Fox denied Ryan Murphy had a Glee spinoff in the works for Lea Michele yesterday afternoon – hours after the Radar report had spread like wildfire among Gleeks. Murphy had already announced he would honor the series’ two-season order in the wake of star Cory Monteith’s death, and that next season would be its last. Murphy had also said he had originally envisioned Glee’s series-final scene with Monteith and Lea Michele’s characters – a plan that was dashed when Monteith died of an accidental heroin and alcohol overdose last summer. Before the spinoff report broke out, there had been some speculation Murphy would focus the final season of Glee on Michele’s character moving forward after Finn’s death. Murphy, meanwhile, is at work on his pilot, Open, for HBO, creating a new character in order to add Cheyenne Jackson, as a series regular, playing a handsome meth addict; filming is set to begin in February.
The episode’s three-hankie music covers have been released, media polls have been created so you can vote which made you cry hardest, the creator has spoken of weeping cast members shooting excruciatingly emotional scenes, the tabloids have written about the mysterious exclusion from the episode of the actress who played his original love interest – it’s time for Fox to air the Cory Monteith tribute episode of Glee tonight and see how America reacts.
Fox and the show creators had decided, shortly after Monteith’s death, to air a couple of original episodes first, followed by a Monteith tribute episode this week, which got the episode away from the crush of new-show premieres and returning show debuts. Among Fox competitors this week, talk seemed to be split between those who think this episode will pack a wallop, and those who expressed surprise the episode hasn’t generated more buzz and wonder if Fox waited too long to deal on-air with the actor’s death.
“He was very special to me and also to the world and we were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful heart,” said Lea Michele tonight …
BREAKING: In his first public comments since the tragic death of Cory Monteith from an overdose of heroin and alcohol, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy tells Deadline that a quick return to work was a collective decision made by cast and crew, which decided the best way to deal with the grief of losing the show’s breakout star was to return to work and mourn together. That decision was made after consulting with Monteith’s longtime girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele, as well as Monteith’s heartbroken costars and crew.
“We will begin shooting in late August the two shows we had already written, so that people can physically go back to work,” Murphy said. “We will then do an episode that will deal with the death of Finn’s character and follow that with a long hiatus. I don’t know exactly when we will come back, and we are trying our best with this attempt at damage control. We are planning a memorial for the cast and crew sometime this week on the Paramount lot.” Murphy will write that episode with co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, but acknowledges they aren’t sure at this early stage what form it will take. They will have to have it ready when they finish the first two segments, which is a tribute to The Beatles, and the trio will write the episode using Michele as a creative barometer.
A Glee panel minus Ryan Murphy detailed a flurry of Season 4 highlights today at Comic-Con, some of which will come as no surprise to Gleeks. Also missing were notable castmembers including Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Dianna Agron and Chris Colfer. Oddly, no sizzle reel either. The panel kicked off with a docu clip about how Glee has become a pop phenomenon.
In Season 4, Lea Michele‘s character Rachel Barry contends with a big-fish-from-a-little-pond in the big city scenario as she starts college in New York. There she’ll be dealing with her dance teacher, played by Kate Hudson. “She’s in a school with 1,800 Rachels,” said Michele.
Co-creator Brad Falchuk teased, “Finn (Cory Monteith) is off on an adventure (in the army) and his classmates don’t know what’s happening with him.” Plus “we’ve got a new senior class and we’re trying to get 12 kids into sectionals, said co-creator Ian Brennan. “Every series regular we had who has a deal will be back, in varying proportions,” added Falchuk.
Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy New Year’s Eve from New Line has a new trailer showing its ensemble cast preparing for the big night. Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Sarah Jessica Parker and Halle Berry are seriously ready to get this party started on Dec. 9.
Elizabeth Snead contributed to Deadline’s Emmy coverage.
Historically, the Emmys is not a couture-heavy red carpet. But last night several Emmy-nominated actresses sashayed into the Nokia Theatre modeling haute couture from international designers like Armani, Elie Saab, Marchesa and Dior.
What does this mean? It could mean that TV actresses are increasingly cross-over film stars (and vice versa) and warrant couture designers’ attention. Or it could mean that the bigger awards — the Golden Globes and the Oscars — are now so competitive that designers are looking to the Emmys for additional celebrity mannequins.
Who got the most gowns on the hottest actresses on the 2011 Emmy carpet? Let’s do a head count.
Giorgio Armani outfitted Julianna Margulies, the Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series winner from The Good Wife. He also garbed Top Chef reality star Padma Lakshmi and fresh face Minka Kelly, star of the upcoming Charlie’s Angels. Marchesa dressed Glee star Lea Michele and Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss. Oscar de la Renta had his designs on Modern Family‘s Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series winner Julie Bowen.
But Elie Saab dressed Mildred Pierce winner Kate Winslet (left) and nominee Evan Rachel Wood as well as Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt. He gets extra points for dressing Winslet, who won the Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Emmy and gave major exposure to his simple elegant red gown, a design that was head and shoulders above the sea of strapless, garish, sparkly and overdone red gowns worn last night. We counted nine. Was there a red dress memo that went out?
Their characters may be graduating, but Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith will not be leaving Glee at the end of this coming season, the series’ co-creator and executive producer Brad Falchuk said at the Glee Comic-Con panel this morning moderated by TVLine‘s Michael Ausiello, contradicting recent remarks by fellow co-creator/exec producer Ryan Murphy. “Here’s the exact thing: They’re seniors. They’re graduating. But that doesn’t mean they’re leaving the show,” Falchuk said. “It was never our intention or plan to let these people go… They are not done with the show after this season.” Later on in the panel he revealed they had discussed the possibility of a spin-off show depicting the three graduates in New York, trying to start careers on Broadway, but that it probably wouldn’t happen and he was “leaning against doing it.”
Falchuk also addressed the departure of recurring guest star Chord Overstreet, who was offered a deal to return for 10 episodes with a possibility to become a regular at midseason but declined, the producer said. “We wanted him back because we like Chord personally and had some good stories planned for him and with Mercedes (Amber Riley),” Falchuk said. “He decided he would have opportunities elsewhere that he would like to pursue, and we can’t force him to work. “We told him to go with god.” Here is more from the Glee panel:
Our sibling site TVline has the story: Glee exec producer Ryan Murphy isn’t bringing Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, and Chris Colfer back for Season 4. It’s not new news because the plan always has been to graduate the cast. …
These are nowhere near as disturbing as the True Blood stars’ recent bloody nude Rolling Stone cover that still haunts me, but TV watchdog group the Parents Television Council is stirring things up this morning with its outrage over the racy photo shoot of the stars from Fox’s Glee in the upcoming issue of GQ, which it called a “near-pornographic display.” “It is disturbing that GQ, which is explicitly written for adult men, is sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on Glee in this way. It borders on pedophilia,” said PTC President Tim Winter.
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s 2010 Emmy coverage. Here’s his scorecard assessing the Outstanding Lead Drama Series Actor race:
TONI COLLETTE, UNITED STATES OF TARA
Why She Got Nominated: Collette won here last year. If the TV Academy votes separately for each of her personalities, that’s a lot of votes.
Why She Has To Win: …