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Fall TV 2010: My Review of the 2nd Season Premiere of Glee!

With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, the hype is high, the hate is high, but can the premiere of the smash Glee, making everyone happy….

What FOX Says:

After a tough loss at Regionals, the glee club is back as the underdogs of McKinley High. When the school is faced with even more budget cuts, Mr. Schuester pushes the kids to help recruit new members for the club. Rachel and Finn disagree on new recruits, and aren’t sure they will be able to come together in perfectharmonyin the “Audition” season premiere episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, Sept. 21 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GLE-201) (TV-14 D, L, S)

Cast: Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester; Jessalyn Gilsig as Terri Schuester; Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester; Lea Michele as Rachel Berry; Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson; Jayma Mays as Emma Pillsbury; Dianna Agron as Quinn; Chris Colfer as Kurt; Kevin McHale as Artie; Amber Riley as Mercedes; Mark Salling as Puck; Jenna Ushkowitz as Tina; Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez; Heather Morris as Brittany; Mike O’Malley as Burt Hummel

Guest Cast: Harry Shum as Mike Chang; Iqbal Theba as Principal Figgins; Josh Sussman as Jacob Ben Israel; Charice as Sunshine Corazon; Dot Marie Jones as Coach Shannon Beiste; Chord Overstreet as Sam Evans; Lauren Potter as Becky Johnson

I dislike Glee, if you look back a year ago this week, I was praising this creative, inspiring, and all around fun series on FOX, then it gave us a great first 13, then took 4 months off and then something happen. Over-casting, over-hype, and over-exposure, paired with no continuity in the stories and lack of focus, got me uninterested. That is the attitude I went into watching the premiere a couple of days ago, needless to say, things changed.

Glee’s second season premiere is fun, that is what I wanted, and I was pleasantly surprised that we got back to our favorites while smartly introducing three newcomers, Sunshine (Charice), a new Rachel adversary, Sam (Chord Overstreet), a Finn prodigy, and Coach Beiste (Dot Marie Jones), competition of sorts for Will and Sue. The songs featured in the premiere which I won’t spoil here, are new, and I mean playing on the radio 24/7 new, and Sue is on top of her game, while Jane Lynch is. However….

The biggest problems are still there although in a smaller way. There is still too much fluff, and too little character development while we force some of the numbers of down our throats. I can only hope in episode two, they address what happens in episode two. I can only hope this season of Glee features more character exposition, less song-led story, and more story-led songs, plus lots of Kurt and his dad (newly upped Mike O’Malley). Time will tell if Glee, can not suffer from a sophomore slumps, but it does premiere tonight at 8/7c on FOX!

DVD Craziness: What to Pickup This Week?

With premiere week here, a bunch of studios are going crazy releasing a bunch of releases on DVD this week or in the past couple of days, check out some highlights below.

Fringe: The Complete Second Season – Some Sci-fi plays it safe, some goes all the way, and in FOX’s Fringe, the second season meant taking the viewer’s expectations of their world, and throwing that across universes. The new season picks up well, and in order to get caught up this DVD set is worth the price, with bunch of commentaries and even a misplaced episode! (Out Now!)

Human Target: The Complete First Season  For most people, I bet, this would be the first time you are hearing about Human Target, a low-key, semi-hit, for FOX over the past year, provide a fun action-season with growing mythology about Christopher Chance (Mark Valley), the first season DVD has all of the 13 produced episodes, out Tuesday.

Castle: The Complete Second Season If one returning show is going to keep growing, it is ABC’s Castle. Now entering its third season, it continually grows in viewers and in quality, season two provided a nice procedural escape which is shown on a DVD with set tours and more. (Out Tuesday)

Modern Family: The Complete First Season This is a MUST-HAVE. The best new show of the last year, has a fun DVD release with making-of specials on the finale and the powerful Hawaii episode, plus fun specials with the cast, and a HI-larious gag reel. Each of the 22 episodes is so great, you must check this out on Tuesday!

Glee: The Complete First Season Are you a Gleek? I was once, and after the long hiatus, it just has worn of me. All the season 1 episodes are included on the set and I really have no need to go back and if you purchased the first half on DVD, most of the bonus features are the same including casting specials and more. (Out Tuesday)

First Look: Look at the Season 2 Cast of “Glee”

Are you ready Gleeks? September 21st is just around the corner and FOX has just released this new cast photo for year two. It’s the same concept as last year but does it make you happy that Brittany and Santana are now full-fledged members of the team?

Credit: Patrick Ecclesine/FOX

The Fun: My Advanced Review of Glee’s “Home”

Note: These reviews of Glee will not include any song spoilers but will include guest stars.

What FOX Says about tonight’s episode (w/out the songs):
Guest Star Kristin Chenoweth Returns

When Kurt sets his dad, Burt (guest star Mike O’Malley), up with an unexpected partner his plan for a nuclear family may backfire. Sue demands that the Cheerios! go on a crazy diet in preparation for a big interview with “Splits” magazine and April Rhodes (guest star Kristin Chenoweth) returns to save Will and the glee club in the all-new “Home” episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, April 27 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Did Madonna craze live up to the hype? Will it forever be engrained in your musical TV memories? Well, you can forget about all that this week, as the club gets back to its root and the show with continuing the path toward Regionals against Vocal Adrenaline.
This week’s hour, centers mostly around the adults which actually find more enjoyable than the kids. Will is thrown for a loop when April Rhodes (the delectable Kristen Chenoweth) comes back into the Glee Club’s world when she wants to help out and donate to the club, which he does not think at first is the best idea. Meanwhile, Kurt wants closer to Finn and at first he thinks that setting up his dad, the wonderful Mike O’Malley with Finn’s mom is the best idea but is that really what he wants?
Moments in the episode pull at your heartstrings and I like that about the show, but what I do not care for is the inorganic moments that sometime are created to get to those heartfelt moments. Musical acts that start just because two characters in the room is not what I want and I hope we get more organic pieces in episodes to come.
As always, Glee airs a new episode now until June 8th at 9/8c Tuesday on FOX.

The Icon: My Review of Glee’s “Power of Madonna”

Note: These reviews of Glee will not include any song spoilers but will include guest stars.

What FOX Says about tonight’s episode (w/out the songs):
Mr. Schuester is concerned that the girls in the glee club are being disrespected and bullied by the guys. Looking to Madonna and her musical message of equality as inspiration, he challenges the entire team to choose Madonna songs as their next assignment in the hopes that the girls embrace her strength, independence and confidence and that the guys will see the error of their misogynistic ways. The glee club takes the assignment to heart as they perform some of Madonna’s greatest hits, including “************” and “**********.” Meanwhile, Kurt and Mercedes give Sue a vote of confidence with a makeover that is definitely in “Vogue” in the all-new “The Power of Madonna” episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, April 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GLE-115) (TV-14 D, L, S)
If you were left a little cold by last week’s return of Glee like a lot of people I know were, I think the smiles will return to your face this week. As you most likely have heard, the episode entitled “Power of Madonna,” rightly features the infamous diva in every single moment of the show from the songs to characters to plot, you are inundated with the icon.
The episode is a welcome return to the laughter and heart that I have learned to love about the glee club, as well as continues last week’s introduction of Jesse St. James and his Vocal Adrenaline teacher. Johnathan Groff was easily the highlight of “Hell-O” as he has a deep and long relationship with Lea Michele that is really showcased here.
If you also tuned in after the episode on Tuesday, you also would have seen the colossal mistake of FOX showing Jane Lynch real first musical number that is presented in this hour. To me, FOX should let the song selections go unannounced, because the moment the video pops up during the hour is of pure epicness.
As always, Glee airs after Idol tonight on FOX around 9/8c, but make sure to set to pad your DVRs as with FOX Tuesdays you never really know (plus aren’t you watching Lost?!).

It’s Back: My Advanced Review of the Return of Glee “Hell-O”

Note: These reviews of Glee will not include any song spoilers but will include guest stars.

How FOX’s calls it:

Fresh off their monumental win at Sectionals, New Directions is on top of the world. With an extra spring in their step, they get to work on new numbers for Regionals. But when Rachel and Finn’s budding romance hits a bump in the road after she becomes involved with a competitor, Jesse St. James (guest star Groff), it threatens to derail the entire club. Mr. Schuester pays a visit to Shelby Corcoran (guest star Menzel), coach of Vocal Adrenaline, to confirm Jesse’s motives. Meanwhile, Will is newly single, but is he ready to take his relationship with Emma to the next level? And to top it all off, Sue Sylvester returns from her condo in Boca with a renewed focus on destroying Will and disbanding the glee club in “Hell-O,” the spring premiere episode of GLEE, airing Tuesday, April 13(9:28-10:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

It has been exactly 125 days or 4 months and 4 days since the musical smash hit Glee left FOX on a prolonged hiatus put forth by American Idol. That ends today, at a special time 9:28/8:28c (set DVR to extend recording by at least 10 minutes according to FOX). I was lucky enough to see the first three episodes back, and while I want to rave about each of them, today I will be focusing on the premiere entitled “Hell-O.”

The last we left the students of McKinely High, Sectionals were a success for the Glee Club, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) finally kissed Emma (Jayma Mays), and Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) was suspended for the Cherrios. As we enter back into the halls, each one of those things have come into effect. Emma and Will are working out their relationship much to the dismay of Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig), Will’s ex, and Glee club is happy and looking towards Reginals with no Sue in sight.

The premiere episode is much darker than a normal hour and features some musical numbers which are much darker in tone and lyrics. The humor is far from lost (Jane Lynch is very much a presence), and each episode seems to always bring a smile to my face. The episode address some plot points that I have been wondering myself like why only Finn and Rachel get all the leads, and Mercedes only is brought in for the big notes.

The best parts of the episode, however, are the newest. Two new recurring players Jesse St. James and Shelby Corcoran, played by Johnathan Groff and Idina Menzel respectively. Jesse is New Directions arch-rival Vocal Adrenaline’s lead and star, while Shelby is the team’s coach, who holds many of her feelings very close. Both continue the tradition of bringing on great Broadway talent to show, Groff stared along Lea Michele in Spring Awakening, and Menzel in Wicked with returning guest star Kristen Chenoweth (back on April 27th).

I am elated by the return of maybe not the best comedy (sorry, but Modern Family should win that award outright) because you cannot argue it did not reinvigorate music and youth back to TV. Glee is put-a-smile-on television and the premiere is fun, fantastical, and fun, but the real gems are to come and that just makes me even more happy.

Remember to turn in at a special time tonight at 9:28/8:28c on FOX, plus extend your recording on your DVR for overrun! Click to see more videos from the casts visit to the White House…

Glee Fix: First Look at the Back 9

Yearning for it to be April 13th when FOX’s Glee finally returns (at a special time 9:28/8:28c), well you are not alone and check out this promo that feautures tons of new footage, and check back next Tuesday for more coverage and a review of the first three new episodes!