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Everybody loves a winner: accepting the Golden Globe for Best Television Series—Comedy or Musical for Glee is openly gay producer Ryan Murphy.

by Nancy Ford

We loved her as Jake Gyllenhaal’s pinchedly perfect wife, Lureen Newsome Twist, in Brokeback Mountain. She stole our hearts as Meryl Streep’s executive assistant-cum-whipping girl, Andy Sachs, in The Devil Wears Prada. And every time she pops up in a cameo appearance in a sketch or as the guest host, we think there may actually be a glimmer of life left in Saturday Night Live.

But all those much-loved character manifestations are about to evaporate as the paralyzingly lovely Anne Hathaway prepares for perhaps her most appealing role to date: playing the lesbian aunt to the Golden Globe-winning Chris Colfer’s Kurt on Glee.

Glee creator Ryan Murphy told People.com at the Golden Globes awards ceremony in January that Hathaway is signed and sealed, waiting to be delivered “because everyone needs a lesbian aunt,” Murphy said. An airdate has not yet been set.

In other Glee news, executive producers Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck) and Dante Di Loreto (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?) are diligently producing a new reality competition series, The Glee Project, premiering on the Oxygen television network in June.

More than 40,000 hopefuls applied for the slot at casting calls in Dallas and Chicago, as well as through online submissions on MySpace, with finalists to be eliminated through intensive workshops and other challenges. The winner of the unscripted reality series gets cast in a starring role in seven episodes of Glee’s third season.

Meanwhile, to the delight of Gleeks everywhere, Oxygen offers a marathon—a Gleekend, they call it—of the acclaimed television series, including fan favorites, “The Power of Madonna,” “The Rocky Horror Glee Show,” and “Britney/Brittany.”  February 5, 10 a.m., on Oxygen (oxygen.com).

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