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The success of hit TV show Glee is rubbing off on the music industry.

The overwhelming popularity of Glee has not only boosted Television ratings for those networks carrying the show but also album sales for artists whose music is covered on the hit teen show.

The likes of Journey, whose song Don’t Stop Believin’ was a hit on the first season of Glee, has profited from the show’s use of the track, with sales of their music rising dramatically.

Neil Diamond also enjoyed a significant boost in sales following the use of his hit Sweet Caroline on the show.

With the hugely popular Madonna-themed episode screening a couple of weeks ago, more and more musicians are jumping aboard the Glee bandwagon with hopes of securing their music a place on the show. It has been reported that the likes of Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin, and Courtney Love are interested in having a piece of the action.

But of course it’s not just the original music that is proving popular, as sales figures of the Glee soundtracks will tell you. The third album from the Glee cast, which features only Madonna covers, shot to number one on the Billboard charts last week, beating the likes of Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas in the process.

Glee soundtracks accounted for three of the top ten albums in terms of downloads on iTunes.

Source: news.com.au

Global National anchor and executive editor Kevin Newman is stepping down after a decade in the job.

The announcement was made by Interim President of Canwest Broadcasting Peter Viner to staff last Friday, telling them the celebrated anchor was leaving the show.

Newman will stay until August, after which a replacement, who is so far un-named, will take up the coveted spot.

The network has said Newman approached network execs recently saying he felt like it was time to move on.

“Ten years ago, Global approached Kevin Newman with a big idea: to create a new national newscast unlike any other,” Viner wrote. “It would be earlier, younger, faster and more conversational.”

More than a million viewers a night tune in to the Global National broadcast.

“It is an understatement to say that he will be deeply missed,” said Viner.

There is no word yet as to the details of Newman’s final show.

Source: tvguide.ca
 

It’s been reported four of NCIS’s biggest stars are requesting larger salaries.

Michael Weatherly (Tony DiNozzo), Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto), David McCallum (Donald Mallard) and Sean Murray (Timothy McGee) are coming off contract at the conclusion to the current season and are reportedly entering negotiations with CBS regarding pay rises.

It is believed the stars are each earning around $100,000 per episode, which, in Hollywood terms, is low for a cast of a successful show in its seventh season.

American network CBS is yet to comment on the situation.

Source: Digital Spy

Glee’s Lea Michele has been listed as one of Time magazine’s most influential people of the year.

The actress, who plays high-achieving Rachel Berry in the comedy, is named at number 13 on the annual Time list.

Glee guest star Olivia Newton John has praised the 23-year-old following her stint on the show.

“She is inspiring young people to get involved in musical programs (sic) in schools and encouraging communities to fund them.”

She adds: “Lea is wise, savvy and beautiful, an extremely gifted singer-actress-dancer-comedian with perfect pitch.”

Eccentric pop star Lady Gaga topped the list’s ‘Artists’ category.

Source: Digital Spy
 

 

Two major cast members of Matt LeBlanc’s new show Episodes have quit.

Thomas Haden Church and Claire Forlani have left the BBC/Showtime project which centres on LeBlanc as a parody of himself in a bad remake of a British show.

Forlani was said to play one of the lead roles but has since been replaced by Tamsin Greig who has starred previously in Black Books and Green Wing alongside Stephen Mangan, who is also on board.

Haden Church is reported to have left the show due to scheduling conflicts.

Episodes is created by Friends co-creator David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik whose credits include sitcom Mad About You.

Seven episodes of the show have been ordered and which is currently in pre-production in London.

Source: Digital Spy

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Work is being done on a new project based on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

ITV Studios USA are developing the project which would centre on the US President’s lead-up to the 2008 Election.

Open TV and Film are working in tandem with ITV on the adaptation of a book by Richard Woolfe called Renegade: The Making of a President, which is described as a “complex portrait of the President rather than a simple tribute”.

“It is early days, but we are sure there will be no shortage of ideas for who plays the President,” Open TV’s chairman Simon Shaps said.

“The questions that have since emerged about what he’s going to do with the presidency were, to some extent, already there during the campaign. We will get to the root of what Obama wants to do with America.”

Open TV hopes to air the project within the next 12 to 18 months.

Source: Digital Spy

Comedy series 10 Things I Hate About You has been canned by American network ABC.

The show, which is currently in its second season in the States will finish its run but won’t be renewed.

Executive Producer Carter Covington dropped the news via Twitter: “Sad news,” he wrote. “ABCFamily canceled the show :-( Thanks 2 our AMAZING fans – U R the reason I do this! Enjoy the last 5 eps – they’re fantastic!”

The show, based loosely on the 1999 film starring Heath Ledger, began its first season in Canada on YTV in March.

Source: THR

New local drama series Shattered is coming to Showcase this year and here is the trailer.

Entourage creator Doug Ellin has been signed for a further three years at HBO.

The creator/exec producer will pocket a handsome eight-figure sum to stay at the network where he has worked on successful dramedy Entourage.

The seventh season of the show is covered in the deal as well as further development projects including a comedy with writer Ben Schwerin which focuses on a young man employed by his idol, an ex president of the United States.

Source: Variety

Pop icon Britney Spears may get a themed episode of Glee.

Glee’s executive producer has confirmed that he is interested in producing an episode of the hit show that features only Britney Spears songs.

There has been talk following the huge success of the Madonna-themed episode which screened last week about the possibility of a Britney episode, with the star’s manager launching an online campaign for the cause.

When asked by Zap2It of the possibility of the Britney theme, exec producer Brad Falchuk was non-committal but said he is “considering” it.

“The stories always come first and we need to start breaking those stories next week and figuring out what the episodes are for season two,” he said.

“And we’re very intrigued by Britney. She’s a pop icon, so it’s hard not to perk your ears up when she comes a-calling.”

Source: Digital Spy