The Emmys recently instituted a new rule change that dictates all hour-long shows will be considered dramas while half-hour shows fall as comedies. However, networks can petition the Academy to have a program be placed in an alternate category.
Orange Is The New Black snagged 12 nominations in the comedy categories last year, winning three. The hit Netflix series will now be officially classified as a drama after having their petition denied by a nine-member panel who watched all episodes of the current season.
It’ll be interesting to see if OITNB can snag any Emmy noms in the drama category. Even more interesting is who’ll fill the void in the comedy ones. Find out below which hour-long shows were approved by Academy.
It’s the end of an era this week. After six seasons, Glee says good-bye in a special two-hour event. Over the years, the FOX musical has covered hundreds of songs, but the last note will be, surprisingly, an original composition.
Fittingly, Lea Michele belts out the last tune on Friday. “This Time” is an original song written by Darren Criss. The 28-year-old actress revealed the emotional track sent her to her knees upon hearing it the first time. Here’s what Criss told Entertainment Weekly about his song.
“I wrote ‘This Time’ as a love note to all things Glee. The show itself, the emotions of the people leaving it—both the characters and the actors themselves, the effect it had on everyone — I tried to cram all these ideas into a single person’s narrative. I wanted Rachel’s words to encapsulate not only her own personal journey, but everyone’s experience of being a part of this show—whether you were behind the camera, in front of the camera, or watching it at home for these past few years. Hearing Lea sing this song was a really cathartic moment for me. It was a perfect way to say goodbye to the whole experience, and I really look forward to getting to share it with the world. I hope ‘This Time’ will resonate with as many people watching Glee as it did for me and those of us who had a hand in making it.” – Darren Criss told EW.com.
Another track that I’m looking forward to seeing on the finale finds Michele once again teaming up with Chris Colfer for another amazing duet. Arguably, one of the duos’ finest and most memorable duets was their cover of “Defying Gravity.” The two take on another number from Wicked. Check out “Popular” below, along with Glee’s final song ever. That is, until a ten year reunion that will undoubtedly take place ;)
This Fall, Lea Michele and Ariana Grande will appear on the small screen together on Ryan Murphy’s new anthology series, Scream Queens. I can’t wait. Murphy, without a doubt, always delivers on a killer first season of any of his programs. His subsequent ones are a bit less predictable. Just look at Glee and American Horror Story’s last seasons. #underwhelming
In an upcoming episode of the FOX musical, Michele covers Grande’s dance hit “Break Free.” Not surprisingly, Lea sounds fantastic on it. Perhaps it due to the fact she actually enunciates ;) It’s a shame her recording career never went anywhere. She truly is a gifted vocalist. Hopefully, Lea sports Ariana’s signature ponytail during the scene she performs this song. Check out Lea and company’s cover below.
Alex Newell made a triumphant return to Glee on last week’s episode to reprise his role of transgender teen ,Wade “Unique” Adams. He gave an outstanding performance backed up by a 200-strong transgender choir. There’s no denying the 22-year-old has a stellar voice. He’ll definitely be one Glee alum who’ll have a solid future when the FOX musical show ends its run.
Blonde recognized the superb talent oozing from his pores. The UK deep house duo, who recently scored a Top 10 UK hit with “I Love You,” enlisted Newell for their latest dance track, “All Cried Out.”
Alex’s powerful pipes elevate the banging house jam into anthemic territory. This has club hit written all over it. Newell may never crossover to bonafide pop star but dance diva is a strong possibility. Give the track a listen below.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch initially was to end after Neil Patrick Harris’ run but has enjoyed healthy ticket sales even after Harris’ departure. It’d be silly to close down the Tony-winning production now.
Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall and the musical’s co-creator and its original star, John Cameron Mitchell, have all stepped in to take on the titular role since. In April, the production will see another cast rotation. Find out which Glee actor is playing the East German transgender singer next.
When Glee paid tribute to Cory Monteith, many fans were surprised not everyone returned for the special episode. Most notably Dianna Agron (Quinn), since her character and Finn had such a complex history. Speculation began that there was beef between the actress and Lea Michele or Ryan Murphy. All parties involved denied it (naturally of course).
For the FOX show’s milestone 100th episode, Murphy sent out invites to the original cast. One by one, former regular cast members including Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Harry Shum Jr confirmed their participation. While it’s great to see them, today’s announcement is the most exciting. Both Heather Morris and Agron have been added to the returning alums. Morris was written off the show when she announced her pregnancy. In addition to all the above, one notable guest star is also joining the celebration. Find out who below.
The episode, in terms of storyline, sucked major balls, but boy did Glee slay it with a couple of the performances. Watching Kurt’s Madonna cover band tackle one of my favorite hits from Madge was fantastic. If Lea Michele’s solo career doesn’t pan out, she should really consider forming a modern day S Club 7 with Adam Lambert, Naya Rivera, Demi Lovato and Chris Colfer. I could watch the five of them perform all night long.
As wonderfully enjoyable as that number was, my favorite of the night, and perhaps this season so far, was Janet Jackson’s “Nasty” and “Rhythm Nation” mashup. Once again, the show nailed iconic choreography from a classic music video. Jacob Artist was everything during it. If at all possible, he looked even sexier than usual. I can honestly say, he’s my favorite guy on the show currently. I’m sorta crushin’ hard on him these days.
As an aside, I really hope Ryan Murphy dedicates an entire episode to Janet before Glee signs off forever. Whitney, Madonna, Billy Joel and Lady Gaga have all had tribute episodes. Queen and Britney even had two. I think it’s about time Miss Jackson gets some loving too, like her brother Michael. Don’t you agree? Check out the wicked good Janet number below, along with all the performances including “The Fox” which was, I hate to admit it, kinda adorable.
There are only a handful of episodes left before Glee reaches its 100th episode. Ryan Murphy and company are leaving the power to the people. They’re asking Gleeks everywhere to vote on ten songs that the cast will cover on the milestone episode. Dubbed “Glee 100th Gleeks Choice: You Vote. We Remix.,” the list of choices has been narrowed down to just thirty.
As expected, the cover that started it all, “Don’t Stop Believin’” made the cut. While I love that performance, I say save it for the series finale instead of the 100th episode. Shame on Murphy for not including the epic mashups from Season 1, “It’s My Life/Confessions Part II” and “Halo/Walking on Sunshine.” For that matter, I think including songs covered this season shouldn’t be on the list. Do we really need to hear “Roar” again so soon?
My personal picks are “Bust Your Windows,” “Defying Gravity,” “Telephone,” “Take A Bow,” “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and “My Life Would Suck Without You (Glee Cast Version).” Check out all the choices below, along with Lea Michele’s debut single artwork.