JOURNEY TO THE PLANETS: Friday 3rd December, National Geographic, 8pm ALERT ME
“Upon arrival, many tourists make the mistake of attempting to land on the Saturn’s freezing surface. Watch out folks, the planet is made entirely of fluid. If your space pod sinks, breakdown cover can be astronomical. But don’t let this discourage you from visiting the most photogenic viscous orb in the galaxy, the cosmic rings are just one of the many things not to be missed for any visitor. Beware of asteroids..”
In the unlikely event of Lonely Planet deciding to publish a guide to the various attractions of our Solar System, this is what it might be like. Well that’s what the excitable bunch of space boffins at National Geographic think anyway, and they’re starting their tour of the galaxy with Saturn – or the “pin-up boy of the Solar System” as one of our delighted experts tell us. Read more
A few months ago, I sat in a swanky hotel in London, knees knocking and beads of sweat gathering on my brow. I was waiting to meet executive producer of Glee, Dante Di Loreto. Dante’s been producing TV and films for 16 years and has recent success not only with Glee but the HBO Claire Danes TV movie Temple Grandin, for which Danes won an Emmy award. I was supposed to be asking Dante questions relating to the release of Glee Season 1: Volume 2 DVD on Monday, but I try to get a newsworthy scoop for you whenever I get the chance…
How does it feel to have such a success like Glee on your hands?
The success of the show is the kind of thing you hope for. It’s a show about underdogs, about people who want to find a place to belong and so it still feels a little bit unreal because it feels like we’re a bunch of underdogs who are trying to show the world how well we can sing and dance.
I work for Ryan Murphy who is, in my opinion, one of the best creative minds working in media today. I’d be hard pressed to find anyone who can span the arc from Nip/Tuck to Eat, Pray, Love to Glee. But you know, you hope for this kind of warm welcome and sometimes it’s hard to find it. I’ve been doing this long enough to know how rare it is.
Do you think Glee’s status as an underdog has been the thing to draw people to the show?
I think everyone feels like a bit of an outcast – let me rephrase that, I think everyone is looking for somewhere they belong. No matter how successful you are or how pretty you are, you probably have some doubts within yourself, questions about where you fit in and I think that’s what the show speaks to. But also we make fun of ourselves mercilessly, so whenever we start taking ourselves seriously there’s some incredibly witty Sue Sylvester line written by Ian Brennan or Brad or Ryan that just cuts everyone to the quick.
Are Sue’s lines ever improvised by Jane Lynch?
She’s a fantastic comedian, I think she’s got a terrific process now with Ian who writes a lot of her dialogue and I think they’re both on the same page with what Sue Sylvester is going to say next. Read more
If that wasn’t good enough, the show’s going to be broadcast live, so hopefully it’ll be all right on the night.
According to The Guardian, the show is currently titled 10 O’Clock Live and will see the comics waxing lyrical about the week’s events. Channel 4 commissioned the show after the success of The Alternative Election Night which featured the same comics.
Entertainment and comedy commissioning editor Darren Smith said of the show, “The success of the Alternative Election Night proved that there is an appetite for a show that mixes comedy and the news agenda together in a way that produces genuine insight as well as laugh-out-loud moments. 10 O’Clock Live will provide a fresh and unashamedly intelligent take on current affairs from a young perspective.”
It has been quite a week for Gleeks everywhere as not only was Glee nominated for several Emmys but Jane Lynch managed to knock everyone out of the park by winning her category.
Jane was named Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series, beating out Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men), Sofía Vergara (Modern Family) and Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live). Nice work, Jane.
Speaking of the Emmys, if you’re an internet savvy Gleek, then you probably saw the opening number to the ceremony which consisted of host Jimmy Fallon gathering stars to perform a Glee-style routine. Tina Fey, Joel McHale, Jon Hamm and Jorge Garcia joined in the festivities to sing Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run. It went a little something like this:
The cast of Glee attended the awards in the hopes of winning and while they were working it on the red carpet they dished on some upcoming storylines. Michael Ausiello pinned down Lea Michele to ask about the state of Rachel and Finn’s relationship in the second season.
Oh yes, there will be SPOILERS AHEAD!
GLENN MARTIN, DDS: Saturday 28th August, Sky1, 7.30pm ALERT ME
Stop-motion is a style that’s not for everyone but it does naturally lend itself to comedic situations, so I’m at a loss as to why Glenn Martin, DDS isn’t funny.
After accidentally burning down his family home, dentist Glenn Martin drags wife Jackie, son Connor, daughter Courtney and her assistant Wendy around the US in the hope of becoming closer as a family.
The opening episode of Series 2 sees Glenn being reunited with a few old dentist pals from back in the day and Jackie struggling to find something in common with Connor. Meanwhile, Courtney and Wendy suffer the repercussions of pretending to be psychics. Read more
Big Brother finally comes to an end this year and with any luck we’ll never see it again. Ever. But according to a report in the Guardian, Channel 4 aren’t wasting any time in searching for new talent to fill its schedule with.
The line-up for thier autumn 2010 schedule is chock-full of comedy shows and it looks like Frankie Boyle has nabbed his own programme called Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights which is described as a “no-holds-barred standup with pre-filmed sketches in which he picks apart all aspects of modern life”.
We’re all for more Frankie but will he flounder on his own without the balance of the Mock The Week boys?
That Mitchell and Webb Look’s Robert Webb will also get his shot at solo success with his new show Robert’s Web. It’ll be “an alternative take on the week’s online news”, which sounds a hell of a lot like Russell Howard’s Good News. Not playing copycat are we, Channel 4?
Morgana Robinson is the newcomer in the comedy line-up with her five-part sketch-based series The Morgana Show, Shane Allen, C4′s head of comedy, describes the show as “Warm, daft and infectious, Morgana’s range of charismatic characters somehow lodge in your head, and her style of performance is reminiscent of Kenny Everett in his prime, but without the beard.” Nice.
However, in Karl Pilkington’s case, he would be happy to stay at home but is being forced to go on a round the world trip by Ricky Gervais, most likely for Ricky’s own personal amusement.
In a new series on Sky1, Karl will be jetting around the world to visit all the Seven Wonders of the world: the Great Wall of China, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, Petra in Jordan, Machu Picchu in Peru, Chichen Itza in Mexico, the Taj Mahal in India and the Great Pyramids of Egypt.
Karl told Sky1 that, “I can’t wait to get started. Not ‘cos I’m excited but ‘cos the sooner we start the sooner it will be over. The fact the nurse gave me an injection that protects me from dirty chimps put a dampener on the whole thing. I don’t think Ross Kemp has to have that injection.”
On The Ricky Gervais Show, Karl is often the butt of Ricky and Stephen Merchant’s jokes and rightly so because he is, for lack of a better word, an idiot. He may be a strange little man but he’s completely loveable and we can’t wait for this show to start.
An Idiot Abroad begins on 5th September on Sky1. Check out the trailer and let us know what you think – drop a comment down below.
We recently showed you a picture taken on the set of Glee where Britney was filming her guest appearance for the show’s second season and now we’ve got a few more.
Having Britney perform with them has been a real treat for the stars of Glee, particularly Heather Morris who plays airheaded Cheerio Brittany.
Morris will perform Britney’s hit Me Against The Music and told the Insider that, “I’m still on a high. It was the coolest thing ever. It was really weird to stare at her while you’re wearing the same thing she wore before and you’re like, ‘I wonder what she’s thinking’. It was really cool.”
Co-creator Ryan Murphy also praised Spears for her professional attitude whilst on set, he told E! Online that, “She was so sweet and so humble. I think she was really impressed about, you know, so many kids on the show do what they do because they grew up at 7 or 8 wanting to be Britney Spears. So she’s really sweet with them.”.
“We had a number with a bunch of 8-year-old dancers in the show and she spent a lot of time talking to them and they did a number for her and she was so sweet. She’s great with kids, she was awesome.”
Check out these pictures and let us know what you think – brilliant or boring, drop a comment down below.
DISPATCHES – WHEN COUSINS MARRY: Monday 23rd August, Channel 4, 8pm ALERT ME
Dispatches has a reputation for producing hard-hitting documentaries filled with well-researched arguments and compelling human interest stories, but try as it might, When Cousins Marry doesn’t quite live up to it’s intriguing title.
Focusing on the Pakistani tradition of marrying first cousins, Tazeen Ahmad guides us through the medical and emotional ramifications of such unions. Some cousin marriages are by choice and some forced by family and community members, but the most distressing aspect of the whole situation is the fact that the children born of these marriages often have terrible medical conditions. According to Tazeen, blindness, hearing impairments, learning difficulties and other genetic birth defects are common problems and are an unnecessary strain on the UK’s health service and on the families themselves. Read more
Britney Spears has been on a bit of a rollercoaster for the past few years. She’s been up, she’s been down, she’s been divorced and she’s been bald but now Britney’s officially a Gleek.
The singer has tweeted from the set of Glee where she is filming her upcoming appearance on the hit show.
“What’s up GLEEKS? Having so much fun on set!! Can’t wait for you guys to see the episode! -Britney”
What role Britney is playing is yet to be confirmed but her cameo will be in the second episode of the new season and it’s called ‘Britney/Brittany’. Six of the Spears’ hits will appear in the episode with Hit Me Baby One More Time being performed by Rachel Berry, played by Lea Michele.
Ryan Murphy, the show’s creator, has said that the show isn’t going to explore Britney’s personal life but only her musical career. Though he doesn’t give away her role, Murphy did hint that the members of the Glee club will experience Britney-based fantasies while under anaesthesia at the dentist, played by John Stamos.
Here’s the picture that Britney tweeted to her followers – it doesn’t tell us much but we just had to show it to you.