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Sue Sylvester: The who's and what's



 Sye Sylvester - Jane Lynch, of course - is the season's break-out character, and we pretty much can't get enough of her.

 Allow me to rephrase: I pretty much can't get enough of her.

 Tomorrow night's another big one for her, the Olivia Newton-John cameo, and because we here at TVZone...allow me to here at TVZone like to give poor little attention-starved "Glee" as much attention as we can, here's some more!

  First...the promo... interview with Ian Brennan, the co-creator, and writer of All Things Sue...

 Finally...a clip from a recent TV Academy cast interview...




Glee's" Sue Sylvester, WNYW/5, 9.

 Who: She's the season's breakout character on the season's breakout show - caustic, funny, smart, embittered, romantic, cruel, compassionate...and (we learned during "The Power of  Madonna"), the lady's got a voice. Yes, Jane Lynch's Sue Sylvester is TV's reigning potentate of glorious and often hilarious contradictions. (Tonight, she's outed as a closeted fan of Olivia Newton John. Sue? Sue.)

A characteristic line (to Matthew Morrison's Will "Shue:") "I just lost my train of thought because you have so much margarine in your hair.

 A controversial one: "You may be two of the stupidest teens I've ever encountered - and that's saying something. I once taught a cheerleading seminar to Sarah Palin."

 A scary one: "I, for one, think intimacy has no place in a marriage. Walked in on my parents once and it was like seeing two walruses wrestling."

 The creator:  I talked last week to Ian Brennan, co-creator of "Glee." He writes almost all of Sue's lines but he says the star writes plenty herself.  Here's an edited version of our chat...

  Who really created "Sue?"

  In early auditions, "we didn't really know what the character [coach of the cheerleading squad, AKA, the Cheerios] was, or at least I didn't...Jane kind of showed us what she could do [and] we thought, 'OK, great...'"

  Why is she so important to "Glee?"

 "She's the counterpoint to the sweetness, pathos and heart of the show. It just cuts so succinctly and obviously that I think it actually makes it work better;"  plus, she's "that voice in your head that goes, 'great, these kids are singing and dancing but still look ridiculous...'"

  "Glee" got flack for the Palin remark in some quarters, right?
 "The most innocuous line ever said on TV. The irony is that we're the News Corp. We are Fox...that was part of the genesis of it. [But] I just think she's fair game..."

  Can Sue step over the line to cruelty?

"It's not total senseless cruelty [but] there's a kind of specificity to its biting edge."

  Where can you go with Sue?

"When you have a character that smart and clever, there's no place that character won't go. There's a huge compassionate side to her [and] also a bright optimistic level...The more we can give voice to that, the character will never get boring."




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