Gushing about Glee
by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 19th 2010 3:00PM
Flush from winning the Golden Globe as Best TV Show - Musical or Comedy, Glee creator Ryan Murphy was in a jolly mood when confronted by the media. Can you blame the guy? Glee is definitely the success story of 2009, the little show that could. A smart, sassy high school musical that's become a cultural phenomenon. If I were Ryan Murphy, I'd be singing and dancing and spilling my guts, too. If you prefer being totally surprised and abhor spoilers -- STOP READING NOW.
The top of the chart in newsworthiness is this morning's nugget: Neil Patrick Harris and Joss Whedon may reunite for a Glee episode. That's right, the Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog combination. The reason it's not a sure thing -- yet -- is that CBS has to let NPH do the show. While it's true that CBS allowed Neil to be a guest judge on Fox's American Idol, would they allow him to sing and dance on Glee? It's a tough call, because Neil would definitely draw viewers to the competition. But, as a fan, I'm hoping CBS is big about it and lets him do it. And it could only engender good will all around the business, don't you think?
There's more. The Madonna episode is going to be brimming with music, as many as ten songs from the Material Girl's catalog. Michael Ausiello has confirmed that Jane Lynch's character, Sue Sylvester, is going to do "Vogue." That sounds like a definite keeper if you ask me.
Murphy also mentioned that he's going to be talking Jennifer Lopez about a guest turn, and executive producer Brad Falchuk is hoping for Bruce Springsteen. One guest star definitely on the docket is Olivia Newton John. No, she's not singing "Hopelessly Devoted to You." She's going to do "Physical" with... Jane Lynch.
On the character front, Murphy promises a return to the Puck and Rachel romance. He admitted that he miscalculated how appealing the two were together and now fans will get a chance to watch them develop. Count on two numbers for twosome. Maybe they'll recreate Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand doing "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" since they're the Jewish song stars at McKinley High.
Finally, Murphy revealed that there are three new characters slated the next season of Glee. One will be a boyfriend for Kurt. Another will be an "Eve Harrington" type -- from All About Eve -- who is determined to outshine star Rachel Berry.