Will TV audiences watch with ‘Glee’?


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The scene was a car wash fundraiser, replete with cheerleaders, jocks and a few nerds, the kind of thing you might see on high school dramas such as “90210” or “Friday Night Lights.”

But then, Mercedes (Amber Riley) threw a rock through a car’s windshield, and the music began. Lithe cheerleaders stopped soaping tires and started dancing. Kurt’s (Chris Colfer) mouth hung open in a freeze-frame as he stared at the hole in the glass while Mercedes belted out a passionate rendition of Jazmine Sullivan’s “Bust Your Windows” in response to him having rejected her.


It was a powerful and funny moment in “Glee,” a new genre-defying Fox series by creator Ryan Murphy(writer) (“Nip/Tuck” and “Popular ”) about social misfits who are part of a high school show choir. The one-hour musical comedy is a lighthearted satire but has a deep emotional center that is often reflected in its wide-ranging songbook, qualities that have drawn early praise from critics as well as concern over its ability to overcome the fate of the short-lived TV musical series “Cop Rock” and “Viva Laughlin.”

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