The old adage says absence makes the heart grow fonder, and that seems to be the case with “Glee,” a musical comedy on Fox that returns Tuesday night after a mid-season break of more than four months.
The mid-season finale aired on Dec. 9, but the chatter around the show never halted.
In fact, in the wake of a performance at the White House Easter Egg Roll, a live tour and a slew of big name guest stars, the show has even picked up some new fans.
Jennifer McGraw, a student at the University of Colorado, said she was among those late to the party, but thanks to the show’s four-month hiatus, she is ready and waiting for its return.
“I saw my first episode of ‘Glee’ a month ago when my friends told me that I absolutely had to see it, and I was hooked. Since then, I’ve watched all of the episodes up to date,” McGraw said.
Despite the wait she’s had to face, McGraw has no complaints.
“The mid-season break was a huge help to get me caught-up,” she said. “Without the break I probably wouldn’t even have attempted it. Now I can’t wait for ‘Glee’ to come back and this long break to end.”
A self-labeled “Gleek,” Maureen LeVoir, also a CU student, has been a fan from the start and has even attended a “Glee”-and-Pancakes-themed viewing party.
“I can’t wait for it to start again — it’s the show I look forward to all week long,” LeVoir said.
When asked what she has been watching in lieu of her favorite show, LeVoir paused for a moment before answering, “Actually, I really haven’t been watching TV at all.”
Of course this isn’t the first time Fox has asked the audience to wait for “Glee.” The series’ first episode aired after an installment of “American Idol” in May 2009, and Fox did not show another new episode until the fall television season.
Entertainment Weekly television critic Ken Tucker noted this unorthodox start in his May 13 review of the series pilot: “But ‘Glee’ is still the little musical-comedy-drama that could … bomb. As terrific as it is, it’s a risk. Why? Because there’s nothing else like it on TV. Because regular episodes won’t begin airing weekly until this fall.”
“Glee’s” September premiere attracted 7.44 million viewers, according to the Nielsen ratings.
In his initial review Tucker wrote, “I was persuaded by ‘Glee’s’ cagey little mind as well as its big, throbbing heart. I think you will be, too.”
That is a sentiment that Genetra Tull, a film student at CU-Denver, can relate to.
“I love ‘Glee’ for the witty dialogue and the mixture of popular music,” Tull said. “My favorite character is Sue Sylvester. Some of her lines are so mean and Jane Lynch delivers them perfectly. One of my favorite quotes: ‘You are about to board the Sue Sylvester express. Destination: Horror!’ ”
Gleeks from Boulder to the White House can get their sing on in the final nine episodes of the first season, starting next Tuesday. Upcoming episodes include “How I Met Your Mother” star Neil Patrick Harris and Molly Shannon, as well as the long-awaited all Madonna episode.