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'Glee' 100th episode party, On the Scene: Stars look back on 100 episodes, reveal whose song they would steal

When Glee first debuted in 2009, the Fox series incorporated music in a way that hadn’t been seen on television before. Without any big-name stars in the cast, the show was a definite risk. Now, more than five years and 100 episodes later, the risk has more than paid off. With a 3-D film, sold-out concert tours, millions of albums sold, and Billboard records broken, the cast and crew got together in Hollywood on Tuesday night — the same night the show’s 100th episode aired – with plenty to celebrate. EW was on the scene and asked the cast to look back at the phenomenon that they helped create.

“We were always the little show that could,” said Chris Colfer, who won a Golden Globe for his work as Kurt on the show. “When the first episode aired, everyone said, ‘Oh, it’s cute, but it’ll never last,’ ’cause a musical could never work on television, so it’s really validating to be here.” Colfer was joined by some of his original castmates for the special 100th episode, including Dianna Agron, Mark Salling, and Amber Riley. Many will also return later this season to see Rachel’s Broadway debut with the opening night of Funny Girl, which the cast just finished filming in New York City. The series will now completely relocate outside of Ohio to the Big Apple for the remainder of the series, which will end next year after six seasons.

“It’s amazing the amount of stories we’ve told,” co-creator Ian Brennan told EW. “Particularly in the way that we tell stories, but even sitting there today as we were talking about where we want to end up in the show, it’s amazing the stories we haven’t told, which I think leaves this last year…to be really exciting creatively.” Brennan is credited with coming up with some of the most memorable one-liners that Jane Lynch spits out as Sue Sylvester. Lynch’s favorite memories of the past 100 episodes come from the start when she was first creating the character and relationships with the Glee kids that would end up lasting for years. “I’m a great beneficiary of great writing and a great track suit, and it was kind of a job that came together at the right time for me, so I’m grateful for that.” Lynch’s favorite early Sue zingers? READ FULL STORY

'Top Chef': Lea Michele pays a visit to the Big Easy

It’s Halloween in New Orleans, and what better way to celebrate than with Glee star (and admitted Top Chef superfan) Lea Michele? The funny girl joins the chefs in her kitty costume best on tonight’s episode for a masquerade ball. Check out an exclusive clip below and find out tonight which chefs impressed and who will pack their knives.
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'Glee' Review: An earnest, flawed tribute to the life (not the death) of Cory Monteith

How do you grieve? Emphasis on the you, not so much the how. There is no one and right way to grieve, and any form of it is going to be messy, awkward, and painful. Glee’s tribute to Cory Monteith — who died in July at the age of 31 from a drug overdose — told a story that marked the passing of the character he played, the good-hearted, comically dim high-school jock Finn Hudson. It was an exploration of grief — and a “self-serving spectacle of our own sadness” to quote the always tactful Sue Sylvester — that was, not surprisingly, messy, awkward and painful. As catharsis for fans of Glee and Monteith, “The Quarterback” was much like Finn himself: Earnest, flawed, a little irritating, winning.

The most conspicuous and debatable choice made by Glee creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk was to deny the audience an explanation for what caused Finn’s death. Speaking through some opening narration by Finn’s glee-club cohort and stepbrother Kurt (Chris Colfer), we were told this information didn’t matter, with a tone that made it sound like it was inappropriate for us to even want to know: “Everyone wants to talk about how he died, but who cares?” It played like a passive-aggressive scold to those who only want to dote on Monteith’s death (and yeah, those people are jerks…), not — to again quote Kurt — “how he lived” (… but like we knew him?). READ FULL STORY

'Glee' season premiere scoop: Watch Rachel audition for 'Funny Girl' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Glee‘s Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) has been dreaming of being a Broadway star her entire life. Last season on the Fox hit, she got a callback for the lead in a revival of Funny Girl and, in this week’s premiere (airing at 9pm this Thursday on Fox), we get to see how she does. EW has an exclusive sneak peak of the audition, featuring cameos by The Twilight Saga‘s Peter Facinelli and Ringer‘s Ioan Gruffudd. Watch below… READ FULL STORY

Lea Michele from 'Glee' set: 'Feels so good to be home'

Rachel Berry is back.

After the devastating death of co-star and real-life boyfriend Cory Monteith last month, Glee star Lea Michele got back to work this week on the show that made its cast famous. To commemorate her return to set, Michele tweeted a beautiful photo of her sitting on the set of Rachel and Kurt’s New York apartment.

See her full tweet below.
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'Glee' family gathers to remember Cory Monteith

Glee doesn’t start production on season 5 until next month, but on Thursday, the close-knit cast and crew got together for a private memorial in honor of Cory Monteith, who was found dead July 13 at age 31.

“Today, Ryan Murphy and Lea Michele gathered the cast, crew and producers of Glee, along with colleagues from the network and studio, to share memories and music in an emotional celebration of the life of Cory Monteith,” Fox said in a statement to EW. “We thank the public for their continued outpouring of love and support as we grieve our friend and colleague during this difficult time.”

Following Monteith’s tragic death, production on the new season was delayed, as was the season premiere, which is now set for Thursday, Sept. 26, a week later than originally scheduled.

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