After news broke that Cory Monteith died of a drug overdose, fans wondered how his death would affect Glee. Knowing that Ryan Murphy would eventually have to address the actor’s departure, the debate quickly turned to how to handle it. Does the show turn the episode into a PSA (something it has done terribly wrong in the past)? Should it just focus on Cory? Or should it skate by it and just honor Cory the human? Ultimately, the show delivered a heartfelt episode filled with the actors’ honest feelings over losing their cast mate and friend. It was a touching tribute that gave closure to fans and the show alike.
But what’s interesting is:
Are you the biggest GLEEK?? Enter for your chance to win a trip for two to Los Angeles to visit the set of GLEE, where you and your guest may get to be extras in the graduation episode! Go behind-the-scenes and potentially meet cast members! GLEE airs Thursdays at 9/8c on FOX.
Grand Prize for you and a guest consists of:
-Roundtrip airfare/hotel to and from Los Angeles
-A visit to the set of GLEE
-Opportunity to be an extra in the graduation episode
-Car service to/from set
The deadline to enter is Dec. 19.
In addition the fine print says:
Grand Prize (2) Two (2) Grand Prize winners will receive a 3-day /2-night trip for GP Winner and one (1) guest to Los Angeles, California (the “Trip”), currently scheduled to take [place] in January 2014…
If you’re voting for the PCA’s at all, no matter the category, it’s not going to be won or lost on Twitter. Each category gets MILLIONS of votes. You need to power vote on Facebook or the PCA app for iPhone and iPad or at their website. Twitter voting is slow by comparison. You can also get suspended for spamming if you trigger Twitter’s anti-spamming flags and all your votes are thrown out. So by all means, vote some on Twitter but also make sure to vote on the other platforms which are faster and allow for power voting.
Fair warning this gets long.
First off let me say I cannot decide if you are upset with me for thinking Darren is hot, for my way of viewing Blam or at Glee for letting Blam exist. I’ll just address each.
Just to be clear, I do think Darren is hot. Would I even call it a crush? Not really. More an avid appreciation of a good looking guy with a lot of talent who happens to be straight. I also think Chris is hot and crazy talented and have been known to objectify the hell outta him too. I think lots of men, gay and straight, are hot. I have a pulse. And opinions. It happens.
Would I hit on either? No. Because I (like most gay men) understand that just because you are attracted to someone does not mean you have to act on it. I’ve had crushes on straight guys. I’ve had crushes on girls. Just like many straight women in this fandom have a crush on a gay guy (Chris). But I ultimately only pursued other gay guys because I wanted my feelings returned. And the crushes I had never had reason to fear me for my crush. Most never even knew it existed. And I did not appreciate your insinuation that I am looking to pounce on every guy I think is hot.
But enough about me. Don’t want to sound narcissistic.
First, let me say that when I say I like Blam, I mean Blam the friendship. I DO NOT WANT them to be a couple or have sex. That is not a message I want the show to send to straight or gay men. (That gay guy really wants you. If you hang around long enough the straight guy will give in.) I use the term Brotp and bromance, but merely as fandom shorthand because I kind of hate those terms. Whatever happened to the good, quality term “friendship” and two men just admitting that friendship is a form of love.
So, I will easily admit I was a little disappointed with Glee when they had Blaine have a crush on Sam. But not because I felt it took away from his feelings for Kurt. I felt we had already been down this road with Kurt and Finn. I would have loved for it to just be a gay guy and a straight guy being buds. (And, thank god, I think they have let it return to that after the crush was revealed. Ring shopping. Helping with the proposal. Singing for Tina. Some spoilers lead me to believe it will continue this way.) I’ve had many a close male friend that I didn’t have a crush on and I would like a show to send the message to straight men that not all gay guys secretly want to bang you. Who knows? Maybe all the other shows on network television that show friendship between gay men and straight men will handle that story.(Give me a minute. There has to be at least one. Um….)
But I was willing to excuse this plot recycle because I think two things were going on here:
1) In the actual storyline, Blaine was lonely and depressed and lost after his break up. Sam filled that empty space especially since Kurt was no longer in the same city or part of his daily life and Sam was. I do not think the show was saying Blaine crushed on Sam because he was straight. It was a surrogate relationship. But not a sexual or even romantic one. When you are dumped, you often fill that empty space with your friends. That’s how life sometimes works. When you are lonely and confused, emotions can become confused too. I was fine with that because I couldn’t have tolerated an entire season of any character just being sad and pining. How dull. Kurt had Vogue, school, Adam, and a new life. Blaine had Sam and Tina. And at no time did I feel Blaine was forcing his feelings onto Sam. He realized that it was just a crush and did not act upon it.
2) But more importantly, outside the storyline, I think the show was trying to correct something they got a little wrong with the Kurt /Finn storyline. Kurt was manipulative in his attempts to make Finn return his crush. By setting up their parents, he was thoughtlessly playing with other people’s lives just as a way to be closer to Finn. Designing a little love nest shared bedroom. Convincing your close female friend to dress in a way to turn the guy off just to improve your chances. All questionable behavior. And I did not like the message that sent. “Look out straight guys. Gay guys will do anything to get you in the sack.” I think with Blaine and Sam, the writers wanted to show that even if a gay guy has a crush on you it does not have to be a big deal. You can put it behind you and move on. (Much as Kurt and Finn eventually did.) Could they have done this storyline with Kurt? Sure. But not every storyline has to be about Kurt and he had already learned his part of this “crush” plot. I feel this was to cover complaints they had about Kurt’s storyline pre-Blaine.
Finally “sings him songs.” I think you meant “sang him one song.” And that song was a (poorly executed) plot device to address the crush and get it out of the way. This was in a season when Blaine and Kurt made out in a car. Had sex at a wedding. Had phone calls and conversations. A season in which Blaine sang with, to or about Kurt at least 9 times (It’s Time, Teenage Dream Acoustic, Barely Breathing, Hopelessly Devoted, The Scientist, White Christmas, Just Can’t Get Enough, Come What May, I Still Believe). Followed by a season where they reunited and got FREAKING ENGAGED! Clearly the writers are more concerned with continuing the stereotype of gay men secretly wanting straight men than they are with developing the relationship between Kurt and Blaine.
Thanks for your opinion. I am sorry we don’t agree. But I hope you can see some of my way of thinking.
—“GLEE” - (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
IT’S TIME TO CHOOSE A POP DIVA SIDE ON AN ALL-NEW “GLEE” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, ON FOX
Singer-Songwriter and AMERICAN IDOL Runner-Up Adam Lambert Guest-Stars
The members of New Directions tackle their assignment of getting out of their comfort zones and determining whether they’re more like “Katy” (Perry) or (Lady) “Gaga.” Kurt holds auditions for his new band and must decide if he’ll let in the overly bold performer, Starchild (guest star Adam Lambert). Meanwhile, Jake gets closer to Bree (Erinn Westbrook) as he and Marley grow apart in the all-new “A Katy or a Gaga” episode of GLEE airing on Thursday, Nov. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GLE-504) (TV-14 D, L)
Here are the top 10 most-tweeted shows for the week of Sept. 23 to 29, according to the Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings, ranked by the total unique users on Twitter who are estimated to have seen a tweet related to the show:
1. AMC, “Breaking Bad,” 9.28 million
2. NBC, “The Voice” (Monday), 3.84 million
3. ABC, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (Thursday), 3.40 million
4. ABC, “Dancing with the Stars,” 3.20 million
5. ESPN, “SEC Storied,” 2.93 million
6. ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy,” 2.84 million
7. NBC, “The Voice” (Tuesday), 2.77 million
8. Fox, “Glee,” 2.73 million
9. CBS, “How I Met Your Mother,” 2.55 million
10. Fox, “The X Factor,” 2.09 million
Sept. 9, 2013
Posting this as a heads up because this seems to indicate that there may be Glee filming in NYC for several days.