Thursday, July 14, 2011

NEWS: GLEE Graduations, Children Value Fame, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, Zimmer

Graduation Date: Several Big Stars to Leave GLEE
Producer Ryan Murphy confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Chris Colfer, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith are leaving the show after season three.

Murphy tells THR: "You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic, or you can be really true to life and say when they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year.”

Chris Colfer: It's not my choice to leave GLEE, but it's the right thing to do
I think the overall breaking news of it surprised me," Colfer said this morning, as he reacted to his 2nd Emmy nomination. "I definitely wasn't expecting that. It's definitely not my choice to leave the show, but I understand it’s the right choice. The show is very real. To have the character grow up and leave and graduate, it’s the right thing to do. I think it’s more of a big deal because not too many shows have ever done it before. We see the characters until they’re in their early 30s."

Popular TV shows teach children fame is most important value, UCLA psychologists report
UCLA psychologists report that research on children ages 9 to 11 found that, thanks to social media and television, fame is the top goal among kids these days.

Nicollette Sheridan: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES creator harassed me "because I am a woman"
Sheridan claims she was discriminated against by Marc Cherry because of her gender.

"Friday Night Lights" — the movie based on the TV series?
Peter Berg says he wants to make a new "Friday Night Lights" film based on the Kyle Chandler-Connie Britton pairing.

Emmys: Connie Britton: Recognition of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS was 'long deserved'
"Honestly, this one actually feels the most amazing because the show finally got a nomination. After five seasons, it just feels incredible to have the show recognized. It was long deserved, I think."

As the NBC series signs off for good on Friday, Grantland presents a comprehensive oral history of the five-year series. "I remember I went to NBC," says Peter Berg, "and there were about 10 people in the room. (Former NBC entertainment president Kevin Reilly) and I looked at each other, and he said, 'What do you want to do?' I said, 'I want to build up this all-American quarterback, this hero. This wonderful, beautiful kid with his entire future ahead of him. His biggest decision in life was whether he was going to take a full ride to UT or Notre Dame. He's got the hot girlfriend. He's got the loving parents. And he's going to break his neck in the first game. We're going to create this iconic American hero, and we're going to demolish him.'"

FNL getting a complete series DVD release
The 19-disc package, due out Oct. 4, will include a "beautiful book filled with striking photography from the series."

James Van Der Beek looks back on his DAWSON'S CREEK past
"I was also burned out and wanted to take a break, and I passed on a lot of things. Because it didn’t feel like something that I really wanted to do, or something that I didn’t want to promote. In a way, you kind of get caught up in whatever image of yourself you think is out there."

Is Queen Latifah coming out? Her SINGLE LADIES character gets candid -- but why is Her Majesty so silent?
This week producer Queen Latifah guest-starred as a television reporter with the romantic name Sharon Love. Wacky high jinx ensued when Love admitted on the air that she'd slept with Stacey Dash's character, Val, in college.

Kim Zimmer will perform in 'Sunset Boulevard' in Michigan
The Barn Theatre producer Brendan Ragotzy announces that Kim Zimmer, daytime television star, will play Norma Desmond in the theater’s upcoming production of “Sunset Boulevard.”

Chuck Klosterman: Why AMC's BREAKING BAD beats MAD MEN, THE SOPRANOS, and THE WIRE
"Though some may disagree (and I'm sure some will, because some always do), there doesn't seem to be much debate over what have been the four best television shows of the past 10 years."

EDITOR'S NOTE: We would disagree with the above statement and include FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.

The 10 Greatest Music Moments on FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
As the brilliant and beloved teen soap/football drama/man-melter braces for its series finale, GQ takes a look back at the soundtrack of so many tear-stained nights with the woman responsible.

BBC's DOCTOR WHO Becomes First Facebook TV Rental
With Netflix's subscription cost increases apparently pricing it outside of some people's budget, the BBC must be hoping that more audiences plan to move their online viewing to Facebook.

Wilson Diehl: GREY'S ANATOMY makes my marriage work
"Then it dawned on me that this guy might be my own personal Dr. McDreamy. It didn't matter what a teaching hospital is like on television -- this guy could be my own personal portal. The longer we dated, the more I would learn about the interpersonal dynamics and the minutiae."

This is not the last season of GREY'S ANATOMY
Per Shonda Rhime Twitter feed: "Just for the record: This is not the last season of GA. Definitely. Not."

DAMAGES: The return of a treacherous delight
Damages returned to spiteful, vindictive and wildly entertaining life Wednesday night after resuscitation by satellite-television provider DirecTV.

Y&R's Joshua Morrow and Michelle Stafford on Global News

Eva La Rue Dishes On Her ALL MY CHILDREN Return
Tuesday, July 19, will be a big day for Eva La Rue. Not only is she returning to the set of CSI: MIAMI to begin her exciting seventh season as heroine Natalia Boa Vista, but she'll also be seen resuming her role as ALL MY CHILDREN's Dr. Maria Santos that day! "Maria is still in California -- I only did a phone call," La Rue previews of her first two episodes. "but I know that my storyline has to do with David and the Orpheus Project and kind of bringing that down."

1 comment:

  1. That report on children valuing fame most is disturbing but not surprising given the way that the networks and cable channels have filled their programming with reality shows that star self absorbed narcissists whose number one goal in life is getting as much attention as possible.