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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to TVLine.com, it’s a “yes.” The website reports that Demi Lovato is close to finalizing a deal to join Glee for a “significant arc” for the FOX show’s fifth season.
Reportedly, her character Dani ia a struggling artist friend of both Rachel (Lea Michele) and Santana’s (Naya Rivera). She’ll make her first appearance sometime in October and will stick around for at least six episodes, much like Kate Hudson did last year. I can already picture the network’s promotion of an all-Demi night with X Factor and Glee. Lovato is the latest guest star to sign on with the FOX musical series. Adam Lambert is also coming on board.
Over the weekend, Glee debuted it’s first promo for the upcoming season. Given the tragic loss of Cory Monteith, the show decided to go with more of a cheerful and upbeat tone to the teaser. No mention of Monteith or his character Finn Hudson are in the clip, despite using footage from last season. Check out the “Once Again” promo below.
Oh sh*t girl. Naya Rivera lays it down. The Glee actress premiered her debut single on LA station Power 106 and it’s pretty sick. Typically, television actresses pursuing music careers almost never cross over to become legitimate recording artists. I think the 26-year-old might actually be an exception to that rule.
While there are no chances for Naya to wow us with vocal acrobatics, “Sorry” is a perfect debut track to introduce her as a pop singer. It’s easy and laid-back without trying too hard. The beat and hook are infectious. It reminds me something that could’ve fit seamlessly on a Janet Jackson or TLC album back in the late 90s. Rivera is serving a serious vintage vibe. If this is what’s to come from Naya, I can’t wait for her debut album on Columbia Records. Check out her debut track below which features her boyfriend rapper Big Sean.