"The three of us are trying to have somebody win, and we're all rooting for them," Ulrich told me yesterday at a Television Critics Association news conference that included the contestants.
He goes through this regularly, he said, as a casting director.
"The producers or Ryan or the network, they don't see anything that goes into getting the people there, but I'm doing my hardest to make them good to get them there," he said. "Once they get there, just as on this show, it's based on what Ryan sees. So it actually makes it very truthful, very realistic and authentic to the entertainment business and how 'Glee' is done."
In a world in which even the Times of India
prints stories about Hugh Hefner's sex life (or, possibly, the lack thereof) and basic cable helps launch the post-Hef careers of the girls he's, um, dated, I haven't been sure exactly why so many people have their thongs in a twist about NBC's retro soap "The Playboy Club," which takes all that "Mad Men" cocktail of smoking, drinking and sexism, shakes it up and serves it with a twist of conspiracy.
But that was before the cast and crew met with TV critics Monday and threw the word "empowerment" around so much you'd think that Hef's decision to put cocktail waitresses in cottontails and floppy ears ranked just behind the 19th Amendment on a list of milestones for women.
(But then Aaron Spelling considered the original "Charlie's Angels" a triumph of feminism.)
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