FOX singing with Glee
The concept revolves around the world of American high school glee clubs and has ordered four additional scripts beyond the pilot. If all goes as planned, Fox hopes to have the show on the air by March, as a potential companion to American Idol.
The premise is very familiar. Glee takes place in the Midwest, centering on Will, a Spanish teacher suddenly called upon to coach the glee club at the high school. The club is one of the worst in the nation,but the adults and kids are inspired to turn things around.
As with his previously acclaimed high school series, Popular, the series will feature a multicultural cast, as well as a mix of straight and gay characters.
The show’s leads won’t break out into song, but Murphy said the series will contain at least four songs per episode, sung onstage by the choir.
“No original music is being written,” he said. “It’s like American Idol, a form of karaoke. People like to see people singing songs they know.”
Fox picked up the pilot just 15 hours after receiving the script, Murphy said, which is more encouraging news than the rejections he got for Pretty Handsome.
“There’s so much on the air right now about people with guns, or sci-fi, or lawyers running around,” he said. “This is a different genre, there’s nothing like it on the air at the networks and cable. Everything’s so dark in the world right now, that’s why ‘Idol’ worked. It’s pure escapism.”