July 29, 2008

Students Perform With ‘Glee,’ Just Not Very Well


Fox broadcast network, casting about for "American Idol" synergy, has greenlighted a pilot from "Nip/Tuck" creator Ryan Murphy for "Glee," a one-hour comedy series about a small-town high school's very bad glee club.

The club is composed of the school's unpopular kids and is not just bad it's one of the worst in the whole country.

The Ohio school's Spanish teacher, who was a student there and part of the glee club way back when, takes over the club and heartwarming things start to happen. Or not.

Think "High School Musical" meets "Freaks and Geeks" meets "Popular" Murphy's short-lived WB series about a high school's most and least popular girls, who become stepsisters when their parents hook up, only the popular one gets run over and the unpopular one realizes she's gay or would have, had the show made it to a third season, blah, blah, blah.

"Glee," which is now being cast, is Murphy's first TV project since FX, home of "Nip/Tuck," eighty-sixed his plans for a series called "Pretty Handsome," about a husband-father gynecologist who decides to undergo a sex change operation.

Each episode of "Glee" will include the singing of multiple songs. Not new ones but already recorded tunes to which Fox has cleared broadcast rights. Kind of like on "American Idol." Maybe "Idol" leftover tunes?

Own a piece of 'Battlestar'

NBC Universal announced it will auction off costumes, props and set pieces from its Sci Fi Channel series "Battlestar Galactica" as the series bows out early next year.

"This is an amazing opportunity for the passionate and loyal fans of 'Battlestar Galactica' to own a piece of their favorite show," said Alec Peters, chief executive officer of Propworx, the company with which NBC Universal is teaming to sell off the carcass.

"There will be something for everyone in every price range. If you saw it on the show, we will most likely be selling it!"

Among the must-haves: the uniform worn by Admiral Adama (Edward James Olmos) and the flight suit worn by Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff).

" 'Battlestar Galactica' is an incredible series that has drawn critical praise as well as tremendous fan support," Stacey Ward, director of NBC Universal's television, DVD, music and consumer products group, said in Thursday's announcement. "We are really proud to be able to give fans a chance to bid on their favorite costume, prop or a piece of the set in this unique auction setting."

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