As my eagle-eyed daughter pointed out the other day, the current issue of Rolling Stone--with various members of the Glee cast on the cover--bears a strong resemblance to a 70-year-old poster hanging in our family room. While there is no panties peek (as provided left, centre, by cheeky Lea Michele), the original poster, promoting the second year of the New York World's Fair (1939-40), also shows an American family rolling there "by all means." Admission to the fair for 1940 was lowered to 50 cents from the 1939 entry fee of three-quarters-of-a-buck. The fair (where, by the way, regularly scheduled commercial television was introduced by NBC 71 years ago this month) took a hit when the war in Europe torpedoed the international aspect of the showcase. Visitors from Europe and pretty much everywhere else were preoccupied, some countries literally. The second year posters reflect that change, showing American families heading to New York and downplaying the rest of the world.
Glee continues to do good business both in America and in Canada. The Fox series cracked the Canadian Top-10 the week of April 12-18, drawing 2,120,000 according to weekly reports from BBM Canada. That beat Dancing with the Stars, NHL playoff hockey and the Juno Awards in Canada that week. Last Tuesday's "Madonna" episode of Glee also topped the 2 million mark on Global according to overnight estimates. The third "spring semester" episode, featuring a return visit from Kristin Chenoweth, airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Fox and Global.