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Music

Lea Michele to mentor singers on Oxygen’s “The Glee Project”

Oxygen’s The Glee Project was a pleasant surprise last season, and a big reason it resonated was because it featured current Glee cast members mentoring the very contestants who were auditioning to appear on the hit Fox show. If there was one void, though, it was that the star of the show that spawned the reality show never made an appearance. Fortunately, for Gleeks all over the world, it was announced this past weekend by Lea Michele herself that she will be making her debut when the reality series returns this summer. “So excited to announce that I’ll be guest […]

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Drama

Oxygen announces auditions for “The Glee Project” Season 2

From Oxygen Network: Oxygen will begin its nationwide casting search for the next season of The Glee Project, kicking things off today with an online search. Information can be obtained at thegleeproject.oxygen.com, where already over 87,000 fans and hopefuls have signed up to learn more about the casting process. Beginning in November, Oxygen will launch a multiple city open casting call tour including New York, Chicago and Nashville. This announcement comes on the heels of a highly successful first season of The Glee Project which became a critically acclaimed ratings hit for the network.

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Music

“The Glee Project” hits all the right notes in first season

By Tom Comi Follow @ChannelGuide You really have to hand it to Ryan Murphy. Not only did he create the FOX mega-hit Glee, but he found a way to come up with a reality show on Oxygen to ultimately replace the stars that made Glee a hit. Although The Glee Project (season finale airs Sunday at 9pm ET) doesn’t come remotely close to drawing the eyeballs of its mother ship, the contest in which the winner gets a 7-episode appearance on the forthcoming season of Glee has managed to accomplish several things:

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Politics

TCA Summer Press Tour: MSNBC hosts predict the next president

By Ryan Berenz Follow @ChannelGuideRAB Before getting into Tuesday’s NBC Universal TCA panels, just have to mention what an awesome party NBCU threw at The Bazaar at SLS Hotel Beverly Hills last night. After grabbing some seafood hors d’ouvres, I found a table and sat down, and was joined shortly by The Singing Bee judge Ben Folds and his wife. I chatted with him, and talked about the Ben Folds Five show I remembered seeing at Milwaukee’s Summerfest about 12 years ago. Folds mentioned that he loves playing Summerfest. “That’s a pretty drunk crowd there,” he says. The man knows […]

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Comedy

“The Glee Project” courts future stars

By Tom Comi Follow @ChannelGuide You have to wonder if Glee creator Ryan Murphy learned something valuable from the rise and fall of the High School Musical empire, because the brilliant producer is doing all he can to make sure his popular FOX hit doesn’t suffer the same fate. As with any movie or TV show that revolves around high school students, there is an inevitable turnover with the cast. It’s already a stretch to have twentysomethings playing teenagers, so casting agents are lucky if they can get a few seasons out of a “kid” before he is donning a […]

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Casting Calls

Oxygen begins casting “The Glee Project”

NEW YORK – November 16, 2010 – Oxygen Media and Casting Duo, in association with Robert Ulrich, casting director of “Glee,” will begin the casting search for “The Glee Project” with open calls in Chicago on Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19 and in Dallas on Saturday, January 8 and Sunday, January 9.  Aside from these open calls, the team will also be reaching out to the next wave of professional performers through official industry channels in order to ensure everyone is included in this opportunity.  “The Glee Project,” where performers will compete for a multi-episode guest-starring role on season three of hit […]

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Reality TV

Get Your “Ass” On Oxygen!

By Jeff Pfeiffer Tying in with its new So You Think You Can Dance/Biggest Loser hybrid series called Dance Your Ass Off, premiering June 26, Oxygen is featuring a site that will allow users to submit videos of themselves, um, dancing their asses off. The new series features full-figured contestants who are paired with a professional dance partner who train them for weekly performances. Judges score the routines, and then contestants weigh in to reveal their weekly weight loss. The dance and weight scores are combined for an overall total, which determines who is sent home each week. The last […]

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Movies

Five Fabulous Flicks, Plus Two

Start the weekend — and next week — right with these films airing June 5-11. All times ET June 5 Casino Royale (2006) With this film, Daniel Craig overcame the doubt and skepticism of many to become arguably the most thrilling new James Bond since Sean Connery. Playing a more human version of the quintessential superspy, Craig brings a depth and vulnerability absent from previous incarnations. Based on the original Ian Fleming story, this is an appropriate rebirth for the franchise and easily one of the best in the series. USA, 8pm ET June 6 16 Blocks (2006) In 1994 […]