Let’s get straight to it shall we? This week’s edition of Leanne’s Spoiler List features five fantastic shows. From dramas to comedies and even dramadies, this week’s lineup has everything your little heart could desire. I uncovered talk crucial and painful secrets from this week’s Game of Thrones and chatted with a Glee star about Thursday’s incredibly intense episode.
Read on for tons of Revolution scoop from Billy Burke in anticipation for next week’s shocking episode, and get excited to learn all about the hilarious antics from the always-funny Go On. Last — but most certainly not least — I watched the Season 5 premiere of Nurse Jackie to bring you all the drama from this week’s exciting episode. Ready, set, enjoy TV Lovers!
1. Game of Thrones: A Game-Changing Injury
Good news for A Song of Ice and Fire lovers: a major, game-changing plot point from the books that you have been waiting to see is finally going to happen this Sunday. Yes, this tidbit of a spoiler is kind of vague, but this is definitely something you'll have to wait to see for the full effect. Otherwise, the powers that be at HBO might strike us down and mount our heads on spikes for all of King's Landing to see!
In the last few minutes of Sunday's episode, a major player — you either love them, hate them, or hate that you love them — suffers an injury, in a moment that ends up becoming a major turning point for this character. Did you hate them before? Well, you might change your mind over the next few episodes. Trust me, the Hollywood.com crew is all a flutter about this one!
The injury won't only mentally (and, duh, physically) effect this particular character, it will also impact the decisions they make going forward, and their relationships with the people around them. Will this mystery character be spurned to take revenge on the person responsible? Tune in Sunday night to find out. (And hey, fans of the books — please be kind about not further spoiling in the comments! We have Wikipedia for that.)
2. Go On: Ashes to Ashes
This season of Go On has been a delightful and almost unexpected treat. I’ve found myself looking forward to this quirky comedy each and every week and now I’m sad to see it go. Don’t leave me, Chandler Bing! Ryan and the Go On gang have come so far this season and Anne wants to ensure that despite her failed wedding, she is still a successful leader of the group.
In Thursday’s finale. “Urn-ed Run,” Ryan — with the help of the group — decides that the time is finally right for him to lay his wife’s ashes to rest. But here’s the big question: Where’s the best place for Janie to be sprinkled for all eternity? Also, how can we get Mr. K to stop eating candles?
In a delightful surprise, Go On fans are treated to flashbacks of Ryan and Janie’s wedding day in which we learn that the big day, was almost a little too big for Janie to handle. (Ahem… the entire LA Kings team was there. Sticks and all.) Ryan is doing his best to find the absolute perfect resting place and after a hilarious — and apparently delicious — first run, fans will get teary end when they see the final spot.
3. Nurse Jackie: Fresh Faces and Flashbacks
In today’s TV world there are plenty of hospital dramas that will grab your attention and keep you ferociously engaged for the entire episode—but how many of them also make you laugh? Nurse Jackie has always been perfect at toeing that line between drama and comedy and I can’t begin to describe how excited I am for Season 5 to premiere this Sunday.
I have magical powers (and access to the Showtime press website) so I’m lucky enough to have already seen the premiere episode, “Happy F**king Birthday.” Let me just begin by saying that Jackie is back and better than ever! An overturned bus creates a crazy day at All Saints and it doesn’t help that the new trauma doctor is MIA and a new face — whom I’m going to call Slutty Barbie Doctor — is too busy flirting her way through the day.
I don’t want to give away too much from the amazing premiere so here are four quick facts that you can look forward to: There will be strawberry condoms lodged in one of the most uncomfortable places. Fans will get to witness some beautiful flashbacks into Jackie’s past when life was easy and eyeliner wasn’t a problem on picture day. Zoey will have an epiphany regarding her living situation. And Jackie receives heart-breaking news the day before her birthday. It’s a great episode y’all so get excited. Our favorite nurse is back!
4. Glee: Runaway Bridesmaid
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of chatting with one of my all-time favorite Glee actresses — the lovely Dot-Marie Jones. When I asked for your questions on Twitter, many of you passionate Glee-bees demanded to know why Coach Beiste was absent from the Will and Emma Wedding (or lack of wedding, I should say). So of course I asked her!
In an endearing twist, Jones revealed that she was just as bummed to be missing from the Wemma wedding as we were! “I wanted to wear the most ugliest wedding bridesmaid dresses in the world! But this episode will explain why.” Just imagining Coach Beiste standing next to all of Emma’s ginger relatives in a bright pink gown is enough to bring a smile to any Gleek’s face.
But like Jones teased, this week’s episode “Shooting Star” will allude to the reason why Shannon was absent from the nightmarish nuptials. As we’ve all seen in the promos, Shannon sets up a lovely evening for her best friend Will and goes all out for the occasion. “I cook Will this really nice Italian dinner and I boil the pasta in the hot tub” Jones adds with a laugh, “But I changed the water! Like that really makes it better.” Blegh! I think we should all pool together and get Shannon a new set of cooking ware.
Fans can rest assured that Shannon has put the horrors of her last relationship in the past and has moved on to a new crush. And although I can’t reveal who the lucky fella is, I can tell you that it’s definitely not a student. As we all know, Ryder is currently being catfished by a McKinley mystery woman, and just to be 100% percent positive, I asked Jones if Shannon has anything to do with this storyline. “Me? Oh god no! Leanne, that’s a kid!” she exclaims. Phew!
5. Revolution: Personality Swap
It finally happened! After months of wondering why the characters in Revolution have been forced to survive in a world without power, we finally learned that we can blame those damn little electricity-stealing bugs! This is why all bugs — whether from nature or technology — should be squashed. Blegh!
And while Rachel is on a quest to The Tower to restore power to their ruined world, we know that a reluctant Miles was asked to look after Charlie. I caught up with Billy Burke a few weeks ago at Wondercon and he told me that this newfound responsibility is something that Miles is unfortunately getting used to.
“He didn’t want to be in on this crusade to begin with but you know now he’s finding himself in this horrible position where he is actually caring about people other than himself.” Burke explained, “Miles is a selfish bastard at heart but he’s now learning that there are other things that unfortunately he cares about.” Aww that’s kinda nice!
And as for our new wannabe warrior, The Revolution actor revealed that as Miles’ humanity is warming up, Charlie’s kind soul will continue to harden from grief. “Charlie stars to take on some of these warrior characteristics that [Miles] would’ve never wished upon anybody, because in his mind you have to get rid of your heart to do some of these things.” He said. “As she starts to lose some of herself, he starts to go the other way and we start to see glimpses of what’s inside of him that we would have never seen otherwise.”
Who do you think gets hurt on Game of Thrones? Are you excited for Nurse Jackie to return? What are you most looking forward to in this week’s Glee? Tell me everything in the comments below!
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Excitement! Hormones! Squeee! It’s sexytimes on The Glee Project and holy moly there are so many giggles. And blushing — can’t forget the blushing. And, wait, do my eyes deceive me or is there some winking? Yep, definitely some winking. Jiminy Cricket, folks, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a group of 18-24-year-olds in need of more action. Obvi it’s sexuality week on The Glee Project, and these crazy kids can barely contain themselves.
To kick off sexytimes at William McKinley High, the contenders are faced with “I Wanna Sex You Up” by Color Me Badd. Boy oh boy, Robert, they sure aren’t messing around. The lyrics to this song are pre-tty serious. Aylin, of course, is pumped (but for some reason feels the need to remind us once again that she’s Muslim), and so is Lily (pumped, that is — not Muslim). These two have decided that they are the sexiest of the bunch and are ready to jump the bones of whosoever is silly enough to argue. Michael, too, notes that he’s got “some experience” in the sexing department. Nellie, however isn’t so sure about this alleged “sex” thing. She’s only 19! She’s never had sex! Poor lil virgin Nellie turns tomato red just thinking about the dirty, dirty act.
Before we get to the homework performance, we have to note that fierce Asian Abraham has dyed his hair. Gone is the crimson coif and in its place we find a raven black shock of spikes. The new ‘do is equally gelled, just a bit more monochromatic. The kids are diggin’ it, and so am I. Also, when my roommate poked her head into our living room halfway through the show, the first thing she said was, “What happened to the Asian’s hair?” So clearly this dye job is the most important thing that will happen this week.
The theme of sexuality presents a number of possibilities for super-secret guest mentor. Mark Salling as Puck is hot to trot, and Ashley Fink as Lauren projects that cool-as-a-cucumber, comfortable-in-her-own-skin confidence needed to really own your sexuality. But the mentor is, drumroll please, Naya Rivera. And homegirl is straight killin’ it in a beige pencil skirt. Lordy, Naya, why are you so beautiful? Can I be you? Is your hair real? How do your teeth get so white? As Mario so eloquently puts it, “She’s so hot I can see it.” (Get it, because he’s blind? Good one, Mars.)
The contenders’ performance of “I Wanna Sex You Up” makes me thoroughly uncomfortable — So. Much. Gyration. — but Naya’s squeals seem to be equal parts dismay and delight. These gosh darn kids are totes adorbs, she thinks, completely overlooking the fact that they are 22ish and not 16ish. She thinks Blake did a great job because, duh, he’s hot, and that Nellie was like a frightened field mouse, but Charlie walked away victorious because he can beatbox. And beatboxing is hot, you guys. Charlie is so excited about his win, and about being in the same room as Naya Rivera, that he has an out of body experience and starts referring to himself in the third person. “Charlie beatboxes. Charlie wins. Charlie wants to hide Naya in his special closet and love her forever and ever.”
In order to prevent Naya’s almost certain abduction, Robert distracts Charlie Bit Me and the crew by announcing that this week’s music video will be a mash-up between Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” and Kelis’ “Milkshake.” Woah. The subtle nuances and sensual undertones implicit in each of these two brilliant compositions are striking; and now we deign to merge them? You betcha.
NEXT: “Who’s he smiling at? Who’s he smiling at?!”The setting of the video will be (what else?) a Sex Ed classroom. But, so aroused by the biological diagrams of p’s and v’s, the kiddies throw down their pencils, knock their notebooks to the floor, and are driven to an intense, electric, and sizzling… boys vs girls “sexy-off.” It’s like a dance-off, but about sexiness. Ohmigod so hot, oh baby, oh baby. Good thing Lord of the Dance Zach Woodlee is back to show these amateurs what real sexy is. That is, if he can control his schoolgirl case of the giggles.
Strugglers in the choreo sesh include Shanna, who thinks that perky is sexy (which it isn’t) and self-outed virgin Nellie, who doesn’t seem to realize she has an ass. What girl over the age of 14 can’t arch her back? And, um, Nellie, have you actually seen Glee? You best learn how to sex it up real quick or you’re going to be out of here faster than you can say “50 Shades of Grey.”
In the recording booth, something seriously strange is going on with Charlie. Is that a twitch you’ve got there, sir? Mayhaps a latent form of Tourette’s? Oh I get it, he’s making bedroom eyes at Aylin in the next room. Nikki is not amused. “Who’s he smiling at? Who’s he smiling at?!” she demands to know, working her pregnant self into a near tizzy. In answer to the audience’s burning question — are Charlie and Aylin doin’ the deed late at night in the top bunk? — Charlie tells the camera, “I don’t know what me and Aylin is, but it’s fun while it’s here.” Charlie doesn’t seem to understand the importance of subject/verb agreement, but he does have a pretty good grasp on what romance is in high school.
At the video shoot, Lily proclaims that she is the sexiest of the sexypantses and caresses her face with a pencil. Don’t worry, it’s not at all awkward. Also awkward: Aylin’s come hither glances, Shanna’s attempt at sexy dancing (how can you not do a body roll??), and Mario. Just — Mario in general. Awkward. Awkward. Awkward. Then, the camera pans to Nellie, wearing a cute sexbomb bralet half-shirt and, thanks to the buildup from earlier, I prepare myself for more (you guessed it) awkward. But, ho! What is this? Nellie is HOT! Oooh gurl, werk dat ass!
Since Charlie won the quickfire challenge earlier, he is made director of the music video. Well, not technically, but he certainly thinks that’s what happened. Looks like he took Naya’s advice to heart: “Act like a lion,” she purred during their one-on-one sex lesson. I thought she meant that everyone likes it when you roar a bit and sing “Hakuna Matata,” but clearly Charlie took her words to mean, “Be a total asshole.”
Eric tries to regain control of his set and Charlie says (I’m not making this one up), “Well, the way Zach and I choreographed it… ” Ummm, excuse me? Zach and you? Step back, bitch, don’t you dare try to take credit for work created by the Lord of the Dance. All this divaliciousness is sure to earn Charlie a well-deserved place in the bottom three. Side note: Nikki loves Abraham’s new hair. “He looks so masculine!” she coos. I bet he will be just thrilled when he sees that made the final cut.
NEXT: Someone clearly doesn’t actually watch the show he’s trying to be on.When the video is all put together, it’s totally fine. People look competent and rhythmic and seemed to finally have learned how to lip sync. There’s only one thing missing: Ali. Poor Ali never gets any screen time on this show. Firmly in the middle of the pack and sweet as can be, Ali is often ignored so we can spend more time fawning over Aylin or hearing douchebag proclamations from Mario. It hardly seems fair. Next episode, Ali should beat someone up. That’ll teach ‘em not to put baby in a corner.
Following the video, it’s time for some “honest feedback” from the mentor/judges. Here’s the rundown:
Winner: Sexy Nellie! Zach says, “You became the sexiest thing in the room,” and Lily’s pencil begins to cry.
Safe: Blake, Mario, Aylin, Abraham, Ali, and Lily.
Also safe: Shanna, who suddenly has bangs and, we learn, is not a cute crier (sorry, girl).
That leaves a bottom three of: Charlie, Michael, and Tyler.
Onto the last chance performances. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, these solos are the best part of this show. This is where you get to see just how talented the contenders are, as well as how they perform under pressure. I propose a week of just these solo performances. Forget about the video tomfoolery, give the kiddies a mic and an hour to rehearse and let them have at it. You listening, Murphy?
Here’s how the bottom three performances went:
1. Charlie sings “I Get a Kick Out of You” by Cole Porter, made famous by Ol’ Blue Eyes. Once we get over the fact that Charlie has never heard this song before — where were you, living in the cupboard under the stairs? — I have to admit that he does a nice job. He’s got a rich, velvety voice, not dissimilar from Sinatra’s. Charlie does have a bit of a crazy eyes thing happening on stage, though. Murphy’s critique, understandably, is not about Charlie’s performance but about his unprofessionalism. “I just have a childlike enthusiasm,” Charlie pleads, but Zach says, “Oh hell no,” and states that people have been sent home before because they’re not easy to work with.
2. Tyler sings “Smile” by Charlie Chaplin. Again, how have you never heard this song? First, it’s a goddamn classic. Second, THEY SANG IT ON GLEE. Someone clearly doesn’t actually watch the show he’s trying to be on. Regardless, Tyler’s performance is meh. During judgment time, Murphy notes that he has a hard time criticizing Tyler because he loves the fact that he’s transgendered so much. I think it’s at this point that Murphy realizes that what he really wants is a transgendered character on the show, but he doesn’t necessarily need Tyler to play him.
3. Michael sings “Lucky” by Jason Mraz. I love this song. It’s so beachy and sweet, and just perfect for a dreamboat like Michael. Until, oops, Michael forgets all the words. Considering this is the very reason he ended up on the bottom, I’d say things don’t look good for Michael. Murphy wants to know why Michael keeps choking and basically tries to scare the nerves out of him. Zach is a proud member of Team Michael, though (I’m 98 percent positive I’m Team Zach), and the remainder of the critique turns into a pep talk. If they send Michael home now it will be just cruel.
So, who goes? My money’s on Tyler. Tyler’s been in the bottom three times now, and neither his voice nor acting skills are getting any better. Not to mention, they need to keep Charlie Bit Me around so he can make puppy dog eyes at Aylin, and Michael is just so darn telegenic. So Murph, you’ve got to cut the cord. Don’t prolong the agony; let Tyler go in peace.
Callback list is up and the weakest link is: Tyler. Everyone is crying — mostly Abraham — but Tyler keeps a straight face while he says his good-byes. He knew it was his time, bless his soul. Such a good sport. Until next week, keep on keepin’ on, Projectors. (I just created a new nickname, how do you feel about it?)
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Update: Bieste isn't the only gleek with romance in her future. According to E Online, Santana will finally find herself in a happy relationship...with a girl...named...
...Brittany! That's right. Santana will finally get her happy ending -- well, sort of. Drama is sure to ensure and television relationships are always rocky, but hey, they'll be happy for a little while at least. Sources say this is sure to happen by episode four -- that's next week, kiddos!
Earlier: The third season of Glee appears to be bent on addressing a consistent fundamental issue that people (fans and characters alike) have taken with the show: the lack of focus on many of the New Directions students. While the show is all about togetherness, being part of a group, and accepting everyone as special... we really get only about eight minutes a week that aren't devoted to Rachel, Kurt and Finn. This is no Humsonberry bashing: I'm a fan of all three. But we all know there are new talents and stories to be seen in characters like Mercedes. And nobody is more aware of this than Mercedes.
Those who saw last night's episode, "Asian F," are aware of the new developments for Mercedes' character (if you haven't, I recommend avoiding the spoilers ahead): Mercedes quit the New Directions and joined McKinley High's rival glee club, headed by the drama-infused Shelby Corcoran (Idina Menzel), who is, you'll recall, Rachel's birth-mom (and the puppet master behind Rachel's not-what-it-seemed love affair with Jesse), the adoptive mother of Quinn's and Puck's child (whom Quinn is intending on getting back), and a former romantic fling to the now-committed Mr. Schue. This woman just brings all sorts of chaos with her.
Mercedes' portrayer Amber Riley recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly, giving a few spoilers about where the new season will be taking her character. First off, much like many of the students in New Directions, Mercedes Jones is confirmed as a senior and she will be graduating at the end of the season. But onto more pressing matters: Mercedes won't be the only one signing up for Shelby's glee club. Another member of the New Directions will also be quitting and joining forces with the Shelby, Mercedes, and, of course, Sugar Motta (Vanessa Lengies). But who will it be?
Who has a motive to quit New Directions? The group is certainly not without its tensions. There have been rivalries, jealousies, betrayals, lies, love heptagons...it could be almost anyone. Perhaps Quinn, in a "keep your enemies closer" attempt to win back her child? Oh, Quinn. You poor, disheveled basket case.
But this isn't the only news in the Glee future. It turns out that the show is going to see a new love affair start up, but not for any of those sex-crazed teenage singers—for Coach Bieste (Dot-Marie Jones). The series cast Eric Bruskotter (Six Feet Under, Starship Troopers, Major League II) as Johnny, a football recruiter who scouts McKinley students -- probably those with names like 'Finn' and 'Puck'. We've seen Bieste wrestle with lonileness, and I think everyone is rooting for her to find happiness (except maybe Sue). So, this is a winning development for the show.
Glee airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.
Source: EW, TVLine, E! via Teen.com
Ever since Glee first aired in 2009, the show has become a genre unto itself. Combining popular musical numbers with hilarious wit and clever banter, the show has skyrocketed to the top, quickly surpassing many other television comedies. But let’s face it, a show is only as strong as the actors who lift it to greatness and I believe that Chris Colfer has carried more than his own share of weight during this past season. He's steadily blossomed into one of the pillar characters on the show and it’s time he earned some Emmy recognition.
Even though he was nominated last year, Colfer lost to Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet while his fellow Glee-mate Jane Lynch took home a trophy for her classic one-liners and her comedic genius, both of which helped pave the way for the show’s success. But since that time Colfer's character, Kurt Hummel, has shown a genuine vulnerability and dealt with some intense, real-life issues that are a dominating force in our society today. In Season 2's "Grilled Cheesus" episode, after Kurt's dad has a heart attack and ends up in the hospital, Kurt sings a beautiful, heartbreaking rendition of The Beatles song "I Want To Hold Your Hand," showing that you don’t need to be the star of the football team or Prom Queen to earn your right to the spotlight. Feeling alone and full of guilt in that scene, Colfer really succeeds in portraying what it would feel like to potentially lose a parent and leaves his fans reaching for the box of tissues.
It also goes without saying that the glee club members are constantly picked-on, bullied, and even slushied, but Kurt seemed to get a double dose of it this past season and even ended up transferring to another school due to gay bullying. Throughout the course of the year, he learns to become proud of who he is and starts standing up for himself (and he gets a very cute boyfriend along the way). He even ends up returning to McKinley by the end of the season, overcoming all his fears and insecurities about being "different." His character is a great source of power and strength, which is something all kids and even adults can look up to and admire.
And let’s not forget another important factor – he's completely relatable. Colfer successfully portrays real-life struggles that many gay teens face in their everyday lives. We all remember the uncomfortable sex discussion he had with his father and while we all can agree (Kurt included) that it was awkward, it was also really heartwarming. The fact that his father cared enough to try to sit down and relate to his son, provides a great lesson to parents with gay children -- talking helps. Kurt may have been mortified by the situation, but it definitely meant something to him to know that his father was there to listen if he needed him. And what about when Kurt wanted to bring his boyfriend to Prom and as a joke, kids voted him Prom Queen? At first Kurt was both humiliated and embarrassed by the cruelty of his fellow classmates, but he rose above their pettiness and went through with being coronated with a great parting line: "Eat your heart out Kate Middleton." He chose to stand up for himself instead of running away, setting an incredible example for all gay teens who have been bullied and mocked and Colfer brought the performance to a whole new level. I think that has certainly earned him a right to the Emmy spotlight. It’s Colfer's time to shine!
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