Fox Is Making All Its Shows Sing

... What is Glee doing to our country? Fox is trying to make all of its shows a little more like ratings-juggernaut American Idol and flavor-of-the-month Glee by having them do some musical bits. From April 29 to May 5, Fringe, Bones, House, The Simpsons, Family Guy, and others will have "musical elements" shoehorned into their plots. I can't wait to see Agent Philip Broyles do "Moon River." [The Live Feed]

... Next year, America's housewives will have to wait until the evening to be told how to act. Oprah Winfrey is expected to announce that her next big-time project will be an hour-long show that airs at night on her OWN cable network. Oprah's Next Chapter (let's hope that's a working title) will follow Oprah as she sends out her subliminal messages and tells her sheep what to read from various places around the globe, taking her out of her evil lair and into the real world. Who will protect us when this beast is let loose!? [Wall Street Journal]

... MTV's My Life as Liz star Taylor Terry hurt her neck in a car accident when her Hummer H3 crashed into another vehicle. But the real reason I put this item in here is because the geniuses at TMZ used this headline: "MTV Starlet Hurts Neck in Hummer Incident." [TMZ]

... Mad Men is totally mad! Instead of its usual August start date, the AMC hit will start in July. Adjust your shopping schedule to appropriately stock up on hair gel and vermouth. [Digital Spy]

... Slightly spoilery Smallville news: The Black Canary will be back in the season finale. She will face her nemesis, the Gaseous Mineshaft. [Kyptonsite]

... HBO has picked up Enlightened, a comedy about a woman (Laura Dern) who has a "revelatory experience" after rehab and sets out to live her life in a different way. Hilarity ensues. And Showtime has ordered Shameless, about a drunkard (William H. Macy) who tries to take care of his family while living in the slums of Chicago. I'm guessing there's less hilarity in that one. [THR & THR]

... Answer: A show that just got renewed through 2014. Question: What is Jeopardy!? The category is: Shows that just got renewed through 2014. The puzzle: WH__L OF FORTUN_. Is it Whale of Fortune?! Oh, I give up. [The Wrap]

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Stupid glee.. please.. please cancell it!!!...and bring back T:TSCC... FoX U trendss!!..
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July's still too far away! I want to watch new episodes of Mad Men nowwwwwww!!!!!! I miss Joan (L)_(L)
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They have renewd it already in France 2 years ago ... The wheel of.. Anyway just not of any interest...
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@novembernicole

I don't think you got the joke about the mineshaft. Canary... mineshaft... Come on now.
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umm. emily deschanel and co can sing; they've already done a show with singing on bones. hugh laurie and jesse spencer are both musicians and play in the band from tv. also, hugh laurie often plays guitar on the series. family guy has done several musical numbers as well. so that just leaves fringe and the simpsons. (which i haven't watched a lot of and have no idea if they've done anything musical.) lighten up, guys. maybe you just haven't noticed the "musical elements" that were already in most of these shows because music is such an intrinsic part of them.
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What a cheap and stupid network gimmick! I will so not be watching FOX all of that week!
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These musical bits have not even happened yet, and I am already tired of the concept. As for Smallville's season finale - well, I will just say that having a nemesis named "Gaseous Mineshaft" sounds really bad . . . and strange. Now I will definitely have to watch it.
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Fringe's musical is rumored to be a Walter hallucination
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"Musical elements" doesn't necessarily mean musical. Family Guy and The Simpsons could easily have full musical episodes a la the one from Buffy, but Bones might just have a scene like we've seen previously in which Bones and Zack have belted out a few notes. Then again, Booth could get another episode like when he saw Stewie, the dead soldier, and the alternate reality. Hugh Laurie is talented enough to do an episode in song just to torment Robert Sean Leonard's character. I'm not really sure about Fringe... maybe they'll go to a club to catch a show or something.
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A Bones and Finge musical!? Have they lost there minds? I can see The Simpsons, Family Guy, and maybe House (somehow), doing a musical but Bones and Fringe?
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I can see House and Wilson doing a musical number together, but Foreman and Taub - not so much.
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I HATE musicals, I can't wait until this garbage ends.
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I can see it now. 24: The musical.



....... Oh dear God, no...
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omg Bones, Fringe and House musicals? What were the writers smoking when they thought that would be a good idea?
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How I Met Your Mother managed a quality musical interlude, and so did Batman, The Brave and the Bold. Coincidentally, both had Neal Patrick Harris. Scrubs had some good musical numbers, too, but nobody in that studio feels much like singing.
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Actually, I think Reddick went to school for musical theatre and is apparently quite good.
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Didn't anyone noticed how "musical elements" was in quotations? It doesn't necessarily mean that the characters will sing, but, in Bones for example, could just mean that the people involved were musically inclined. I'm not worried really at all...
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Shameless is another remake of a British show, which was pretty funny at the start due to the chance to laugh at chavs and how stupid they are. Do you have chavs in America? Generally they are illiterate drugged up ( and/or alcoholic) wasters that contribute nothing to society. So either they are making it a much different show or they will have laughs in it.
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I love Musicals and I love Glee, but I don't want to see a bunch of other shows try and fail to do Musical episodes. I have a feeling a lot of cringe-worthy television is coming my way. Particularly, Bones and Fringe. Not every show runner has the ability to make a good Musical. So much Fail incoming....sigh.
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Ridiculous.. more musicals..
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I agree musical for shows that's a little to much.
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wow that sounds like it might be a wierd finale for smallville
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I was wary about a musical Fringe, but now Bones and House as well? That may be more than I can handle.
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