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Thursday, September 13, 2012
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LIVE BLOG: ‘Glee’ Season 4 Premiere

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor


FINAL THOUGHTS: Coming from someone who hasn’t really enjoyed the last two seasons of Glee, I thought the season 4 premiere was extremely strong.

Everything from the music (wasn’t the biggest fan of “Americano/Dance Again”) and the storylines are right on spot so far.

The introduction of Marley and her cafeteria mom is a breath of fresh air for the show and is a rather timely storyline. And Marley stuns in her performances as well (as does Jake). I couldn’t be more excited for a character on this show than I am for her.

Rachel and Kurt have reunited (making my Kurt and Rachel Show dreams come true) and I’m looking forward to them taking NYC by storm together.

I was surprised to see many of the graduates missing from the premiere, but with the addition of new characters, it makes sense. The graduates, save for Rachel and Kurt, are probably going to be more secondary characters than anything. Let’s hope that keeping up with everyone doesn’t detract from the start in the right direction it looks like the show is headed.

It could be too early to tell, but I know I’ll be tuning in this season to see how everything plays out, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Have opinions about the premiere? Let me know!

Thanks for logging on, everyone!

[9:59 pm EST] Rachel and Kurt have reunited! This is adorable. That embrace and smile from Rachel was great. Marley, welcome to the big time!

[9:58 pm EST] Looks like Jake won’t be joining the New Directions tonight. Stubborn.

[9:57 pm EST] Marley is the star of the night for me. This rendition of Adele‘s “Chasing Pavements” is killer. I can’t stop smiling or singing.

[9:56 pm EST] So Jake is Puck’s half-brother. Now we know where he got his rage from. One Puck out, one Puck in. But let’s get real, Jake is a million times better than Puck as a singer.

[9:54 pm EST] Kitty’s nicknames are the best. “Unique’s eyes, they are on FIRE.” Looks like we have a new quippy character to replace Santana.

[9:53 pm EST] Sam is falling hard for Marley. Looks like “Richie Poor” found a new love interest (maybe?). Looks like Marley is in!

[9:51 pm EST] This music and of course the superb acting chops of Mike O’Malley as Burt? Tears again. “But you won’t.” This episode is full of touching moments.

[9:48 pm EST] Does Cassandra see something in Rachel? Is she her new protege?

[9:47 pm EST] Rachel, get over Finn. Haven’t heard from him in two months and you have this man-candy sitting right beside you? What is wrong with you? Let’s take a picture together? Translation: forget about your boyfriend.

[9:46 pm EST] WOW. Didn’t see that coming out this early. What a twist!

[9:42 pm EST] That song was SO Klaine.

[9:41 pm EST] That cup circle was a bit much.

[9:41 pm EST] I hope everyone recognizes “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons right now being performed by Blaine. This is what we’ve been waiting for. Wow, this performance is super choreographed. I have confidence that Kurt and Blaine can survive this. Fingers-crossed!

[9:39 pm EST] “You can’t be here anymore.” Laughing ensues.

[9:39 pm EST] Is anyone else crying right now? This storyline is so raw and emotional. Could this get Glee back on track?

[9:38 pm EST] Look at Kurt, being the voice of reason. Can you please just go now? The new Rachel is….Blaine. Brittany in second. “Why do you hate strong black women for?” Unique is killing it.

[9:36 pm EST] Looks like Glee finally found a way to incorporate something from The Glee Project into the show. The list is up.

[9:32 pm EST] This simultaneous performance of “New York State of Mind” between Rachel and Marley Rose (Melissa Benoist) is fantastic. Great give and take. The dichotomy between their voices and the cross-shots are amazing. They perform so differently. Looks like we know who the next Rachel is. Move over, Blaine & Co. Best performance of the night so far. Let’s see how it holds up to the rest of the episode.

[9:29 pm EST] Ouch, that cut was hard. Is Whoopi the new Simon Cowell? C’mon, Rachel.

[9:28 pm EST] Oh hey, Whoopi. This round room is gorgeous and I’m looking forward to some amazing performances in this room this season.

[9:27 pm EST] Yeah, what Kurt said. Chances of getting on the team are about 0 right now.

[9:26 pm EST] Jake (Jacob Artist) is AMAZING singing The Fray’s “Never Say Never.” Definitely giving me chills.

[9:25 pm EST] Oh, auditions, I love you so much. “Are there words to this song?”

[9:21 pm EST] Rachel isn’t really helping herself out at all. This is going to be one long season for her.

[9:19 pm EST] “Americano/Dance Again” kicks off. Here comes Kate Hudson’s real Glee premiere.

[9:18 pm EST] Oh no she didn’t. Rachel…not looking good.

[9:17 pm EST] That is the most heart-breaking storyline I think they’ve ever had, and I loved Beast’s story.

[9:17 pm EST] What a twist. The new girl is the cafeteria lady’s daughter? Let’s see how that adorable storyline plays out.

[9:16 pm EST] Looks like Glee isn’t as inclusive as they claimed to be. Game of Thrones, really? No Artie, don’t give in to the popular kids!

[9:14 pm EST] Kurt looks so out of place now. He’s like the ghost of McKinley High School.

[9:14 pm EST] Not sure if I loved that PSA of Quinn texting and driving.

[9:11 pm EST] I’m calling the “song of the summer” gauntlet thrown. Yeah Artie, who’s it going to be?

[9:09 pm EST] “Call Me Maybe” is the first song of the night! Kicking it off, Unique! Blaine sounds amazing (of course). Loving it so far.

[9:08 pm EST] Unique (Alex Newell) is joining the glee club! “That’s a great haircut, Mercedes, I thought you graduated.” This is the best quote thus far. Looks like the competition for the new Rachel just heated up!

[9:06 pm EST] “New Head Bitch” = Kitty. Ouch. Aren’t all gay people successful? Looks like Sue is back to her old antics again. Hating on Porcelain again.

[9:05 pm EST] Looks like Rachel has some major eye-candy this season. Maybe they can stay up late talking about Barbra Streisand and gabbing about moisturizer.

[9:04 pm EST] Rachel, don’t do that. Creeper status.

[9:03 pm EST] Artie sitting with Cheerieos? Tina has a freshman as her personal assistant? Sounds like winning Nationals has gone to their head. Who’s the new Rachel?

[9:02 pm EST] Little Miss David Schwimmer from Ohio. Welcome to NYC, Rachel.

[9:00 pm EST] Getting introduced to Cassandra right off the bat. This is going to be quite the obstacle for Rachel to get over this season. You know she isn’t used to not being good at something. Welcome to NYADA!

Gleeks, school is back in session!

Season four of Fox’s musical dramedy Glee premieres tonight (since it moved from Tuesdays to Thursdays), and as Bob Dylan said, “The Times They Are A-Changin’.”

This season, we’ll follow our favorite Broadway-bound graduate, Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), as she navigates the Big Apple at her dream school: The New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts (NYADA). Kate Hudson guest stars as Cassandra, her intense dance teacher, who makes life a nightmare for Rachel.

Other members of New Directions have graduated as well, but all will be returning for the new season — though to what extent is unknown. Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) is trying to rebound from his NYADA rejection, and the true diva of the show, Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley), is off to Los Angeles to pursue a recording career. The quippy Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera) is cheerleading at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, while Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith), Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman (Mark Salling) and Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr.) are also absent from McKinley High School.

This summer, Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron), was noticed missing from the cast photo, though we know she is headed to Yale and is slated to return as a part of the ensemble cast.

And with the veterans gone, how will seniors Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale), Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz), Brittany S. Pierce (Heather Morris), Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) and Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) dazzle the halls of McKinley?

With the tides changing on Glee, it will be interesting to see how the show plays out this season.

We here at ScottFeinberg.com realize that you have a lot of opinions about Glee, and we certainly want to discuss them with you! I’ll be live-blogging the premiere when it debuts tonight at 9/8c on Fox. All you have to do is tune in, log on and keep hitting refresh!

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