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Fox releases its fall lineup (and I’m circling Wednesdays at 9)


I never got into 24, and I’m not much for reality shows or performance competitions.

The result is that I don’t watch a lot of Fox, unless there’s a Giants game being played. But just like last season, when I tuned in to the flawed by interesting Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, there’ll be at least one reason for me to give Rupert Murdoch’s network a glimpse.

That reason is Glee, the strangely awesome, Freaks & Geeks-esque take on a high school glee club and adolescence in general. I caught the pilot a few weeks ago, and like a lot of people I was really surprised at how entertaining and intriguing it was.

Yeah, it did feel a little like an American Pie spin-off based on Chris Klein’s jock-turned-crooner storyline. And it did call to mind the aforementioned Freaks vibe at times. But the perspective of main character Will (Matthew Morrison) was kind of dark and kind of compelling. It’s down for tha 9 p.m. Wednesday time slot, which is great for someone like me whose TV viewing is very Monday/Thursday-centric.

Here’s the official synopsis:

From Ryan Murphy, the creator of “Nip/Tuck” and “Popular,” comes GLEE, a one-hour musical comedy that follows an optimistic high school teacher as he tries to transform the Glee Club and inspire a group of ragtag performers to make it to the biggest competition of all: Nationals.

Will Schuester, a young optimistic teacher, has offered to take on the Herculean task of restoring McKinley’s Glee Club to its former glory. Everyone around him thinks he’s nuts. He’s out to prove them all wrong.

And here’s those fall premiere times and dates:

Saturday, Sept. 12
8 pm/ET COPS
9 pm America’s Most Wanted

Wednesday, Sept. 16
8 pm So You Think You Can Dance
9 pm Glee (series premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 17
8 pm Bones
9 pm Fringe

Friday, Sept. 18
8 pm Brothers (series premiere)
8:30 pm ‘Til Death
9 pm Dollhouse

Monday, Sept. 21
8 pm House (two-hour premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 27
8 pm The Simpsons
8:30 pm The Cleveland Show (series premiere)
9 pm Family Guy
9: 30 pm American Dad

Monday, Sept. 28
9 pm Lie to Me

Tuesday, Sept. 29
8 pm Hell’s Kitchen

Saturday, Nov. 7
11 pm The Wanda Sykes Show

(Source: Fox Broadcasting Co.)

And a word about Terminator, since I brought it up. Executive Producer James Middleton sheds a little light on the direction the show was set to take if it had been picked up.

“If we had gotten a third season, we definitely would have explored what it all meant,” says Middleton.

Gotta figure that’ll be bittersweet for fans of the show to read.

(Photo: Cast of Glee in New York May 18 – Fox)

This entry was posted on Monday, June 15th, 2009 at 3:35 pm by Brian Howard. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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