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!

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• 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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