When I moved here in 2006, I had already been off of T.V. for about two years – a thought that makes some people I know squirm with uncomfortableness. I grew up watching more T.V. than most people should watch in their lifetime, so I feel like I have gotten my fill. I didn’t go through the DT’s as some kid’s do when they get here: HOW WILL I WATCH MY SHOWS!? I have actually seen people move back to America just so they could watch T.V. Anyway, my point is I am a little behind when it comes to the Boob Tube. Just last winter I watched The Soprano’s. I had no idea it had ended. When I was in Mexico, I started watching DVD’s of The Wire and got hooked on that. Then someone told me about Dexter and the rest is
a total waste of my time! I watched an entire season of America’s Next Top Model! I watched Project Runway, Nurse Jackie and some Family Guy, some Simpson’s and The Office. Sure, some of it is fun – but really – most of it is a waste of time. I liked my life a whole lot better before someone showed me how to “stream”. I like books, and I am just not paying enough attention to them. Sure, I watch less crap than most of my American counter parts, but that is no excuse. I don’t WANT to watch that much! I think TiVo is the devil, but that is another blog.
But then came GLEE.
Oh dear lord. My best friend hit the high C on the head when she said that the producer’s of that show must have a direct link into my head and are making a T.V. show out of it. GLEE taps into that gay, LIZA loving, misfit, musical theater, sequin wearing nerd that dwells not very far beneath the bitchin’ exterior that is … me. I mean the first episode had the cast singing (in five part harmony, no less!) “Don’t Stop Believin'”! I almost pee’d my pants when the AMAZING Kristen Chenoweth appeared and sang “Maybe This Time” from – CABARET! And, to top it all off, the season finale featured the amazing “Rachel” singing my karaoke standard “Don’t Rain on My Parade” only to be followed by “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. Now, if you have known me for a while, you know why this show is so made for me.
I know, you are thinking – what a total dork. And maybe you are right. I am a dork. But the lovable kind. This show makes singing seem as cool as I think it is! It even features a vile Cheerleading coach played by the amazing Jane Lynch. She plays Sue Sylvester – a woman who’s aim in life is to bring down the GLEE Club. Here is one of my favorite quotes of hers to Will, the Glee Club director: “You’ll be adding revenge to the long list of things you’re no good at, right next to being married, running a high school glee club and finding a hairstyle that doesn’t look like a lesbian.”
And, I just found out the GLEE got a ton of nominations for the Golden Globes. This makes me happy. I have been a Musical Theater dork my whole life. I love show tunes and I love singing in harmony. I believe that music, and singing can bring out the best in you. I watch old MGM musicals and consider Danny Kaye, Judy Garland and Gene Kelly some of my favorite actors. The fact that Glee is out there, and that people are responding in a positive way to it gives me hope. So, I guess it’s okay if I watch a little T.V. Just as long as there is some bitchin’ choreography, pithy dialog and some awesome music.