Category: Glee

Fall TV: Fox unveils 2012-13 schedule; 'Glee' moves to Thursdays

Glee moves to Thursdays
Fox added three new comedies and two dramas to its slate for the 2012-13 season--including "The Office" alum Mindy Kaling's new laffer and the Kevin Bacon-led thriller "The Following"--and in the process moves "Glee" and "Touch" to new nights. So where will they land?

"The Mindy Project," which stars Kaling as an OBGYN, will help beef up the network's Tuesday comedy block along with new ensemble comedy "Ben and Kate."  The duo will join "New Girl" and "Raising Hope," which means "Glee" is moving to Thursday nights--creating a musical block, with "The X Factor" as its lead-in.

And the Kiefer Sutherland-helmed drama "Touch" makes the move from Thursdays to Fridays, serving as a lead-in to fellow sci-fi drama "Fringe." Will the series find the magic numbers in its new slot or will its ratings continue to decline? The show averaged 8.37 million its first season, with a 2.49 in the 18-49 demo. It'll find itself up against NBC comedies "Community" and "Whitney."

Meanwhile, new series "The Mob Doctor" inherits the medical drama space once occupied by "House" on Mondays. 

For those looking to lessen their degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon, you'll have to wait until midseason, when "The Following," from "The Vampire Diaries" executive producer Kevin Williamson makes its debut; Bacon stars as a former FBI detective on the hunt for a serial killer and his posse of followers. Also, making its debut midseason is the new comedy "The Goodwin Games," which centers on three siblings poised to inherit a large fortune--if they pass a series of unique challenges.

Here's a look at Fox's 2012-2013 primetime schedule.

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Bristol Palin slams Obama's ABC interview, defends Hillary Clinton

Bristol Palin comments on Obama and Hillary Clinton
Former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Bristol Palin seems to be two-stepping toward a new career — as a political pundit.

On her personal blog, Palin — daughter of former Alaska Gov. and GOP star Sarah Palin — ripped into President Obama for his ABC interview this week announcing his support for gay marriage. Then she turned around Friday with another post defending Obama's secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton — for not wearing makeup.

What seemed to irk Palin about the Obama interview were his remarks about how talking with his two daughters about equality had changed his mind on the subject of gay marriage. She argued that when Christian women run for high office, critics worry that they are overly submissive to their husbands. So it's a double standard for Obama to claim that his family helped him evolve on an issue, Palin believes.

"Sometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking," Palin wrote Thursday. "In this case, it would’ve been nice if the President would’ve been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of 'Glee.' "

So a slam not just against the commander in chief but "Glee" as well. As Jon Stewart might say, "Well played."

But just to show that she's not a total hater of all things Democratic, Palin followed up Friday with a blog post wagging a finger at Clinton critics who said the secretary of State looked "tired and withdrawn" after she was photographed wearing chunky glasses and minimal makeup.

"When I was on Dancing with the Stars, I was only nineteen years old. I was active and fit, but I did gain five to ten pounds over the course of the show," Palin confided. "I’ve been the brunt of jokes, speculation, and criticism about my appearance, and it’s not fun.

"Plus, Hillary looks good! I think we should give her credit for not having a make up artist following her around and for being comfortable in her own skin."

What do you think of Palin's musings on family, equality and foundation makeup?


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Photo: Bristol Palin has come out swinging against President Obama over gay marriage. Credit: Charles Sykes/Associated Press.






Amber Riley sings her 'Glee' swan song — or has she?

Amber riley
Is Amber Riley leaving "Glee"?

According to a tweet from the actress reported on the Grape website, she has departed the series.

The website posted a tweet from Riley that read, "That's a wrap on Amber Riley. Just closed a chapter in my life, the only thing I've known day in and day out for three years. I'm going to miss the whole 'Glee' family, seeing them everyday! I have so many brothers and sisters now. but I am looking forward to a much needed and deserved summer vacation. SCHOOL'S OUT 'Glee Kids! Let's play!"

Fox would not confirm or deny whether Riley, the only African American regular member of the cast, is leaving the show.


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— Greg Braxton

Photo: Amber Riley. Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images.


Tuesday’s Highlights: 'Ringer' on KTLA

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“RINGER” ends its freshman season with a vow-renewal ceremony, at 9 p.m. on KTLA. Sarah Michelle Gellar stars.


Glee: The kids get their groove on with a salute to the 1977 disco flick “Saturday Night Fever” in this new episode (8 p.m. Fox).

Lidia Celebrates America: Chef Lidia Bastianich looks at different wedding traditions around the country in this new installment of her four-part series (8 p.m. KOCE).

Cougar Town:
“Rich Man, Poor Man’s” Susan Blakely guest stars as Ellie’s (Christa Miller) mom on a new episode of the sitcom (8:31 p.m. ABC).

New Girl:
Jeanne Tripplehorn (“Basic Instinct”) guest stars as Russell’s (Dermot Mulroney) ex-wife on a new episode of the sitcom (9 p.m. Fox).

Raising Hope:
This off-beat comedy about a multi-generational family ends its season (9:31 p.m. Fox).

The newsmagazine takes those procedural shows to task in the new episode “The Real CSI” (10 p.m. KOCE).

Amish: Out of Order:
This new docu-series profiles former adherents who’ve left their close-knit religious communities (10 p.m. National Geographic).

Off Limits:
The former island prison of Alcatraz is just one stop in this unusual travelogue’s season premiere (10 p.m. Travel).


Macy’s Million Dollar Makeover:
Three finalists get the chance to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true in this new special (7 p.m. TLC).


Dinner for Schmucks:
“Anchorman’s” Steve Carell and Paul Rudd re-teamed for this quirky 2010 comedy (10 p.m. Cinemax).


The NHL playoffs continue as the Predators play the Red Wings (4:30 p.m. NBCSP) and the Coyotes battle the Blackhawks (6 p.m. CNBC).

The Dodgers visit the Brewers (5 p.m. KCAL) and the Angels host the Athletics (7 p.m. FSN).

The Celtics meet the Knicks (5 p.m. TNT) and the Lakers welcome the Spurs (7:30 p.m. FS Prime, TNT).

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Fox renews 'Raising Hope,' 'Glee' and 'New Girl'

Fox renews Raising Hope, New Girl and Glee
Fox announced Monday that it is renewing "Glee," "Raising Hope" and "New Girl."

For those keeping tabs, that means "New Girl" is back for a second season, "Raising Hope" will return for a third and "Glee" makes a go at a fourth.

The "Glee" renewal is hardly surprising. One of the network's most prized posessions, the musical dramedy has averaged 8.9 total viewers and a 3.8 rating in the ages 18 to 49 demographic. And the buzz surrounding the show extends behind the scenes as well, especially this season as some of McKinley High's chirpers (Chris Colfer, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith) gear up for graduation. New episodes of "Glee" will begin Tuesday, following the musical dramedy's brief hiatus, and it will likely lay the groundwork for what viewers can expect in the fourth season.

And it's just as unsurprising that Fox is bringing back freshman comedy "New Girl."  Starring Zooey Deschanel, the Tuesday laffer is averaging just over 8 million viewers and a 4.2 rating in the 18-49 demo.  Meanwhile, fellow Tuesday comedy "Raising Hope" is standing steady with an average of 5.6 million viewers per week this season and a 2.6 rating in the young-adult demo.

The renewals come a week after the network announced it would be bringing back "Bones" for an eighth season. But still no announcements on the status of "Fringe," "Alcatraz" and "The Finder."



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—Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Garret Dillahunt, left, Martha Plimpton and Lucas Neff in a scene from "Raising Hope." Credit: Fox.

'Glee' hatchet buried? Lindsay Lohan to guest star

Lindsay Lohan
It wasn't long ago that Lindsay Lohan was the butt of jokes on "Glee." But now it appears the actress is set to guest star in the series' third season.

The actress' rep confirmed to People magazine that she would be appearing on the Fox series this season. Though it wasn't specified what role she'd be playing, other reports have suggested she'd be playing a judge at the Nationals competition in the season finale.

What's most surprising about Lohan's guest appearance is that as recently as last season, the show's writers were making mean jokes about her. The first dig came in a second season episode in late 2010 in which guest star Gwyneth Paltrow, playing a Spanish teacher, taught her class to say sentences en Espanol such as "Lindsay Lohan is totally crazy, right?" and "How many times has Lindsay Lohan been to rehab?"

Lohan was quite upset about the jokes, according to her mother, Dina, who later told RadarOnline, "Lindsay was watching it while in Betty Ford, then she called me and was upset and said, 'Why did she have to do that?'"

The cast of "Glee" reportedly apologized in person to Lohan during a chance encounter in early 2011.

Dina Lohan herself became the target of the next "Glee" jab a couple of months later during the highly viewed post-Super Bowl episode in 2011 in which guest star Katie Couric tells Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) after a cheer stunt gone wrong that she's beat out Dina Lohan and her dog, "Sparky Lohan" for the Loser of the Year award.

Again, Dina expressed her displeasure in the media at the "Glee" mockery.

But it appears that's all water under the bridge. The younger Lohan has been making a concerted effort to get her career back on track lately. She recently hosted "Saturday Night Live" to the show's second highest ratings of the season.

Lindsay isn't the only big star to be appearing on "Glee" in the closing episodes of the season. Whoopi Goldberg, "White Collar" star Matthew Bomer and Gloria Estefan will make appearances in the weeks before graduation.


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Photo: Lindsay Lohan. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

'Glee' recap: Karofsky cheats death; will Quinn?

New Directions perform at Regionals in the "On My Way" Winter Finale episode of "Glee"

Whoa. So, what, is Quinn dead? Or will she, like Dave Karofsky before her, suddenly be snatched from the Grim Reaper's apparently certain grip by a lucky fate and "Glee's" merciful writers?

If Tuesday night's midwinter finale of "Glee," entitled "On My Way," was not the most didactic episode ever (I seem to recall last year's midwinter finale also being a little heavy-handed -– though considerably more lighthearted -- with the teen life lessons), it was certainly among the most intense and depressing, which is saying a lot for an episode in which a lot of upbeat things happened too.

But it's hard to imagine that cliffhanger ending, in which Quinn, on her way to Rachel and Finn's controversial courthouse wedding, indulges in that rules-of-the-road no-no, texting while driving, and –- smash –- gets into a car accident that really seems like it might mark the end of the road (in the biggest sense) for her.


And just when things were finally really going her way again. She had recovered from the bad dye job (as Kurt noted) and the bad decisions she had been making earlier in the season. She had just contributed her "oohs and background aahs" (as Sue put it) to help the New Directions gang win at Regionals. She was looking forward to "graduating from Yale at the top of my class." She had just had a meaningful chat with her old mentor, Sue, and earned back her cheerleader uniform, pledging to help the squad win another championship. And she'd even reached peace with Finn and Rachel's relationship, offering her blessings. All of which seems to tie up her storyline in a way that spells goner.

Of course, one never knows. Maybe Quinn's character is on a ventilator right now and will make a miraculous recovery. Maybe that car speeding toward her just took out a headlight, nicked a hubcap, or made that teeth-rattling noise by hitting a pole right next to her. Maybe she'll emerge with nothing but a scratched cornea (Blaine can lend her his eye patch) and step back onto the stage to sing a reprise of the Regionals-winning "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)" with the rest of the show-choir laydees.

Yeah, I don't really believe any of that either. I suspect that, if by some miracle, Quinn's character emerges from the crash alive, she'll be profoundly changed. I guess we'll just have to wait until April to find out whether that happens and how.

In the meantime -- although asking what else happened on Tuesday night's "Glee" feels a little bit like that old "Apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the show?" punchline -- here's where we left a few of the characters:

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Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'NCIS' on CBS

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guest stars opposite Mark Harmon on a new episode of the drama “NCIS” at 8 p.m. on CBS.


Last Man Standing: Robert Forster (“Jackie Brown) and “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe guest star on a new episode of the Tim Allen sitcom (8 p.m. ABC).

Glee: New Directions goes head to head with archrivals the Warblers at the all-important singing competition that is regionals on a new episode of the musical series (8 p.m. Fox).

American Experience: A two-part profile of President Bill Clinton concludes (8 p.m. KOCE).

Ringer: “Supernatural's” Misha Collins guest stars on a new episode of the Sarah Michelle Gellar mystery-drama (9 p.m. KTLA).

New Girl: Jess (Zooey Deschanel) tries to end a school bully's reign of terror on a new episode of the sitcom (9 p.m. Fox).

Hidden City: The travel series that seeks out crime, scandal and urban legends presents its season finale (9 p.m. Travel).

REAL Sports With Bryant Gumbel: The newsmagazine revisits the 2011 plane crash that killed some of Russia's best hockey players (10 p.m. HBO).

Southland: Officers John and Tang (Michael Cudlitz, Lucy Liu) babysit a documentary film crew on a new episode of the cop drama (10 p.m. TNT).

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'Glee' recap: Honoring love and Whitney Houston


Yes, the fact that Tuesday night's Valentine's Day episode of "Glee" featured Mercedes (Amber Riley) belting out a beautiful version of Whitney Houston's signature song, "I Will Always Love You," to a tearful Sam was a total coincidence. The episode, which celebrated the "World's Greatest Love Songs" (as Mr. Schu wrote on his classroom white board), was already in the can and ready to go when news broke Saturday of Houston's sad and startling death. In response to the music industry's profound loss, the show's producers decided to dedicate Tuesday night's show to the late singer, honoring her with a title card at the end, reading, simply …

Whitney Houston
We will always love you

Riley's gorgeous, lush take on Houston's trademark ballad -- a song we've been hearing a lot of these past few days -- was definitely an episode highlight. (She's broken up with Shane, yet still not ready to get together with Sam. And how great did she look backlit, in that ruched red dress?) But that wasn't the only thing that made us sit up and take notice.

Other notable developments in "Glee's" "Heart" episode:

Rachel's dads: At last we meet Rachel's two dads, Hiram and Leroy, played by Jeff Goldblum (weird cadence and all) and Brian Stokes Mitchell. The dads bicker (for example, about a dream one of them had in which he went ice fishing with "Hollywood heartthrob Tony Danza") and claim to throw their full support, as well as a stack of wedding magazines, behind Rachel and Finn's engagement. They invite the Hudson-Hummels over for dinner (or, dinner theater, as they prefer to think of it) and roll out not just the proverbial red carpet, but also the metaphorical bedroom quilt for Finn. If the kids are going to be married, they say, they might as well start shacking up now. Commence the "teenage lovemaking." Apparently, Rachel's dads are trying to use a little reverse-psychology to get the kids to reconsider their marital plans -- a bit of deceptive behavior that goes against the core tenets of the Barry family: "honesty, respect, dance." Finn's family is also in on the plan; his mom has packed his toothbrush. But after a brief dispute over the use of the bathroom (marriage in a nutshell, really), Finn and Rachel make up and resolve to marry even sooner -- in May, they announce to a startled Hiram and Leroy. Backfire!

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Whitney Houston tribute on Tuesday night's 'Glee'

Amber Riley of "Glee"

In a bit of amazingly coincidental timing, Tuesday night's Valentine's Day "Glee" episode "Heart" will become an impromptu tribute to Whitney Houston.

Love songs will be featured throughout the episode, including "I Will Always Love You," the Dolly Parton song that Whitney Houston covered to multiplatinum success in 1992. Actress Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes, will perform the song.

While the song's inclusion in the episode was decided long before Houston's untimely death on Saturday, the producers aren't letting the episode pass by without finding some way to honor the singing legend. A card will be added to the end of the episode memorializing Houston.

The singer was found in her Beverly Hilton hotel room on Saturday, submerged in her bathtub, police reported on Monday. Though she was pronounced dead at the scene, officials say an exact cause of death won't be determined for a few weeks.

The singer's death cast a pall over the 54th Grammy Awards on Sunday, which featured the last-minute addition of Jennifer Hudson singing "I Will Always Love You" to remember the singer.

"Glee" just aired another tribute episode to a singer who died before his time. "Michael," which aired on Jan. 31, paid tribute to Michael Jackson and used nine of his songs during the episode. The episode saw a 20 percent bump in viewers over the previous week.

With the intense interest in everything related to Houston this week, it's expected that "Glee" will see another ratings bump with Tuesday's episode.


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'Glee' recap: Ricky Martin teaches us Spanish


Tuesday night's "Glee," "The Spanish Teacher," in which much was said about guest star Ricky Martin's glinty teeth, wasn't the heavy-duty, plot-advancing sort of episode or the serious-depth-adding sort of episode or the major-league, tear-inducing or enthusiastically get-up-off-the-couch-and-dance sorts of episodes. But it was a type of "Glee" episode I actually particularly like: the kind that makes you belly-laugh and chortle and snicker despite your better judgment and marvel at the "Glee" writing team's wit and way with a snappy line.

From that perspective, can I just note what a great addition to the cast of characters Coach Roz is -- and how spot-on NeNe Leakes is in the role? Her takedown of Sue after the cheerleading coach tells her she plans to soon be out on maternity leave was so darn hilarious. The way it blithely stepped right over the line of good taste and then shrugged and proudly dusted itself off reminded me of the way Sue Sylvester used to be in "Glee's" early days, when the writers didn't yet feel compelled to add nuance and heart and a back story to her character. Alas, most of Roz's choicest lines probably can't be printed in a family newspaper. (Is the phrase "donkey booties" over the line?) I think it's probably safe to share a chuckle, though, about her suggestion that Sue's going to "give birth to a grandchild" and the way she brags that, after winning her Olympic medal in Beijing, she "had noodles with the president and a threesome with Michael Phelps."

OK, so key plot points? Here goes:

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'Glee' recap: Moonwalking with Michael Jackson

It was Michael Jackson tribute night Tuesday on "Glee," and viewers were treated to more King of Pop songs than they could shake a sequined glove at. The music was good; the dancing, better. And the storyline, while not a thriller, was satisfying enough, moving the plot along and several key characters closer to graduation. There were a few choice lines, too.

To break those key "Glee" elements down:

The music and dancing: From Blaine and New Directions' take on "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" –- crotch-grabbing through the halls of McKinley High -- to the New Directions and Warblers facing off in an underground parking garage while singing "Bad" to Santana and villain Sebastian battling to best each other with "Smooth Criminal," there were lots of musical highlights among the nine Jackson songs featured in the episode. It was lovely to see Mercedes show her softer, less diva-ish side on a duet of "Human Nature" with Sam.  And Quinn has never looked more beautiful than she did during "Never Can Say Goodbye." The New Directions' take on "Black or White," on which they were ultimately joined by the Warblers, is worth watching again for the morph sequence alone. (Watch the original Jackson video here.) But the best dance moment featured a sorely underused "Glee" resource: Kevin McHale, who plays wheelchair-bound Artie.

In a wonderful fantasy sequence, Artie, furious at the consistent mistreatment suffered by New Directions, rises from his chair and -- backed by Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) -- dances the heck out of Michael and Janet Jackson's "Scream." The sequence was liberating -- McHale can dance -- but also (appropriately) frustrating, reminding us of how much we miss from Artie because he's confined to that wheelchair. Sigh.

The storyline: While the episode placed a heavy emphasis on the music of a single artist, it did moonwalk through a few key plot points as well.

1.    Quinn -- no longer crazy, cruel and untrustworthy -- got into Yale early admission, her application perhaps boosted by an essay about triumphing and maintaining a spotless GPA while also persevering through an unintended pregnancy.
2.    Kurt's a finalist for NYADA. The reaction of his father, Burt, to the news is typically heartwarming: "I am so proud to be your dad."
3.    Rachel also is a finalist for NYADA. But she didn't find out until the very end of the episode, and by that time she'd already despaired for her future, which led her to …
4.    … accept Finn's marriage proposal. Yes, Finn put a new musical spin on his proposal to Rachel, and she agreed to the engagement. "You're the love of my life, and if I can't have it all, at least I'll get to have what matters. Yes, I'll marry you," she said, after their voices mingled on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You." But that was before she got her letter from NYADA.
5.    The Warblers versus New Directions rivalry heats up. Sebastian, now captain of the Warblers, has stolen the McKinley crew's planned set list for Regionals -- and he turns out to be even more villainous than we realized, damaging Blaine's eye by throwing a rock-salt-containing slushie at him. 
6.    Oh, and by the way, Santana, too, has plans for the future. She's hoping to escape Lima Heights and get into a school that isn't "a FEMA trailer or a prison yard." But do you think she really gave Sebastian the tape she made of him admitting to tampering with the slushie, after going to all the trouble of taping the recorder to her "underboob"? Mightn't she have given him a dummy tape? One wonders …

Best lines:

"When I was 1, my mom showed me the VHS tape of his Motown special, and when he did the moonwalk across the stage for the first time in history, I uttered my first words: 'Hot damn.'" -- Artie

"I owe the King of Pop a deep debt of gratitude. He was the first one to pull off the sequined military jacket, long before one Kurt Hummel made it iconic." -- Kurt

"Rachel, he was best friends with Liza Minnelli and Liz Taylor." -- Kurt

"I think it’s time that I show you a little Lima Heights hospitality." -- Santana

"WWMJD? … What would Michael Jackson do?" -- Mr. Schue

"You're like a modern-day eggs benedict." -- Puck

"My suggestion is that we drag him, bound and gagged, to a tattoo parlor for a tramp stamp that reads 'Tips Appreciated' or 'Congratulations, you're my thousandth costumer.'" -- Santana

"Stevie Wonder did pretty good with no eyes at all!" -- Finn

"Hey, Andrew McCarthy! ... You may look like the villain out of a cheesy 80s high school movie, but you should know that I am fully prepared to go all Danny LaRusso on your ass." -- Santana

"This is not violent. This is clever. I taped it to my underboob.” -- Santana

"If Kurt taped this to his junk, we'd never hear the end of it. We'd have a whole week of songs about it." -- Santana

"I can't stand the stench of public schools." -- Sebastian

"This is what we call taking the high road, which I was shocked to learn has nothing to do with marijuana." -- Puck

What did you think of the Michael Jackson tribute episode?


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Photo: The glee club performs in "Michael," a special episode of "Glee" celebrating the music of Michael Jackson. Credit: Justin Lubin / FOX


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