Today’s cuppa: office coffee

Just a quick note to remind everyone that tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Fox premieres the new season of “So You Think You Can Dance,” followed at 9 p.m. ET/PT by the series premiere of the high-school musical dramedy “Glee,” which aired its one-hour pilot last May.
What seemed to be a risky move at the time for “Glee” turned into marketing genius, as word of mouth, touring shows and online music raised awareness and excitement for the show, which is one of my favorites this fall.
Yes, it’s the creation of Ryan Murphy of “Popular” and “Nip/Tuck” fame, so it’s got an edge of weirdness, but it’s a loving weirdness. Whether popular girl, jock, music nerd, germ-phobe or tracksuit-wearing domineering mistress of the dark (that’s the cheerleading coach, by the way, played by the delightful Jane Lynch), each character gets his or her full dose of humanity and a distinctive voice and point of view.
I don’t care whether you watch the president’s umpteeth speech on healthcare tonight or not — it’s up to you, and it’s airing on every major broadcast network except Fox, and all the cable newsers (and it’s not really an issue for us in Pacific time, where it begins at 5 p.m.) — but however you need to do it, find a way to catch “Glee.”
In an angry world, it’s a very welcome and charmingly crooked ray of sunshine. And did I mention there’s great singing and dancing? That’s a bonus.
Here are a few shots of the run-up to the screening of the first new episode, which took place at a Fox premiere party last night, in the gym at a Culver City, Calif., elementary school.

Before the screening; Chris Coffer up on the screen…

Glee_Gym1.jpgA team of cheerleaders performs before the episode begins …

Glee_Gym2.jpgMore cheerleaders, with Corey Monteith behind them…

Thumbnail image for Glee_Gym4_Corey_Monteith.jpgAnd I toss in an image of Kevin McHale, just because he wore the bowtie that he promised in his Twitter feed (where his current avatar appears to be a photo of said bowtie from last night) …

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