Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Falling into fall

You might not know Lea Michele but remember her name because she's one of the fresh faces of "Glee." Photo by Playbill.com

In case you missed it, the Fall 2009 season officially kicked off on the CW with "90210" and its sister in remakeland "Melrose Place."

And while the CW has spent millions trying to get people to watch, I'm betting "Melrose Place" won't be long for this world.

You can go to the nostalgia well once and get away with it but twice?

Seriously CW?

Besides the fans have already proven they xoxo "Gossip Girl" but time and the ratings will tell if they feel the same about "Melrose Place."

I hoped you liked what I have to say, because that's all the ink I'm giving it, because while I like trash like with the best of them, this is too low even for me.

Instead, let me point you to a really GREAT show. In fact it fills me with glee to recommend it.

If you're looking for a smart and funny new show, then "Glee" on Fox is it. The show is about a glee club in Lima, Ohio, and their struggle to be accepted among the student body. They've got big dreams and they that fame costs, and they're ready to start paying with sweat, song and comedy.

And while you may think you've been there and done that with the "High School Musical" franchise, let me tell you the kids on "Glee" will make those kids blush with some of the antics they pull. Still, it's a show I can recommend to the over 13-year-old set.

Younger kids might like the music, but trust me when I say this is a show for mature audiences only.

Last week, the first episode re aired complete with a Tweetpeet (where the cast sent Tweets during the episode) and a director's cut with extra scenes. If you thought that was funny, then I can proudly tell you (jazz hands and all) that this episode knocks it out of the park.

The season premiere picks up with the Spanish Teacher Will Schuester fighting to motivate the kids and keep the spirit of the glee club alive. And while I won't spoil much else than that, let me say that at the screening of this episode at Comic-Con folks were laughing hysterically, crying and even gasping as surprises kept coming fast and furious.

The show hits the right notes of drama, comedy, sadness and even some intrigue. In other words, life.

The show is from Ryan Murphy who created "nip/tuck" and if that show is any indication of what's to come on "Glee" then fasten your seat belts because it's going to be a bumpy and enjoyable ride.

"Glee" airs on Fox at 9 p.m. on Wednedays and gets five remotes out of five