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NEWS: GOP Likes Hit TV Shows, Kurt's First Kiss, Austin Peck

Is pleasing Republicans necessary for a hit show? You betcha. Why the GOP matters more to mainstream TV than you know
According to months of data from leading media-research company Experian Simmons, viewers who vote Republican and identify themselves as conservative are more likely than Democrats to love the biggest hits on TV. Of the top 10 broadcast shows on TV in the spring, nine were ranked more favorably by viewers who identify themselves as Republican.

Liberals appreciate many of the same shows, mind you. But their devotion typically is not quite as strong as right-wingers, and Dems are more likely to prefer modestly rated titles (like MAD MEN).

Was last night's big GLEE moment shocking or cliché?
"It's surely a testament to the talent of the 'Glee' writers and actors that the moment that the football player switched from violently manhandling Kurt to passionately kissing him startled us almost as much as it did Kurt," says Amy Reiter. "After all, isn't it one of the oldest tropes in the book when the bully turns out to be hiding the very thing he's condemning in his victim?"

Dot-Marie Jones on landing her Coach Beiste role on GLEE
"It's true that I ran into [GLEE co-creator] Brad Falchuk at Whole Foods," says the actress, who knew Falchuk from doing guest appearances on Nip/Tuck. "I didn't corner him like the National Enquirer said and refused to let him go until he said he'd consider me for a part. I said, 'Oh my god, I love [Glee]!' I said, 'Please, you guys, write me something!'"

Austin Peck To Make Guest Appearance at November 18 "My Big Gay Italian Wedding"
Peck and Miss New York Claire Buffie will be among the special guest stars at the 100th performance of Anthony Wilkinson's "My Big Gay Italian Wedding," playing at St. Luke's Theatre, on Thursday, November 18.

Michael Eisner partners with AOL on web series
Vuguru, the online studio of former Walt Disney CEO Michael Eisner, will produce at least six scripted original Web video series for AOL. Financial terms and details about the series, which will include comedies and dramas, weren't immediately available.

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