Are you ready for a kinder, gentler, fuzzier Lady Gaga? The Born This Way singer will trade in a meat dress for a felt one when she teams with Jim Henson's lovable gang for Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular, which will air Thanksgiving night (Nov. 28) on ABC. Yep, Kermit & Co. have come a long, weird way since busting out carols with John Denver.
We love this idea, of course, and it's a smart PR move for Gaga, who's been so flippin' weird lately to the point of alienating certain fans. With new album ARTPOP arriving in stores Nov. 8, and first single Applause performing well if not gangbusters, she needs the chummy, I'm-not-totally-bonkers boost. (She's actually leaned on Muppet love before: She strutted a dress made of Kermit heads on a German TV show, and even took the frog himself as her date to the 2009 VMAs on MTV.)
Special guests Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, RuPaul and Kristen Bell will also appear on the offbeat variety show. All of this sounds wackably grand save for one lil' complaint: The 90-minute special doesn't start until 9:30 Thanksgiving night - not exactly prime family hour. C'mon, Lady G, even my no-good kids will be asleep by then! - Sean Daly, Times staff writer
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'Glee' ending after season 6 next year
Despite a ratings bounce for its tribute episode to Cory Monteith, Glee will not continue past its sixth season next year, co-creator Ryan Murphy says. He also notes that after Monteith's death in July from a drug overdose, he will have to fashion a new ending for the show.
"The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn's story. I always knew that, I always knew how it would end," Murphy told TVLine at an FX event in New York Wednesday night. "I knew what the last shot was, he was in it. I knew what the last line was, she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we're figuring that out now."
Murphy added he has come up with something that may work. "I have a good idea," he said. "I'm going to tell the studio and the network (in a week) how after Cory's unfortunate passing we can end the show that I think is very satisfactory. And kind of in his honor, which I love." Last week's episode, "The Quarterback," drew 7.4 million viewers and a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49, up 40 percent from the season premiere and up 75 percent from the week before. - Josh Gillin, Times staff writer
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Zombies on the brain
Still thinking about what happened on last night's The Walking Dead? Look for Sean Daly's recap of the episode today on the Feed blog, at tampabay.com/blogs/media.