Sideshow: Three members of 'Glee' cast getting axed

Lea Michele is one of three members of the "Glee" cast being axed after the third season. The others are Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer.
Lea Michele is one of three members of the "Glee" cast being axed after the third season. The others are Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer. (KEVIN WINTER / Getty Images)
Posted: July 15, 2011

Guess Fox wants to give other networks a chance to beat Glee in the ratings: The network will dump three of the musical series' stars - Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, and two-time Emmy nominee Chris Colfer - after the third season.

Show creator Ryan Murphy tells the Hollywood Reporter he wants to keep things real.

"When they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year," he says.

Kidnapping book sells big

Jaycee Dugard's book, A Stolen Life: A Memoir, which describes in gruesome detail her 18-year ordeal of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her kidnappers, had a one-day sale of 175,000 copies on its day of release Tuesday, publisher Simon & Schuster says. The book shot straight to No. 1 on Amazon's best-seller list, though it had slipped to No. 2 on Thursday. Simon & Schuster says it has already gone back to press five times, with a total of 425,000 copies in print.

Today in EntBiz news

Country darling Dolly Parton, 65, will have her first-ever shows at the Hollywood Bowl on July 22 and 23 as part of her 2011 world tour. "I've walked out on stage there to sing with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, so I thought I had played there [before]," Parton tells USA Today.

Want the best marriage?

Reality-show creations Giuliana and Bill Rancic tell USA Today they were compelled - by us, the people - to write their DIY tome, I Do, Now What? Secrets, Stories, and Advice From a Madly-in-Love Couple


"We wrote the book because people would come up to us and say, 'Oh, you look so in love, what's your secret?' " Bill says.

So what is the secret?

"We found that one of the most important things is checking in with one another," Bill explains. "It's a time to see how the other person's day is going."

Local authors speak

The Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Library on Tuesday will feature two memoirs by local authors about father-daughter relationships. Penn English prof Robert Strauss will chat about Daddy's Little Goalie, relating his experiences raising two daughters who are jocks.

Alice Ozma will talk about The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared, which details how her Philly librarian dad read to her every night for nine years.   The program stars at 7:30 p.m. Info: 215-567-4341 or

Mrs. Ozzy strikes gold with novel

Ozzy Osbourne's missus, Sharon, has composed her debut novel. Due in September, Revenge is a celeb exposé of sorts about "an incredibly dysfunctional family and its two gorgeous superstar sisters."

British reviewers like it! "It's a rare page that doesn't have a sex scene, birth, suicide, rape . . . or at least a line of top-quality cocaine in it," says London's the Guardian. "[It is] glorious, fast-moving, unashamedly commercial fun."

Another silly Snooki attack

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi  is at it again. She will follow up Shore Thing, her sensitive, post-feminist, Hermann Hesseian Bildungsroman, with Gorilla Beach, due May 12, 2012, CNN says.

Disguised as a moving portrait of two cousins, it's actually a chronicle of how Snooki and BFF Jenny "Jwoww" Farley take on the manlife at the Shore. The same  leitmotifs that so haunt Snooki's debut - booze, sex, big hair - recur.

"For the next month," Snooki writes, "they're ready to pouf up their hair, put on their stilettos, and soak up all that Seaside Heights, N.J., has to offer: hot guidos, cool clubs, fried Oreos, and lots of tequila."

A best-selling dragon dance

A Dance With Dragons, the fifth book in George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire cycle, sold an astounding 298,000 hardcover copies on its first day Tuesday. Martin's book cycle opened with Game of Thrones, which was adapted into the HBO megahit.

Children's music from Judy Collins

Judy Collins is still hard at work at 72. The eclectic singer, whose lovely work includes renditions of Leonard Cohen poems, has recorded a three-song CD that will be included in famed illustrator Eric Puybaret's new children's book, When You Wish Upon a Star, due in October. The story is based on the classic 1940 song - sung by Collins on the CD, which also includes two new tunes.

Visionary Woman Awards winners

Moore College of Art & Design will honor three women with the 2011 Visionary Woman Awards, which celebrate women who have made significant contributions to the arts. Awards, to be presented Oct. 12, go to American Indian painter Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning Philadelphia Daily News cartoonist Signe Wilkinson, and Moore alum Jane Walentas, a former ad exec who developed the arts-rich DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn. Info:

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