‘Glee’ news: Lea Michele, Adam Lambert
TV’s “Glee” star Lea Michele, 26, is being incorrectly described as a Jewish actress in recent media stories about her late boyfriend and fellow cast member Cory Monteith, 31, who died on July 13 from a toxic mix of alcohol and heroin. While she has a Jewish father, Michele was raised in her mother’s Catholic faith.
On a much happier note: It was announced on July 10 that singer Adam Lambert, 31, will join “Glee” next season. It is not yet known whether he will be a guest star or a regular cast member. Lambert finished second in the 2009 “American Idol” competition. He has since become a major recording artist, with over 6 million albums sold worldwide.
On TV, at the movies
“Who Do You Think You Are?,” a well-made show exploring the ancestry of celebrities, aired for three seasons on NBC. On July 23 it returned to cable channel TLC, airing the first of eight new episodes (with many encore showings). Actress Lisa Kudrow, 49, the series’ producer and subject of a first-season episode, told Variety: “I’ve never stopped hearing about how much people love [the show], and I’ve always known that we’ve had more great stories to share.” Just one of the eight celebs has Jewish roots: comedian Chelsea Handler, 38. Her episode airs at 9 p.m. Aug. 6.
“The To Do List,” a “sex comedy” opening Friday, July 27, stars Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”) as a smart but nerdy teen girl determined to become much less innocent before she goes off to college. The film has no nudity but is verbally explicit with frequent crude humor. It is being heralded as a female-oriented “American Pie.” The strong cast includes Rachel Bilson, 31, Andy Samberg, 34, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, 24.
Jewish baseball notes
Two Jewish New York Mets’ players have been vying for the same position: Ike Davis, 28, was brought up in 2010, and although his batting average has never been high, he made up for it with power hitting (32 homers in 2012). However, anemic hitting got him sent down to the minors on June 9 to “find his swing.” He was replaced at first base by minor leaguer Josh Satin, 28. Satin, who is friends with Davis, said that when he got called up, “I was happy for myself, but disappointed for Davis.”
Satin did not shine in two previous short stints with the Mets. During the last three weeks of June, however, he finally got a lot of playing time and responded with an incredible hitting tear. Davis, meanwhile, was recalled to the Mets on July 5 — and since his return he and Satin have shared first-base duties. It looks like Satin, who has continued to hit well, will become the Mets’ permanent first baseman, with rumors swirling that the struggling Davis will be traded.
Elsewhere, pitcher Robert Kaminsky, 18, became a St. Louis Cardinals first-round draft pick (2013) and recently got a $1.78 million signing bonus. The N.Y. Daily News described the New Jersey resident as a “high-school lefthander who has a 94 mph fastball and a hammer of a curveball, a Jewish kid whose prized possession is a Sandy Koufax baseball card that he keeps in an acrylic case on his bedroom shelf.”
Columnist Nate Bloom, an Oaklander, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.