I admit it. I jumped on the Glee train late in the game, but now I’m totally obsessed. When I’m having a bad day, my first instinct is to click on YouTube and watch Kurt’s rendition of “Single Ladies,” or crack up over the “vitamin-induced” theatrics of the the guys vs. girls mash-up episode. (I can feel your halo! Halo! Halo! Halooo!)
Thankfully, I’m not the only former high school music and theater geek out there. After pulling off not one, not two, but THREE impressive wins at the People’s Choice, Golden Globes and the SAG Awards, FOX has announced it’s moving forward with a new money-making model that will include an Idol-type concert tour and solo albums for some of the cast members (which better include Artie or I might have to drown myself on one of Coach Sylvester’s protein shakes).
According to AdAge, the network’s ongoing parternership with Sony’s Columbia and Epic labels has spawned millions of downloads, impressive album sales, and plenty of A-list celebrities eager to make a cameo (Jennifer Lopez is just one of the many stars rumored to be making an appearance this season). While the move to create singular personalities out of an ensemble cast sounds a little scary given the amazing chemistry the group brings to the small screen, the powers-that-be are confident it won’t hurt the overall quality of the show.
“Any individual recording career that comes out of this is icing on the cake, but no individual effort can be greater than the sum of what’s going on in the series,” insists Dana Walden, co-chair, 20th Century Fox Television.
The second season of Glee is set to premiere on April 13th.