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Good News for Gleeks

by Stephanie Earp, posted Apr 13th 2010 3:29PM


I think I have established in my previous columns that I don't like 'Glee.' But here's the thing: you do. Or at least a great many of you do. Oprah likes 'Glee,' Ellen likes 'Glee,' even Michelle Obama likes 'Glee.' I have decided this week, in honour of the show's return on Tuesday, to put aside my own distaste and bring you, my readers, as much good news about 'Glee' as I can.

1. More Music


According to the producers, the second half of the first season will be even more loaded with musical numbers, jumping from 3-5 numbers to at least 5 numbers per 1-hour episode (some episodes are closer to 10 songs).

What other 'Glee'-ful things are in store? Read more after the jump!

I think I have established in my previous columns that I don't like 'Glee.' But here's the thing: you do. Or at least a great many of you do. Oprah likes 'Glee,' Ellen likes 'Glee,' even Michelle Obama likes 'Glee.' I have decided this week, in honour of the show's return on Tuesday, to put aside my own distaste and bring you, my readers, as much good news about 'Glee' as I can.

1. More Music


According to the producers, the second half of the first season will be even more loaded with musical numbers, jumping from 3-5 numbers to at least 5 numbers per 1-hour episode (some episodes are closer to 10 songs).There is solid financial reasoning behind this decision. The 'Glee' soundtrack has become a powerhouse on iTunes, with 4 million digital downloads so far this season, and two soundtrack albums have been certified gold. While traditional ratings for the show haven't been all that strong, the instant sales on iTunes act as secondary set of ratings, proving that while the audience may not be huge, it's willing to spend a couple of bucks on adding a 'Glee' moment to its library.

2. Sue Sings

More music means more opportunity to feature bit players in musical numbers, and those of you who have been waiting patiently for Jane Lynch's sly Sue Sylvester to take the stage will be happy to hear she belts out 'Let's Get Physical' this season, accompanied by none other than Olivia Newton-John herself. Even Simon Cowell would have to agree its a perfect song choice for Sue. Terri, Emma and possibly Ken all have musical numbers later in the season, and the showrunners have promised more time for secondary characters like Artie and Mercedes.

3. Guest Stars

Along with Ms. Sandra Dee, Neil Patrick Harris guests as a rival for Will, Molly Shannon appears as a Sue-clone and Broadway star Idina Menzel has a multi-episode arc as a the head of competing club Vocal Adrenaline -- and possible bio-mom for Rachel. But those are just the confirmed guests. Rumours have included Justin Timberlake, Madonna (there's an entire episode dedicated to her music), Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga -- but most have been entirely discounted. Kristin Chenoweth will be back in a few episodes to share the screen with Idina. It's like a trip to New York without leaving your couch.



4. Kurt Kurt Kurt

If you read the nastygram Rolling Stone published about 'Glee,' you know the only piece of sense in the entire story is the realization that Kurt, played by Chris Colfer, is the coolest character on the show. The RS story reveals that some of Kurt's trials have been inspired by Colfer's real life -- like being denied a solo because he sings soprano. Rumour has it that Colfer gets a few big scenes in the second half of the season, maybe enough to earn an Emmy nod. And leaked footage shows Kurt dressed as Lady Gaga -- it's so convincing, it may explain where the guest-star rumour came from. Creator Ryan Murphy has also promised that Kurt will get a boyfriend soon, and he would like to make them the school's new "power couple."

5. Love is in the Air


Will and Emma have at least one make-out scene early on, but don't count on an easy road to romance for these two. Ryan Murphy has confessed the writer's room is abuzz with debate on how far and how fast to take the Emma-Will relationship. Meanwhile, Rachel gets picked up by a Groban-alike from a rival glee club, Artie realizes he's got it goin' on, and Kurt, as mentioned, is in line for some love too. Even villainous Sue has a love story in her future, but that likely won't pop up till later in the season. Apparently, Neil Patrick Harris makes out with someone on the show before his episode is over, but with 'Glee,' there's really no telling who it could be.

Enjoy your show, you crazy Gleeks.

'Glee' returns to Fox and Global TV on April 13 at 9:25 ET/PT, following 'American Idol'.

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