After countless agonizing months of waiting, the first new episode of Glee since its May premiere is finally close at hand, and since next week's kickoff is likely to take television musical conventions into outer space, it made us nostalgic for some of our favorite past musical moments on other shows. After all, it's not like Glee invented music. The concept of "auditioning for the role of kicker," sure, but music's been around at least since these other shows aired. Here are our all-time favorite people-bustin'-out-singin'-on-TV moments.
Finally, some stuntcasting news that doesn't make me want to stab things. After that whole Katie Holmes thing and Regis on How I Met Your Mother and anyone who's ever been in a tabloid on Ugly Betty, my rage problems were getting the best of me. Anyway, rage subsiding! Sigourney Weaver will guest on Eli Stone next season, playing Eli's psychologist, a character who, you know, kinda has her work cut out for her. Eli Stone isn't really my thing, but I love me some Sigourney Weaver, and anyone who was in Alias (Victor Garbor) or Hackers (Johnny Lee Miller) has my vote for life (yes, that includes Angelina. Yes, I still love her despite all the husband-stealing and hypocrisy and whatnot. No, my enthusiasm for Angelina does not mean I'm automatically going to try to hook up with your husband, so stop making that panicked face for crying out loud, god!), so maybe I will give the show a second chance when these episodes air. See what casting legitimate actors who can show up and play a character and actually do something useful does, Hollywood? It's effective! Now get Naomi Campbell and Nicole Richie off my TV!
ABC's love affair with writer/producer/perpetual hit series creator/dude who doesn't seem to require sleep Greg Berlanti marches on with today's news that he has signed on for five more years and likely a boatload more cash (The Hollywood Reporter even calls it a "megadeal" - oooh! Megadeal!) with the network. Berlanti's already quite the busy bee over at ABC, as he has his hand in Brothers & Sisters, Eli Stone and Dirty Sexy Money all simultaneously, which frankly makes me think of that "How many jobs you got?!" In Living Color sketch, which in turn makes me feel uncomfortable. But I digress...
Men of a certain age will remember where they were the first time they saw Species, the movie that introduced the world to the glory that is Natasha Henstridge. Since then, she's moved away from Sci-Fi, appearing in comedies like the movie The Whole Nine Yards, and series like She Spies and Eli Stone. Well, she returns to the realm of speculative fiction this weekend with her role as a scientist in the two-part ABC miniseries Impact, in which a meteor hits the moon, and the moon's orbit begins to decay, putting Earth at risk. We sat down and talked to her about trajectories, the glass ceiling of moon repair and her new project with Stan "The Man" Lee, and we made it all the way to the end without bringing up Species.
A few show additions for your Tuesday viewing/anticipating pleasure. We've re-introduced Jericho, the little nuclear engine that kind of, sort of, roughly could; we've added Lipstick Jungle, which even we don't really know as a separate entity from Cashmere Mafia yet; and we're awaiting all manner of Berliantian wonderfulness from Eli Stone.
OK. I've finally stopped weeping and think I can handle writing this post. After lots of speculation, and a whole freakin' heap of denial on my part, ABC officially decided not to pick up Pushing Daisies. To be fair, two other sophomore series, Dirty Sexy Money and Eli Stone, also got axed by the alphabet network. They refuse to actually say cancelled, which just ticks me off more. Why give people the false hope (no matter how minuscule that may be) that there's a chance they could change their minds. It's just mean. Maybe they just want people to send them free pies.
I've got to thank my dear pal Michael Ausiello over at EW for this one -- he's discovered that one Miss Joey Potter will be resurfacing on the small screen in an episode of Eli Stone. Damn. I guess this means I've got to start watching this show. I tried, because of the Jack Bristow factor, but got bored after one episode. Normally I object to this kind of stuntcasting, but I'm totally selfish and that only goes for shows that I actually watch/am obsessed with. This one I don't care about, and I love me some Katie Holmes, before and after the craziness that surrounds her, Tom and Suri. She'll always be my little sweet Joey Potter. Nothing, not even Scientology, can take that away from her.
Upon hearing the news that Kurt Russell, my favorite movie star in the whole damn universe, is a leading contender to take over William Peterson's role on CSI, I had mixed emotions. First I was like, "The Kurt! On the TV! Yes!" But then I remembered that I don't watch CSI, I've never even seen CSI, and the only things I know about CSI are that they talk about pubic hair on it a lot (Reno 911 told me!) and that it's my 90-year-old grandmother's favorite show. We don't watch the same shows because she's 66 years older than I am, so naturally we have different tastes in what she likes to call "progr'ms."