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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

'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy on why 'Coven' is the best season

A group of reporters watched a preview screening of American Horror Story: Coven Thursday. Snap judgement: It’s the best — and most accessible (read: least weird) — first episode of AHS‘s three seasons. After the screening, co-creator Ryan Murphy took questions and gave some rather candid answers. I’m going to weed out any big spoilers, but fair warning that this post does discuss some story elements.

The set-up: Taissa Farmiga plays a teenager who discovers she’s a witch and is sent by her mother to a very special New Orleans boarding school for witches run by the rather wicked “supreme” (Jessica Lange) and her prim daughter (Sarah Paulson). Witches, we’re told, fled to the South during the Salem witch trials 300 years ago and established this school for the protection and education of gifted young women. (Expect a Hogwarts joke within the first hour.) Most of them have a single unique power (such as reading minds or telekinesis). We’re also introduced via flashback to Marie Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates), who’s based on a real-life socialite and serial killer who tortured black slaves in the early 1800s.

What’s most striking is that the episode feels lighter and funnier than previous seasons, which Murphy says was entirely by design. “I love this season,” Murphy says. “It’s my favorite season we’ve done so far, largely because I love the comedy of it and I think it’s really scary.” Last season Asylum, Murphy notes, was “dark and grim and hard.” Coven, he says, “was designed to be scary, but more fun. I heard a lot last year, ‘Oh we love it, but it’s hard to sit through.’ So I wanted this year to be not so hard to sit through.” The production also had the opportunity to shoot on location in New Orleans rather than in a studio, which gives the show a less claustrophobic feel.

The most grim content is from a cold open flashback to LaLaurie’s torment of her slaves, who are kept in cramped animal cages and suffer all sorts of abuses. “She’s a real woman who did everything in the show and worse,” Murphy says.

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'American Horror Story': Creators reveal secrets of 'Asylum'

While we’re counting down the days to Coven‘s premiere, we’re taking a look back at Asylum by revisiting Briarcliff Mental Institution — caning, “The Name Game” and all. For The Writers’ Room, which airs on Sundance Channel, EW sat down with AHS producers Ryan Murphy, Tim Minear and Brad Falchuk to talk Jessica Lange’s influence on the series, the season’s theme and the use of aliens.

Below are some of our favorite revelations about American Horror Story‘s second season. (Spoilers ahead!) READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': See Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett in 'Coven,' plus plot details -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

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FX’s third installment of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story: Coven has been shrouded in mystery … until now. EW is not only exclusively debuting these images of new stars Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett, but also revealing plot detail on the acclaimed series in this week’s Fall TV Preview, on stands now.

The witch-centric Coven, shot on location in New Orleans, once again stars Jessica Lange (alongside several AHS alums) but in a much different role from last year’s glum Sister Jude on AHS: Asylum. In Coven’s universe, Lange’s glam Fiona is the Wicked Witch of the West. Labeled a “Supreme” for her mighty magical abilities, Fiona is witch royalty, descended from Salem spell casters, and has spent recent years using her powers to stay fabulous, like any good aging diva.
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'American Horror Story': First 'Coven' clip with Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett -- VIDEO

Fans of FX’s American Horror Story finally get their first peek at the cast in the teaser for the latest incarnation of the mini-series, this time subtitled Coven.

Set in New Orleans at a finishing school for young witches, the teaser gives viewers a look at stars Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Emma Roberts, and Jamie Brewer. Watch the clip below:
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'American Horror Story': See the new snaky, sexy poster for 'Coven' -- PHOTO

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It’s not premiering for a month still, but American Horror Story: Coven has been slowly releasing video teasers to build buzz for its new season, set in New Orleans and focusing on witches. Now, FX has released the first poster for the series (see above) and it’s a doozy with a snake entering and exiting three different women’s mouths.

AHS: Coven debuts Oct. 9 at 10 p.m. on FX and stars Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, Gabourey Sidibe, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare, and Patti Lupone.

'The Writers' Room': 'American Horror Story' producers on the return of horror to TV -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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FX’s Emmy-nominated American Horror Story is one of the scariest and most ambitious series ever to hit the small screen. It also is part of a horror renaissance on television that includes AMC’s The Walking Dead, Fox’s The Following, and Netflix’s Hemlock Grove. On tonight’s season finale of Entertainment Weekly and The Sundance Channel’s behind-the-scene series The Writers’ Room, AHS‘ writer/producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear join star Lily Rabe to discuss the terrifying series and, in this exclusive clip, why viewers love being scared. Watch below…

The Writers’ Room airs at 10pm on The Sundance Channel. Season three of American Horror Story, this time subtitled Coven, premieres on Oct. 9 at 10pm on FX.

'Glee': Ryan Murphy says Finn won't die from a drug overdose

Finn Hudson won’t die of a drug overdose, Glee creator Ryan Murphy announced Thursday via an interview with Deadline.

Murphy shared that the Glee crew has been hard at work figuring out how to write Finn Hudson out of the show. As was previously reported, Murphy shared that the first two episodes of the Fox dramedy will be a long-in-the-works Beatles tribute that only needed some slight reworking in the wake of this tragedy.

The third episode of the season will be the memorial episode for Cory Monteith/Finn Hudson. “There were a lot of things that we had to decide — how are we going to deal with his death?” Murphy said. “At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose — that was something we had considered. But we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that. Basically, what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died. The idea being, how somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, ‘This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life.’ That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way.” READ FULL STORY

'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.

Ryan Murphy addresses decision to continue with 'Glee'

Glee showrunner and creator Ryan Murphy gave an in-depth interview to E! in which he discussed how Cory Monteith’s real-life girlfriend Lea Michele was the main reason the show will resume next month despite Monteith’s untimely death on July 13. “Ultimately, the person who made the decision was Lea, who felt that the best thing for the cast and crew was to be together and to get back to work and be together every day and talk about our memories of him,” Murphy said. READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone join season 3's 'Coven'

Ryan Murphy is assembling quite a powerful group of women to round out the cast of American Horror Story: Coven, the third installment of his FX anthology series. The AHS co-creator took to Twitter yesterday to announce that Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone would both be joining the third season, set to debut in October and believed to center around witches. READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': 'Precious' star Gabourey Sidibe signs on for season 3

American Horror Story‘s season three Coven is slowly adding new members: AHS co-creator Ryan Murphy took to Twitter today to announce that Oscar-nominee Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) will be joining the cast of the third season of the FX hit. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' First Look: Blaine checks out engagement rings for Kurt! -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

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Gleeks, this one is gonna get you misty-eyed: EW has an exclusive first look at the Glee season finale, airing May 9 at 9 p.m., in which Blaine (Darren Criss) goes engagement-ring shopping for Kurt (Chris Colfer)! Commence swooning. Does this mean that Blaine will pop the question?

While at the store, Blaine meets an employee, played by guest-star Patty Duke, who’s part of a long-term lesbian couple (the other half is played by Family Ties‘ Meredith Baxter). The pair befriend Blaine and Kurt and give them some advice on love.

Read more: 
Darren Criss announces ‘Listen up…’ summer tour (and a solo album!)
‘Glee’ shock: Renewed for two more seasons!
‘Glee Project’ to consider renewal

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