Hold on to your collective pearls Gleeks. Your favorite McKinley High resident might be leaving when Season 3 ends. We already know Chord Overstreet (Sam) wasn’t picked up as a series regular for the upcoming season, but more cast changes are in the works. Ryan Murphy has long stated that “Glee” would be as realistic as possible and have cast members graduate each season.
“You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic,” Murphy tells the Hollywood Reporter, “or you can be really true to life and say when they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year.”
So who’s first on the chopping block? If you’re a fan of Finchel, you only have one more year to enjoy them on “Glee”. That’s right folks, Rachel Berry and Finn Hudson are graduating this year. Murphy confrimed that Lea Michele and Cory Monteith will definitely not be coming back at all for Season 4. They’re not the only ones. My personal favorite is also leaving the show. Find out who below.
He may play a fairly squeeky clean teenager who keeps himself out of trouble on FOX’s hit show Glee, but make no mistake, Cory Monteith is not the character he portrays. In a recent interview with Parade, Cory reveals that his teenage ways were nothing like those of Finn Hudson. The 29-year old actor stated that he was “out of control” and “burned a lot of bridges” in his younger years.
By the age of 16, Cory had dropped out of school. He had attended twelve different schools before that point even attending a special alternative schooling program for troubled teens. At the young age of 19, Cory entered rehab after his mother and friends feared that he could die. However, rehab didn’t have the awakening effect that his family and friends had hoped for. After his stint at the facility, Cory returned to his old habits and behaviors. Then, Cory recalls his own lowest point which he calls “a crystalizing event”.
“I stole a significant amount of money from a family member. I knew I was going to get caught, but I was so desperate I didn’t care. It was a cry for help. I was confronted and I said, ‘Yeah, it was me.’ It was the first honorable, truthful thing that had come out of my mouth in years.”
Get ready gleeks because Glee is about to make a major shift at the end of season 3. Ryan Murphy sat in the booth with Ryan Seacrest on Friday and stated that all the original characters of the show (who were juniors last year) would indeed graduate in an episode to air in May 2012. In my opinion, I’m glad it’s happening. Nothing is more annoying than a show where the characters are in high school for 6 years and never seem to age or progress. Here’s what Ryan had to say:
“I don’t think of it in terms of eliminating or replacing. Because I think the thing about this cast is people love them and they are incredibly talented. They’ve left sort of an indelible mark. The thing that I wanted to do and the cast wanted to do, we didn’t want to have a show where they were in high school for eight years. We really wanted it to be true to that experience. We thought it would be really cool if we were true to the timeline.”
So with all the major changes that will occur at the end of next season, who will remain? Will Murphy reveals that Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch will remain as the two staples in the show while the show will continue to introduce new and fresh talent. Think Saved by the Bell: The New Class where Principal Belding stayed the same but the kids changed in and out. However, will a new cast of kids change the show and make it less successful? Hasn’t America fallen in love with the characters already introduced? My fear is that the new set of kids won’t live up to expectations and the show will drop. So who will fill the shows of Puck, Rachael, Finn and Quinn?
When Chris Colfer isn’t busy playing the role of Kurt on Glee, he’s got his pen to paper working on his multiple writing projects, one of which has just got him a two-book deal. Chris has just signed on with Little Brown Books for Young Readers to release an adventure book for young kids that will be followed up with a second unnamed title.
The Land of Stories as it is called is currently set for a 2012 summer release and tells the story of twins Connor and Alex Bailey. It will be a fast paced, adventure seeking book where fairytales meet the modern world. The books are aimed at readers aged 8 to 12. The second book will follow and is currently untitled.
“When I was 10 years old, I promised myself that if I ever had the opportunity to write this book, I would jump at the chance. This book has been at the core of my imagination for a long time and I’m excited and nervous to share it.” – Chris Colfer
Surprisingly only two Glee actors have signed record deals thus far and released them. I thought for sure by now, iTunes‘ virtual record shelves would be packed with offerings by the kids of McKinley High. Granted, they’re already full with compilations from the show. But still, I figured more of the actors would strike while the iron is hot. So far only Matthew Morrison (Mr. Schuester) and Mark Salling (Puck) have released debut efforts.
Morrison’s self-titled album was released on May 10 and has hit a high of No. 24 on the Billboard Charts. His lead cut, “Summer Rain” is currently climbing the adult contemporary charts and within the Top 20. Meanwhile, Salling’s efforts aren’t doing nearly as well. “Pipe Dreams” may prove to be just that, as it’s only peaked at No. 189 on Billboard’s Top 200. That being said, it’s way better than his debut album in 2008, which he released under the stage name Jericho. “Smoke Signals” went absolutely nowhere. So which fellow New Directions vocalist will be chasing pop stardom next? Find out below.
Well, if Facebook fans were to be the only indication of popularity, then the answer would be “Yes”. Avril Lavigne recently surpassed a whopping 20 million fans on Facebook (the number is now just under 21 million). She has almost double the amount of Facebook fans than Britney Spears, who has 11.3 million fans. I only compare the two because you’d think that Britney would be more popular, given the constant buzz around her music and her life, but evidently that is not the case on Facebook. I guess people “Like” Avril more.
Lavigne, whose latest single is called “Smile,” certainly has a lot to smile about with a fan following like that. To thank her fans, the green haired Canadian export posted a video on her Facebook/YouTube accounts thanking everyone for their continued support – while wearing a bikini. You can check it out later in the post.
So how does Avril compare in Facebook popularity with some of the other big name musical artists of today? I took the time to compile a little list for you of some of the big names that come to mind…
Every year the Emmys telecast alternate between the major networks and this year it’s Fox’s turn. Hoping to utilize the opportunity to its fullest, the network is looking to one of their biggest stars to emcee the event. Though, not a traditional choice, “Glee” co-star Jane Lynch would be a popular one. Last year, the star walked away with her first Emmy for Best Supporting Actress for a comedy for her hilarious portrayal of Coach Sue Sylvester. Most likely, she’ll be doing double duty at this year’s Emmys- as host and likely nominee.
Sources say Fox is close to signing Lynch as awards show host. All that is left is for the TV Academy’s board of governors to give their final approval. They are scheduled to meet tomorrow to discuss the matter. If Lynch does get the go-ahead, she’ll only be the third woman to host the awards show, Angela Lansbury and Ellen Degeneres being the other two. That being said, plenty of females have served as co-hosts including Kirstie Alley, Lucille Ball, Candice Bergen, Angie Dickinson, Shelley Long, Shirley MacLaine, Mary Tyler Moore, Jane Pauley, Joan Rivers, Wanda Sykes and Marlo Thomas. The last female co-host was Heidi Klum, two years ago.
Glee’s breakout star of the year Darren Criss graces the pages of GQ for an interview and pictorial spread on summer wedding fashions. These suit and shirt combos are sure to make your wedding appearances be one to remembered. Patrick and I are attending a wedding this June and I think I may steal one of these outfits for the trip.
In the article, Darren takes time to talk about what he did before Glee made his famous. Did you know that Darren played the role of Harry Potter in a musical based on the books? The video went viral on YouTube. I didn’t either until I checked it out for myself. Check out a little snippet of it here. The video received popularity in the US and Canada and surprisingly, Australia. The video I just sent you to has over 5 million views. Wow.
Darren’s character Blaine has been one of my favorite additions to Glee this season and I really hope they manage to put more of him into Season 3. Until then, enjoy Darren looking fabulous on the pages of GQ.