Ryan Murphy Fires Lea Michele, Cory Montieth, & Chris Colfer — Negotiating Ploy?

There’s something suspicious about Ryan Murphy’s recent announcement that he’ll be letting go of his three choice players after Season 3 of Glee. First, all three actors are up for a contract renegotiation, and everyone knows that actors on a hit-show play hard-ball on Season 3 (remember Katherine Heigl’s Grey’s Anatomy debacle?). Second, they are three major stars, and despite Murphy’s proclamation that it’s the right creative choice, there is a huge risk of axing your primary series regulars. Does he seriously think that he can get three more unknown actors to duplicate the current lightning-in-a-bottle success of the show? All signs point to no. Third, what about Mark Salling? Why did he only announce that Lea, Cory, and Chris are leaving and neglect to mention Salling? Is it because Mark is less expensive, and Murphy knows he doesn’t require the same game of hardball? And lastly, the show barely tracked the years of its students, which means Murphy could easily stick to his real-time formula and keep these cast members on for two additional years (presuming they started as freshman). Instead, Murphy insists that “everyone knows they started as sophomores.” Really Mr. Murphy? I guess “everyone” doesn’t include The Dishmaster, because I was under the impression they all started as freshman, which gives them four years on the show — not three. His assumptions are certainly financially convenient — and suspicious.

Rosie O’Donnell Isn’t Happy With Glee’s Fat-Girl Character

Rosie O’Donnell bashed this week’s episode of Glee, and rightfully so. One of her main contentions is with Lauren Zizes, calling her “unlikable,” and questioning whether she can actually sing. I completely agree with Rosie, and since she seems to have a larger following than The Dishmaster, I’m hoping that Ryan Murphy listens up. Lauren’s has become almost cartoonish at this point. First, why would Puck be interested in her? Judging from her current portrayal, she has no redeeming qualities. Also, Puck’s been superficial all along, and there’s no explanation for his about-face, except that he’s gone completely crazy. There’s so many other overweight girls with big voices that would have been better picks for that part.

Dear Celebrities, Stop Asking Us To Focus on “More Important” Things

In response to the outrage over the Glee GQ cover, bad-boy Mark Salling said he thinks it’s “not a big deal,” because “people are starving,” and “there’s more important things to worry about in the world.”  Can celebrities stop making this argument when trying to circumvent tabloid criticism? I’m fully capable of focusing on world peace and a slutty GQ cover at the same time.  Isn’t it funny  how much information my pea-sized-brain can actually handle? How about I focus on those things and stop watching Glee altogether (since that other stuff is so much more important)?  The cover was gross and unnecessary.  Accept responsibility and move on.

Mark Salling Releases Video — Glee Mystery of His Firing is Solved

About one month ago, I single-handedly broke the story that Mark Salling had been fired from Glee for recording an album in violation of his contract. Because  The Dishmaster is a newly launched blog, my story didn’t get any legs until the new season of Glee began to air, and folks started to notice that Salling was missing in action. They arrived at my blog after Googling his whereabouts, and then other (more known blogs) ripped my story off as though it was their own (are you listening Hollywood Life?). Salling’s camp publicly denied the story, ensuring that he’d be back for episode six. I can only guess that his camp worked it out internally, and he was merely forced to sit on the bench for a few episodes as punishment. I stewed about my story being ripped off (with no credit) for days, and then picked myself up off the floor, and began to read the news again. Today, I stumbled across Salling’s new video, and it finally occurred to me why Ryan Murphy was so pissed at Mark Salling for his album, yet he’s fine with the other cast members releasing their own music. Salling’s album isn’t “Glee-rific” to put it kindly. Listen below, and let me know if you can read between the lines.

Update: The video has been completely removed. Gee, I wonder why.

My Favorite Song From This Week’s ‘Glee’ – Mark Salling Sings ‘Beth’ by Kiss

I’m aware that I’m late on this post, and I’m also aware that this week’s ‘Glee’ was centered on the glorious Lady Gaga. But the song that knocked me off my feet was ‘Beth’ by Kiss. Mark Salling knocked it out of the park. Listen below.