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'Glee' Season 2, Episode 14 Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 22nd 2011 11:00PM
'Glee' - 'Blame It on the Alcohol'
['Glee' - 'Blame It On the Alcohol']

Tonight on 'Glee,' the kids of New Directions discover the evils of alcohol.

That's about it for a plot this week. Refreshingly simple, isn't it? The only real twist is that, instead of learning about the evils of alcohol in 'Afterschool Special' fashion, which usually involved either a horrific accident, a teen pregnancy, or an STD, the kids suffered through the warm and fuzzy version of that lesson. That's the lesson that usually comes when you're suffering from an all-weekend hangover and you're cleaning bits of puke off the gymnasium floor.

It may seem like a cop-out on the part of Murphy, Falchuk and Brennan to do it that way, but face it: Isn't that the way you found out about the bad side of booze when you were in high school? You went to someone's house when his or her parents were gone, raided their liquor cabinet, and the next thing you knew you were vacuuming up vomit with a Hoover upright.

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'Glee' Season 2, Episode 10 Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 8th 2010 12:00AM
The kids sing Christmas songs to an ungrateful class in 'A Very Glee Christmas' on FOX
['Glee' - 'A Very Glee Christmas']

Well, they did it. Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, and Brad Falchuk have been leaning in this direction all season, but in the Christmas episode, they threw caution to the wind and went all the way in.

They made Sue Sylvester into a cartoon character.

Not just any cartoon character, mind you. They made her into one of the most diabolical cartoon characters of all time: The Grinch. And while a green-painted Sue trash the choir room with the help of her rain-dog assistant Becky was a fun little parody to watch, in the grand scheme of what was a pretty damn good episode, it was too much of a distraction.

And it left me worried that what was such a great role for Jane Lynch last year, a role that won her an easy Emmy, is becoming a big fat joke.

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'Glee' Season 2, Episode 8 Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 24th 2010 12:00AM
Carol Burnett and Jane Lynch in 'Glee' - 'Furt' on FOX['Glee' - 'Furt']

Tonight's episode was a strange one on a lot of levels. It was largely a music-free episode, and most of the music was backloaded in the second half. We had two characters get married in a near-instant wedding, and another character marry herself -- sorta. And in the only real plot of consequence, we got all of the hand-wringing and machinations, but not as much of the drama that we should have gotten.

It's tough to know what to make of tonight's episode. It was good to see Carol Burnett there belting out a song (without Auto-Tune, thankfully), but otherwise she seemed underutilized. Then again, what brought Doris Sylvester to McKinley in the first place was about as strange a plot as this show has ever developed.

All of this leads me to this question, which is painful for me to ask: Why is Kurt the only one who gets to have a meaty story?

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'Glee' Season 2, Episode 6 Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 9th 2010 11:30PM
The boys sing to Coach Beiste on 'Glee' - 'Never Been Kissed' on FOX['Glee' - 'Never Been Kissed']

If some of Fox's promos for this episode were to be believed, this episode of 'Glee' was being set up as yet another "very special episode," with a theme and more angst for Kurt. Not that the theme of bullying, so prevalent in the media these days, wasn't one that was worth exploring, but Fox should have known that viewers might have been getting "very special episode" fatigue when it comes to this show. All we wanted was a nice, normal episode to watch and enjoy.

And we got just that tonight. Sure, there was some of the Kurt angst there, but the outcome of that angst was surprising in one respect and pleasant in another. What was satisfying about this episode is that we got to spend some time with some of the supporting characters on both the student and faculty side, leaving a lot of the drama of the main characters for another time.

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'Glee' Season 2, Episode 4 Recap (VIDEO)

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 13th 2010 12:45AM
Mercedes and Santana team up in 'Glee' - 'Duets' on FOX['Glee' - 'Duets']

In a 22-episode season, every show, no matter how good, is usually going to have an episode like we saw tonight on 'Glee.' After the momentous Britney Spears episode jammed back-to-back with the emotional episode about religion, it was inevitable that we were going to come down at some point.

Nothing about 'Duets' was terrible, but nothing really stood out, either. The musical numbers were OK. The weekly Kurt angst was muted and abbreviated. Even Brittany didn't say anything that was extraordinarily memorable (except for one thing, which we'll get to in a moment). It was just another day for New Directions, even though they were breaking in a new member.

But maybe that's the problem: the show has so many "special" episodes that a "normal" one feels like a comedown.

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'Glee' Season 2, Episode 3 Recap (VIDEO)

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 6th 2010 1:00AM
Kurt worries about his dad in 'Glee' - 'Grilled Cheesus' on FOX['Glee' - 'Grilled Cheesus']

Last week, I wanted 'Glee' to get back to some of the storytelling that made the show interesting in its first season. Well, this week, there was more stroytelling than you could shake a stick at. And, you know what? It made for one of the more compelling episodes of the show I've seen quite awhile.

Right as I started writing this review, I realized that when I see a good story on this show, it usually involves Kurt and his dad. Sure, there have been other strong episodes involving the rest of the gang. But it's hard to deny that Kurt is the most three-dimensional character on the show, and whenever we see Chris Colfer and Mike O'Malley on the screen together, you know you're in for a good story. And tonight didn't disappoint.

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'The Addams Family' - A Review of the TV Show on Broadway

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 14th 2010 9:30AM
The Addams FamilyIt seems unusual to do any sort of review for a Broadway musical on a television site, but 'The Addams Family' has had four television incarnations thus far, two filmed and two animated. Plus, both the leads in the Broadway version (most notably Bebe Neuwirth) have had some history with television acting. Finally, we've mentioned the play here on TV Squad before so it's really just a continuation of a previous idea.

As one of the lucky few who caught the Broadway show within it's first week, I have to say that the characters have notable differences from the more familiar television or movie versions. For one thing, their mansion is located in Central Park in Manhattan rather than in the suburbs. For another, Thing and Cousin It only make the briefest of cameos with the rest of the family taking much more of the spotlight.

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South Park creators making a Mormon musical

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 29th 2010 12:05PM
South ParkSome things you just can't make up. South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are working with Avenue Q songwriter Robert Lopez to create a new off-Broadway musical. The subject matter is "under wraps", which means everybody knows what it is. In this case, it's about the Mormons and likely about the founding of the faith. South Park has already dealt with this topic with a small-scale musical of its own.

When this is finally released, tickets are going to be practically impossible to get. Trey Parker and Matt Stone and a religion-skewering musical are a winning combination. They even already have a song from the Mormon South Park episode called "Dum Dum Dum Dum Dum" (at least that's what I call it). It wouldn't be surprising if that catchy tune made it into this musical.

Do you plan on seeing this team's Mormon musical? Let us know in the comments.

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Like buttah! Megan Mullally's musical commercial

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 25th 2010 9:00AM
megan_mullally_turn_the_tub_aroundHave you seen Will and Grace star Megan Mullally in her latest production? No, not her work in the theater, including an upcoming revival of Lips Together, Teeth Apart. I'm talking about her butter commercial. Yes, yes, that's Megan Mullally in the "Turn the Tub Around" I Can't Believe It's Not Butter commercials.

I have to admit, when I first saw the commercial, I was stunned. It was the strangest margarine ad since William Shatner's classic Promise spots. But the more I've seen of Megan's disco-inspired musical extravaganza for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, the more I think that the whole thing is hilarious. Megan, in my estimation, has her tongue firmly in cheek.

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Liza Minnelli will get all dramatic on Ugly Betty

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 23rd 2010 3:00PM
liza_minnelli_red_sweaterWhen Liza Minnelli guests on Ugly Betty will the cast be channeling their inner Glee? You know, do a song or dance or two? That's my wish! Miss Liza is reportedly slated to appear in a coming episode as a drama teacher who has a profound effect on Justin, Betty's nephew.

Justin, as anyone who follows the show knows, is already a theater fiend. In fact, Ugly Betty as a show has been very musical-friendly (kind of like Pushing Daisies was before ABC pulled the plug).

There was the terrific Wicked themed episode that included the song, "I'm Not that Girl," and another episode in which Justin was stuck on a subway with his parents and enacted "Good Morning, Baltimore" from Hairspray.

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'HIMYM' Creators Talk About 100 Episodes

by Daniel Frankel, posted Jan 11th 2010 9:30AM
They managed to take a traditional multi-camera comedy all the way to episode 100, an epic feat in the modern television landscape. So what special century-mark plan did 'How I Met Your Mother' creators and executive producers Craig Thomas and Carter Bays come up with?

Maybe Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) will finally meet the mother of his children? (Not really, but he gets closer.) Will Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) give up on suiting up? (Kind of).

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How I Met Your Mother's 100th episode -- An early look

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 8th 2010 11:06AM
HIMYM: Girls vs. Suits
If you're a fan of How I Met Your Mother -- and if you're reading this, you likely are -- the video preview of Monday's episode probably got you pretty excited. After all, it's Neil Patrick Harris and the cast, singing and dancing about Barney Stinson's love of suits. What's not to like, right? If you were wondering, though, how the rest of the episode was, I'm here to tell you that it's the best episode of the season, and maybe the best episode we've seen in a couple of years.

Come with me after the jump and I'll explain. No worries; there won't be any spoilers in this post.

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A holiday tradition: Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 24th 2009 8:02AM
mr_magoo_christmas_carol
Every year during the holidays, we all enjoy different Christmas movies and evergreen TV specials. One that they don't run often any more but I remember with great fondness is Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol. Fortunately, it's now available on DVD, and if you think you've seen the best of Charles Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge but haven't seen this one, I urge you to reserve judgment till you do. Don't laugh! I'm absolutely serious. Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol is a fantastic version of Dickens' short story.

Sure, sure, the animation is nothing to write home about. But the script and those songs are! It was 1962. NBC aired the one-hour cartoon special on December 18. It wasn't just any cartoon either. The idea was that Mr. Magoo was cast in a stage production of A Christmas Carol, so the entire enterprise had a theater angle.

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Review: Glee - Mattress

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 3rd 2009 5:02AM
Glee: Mattress
(S01E12) While they were in there, I told 'em to go ahead and yank out those tear ducts. Wasn't usin' 'em." - Sue Sylvester

I wouldn't say this is the best Glee episode we've had, but it had some good moments, and of course, that big reveal, which we'll talk about after the jump. The mattress scene was a nice little number, but I wasn't familiar with the song performed by Rachel and Finn, so that didn't do as much for me.

Sue Sylvester was back to true form from her compassionate scene with her sister a few episodes ago. It's hard to believe she'd have that much feeling for her sister, and yet still be a big you-know-what in the rest of her life. Glee breaks down stereotypes in some cases, but I'm not sure Sue falls into that category. She still seems like a caricature to me.

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Kelsey Grammer's going Broadway in La Cage Aux Folles

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 30th 2009 7:02PM
kelsey_grammer_headWell, what do you do when your last two TV series flamed out, leaving you scratching your head and wondering why the public isn't getting you like they did before? If you're Kelsey Grammer, you head to Broadway. With the ABC sitcom Hank firmly in his rear-view mirror, Grammer will star on Broadway in a revival of La Cage aux Folles.

Could Kelsey be taking advice from David Hyde Pierce, his brother Niles on Frasier? Since that series ended, David's had two hit shows on the Gay White Way, Spamalot and Curtains. The latter resulted in David winning a Tony award.

I'd like to think that Grammer's taking somebody's sage advice. La Cage is a no-brainer.

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