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Glee

Updated on July 25, 2013

The Newest Hit TV Show

Glee is a new hit show on Fox. Fresh, funny, and original. And there is no doubt about it. Quirky, wicked, twisted, and fun. This show is about a group of misfits finding their niche in Glee Club.

Whether you're a jock, a cheerleader, a nerd or even if you've been out of high school for years, you're gonna love Glee!

"A biting comedy for the underdog in all of us. "

Plot: A high school Spanish teacher becomes the director of the school's Glee club, hoping to restore it to its former glory.

And remember kids, it's NOT High School Musical!

What is Glee?

About the Show

Context taken from Fox.com

From Ryan Murphy, the creator of "Nip/Tuck," comes GLEE, a new comedy for the aspiring underdog in all of us.

The series follows an optimistic teacher, WILL SCHUESTER (Matthew Morrison), who - against all odds and a malicious cheerleading coach - attempts to save McKinley High's Glee Club from obscurity, while helping a group of aspiring underdogs realize their true star potential. It's a tall order when the brightest stars of the group include KURT (Chris Colfer), a soprano who hits a high note in fashion; MERCEDES (Amber Riley), a larger-than-life diva with a voice to match; ARTIE (Kevin McHale), a geeky guitarist who rocks and rolls; and TINA (Jenna Ushkowitz), a punk rocker who hides behind her stutter and blue hair extensions.

Will's only hope lies with two true talents: RACHEL BERRY (Lea Michele), a self-proclaimed star who is convinced that MySpace and show choir and are her tickets to fame; and FINN HUDSON (Cory Monteith), the popular high school quarterback with movie star looks who must protect his reputation from his holier-than-thou girlfriend and "Cheerios" head cheerleader, QUINN (Dianna Agron), and his arrogant football teammate, PUCK (Mark Salling).

Will is determined to do whatever it takes to make Glee great again, but his only ally is fellow teacher and germaphobe EMMA PILLSBURY (Jayma Mays). Everyone else around him thinks he's nuts - from his tough-as-nails wife TERRI SCHUESTER (Jessalyn Gilsig) to McKinley's scheming cheerleading coach SUE SYLVESTER (Jane Lynch) - but he's out to prove them wrong.

Featuring a soundtrack of hit songs from past and present, GLEE is produced by Ryan Murphy Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are co-creators of the series. Murphy, Falchuk and Dante Di Loreto serve as executive producers, while Ian Brennan serves as co-executive producer. Murphy directed the pilot.

Meet The Cast of Glee

Dianna Agron ..........................Quinn Fabray

Chris Colfer ..........................Kurt Hummel

Jessalyn Gilsig ..........................Terri Schuester

Jane Lynch ..........................Sue Sylvester

Jayma Mays ..........................Emma Pillsbury

Kevin McHale ..........................Artie Abrams

Lea Michele ..........................Rachel Berry

Cory Monteith ..........................Finn Hudson (RIP 2013)

Matthew Morrison ..........................Will Schuester

Amber Riley ..........................Mercedes Jones

Mark Salling ..........................Noah Puckerman

Jenna Ushkowitz ..................Tina Cohen-Chang

Iqbal Theba ..........................Principal Figgins

Dijon Talton ..........................Matt Rutherford

Harry Shum Jr. ..........................Mike Chang

Patrick Gallagher ..........................Ken Tanaka

Naya Rivera ..........................Santana Lopez

Josh Sussman..........................Jacob Ben Israel

Jennifer Aspen..........................Kendra Giardi

Kent Avenido..........................Howard Bamboo

Romy Rosemont..........................Mrs. Hudson

Mike O'Malley..........................Burt Hummel





The Real Will Schuester

Matthew Morrison was born in California on October 30, 1978. Matthew - called Matty Fresh by his friends - wanted to be an entertainer since he was a kid. He's starred in numerous Broadway productions and has been nominated for a Tony Award. His big break came when he landed the role of Link Larkin in "Hairspray." Matthew was a member of the boy band LMNT. Morrison's self-proclaimed favorite role was for television in 'Once Upon a Mattress' - a made-for-TV musical for TV starring Carol Burnett.



Cheer Head

Jane Lynch is Sue Sylvester, the head coach of the cheerleading squad or "Cheerios," and the Glee Club's arch-nemesis. Lynch, born and raised in Illinois, works as a writer, actress and comedian. Jane received her bachelor's degree in theater from Illinois State University, and an MFA in theatre from Cornell University. Lynch wrote and starred in the award-winning play, "Oh Sister, My Sister."



Careful Counselor

Jayma Mays stars as Emma Pillsbury, the school's germaphobic guidance counselor who has feelings for Will. Jayma Suzette Mays was born in Grundy, Virginia on July 16, 1979. Mays starred in the film "Epic Movie," where she met her actor husband Adam Campbell. Jayma graduated with a degree in Performing Arts from Radford University in Radford, Virginia. Mays has had small roles in the television shows "Six Feet Under," "The Comeback," "Entourage," "Stacked," "How I Met Your Mother," "Heroes," "Ghost Whisperer" and "Ugly Betty."



Dominating Schuester

Jessalyn Gilsig plays Terri Schuester, Will's demanding wife and former high school sweetheart. Gilsig was born in Montreal on November 30, 1971. Jessalyn is married to producer Bobby Salomon. They welcomed daughter Penelope on September 26, 2006. Gilsig began acting at age 12 and graduated from McGill University with a degree in English. Jessalyn previously starred on "Boston Public." Gilsig scored a role on "Nip/Tuck" in 2003, and stayed with the show until 2008. "Glee" offered Jessalyn the chance to work with the creators of the surgical drama once again.



Cheerio!

Dianna Agron stars as Quinn Fabray, Finn's girlfriend who is head of the Cheerios and Celibacy Club, who later joins the Glee Club. Dianna was born in Savannah, GA on April 30, 1986. Agron's hobbies include cooking and being outdoors. Dianna is a strict vegetarian and a supporter of PETA. Agron has appeared on the TV shows "Shark," "Close to Home," "CSI: New York," "Numb3rs" and "Veronica Mars." On the show, Agron plays a devoted Christian, but in real life, she is Jewish.



Glee Queen

Lea Michele plays Rachel Berry, talented star of the Glee Club who is often bullied by the Cheerios and football players. Lea was born on August 29, 1986 in Bronx, New York. Michele was born in the Big Apple, but raised in New Jersey. Lea started acting when she was a child, and scored a role in the 1990's Broadway production of Les Misérables. Michele was nominated for a 2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Star: Female, for her work as Rachel in "Glee." Lea proved she is an actress to watch - she landed a spot on Entertainment Weekly's 2009 "Summer Must List" as one of "Summer's Must Songbirds" for "Glee." Lea has been real-life pals with "Glee" co-star Jenna Ushkowitz since they were eight years old.



Sexy QB

Cory Monteith stars as Finn Hudson, star quarterback of the school's football team who risks alienation by his friends for joining the Glee Club. Cory was born on May 11, 1982 in Calgary, Alberta. Before getting his big acting break, Monteith worked various odd jobs, including a Wal-Mart greeter, taxi driver, telemarketer and construction worker. Cory also scored a spot on Entertainment Weekly's 2009 "Summer Must List" as one of "Summer's Must Songbirds" for "Glee."


On July 13, 2013, at the age of 31, Monteith was found dead in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver. The episode "Sweet Dreams" was Monteith's final appearance on Glee before he died.



Colfer Stats

Chris Colfer stars as Kurt Hummel, a flamboyant male soprano in the "Glee" club who is bullied by the football team, but later joins the team in hopes of pleasing his father. Christopher Paul Colfer was born on May 27, 1990 in Fresno, California. During his time in high school, Chris was involved with Speech & Debate, Drama, the FFA, was President of the Writer's Club, Editor of the School Literary Magazine, and was Captain of Destination Imagination. Before breaking into acting, Colfer worked as a cookie scooper at his high school and as a clerk at a dry cleaner. When he was a senior in high school, Chris wrote and directed "Shirley Todd," a musical spoof of "Sweeney Todd." Like his character on "Glee," Colfer is openly gay - but admitted in an interview with The Advocate that coming out in high school "wasn't an option" for him. Colfer practices the art of Sai, a traditional Okinawan weapon.



Diva

Amber Riley stars as Mercedes Jones, a fashion-conscious diva who's destined for stardom in the Glee Club. Amber Patrice Riley was raised in Long Beach, California, where she currently lives with her family. When she was 17, Riley tried out for "American Idol" but didn't make the cut. Riley has performed in numerous theater productions including "Alice in Wonderland," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Into the Woods" and "Mystery on the Docks" with the Los Angeles Opera.



Meet Artie

Kevin Michael McHale was born on June 14, 1988 in Plano, Texas. Kevin McHale as Artie Abrams, an electric guitar player and paraplegic member of the Glee Club. McHale - called Kevy, KevKev, Kev and Special K by his friends - is known for his big smile. Kevin was a member of the boy band NLT (Not Like Them) and has opened for the Pussycat Dolls. McHale was almost cast as McLovin in the hit movie "Superbad," but lost the role to Christopher Mintz-Plasse.



Gothic Crooner

Jenna Ushkowitz stars as Tina Cohen-Chang, an Asian-American gothic student with a speech impediment, who is also a member of the Glee Club. Jenna Noelle Ushkowitz was born on April 28, 1986 in Seoul, South Korea. She was adopted by American parents and raised in Long Island, New York. Jenna began her professional career as a model when she was 3, modeling for print ads. Jenna appeared opposite "Glee" co-star Lea Michele in "Spring Awakening" on Broadway in 2008. Jenna graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in New York, where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in Acting and Theater Performance.



From the Field to the Glee Club

Mark Salling portrays Noah "Puck" Puckerman, a friend of Finn's on the football team who at first disapproves of Finn joining the Glee Club, but later joins the Glee Club himself. Mark Salling was born on August 17, 1982 in Dallas, Texas, and is a big fan of Tex-Mex food. Salling is a gifted songwriter and musician - his band Jericho recently released their debut album, titled "Smoke Signals." He also teaches guitar.

Glee Definitions - How good is your vocabulary? Glee Vocabulary? Brush up on your vocab!

The Music

Song Name: Don't Stop Believin'

Original Performer: Journey

Performed on Glee by: New Directions

Song Name: Rehab

Original Performer: Amy Winehouse

Performed on Glee by: Vocal Adrenaline

Song Name: On My Own

Original Performer: Les Miserables Cast

Performed on Glee by: Rachel Berry

Song Name: Respect

Original Performer: Aretha Franklin

Performed on Glee by: Mercedes Jones

Song Name: Mr. Cellophane

Original Performer: Cast of "Chicago"

Performed on Glee by: Kurt Hummel

Song Name: I Kissed a Girl

Original Performer: Katy Perry

Performed on Glee by: Tina

Song Name: Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat

Original Performer: Cast of "Guys and Dolls"

Performed on Glee by: New Directions

Song Name: Can't Fight This Feeling

Original Performer: REO Speedwagon

Performed on Glee by: Finn Hudson

Song Name: Gold Digger

Original Performer: Kanye West

Performed on Glee by: Will Schuester and New Directions

Song Name: Take a Bow

Original Performer: Rhianna

Performed on Glee by: Rachel Berry

Song Name: Push It

Original Performer: Salt-N-Pepa

Performed on Glee by: New Directions

Song Name: Le Freak

Original Performer: Chic

Performed on Glee by: New Directions

Song Name: I Say a Little Prayer

Original Performer: Dianne Warwick

Performed on Glee by: Quinn Fabray

Song Name: Bust Your Windows

Original Performer: Jazmine Sullivan

Performed on Glee by: Mercedes

Song Name: Mercy

Original Performer: Duffy

Performed on Glee by: Vocal Adrenaline

Song Name: This is How We Do It

Original Performer: Montell Jordan

Performed on Glee by: Acafellas

Song Name: Poison

Original Performer: Bel Biv Devoe

Performed on Glee by: Acafellas

Song Name: La Camisa Negra

Original Performer: Juanes

Performed on Glee by: Puck

Song Name: I Wanna Sex You Up

Original Performer: Color Me Badd

Performed on Glee by: Acafellas

Song Name: Single Ladies

Original Performer: Beyonce

Song Name: Taking Chances

Original Performer: Celine Dion

Performed on Glee by: Rachel Berry

Song Name: Tonight

Original Performer: "West Side Story"

Performed on Glee by: Tina

Song Name: Somebody to Love

Original Performer: Queen

Performed on Glee by: New Directions

Song Name: Maybe This Time

Original Performer: "Cabaret"

Performed on Glee by: Rachel, April Rhodes

Song Name: Alone

Original Performer: Heart

Performed on Glee by: Will, April Rhodes

Song Name: Last Name

Original Performer: Carrie Underwood

Performed on Glee by: April, New Directions

Song Name: It's My Life/Confessions Pt. 2

Original Performer: Bon Jovi/Usher

Performed on Glee by: New Directions Guys

Song Name: Halo/Walking on Sunshine

Original Performer: Beyonce/Katrina & the Waves

Performed on Glee by: New Directions Girls

Song Name: It's My Life/Confessions Pt. 2

Original Performer: Bon Jovi/Usher

Performed on Glee by: New Directions Guys

Song Name: Halo/Walking on Sunshine

Original Performer: Beyonce/Katrina & the Waves

Performed on Glee by: New Directions Girls

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Did You Know?

Some fun facts about Glee.

Did you know that the cast of Glee really do sing their parts?

Yep, they all sing and dance, and of course, act. Most of them have musical background. Kevin was a member of the boy band NLT (Not Like Them) and has opened for the Pussycat Dolls. Lea Michelle (Rachel) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) were on Broadway. It's a talented cast, though the show is dubbed, it is the cast singing.

From Wikipedia:

"The series features covers of numerous songs sung on-screen by the characters. Musical segments typically take the form of performances, as opposed to the characters singing spontaneously, as the intention is for the series to remain reality-based."

"Composer Billy Joel has offered many of his songs for use on the show, singer Rihanna offered her single "Take a Bow" for use at a reduced licensing rate, and other artists have offered use of their songs for free."

Glee was nominated in 2009 for:

Choice TV Breakout Star: Female

Lea Michele

Choice TV Breakout Star: Male

Cory Monteith

Choice TV: Breakout Show

Popular Pilot

The pilot of "Glee" premiered after the finale of "American Idol" in 2009, and averaged 9.619 million viewers. The pilot generated a lot of buzz before returning four months later.

Downtime

The show picked up four months after the pilot aired, on September 9, 2009.

Middletown, USA

"Glee" takes place at the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio.

Tweets

Several characters from "Glee" have Twitter accounts, including Quinn Fabray, Rachel Berry, Kurt Hummel, and Sue Sylvester. I just don't know if they're ran by the real cast or Fox runs it for them. Either way, some of the tweets are hilarious!

Top of the Charts

iTunes downloads of the musical selections from "Glee" have now surpassed the 1 million mark, with nearly every song entering the Top 200 upon release.

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      Liz Estacio 5 years ago from California, USA

      @newbizmau: Thank you :)

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      I absolutely love this show. Amazing lens. Great job.