When Chris Colfer, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith‘s characters graduate from Glee‘s William McKinley High School next May, they will graduate from the hit show as well. Yep, the three stars are pursposefully being written off the show, says creator Ryan Murphy. “You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic,” he tells the Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
It’s a ballsy move on Murphy’s part, but one that we respect. He clearly recognizes that Glee‘s success revolves around the premise and not just its talent — though it’s still a big loss for both the show and fans. Colfer in particular has seen a ton of success come his way, with his Golden Globe win in January and an Emmy nomination today. Says Murphy, “We made that decision and I involved Chris and Lea and they thought that was a good idea. They both trust the writing and trust me and felt that it would be great to have an open and closed experience for them to go out while they were on top.”
Hit shows like Skins (the UK version) graduate their high school cast every two years and it’s still a hit. Glee may survive the transition forward — but will the fans?
Two of our favorite blonds are teaming up for NBC’s new show Fashion Star.Nicole Richie, Jessica Simpson and John Varvatos will act as mentors — a la The Voice — to wannabee fashion designers. Elle MacPherson is set to host the show, which will also offer up contestants’ designs for purchase each week. Says executive producer Ben Silverman, “Jessica, Nicole, John and Elle make the most exciting team we have ever worked with on a reality television show and we are thrilled to feature such an extraordinary group of mentors and designers.”
Yes yes yes and more yes! We’ve already witnessed Nicole and Jessica make TV (and fashion) magic on their own, so we can’t wait to see them in action together. NBC — find a way to work in Chicken of the Sea, woncha please?
Sure, James Spader‘s career has spanned decades. He most recently won three Emmys for his work on Boston Legal in 2004, 2005 and 2007. But truly, there is no better version of James Spader than from 1986, when he played the world’s sexiest a–hole, Steff, in Pretty In Pink. Second runner up: Spader as a sexy dom in Secretary. Now there’s a new Spader for us to love, as the new CEO of Dunder Mifflen (and Sabre) on The Office, replacing Kathy Bates.
“James will reprise his role as Robert California, this uber-salesman that has a power to convince and manipulate, like a high-class weirdo Jedi warrior,” said Paul Lieberstein, who plays HR dud Toby and is also a producer on the show. “He’ll have been hired over the summer as the new manager, but within hours, got himself promoted. Within days, he took over the company. James has an energy that is completely his own, and The Office has no tools for dealing with this guy. We’re thrilled he’s joining our cast.”
We’re thrilled too, as he was great on the finale and can totally hold his own among the show’s veteran cast. The more Spader we have in our life, the better. Now please tell us who’s replacing Steve Carrell, will ya NBC?
Elizabeth Hurley on Gossip Girl, season 5? Do we like this news? Will her posh-actress accent end up bugging us (most likely, yes)? We’re going to be borderline with our reactions at the moment. She may be glorious to look at it, but can she act?
Liz’s character Diana Payne will appear in multiple episodes and as executive producers, Stephanie Savage and Joshua Safran, say, she’s “a sexy, smart, self-made media mogul and all-around force to be reckoned with. Diana’s entrance on the Upper East Side will change the lives of all our characters – including, and especially Gossip Girl herself.” If only you could see how excited we are while we type this. We’re still not too sure about Liz, though. Help us make up our minds?
Comedy Central announced today that they will be roasting Charlie Sheen in Los Angeles on September 10th (to air on the network on September 19th). Time to put your crazy goggles on and watch the world’s greatest spectacle go down! The network is currently rounding up comedic talent to verbally annihilate the star (we use the term lightly) , but Charlie is, of course, already excited about the affair. He tells Comedy Central Insider: “You could say I’ve been providing kindling for this Roast for a while. It’s time to light it up. It’s going to be epic.”
We are both cringing and clapping our hands with glee over the impending sh*t show. We’re totally burnt out on Sheen’s schtick and never really got into chanting “winning” over and over again. But Comedy Central always snags great stand ups for their roasts and there is obviously no shortage of material for this one. We’ll definitely watch — but we will probably be shielding our eyes half the time.
Sad news from London today: actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers was hospitalized following a suicide attempt on Tuesday. The Sun reports that paramedics arrived at his London home to find him “slumped on the floor” after ingesting pills. The Tudors star has publicly battled alcoholism and recently completed his fifth stint in rehab last fall. He is also owner of the second best set of lips in Hollywood, after Angelina Jolie‘s monster mouth. We hope JRM is getting the care and support he needs.
Hold us. Jennifer Lopez still has not yet decided if she’ll be returning for a second season of American Idol, and from the sound of this interview she did with BBC Radio she may be ditching the show. “I haven’t been forced to make a decision [about returning to the show] and I’m glad about that. I loved it, but I have a lot of other things happening and it’s going to come down to me making a choice of what I want to do for the next year.”
Jennifer earned $12 million for last season alone (excuse us, going to faint now) and the gig seems fairly easy-breezy to us: show up, rock amazing hair, laugh and be really nice to everybody. Popeater hints that J.Lo may be holding out for more cash, and as a result claims producers are already scouring the sea of beloved but kinda washed up pop stars for her replacement. Don’t leave us Jen! We’re totally down with your comeback — as long as you come back to the judge’s chair too!
Well internet*, you win. We didn’t really pay attention to Hunter Parrish until we caught wind of his massive fan base tweeting and Tumblring every naked picture imaginable of the guy. Rest assured, Weeds is now number one on our Netflix cue, thanks to the many, many screen shots we’ve seen of this dude doing dirty things to ladies (in character, of course). Hunter has was worked steadily for a while now, but his popularity rose even further this year when he became the obvious fan favorite to play Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games. (Josh Hutcherson ended up landing he role, a topic that’s still sensitive for some fans to dwell on.)
The thing with Hunter is that one minute he’s golden retriever cute with that big ol’ smile, and then all he has to do is frown and squint his eyes a bit and he’s suddenly rocking the best “f–k me” face known to mankind (okay, maybe he comes in second after Robert Pattinson, but still). Thank you internet, for dropping us off in Hunterland. We never want to leave. Here are 20 of Hunter’s Most Adorable And Sexy Pics just for you.
We’re not sure how we missed the most magical photo in the world, taken at the season 4 True Blood premiere after party on Tuesday night. Yes, that is Amanda Seyfriend OMG-ing in Alexander Skarsgard‘s face. Yes, that is a stone-faced woman in a black sequin dress staring blankly into the camera. Yes, it is the best thing we’ve ever seen. Yes, we speak in superlatives. But seriously, look at this!