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Q&A: 'Glee', 'Memphis Beat', 'Two and a Half Men'

'Glee' a fan of Barbra Streisand

Several months ago during an awards show, the producers of Glee thanked Barbra Streisand in their acceptance speech. Why?

The event you mention happened at the Golden Globes in January, when co-creator Ryan Murphy accepted the best comedy award for the TV show Glee.

"Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press and Miss Barbra Streisand . . .," he said.

While there is not yet any direct link between Glee and Barbra Streisand, Murphy is a big fan of the star. Several of her songs have been featured on the show, and it's been whispered in the celebrity press that the show may do an episode devoted to Streisand, just as it did to Madonna.

Glee star Lea Michele (Rachel) has performed Streisand material on the show, and says: "Funny Girl is my most favorite movie of all time. Barbra Streisand is my idol. She is one of the greatest performers in the entire world.

". . . I would just like to keep doing as much Barbra, Judy (Garland) — I think it's so great to get songs like that on television, and get kids who aren't familiar with those artists and those songs, have them become aware of those classics. So that's what I'm always most excited to do."

'Memphis Beat' still up in air

Will any more episodes be made of Memphis Beat? And does Jason Lee plan on making a CD?

Memphis Beat has completed its first season, and the network, TNT, has not yet made a decision on renewal. A network spokesperson said those discussions would begin in a few weeks, after all the summer series have concluded.

The spokesperson also said series star Jason Lee doesn't actually sing on the show — he's just mouthing the words.

Character isn't gay — or is he?

Is the character of Alan, the brother on Two and a Half Men, supposed to be gay?

Jon Cryer plays the role of the shy Dr. Alan Harper — the brother of womanizer Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen) and father of young Jake Harper on Two and a Half Men.

Alan Harper has been married twice and dates (or tries to) throughout the series, now in its eighth season, and the official show line is that he's a heterosexual.

But there have been several references made through the seasons that could make you wonder. On one episode in Season 4, Alan starts to think of himself as gay and even goes on a couple of dates with a man, Greg. It ends badly, with Greg telling Alan he isn't gay but even if he were he doesn't find him attractive.

In Season 7, an intoxicated Alan and Charlie are reading a relationship help book. Alan, making a list of things he and Charlie have in common, says they both fight homosexual panic. A withering look from Charlie implies only Alan does.

Q&A: 'Glee', 'Memphis Beat', 'Two and a Half Men' 09/12/10 [Last modified: Sunday, September 12, 2010 5:30am]

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