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Whee! It’s Glee!


Tonight’s premiere is the official launch of Glee (at 9 p.m), and GLEEks everywhere couldn’t be more thrilled!

Hey, I’m not jumping on any bandwagon here; I’ve been a card-carrying fan since the pilot aired last May.

But I’ve seen tonight’s second episode, and honestly, it’s even better than the first.

Tonight, the Glee club needs to recruit more members in order to make it to Nationals, and the kids know that their first performance in front of the entire school has to be killer.

Let’s just say that the number they choose to sing – a switcheroo made behind Will’s back – is an absolute show-stopper. (Check back here tomorrow to rave about it. Seriously, it’s that good.)

There’s also a significant tug-of-war between Quinn and Rachel over Finn, and Will’s baby-crazy wife, Terri, gets some shocking news.

Need more to get you excited? How about a rockin’ rendition of Kanye West’s “Gold Digger,” with Will on lead vocals?

Check out this behind-the-scenes chat with actor Matthew Morrison, describing his reaction to the news that he’d be tackling Mr. West…


Get ready, everyone: After tonight, I predict that you’ll be head-bopping and humming, “Get down, girl, go ‘head, get down” for quite awhile!

Get down, girl, go ‘head, get down…

(Photo and video courtesy of FOX)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 at 9:30 am |
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Are you the biggest GLEEk?


Have you downloaded the Glee pilot to your iPhone, just so you can watch whenever the feeling hits you?

Do you prefer the Glee club version of “Don’t Stop Believin'” to Journey’s original?

Do you religiously follow Lea Michele (Rachel) and Cory Monteith (Finn) on Twitter?

Are you telling everyone you know to watch the official series launch on Sept. 9?

Then you might just be the biggest GLEEk, and FOX is inviting fans to prove that they are worthy of that very title!

Link your Twitter, Facebook and MySpace accounts to www.fox.com/gleek through Sept. 24, and you’ll start earning points based on how many times you mention Glee in status updates, postings or friend invites to the competition.

Then FOX’s little Internet elves will track the top point-earners on the GLEEderboard, with the best of the best making it all the way to “Nationals.”

You can also enter a contest to snag Glee merchandise (hats, t-shirts, etc.), – and one lucky GLEEk will win the grand prize of a trip for four to L.A. to have dinner with the Glee cast!

Don’t stop believin’, everyone – and be sure to tune in to tonight’s re-run of the show’s pilot. It’s a special director’s cut, which will feature never-before-seen footage. (And for all those setting their DVRs, the episode starts at 8:58 p.m.)

Go, Glee!

(Photo courtesy of FOX)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 10:03 am |
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FOX offers ‘tweet-peats’ of Fringe and Glee


Fringe and Glee don’t premiere until later this month, but FOX has figured out a way to make repeats of these shows fun.

The network offers reruns of Fringe‘s shocking episode, “The Pattern,” on Thursday, and Glee‘s pilot on Friday (both at 9 p.m.).

As both shows air, actors and producers will send in tweets, via Twitter as well as an onscreen scroll. They’ll offer commentary about the episodes, answer fan questions and drop some hints about the upcoming season.

So who’ll be participating?

The Fringe folks include cast members Joshua Jackson and John Noble, along with executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman. (The show premieres on Sept. 17.)

As for the Glee crew, look out for messages from Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Mark Salling (Puck), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Kevin McHale (Artie).

Most of the Glee kids have actually been tweeting all summer as they tour the country to promote the series, which officially launches Sept. 9. (I’ve already seen the premiere ep, and if possible, it’s even better than the pilot!)

So if you want to check out some of the Glee club’s preliminary chit-chat before Friday, keep clicking for hyperlinks to each cast member’s Twitter account…

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 9:11 am |


American Idol’s next guest judge: Kristin Chenoweth


Boy, Kristin Chenoweth isn’t letting any grass grow under her petite feet.

Not only is she up for an Emmy award next month for her role on the dearly departed Pushing Daisies, she’ll be the next celebrity guest judge on American Idol.

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Chenoweth – who’s also got a spot on FOX’s Glee coming up – will be at Idol’s Orlando auditions later this week, according to People.com.

Now this is what I was talking about earlier this week when I harshed on the news that Neil Patrick Harris would be an Idol judge, too. Once again, I love NPH, but one role in Broadway’s Cabaret doesn’t exactly make him a singer.

Chenoweth, on the other hand, is a musical theater veteran: She’s a Tony winner best known as the original Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked. Classically trained in opera, she’s performed at the Metropolitan Opera House and recorded a number of albums.

Who else is excited to see the wee KC on the small screen again, even if it’s in small doses?

Posted by Heather Salerno on Friday, August 28th, 2009 at 9:55 am |
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Meet the ‘Glee’ cast!


Only one episode of FOX’s new dramedy, “Glee,” has aired, but I’m already a total Gleek.

Are you? The show’s looking for Gleeks like us to come out and support cast members who are touring the country this month.

Actors Cory Monteith (Finn), Lea Michele (Rachel), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Kevin McHale (Artie), Dianna Agron (Quinn) and Mark Salling (Puck) will be appearing at Hot Topic stores around the country, starting Aug. 17 in Boston.

They’ll be on hand to sign autographs, answer questions and show fans a sneak peek at upcoming episodes.

Go to fox.com/glee for more information, but the entire tour schedule is posted after the break…

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Friday, August 7th, 2009 at 6:55 am |
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Sneak peek at upcoming ‘Glee’ performance!


I love that FOX keeps giving us little tidbits of “Glee” to snack on throughout the summer, tiding us over until the snarktastic show’s Sept. 9 season premiere.

Yes, I know. It’s official: I’m a Gleek. (That’s what the kids are calling “Glee” fans these days.)

Anyway, here’s another sneak peek at an upcoming episode: This one features Mercedes expressing her feelings for Kurt (Kurt? Really?) by belting out a version of Jazmine Sullivan’s “Bust Your Windows.”

Check it out below, or at Hulu.com, where the pilot episode has had more than 1 million hits!

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I dare you not to feel gleeful after watching that one!

(Photo courtesy of FOX)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 at 7:51 am |
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FOX changes fall premiere dates


FOX announced revised premiere dates for its fall lineup this week, having decided to kick off the season a week earlier than planned.

Wednesdays will still be song-and-dance night though, with the sixth season premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance” airing on Sept. 9 at 8 p.m., followed by the series premiere of “Glee.”

“Brothers,” the new family comedy with Michael Strahan, was moved back to Fri., Sept. 25, and “Til Death” now won’t return until Fri., Oct. 2.

The dates for “Bones” and “Fringe” remain the same (Thurs., Sept. 17), as does the launch of “House” (Mon., Sept. 21).

As for the rest of the lineup?

Check it out after the break…

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 at 7:40 am |
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Rapper Eve to guest star on ‘Glee’


R&B artist Eve is set to blow ya’ mind on FOX’s “Glee” in two episodes this fall as the coach of a rival glee club.

Rumor had it that the show’s producers wanted Whitney Houston for the part, but the troubled songstress turned ’em down.

So now Eve has stepped in to stir up some trouble for McKinley High when the musical dramedy officially premieres on Sept. 16.

She won’t be the only fun guest star appearing throughout the season, either: Josh Groban, Kristen Chenoweth and Victor Garber are all confirmed to appear as well.

This is great news for other reasons, too. It’ll hopefully give a PR boost to a fledgling show that’s different from anything else on network television right now, but definitely deserves to have folks tune in.

Seriously, if you missed the unofficial debut after “American Idol” last month, check it out on Hulu. Unbelievably quirky, fun and hilarious. It’s sure to make you smile – “Glee” is an apt name for it!

Can’t want to see more, and can’t wait to watch Eve shake her tambourine on a high school stage…

(Photos courtesy of FOX and the Associated Press)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 at 7:55 am |
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Fox releases its fall lineup (and I’m circling Wednesdays at 9)


I never got into 24, and I’m not much for reality shows or performance competitions.

The result is that I don’t watch a lot of Fox, unless there’s a Giants game being played. But just like last season, when I tuned in to the flawed by interesting Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, there’ll be at least one reason for me to give Rupert Murdoch’s network a glimpse.

That reason is Glee, the strangely awesome, Freaks & Geeks-esque take on a high school glee club and adolescence in general. I caught the pilot a few weeks ago, and like a lot of people I was really surprised at how entertaining and intriguing it was.

Yeah, it did feel a little like an American Pie spin-off based on Chris Klein’s jock-turned-crooner storyline. And it did call to mind the aforementioned Freaks vibe at times. But the perspective of main character Will (Matthew Morrison) was kind of dark and kind of compelling. It’s down for tha 9 p.m. Wednesday time slot, which is great for someone like me whose TV viewing is very Monday/Thursday-centric.

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Posted by Brian Howard on Monday, June 15th, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
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