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We've heard this somewhere before. Why do 'Smash' and 'Glee' keep overlapping? -- VIDEO

Smash has done it again (no, not in the ratings, let’s forget about those for a minute) —we’re talking about using songs that sound pretty familiar — mainly because they’ve been on a different musical TV show, Glee, as recently as the current season.

During its two-hour premiere Tuesday night,  Ivy (Megan Hilty) covered Crowded House’s 1986 hit “Don’t Dream It’s Over” as a faraway-look-in-her-eye ballad of resilience. Except that Glee already covered the song, as a cheer-us-up chorus of resilience — and beanies.

This isn’t all that surprising: Before Smash’s debut in 2011, producer Craig Zadan said at NBC Press Tour, “I don’t think any of us feel our show is like Glee, but we feel grateful to Glee for opening that door,” – creating space for more TV musical shows. Last night’s episode certainly isn’t the first time Smash has followed in Glee‘s footsteps: In the pilot, Smash had Karen (Katherine McPhee) singing “Beautiful,” which Mercedes (Amber Riley) sang on Glee all the way back in season 1.

But there’s more! “Over the Rainbow” and “Shake It Out” have been covered by both shows. Perhaps the overlap in last night’s episode was only all the more striking since Smash has prided itself leading up to last night’s season premiere on a second-season renaissance with a new showrunner and some major cast changes.


Tegan and Sara interview 'heartthrob' Cory Monteith -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Heartthrobs discussing hunk-y stuff.

In promotion for their new album Heartthrob, alt-rock duo Tegan and Sara are sitting down (in a girly pink bedroom) with various heartthrobs to talk about heartthrob things. Today’s lucky participant? Glee‘s Cory Monteith. The twin sisters grill the Glee hunk on everything from his teenage crush (Sharon Stone) to the first person he held hands — and more — with.

When it comes to heartbreak, Monteith had some advice for the teens. He shared that there have been times when he’s “been horribly injured, other times he’s just shrugged it off,” when it comes to breakups, and also discussed how he deals with fame and the attention that comes with Glee. And he manages to do it all without seeming incredibly uncomfortable!

Check out the EW exclusive video — which also has the actor discussing mourning the loss of his heartthrob status — below: READ FULL STORY

Frank Ocean, 'Glee', 'Modern Family' among GLAAD Media Awards nominees

GLAAD revealed the list of nominees for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Wednesday morning.

The awards, held annually in three ceremonies in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, recognize a variety of media including film, reality television, one-off television episodes, journalists, and print and digital pieces that represent “fair, accurate and inclusive” depictions of the LGBT community. Last year’s honorees included the documentary Bully, Dancing with the Stars, Beginners, and Modern Family.

Click past the jump for nomination highlights.


Ryan Murphy tweets out 'Men of McKinley' calendar -- PHOTO

Merry Christmas, Gleeks.

If you were disappointed by last week’s Christmas episode, Glee creator Ryan Murphy may have something to make it all better (but no, Kurt and Blaine don’t seem to be getting back together anytime soon). Murphy tweeted out the above photo over the weekend, along with the message, “Merry Christmas. Men of McKinley calendar coming soon…”

EW reached out to a rep for Glee to confirm, who told us it isn’t a joke and that it’s part of an upcoming episode. I have approximately one million follow-up questions: Why wasn’t this in the Christmas episode? Does the cast goof around on Photoshop between shooting “Gangnam Style“? Is it just a wee bit creepy that Murphy is teasing a sexy calendar featuring a bunch of twenty-something guys who play teenagers on the show? (There was serious outcry when a photoshoot happened with the ladies). Not to be the world’s creepiest Nancy Drew, but in other well-publicized pictures, Criss looked a lot different. It’s The Case of the Missing Chest Hair!

Now, Glee is not exactly known for keeping its show strictly realistic. So with that in mind, let’s brainstorm some ideas about how a Men of McKinley calendar may or may not fit into an upcoming plot: READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'Liz & Dick,' 'Killing Them Softly' and more

Will Liz & Dick reignite Lindsay Lohan’s career? How hot does Brad Pitt look as a mafia enforcer in Killing Them Softly? What else is on deck this week in our PopWatch planner? Check it out below!


'Glee' star Amber Riley jazzes up Off Broadway musical 'Cotton Club Parade'

Glee diva-in-training Amber Riley made an impressive New York stage debut last night in Cotton Club Parade, a Broadway-ready revue boasting a spirited selection of classic jazz and swing numbers, some eye-popping choreography, and Wynton Marsalis’ incomparable 16-member Jazz and Lincoln Center All Stars orchestra. The 26-year-old L.A. native best known as Mercedes Jones showed off her pipes and some fine footwork on two standards by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields, “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street.” READ FULL STORY

Chord Overstreet hops onto Brad Pitt parody bandwagon, spoofs Chanel commercial -- VIDEO

Again with the famous people dressing as other famous people for Halloween! Avril Lavigne’s ex did it; Emma Roberts did it; and now we’ve learned that Chord Overstreet, a.k.a. Glee‘s Sam “Trouty Mouth” Evans, did it too. He hit a Halloween party this weekend dressed as Brad Pitt in those unintentionally hilarious Chanel No. 5 ads — and even made a video parody of the commercials for good measure.

Worth noting: Roberts and Overstreet used to date. Pitt and Aunt Julia also starred together in 2001′s The Mexican. We’re not sure how Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger fit in, but this must have something to do with the full moon.

Check out a full color photo of Overstreet’s over-the-top Brad getup at People, and watch a teaser for his black-and-white Pitt parody below. No wonder his Glee character prides himself on his impressions; he’s pretty good at imitating Pitt’s drawl.


Happy Spirit Day! Celebs celebrate anti-bullying event by wearing purple

They’ve got spirit, yes they do! They’ve got spirit — how ’bout you?

No, this isn’t a pre-Halloween ghost celebration. Today, tons of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender folk and their allies are wearing purple in honor of Spirit Day, a GLAAD anti-bullying initiative. Naturally, a passel of celebrities are following suit on Twitter — or at least tweeting their support of the occasion. Here’s a roundup of some of the famous faces participating in the festivities:


This week in television breakups

Ouch. This past week certainly hasn’t been easy for those of us who are a little too unhealthily involved in the lives of television characters. Glee, How I Met Your Mother and Grey’s Anatomy all had major relationship shake-ups, just  a few weeks into the fall season. (SPOILER ALERT! for this past week’s episodes ahead). On Monday, after an episode-long tease over who exactly would break up, Barney and Quinn called it quits over on How I Met Your Mother. It was hard to feel too sad about that one, though, not with an ending that had Barney and Robin off on a “sometime in the future” lunch date. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' Britney tribute -- Silly or mean? POLL

You want a piece of her?

Britney Spears was the name of the hour last night on Glee, with the show performing eight more of her songs, after a first “tribute” episode for the singer aired during the show’s second season.

Quality-wise, the episode was enjoyable with well-produced numbers throughout. But on Access Hollywood today, host Billy Bush reported that he’d spoken with Britney’s manager this morning, and her team was livid over the portrayal, which they had no idea was coming. (EW reached out to Spears’ publicist, who has yet to respond.)

If true, I can definitely see where the anger comes from. While the first Britney episode was about overcoming challenges, this tribute episode seemed to focus on the darkest periods of her life and make jokes about it. Everything from shaving her head and fighting with the paparazzi to her disastrous 2007 VMA performance was referenced in some way. On the show, Brittany was going through a similar breakdown that mirrored Spears’. I’m not sure “tribute” was necessarily the right word for this hour of television. It’s a part of her legacy, sure, but it’s not the part we need to celebrate.


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