Friday, September 14, 2012

"Glee" opens with more auditions, interesting gay character

On Thursday, September 13, 2012, Fox aired the fourth season premiere of “Glee”, an episode titled “The New Rachel”.

“Glee” is the popular musical comedy series created by Ryan Murphy with Ian Brennan and Brad Fulchuk, where a high school  Spanish teacher Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) leads the effort to restore the high school glee club to earlier days of prominence.

In the kickoff episode, Rachel (Lea Michele) leaves Lima, Ohio for New York City, while the William McKinley High School glee club left behind (in Ohio) struggles with messy (if musical) auditions to replace here. 

The auditions get feisty. One Hispanic man is stopped during the audition, and throws a destructive temper tantrum, only to learn later that he would have been picked based on one line of singing.

One of the openly gay characters, played by Church Overstreet, also heads for New York at the end, with the blessing of his father, who counsels him to get a menial job right away.  Maybe he’ll settle in Bed-Stuy?
Recall that the film "Edge of 17" had covered gay life in nearby Sandusky, Ohio.   

There’s a funny opening scene where another “dancer”, are baring his totally hairless chest to his girlfriend, announces, “I’m straight”.

The official site on Fox is here

"Glee" had a 3-D concert movie in the summer of 2011. 

How does this series stack up against NBC’s “Smash”?

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