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Jane Lynch to be guest voice on 'WordGirl' bullying ep

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Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 9:00 am

Watch out "WordGirl."

Jane Lynch, who plays a sarcastic, bullying cheerleading coach on Fox's popular high school dramedy "Glee," will make an animated appearance in Monday's episode of Scholastic Media's Emmy Award-winning series "Word Girl."

Lynch will voice the character of Miss Power in "The Rise of Miss Power," which premieres 4:30 p.m. Monday on WXXI-TV, channel 21 in Rochester and cable channel 11 in Batavia. The one-hour episode takes on bullying and explores the power of words both to help and harm.

The actress' fans may see a bit of typecasting in Miss Power, whose secret weapon is using mean words to hurt people. On "Glee," Lynch's Sue Sylvester frequently belittles students and teachers with snarky language about their appearance, behavior and beliefs.

The "WordGirl" adventure begins when intergalactic visitor Miss Power comes to Earth and promises to teach WordGirl everything she knows abut crime-fighting. When the lessons don't go as planned, WordGirl and her sidekick Captain Huggy Face begin to question whether Miss Power is a superhero or a supervillain.

Miss Power uses strength and speed to defeat villains, but she also unleashes mean words. Initially resistant, WordGirl tries the tactic and feels empowered, leaving friends and foes agape at the unpleasant change in her ways.

After Miss Power takes bullying to the extreme, WordGirl takes a stand - only to be belittled and stripped of her superhero star.

" ‘WordGirl' resonates with children and parents because of its humor, its engaging characters and its robust curriculum. This special provides a unique opportunity to understand just how powerful words can be - entertaining and engaging fans in a way only ‘WordGirl' can," Deborah Forte, president of Scholastic Media and an executive producer of ‘WordGirl' said in a statement.

"The Rise of Miss Power" is part of PBS Kids' ongoing effort to provide anti-bullying programming and resources for parents and teacher.

Timed to the episode's premiere is a new online game on PBS' WordGirl website. The "WordGirl Miss Power Face-Off" finds Miss Power attacking with negative words and players seeking the antonym to foil her.

Grammy Awards hit high note with big audience

Sunday's Grammy Awards telecast made sweet music in the ratings, delivering for CBS its largest audience since 1984 and beating last year's viewership by 50 percent.

More than 39.9 million viewers flocked to the broadcast, making it the second most-watched Grammys in history, according to preliminary Nielsen Co. figures released Monday. That exceeds last year's Oscars broadcast, which was seen by 37.6 million viewers.

Helping stoke interest in this year's Grammys broadcast was recording sensation Adele, who emerged as the night's big winner with six trophies. Her album, "21," was by far the year's best seller and one of its most critically acclaimed.

But the broadcast was an attention-getter not only for the awards dispensed but also for its role as a memorial to Whitney Houston, a six-time past winner. The superstar singer died unexpectedly Saturday, just hours before she was supposed to appear at a pre-Grammy gala.

‘Unforgettable' expands its geographic range

The CBS crime drama "Unforgettable" makes a habit of referencing Syracuse, where two of the series' detectives first met and had a fling. But the series expanded its upstate reach in a recent episode.

Ted Rosin, the first, unseen victim of a serial sniper in the Feb. 7 ep "Carrie's Caller" was later identified as having graduate from the University of Rochester.

Missed Quote of the Week

No, that's not a typo. This week, Guy With a Remote's weekly awards open with a "Missed Quote," or dialogue that could have been tweaked to make a scene better. This week's winner comes from The CW's Friday night action-spy drama "Nikita."

In the Feb. 10 episode, spy-on-the-run Nikita calls Alex, an insider at the espionage agency Nikita is trying to bring down. It's been a really tough day.

ALEX: What's going on?

NIKITA: Mind-blowing tragedy. Just another Tuesday.

But Nikita should have said "Friday." After all, that's when the series airs on CW. It would have been an appropriate wink toward the viewing audience.

Quote of the Week Nominees

"If you wanted a beginning, middle and end, I've got 27 novels you can read."

-- Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), famous mystery writer, to Beckett (Stana Katic) on Castle ("The Blue Butterfly, Feb. 6, 2012)

"This isn't a necklace. It's a diamond noose and it's getting harder to breathe."

-- Beckett (Stana Katic) to Castle (Nathan Fillion, on Castle ("The Blue Butterfly," Feb 6, 2012)

"Before I got stuck with you, Sam Hanna was an international brand."

-- Agent Sam Hanna (LL Cool J), to his partner, Agent G. Callen (Chris O'Donnell), on their five-year anniversary, on NCIS: Los Angeles ("Partners," Feb. 7, 2012)

"Why don't you just dress up as the Taco Bell Chihuahua and bark the theme song to ‘Dora, the Explorer.' "

-- Santana (Naya Rivera), expressing frustration with her Spanish teacher, on Glee ("The Spanish Teacher," Feb. 7, 2012)

"What tipped you off? Was it the gaping wound in the perietal section of his skull? ‘Cause that's what clued me in."

-- Medical Examiner Joanne Webster (Jane Curtin), to Carrie Wells (Poppy Montgomery), who has mistaken Webster as someone snooping at her crime scene, on Unforgettable ("Carrie's Caller," Feb. 7, 2012)

"Apparently lamination and winning baseball has yet to hit this borough."

-- New Medical Examiner (Joanne Webster), explaining why she doesn't yet have an identification "badge-thingy," on Unforgettable ("Carrie's Caller," Feb. 7, 2012)

"I always have to go to my psycho place when killers play dress up."

-- D.B. Woodside (Ted Danson) on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ("Tressed to Kill," Feb. 8, 2012)

"I know you're in the homicide business, but is it really bad news when it is not a homicide."

-- Dr. Sid Hammerback (Robert Joy) on CSI: New York ("The Ripple Effect, Feb. 10, 2012)

"I'd say she's his girlfriend, but that's stating the obvious."

-- Detective Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg), after questioning a female doctor suspected of murder in Blue Bloods ("Leap of Faith," Feb. 10, 2012)

"This is about an old institution run by men, and in my experience there's always an agenda."

-- Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck), talking to a pair of preachers, on Blue Bloods ("Leap of Faith," Feb. 10, 2012).

Quote of the Week

"The English language lacks the requisite words to express just how much I dislike you."

-- Sue Sylvester, the abrasive cheerleader coach, on Glee ("The Spanish Teacher," Feb. 7, 2012)


Guy With a Remote is written by Daily News Lifestyles Editor Ben Beagle.

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