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May 24, 2011 - April Diodato
I hope you're all enjoying the springtime and frolicking outdoors on this gloriously sunny Tuesday. Later this evening, however, TV is the place to be. (Get your DVRs set if you can't make it).
There are a few highly-anticipated season finales on tonight. The winner of "Dancing With the Stars" will be announced in the show's final episode at 9 p.m. on ABC. The two remaining finalists, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, will sing to the death on "American Idol" at 8 p.m. on Fox, with the new Idol to be named on tomorrow night's big, splashy finale.
Of course, the one I can't wait for is the "Glee" finale on Fox at 9 p.m. I set up my antenna for optimal Fox reception in a precarious location in my living room just for the occasion so I wouldn't have to wait until the next day to watch it on Hulu. Yes, kids, this is how journalists live -- without cable or with their parents.
I've enjoyed the second season of "Glee." We were spared some of the senseless storylines from the first one -- namely, the one where Will's wife, Terri, elaborately fakes her pregnancy by wearing faux, plush baby bumps ripped off from maternity stores, convincing a pregnant teen in the Glee Club to let her have her newborn and forcing a sonogram technician to participate in the ruse. I've been rewatching season one since it became available instantly on Netflix and I kind of want to forget about the whole ordeal like it was a bad dream – thankfully, "Glee" seems to feel the same way.
The show has really reached out to its audience in its second season, with heartfelt, groundbreaking portrayals of the problems faced by gay teens at a conservative high school – including Kurt's conflict with a bully (who is struggling with his own sexuality) and Santana's unrequited love for fellow Cheerio, Brittany. Actors Chris Colfer, Naya Rivera and Heather Morris have grown a lot this year – I'm an especially big Santana fan. Her sassiness can't be contained.
My only major complaint is the utter lack of Emma Pillsbury. The delightful Jayma Mays hasn't gotten much screen time all season.
My fellow Emma Pillsbury fans will love the fantastic blog, "What Would Emma Pillsbury Wear?" devoted entirely to quirky fashions beloved by our favorite obsessive-compulsive guidance counselor. Nary a cardigan clip or brightly-colored pencil skirt remains undocumented.
I'll be dishing about the "Glee" finale in a later post.
What has happened to Emma Pillsbury?!