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Glee Is The Word

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Matthew Richmond

on 28 February 2013

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Transcript of Glee Is The Word

A biting comedy for the underdog in all of us. Creator Ryan Murphy says the show is a tribute to pop culture.
The show has covered music from every singer you can imagine.
Full tribute episodes of the show have been dedicated to Madonna, Britney Spears (twice), Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Fleetwood Mac, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Notable guest stars include: Oscar winner Gwenyth Paltrow, Ricky Martin, Carol Burnett, Olivia Newton John, Helen Mirren, Britney Spears, Kate Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker (among others). Born This Way. Join the club. Gleek Out! Sometimes the Big Apple Bites. New Season. New Night. Big Changes. Big Year. Big Dreams. Big Apple. Amazinglee.
Surprisinglee. Glee is the word. "By its very definition, GLEE is about opening yourself up to joy." Ian Brennan, an actor, wrote a movie script entitled 'GLEE.'
Ryan Murphy, creator of Nip/Tuck on FX saw the script and suggested making a TV series featuring 5-6 musical numbers per episode.
In 2008, he pitched it to 20th Century Fox executives Dana Walden and Gary Newman.
Although the show wasn't an easy sell, Walden and Newman took Murphy to pitch his idea to FOX head Kevin Reilly who quickly gave Murphy the green light after seeing his passion and complex plan he had created to set up the world of the show.
There was nothing on the television landscape like Glee, when it was pitched. FUN FACT: One of the only notes on the initial pilot script was that the show needed a villain. One of the most iconic villains in television history, trash talking cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (played by Jane Lynch), was born from this. Ryan Murphy was insistent on casting unknowns for all the roles.
The cast was populated by Broadway veterans Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, and Jenna Ushkowtiz as well as new finds such as Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron, and Chris Colfer.
The Glee pilot debuted in May 2009 after American Idol to follow the music theme. The show premiered to 9+ million.
In the pilot, Glee covered Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin' which quickly became their signature song.
The song raced up the charts over the summer and by the time Glee re-aired the pilot in the fall, the show was a hit. Musical Contributions Glee has had an amazing impact on the music industry.
Glee covers music of all genres from rock n' roll, pop, to showtunes.

Music Releases include: 14 Soundtrack albums, 7 EP's, 5 compilation albums, and 383 digital singles.

The Glee cast holds one of music's most prominent records on the Billboard Hot 100 with more than 200 song entries beating the records of The Beatles and Elvis Presley. The cast has sold more than 43 million digital downloads and 12 million albums worldwide.

When Glee covers an arttist's song, the sales and popularity of the artist typically rise significantly (Fun. and Gotye)

In the next new episode airing March 7, 2013 the Glee Cast will perform their 500th musical number since the show began. "Think this is hard? Try being waterboarded. That’s hard." – Sue Musical Contributions Themes of Glee Over the course of 3.5 seasons Glee has covered an immense amount of topics facing the current generation of youth.

Some of them include:

Eating Disorders
Mental Retardation
Physical Handicaps
Teen Pregnancy
Abusive Relationships
Sexual Health
Texting While Driving
Teen Suicide
...and everything else. Awards and Accolades As of February 2013, Glee has been nominated for over 150 awards, of which it has won more than 70. Amongst the wins for the series are a Satellite Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble and two Golden Globe wins for Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical in 2010 and 2011, as well as a multitude of GLAAD Awards. Notable Awards for cast members include Golden Globe wins for Best Supporting Actress (Jane Lynch) and Best Supporting Actor (Chris Colfer) in 2011. Social Implications Important Episodes Preggars: Kurt comes out to his father; Quinn finds out she's pregnant.
Original Song: Kurt and Blaine's first kiss. First time Glee featured original songs.
Born This Way: Glee celebrates Lady Gaga's Born This Way anthem by having everyone wear there flaw on a T-shirt.
The First Time: Two couples have sex for the first time;Rachel and Finn and Kurt and Blaine.
I Kissed A Girl: Santana comes out to her grandmother who doesn't accept her.
On My Way: A former bully who is gay character attempts suicide; Quinn gets into a car accident while texting.
The Break-Up: The show's supercouples break-up with some of them now having graduated and gone to college. Chris Colfer Wins A Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor As a result of the show, the number of Glee clubs around the country have skyrocketed.

Glee started the Glee Give a Note campaign (using portions of DVD sales) where they donated $1 million to schools around the country.

Numerous members of the Glee Cast have participated in concert events for The Trevor Project which is a 24/7 crisis hotline for LGBTQ youth. In the hour following the Glee episode 'On My Way' that aired on February 21, 2012 that featured a gay character who attempts suicide thetrevorproject.com has the most user activity in it's history.

The show is highly acclaimed for portraying youth, both gay and straight, in a positive light. The show has been highly praised at highlighting gay rights in such a big forum.

The show brings older music to a new generation.

Glee, has become a brand in itself that impacted the community spawning novels, CDs, board games, a reality show, and two successful concert tours.
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