They've become such media darlings that it's hard to believe we'd never even heard of most of these actors till the show debuted last spring and made them overnight stars. In fact, for some, like Amber Riley [Mercedes], Chris Colfer [Kurt] and Mark Salling [Puck], 'Glee' is one of their first professional gigs! Crazy what a difference a year can make.
So, just what was this talented bunch up to pre-'Glee?'
Read more after the jump.
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.
By the way, if you're wondering, 'GH's' 12,000 episodes equates to nearly 47 years of continuing daytime drama. The show began on April 1, 1963, and it was not an April's Fool joke. It was something different at the time, because most of the soaps were New York based.
In fact, on the same day 'GH' launched, NBC premiered a new medical soap, too, out of New York. It was called 'The Doctors,' and for the first decade or so 'GH' and 'The Doctors' were on TV, the NBC show was a better soap. However, all that changed in 1978 when Gloria Monty became executive director... which led to the Luke and Laura sensation.
Fresh off the cancellation of her last gig, CBS' 'Three Rivers,' Alfre Woodard is headed to HBO, where she'll play Lafayette's (actess Nelsan Ellis) mom on Alan Ball's hit vampire series, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Woodard, an Oscar nominee for 1982's 'Cross Creek' and an Emmy winner for a guest spot on 'The Practice,' has had no problem finding work over the last few years.
For the third game of the World Series on the night of Halloween, fate tried to rain on the Glee parade. Literally. It rained.
In Philadelphia where the game was being played, there was a rain delay of over an hour. If you were a Glee fan -- a Gleek -- tuning in just to see the troupe before the game, you had to be disappointed.
Today on TV Squad Daily:
- Eww! But for a goof cause: Stephen Colbert's cast goes on Ebay tonight.
- The contract that parents signed to allow their kids to participate in Kid Nation covers just about everything.
- Is Wayne Newton joining Dancing with the Stars?
The Yellow Ribbon Fund is a favorite of Colbert's. He has already used his cast to raise money for the injured soldiers and their families by selling 'WristStrong' bracelets, a spoof of Lance Armstrong (and Nike's) LiveStrong yellow bracelets that raise money for cancer research. By the way, if you can't afford Stephen's cast, you can probably still afford one of his 'WristStrong' bracelets, which are for sale on his website.
Colbert's cast is signed by a wide variety of political and news figures: Nancy Pelosi, Tony Snow, Katie Couric, Brian Williams, Tim Russert, Bill O'Reilly, and Michael Bloomberg.
Mad TV has added comedians Johnny Sanchez and Anjelah Nicole Johnson to the cast for the thirteenth season, though Johnson has only been cast for four episodes.
Sanchez voiced a character in the movie Happy Feet and has appeared on Comedy Central. I've placed a segment from his Comedy Central Presents below. Johnson is also a stand-up comedian. I've placed one of her bits below, too.
Apparently, Mad TV is still doing well, even though I don't know anyone who watches it. That's not a slam against the show, it's just not my cup of tea, but when my friends and I are discussing TV comedy, Mad TV never gets mentioned. Who are these mysterious people keeping this show on the air?
Gina Holden, last seen on the TV series Blood Ties, has joined the cast of SCI FI's upcoming adaptation of Flash Gordon as Dale Arden, the love interest of Flash Gordon (played by Eric Johnson). Holden also appeared in Fantastic Four and will also appear in the upcoming sequel to Alien Vs. Predator.
The series also recently cast actor Jody Racicot as Dr. Hans Zarkov, and John Ralston as the evil Ming. The series has already cast Giles Panton as Joe, Karen Cliché as Baylin, Panou as Nick, Jill Teed as Norah, Jonathan Walker as Rankol, Carmen Moore as Jolie and Anna van Hoft as Aura.
Flash Gordon began as a comic strip in the 1930s and eventually spawned a number of adaptations, including movie serials, TV shows and radio programs. The new Flash Gordon series kicks off sometime this August.
Matthew Fox of Lost has joined the cast of the upcoming Speed Racer movie as Racer X.
FOX joins previously cast Christina Ricci (Trixie); Emile Hirsch (Speed); and John Goodman and Susan Sarandon (Speed's parents). The new movie will be helmed by the Wachowski brothers (The Matrix), and will begin shooting this summer (while Lost is on break) for a May 2008 release.
I'll admit I don't pay as much attention to movie scuttlebutt as I do television, but based on the rumblings about this movie I've caught here and there, it sounds like it could be pretty cool: an amplified, effects-laden version of the '60s cartoon. I imagine that, not unlike the Matrix movies, it'll be something that needs to be seen on the bigscreen.
(S01E01/S01E02) To be honest, I was sold on this one long before we finally got a look at what the Drive team has been working on all this time. I count myself as a Tim Minear fan, so his involvement was enough to get me interested. Add in a cast including Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Melanie Lynskey (Two And A Half Men), Kevin Alejandro (Sleeper Cell), Kristin Lehman (Tilt), Dylan Baker (The Book Of Daniel), and Taryn Manning (Hustle & Flow), and you really have something.
On Stargate SG-1, actor Michael Shanks plays Dr. Daniel Jackson, who the Sci Fi channel's web site describes as an "anthropologist, linguist and expert in ancient and current cultures."
Maybe those skills will come in handy when he joins that cast of 24.
No word on whether he'll be able to apply Dr. Jackson's linguistic and cultural expertise to help Chloe O'Brian with her social awkwardness issues.
It was just a matter of time before an Office fanatic had too much time on his hands and created Office Miis - the entire cast of the Emmy Award-winning show as Nintendo avatars. Jim, Dwight and Kevin look the best, but they're all little works of time-wasting, pop culture-inspired art. You can check them out on Flickr.
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