2009 Fall Preview: “Glee”

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Network: Fox

Premiere Date: Wednesday, September 9 at 9:00 E.T.

Cast: Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Jayma Mays, Jessalyn Gilsig, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz.

Synopsis (from Fox):

From Ryan Murphy, the creator of “Nip/Tuck,” comes Glee, a new comedy for the aspiring underdog in all of us.

The series follows an optimistic teacher, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), who – against all odds and a malicious cheerleading coach – attempts to save McKinley High’s Glee Club from obscurity, while helping a group of aspiring underdogs realize their true star potential. It’s a tall order when the brightest stars of the group include Kurt (Chris Colfer), a soprano who hits a high note in fashion; Mercedes (Amber Riley), a larger-than-life diva with a voice to match; Artie (Kevin McHale), a geeky guitarist who rocks and rolls; and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), a punk rocker who hides behind her stutter and blue hair extensions.

Will’s only hope lies with two true talents: Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), a self-proclaimed star who is convinced that MySpace and show choir and are her tickets to fame; and Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith), the popular high school quarterback with movie star looks who must protect his reputation from his holier-than-thou girlfriend and “Cheerios” head cheerleader, Quinn (Dianna Agron), and his arrogant football teammate, Puck (Mark Salling).

Will is determined to do whatever it takes to make Glee great again, but his only ally is fellow teacher and germaphobe Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays). Everyone else around him thinks he’s nuts – from his tough-as-nails wife Terri Schuester (Jessalyn Gilsig) to McKinley’s scheming cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) – but he’s out to prove them wrong.

Glee+Cast+GleeFeaturing a soundtrack of hit songs from past and present, Glee is produced by Ryan Murphy Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are co-creators of the series. Murphy, Falchuk and Dante Di Loreto serve as executive producers, while Ian Brennan serves as co-executive producer. Murphy directed the pilot.

What We Say: Fox first aired the pilot episode for this series after an American Idol episode in May and the feedback was excellent. The musical numbers are plentiful and amazing. The individual songs are available for purchase on iTunes and rumor has it that they are selling like crazy. If you like Broadway or musical theater, you’re going to love Glee.

But it’s not just for theater-lovers. The dialogue is snappy and the characters are hilarious. While everyone – yes, everyone – is funny, the head cheerleader coach, played by Jane Lynch, and the main character’s wife, played by Jessalyn Gilsig, stand out as comedic geniuses. Both of their characters are so over the top you can’t help but laugh.

The show is something different, but it breaks the mold so well that you can’t help but smile, laugh and sing along to the soundtrack. It’s the traditional look at high school cliques (the jocks & cheerleaders versus the nerds & drama geeks), but if my fellow high school students had been so funny and talented I probably wouldn’t have wanted to leave. You can find a longer and more detailed summary of the pilot episode here.

This is one show that’s not to be missed. Make sure you check out the premiere on September 9th!

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