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Glee Gets Serious With ‘Shooting Star’ Episode

In: Donovan, TV Shows

After a three week hiatus, Glee returns with a brand new powerful episode. Taking a page from Law & Order’s ripped from the headlines mantra, the FOX musical show tackles gun violence. Co-creator Ryan Murphy tweeted last week, “Just saw the rough cut of next week’s “Shooting Star”. It is the most powerful emotional Glee ever. So proud of the cast & crew.”

Shooting Star” kicks off with a bang. When the kids hear two gun shots fired, they barricade themselves in the choir room…. but not everyone is together. A couple of members of New Directions are still roaming around the hallway.

There are no New York scenes in this episode, but it’ll have other storylines. Brittany (Heather Morris) believes an asteroid is coming, while Ryder (Blake Jenner) continues to question the identity of his online Catfish crush. Given the seriousness of the episode, only three songs are performed. Check them all out below.

listen to the tracks after the jump

Which Former Sitcom Mom Is Heading To Glee?

In: Donovan, TV Shows

With graduation coming soon on Glee, it’s time to meet some parents. Up until now, not much has been revealed about Artie’s (Kevin McHale) family life. That’s all about to change, according to an announcement made by Ryan Murphy on Twitter.

“So thrilled to announce my friend [BLANK] is playing Artie’s mom on Glee!” Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter. “There is nothing this woman can’t do!”

Have any ideas on who he’s referring to? Here’s a hint. This actress has played one of television’s most memorable and hilarious moms in history. She had a signature walk and loved to have sex on the sitcom. Currently, she stars on a hit cable show. Find out who below.

find out who after the jump

Which Glee Star Is Preggers?

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Donovan

It certainly has been a news-filled week for the personal lives of Glee stars. A few days ago, it was revealed that Cory Monteith was voluntarily admitting himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction. Reports say that it was his girlfriend Lea Michele who persuaded him to seek help. This isn’t the first time Monteith entered rehab. Back in 2011, he revealed to an interview with Parade that he had a “serious problem” with drugs at the age of 19. The 30-year-old star received supportive tweets from the cast and show.

Speaking of the show, a couple of episodes ago, Rachel (Lea Michele) had a pregnancy scare. Even though she found out she was without child, turns out a cast member in real life is. US magazine exclusively reports that one of the actresses is about three months along and starting to show. The source says, “It’s totally unexpected, but they are incredibly happy and excited.” Find out who and check out the cute baby daddy below.

find out who after the jump

Relive Glee’s Guilty Pleasures

In: Donovan, TV Shows

It’s kinda ironic that Glee did an episode dedicated to guilty pleasures. Isn’t the FOX show one of the guiltiest ones around?

The biggest complaint of Glee in the past couple of seasons is the lack of plot in the episodes. The performances used to work seamlessly as plot devices to push season storylines and build characters. Some say the show is merely a vehicle to push singles to cash in. Truthfully, I don’t disagree with a lot of viewers’ sentiments. While fun to watch, “Guilty Pleasures” really had nothing going on. Even Mr. Schu (Matthew Morrison) didn’t bother showing up. New Directions had to give themselves their own assignments.

The one big thing that transpired was Rachel (Lea Michele) finally confronting Brody (Dean Geyer) about his male hooking ways. With their breakup, I hope this doesn’t mean we’ll be deprived of Geyer’s sexy body. At least we’ll always have that amazing shower scene from the season premiere. SIGH. Can’t they just keep him around and parade him shirtless in the background?

As mentioned earlier, the performances were lots of fun. At least Murphy can still bring it when producing the musical numbers. Check them all out below, along with my thoughts on each one.
check out all the performances after the jump

Listen To Glee’s Guilty Pleasures

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Everyone has them. I have plenty. In fact, when I used to work for a teen online magazine, I used to place mine in a playlist titled “work research.” That way if my friends saw Hilary Duff, Ashlee Simpson or Jesse McCartney on there, I could easily pass them off as work-related material. It always worked ;)

On Thursday, Glee shares theirs in the aptly-titled “Guilty Pleasures” episode. Some might say, isn’t every show riddled with them. Fair enough, but this one is jam-packed with guilty pleasures. What songs and artists does Ryan Murphy think people should be ashamed for liking? Based on the picture above, you can tell one of them is the Spice Girls. Clearly, Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) is Scary Spice, Marley (Melissa Benoist) is Posh Spice, Brittany (Heather Morris) is Sporty Spice, Unique (Alex Newell) is Baby Spice and Kitty (Becca Tobin) is Ginger Spice. Obviously, they’re going to take on “Wannabe.”

Other artists covered include Wham!, Bobby Brown, Phil Collins, Barry Manilow and ABBA. All are definitely worthy to be called guilty pleasures. The only odd man out seems to be Radiohead’s “Creep” covered by Brody (Dean Geyer) and Rachel (Lea Michele). I guess Murphy couldn’t find another track for Rachel to confront Brody about being a male hooker. Listen to this duet along with all the guilty pleasure covers below.

listen to all the performances after the jump

Best Glee news in a while. Idina Menzel is returning to the FOX musical to reprise her role as Shelby Corcoran. The 41-year-old actress made her first appearance midway through the show’s first season and has appeared in more than ten episodes since. Lea Michele, Menzel’s onscreen daughter, broke the news via Twitter, “I spy @idinamenzel at #Glee today! So excited to have my mama back!”

Hopefully when Menzel returns in mid-April, a duet featuring Michele is part of her appearance. Their performances on “I Dreamed A Dream” and “Poker Face” are among two of my favorite duets on the show. Speaking of duet performances, last night’s “Feud” episode featured a couple of good ones. Brody (Dean Geyer) smoldered covering Marina & The Diamond’s “How To Be A Heartbreak.” Also fun to watch was Finn (Cory Monteith) and Mr. Schu’s (Matthew Morrison) boy band showdown covering ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys. My favorite though was Ryder (Blake Jenner) and Unique (Alex Newell) doing a Madonna/Elton John mashup. Check out all the performances below.

check out all the performances after the jump

Watch Santana Cover Paula Abdul’s Cold Hearted

In: Donovan, Music

Yesterday, I shared the audio for all the performances on Glee‘s Thursday episode. Most of the covers from “Feud” are mashups featuring infamous celebrity battles such as N’Sync/Backstreet Boys, Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey and Elton John/Madonna. In between all those rivalries, there are a couple of solo performances, like this one.

Santana (Naya Rivera) who’s wise to Brody’s (Dean Geyer) shady dealings decides covering Paula Abdul’s classic 1989 “Cold Hearted” is the best way to warn him she’s onto him. As expected, my girl Santana slays the vocals and the choreography. If you’ve watched Abdul’s Bob Fosse-inspired music video back in the day, Glee’s homage captures its spirit perfectly. The only thing missing is Naya performing the rap interlude. Such a shame cuz that’s my favorite part of Paula’s version.

Check out Santana’s cover below, along with Paula’s original clip. I’ve also added a cover by The Vampire DiariesKat Graham. The actress puts her own special spin on the track and changes up the lyrics. If you still can’t get enough, I’ve embedded a scene from All That Jazz which inspired Abdul originally. Enjoy all the jazz hands.

watch the cover after the jump

After last week’s lackluster episode (IMHO), I’m hoping Glee rebounds with “Feud.” I have a strong feeling it might. Especially after listening to all six tracks from Thursday’s show. The mashups featuring infamous celebrity feuds are pretty awesome. Finn (Cory Monteith) and Mr. Schu (Matthew Morrison) channel their feelings surrounding Emma-gate on stage with an ‘N Sync (“Bye Bye Bye”) and Backstreet Boys (“I Want It That Way”) mashup. Bravo to Ryan Murphy. Having these two characters perform boy band songs is absolutely perfect.

The second mashup involving a highly-publicized feud involves tracks by Elton John and Madonna. His “The Bitch Is Back” is mixed with her “Dress You Up.” The last celeb battle is a recent one and absolute perfect synergy given that Glee airs after American Idol. I never thought a mashup between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj would be possible, but the show managed to pull it off. To be fair, the Carey song is actually a cover of Brenda K. Starr’s classic 80s ballad “I Still Believe” (love, love, love this track).

If mashups aren’t your thing, the episode also has covers of current hits by Tegan & Sara (“Closer”) and Marina and the Diamonds (“How to Be a Heartbreaker”). The latter is performed by Rachel (Lea Michele) and Brody (Dean Geyer). I assume it’s about Brody being a male gigolo. I wonder how much he charges ;) Speaking of that sticky situation, Santana slays it on Paula Abdul’s “Cold Hearted Snake” while doling out some sage advice to Rachel. Listen to all the tracks below.

listen to all the songs after the jump

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