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'Glee'-Mania Invades 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 7th 2010 8:38PM
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There's a ringing in the ears that doesn't go away when you are around a really enthusiastic, rowdy crowd. Mine are still ringing from just watching the cast and creators of 'Glee' on today's 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.' If you were there, you're ears are probably bleeding. Let there be no doubt, the Gleeks are a vociferous and growing fan base.

There's been mania like this for television shows before, as well as music groups. Elvis Presley and The Beatles were drowned out by the audiences watching 'The Ed Sullivan Show.' And after Beatlemania, a little NBC sitcom by the name of 'The Monkees' gave rise to a worldwide fandom called Monkeemania. And now we can officially call the insanity over Fox's 'Glee' Gleemania. Feel free to share it with your friends.

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John Schneider to Star as Washed-Up Golf Champ

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 18th 2010 4:30PM
John SchneiderEx-'Dukes of Hazzard'/'Smallville' star John Schneider has signed on to play the lead in 'Back Nine,' Spike TV's new show about a washed-up golf pro attempting a comeback. But that's not the most interesting tidbit in this piece of TV casting news, it's the name of the character who will serve as Schneider's caddy on the show and what he's addicted to.

The golf pro's caddy will be named Tiger, and he's addicted to sex! At first I thought, wow, that's pretty edgy, even for the gung-ho Spike. But The Hollywood Reporter says that the character's name (and his, um, hobby) were in the script a year before the recent events surrounding Tiger Woods and his various women. Now I guess the only question is, even if it was in the script before all of the real-life stuff happened, will Spike change the name of the character and what he likes?

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SpikeTV's 'Back Nine' to Feature Sex Addict Named ... Tiger

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 18th 2010 10:45AM
Since his headline-grabbing tabloid sex scandal rocked the golf world last year, Tiger Woods has been at the center of a media firestorm, with questions about his marital infidelity dogging his every step. Now, as he prepares to face the press for the first time tomorrow, questions are surfacing from an unlikely source: SpikeTV.

That's because, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the testosterone-fueled network has given the green light to 'Back Nine,' a new pilot revolving around the antics of a washed-up former golf champion who tours the country trying to work his way back into the big time. It's not the main character raising eyebrows, though, but rather his sidekick, a "sex-addicted longtime caddy" who happens to be named Tiger.

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CBS wants more of The Good Wife and NCIS: LA

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 8th 2009 5:02PM
The Good WifeCBS must be pretty happy. They've been dominating the television landscape for the past several years. And their spin-offs policy continues to work very well. In it's premiere week, not only was NCIS: LA the top-rated new show of the season, but it pushed its parent series all the way to number one on the week, achieving its highest ratings, too.

Those strong ratings have helped boost Julianna Margulies' The Good Wife to the top as well. As a show of thanks and support, CBS has ordered full-season pick-ups for both The Good Wife and NCIS: LA. As much as I complain about procedurals dominating the CBS landscape, people want to watch these shows. CBS does them better than anyone.

So that's one more night locked in and secured for CBS to dominate. If America ever does get tired of procedurals, though, they're in big trouble!

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FOX full of Glee, offers a full season pick-up

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 21st 2009 5:31PM
GleeIt may be the "duh!" pick-up of the season as FOX ordered a full season of Glee today. Co-creator Ryan Murphy says in the press release announcing the move: "It's fantastic to be the first show picked up and that this underdog series, like its characters, will get the chance to keep singing." Okay, I'm on board with being happy that Glee got that full season pick-up. It's got such a unique vibe that I fully expected it to crash and burn on a television landscape of NCSISL&O spin-offs. But "underdog?"

Isn't Glee the most hyped premiere, other than Jay Leno, we've seen in years? The critics have been talking about it like it was the second coming of [insert your choice for greatest show of all time] all summer, many based solely on the pilot. You have to have been living under a rock for the past four months to have not known about Glee.

That said, I hope Glee keeps growing by leaps and bounds. We need something positive and uplifting on the air, and these kids are going to make me feel good through May, until we get that second season renewal.

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