Britney, Madonna and 'Rocky Horror'? Comic-Con 'Glee' Panel Highlights
by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 26th 2010 9:00AM
Although Sunday's 'Glee' panel was lacking in the star power of Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Jane Lynch, some of their super-talented co-stars were more than happy to entertain the crowd in Ballroom 20, spilling a few spoilers for the upcoming season 2 and sharing their thoughts on the series so far.
A bullet-point recap of some of the panel highlights follows after the jump. Beware of spoilers!
First came a highlight reel of season one, which -- even for die-hard Gleeks -- might have gone on too long; everyone in Ballroom 20 seemed to be a fan of the show, so 15-plus minutes of clips of stuff we've already seen just took up precious time that could've been better used for the Q&A or some sort of gag-reel or DVD extra presentation.
Ryan Murphy spilled a slew of spoilers for season 2 -- we're excited!
-- "People think after the first season that we're going to get bigger and crazier, but we're going in a different direction," the showrunner revealed.
-- Murphy admitted that he wanted to see a whole episode of Brittany, more about Artie and Tina, as well as more focus on the other characters. "The second season is designed to be more intimate," he said. "Fans want more of the people they've grown to love -- they want to spend more time with the characters, so we listened to them."
-- He also conceded that eight musical numbers an episode were too many, next season, it will be reduced to five.
-- Another Madonna tribute episode is on the way. Murphy doesn't know when, but it will happen "at some point". The last episode was his favorite, even though it took 12 days to shoot over the usual eight or nine, and went over budget very early on.
-- After Chris Colfer revealed that he wanted to see the Timewarp done in an upcoming episode, Murphy spilled the beans; there will be a 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' tribute episode during season 2.
-- Of the controversial Kurt/Finn/Burt confrontation, Murphy promised that they would revisit the issue and its repercussions throughout season two, starting fairly early on. "It gives us a platform to discuss things that haven't really been talked about on television," Murphy explained.
-- While there are thankfully no plans for a Justin Bieber tribute, there will be a Britney Spears-themed episode, which will feature Brittany singing Britney. Murphy curiously described the episode as "hallucinogenic and really fun." Per Matthew Morrison's disapproval of doing Britney songs, Mr. Schue will spend the whole episode protesting against doing Britney songs. How very postmodern of them ...
-- A fan asked what Naya Rivera and Heather Morris thought about the fanbase rooting for a Brittany/Santana hook-up; the ladies both said that they loved it. "We call it Santittany," Rivera laughed, with Morris adding that they're best friends and hang out in real life. Murphy picked up the thread by dishing that the writers are debating an episode where Santana and Brittany kiss for real.
-- On the differences between Chris Colfer and his character Kurt Hummel, Colfer admitted that he had "no idea who Marc Jacobs was" until filming the pilot. He also calls himself a gigantic geek, so he feels at home at Comic Con.
-- Speaking of Kurt, Murphy confirmed that our favorite Gleek-cum-football player-cum-Cheerio will be getting a boyfriend, and, unlike Murphy's formative years, they will get the full high school experience. "I see them as being Prom King and King; I think that's an important message to put out into the world," Murphy said.
-- One of the biggest (and most controversial) revelations of the panel was the news that Tina will fall out of love with Artie and fall for dance-master Mike Chang instead; cue lots of outraged gasps from the audience.
-- Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth will reappear in season 2.
-- As for family members we haven't yet seen; Murphy wants to see Rachel's gay dads, Artie's mom and Brittany's "really smart sister," because someone had to get the brains in that family.
-- 'Glee' will feature another long-awaited Amber Riley solo when Mercedes takes Kurt to her church. It will feature covers of 'Papa, Can You Hear Me?' and 'Losing My Religion' -- we kind of can't wait.
-- The season premiere will catch up with our favorite Gleeks after their summer vacation exploits. Unfortunately, their very-public humiliation at the hands of Vocal Adrenaline and Aural Intensity will have them sadly seen as bigger losers than they were last season.
Are you excited for the return of 'Glee'? Do these spoilers have you tingling with vocal adrenaline? Doesn't this panel need more Jesse St. James? Sound off below!
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