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Ratings: Did Glee Sing? Plus: NCIS and Other Finales

Tuesday's tallies: * 8 pm/ET American Idol 's final Season 8 sing-off delivered 23/07 million total viewers, up 6 percent week-to-week. NCIS ' season-ender (poor Ziva...) netted 16.09 mil, up 210K. Reaper 's likely penultimate episode drew 1.79 mil, down 200 thou. * 9 pm The Dancing with the Stars finale tangoed with 20.12 million viewers, on par with the show's year-ago disco ball hand-out. The Mentalist concluded its freshman run with 16.84 mil, up 720K. Fox's Glee debuted to 10.75 mil 1 and needs to resume its first season, like, yesterday! Fox notes that Glee was Tuesday night's No. 1 Twitter topic, while New Directions' version of "Don't Stop Believin" emerged as the No. 2 most downloaded song on iTunes. 90210 's school year came to a close with an audience of 2.09 mil. * 10 pm Lagging far behind DWTS, Without a Trace bowed out - for good - before a crowd of 11.32 mil, dropping 16 percent week-to-week. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, May 19, 2009

* Dancing with the Stars (9 pm/ET ABC) And the winner is...Tonight, we find out if Melissa Rycroft, Gilles Marini or Shawn Johnson takes home Season 8's coveted mirror-ball trophy after they each perform a final dance. Then the three of them must endure being roasted by comedian Jeffrey Ross. In addition, Lady Gaga performs, and a winner of the professional dancer contest is chosen. In the end, the "replacement," the formerly little-known Frenchman or the young Olympian gets to add Dancing with the Stars champion to his or her resume. * American Idol (8 pm/ET Fox) It wasn't okeydokey for Gokey last week. Oh Danny boy put forth a sterling effort this season, his magnetic charm and husky vocals carrying him to the Top 3. But three's company, and despite his knockout delivery of "You Are So Beautiful," a record-setting 88 million votes didn't turn his way. So that takes us to tonight's penultimate episode, the final performance edition featuring the Top 2. In one corner: front-runner Adam Lambert, with his high-registered Plant-esque wail and Presley swagger. In the other: Kris Allen, a dark horse with strong giddyup, evidenced by his intoxicating spin on Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," perhaps one of Season 8's best performances. * The Mentalist (9 pm/ET CBS) After his turn as the dark and dubious lead character in The Guardian, Simon Baker has found success as the charming and complex Patrick Jane. And as the first season of the crime drama comes to a close, Jane may get the chance to capture his nemesis, Red John. A girl is murdered, her twin sister is abducted, and the case seems to point to Red John, but Lisbon has reason to believe that the killer is also orchestrating a trap to lure Jane. * Glee (9:01 pm/ET Fox) Disney might own the High School Musical franchise, but Fox has... the glee club. Snicker at this nerdiness if you will, but creator Ryan Murphy ( Nip/Tuck ), adds no small amount of edge (lower-key than on Nip/Tuck - this isn't FX ) as he introduces us to William McKinley High's ensemble, New Directions. In the pilot, club director Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) even gets a jock to join his nerds. Of course, he must use subterfuge to do it. Glee is scheduled to begin its regular run in the fall. * 90210 (9 pm/ET The CW ) Prom night turns out to be a revelatory, life-changing event for some of West Beverly's teens as Season 1 ends. Adrianna goes into labor and finds herself with more than just Navid for support when Brenda shows up at the hospital. At the after-party, Annie reacts in a surprising manner to Naomi's accusations about Liam and storms off to do something she's sure to regret. And tempers continue to run high when Dixon and Ethan come to blows over Silver. Now that's a season finale! Source Here

Ryan Murphy on Glee: People Don't Just Break Out Into Song; "There Are Rules"

Has Ryan Murphy gone soft on us? The writer-director, best known for quirky, dark dramas like the teen satire Popular and the plastic-surgery freakfest Nip/Tuck , wanted to do something different, something with heart. The result is Glee, a genre-busting, one-hour comedy about a Spanish teacher (Matthew Morrison) and his quest to rebuild a suburban high school glee club. The show stars a mix of Broadway vets (Spring Awakening's Lea Michele; Kristin Chenoweth and Victor Garber will recur), some familiar TV faces (Jayma Mays, Stephen Tobolosky), and Jane Lynch, who steals scenes as a ball-busting cheerleading coach. Fox is previewing the pilot episode in a plum, post- American Idol slot Tuesday (9 pm/ET) before it debuts in the fall. Murphy told TVGuide.com what inspired the edgy songfest, what "rules" give the show structure, and, finally, what we can expect from Nip/Tuck's final season. To Read More Click here .

Time to Get Happy With the Cast of Glee - Featured

The title Glee doesn't even begin to describe the joy you'll get from watching Fox's newest show. From Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy comes a one-hour comedy with all the properties to make you Glee-ful. We recently hit the set to get you the lowdown on your soon-to-be favorite high school glee club members. Once you meet the kids of Glee in the clip above, head down below to get a glimpse of the adults, who have just as much drama as the students. "I'm excited for the audience to see the pilot, but then they have to wait so much longer to see more episodes," says Matthew Morrison, who plays glee club teacher Will Schuester. Unfortunately, Tuesday night only brings one hour of the new Fox series, but there is much to look forward to this fall. Guest Stars Galore: Glee is bringing in the heavy hitters like Kristin Chenoweth, who plays an alcoholic high school dropout; Josh Groban guests as himself, who Chris Colfer says "played himself as this ignorant asshole"; and Debra Monk and Victor Garber play Will Schuester's parents. Many Love Triangles: As seen in the clip above, we know there's a love triangle between Rachel, Quinn and Finn, but the real action is with Will, Emma (Jayma Mays) and Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig). Jessalyn, who plays Will's wife, teases, "That woman is trying to steal my man. I'm going to fight to the death." When it comes to being an adult in a high school love triangle, Matthew jokes, "I dig it." However, there may be trouble in paradise since Emma is a serious germaphobe. Says Jayma, "She's mysophobic, which is a phobia of dirt and germs, but when it comes to Will, she'd get dirty with him." Just to be clear, the love triangle is actually a love quadrangle with the football coach, Ken Tanaka (Patrick Gallagher), who dons workout gear that should've died in the 80s. "What's wrong with a full-grown man wearing tiny shorts and knee-high socks?" says Patrick. High School Bullies: Love's not the only drama the adults have to deal with. They're in cliques just as much as the students are, with Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) being the top dog of the school. Jane jokes, "I'm fresh out of high school, so I feel like I graduated for nothing--here I am back in high school. You really don't leave high school. It's a caste system that stays with you through life." She, at least, runs the caste system. "People are good, and they have feelings, and I'm trying to crush them, and they always emerge victorious, and it makes me madder and madder," teases Jane. She's serious. Final Ironic Note: Former American Idol contestant Amber Riley, who was rejected when she auditioned for the show, is now a star on the soon-to-be hit series, which premieres following Idol on Tuesday night. Says Riley, "At the time, I wasn't even ready to be on American Idol, so I'm glad I was rejected and not thrown to the wolves at 17 years old. It brought me to Glee and gave me a chance to grow, and now I get to show that on television." In other words, in your face Idol. The series premiere of Glee airs on Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Fox. Source: E!Online - Time to Get Happy With the Cast of Glee

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Glee To Preview in May, Continue in Fall - Featured

One new show that has been getting a lot of positive buzz is Glee , from Ryan Murphy, the creator of Nip/Tuck ! The show focuses on a teacher who wants nothing more than for his high school glee club to make it to the National competition. Though the show was tentatively scheduled to air this summer, Fox has instead decided to try something different. A single preview episode will air on May 19th, following an episode of American Idol . The show will then not air the rest of its season until the Fall. Source: THR Says FOX: "An ambitious and unique show such as Glee deserves an ambitious and unique kickoff," said Fox chairman Peter Liguori. "We also wanted to take advantage of the huge 'American Idol' promotional platform to launch the marketing campaign in May."