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by Chris Harnick, posted May 20th 2011 11:00AM
Glee'Glee,' a show often criticized for its uneven writing, is adding a fourth writer.

Yes, up until now, only three people -- Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan -- were writing 'Glee.' So, who is this new guy we can pin all of our hopes and dreams to? None other than comic book scribe and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

That name sound familiar? That's because Aguirre-Sacasa is the man behind the 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' rewrites. He's penned several episodes of 'Big Love' and wrote critically-acclaimed comics such as 'Marvel Knights: 4' and various 'Spider-Man' comics.

According to Deadline, Aguirre-Sacasa will also become a co-producer on 'Glee.' He's also been tapped to write a remake of 'Carrie' for the big screen.

In other TV news ...

Cee Lo Green says all of the judges will be back on 'The Voice' next season. "We've already been secured for a second season, so prepare to see a lot more of myself, Christina, Blake and Adam, and a host of great artists doing their thing," Green said. [Reuters]

Adam Shankman will only be one of a set of rotating guest judges on the new season of 'So You Think You Can Dance.' Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe will be the two resident judges. [Reality Blurred]

David Fury of 'Lost' and 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' fame has joined the creative team of 'Fringe.' He'll serve as a writer and consulting producer on the Fox series. [Deadline]

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'So You Think You Can Dance' Finale: Winner Named, Ellen DeGeneres Rocks Out (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 13th 2010 1:35AM
'So You Think You Can Dance' Finale: Ellen DeGeneres Rocks Out, Plus THE WINNER OF THE WHOLE ENTIRE SHOWAt last, we've come to the end. This is the final episode of this season's 'So You Think You Can Dance' (Thu., 8PM ET on Fox). So now, we get to learn who the ultimate winner is. ... But before we got to that, we had a special unexpected guest.

Guest Ellen DeGeneres showed up to do a special performance with Twitch, and did a hip-hop dance routine. And wow; we were pretty impressed with Ellen's skills. She's really good!

And then, we finally learned who the actual winner of the show was. It was down to Kent and Lauren. Who would take home the prize? The answer is ...

[Spoiler alert.]

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Lauren Gets Pretty Naked on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 12th 2010 12:55AM
Lauren Gets Pretty Naked on 'So You Think You Can Dance'We're down to the final three on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (Wed., 8PM ET on Fox). And excessive nudity might be the key to victory here.

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... Oh, we're just kidding. We're sure that this show is decided on the merits of the individual dancers. But still, Lauren does a fairly sexy Cha Cha routine with Pasha. And the judges seem to approve. But is it because Lauren's dancing is awesome, or because she's barely wearing any clothes?

"It looked to me like it was damn near perfect," judge Nigel Lythgoe said.

Hmm. Was that a reaction to the performance itself, or a reaction to how Lauren looked while doing it?

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Adam Shankman Makes a Gay Marriage Proposal to Nigel Lythgoe (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 4th 2010 11:35PM
Adam Shankman Makes a Gay Marriage Proposal to Nigel LythgoeWell, today is the day. Today is the day that Proposition 8 was legally overturned. In case you haven't been paying attention, Proposition 8 was an amendment that forbade gay couples from getting married in the state of California. And now, it's gone.

In order to celebrate this event, 'So You Think You Can Dance' judge Adam Shankman decided to propose to his fellow judge Nigel Lythgoe. Oh, nice! Gutsy! But will Adam's wedding pitch actually work out?

We wouldn't call 'So You Think You Can Dance' a "gay" show (not that it would matter if it was). ... But it is, at least, fairly flamboyant. On the current episode (Wed., 8PM ET on Fox), the judges got pretty hot and bothered following Lauren's sexy performance with fellow dancer Pasha. "My eyes steamed up," Nigel said, after witnessing their routine. He seemed so aroused that he confessed to wanting to tango with male partner Pasha: "My god! I wanted to dance with you!"

Then, Adam decided to jokingly segue from that remark, by asking Nigel to join him in a gay wedding. "I would like to ... ask my colleague and friend Nigel Lythgoe to marry me."

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Coming to 'Glee' Season 2: Original Music, a Sue Sylvester Book, a Second Theme Show - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 2nd 2010 10:07PM
The 'Glee' panel at the Summer 2010 TCAs
In the final Fox panel of the day, Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, and members of 'Glee's' production crew gave a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to put together an episode of last season's most successful new show. Some news that came out of the panel:

-- We already know that there will be a Britney Spears-themed episode, but according to Murphy, the post Super-Bowl episode will also have a theme; they're still negotiating with the artist they'll be featuring, so he couldn't reveal the name as yet.

-- One of the swag items we got was the novel 'Glee: The Beginning.' We also found out that Sue Sylvester will be writing her autobiography... which will come out as a real book. Jane Lynch will go on a short book tour as Sue.

-- In one episode in the latter half of the season, the kids will be assigned to write their own songs. So for the first time, original music will be commissioned for the show.

-- In general, Murphy feels the need to step back a bit and not give into the temptation to jam-pack every episode with story in season 2. As a result, you'll see more stories about the secondary characters. Yes, that includes the largely silent Mike Chang.

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The 'So You Think You Can Dance' Judges Make Their Final Decision (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 30th 2010 1:45AM
The 'So You Think You Can Dance' Judges Make Their Final DecisionThis is it! This is the last week that the judges can eliminate contestants on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (Thu., 9PM ET on Fox). So really, this is the time for the judges' final decision. (And yes, we realize that we already said that in the headline. Just wanted to drive that point home, in case you weren't paying attention.)

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Tonight's episode involved the elimination of two contestants -- which has never happened before. Billy, Jose, and Lauren were potentially about to be kicked off. No! Not Lauren! She's the only girl left on this show!

In the end, the formerly injured Billy was kicked off, and Jose as well. Lauren was saved. And now we're down to four contestants. Hopefully, the judges have made the right decisions up to this point. Because after this, they don't get to have a say. All the voting for the final contestants will be done by you, the viewers. So do a good job, guys.

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'American Idol' on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 28th 2010 11:50PM
'American Idol' on 'So You Think You Can Dance'We had an exciting live show tonight on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (Wed., 8PM ET on Fox). Due to the odd results of last week's show, not one, but two dancers were up for elimination on this week's episode. But that all paled next to judge Nigel Lythgoe's weird slip of the tongue.

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Nigel may be returning as the executive producer on the upcoming season of 'American Idol.' And even after watching Lauren and Allyson's pretty stunning performance, he still seemed pretty distracted by the thought of that. When host Cat Deeley asked him for his reaction to Lauren's dance, Nigel seemed a little confused. He praised Lauren, and agreed that her routine was "powerful," but then said: "This is the first time we've ever seen [anything like] it on 'American Idol.'" Whoops! Wrong show, Nigel! Mr. Lythgoe then swiftly tried to recover.

By the way, rumor has it that if Nigel takes over as producer on 'Idol,' he will eliminate all of the current judges, and will replace them. Two of the possible replacements are -- Elton John and Justin Timberlake. What do you folks think? Does this sound like a good idea to you?

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The 'So You Think You Can Dance' Judges Make a Very Odd Decision (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 22nd 2010 11:30PM
The 'So You Think You Can Dance' Judges Make a Very Odd DecisionWelcome back to 'So You Think You Can Dance' (Thu., 9PM ET on Fox). It's elimination time, so someone needs to be kicked off. ... Right? But when it came time to do the eliminating, Nigel Lythgoe confessed that the judges were suffering from a mild bout of confusion.

"We haven't made up our minds," Nigel said to host Cat Deeley.

" ... You haven't?" Cat replied.

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Billy, Robert, and Jose were up for potential elimination. Last night, as you may remember, Billy Bell became the third injured dancer on this season's show. And the previous two injured dancers have already left the contest. ... What to do, what to do? Should another wounded contestant be bounced off the series? Billy made the judges' decision a little harder -- because doctors had cleared him to dance. Yet he still refused to perform this week.

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Pain, Tears -- and an Incredible Routine on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 22nd 2010 2:00AM
Pain, Tears -- and an Incredible Routine on 'So You Think You Can Dance'We had ANOTHER injury on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (Wed., 8PM ET on Fox). What's going on with this show? Is it suffering from a voodoo curse? Is the stage built over an ancient Indian burial ground? We've never seen so many dancers go down before.

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Billy Bell became the third injured contestant this season -- after hurting his knee during rehearsal. Now, he's in the dreaded "Bottom Three," and faces elimination. Ashley and Alex, the two previously hurt dancers, have both left the show. Will Billy be able to survive?

We can't know Billy's fate yet, so let's move on to the good news. Adechike had an amazing performance tonight, dancing to 'Fallin'' by Alicia Keys. In the end, Adechike poured so much emotion into his routine that he ended up crying during the judges' review. Adam Shankman summed up the judges' universally positive reaction to the dance. Pointing at the weeping Adechike, Shankman said this: "Everything that you're feeling right now: look at you .. that is how you made me feel."

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Another Injury Sends a Dancer Home on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 16th 2010 1:40AM
Another Injury Sends a Dancer Home on 'So You Think You Can Dance'Once again, outside factors are playing a part on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (Thu., 9PM on Fox). For the second week in a row, a dancer has been kicked off the show, not because of failure on their part -- but due to an injury.

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Last week, Alex was booted from the show. This time around, it was Ashley. It was all very sad. But the judges wanted to take into account Ashley's safety and her personal health. They felt that she needed at least three to five weeks of rest, and so, Ashley was unable to continue on the series.

Ashley cried upon being removed from the contest. "How do you feel at this exact moment?" asked host Cat Deeley.

"I'm very disappointed," said Ashley. " ... And it just hurts -- that I have to leave like this." Ashley was weeping as she spoke these words. Then, she tried to apologize to Cat.

"Don't say 'sorry,'" Cat replied. "You tried your hardest." Yes. Please don't apologize, Ashley. You didn't do anything wrong. It's just an unfortunate injury.

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A Judge Cries on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 15th 2010 2:45AM
A Judge Cries on 'So You Think You Can Dance'On tonight's episode of 'So You Think You Can Dance' (Wed., 8PM ET on Fox), we had a performance that resonated on several different levels.

Robert and Allison danced to the song 'Fix You' by Coldplay. Their performance was managed by choreographer Travis Wall, whose mother has recently undergone surgery -- and the dance was meant to convey the experience of having an ailing mother.

As it turned out, judge Mia Michaels has recently lost her mother. And watching the performance brought her to tears. "It brings me back to the last week before my mom passed," she said. "And how much I wanted to 'fix her.'"

It was quite an amazing dance routine. And in the end, it made Mia break down and start crying.

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The End of a Contestant on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 9th 2010 3:35AM
The End of a Contestant on 'So You Think You Can Dance'Sigh. There's nothing worse than seeing a contestant being kicked off a show for reasons that are beyond his control. But that's what happened tonight on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (Thu., 9PM ET on Fox).

[Spoiler alert.]

Dancer Alex Wong was eliminated from the show -- and it wasn't his fault. On the previous episode, we learned that Alex suffered a foot injury, but no one was really sure how bad it was. Based on the injury, he was automatically placed in the "Bottom Three" on the show, and was instantly in danger of being kicked off.

Alex was a great dancer, and none of the judges wanted to remove him. But tonight, we learned that he suffered a lacerated Achilles tendon -- and as a result, he wouldn't able to dance for at least another three months.

Upon hearing the news, all the other contestants looked horrified. The judges were upset. Alex cried. But the guy couldn't really dance anymore, so there was nothing that anyone could do. Still, it was all extremely sad.

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A Contestant Is Injured on 'So You Think You Can Dance' -- Will He Survive? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 8th 2010 1:40AM
A Contestant Is Injured on 'So You Think You Can Dance' -- Will He Survive?We've got a man down on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (Wed., 8PM ET on Fox).

[Spoiler alert.]

Top-rated dancer Alex Wong suffered a foot injury during the rehearsals for tonight's episode, and was unable to perform. He ruptured his Achilles tendon, and may not be able to continue on the show. The judges expressed regret, but instantly placed Alex in the dreaded "Bottom Three" -- meaning that he could be voted off at any time. And even if Alex isn't eliminated by the viewers, if he doesn't recover from his injury by next week, then he'll be automatically kicked off the program.

Okay, so: two questions. Is it fair to punish Alex for not being able to dance? And do you think he'll be able to recover? He was doing so well up until now.

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The Best Dance Ever on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 17th 2010 12:50AM
The Best Dance Ever on 'So You Think You Can Dance'We've moved on from the auditions and the contestant-selection portion of the show. Now, we're actually at the real competitive dancing section of 'So You Think You Can Dance' (Wed., 8PM ET on Fox). So, let's get right to it.

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Speaking of Twists, Here's the Top Eleven on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 10th 2010 1:15AM
Speaking of Twists, Here's the Top Eleven on 'So You Think You Can Dance'This will probably all make more sense if you've read our previous column about 'So You Think You Can Dance.' And if you haven't read that, then, hey -- maybe you should go read it!

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