TV Review: GLEE – Season 2 – “The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle”

GLEE performs Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' during the Season 2 episode "The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle" | ©2011 Fox/Adam Rose

It would seem like GLEE has bitten off too much this time out. This is an uber-ambitious episode filled with so many disparate elements, it gets confusing at times. Plus, the show throws in some pretty ridiculous subplots and it leads you to believe that everyone at McKinley High School is capable of belting out a tune and the ability to dance like there’s no tomorrow.

“The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle” deals with the big football game – and whether McKinley’s students can come together and win it. There’s half the team that’s joined the Glee club, the other half think it’s silly and for sissies (well, harsher words are used).

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Interview: GLEE star Matthew Morrison gets ready to Super Bowl shuffle

Matthew Morrison in GLEE - Season 2 - "Umbrella" | ©2010 Fox

How do you follow the thrills of the Super Bowl? Well, if you’re GLEE, you do an episode featuring Michael Jackson’s classic “Thriller” which airs tonight on Fox right after the big Super Bowl game. If you’re Matthew Morrison, who stars on GLEE as dedicated high school teacher and glee club champion Will “Shoe” Schuester, this is one more exciting moment in a ride that has seen world tours and two consecutive years presenting at the Kennedy Center Honors at the White House. Here’s his thoughts on the fortunes GLEE has brought him creatively and career-wise and where Mr. Schuester […]Read On »

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The X List: SAW – THE FINAL CHAPTER One of the Highlights on Blu-ray and DVD This Week

(c) 2011 Lionsgate Home Entertainment. SAW - THE FINAL CHAPTER

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. MOVIES SAW – THE FINAL CHAPTER – I think the title of this misleading … anyone remember the FRIDAY THE 13TH series? Yeah, exactly. This time we get all of the answers to the questions that have been left during the course of the series about Jigsaw, his […]Read On »

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The Complete List of the 2011 Golden Globe Awards

THE SOCIAL NETWORK movie poster | © 2010 Sony Pictures

If you didn’t watch last night’s 2011 Golden Globe Awards, you probably missed one of the most uncomfortably bizarre telecasts in Globe history. Host Ricky Gervais skewered the Hollywood elite in ways that clearly made everyone nervous (and a little miffed) in the room. Of course, it was fun and unpredictable, which is why the Globes are inherently more entertainment than the more buttoned down Oscar telecast which arrives a month later, but don’t expect Gervais to be asked back for a third time next year. As for the winners, there were a few surprises (THE KING’S SPEECH took home […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: THE GLEE PROJECT on Oxygen will seek out the show’s next big star

Darren Criss in GLEE - Season 2 - "Special Education" |©2010 Fox/Justin Lubin

Last year, Fox was going to develop a reality competition to find the next stars of its GLEE show. With so much going on with the producers on the show, the project never happened. Now Oxygen is launching a reality competition called THE GLEE PROJECT which will seek to find one person who will gain a role in Season Three of GLEE. GLEE producers (including Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto) will be involved, as well as GLEE’s casting director Robert Ulrich. At today’s winter TCA session, the scoop on the show was revealed. “We’re going to have one person […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: 24’s Howard Gordon reveals the scoop on the 24 movie (it’s on hold) and talks about his novel GIDEON’S WAR arriving in January – Part 2

Kiefer Sutherland in 24 - Season Eight | ©2010 Fox

It took eight seasons (and one made-for-TV movie) for time to run out for Fox’s venerable and ground-breaking action series 24 which starred Kiefer Sutherland as the tragic anti-hero Jack Bauer. The show took one day, in the life of the sometimes counter-terrorist agent Bauer and dealt with the ups and downs of a major attack on U.S. soil like clockwork every season. The real time conceit was the hook, but it was Sutherland and crackerjack storytelling that kept viewers hooked year after year. With 24 – Season Eight and 24: THE COMPLETE SERIES hitting DVD this week, ASSIGNMENT X […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 2 – “A Very Glee Christmas”

Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith in GLEE - Season 2 - "A Very Glee Christmas" | ©2010 Fox/Justin Lubin

Not surprising, GLEE’s “A Very Glee Christmas” looks and feels like every other Christmas special out there (hitting all the major beats above), but also manages to put its own twists on the formula as well. We get a major break-up between Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele) – with no happy resolution by episode’s end. And the very important line by Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) at the end of the episode to Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) is the very un-Christmas-like “I hate you.”

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 2 – “Special Education”

Darren Criss in GLEE - Season 2 - "Special Education" |©2010 Fox/Justin Lubin

There’s a part of me that would really like to see GLEE do more episodes like “Special Education” and “Never Been Kissed” – ones that actually feel well constructed and tell multiple stories that actually tie together properly. It’s also refreshing, in the case of “Special Education” that Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) isn’t shoved down our throats just to have her there for some unneeded conflict. I love the character, but Sue always works in moderation. In the case, she’s totally M.I.A. and the show, weirdly, is the better for it. No guest stars either. No gimmicks. Just the main cast, who are allowed to thankfully shine.

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Exclusive Interview: GLEE star Cory Monteith talks about singing, dancing and covering Queen

Cory Monteith in GLEE - Season 2 | ©2010 Fox

 While many of the characters of GLEE get to wear their emotions on their sleeve, jock and show choir member Finn has proven to be the most introspective. As played by Cory Monteith, Finn internalizes so much, it’s hard to really pinpoint where he’s coming from at times. Yet, for all his internal strife, he’s also the one character who has grown leaps and bounds with last week’s episode finally having embraced Kurt (Chris Colfer) as his step-brother with open arms. ASSIGNMENT X caught up with Monteith to talk about Season Two, exploring his voice and covering Queen as […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season Two – “Furt”

Carol Burnett and Sue Sylvester in GLEE - Season Two - "Furt" | © 2010 Fox/Mike Yarish

“Furt” proves to be another very strong episode as Curt’s dad (Mike O’Malley) and Finn’s mom decide to tie the not. It becomes a growth episode for Finn (Cory Monteith) who has to man up and now realizes he can’t be an innocent bystander when Curt is being terrorized by a school bully who threatens to kill him. It’s a thoroughly touching episode, with moments that have resonance and ring very true for a change.

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