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Inner Workings of My Twisted Mind.

Can’t Hardly Wait

So a few months ago I wrote about Glee, and what a great show it is, and the time is finally here.  After a long hard summer the Fall TV season is back (and thank God it is, there’s only so many reruns of CSI one can scroll by before gouging ones eyes out).  As I watch the sneak peeks available on iTunes, I started to realize what, exactly, Glee has done and they’re changing everything.  

 

The musical T.V. show is not a new thing, it’s been attempted a few times, and failed miserably every single time (I mean, who can forget Cop Rock, where cops actually broke into song).  The problem with this formula in the televisual format is the same that befalls sci-fi and fantasy shows: it’s hard for the vast majority of the T.V. watching public to suspend disbelief for 22 hours per season.  They can do it for a 2 hour movie or a 3 hour play, but to suspend disbelief for an entire season (let alone 6 or 7) is a completely different matter.  Sure, some of us are willing to take trips on the Enterprise for years on end or get up close and personal with demons and vampires, but pretty much all sci-fi/fantasy shows (excluding the X-Files) are cult hits.  

 

Glee, on the other hand, is poised to be a huge smash hit.  The pilot had 10 million viewers and buzz just keeps growing and growing.  So here’s what Glee does right, and why I can’t wait for Wednesday night: 1) it takes modern songs like Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey, Rehab by Amy Winehouse, and Gold Digger by Kanye West and makes them show choir standards.  Along these same lines, Glee doesn’t go down the road of High School Musical or Cop Rock or any other musical for that matter, in that the kids don’t randomly burst into a fully choreographed song and dance number when they are blue or in love or in need of expression in some way, instead the songs come from the actual performing of the pieces.  It’s genius really, they avoid the ridiculousness of musicals and instead capture an audience of people who like the songs that are getting made over glee-style.  

2) Lea Michele’s character of Rachel Barry combines the best of any good drama dork with Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon’s character in Election).  She’s that oh-so-annoying girl that was always better than you at school, was always class president and got into a better university than you, but what she had in smarts and determination she lacked in social graces.  3) Glee is the anti-High School Musical that just might win over all the lovers and the haters at once.  I’ve written many many times about the atrocity of High School Musical, but this show has the potential to unite the two factions (plus, people actually make out and like, can act in Glee, imagine that).  

 

Basically, what we’re witnessing here folks is a potential change in Television.  It’s never been done before and it looks like it’s going to be a huge success.  Beware of next year’s t.v. season  when we see The Office: The Musical, Football: The Musical, and CSI: Broadway.  It’s all downhill from here.

 

Peace, Love, and Glee,

Julia

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September 5, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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