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Lea Michele Wants To Do A ‘Glee’ Reboot

What would the TV show ‘Glee’ look like if it was made in 2017? Kumail Nanjiani might guest star as a rapper who remixes the Donald Trump Access Hollywood tape for his podcast. Maybe Kurt would develop a crush on Justin Trudeau and the whole gang would put on an gender-bent musical version of “Wonder Woman” to distract him. It is unlikely that a plot line would revolve around beloved character Noah Puckerman, as the actor who portrays him, Mark Salling, has recently pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

Likely, the instrument-avoidant Fox dramedy would look remarkably similar today to the way it did when it was last on air, less than three years ago. Though the show and its very many covers of Lady Gaga songs is still warm in its grave, “Glee” star Lea Michele said on “Chelsea” this week that she is ready for its resurrection.

“I would do it in a heartbeat,” Michele told host Chelsea Handler.

In her defense, Michele started by saying, “It was just on the air, so everybody, like cool it,” but then added, “But with that being said, I would do it tomorrow.” The star, who currently stars on “The Mayor” playing a remarkably Rachel Berry-like character, added, “I loved playing Rachel Berry, I loved that cast, and it was so special, you know, what we did with bringing music into people’s homes.”

Oh, Lea! We want to mock, but of course we’d watch. If there’s anything you’ve taught us it’s to never, ever stop believin’.




Jenny Singer is a writer for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

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Watch: Amy Schumer Watches Her Dad Stands Up, Despite MS

“My dad stood today with the help of a device,” Amy Schumer captioned her Instagram post. “But he stood.” The comedian captured a moving video of her father, Gordon Schumer, standing upright with the help of a standing frame, a doctor, and a nurse in a medical facility. Gordon Schumer was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when his daughter was 12 years old.

In the video, Schumer dances to her father’s favorite song, “Amie,” by Pure Prairie League, which her father says was also her namesake. Schumer’s father, observed by two medical professionals, stands with the support of a metal framework. At one point all three people assisting Mr. Schumer respond to what they think are spasms. “What’s happening? What are you feeling?” asks one of the aids. “I’m just listening to the song!” Mr Schumer replies.

In a caption for the Instagram video, Schumer thanked her father’s nurses, the doctors who perform stem cell work for MS, and Pure Prairie League. “We had a good day,” she wrote.

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Jon Stewart Solves The ‘Bernie Bernstein’ Robocaller Mystery In ‘Daily Show’ Return

Jon Stewart impersonating a political scammer impersonating a made-up Jewish journalist named Bernie Bernstein — it’s a Russian nesting doll of anti-Semitism and pop culture, just in time for the Hanukkah shopping season.

Stewart appeared on the ‘Daily Show’ on Thursday night as ‘Bernie Bernstein,’ the sham Washington Post reporter in whose name fake robocalls messages left on some Alabama voicemails have offered women financial rewards in exchange for “damaging remarks” about Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore. Marty Baron, the executive editor of The Post, has said that the calls have no connection to the newspaper and added, “We are shocked and appalled that anyone would stoop to this level to discredit real journalism.” However, on Thursday night, ‘Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah received a call from Bernie Bernstein himself.

“Hello, Trevor boychik,” said Stewart-as-Bernstein, in an accent that calls to mind a Borscht-Belt grandma deep in a bottle of schnapps. “How can you say that Bernie Bernstein isn’t real? It’s me, oy vey iz mir!” Stewart/Bernstein continued, somewhat desperately, “I’m a real person. I’m a very Jewish person!”

Once he was apprehended, Stewart confessed that he was really there to advertise his “Night of Too Many Stars” autism services benefit event, airing on HBO this Saturday night.

“You don’t need anti-Semitism to come onto the show, Jon,” Noah pointed out. “You could just ask me.” “I know I don’t need it,” said Stewart. “I just like it that way. It’s how I function best.”

Meet ‘Bernie Bernstein’ here:

Jenny Singer is a writer for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

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George Clooney Is Coming Back To Television After 18 Years With ‘Catch-22’

Great news for anyone who loves George Clooney or hasn’t gotten around to reading the 453-page Joseph Heller masterpiece “Catch-22” - the former will star in and direct a television adaptation of the latter, ending Clooney’s 18 year absence from the small screen.

56 year-old Clooney will play Colonel Cathcart in an adaptation of the 1961 satire, which follows an American soldier trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare while serving in World War Two. Luke Davies and David Michôd co-wrote the six-episode series and will serve as executive producers for the show, which has yet to be attached to a network.

Heller, whose book has sold over 10 million copies, managed to turn World War Two into a black comedy less than two decades after the war ended. The Jewish author avoided direct references to Judaism in the book and never mentioned the Holocaust, though scholars see a distinctly Jewish undertone in the novel.

Jenny Singer is a writer for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

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Sarah Silverman’s Response To Louis CK Is Devastating

What do you do when a person you love does bad things?

Sarah Silverman loves America, but she doesn’t understand what led to the outcome of the 2016 election. She made the TV show “I Love You, America” to try to get to the bottom of it, and laugh along the way.

And Sarah Silverman loves comedian Louis CK, but she doesn’t understand why he performed non-consensual sexual acts in front of women. This week on “I Love, America”, she tries to get to the bottom of it. But there aren’t many laughs along the way.

In the opening monologue for an episode of Silverman’s show released Thursday, the comedian spoke honestly and tearfully about her decades-long relationship with CK and the weight of his actions. Dressed like a part-time “Harry Potter” cosplayer, Silverman frankly acknowledged the painful reality. “I wish I could sit this one out,” she said. “I’m going to address the elephant masturbating in the room”.

Almost a week after the New York Times piece in which five women accused CK of sexual misconduct, which the comedian later confirmed in full, Silverman said this:

Silverman’s question feels honest, anguished, and Jewish. Can Louis CK do teshuva?

I hope very much that Louis CK can do teshuva — to his victims, his daughters, and his fans. But not to comedy. But it will be no true repentance if he uses false self-awareness through comedy to return to greatness. Louis CK is done with comedy. To answer Silverman’s question, I turn to the Talmudic commentator of the New York Times, columnist Lindy West (West is not Jewish, but she has Rashi-like reasoning) for an answer. West wrote on Tuesday that part of CK’s crime lies in the way he used women in the name of comedy throughout his career, while acting like he was just stating truths. “One of comedy’s defining pathologies,” West writes, “alongside literal pathologies like narcissism and self-loathing, is its swaggering certainty that it is part of the political vanguard, while upholding one of the most rigidly patriarchal hierarchies of any art form”.

She concludes,

Like Sarah Silverman, each of us is going through a private reckoning with daily revelations about our beloved heroes. But we can take heart in Louis CK’s wisdom — breakups aren’t always a bad thing.

Jenny Singer is a writer for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

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