Glee stars Lea Michele and Dianna Agron were among cast members celebrating the show's 100th episode at a party in Los Angeles on Tuesday (18Mar14) night. Actors including Naya Rivera, Amber Riley and Jane Lynch headed to a bash at the city's Chateau Marmont hotel to celebrate the landmark while the episode aired across the U.S.
The cast and crew gathered inside the venue to toast the achievement and give speeches reminiscing about their early memories of the show, which began in 2008.
Michele wrote in a post on Twitter.com, "Can't wait for tonight's 100th episode of Glee! I'm so proud to be part of such an amazing show that brings me such joy every single day."
She then posted a number of nostalgic pictures including her first day playing character Rachel and another showing her hugging late co-star Cory Monteith underneath a Glee billboard in 2009.
Agron also tweeted, "I can remember the first day like it was yesterday. (Michele), (Rivera) & me in a bathroom with a lot of hairspray."
A number of former cast members returned for the two-part 100th episode, including Kristin Chenoweth and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Whenever a television show reaches its 100th episode, there's always some sort of special celebration. Well, Glee has decided to put all of those celebrations to shame with its 100th episode spectacular on March 18th. In addition to allowing the fans to choose their top 10 favorite Glee songs to be remixed and re-performed on the night - think of it as the Glee tribute episode to Glee - creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed that he invited all of the original cast members to return to the show, so that everyone can celebrate together. Among those confirmed to reprise their roles are Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Kristin Chenoweth, and Heather Morris, who left at the end of last season to have her son, Elijah.
Most notably, Dianna Agron, who played cheerleader Quinn Fabray, confirmed via Twitter that she would indeed be returning for the 100th episode, despite not appearing in the show's tribute episode to Cory Monteith. There have been rumors of bad blood between her and Murphy for some time now, and her absence from "The Quarterback" only seemed to fuel the fire. However, it seems that the two have managed to bury the hatchet in order to give the fans what they want, and to celebrate Glee.
Of course, this is Glee, so no matter how many original cast members or old school performances the show gets together, there's always the chance that things could go terribly wrong and the 100th episode spectacular could turn into a 100th episode train wreck. In order to give the writers a helping hand, we've come up with four things that the March 18th celebration should include, and 4 things that should be avoided at all costs.
Focus on the "Originals"Glee currently juggles two separate shows: one in New York, with Rachel, Kurt and Santana, and one in Ohio with Mr. Shue and the McKinley High glee club, and the adventures in New York are always far more entertaining than anything going on back in Lima. This is partially because we are more familiar with Kurt, Rachel, and Santana and therefore more invested in what happens to them, but it's also partially because we've sat through so many of those Ohio plots before. Therefore, the best thing for the writers to do on the 100th episode is to focus on all of the original cast members, rather than attempting to shoehorn the new kids into the plots. It worked well for the Monteith tribute episode, so it should work just as well this time around. And be sure to let us all know just what everyone's up to now, and why they came back to McKinley in the first place. It seems obvious, but those are details that Glee tends to leave out.
Strip Back the PerformancesSure, it wouldn't be Glee without an over-the-top array of costumes, dancing, and numbers that would put even the most expensive Broadway show to shame. But some of the show's best moments occured when the songs were quieter, simpler, and made sense in terms of the story they were telling. Rachel's pilot performance of "On My Own" was a touching look into who the character was and what made her tick. Santana's use of Fleetwood Mac's "Songbird" to tell Brittany how she felt about her was both moving and memorable. Artie singing "Dream a Little Dream of Me" as he came to the realization that he would have to give up on his dreams was one of the most underappreciated numbers that Glee has ever featured, and one of its best, the Rachel/Quinn duet of West Side Story's "I Feel Pretty" and TLC's "Unpretty" is proof that sometimes less is more. Glee shouldn't be afraid ot go big for their 100th episode, but they should remember that their strengths often lie in their smaller moments.
Give Mercedes an Actual PlotThis one might just be a personal opinion, but it always seemed unfair that Mercedes never got a proper story arc to herself. Her leaving New Directions to form a new glee club was presented, resolved and forgotten about in only a few episodes, and the show spent much of that time painting her as the villain, rather than using it as a way to create a compelling story for an underused character. Similarly, her relationship with Sam was ignored and practically retconned, even though it was one of the most interesting plots the show has ever developed. So, Glee, why not put Sam and Mercedes back together for the 100th episode so fans can find out what really went on between them. Sam was never more interesting than he was with Mercedes, and it would be the perfect excuse to give her plenty of perfectly-sung diva numbers.
Bring Back MattWay back in Season 1, there was a character named Matt Rutherford, played by Dijon Talton. Despite being both a football player and a member of the glee club, Matt only spoke two lines over the entire season, and then disappeared without ever being mentioned again. There would be no character return that would excite the fans more than bringing back Matt for the 100th episode. Besides, everyone's dying to know where he went, why he left, and why nobody ever brought him up again. The characters may have forgotten Matt, but the fans never will.
Making It Schue-CentricWhen it comes to Glee, there is no character more universally reviled than the head of the glee club, Will Schuester. He's not only creepy towards his students and far too involved with their day-to-day lives, but he's also a terrible teacher. Remember how he used to be a Spanish teacher, but couldn't actually speak the language? Has he even stepped foot into an actual classroom since the first season? He not only had his students help him propose to Ms. Pillsbury, but he also had Finn be his best man. A move that should have been sweet just turned out weird. He even stole Finn's letterman jacket - that never belonged to him in the first place - from Santana while she was sleeping, and then blamed it on Puck. He's the worst. It's probably tempting to make Mr. Schue the focal point of the episode, for the narrative's sake, but it's better for all involved if he just stands in the background and occasionally writes a word on the whiteboard.
Too Much Singing, Not Enough Story Glee was originally intended to be a television show that featured musical numbers, then it became a televised musical, but now it's just an excuse to shoehorn in as many random songs and productions numbers as possible, without any regard to the story going on around them. We're not sure when the Glee writers forgot that songs do not magically make up for a lack of plot, but we sincerely hope that it's a lesson they remember when it comes time to write the 100th episode. Otherwise, it just becomes blatantly obvious that someone heard something on the radio and just decided to work it into an episode so that it would run a full 45 minutes.
Love Triangles on Love Triangles on Love TrianglesWe get it; love triangles are a super easy way to add conflict to a show. But Glee has featured so many that they've run out of every single possible combination. Seriously, there's been Will/Terri/Emma, Finn/Rachel/Quinn, Finn/Rachel/Jesse, Finn/Quinn/Sam, Sam/Mercedes/Mercedes' Football Boyfriend, Santana/Brittany/Artie, Artie/Tina/Mike, and Blaine/Kurt/Creepy Dalton Guy to name - literally - only a fraction. For the 100th episode, why not take a break from all of that romantic confusion and focus instead on the kids who made up the glee club, and the friendship that bonds them together. Or, if you prefer, have them all fight each other. Just make sure it's not over a romantic rival.
Anything Even Remotely Resembling This:
No offense to Jane Lynch, who is often one of the show's best elements, but everything about this was a terrible idea. This may be the worst performance the show has ever done. Watch it, learn from it, and never speak of it again.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Somebody call Emma Pillsbury, because Gleeks may soon need some counseling: Glee's sixth season will indeed be its last. Creator Ryan Murphy confirmed the news at the Paley Center event on Wednesday night, when he talked about the impact that the death of Cory Monteith and his character Finn Hudson had on the show, saying "The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn's story. I always knew that, I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was – he was in it. I knew what the last line was – she said it to him." Murphy and the show's writers are currently trying to figure out how to rework the show around Monteith's absence.
Fans of Finn and Rachel will be pleased to know that they were always meant to be together in the end, and Murphy has promised that the new ending will "honor" Monteith. He's apparently planning to present his new plan to the network next week. Rumors that the show might be coming to an end started appearing around August, when Fox president Kevin Reilly said that they weren't thinking about the show past its sixth season. However, with the death of Monteith looming large over the show and the show's slow decline in popularity and quality, Glee's departure has started to seem inevitable.
With Finn no longer in the picture, fans have been speculating about the new direction the show will be forced to take. A popular theory is that the new ending will center around Kurt Hummel and his on new fiancé Blaine. Since Murphy has previously stated his affection for both characters, this seems like a probable ending. Rachel will most likely end up a big star, and without Finn to return to Lima for, we wouldn't be surprised if her final storyline centered on her career. Hopefully, some of the show's original cast can return again, and the audience can finally get some closure about Mercedes' singing career, Quinn's success at Yale, and what Brittany could possibly be getting up to at MIT. After all, does anyone actually care about the new group of glee club kids? And, in a perfect world, Tina would finally be able to get a plot where she can be successful without everyone around her tearing her down.
No matter what happens, we're sure Miss Pillsbury has some pamphlets that will help Gleeks through this tough time. Maybe something along the lines of "Moving On After Your Favorite TV Show Ends?"
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Meet The Parents director Jay Roach was also feted at the dinner held by The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California to celebrate the anniversary of America's Bill of Rights, which was written to protect citizens' rights to liberty.
Actresses Sophia Bush and Amber Riley, funnyman Will Ferrell and singers Usher and Carly Rae Jepsen all showed up to see the trio receive Bill of Rights Awards during the event at Los Angeles' Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
The ACLU trophies are handed to individuals who have carried out "extraordinary work to preserve civil liberties and equal rights".
Braun later took to his Twitter.com page to reflect on the tribute, writing, "Tonight I was honoured by people I admire. In this world we all have a responsibility to each other. To stand up for each other. Never be a silent bystander. Speak out. Ignorance has no place (if) we raise our voices against it. ACLU, thank u (sic) for the night. Honoured."
Over the next few months, we’ll see new series soar, old series sour, and so much Jersey Shore madness, we’ll want to shower. Let’s face it: The Fall TV season is intimidating. With dozens of new and returning shows hitting our small screens, we know we have some big choices to make. So, to help you determine what to watch, we’re digging deep into the most notable series premiering this season. Where did each show leave off? Where is it headed? And who should you watch it with? Today, we're checking out the return of Glee, which has all the mystery of a giant sparkling question mark. Where will Ryan Murphy’s darling go now that its beloved singers are scattered all over the country?
Series Name: Glee
Premiere Date: Thursday, Sept. 13 at 9:00 PM ET
Number of Seasons: Three down, heading into the fourth.
You’ll Like It If: You’ve never seen Glee before and love show choirs (hello, one person in the entire United States) or you’ve continued to watch Glee despite being disappointed are you still hold out hope that the series will redeem itself. (Hi, my name is Kelsea and I have a hard time accepting that Glee is not going to return to its glory days. Hi, Kelsea.)
You won’t like it if: You get uncomfortable when characters break out into song and even more uncomfortable when they tell you why they’re about to break out into song.
Best Piece of Merchandise: In case the pillows, iPhone covers, clothing lines, buttons, nail polish, etc. aren’t enough, there’s an Archie Comic/Glee crossover coming. No word on whether Rachel is the Betty or the Veronica.
Best government-funded school common area: That quad. I mean. There are no words. What high school has a full set of steps to nowhere opening up to the general lunching area for the entire student body, practically begging for 12-14 talented teenagers to dance and sing all over them? Seriously. I need to know. That high school sounds awesome.
Cast: Everyone who isn’t tied up over at The New Normal and American Horror Story. Ryan Murphy attracts big names like bowties attract Blaine Anderson. And if you’ve been living under a rock, here’s an exhaustive (and I mean, man am I tired from memorizing all these names) list of the friendly faces of McKinley High and beyond: Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Naya Rivera, Jane Lynch, Jenna Ushkowitz, Darren Criss, Kevin McHale, Chris Colfer, Heather Morris, Chord Overstreet, Amber Riley, Harry Shum Jr., Mark Salling, and (just accept it) Matthew Morrison. And those are only the returning cast members. The five newbies include romantic comedy heroine extraordinaire Kate Hudson and youngsters Dean Geyer, Melissa Benoist, and Jacob Artist and Becca Tobin as mini-Puck and mini-Quinn. See, don’t you need a little cat nap now?
Synopsis: Set partially in Lima, Ohio and partially in New York City (and probably partially in a few other places), Glee is about a growing roster of characters trying desperately to take part in relevant storylines without being overshadowed by Sue Sylvester and Blaine. This is nearly impossible. Also, everyone can sing. Even Jayma Mays.
Where we left off last season: Rachel and Finn graduated, and he joined the army, White Fanged her (as in “go on, git,” not whatever you perverts were thinking), and sent her off to New York, where she promptly behaved like Barbra Streisand in the fictional ‘60s movie Rachel created in a dream. Kurt is also preparing to go to New York. This makes his papa cry and Kurt and Blaine decide they will end up like the couple from The Notebook, minus the dementia. Mike is headed to a Chicago Dance school, Santana is also (probably) headed to New York, Brittany flunked and is going to be a Super Senior, Quinn is off to Yale, and Mercedes is hoofing it to Los Angeles to be a star. Schue is no longer trying to move his wedding so the glee club will be there. Sue is still pregnant with a real baby and NeNe Leakes is trying to take over the school (but she’s on The New Normal now so that’ll probably work itself out). There’s probably more, but my brain is sparking and sputtering, so I’m going to give it a rest.
Character to avoid modeling your own wardrobe off of: Will Schuester (sweater vests affect 3 out of four History teachers every year*), Kurt Hummel (sorry, my friend, you are fabulous, but you don’t look it), and (duh) Rachel Berry’s school girl chic.
*Statistics are not based on any real calculation, but rather a fuzzy memory of all my past History teachers.
Required reading: Stephen Sondheim’s Wikipedia page. The references are rampant and now that they’re in New York… oh boy.
Relevant YouTube clip: Lord Tubbington’s Household Chores How-To (because any excuse for a cat video is welcome).
Don’t do this while watching: Hold anything sharp. As much as we keep coming back to this show, hoping it will wash away its past sins, there have been at least a handful of actual facepalm moments in each episode, so that would be bad. Think about it.
Who to watch it with: Someone who isn’t going to insist that you sing along with every musical number. There are way too many per episode for that nonsense. Also, someone who isn’t easily shocked by dramatic and comedic ploys (think, “Oh my GOSH. Did Sue really say that really mean thing?! No. Way.”) There are also far too many of these per episode.
Suggested viewing party refreshments: Carrot sticks (there are some seriously skinny ladies prancing around on screen and you totally skipped the gym to watch this show, so you’d better make up for it somehow. Plus, it will really help offset the calories in all that red wine).
Emmy Wins: Best Comedy Series (2010), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Neil Patrick Harris, 2010), Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (Gwyneth Paltrow, 2010), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Jane Lynch, 2010)
Ratings last season: Season low was 6.01 million, Season high was 9.21 million
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Trouty-Mouth, Cheerios, promise rings, astronomy, Justin Bieber and Color Me Mine.
Don’t worry people, we’re not just blurting out gibberish — we’re describing one of Glee’s most missed relationships! The unwavering fans of Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Quinn (Dianna Agron), a.k.a. Fabrevans, have been patiently waiting over a season and a half for their favorite couple to once again walk down the McKinley halls together. And now that Glee executive producer Ryan Murphy has joined Twitter, he has publicly squashed the relationship rumors between Sam and Mercedes (Amber Riley). Murphy writes, “SAM will have a new girlfriend this year. Guess who it is!”
While Overstreet doesn’t officially reveal the identity of his new leading lady, he does admit that Agron will always be one of his favorite on-screen partners. Overstreet gushes to Hollywood.com, “Diana is one of the easiest people to work with, so I always love doing scenes with her.”
Now that we eased the conversation into shipper territory, we decided to just ask him flat out: how does he feel about the fans who are absolutely dying to see Fabrevans again? “That would be a blast!" exclaims Overstreet. "We’ll see what happens in the show.” He adds with a smile, “You guys could be in for a treat!” Only one word can captivate how Fabrevans fans are feeling right now: Squee!
Although Overstreet has only read the first episode, he was kind enough to spill some Season 4 scoop. The 23-year-old actor says, “They’re really doing a really good job at blending what’s going on in New York with Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and what’s going still back in Ohio and kind of blending in all the seniors that graduated into the show and intertwining it.” Hmm, perhaps he’s referring to his favorite alum Quinn?
Overstreet continues, “The first script is hilarious. There’s a lot of really good stuff. [A lot of] scenes with Jane [Lynch] and a lot of really good stuff with Matt [Morrison] and the new kids they’re bringing in. So I can’t wait to start shooting and see the chemistries.”
Now that the seniors have left the choir room, it seems like it’s up to Sam, Artie (Kevin Mchale) and Blaine (Darren Criss) to fight for the spotlight this season as the leading man. Although he’s got some tough competition, Overstreet says he’s confident Sam has what it takes to lead the New Directions. “I would love to see him just go out there and own it," explains the Tennessee native. "Those [other] guys just don’t match up, I could take ‘em. I would just outrun Artie.”
Who do you think would be the best male lead this season? Are you hopeful for a Fabrevans reunion this year? Sing us your thoughts in the comments below!
Glee returns Thursday, Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. on FOX.
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The Blue Velvet director and his wife of three years, Emily Stofle, are preparing to welcome a baby girl in the coming months, according to celebrity gossip site Celebuzz.com.
Lynch is already a dad to three grown-up kids from previous relationships: daughter Jennifer Chambers, son Austin Jack and his youngest, Riley.
The tot will be Stofle's first.
Gleeks everywhere panicked (or something less dramatic) when rumors started flying about losing our favorite McKinley High glee club members after the graduation-themed finale. How will the show work without them? How will we get our spot-on commentary on the world of YouTube series like Lord Tubbington's riveting weekly video? Who will we turn to for genius ideas like a dinosaur prom? Okay, so maybe we were planning on missing Brittany more than the others, but still. What is Glee without our original crew?
Deadline confirms that we won't have answer that question for the time being. We were already sure that Lea Michele and Cory Monteith would return to the series, but now Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, Naya Rivera, Kevin McHale, Darren Criss, Amber Riley, Jenna Ushkowitz, Jayma Mays, Dianna Agron, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr. and Heather Morris are all headed back. Chord Overstreet is reportedly in talks to return to the series as a regular, which would make sense since his character was a junior in Season 3. Hollywood.com has reached out to Fox for comment.
But now that the gang's all here, how are they possibly going to fit into the plot when it centers on the glee club at the Lima, Ohio high school? (You guessed it) We've got an idea or two.
Brittany (Heather Morris): After hitting it big with Lord Tubbington's web show, Brittany scores a job at the local news station where she and Lord Tubbington take over Sue's Corner. Sue will be mad, but when their first segment is a hard-hitting intervention in an effort to curb Lord Tubbington's Home Shopping Network addiction, she'll come around.
Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison): After last year's Spanish teacher debacle (in which we learned Will, the Spanish teacher, didn't know Spanish) Will's confidence in teaching things that don't involve catchy choruses and stage presence is still down and he suffers the consequences of a history brain fart and is demoted to P.E. teacher.
Sue (Jane Lynch): In the wake of losing her local news segment to Brittany and Lord Tubbington, Sue starts packing on the pounds. No one seems to notice because she's supposed to be with child, so she's forced to finally turn her vicious one-liners on herself.
Santana (Naya Rivera): Santana "I Just Want to Be Famous" Lopez, scores a Disney channel deal for a children's sitcom. Her catchphrase? "I wants... what I wants." (Snap and head-wag implied.)
Kurt (Chris Colfer): After getting denied from NYADA, Kurt rationally applies for Spring semester at NYU, where he is rejoined with his text-happy friend from Between the Sheets. Kurt will get his revenge on Blaine for the "It's Not Right (But It's Okay)" performance with his own city-centric rendition of "Telephone."
Artie (Kevin McHale): Artie will refuse to stop rapping, and in accordance he opens Lima's first (and probably history's first) Center For Kids Who Can't Rap But Choose to Anyway.
Blaine (Darren Criss): Blaine will make impassioned speeches about how he's not the new Rachel of the New Directions, but in taking the floor to make said speeches, he will in fact become the dreaded Rachel. But to be fair, Blaine will never be not lovable, so at least he'll have that.
Mercedes (Amber Riley): After moving to L.A., Mercedes will hop on the fast track to superstardom, sending Sam into an emotional tailspin. She flies back on occasion to remind him that she dumped her football star boyfriend for him and that he needs to breathe normally. She will always love him. (Get it? Because she sang that to him that one time?)
Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz): Robbed of her "New Rachel" title by Blaine, Tina tries to make her mark by being "That Girl Who Brags About Her Boyfriend in Chicago" (because Mike Chang got into that Chicago dance program). Needless to say, it is short lived.
Emma (Jayma Mays): Emma spends most of the season trying to convince Will not to spend their life savings flying all the graduated New Directions members back for their wedding.
Quinn (Dianna Agron): After leaving Joe in an awkward no man's land relationship quandry, Quinn will come back one weekend to profess that she's moved on to Yale boys, but that they can be ambiguously interested in each other and not official for as long as he wants.
Mike (Harry Shum Jr.): Mike is happy in Chicago, learning amazing things at his dance academy, and he would not be involved at all in the ridiculous antics at McKinley, but Tina and Schue drag him back to teach the new glee clubbers to dance. So at least we won't lose his magic moves. Whew.
Okay, so most of this probably won't happen because this is a Ryan Murphy series and nothing is ever predictable, but how about we agree to give me a pat on the back if I'm right about any of it. Deal? Deal.
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It may seem like a miracle that Glee is still stayin' alive (ah-ah-ah-ah), but here we have it: video evidence that Quinn's wheelchair ballet cannot kill this iTunes-sponsored series.
April 17 marks the debut of Glee's attempt to endear your parents (and by association, you too): Saturday Night Glee-ver. And while I could marvel at the series' ability to work its name into any title the way your one friend always makes an awkward slant rhyme to fit his name into a Maroon 5 song, let's just examine the evidence.
Exhibit A: Mercedes is singing "Disco Inferno" — which is a song that the original Season One Glee club would have refused to sing after throwing Will Schuester on a roasting spit for his insolence. Despite the song's irrelevance to any of our McKinley teens, it's clear that Amber Riley can sing the hell out of any song. Your dad will find this charming.
Exhibit B: Jenna Ushkowitz may admit to knowing absolutely zilch about the '70s, but that doesn't stop her character Tina (and Santana and Brittany and Rachel) from donning glam retro dresses and dancing the night away. Bingo: now your mom is now on board.
Exhibit C: Jane Lynch is really excited about going back to the '70s (and she may be the only cast member who has a reason to be). Blammo: Lynch in '70s garb should take care of any other stragglers. (Need we remind you of the the oddly appealing zoot suit incident?)
Glee airs Tuesday nights at 8 PM (ET/PT) on Fox.
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