I really like Marley and, aside from the color of her hair, I don't see any similarities to Rachel. They both have great voices, but I don't think their voices are alike at all. Totally different backgrounds and personalities.
I'm going to take a gander and say that we'll see Puck at some point because his brother is about to be in Glee Club. That's a story they kind of pulled out of nowhere...weird.
OK. Just watching now on Hulu, and I've gotta ask why, with all the new interest in Glee Club, would they limit the size to nine people and only choose one new person? That's just crazy and totally unbelievable. The first season, Mr. Shue was trolling for group members, and the club is smaller now than it was back then. It's not like we have to actually follow the stories of everyone in the group. They could have just added some filler people to be in the background and make it more realistic. Very strange!
IRL, they would bring in a bunch of new members at the beginning of the school year but, for this show, I'm sure they're going to do it gradually. They don't want to swamp the audience with a lot of new people all at once. I'm sure the new Puckerman will be on the team, as will maybe one of two of the new Cheerios. Then Blake from TGP is showing up. They'll have at least 12 by the time they need to compete.
Since they're following the graduated characters as well, I'm sure they don't want the cast to explode into a TON of people.
I know it is early, but I am enjoying the NY scenes far more than the OH scenes. It seems like nothing has gotten started in OH yet whereas the action in NY is moving along.
Also interesting that there has been no contact between Rach and Finn in several months....and I don't miss him at all
1- Kurt and Rachel are in NY. Arguably, these are the 2 stars of Glee and 2 of the best singers. Kurt is universally beloved and Rachel, while often polarizing, is at least a constant topic of interest/debate/etc... (unlike, say, Tina).
2- New cast members in NYC that dont automatically feel like re-treads. No matter what, the new members in Ohio are basically filling shoes--Marley is the new Rachel, the hot guy is the new Puck, etc... BUT--The folks in NYC are fresh and fun. And, they are bringing in some large names (SJP, Whoopie, Kate Hudson) in NYC that can and will attract new audience members.
3- New spin on Glee might bring back some of the audience that left over the past 2 seasons. It is a verified fact that Glee's popularity has declined over the past 2 seasons, this is even reflected here at the FORT where many of us have posted our grievances and frustrations with the show's decline in writing/storylines/etc... I would wager that without The Glee Project we would have witnessed an even larger nose dive in the ratings than what has occurred...
4- NYC: A little more "grown-up" while still reaching a younger audience. Glee NY will appeal to those die-hard tween fans and could appeal to a broader adult audience as well since it isn't set at a high school. It might look something like Smash, Gossip Girl and American Idol without all the 'in your face life lessons' that Glee has often over-done in the past. And, as a sidenote, the best service message ever from Glee happened to feature Kurt and his dad (and, IMO, was the only one that truly became part of the story without feeling pushy and was simply wonderful) and Kurt is in NYC.
So, if some of the rumors are true about an eventual Glee spinoff then I could definitely see big things for this show...and, like ibot, I'm enjoying the NYC scenes more too ;) .
I'm really liking the NYC scenes too! I'm definitely enjoying Rachel's story with the the "new boy" and her teacher, and I love her and Kurt together in the loft! I'm really looking forward to seeing Kurt at his new job with SJP. Especially since that job will be totally out of the performing arts, but a realistic alternative for Kurt while he waits to reaudition for NYADA. There's so much they can do with the NYC setting and characters who are out of high school and on their own.
I'm still enjoying the high school scenes, though I agree, not quite as much. But Britney and her "scissor Skyping" :rofl I suppose the new girl and Puck's brother gives a us chance for a "Rachel/Puck" do over, but honestly the only thing I see her having in common with Rachel is a good voice and being an outsider. But really, that pretty well sums up the entire Glee club :shrug
The thing I think they are really succeeding at though, is keeping the two "Glee-verses" separate, but connected. I think in that way it's a lot like real life, when you first head out on your own. You've left people behind, but they don't suddenly just disappear from your life. Communication with them, and referencing them in your conversation is natural...and just like with Santana, sometimes being too busy and growing apart happens too. Either way, the story shift between the two worlds is smooth and doesn't seem dis-jointed or confusing. Kinda like they way they do it on "Once Upon a Time." Another...superior...show that starts September 30th. Not that I'm excited or anything. Just saying :grin