Monteith, Michele, Colfer will all return next season, TV show's creator says|
by Alex Strachan, Postmedia News, published on August 6, 2011
The Glee controversy - in which Glee actors Cory Monteith, Lea Michele and Chris Colfer were said to be leaving the show, then rehired, then leaving to join a spinoff, then rehired again on a recurring basis following next season - was merely a tempest in a teapot, Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly insisted to reporters Friday at the summer meeting of the TV Critics Association.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy has said all three actors will return next season, and will reappear in recurring roles in following seasons, even though their characters will have graduated from high school at that point.
Glee returns with new episodes on Sept. 20.
"We're a seven-day-a-week network," Reilly said.
Asked by Postmedia News about expectations for Fringe, Reilly reiterated his commitment to the filmedin-Vancouver drama, now entering its fourth season.
"One of the good things about having a strong network is that you can support creative shows that deserve to be on the air," Reilly said. "These guys are doing extraordinary work. It was one of the great victories we had last season. As much as we were cheering the e un nm rejuvenation of Idol, we were cheering the Friday-night victory for Fringe."
Fringe returns Sept. 23.
In one of the Fox network's most ambitious program moves since the network's inception in 1986, noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, writer/producer Ann Druyan and Family Guy writer-creator Seth MacFarlane will revisit the late Carl Sagan's landmark docu-series Cosmos, in which Sagan explored the origins of the universe for a prime-time network TV audience. The 13-part docu-series, Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, will be produced in cooperation with the National Geographic Channel, and will introduce Sagan's writings to a new generation of viewers. Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey will mark the first time in a generation that a multi-episode series about science and technology will air on a major U.S. commercial broadcaster.
Simpsons guest voices this season include Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay in an episode called The Food Wife; Kiefer Sutherland in a post-24 riff on TV spy thrillers; a Valentine's Day episode featuring Michael Cera and Jeremy Irons as Moe's only friend, a bar rag. Andy Garcia, Jane Lynch and Joan Rivers are also lined up.
Family Guy guest voices include Ricky Gervais, Ellen Page, Cate Blanchett and Ryan Reynolds.
Not to be outdone, American Dad will feature guest-voice appearances by Patrick Stewart, Anjelica Huston, David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer duo Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan.
All three return Sept. 25, along with The Cleveland Show.