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This Season on Glee: Can The Kids Break Out of the Guilty Pleasure Rut?

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | September 21, 2010 |

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | September 21, 2010 |

“Glee!” returns tonight and the biggest question for those of us who are still watching because we have places in our hearts for whimsy is; can Ryan Murphy pull a real show out of this? I feel like right now I like the concept of “Glee!” and I think there’s parts of it that are a lot of fun, but that the execution is suffering. Every other episode last season was about a.) the Glee Club might get disbanded and the kids have to save it, somehow (usually by singing) or b.) the kids learning to love themselves, which they immediately forgot all about in the next episode. As much as Mike O’Malley is knocking out of the park as Kurt’s dad, I’d like his character to develop a little beyond “I love my gay son, even though we’re very different” and I’d like it if Kurt didn’t have to be told that every third episode or so. And while I understand it’s standard operation procedure to have romantic subplots for shows set in high school, it might be best for everyone involved if we just admitted that Rachel and Finn don’t actually have chemistry and leave all that mess behind. I really do like the show, I just want it to be better and for them to stop going to the Journey well so frequently. Here’s the rest of your Tuesday night TV:

8:00pm: “The Biggest Loser” on NBC. 10th season premiere.

“Dancing With the Stars” on ABC

“Family Style” on Food Network. First season finale.

“Glee!” on Fox. Second season premiere.

“Melissa and Joey” on ABC Family

“NCIS” on CBS. Eighth season premiere. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.

“One Tree Hill” on The CW

9:00pm: “19 Kids and Counting” on TLC

“The Bad Girls Club” on Oxygen

“Flipping Out” on Bravo. I’ve never watched this show, but from the commercials I still can’t quite tell if the main guy is supposed to be genuinely OCD or if he’s just one of those annoyingly detail oriented people who took Psych 101 and now say they have OCD so they can inconvenience everyone around them without being called an asshole. PLEASE NOTE: I am not saying OCD doesn’t exist, I am simply saying that there are people out there who have “OCD” meaning “I want to do everything my way and this is how I justify that” not actual for real OCD. Like people who say they have food allergies instead of saying they just don’t like something. I’ve probably now just pissed off more people. Whoops.

“America’s Best: Food Destinations” on Food Network

“Life Unexpected” on The CW

“NCIS: Los Angeles” on CBS. Second season premiere.

“Raising Hope” on Fox. Series premiere.

“Swords: Life on the Line” on Discovery

“Warehouse 13” on SyFy. Second season finale.

9:30pm: “Running Wilde” on Fox. Series premiere.

10:00pm: “Chopped” on Food Network

“The Colony” on Discovery. Are we still keeping up the illusion that this is a “reality” show or has Discovery given that up yet?

“Crimes of Passion” on WE

“Detroit 187” on ABC. Series premiere.

“Hair Battle Spectacular” on Oxygen

“NCIS: Los Angeles” on CBS. New episode at a special time. Yeah, cause what I’ve been hearing everywhere is that people just cannot get enough of the “NCIS: Los Angeles.” Good move.

“Parenthood” on NBC

“POV: The Oath” on PBS

“The Rachel Zoe Project” on Bravo. Third season finale.

“Sextuplets Take NY” on TLC

“Sons of Anarchy” on FX

10:30pm: “Crimes of Passion” on WE

“Scrappers” on SpikeTV. First season finale.

“Sextuplets Take NY” on TLC

Late Night Listings

“The Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS featuring Simon Baker, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, and Maroon 5

“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on NBC featuring Ed Helms, Casey Affleck, and Sheryl Crow

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC featuring Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Band of Horses

“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” on CBS featuring Patricia Heaton, Adam Brody, and Sara Bareilles

“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on NBC featuring Tina Fey, Colin Hanks, and Merle Haggard

“Late Call with Carson Daly” on NBC featuring Steve-O, Freddie Wong, and Nas & Damian Marley

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Comedy Central featuring Sigourney Weaver

“The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central featuring Eric Schmidt

Intern Rusty is a Masters student at the University of Miami. You can learn more about her at Rusty’s Ventures. She bears no ill will towards those with OCD or food allergies.

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Genevieve Burgess is a Features Contributor for Pajiba. You can follow Genevieve Burgess on Twitter.