The inevitable ‘Glee’ backlash: Is it here already? (TV commentary)

A friend of mine recently said he hates “Glee” (the first-season finale will air at 7:59 p.m. Central Tuesday on Fox). He shared his opinion after the episode that featured two KISS songs, and he’s a big KISS fan, and I think it might have been the first episode he watched, but still, he makes a valid point: Why perform songs if they are going to be inferior to the original version?

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5 random observations about current TV shows (Commentary)

1. “10 Things I Hate About You” recently returned, and it hasn’t missed a beat from its run last summer. Although it more openly admits to being aimed at all ages, “10 Things” is treading the path paved before it by “Lizzie McGuire” and “Zoey 101” — two other shows about teenagers with humor for adults. For example, when Kat complains about how the school is “violating our Constitutional rights,” Bianca says, “God, you’re like a live feed from C-SPAN.” It’s slightly too witty for believable teen-speak, but it’s just right for adults who find the clichés of teen worries equally relevant and absurd.

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‘Glee’ is the first successful scripted music show, but maybe we shouldn’t be surprised (TV commentary)

Why is “Glee” (8 p.m. Central Wednesdays on Fox) the first widely popular scripted music show? I’m almost certain the answer is “random chance,” but that would make for a rather short blog post, so I’m going to theorize a bit further.

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