Tuesday, December 13, 2011

NEWS ROUNDUP: GLEE's Salute To Michael Jackson, Rue McClanahan Estate, Eva Longoria CW Drama

More Details on GLEE's Salute to Michael Jackson
The January 24 episode will find Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) declaring it "Michael Week" at McKinley High after some of the former Troubletones express regret over missing out on New Directions' MJ medley at sectionals. Twelve classic songs, spanning the late artist's entire career all the way back to his Jackson 5 days, will be performed.

Even the Warblers and scheming Sebastian will get in on the Jacko lovefest. Blaine (Darren Criss) will take on "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," while Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele) fans can look forward to a romantic duet of "I Just Can't Stop Loving You."

Softening ratings and grumbling over GLEE's third-season direction are raising questions about its future
GLEE has shed 23% of its audience compared with last season even after DVR viewing is factored in, according to Nielsen. A 3-D movie tie-in was released in August and drew disappointing box office. Sales of the "Glee" albums — 13 in all, featuring the show's signature, chorus-style covers of pop hits — have plummeted lately compared with earlier efforts.

Rue McClanahan's estate to auction her personal belongings off to fans
Before her passing, the Emmy Award-winning actress and devoted animal rights supporter made it clear she wanted her fans to have access to her personal property after she was gone, and now her only son, Mark Bish, is now launching a series of auctions across the United States, beginning December 17, to honor his mother’s wishes.

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star Eva Longoria sells legal drama to the CW
VEGA V. VEGA, which follows a young lawyer who is forced into business with her mother, was granted a script order from the female-skewing network.

Mark Moses joins THE KILLING
Moses, the actor who plays the DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES murderer, is joining THE KILLING as a new detective who joins the investigation into Rosie's death.

Peter Krause to direct an episode of PARENTHOOD
Krause, 46, will helm the 15th episode of the season, entitled "Politics." This will mark Krause's TV directing debut.

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