Why Glee Won’t Last
Not since American Idol has a show impacted the music industry like Glee, Fox’s hit series now in it’s second season. The recent Madonna special shattered the ratings of last season (nearly 13.5 million Gleeks watched) and spawned a successful companion album. There are talks of a Britney Spears getting the Madonna treatment next season, and maybe even homages to Billy Joel and Courtney Love. Yes, that Courtney Love.
Glee fans have a lot to be, well, gleeful about, but they should enjoy the show while they can. Within two years, Glee albums will be found in bargain bins across the nation.
1-Shows that take place in high school rarely last long. For every 90210 there are countless other shows that have come and gone without much fanfare. Even Saved By The Bell only really lasted four seasons (which isn’t counting the “first season” with Miss Bliss, the college years, and the new class, but I digress…) By their very nature, high school shows are destined to last only four seasons, as is the way it usually works with high school, or they have to replace their casts. Glee is a character-driven show that may not survive a complete overhaul of it’s core cast members.
2-Glee, Incorporated is going to get very old very quickly. Look, I understand that America is a capitalistic society and that one should strike while the iron is hot when it comes to making money, but must we really have a new Glee album every six months? The show is only a few episodes into it’s second season and has already produced more soundtracks, DVDs, tours, album signings, and unofficial books than is deserved. I understand that Glee fans can’t get enough, but very soon they will be able to. Overexposure only lasts so long. Don’t believe me? Ask the Spice Girls how their quest for world-domination worked for them in the long run.
3-The Glee cast members will eventually “grow up.” Such is the way of the world. Although the majority of the cast were virtual unknowns when the show debuted, they have now become extremely recognizable figures. They’ll start making films and possibly even releasing their own albums. I don’t know how long the appeal of an ensemble television show will last when executives and managers start saying that you can be the next big thing. And speaking of the next big thing, they had better offer Jane Lynch a lot of money for season three or Sue might be headed for early retirement!
Don’t fret Glee fans! Your show will still be around for quite some time, but make sure you DVR all your favorite episodes. This program isn’t going to be around forever.