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'Glee' Season 3, Episode 8 Recap: It's Sectionals Time! And the Winner Is...

by Crystal Bell, posted Dec 6th 2011 10:20PM
glee season 3 hold on to sixteen['Glee' -- 'Hold on to Sixteen']

Say what you want about 'Glee,' but any show that can actually pull off an amazing 'Man in the Mirror' cover is OK in my books, and that's exactly what the New Directions did in 'Hold on to Sixteen. 'But it was more than just 'the Sectionals episode.' It actually gave me some hope for the rest of the season, hope that the writers had not forgotten about their characters.

Crazy Quinn? She's gone ... Hooray! It's been a rough few seasons with Quinn, but here's hoping that her crazy spell is officially over because I happen to really love Dianna Agron.

I don't know what I enjoyed more in this episode: Sam's anticipated return, the Troubletones awesome 'Survivor/I Will Survive' diva mash-up, the New Directions' Jackson family medley or Rachel and Quinn's surprising character developments.

But let's get back to Sectionals. It was a battle for show choir dominance, and in the end, only one glee club could advance to Regionals. And the Sectionals glory goes to ...

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Gloria Estefan to Play Santana's Mom on 'Glee'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 1st 2011 6:45AM
Gloria EstefanGloria Estefan is in talks to play Santana's mom on 'Glee.' How perfect a piece of casting would that be?! According to 'Entertainment Weekly,' Estefan will appear in the same January episode as Ricky Martin, who's reportedly playing McKinley High's Spanish teacher.

Martin is slated to headline two musical numbers in the episode, which will also feature Estefan's music and some other bilingual tunes. A source told 'EW' that the entire cast is "really really big fans of hers and we love her music and her husband's music."

This week on 'Glee' Santana came out of the closet only for her grandmother to disown her. However, Santana told her classmates that her (as yet unseen) parents were supportive of her coming out. So now the question is, if Glora Estefan is Santana's mom, then who's her dad?

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Coming Soon: The 'Flight of the Conchords' Movie?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 28th 2011 7:00AM
Time for 'Flight of the Conchords' fans to break out the animal sweaters and do the happy dance: Bret and Jemaine are headed to the big screen! Maybe. Star Bret McKenzie told 'The Hollywood Reporter' that "We're gonna try and do a movie. We just need a story."

McKenzie joked, "I'm gonna go back to New Zealand tomorrow, maybe film it next week. And then edit it the week after. I don't know how familiar you are with movies, but there's a lot of behind the scenes stuff that could take one or two weeks. And then, probably in about a month we'll have a premiere."

'Conchords' co-creator James Bobin, who's fresh off directing the new 'Muppets' movie, told StarPulse that he's game: "I'd love to do it. It's just a question of what it would be and when we would do it, but I'm sure because that's what I want to make happen at some point."

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'Glee' Season 3, Episode 6 Recap: Finn Pushes Santana Out of the Closet (VIDEO)

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 16th 2011 12:30AM
glee mash off['Glee' -- 'Mash Off']

Hear that, gleeks? That was the slap heard around the world -- and it was also a huge wake-up call for 'Glee' fans everywhere because that was seriously one of my favorite episodes ever. Okay, so it had a little too much Sue Sylvester for my liking, but at least her slandering ways had a purpose this episode. Everything from the song choices to the tight choreography and witty one-liners made this episode a knock-out.

And since Puck's tacky "Hot for Teacher" serenade happens within the first five minutes, it's easy to forget it ever happens. On the other hand, the Troubletone's "Rumor Has It/Someone Like You" Adele mash-up is now second favorite 'Glee' song ever (because nothing can come close to "Teenage Dream" in my book).

Naya Rivera, you have officially become my favorite gleek. Sorry Chris Colfer, but you had your season last year, and although I still love you and your fabulous ensembles, now, it's Naya's chance to shine -- and Santana's coming out storyline is pretty explosive.

For starters, she didn't come out. She was pushed out by an angry, fed up Finn.

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'Glee' Season 3, Episode 3 Recap (VIDEO)

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 4th 2011 9:20PM
['Glee' - 'Asian F']

Last week's 'I Am Unicorn' was setting up for something big -- and 'Glee' totally delivered. While it's not my favorite episode ever, it definitely seems to echo the glory days of Season 1.

But what made 'Asian F' so great? Three things: A Mike Chang storyline (FINALLY!), more screen time for Mercedes and actual character development (...FINALLY!). I know there are still a few naysayers that have "sworn off 'Glee' forever," but this might seriously turn into the show's best season yet. However, only time will tell if Ryan Murphy & Co. can keep the momentum going.

We come to find out that McKinley High isn't just a school where everyone sings, dances and slushies each other -- it's actually a legit learning facility. Who knew? Well, apparently Mr. Chang did because he seemed all sorts of unhappy when Mike received an A- (aka an 'Asian F') in chemistry class. So he gives his son an ultimatum: get an A, quit 'Glee' or break up with Tina.

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NBC to Release 'Smash' Soundtrack Album, Star Katharine McPhee Signs Record Deal

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 10th 2011 7:50AM
Katharine McPhee'Smash' hasn't even aired yet, but there's already an album in the works. It's been announced that Columbia Records has won the rights to the music from NBC's upcoming midseason musical drama series.

The music will include covers of existing hits plus original songs composed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the team behind 'Hairspray' and 'Catch Me If You Can.'

It was also announced that 'Smash' star and former 'American Idol' finalist Katharine McPhee, has signed a solo recording deal with Columbia Records. She previously recorded for RCA and Verve Forecast.

Speaking about the deal, Robert Greenblatt, Chairman NBC Entertainment, said "A musical series should naturally be accompanied by a soundtrack deal, and NBC is very excited to be working with the best. Our Columbia Records partners will guide the soundtrack of 'Smash' into a big component of the show's success. The music will be a driving force ... and we couldn't have asked for better expertise and strategy than this company will provide."

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'Glee' Season 2 Finale Recap

by Joel Keller, posted May 25th 2011 1:30AM
['Glee' - 'New York']

It's been very difficult for me to write about the second season of 'Glee' without sounding like a humorless grouch. There has been a lot to take in this year, from the event episodes to the Super Bowl spectacular to needing a scorecard to keep track of the different romances to the trifecta of Gwyneth Paltrow episodes to Sue Sylvester flying off the rails.

The 'Glee' cast invade New York in the season 2 finale
I could have made it easy on myself and just judged each episode by the songs, which it seems a lot of the readers would have preferred I do. After all, that's the most fun part of the show, right? But I couldn't do that, and I couldn't do that this week. I'm still too interested in the actual story about the kids in New Directions and their underdog plight to just gloss over the plots of each episode.

It's why tonight's New York-based season finale left me a little cold. Sure, the location shots were great. But, aside from yet another iteration of the Finn-Rachel story, there wasn't much in the way of story here. At least not enough to make sense of whatever's happened this season up until now.

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'Glee' Season 2, Episode 21 Recap

by Joel Keller, posted May 18th 2011 12:00AM
'Glee' - 'Funeral'
['Glee' - 'Funeral']

Amazing. Despite everything that's going wrong with her character this year, Jane Lynch might have still locked up another Emmy tonight.

Sure, an episode like tonight's can be seen as "award bait" if you look at with a cynical-enough eye. And the next-to-last episode of season two had a lot to not like about it. But Lynch's performance wasn't one of them.

Lynch showed us what can happen when the manic evil of Sue Sylvester gives way to real human actions and emotions, and it might have been an attempt to bring her back to a place where she's just trying to get Will's goat and rule the Cheerios with an iron fist, rather than attempt to pull students' teeth out or send the glee club to New York via Tripoli.

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Chris Colfer on 'Glee,' His Many Projects & How His Sister Keeps Him Humble

by Joel Keller, posted May 17th 2011 10:00AM
Chris Colfer at the Time 100 galaIf you weren't aware of who Chris Colfer was a year ago, you probably know who he is now. He won a Golden Globe for his role as Kurt Hummel on the smash FOX hit 'Glee,' and Kurt has been featured prominently in a storyline about bullying this season.

But that's not all; Colfer also signed a deal to write a live-action pilot for the Disney Channel called 'The Little Leftover Witch,' and 'Struck By Lightning,' a movie based on his screenplay, is going into pre-production with Colfer as one of the stars. Oh, and he also made the Time 100 list of most influential people. Again, not a bad year for a guy who won't turn 21 until next week.

So between the show, whose New York finale just finished shooting last week, the 'Glee' summer tour, the many interviews he's doing, and his multiple projects, you can understand why it might take some time to pin him down. But pin him down we did, for a 20-minute, jam-packed interview about 'Glee,' what keeps him humble, and where he's going to find the time to do all this stuff.

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'Glee' Season 2, Episode 20 Recap

by Joel Keller, posted May 10th 2011 11:30PM
'Glee' - 'Prom Queen'
['Glee' - 'Prom Queen']

I don't know what most people's proms were like, but I remember mine as a pretty strange and mostly painful experience, punctuated by being rejected a whole bunch of times before finally landing a date that was so platonic that I think we got there in separate cars.

That same feeling of strangeness, tinged with discomfort, came over me as I watched the kids at McKinley deal with their junior prom. It was a very disjointed episode, and not because there wasn't a heck of a lot of music until the prom started. It felt disjointed because it seemed like it so desperately wanted to follow one or maybe two big stories, but so much is going on amongst the glee club, all of which is supposed to culminate at prom, that the writers felt like they had to shift from story to story without giving any particular one a lot of examination.

Then there was the prom itself. Boy, did that blabbermouth-by-Twitter extra really take the air out of the episode's balloon.

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'Glee' Season 2, Episode 19 Recap

by Joel Keller, posted May 4th 2011 1:00AM
'Glee' - 'Rumours'
['Glee' - 'Rumours']

Now that 'Glee' has completed almost two seasons, I'm wondering which kind of episode is better: one that centers around one artist or album or one that centers around a theme but uses songs from different artists. Both have their merits, but I'll tell you what: episodes revolving around a single artist or album are a heck of a lot easier to review.

Why? For one, you're not busy searching for song titles and artists. Second, you can see pretty easily if the episode adheres well to the theme set forth by the choice of that artist or album. And this week, the theme of "Rumors" was brought home pretty well by the glee club's cover of most of Fleetwood Mac's landmark album 'Rumours.'

And, in a pleasant turn of events, we not only got some well-done musical numbers, ones that seemed to have some emotion behind them, but we also got stories that seemed to be as coherent as any we've seen in this checkered season.

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'Glee' Season 2, Episode 18 Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 27th 2011 12:00AM
'Glee' - 'Born This Way'
['Glee' - 'Born This Way']

Faced with 90 minutes of airspace -- more like 60 or so, after commercials -- to fill, 'Born This Way' could have gone in any number of bad, self-indulgent directions. We could have had wall-to-wall music, or the Gleesters could have done a medley that lasted ten minutes long. Or, we could have had a handful of story threads going at once, none of them progressing with any satisfaction.

Instead, we got a pretty damned good episode. Sure, there was a self-indulgent moment or two, but for the most part we got good story, good music, some pretty fine acting, and even a fun surprise or two along the way.

And here's the first surprise: No Sue Sylvester. At all.

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PaleyFest 2011: The 'Glee' Cast Talks Romance, Revelations and the Road to Nationals

by Laura Prudom, posted Mar 17th 2011 10:35AM
Glee cast

Don't we all want to be a loser like 'Glee'? Last night, Fox's juggernaut musical series hit the all-too-familiar stage at the Saban Theatre (where the stars recently filmed their Regionals performance) for PaleyFest 2011, with key members of the cast and creative team on hand to share all the scoop about Kurt/Blaine, Finn/Rachel, Santana/Brittany and just about every other permutation of romance featured thus far on the effervescent show.

TV Squad was on hand for the press line and panel to score all the gossip that is certain to have fans Gleeking out; join us after the jump for more. Warning: spoilers ahead.

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'Glee' Season 2, Episode 16 Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 15th 2011 11:30PM
'Glee' - 'Original Song'
['Glee' - 'Original Song']

'Glee' should have original songs more often.

I say this knowing full well that this is next to impossible to accomplish. Over 100 songs have to be incorporated into a typical 22-episode season, and it's just impossible to write original songs for all of those episodes. If that were to happen, you'd inevitably get songs closer in quality to 'My Headband' than to 'Get It Right.'

But what the original songs did was give this episode a cohesion that we haven't seen in a 'Glee' episode in quite a while. For the first time in a long time, the songs actually carried the story forward instead of grinding it to a halt. And, at least in the case of the songs New Directions sang at regionals, they were pretty good, to boot.

Now if only we can figure out just who some of these characters are... or who they're becoming.

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'Glee' Season 2, Episode 15 Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 9th 2011 12:30AM
Gwenyth Paltrow and Matthew Morrison in 'Glee' - 'Sexy'
['Glee' - 'Sexy']

If show business were fair, Gwyneth Paltrow would be a regular cast member of 'Glee' instead of one of those pesky A-list movie stars.

She really does fit very well within the fabric of the series, and her second appearance tonight as Holly Holliday enforced what was so enjoyable about Paltrow's first guest spot: She went for broke with her singing and dancing, and was more than capable of keeping up with the rapid and quirky goings-on. In fact, Holly would be my favorite character on the show if she was on more often.

Tonight's episode had a bit of a split personality. The first half felt like what 'Glee' has become: music piled on top of goofiness piled on top of more music. But the second half felt like what 'Glee' used to be: a story about a bunch of outcast kids -- and their almost-as-outcast teacher -- struggling to figure things out at McKinley High.

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