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Is Demi Lovato Joining Glee’s Fifth Season?

In: Donovan, TV Shows

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.

watch the first promo for Season 5 after the jump

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.

listen to the track after the jump

Lea Michele Tweets Picture From Glee Set

In: Donovan, TV Shows

After delaying production of Glee due to the unexpected death of Cory Monteith, the gang is all back. Obviously, it’s a difficult time for both the cast and crew but as they say… the show must go one. The FOX musical show will begin its fifth season by airing three episodes in the Fall followed by a hiatus. The first two will be a Beatles tribute with the third one involving saying good-bye to Finn Hudson (Monteith).

Lea Michele, who’s been incredibly poised during this emotional time, tweeted a picture from set today. It shows Rachel Berry back in her Bushwick loft. I’m not sure how I feel about the picture since I’m unclear what message she’s trying to convey.

Though she captioned the pic, “Feels so good to be home…,” she looks anything but happy. Personally, I would’ve preferred a photo with her and perhaps a couple of castmates instead. There will be haters who will say she’s pandering for sympathy. You know how some of those internet trolls are. What do you think of the photo? Sound off below.

Seriously, why even bother? Given how pivotal Cory Monteith was to Glee‘s success early on and the shock fans felt with his tragic death, I’m perplexed by this video memorial card uploaded on the show’s official YouTube channel. The very short clip shows some of Finn’s moments with the line “Cory Monteith Forever in our Hearts,” ending the clip. Is Finn only worth 12 seconds. A fourth grader with iMovie could’ve done a better job. It’s almost insulting.

Hopefully, the planned tribute episode is a lot better executed. The story line is still unconfirmed, but reportedly Monteith’s real-life drug issues will somehow be worked in. I just can’t see Finn Hudson doing drugs, but whatever. In conjunction with the episode, the cast and crew are filming drug-related PSAs to air during the episode. Check out FOX’s video memorial card below.

watch the clip after the jump

With exception to a statement released by her people, Lea Michele has kept quiet since Cory Monteith’s death. Last week, an interview with Marie Claire Mexico surfaced where she discussed her relationship with her Glee co-star and real-life boyfriend, but that was conducted prior to the tragedy. The 26-year-old actress has finally broken her silence.

Earlier today, two and a half weeks since his death, Michele shared a picture of the two of them on Twitter. I could be wrong, but it looks like it was taken on the ferry from Vancouver to Victoria, BC. Along with the photo, she tweeted the following.

“Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart” – Lea Michele

Recently, Ryan Murphy revealed that Glee would address Monteith’s death on the third episode of the upcoming season. He also said he was willing to pull the plug on the FOX musical show had Michele not wanted to continue. As he stated, Lea is the heart of the show. Ever the consummate professional, she knew the show must go on.

Do you think Glee should go on without Cory? Is Lea the heart of the show? Will you tune in to the tribute episode? Sound off below.

I first heard of Cory Monteith’s death while at the club last night. At first, I thought someone was just pulling my leg but discovered it was true. I was in shock. Even after waking up today, I still can’t believe it’s true. It’s always so sad when someone so young passes away.

The 31-year-old actor was found dead on Saturday at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in downtown Vancouver. Monteith checked in to the hotel on July 6, but missed his noon checkout time on Saturday. Staff discovered his body in his room on the 21st floor later in the day. No foul play is suspected, and no cause of death has been given. An autopsy on Monteith’s body is scheduled for Monday. It’s well documented that Cory had struggled with drug use. At the age of 19 he did a stint in rehab and just this past spring was back at a treatment facility.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.” – Glee producers, FOX & 20th Century Fox

As you would expect, his co-stars are completely devastated and shocked by the news. A rep for his on-screen and real life girlfriend Lea Michele issued the following statement to the press. “We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time.” I can only imagine what she’s going through. Our condolences go out to Monteith’s family and loved ones.

It’s too soon to tell how this will affect the upcoming season of Glee, but I fully expect a very moving tribute on the show. I’m already preparing myself for the waterworks. In the meantime, I’ve compiled a few of my favorite performances from him below. Thanks for the memories Cory.

my favorite performances after the jump

Which Two Glee Stars Are Engaged?

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Donovan

On set hookups were so rampant during the first season of Glee, Ryan Murphy instituted a rule banning his actors from having sex in the trailers. Obviously being young, hormonal and spending 18-hour days with each other, this ban was often broken. What better way to pass downtime on set than some little fornication action.

It seems that after all these years, things behind the scenes are still as steamy. US Magazine is reporting that two stars are officially engaged and it’s not who you think. Find out who’s participating in extra-curricular activities below.

find out who after the jump

Adam Lambert Joins Glee

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Looks like another American Idol runner-up is walking the hallowed halls of McKinley High. Let’s just hope for Adam Lambert he actually has lines instead of Jessica Sanchez who popped up last season only to whip out a couple of performances.

Ryan Murphy broke the news in his usual fashion, via Twitter. The Glee co-creator wrote “I am thrilled to announce that the super talented Adam Lambert is joining the cast of Glee this fall.” If the rumors of an all alumni judging panel for American Idol Season 13 come true, I can already picture FOX’s marketing campaign for an Adam Lambert night. Lots of glitter and over-the-top fabulousness.

Lambert isn’t the only newbie joining the fifth season of Glee. TVLine is reporting that the show is adding three new characters. After cutting several original cast members and promoting Melissa Benoist (Marley), Jacob Artist (Jake), Becca Tobin (Kitty), Blake Jenner (Ryder) and Alex Newell (Unique) to series regulars, I didn’t think they were going to introduce this much new blood. Find out what producers are casting for below.

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