'GLEE' on Fox is the hugely crowd-pleasing, record breaking, and award garnishing TV show right now programed on Tuesday nights. The show is the impeccable conglomeration of music, drollery and melodrama set counter to the arena of a Middle Western secondary school in Ohio, The Buckeye State. The series focuses on the mission for prominence of the high school's glee club, NEW DIRECTIONS, as the associated members sing and boogie their way through various symphonic productions in every episode. The series as well centers on the tension, confusion and merriment of that exceptional season of their history for this talented but slightly unrefined assembly of students.
The series was conceived by the trio of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan who at the start conceived of the vision as a feature-length movie. Not able to successfully pitch the project to any of the major studios, the movie manuscript was re-worked as a TV program and in this style, was snapped up by the Fox Network in less than a few hours of their read.
Devotees of the musical dramedy are honored to sport the label of "Gleek", a mashup of 'Glee' and 'geek'. The Fox Network has signed off on returning the students from NEW DIRECTIONS back for the 2012 season.
Pioneer kids include self-professed star Rachel, the harmonizing football player Finn, the singing fashion-conscious Kurt, the self-addressed prima dona Mercedes, the disabled but artistic Artie, the vocalizing prodigy Tina, the musical renegade Puck, the cheerleader trium Quinn, Brittany, and Santana, and dancer sensation Mike. The club later welcomes singing looker Sam, who steps in to replace Finn as Quinn's beau. They are shepherded through contests and secondary school by their dauntless and brazen director, Will Schuester.
Characterizing this program a 'cult sensation' fails to give it the respect it deserves. Registering a first place in the ratings with Teens and a third spot with the young adults, part of Glee's charm is it's malleability. There is a story or role that the audience can relate to. It is unapologetic escapism at its greatest.
That carries us to the acoustic component of the program. The harmonic performances accentuate a combination of broadway numbers and chart-topping smash hits in an effort to keep the music as contemporary and pay homage to a multitude of incontrovertible gems from years past. The show has promoted the hot selling music of artists like Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Bonnie Tyler, and Michael Jackson. As the program advances towards the finale of the second term, it has unfurled dual Platinum Albums, two Gold Albums, two Grammy nominations, the topmost album for chronological 2010, in addition to the record for the most tracks on the Billboard Top 100 Chart by a non-solo act.