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Mike O'Malley

Glee fans know Mike O’Malley as Kurt’s (Chris Colfer) father, a single dad who dated Finn’s (Cory Monteith) mother. O’Malley has a new show on NBC, Welcome to the Family, and when NBC presented the show to the Television Critics Association, O’Malley shared his thoughts on Monteith’s death and plans to appear in the Glee episode about Finn’s funeral.

“I hope to,” O’Malley said. “I’m here doing Welcome to the Family and we shoot one episode five days a week, but Burt is a very, very important role to me. It’s been a great, great part and I’ve said to all those guys I’ll work early in the morning, late at night, Saturdays, Sundays to participate in not only continuing to be on that show, but honoring Cory and his passing and that character. He is on the show my stepson so I certainly plan on being there, and they may possibly be shooting that episode in the time we’re on hiatus.”

Recalling his time with Monteith, O’Malley praised his work in a famous scene where Burt caught Finn using the F-word towards his son. “I had many of my scenes on Glee with either Chris Colfer or Cory Monteith,” O’Malley said. “I think that I had what was probably the toughest scene I’ve ever acted in my career as an actor opposite him when I had to throw him out of the house because his character Finn out of the house because of a slur that he used. It was remarkable to me when we were shooting that scene over and over again, the depth of emotion that he was able to portray, the sorrow, the shame.”

Since Monteith died, all of his Glee costars have spoke about his kindness and work ethic, O’Malley included. “Ever since I met him, he was the fictional quarterback on that show and he was the very real quarterback on that set. He was an incredibly warm guy, a guy who was welcoming to everyone who came on that show from the beginning through the new folks who came onto the show this past year. He was a very, very hard working actor. I just loved working with him. He was a great guy. I miss him very much.”

Glee returns this fall on Fox and look for Welcome to the Family on NBC.

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Kelli Berglund

“There are a ton of new things that I’m very excited about. There’s a lot of secrets and twists involved in the story,” said Kelli Berglund, talking about season two of her Disney XD series Lab Rats, which premieres tonight. “Last season ended with Marcus trying to sabotage all of us and nobody knows why. Season two begins that storyline again, and you find out why Marcus is so evil, who he’s working for and how it relates to all of us. There’s some new characters that come into play. I think with season two, you kind of see the Lab Rats bond closer as a family. It definitely takes the whole team for the job to get done.”

Kelli plays Bree Davenport, one of three engineered teenagers with superpowers, on the hit series – but off-camera, she’s a fan of all the characters in the Lab Rats ensemble. “Of course, I love Bree as a character, but I think each and every one of the characters on the show has their own personality in such a unique way,” she said. “You have Adam [played by Spencer Boldman], he’s the not so bright one and he gets some of those really, really funny jokes. Spencer plays that character very well.”

“I really like Hal’s character, Mr. Davenport, because Hal is such a fun person to work with,” she continued, referring to multi-hyphenate Hal Sparks, the underrated performer who portrays the Lab Rats’ creator, Donald Davenport. “He’s like a kid in an adult body, basically. We’re always like joking around with him on set and he’s literally one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. He’s really, really good at portraying this super-smart billionaire inventor. “

Her starring role on Lab Rats, which stands as Disney XD’s most-watched series, is also a breakout role for Kelli, who came to acting through her career as a dancer, when she was spotted during a school district production. “I was a featured dancer and there was a talent agent there,” she explained. “We went to that agency and I started doing dance auditions and commercial auditions, and that was kind of a hobby of mine. I started to transition more to television and movie auditions – and I was getting really, really close on some of these auditions.

“I think Lab Rats has been that stepping stone,” she continued. “I had just been dreaming of getting that one opportunity for years and years. I’d gotten little roles here and there, but I was really waiting for that one opportunity to set my career in motion and for me to be super-serious about this, and I think Lab Rats has definitely been that.”

Now that she’s made the leap to TV, Kelli is enjoying the perks that come with being part of a successful show. “Going to work is probably my favorite thing to do. I do that five days a week for probably ten hours a day, but it doesn’t even feel like work and it shouldn’t,” she said. “When you enjoy a job so much like I do, it’s not work, it’s play. It’s hanging out with people that you love. Getting along with all these people and meeting new people and learning new things every day. I learn something new every day whether it’s from Hal or learning about how different camera things work.

“I work with the greatest people in the entire world,” she added. “We get along so well and it’s always been that way. We hang out off-set all the time, and we’re really close with our producers and our director, too. We all know that we can talk to each other about anything. And I get to film the show for hundreds of thousands of fans. I do it for the fans, of course. That’s the number one reason why!”

While she’s in no hurry for Bree to leave the lab, she also knows that as a young actress, she has a whole career ahead of her – and there are plenty of things she’d love to do in the future. “Acting is something I want to do whatever [the part],” she said. “A dream role would just be anything at this point. I would love to get into feature films; I’m willing to do an action flick, I’m willing to do a romantic comedy. I think it’d be the coolest thing if I could get a role in a dance movie. That’s something I’m always going to love.”

“I would love to work with Kristin Wiig one day. I find her hilarious and I totally idolize her,” she continued. “Also Johnny Depp. He’s an amazing person all around. I admire him greatly. I would probably die if I got to work with either of them!”

What does Kelli watch when she has the opportunity to be a fan? “Movie-wise, my favorite is The Avengers. That was a favorite of mine last year. I totally loved Black Widow’s character because they kind of modeled my character after her,” she said. “I don’t have a lot of time for television anymore because I’m working all the time, [but] I really like The Vampire Diaries. I’m only on season two; I’m a little bit behind!” Perfectly understandable, considering that Bree has more missions to go on!

You can keep up with Kelli on Twitter (@KelliBerglund). Lab Rats starts its second season tonight at 9 PM ET/PT on Disney XD.

(c)2013 Brittany Frederick. Appears at Starpulse with permission. All rights reserved. No reproduction permitted.

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Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox

Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox

The Bings are back and they’re better than ever!

Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry, the beloved duo behind Mr. and Mrs. Chandler Bing on Friends, took to Twitter yesterday to upload behind the scenes photos on the set of Go On. Cox is currently filming a guest appearance on the NBC series, portraying a date for Perry’s character, Ryan King.

Judging by their tweets, it seems like there’s nothing but love on the set:

@MatthewPerry Courteney Cox shooting Go On today..! She is fantastic, obviously. And my desire to show off in front of her is back in full swing!

@CourteneyCox Shooting GO ON today and having a blast with Matthew!

This isn’t Cox’s first Friends reunion since the series ended. Both Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow have made guest appearances on Cox’s show Cougar Town.

How do you feel about Cox’s guest appearance on Go On? Will you tune in?

ted and jeanette

HIMYM returned last night with another new episode. They won the time slot for the second straight week, along with a big win in among 18-49 year olds, the demographic most sought after by advertisers. However, ratings came up a little short of my prediction of having the most viewed episode of the series last week.

The episode started off as many HIMYMs do with us seeing what happens at the end of the story. Ted and the gang are sitting on the curb and there are flames raining down from the building above them. This is no doubt the result of something Ted’s new girlfriend, Jeanette, had done. Older Ted tells his kid that Jeanette was the most important girl he dated, because it was her that made him realize he was ready to settle down.

Going back to an earlier moment, the gang tells Ted that Jeanette is crazy, and that he has to break up with her. He knows they are right, but is afraid what the consequences will be. He decides that he’ll take her to a public place where she wouldn’t be able to anything too crazy. However, when he takes her to a Nets game, the whole public place thing doesn’t seem to be much of a deterrent. She is threatening the refs and other people at the game.

The next day Barney and Marshall come over to Ted’s place. It turns out that the guys have turned Ted’s apartment into a clubhouse of sorts. Anything that Lily or Robin won’t let them have, they bring over to Ted’s place. Ted says that he has to step out for a second. While he is gone, Jeanette shows up unannounced. When Ted returns, he finds out that Jeanette has locked herself in his bedroom. Ted confesses to Barney and Marshall that he started to break up with Jeanette, but he began to hesitate halfway through because of how crazy she was being. Ted goes into the bedroom to finish the job, only to find Jeanette wearing just lingerie and his red cowboy boots. Of course, instead of breaking up with her, they have sex.

By far the best part of this episode was the side story involving Robin and Lily. In classic HIMYM fashion, the story is revealed bits and parts at a time. It turns out that at eight months old, Robin had still never held Marvin, and was afraid to do so. When Lily and Robin are out with Marvin, Lily forgets Marvin’s favorite pacifier on a bus, and decides to chase after it, leaving Marvin with Robin. Lily comes back a while later with the pacifier, and asks if Robin had any problems. She says no and they move on. They flash forward to a few years later with Robin and Lily chatting over some glasses of wine. Robin confesses that there was more to that story. She says that Marvin started crying and that she was still afraid to pick him up, so she let an old lady pick him up and calm him down. “I’m sorry I let a stranger pick up Marvin,” Robin says. Lily forgives her. Later in the episode, it flashes forward to an ever later date, when Robin again confesses to Lily that there was more to the story. Apparently, at one point the stroller nearly rolled out into the street. Robin was clearly shook up, and the stranger recommended that they go to a nearby restaurant and settle down. Flashing forward once again, Robin tells Lily that the place that they went to was a strip club, and for the final twist, the old lady wasn’t actually an old lady… it was Mike Tyson.

This was another episode written by show co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. The main story with Ted was only ok, but the side plot made the episode. Their signature style was clearly stamped on the Mike Tyson story. It was definitely fun to see that one get slowly revealed and have the real Tyson guest star. Tune in next week to see how Ted and Jeanette’s relationship literally goes down in flames.

The legend continues Mondays at 8/7c on CBS.

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Supernatural

This week’s episode, aptly titled “Everybody Hates Hilter,” tackles the bleak fodder that is World War II. Of course, this being “Supernatural” and an episode penned by the deliciously weird Ben Edlund, it managed to pack some belly laughs and golden moments to lighten up fare stemming from one of the darkest moments in history.

After I initially watched the episode, I honestly was clueless as to what it was about or even what had happened. This was a windy, exposition-heavy episode that spanned decades, families and unearthed yet another near-extinct secret society. I watched it again and took more notes than Sammy in a lecture, so let’s dive in, shall we?

The episode opened at a secret Nazi camp in 1940s Belarus. The direction and staging of the cold open is a thing of beauty from the uniforms to the set design. Naturally, it all gets splattered with blood and guts as a monster so frightening, it makes friggin’ Nazis scream in terror invades their camp. The leader of this motley crew of racist murderers doesn’t try to exit through a secret trap door, but casts a spell instead.

As the monster rips a few more soldiers in half with gusto and bullets bounce off his chest like Superman, I realized that this opening is similar to that of last week’s with Henry Winchester’s creating a portal to the future. The monster has fierce face and body so muscular, it looks like it was carved out of rock. The Commandant spouts finishes his nefarious spell, and then vanishes along with a precious book in a magical, concealing fire.

In the present, in Lebanon, Kansas, the mysterious key from last week’s episode unlocks a forgotten bunker that holds all of the intel on the paranormal as it has been observed for a thousand years. Sam almost cries with joy as he finds the geek equivalent to Mecca-a giant library. While Sam devours all of the precious knowledge, Dean opts to test out the shower room. The boys, who have been virtually homeless since early for nearly two years, have their very own batcave. “You know damn well we could use a break. What if we finally got one?” Sam says.

The library set reminds me of Sunnydale High’s library in “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” but the the Men of Letters are essentially American watchers, so it makes sense. A robe-wearing, sword-wielding Dean wonders just how relevant 70-year-old information could be, and Sam faceplants in the research to show him.

Elsewhere, a rabbi ventures into a facility to examine a mysterious collection. This scene is brilliantly shot, too. It focuses on the details, his use of white gloves, the mysterious bins, even the walls are strangely non-descript and clinical. Just when you’re trying to wonder what kind of government facility he’s in or if the rabbi outfit is just a cover, the camera pulls back to reveal that it’s just an ordinary city library. The old man, who we will later come to know as Isaac, finds what he has been looking for and desperately wants to hide it.

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