Gleek Week kicks off to catch fans up with the click


By Brittany Stevens

Four months have passed since the last episode of “Glee” aired on December 9, 2009, and self-proclaimed Gleeks (“Glee” geeks) are ready for more. Lucky for them, they won’t have to wait much longer.”Glee” will return to the Fox network on April 13 at 8:28 p.m.

Fox kicked off Gleek Week, a week of special initiatives for “Glee” fans, on April 5 to get people fired up for the return of the show. “Glee” cast members have been announcing the shows for the night on Fox every night, and MySpace has been filled with special “Glee” pictures and clips. Fans have also been encouraged to change their profile pictures on social networking sites to pictures of their favorite character.

“Glee” hooked viewers from the very first episode, which aired on May 19, 2009. Relatable characters, great vocals and funny storylines made the show an instant success. The only downside was the next episode of the show not airing until almost four months later.

Four months may be a long time, but it seemed the instant fans didn’t mind the wait. Many just watched the pilot episode over and over again, familiarizing themselves with the characters and falling even more in love with the show.

The past four months haven’t seemed to phase fans either. If anything, it has made the “Glee” fan base grow as word of the show’s awesomeness has spread. Gleeks got the chance to re-watch past episodes and refresh their memories on what happened over the first 13 episodes, while new “Glee” fans got the chance to view the episodes for the first time.

“Glee” tells the story the McKinley High Glee Club, which is struggling to find and keep members and to find its place amongst the other clubs and clicks in the school. The director, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), will do just about anything to make the group a success.

The members of the club are diverse, yet somehow seem to work together to create a believable and electric group. Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) believes she is destined for stardom and puts a star after her name every time she signs it. Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) is a football player who loves singing, but has to find his way when his football teammates don’t approve of him being in the choir. Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) is a gay student struggling to deal with his sexuality. Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) is captain of the cheerleading team and just discovered she’s pregnant. Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) hides behind a fake stutter because of her shyness. Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley) is struggling to prove herself in the glee club. Puck (Mark Salling) is a football player who has joined the club to keep an eye on the girl of his dreams. Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale) is a disabled guy who has to figure out how he and his wheelchair fit in the group.

The other cast members in the show help tie it all together. Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) is the cheerleading coach who is determined to bring down the glee club. She’s the ultimate television show villain. Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays) is an obsessive-compulsive guidance counselor who is in love with a man she can’t have. Terri Schuester (Jessalyn Gilsig) is Will’s wife who is carrying more than one secret. She’s one of those characters you love to hate.

The last episode that aired left viewers hanging when Will and Emma shared a kiss in the school hallway. Now the Gleeks can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next. Luckily, the four-month wait is almost up, and they’ll be able to tune-in on the 13th to find out the fates of their favorite characters.