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Chord Overstreet Returning to ‘Glee’

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It didn’t take too long for Chord Overstreet to make his way back to New Directions.

TVLine is reporting that Chord Overstreet is finalizing a deal (which is “definitely” going to close, according to the report) to return to Glee after a very big exit from the show. Producers turned down his series regular option back in July, and Overstreet declined to continue his recurring role on the show. A change of heart seems to have struck Overstreet, who played a fan-favorite role as the Trouty-mouthed Sam Evans on Fox’s hit show. He said that the exit would help him focus on other projects, like film and a music career, but he’s now seemingly put that on the back-burner for now.

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Emmy Predictions: Drama

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It’s that time of year again! THE EMMYS! It’s the most important day in television and here at JuniorTV. Although many of the categories won’t go in my favor (as you’ll see below), I’m still rooting for many people and their respective shows. Besides, there has to be a shocking win somewhere this year, right? (Remember Kyra Sedgwick last year?) So today, a day before the ceremony(!), here are my predictions on who will win, and who should win for the major drama categories, including Best Drama and the Best Acting categories for in drama.:

Outstanding Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Dexter (Showtime)
Friday Night Lights (Direct TV)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Mad Men (AMC)

WHO WILL WIN: Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

This show has every single ingredient for Emmy glory: A period drama with a seemingly unending but thrilling storyline with characters that keep viewers hooked. AMC’s Mad Men is getting it’s Drama Emmy streak taken away and there’s nothing it can do about it.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)

My favorite drama ever ends it’s five season run and I’m so disappointed that it hasn’t won a single Primetime Emmy throughout it’s run, and that’s just criminal on the Academy’s part.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights (Direct TV)
Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
Hugh Laurie, House (FOX)
Timothy Olyphant, Justified (FX)

WHO WILL WIN: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

This man is the heart of this show, and his performance already scored him a SAG Award for Best Actor in a Drama. I have almost no doubt in my mind that he will win, but I would be glad if he lost to a certain someone.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights

This is that certain someone. For five seasons, he lead a now legendary role as Coach Eric Taylor in one of the most critically-acclaimed shows of all-time. Its about time that he gets one, and it’s the Academy’s last chance to redeem themselves, but they wont.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Drama Series
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Walton Goggins, Justified
John Slattery, Mad Men
Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age

WHO WILL WIN: Walton Goggins, Justified

I’m so glad that FX’s ‘Justified’ will finally get the recognition it deserves tonight, as Goggins’ performance was the best of the year for actors in the supporting role. See why I think so below.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Walton Goggins, Justified

His character is sinister but also has much emotion. He helps his enemy, but also wants to destroy him, and that makes him one of the most versatile characters on TV.

Outstanding Lead Actress in A Drama Series

Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

WHO WILL WIN: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Last year, many thought her award was robbed by Kyra Sedgwick, but this year, she is invincible.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights

Although not a leading lady like Margulies, Britton has had incredibly important storyline moments throughout Friday Night Lights’ five season run, and the award is long overdue.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Margo Martindale, Justified
Michelle Forbes, The Killing
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

WHO WILL WIN:Margo Martindale, Justified

Her performance as the wicked Mags Bennett is historic, portraying one of the most evil characters on television. Martindale has this one locked.

WHO SHOULD WIN: Margo Martindle, Justified

It’s nearly impossible for Emmy voters not unanimously vote in her favor to win. I hope she has her speech ready.

That’s all for now! Come back soon to see who I think will win on the Comedy side–see you then! And don’t forget: The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards airs this Sunday, September 18 on FOX, hosted by Jane Lynch!

ALSO: For live updates, go to my twitter page @JuniorTV. Follow me while you’re at it! 🙂

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EMMYS: Final Predictions! My Emmy Ballot for Tomorrow

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We’re less than 24 hours until Emmy Nominations! Of course I’ll be analyzing who got nominated and who didn’t (effectively being snubbed), and just so you’ll see how I will react for the most part on the nominations, here are my predictions for the major Drama and Comedy categories, performers included! NOTE: This will not include nominations for non-scripted categories and miniseries or television movies.

DRAMA

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

MAD MEN
THE GOOD WIFE
JUSTIFIED
BOARDWALK EMPIRE
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
GAME OF THRONES

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

JON HAMM, MAD MEN
SEAN BEAN, GAME OF THRONES
KYLE CHANDLER, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
TIMOTHY OLYPHANT, JUSTIFIED
STEVE BUSCEMI, BOARDWALK EMPIRE

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

JOHN SLATTERY, MAD MEN
PETER DINKLAGE, GAME OF THRONES
MICHAEL PITT, BOARDWALK EMPIRE
WALTON GOGGINS, JUSTIFIED
JOHN NOBLE, FRINGE
ALAN CUMMING, THE GOOD WIFE

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

JULIANNA MARGULIES, THE GOOD WIFE
ELISABETH MOSS, MAD MEN
KYRA SEDGWICK, THE CLOSER
CONNIE BRITTON, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
KATEY SEGAL, SONS OF ANARCHY
KATHY BATES, HARRY’S LAW

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, MAD MEN
ARCHIE PANJABI, THE GOOD WIFE
CHRISTINE BARANSKI, THE GOOD WIFE
MARGO MARTINDALE, JUSTIFIED
KELLY MACDONALD, BOARDWALK EMPIRE
DEBRA WINGER, IN TREATMENT

COMEDY

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

30 ROCK
THE OFFICE
GLEE
MODERN FAMILY
PARKS AND RECREATION
LOUIE

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

STEVE CARELL, THE OFFICE
ALEC BALDWIN, 30 ROCK
JIM PARSONS, THE BIG BANG THEORY
JOEL MCHALE, COMMUNITY
LOUIS C.K., LOUIE
ROB LOWE, PARKS AND RECREATION

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

ERIC STONESTREET, MODERN FAMILY
JESSE TYLER FERGUSON, MODERN FAMILY
ED O’NEILL, MODERN FAMILY
NICK OFFERMAN, PARKS AND RECREATION
CHRIS COLFER, GLEE
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

TINA FEY, 30 ROCK
EDIE FALCO, NURSE JACKIE
AMY POEHLER, PARKS AND RECREATION
PATRICIA HEATON, THE MIDDLE
MARTHA PLIMPTON, RAISING HOPE
LAURA LINNEY, THE BIG C

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

JULIE BOWEN, MODERN FAMILY
SOFIA VERGARA, MODERN FAMILY
JANE LYNCH, GLEE
BETTY WHITE, HOT IN CLEVELAND
JANE KRAKOWSKI, 30 ROCK
BUSY PHILLIPS, COUGAR TOWN

There you go! So many nominees, and I would’ve loved to include non-scripted categories, but this post would’ve been infinitively long! Just know that I’m pulling for The Daily Show and Real Time to get noms in the variety category! Make sure to wake up nice & early tomorrow for the 63rd Annual Emmy Award Nominations! Melissa McCarthy and Joshua Jackson will announce, along with John Shaffner at 8:30AM Eastern Time (5:30AM for you people on the West Coast!). I’ll have full coverage and live reactions on twitter (follow me @JuniorTV) and right here on the blog! I’ll be up super early before the nominations to have full coverage. See you then!

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The 5 Best New Shows of the Summer

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It’s been a stale and uneventful Fall season, with no new runaway hits hitting the schedule except NBC’s midseason musical hit The Voice. The networks also didn’t plan well with their summer schedule. It seems as if they’re taking a break this summer from all the madness, and leaving the competition to cable channels, which have been gaining ground significantly during the summer. Last year, USA was the winner of the summer, with then-freshman action series Covert Affairs helping fuel an already great lineup even further, averaging over 6 million viewers, an astonishing number for cable. TNT was close behind, landing in second for total-day viewers and had the highest-rated show (The Closer) and highest-rated new show (Rizzoli & Isles) last year.

All of the cable shows listed above are returning this summer, so don’t worry. But, if you’re looking for a new show to get addicted to, you’re in luck. A slew of new shows are going to premiere in the coming weeks, and I have the top 5 that you should watch. I looked all over the place and got all the new shows of the Summer, and I quickly started to sift through which where the best. I decided to choose only 5 for the summer, and had to cut some very promising shows, but kept the best in hand. Something that isn’t as shocking anymore is that only 1 broadcast show made the list; the rest were on cable. Also, most of them are scripted, with only 1 being a reality show. Are you ready to see the top 5? Here it is!

Note: The Top 5 will display in a countdown format, with the fifth best show appearing first and the best appearing at the bottom of the post.

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5. Love In the Wild (NBC)

I was very cautious about putting this show in the top 5, mainly because it looks like it will lack quality, but which reality show does these days? This show is pretty self-explanatory: People are trying to find love in the wildest of scenarios, which for them happens to be in the jungles of Costa Rica. The promos for the show are giving it a goofy look to it, with many of the singles falling, slipping, and crashing their way to love. I still don’t know if I’ll like the show, but I will watch the first episode and see how similar it is to NBC’s previous jungle disaster I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! Let’s hope it’s not. In any way.

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4. Suits (USA Network)

This show is right up USA’s alley, and I’m very excited about it. A lawyer named Harvey Specter (played by Gabriel Macht) looks for a partner and he finds the best of the best, a guy named Mike Ross (played by Patrick J. Adams) but there’s one thing: The guy hasn’t gone to law school and never took the bar exam. Nonetheless, the guy is an academic genius, sucking up books like it’s drinking water. He also has incredible memory, and even though he isn’t certified, Ross knows everything there is to know about law. Count me in!

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3. The Glee Project (Oxygen)

In what will be my first foray into the female-skewing network, the basic cable channel hopes to get all demographics (preferably adults 18-49 and kids 12-17) to watch their most high-profile show ever, based spinning-off of Fox’s pop culture phenomenon, Glee. The Glee Project is a reality competition series that aims to look for the next potential star of Fox’s hit musical/comedy. Just like any other competition, members will get eliminated and the last Gleek standing will get a guaranteed seven-episode stint on Glee and if they do well in those seven eps, who knows? They could also become a series regular. Get ready for sing-alongs and drama, just like Glee! Except this is a competition and it happens to air in the Summer.

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2. Teen Wolf (MTV)

This striking new series is getting comparisons to The Vampire Diaries for all the good reasons. Scott (played by Tyler Posey) is a high school Sophomore that’s struggling like most to be popular and be in some kind of sport, but one day, that all changes. Scott gets bitten by a wolf in the woods one day and as he recovers, he notices that he isn’t the same as he was before. Before you know it, he realizes he’s a werewolf—oh, and he happens to be a teen. It’s bloody, gritty, and just what I want to see during the summer.

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 1. Wilfred (FX)

Have you ever come across something so fresh, so original that it instantly becomes a must-see for you? When was the last time you discovered a revolutionary show? For me, it was two years ago, when Modern Family made its way to ABC’s lineup. Of all networks, FX is the channel to grab the next. Wilfred is a dark comedy about a man named Ryan (played by Elijah Wood) who is on the verge of suicide when an unlikely task is presented to him: dogsitting. The most shocking part of this is that when he sees the dog, he sees a man dressed in a big dog suit and can talk—but the rest of the world sees him as what he rightfully is: a dog. Not enticing yet? Watch the trailers, you’ll get hooked just off of that.

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Special Edition Most Wanted: The Oprah Finale

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This is the most important Most Wanted List to date, and you know why. This week, something historic will happen. So historic, it will change television and media overall forever. Daytime will never be the same again without her, and this week, she takes the top spot by a mile. More details below, but we also will see a plethora of finales and premieres this week. So large, in fact, that I decided to double the amount of things that are Most Wanted this week to 10. How’s that for a special edition?! The list is down below:

1. The Oprah Winfrey Show – Series Finale

It’s the end of an era. After almost 5,000 shows and millions of lives changed, Oprah is saying goodbye to her daily talk show on Wednesday and with it comes sadness for her dedicated fans (me included.) For the past 4 years, which have been the most important for me growing up (from 12 to now 16,) I have watched Oprah and if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t even be remotely interested in the television world. She set an example of how the medium of television is so powerful and how far you can go in this world. In this judgmental world, Oprah was my only escaping alternate dimension where I learned to be an open-minded person, and I owe any humility I have to her. My absolute favorite moment on the Oprah show was when she reunited Clemantine and Claire Wamariya with their family after they were torn apart from the Rwandan genocide. It gives me chills every time I watch that episode, and I well definitely never forget it. Make sure you watch these final three shows! Check your local listings if you don’t already know when Oprah airs in your area. Especially watch the final Oprah Winfrey Show this Wednesday.

2. American Idol

For American Idol, a completely revamped judge panel and format worked for the better, and everyone is calling it a comeback. This season has started with hundreds of thousands of contestants, and it all comes down to the final two: Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina. The youngest final two ever are sure to bring a large audience this Wednesday, and a record number of votes. In recent seasons, the winners haven’t made it big. But this year the winner is sure to make a splash on the charts, if America gets it right, which I think will happen this year.

3. The Hangover Part II

Two years after the record-breaking comedy made it’s way to theaters, the guys are doing it again. This time it’s Stu, and you know it’s going to be crazy when you see a facial tattoo freshly imprinted around Stu’s eye. Problem is, that could stop the movie from coming out. Hopefully it won’t, but who knows what might happen at today’s hearing in Missouri. If the plaintiffs request for an injunction is denied, everything should be fine for The Hangover’s release this Friday.

4. Modern Family Season Finale

Another hilarious season ends with the family trying to surprise Jay with a birthday party, Phil meets an enemy from college, and Cam gets in some trouble at a bakery. You know, the typical craziness? The producers must have something special in store for this Wednesday’s finale, and you should definitely tune in.

5. Glee Season Finale

The most expensive Glee episode to-date airs tonight, and it happens to be the finale episode. New Directions makes it’s way to the New York City to make a splash at the nationals which are being held in the city. Will they win? And how is all the drama from this past season going to end? Tune in to find out!

6. The Middle Season Finale

The stellar second season ends with uncertainty that that Brick may be held back. Frankie does all she can to help Brick and keep the family from going over the edge as usual. Expect the ever-present craziness from Sue and Axl to also be a main point in this sweet and quirky comedy starring Patricia Heaton.

7. The Event Series Finale

A bumpy freshman run was all The Event got, and the disappointing show is ending tonight with an uncertain future. Will ‘The Event’ happen? If it does, when will it happen? And most of all: WHAT THE HELL IS THE EVENT?!

8. Kung Fu Panda 2

This hilarious animated comedy is back and will hopefully be better than the already great original. Word is that DreamWorks wants to make this a 6-Picture adventure. They’ll have to keep it fresh if they want to stretch it out that long. Either way, early reviews are overwhelmingly positive, and this movie’s sure to earn big bucks this Thursday.

9. Dancing With the Stars Finale

I truly thought that Kirstie Alley was going to get kicked-off in the opening week, and now she’s in the final two. Boy was I wrong! Alley and Chelsea Kane will dance all the way to the mirror ball trophy this Tuesday, which is probably very dusty right about now.

10. Chelsea Lately

Even with all these shows and movies, this hilarious late-night show has crept it’s way back into the list with a great week of guests. Tonight, American Idol Judge Randy Jackson makes his way on the show for what I believe will be the first time. You think that’s big? Wait later in the week for even more big TV and movie stars from shows like Glee and movies like The Hangover!

Wow! Isn’t it packed?! This is going o be one hell of a week! Here’s another reminder to make sure you watch the Oprah Finale this Wednesday Come back next week for an all-new Most Wanted List!

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Fox Fall TV Schedule

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Fox introduced it’s 2011-2012 schedule to advertisers at their upfront presentation this morning in New York City. With it comes some surprises, which include its scheduling of the JJ Abrams mystery drama ‘Alcatraz,’ which has been held until midseason. Also, the high-profile epic ‘Terra Nova’ has been put on the increasingly competitive Monday time-slot of 8 PM, which means ‘House’ will move to 9 PM during the fall (but will move back to 8 PM during midseason.) For Tuesday nights, only one new show will appear on that time-slot, and that is the half hour comedy, ‘The New Girl,’ which will air right after Fox’s hit musical/comedy, ‘Glee.’ The X-Factor will dart out with a bang, as Fox strives to become #1 in reality competition shows, placing it on Wednesdays and Thursdays, airing for an hour and an hour and a half, respectively.

Like on NBC’s post, I’ll post a graphical schedule with all the new shows, provided by Entertainment Weekly. (Thanks again, EW!)

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TV News: As We Say Hello to ‘The Voice,’ We Say Goodbye to ‘Hellcats’

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What a great night it was on Tuesday evening, as ‘The Voice’ sang it’s way up to the top, beating [and possibly robbing viewers from] Glee, as the NBC competition series sets the best series premiere of the season, with 11.8 million viewers, and a huge 5.1 rating among adults 18-49. Wow. The folks over at NBC must be partying hard.

‘The Voice’ set the highest series premiere of the season, if you exclude the ‘Undercover Boss’ premiere which had the Super Bowl as it’s lead in; compared to ‘The Voice’ which actually had a lower rated show as a lead-in (‘The Biggest Loser,) and still soared to such high numbers. How good or bad was the show? It was good. Very good. Great, actually. I saw American Idol for 3 seasons, and tuned out right after season 7 premiered. The talent just wasn’t as good anymore. The Voice at least has the guarantee that there won’t be a full-blown train wreck, which could be both a good thing and a bad thing. Either way, the premiere was fantastic. I will come back next week to see another round of blind auditions, and so should you. An encore of last night’s premiere airs tonight at 9 P.M. EST on NBC.

The outlook is rather bleak on The CW, with the network having one of the worst (if not the worst) night with original shows this season. ‘One Tree Hill’ was flat with last week with a 0.7 rating with adults 18-49, and had 1.54 million viewers. It got worse, a lot worse over the course of the night. ‘Hellcats’ dived even further to a series low 0.4 rating (the worst for a scripted drama this season) and just over a million viewers (1.04) which is horrible, even for The CW. I can pretty much declare that ‘Hellcats’ isn’t returning for a second season. It’s doubtful that it will rebound high enough so late in the season, and it’s been week after week that ‘Hellcats’ has set new lows. So don’t expect Hellcats to come back next season, and if you’re a fan, enjoy it while you can.

So you’re up to date! For now…

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