Introducing Glee, the brand new E4 all-singing, all-dancing high-school musical comedy show from Ryan Murphy (creator of Nip/Tuck). Complete with a pretty young cast and catchy song ditties, Glee is a wonderfully unoriginal story delivered via a sharp sarcasm-laced scrip and well-crafted, bolder than life characters.
Glee Series 1 centres on a Motley Crew of high school misfits and their plight to restore William McKinley High School’s Glee Club (a recreational song and dance troupe that competes against other schools) to its former glory.
Whilst the Glee Club was once the pride of the school, the jocks and cheerleaders now feature at the top of the High School social spectrum but with the help of Spanish Teacher and ex-Gleek, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), is this all about to change? Inspired by recalling the one time he was truly happy – when he sang in his own high school Glee Club – Will is a man on a mission to make New Directions, the aptly devised new name for the chorus group, rise to glory again.
Will and Team Glee face a nemesis in the shape of ball busting cheerleading coach Sue (played by the wonderful Jane Lynch) who will do anything to keep the limelight (and school budget) focused on her beloved Cheerios, the schools cheerleading squad.
Glee attracted a whooping 1.3 million viewers to E4 for the first part of its double bill opening night and its corny yet wonderful soundtrack has dominated the UK music charts, pushing both the the Glee cast’s cover of Don’t Stop Believin’ and the original Journey Don’t Stop Believin’ track to the top of the charts.
The show hopes to churn out many more hits via its unique release schedule whereby selected tracks will be available to download straight after the show.
Musical segments on the show take the form of performances, as opposed to the characters singing spontaneously, as the intention is for the series to remain reality-based. Murphy has commented that his interest lay in creating a “postmodern musical”, rather than “doing a show where people burst into song”, drawing on the format of Chicago. Murphy is responsible for selecting all of the songs used, and strives to maintain a balance between show tunes and chart hits, as: “I want there to be something for everybody in every episode. That’s a tricky mix, but that’s very important – the balancing of that.”
BBC Radio 1 has given Glee’s song the seal of approval by adding it to the station’s playlist and all at The Hut would like to announce ourselves as fully fledged Gleeks!
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