TVLine Items: Glee Exec Snuffs Suicide Talk, X Factor Eyes Mariah, and More News to Know

Gasp! Is Glee planning to off McKinley High’s big bad bully?

Max Adler raised eyebrows in a new interview with TV Guide Magazine, speculating that Karofsky’s plans in Glee‘s third season may either involve “join[ing] the glee club… or he could go the opposite route and go home and hang himself like many people have done.”

Adler of course was alluding to the rash of suicides committed by bullied LGBT youths, but Glee executive producer Brad Falchuk says the Fox hit won’t be pulling from those headlines. “I can’t say it wasn’t discussed, but Glee doesn’t really feel like the show for that,” Falchuk told the mag. “We like to get dramatic and push things, but that didn’t seem the kind of story we wanted to tell.”

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• Is America ready for Mariah Carey, X Factor personality? Simon Cowell thinks so. In a radio interview with Spokane, Washington’s Jackie Brown, the former Idol stronghand said that while impending motherhood won’t allow the songstress to join the Fox series as a full-time judge when it debuts this fall, he “adores” Carey and believes she “will have a role on the live shows… in some form.”

• Film star Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler) is reportedly in talks to join Aaron Sorkin’s HBO pilot More as the Story Develops, says the New York Post. Jeff Daniels (Dumb & Dumber) is set to star in the series as head anchor of a Fox News/MSNBC/CNN-esque program.

• Mary Steenburgen (Curb Your Enthusiasm) will guest star on FX’s upcoming dramedy Wilfred, per, playing the mom of Elijah Wood’s character.

• Last Sunday’s TV Land Awards represented the cabler’s most-watched edition of the eponymous kudoscast to date, while its demo ratings were the best since the 2004 ceremony.

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Comments (19)

  • Dumb and Dumber? That’s what you associate Jeff Daniels with? Really? Not Something Wild or The Purple Rose of Cairo or Pleasantville? I’d even take Arachnophobia over Dumb and Dumber.

    That being said, I am very happy that Aaron Sorkin is getting a new TV show. That guy is a brilliant writer. My excitement over the series grows with every piece of information I hear about it.

    Comment by Amber – April 19, 2011 12:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • @Amber, could not have responded to this better myself.

      Comment by Allison – April 19, 2011 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’ve got to be kidding me. Overreact much? It’s not a crime to associate an actor with his most successful film (by far).

      Comment by Bruce_F – April 19, 2011 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Actors aren;t associated with thier best work, they’re associate with their best-known work.

      Comment by Kris – April 19, 2011 04:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought Ausiello hinted that there will be death on the show and everyone speculated that Karovsky would commit suicide does this mean its someone else? Or was it the bird he was talking aboout? Im confused now…

    Comment by Reena – April 19, 2011 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Pretty sure he meant the bird, because it was supposed to happen before regionals.

      Comment by Esta – April 19, 2011 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • man i thought atleast it would be a major character…oh well thanks for clearing it up :-)

        Comment by Reena – April 19, 2011 12:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thank goodness they won’t be doing a suicide storyline – very prevalent and of-the-moment, yes, but so not the place for it. Glee is about rising above the pressures, not getting overwhelmed by them.

    Comment by Rita – April 19, 2011 12:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seriously? We have to endure more Karofsky in season three? That’s almost as painful as having to endure Charice this season. I’d love to see the show go back to focusing on the original cast. Enough with the stunt casting and unnecessary cast additions!

    Comment by Robbie1212 – April 19, 2011 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Karofsky is in my opinion the most interesting character. Would love to see more of him during season 3. And he doesn’t have that big of a role. They’re were only 3 episodes this season where he played major part in. And he doesn’t even sing.

      Comment by Wouter – April 19, 2011 01:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Once was enough in my opinion. The bullying storyline is tired and played out on this show. The closeted jock has been done to death too. I rather see more of the underused Tina than have the inclusion of more useless characters.

        Comment by Robbie1212 – April 19, 2011 02:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • @Robbie1212 – you may think this storyline is played out, but for the hundreds of thousands of bullying victims, it is an ongoing battle. I agree with the other poster – Karofsky is a very interesting character. I hope he gets more screentime.

          Comment by Kate – April 19, 2011 03:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I feel the same way. I find Karofsky so much more interesting than most of the other characters. Even Kurt feels smug — or maybe I’ve read too many interviews with Chris Colfer talking about how important his character is. I think the actor playing Karofsky brings a lot to him too. I’d love to see more of him.

        Comment by Linda – April 19, 2011 04:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I find Kurt INSANELY smug too. I can’t watch his character without groaning. He made his father’s wedding about him (and just about everything else too). It sucks because I wish Kurt was likable but he just so is not. And I haven’t read any of Chris Colfer’s interviews.

          Comment by Helen – April 19, 2011 07:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jeff Daniels (how about Gettysburg?) is an awesome actor AND comedian AND singer! He does an amazing one-man stage show. I didn’t know he had an HBO series in the works, I will SO be looking for it!

    Comment by Mumsykat – April 19, 2011 01:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why even bothering to ask Glee producers about pending story lines? They’ve been lying to us all year about what’s going to happen! Though nothing will happen to Karofsky…the producers are using the show to promote gay acceptance so the gay characters will be safe and have the best storylines.

    Comment by Kat – April 19, 2011 05:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jeff Daniels in the Butcher’s Wife, was one of my favorites.

    Comment by Igloo – April 19, 2011 06:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Jeff Daniels in one of his first movie roles? The Oscar winning movie Terms of Endearment? He was nominated 3 times for a Golden Globe for Purple Rose of Cairo, Something Wild and The Squid and The Whale. Unfortunately, IMDB also notes that Daniels is best known for Dumb and Dumber. Argh!

    Comment by Mike – April 19, 2011 08:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t know what the big deal is with mentioning Dumb and Dumber with Jeff Daniels. Are you guys saying that Dumb and Dumber isn’t AWESOME? That movie is freaking hilarious. Jeff Daniels kills in Dumb and Dumber. If anything Jeff Daniels is probably proud to have been in one of the funniest screw ball comedies of the 90′s.

    Comment by Christopher – April 20, 2011 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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