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The New Kool

Pat Dean (CableMuse.com) Cable Muse Network

by Pat Dean

Los Angeles, CA - Ladies and gentlemen I’ve been Gleaked! When it comes to Fox’s prime time television series Glee, perhaps I’ve had a failure to communicate and you can now bequeath me with the nickname “Cool Hand” as a result of it. I did not know how potent the Glee phenomenon was.

GLEE at Macy's (CableMuse.com) Maria Solis - Macy's
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Less than a year and half of its April 19, 2009 pilot, Glee was everywhere I looked. The Glee cast had 25 singles chart on the Billboard Hot 100, the most by any artist since The Beatles had 31 songs in the chart in 1964. That followed up three weeks ago with the release of the first authorized novel, Glee: The Beginning, a prequel to the events of the television series along with a clothing deal with Macy’s. And now Glee: The Complete First Season is scheduled for release on September 14.

Through all Glee’s success with ratings, merchandise and DVDs the primary reason for me being Gleaked is because of the potential impact the show may have on schools across the homeland in regards to traditionally ridiculed clubs.  

Glee (CableMuse.com) Maria Solis - Macy's
Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale and Heather Morris,

The presumed hackneyed clubs such as glee, book and chess might receive momentum from the success of the show and make these clubs trendy instead of nerdy. It’s not out of the question that a hit show or an admired entity in the realm of entertainment can alter trends in schools. Some of the biggest examples have been leather jackets trending in the schools in the 70’s with Happy Days because of Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli, the silk shirts in the 80’s that Detective James Crockett modeled in Miami Vice or the baggy jeans that came from a plethora of hip hop artists in the 90’s.

Glee (CableMuse.com) Maria Solis - Macy's
Glee; Jenna Ushkowitz, Heather Morris, Kevin McHale

In a survey I conducted on Facebook consisting of 116 people, 73 of the poll said that they deem that the esteem of Glee could benefit the geek clubs. The incongruity of the appraisal is that the 43 people that felt that Glee will not have an impact on the acuity of a glee, math or book club is that Glee star, Lea Michele agrees with them. Michele, who plays diva wanna-be Rachel Berry on the show was once asked whether she would have ever dated a member of the Math Team in high school and her answer to the question was a tersely reply of “Eww.”

With the arrival of fall, which translates to the start of a brand new school year and brand new trends, will Glee make the local glasses, sweater vest wearing student kool? Or will folklore reign supreme in the event that a member of a math club asks the popular cheerleader out and gets the dreaded reply of "Eww"? Let the process of the finding out Glee’s true hold on society begin. 

Editor’s Note: Award winning GLEE premiers  it’s  Season 2 on Fox Tuesday, September 21st. 

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