Glee‘s Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith are returning for Season 4, along with all the cast members — but for how long?
Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly told The Hollywood Reporter during this week’s upfront in New York that members of the swelling cast — which counts a graduating class that includes Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Dianna Agron and Mark Salling, among others — are in talks for the duration of their return and whether they’ll be signed on as series regulars for 22-episode deals or recurring roles. Deals are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
The musical drama’s Season 3 finale, airing Tuesday, in which the seniors bid farewell to McKinley High and some — potentially Michele, Monteith and Colfer — head to New York for a show-within-a-show fourth year, will set up what the executive sees as a creative renaissance for Season 4 as the series moves to 9 p.m. Thursdays.
The executive reaffirmed that Riley, whose recent tweet (which she later clarified) led to a wave of speculation that her time with Glee had come to an end, would indeed be back.
In fact, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy told Vulture that he met with the cast and gave them the opportunity to move on and do other things.
“I said to them, ‘Anybody who wants to stay on the show will stay on the show,'” he told the site, which confirmed that McKinley faculty members played by Emmy winner Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison and Jayma Mays would all return for Season 4.
“It doesn’t mean everyone will be doing 22 episodes, but everyone wants to stay in our family to make sure those actors know that if they want to have a home, they have a home,” Murphy said. “If they want to explore new and different things while also having a home, that is also an option.”
Glee went through a similar experience last season when recurring actors Harry Shum Jr. and Darren Criss were promoted to regular status for Season 3, while the series regular option on Chord Overstreet was not picked up. Overstreet parted ways with the series but returned in a recurring capacity midway through the season.
The cast has continued to find success in projects outside of the Fox musical. Criss (a junior on the series) has gone on to Broadway, and Michele, Agron, Monteith and Colfer all have growing careers on the big screen (the latter two active as producers as well).
While McKinley will be down a handful of New Directions’ founding members in its Ohio-based story, Glee is poised to add cast members for its fourth season, including guaranteeing the winner of Oxygen’s reality competition The Glee Project a seven-episode arc. (This season saw four Glee Project standouts appear, with Damian McGinty going on to guest-star in more episodes than his guaranteed seven.)
Add to that the expectation that the New York setting could potentially add more cast beyond Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson, who have both signed on for major arcs. (Murphy told THR that Hudson likely will begin her arc in the Season 4 premiere, with Parker appearing a few episodes afterward.)
Setting recurring roles for some castmembers could prove a wise and cost-effective move for the series and sibling studio 20th Television.
Next week’s Season 3 finale will likely shed additional light on which Glee characters could have larger and recurring roles.
May 1: “Choke”
Rachel and Kurt finally get to audition for NYADA, but their nerves are rattled when they find out it’s for the dean (guest star Whoopi Goldberg). Meanwhile, Coach Beiste reveals a secret, and Sue Sylvester and Coach Roz lend a helping hand.
May 8: “Prom-asaurus”
Brittany goes into high gear as class president to spearhead the prom. Then, after prom king and queen nominations are announced, the kids kick into campaign mode, and some of the outcasts organize a rival celebration.
May 15: “Props” and Title TBD (Two back-to-back episodes)
As the countdown to graduation continues, New Directions prepares a high-concept routine for Nationals. When Tina bumps her head, the world of New Directions is turned upside down in her eyes. Then in the second episode, the NDs perform at Nationals for celebrity judge Lindsay Lohan (guest-starring as herself).
May 22: Title TBD (Season Finale)
In the Season 3 finale, graduation is finally here, as McKinley High’s class of 2012 looks to the past and present, while contemplating their future.
Fox is turning Glee‘s third trip to Nationals into an all-night event.
Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that the network is combining the show’s 20th and 21st installments into one, two-hour episode on Tuesday, May 15.
But it’s the first of those two hours — which finds New Directions planning for the annual competition — that is likely to generate the most watercooler chatter. That’s because in the midst of rehearsing their new routine, Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) suffers a mild head injury and begins to experience a different — yet oddly familiar — alternate reality.
The plot would seem to give context to recent photos from the set showing the cast swapping roles — i.e. Mark Salling (Puck) playing Blaine, Cory Monteith (Finn) dressed up as Kurt, and the aforementioned Ushkowitz channeling Rachel.
Tina’s warped perspective presumably returns to normal in time for Nationals, which serves as the focus of Hour 2.
Despite all the bitching and moaning we — me and you and everyone who has even a Seussical understanding about how stories work — do about Glee, it is the most paradigm-shifting show on TV when it comes to its portrayal of the LGBT community. There is simply no way to measure the resounding positive effect Glee has had on dialogue about gay and lesbian people. For all the ways it flip-flops, Glee remains fully, unabashedly, substantively queer. And that’s something to celebrate. So this week I’m counting out the seven times* Glee really out-gayed itself.
(*I’m not including Brittany/Santana or Kurt/Blaine relationship milestones because I’ve already counted down Brittana’s best moments, and the last two seasons of Glee have been one long Klaine countdown [in the best possible way].)
Kurt and Santana come out to their families.
Kurt’s coming out was one of the most moving moments I’ve ever seen on TV, especially because his dad — who ended up being one of the greatest TV parents ever — spent most of the episode trying to squash the “gay” stuff out of him. It was tender and lovely and ultimately so triumphant. Santana’s coming out to her abuela was just as beautifully done, and her grandmother’s reaction, while heart-wrenching, was so very real to so many people. In fact, I think a lot of TV viewers need to see that kind of ugliness and intolerance and ignorance reflected at them, so they can examine their own attitudes within the context of a story, where it’s safe and they can change and the world can get better.
Brittany doesn’t come out to anyone.
While I think coming out stories are important — because most LGBT people will need to go through a coming out process at some point in their lives — there are some people for whom sexuality is a non-issue. Brittany never questioned her affection for Santana. Never, ever, ever. Brittany is attracted to a person, not a gender, and because her attraction to Santana felt as natural to her as breathing, she never wrestled with her feelings. Brittany’s story is a true one too, one that’s becoming even more common, and it hints at a future where love is love is love is love, and everyone is as at ease about it as a flag-waving unicorn.
Kurt opens his mouth and a little purse falls out.
Despite the fact that I am a gay lady who spends half her life writing for the largest, most popular lesbian website on the internet, it drives me bonkers when I hang out with gay people whose personality and identity and every bit of speech is just “gay gay gay gay gay gay gay.” So when Mercedes ends up at Breadstix with Blaine and Kurt and hears their conversation like this, it makes me double over with laughter every time.
Glee hammers home the “Born This Way” message.
Sure, Glee has given us a Lady Gaga-themed episode and the full-on “Born This Way” video, but my favorite born this way moment was at the roller rink/karaoke cabaret where Kristin Chenoweth‘s April Rhodes took to the stage for a couples’ skate and shouted to the dudes, “Grab a gal. Or grab another fella if that’s the way the good Lord made you!”
Blaine kisses Rachel.
Most gay TV viewers are smart enough to tell the difference between a queer character who starts to question whether or not he or she might be straight or bisexual because sexuality for a lot of people really is a moving target, and a queer character who starts to question whether or not he or she might be straight or bisexual because the writers want to capitalize on opposite-sex appeal. When Glee had Blaine kiss Rachel, it was clearly a case of that second thing. When they cast Darren Criss, they had no idea he’d start getting gay men and straight men and gay women and straight women pregnant just by looking at the camera. But what’s so spectacularly gay about this storyline in retrospect is this: If a raging homo like Blaine was going to try on being “straight” for even a second, of course he would do it with the biggest flame dame in the midwest. The Rachel Berrys of this world have kissed more gay men than there are stars in the sky. Accidentally accurate maybe, but oh, so very true.
Kurt and Rachel “Get Happy” with Babs and Judy.
When Kurt and Rachel donned the exact same outfits as Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland and sang the exact same song as Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland while being this generation’s gay icons like Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland, my TV burst into rainbow-colored flames. (If you’ve never watched the original performance, do yourself the biggest favor.)
Karofsky learns that It Gets Better.
The self-hating, closeted bully trope is a trope because it’s true — and all too common. I kept thinking Glee was going to forget about Karofsky like it forgets about everything else, but by some miracle they managed to weave him into the most glorious, wretched, brilliant, perfect storyline in the history of the show. He was a bully. He was a gay bully. He was a gay bully who was in love with Kurt. He was a gay bully who began to accept himself. He was a gay boy, standing in front of another gay boy, asking for his love. He was a gay boy who got bullied. He was a gay boy who tried to kill himself in his very best suit. He was a gay boy who saw the future with another gay boy and a beautiful son. He was a gay boy who lived.
Glee | Yep, you’re just one week into the show’s seven-week spring break, but know this: A Glee insider tells me that Season 3′s final six episodes will be “super-emotional — everyone cries when they read [the scripts] — in a good, satisfying way.” Now remember, kids, don’t text-and-drive! (Oh, and Glee returns April 10.)
Editors Note: David M. Hall, Ph.D., is he author of the book “Allies at Work: Creating a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Inclusive Work Environment.” He is also the author of “BullyShield,” an iPhone and Droid app. Hall teaches high school students as well as graduate courses on LGBT issues and bullying prevention. His website is www.davidmhall.com and he is on twitter @drdavidmhall.
By David M. Hall, Special to CNN
(CNN) – The Valentine’s Day episode of “Glee” introduced the God Squad’s Joe Hart, a student who is a committed Christian. His only tattoos are bible quotes, and each of his dreadlocks is named after a bible verse. Joe wants to make Christianity cool, so the God Squad, a Christian club, agrees to sing “vocal valentines” for any student who dedicates a song.
When the God Squad sings to Rachel, an irate Santana – who was already angry with her principal because of his double-standard regarding public displays of affection between gay couples – asks if they are Christian. When they say yes, the cheerleader tells them she wants to send a “vocal valentine” to her girlfriend: “And I don’t mean my friend who’s a girl. I mean my girlfriend girlfriend. How’s that sound?”
Joe Hart appears dumfounded. He later explains to the rest of the God Squad that he never met anyone who was gay.
Toward the end of the episode, Santana and Brittany, her girlfriend, are sitting together at a Valentine’s Day party. The God Squad and Joe approach them about Santana’s request. “After thinking and praying about it,” he tells them, “I knew there was only one answer: absolutely. Love is love, man. So here’s for Brittany from Santana.”
God Squad breaks into a mash-up of “Cherish,” the oldie, and Madonna’s version: “You don’t know how many times I wish that I had told you. You don’t know how many times I wish that I could hold you…. Cherish is the word I use to remind me of, your love.” Santana and Brittany start the song lovingly holding hands and end the song with a kiss on the dance floor to the applause of their peers.
In the following episode a gay teenager attempts suicide, and Joe invites Kurt, one of the show’s out and proud characters, to pray with the God Squad. Kurt, who questions God, joins them in prayer.
The storyline on “Glee” captures something larger that we are seeing with a new generation of allies (allies are people who support LGBT rights but aren’t LGBT themselves). When I wrote “Allies at Work” in 2009, every ally I interviewed also supported LGBT pride. Today, we are encountering a different type of ally: one who supports LGBT people because they believe it’s the Christian thing to do. So they are supportive of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people though they may be conflicted over how they feel about “gay pride.”
Tomorrow night’s Glee episode was shot before Whitney Houston‘s death, but producers have found a way to dedicate the hour to the late great musical icon.
A rep for 20th Century, the studio that produces Glee, just confirmed to us:
“Purely coincidentally, the episode contains Mercedes (Amber Riley) singing ‘I Will Always Love You,’ the Dolly Parton song Houston made famous in The Bodyguard. The producers have decided to dedicate the episode to Houston’s memory with a card in the end credits.”
The boy band have announced that their track will be performed by the hugely popular show’s cast.
The Wanted have announced that their hit single ‘Glad You Came’ is set to feature in an upcoming episode of the hugely popular US TV series Glee.
Having already appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and a guest slot on the Chelsea Lately show planned this Wednesday (8th February), the group are making positive strides in their attempt to crack the American market.
Jay McGuiness told Ryan Seacrest: “Glee is just as big in the UK, so when we heard, we were just like ‘what’s going on boys’.”
Their latest US single will be performed by the famous Glee cast and fans immediately took to their Twitter accounts to announce their joy at the news.
The Wanted are currently coming towards the end of their US tour and will perform in San Diego tomorrow night (7th February) before heading to Hollywood the day after.
Glee | OK, Gleeks, put on your thinking caps (I believe Brittany literally owns a tin-foil one?) and try to solve the riddle behind this new casting call. The Fox hit is looking to guest-cast in one episode a handsome and successful 30-year-old named Stephen, with two important caveats: The guy needs to be at least six feet tall, and the role comes with zero dialogue. That said, this Stephen is said to figure into “an important moment in the script”…? Ready, set, speculate!