Murphy segues from Nip/Tuck to Glee club

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy is getting into the American Idol spirit with Glee, an hour-long comedy that has been put on the fast track by Fox for a potential March launch.

The project, which is now casting, is set in the cutthroat world of high school glee clubs.

Glee centers on Will, a 30-something Spanish teacher at an Ohio high school who has the daunting task of taking over the school's glee club--the worst in the country--which has become a haven for outcasts. With help from Will and others, the kids build their confidence and gradually transform into winners. Each episode will feature four musical numbers.

After the racy Nip/Tuck and his controversial transsexual-themed Pretty/Handsome pilot for FX, which ultimately wasn't picked up, Murphy wanted to develop a wholesome comedy that the entire family can watch.

"It is a very optimistic, uplifting show for a very dark time," he said of Glee.

Under his deal with 20th TV, Fox and FX, Murphy was exploring series ideas for Fox that tie to the network's biggest hit, American Idol.

"It seemed to be a natural evolution to do something in that vein," he said.

Actor Ian Brennan brought him the idea for a show set in the world of glee clubs, and Murphy, who himself had starred in high school and college musicals, sparked to it.

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kill this stupid idea and put pretty handsome on air
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Oh...Boy...
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not liken its chances
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How do networks get sold on ideas like this? We can tell right now that this is gonna suck, and even if it didnt necessarily suck, it will never have an audience. 4 musical numbers? there will be no pull or hook from this show. I think its funny networks go out and spend millions of dollars to see if these ideas will work and we already know from the getgo that they wont. we should be hired and we could save networks millions.
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Pretty Handsome was pretty awesome...

Glee....no thanks!
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Rubbish.
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...oh dear
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