I've got a busy weekend planned for myself this weekend, but even if I were sitting around bored I'm certain I'd be skipping "Glee: 3D" when it debuts tomorrow.
As with most movies that are 3D, I fail to understand how that technology will enhance a movie that is two hours of singing and dancing. Do I need the dancing leg-kicks flying out into my popcorn?
But even if I weren't opposed on principle to 3D, I'd be skipping "Glee" for a couple of reasons.
For one, "Glee" has jumped the shark creatively, and even if it hadn't, generally the show's weakest storylines are when the producers try to do something big rather than tell stories that develop character. Remember the pointless trip to New York as the season finale?
Glee's problem is that it tries too hard to do too much. Whereas in Season 1, Sue Sylvester was a funny supporting character who did things in relatively small doses, the producers misread her popularity into making her the center of the show, where she just became grating. (BTW, I still don't blame Jane Lynch, a talented comedienne, but rather the show's writers, who didn't give her anything good to work with).
"Glee" seems to rely more on fan feedback than any other series on TV, bumping up or cutting back certain characters based simply on their Q rating.
The other thing about the movie is that movies based on TV series are hit-and-miss, at best. When "The X-Files" was at its height of popularity in the '90s, they made "X-Files: Fight The Future," which was a mediocre movie that seemed little more than an extended episode of the series. It ended up not being a major factor in the show's overly complicated mythos.
Of course, "Star Trek" and its spinoffs have led to a highly successful series of movies, but those were based on original "Trek" and "Next Generation" after those shows had already ended their TV run.
I'll be curious to see how well "Glee" fares. The show has lost a segment of fans based on a rocky Season 2 as well as controversy in the off-season as to which characters were returning for future seasons, as well as a spinoff that may or may not get made. Will it meet the high box office expectations?
THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: If there's any justice in the world, the No Limits team on "Expedition Impossible" (ABC, 9 p.m.) will win the money when the show ends. These guys are so freakin' awesome that I could watch a whole show about them even if it wasn't a race. If it wasn't enough that you have a blind guy climbing mountains and kayaking through Class 5 rapids, having his teammate continue last week with a broken ankle and the team still finishing near the top of the pack is just amazing. Seriously, do these guys just eat broken glass and nails for breakfast? I expect the third teammate to break his arms deliberately just to show that he is as rugged as the other two. Seriously, these guys make me feel bad about myself as a person. It's followed by a new "Rookie Blue" at 10 p.m.
Fox has two hours of "So You Think You Can Dance" beginning at 8 p.m., while CBS has "Big Brother" at 9 p.m.
On cable, I continue to enjoy "Suits" (USA, 10 p.m.) more and more; it's probably my second-favorite new summer series after "Falling Skies." It follows a new "Burn Notice" at 9 p.m.
FX has a new "Wilfred" at 10 p.m., followed by two new "Louie" episodes at 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Finally, for local viewers, WMAZ has a mayoral debate tonight at 7 p.m. between current Mayor Robert Reichert and former Mayor C. Jack Ellis, just in time for Tuesday's runoff.