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TV Review: "Glee"

For those of us who were in show choir, chorus or band in high school, we can relate to the situations on "Glee" (which premiered this past week, and will start its regular season in the fall). As the daughter of a music teacher and a teacher myself, I strongly related to the politics and economics of arts programs depicted in the show. The acting and singing are good, and the writing is quite witty at times. The problem is that too many of the characters are clichéd, and the focus of the show is divided.

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TV Review: Glee

Has there ever been a TV show more aptly named than Glee? It both embodies and inspires exactly that quality. Yet if I tell you the show is about a high school glee club and features bursting-into-song musical numbers, you might react as I did initially: I wanted no part of that. I'm not a musicals kinda guy.

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A cappella poised for a serious makeover

Jim Farber / NY Daily NewsThere's a lingering image of glee clubs - as glassy-eyed geek squads grinning their way through music as antique as a barbershop quartet and as corny as a hootenanny.You can hear the snickers over this collegiate, a cappella style in running jokes on TV shows like "The Office" and "Saturday Night Live," as well as in movies like Jennifer Aniston's "The Break-Up."But is this condescending image set for a serious makeover?