Do 'Glee' Viewers Need More Musical TV?

With two more musical comedies in the works, is there such a thing as too much musical TV?

Glee is great. People love Glee. It's no secret that creator Ryan Murphy hit a nerve with this upbeat, snarky-yet-soulful musical comedy. But is there room on TV for two more shows like it? Do Gleeks have an appetite for even more?

Well, Murphy's banking on the fact that they do. He's developing two more musical comedies for TV -- a half hour one starring Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth and another starring John Stamos. Murphy has kept tight-lipped about the premise of both shows. (In a recent interview with Ryan Seacrest, Stamos divulged that years ago, Murphy asked him to star in a show about a male prostitute. But judging by his reaction -- "I was like, 'Get out of here!'" -- that won't be the storyline in this one.)

With all the Glee love out there, it's not surprising that these other shows are happening. But how much musical TV is too much? It's hard to say. Before the huge success of Glee, the notion of TV characters bursting into song was a hit or miss proposition. Buffy the Vampire Slayer's 2001 musical episode on The WB, "Once More with Feeling," won rave reviews from critics, and even ranked #11 on TV Guide's list of the Top 100 TV Episodes. But other attempts haven't fared as well.

HBO's 2007 series, Flight of the Conchords, earned relatively good reviews but lasted only two seasons. Steven Bochco's attempt in 1990 to create a musical police drama, Cop Rock, was a spectacular failure that still gets referenced in "Worst of TV" lists.

But with Glee, Murphy has proven that a network TV musical can be an unqualified success. He may have ushered in a new day for the genre. Advertisers, critics and viewers are less likely than ever to raise their eyebrows when a favorite character expresses himself through a cheesy pop song. At this point, most people I know are just psyched to sing along. I know I am!

Oh, and one more point. You know Fox's The Simpsons, that arbiter of all things cool on TV? Sunday's season premiere (at 8 p.m. ET) will come in the form of a... musical, titled 'Elementary School Musical.' That title alone promises good things. 

How much is too much musical TV? Chime in below!

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