Glee planning Cory Monteith’s tribute episode


Glee is planning to film a tribute episode for honouring Cory Monteith, it has been announced.‘Glee’ creator Ryan Murphy told Deadline that the cast is going to film an episode, which deals with Finn’s death, before it takes a break to determine the future of ‘Glee,’ Contactmusic reported.

He said that the cast will begin filming, in late August, the two shows that have already been written, so that people could physically go back to work.

He also pointed out that he doesn’t know when exactly they will come back, and that they are trying their best with this attempt at damage control.

He added that they are planning a memorial for the cast and crew sometime this week on the Paramount lot


Tamera Mowry-Housley: Why I Lost My Virginity at Age 29

amera Mowry-Housley isn’t afraid to open up about her sex life.

The 35-year-old beauty and her costars from The Real recently stopped by HOT97NY, where the mother of one shared an incredibly candid coital confession, admitting she did not lose her virginity until she was 29 years old.

“I don’t know how to explain this. I’m religious, so I waited until I was 29 to lose my virginity,” the Style Network star reveals. “You may not understand this [but] I did it, then I felt guilty, then I became celibate until I got married.”

PHOTOS: See pics of Tamara’s son Aden

The former Sister Sister star wed Fox News correspondent Adam Housley in May 2011.The couple welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Aden John Tanner Houseley, in November.

After her honest admission, Tamara was quick to note she’s not any less experienced when it comes to her bedroom skills, boosting about her breadth of knowledge when the ladies from The Real had a sex therapist on the show.

“Guess who knew everything?” the new mom gloats, proudly pointing at herself.

PHOTO: See Tamara on her wedding day!

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And pal Adrienne Bailon also jumped to Tamera’s defense.

“Just because you only had sex with one person doesn’t mean you’re not a freak, and I think that that’s a good thing,” she says. “I think people think that you could only be a freak by doing it with a bunch of people. You can be a freak and just be a freak with one person. That is beautiful and dope,” she added as Tamara nods her head in approval.

Mowry-Housley also dished on hyphenating her last name after tying the knot, admitting she does intend to one day legally change her surname.

VIDEO: Find out how Adam popped the question

“Well this is the way I see it, I’ve worked really really hard for Tamera Mowry,” she explains. “I will eventually change my name to be Tamera Housley, but I’ll be Tamera Mowry—that’s going to be my acting name.”

Despite Tamera’s busy schedule, the actress has been enjoying life as a new mom, and she’s even shared a few sweet photos of her bundle of joy on social media.

PHOTO: See the first pic of Tamera’s son!

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“@adamhousley and I are very overjoyed with love and feel so blessed. Being a new mommy ROCKS!” she wrote after giving birth.

Glad to hear the whole family’s doing fab!


ABC’s ‘Scandal’ Heads to BET in Early Syndication Deal


The Viacom-owned cable network has acquired off-network rights to ABC’s breakout hit Scandal, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Under the pact, BET will begin airing seasons one and two of the Kerry Washington political-fixer drama this summer. Additionally, original episodes from the upcoming third season of the Shonda Rhimes series will air no sooner than eight days after original first-run episodes are broadcast on ABC. The deal for off-network repeats extends to additional seasons of the drama if it should continue its run (likely).

PHOTOS: On-Set With the Gladiators: Inside the Fast-Paced World of ABC’s ‘Scandal’

BET will debut the first two seasons of the ABC Studios drama with a marathon starting in August, continuing to air episodes up until the third-season premiere on ABC in the fall (a formal third-season premiere date has not been announced yet). The agreement extends season-one Scandal episodes to BET in addition to Netflix, where they’ve been streaming since September 2012. It marks the first time season two will air outside of ABC, and Hulu. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.

The sale comes as studios continue to enter the syndication market early (Scandal has produced a total of 29 episodes in its two seasons) in a bid to generate instant revenue rather than waiting for the typical 100-episode mark to explore off-network deals. For their part, USA Network acquired rights to ABC’s Modern Family during its first season in January 2010, while Oxygen picked up Glee during its freshman run. Both series will begin airing in syndication later this year.

The move will likely help ABC broaden the serialized drama’s audience among its core demographic, though Rhimes has been vocal about the series not specifically being a show catering to African-Americans. The show, about a fixer with professional and personal ties to the president of the United States (Tony Goldwyn), ranks as the No. 1 broadcast series among African-Americans, averaging 2.8 million viewers a week.

PHOTOS: Nudity, Slapping, Pranks! ‘Scandal’ Cast Shares Their Scandalous Moments

In its second season, Scandal catapulted from a modest performer in its seven-episode first season to a bona fide hit in its Thursday 10 p.m. slot. The fast-paced drama averaged 8.5 million total viewers and a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49, consistently winning its slot against heavy competition from CBS’ Elementary (and frequently topping its Rhimes-created lead-in Grey’s Anatomy). Perhaps more important, the series ranked as Thursday’s most social broadcast this season — out-tweeting Fox’s American Idol with more than 4.2 million total, a phenomenon that helped attract viewers including Oprah Winfrey and Lena Dunham. Star Washington rallied the cast to sign up for Twitter to live-tweet original episodes, with the series regularly taking up multiple worldwide trending topics each week. Since launching as a political soap, the series has grown to become a critical favorite for its risky storytelling approach and brisk pacing. It’s generating Emmy buzz heading into Thursday’s nominations.

“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with ABC in airing this dynamic series,” BET chairman Debra Lee said. “Scandal is a cultural phenomenon that has resonated with viewers for the past two seasons and we’re excited to be part of its continued journey.”

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At BET, Scandal comes as the Viacom-owned cabler continues to find success with its original scripted fare. The network earlier this month scored robust ratings for the sixth-season return of its flagship series The Game (3.6 million viewers and a 1.7 in adults 18-49) and the premiere of new Gabrielle Union series Being Mary Jane, which opened to a robust 2.0 in the target demo and 4 million viewers. (Coincidentally, Union was also up for the part of Olivia Pope that ultimately went to Washington.)

Scandal marks BET’s first syndicated scripted drama acquisition. The network in the past has aired repeats of comedies The Parkers, Moesha and Family Matters and continues to air Wendy Williams‘ syndicated talk show.

Rhimes created Scandal and executive produces the show alongside Shondaland partner Betsy Beers and Mark Wilding. BET’s Barbara Zaneri, exec vp program strategy, scheduling and acquisitions, negotiated the deal.

Veronica Mars’ Gets Book Series Spin-Off (Exclusive)


The books will be an original mystery series featuring a grown-up Veronica Mars and characters from the series.

The plot will pick up where events of the forthcoming Veronica Mars movie, slated for a 2014 release, end. Publication of the first book will be timed to the release of the movie and will likely arrive in spring 2014. Thomas will develop and co-write the series.

“I started my career as a novelist. Veronica Mars was first imagined as a novel. I’m thrilled that I’m going to get the opportunity to continue telling Veronica Mars stories in a form I’ve loved and missed,” said the writer-director, whose other credits include cult hit Party Down and work on 90210 and Dawson’s Creek.

The Veronica Mars movie drew widespread attention earlier this year when Thomas’ Kickstarter campaign to raise seed money for a feature film version of the 2004-07 TV series raced past its original goal of $2 million in days, raising more than $5 million in total.

Thomas will work with Alloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Television Group, on the books. Alloy is the company behind the development of such best-selling YA books series as Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

The Veronica Mars books represents something of an inversion of Alloy’s usual process, which has been nurturing hit book series and helping turn them into popular TV shows.

The teaming of Thomas’ creative flair, Alloy’s expertise in developing YA series and Vintage’s publishing strength is promising. The book series will stand on its own but will also help cross-promote the movie and could also serve as a bridge to a potential movie sequel.

Vintage editor Andrea Robinson expressed enthusiasm for the project: “Veronica Mars has always been a one-of-a-kind character, and, as a longtime fan of the series, I’ve always thought there is an immense amount of story left to be told. Our goal for the book series is to appeal to fans of the show, but also to appeal to mystery readers and lovers of series featuring strong, intriguing female protagonists. Veronica Mars is a contemporary update to the tradition of noir crime fiction that was established by Vintage’s Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, so it’s exciting that we’ll also publish her here.”

Jodi Reamer at Writer House negotiated the deal on behalf of Thomas and Alloy.

Robinson acquired the books for Vintage, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, which is a division of Penguin Random House, on the deal.