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Gay Iconography: Chris Colfer's 'Glee'-ful Impact

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Now that Glee has outlived its relevance, it’s easy to forget how influential Chris Colfer’s character Kurt Hummel has been. At one point though, Glee was one of the biggest television phenomenons in a generation, and Kurt was the most famous gay teen in America.

Since its debut, Glee has won Golden Globes, Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. It spawned an international concert tour, a feature-length film and even video games. The Glee cast has had more than 200 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (That’s more than Aretha Franklin, The Beatles and Elvis.) To describe the series at its peak as merely a hit TV show doesn’t begin to describe the massive impact it left on the cultural landscape.

Sure the songs were catchy and the drama was soapy, but it was the show’s heart that endeared it to legions of gleeks worldwide. At its core, it was a story about outsiders, and no character better personified the series’ enthusiastic embrace of otherness more than Kurt. He became the new face of contemporary gay teens and provided a vessel to tell the stories of the “It Gets Better” generation. Even TIME magazine included him in their list of most influential people in 2011. His co-star Dianna Agron wrote:

“Chris ... lives by extreme truth, speaking out against the epidemic of bullying that he, too, faced in high school. The honesty that he infuses into his Glee character, Kurt, leaves you reeling. Our cast is blessed to hear things like ‘Your character has helped me through this, or helped me do that,’ but none more so than Chris. To witness the power he gives to his audience firsthand? It's wonderful.”

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What To Watch This Week on TV: MacLaine Guests On 'Glee;' 'Drag Race' Hilarity - VIDEO

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— That's Jason Sudeikis underneath that wig (with the chest hair poking out) on this Thursday's season finale of Portlandia, 10 p.m. Eastern on IFC. Out musician k.d. lang also shows up for the feminist getaway, hosted by Toni (Carrie Brownstein) and Candace (Fred Armisen), proprietors of Women and Women First bookstore.

More picks and clips, including one of the most hilarious Drag Race mini-challenges in herstory, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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What To Watch This Week on TV: 'Dancing With the Stars' Returns, 'Glee' Hits 100 - VIDEO

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— Between tonight's return of Dancing With the Stars and the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, we're concerned about the demand on the sequins industry. The ballroom dance competition introduces its 18th cast of celebrities -- including NeNe Leakes, Sean Avery and Candace Cameron Bure -- tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

More picks and clips, including Gwyneth Paltrow's return to the small screen, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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What To Watch This Week on TV: DeGeneres Does Oscars, 'Portlandia' and 'Scandal' Return - VIDEO

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— If you were turned off by Seth MacFarlane's humor during last year's Academy Awards telecast, you can tune in for Ellen DeGeneres' "aw shucks" charm when she returns to host. Tune in to see her schtick, and if Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto can bring home Oscars for their work in Dallas Buyers Club, Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.

More picks and clips, including the return of Olivia Pope, Shakira and PortlandiaAFTER THE JUMP...

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Jonathan Groff on 'Looking', 'Frozen', 'Spring Awakening', and 'Glee': VIDEO

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Peter Travers sat down for a lengthy interview with Jonathan Groff on Popcorn about why Groff seems to be everywhere at the moment. Travers notes that critics call Looking the gay Girls 'because people have nothing better to say', and Groff says that maybe people are trying to read too hard into the show:

"From the very beginning, as we were creating the show, it was all about character and story. There was never any talk about what this meant to the gay community as a whole."

Groff also discusses his comfort level with nude scenes, how he got on to Glee and will he be back for the last season, Spring Awakening on Broadway, and how he came to be on the animated Disney hit Frozen.

Groff also treats us to some Sinatra, singing "I Fall in Love Too Easily" from the 1945 film Anchors Aweigh.

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'Glee' Moving to NYC, Entirely

'Glee' is moving entirely to NYC for the remainder of the season, Fox entertainment's chairman confirmed on Monday, EW reports:

GLEE-NYCThe move has been rumored for a few months, but this marks the first confirmation from the network. Reilly also confirmed once again that next season, the show’s sixth, will be the last for the musical comedy.

He also said there would be shake-ups in the cast.

“Some are going to be graduating and moving; creatively, it would be ridiculous that everybody moves to New York,” he said. “There will be some that will graduate and move on and they’ll arc back in when we do special episodes. They’ll always be a part of it… But for this season, there will be a graduation, several of the cast members will move on and a few others will go to New York.”

There were rumors a few months back that the show would be moving Kurt Hummel to Russia. No further word on that.


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