The great Glee news continues to stream out. First, it was announced that the show was renewed for a second season. Then, it was revealed that Olivia Newton-John would guest star on a spring episode. Now, all Gleeks must listen up: The musical comedy is launching a nationwide search in February to fill a trio of new roles for season two. This endeavor will be chronicled in a Fox special, while the new characters will debut on the September premiere. Said creator Ryan Murphy of the plan: "Glee has always been about finding new fresh exciting voices. Anybody and everybody now has a chance to be on a show about talented underdogs. No matter who you are - a Broadway talent or a struggling singing waiter with a dream in the Midwest - you now have an opportunity to make that dream come true by posting your talent video and showing us what you can do. All the roles will be chosen form the video audition process, which is exciting and unprecedented." We'll post more details on this contest as they're released. For now, get those video ideas flowing! Source Here
Adam Lambert may not be in " Glee " future, but Olivia Newton-John is. The veteran actress who claimed worldwide fame through " Grease " will guest star in a Spring episode of the new Fox series, sharing screen with the depicter of Sue Sylvester, Jane Lynch. "I'm so excited I can't see straight! [Olivia] provided the soundtrack for my tortured adolescence," Lynch told E! Online. "Her charitable work and commitment to making others' lives and the life of the planet better is so inspiring." Sue will sing a duet with Olivia on "Let's Get Physical". The casting came on the heels of an announcement that "Glee" has been picked up for season 2. FOX Entertainment President Kevin Reilly announced on Monday, January 11, "We loved 'Glee' ever since it was a pilot script, so it's been an incredible thrill to watch the show take root and see audiences embrace these characters in such a huge way this season. The show is a true and rare gem in television." They are even doing nationwide casting call for three new characters that will take part in a special airing before the second season premiere. "Amateur individuals" between the age of 16 to 26 may apply for the available positions online. Glee" will be back on screen April 13 at 9/8c. Source Here
Fans of " Glee " have reason to sing: Fox is seriously mulling the idea of giving Ryan Murphy's musical masterpiece an early season two renewal. While not quite the no-brainer that renewing " American Idol " would be, it's been clear for weeks that "Glee" is on track to return for a second season. Its ratings are strong, the buzz is huge -- and it hasn't even moved behind "Idol" yet. What's newsworthy here is that Fox is might greenlight "Glee" up much earlier than usual in the normal network timetable. Most shows don't get the nod for a second season until May, just before upfronts. Every so often, if a show's a big hit, networks might greenlight a second season in February or March. January pickups of new shows, however, don't happen too often. One big exception came back in 2007, when then-NBC Entertainment boss Kevin Reilly -- looking to claim some Nielsen momentum -- gave a January pickup to its then-hot " Heroes " during the TV Critics Assn. press tour. (Reilly now heads Fox Entertainment). There'd be plenty of benefits from Fox showing its love for "Glee" earlier than usual. Read More: TheWrap.com Exclusive: 'Glee' May Get Early Greenlight
Glee will be returning with new episodes on April 13 (see when your other favorite shows return in 2010) and Glee creator Ryan Murphy shares some upcoming spoilers during an E!Online interview. Murphy was very surprised by the fans' love for the Rachel-Puck relationship. He reveals that Rachel will be dealing with several men in the second half of season one, including Finn, Puck and newcomer Jonathan Groff's character (who also happens to be Lea Michele's former Spring Awakening co-star). Murphy also reveals that Quinn will be having her baby before the end of the season, but chances are it won't happen on stage at Regionals. Don't count Sue Sylvester out because she departed to Florida at the end of the last episode. Sue will be back and might even be in cahoots with Vocal Adrenaline, according to Murphy. He promises she'll continue to be funny and wicked and evil in the second half of the season. Murphy claims that what they're dubbing the "Madonna episode" will be HUGE. Ten Madonna songs will be sung during the episode. And don't expect throwaway songs they will all be big production numbers. Kristen Chenoworth will be returning to the show in 2010 (although we already knew that). But what we didn't know is that we should be expecting some other familiar, famous faces to pop by. Murphy doesn't reveal who, but he says "Childhood idols of mine who I got on the phone, and I was literally like [freaking out], but they love the show and want to do it." Source Here
I have to admit that from the first time I saw Glee, I loved Lea Michele. The character of Rachel Berry, that "determined to be a star and I don't care who knows it" attitude appealed to me. I recognized that feeling, too, because I remember watching Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl in the movies and having the same feeling of identification. When Streisand finished singing "I'm the Greatest Star" as Fanny Brice, I was convinced. Well, Lea feels it, too. She's a major Streisand fan and she loved singing a Barbra song on Glee. Every time Lea Michele has had a chance to go diva -- like "Maybe This Time" and "Defying Gravity" -- she's displayed that Streisandesque musical power. So when the winter finale had the New Directions show choir at sectionals and Rachel stepped up to sing "Don't Rain on My Parade," I was on the edge of my seat. I wondered if Lea would pull it off. I say that because it's a very hard song to do, everything is on the offbeat and it's a driving melody that requires a big voice and a lot of stamina. To Read More Click Here .
Glee kicked off its first award season on a high note, nabbing a leading four Golden Globe nominations Tuesday, including one for comedy series. The Fox hit is up against fellow newcomer Modern Family, defending champ 30 Rock, Entourage and The Office. Three Glee stars scored acting nominations. Matthew Morrison will vie for comedy lead actor honors against two-time winner Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Steve Carell (The Office), David Duchovny (Californication) and Thomas Jane (Hung), while Lea Michele and Jane Lynch landed in the comedy lead actress and supporting races. To Read More Click Here .
Gleeks who are worried about not having enough "Glee" during the four-month hiatus could breathe a little easier. Some sources told EW that there is a possibility that original content and re-runs are in the cards, the same thing that FOX had done during the break between the May pilot and the September run. The cast of "Glee" will not return filming the back-nine episodes until early January because the musical show will only return with new episodes on April 13. The original content that the sources were talking about could be in the form of clips and music videos. Meanwhile, episode re-runs could be packed as a marathon. There is no official statement regarding this yet. "Glee" wrapped its Fall season run on Wednesday, December 9 and would be back in April being attached to "American Idol". Regarding their decision to give the show a long break, FOX's VP of Strategic Program Planning and Research, Preston Beckman said, "The best news of all is that when it returns it's gonna be sitting behind American Idol. So it's not like we're putting it in a time period where it's gonna have to fight." Source Here
Opened with a promo for the second volume of its soundtrack compilation, preview of " Glee " episode 14 reveals what to expect from the TV series when it comes back spring next year. "New relationship" and "new songs" are promised to be offered. Titled "Hello", the next episode is written by Ian Brennan and will be aired on April 13, 2010 with shooting to begin in January. According to recent casting news, there will be a female in late 40s to 50s coming to the show as a tired Midwestern waitress at an Olive Garden type of restaurant in Ohio. Additionally, Tony Award-winning actress Idina Menzel is said to be in advanced talks to join the show's cast ensemble. She is rumored to get into the shoes of the choir director for New Directions' rivals, Vocal Adrenaline and will potentially appear in the remaining nine episodes of season one. Source & Preview
[Press Release - Released by Fox] Columbia Records and Twentieth Century Fox Television today released select songs on iTunes featured in this week's fall finale of GLEE, including cast versions of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from "Dreamgirls," Barbra Streisand's "Don't Rain On My Parade," The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You." In this week's all-new fall finale episode, airing Wednesday, Dec. 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, Sectionals is finally here for the Glee Club, but when QUINN's (Dianna Agron) secret unravels, the club may not be able to recover in time to compete. Meanwhile, SUE's (Jane Lynch) scheming hits an all-time high, and with EMMA (Jayma Mays) and KEN's (guest star Patrick Gallagher) marriage looming, WILL (Matthew Morrison) makes a decision that could change his life forever. GLEE returns with a score of all-new episodes on a new night beginning Tuesday, April 13 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). "Glee: The Music, Volume 2" is available for purchase today. The full track listing is as follows: 1. "Proud Mary" 2. "Endless Love" 3. "I'll Stand By You" 4. "Don't Stand So Close To Me / Young Girl" 5. "Crush" 6. "(You're) Having My Baby" 7. "Lean On Me" 8. "Don't Make Me Over" 9. "Imagine" 10. "True Colors" 11. "Jump" 12. "Smile" (cover of Lily Allen) 13. "Smile" (cover of Charlie Chaplin) 14. "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" 15. "Don't Rain On My Parade" 16. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" 17. "My Life Would Suck Without You" GLEE, the genre-defying new musical comedy series, follows an optimistic teacher who - against all odds and a malicious cheerleading coach - attempts to save McKinley High's Glee Club from obscurity while helping a group of aspiring underdogs realize their true star potential. Starring Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Jenna Ushkowitz, GLEE is produced by Ryan MurphyTelevision in association with 20th Century Fox Television . Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are co-creators of the series. Murphy, Falchuk and Dante Di Loreto serve as executive producers, while Ian Brennan serves as co-executive producer. Source Here
Watch a sneak peek of GLEE "Sectionals" Episode 13 which airs Wednesday December 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Synopsis: Sectionals is finally here for the Glee Club, but when Quinn's secret unravels, the club may not be able to recover in time to compete. Meanwhile, Sue's scheming hits an all-time high, and with Emma and Ken's marriage looming, Will makes a decision that could change his life forever in the fall finale "Sectionals" episode ofGLEE airing Wednesday, Dec. 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Cast: Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester; Jessalyn Gilsig as Terri Schuester; Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester; Lea Michele as Rachel Berry; Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson; Jayma Mays asEmma Pillsbury; Dianna Agron as Quinn; Chris Colfer as Kurt; Kevin McHale as Artie; Amber Riley as Mercedes; Mark Salling as Puck; Jenna Ushkowitz as Tina Guest Cast: Eve as Grace Hitchens; Iqbal Theba as Principal Figgins; Patrick Gallagher as Ken Tanaka; Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez; Anna Camp as Candace Dykstra; Bill A. Jones as Rod Remington; Patricia Forte as Donna Landries; Heather Morris as Brittany; Josh Sussman as Jacob Ben Israel; Dijon Talton as Matt Rutherford; Peter Choi as Emcee; Harry Shum as Mike Chang; Thomasina Gross as Perfect Engleberger (Courtesy of FOX) Source & Preview