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.

Here’s why:

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.

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95 Responses to “Why Glee Won’t Last”
  1. Josh says:

    Oh Case. This is something Glee fans already know. Of course the show won’t be around forever. Very few shows have Evergreen power (Cops, the Law and Order series, America’s Most Wanted, Simpsons, etc.). However, a few things….

    1, You should have done a tad more research. Technically, the show is still in it’s first season. It just took a hiatus for American Idol to dwindle down until it wouldn’t be on for 2 hours. Season 2 will be next fall.

    2, Can’t argue that shows that take place in high school rarely last long, but in rare occasionas, they make it work. Though not rating grabbers, critic’s darling Friday Night Lights manages to still be fresh and new, as many of the high school characters are now in college and a whole new team has been brought in that has more drama. BBC’s popular series Skins keeps things fresh by graduating it’s characters every two years and bringing in a whole new group of students. And Canada’s biggest export, Degrassi The Next Generation, is constantly adding new characters every season while keeping one of two of the originals around to add nostalgia to the show. So though more thank likely it doesn’t last, there are instances where it works.

    3, Glee could get old very quickly. I won’t lie, when the first episode of part 2 of season 1 debuted, I was a bit iffy. I didn’t like many of the songs. However, once the Power of Madonna episode aired, I was back. The producers have many tricks up their sleeves to keep fans interested in not only the show itself, which lets everyone inner Gleek have a good day (very very few episodes thus far have ended on a sour note), but musical stunts to keep people coming back. Kristen Chenowith and Idina Menzel have had appearences on the show to bring in theater nerds, and Joss Whedon (TV’s Buffy, Firefly, Astonishing X-Men) will be directing an episode with his D.r Horrible star Neil Patrick Harris. The producers know that if it’s just a group of kids singing week after week, it will get stale, and are working on shaking things up and surprising fans every week.

    4, I think to say that it has more than it deserves CD/DVD/concert wise is a bit unfair. So far, only three CD’s have been produced. Yes, it’s season 1, but the show has on average 5-7 songs per episode, almost all entering the iTunes Top 100 upon release. It only makes sense that for people who don’t have iTunes or want a compilation rather than released singles, a CD will be released. The DVD I personally agree that it was premature, but with a four month gap and a lot of Gleeks out there fanatically into the show, it made sense. As well as the tour. The tour is something that they did when the show first aired its pilot, only rather than a small arena tour, the kids performed at malls and were at Hot Topic and Best Buys. With already about 50 songs performed by the Glee kids, it makes sense that people would love to see live versions of such Glee hits such as Somebody To Love, Like A Prayer, and of course Don’t Stop Believin.

    5, Yes I do know (as does everyone hopefully) that the show, will not last. But to say it will end sooner than later I think is a bit rediculous. One of the biggest attractions to the show, besides the amazing cast and music, is that it’s not about the pretty popular kids. It’s not about hardcore drugs and sex and rock and roll. It’s a twisted humorous look at the underdogs. The kids with dreams to be on Broadway. The kids who want to be center stage, but because of body or social issues are shunned. Not the kids, who as Kurt put it in the pilot, “will one day work for him”. For once the underdogs get a chance to shine and win. That’s why for now especially, the show is going to be on for a while. The gleeks of the world have heroes now, who though they may have slurpees thrown in their face, at the end of the day, they win. And that’s nice.

  2. Lizzyb says:

    While I agree with you about too much too soon and how long will this last, Glee is still in its first season. We have only seen the first 13 plus 3 of the back 9 to make the first season of 22. As written its not a forever show. But if you look at how TV is now, if a show lasts 5 years anymore its a huge deal. Glee burns so hot, I can’t imagine more than 3 years max. But one can hope.

  3. Floor Lamp : says:

    oh well, i am a gleek myself and i really really love GLEE -

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