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The Show Must Go On: 10 TV Series That Dealt With Death

When Fox’s Glee returns to the air for its fifth season tomorrow, it will do so with the weight of tragedy behind it. Cast member Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson, died of a drug overdose in July. A tribute episode is planned for October 10 — “The Quarterback” — in which Finn will die and be written out of the show. It certainly won’t be the first time a TV series has had to deal with the loss of a major cast member, and will definitely not be the last. Here are ten other television series that also had to make the tough decision to carry on under similar circumstances. Cheers With filming of Cheers’ third season nearly complete, Nicholas Colasanto (“Coach” Ernie Pantusso) died of a heart attack in February at age 61. Colasanto had suffered from heart disease for years and was in fact planning to retire from acting before being offered the role of Coach. In the first episode of season four, Sam Malone reveals that Coach has died. He was …

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Popdose at Kirkus Reviews: “Sweat, Tears, and Jazz Hands”

Every week, a rotating crew of your favorite Popdose writers will grace the virtual pages of Kirkus Reviews Online, taking on the best — and sometimes the worst — in pop-culture and celebrity books. From coffee-table studies to quickie unauthorized bios, if it’s about show biz, it’s fair game. This week, it’s a gritty exposé that spills the beans on a mysterious subculture of young people who participate in ritualized competition, a strange blend of music and combat, where the sequin-strewn survivors will envy the dead … ah, who are we kidding? It’s a book about show choir! New year, new semester, and fresh episodes of Glee are on the air. And if the TV show is no longer the headline-grabbing pop juggernaut that it was in its earlier seasons, we have yet to see the extent of its true, long-term cultural impact—as the gateway, for a generation of high-schoolers, into the odd and wondrous world of show choir. Because the coming of the new semester also means that, all over America, real-life high school …

Greatest Un-Hits: Thicke’s “When I Get You Alone” (2002)

A look at songs that aren’t necessarily good or bad, merely ones that, because of the climate of the music world during their release, somehow, someway, were not the massive hit songs they should logically have been.

“Robin Thicke”‘s first album came out in late 2006…but he first emerged in 2002 as Thicke. The son of cheesy sitcom star Alan Thicke and soap star/soft rock singer Gloria Loring, he took the pop in his blood (his dad wrote the Facts of Life theme song, and his mom sang it) and ran with it, mixing a huge, extraordinarily incendiary and passionate to the point of aching classic soul crooner voice, with ultra-clean production and sampling (of Walter Murphy’s “A Fifth of Beethoven”), to make something truly special, his debut single “When I Get You Alone.” It’s sexy, sexual, and pleading. All in all, the perfect metric for a hit song…but maybe not in 2002 when Americans thought Nelly was the shit. The song got heavy “new artist one should …

TV on DVD: “Flight of the Conchords: The Complete Collection”

In 2007, two years before Fox’s Glee was credited for reviving the musical comedy, HBO was setting trends (again) by airing Flight of the Conchords, a musical comedy starring New Zealand comedians and musicians Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, a.k.a. Flight of the Conchords (the group). The duo and the series are both hilarious and one of a kind. Perhaps because of the success of Glee, or perhaps because Clement had a prominent role in this summer’s Dinner for Schmucks (not to mention the growing cult status of Gentlemen Broncos, the 2009 film he also starred in), HBO has released all 22 episodes that make up the complete series of Flight of the Conchords. The collectors set also includes a never before released DVD of the duo’s “One Night Stand” HBO comedy special from 2005. Fans of the show that haven’t purchased the previously released pair of seasons can now get all of Flight of the Conchords in one fell swoop, while newcomers can discover one of the most enjoyable shows on TV from the …

Basement Songs: Glee Cast, “Don’t Stop Believin'”

Last week our kids’ school, Emblem Elementary in Saugus, held their third Cure Finders fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For the past three years, the students at Emblem have taken a week to go home, scrounge up change and ask for donations from their parents and others all in the name of CF. Julie is responsible for spearheading the fundraisers and each year has been more successful than the last. The lower and upper grades compete for a pizza party provided by BJ’s Restaurant, who also donate $1000 to the fundraiser should the school raise that much. The spirit of competition aside, all of the kids get involved and really appear to put their hearts into this fundraiser. I wish I could say that it wasn’t because of us; I wish I could say that this fundraiser would have been organized without our help, but that isn’t the case. This fundraiser was organized for Emblem Elementary because one of their students has cystic fibrosis. I wish that student wasn’t my son. Each morning children …

TV on DVD: “Glee, Vol. One: Road to Sectionals”

The first 13 episodes of Fox’s new hit musical series, Glee, released here in a 4 DVD set, are an entertaining, yet wildly inconsistent group of episodes that sees the show finding its footing. As many of you probably know, Glee is a high concept show about a group of misfits at an Ohio high school who come together to form a glee club. It’s entertaining because the producers have been able to license popular songs, both current and classic, and somehow fit them into the storyline of each hour. Moreover, the characters are all quite likable and very easy to root for. However, the quality of the show’s writing is all over the place. There are episodes that deal with sexual identity, disability, teen pregnancy and marital strife that are so heartfelt and true that you come away hoping that Glee is the next Friday Night Lights (albeit, with singing football players). These standout episodes are generally followed by an hour that is so eye rolling ridiculous that you’ll think you’ve stumbled into an …

TV Review: “Glee”

So this is it, huh? This is what you guys were freaking out about all summer? I admit, I haven’t seen the supposedly wonderful pilot, and picking up a series at its second episode probably isn’t the best idea, but…still, I have to say, I don’t really understand all the fuss about Glee. A Fox summer sensation, Glee follows the occasionally musical adventures at William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio, centering on the school’s glee club (hence, duh, the title). Led by the school’s Spanish teacher, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), the club combats all the usual stuff — indifferent school administrators, hostile popular kids, et cetera — while singing and dancing their way through covers of songs like “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Gold Digger.” As you might imagine, given the title of the series, there’s an awful lot of perky, quirky humor on display here — but there’s also a strong underlying note of melancholy; not only are the kids in the glee club as dumped on as you might expect (in the …