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'Glee' star Amber Riley to make NYC stage debut in 'Cotton Club Parade'

In a move that seems fitting, Glee star Amber Riley is taking her pipes to the Great White Way: The actress will join the cast of Duke Ellington’s Cotton Club Parade, which will return to New York City Center for a just a few dates, from November 14-18, as a part of the city’s annual Encores! series. The role marks the New York stage debut for Riley.

Cotton Club Parade is a revue-style show that celebrates Ellington’s reign at the famed Harlem nightclub through the ’20s and ’30s. The stage show is just like the shows that were in the club during its heydey, including singers, dancers, and variety acts, with songs by famed jazz composers like Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields (“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”), Harold Arlen (“Stormy Weather”), and, naturally, Ellington (“Rockin’ in Rhythm”).

The show opened at City Center last November for a short, six-performance run. Cotton Club Parade will again be directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, with music direction by Wynton Marsalis. The rest of the cast includes past stars like Tony-nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple), Jared Grimes (Twist), and Tony-winner Adriane Lenox (Doubt).

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The 2012 Teen Choice Awards: EW's alternate-category winners -- plus the real ones!

All of those crazy kids’ favorite vamps, wolves, “unique” hairstyles, a bunch of promos for Fox’s fall TV lineup, and scores of unwanted brightly hued surfboards came out to party at last night’s 2012 Teen Choice Awards.

The X Factor‘s Demi Lovato and Glee‘s Kevin McHale co-hosted. Flo Rida, Justin Bieber, and Carly Rae Jepsen performed, and — get this — No Doubt sang live. Hey, it is the ’90s!

The full list of TCA winners is on page 3 of this post; my own personal winners of Fox’s two-hour telecast are below. By all means, list your own in the comments.

Choice Approximation to a Horse’s Ass

Demi Lovato’s head  READ FULL STORY

Season Finale Awards: Vote now!

The polls are officially open in our third annual readers’ choice Season Finale Awards. Now through Monday, vote for your favorites — or least favorites — in 20 categories. We’ll crown the winners Tuesday. READ FULL STORY

EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Tnmiller:

“C-minus! That’s a Puckerman A-plus!” 

– Puck (Mark Salling), on finding out that he can graduate on Glee

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Tuesday, May 22, and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!


Style Hunter: Get Rachel Berry's Big Apple necklace as seen on the 'Glee' finale

What better way to bounce back from last night’s bittersweet Glee finale than with a little retail therapy?

From her rising star and diamond chain to her Finn nameplate charm, Rachel’s necklaces have always stood out on the series. But her latest accessory — a pendant in the shape of an apple — made quite a statement as she bid farewell to her friends at McKinley High and set out for New York City. (No need to shed too many tears though, she’ll still be around when the series returns.)

“This season was all about Rachel going to New York to start her Broadway career, so Lea and I had a conversation about what the necklace should be. We decided that a little apple, like taking a famous bite out of the Big Apple, would be appropriate,” says costume designer Lou Eyrich, who commissioned go-to jeweler Ryan Ryan to create the piece. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' season finale: Who made it to New York?

Gleeks, beware: If you haven’t watched tonight’s season finale, slowly back away from your computer. Major spoilers ahead. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' finale: What do you want to happen to Finchel, Kurt, Puck, and the rest of the gang?

Well, Gleeks, the bittersweet moment has arrived. After over 300 songs, a handful of Finchel breakups and approximately 526,000 Sue Sylvester schemes, it’s graduation time for the McKinley High seniors.  Going into the finale, there are a lot of unanswered questions about Rachel, Kurt, Finn, and everyone else: It’s still unclear who is coming back next year and in what role. At Fox’s upfront presentation last week, it sounded like the details were still being hashed out.

Tuesday night marks the end of an era. Last week, New Directions finally won Nationals in Chicago and got a hero’s welcome upon their return home to Lima. Schu and Emma finally had sex, and Puck is getting a second chance at European geography — and graduation. The big question going into tonight’s episode “Goodbye” is NYADA results: We can assume Kurt is in based on Carmen’s (Whoopi Goldberg) love for his audition — but what about Rachel? After choking during her big song, she begged and pleaded for another chance — and it didn’t appear to be working. But after Carmen saw her showstopping performance at Nationals, could everyone’s favorite drama queen get a second chance? It’s likely.

We’re also waiting on news about Finn, who wants to follow his lady to NYC and attend the Actors Studio. No word on whether he’s doing that or falling back on pool cleaning with Puck in L.A. I bet we see an OC-style plot twist, where Finn won’t get into his dream school for the fall semester, but will join Rachel, and the Actors Studio, in the spring.

As for Kurt and Blaine, who knows what the future will hold for McKinley’s lovebirds. Kurt is graduating and presumably going to NYADA, and Blaine will be sticking around McKinley for another year — someone has to sing all the Glee Club solos. Expect tearful goodbyes all around. Speaking of tearful goodbyes, I’m confident whatever happens with Kurt and Burt will make me tear up.

And what would Glee be without a celebrity guest star? Gloria Estefan will be making an appearance tonight as Santana’s mother. Although we know they won’t be singing together, I’m sure it’ll be emotional, especially after Santana’s less-than-smooth experience coming out to her grandmother earlier this season.

Can you believe just three years ago this band of misfits was singing “Sit Down, You’re Rocking The Boat?” Look how far they’ve come. What do you want to see tonight? What songs are you hopeful they’ll perform?

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Fox 25 years later: How the network changed the world

Though it actually launched on Oct. 9, 1986, Fox is celebrating its 25th anniversary this weekend with a primetime extravaganza featuring such stars of yesteryear as Calista Flockhart, Gabrielle Carteris, Ian Ziering, and David Faustino. Before tomorrow night’s broadcast, we thought it appropriate to take a look back at how the network has changed the pop culture landscape in the last quarter century. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' follows 'The Voice' and 'Glee': TV covers of Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' just keep coming. Which is best?

Gotye must feel so happy he could die. In addition to winning over millions of people who can’t stop listening to the most angst-ridden hit single to ever feature a xylophone — “Somebody That I Used to Know” (ft. Kimbra) — the Australian singer-songwriter has taken U.S. network TV by storm. Even American Idol judge Steven Tyler has this song looping on his iPod. It’s beautiful, just beautiful.

Lindsey Pavao covered “Somebody” on The Voice last week, Darren Criss and guest star Matt Bomer performed it on last night’s Glee, and tonight Idol finalists Elise Testone and a reluctant Phillip Phillips took it on. (Watch it here.) Gotye and Kimbra will appear on SNL this weekend. “That’s all over the world right now — that song’s changing music,” said Tyler. “So good for you for picking that.”

Did you think Elise and Phillip’s Gotye cover did justice to the original?

Update: Annie’s full American Idol recap is live.

After the jump, my ranking of all 10 of tonight’s “Songs From This Decade” performances from American Idol‘s Top 7. Share yours!  READ FULL STORY

'Glee' countdown: It's back! Can Matt Bomer sing? How is Karofsky? Are Rachel and Finn headed down the aisle?

Gleeks, rejoice! The wait is over, and the hottest person on TV, Matt Bomer (no bias here) of White Collar fame, is guest starring on the new episode tonight. I’ve literally played the Bomer/Darren Criss cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” about a hundred times this week and it’s so good that I can’t wait to finally find out what purpose it actually has in the context of the storyline. We do have some intel –Bomer will play Cooper, Blaine’s older brother, who is a celebrity in Lima after starring in a credit-rating commercial. The brothers don’t get along, and it seems that sparks will fly after Cooper teaches an acting “master class” to the New Directions.


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