And they didn't think it would last: 'Glee' grabs most Golden Globe nominations of any TV series
"It was unexpected -- and the idea that it's a musical is hilarious. What are we? The first scripted musical to work on TV since 1987?"
"Glee" landed four nominations for best comedy series, actress (Lea Michele), actor (Matthew Morrison) and supporting actress (Jane Lynch).
Lynch, who was on set rehearsing for next year's all-Madonna episode, said that "the kids are out of their minds with excitement."
"Glee" was anything but a sure bet for Fox: Murphy had envisioned a one-hour musical comedy about the misfits of an Ohio high school glee club whose troubles and triumphs would be set to a mix of radio-friendly hits and show tunes.
"So many people took a huge chance with this show," Murphy said. "Even when it got picked up, there was a lot of support for it at Fox, but even people who loved the show thought it would run for five episodes and be canceled.The fact that people seem to understand it is what I love."
The proof: The series' fall finale drew a strong 8.1 million viewers, the soundtrack was certified gold on Dec. 4 (more than 500,000 copies sold), and the cast's versions of singles like "Don't Stop Believing" and "Take a Bow" have generated well over 1 million downloads on iTunes.
But Morrison, who phoned in from Hawaii, also recalled the initial nerves surrounding the show's launch. "When we started this thing not too long ago, we were just hoping that people would get it. It's been amazing to see the show recognized."
He added that just like the lovable underdogs that make up McKinley High School's New Directions, "Glee" works because it doesn't fit in. "It’s a different show. It’s not a cop show, a lawyer show, a doctor show. I think right now people need to be uplifted, and it’s a very uplifting show."
Michele, who like Morrison is up for her first Golden Globe nomination, said the enthusiasm on set "transcends on-screen."
"Musicals haven't worked much in the past, but there are tons of reasons that this one does," she said.
Lynch said she owes her nomination to the originality of her character, glee club nemesis Coach Sue. "I get the honor of and the joy of saying those words and wearing the track suit. [My nomination] is just a real homage to what [co-executive producer] Ian Brennan created with the show. Sue is Ian’s inner mean girl."
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