Briefly: Aretha Franklin, Ronan Farrow, Ryan Murphy

October 17, 2013
Aretha Franklin in Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Max Ortiz)
Aretha Franklin in Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Max Ortiz)

Still no word on Aretha Franklin’s mystery illness that kept her off the concert stage this year — she declined to go into specifics while talking with reporters this week. “The side effects were rough,” Franklin, 71, told the Detroit Free Press. The singer’s hometown paper reports that she’s working on a new album with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Don Was. (Detroit Free Press via AP)

Ronan Farrow’s been killing it with the snarky tweets lately, and now we’ll hear even more from the former State Department aide — MSNBC announced that starting in 2014, Farrow will host his own talk show. Farrow was the center of an Internet frenzy earlier this month when his mother, Mia, suggested he was the biological son of her first husband, Frank Sinatra. (After which Ronan tweeted, “Listen, we’re all *possibly* Frank Sinatra’s son.”) (AP)

How will the death of Cory Monteith impact the end of “Glee”? Creator Ryan Murphy says: The show will end after next season. And he’ll have to change the ending he already had in mind. “The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn’s story,” Murphy told a group of reporters at a Paley Center event on Wednesday. “…So when a tragedy like that happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we’re figuring that out now.” (TVLine)

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