Glee Creator Dishes on New Show

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Pardon the obvious pun, but we're gleeful for tonight's series premiere of Glee.

The show, a musical comedy from the creative mind of Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy, airs on Fox, immediately following the final American Idol performance show.

Glee Characters

In a new interview with TV Guide, Murphy expands on his vision for this unique series:

On what type of show Glee is: We have a lot of dramatic plot lines, but this show is a one-hour comedy. But it's very much in the Alexander Payne world as opposed to something, you know — this is not a show you'd find on the CW. I think it's a little bit more adult than that.

On motivation for creating a primetime musical: I wanted to do a postmodern musical. Fox was not interested in, and neither was I, doing a show where people suddenly burst into song. I said, "Look, if they're going to sing, there are going to be three rules:

It will be done where they're on stage rehearsing or performing, in the rehearsal room, or it will be a fantasy that is rooted on the stage." I think that's one of the reasons why Chicago, for instance, was such a brilliant movie: It had rules. I was very inspired by American Idol because I think the key is to do songs that people know and interpret them in a different and unusual way.

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Glee Quotes

We met right here. I took this man's hand and we ran down that hallway. Those of you who know me know I'm not in the habit of taking the hands of people I've never met before, but I think that my soul knew something that my body and my mind didn't know yet. It knew that our hands were meant to hold each other, fearlessly and forever. Which is why it's never really felt like I've been getting to know you. It's always felt like I was remembering you from something. As if in every lifetime that you and I have ever lived we've chosen to come back and find each other and fall in love all over again, over and over, for all eternity. And I just feel so lucky that I found you so soon in this lifetime because all I want to do, all I've ever wanted to do, is spend my life loving you. So, Kurt Hummel, my amazing friend, my one true love, will you marry me?

Blaine

[to Finn] You know, I don't really know what's going to happen between us, but I know that you used to be the guy that would make me feel like the most special girl in the whole world, and it doesn't feel that way anymore. Now it just feels sad and confusing. And the worst part is that it doesn't even feel that bad anymore.

Rachel