Category: Glee

'Glee's' Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith won't be back for Season 4?

It seems "Glee" stars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith will not be returning for the show's fourth season.

They're "not going to be back at all," creator Ryan Murphy told the Hollywood Reporter.

Hold that slushie!

It's not as if viewers are completely blindsided by the news. Murphy has not been quiet about the fact that, in keeping with the timetable of the show, some of the characters would graduate from McKinley High. It just might be hard for viewers to accept the fact that Rachel, Kurt and Finn will be among those donning gowns and tassels. Harder still that unlike other high school-set series, we won't be following them afterward. Not even a little.

A rep for 20th Century Fox, which produces the show, was tight-lipped about the revelation, saying they could not confirm the reports. A request for comment from Murphy was not immediately returned.

Perhaps it's time for the "Glee" kids to brush up on Vitamin C's 'Graduation." We're just sayin'.


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Ryan Murphy on the (non-) 'Glee' news: 'Nobody wants to see a high school senior with a bald spot'

-- Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Actress Lea Michele at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 2011. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Ryan Murphy on the (non-) 'Glee' news: 'Nobody wants to see a high school senior with a bald spot'

Murphy “Hello! I’ve been saying that for a year!”— that’s Ryan Murphy’s response to everyone going Internet crazy about his interview Monday on Ryan Seacrest's radio show in which the “Glee” creator said that some of the characters would be moving on from their New Direction days in keeping with the natural progression of their characters.

“A year ago, I said I think the best thing you can do on a show like this is not have eight-year seniors,” Murphy told ShowTracker. “Nobody wants to see a high school senior with a bald spot. We want to stay true to what ‘Glee’ is about, which is finding your voice and your place in the world;  to stretch that out for eight seasons — though that might be lucrative for us — I don’t think would be fair to the fans. They expect growth in those characters.”

“It’s certainly sad in many ways, but it’s also exciting,” Murphy added. “Last year we brought in two new people, Chord Overstreet and Darren Criss, both of whom have gone on to do great things to the show. It was a test for me: Will audiences embrace new people? I think if the stories and the songs are good, they absolutely will."

Besides graduation, how does Murphy plan to have the characters make their exit? Perhaps Rachel Berry [Lea Michele] can audition for a spot on “American Idol” or “The Voice”?

“I think Rachel Berry should go on and get the lead in the new 'Funny Girl' show that’s being cast,” Murphy joked. “Let’s take her to Broadway!  But, no, I'm not thinking about goodbyes. I’m thinking about hellos. We’re writing the first 10 scripts so we’re not there yet.”

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Why did so many good people have to die on TV finales?

Margo Any faithful TV viewer is familiar with the end-of-season shocker, which usually comes in the form of a cliffhanger or a horrible violence. But the body count seems to be going up, and going deeper.

This season we lost lovable intern Mr. Vincent Nigel-Murray (Ryan Cartwright) on the penultimate episode of "Bones," "Justified" wonder Mags Bennett (Margo Martindale), "Castle's" Capt. Montgomery (Ruben Santiago-Hudson), not to mention  Sue Sylvester's sister Jean (Robin Trocki) on the penultimate episode of "Glee" and, seemingly, "Fringe's" Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson).

Read more here of Mary McNamara's Sunday Critic's Notebook on why writers resort to sacrificing so many of their own.

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Photo: Margo Martindale on "Justified." Credit: Prashant Gupta/FX.

'Glee' recap: New Directions hearts New York


"Glee," which concluded its second season Tuesday night, has always demanded from its viewers a willingness to go with the flow -- and not get too picky about unrealistic details. After all, "Glee" fans, like all musical-theater aficionados, fervently embrace the premise of everyday people bursting into song to shed light on their emotional states or further their storylines. That alone requires a certain suspension of disbelief.

Often, viewers' flexibility is amply rewarded. Take, for example, the moment in Tuesday night's episode in which Kurt and Rachel break into the Broadway theater in which "Wicked" is playing, and the security guard gives them 15 dream-come-true minutes to sing on the stage. You don't want to distract yourself from a delicious moment like that by thinking, "Yeah, like that would ever happen." That would be silly.

At the same time, it's fair, I think, to expect a show like "Glee" at least to be true to the realities of its own universe and characters. And the season finale, in which the New Directions gang finally makes its long-awaited trip to New York to compete in Nationals, features a few plot points (big and small) that don't feel right and are hard to overlook:

1) The kids arrive in New York to compete in Nationals, which they've only been talking about for two seasons, not knowing -- or even having written -- the songs they expect to compete with? And Mr. Schue, who cares so much about their dreams that he'd give up a chance to realize his own, leaves them to come up with the songs on their own, in a hotel room in a strange city, the day before the competition? And we're still expected to feel that a win at Nationals is somehow high stakes?

2) Rachel's choice -- Finn versus New York – also seemed like a false one. When she told Kurt, during their adorable breakfast-at-Tiffany's moment, that she planned to return to New York to go to college, and he said he and Blaine were up for moving there with her, he suggested that she bring Finn too. ("He'll come in handy if we need to move anything heavy," Kurt observed.) Rachel said Finn was too much of a small-town boy. But after he planned the perfect New York date -- Finn knew which picturesque Central Park footbridge to meet on, which iconic Broadway haunt to take her to (Sardi's! Where Patti LuPone told Rachel that Finn was "cute"!), and which adorable block to walk down -- he sure seemed to have his city swagger on. Couldn't she at least have asked him?

3)  Rachel didn't know "Cats" had been closed for 11 years, but Quinn did? Did the writers forget who these characters are?

On the other hand, the episode presented us with a few perfect little moments (looking at you, Ms. LuPone) and handily wrapped up some of the season's major storylines, allowing us to go on summer break without wondering what will happen with Finn and Rachel, Santana and Brittany, and Mr. Schue and his jazz-handed reach to fulfill his Broadway dreams. For that, we are grateful.

Here were some of the episode's big payoffs:

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Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm, Cloris Leachman, more to join Emmy Week panels

Michael c hall 
The L.A. Times is ushering in Emmy season with Envelope Emmy Week -- five days of television series screenings, cast Q&As and roundtable panels starting June 1. Fans of “Mad Men,” “True Blood,” “Dexter,” “Justified,” “Shameless” and many others will get a chance to hear the series' stars discuss their shows and characters. 

As noted on our sister blog, Awards Tracker, Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks and Kiernan Shipka will join “Mad Men” creator and executive producer Matt Weiner for a screening and Q&A on June 1. William H. Macy and other cast members of Showtime's "Shameless" take the stage on June 2, and Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins and others talk about “Justified” on June 6.

Leachman The final two roundtables mix things up thematically; the Alternative Families panel on June 7 will be hosted by Times TV critic Mary McNamara and will feature Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy”), Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”), Denis O’Hare (“True Blood”), Emmy Rossum (“Shameless”), Cloris Leachman (“Raising Hope”) and Peter Krause (“Parenthood”). The Geek TV panel on June 8 will be moderated by Times television critic Robert Lloyd and will feature Joel McHale (“Community”), Sam Trammell (“True Blood”), Jayma Mays (“Glee”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”) and Johnny Galecki (“The Big Bang Theory”).

So, what would you want to ask this eclectic mix of actors? Leave your questions here for possible inclusion in the panels.

Guild members can get additional details and RSVP to attend any of the events at

-- Elena Howe

Top photo: Michael C. Hall. Credit: Randy Tepper / Showtime 

Photo at right: Cloris Leachman. Credit: Stefano Paltera / For The Times

Naya Rivera is glad to be gay on 'Glee'

Naya The relationship between "Glee" cheerleaders Santana and Brittany could have remained a little inside joke on a series packed with inside jokes. But fans' love of the couple --"Brittana" -- encouraged the show's creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk to bring the story line to center stage.

In doing so, they also gave Naya Rivera, the former child actress who plays Santana, a much more prominent role on the show. After she came out on "Glee," she even won the ultimate honor for any aspiring gay icon: a gig as host of the GLAAD Media Awards.

"Honestly, I never thought I'd actually be playing a teen lesbian," says Rivera in Tuesday's paper. "I didn't think it was going to go this far. But I'm glad that it did, because there have been a lot of fans who have expressed that they've been going through similar situations in their lives." Read more of the feature here.

Photo: Naya Rivera at home. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times


'Glee Live!' goes Vegas: How Fox's high school musical became a marketing machine

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'Glee Live!' goes Vegas: How Fox's high school musical became a marketing machine

Glee You know a show's a hit when it's got its own pajamas. "Glee" has already found that special level of success — complete with sleep mask! — as well as its own books, bedding, board game, microphone, and upcoming 3-D concert movie. With the franchise getting bigger and geekier every day (we unite with you in solidarity, Comic-Con fans), it was only a matter of time before the series got its own live show — one that comes with enough anticipation to warrant not one! but two! exclamation marks! (OK, that was three, but we're excited.) "Glee Live! In Concert!" kicked off in Vegas on Saturday, and our critic Mary McNamara was there to witness it in all of its confetti-spewing, Streisand-soloing glory. You can read her take on the concert, and its role in the brand-expanding Disney-fication of the series, in her piece "The Glee Machine." 

— Melissa Maerz

Photo: The cast of "Glee Live! In Concert!" Credit: Isaac Brekken / Los Angeles Times.

A steamy lesbian love scene on 'The Good Wife'? Add to the list of girl-on-girl prime-time TV action

There was a hot lesbian sex scene on Tuesday night's season finale of "The Good Wife," and yet all that the fans and critics seem to want to talk about in its aftermath is canoodling -- between an entirely different, straight couple!

Sure, it's been two seasons in the making that Julianna Margulies' Alicia would hop in bed with Josh Charles' Will.  But didn't anybody catch the girl-on-girl action? The potentially precedent-setting female love scene -- set in bed --between Archie Panjabi's Kalinda and Kelli Giddish's Sophia? On CBS prime time?

Susan Toepfer from the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog did, calling the roll in the hay "possibly a network prime-time first, not that I keep track of such things..." But rather than make a big deal out of a lesbian romp in bed, most reviewers mentioned it in passing.  Fans, via message boards and blog comments, spent the vast majority of their energy ignoring the Kalinda/Sophia hook-up and instead endlessly debating whether Alicia will ruin her life by sleeping with her colleague.

That's because, while there may not be an exact forerunner for "The Good Wife" scene, there has been girl-on-girl activity on network TV for years, reaching as far back as "L.A. Law" in the early '90s. In fact, it's much more common than gay male coupling. (Could we surmise that traditionally male network honchos are more comfortable with that scenario?)

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'Glee' recap: Four solos and a funeral [Video]


"Glee" brought us four solos and a funeral on Tuesday night. The funeral -– Sue's sister, Jean, died of pneumonia –- was sad indeed, despite its candy-colored Willy Wonka-theme. But the solos were especially happy-making.

The impetus? Mr. Schu had brought in Rachel's ex and Vocal Adrenaline alum Jesse St. James to help New Directions prep for the New York competition. Jesse, who favors a ruthless star system, persuaded Mr. Schu to hold auditions for a "featured singer" spot at Nationals.

First, Santana stepped onto the McKinley High stage and delivered a darkly sexy, strutting performance of Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black." (Jesse sneered that she didn't touch the emotional center of the song.)

Then Kurt ripped it Broadway-style on "Some People" from "Gypsy," showing off the pure beauty of his upper register. (Jesse compared him unfavorably to Merman, LuPone and Bernadette -– ouch!)

Mercedes then took the stage to sing what may well be her best … number … ever, taking on Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness" in true diva style. As she predicted, she wrapped that song up "like a Christmas present," topped with soulful growl. (On one particularly powerful note, Jesse mouthed "Wow," but then inexplicably dismissed Mercedes as "lazy.")

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Tweeter's Digest: What's 'Two and a Half Men' squared away? Ashton Kutcher

Kutcher How quickly we forget about last week’s excitement — it's like Osama bin Laden meant  nothing to us. 

This week’s celebrity Twitter feeds skittered all over the place, from news of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver’s split and Neil Patrick Harris (@actuallyNPH) hosting the Tonys to the elimination of fan favorite James Durbin from “American Idol” and the surprise announcement that Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) would take over for Charlie Sheen on “Two and a Half Men.” [For the record: An earlier version of this post had Harris hosting the Emmys and has been corrected.]

Kutcher himself hinted about it Thursday in an oblique tweet: "what's the square root of 6.25?" And while TV folks from “Lost” producer Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) to child star Demi Lovato commented on Kutcher’s move, Sheen himself (who had been very vocal  just a month ago) issued no tweets on the topic.

— Joy Press




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Photo: Ashton Kutcher in January. Credit: Mauricio Lima/AFP/Getty Images.

'Glee' recap: Prom dates, dresses and drama!


Hopes are always high for prom: the dates, the dresses, the dances, the drama. ("You can get married as many times as you want. You only get one shot at your junior prom," Quinn noted early in Tuesday night's episode.) Unlike some of our own high school dances, "Glee's" prom night did not disappoint, braiding together a fistful of story lines that rose and crested like a retro special-occasion up-do.

And speaking of the questionable tastes of other eras, the '70s and '80s -– periods that some viewers may associate most strongly with prom –- got a bit of gentle ribbing in this episode. The "Glee" writers incorporated evocative references ranging from Australian soft-rockers Air Supply and David Geddes' 1975 hit song "Run Joey Run" to products like "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" (which debuted in 1979; I looked it up) to '70s showman Tony Orlando's sartorial style. (When Kurt's dad describes the powder-blue, ruffle-shirted tux he wore to his prom as making him look like Tony Orlando, Blaine asks, "Was that a designer?" Tie a yellow ribbon 'round that one!)

So who went with whom to the big dance? What did they wear? Who got punched, who spiked the punch and whose grandma drowned in a punchbowl? And who got crowned Prom King and Queen?

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'Glee' will hit the big screen with 3-D concert movie

Glee Because it’s only natural for “Glee” to conquer all, creator Ryan Murphy and Fox's television and film studios are teaming to produce “Glee Live! 3D!”

The movie will bring the upcoming “Glee Live! In Concert!” North American tour to the big screen on Aug. 12 for a limited two-week engagement.

Welcome news for Gleeks who didn’t score tickets to the sold-out shows.

“This tour was all about going out and performing for our amazing fans who have supported our show from the beginning, but due to the limited time we had to travel during our hiatus, there were only so many cities we could get to before we had to resume work on the television series,” Murphy said in a statement.  “We promise every passionate ‘Gleek’ a cinematic experience that will have them singing and dancing in the aisles.”

The concert flick, which will be directed by Kevin Tancharoen (“Fame”), will feature live performances of some of the musical numbers, including “I’m a Slave 4 U,” “Raise Your Glass”  and “Teenage Dream,” as well as the original songs, such as “Loser Like Me,” “Hell to the No!” and “Get It Right.”

 The tour begins May 21 in Las Vegas with “Glee” stars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Dianna Agron, Naya Rivera, Heather Morris, Harry Shum Jr., Chord Overstreet , Darren Criss, Ashley Fink and members of the Warblers.

— Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Cast members in a scene from "Glee." Credit: Fox.


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