TVLine Items: Glee Goes Gothic, American Idol Planning Dick Clark Tribute and More

Is Glee channeling Phantom of the Opera?

That’s the vibe we’re getting from the following sneak peek of Tina vamping it up amid a sea of candles from the May 1 episode, titled “Choke.” The upcoming installment also features Rachel and Kurt’s auditions for NYADA and (as we first reported) guest star Whoopi Goldberg!

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Ryan Seacrest revealed Thursday via Twitter that he and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe are “putting together a tribute for Dick Clark” on tonight’s episode of American Idol. GSN (aka Game Show Network), meanwhile, will air an original remembrance of Clark on $25,000 Pyramid over the next several days, starting Friday morning.

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• Jonathan Frid, who portrayed vampire Barnabas Collins on the 1960s Gothic soap Dark Shadows, has died. He was 87. Frid makes a brief cameo in Tim Burton’s upcoming big-screen adaptation of Shadows (opening May 11).

• George Lopez has been tapped to host Fox’s new dating show Take Me Out, which is set to bow June 7.

• NBC has given the green light to Ready for Love, a dating reality show from exec producer Eva Longoria. Giuliana Rancic will host the series alongside her husband Bill.

• VH1 has renewed its freshman sketch comedy series Stevie TV for a second season, to launch this fall.

• Funnyman Rob Riggle (The Daily Show) will host the 2012 ESPYs, which will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 11.

• Discovery has pulled the plug on its long-running taxi-based quiz show Cash Cab, Vulture confirms.

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  1. Brock says:

    The show royally treats Tina like dirt. She barely gets to mutter a line, hardly ever gets an actual song since the pilot she’s had the rare bone given to her. Unsure why the girl wasn’t forced to graduate with the 7 as the producers seemingly hate her. :(

    • Sheila says:

      Lately Sue has actually sung more than Tina. What happened?

    • dude says:

      It’s pretty simple, Jenna (as lovely as she seems) just isn’t that talented. She’s not a very good actress and she’s one of the weakest singers on the show. They tried to give her a storyline earlier this season but she’s just not very interesting to watch. The songs/material she’s given are really just “throwing her a bone” because the show would operate perfectly fine without her.

      • Jenna has plenty of talent, in my opinion. Wasn’t she on broadway with Lea and Jonathan Groff? I think the failure to use her properly is just a case of too many characters.

      • Russ says:

        Jenna is talented, she was great if the Asian F episode and while she doesn’t have a huge belting voice like Lea/Amber/Naya she isn’t a horrible singer she has proven that she can sing and was on broadway. Personally I like Tina and wish they would give her more of a story arc instead of rotating between Kurt/Rachel/Santana/Blaine/Finn with the occasionally random one episode storyline given to someone else. I agree with Amy that there is too many characters and think that the reason she isn’t graduating like every one else is to possible give her an actual story arc next season or to cut her out like I’m suspecting that might be with Puck.

      • Kyle says:

        Bitch please, Tina is great, and her voice is nowhere weak. Just because someone can belt doesn’t mean they’re a great singer, so please get your head of that gutter right away. She’s a broadway actress before becoming a Glee actress, and you can’t be in broadway without any talent. The play they are staged always perform live, so you need to be a great singer to be on the show. You’re completely tone-deaf if you think she’s anywhere near the bottom. Her True Colors song is one of the top ten songs on youtube, and she has a very strong fanbase.

    • mia says:

      pretty sure its just simple racism; not saying its a conscious thing on the part of the writers, but its a proven fact that there are very few Asians on tv/in the movies right now. Its appalling how underrepresented they are.

      So why should they give Tina anything to do, she’s *there* and thats Murphy’s understanding of being progressive.

      You can see it with all the characters of colour, they have all been consistently pushed to the sidelines in order for the white characters to get more screen time. Its really been only this season that Santana has become a front character; but its ALWAYS the white characters.

  2. songbyrd86 says:

    That looks more Phantom of the Opera than vampire to me….

  3. Tess says:

    So sad over the loss of Jonathan Frid (and afterthought type mentions of his passing) but I can’t help but wonder if seeing his beloved character reduced to a bad punchline in Tim Burton’s comedic take of Dark Shadows didn’t have something to do with it. He will forever be the real Barnabas Collins…Johnny Depp has nothing on him.