In Wednesday's episode of Glee , the glee club members spend time in wheelchairs to get a feel for what their pal Artie (Kevin McHale) does on a daily basis. The story line has caught the attention of actors with disabilities and their advocates, according to The Associated Press. Advocates see the casting of McHale, who is not disabled, as a lost chance for someone with an actual disability to get the role. "I think there's a fear of litigation, that a person with disabilities might slow a production down, fear that viewers might be uncomfortable," Robert David Hall (CSI) told AP. "I've made my living as an actor for 30 years and I walk on two artificial legs." Hall is among several actors with disabilities currently on TV, including Daryl "Chill" Mitchell ( Brothers ), RJ Mitte ( Breaking Bad ) and Michael Patrick Thornton ( Private Practice ). Brad Falchuk, Glee's executive producer, notes that they did attempt to bring diversity to the Fox series. "We brought in anyone: white, black, Asian, in a wheelchair. It was very hard to find people who could really sing, really act, and have that charisma you need on TV," he told the AP. Source Here
A new Glee romance may be taking center stage soon. "My character [gets] a little love interest," says Kevin McHale, who plays Artie Abrams, the only glee member in a wheelchair. Though McHale wouldn't say who the lady is, he did drop a few hints. "It's somebody that's already introduced and we already know. The two of them hit it off because they have something in common about themselves." McHale also says the upcoming episode, "Wheels," has a more serious side as it focuses on his character's limitations. "There are a lot of harsh laughs. I think it's probably the most moving [episode] in terms of the seriousness of it," says McHale. In the episode, Mr. Schu encourages his glee club to raise money for wheelchair accessible transport costs to regionals for Artie (who performs a poignant "Dancing with Myself" solo this week). The group also rallies behind their handicapped friend by performing a high-adrenaline, wheelchair number together. And let's just say it's set to a very fitting tune. "You also get a little back story on why Artie is in a wheelchair," says McHale. Overall, McHale says he's happy to represent a character in a wheelchair on TV. "I think what's great about it is just because he's in a wheelchair, he can still do what everyone else does," says McHale. But contrary to popular belief, all those wheelie-poppin' moves during performances haven't done much for McHale's upper body strength. "Everyone always asks me if I have arm muscles now," says McHale. "Nope. Still weak. I have a light wheelchair and I'm not heavy enough to actually gain any muscle, so I'm not getting anywhere!" Source Here
As if you couldn't add any more points to Glee's Quinn-Finn-Puck-Rachel love quadrangle, a new glee club member is being added to the mix. We sat down with Chris Colfer to get the dirt on who else is crushing on the cool kids. Colfer also discusses the "Defying Gravity" diva-off and the return of one wicked guest-star and the possibility of another ... To Read More Click Here .
* Criminal Minds (9/8c CBS) Gavin Rossdale is better known as a musician than an actor, but he gets to meld the two professions when he guest stars as a rock star in this episode. As the team tracks a serial killer, they make the connection that the murders seem to match up with the touring schedule of a goth rocker (Rossdale) that they suspect has become lost in his dark stage persona. * 43rd Annual CMA Awards (8/7c ABC) Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host the 43rd annual CMA Awards at the Sommet Center in Nashville, and it promises to be a memorable event. The gala boasts unusual artist parings, such as Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews sharing the stage, and Vince Gill performing with Daughtry. Kid Rock is slated to duet with Jamey Johnson, who is nominated for four awards tonight. Another performer with four nominations, Taylor Swift, hopes to add to her burgeoning trophy case in a year that has seen her gain everybody's stamp of approval except for Kanye West's. * Return to Duty (9/8c MTV ) In honor of Veterans Day, MTV is debuting a documentary that offers a very personal and candid look at life in a war zone. When we last saw Real World: Brooklyn alum Ryan Conklin, he was putting his life on hold to return to Iraq for his second tour of duty with the U.S. Army. Cameras continued following Conklin (who enlisted after 9/11), from his final moments at home with his family to the streets of Baghdad, where he's serving as a patrol gunner. Rarely is reality TV this real. * Nip/Tuck (10/9c FX ) Teddy certainly is creepy - just like Colleen Rose, come to think of it. That Sean sure knows how to pick 'em. What'll Teddy do tonight? Or, perhaps, what'll that opera-loving attacker (Matthew Glave) do to her? Meanwhile, it appears that Matt's career as the Marcel Marceau of crime is over. Taking a bullet can do that. And this McNamara family crisis has roused Julia from New York, as Joely Richardson makes her first appearance this season. * Glee (9/8c Fox "Defying Gravity." You know, that blockbuster from Wicked. It's a song for a girl, but Kurt thinks he can sing it better than Rachel at the regionals. We'll see. Meanwhile, the bus that'll take the glee kids to the regionals isn't equipped to handle Artie's wheelchair, and that presents a problem. So does Principal Figgins' insistence that Sue hold an open tryout to fill Quinn's slot on the Cheerios. But it'll expose a side of Sue that you certainly haven't seen before. Source Here
The first look of rapper Eve guest starring in Fox's musical series " Glee " is given in form of episode stills. Eve will play the role of Grace Hitches who is an instructor of a rival Glee club. Concerned that Sue is up to no good, Will pays a visit to Grace to see what information Sue may be leaking, which leads to the club getting a look at their hair-rising competition. Along with the picture of Eve, there are pictures of " So You Think You Can Dance " season 4 contestants in yellow attire. Katee Shean, Kherington Payne, and Comfort Fedoke will be part of the competing Glee club members. It is not known yet whether they have speaking roles. The episode is called "Hairography" and it will air on November 25. It also sees Kurt giving Rachel a makeover to impress Finn, but he may have ulterior motives. In an interview with us, Chris Colfer said, "There's love triangles right now, but there's soon to be love pentagons and hexagons. I get added on to the [Puck-Quinn-Finn-Rachel] quadrangle. We go full force: When Kurt fell in love with Finn, why he's in love and what he plans on doing. There's a flashback and it's pretty funny." Source & More Photos
November Sweeps are in swing which means a lot of our favorite shows are going for guest stars aplenty, ratings stunts, and more! Check out some special features for this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11/10 - 11/12. Wednesday Glee - ' Wheels ' - Hip-hip-hooray! It's been a sad few weeks for us Gleeks, but this week, Glee makes its return! Kevin McHale, who plays Artie Abrams, aka Wheels, gets his moment to "defy gravity." Also keep an eye out in Glee and Wednesday's So You Think You Can Dance for Fox's November Sweeps theme of the week of The Simpsons scavenger hunt with a Simpsons reference in every primetime show! ( More Info ) Mercy - ' Destiny, Meet My Daughter, Veronica ' - Erika Christensen of Six Degrees guest stars as Sonia's high school rival turned patient at the hospital. ABC - ABC will be airing The 43rd Annual Country Music Awards hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. For those of us who love our Wednesday comedies more than country music, this means no new Modern Family , Cougar Town , The Middle or Hank for the night. Thursday Vampire Diaries - ' History Repeating ' - This week's episode features a guest star appearance by Legally Blonde 's Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman, a history teacher who knows quite a lot about Mystic Falls' "unique" history. There will also be the big reveal of why Damon has returned to Mystic Falls! Grey's Anatomy - ' New History ' - Kim Raver of 24 and Lipstick Jungle guest stars as a new cardiothoracic surgeon. And, because no Grey's character can escape it, she'll be working her way into a love triangle... or more like a love square after recent lip-locking development! Bones - ' The Dwarf in the Dirt ' - Stephen Fry guest stars, reprising his role as Dr. Gordon Wyatt. And little people will wrestle. Don't forget to look for that Simpsons scavenger hunt moment on both Bones and Fringe for the night! ( More Info ) Friday Smallville - ' Idol ' - David Gallagher and Allison Scagliotti guest star as The Wonder Twins! Zan and Jayna drop in on Metropolis to help The Blur in his fight against crime. Stay tuned this week and next for more updates about special November Sweeps features!
Let's get ready to ruuummmble! The Glee producers have heard you fans loud and clear about your desire to see more Puck and Rachel--or more Finn and Rachel--and are prepared to give you what you want: More. "We never expected that to catch on quite so well," executive producer Brad Falchuk told me of the show's short-lived Puck and Rachel hookup and subsequent fandemonium. "So we'll have to do something about that." Testify! Last night I hit up a secret screening of the next episode of Glee, and scored scoop from the cast and creative team on the show's romantic entanglements, Madonna and more. So who's on Team Puck? Team Finn? What evil things is Rachel up to? See the video in the E!Online article below. As for Artie and Tina's new romance, the recent allegations from the disabled actors community and what else lies ahead, here's what you Gleeks have to know... The Parents Are Coming! A Glee mole (who asked to be referred to as "The Stallion," "Rock 'n' Roll Heartthrob" or "Lindsay's New BF") told me exclusively: "Next week we'll meet Quinn's mom and dad--and so will Finn. The glee club has a new assignment to use songs to express feelings they can't otherwise get out, and needless to say, the Fabrays don't appreciate Finn's interpretation of said assignment. We also get to spend a little more time with Finn's mom (who we saw briefly in the pilot)." How awesome does that sound? Fire up the DVR, people. Artie and Tina Are On! "This ep kind of sparks it," Kevin McHale (Artie) said of the Artie in Tina romance in tomorrow night's episode. "I think Tina and Artie will be together. I think they will be a couple for a long time." Though, of course Kevin may have a personal interest in the matter. "Jenna [Tina] and I really want them to be together because we're best friends in real life," he admitted. Sweet! Artie "Gets His Moment": Kevin/Artie gets his first solo, "Dancing With Myself." "We had to shoot it in slow motion," he told me. "And I had to be a freak. It was embarrassing. I had to sing to myself in double speed while going through all the extras. I kept saying, 'Be professional, Kevin. Be professional!' " "Wheels" Doesn't Just Feel Good, It Does Good: Aside from what you may or may not have read from the Associated Press regarding the usage of wheelchairs and disabled actors in this week's episode, I think you'll discover that "Wheels" is all about empowering people with disabilities and sends out an uplifting message to the disabled community. It should also be noted that the series now has a recurring character with Down's Syndrome (who it is will surprise you), which I don't think has happened on network TV in a very long time. Truly Gleeful: There's a reason this show is so much fun to watch. The people behind it are brilliant, hilarious and...wait for it...sincere. I know: One-legged unicorns are more frequently spotted in Hollywood. Oh, and a little tip: If you ever get caught up in a sideline convo with producers Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan (who writes the lines of Sue Sylvester, need I say more?) it's best to wear adult diapers. Those boys be that funny. Check out tomorrow's E! News for what the producers told me exclusively about their Madonna episode, which they just finished writing. In Bali. Yes, some guys do have all the luck. Are you on Team Puck or Team Finn? The comments lay at your feet as a battleground... Read More & Watch the Video: E!Online - Glee Boss Gets on Board With Puck and Rachel!
Mark Salling launched his official website marksallingmusic.com on Oct. 31 and posted his personal tribute to the cast and crew of that show we all love. I think it's really sweet and I'm liking him more and more : ) Check it out here: Glee Tribute P.S. Isn't that photo absolutely swoon -worthy? :D
Actor Cory Monteith and actress Lea Michele are the latest celebs who become the target of romance rumors. Though they have insisted that they are just friends, speculation is brewing that they are embarking on a love relationship. Playing it coy when asked to confirm about the nature of their relationship, Cory and Lea however have nothing but praise for each other. "He's great and he makes me laugh," Lea tells OK! Magazine. As for Cory, he says "We've become very close friends." Fox's comedy-musical series " Glee " witnesses Cory Monteith portraying the character of Finn Hudson, a popular high school quarterback with movie star looks and a Motown voice who must protect his cool reputation with his holier-than-thou girlfriend. Lea, meanwhile, stars as Rachel Berry, a perfectionist firecracker who is convinced show choir is her ticket to stardom. Source Here
Check out the first photo of Everwood Alumn Sarah Drew guest starring as Suzy Peppers on Glee Episode 10 "Ballads" airing Wednesday November 18 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Fox. Episode Synopsis: Mr. Schuester splits the Glee Club into pairs to sing their favorite ballad, but when one kid gets sick, he's forced to step in and winds up in a sticky situation. Meanwhile, Finn and Quinn have to face the music when dinner with her parents (guest stars Gregg Henry and Charlotte Ross) goes awry in the all-new Ballad episode of Glee airing Wednesday, Nov. 18 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Fox. Source Here