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Linenberger: Filled with ‘Glee’

November 11, 2009

The World Series is finished and I couldn’t be happier.

Don’t misunderstand, I love baseball and would have been elated to see the Philadelphia Phillies storm back and win their second straight World Series title by knocking off the New York Yankees.

No, my joy for the World Series’ end is more about the network on which it was being carried — Fox.

You see, Fox has this new show called “Glee,” and it airs on Wednesday nights.

Because of the World Series, the show hasn’t been on the last two weeks.

It makes its return tonight.

Yes, I confess that I’m a gleek and that one might think I work for the show the way I talk about it to others. But I’m hooked on the show about a Spanish teacher in an Ohio high school who has taken over the school’s down-trodden glee club in an effort to return it to earlier prominence — like when he was in the club when he was a student at the school.

At first, the club consisted of not-so-popular students in the school, but for various reasons it added some more popular classmates to the group.

It’s far-fetched and corny at times, but then it is television (a dance routine at the line of scrimmage at a football game might have been a stretch during one episode. I’m pretty sure a false start or delay of game penalty would have been in order).

Speaking of that dance routine, while at a recent Chiefs game, the Chiefs Cheerleaders danced to the same song used in that episode’s routine. I was thinking to myself it would be amusing if the cheerleaders did the same routine. And, sure enough, it paralleled the TV show’s routine.

The underdog story is nothing new in television and movie script land, but this motley crew is simply fun to watch.

The show somewhat feels like a cross between “The Breakfast Club” and “High School Musical.” Well I’m assuming on the “High School Musical” portion. I can’t say I’ve ever viewed that trilogy. The show’s also been characterized as a cross between “Freaks and Geeks” and “High School Musical,” but I’ve also not viewed “Freaks and Geeks.” Regardless, it’s teen angst in a high school, usually a sure-fire recipe for success.

The actors, by the way, perform their own songs, which have fared quite well in iTunes sales.

Perhaps the show appeals to me because in high school I was both a jock and in the band. It also doesn’t hurt that my favorite song, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin,’” was performed in the pilot episode.

I know what you may be thinking: A. This guy has no life because he’s opted to write a column about a TV show. B. He needs to get out more … and soon. C. He really might work for the show or network.

However, the show is a pretty decent release on Wednesday evenings, a nice hour of entertainment complete with great one-liners and some pretty solid one-liners in the middle of the week. It appears to be popular with others as well.

Ratings have been favorable in the first few weeks of the show’s existence. Cast members performed the “National Anthem” before a World Series game. At a Halloween party I attended, one person there donned a blonde wig and workout clothes to imitate PE teacher Sue Sylvester’s standard attire on the show. Veteran actress Jane Lynch, known for her roles in numerous Christopher Guest mockumentaries, plays the part of Sylvester and normally steals the show.

Heck, the cast even was set to have a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but competitor NBC, which is airing the parade, pulled the plug on its competing network’s show.

Oh well, at least there’s a new episode tonight. I’ll be ready to settle in this evening for another hour of my show.

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