Idina Menzel Returning to Glee

While Gleeks are still reeling over news of the impending departure of Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn) and Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer (Kurt)—the heart of the show, really—the latest news is that Idina Menzel (Shelby Corcoran) will be returning for a a few episodes in season three. Last we saw of Shelby, she left things unresolved with biological daughter Rachel and took off for show choir retirement after adopting Quinn and Puck’s just-born daughter, Beth.

Since the nefariously hilarious Cheyenne Jackson (Dustin Goolsby) is heading up nemesis team Vocal Adrenaline, we’re wondering just how Shelby will return to Lima after her brief sabbatical. We’re hoping for more killer Broadway duets with Rachel—nothing like a dramatic show tune to work through any mother-daughter issues—and a heated sing-off with Goolsby. We wonder if they aged little Beth soap opera-style to kindergarten status. Speaking of the offspring of McKinley High’s resident bad boy, with the exit of soon-to-be seniors, where does that leave Puck? Not that we mind an extra year of Noah Puckerman and his tight t-shirts and one-liners, but did his stint in juvie result in a year of supersenior-itis?

Getting My Brit-TV Fix Tonight: Zen

With Luther and Downton Abbey in the off-season, I am jonesing for some British tee-vee. So thank goodness Masterpiece Mystery (yeah, yeah, along with Real Housewives and Pretty Little Liars, I love me some snooty Sunday night PBS) is premiering Zen, one of those high-brow BBC-produced detective shows. Granted, the series is about a Venetian detective named Aurelio Zen and is set in Rome—like how Kenneth Branagh’s Wallander is cast with all British actors complete with their British accents, but we’re supposed to accept that they’re Swedes in Sweden. Whatever—disbelief, you are suspended.

The lead actor Rufus Sewell is a respected English actor (for some reason, I get him confused with Charlize Theron’s ex, Stuart Townsend, who is actually Irish, but again, whatever.) and I maybe recognize him from a canceled show Eleventh Hour, or most likely I just know his name because I’m such an Anglophile. Anyway, the New York Times gave it a very literate and positive review and Entertainment Weekly put it on their “Must List“, but I would have watched it regardless. Don’t be calling me at 9pm tonight. I’ll be busy.

Pretty Little Liars: Somber Style

A funeral isn’t exactly the best place for a girl to showcase her sense of style—especially when it’s her best friend’s alleged killer who recently expired. But leave it to Aria (Luch Hale), Emily (Shay Mitchell), Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) to somehow channel their own sartorial preferences in a pre-fab 90s girl band sort of way at Ian’s supremely awkward funeral.

Even if her hair isn’t streaked in neon pink, Aria still works her punk-tinged style with a mini-pouf dress layered under a breezily tied wrap-sweater. Her hair in a messy updo just adds to her heroine in distress look to further torment Ezra…er, Mr. Fitz (Ian Harding), while attracting a borderline flirt session with a sketchy Jason DiLaurentis (Drew Van Acker). Sporty Emily keeps it conservative with a button-front cardie over a simple high-neck tunic dress—although, the body-con fit does show off her swimming-toned physique. Spencer—in a bit of a metaphorical self statement—combines a country club-ready A-line-skirted frock with a bad girl mesh shrug. And Hanna, oh, Hanna. While at her larcenous mom’s request, she left the hot pink, body-hugging Hervé Leger number at home, the appropriateness of her final choice remains questionable. But props for bringing the drams with her revealing, draped-front cocktail dress and Kate Middleton-worthy veiled chapeau.

Here are a few ways of channeling cemetery chic, like the lying foursome, but hopefully for a more festive occasion.

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Separated at Birth?

It’s been bothering me for the past couple episodes and last night, it finally hit me. The new Jason DiLaurentis on Pretty Little Liars looks like a frattier, beefed-up version of Julian Casablancas, the lead singer of the Strokes. The two did like to party back in the day…