Don’t Shoot the Messenger, Re: GLEE


From: CT
To: The TV Addict
Date: May 19, 2009
Subject: Shame On You, FOX!

Message Body: For weeks, viewers have been complaining about missing the final moments of AMERICAN IDOL due to the show running over. But last night, FOX not only ticked off millions of viewers but officially screwed themselves by allowing IDOL to run over yet again… and in the process, assure that anyone recording GLEE on a DVR would miss the end of the show-stopping performance, not to mention scenes for the episodes we won’t see until fall. So afford me a moment of clarity, FOX: You spent millions of dollars over several months advertising GLEE only to then cut off the ending, including the first new commercials for upcoming episodes? In twitterspeak, that would have be considered a #massivefail.

[UPDATE] GLEE is now available to watch for FREE over and over and over again at FOX on Demand and on iTunes.

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  • Common Sense

    Typical FOX, and just one more reason why I never bother tuning in that network through the week. Their shortsightedness and abuse of the viewers who ARE there is unforgiveable. Those Idol shows are so bloated with crap NO ONE wants to see, this overrun is even more egregious. Glee deserved much better, and it’s a shame the program isn’t on a network which actually cares and has a clue.

  • Ace

    No offense guys, but you should all know that this will happen. I’m not saying it is right, but they have established the track record now. ANY time I watch a show that follows American Idol I set it so that it records at least 5 minutes overtime. They have been doing it for years and now you should just know that it happens. It’ll probably happen this summer with So You Think You Can Dance too. But what you are recording during the summer on Fox, I do not know.

  • luke

    Actually I disagree about Fox caring. I’ve never seen them advertise so much for a show that wasn’t an action drama. I’m sure Idol went over so that it would boost Glee’s ratings and hopefully it did. I’m actually proud of them. Way to go Fox!!!!

  • Nick

    Luke, you’re “actually proud” of Fox? Hope that’s tongue-in-cheek. It’s hard to be “proud” of a network that, as you say, spends so much time advertising a show and getting people excited to see it….only to have it chopped off at the end because there were too many Coke and Ford commercials, rambling incoherent comments by judges, Seacrest Stupidity (an oxymoron if ever there was one), and a general disregard for those who tuned in specifically to see Glee.

    Proud of Fox? Uh, not in this lifetime.

  • Josh Emerson

    I think it was a big mistake. Personally, I thought the preview for the upcoming season hooked me more than the actual pilot. The pilot I didn’t think was all that amazing but the show has a lot of potential. I think it’ll be really good.

  • I HATE Idol so much. And now I’m glad I didn’t get a chance to tape GLEE cause I would have screamed at the tv for that.

    I really can’t stand Fox right now. With the callous comments about T:SCC and their general disrespect of fans … Not everyone watches or ccan even tolerate Idol. Idol is not the be all, end all.

  • blueberry

    I agree with Sawyer.

    The pilot has issues with its pacing (how quickly does one change careers then back again?) but the numbers and dancing make Glee fresh.

    What’s fresh is also Lea Michelle. By law, I have to support any original cast member of Spring Awakening.

    Let’s just hope the ratings are there to back up the show once it gets its bearings.

  • luke

    Normally I really hate Fox and all it has to offer, but I’m pleasantly surprised that they seem to be giving so much support to something that isn’t a typical fox show. In that aspect I’m proud of them, if that makes any sense.

  • Rose

    Thank GOD for hulu. They have the full episode.