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
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After struggling to find an NFL team to chronicle for its seventh season, HBO’s Hard Knocks has landed in Little Havana, reports the Washington Post. The sports miniseries will focus on the Miami Dolphins, who accepted the opportunity to step into the spotlight after the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans, and Minnesota Vikings all told the network “no thanks.”
According to the Post, the team will struggle with, among other things, the search for a franchise quarterback (all hopes are pinned on rookie Ryan Tannehill), the loss of wide receiver Brandon Marshall, and breaking in new coach Joe Philbin, who formerly worked as the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers. The road to the Super Bowl will be an uphill battle for a team that has reached the playoffs only once in the last decade.
Still, HBO Sports president Ken Hershman called the Dolphins “a venerable franchise,” and said, “As always, there will be plenty on the line for veterans, free agents and rookies.”
The new season of Hard Knocks premieres of Aug. 7.
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Dancing With the Stars will launch its first-ever all-star edition this fall.
ABC’s entertainment president Paul Lee confirmed. “We can’t talk about the casting yet, but I’d love to see some of the fan favorites from the past seasons come back,” Lee told reporters. “We’ve had many favorites over the 14 seasons that we’ve got. So, fingers crossed. We’re out casting now, and I hope we come in with a really interesting cast of people who our audience is passionate about.”
(Though since it’s Dancing With the Stars, isn’t calling it an “all-star” edition sort of redundant? Weren’t they all supposed to be stars in the first place?).
ABC hasn’t yet selected which former cast members will return. So sound off with your suggestions below (you know they’re going to try for Bristol Palin, right?). And for those who missed it, ABC just unveiled its fall schedule, see that here.
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Surprise: NBC’s America’s Got Talent premiered lower in the ratings this year despite the high-profile addition of Howard Stern as the show’s new judge.
Monday’s two-hour Got Talent returned to 10.3 million viewers and a 3.6 rating, down 16 percent from last year. EW’s Ken Tucker suggested Stern’s performance was almost too nice.
Before everybody points fingers at Stern, however, here’s a big mitigating factor: Last year Got Talent premiered at the very end of May and was paired with The Voice. This year, Got Talent faced a full boat of competition from rival networks, so the talent competition might have returned lower in the ratings due to the scheduling change. NBC points out last night’s rating matches Got Talent‘s performance two years ago. At 10 p.m., NBC’s Smash (6.1 million, 1.8) finale was steady. [NBC, ABC and Fox's 2012-13 fall schedules posted here]. READ FULL STORY
Ten years after capitalizing on nostalgia with its I Love the… series, VH1 is still in the game. EW can exclusively reveal that the network is debuting a new show called Miss You Much in September. The series will catch up with some of America’s favorite TV, movie, and pop stars who went on to find fulfillment in out-the-spotlight careers.
Each week, comedian Catherine Reitman will profile three celebrities, and VH1 has already announced a line-up that’ll make you flashback something fierce. Two VH1 regulars will appear on the program: 90210 vet and “Hold On” singer Jamie Walters and his Confessions of a Teen Idol costar Jeremy Jackson, who went from Baywatch to Celebrity Rehab. Lisa Turtle herself (a.k.a. Saved by the Bell star Lark Voorhies) is joined by fellow TV teen Ben Seaver (Growing Pains‘ Jeremy Miller). Rounding out the roster so far will be 98 Degrees singer Jeff Timmons and rapper Romeo — no stranger to reality shows himself after getting injured before a would-be run on Dancing With the Stars and signing on for the upcoming Fox dating show The Choice.
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In a bout of spring cleaning, America’s Next Top Model is kicking three of its leading men off the runway. Longtime judge Nigel Barker, former judge and runway coach J. Alexander, and photo shoot creative director Jay Manuel will exit the series at the end of the 18th cycle (that’s Top Model parlance for “season”). Show creator and executive producer Tyra Banks confirmed their departures, tweeting, “Fierce & love 2 my @NigelBarker, @MrJayManuel & Miss J. #ANTM turned us in2 a family. Excited for what the future holds for us. XOXO TyTy.” READ FULL STORY
When American Idol fan favorite Colton Dixon placed in the bottom three for the first time, the rowdy room that had party rocked with LMFAO minutes earlier fell silent. You could hear pins drop (the ones so recently used to pop balloons from the group number). Next jaws dropped, followed by gasps, boos, a supportive sister’s tears, and the swish of Jennifer Lopez’s ponytail as she shook her head in disbelief. Rumor has it a journalist let out a scream in the press room when her favorite was revealed as the lowest vote getter of the final seven. Even former winners Kris Allen and Taylor Hicks informed us afterwards that they didn’t see Dixon’s fall from favor coming.
One person who wasn’t shocked? Colton Dixon himself. He knew much earlier that he was in trouble. He nodded knowingly toward Phillip Phillips when Ryan Seacrest called Skylar Laine and Elise Testone to the center of the stage to announce which songstress would fill the second stool of shame. Anyone in the audience who wasn’t watching the girls on their way to judgment could have seen the deflation in the 20-year-old’s body language. READ FULL STORY
Dancing With the Stars resident hot tamale and frontrunner William Levy was injured during rehearsal, reports People. The Cuban competitor tweeted yesterday, “Just Wanted to let u know that I injured my right ankle pretty bad during rehearsal.. MRI tomorrow. I’ll let u all know .. Love u all.”
Levy, who cavorted in the sand with Jennifer Lopez for her “I’m Into You” video, came out of the gate at a sprint, earning high scores for his first three routines on Dancing. At this point, it’s uncertain whether Levy will be able to participate in tonight’s performance round, which could seriously compromise his and his partner Cheryl Burke’s chances of going all the way.
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Fox will debut its new dating show called Take Me Out on June 7 at 8 p.m. ET. The show, from producers behind American Idol and The X Factor, is adapted from a U.K. original. It follows 30 women looking for the man of their dreams in front of a studio audience. (No pressure!) In four rounds, the ladies meet a slew of suitors and can choose to keep a light on, signifying their spark for the guy is still there, or turn it off when the attraction fizzles. News of the deal was first reported by EW.com.
After several rounds, the bachelor with the most women still interested in him gets to turn the tables, asking two women one make-or-break question. The winning woman immediately joins her suitor for a romantic getaway while the remaining 29 ladies stick around for another week and another chance at love. No host has been announced.
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