The GLEE Cast Sings National Anthem at the World Series Game

The talented cast of Glee performs the USA National Anthem live at the World Series 2009 Game 3 in the Citizens Bank Park on October 31, 2009.
Amber Riley (Mercedes) singing  lead is accompanied by the  rest of the cast who make up the high school Glee Club students. Joining Riley (front and center in the clip) are (L-R): Jenna Ushowitz (Tina), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Lea Michelle (Rachel), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Cory Monteith, (Finn), Mark Salling (Puck), Dianna Agron (Quinn), Kevin McHale (Arty).
Glee airs Wednesday nights on Fox. View full episodes of the show at Fox.com/Glee

Mary J Blige, ‘Glee’s’ Lea Michelle and Sara Evans to appear at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference

Lea Michelle (center on stairs) will appear at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference. Glee cast pictured (L-R): Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale (seated), Amber Riley, Lea Michele (center), Jenna Ushkowitz, Cory Monteith.(Photo: FOX/Matthias Clamer)

Lea Michelle (center on stairs) will appear at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference. Glee cast pictured (L-R): Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale (seated), Amber Riley, Lea Michele (center), Jenna Ushkowitz, Cory Monteith.(Photo: FOX/Matthias Clamer)

The 8th annual Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference will be held on October 29-30 in Beverly Hills.  The most highly anticipated panels at the event this year will be for the TV show “Glee”, the movie “Twilight:New Moon”, the Sara Evans and SOAPnet panel and Mary J. Blige’s keynote panel.

The Glee panel will be called BACKBEAT: THE ANATOMY OF A TV SHOW- Fox’s “Glee”
A look behind-the-scenes at how “Glee” uses music — from on screen in synchs to the soundtrack for stores. Adam Anders (Glee music producer) and Grammy winner Lea Michelle who plays Rachel on the show will be just a few who will be on the panel.

The “New Moon” panel will feature a discussion called SOUNDTRACK CASE STUDY:”THE TWILIGHT SAGA:NEW MOON”. The masterminds behind the 2.1 million-selling soundtrack to “Twilight” discuss how they selected the bands and songs to appear on the soundtrack to film’s sequel, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Paul Katz, music consultant of Summit Entertainment will be one of the speakers on the panel.

Day 1 Keynote Speaker will be country singer Sara Evans — Multiple-platinum selling and award-winning country artist Sara Evans talks about her deal with ABC Daytime and SOAPnet for promotion, placement and tour sponsorship.

Day 2 Keynote Speaker will be R&B legend, Mary J. Blige.  –R&B legend Mary J. Blige discusses her career and  contributions to film and TV music, including a preview of the song she wrote  for Lionsgate’s “PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY  SAPPHIRE.” The film, directed by “Monster’s Ball” producer Lee Daniels  and adapted for the screen by Geoffrey Fletcher, stars Mo’Nique, Paula Patton,  Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz and introduces Gabourey Sidibe.  PRECIOUS will be in theaters  beginning on November 6, 2009. Blige’s next album will be released this fall.

For more information and tickets: Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Conference

Marge Simpson Is Playboy Magazine’s November Playmate

Marge Simpson November Playboy Photo: Reuters
Marge Simpson November Playboy Photo: Reuters

“The Associated Press” is reporting that The Simpsons star Marge Simpson will appear on the cover of the November Issue of Playboy Magazine. There will be a three-page feature of the iconic television character.

The Magazine said in a statement that the cover celebrates the 20th anniversary of the The Simpsons.

The Simpsons is an American animated television sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The Simpson family includes Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional city of Springfield.  The magazine hits newsstands on October 16th. The Simpsons airs Sunday nights on Fox.

‘Glee’ Picked Up For A Full Season

Cast of Glee: Pictured back row L-R: Jenna Ushkowitz, Dianna Agron,  Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Mark Salling, Chris Colfer and Amber Riley. Front row L-R: Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Jayma Mays and Cory Monteith. (Photo: Joe Viles/FOX)

Cast of Glee: Pictured back row L-R: Jenna Ushkowitz, Dianna Agron, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Mark Salling, Chris Colfer and Amber Riley. Front row L-R: Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Jayma Mays and Cory Monteith. (Photo: Joe Viles/FOX)

After airing only two episodes this season,”The Hollywood Reporter” is reporting that Fox has picked up the series Glee. The show about a group of misfits in a high school glee club,has received a full season order by the network. “The response we’ve received to Glee has been remarkable,” Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly told The Reporter. “It’s already got the makings of a cultural phenomenon. I’ve seen all 13 episodes, and Ryan Murphy, his team and the talented Glee cast have knocked our socks off with their incredible work. We’re happy to pick up this gem of a show, and can’t wait to see what they’ll do with the rest of the season.”

The second episode of Glee entitled “Showmance” was well  received by a standing room only crowd at this years Comic-Con convention in San Diego. The series doesn’t appear to be loosing it’s steam after it impressive debut last May after the American Idol Season 8 Finale.

Glee airs Wednesdays on Fox.

Ellen Degeneres will be the Fourth American Idol Judge

Photo: AP/Matt Sayles

Photo: AP/Matt Sayles

Ellen Degeneres spoke on her talk show about her choice as the fourth judge of the Fox mega hit show American Idol. “Hopefully, I’m the people’s point of view because I’m just like you,” DeGeneres said on her syndicated talk show Thursday. “I sit at home and I watch it, and I don’t have that technical … I’m not looking at it in a critical way from the producer’s mind. I’m looking at it as a person who is going to buy the music and is going to relate to that person.”

Degeneres replaces Paula Abdul who had a rather public contract negotiation battle wit hthe show’s producers which resulted in her leaving the show where she has served as a judge and unofficial mentor to the contestants since 2002.

Although she has no music experience, many fans across the Internet welcome the idea of Degeneres as a judge as her opinion will be just like theirs.

Look for Degeneres to take on her role as judge when she joins show judges Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest for the 9th season of Idol beginning in January.

House ‘Snakes On A Cane’ Promo

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House_Caduceus_Phase3Fox is taking a new approach to advertising the new season of it’s smash hit medical drama House. The Hugh Laurie vehicle, which will premiere it’s season on September, has had teaser videos and cryptic signs posted up on the Internet and on billboards and other city advertising avenues. The teasers are unidentified on purpose attracting interest and making the viewers curious to know what they are watching. Called “Snakes on a Cane”, the tune-in campaign features Dr. House. Fox has finally revealed that the reason for the ads is to advertise House. The picture of Hugh Laurie wearing a T-Shirt with a cane wrapped around the medical symbol has been shown in the extended promos for Fox. The idea to do the campaign came from Mr. Laurie himself.

“I got a call months ago from [House executive producer] Katie Jacobs, and she told me Hugh had come up with this idea,” Fox’s Head Marketing Executive Joe Earley told the online Hollywood news site, TheWrap.

Laurie had been brainstorming some images in his head and one day decided to sketch a version of the classic medical symbol, the caduceus. Instead the staff staff was replaced with a cane, just like the one his character “House” uses.

Fox even handed out temporary tattoos with the SOC image in major cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. The show producers got their studio Universal to begin handing out the tattoos to customers who shopped at the NBC U store in New York or online.

Fox has launched a website — snakesonacane.com — and has posted a clock that counts down to the season premiere of House on Sept. 21.

Fox will still have traditional ads for House, but will continue the “Snakes on a Cane” theme in addition to having vintage ambulances drive around LA and New York, handing out the SOC tattoos.

Here’s a look at one of the spots:

Primetime Ratings Week of August 10-August 16 2009

Source: USA Today

Network top 20
Rank Season average Show name Network Viewers in millions
1.
12
America’s Got Talent (Tuesday at 9) NBC 12.9
2.
15
60 Minutes CBS 12.0
3.
20
America’s Got Talent (Wednesday at 9) NBC 11.8
4. 6 NCIS CBS 9.2
5.
11
Two and a Half Men CBS 8.8
6.
38
Big Bang Theory CBS 8.6
7.
76
Big Brother (Sunday) CBS 7.6
*
8
The Mentalist CBS 7.6
9.
76
Big Brother (Thursday) CBS 7.5
10.
x
Who Wants to be a Millionaire (Monday) ABC 7.3
11.
x
Who Wants to be a Millionaire (Thusday) ABC 7.2
12.
15
CSI: Miami CBS 7.1
13.
x
Who Wants to be a Millionaire (Sunday) ABC 7.0
14.
53
Hell’s Kitchen Fox 6.9
15.
80
Big Brother (Tuesday) CBS 6.8
*
7
CSI CBS 6.8
17.
20
CSI: NY CBS 6.7
18.
x
Who Wants to be a Millionaire (Wednesday) ABC 6.5
19.
65
America’s Got Talent (Tuesday at 8pm) NBC 6.3
*
95
Dateline NBC 6.3
18.
5
CSI CBS 7.9
19.
16
CSI: NY CBS 7.8
20.
62
48 Hours Mystery CBS 7.7
Broadcast: Tops among 18-49-year-olds
Rank Show name Network Viewers in millions
1. America’s Got Talent (Tuesday at 9) NBC 4.7
2. Hell’s Kitchen Fox 4.2
3. America’s Got Talent (Wednesday at 9) NBC 4.0
4. Big Bang Theory CBS 3.6
5. Big Brother (Thursday) CBS 3.5
6. Big Brother (Sunday) CBS 3.4
7. Family Guy (Sunday at 9) Fox 3.3
* 60 Minutes CBS 3.3
9. Big Brother (Tuesday) CBS 3.2
* Two and a Half Men CBS 3.2
11. Family Guy (Sunday at 8:30) Fox 3.1
12. Family Guy (Sunday at 9:30) Fox 3.0
* Simpsons Fox 3.0
14. Wipeout ABC 2.9
15. Manana para Siempre (Wednesday) Uni 2.8
16. Manana para Siempre (Thursday) Uni 2.7
17. Manana para Siempre (Tuesday) Uni 2.6
* Manana para Siempre (Monday) Uni 2.6
19. NCIS CBS 2.5
20. Manana para Siempre (Friday) Uni 2.4
18.
5
CSI CBS 7.9
19.
16
CSI: NY CBS 7.8
20.
62
48 Hours Mystery CBS 7.7
Cable top 15
Rank Show name Network Day, time Viewers in millions
1. The Closer TNT Mon. at 9 7.0
2. WWE Raw USA Mon., 10 5.8
3. Royal Pains USA Thurs. at  10 5.6
4. Monk USA Fri. at 9 5.3
5. WWE Raw USA Mon. at 9 5.2
6. Cardinals/Steelers ESPN Thurs. at 8 4.8
7. Ratatouille Disney Sat. at 8 4.6
8. NCIS USA Mon. at 8 4.2
* Psych USA Fri. at 10 4.2
10. Suite Life on Deck Disney Fri. at 8:35 4.1
* Wizards of Waverly Place Disney Fri. at 8 4.1
12. Army Wives Lifetime Sun. at 10 4.0
* NCIS USA Thurs. at  8 4.0
14. NCIS USA Thurs. at 9 3.8
* The O’Reilly Factor Fox News Mon. at 8 3.8
* The O’Reilly Factor Fox News Wed. at 8 3.8
18.
5
CSI CBS 7.9
19.
16
CSI: NY CBS 7.8
20.
62
48 Hours Mystery CBS 7.7
Spotlight: Tops with women 18-34
Show Viewers
1 America’s Got Talent (Tues., NBC) 1.2 million
2 Hell’s Kitchen (Fox) 1.1 million
3 Family Guy (Sun. at 9, Fox) 900,000
4 Family Guy (Sun. at  8:30, Fox) 880,000
5 Big Brother (Sun.  CBS) 860,000
6 America’s Got Talent (Wed., NBC) 850,000
7 The Simpsons (Fox) 830,000
8 Big Brother (Thurs., CBS) 820,000
* Family Guy (Sun.  at 9:30, Fox) 820,000
10 Big Brother (Tues.  at CBS) 800,000