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Ryan Murphy Confirms Glee Will End Next Season

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Gleeks embrace yourselves. Ryan Murphy confirmed Season 6 will be the last for the FOX musical show. The Glee co-creator revealed this during a Paley Center event honoring FX Networks Wednesday night. Murphy was there in support for his other show American Horror Story: Coven. Murphy’s confirmation of the plan to wrap the show after season six appeared to catch Fox and studio 20th Century Fox TV off guard on Thursday morning.

read Murphy’s words about his original vision for the ending after the jump

Did you catch Ryan Murphy and company’s tribute to Cory Monteith on Glee last night? I can’t even imagine how difficult it was for the writers, crew and especially actors to film this episode. With emotions still raw, I’m certain plenty of tears were shed during filming.

Did it live up to the hype? Given the delicate nature, producers did a solid job. It was a little uneven and disjointed at parts, but when it was on, they got it right. Without question, Lea Michele’s “Make You Feel My Love” performance was the most heartbreaking. I’m certain those tears were 100 percent authentic.

Other musical standouts include Amber Riley’s “I’ll Stand By You” and Kevin McHale & Chord Overstreet’s duet on “Fire & Rain.” On the complete opposite spectrum, Naya Rivera’s “If I Die Young” disappointed. It sounded too fast, plus her storyline seemed forced. Why Dianna Agron wasn’t invited is beyond insane. Besides Kurt Hummel and Rachel Berry, Quinn had the closest connection to Finn and not Santana. I really hope behind the scenes drama and politics weren’t the reason for Quinn’s omission.

At the end of the episode, FOX aired PSAs filmed by the actors persuading people to help others, who are struggling with addiction. They urged people to call 1-800-662-HELP and find help on a treatment website. Profits from official track sales will go to Monteith’s favorite charity, Project Limelight. Check out all the performances from “The Quarterback” below and be sure to weigh in with your thoughts on the episode afterwards.

UPDATE: The tribute episode gave Glee it’s biggest audience in more than a year with 7.4 million tuning in. The episode tied ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy for the lead among adults 18-49 in its hour.
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Gladiators came out in full force for the Season 3 premiere of Scandal last Thursday. The ABC political drama roared back with a series best. It was up 71% over its year-ago season premiere and surpassed its previous series highs by 13%. The only show that fared better that night was CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. Looks like Olivia Pope isn’t just top dog in Washington, D.C. but on the Twitter-verse as well.

Nielsen in conjunction with SocialGuide began a new metric last week, tabulating the number of people tweeting about TV programs and the audience of people who actually view those Tweets. With social media becoming such an integral part of viewing, due to all those hashtags popping up on the bottom corner of the screen, it only makes sense this new chart exists. You can thank Pretty Little Liars for starting this trend.

Topping the first ever Top 10 chart, is none other than Scandal. The show notched almost 713,000 tweets in the seven hours before, during and after its premiere. Those tweets reached an audience of roughly 3.65 million unique Twitter users. Miley Cyrus dominated the next two spots with her MTV documentary and guest host stint on Saturday Night Live. Find out how many tweets she generated and the rest of the Top 10 below.

check out the Top 10 after the jump

Be sure you have a box of Kleenex handy if you plan on watching the next episode of Glee. Based on the audio alone, I already found myself tearing up. Match that up with some slow-motion visuals and footage of Cory Monteith, I predict more water gushing out than Niagara Falls while watching “The Quarterback.” If you remotely have a heart, I’m confident the same will happen to you.

Not surprisingly there isn’t an uptempo number in the lot. It’s all very somber and heartfelt. Naturally, Lea Michele’s performance is the one everyone is looking forward to. It doesn’t disappoint. Both Amber Riley and Mark Salling return to honor their cast mate by delivering fantastic covers.

In fact, all the originals are back with exception to Dianna Agron. I wonder why. She says she wasn’t contacted, while Ryan Murphy revealed anyone who wanted to participate, he incorporated in the show. I sense some behind-the-scenes drama here.

Give all the performances a listen below and be sure to weigh in afterward on which one is your favorite.

listen to the tracks after the jump

Now that the Beatles two-episode marathon is over, Glee can start promoting the highly-anticipated Cory Monteith tribute episode. Love John, Paul, George and Ringo, but I was ready to stab Ryan Murphy if he subjected me to another song cover of the Fab Four. Who else agree with me?

“I think it turned out to be a lovely tribute, and it’s a very heartfelt look at how young people grieve. After that, we’re going to take two weeks or three weeks down to get our heads together because it’s been a really hard thing to write.” – Ryan Murphy

Titled “The Quarterback,” the episode features six performances including one by Lea Michele belting out Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love,” which was later covered by Adele. I’m pretty sure, Michele will do that rendition. She loves covering divas after all. I’m surprised there isn’t a Celine or Barbra number in the mix.

Another interesting song selection is The Pretenders “I’ll Stand By You.” For all you Gleeks out there, you probably remember Finn (Monteith) singing it previously in Season 1 to Quinn (Dianna Agron) as he looked at what he thought was his baby’s ultrasound. Speaking of Quinn, it’s odd she wasn’t asked to appear in the episode.

Check out the promo below, along with the other songs being covered on the episode. “The Quarterback” will be the last new show until Glee returns after a month-long hiatus to accommodate the MLB playoffs.

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Listen To Demi Lovato’s First Glee Performance

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows

Glee returns for its fifth season next week, but Demi Lovato doesn’t appear until the following week. The “Heart Attack” singer joins the cast playing a struggling artist named Dani who befriends Rachel (Lea Michele) and Santana (Naya Rivera), specifically the latter. Santana finally gets her groove back and the two become lovers. To prep for their big kissing scene, Demi and Naya did a little homework.

“I made out with her like in my trailer before we shot the scene. So then I just like warmed her up. You know what I’m saying?” Rivera tells Access Hollywood. “She’s awesome and we’re having a blast and we’re so happy to have her.”

Since the two-part premiere features music solely from The Beatles, Demi covers the classic “Here Comes The Sun” with her onscreen girlfriend. The track first appeared on the group’s 1969 iconic album Abbey Road. Their romantic duet is a relatively low-key affair, but it’s fantastic nonetheless. The two ladies’ voices blend surprisingly well together, resulting in some beautiful harmonies. I can’t wait to see the actual performance. Give their duet a listen below.

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Glee begins its fifth season with a two-part premiere featuring music solely by The Beatles. Earlier this week, Columbia Records released the track listing for Glee Sings The Beatles. Now it’s FOX’s turn to do a little promotion. The network just debuted an upbeat teaser featuring the first footage from the fifth season. It’s set to the cast covering the Fab Four’s “All You Need Is Love.”

In other Glee-related news, Darren Criss (Blaine) talks to Cosmopolitan about playing gay. He’s asked if he’s ever had to assert his heterosexuality to which he responds:

“No. I know who I am. I feel bad for guys who have to flex their muscles. But hey, if that’s the way to make yourself feel comfortable as a man—as long as it isn’t antagonizing anybody—go for it. I’m okay with your getting a Miata to feel like a dude; just don’t be a dick about it.”

Check out FOX’s promo below, along with a sexy photo of Criss in the latest issue of Cosmo. Chris Colfer (Kurt) is one lucky man that he makes a living kissing Darren on a regular basis. Be sure to catch Glee‘s return to FOX on Thursday, September 26.

check out the promo and Darren Criss’ pic after the jump

With September around the corner, the networks have begun promoting their Fall programs. FOX is going full throttle and just released preview clips for all their returning shows including Glee, The Mindy Project, New Girl and The X Factor which are the ones I’m looking forward to the most on the network.

Darren Criss takes the helm for his show’s vid. He talks about the show’s upcoming two episode tribute to the Beatles and his possible reunion with Kurt. As you recall, the season ended with a bit of a cliffhanger with Blaine holding a ring box in his hands.

Not surprisingly, Simon Cowell is front and center for The X Factor. With two lackluster seasons under his belt, a lot is riding on this year. If ratings continue to decline, this could very well be the show’s last. Hopefully, the chemistry between his “Angels” gel much better than his previous two judging lineups.

If you want your first look at James Franco on The Mindy Project, be sure to watch the show’s preview. For all you New Girl fans, Zooey Deschanel and crew tease which girl Schmidt picks. Check out all the videos below.

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