November 24th, 2009
08:54 AM ET

A glitch with 'Glee's' Jane Lynch

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Just writing this is difficult. But in re-telling this story, it brings me closer to purging it from my memory banks.

When Jane Lynch walked onto the stage for our interview, I didn't expect her to be taller than 6 feet. She is.

She was friendly and soft-spoken, nothing like the acerbic coach Sue Sylvester she wickedly embodies in primetime's musical joyride "Glee." She granted us an interview prior to her performance in Nora and Delia "Ephron's Love Loss And What I Wore," an off Broadway show she is starring in here in New York.

We didn't have the luxury of time since the theater doors would be opening shortly. So getting through the interview quickly but not rushing was the goal. As my cameraman adjusted his shot we asked Miss Lynch to say a few words so that we could check her microphone level. She smiled and readied herself for my first question.

She uttered the words "This Is CNN." My cameraman said "Speed," letting me know he was rolling. That was my cue to begin the interview.

All was going well - I started off with a few questions about the production. She told me about being in New York for the duration of her run. Then I began to ask her about the massive success of "Glee" and why the American public just seemed ready for a program like it. I was nearing the end of what I thought was a good interview with coach Sue Sylvester, uh Jane Lynch, when suddenly I heard my cameraman say something.

He didn't gently tap me on the shoulder, he didn't whisper something in my ear - he spoke in a tone intended to stop the interview. And it sounded vaguely like: "You're gonna kill me."

Now when you're deep into an interview and your camera person suddenly says: "You're gonna kill me," it's bad.

I think on some level I must have been in denial because I continued to ask my next question when another outburst arose. "Wait, hold on." he said to me. Now I stepped back and took a look at him. He was not having trouble with the camera battery or the audio. No, this is far worse. And to my horror I quickly realize what has happened.

"What's the matter? We weren't rolling?" I ask.


"You're kidding me?" I ask.

Jane Lynch with a hint of Sue Sylvester says, "You’re kidding?"

Cameraman, whose identity has been withheld to protect his anonymity says, "No, I'm not kidding."

Me, "OH MY GOD."

Jane Lynch, with what I imagine to be increasing amounts of Sue Sylvester coursing through her veins, looks annoyed and in disbelief. Incredulous.

Me: Did you double click?

Cameraman who shall not be named: Yeah, I double clicked.

He starts to get dramatic and sulky in mere seconds, so I try to salvage what remaining time we might have and say, "Well, why don't we just start now and just ask a couple of questions?"

I am so sorry, I say to Jane Lynch, who is looking more like Sue Sylvester by the second.

Sue Sylvester, sighs. "You've got to be kidding."

So sorry is all I've got. I'm mortified.

Sue, looking more like Jane Lynch, “What are you going to do?"

Me: So sorry, get a couple and tell me about being part of the show. (Obviously I was becoming incoherent due to the heavy dose of embarrassment that had filled the space between us.)

Jane: Ok, that's alright. Oh God, I'd like to take it from a different point.

Me: It's ok... we could start with "Glee" and work our way back.

I try to flip my line of questioning and re-start what had been a good interview. She continues, the consummate professional. "When I was doing 'Julie & Julia,' Nora was telling me.."

And the interview began again. And Jane Lynch was as gracious as anyone could be considering the double click. And yes, I forgave my cameraman because after all, it's not the end of the world. And these things sometimes happen in television. See the resulting video package here

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  3. Puff the Magic Dragon

    I like Glee too. It is one of the freshest shows out there, new and different and not one of the same old cops/hospital drama shows that everybody is so addicted to. (although I am a huge Greys Anatomy fan...)

    I had never heard of Jane Lynch until I saw her as Sue Sylvester on this show, and she is wickedly bitchy-funny and plays a character you love to hate, which is a sign she is doing her job well. Whoever is writing her part is just brilliant too, because she brings it on like no other actress could in the role. What a coup for Fox to have snagged her for this role.

    November 25, 2009 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    Glee is fun to watch. Besides the song and dance it's got comedy, drama, pathos, good guys, bad guys (but not too bad) and all of the elements of a real high school community. For some, the lack of guns, blood, weekly deaths and gore consign it to failure. Too bad for them. Keep the episodes of Glee coming.

    November 25, 2009 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Anthony Fierro

    Given Jane's versatility (40 Year Old Virgin, the scene where's she's reading to a disabled person in Glee – which choked me up), I am not shocked at her success. Wish you much success Ms. Lynch

    November 25, 2009 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. LP

    Glee is a weekly event for my daughters and I. It is really beautiful to have my fourteen year old bop up to me every Wed and say Glee is on tonight or Mommy, wanna watch Glee together. My heart goes pitter patter. I love the show on it;s own, but to have my teenager excited to share time with me is a great part of the beauty of Glee.

    November 25, 2009 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. CJ Young

    I'm not a "young" professional, but I LOVE Glee! High energy, very talented cast, and pretty much family-friendly, compared to what's on television today. Keep these kinds of shows coming!

    November 25, 2009 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dawn

    Personally, I enjoy Glee. We are constantly bombarded by dramas that constantly hint to us how bad human nature is, cookie cutter comedies that we've all seen a million times before, and I am about up to here with reality shows (I have my select few that I watch – of all of the above – but I digress). Glee is different. Yes, it's quirky. Heck, I"M quirky. Maybe that's why I like it. I was a choir nerd in high school. This is about a bunch of choir nerds in high school. And it has great music! It's fun, and after a long day at work, I can always look forward to watching Glee. 🙂 Forget "media darling", "forced upon us" and all that junk – have you negative folks noticed that's what happens with a lot of the shows on TV? Or are you just too wrapped up in what YOU like that you only notice it when it's about a show you don't connect with? I <3 Glee, and thank God for Hulu during the times that I have to work late and I can't catch it in its normal timeslot!

    November 25, 2009 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. Darr247

    ****Denise – November 24th, 2009 6:11 pm ET*****

    Apparently the camera person had it cued up and paused, then intended to hit the pause button to start rolling. A "double click" at that point put it right back into pause. Most tape-based recorders would kick out after a few minutes on pause in record mode (because the head doesn't stop spinning while on pause), but solid state recorders can stay in pause like that indefinitely. The closest thing to it on a tivo would be 2 double clicks on FF (>>), bringing you out of commercial-skip too soon.

    November 25, 2009 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. Gabby

    @ Hell Atlantic
    yea, you've never seen the show and you think it's like cop rock. you're a genius. you're also the kind of guy that comments on an interview about an actress from a show you clearly don't care about, only to criticize what you haven't seen. kudos

    and the kids don't burst out into song. it's not high school musical. they perform. it has a purpose. it's glee club with an extremely talented cast, ms. lynch included. the show deserves every bit of it's success

    November 25, 2009 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cate

    This is one of the dumbest, waste of time pieces I've ever read on CNN. We don't care about your glitch story which is about you and the cameraman, not Jane Lynch. Please keep your focus on the subject and take yourself out of it.

    November 25, 2009 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bron

    I'm always amused by the people who say, "Hey, I don't like it! The entertainment industry doesn't listen to the masses!" Beware of anyone haughty enough to think their singular opinion represents mass appeal. (but hey, if you want to keep thinking of yourself as average, be my guest)

    Glee is pretty fantastic; I have a good friend who's a choir teacher and she loves it, too. Her only word of warning - 'it's impossible to find that much talent in one high school, but my god, would I love to.'

    November 25, 2009 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kelly

    Glee may not place top in its time slot, but I would be interested to see where is stands when it is DVR's or watched onling... as I typically watch it... this is where is becomes very popular... and being a former news person and having to work a camera during an interview, a double click happens more often than videographers like and not as much as some politicians would like...double pressing record button sucks...

    November 24, 2009 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Melanie

    How can anyone commenting here NOT like GLEE?? The show is amazing and brilliant. There are tons and tons of people that are absolutely obsessed with it (have you seen the amount of people that come out to the mall tours?...or the amount of songs they sell on Itunes?). I guess its not for everybody...personally I can't see how you would not like this show, but either way you can't deny how massive of a success its become. If you think it doesn't "appeal to the masses" you are delusional.

    November 24, 2009 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ken

    Glee is an incredibly gay show with little to redeem itself. Kind of like a really BAD, "Fame". I love Ms. Lynch, her acting is wonderful but nowhere near strong enough to save that annoying excuse for a show.

    November 24, 2009 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Allyson

    I think Glee is great. It's refreshing and the repetition of the gimmick is what gives it staying power. Admittedly, I was turned off by the months in advance teasers, but they served their purpose. Glee is good. And if you're whining about why this story is being called news...well, its because people read news and all of you who dispute whether or not this qualifies, did you read it? Also, it was under the entertainment category and that allows for it to report "news" on entertainment or give us "entertaining" news. If you watch Glee you'll know what a bully Sue is. If you walk into an interview with an very tall, imposing woman who rips cheerios to shreds on TV, then you'll get the subtle graciousness of Ms. Lynch that the interviewer was highlighting. Plus the video attached is the meat and potatoes of the story: an interview with an actress.

    November 24, 2009 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Steve

    Not that it really wasted that much of my time, but is this story really newsworthy? I have to assume that this situation is not that uncommon: Interview begins, problem with the camera, interview stops, camera is fixed, interview resumes. Sounds simple enough. Is this really worthy of reporting? This article didn't give any insight to Jane Lynch or even her show. Why am I clicking on it on CNN's front page? There has to be more newsworthy items than a botched interview...Anyway, that's my two cents.

    November 24, 2009 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Lisa

    @ Will

    Check how many weeks Vol. 1 of the Glee soundtrack has been in the top ten on itunes.
    The public voting with their wallets speaks more to the advertisers than you not liking the show. Just don't watch it if you don't like it but I do enjoy it and think it gets better every week!

    November 24, 2009 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  19. LionelTrainsRule!

    Glee rhymes with Flee and that is what people need to do when they interface with individuals that think this show is like Cop Rock! Steven Bochco's vehicle had handcuffs and billy clubs while Glee has teens in a High School singing class (one in a wheel chair even). Yeah, the similarities are immense you guys must work in the "industry".

    Keep keeping it real folks! Make sure you guys stay out of trouble and have a great holiday!

    November 24, 2009 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Debbie in WA

    The first time I saw Jane Lynch was in "Best in Show". What a hoot!! Her performance was captivating every time she came on screen. I have tried to watch whatever show, commercial, or movie she is doing at the time.
    She is never disappointing.
    Want to see more of her on screen and not only in supporting roles. She can handle any role or script they give her.

    November 24, 2009 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Dan

    Young educated affluent people watch the show. That is who advertisers want.

    November 24, 2009 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  22. kelley

    to those who are discussing the interviewer's side bar regarding his camera-operator, it is an informal blog and not a solid interview. the interview comes later in the 'article' and is clickable.

    November 24, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Denise

    I even googled "double click" and can't understand what happened. Thanks CNN!!!

    November 24, 2009 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  24. jack7521

    You know, the kind that say "Yes, you are in record mode"?

    November 24, 2009 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  25. jack7521

    Aren't there red lights inside viewfinders these days?

    November 24, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Carla

    Tim, Not sure what your issue is about the show, but here in "fly-over"country, we love Glee.

    November 24, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Teri

    She is one of my favorite actresses. She is hysterical. It's great to see how kind she is as well.

    November 24, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  28. M.R. in L.A.

    Cop Rock? It makes far, far, far more sense for teenagers in a glee club to burst into song in a rehearsal than for police officers to start singing while solving a homicide. But ultimately, what matters way more than the singing is that the greatly talented Ryan Murphy has a new show up and running as Nip/Tuck prepares for it's final season.

    November 24, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Pam Murtaugh

    William Safire had a word for this feeling, coined during the Watergate era. "Klong" - a sudden rush of s**t to the heart.

    BTW Jane Lynch changes the complexion of any piece she's a part of. A wonder.

    November 24, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Canopy

    Love her in everything she's been in. Especially Smiley Face..."in the waiting area!!!!!!!!!!"

    November 24, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Anne Young

    I used to work with Jane when she was living in Chicago and I was the publicist for a small theater group she was in. Very talented lady! Over the past (mumble) years I've seen her grow her career and she's always done great work.

    Kinda makes me feel a little proud to think that I was acquainted with her "when"...I'm glad to see her get the success that I know she worked hard to get.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Dawn

    I LOVE GLEE! I am well out of college and find it to be refreshing!

    I have already downloaded many of the songs from itunes and eagerly await the next weeks song choices.


    November 24, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  33. LWord Fan

    I think it's fantastic Jane Lynch was picked up by the powers behind "Glee". What I find astounding is that her role as Attorney, Joyce Wischnia, is so frequently not mentioned. Was her acting so poor in that role? No, that can't be, since Joyce was similarly feisty just as Sue is. It must be because she played a lesbian with female lover Cybill Shepherd on the long running show.

    Shame people have such narrow views of what is acceptable and noteworthy acting ability, but I'm glad Jane Lynch is finally getting the kudos she deserves.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |

    Jane Lynch is one of the kindest people we've ever interviewed. The first time was to be on a cruise in 2004. I was horrifically sea sick, and she stuck her head in my room to tell me to feel better - we could do the interview on land. We did – the next night. Like this crew, I had an equipment failure. Jane was incredibly gracious and kind. I'll be a fan forever!

    November 24, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Thorne

    Ahh yes because YOU don't watch it, it certainly can not be found to be popular by anyone else! How dare one assume?!

    The other side of that coin Glee can hopefully get to one day is the "Well everyone watches it, by its very definition must SUCK!"

    There has to be a new term for this kind of trolling.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  36. G

    Nice of you to throw your camera man under the bus...even if he/she shall remain nameless. You must be a pleasure to work with.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Joe

    quirky but very entertaining show. I'll bet that cameraman won't double click anytime soon.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Stumped

    First of all, what the heck is "double clicked?" The whole article was evidently written for only your peers. Such wonderful journalism nowdays.

    Second, I did watch the pilot of this show for about 15 minutes. It was boring, immature, and not the least bit entertaining. Everyone I know has the same or worse opinion. Another media-hyped entertainment pet. This is just another example of how little the entertainment business cares what the masses think. The only thing that matters evidently is that it's either made by the producer darlings or it's cheap (reality TV).

    November 24, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Daniel

    Glee is the highest rated amongst all new shows in our meter market this Fall beating Criminal Minds head to head most of the time, especially A18-34 & A18-49. CM skews wins the P2+ audience.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Karen

    "Glee" is the best new show of the season. It's witty, entertaining and above all else- FUN! And, speaking for myself at least, I want to have fun, I'm just tired of all the bad news. Long live Glee!

    November 24, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Jeff

    "Double Click" is actually usually referred to by camera operators as "double tapping" and, as you may have guessed, refers to hitting the record button twice.

    The button on a pro camera is under your right thumb, which is curled around the lens zoom control, and it can be very sensitive. Even semi-pro cameras can sneak this one on you.

    You click the button, and then bump it again by accident, tapping it twice. Obviously, this rolls tape, then stops it almost immediately.

    The other way this happens is if you double tapped when you stopped the last time, which means your camera is rolling BEFORE you hit the button, so you are, in fact, stopping the recorder.

    Either way, it's bad. I've done it a couple of times (we all have) but always, and I mean always, make it a point to look at the record indicator/time code in the viewfinder so I've caught it immediately both times.

    I did have a friend who double tapped on a Jane Fonda interview-not a good moment in his world!

    Some reporters actually look over at the camera and ask "rolling?" as a way to remind you to check.

    I was always taught that you never reply in the affirmative until you've covered all three s's.

    Stability-is the camera rock steady?
    Sound-is it working, set correctly?
    Speed-is the tap ACTUALLY rolling?

    At that point, go for it.

    November 24, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Scott S.

    Many years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Lynch here in SF, she was on the phone and talking to me at the same time. I told her how much I loved "Best in Show" she smiled repeated that to whoever was on the phone and said to me, "the guy on the other end of this phone says thank you." Christopher Guest perhaps? She was very nice!
    As to the cameraman's flub, my first lockerroom interview was with Ken Griffey, Jr. after a few minutes I realized I didn't have the tape recorder on! Ugh! I was so embarassed, but Jr. couldn't have been nicer about it, he let me ask him again whatever i wanted. Pure class.

    November 24, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  43. char

    ive seen her in "role models" that role she has is freaking hilarious! i loved her too in the 40 year old virgin as well. jane does seem to be quite the character on screen and off...

    November 24, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  44. citizenUSA

    I'm going to miss her as the Psychiatrist on "Two and a Half Men". She was hilarious!

    November 24, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Will

    @ Will

    My comment isn't a review of the quality of the show, it's simply about the reported 'massive success of the show. While I guess it's terrific that you and your friends enjoy it, that certainly doesn't qualify the show as a 'massive success', by any stretch of the imagination.

    The show is simply a media darling which has been hammered endlessly by it's network and a leading weekly entertainment magazine/website.

    Where exactly does the reported 'massive success' come into the equation?

    November 24, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Doug

    Here's the facts:

    You're right, "Glee" does not win its time slot – but it is Number 1 in the key demographics – that's what advertisers and studio executives want more than anything else. However, I do agree that it IS a bit of a media pet. It's not flawless. It's simply fun!

    @Hell Atlantic:
    It's not like "Cop Rock." "Glee" is primarily about a high school show choir – um, they sing and dance all the time in high school show choirs. They don't on the police force. That's where the staying power comes in. The music is mostly organic to the show.

    "Double click" – yes, it's a computerized camera.

    November 24, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Carmen

    To those that doubt its popularity, you're probably not considering the views it gets on Hulu, the amount of songs it sells on iTunes, or the number of fans that came to see the cast during the mall tours these past few months, plus the CD that was just released. These days only taking into account tv ratings just doesn't make sense.

    November 24, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  48. liz

    Everyone I know watches "Glee." Gleefully!

    November 24, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  49. CSD

    "i don't think Glee is as popular as the media/entertainment industry make it out to be, or assume it is. i've never watched the show but c'mon, it's basically "Cop Rock" in a high school...."

    Don't people realize how they sound when they say "I've never seen it..." and then proceed to give a detailed critique?


    November 24, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Fred Garvin

    She's done comedy (Two and a Half Men) and drama (Criminal Minds) and she's just awesome. Someone I would so love to sit down and have a beer with.

    November 24, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  51. frogmann

    On with the show!

    November 24, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Will


    Well everyone I know that has seen the show loves it, and that's VERY uncommon. So I'd say it's a success in my book. Far more original than all the reality show clones, doctor show clones, crime show clones, etc...

    Only show out there that isn't a clone of something we've already seen before.

    November 24, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Mary Jane

    CNN seems to be reporting less and less actual information. Everything is boiled down to a catchy headline. And here we have some reporting about the process of reporting (or lack thereof, I suppose).

    I need some real news! (Which is kind of a silly statement coming from someone who clicked on a story about Glee... )

    November 24, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Mi

    "Double click?" What's that? Do you realize that the central piece of your article is incomprehensible to most readers?

    November 24, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Hell Atlantic

    i don't think Glee is as popular as the media/entertainment industry make it out to be, or assume it is. i've never watched the show but c'mon, it's basically "Cop Rock" in a high school. musical sitcoms work for special one-off quirky episodes of established shows, but you can't base an entire series on a musical. no staying power.

    November 24, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  56. shane

    I very recently had the pleasure to meet Ms. Lynch and her family, she is good people and comes from good people. I work at the desk of a chic nyc hotel and i get treated like crap by many people on a daily basis, so meeting on of my favorite stars is always a bit scary for me as i am afraid of what they may be like. I am an even bigger fan of Jane Lynch now. She is a very kind and classy lady.

    November 24, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Orwellio Spears

    "Double click?" Was he recording the interview with a laptop?

    November 24, 2009 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  58. Tim

    Is 'Glee' really a 'massive success' or do you, the blogger, just massively like it? The reality is, the show places 4th in it's time slot, weekly. It does not take the demo numbers.

    The show is a media pet with constant coverage on a weekly entertainment magazine/website. It's been shoved down the throat of the collective consciousness and incessantly promoted as a 'hit'. All well and good, but not by any definition a 'massive success'.

    November 24, 2009 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  59. Carl fuermann

    ahhhhh, the old "double-click" behind the back trick!

    November 24, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  60. Amy

    Jane Lynch is awesome!

    November 24, 2009 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |

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