On Glee, Sue Sylvester plays the part of the big bad wolf at McKinley High. Will Schuester's greased hair quivers at the sound of Sue's footsteps. But, actually, all of Sue's antics have been done on TV before. In fact, she comes from a long line of obnoxiously self-absorbed women. Take a look at this line-up of outrageous older ladies and see the evolution for yourself:
In Glee's "Prom Queen" episode back at the end of Season 2, an unlikely character won the title of prom queen: resident homosexual bullying victim Kurt Hummel. After Principal Figgins called his name, Kurt fled the gymnasium, crying, with boyfriend Blaine on his heels. "We thought that because no one was teasing us or beating us up [for being gay], no one cared," Kurt said in the hallway, through tears. One drawn-out emotional scene later, Kurt finally got the resolve to enter the gymnasium and accept his crown and scepter, defiantly announcing: "Eat your heart out, Kate Middleton."
Despite my frustrations over egregious Sons of Anarchy snubs and superfluous Mariska Hargitay and Tony Shalhoub noms, today's Emmy nominations announcements are largely a happy occasion for me, personally, for one reason and one reason alone: Mike O'Malley, one of the most underrated actors on television, has been nominated for his tremendous work on Glee. In that weird guest actor category instead of the more prestigious supporting actor one, sure, but I'll still take it -- I just adore the guy. I always thought he was a far better actor than he ever got credit for and frequently gushed over his work in My Own Worst Enemy -- which got me mocked quite a bit at the time -- so now I'm feeling pretty vindicated. So, in the spirit of the day, let's review the credits that got him to Glee (and maybe an Emmy!), shall we?