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ZOË RICE: First-off, there’s the mis-billing. Tuesday’s 90-minute Glee episode wasn’t really “Glee Does Gaga!” as much as it was “Glee Does A Lesson About Self-Love In Its Glee Way With Maybe A Bit Too Much Schmaltz But Also Some Funny Moments And With A Touch Of Refreshing Characterization. Oh And Here’s A Gaga Song At The End.” So there’s that.

JESSICA BADER: To be totally honest, when I first saw the promo for this week’s episode, with Kurt announcing his return to McKinley, I was a little bit nervous. I was afraid that Glee was going for the sugar rush of reuniting Kurt with his New Directions family and would be so eager to make it happen that it would shove aside the storyline of why he left for Dalton in the first place and what issues he might have with coming back. My fears could not have been more misguided. Continue reading

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Paul Ryan/Matthew Morrison

JESSICA BADER: If the opposition party’s official response to the State of the Union address is memorable, that is usually not a good thing for the politician who delivered that response. Just ask Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana and onetime rising star of the Republican Party. Tapped to respond to Barack Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress two years ago, Jindal’s speech is remembered for an ill-advised remark about volcano monitoring (which would end up looking even worse when a volcano erupted not long after the speech) and for his uncanny resemblance to Jack McBrayer’s Kenneth the Page character on 30 Rock. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman who chairs the House Budget Committee, steered clear of mocking efforts to manage natural disasters in his response to the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, but he couldn’t escape the resembling-a-TV-character trap.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Paul Ryan’s resemblance to Matthew Morrison is both unsurprising and apt. Both have been greatly overhyped in comparison to the substance of what they provide-in Morrison’s case, the sophomoric Glee, in Ryan’s case, a budget guru whose basic math doesn’t add up. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Glee Photo Shoot

JESSICA BADER: So, what do we think of that GQ photo shoot with three of the Glee cast members?

HANNAH WALK: The Parents Television council is saying that it borders on pedophilia. That’s just stupid. Each and every one of the actors on that show is over 18, some like Cory Monteith are well over that age (Monteith is 28). I think the photography is fabulous on the other hand. They are certainly provocative pictures, but nothing out of the ordinary for GQ. Continue reading

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SNL in Review: Jane Lynch/Bruno Mars

HOWARD MEGDAL: This is typical of what SNL gets wrong. They are convinced something is in the zeitgeist- sometimes correctly, I believe in this case, incorrectly- and that merely by giving viewers a straight-on presentation of it, the humor will flow naturally. Well, it didn’t. Not here. And that one joke was repeated throughout the skit. Crazy that this opened the show.

ZOË RICE: I enjoyed this. I can’t say I know much about Gloria Allred, but both the questions and answers made me chuckle. Continue reading

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Best TV of 2009?

ZOË RICE: A best-of-2009 list for television is bound to be more variable than a best-of movies list. For one, there are just so many more TV shows, and in so many categories. Comedy and drama, yes, but also reality, news, talk shows, variety, and on and on. So while my list would have to include Glee at the top, my neighbor’s might be crowned by Jersey Shore. (I would have to judge him for that. Sorry.) I should not be surprised, then, that I disagree with a good part of the New York Observer’s Best TV of 2009.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Not surprisingly, given the subjectivity of the enterprise Zoë mentions, I disagree with Mr. Rosen and Ms. Rice. But Rosen has it exactly right when he say 2009 was “Mad Men and everything else.” Continue reading

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Idol Live Vs. Glee Live

ZOË RICE: I never saw the American Idol Live tour, but then, I never wanted to. What fun is Idol without the judging? Why see a bunch of contestants, 80-90% of whom I’d never hear mention of again, singing and dancing on stage? But Glee? The New Directions glee club? With Mr. Schuester? If this EW article is correct, and a Glee tour is in our future, I will be fighting for a front row seat.

JESSICA BADER: Before American Idol was the ratings juggernaut/water-cooler phenomenon that we know and love/hate, it was a stab at original summer programming, a twist on other reality shows like Popstars and Making the Band that have long since fallen by the wayside (probably because those shows were about forming a group of singers and viewers did not have any input in the selection process). The bad auditions that get dragged out to a nauseating extent these days were confined to one episode (yes, that’s one night covering all of the audition cities, not one night for each city). Continue reading

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