VANCOUVER - After kicking round in supporting and guest roles in Kyle XY, Kaya and the usual roster of locally shot TV shows (Smallville, Stargate), B.C.'s Cory Monteith is finally getting a little star action.
The Alberta-born, Victoria-raised, Vancouver resident plays Finn, a football jock blackmailed into joining the glee club in the Fox Comedy Glee aired a special preview Tuesday right after American Idol.
Glee is the story of the very worst glee club in the country. They have nowhere to go but up.
The show follows teacher Will Schuester, played by Hairspray star Matthew Morrison, as he transforms his motley crew into top notch performers
Riding on the musical comedy coat tails of the High School Musical franchise, creator Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck) is hoping to create a Fame for a new generation.
"I like to think this show has more in common with Election or Juno than it does High School Musical and Spectacular!" Murphy said.
"It's not going to be completely too bland or [squeaky] clean," Murphy said. "It does have a little bit of subversiveness in it. I always thought the word 'glee' implied a kind of joyful malice. The show's about merging wild optimism with real life, with a bit of an edge."
The show's mix of gay and straight character should by fodder for a few conversations in the more conservative regions of North America, as was My So-Called Life when it introduced a gay character in a leading role.
Glee previews tonight and resumes as a regular series in the fall.
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