'Glee'-Mania Invades 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'
by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 7th 2010 8:38PM
There's a ringing in the ears that doesn't go away when you are around a really enthusiastic, rowdy crowd. Mine are still ringing from just watching the cast and creators of 'Glee' on today's 'The Oprah Winfrey Show.' If you were there, you're ears are probably bleeding. Let there be no doubt, the Gleeks are a vociferous and growing fan base.
There's been mania like this for television shows before, as well as music groups. Elvis Presley and The Beatles were drowned out by the audiences watching 'The Ed Sullivan Show.' And after Beatlemania, a little NBC sitcom by the name of 'The Monkees' gave rise to a worldwide fandom called Monkeemania. And now we can officially call the insanity over Fox's 'Glee' Gleemania. Feel free to share it with your friends.
Even Oprah was stunned by the audience reaction. During the intro, with the audience squealing behind her, La Winfrey stopped in mid-sentence to gather herself. She was thrown by the intensity of the reaction. It was nice to see Oprah blown away, it happens so rarely anymore.
Whether 'Glee' is equal to or near-equal to the quality of Elvis, John-Paul-George-Ringo, and/or The Monkees, is subjective. My point is that this is the phenom of now. It may be over in a flash -- like Joel pondered recently -- or it may be around for years. That remains to be seen. The joy it's bringing to the millions watching the show, downloading the music, buying the DVD and going to the concerts and personal appearances cannot be denied.
In addition to celebrating the success of 'Glee' on 'Oprah,' there were some nuggets of news about the upcoming back nine. That's what they're calling remaining episodes to complete this season, including the return of Kristin Chenoweth as April, a guest appearance by Neil Patrick Harris (set free from 'How I Met Your Mother' to appear on rival Fox thanks to CBS's largesse), the addition of Idina Menzel as the choir director of a rival school, even the surprising sight of Puck (Mark Salling) without the Mohawk.
Here's a few more gems from 'Oprah' about the return of the show, and for even more about 'Glee,' check out tomorrow's TV Squad for a report from a conference call with the creative team of Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk:
-- Watch for a new number to "We Got the Funk" in the Neil Patrick Harris episode probably, since that was the show they were filming when Oprah's camera's visited.
-- Kurt is going to join the Cheerios. Yes, he's going to become a cheerleader!
-- On the NPH episode, Neil's character is named Bryan Ryan, and he's a villain. He tries to bribe the kids with custom-made jeans jackets.
-- Joss Whedon did direct the NPH episode, as previously announced. Reteaming of the 'Dr. Horrible' duo.
-- Sue's chair is "the throne, the power center" and on the desk on innocent, sweet little figurines, the direct opposite of her character.
-- Quinn's baby bump is now a volley-ball size belly. She's not trying to hide it.
-- Executive producer/co-creator Ryan Murphy said none of the cast will ever graduate from McKinley High. It'll be a ten-year term of high school.
-- About Lea Michele, Ryan compared her voice and talent to Barbra Streisand and Patti Lupone.
-- Murphy and company wrote the role of Kurt for Chris Colfer because his audition was just too amazing.
So, if that's got you salivating about the spring premiere of 'Glee,' Tuesday, April 13, at 9:28PM EST (to 10:30), check back here on TV Squad for even more from the conference call. Hint, hint... Sue's singing 'Vogue' on the upcoming Madonna episode.