"I completely understand NBC's position, and look forward to seeing a Jay Leno float." ~ Glee Creator and Executive Producer Ryan Murphy's response to NBC forcing Macy's to rescind their invitation to the cast of Glee to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
On Thanksgiving, turkey is the bird traditionally served, but i have a feeling the peacock network exec who made the decision to bump the cast of Glee from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is going to be eating a big plate of crow. Sure Glee is on a competing network, but with few exceptions---30 Rock springs to mind, NBC is going begging for high ratings, and hardly in a position to snub any assist they can get.
Maybe the person who made that decision is unaware that Glee is "grabbing the highest percentage of upscale viewers among all four broadcast networks" i'm not a CFO, but what that translates to in my mind is that a lot of the folks who are gonna be up and at 'em on 'Black Friday' are also more likely than not, people who watch Glee. Sponsors have probably come to that same conclusion, and while i don't think the parade snub will deter shoppers from doing what comes naturally the day after [and in some cases the day of] Thanksgiving, it's not too smart in the current economy to risk offending people [read Glee fans with deep pockets] whom you're trying to woo.
The night before Thanksgiving, Fox airs Glee's 11th episode of season 1: Hairography. Guest star Eve plays Grace Hitchens, an instructor from a competing glee club at the Jane Adams Reform School. New Directions' Mr.Schu offers Ms.Hitchens' group rehearsal space at McKinley High. The Adams' glee club's performance of Bootylicious, leaves the McKinley kids and Mr.Schu wondering: is New Directions ready for this jelly?
Glee airs Wednesdays at 9:00pm on the Fox Network. Please check your local listings.