Does Glee Project Need Acting Lessons? Feel the Burn-ing Desire? NFL Fumbles? And More TV Qs!

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, here are some queries we’re going to lob at you, from shows including The Newsroom, The Glee Project, Anger Management and Suits.Newsroom HBO

1 | Have you ever seen anything so peculiar as the Daytime Emmys’ 100-percent clip-free tribute to All My Children and One Life to Live? Instead, a few platitudes from La Lucci, Cameron Mathison and Erika Slezak are supposed to do the trick? And what cruel person created the monotonous music bed that played throughout the ceremony?

2 | We understand that people tapping away at computers doesn’t make for compelling TV, but don’t modern news outlets collect info via email more than The Newsroom‘s phone-happy producers seem to?

3 | Who else is enjoying Drop Dead Diva more now that Grayson is pining for Jane and not vice versa?

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4 | Does no one else in Falling Skies’ 2nd Mass remember the crazy lady (played by Blair Brown) who was actually doing the Skitters’ bidding? So who can blame Weaver for being skittish about Avery? Also: Did Jimmy forget to put on his “red shirt” before that last, doomed excursion?

5 | Was Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine’s line reading a bit stilted in that first preview clip from her upcoming Downton Abbey arc? And are we the only ones who fantasized about Dame Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess retorting, “Welcome to the D.A., bitch!”

6 | Maura Tierney, Nathan Lane and Kristen Chenoweth all on The Good Wife? Will next year’s Emmys have a single Guest Star in a Drama spot available for any other shows?

7 | Bunheads, we defended you before, but what was with this week’s overly drawn-out, ridiculous private road gag/storyline? And when is Michelle going to start teaching at the dance studio already?Pretty Little Liars

8 | Can we all agree that Pretty Little Liars‘ Hastings family — minus Spencer — is comprised of the absolute worst people? And logistical Q: How the heck did “A” use the trackpad on his/her MacBook while wearing leather gloves? We want in on that action, too, but… oh yeah, it’s not possible.

9 | If the goal of The Glee Project is to cast the mothership’s next great cast member, wouldn’t it be great to see a few more acting challenges during the course of the season? Isn’t the ability to memorize and convincingly deliver lines in character is probably the No. 1 requirement for the job?

10 | Was it just us, or did Love in the Wild‘s Yanina look like she might be having a case of “buyer’s remorse” when her partner Ken raged against skeevy Jesse during this week’s couples’ choice ceremony?

11 | Marg Helgenberger as a Design Star judge? So where can William Petersen turn up — Top Chef?Craig Ferguson

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12 | Can CBS please splurge on emergency backup generators for its studios in L.A., so they can keep the lights on during the local news and The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson?

13 | Are none of the Dallas dudes able to grow a beard beyond peach fuzz? Or is that the new style? And how mad were you when J.R. interrupted wispy Elena just as she was about to dig into a hearty breakfast?

14 | Given the rigidity of her tutu and So You Think You Can Dance‘s penchant for dancer injuries, were you surprised when both of Eliana Girard’s partners made it through their routine unscathed during Season 9’s first performance show? And does Nigel Lythgoe love or hate Alexa Anderson? On the one hand, the whole “breaking her spirit/watching her rebirth” edit has given Alexa an inordinate amount of screen time heading into the voting rounds. But on the other, we can’t be the only ones already fatigued by the sight of her on-the-brink-of-tears face.

15 | Henry Winkler is a mensch, but is anyone else tired of his character on Royal Pains?

Anger Management16 | Doesn’t the estimable Barry Corbin seem out of place in Anger Management’s ensemble? (Conversely, Selma Blair is pretty perfect casting.) And all told, were you surprised by how “tame” Mr. Sheen’s new show was?

17 | What’s funnier: The impossible-to-interpret NYC parking rules signs on Louie, or the fact that they aren’t at all far from the truth?

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18 | How about a Suits spinoff starring Harriet Specter and Michelle Ross, called Skirts?

19 | How does one get Jenna’s boy “problems” on Awkward? Talk about a wealth of riches!

20 | Did Burn Notice‘s prison visitation scene — and the tears that came with it, on both sides of the glass — have you screaming for a Michael/Fi prequel movie à la The Fall of Sam Axe?

21 | Were you irked by the otherwise lovely Jennifer Nettles’ assumption that if Duets‘ Jason Farol advances to Week 7, he’ll have teen-girl voters to thank? After all, his vocals were actually good this week.

22 | In the NFL’s endeavor to avoid Sunday game overlap, was it ever considered to start the first games sooner? Seriously, does anyone truly think The Mentalist will ever start before 10:30 on the East Coast?

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  1. noa says:

    21. it made me furious. all these shows keep bringing up teenage girls like that, and then people complain that the teen girls are the problem with singing competitions. NO. it’s the actual shows that keep telling them that they should vote for the cute guy. you’ll never hear a judge on a singing competition say something like: “and you will get all the teen votes because you are a great role model for them” to a smart, talented grown woman.

    • Sean C. says:

      Oh, c’mon. That’s clearly not the case; teen girls don’t need to be told that. The judges clearly loved Pia, for instance, and that didn’t stop the teen girls of American from voting her off.

      • Brendan says:

        Cuz many teen girl (and gay guy) voters can easily be swayed by a cute guy. Just like how the guy judges on the shows pay more attention to the pretty young girls (sometimes the girl even wear bikini just to make it more obvious) and put them through even if they don’t sing/dance well at all. The simple fact is that reality TV voters vote for their favorites… and someone’s favorite is usually based on if you know them the best and how they look before talent. After all, if you someone you like makes a mistake you will forgive them, but if someone you don’t like does the same thing, you will justify their elimination for it. It’s a fickle thing but American Idol is a WGWG world now and it’s made me not want to watch any of the singing shows now. I don’t want to watch two hour episodes of any reality shows in fact. Scripted TV for the win!

    • Matt says:

      Maybe Justin Bieber’s continued talentless success supports the argument? Sorry, but I’ve seen the crowds for his shows. Lots of silly teen girls fawning over the cute boy, regardless of the horrid sounds assaulting their ears.

      I’d love to agree with you and have teen girls support the good role models, but they won’t. They’re responsible for the rise of the Kardashians and the fame of the Teen Moms.

  2. Kelly says:

    18. Yes. Please.

  3. James says:

    TGP is awful because they keep forgetting about the acting. Who heard of that being important on a tv show of this kind I guess. Of the 4 last year, only Lindsay could act, the other three are terrible.

    • weak actors says:

      i don’t think she was a good actress, she was weak her scenes were more interesting because of the other actors in the scene with her, really chris colfer and lea michele were good like always and she was just ok. the other 3 were a mess all around

    • Tess says:

      I wouldn’t say the show is awful (I actually enjoy it more than Glee) but that was the one problem I had with it last season too – you’d think they would require them at least once or twice to read some lines on camera and not just mime to whatevr song they recorded earlier since the parent show is supposed to have at least a few bits of dialog between the song and dance numbers. Course, given the real lack of actual storyline arcs given to the last batch that were given roles, this year’s winner probably shouldn’t be expected to do much either…

  4. breakingfat says:

    I have to agree about Glee Project, for the most part they can do magical things to make mediocre / weak singers sound decent, but the acting has to stand on it’s own.

    • don says:

      true, sadly, true. last year the 2 winners were among the weakest actors…they still are. i believe talent is chosen based on ryan’s whims/attractions/wanting to write individuals’back stories. N.B.RYAN: if someone can really act it is not necessary to actually have lived the life. there are thousands who could play joe a lot better…LOT BETTER. the same could be said of the irish guy…talk about wallpaper.

  5. Ryan says:

    15 – I have no problem with Henry Winkler on Royal Pains. He’s great.

    • Katrinka says:

      Absolute love Henry Winkler’s character on Royal Pains! And it made perfect sense that Divya would call him in for reinforcement with the Hank vs. Evan mess.

  6. jane says:

    #12 All the other late night hosts would have showed a rerun. Ferguson gave a great night of comedy in the dark.

  7. Laure says:

    The fact that Glee casts people without regards to their acting ability is it’s second biggest problem (after the writing). None of the 4 from last year have been great. The one who led VA had an interesting story, but it was a good thing it was all about the performance. They also cast pop singers without worrying if they can sing which was a disaster in season 2. There are plenty of talented actors who can sing so they need to get their act together.

    • Emily says:

      It’s true even on the show itself the only people who are solid actors are Matt, Jane, Lea, Chris, Cory and Naya 8/10 times but we can see past it because they excel in other areas, like Amber and Kevin with their singing abilities, Heather and her dancing. The kids on the glee project are mediocre singers and their acting is terrible.

      • go broadway says:

        i agree with you, the last 4 from glee project were awful and it was a huge contrast the scene between harmony and lea and chris. also charice is a great voice and all but she can’t act at all, there are so many actors from broadway that can act and sing they should cast people there and not someone that can’t act but can carry a tune

  8. Bruce_F says:

    7. Are you seriously harping on the rate of story progression on Bunheads already? They’re three damn episodes into the series. Someone has TV ADD.

    15. I don’t have a problem with Winkler. I have a problem with everything regarding Hank & Evan’s brother issues. They’re excruciatingly unbearable to watch when they’re like this.

  9. Dg says:

    I thought the private road gag was preferrable to Fanny’s drawn out passive aggressive attack/teapot monologue on Bunheads.

    • filmex says:

      It reminded us of when Amy Sherman-Palladino left “Gilmore Girls” and the replacement producer tried to “do” Amy Sherman-Palladino shtick. Painful.
      “private road” was funny the first two times we heard it…the next ten, not so much. It ended up being like a bad sequence from “Newhart”…we fully expected the Three Larrys to roll up and inform everyone that this was, indeed, a private road.
      Right now, the young girls are the saving grace.

  10. Emily says:

    9. This. I swear that The Glee Project’s criteria comprises of 20% singing, 15% dancing, 15% attitude, and 50% life story (which is pretty much irrelevant, if that person is a good actor).

  11. Jon says:

    I have no problem with Henry Winkler either. It’s Evan I can’t stand… from the very first season on.
    I’ve watched all three episodes of Bunheads. Can’t stand the girls in dance class. I know it’s Palladino’s style, but they speak unrealistically.

    • Chester says:

      Me too. I can’t stand Evan either.

    • Mary says:

      I didn’t like Evan the first season but he’s grown on me. I think he brings out the best in Hank and his romance with Paige has definately made him a more interesting character. Hank’s the opposite, where he becomes less interesting as the show goes on.

  12. Dan says:

    22. Since the NFL sorta rules the tv landscape, uh no, they didnt think about starting the games earlier…

    • That Dude says:

      yeah, they don’t give two craps about a dumb show that airs at 10 on Sundays. If anything CBS needs to go the Fox route, don’t start until 8. So I would question CBS’s decision (715 start is hilarious, the game won’t be over until 730 at the earliest, plus they will air the other games still in progess before going to the primetime lineup.) Blame CBS not the NFL…

  13. Angela says:

    1. I missed out on the Daytime Emmys, but wow, seriously, that’s all they did for an “All My Children” tribute? Yeah, agreed, if that’s all they could muster up, that’s pretty sad.
    12. While I feel for poor Craig with his show constantly having issues with its electricity (and, once, a leak in his roof), I LOVE the way he handled the lights being out the other night. The show was hilarious and very entertaining, and his guests were such good sports about it, too (and sidenote: I want a dress like Lisa Kudrow’s). It’s episodes like that that prove why Craig is my favorite late night host.

  14. Mamma Cass says:

    One of the problems with The Newsroom was that when the BP spill story broke, it was all over tv, radio and the net. Newsrooms are littered with tv monitors. And totally unbelievable that with a story like that not one person called or e-mailed the chief editorial person at the network.

  15. M3rc Nate says:

    2. Didnt think of that, but so true.

    4. Totally true. All i can think is shes a big actress for such a tiny tiny part, she must be reoccurring

    10. I couldnt help thinking that too. I kept thinking “Dude shutup, your going to scare off your woman by being all alpha male and needing to speak up all the time!” But technically i dont think its that bad of a trait in a person. And that blonde guy does seem to be a scumbag, though the girls that want him/slept with him are morons for not seeing it.

    12. Lol at least they are actually giving him a new studio, bout damn time, small shows that are a half hour on VH1 and MTV have higher production value.

    15. Kinda yeah, that show is dipping for me and needs to pick back up. It seems to be with getting rid of Jill (who i loved but i agree with the reasons they let her go) and get Hank a love interest, more screen time for Paige and Evan, and wayyyy more Borris.

    18. Lol omg yes, and HOLY CRAP that show is my favorite, and that scene was genius. Amazing writing. However i would have thought how much Rachel wanted Mike that she would have fought for him more, by that i mean when she finds out shes right, he still loves/wants her but he has a secret, you would think she would be like “okay…well i am falling for you, and if that secret doesnt affect us then i want us to be together”, but no she just runs away. A lot of times i think her character is quite immature. Interesting development with her taking her LSATS, i assume she will pass and end of this season beginning of next become a lawyer.

    20. HOLY FRAK that scene was AMAZING! The acting and passion and….HOLY CRAP. I would PAY $10 for a Fi-Michael prequel movie like Sam Axe about their time in Ireland, and you gotta admit Donovan does a PERFECT irish accent. Granted if i was paying for it, id hope it would be better than the Sam Axe movie. Dont get me wrong i enjoyed it and it was good, but i would have regretting paying $5 for it if i had, i was hoping more Navy SEAL action and less him alone…BUT it totally makes sense being his adventure before going to Miami and how he pisses off the CIA.

  16. Alex says:

    #9 Have you SEEN Glee? All that is optional.

  17. Charlee says:

    no, 9: Even America’s Next Top Model has an acting challenge! Sure, on TGP they sorta kinda have to act sometimes in the music videos, but there isn’t any dialogue. Come on, Ryan.

  18. SAWF says:

    1. HUGELY disappointed by the lack of clips from AMC and OLTL. Bc the fans haven’t been slapped around enough, apparently!! I heard that ABC wouldn’t release the rights for them…makes me wonder how much they hate their viewers. Heaps, would be my guess.

    • Tess says:

      It was absolutely disappointing that they couldn’t put together a better tribute (I still think it could’ve been improved even without having the availability of clips to show) and I’m sure ABC is behind it because they own the shows and they probably demanded an arm and a leg for the use of them and HLN didn’t have the money to spend for that so they didn’t pony up. The sad thing about the show being considered an afterthought by the networks and winding up on HLN in a sort of pity airing meant that HLN wasn’t going to put a lot into the show and the networks weren’t going to help them out. Means the fans suffer as usual. Shouldn’t come as a surprise that ABC thinks so little of the viewers of the two shows that they wouldn’t give them show clips for the broadcast; I mean they hated us enough to cancel the shows so why be nice to us now by letting us get a proper goodbye?

  19. josh says:

    Glee in general needs acting lessons.

  20. Leo says:

    8. OMG! Just what I think! I laughed during that A scene with rubber gloves. Seriously? You can use the trackpad wearing that? Man, I swear if ABC starts selling A’s gloves, people gonna buy that thing lol.

    • farsia2010 says:

      the whole glove thing made me wince, i mean being all powerful and omnipresent, not to mention literally everywhere at the same time, is already difficult enough to believe but this, this is just plain stupid. or maybe they think we are all stupid and we will think that these are the special use-on-your-touchpad gloves?

  21. alladinsgenie4u says:

    18 – Harriet Specter and Michelle Ross FTW!! Loved that scene to bits and Hells Yeah to the spin-off.

    20 -I absolutely loved that Michael/Fiona scene. It was super awesome.

  22. Captain says:

    13. I was mostly mad because she could really use that meal. She’s looking seriously malnourished.
    16. Barry Corbin is too good for most shows. I’ll always think of him as Whitey on One Tree Hill.

  23. laylagalise says:

    3. Yes. So much better. I actually can stand him now.
    7. There have only been three episodes…. and something tells me Mama Bear would not be too keen on her daughter-in-law helping her out just yet.
    9. Yes! Acting should be the #1 thing they look for, then ability to sing, then ability to sell a song, then the ability to play well with others.

  24. AshleyAshley says:

    Re #22: No, no, no! I’m a Saints fan living in California, and I already have to drag myself to the local sports bar at 10 AM to watch most games. Any earlier would be absurd.

  25. Cara says:

    9. I thought all during the first season of Glee Project that they needed real acting tests. Not “emoting” during a video, which is quite different, but actually performing scenes. Then when the top four showed up on Glee, it was brutally obvious that Damien and Sam couldn’t really act. So I’m amazed that they didn’t rejigger the Glee Project with that in mind! Stupid, stupid, stupid.
    I still enjoy both Glee and Glee Project, but if you can’t learn from your own mistakes, you clearly aren’t paying attention….

  26. the old proofreader says:

    3) Not to mention pining.
    20) With a piece of bulletproof glass between them, I was almost able to believe that Donovan and Anwar don’t hate each other.

  27. egli says:

    #20 Michael and Fi were amazing in that scene!!!!!!!!! And yes, I would love to see prequel. That would be an awesome movie

  28. deltagrammar says:

    2. No, it’s still faster to try to get someone on the phone, and more accurate to get them to speak, rather than allow them to edit themselves in an email.

  29. Lorinda says:

    18 | How about a Suits spinoff starring Harriet Specter and Michelle Ross, called Skirts? One of the Best moments!!! Loved it!!!

  30. CJ says:


    No, absolutely NOT. Fiona is the WORST part of that show. I can’t even watch Burn Notice anymore because she bugs me so much. I kept hoping they’d kill her off a while back, but no such luck, so I stopped watching.

  31. zoot says:

    3. He can pine all he wants…I love Jane with Owen!