TV Bites: Wicked Witch is Glee Bound
· Glee fans rejoice! After months of fan speculation that the Tony-winning star of Wicked, Idina Menzel would be a perfect fit as the bio mom of Lea Michele's character Rachel Berry, producers tapped Menzel for a long (possibly nine episodes) arc as a rival glee club coach. Menzel is the second star of Wicked to guest star (after Kristin Chenoweth), and appears in the wake of an episode built entirely around "Defying Gravity", a song from the play's soundtrack. In other Glee news, the cast will be featured in an upcoming issue of Vanity Fair, according to Mark Salling's Twitter feed. [THR]
Meryl Streep brushes up on her history, Jersey Shore finds another advertiser, and more TV Bites after the jump.
· Meryl Streep has accomplished nearly everything on the big screen, including managing to avoid negative marks in the critically savaged Mamma Mia!, and now the Oscar-winning Actress will attempt to tell the 400-year history of America for the History Channel. Well, not alone. She'll narrate the 12-part America The Story of Us with the help of Michael Douglas, Colin Powell, Brian Williams and more! Who said the Plymouth Colony wasn't Emmy material? [Variety]
· Alfre Woodard is bouncing back from the short-lived Three Rivers with a role in George Clooney's TNT pilot, Delta Blues. For those who haven't been paying attention, the show centers on a Memphis cop (Jason Lee) who moonlights as an Elvis impersonator. Woodard will play the "formidable new lieutenant." [Variety]
· FX has ordered up a second season of its testosterone-raging The League. [Variety]
· Jersey Shore has attracted a new advertiser after Domino's and American Family Insurance immediately pulled out from MTV's guid-iffic reality series. BeenVerified.com, a company that runs criminal background checks, released a self-congratulatory announcement yesterday: "We may not be hair gel product, but we feel the program's content reinforces our brand's message perfectly." Salut! [TMZ]