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Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
NBC's Rise would be so much better if its biggest character wasn't such a mess
"Watching Rise feels like watching its promising high school characters take to the stage and try with all their might to bare their souls and inspire the masses," says Caroline Framke. "It’s unabashedly earnest, sporadically moving, and, when it falters, incredibly frustrating." The biggest problem, she says is that Josh Radnor's "supposedly inspiration teacher" character is a "patronizing nightmare." She adds that he "is a one-stop shop of condescension and petulance, and the show doesn’t realize it until way too late in the season."
- Rise does a commendable job of evoking that feeling of the transition from adolescence to adulthood
- The emphasis on Radnor's character takes away from Rise's strengths: the kids themselves
- There's a familiar naturalism with the younger stars, but the adults lack authenticity and won't get out of the way
- Rise benefits from being more Friday Night Lights than Glee
- You have to stick with Rise -- it gets better with the writers' course correction
- Just call it the anti-Glee: Jason Katims didn't want a show about kids bursting into songs
- Katims wanted to return to what he did well on Friday Night Lights
- After adapting Parenthood and Friday Night Lights, Katims has learned that you have to make a TV show your own
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 7:02AM EST
Matthew Morrison reunites with his former Glee castmates
"It's a GLEE-Union!!" Morrison captioned the photo of the gang back together, including Lea Michele, Kevin McHale, Amber Riley Jenna Ushkowitz and Chris Colfer. "What a beautiful night hangin with my old kids & new kid! Ohana..."
Posted Wednesday 2/21/18 at 2:03PM EST
What will happen to Ryan Murphy's top collaborators following his Netflix deal?
Murphy co-created Glee and American Horror Story with Brad Falchuk. Ian Brennan co-created Scream Queens and Glee with Falchuk and Murphy. Yet their fate, and the fate of other Murphy collaborators, is up in the air in the wake of the mega-producer's blockbuster $300 million Netflix deal. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, 20th Century Fox TV could fight Murphy to keep his top collaborators.
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:16AM EST
Ryan Murphy inks deal worth up to $300 million to move to Netflix
The prolific producer has signed a five-year deal worth as much as $300 million to move from 21st Century Fox to the streaming service in what The New York Times is calling one of the biggest deals ever for a TV producer. The deal will hurt Disney, which reached a deal to acquire Fox in December. Murphy has been one of the 21st Century Fox's most prolific producers with hits ranging from American Crime Story to Nip/Tuck to Glee and American Horror Story. Last month, Murphy said he felt uncomfortable with Disney's takeover of Fox despite reassurances from Disney CEO Bob Iger, pointing out “point-blank the stuff I do is not Disney." The Times reports Amazon also courted Murphy, whose Fox deal expires this summer. “The history of this moment is not lost on me,” Murphy said in a statement. “I am a gay kid from Indiana who moved to Hollywood in 1989 with $55 in savings in my pocket, so the fact that my dreams have crystallized and come true in such a major way is emotional and overwhelming to me.” ALSO: Murphy's current shows aren't going anywhere.
# TOPICS: Ryan Murphy, FOX, FX, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Glee, Nip/Tuck, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Bob Iger, 21st Century Fox, American Horror Story Franchise, Disney
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 2:44PM EST
Mark Salling’s child pornography case officially dismissed
The dismissal comes after prosecutors requested the case be dismissed following the Glee alum’s death by suicide at age 35.
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 1:29PM EST
Mark Salling’s child porn case could be dismissed
Prosecutors filed on Monday to have the case against the Glee star dismissed following his death.
Posted Thursday 2/01/18 at 6:10PM EST
Mark Salling’s death ruled suicide by asphysxiation
The Los Angeles coroner announced that the former Glee star was pronounced dead at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, with his cause of death asphyxia by hanging.
Posted Thursday 2/01/18 at 2:23PM EST
Jane Lynch on Glee co-star Mark Salling: “He was a troubled, troubled guy, and he always was”
Lynch says the late actor "was a hard guy to get to know,” but recalled that he was happy being on the Paramount Studios lot filming Glee. “It’s been tough,” she tells Us Weekly. “He was a troubled, troubled guy, and he always was. This is a very sad end to it, but I know that he’s at peace now. He’s in the arms of a beneficent force.”
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 2:09PM EST
Mark Salling’s victims won’t likely receive the restitution he agreed to as part of his plea deal
The Glee alum had agreed to pay his victims in his child pornography case $50,000 each as part of his plea agreement. However, the plea deal was to be enacted as part of his final sentencing, which won’t take place, as TMZ reports. His victims’ only recourse now is to sue his estate for damages.
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 8:39PM EST
Coroner confirms Glee’s Mark Salling died of suicide
The actor’s body was found around 9 a.m. this morning when police spotted his car in a remote area by a riverbed in the Los Angels suburb of Sunland.
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 4:45PM EST
Glee fans are torn about Mark Salling’s death
As one Glee fan put it in reacting to this morning’s news, “Mark Salling did horrible things that he hadn’t yet face[d] the consequences for, but he also played a part in a show that meant the world to a lot of people,” wrote one Twitter user. “It’s okay to have mixed feelings, without defending him. But remember that suicide is never the answer.” Salling was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography, facing four to six years in prison. According to The Blast, Salling’s family reported him missing early this morning fearing he was suicidal. ALSO: Glee cast and crew react to Salling’s death -- Jane Lynch is "brokenhearted."
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 1:33PM EST
Glee’s Mark Salling is dead from apparent suicide at age 35
TMZ reports that the actor, famous for playing Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the Fox series, was found dead near a riverbed near where he lived in the Los Angeles suburb of Sunland. Salling was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty last month to possessing 50,000 images of underage children, as part of a plea deal. TMZ reported three months ago that Salling attempted suicide in August and had to be rushed to the hospital. The suicide attempt occurred before Salling struck his plea deal in October. Salling is the second Glee star to die. Cory Monteith died of an accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol in July 2013 at age 31. UPDATE: Salling's attorney, Michael J. Proctor, confirms his death.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 2:06PM EST
Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist is officially divorced from Glee alum Blake Jenner
It took one year after filing for divorce for Benoist and Jenner to end their four-year marriage.
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 10:26AM EST
Glee’s Mark Salling officially pleads guilty in child pornography case
Salling previously reached a plea deal, and prosecutors are recommending he serve four to seven years instead of the 20 years he was facing under a maximum sentence.
Posted Monday 11/27/17 at 8:49AM EST
Glee’s Naya Rivera arrested for domestic battery
Rivera’s husband, Ryan Dorsey, reportedly shoed police cell phone video of her hitting him on the head and bottom lip while walking with their 2-year-old daughter in West Virginia.