge every relationship,” says Falchuk. “Even with the most solid ones there’s always a new challenge. Because that’s real. That’s what happens. You graduate high school and one person stays and one person goes—none of those should ever last. Sometimes they break up and they get back together, but we’re gonna really push them all.”

The first episode, titled “The New Rachel,” finds New Directions in desperate need for some fresh recruits and a new vocal leader now that Rachel has flown the coop. “They’re looking for the New Rachel—that girl or boy,” explains Falchuk. “Who’s gonna be that star in there? Who’s gonna carry the solos and be the ambitious one that pushes everybody else?” Making things even more competitive is now that they’ve won Nationals, glee club is the cool place to be. “The New Directions won, they’re stars, so they’re dealing with that and their popularity, and they have to recruit new members, which is a different experience now because now everybody wants to be in the glee club. But it’s hard to find the right people and so it’s a different challenge.”

Other things to look for this season:

  • Kurt may not have gotten into NYADA but that doesn’t mean he’ll stay in Ohio. “He doesn’t go to NYADA. But he and Rachel get a place together way out in Brooklyn in the worst neighborhood.” Look for Santana to weasel her way out there too.
  • Puck’s half-brother shows up in the premiere. Says Falchuk, “Puck didn’t know about him. And he’s not like Puck at all. It’s a little different. He has a different bad attitude.”
  • Sarah Jessica Parker’s Vogue editor character, Isabelle Klempt, whom Kurt gets an internship with, debuts in episode three, called “Makeover.”
  • Sue (Jane Lynch) has given birth but there’s still some unanswered questions. “We don’t know who the celebrity father is just yet. You’ll find out.” Please let it be Josh Groban.

Read more:
Call ‘Glee,’ maybe: See the gang do Carly Rae
‘Glee’ sneak peek: Kate Hudson wants to dance, and speak Spanish! — VIDEO
‘Glee’ scoop: New Directions to perform ‘Call Me Maybe’ in season four premiere — EXCLUSIVE
‘Glee': Kate Hudson as Rachel’s sexy new dance teacher — EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

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Call 'Glee,' maybe: See the gang do Carly Rae

When Glee‘s third season finale aired in May, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” was plenty popular — but it hadn’t yet taken over the world. That all changed this summer, when the Canadian import’s hit single became the season’s inescapable anthem. Unfortunately, Fox’s musical series would have to wait until its return to put its own spin on the ubiquitous song. And, happily, the wait is now over.

The network recently posted the Glee gangs full performance of “Call Me Maybe,” a fairly stripped-down affair that takes place in McKinley High’s auditorium. Why is Artie the only person in the audience, thoughtfully watching Brittany, Blaine, Tina, and New Directions newcomer Wade (Glee Project runner-up Alex Newell) perform this infectious song? Where did that full string orchestra come from? How many girls will faint when they hear Darren Criss croon that he’d “trade [his] soul for a wish, pennies and dimes for a kiss”? We’ll have to wait for the premiere to find out; in the meantime, here’s the clip.

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'Glee' sneak peek: Kate Hudson wants to dance, and speak Spanish! -- VIDEO

The wait is finally over — provided you’ve been waiting to see how Kate Hudson fares as a mean but talented dance teacher on Glee. Fox has posted the Nine star’s first Glee performance, a spicy mash-up of Lady Gaga’s “Americano” and Jennifer Lopez’s “Dance Again.” The clip shows off Hudson’s vocal chops, as well as her sultry dance moves — interspersed with shots of Rachel Berry’s (Lea Michele) worried face.

Think Hudson has what it takes to rank among Glee‘s greatest celebrity guest stars? Watch her hoof and decide for yourself:

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'Pretty Little Liars,' 'Castle,' 'Fringe,' 'Glee,' 'Bones': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

True story: The other day, I spent three hours planning my TV schedule for fall. Yes, three hours. And yes, I took into account the fact that I have two DVRs. (Work and home!)

Like any good athlete, I’ve prepared and am ready for battle. THIS IS OUR TIME, fellow couch potatoes. Join me!

And now that we’re all motivated, I invite you to channel that excitement into some questions! Send all burning questions to spoilerroom@ew.com. And if you’ve already submitted one, maybe it made this week’s Spoiler Room column… READ FULL STORY

'Glee': Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Imagine Dragons covers among season 4 music

Gleeks have to wait another eight days to see Glee‘s season 4 premiere, but Wednesday fans were treated to a taste of the music that the New Directions will be serenading us with this year. Wednesday evening, the Glee Facebook page featured a streaming presentation with five songs from the first two episodes of the season, all introduced by Darren Criss (Blaine) and Kevin McHale (Artie). No peeks at footage of the dance numbers for these songs, but the music was backed by stills from the new season.

EW tuned in to the stream, so if you missed it, we have the details on the music coming to the Fox musical show in the coming two weeks: READ FULL STORY

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