Tag Archive: Ryan Murphy

Be Prepared to Get Gleeful

Scoped out the preview for the season finale of Glee:

Ruh-roh….. what is Sue up to? And why is there no mention of Quinn going into labour? Or the special guest judges?

Sigh…. Not as informative as I would have liked.

But I’m still going to watch it!

In other Glee news, Ryan Murphy has stated that one of their new characters is going to be a conservative christian:

“I’m adding a Christian character. “We’ve taken a couple jabs at the right wing this year, so what I want to do with this character is have someone who Christian kids and parents can recognize and say, ‘Oh, look – I’m represented there, too!’ If we’re trying to form a world of inclusiveness, we’ve got to include that point of view as well.”

They have yet to cast the character, but the scuttlebutt is that it’ll be a girl, she’ll be homophobic and have a problem with the choir’s choice of music.

It’s always good to provide conflict to the group, but I don’t want this to devolve into a caricature or a one dimensional character. Murphy did a great job of developing a nuanced character with Quinn, I hope he does the same for Straight-Laced Sally.


No to a Britney Spears centric episode of GleeAs much as I didn’t like it, the Madonna-centric episode of Glee has done phenomenally well. The episode scored tons of viewers, will be repeated on Friday and the EP is sitting on top of the iTunes chart.

So it’s no surprise that other artists want a piece of the pie. Which is exactly what I was afraid of.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Britney Spears’ manager, Adam Leber, is tweeting up a storm, trying to convince Ryan Murphy to have an all Britney episode. I can just imagine the homages in the hallway, bald heads and banana boas – just no.  And it seems like this is the general consensus on the EW boards.

The songs are supposed to support the narrative, so if one of Britney’s songs fits, I say go for it – Terry singing ‘Toxic’ for example. But leave the novelty of an episode built around one iconic artist to a once in a season special event.  It will have a lot more impact in the long run.

And just to be clear, should there be an All-Britney episode of Glee?

Via Entertainment Weekly

The power to underwhelm

Glee - The Power of MadonnaSo Gleeks, what did you think of last night’s much hyped Madonna themed episode?

*YAWN* Yeah, me too.

Okay, full disclosure.  I’ve never been a Madonna fan.  There are a few songs of hers that I like, and I respect her from a marketing perspective, but she’s never really clicked with me for a variety of reasons.

So, when I found out Ryan Murphy and the Glee Team were going to be doing a Madonna-centric episode I was intrigued especially considering the variety in her back catalogue, but I wasn’t salivating.  That being said, I really expected the writers to pull out all the stops and draw inspiration from these classic pop songs to write a great story that would allow the cast to make some great music. There was so much potential.

Boy was I disappointed!

Basically, the episode we got was nothing more than an excuse for Lea Michelle, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer et al to sing their favorite Madonna songs.

Glee's Sue Sylvester does VogueShue has noticed that the Glee-guys have been treating the women in the group disrespectfully and wants to empower his girls through Madonna’s music to demand better treatment. The premise starts out promising with the girls busting out into a no holds bared version of Express Yourself, but unfortunately, the episode doesn’t go anywhere from there. Everything from that point on is so ham handed, from Sue getting a make over from Mercedes and Kurt (why they would help Sue after she tried to torpedo them at Sectionals is beyond me) and joining the Cheerios, to Brittany’s famous one liners (“When I pulled my hamstring I went to a misogynist.”). Even Jesse’s latest ploy to sabotage New Directions (okay, we don’t know this for sure yet) is well, directionless.

Will and Emma try to channel Madonna in the bedroomThere is no story here and that’s what is so frustrating. Usually the music supports the narrative, or is used as exposition for what a character is experiencing, and it’s a seamless mesh.  This time around it’s the very opposite.  The story and the characters have always been at the heart of what Glee is, with the music as the means to explore that heart.  If the story is going to get trumped by stunt casting and homages to a certain artist, the show is going to lose a lot of its charm.

Not that I’m against a show exclusive to one artist, I think that would be great. As one poster over at EW mentioned, this would be a great once a season event, but to make it a regular thing and to sacrifice everything else that makes this show so great to what amounts to a novelty concept would be disastrous.

Another poster commented that this could be the show where Glee jumps the shark.  I so hope they’re wrong.

Praying Ryan Murphy doesn't make the same mistake twiceThat is not to say there isn’t lots to love here, there is.  Becky is back. Sue’s Vogue bra is hilarious. Kurt and Mercedes just kill 4 Seconds, they need to duet more. The real revelation this time around is Naya Rivera’s singing. It is beautiful and powerful on Like a Virgin.  More please!

Of course the finale, Like a Prayer, my favorite Madonna song, gives me chills it is so beautiful (yay Chris’ soprano!)

Technically it’s a flawless performance, but the problems with the story just make it feel so shallow. The episode was like a SlimFast shake, there’s flavour, but not much else to satisfy you in the long run. I think the people who are raving about the episode now won’t feel the same after repeated viewings.

All that being said, from the previews for Home, it looks like the show is back on track, for now at least.  Welcome back April!

I can’t wait to see Finn and Kurt’s parents getting together

Get your Gleek on!

Lots of great Glee news today…

First up, there’s a new promo for the back 9 episodes.

Cue the great Sue Sylvester one liners! Hello Goodbye is one my favorite Beatles tunes and I’m so glad to see them covering it.

Next, it’s Gleek Week over at Fox.  They have a bunch of promos and ways for fans to get their Gleek on, including hysterical quotes for Twitter and Facebook updates.  Check out the details on the Fox website.

Gleek EventsAlso on April 7th, the Glee cast will be appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show.  Check your local listings for that info.

Don’t forget that the open casting call for Season 2 auditions is still ongoing for US residents only (you know Ryan Murphy, there are plenty of talented people in Canada as well).  Check out the Glee MySpace page for more info.