TV Guide: Calling all Gleeks

2011-07-15 15:11

Slushies, nerds vs geeks and singing. That’s the name of the game at William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio where Glee is set.

The series – which is yet to pick up real speed in South Africa like other international hits such as CSI, Vampire Diaries and Modern Family – is centred around a highschool drama and singing club with Mr Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) at the helm.

There’s the jock, the pregnant cheerleader, the disabled, nerds and minority types all thrown in one room to cook up special sing-a-longs
that will have you tapping and seeking out the closest community centre in your ’hood.

But it’s not all sing-and-dance happiness.

The series also deals with everyday social issues such as divorce, teen pregnancy and homosexuality.

By far the most entertaining part of the series is the ranting and raving between Schuester and Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), the coach of
the cheerleaders squad.

Have a look at the success of the series in numbers:

57
The number of award nominations the series garnered after one season, 19 of which were for Emmys.

2
The number of Golden Globes won for outstanding supporting male and female roles in a sitcom.

15
The number of main characters.

9 million
The average number of US viewers for the first season.

15
The hours it took for the script to be picked up and turned into a pilot episode.

2
The original songs added to the Glee playlist.

7
The number of artists who did not want their songs on the Glee playlist. Bryan Adams, Guns ’n Roses, and Coldplay decided not to include their
songs.

However Coldplay later changed their minds – and the lead singer’s wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, got a guest role.

21 million
The number of Glee cast singles purchased digitally.

25
Glee singles that have made it on to the Billboard charts, the most by any artist after The Beatles

5
The channel in the UK which launched a reality show based on Glee, where various groups compete against each other using songs and choreography from the series.

» Glee airs on Vuzu, Mondays, 7.30pm


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