Has Ryan Murphy gone soft on us? The writer-director, best known for quirky, dark dramas like the teen satire Popular and the plastic-surgery freakfest Nip/Tuck, wanted to do something different, something with heart. The result is Glee, a genre-busting, one-hour comedy about a Spanish teacher (Matthew Morrison) and his quest to rebuild a suburban high school glee club. The show stars a mix of Broadway vets (Spring Awakening's Lea Michele; Kristin Chenoweth and Victor Garber will recur), some familiar TV faces (Jayma Mays, Stephen Tobolosky), and Jane Lynch, who steals scenes as a ball-busting cheerleading coach. Fox is previewing the pilot episode in a plum, post-American Idol slot Tuesday (9 pm/ET) before it debuts in the fall. Murphy told TVGuide.com what inspired the edgy songfest, what "rules" give the show structure, and, finally, what we can expect from Nip/Tuck's final season.
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