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Head Back to Class with “Glee”

September 3rd, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

With the fall TV season just around the window, the Hulu team decided to take a closer look at Glee, one of the most anticipated series coming our way in a couple of weeks. This offbeat musical comedy from Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck) made its debut following the American Idol finale this spring and, thanks to an addictive interpretation of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” in that pilot episode, the show has sustained a steady buzz all summer. “There’s something happening with the show,” said Fox president Kevin Reilly at panel event earlier this month, adding, “It is not saccharine, but every episode ends upbeat in nature. The show has its heart in the right place. I think [Murphy’s] really struck that mix.” As we approach the Sept. 9 premiere of Glee (Fox, 9 p.m. ET/PT), the Hulu team put together a refresher class on the series. — Rebecca Harper (), Editor

Don’t Stop Believin’
Here it is: the clip that had everyone singing along this summer. In May’s pilot episode, viewers were introduced to the staff and students of McKinley High. Among them: an earnest Spanish teacher with a glee club past, Will Shuester (Matthew Morrison); a germophobe guidance counselor, Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays); wannabe superstar Rachel Berry (Lea Michele); quarterback-with-pipes Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith); and a handful of social misfits who come together in glee club. They don’t gel as a group, though, until they come together to sing Journey’s 1981 hit, “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Bust Your Windows
Just when we started to experience Glee withdrawal this summer, Fox treated the world to a preview clip featuring a musical number from an upcoming episode. This time, the sound is R&B and the lead is Mercedes (Amber Riley), the diva of the club. From the looks of things, Mercedes’ gaydar needs some recalibration as she seeks revenge on fellow “gleek” Kurt (Chris Colfer) for busting her heart. And the best way to get to a guy? Take a rock to his windshield during a fundraiser car wash as you belt out a catchy version of Jazmine Sullivan’s “Bust Your Windows,” of course. We can’t wait to see where this story goes.

A Cheerio
Don’t be fooled by the singing and classroom setting, though –“Glee” is no “High School Musical.” “I don’t think anyone [saw] High School Musical, at least not prior to releasing the pilot,” said executive producer Brad Falchuk at a Glee panel earlier this month. “We’re keeping things more adult.” And that means even grownups can enjoy the show. One standout: Jane Lynch (Role Models) as Sue Sylvester, head coach of McKinley’s cheering squad, the “Cheerios.” But Lynch’s Sylvester is no bubbly pushover: she’s vindictive, sarcastic and downright evil. “[It’s] a lovely, delicious thing to call upon,” Lynch said. “She has to be the most scheming, unashamed, entitled person I have ever played. And I’m adoring it.”

Gold Digger
In this teaser clip from the season premiere, Mercedes heats things up in a cover of Kanye West’s “Gold Digger.” She takes on the vocals originally covered by Jaime Foxx (taken from Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman”), but the real surprise comes when Mr. Schuester takes the lead. It’s just a snippet of what’s to come — and we can’t wait to see where the charming Spanish teacher takes it.

We’re expecting to hear Glee cover everyone from Beyonce and Rihanna to Van Halen and The Rolling Stones this season. Which musical numbers would you like to see?

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