Interesting "Glee" News: for the spring launch, Fox will start the program at 9:28, then move it back to the regular start time at 9 the following week.
Why? Good question! "Idol" will obviously be an expanded edition (down, I believe to the final eight that week) and that should rocket-propell "Glee." What's especially interesting is that the late local news on Fox owned stations and affiliates will be cut in half; stations really make their entire year numbers based on these post-"Idol" editions, so I can't imagine they were thrilled about this...
But...if "Glee" turns out to be the monster hit I and a few other Gleeks expect it to become, then this small trade-off should be well worth it.
Here are the press release notes with additional details:
In the “Hell-o” episode, GLEE picks up as New Directions is fresh off their monumental
win at Sectionals and feeling on top of the world. With an extra spring in their step,
they get to work on new numbers for Regionals – incuding a memorable rendition of The
Beatles’ “Hello, Goodbye.” But when RACHEL (Lea Michele) and FINN’s (Cory Monteith)
budding romance hits a bump in the road after she becomes involved with a competitor,
JESSE ST. JAMES (guest star Jonathan Groff), it threatens to derail the entire club. MR. SCHUESTER (Matthew Morrison) pays a visit to SHELBY CORCORAN (guest star Idina Menzel), coach of Vocal Adrenaline, to confirm Jesse’s motives. Meanwhile, Will is newly single, but is he ready to take his relationship with EMMA (Jayma Mays) to the next level? And to top it all off, SUE SYLVESTER (Jane Lynch) returns from her condo in Boca with a renewed focus on destroying Will and disbanding the glee club.