Do you speek “Gleek”?

Over the past few years, I have only gotten just a little bit excited about very few television shows. Most of my current TiVo regulars are guilty pleasures comprising (mostly) of reality TV: Project Runway, Biggest Loser, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Got Talent, American Idol and most recently, Bravo-TV’s Tabitha’s Salon Takeover. Of the mainstream episodic genre, very little has piqued my interest since Friends and Will & Grace left the small screen. Some of the hopeful shows that I showed interest in have sort of vanished, like Flash Forward, V, and The Vampire Diaries.

Since I don’t subscribe to Premium Networks, I usually have to view shows like The Tudors, True Blood and Dexter through Netflix or borrow a friend’s copy. And about the only other show I watch with any regularity is Family Guy (“something…something…something…Dark Side!”).

Enter Glee.

The cast of Glee as 'New Directions'

This show, unlike so many others, grabbed my attention the first time I saw a teaser trailer for it during 2009’s American Idol contest. Then Fox pulled a genius move! They screened the pilot episode immediately after the AI finale. I was drawn in, thinking this would be a new breakout show to help ease the pain of the dreadful summer TV doldrums. Not so fast, suckers! Watch for new episodes starting in September! You bastards!

The road to “Sectionals” was fun, exciting, and it kept me wanting more…with “Sectionals” over, now wait for April for the next installment! You bastards!

Ok, so you won a Golden Globe for Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy! Now I guess I have to give you some slack for that body blow that is the almost 4 months I have to wait for a new episode to air. But, undaunted, I scour the web looking for hints and tidbits of what’s in store for the journey towards “Regionals!” And today, I wasn’t disappointed!

It seems that, upon his win at the Globes Sunday night, Executive Producer Ryan Murphy let it slip on some very interesting insights. I’m sure he’s just bursting to let the cat (or cats, perhaps) out of the bag, especially since Glee has been picked up for Season 2 this coming fall. And, not surprisingly, Fox TV has kept a very tight lid on the entire show, seeing as how the buzz for the show is growing exponentially!

Jane Lynch as 'Sue Sylvester'

Due to some very slick questioning of Murphy, Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello is reporting that Madonna has opened her catalog to the show and they are currently filming a “mega production number” show, with upwards of TEN musical numbers, including a performance by Coach Sylvester (Jane Lynch) doing “Vogue!” Speaking of Sue, she is also slated to do something with Olivia Newton-John and “Physical.”

Apparently Glee is the darling of Hollywood and everyone is having their agents contact Murphy to be a part of it, including Jennifer Lopez (Murphy says she’d be perfect as a “lunch lady” in the school cafeteria!). And it seems that Co-Executive Producer, Brad Falchuk, is dying to get Bruce Springsteen involved in some capacity, although there is no “official” talks between Glee and the Boss at the moment.

Lea Michele & Mark Salling as 'Racheal & Puck'

Apparently too, to the great surprise of the entire production staff, the coupling of Rachel (Lea Michele) and Puck (Mark Salling) produced so much positive feedback that the writers are working to bring them back together, perhaps in a more serious take.

Chris Colfer as 'Kurt Hummel'

And speaking of tie-ups how’s this for a huge change from the typical stereotype: Kurt (Chris Colfer) will find true love and he and his new love interest will be the Power Couple of the show, or as Murphy puts it, “Prom King & King.”

The great thing about this show is that there are so many different storylines and dynamics hitting you all at the same time that you are constantly going, “okay, now I wonder what they are going to do to solve THIS issue!” AND you look forward to how they deal with it! How will Quinn (Dianna Agron) deal with being thrown out of her family’s house AND the rejection of Finn (Corey Monteith) who she’s currently living with, and will she keep the baby after all? How will Will (Mathew Morrison) and Emma (Jayma Mays) deal with their newly budding romance, while Will’s soon-to-be-ex-wife Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) struggles to deal with losing her “meal ticket?” And probably most of all, how will Sue (Lynch) deliver on her promise to destroy Will and get back her beloved Cheerios?

It’s gonna make for a great second-half of Season One and April seems like light years away! Until then, I’ll have to make do with American Idol, the Winter Olympics and Project Runway.



2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Michael Contorno on January 20, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I totally agree John!!


  2. Posted by Marianne Ho on February 8, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    thank you kindly for such a amazing post. I love the Vampire Diaries to pieces, excellent to see that there are people out there indistinguishable…


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: