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'Teen Mom 2' Star Arrested, Salma Hayek Developing 'Wicked' Miniseries and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 10th 2011 2:30PM
Jenelle, Teen Mom 2Another week, another 'Teen Mom' in legal trouble.

According to the Daily Mail, 'Teen Mom 2' star Jenelle Evans was arrested in October for drug possession and breaking and entering. Evans and her boyfriend allegedly broke into a vacant home and were caught with marajuana and a metal pipe. The couple are due in court today.

The paper also reported that former '16 and Pregnant' star Evans signed over primary custody of her son to her mother in June. Promos for the upcoming 'Teen Mom 2,' which premieres tonight, show Evans' mother threatening to sue for custody.

In other TV news ...

Salma Hayek is developing a 'Wicked' miniseries. The program will be based on the bestselling book, 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West' and not the popular musical. [Entertainment Weekly]

Piers Morgan has some big name guests lined up after Oprah appears on the first episode of his new CNN show. Other early guests on 'Piers Morgan Tonight,' which premieres next week, will be Howard Stern, Condoleezza Rice, Ricky Gervais, George Clooney, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Kid Rock, Rod Stewart, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, and Donald and Melania Trump. [NY Mag]

David E. Kelley's 'Wonder Woman' series is a no-go. Bad timing and an expensive licensing fee are reportedly to blame. [Deadline]

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'Glee' - 'Hell-o' Recap (Spring Premiere)

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 13th 2010 11:11PM
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Hello, indeed! 'Glee' is back, and Mr. Schuester declared that New Directions needed an exciting new re-introduction to vault them into the next level, regionals. After all the glory and greatness of winning sectionals, McKinley's glee club was back to basics, thanks to reality setting in -- slushees in the face again! -- as well as Figgins reinstating Sue, who renewed her attacks on Will.

If that sounds like a spoiler to you, you haven't been paying attention to the groundwork laid in the first thirteen episodes. For more on the latest from Ohio's little singing group that could, read on after the jump.

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'Glee' Co-Creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan Meet the Press and Spill the Beans

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 9th 2010 9:00AM
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In anticipation of the Tuesday, April 13th premiere of Fox's musical hit 'Glee,' two of the co-creators, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, met with the press via a conference call the other day. TV Squad was in on the call and you'll be thrilled with some of the big news coming up in the last nine episodes of this award-winning first season. There were some insights revealed when the cast and the other co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy were on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' yesterday, but Gleeks want more, and that's what this is all about.

Among the highlights – for all you who need encouragement -- Jane Lynch does "Vogue" in the Madonna musical episode. Kristin Chenoweth was not paired up with Idina Menzel, but Kristin's episode (the third one back) is supposed to be wonderful. And if you liked Puck's performance of "Sweet Caroline," wait till you see him do a song like a member of the Rat Pack. For all the details, read on.

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Idina Menzel will be on Glee after all

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 11th 2009 8:03AM
idina_menzel_shoulderWell, I know it's not polite to say I told you so, but -- I told you so! There, now I feel better. Actually, I am thrilled that Idina Menzel is this-close to being cast on Glee as the female version of Mr. Schu. The character Idina's negotiating to play is the coach of Vocal Adrenaline, the top show choir in Ohio. In the winter finale, Will was telling the kids in New Directions that regionals were next and they would be going up against tougher competition, specifically Vocal Adrenaline.

It would have been a great thing if Idina was cast as Rachel's mother, because of the remarkable resemblance, but this character could be a real winner, too. For one thing, if she is like Will, she'll have plenty of opportunities to perform. I don't think she'll be pulling out "Defying Gravity" -- been there, done that -- but there's a whole bunch of other songs she can do and do them well. After all, she is a Broadway veteran and a Tony winner. And she may be in all nine episodes to complete the season.

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The Wicked truth is Idina Menzel wants to be on Glee

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 5th 2009 3:02PM
idina_menzel_cdCould it be that the cool show for guest appearances is going to be Glee? It well may be the case after Kristin Chenoweth's musical showstopper last October. Kristin's Tony-award winning costar from Wicked, Idina Menzel, wants to do Glee. How do we know? Her husband, Private Practice's Taye Diggs, confirmed it.

There's more to it than just that. Apparently the Glee fans -- Gleeks -- have noticed the remarkable resemblance between Idina and Lea Michele.

Why, she could be/play Lea's mother! They look alike and they are both big time Broadway belters. We've heard Lea's incredibly rendition of "Defying Gravity," the song that made Idina a star, on Glee, too.

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Here's the Defying Gravity video from last night's Glee

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 12th 2009 9:02AM
As Allison mentioned in her review of last night's Glee, it was an awesome episode. The show featured some great songs, some great lines, and a few surprises about some of the students and faculty. If you haven't watched it yet, I won't give away too much.

My favorite song was "Defying Gravity," the ballad from Wicked, sung in a "diva off" by Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer), with each performance inter-cut with the other. They both have fantastic voices, and I'm in awe of Colfer's spot-on tone and intonation. Just gorgeous! But I have to agree with Allison that perhaps Rachel has the more Broadway-type voice that jumps off the stage and grabs you.

I don't know, though. It's a tough call as to which has the bigger diva voice. What do you think? If you were a Broadway casting director, who would you choose to sing this song -- Kurt or Rachel?



(Thanks to Rickey.org for posting the video.)

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Glee's "Don't Stop Believin'" goes gold

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 30th 2009 8:02AM
glee_group_foxIf you have any doubt about the power of television in the selling of music and making stars, this story should convince you that there is a definite correlation. Fox's Glee has produced a solid gold successful single.

The Glee version of "Don't Stop Believin'" has been certified as Gold in digital sales of half-a-million downloads. That's 500,000 people who've heard the song on the TV show and wanted it on their iPod or cell phone or some music playing apparatus.

"Don't Stop Believin'" was the first big song from the pilot, but it's not the only song that has been popular. Seven songs from Glee now occupy spots in the top 200 of iTunes' Top Songs chart. On November 3, there will be a compilation CD of the best numbers from the show, called Glee: The Music, Volume 1.

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Kristin Chenoweth on Her Emmy Nomination, 'Glee' and 'Wicked' Movie Rumors

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 27th 2009 6:00AM
She's a triple threat, with roles on the big screen ('Four Christmases'), television ('The West Wing') and Broadway ('Wicked,' 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' -- for which she won a Tony award in 1999).

Now, Kristin Chenoweth is a two-time Emmy nominee, honored for her role of Olive Snook on the critically acclaimed -- but recently canceled -- series 'Pushing Daisies.' Where's Ned's magical touch when you need it?

But fans of the pint-sized beauty needn't worry: She's already booked many TV projects, including a Christmas telepic for Lifetime movie, a part on Fox's much-anticipated musical series 'Glee' and a just-confirmed guest spot on 'American Idol.'

Kristin recently chatted with AOL TV about her Emmy nomination, 'Pushing Daisies', 'Glee' ... and that elusive 'Wicked' movie. -- By Andy Scott.

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Christmas with Kristin Chenoweth

by Allison Waldman, posted May 28th 2009 9:37AM
Kristin Chenoweth in sunI know it's only May and hardly the time to start thinking of egg nog and holly and Ebenezer Scrooge or any of the other Christmas standbys, but forgive me if I let out a whoop of happiness about the news that Kristin Chenoweth will star in The Twelve Men of Christmas TV movie. The romantic comedy is slated to be part of the Fa La La La La Lifetime lineup (try saying that three times fast!), and while another holiday film doesn't usually make me gleeful, this one does.

Kristin Chenoweth is a gem. I'm still bereft that we'll probably never see her Olive Snook again because Pushing Daisies is gone unless there's a movie, and I was tiffed that the David E. Kelly NBC pilot Legally Mad was not picked up only because La Chenoweth was in it.

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Emmy nominee Kristen Chenoweth would love to be Wicked

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 19th 2008 5:24PM
K ChenowethA few thoughts about Kristin Chenoweth, if you don't mind. First, congratulations to the Pushing Daisies' actress --she plays Olive -- for snagging an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. And kudos for the effervescent and spontaneous adlibs and asides she and Neil Patrick Harris -- another favorite of mine -- brought to the reading of the nominations Thursday morning.

So often the reading of the nominations is as dull as dishwater, like the stars doing the announcing are simply trying to get through it without tripping over their tongues. Not so with Chenoweth and Harris; they were delightful together and added a kick to the nomination announcement.

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Broadway's Roger Bart lands ABC legal pilot

by Allison Waldman, posted May 28th 2008 12:02PM
Roger BartTV watchers probably know Roger Bart best as George Williams, the murderous pharmacist on Desperate Housewives. On Broadway, he's been a musical dog (Snoopy in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown -- for which he won the Tony award), a sidekick (Carmen Ghia in The Producers) and a scientist (Young Frankenstein). Now, he's slotted for a return to the tube. Roger Bart will star as a lawyer in the untitled David Hemingson dramedy pilot for ABC. The project casts Bart as Cliff, a high-strung attorney in a fancy-schmancy L.A. law firm, where one of the partners is his spouse.

Hemingson's pilot is getting a lot of attention, in part because of his pedigree. He's written for How I Met Your Mother, American Dad and Kitchen Confidential. Adding Roger Bart to the mix ups the likelihood of ABC finding a place in the schedule mid-season for this comedy. They start filming next month.

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Betty to bite the Big Apple?

by Allison Waldman, posted May 7th 2008 8:39AM
Vanessa Williams Ugly BettyI have to hand it to the producers of ABC's Ugly Betty; they've re-created the look of New York City and Queens so effectively in the first two seasons that I thought they did film the show in the Big Apple. Well, no. They filmed the pilot in Manhattan and inserted a real location or two here and there, but the bulk of the series has been filmed in Los Angeles. (Although the Wicked episode was clearly not a Broadway theater -- it was just too spacious!)

Now comes words that the Ugly Betty production may actually pull up stakes and make New York its real home, complete with costumes, props, studio and stars. The ABC Studios are contemplating the relocation for financial reasons, including very lucrative tax credits. While that's good for the producers, it sucks for the crew. They won't be transported to the city; they'll be let go -- about 150 in all. But if you're a glass half-full kind of person, that's 150 new jobs for New York workers. As for the stars, this change isn't a big deal as most are from New York and aren't objecting to moving -- at least that's the word from ABC.

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Eight real world moments in reel TV

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 24th 2008 2:02PM
Boston Red SoxThe world of primetime TV are primarily set in the real world. The real world based on the fiction they create. So, Law and Order -- in all its incarnations -- is set in New York City, but it's not the real five boroughs. The newspapers they read are not The New York Times, the Post or the Daily News. For contemporary TV fiction, reality is on the margins of the storytelling because you can't really set those characters in a real world. However, when the two worlds intersect, the results can be magic. Here's 8 big-time, primetime examples:

1) Cowboy Up Time
Remember the episode of Lost when Ben wanted to convince Jack that he was in communication with the world outside the island? To prove that he was telling the truth, he showed Jack a video of the Boston Red Sox winning the world series in 2004. You can't get more real than that, right? And yet it was used in one of the most out of this world shows on the air. In fact, using Lost's own terminology, the Red Sox video is a constant truth in a universe that's a complete fiction.

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Pushing Oscars - Kristin Chenoweth to sing at Academy Awards

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 15th 2008 4:41PM
Kristin ChenowethThe buzz about ABC's Oscar broadcast is starting in earnest, and yesterday it was announced that Kristin Chenoweth, the adorable Olive Snook on Pushing Daisies, has been tapped to sing one of the Academy Award nominated songs, "That's How You Know" from the film Enchanted, according to the Baltimore Sun. Kristin will be joined by Marlon Saunders, who played the Central Park Calypso singer in the movie. By the by, Enchanted's star, Amy Adams, will also be singing on the show. She's doing, "Happy Working Song," another nominated song from the Disney hit. FYI, that's the sing-along tune she did in the film with cockroaches, rats and other happy vermin. You can just imagine Walt Disney spinning in his grave, can't you?

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