It was a blow to the "glass half full" crowd when ABC canceled funny and sweet Pushing Daisies
, but FOX has optimists' hearts everywhere filled to the brim after Tuesday's preview of the funny and sweet Glee
, a fall show whose pilot aired after American Idol
's final performance show of the season
Among the delights:
The Kids Are Alright: Let's face it -- Gossip Girl
does not the average high school experience make. But though the students at William McKinley fall into their archetypal roles -- Rachel Berry
, the overachieving but under-popular talent, and Finn Hudson
, the jock exterior with a nerdy interior -- their back stories prove relatable and relatively realistic.
Music Matters: As scenes unfold, songs like the "Soul Bossa Nova" waft underneath, sung by the glee club and acting as a chorus for the action above.
Pop Culture Unleashed: Dated be darned -- the music of Journey
and references to Grey's Anatomy
and Pottery Barn abound. Could it be savvy product placement? Sure, for cynics. But mostly, it's smart and, in Terri Schuester
's case, crafty.
The Teachers Are Alright, Too: From Will Schuester
, trying to recapture his high school passion by leading the New Directions glee club, to media-seeking and hierarchy-maintaining cheerleader director Sue Sylvester
, the adults at WMHS go from nuanced to broad with equal does of compassion.
Will the motley bunch ever get it together to take on Carmel High's "Vocal Adrenaline?" It will be a joyous moment when Glee
returns to FOX so we can find out! -- Cynthia WangTell us: Did you watch Glee? What did you think? Will you tune in next fall?