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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Must-see TV: "Flash Forward" and "Glee"

ABC has another sci-fi hit on its hands, and Fox has a new show based in Lima.

Yes, that Lima.

The fictional show "Glee" on Fox is a clever show about a group of high schoolers at William McKinley in Lima and their Glee Club director (Matthew Morrison). The show, which airs on Wednesdays, has all your typical high school stereotypes, but it's heartwarming, very creative and most important, plenty of fun.

It's unique for one reason: It's as much a musical as it is a comedy series. Renditions of popular songs "Don't Stop Believing" and "Push It" are extremely catchy. You won't be disappointed downloading them to your ipod.

It also dives head first into the issues many high schoolers deal with - homosexuality, teen pregnancy and self esteem - thus giving it an edgy feel.

Reviews of "Glee" have been mixed, but give it a shot. You have some catching up to do, as the series is already four episodes in. Trust me when I say it's a series unlike any other on TV.

ABC's "Flash Forward," based on the 1999 novel by Robert J. Sawyer, is equally must-see TV, but for different reasons. If you thought "Lost" was confusing and addictive, then wait until you get a load of "Flash Forward." The pilot aired last last Thursday to solid reviews, and for good reason.

The mystery surrounding the events of the pilot is riveting. To summarize: A mysterious global event causes everyone on earth to pass out at the same for 2 minutes, 17 seconds, during which most see what is believed to be a glimpse of their future - six months ahead.

A group of FBI agents led by Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) begins searching for answers, but no one has any. The pilot concludes with a hair-raising scene of a person in black on video tape walking through a baseball stadium in Detroit while everyone around the person is blacked out.

Who is this individual? Can't wait to find out. I'm hooked.

- Mark Podolski


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