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Jane Lynch brings it on

16 December 2008 11:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Hoping to piggyback off the cataclysmic success of Disney's High School Musical movies, Fox has ordered 13 episodes of a musical comedy series called Glee. The one-hour show will follow an idealistic chorus teacher as he tries to inspire a group of ragamuffin students — plus a Zac Efron-esque star quarterback — to musical stardom.

You're probably thinking that High School Musical has already told this story three times, and wondering if there any possible way to make the show fresh and engaging.

Yes, yes there is: Glee will star Jane Lynch — as a cheerleading coach.

Just let that ruminate. This morning you woke up thinking something was missing from your life, but you just couldn't put your finger on it. Now, I am telling you that Fox has created a show where Bring it On meets Sister Act, and Jane Lynch is going to get to say something like, "This is »

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Best TV News Ever!

16 December 2008 7:53 AM, PST | | See recent Hollywood Outbreak news »

This Just In From Fox (Can't Wait!): Fox Is “Glee”-Ful Network Orders 13 Episodes of New Musical Comedy Series Fox has ordered 13 episodes of Glee, an inspiring musical comedy series from Ryan Murphy (“Nip/Tuck,” “Popular”). The one-hour series follows an optimistic high school teacher as he tries to transform the school’s Glee Club and inspire a group [...] »

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Fox Takes a Stab at Nip/Tuck Creator's Musical Comedy

15 December 2008 8:24 PM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Nip/Tuck may be nearing its final season, but the fat lady — or rather, group of teenage boys — has not yet sung for creator Ryan Murphy.

Fox has picked up 13 hour-long episodes of Murphy's latest creation, Glee, which may start airing this spring. The musical comedy centers on a Spanish teacher, to be played by Matthew Morrison (aka As the World Turns' Adam Munson), who's tasked with directing his school's ailing glee club.

The show is reportedly under consideration for an American Idol lead-in...

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Fox orders 13 episodes of 'Glee'

15 December 2008 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Fox has picked up 13 episodes of hourlong musical comedy "Glee" for midseason.

The 20th Television show co-created by Ryan Murphy ("Nip/Tuck") is under consideration for a post-"American Idol" slot.

"I've had one of the best experiences of my career with Ryan Murphy doing 'Nip/Tuck' and we're excited to re-create that experience here," said Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly, who formerly led programming at FX. "The second he pitched us 'Glee,' it was like he had it in his sights yet again. It's got his trademark wicked sense of humor and its heart in the right place and feels like a show for the times."

"Glee" centers on Will (Matthew Morrison), a thirtysomething Spanish teacher at an Ohio high school who has the task of taking over the school's glee club, which has become a haven for outcasts. The project was co-written by Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, »

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Fox makes space for 'Boldly,' 'Glee'

11 December 2008 6:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Fox's half-hour space comedy "Boldly Going Nowhere" and the hourlong musical comedy "Glee" appear close to series pickups.

That's the word from the network's screenings held Thursday and Friday.

As part of its split development season, Fox brass are viewing four pilots: the 20th TV-produced "Boldly," "Glee" and "Ernesto" and Ums/BermanBraun's "Virtuality."

The execs are said to be very high on "Boldly" -- which hails from the "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" trio of Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton -- and on Ryan Murphy's "Glee," whose cut-down 44-minute version of the pilot is being well received.

"Boldly" and "Glee" can go into production quickly because their pilot orders were accompanied by a pickup of additional scripts. With its setting at a high school glee club as well as musical numbers, "Glee" is being eyed for a post-"American Idol" slot.

Meanwhile, the Wilmer Valderrama-starring drama "Ernesto" is not expected to go forward. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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