The Ausiello Files: 'Glee' scoop
Plus, a first look at a dark upcoming plot on 'Private Practice'
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Glee scoop: Is this guy Kurt’s new boyfriend?
”My guess is as good as anybody’s,” shrugs newest Glee cast member Darren Criss of reports that his character Blaine — a charismatic, out-and-proud gay teen from a rival school — is being groomed as a love interest for Chris Colfer‘s Kurt. ”It’s a really big secret.”
The two meet in the Nov. 9 episode when Kurt, who is fast becoming fed up with life at McKinley High, considers transferring to the nearby Dalton Academy, where Criss’ character is a student. ”I think Blaine’s most important role is…as a mentor to Kurt,” says Criss, whose only major pre-Glee TV credit was a stint on ABC’s short-lived Eastwick. ”At this point, Kurt’s [sexuality] has been such a sense of discord in his life. Blaine finds [being gay] empowering. He embraces who he is, and sees Kurt [struggling with] the same things that he had to deal with, and I think he wants to impart that knowledge.”
Criss hopes Blaine will serve as a positive role model for viewers as well, given the recent string of suicides among gay youth. ”It’s great to see a strong character like this on a hit show that so many people are watching,” he says. ”I can’t really think of any other gay characters on TV that are this young and sure of themselves. I hope all the kids struggling with this issue can look to a guy like Blaine and feel [inspired] by his confidence.”
Private Practice confronts rape
The dark cloud that’s been hanging over Grey’s Anatomy following last season’s deadly shooting is about to take up residence over sister series Private Practice. At the end of the show’s Oct. 28 episode, Charlotte King — the tightly wound doctor played by KaDee Strickland — will be attacked and raped by a deranged patient (Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Nicholas Brendon). What’s with all the Sturm und Drang, Shonda Rhimes (who exec-produces both shows)? ”I’ve been really interested in exploring what happens to people when they face a terrible tragedy,” says the boss lady, who laughs when asked if she’s going through a particularly gloomy time in her personal life. ”My life is actually quite lovely.” And although some of what unfolds will be uncomfortable to watch — the entire Nov. 4 episode will revolve around the immediate aftermath — Rhimes believes the story is ultimately one of survival. ”A lot of the violence against women on television is from the point of view of law enforcement,” she points out, ”as opposed to standing in the shoes of an actual victim and seeing how it is for them and the people around them.” Adding another wrinkle is Charlotte’s decision to withhold the truth from everyone but Addison (Kate Walsh). Among those left in the dark: her fiancé, Cooper (Paul Adelstein). ”This definitely puts a major strain on their relationship,” concedes Rhimes. For her part, Strickland — who consulted with rape survivors for preparation — thinks that this is the most dramatic obstacle Rhimes could’ve thrown the couple’s way. ”This is a lot more interesting than [one of us] having an affair or getting cold feet,” she says. ”This is real.”