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The CW Jumps on the 'Glee' Bandwagon

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 20th 2010 11:45AM
Todd GraffFile this one under "What took them so long?"

The first 'Glee' copycat is finally in the works. According to Deadline Hollywood, The CW is developing a "musical and dancing dramedy" called 'Acting Out' from 'Bandslam' writer/director Todd Graff.

But it's got a twist: the show is being described as 'Glee' combined with another unlikely pop cultural source -- 'Bad Santa.' The series "explores relationships of counselors and staff of a down-on-its-luck summer camp whose new owner is a young curmudgeon in the vein of Billy Bob Thornton in 'Bad Santa.'"

Graff's familiar with both the performing arts and the summer camp territory. He wrote and directed the 2003 film 'Camp,' about a musical theater summer camp for Broadway wannabes, which starred a pre-'Up In the Air'/Oscar nomination Anna Kendrick.

It seems like a perfect fit for the younger-skewing CW, but a TV musical is hard to pull off. (See: 'Cop Rock,' 'Viva Laughlin') But Graff knows the subject matter well, so he could succeed. We'll just have to wait and see.

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Glee is terrible. I don't like it and never will. However, I loved "Spectacular!" where the music, dancing, and acting all fit together to make a terrific movie. Why don't the producers make a "Spectacular!" sequel?

October 21 2010 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brian F

Isn't Sue Sylvester a curmudgeon herself? I don't really get the twist of this show. Just looks like a rip-off to me...

October 20 2010 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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