SUPER EARLY PREVIEW!
FOX, in a gambit that could be regarded as thinking outside the box or just being out of its mind, is airing the hour-long pilot of this new series from Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy—then not rolling out further episodes until fall. Well, autumn can't come soon enough. Glee is cause for happiness: It's as if the teen-dreamboat fantasy of High School Musical spent too much time in homeroom sitting next to the subversively cool School of Rock. The show is an upbeat charmer with a little snark.
Newcomer Matthew Morrison—who did a brilliant send-up of 'N Sync in Lisa Kudrow's little-seen Marci X—plays Will Schuester. He's a high school Spanish teacher trying to revive the glee club, but things aren't promising. It's hard to come up with a sensitive or even logical staging of the Guys and Dolls classic "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" when your lead vocalist is in a wheelchair. Schuester's strongest and most ruthless singer is Rachel (Lea Michele). Her every thought fueled by stardom, she downloads daily YouTube videos of herself singing from Les Miz. At last, a show for the Susan Boyles of the world! You know who you are.
FX, Tuesdays, 10 p.m. ET |
HOW'S SEASON 5?
Denis Leary's firehouse saga took off 18 months between seasons 4 and 5. The result of that long wait is a terrific run of episodes that rank among the show's best. Michael J. Fox has been giving a gnawingly sharp performance as the new lover of firefighter Tommy Gavin's ex, but there's also a seductive turn by Karina Lombard as a French journalist writing about 9/11—the incendiary nightmare underpinning everything. The fast but impeccably constructed narrative brings us crises both scary (drinking binges, cancer) and farcical (snobbery at a bed-and-breakfast). The show is on fire right now.
Disney, Saturdays, 8 p.m. ET |
For their first sitcom, Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas play Kevin, Joe and Nick Lucas—young idols like themselves. It would be too much to expect them to be cast as something exotic, like long-lost heirs to the Russian throne. The show has the silly sheen of a cartoon and fun little pop interludes, which is fine. Most young viewers won't care that Joe and Kevin seem trapped by all the self-referential cuteness—they're brightly, unnaturally arch. Nick, deadpan, comes off better.
>1 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES SUN. 5/17, 9 PM ABC
A season of daring twists ends with Susan (Teri Hatcher
) and son in danger.
2 GIRL POWER MON. 5/18, 8 PM CW
Will Little J (Taylor Momsen) replace Blair as Gossip Girl Queen Bee? So Corleone! Season 2 wrap-up.
3 TIME'S UP! MON. 5/18, 8 PM FOX
Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), sick but still boiling mad, ends another 24 season of near-catastrophe.
4 SUPER HEROES TUES. 5/19, SYNDICATED
People HEROES IN HARD TIMES
Tales of selfless giving on The Oprah
Winfrey Show's Oprah
/PEOPLE Exclusive: Heroes in Hard Times.
5 AMERICAN IDOL WED. 5/20, 8 PM FOX
We'll finally have our successor to Dave Cook—and Paula Abdul
>• The Filipino singer, 17, returns to Oprah
on May 18 as one of "the World's Smartest and Most Talented Kids."
WHAT'S IT LIKE TO BE FRIENDS WITH OPRAH
? An honor. I always get to hug her—that's my favorite! I have learned to have her same attitude and to never stop dreaming.
YOU SANG WITH CELINE DION AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN. It was a dream come true. She's my idol. She told me to sing from my heart and for my mom.
HOW HAS YOUR LIFE CHANGED? I can now buy things for my family. I bought my mom a house and a car. But now I can't go to the mall in the Philippines because of the fans.
DATING ANYONE? No, but I do have a crush on Josh Groban. I was shaking when we met.
>The British singer guest stars as Anne of Cleves on the Showtime drama, which concludes its third season May 24. "Acting was a very different experience—just brilliant," says Stone, 22, who mastered a German accent to play Henry VIII's fourth wife. "There's nothing I won't try." As she prepares for a new tour, Stone talked about the TV themes she can't stop singing.
"I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU," FRIENDS It's a great song—kind of cheesy. It could be on the radio. I may have seen every episode.
"GOD ONLY KNOWS," BIG LOVE I recorded this Beach Boys song for a  Gap campaign. It's happy, but the lyrics are soul-destroying.
"LITTLE BOXES," WEEDS They used the same song but changed the artist and style—a country one, then rock. It's interesting and cool.
THEME TO THE BBC'S EASTENDERS I've heard it since I was born. Ask anybody who is English and they'll sing it to you.
"WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME," CHEERS It makes you happy. All you need in life is a pint and your mates.
FOX, Tuesday, May 19, 9 p.m. ET |