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“Glee” cast named our “Hollywood TV Stars of the Year”

By Sean O’Connell Those who still refer to a television set as “the idiot box” must not be watching much TV.

Regular viewers of weekly programs like “Mad Men,” “The Good Wife,” “Modern Family,” “Breaking Bad” and “Dancing with the Stars” found plenty of laugh, cry, and cheer about this year. But only one show routinely made its audience members do all three … usually in each and every episode.

“Glee” entered its second season with a mountain of expectations. Miraculously, it surpassed them. Ryan Murphy’s musical-comedy continued to push the medium’s artistic boundaries as glee club director Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) continued to challenge his high-school singers … much to the chagrin of bitter cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch).

Highlights from season two included episodes dedicated to Britney Spears, Madonna and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Guest stars included Meat Loaf, Neil Patrick Harris and Gwyneth Paltrow in a show-stopper.

Off screen, however, the cast of “Glee” continued to fight the good fight, using their newfound fame to raise funds and awareness for nonprofits in some philanthropic-forward ways. From teaming up with American Express to “change the world” to putting their smiling faces on the auction block at charitybuzz, we love how GLEE is inspiring Gleeks all over the world to join in to do good.

Throughout 2010, GLEE has tackled important issues on screen, from equality to body image, and the show was nominated for a GLAAD award for their outstanding portrayal of the LGBT community. Off screen, the show has had an equally impressive impact. The cast recently raised $100,000 for Education Through Music by partnering with American Express and even spent a day making musical instruments with children from a disadvantaged local elementary school.

“Glee” has had such an impact on pop culture, it has been selected to air a special “Super Bowl” episode after the big game on Feb. 6, 2011. Glee club and the NFL. Who would have guessed?

Therefore, it is our pleasure to recognize the cast of “Glee” as our “Hollywood TV Stars of the Year.”

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