You know what makes Glee really sing? It's not the all the Journey songs the cast performs, though that never hurts. It's not the pure molten evil of coach Sue Sylvester, played by the now Emmy-winning Jane Lynch. It's the guest stars. Think back to last season. (Sigh.) How loud did you squeal at the sight of Olivia Newton-John playing herself (TWICE!)? Or Neil Patrick Harris (we can stop calling him Doogie now) as Will Schuester's old archenemy Bryan Ryan? This season, we can look forward to appearances by John ("Uncle Jesse") Stamos, Oscar-winning Javier Bardem and even poptart/gossip princess Britney Spears. (Keep this quiet, but word is that Carol Burnett could show up, too … as coach Sue's mom!) But tossing Glee aside, which we must until the season premiere Sept. 21, there are scores of other juicy guest star appearances on TV this fall.
Top 5 guest stars this fall
•1Jane lynch (iCarly) Coach Sue will leave her megaphone behind to play the mom to Sam (Jennette McCurdy) on Nickelodeon on Saturday at 8 p.m. TV Guide says Lynch will put an appropriately comic face on her character's "colorful dating life, horrible driving skills and questionable hygiene."
•2dolph lundgren (Chuck) Try this one: Ivan Drago. The actor who played Rocky's Russian punching pal is set for the Sept. 20 season premiere, along with creepy Big Love co-star Harry Dean Stanton. How much longer until we can break out the "I must break you" jokes?
•3Jennifer aniston (Cougar Town): Awww. Rachel and Monica are back together again Sept. 22. Courteney Cox's show has steadily improved, even if TV viewers aren't noticing, while Aniston's movie career has taken a nosedive. At this point, though, who is helping who?
•4justin bieber (CSI): It's the first acting gig for Bieber. Too bad we all lost interest in the show when William Petersen left the cast. Publicity photos from the Sept. 23 premiere show the Muppet/pop star being led to jail in handcuffs. Finally, some justice for his crimes against the music business!
•5Betty white (Community): Yes, the Golden Girl is everywhere these days. And it'd be tiresome except for the fact that she's always so perfectly cast. White appears on the Sept. 23 premiere to play professor June Bauer, the community college's "unhinged" anthropology professor. Is there any other kind?
Weekend movies Dollar amounts in millions
The American, $13
The Last Exorcism, $7.6
Going the Distance, $6.9
Top 5 prime-time TV shows
Emmy Awards (NBC)
America's Got Talent — Tuesday (NBC)
America's Got Talent — Wednesday (NBC)
Exhibition Football: Pittsburgh at Denver (Fox)
Source: Nielsen Co., for week ending Aug. 29
Top 5 Albums on iTunes
Asylum (Deluxe Version), Disturbed
Something for the Rest of Us (Deluxe Version), the Goo Goo Dolls
Teenage Dream (Deluxe Edition), Katy Perry
Be My Thrill (Deluxe Edition), the Weepies
Source: iTunes Music Store
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