All I can say is….wonderful.
The programming geniuses at Fox have a knack for finding talented, new programs and then “pimp” them behind perennial ratings buster American Idol. Hit shows like House, 24 and Lie to Me have shared the coveted spot following ‘Idol’ and I doubt that they would have been as readily accepted if they had debuted on Thursday nights. The Fox guys use the golden Tuesday night time slot to showcase their next new “thing”. Well, Glee certainly fits the bill. Click here to watch via Hulu.
Glee is Fame meets Friday Night Lights meets Welcom Back Kotter and is pure fun. In an unrealistic world of blue-eyed, blonde bombshells and muscle-bound pretty boys who portray the “perfect” Americans on most shows, Glee brings Geek America to the forefront. Let’s face it, more people relate to the Geeks than the Greeks, right? Of course, Glee puts our motley crew in the starring rolls (for once) and makes the audience root for the underdog — one of their favorite pastimes.
Fox was smart to take advantage of the ‘Idol’ season to debut it’s next hit, however the season will not continue until the fall (when ‘Idol’ is on hiatus). They were also brilliant in putting a musical show after a musical show that millions of tweens and teens watch. I’m betting that middle schools and high schools across the nation are buzzing about Glee this morning. My prediction is that ALOT of people will be talking about Glee come the fall.
Here is an extended trailer….tell me you cannot identify with SOMEONE in these scenes.
My identification with the show and it’s characters isn’t so much through my own experiences and it is through my kid’s. It is excruiating to watch your child be pushed aside or left behind. The worst is seeing them made fun of because they aren’t tall or they aren’t thin or they aren’t rich…especially when you know the wonderful soul that resides in that imperfect body. That’s what I like most about Glee. That it will showcase the normal, brave kids who risk and overcome by throwin their talent into the spotlight and getting their voices heard.