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At the moment, Glee airs weekly (or will, when season 2 premieres). But if you're an obsessive Gleek, you can get your fix 24-7, through the bestselling cast albums, Hulu web exclusives and live stage tour. Soon, Glee will even go into syndication. And on top of that, Oxygen -- the network that bought those syndication rights -- is developing a new Glee reality show.
For superfans, this is great news. For the casual viewer, it seems a little exhausting. We love the show, but is there such a thing as too much Glee?
It seems like a ridiculous question, considering the show has only been on for one season. But the current philosophy in TV Land seems to be: if viewers like something, shove it down their throats, around the clock, until they can't take it anymore! Kids like American Idol? Show it every night! Lost is a hit? Let's rerun last week's episode with commentary! Project Runway is big -- how can we extend each episode to 90 minutes? The old adage "leave 'em wanting more" no longer applies.
Ultimately, the overkill really tests an audience's loyalty... which is why we can see the Glee backlash coming a mile away. And as Glee fans, it's not even the ratings we're worried about -- it's the kids on the show. The cast consists teenagers and young adults who are newbies when it comes to a demanding TV schedule, complete with rigorous singing and dancing rehearsals, plus a live tour and recording sessions. Now, a reality show? (In fairness, it's unclear at this stage how much the cast will be involved, but would anyone tune in if they weren't?).
There are already rumors that the kids are feeling the strain. (Lea Michele is the one cast member we're not worried about; she's been doing eight shows a week on Broadway since she was a kid, so as a performer, she's probably indestructible -- although her reputation backstage clearly isn't.) We can't think of a show that's ever made so many demands of a young cast -- with the exception of the '80s hit series Fame. Still, many of the Fame kids burned out from exhaustion after a season or two of filming plus touring. We hope Fox is smart enough to save the Glee cast from a flameout. Any kids who can make America so happy are a valuable national resource!
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