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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Train Wreck Television

Well, it's official: "Glee" is no longer watchable. The show has not only jumped the shark, but it's just a couple of episodes away from adding Cousin Oliver (of "The Brady Bunch" shark-jumping fame) to the chorus of New Directions. Don't worry, there's nothing wrong with the singing or musical performances, in fact, they just keep getting better and better. In last night's episode, Santana, (Naya Rivera), was finally given a solo on The Zutons/Amy Winehouse's "Valerie", and she knocked it out of the ballpark. Despite only being one of the "background" singers, Rivera actually has the best pop voice of all the singers on the show. This girl could cut records which would actually sell in the real world. So it's not the music which is dragging the show down into the ditch, no, it's the truly awful writing. The show simply has no logical arc, other than winning the state show choir competition, and the plotlines are not only nonsensical, they don't even exist. Jane Lynch, as Sue Sylvester, just won an Emmy for the show, yet she disappears for entire episodes, only turning up in episodes like last week's horrific cringer where she married herself. And sorry, Glee producers, but completely wasting a comedy legend like Carol Burnett is unforgivable. What's next, bringing on Betty White and making her unfunny? At one point last year, the show guested Mollie Shannon, which would make any comedy fan's pulse race, but after giving her couple of awkward lines which made no sense and which went nowhere comedically, Shannon simply disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again.
We've never seen a show become so popular so fast, only to go completely off the tracks in an even shorter amount of time. Look, we get it, just producing a weekly show with big guest stars and complicated musical numbers is tough enough, but you really should have invested some time and effort in writing some decent scripts as well. It's hard to believe that less than two years ago, we would have knocked someone out of the way to watch "Glee", and now... well, let's just put it this way, during last night's episode, we almost changed the channel to watch something else. What a waste.

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