The Britney Spears Glee episode debuts on Fox Tuesday. This Glee episode has been hotly anticipated for months, and it follows in the same spirit as the Madonna episode they did last season. All of the songs featured on Tuesday’s episode will be music that has been performed by Britney Spears, and it should play very well in the high school setting of the show. From the early previews that were released for the Britney Spears episode, it looks like they are going to bring a lot more humor than normal, and quite a few Spears songs are going to used over the hour.
Last week was the Glee season premiere, and it brought realization to most of the main characters that, despite their efforts in singing competitions, they were still struggling to ascend the social ladder in high school. Some of them still have it easier by being on the cheer squad or football team, but not every member of New Directions has had a successful time in high school recently. The season premiere also introduced several new characters that could potentially have bigger roles later in the season, including a new football coach and a new quarterback for the football team.
According to USA Today, the Glee season premiere came back extremely strong last week. The show drew an estimated 12.3 million viewers, which is the third-largest audience the show has ever had, and the largest audience they have had without airing on the same night as American Idol. That is a pretty impressive debut, especially having to go up against one of the most watched shows in television (NCIS). The demographics are completely different, though, so Glee should continue to do very well in that 8 p.m. time slot if they are allowed to keep it for the rest of the 2010 season. It’s unclear what Fox plans to do in the spring when American Idol returns, though.
The Glee Britney Spears episode is being timed to go up against the series premiere of No Ordinary Family on ABC. That is a show that could compete for some of the same viewers who tune in for Glee, but producers and writers are hoping that another “gimmick” episode can go a long way towards keeping viewers tuned in. It might just work, as when they did the episode of all Madonna songs, the show was talked about for weeks after that. Maybe that word-of-mouth will play out even stronger this week, and we will find out if the writing is as strong this time around on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. on Fox.