Question: How is next season of Glee going to work exactly, what with half the show being set in New York and the other half at McKinley? —Jenny
Ausiello: This is subject to change, but it’s my understanding that they’re taking a Lost-like approach to Season 4 — devoting whole episodes to one location or the other. In other words, the premiere might be set at NYADA with Rachel and Kurt, while Episode 2 could focus on the first day back at McKinley. Smart way to go, IMHO.
Question: Please tell me Glee will actually be shooting in New York next season and not on some cheesy Hollywood backlot outfitted to look like New York. We can tell the difference. —Melissa
Ausiello: And so, apparently, can Ryan Murphy. “We’re coming to New York,” the Glee boss insists. “Nothing is in stone, because we’re still budgeting, but I would love to come once every week and shoot a lot of scenes there. We are 100 percent doing that; we’re not going to do it all on a soundstage. That was one of the fun reasons to do [the storyline].”
Question: Will Rachel and Finn end up together on Glee? Please, I really need this answer! —Anna
Ausiello: Here’s what I can tell you about those two lovebirds: Their relationship will take a satisfying — yet unexpected — turn in the finale. Satisfying and unexpected. You do the math.
Question: Tell us something about Cooper Anderson! We are so excited to see Matt Bomer on Glee! —Elizabeth
Ausiello: Would you rather I show you? Check out this just-released promo (featuring Bomer busting some hilarious moves) for the show’s April 10 return.
Question: I’m probably asking too much but could you maybe tell me if Shelby will back on Glee? She mysteriously disappeared and didn’t even show up to Finchel’s wedding, which was weird. —Anastasia
Ausiello: No sign of her for the foreseeable future, I’m afraid. Actually, scratch that — I’m not the least bit afraid. Good riddance, I say. I was never a fan of that character.
Question: Any Glee spoilers? Anything will help me survive this long break. —@AnnelieseMinaj via Twitter
Ausiello: I can confirm that at least one of our visions for Season 4, as outlined by TVLine’s Michael Slezak, will be a reality next fall. Can you guess which one? Can you?!
Question: Who is this Chandler guy on Glee? Will he get in the way of our Klaine? —Jessica
Ausiello: A Glee source assures me that the Chandler character appears in one scene, and relatively unimportant one at that. Translation: Chillax.
Question: Please, please, please could you tell me if Rachel and Finn will be able to go through with their wedding on Glee? I am going crazy. — Farsia2010
Ausiello: Well, I can tell you this much: Either Rachel and Finn are gonna go through with it, or Will and Emma are, because the show is casting a burly, Eric Stonestreet sorta guy to play a wedding planner named Lavender. In other Glee news, the gay population at McKinley is about to go up by one. The fresh meat? Chandler, a masculine hottie who’s full of joie de vivre.
Question: Any good Glee scoop!? —Nathan
Ausiello: It’s good if you enjoyed Ricky Martin’s guest appearance in tonight’s episode (and how could you not), because sources confirm to me exclusively that you will see his character, Dave Martinez, again — possibly as early as spring. Producers, who wisely left not just a window but a door open for the return of his Spanish teacher, have invited him back on a recurring (and potentially series regular) basis. Although Martin is about to debut on Broadway in Evita, a Glee insider tells me, “We hope to have him fly in and tape when he can. He loves the show and his character and wants to do it.”
Question: Can you give us anything on Kurt and Rachel’s admission (or lack thereof) to NYADA on Glee? —Gabi
Ausiello: I have no concrete intel, just speculation based on Ryan Murphy’s warning of sorts in Entertainment Weekly that Season 3 would end on a somewhat heartbreaking note. My guess is Rachel and Kurt will both be accepted to NYADA, and they will relocate to the Big Apple sans their significant others. That’s just a hunch.
Question: I’m dying for some Glee/Santana scoop. —Lindsay
Ausiello: There’s a great scene in tonight’s episode where Naya Rivera cuts into Will for his lack of enthusiasm/sensitivity as a Spanish teacher. There’s also a disturbingly riotous bit about Emma creating a pamphlet called “Taint Misbehavin” that Beiste uses to get her athletes to clean their “kibbles and bits.”
Question: Any idea how Glee is going to explain Blaine’s absence while Darren Criss is away on Broadway? Is he going to miss any episodes or are they trying to shoot around his schedule? —Sam
Ausiello: Believe it or not he’ll only be sitting out one episode, so it’s unlikely any explanation will be needed. Speaking of which, look what I snapped on my way to work this morning!
Question: Anything on the second half of Glee‘s season? — Jodi
Ausiello: Based on the fact that the show is casting a bunch of middle-aged night school students, something tells me one of the kids is about to start matriculating after hours.
Question: You mentioned a while back that the upcoming Glee episode titled “The Proposal” would be a big one for Will and Emma. Any particular reason why? —Radames
Ausiello: Um, because he proposes to her in it? [Cue eye roll, heavy sigh and finger gun to head.] And it’s not just any proposal. According to the question-popper himself, Matthew Morrison, “It’s the most spectacular proposal I’ve ever seen.” Care to elaborate, MM? “All I can say is it’s wet. And it involves a big dance.” THIS JUST IN: Sources confirm exclusively to TVLine that the title of the episode has just been changed from “The Proposal” to “Yes/No.” Hmm…..
Question: I hear there are some great Finn/Santana scenes coming up on Glee. I’m intrigued! What does this storyline entail? — Kristen
Ausiello: Think of it as a Christmas miracle. In the show’s holiday episode, the two have a great scene in which they bury the hatchet for good. (Or at least for good for now.) When he asks her to help him pick out a present for Rachel, she talks him out of a necklace (a gift she claims sends the wrong message) and into a pair of earrings. Oh, and speaking of the Christmas ep: As Lea Michelle revealed on Twitter this week, the hour will pay homage to the classic (and ubercheesy) holiday specials of the ’60s, complete with classic Yuletide scenes, an over-the-top announcer and way-over-the-top costumes (e.g. Rory as Itchy the Christmas Elf).
Question: I heard a rumor that someone on Glee is going to buy an engagement ring soon. Do you know who it is and when the question gets popped? —Carrie?
Ausiello: I think I do. Sources confirm that the first episode back in January is titled “The Proposal.” Those same sources also reveal that the episode is a big one for (drumroll, please) Will and Emma!
Question: Do you know why that much-hyped Sue Sylvester flashback was cut from last week’s Glee? —Macario
Ausiello: Time, it would seem, was not on Sue’s side. According to exec producer Ryan Murphy, “The sequence ended up being like a little movie” and thus “too long for the episode.” But don’t fret; the footage will see the light of day. “We are releasing it either as a DVD extra or online,” Murphy confirms. “It’s called How Sue Sylvester Became a Bitch.”