Sunday, October 25, 2009

TV NEWS: New Music Plans for "Glee," "Southland" Saved, and more

• "Glee" has a lot of new developments in the works. Apparently, musicians are bombarding them with offers for the cast to sing their songs. Even Madonna jumped on the bandwagon, "gifting" them her entire music collection, and greenlighting a Madonna-themed episode slated for next year. There are also plans for an original song episode, where the students will be given the task to write their own song, which'll be written by Diane Warren, who wrote Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" and Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time."

• It looks like TNT is about to do the incredibly unexpected. If USA is building a rep for unorthodox crime procedurals ("Monk," "Psych," "Burn Notice," and "White Collar"), then TNT is definitely trying to create a hierarchy of female-oriented crime procedurals. First "The Closer," then "Saving Grace," and now Angie Harmon's "Rizzoli." But to beef up the testosterone on the channel, they've developed "Raising the Bar" and "Dark Blue," and now they'll even out the playing field by starting negotiations to acquire "Southland."

• I'm not too excited about the Facebook film, but ABC's social networking series "Boyfred" might be worth watching. It's about a web designer "whose girlfriend goes overseas, so he creates a website for their circle of friends to keep in touch." Most of his friends are music bloggers, so music is a central part of the series. Following six twentysomethings, it's "Friends" for the computer age.

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