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Glee, God, Gays and Grilled Cheesus


gleeIt’s hard to think of a primetime U.S. network TV show (not to mention a comedy) that has managed to combine  philosophical arguments about God, teen sexual angst, parents,  mental disability with music by Barbra Streisand, The Beatles and Billy Joel  into an hour of entertainment — and still get in a few laughs along with the tears.

But “Glee” managed to pull it off in its “Grilled Cheesus” episode, and without apparently offending any of the above mentioned groups. And the show did it just a week after the fun-filled exuberance of its Britney Spears themed tribute.

We got Kurt railing passionately against a God (or at least a Church) that made him gay but then seemed to beatlesexclude him from its belief system. Finn offering up  juvenile prayers for sporting success and sexual conquest to the apparent face of Jesus burned into his grilled cheese sandwich,  and  Sue questioning  a God that could give her beloved older sister a mental impairment.

Not for the first time in the short history of the TV  show, the drama overshadowed many of the musical cover versions  –  with the exception perhaps of Kurt’s touching rendition of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” as a slow ballad, rather than the bubbly 1960s Beatles original.

Britney Spears lets her music do (most of) the talking on “Glee”


It was the night of the Britneys on “Glee” in the musical comedy’s third affectionate tribute to pop culture divas — although Brbritsnake2itney  Spears’ own  much talked-about cameo role turned out to be much smaller than expected.

But “Glee’s” other Britney (played by Heather Morris) turned out to be booty-shaking worthy of her namesake in an episode  that featured five of the pop princess’s biggest hits — and many more of her iconic looks.

Mad Men, Modern Family win top Emmys as fresh faces abound


The Emmys got off to a fun start at 5 p.m. local time with organizers getting six of the comedy categories out of the way at the outset. But first: the requisite intro, which is sure to mortify Bruce Springsteen’s stoic fans.

emjimmy5:05 p.m. Jimmy Fallon does Bruce Springsteen in a Glee-style version of “Born to Run.” He grabs Jane Lynch’s breasts, as she sings “Strap your hands across my engines.” A few minutes later, he ditches the Boss-style blue jeans and white-T for a tuxedo, and gets in the first Conan joke, asking “what can possibly go wrong?” when he relates how NBC asked him to host a late-night show. Camera pans to O’Brien, whose late version of “The Tonight Show” is nominated for best variety, music or comedy series.

Coco in, Charlie out, “Anarchy” ignored at Emmys!?


Revenge, as the saying goes, is a dish best served cold.conanpleased

And Conan O’Brien must surely be licking his lips with glee at winning an Emmy nomination for his short-lived version of “The Tonight Show,”  six months after NBC  handed the late night talk program back to frenemy Jay Leno.

O’Brien’s nomination in the variety show category even drew an audible gasp from the group of bleary-eyed journalists and publicists gathered at the Television Academy for the dawn announcement on Thursday.

Glee’s New Directions Journey to regionals



Just when you feared fame may have stripped some of the charm off Fox’s hit show, “Glee”, it sent fans into the summer hiatus with a finale bursting with heart, drama, a few tears, and the magic and chills of the pilot episode.

After a year together, the ageless Glee kids of McKinley High found inspiration with the group and song that started it all, Journey and their hit, “Don’t stop believin’”.

A bad bromance as “Glee” goes Gaga


IGlee-Ep120_Sc15_0035Lady Gaga’s presence was stamped all over Fox’s “Glee” Tuesday night as the kids of New Directions explored their self-identity.

This week, Finn Hudson was caught in a bad bromance with Gleemate Kurt Hummel. It was a bad day for Finn as his homophobic prejudices toward Kurt surfaced upon hearing that he and his mother would be moving in with the Hummels and that he’d be sharing a room with Kurt, who has had a not-so-secret crush on him all year. Finn learned his lesson though after a lecture from Dad and came to Kurt’s defense (wrapped in a signature Gaga red rubber dress) just as Kurt was about to get a beating by football bullies who were not down with the Glee club’s new look: “If you want to switch it up, go from Gap to Banana Republic.”

Neil Patrick Harris, Joss Whedon pay a visit to “Glee”


TVGEXGlee-Ep118_Sc21_2108Fox’s ” Glee” was full of its trademark goodness this week, and a guest turn by Neil Patrick Harris (better known as Barney Stinson on “How I Met Your Mother“) and directed by Joss Whedon were a particular treat.

A opening scene flashback to Mr. Schuester’s (Matthew Morrison) zit-marked high school days watching a mullet-haired Bryan Ryan (Harris) serenade The Monkee’s “Daydream Believer” set the tone for the rest of the episode. Harris, known for his love of magic, even managed to weasel a trick into the scene.

What would Madonna do (WWMD) on “Glee”?



Tuesday night’s much-hyped homage to “the most powerful woman ever to walk the face of the earth” on Fox’s breakout hit show, Glee, was all about asking, “What would Madonna do?”

(Acerbic cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester’s response: “Well, the answer to that question would normally be: date a younger man.”)

GLAAD sings “Glee”-ful tune at awards show


GLAAD lambertIt seems almost everyone is jumping on the “Glee” bandwagon — the TV show about singing high school misfits won a Golden Globe award this past January, viewership spiked upward on last week’s return to U.S. airwaves last week, and the program is rapidly making veteran character actor Jane Lynch (who plays cheerleader coach Sue Sylvester) a Hollywood star.

Add to the group of “Glee” admirers, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD. The organization dedicated to promoting positive images of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) in the media gave out awards on Saturday at a swanky fundraiser in Los Angeles and, perhaps it was no surprise, “Glee” was picked as best TV comedy. Series creator Ryan Murphy let slip a preview of next year’s plots. Chris, the gay member of the singing club, will get a boyfriend. “They are going to be prom kings and they are going to be popular,” he said to applause.GLAAD McMillen

Glee fans go wild for Sue’s “Vogue” video. But did it work?


“Glee” s scheming cheerleading coach  Sue Sylvester’s parody of a 1990 Madonna music video got its much anticipated premiere on Tuesday night. But did it live up to its billing?

Reactions to the black-and-white remake of Madonna’s  “Vogue” video have been mixed, with some fans (especially those too young to remember the 1990 original)  saying they were confused as to whether it was supposed to be funny, while others raved about the subtle homage to one of the world’s most influential pop stars. The video, which will be featured again as part of next week’s Madonna-themed “Glee” episode. But here it is for those who can’t wait that long.