November 19, 2010 at 9:21 am , by Sonia Harmon
Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m a gleek. Never heard of a “gleek” before? That’s the nickname Glee followers have adopted since the hit musical-comedy about a high school show choir exploded onto the television scene last year. Glee has had a myriad of guest stars (from Olivia Newton John to Josh Groban), the cast sold out a 13-date live tour this past summer, and over 17 million songs from the show have been digitally downloaded (one recent hit was the cast’s rendition of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” which I urge you to check out for yourself here). Needless to say, the show has quite a following with kids and adults alike, and you’ve probably got a Glee fan or two on your holiday gift shopping list (or maybe you’re a gleek yourself!). Luckily, several Glee-themed items recently hit stores and make great holiday gifts.
Gleeks can now sing their favorite Glee songs at home karaoke-style! A microphone comes with the game, and you can test your singing ability as video montages with exclusive content from the show run in the background.
As if the first season of Glee on DVD with over two hours of bonus footage isn’t cool enough, this gift set comes with a special Glee journal that kids will love.
Whether you’re a gleek or not, you’ll enjoy listening to the cast’s renditions of holiday classics including “Deck the Rooftop” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
Now tell us, are you or is someone you know a big fan of Glee? Will you buy any Glee gifts this year?
December 18, 2009 at 10:52 am , by Lisa M. Gerry
The always funny, always brilliant Jane Lynch wows us again as the diabolical cheerleading coach on the hit show Glee. (The first season will be released on DVD December 29.) I’ve been a huge fan since I saw her in Christopher Guest’s hilarious comedy Best In Show, and was so excited to get the chance to talk to her. Check out some of the highlights from our recent chat below.
I knew I wanted to play Sue Sylvester…
when they said, ‘She may or may not be on horse estrogen and she may or may not have posed for Penthouse.’
Sue Sylvester’s truth is…
that she’s aggressive, she’s a warrior and she’s always trying to take somebody down. This is a person who is only happy when she’s reigning supreme and every scene that I have is an opportunity for Sue to advance that.
I’m going to sing…
in the second episode of next season, and I am thrilled! But, I can’t tell you what it is…I’ve been sworn to secrecy.
Glee works because…
it is that perfect combination of sweetness, heart and on top of it—snark. The adult characters are kind of ridiculous and excessive, and then the kids are sweethearts. I think the balance saves the show from becoming sappy or High School Musical.
Ensemble comedies are my favorite because…
I love working with a group of people where everyone’s of equal weight and the best joke wins.
I realized I was funny…
in grade school by making people laugh. I don’t think my family thought I was particularly funny—I was just one of many in a witty family.
I look up to…
Meryl Streep. She’s one of my role models because of the huge choices she makes—they’re always grounded in a beautiful truth and a reality; Jennifer Saunders because she takes everything to the nth degree; and Carol Burnett too.
If I could star in any musical…
it would be Once Upon A Mattress. Maybe I could play the queen in that. I’d love to do Gypsy. Or Mame and play Mame or Vera. I would love to do Company—anything Elaine Stritch has done, I would humbly try to step into her shoes.
My playlist includes…
Right now, I’m into Andrea Mann. She’s this jazzy singer who sounds like she’s been around a billion years. I also listen to Joni Mitchell all the time. I like James Taylor, Carole King—I like all the stuff from the late ‘60s, early ‘70s, the folky stuff.
(For more Jane Lynch, check her out in the movie, Post Grad, costarring Alexis Bledel and Michael Keaton, which will be released on DVD January 12.)
October 2, 2009 at 3:05 pm , by Lisa M. Gerry
Ahhh. Nothing like the sweet smell of a new Fall season chock full of shows. Welcoming back old friends, making new ones, the excitement, the anticipation…come to think of it, this must be how some people feel about school, or sports—but in any event, it doesn’t get much better than this.
My television viewing behavior is different than most, because I usually watch shows online and I rarely watch in real time. This makes it difficult to stumble upon a new show. I really have to seek it out, either because I’ve read about it or someone has told me that I have to see it. And because I have so many shows that I am committed to (a commitment I take very seriously), I have to be very discerning about adding a new one to the roster. That’s why this fall’s fresh batch of programming has really thrown me for a loop. There are so many great shows!
If you haven’t already, you MUST check out Glee (not your daughter’s High School Musical), Modern Family (I challenge you not to laugh out loud) and Flash Forward (super suspenseful and addictive). And if you’re not above second chances, you should catch up on the new season of Parks and Recreation. They really came back swinging this season.
By now, we’ve seen a few episodes of the new season and I certainly have my favorites, but I am dying to know which shows have won you over (and a spot in your DVR). What new shows have you discovered? What returning shows are you most excited about?