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Ellis Has Her First Ever Kiss On-Camera on 'The Glee Project' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 20th 2011 5:57AM
Ellis Wylie, 'The Glee Project''The Glee Project' (Sun., 9PM ET on Oxygen) continued marching along toward finding a featured player for a stint on the next season of 'Glee.' And, just like the show they're trying to find a star for, this reality variation is filled with the same kind of teen angst and drama.

Lindsay must be inspired by Santana, as she's clearly going out of her way to be the b**** of the show. Her constant target has been Ellis, who was more than vulnerable this week when she found out she'd have to kiss on-camera during the music video challenge.

Ellis might have been able to play off the fact that it was her first ever kiss, but Lindsay was right there. "Ellis?" she shouted in front of everyone. "Best first kiss?"

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What to Watch: TV Picks for June 20 - 26

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jun 20th 2011 2:30AM
The Marriage Ref - Sunday June 26, 10 PM ET/PT, Citytv/NBC

The second season of Jerry Seinfeld's comedy roundtable debuts to much consternation, since it was generally agreed that the show was a flop. To be honest, I'm really happy about it. I thought the first season was pretty funny and at least it's not another singing competition. Julianne Moore and Ricky Gervais join Jerry on the panel and Tom Papa is back to referee.

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'The Glee Project' Judge Zach Woodlee Is Looking for the 'It Factor'

by Rae Votta, posted Jun 17th 2011 2:00PM
Zach WoodleeWhen 'The Glee Project' premiered last week on Oxygen, the 12 hopefuls were thrown head first into the hectic world of 'Glee.' The contestants' first task was to prepare a big song and dance number for the judges, with Zach Woodlee, 'The Glee Project' (and 'Glee') choreographer, on hand to guide them through the preparations. We caught up with Woodlee to talk about working with the new crew of hopefuls and what we can expect from the reality show.

The choreographer told AOL TV that dancing is just as much a part of the total package he and his fellow judges -- casting director Robert Ulrich and vocal coach Nikki Anders -- are searching for as singing and acting.

"It's not just the best voices that make it through, it's 'it' factor," Woodee said. "We had phenomenal dancers who had voices that were up to par, but a lack of vulnerability. We need someone who views want to keep watching through the journey."

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'The Glee Project' Choreographer Says No One's Panicking Over Low Ratings

by Rae Votta, posted Jun 15th 2011 3:50PM
Zach Woodlee, The Glee ProjectUsually everything a phenomenon like 'Glee' touches turns to gold, but in the case of the Oxygen reality show 'The Glee Project,' a competition for one hopeful to win a seven-episode arc on the hit series, the magic touch isn't quite there.

'The Glee Project' premiere drew just 455,000 average viewers, while the 'Glee' finale, on the other hand, drew 12.5 million. While that's a considerable jump, Zach Woodlee, choreographer on both 'Glee' and 'The Glee Project,' told AOL TV today that he didn't think there was much panic over it.

"It's a different project and a different network," said Woodlee. "Plus we were up against the Tonys, which is a lot of the same fan base."

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Meet Your New 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' Viewers Skip 'The Glee Project' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 15th 2011 11:20AM
Sean Astin, Jason BiggsYou might recognize two new members of the world's most fearsome fighting team: Sean Astin and Jason Biggs are two of your new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.' The 'Lord of the Rings' star will play Raphael and 'American Pie' veteran Biggs will voice Leonardo on the new Nickelodeon series. The two will be joined by Greg Cipes as Michelangelo and Rob Paulsen as Donatello.

"He's everybody's favorite Ninja Turtle," Astin told Entertainment Weekly. "Raphael's the coolest, no question about it. Ask anybody."

The new cartoon series will debut on Nickelodeon during fall 2012, but fans will be able to get a sneak peek at the series at this year's San Diego Comic Con.

In other TV news ...

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Bryce is Eliminated, But Stays Confident on 'The Glee Project' (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 13th 2011 2:24AM
glee projectThe first fresh-faced hopeful was let go on the premiere episode of 'The Glee Project' (Sun., 9PM ET on OXY).

The new reality show features a group of talented triple-threats competing for a chance to star in a seven-episode arc on the upcoming third season of 'Glee.'

Apparently, it takes more than talent to go from Gleek to official 'Glee' cast member. You have to have the right frame of mind to win this thing, as the contestant with the biggest attitude problem, Bryce, learned after being eliminated from the show.

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'Glee Project' Contestants Are Bubbly and Enthusiastic on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 10th 2011 12:30PM
'The Glee Project' contestants on 'Today'The twelve bright, bubbly young singers who are competing on Oxygen's 'The Glee Project' appeared on Friday's edition of 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) to talk about the show and their aspirations. 'The Glee Project' will choose who the next new cast member of 'Glee' will be from this field, all of whom look like actual teenagers without the melancholy.

"It's incredible," said one young man contestant, enthusiastically. "It's the best experience of our lives, definitely. The biggest opportunity ever." The kids said to expect challenges and lots of different voices.

Ann Curry offered that they're all winners already because they're beautiful and have music in their hearts. Almost everyone raised their hands when Curry asked who would win, so they're not short on confidence, either. The question for viewers is: is there such thing as too much 'Glee'? We're about to find out.

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EXCLUSIVE 'The Glee Project' Video: Introducing Lindsay

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 10th 2011 10:00AM
Lindsay, The Glee ProjectIt's not every day you're up for a part on one the world's biggest shows, but that's exactly what Lindsay is doing on 'The Glee Project' (Sun., June 12 at 9PM)

The self-professed theater kid, currently vying for a guest role on 'Glee' on Oxygen's new reality series, said she once struggled to fit in -- that is until she found her fellow drama kids.

"I very much used theater as an escape," Lindsay said, "because it was like I was so unaccepted and I was so just like disgusted."

Lindsay, who's from Modesto, Calif., said she didn't want to go to school because her peers didn't understand her.

"Ever since I started watching 'Glee,' I feel like I am part of New Directions because I went through that, I went through that wanting, wanting more," she said. "Being part of something special makes you special."

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AOL TV's Guide to Summer Reality Competitions

by Jean Bentley, posted May 26th 2011 9:00AM
Big BrotherIt's no secret that the networks pad their summer schedules with cheap-to-produce reality fare. And we're fine with that -- who wants to spend the summer indoors glued to the TV waiting for the next suspenseful episode of 'The Good Wife,' anyway? Instead we can come back from the pool/beach/watering hole of your choice and turn on some fun, mindless reality competition series.

One problem -- with a wealth of shows to choose from, how do we decide which ones to add to the DVR queue? From wannabe dance divas to house-bound roommates, here's a guide to the reality competition series vying for your viewership during the summer months. Which ones will you watch?

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Meet 'The Glee Project' Contestants

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 29th 2011 3:00PM
The Glee ProjectLook closely at these faces -- you'll be seeing at least one of them a lot come fall.

Oxygen announced today the 12 lucky performers chosen to compete for a seven-episode guest arc on 'Glee' in the new reality show 'The Glee Project.'

After being narrowed down from a pool of 34,000 MySpace auditioners and even more open call and industry hopefuls, the final 12 contestants will be whittled down further via workshops, singing, dancing and acting tasks from 'Glee' higher-ups. Co-creator Ryan Murphy, casting director Robert Ulrich and choreographer Zach Woodlee will judge, and 'Glee' cast members will stop by to offer words of encouragement.

The first Gleek to appear will be Darren Criss when he drops by the premiere. 'The Glee Project' debuts on Oxygen Sun., June 12 at 9PM.

Learn more about the contestants and check out a larger cast photo after the jump.

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Kyle Richards Might Not Return to 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,' 'The Killing' Posts Respectable Debut Ratings and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 4th 2011 5:45PM
Kyle RichardsWould you watch a Kyle Richards–less 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'?

The Bravo show has been renewed for a second season, but the cast contracts aren't finalized. While past speculation has focused on Camille Grammer as the housewife most likely to pass on season 2, Richards told E! Online this weekend that she wasn't sure if she'd definitely return to the show.

"We're not really sure who's coming back yet, so we'll see," she told E!. "Right now we're deciding. It's a family decision between my husband, my kids and I, and we have a little time to decide and I'm kind of deciding what I want to do."

Bravo usually doesn't comment on cast decisions until right before the seasons premiere.

In other TV news ...

AMC's highly praised 'The Killing' and Reelz Channel's much-maligned 'The Kennedys' both performed well for their respective networks this weekend. 'The Borgias' also drew a record 1.5 million viewers for Showtime. 'The Killing' saw an audience of 4.7 million in two showings last night, while a record 1.9 million viewers tuned in for the first part of the 'Kennedys' miniseries. That's not saying too much, though, since we doubt many people even knew they had the channel before ... [Entertainment Weekly]

Get ready for more Andy Cohen. The Bravo honcho's 'Watch What Happens Live' was just renewed for a fifth season. The 100th episode of the late-night talk show will air after the 'Real Housewives of New York City' premiere on Thursday night. [TV Guide]

At Oxygen's upfront presentation today, the network announced three new series, as well as the premiere dates for its 'Glee' and Paris Hilton reality shows. 'The Glee Project' will bow June 12 and 'The World According to Paris' will debut June 1. As for the new shows, 'Maids of Drama' chronicles the adventures of bridesmaids, 'Lost Angels' follows Olivia Newton John's daughter Chloe Lattanzi, and 'My Post-Grad Life' is about two women trying to find careers in Philadelphia and Boston. [Deadline]

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