Kevin McHale was a living testament to the sentiment, "When one door shuts, another one opens. " The actor and singer had initially launched his showbiz career with the boy band NLT, which scored two...
Actor/singer Matthew Morrison struggled to contain his emotions on Saturday (21Feb15) as filming on hit musical comedy series Glee wrapped for the final time, admitting there were "a lot of tears". The cast and crew shot the final scenes for the series finale over the weekend, marking the end of a six-season run, and Morrison reveals he barely managed to hold it together during his last day on the set of Glee.
He tells Eonline.com, "It was a tough day. I'm not going to cry now because I kind of got it all out, but it was a really tough day."
Morrison was handed the honour of singing Glee's closing song and the emotional scene left everyone in tears.
He says, "It was a beautiful send-off. But it was tough. I was singing to all the kids and Amber Riley starts crying and I'm like, 'Come on, don't do this to me right now.' And then Lea Michele starts crying and then Darren Criss and Chris Colfer.
"There were a lot of hugs and a lot of tears. It's been an amazing almost seven years."
Producers threw a carnival party for the Glee cast and crew to celebrate the end of the series and Michele shared a few photos from the bash on Twitter.
She also thanked fans for all of their support, writing, "I'm so grateful... to have had this incredibly amazing experience. Thank you so much to all of our amazing Gleeks (Glee fans) who supported us so much! I love you guys.
"We were so lucky to have had the most amazing crew who worked so hard everyday to make the show amazing. I'm so grateful for them.. So thank you all again so much from the bottom of my heart. I will miss Rachel Berry so very much."
Her co-stars Riley, Criss, Kevin McHale and Becca Tobin also took to Twitter to express their thanks to Glee fans.
"I've already asked Jenna (Ushkowitz) if I could fit it into her car because she has a bigger car than I do... It doesn't really fold (and) it's cumbersome, but I was like, 'I am definitely taking it. I'm taking the wheels off, I'm putting it in your car and then leaving and never talking about it again'." Actor Kevin Mchale is planning to grab his character's wheelchair when Glee wraps filming.
The producers of Glee have been sued by a shopper who allegedly tripped over cables while the TV series was filming in a California mall.
In the lawsuit, Yolando Rosario claims she was shopping at Burbank Town Center in November (13) when she fell over wiring which had been set up by the 20th Century Fox crew in a walkway open to regular shoppers. In the paperwork, obtained by TMZ.com, Rosario states that she broke her arm and a rib in the fall and is suing bosses at the Fox network and the owners of the mall for unspecified damages and coverage of medical bills.
The scene set in the mall features characters Kurt, Santana and Rachel, played by Lea Michele, working as elves for Santa Claus. It aired in the U.S. in December (13).
Funnyman Steve Martin has led tributes to his pal Robin Williams, following the Mrs. Doubtfire star's death on Monday (11Aug14). Williams was found dead in his home in Marin County, California. He was 63. Reports suggest he committed suicide.
Martin took to Twitter.com on Monday afternoon, shortly after the sad news broke and wrote, "I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul."
David Steinberg, Williams' manager for 35 years, said in a statement: "Nobody made the world laugh like Robin Williams. My brother, my friend, my soul mate, I will miss you."
Cher added, "Oh Robin... He was Sweet LOVELY,Man. He ran high voltage,Mind Always Going, It was who he was.I Know Well..Many X's from High There is Only Low.So Sad", while Williams' Mrs. Doubtfire co-star Mara Wilson writes, "Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while."
Genie. You're free. pic.twitter.com/FWQWPDPP42
— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) August 11, 2014
Other Twitter tributes have come from Johnny Depp, Michael J. Fox, Rihanna, Rita Wilson, Steve Carell, Jared Leto, Morgan Freeman, Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Cryer, John Cusack, Jenny McCarthy, Logan Lerman, Evan Rachel Wood, Sharon & Jack Osbourne, Pink, Ellen DeGeneres, Rose McGowan, Shannen Doherty, Josh Groban, Eddie Izzard, Eric Idle, Ashley Tisdale, Marlee Matlin, Mandy Moore, John Krasinski, and Mia Farrow, who posted, "No! Robin Williams you were so loved."
Miley Cyrus never met Williams, but admits the news of his death hit her hard: "I can't take the Robin Williams news. I've never cried over someone I've never met but I can't stop."
And Lindsay Lohan adds, "Mr. Williams visited me the first day of filming The Parent Trap. I will never forget his kindness. What an enormous loss. My condolences."
His former co-stars Henry Winkler and Minnie Driver were also among the first celebrities to pay tribute to Williams. Happy Days star Winkler wrote, "To watch him create on the spot was a privilege to behold... Robin you are an angel now !!! REST IN PEACE", while his Good Will Hunting castmate Driver added, "My Heart's broken. Robin was a beautiful, kind soul. Can't bear that he's gone. So incredibly sorry for his family."
One of the late funnyman's final co-stars, Joel McHale, states, "RIP @robinwilliams. You were one of the very best that ever was. You were one of my heroes."
And Williams' Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber, who recently reteamed with Williams in U.S. TV comedy The Crazy Ones, has revealed she's "devastated" by the sad news of her longtime friend's death. The actor's The Crazy Ones co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar simply posted nine photos of herself with Williams on Twitter.com.
Other thoughtful words came from Glee stars Chord Overstreet and Lea Michele, who wrote, "So heartbreaking to hear the terribly sad news about the amazing Robin Williams, thank you for bringing so much laughter and joy to us all", and Kevin Spacey, who added, "Robin Williams made the world laugh & think. I will remember & honor that. A great man, artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure."
He made us laugh. He made us cry. He ended up touching every element of the human spirit. #RIPRobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/kbEq7OwPOf
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 12, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama also acknowledged the entertainer's impact to people all over the world in a statement which reads: "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan and everything in between. "But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most - from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalised on our own streets. "The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."
Meanwhile, a tribute has been posted on a billboard outside Los Angeles' Laugh Factory, where Williams often performed. It reads: "Robin Williams. Rest in Peace. Make God laugh."
Glee star Kevin Mchale was shocked when he took part in the U.K.'s racy adult game show Celebrity Juice because he thought he had signed up for an X Factor-style talent contest. The U.S. actor was approached last year (13) to host a British panel show but he was unaware of the term and assumed he was being offered a judging role on a high-profile singing competition.
However, he was left stunned when producers of the new programme landed him a spot on Celebrity Juice as an introduction to the format - and he was confronted with fellow guests telling lewd anecdotes and saucy, foul-mouthed jokes.
McHale tells British TV show This Morning, "They called me (and said), 'Do you want to do a panel show?' and I was, like, 'What is that? No.' To me it's like, oh is that sitting behind a panel and judging, like on The X Factor or something? I was like, sure, I can criticise people.
"I happened to be here (in the U.K.) last summer and I met up with some of them and they told me their ideas and they were so nice and funny and hilarious I was like, 'I will do whatever you guys want me to do.' They put me on Celebrity Juice so I could see it and I think that was a great introduction to the panel world!"
McHale's new show, Virtually Famous, pits two teams against each other to score points with their knowledge of online viral content and social media news. It is due to air in the U.K. from next week (beg28Jul14).
One Direction have been too busy to take up an offer to appear in Glee, according to castmember Kevin Mchale.
The actor has revealed producers behind the hit musical TV show have been desperate to land a cameo appearance by the British-Irish boyband, but the singers have been unable to find time in their gruelling work schedules.
McHale tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "We wanted them on the show badly and I thought it might happen at one time. But then they just became too big, too busy."
Previous guest stars on the show have included Britney Spears, Ricky Martin and Demi Lovato.
Glee stars Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison dated years before they became TV student and teacher on the hit show. The singer/actress has confirmed long-standing rumours the couple once dated in her new book Brunette Ambition, after previously insisting the romance stories weren't true.
Michele, who at 27 is eight years younger than Morrison, comes clean as she recalls landing the role of Rachel Berry in the TV musical. In an extract of the new book obtained by Us Weekly, she writes, "When we shot the pilot, I met Cory Monteith, Kevin McHale, Amber Riley, and Chris Colfer for the first time. I had worked on Broadway with Jenna Ushkowitz and Matthew Morrison before. Matt had been a friend of mine for years, and in fact we'd actually dated back in the day for a Broadway beat."
Michele previously insisted she and Morrison were never more than friends and the romance rumours were made up, and he also shot down the rumours of a pre-Glee fling with his co-star in a 2010 Parade interview, stating, "I got a call from my publicist (about it), and she got a call a minute later and we looked at each other like, 'What the f**k?' It's so laughable." Michele went on to date Monteith, who died following a drug overdose last summer (13).
Glee star Kevin Mchale is heading to U.K. TV as the host of a new panel show. The actor, who plays Artie Abrams on the musical series, will front Virtually Famous, which pits two teams against each other to score points with their knowledge of viral content and social media news.
McHale is a prolific Twitter.com and Instagram.com user, with a combined following of more than two million.
The show will air on Britain's E4 network later this year (14). Glee is set to come to a close after its sixth season next year (15).
Will Ferrell paired up with tennis champ Novak Djokovic to play against Kevin Spacey and Swiss pro Stan Wawrinka for the Desert Smash Showdown charity tennis match in California on Tuesday (04Mar14). The proceeds went to the Cancer for College charity, which provides scholarships to cancer survivors. Rebel Wilson, Joel McHale and Redfoo from dance act LMFAO also took part.
After months of waiting, fueled by syndicated reruns and battle cries of "Six Seasons and a Movie!", Community fans will finally be able to escape their own darkest timeline — also known as the dark shadow cast by Season 4 — and celebrate when the show returns for its highly-anticipated fifth season. Along for the ride is the newly-reinstated show runner Dan Harmon, whose long battles with the network and controversial firing seems to have overshadowed the show itself in the press. Overall, fans have been excited by Harmon's return, and early reviews of the new episodes promise that Community finally feels like Community again. However, that doesn't necessarily guarantee that the show will be able to easily return to its former glory, and the deck is stacked pretty highly against them.
For one thing, even though the Greendale Seven are reuniting at their old college after discovering that the real world isn't as hospitable to epic pillow forts, campus wide paintball wars and Law and Order spoofs as Greendale was, there will be one notable absence: Chevy Chase's Pierce. As with Harmon, Chase's tenure on the show was often clouded by controversy and conflicts (many of them with Harmon himself), and so it came as no surprise that he would decline to return for the fifth season. But Pierce was a significant part of the study group, and his absence is bound to throw things off balance for a little while. As a character, he's either at the forefront of an episode or completely shunted to the background, so it will be interesting to see which direction the writers decide to go when approaching his loss. The worst thing for them to do would be to completely ignore it and therefore the effect that his absence will have on the rest of the group, but since Community has never passed up an opportunity for an in-joke or a meta reference, we're not too worried.
No, the departure that is truly worrying is that of Donald Glover, who will only be appearing in five episodes this season as Troy. The loss of Troy will probably be more keenly felt than that of Pierce, simply because his friendship with Abed is the show's most important and prominent relationship, and so his impending departure will be hanging heavily over the first few episodes of the season. Although Season 3 laid some of the groundwork for establishing who Troy and Abed are without each other, the show's biggest obstacle this season will be dealing with the loss of one of its most beloved characters. The team has promised that it will be done in a way that makes sense, in terms of both plot and emotional impact, and since the trailer already contains at least one tongue-in-cheek reference to it, it's very likely that Community will be able to deliver in that regard.
Of course, the show will also have to reconcile the new storylines with all of the changes, developments and regressions that were made in Season 4. Since Harmon has made his feelings on the last season very well known, there's no doubt that he will spend a lot of time fixing, retconning, or explaining away anything that he didn't approve of. This puts the show in danger of becoming all about rectifying what went wrong, and not actually moving forward with new story or character arcs. Harmon is not known for being subtle about his feelings, or for easily letting go of the conflicts he has had with various people and companies over the years. As such, there's a good chance that much of this new season will be about settling scores, to the detriment of any forward movement. Every television season is about moving forward and moving on, and that's the best thing Community can do.
Despite being vehemently hated by fans and generally panned by critics, Season 4 wasn't quite as bad as it is believed to be. It did lose a lot of what made Community feel like Community, and many of its episodes weren't up to par with golden half-hours like "Pillows and Blankets" or "Cooperative Calligraphy," but there were many episodes in the Harmon-led seasons that didn't live up to those either. The biggest problem with Season 4 is that it lacked the proper balance between gimmicky plots and heartfelt character moments, and that's a problem that Season 5 is could have as well — just take a look at all of the guest stars they have lined up. However, Season 4 did a lot with the characters that was necessary in order to move forward with who they were becoming.
One of the most highly-derided plots of last season was Chang's "Changesia," where he called himself Kevin and acted with genuine kindness and friendship toward the study group members as a ploy to take them all down. While the execution was greatly lacking, the writers desperately needed to find some way to redeem the character of Chang if they wanted to keep him on the show. At the end of Season 3, Chang had taken over Greendale in a dictatorial power grab, only to end up at rock bottom after the gang lead a coup against him. The show had been building toward something like that for some time, with the character slipping further and further into insanity over the course of the second season. There's no way to top the insanity of taking over the college and getting everyone expelled, and so the only place for Chang to go, then, was up. And even though giving him Changnesia was a flimsy excuse, it give force the study group to re-evaluate their relationship with him, and decide to forgive him, which once again gave him a place at Greendale.
Similarly, the season did its best to return some depth to the character of Britta, after two seasons of her being mercilessly picked on and behaving in increasingly more ditzy and insane ways. With "Herstory of Dance," which tends to be regarded as the best episode of the season, the show acknowledged that Britta had become nothing more than a punchline for the other characters, and returned some of the dignity that had been missing from the character in her victory at the end. However, if Harmon disliked this development, Britta will be shunted right back into being the picked-on joke of a character that lacked a lot of the depth and interesting characteristics that she started the series with. Shirley also gained some depth over the season, especially when the audience got to see how she views the study group as a second, more welcoming family in "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations," as well as when her competitive nature allowed her to be the focus of several plots over the course of the year.
Ideally, the new season will recognize the good things that happened in Season 4, like the redemption of Chang or the development of Britta and Shirley, and rather than just focusing on settling a score or retconning all of the forgettable moments of the season, actually build on them and use it to propel the plot forward. If the worst thing that Season 4 did was highlight gimmicks over substance, the worst thing that Season 5 can do is refuse to let go of the past.
The one thing that Season 5 has in its favor is that most audiences have already made up their minds that it will be a step up from last year. Season 4 definitely had flaws (many of them, in fact), but the thing that hurt it the most was that everyone had decided before the episodes started airing that it was going to be a disaster. Therefore, when the good moments happened, they were largely ignored, and the bad moments were held up as examples of why Community was doomed without Harmon. We predict that something similar will happen this season, which will only be bolstered by Harmon's presence being restored to the universe he created.
Only time will tell if Harmon's return really does mean a return to the glory days of Greendale. However, the odds and fan opinion are on his side, and if the team can find a way to reconcile Season 4 with what they have planned for the new episodes, it might even be enough to win back some of the old fans who have become bored by the constant drama surrounding the show. In the meantime, though, let's just grab some special drink and settle into our blanket forts and finally enjoy the return of our favorite study group.
Cast in three episodes of HBO's "True Blood" as Neil Jones, a coroner's assistant
Had a recurring role on Nickelodeon's "Zoey 101" as Dooley
Band released their first single, "That Girl" and briefly appeared in "Bratz: The Movie"
Cast as on Artie Abrams, a guitarist and paraplegic wheelchair user, in Fox's "Glee"
Joined an American Boy Group, NLT (short for Not Like Them)
Appeared on NBC's "The Office" as a pizza delivery boy who is taken hostage by Steve Carell's Michael Scott
Kevin McHale was a living testament to the sentiment, "When one door shuts, another one opens. " The actor and singer had initially launched his showbiz career with the boy band NLT, which scored two hits in 2007 with the sugarcoated singles "That Girl" and "She Said, I Said (Time We Let Go)." Yet before the group reached its full pop music potential, lukewarm record label support and differing career interests between band members ultimately led to NLT's 2009 split. McHale used this misfortune to switch gears toward acting and immediately landed a featured role on "Glee" (Fox, 2009- ), a musical comedy series about a high school glee club who are bullied for their social status rather than praised for their talent and school spirit. McHale played Artie Abrams, a wheelchair-bound teen who plays guitar like Jimi Hendrix and sings like Paul Simon. The producers of "Glee" received mild criticism for casting the non-handicapped actor in the part, yet it did not take long for audiences to fall in love with McHale. His genuine portrayal of the soft-spoken and charismatic Artie was arguably the show's most courageous performance and proved there were no limits to natural born talent.