News Briefs: Helen Mirren Will Guest-Star on Glee

CASTING COUP

Helen Mirren will play the “inner voice” of a character on Glee, when the show returns from hiatus on January 17 with an episode called “Yes/No.” Any guesses whose it will be? Gotta be Kurt, right? Who else would have Helen Mirren as their inner voice? Nice coup for the Glee crew, but I can’t say I’m not disappointed I won’t be seeing her legendary rack. [TVLine]


BIG DEALS

… Fox has bought a multicamera comedy from Michael Showalter and Christina Lee called I Hate Your Friends. It’s about a couple who...enh, you can probably figure it out. [Deadline]

Ricky Gervais' little person comedy Life’s Too Short, which is set to debut on HBO in 2012, has been picked up for a second season in the UK. [@rickygervais]


PROGRAMMING NOTES

… Sony Pictures TV has made all of the already aired episodes of ABC’s Pan Am available for free on iTunes through Jan. 5. Happy Pan-ukkah! (Sorry.) [iTunes]

… Tonight is the final battle for The X Factor’s $5 million prize. Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik, and Chris Rene are the last three standing. Melanie Amaro will win. How do I know? I just know. Set to perform on tonight’s show: Avril Lavigne will duet with Rene, Alanis Morissette will be paired with Krajcik, and R. Kelly will sing with Amaro. (R. Kelly, huh? Good thing 13-year-old Rachel Crow isn’t around.) Tomorrow, Justin Bieber--THE JUSTIN BIEBER--performs with ejectee Drew Ryniewicz and Stevie Wonder will sully his legacy by appearing on another Simon Cowell show. [THR]

… Here’s the Season 2 trailer for Showtime’s The Borgias. [YouTube]


THE HALL OF SHAME

Work It update: Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD have taken out a full-page ad in Variety, excoriating ABC for their stupid cross-dressing sitcom. Frankly, the more ABC is publicly shamed for this turd, the better. [glaad.org]

… Jay Gray, a correspondent with NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams, was pulled over and charged with DUI after returning from a party at the home of Joe Amendola, Jerry Sandusky's attorney. He was one of several reporters trying to score a Sandusky interview, and ironically became the story himself. And what a story: “Drunk Driver Lets Child Rapist Slip Through His Fingers.” [THR]


BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

… As he hangs up Hung for good, Thomas Jane just wants to make one thing clear: He was never a male prostitute when he was 18, as some folks have interpreted something he said in an October interview. (“I was 18. I wasn’t averse to going down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting a guy buy me a sandwich. Know what I mean?”) Anyway, that didn’t mean he was exchanging tricks for paninis. He was just sexually “adventurous.” Glad that’s all cleared up. [ABC News]


Kristen Bell in panties and a bra, from behind. Do we need to say more? [Hollywood Life]


Jimmy Fallon has a new iPhone app: Jimmy Fallon’s Wake Up Call will call you up and rouse your from your slumber with messages from Jimmy. [laughingsquid.com]


Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt (who has some time on his hands these days) is the new celebrity face of Prada. I approve. [Esquire]


… Rumor has it ABC had The Bachelor’s Ben Flajnik’s moles removed. Because who pictures their prince charming having two tiny birthmarks on his cheeks just slightly larger than freckles? ICK! That’s totally not husband material. [Life & Style]

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The show The Bachelor is so disgusting.
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for Helen Mirren to lend her voice , she must be very expensive to hire ..

imagine if she was to act in glee .. wow .. a season's budget will be gone !
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Showalter gets a network show? Wow. But it's on Fox, which means cancelled in 2 seconds? Oh. Another member of The State gets a taste of success only to have it ripped back out of his mouth, I'm sure.



ABC should be shamed for "Work It", but only because of the hacky, ripped-off premise. The idea that, based on what we've seen so far, there is an insult to ANYBODY is ludicrous... well, apart from the insult to audiences. The ads have nothing to do with Transgenders or a lack of human rights for Transvestites. They may as well be attacking ads for Last Man Standing for mocking tv dads, it's just as ludicrous... and that's coming from someone who spent a lot of time in West Hollywood over the years. There are plenty of real battles to take on in the cause of championing the downtrodden LGBTQIA community's rights, but this isn't one of them.



Thanks for the Kristen Bell photos, though what more could you say? Oh, the name of the show, House of Lies. It's on a network owned by the parent company of this very blog, and you can't even shill it? Anyway, based on a single scene in Veronica Mars and 1 network promo, I always suspected she had a nice rear, but until now never had confirmation. Hope this series works out for her, too bad I'm too cheap to spring for Showtime. :p
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Helen Mirren seems to me to be just a little too 'classy' for Glee, given the type of show it is and the type of actress she is. Maybe she wants to do something easy for a change. Hope it works out.
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I loooove Showalater... Hope the show is good.
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Thank you.



[You know what for.]
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Fox just loves those negative names for their comedies. I Hate My Teenage Daughter. I Hate Your Friends. Too much hate... oO
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Helen Mirren could possibly be Brittany's inner voice, she hasn't had one so far from what I remember but Kurt has. It'd be pretty funny, Brittany such a dumb (but awesome) character and her inner voice being fricken Helen Mirren!



Fox should just greenlight a show called I Hate Everybody In My Life And In Yours Also.



Those X Factor duets all sucked, even Melanie's was boring.. I'd rather hear the people do them solo or have the original artists perform them, and I liked Drew but I won't watch ANYTHING involving Bieber
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FOX has I Hate My Teenage Daughter and now they want I Hate Your Friends??? There's honestly something wrong with them, let alone the unoriginality of that title.



I guess no one had a problem with Bosom Buddies at that show's time?
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GLAAD wasn't as powerful then.



Now I'm worried those sourpusses are going to get all those old Bugs Bunny cartoons banned.
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I wish there was a network that picked up canceled shows and kept them going.
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God me too. That would be great!
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I do, too. I appreciated it when DirecTV's channel The 101 (now called Audience) aired some canceled dramas (Smith, The Nine, Eyes...). I think they aired all of the show's episodes, including the ones the networks didn't broadcast after the initial drama got axed.
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Less Helen Mirren and more Kristen Bell!
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