Dancing With The Stars Kicks Off 17th Season: Valerie Harper Wows!

The new season of “Dancing with the Stars” got under way on Monday night with a fresh crop of celebs and some very high scores.

“Glee” star Amber Riley and partner Derek Hough wowed the judges with their cha-cha and earned the night’s top marks — three nines, for a combined score 27 out of a possible 30.

Bruno Tonioli called Riley the “tigress of season 17,” while Len Goodman professed, “I’m palpitating, perspirating and flatulating.”

Former “High School Musical” star Corbin Bleu also made a smashing debut, earning a trio of eights for his contemporary routine with Karina Smirnoff. “Saved by the Bell” star Elizabeth Berkley earned the same score for her contemporary routine with Val Chmerkovskiy. Read more at ABC News

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Glee Sings The Beatles, Album Available September 24

Get ready for some Gleatlemania! The Glee cast introduces The Beatles’ legacy to a new generation with the album release of Glee Sings The Beatleson Tuesday, September 24. Glee Sings The Beatles includes 14 songs from the first two episodes of Glee’s fifth season, which will premiere on Thursday, September 26 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The album will feature the Glee cast’s take on the Fab Four’s iconic classics such as “All You Need Is Love,” “Let It Be,”and “A Hard Day’s Night” (see below for full track-listing).

On the all-new “Love, Love, Love” premiere episode airing Thursday, September 26, the New Directions are back in action and take on their biggest assignment yet: The Beatles! As Will enlists the kids to pay homage to the classic song catalog from the Fab Four, Blaine and Kurt attempt to answer questions about their future together. Meanwhile, Rachel’s New York ambitions take an unexpected turn.

Beatlemania continues at McKinley with the “Tina in the Sky with Diamonds” episode airing Thursday, October 3 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). It’s time for the students to vote for prom queen and king, but when Tina receives a nomination, she takes on a fierce attitude that alienates her biggest supporters. Meanwhile, Rachel adjusts to a new attitude of her own as she and Santana work at a Broadway diner to make ends meet.

Since its debut in 2009, Fox’s Glee has pioneered the comedy musical genre, becoming an unstoppable phenomenon that has redefined modern television and broken multiple music sales records. From the anthem hit “Don’t Stop Believin’” to the widely praised mash-up of Adele’s “Rumour Has It” and “Someone Like You,” Glee has sold over 55 million tracks and over 13 million albums worldwide. Throughout its four seasons, Glee has also set a groundbreaking record for the most songs charted by a single act on the Billboard Hot 100, surpassing records previously held by Elvis Presley, The Beatles and James Brown. With their incredible record sales, Glee has made a name for itself in music history.

Glee To become Live Stage Musical

Hit television show Glee is set to be adapted for the theater as a new stage musical.

The popular musical comedy series, which stars Lea Michele, Jane Lynch and the late Cory Monteith, has already proved its success on the stage with the cast embarking on a special Glee Live! In Concert! arena tour in 2010 and 2011, but now show producers are working on turning it into a real musical theatre spectacular.

Fox network executive Gary Newman let the news slip last week during 21st Century Fox’s Investor Day event, where he told the audience, “We launched a live stage business with a sold-out arena concert tour in 2011, and now a live stage musical is in the works. And two more seasons of the show were ordered by Fox.”

The fifth season of the show is due to return on television in September.

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Glee Season Delayed After Cory Monteith Tragedy

Executives at Fox Network have postponed the season premiere of Glee following the death of its star Cory Monteith.

The actor died last weekend (13Jul13) aged 31 after taking a lethal mix of heroin and alcohol.

The first episode of the fifth season of Glee, the show which catapulted him to international fame upon its debut in 2009, was set to hit screens on 19 September (13), but TV bosses have now decided to push it back until 26 September (13).

The musical’s creator Ryan Murphy has not commented on how Monteith’s death will affect the show.

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Cory Monteith Cremated In Vancouver

Cory Monteith’s family and girlfriend Lea Michele paid their final respects to the actor on Tuesday in a private viewing at a hospital in Vancouver. After the viewing, Monteith’s body was cremated.

TMZ reports Monteith’s mom Ann and brother Shaun were present, but his estranged dad Joe was not because he didn’t receive an invitation. Joe told TMZ he is “totally devastated” that he did not have a chance to say a final goodbye to his son.

“I always loved both my sons and am going to miss Cory very, very much,” he said. “I’m saddened at the fact that I couldn’t have been there to see my son before he was cremated.”

On Tuesday, Canadian authorities announced Monteith died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol. “At this point there is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith’s death was anything other than a most-tragic accident,” BC Coroners Service said in a statement.

The Glee actor, who was always open about his long battle with addiction, was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room on Saturday morning. He was 31-years-old.

Cory Monteith’s Death Under Investigation, Lea Michele Seeks Privacy

As Vancouver authorities try to determine the cause of Cory Monteith’s death at age 31, the Glee actor’s girlfriend Lea Michele is mourning in private. Soon after Monteith’s tragic passing was announced, a rep for Michele released a statement requesting privacy.

“We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time. Thank you,” the rep said.

Michele and Monteith had dated for more than a year. When Monteith voluntarily entered rehab for addiction in March, Michele publicly supported him. “I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision,” she said at the time.

Monteith had struggled with addition since he was a teenager. In 2011, he told Parade magazine that he became addicted to drugs in high school and dropped out of school at 16. He entered rehab for the first time at 19-years-old because his family staged an intervention. “I did the stint but then went back to doing exactly what I left off doing,” he said.

Monteith finally got sober after he was caught stealing money from a family member. “It was a cry for help,” he told Parade.

There was no immediate indication that drugs played a factor in his death. Monteith was found dead in his room at Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver on Saturday morning. Police say the cause of death is under investigation.

“We know there will be considerable interest in this case, and we have detectives assigned to the case who attended with our Forensic Identification Unit to examine the scene, to ensure to the extent possible that there are no unanswered questions,” said Acting Police Chief Doug LePard. “Hotel video has been secured as well as room access records. Our investigators have spoken with hotel staff, who are providing the utmost in cooperation.”

Monteith was out with friends Friday night. “There were others with Mr. Monteith in his room earlier [Friday] night, but video and fob key entries show him returning to his room by himself in the early morning hours and we believe he was alone when he died,” added LePard.

‘Glee’ Actor Cory Monteith Found Dead in Vancouver Hotel Room

Very sad news guys….

Canadian actor Cory Monteith, best known as one of the stars of the Fox television show “Glee,” was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room Saturday afternoon. He was 31.

Acting Vancouver Police Chief Doug LePard confirmed that Monteith’s body was found in the room on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel shortly after noon local time. LePard said that Monteith had checked into the hotel July 6 and was due to check out Saturday. Staff went to Monteith’s room when they realized that he had missed his check-out time.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, but LePard said that all indications are that there was no foul play. Surveillance video and data from fob key entries showed Monteith returning to his room in the early hours of Saturday morning. LePard said Monteith had been out with people earlier in the evening, and that those people are being interviewed.

“We do not have a great deal of information as to cause of death,” Coroner Lisa Lapointe said.

“On behalf of the Vancouver Police, I want to pass on our condolences to the family, friends, castmates and millions of fans of Mr. Monteith,” LePard said in a statement. “As was the case in countless homes, I watched Glee regularly with my daughters, and I know there will be shock and sadness in many households with the news of his tragic death.”

Monteith had just shot photos to promote the fifth season of “Glee” with his girlfriend and co-star Lea Michele last month.

“Having the best time at our #Glee cast #Season5 gallery shoot! I can’t believe it’s our 5th season! Times flies when you’re having fun:),” Michele tweeted on June 28.

“I have no words! My heart is broken,” Dot-Marie Jones, who plays football coach Shannon Beiste on “Glee,” said in a post on her Twitter account Saturday night. She called Monteith a “hell of a friend” and an “amazing” man.

Glee Star Cory Monteith Enters Rehab For Addiction Treatment

Glee star Cory Monteith is seeking treatment for his substance abuse problem. A rep for the Monteith, 30, confirms the actor recently entered a treatment facility “voluntarily.”

“He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery,” the rep added.

No other details, including where Monteith is in treatment, have been released.

Fox offered their support to Monteith in a statement. “Cory is a beloved member of the Glee family and we fully support his decision to seek treatment,” the network said. “Everyone at the show wishes him well and looks forward to his return.”

Monteith’s Glee costar and real life girlfriend Lea Michele released a statement saying she “will stand by him through this.” “I am grateful and proud he made this decision,” she tells People magazine.

This is not the first time Monteith has spoken publicly about his addiction problem. In 2011, he told Parade magazine that he became addicted to drugs as a teenager in high school. He dropped out of school at 16 and did any kind of drug he could find. After his family staged an intervention, he entered rehab for the first time at the age of 19. “I did the stint but then went back to doing exactly what I left off doing,” he admitted.

Monteith finally got sober after he was caught stealing money from a family member. “It was a cry for help,” he told Parade of the incident.

Glee’s Matthew Morrison Speaks About Being in Boy band

Glee star Matthew Morrison regrets his boy band past, calling his short stint in pop group LMNT “one of the biggest mistakes” he ever made.

The singer/actor, who plays high school teacher Will Schuester on Glee, was convinced he had landed his big break after joining the band in 2001.

However, Morrison admits he felt miserable singing cheesy tracks and he left the line-up before LMNT had even released their debut album.

He tells fashion website, “It’s one of the biggest mistakes I’ve ever made in my life. It was at the height of ‘NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys, so I really thought I was going to make a lot of money being in a boy band. Singing and dancing to stupid, ridiculous songs didn’t feed my soul.”

Britney Spears’ Manager Angry with ‘Glee’

Britney Spears’ handlers are livid after watching the stars ofGlee ridicule the pop star’s public meltdown just minutes after her latest appearance on The X Factor Thursday night.

The latest Glee episode was billed as a second tribute to theToxic hitmaker – but instead of just reworking the singer’s hits on the show, creator Ryan Murphy and his writers recreated Spears’ 2008 breakdown, even filming a scene in which Heather Morris’ character, Brittany S. Pierce, attacks a high school journalist with an umbrella, and another where she lip syncs and appears distant and out-of-step during a performance.

The real Britney attacked paparazzi with an umbrella as they hounded her following a head-shaving incident – something else that was referenced on Glee – and Spears was savaged for an ill-conceived 2007 performance of Gimme More at the MTV Video Music Awards, where she appeared to be more than a little out of sorts.

Ironically, the latest Glee episode aired directly after Spears’ The X Factor show – on the same channel.

Calling the drama a “low blow” during his Access Hollywood Live show on Friday morning, television personality Billy Bush revealed he had been in touch with Spears’ longtime manager Larry Rudolph, who revealed he had not seen or head about the episode before it aired on the Fox channel.

Bush said, “I can tell you that Britney’s manager, Larry, is livid. He’s not happy.”