PaleyFest 2011: The 'Glee' Cast Talks Romance, Revelations and the Road to Nationals
by Laura Prudom, posted Mar 17th 2011 10:35AM
Don't we all want to be a loser like 'Glee'? Last night, Fox's juggernaut musical series hit the all-too-familiar stage at the Saban Theatre (where the stars recently filmed their Regionals performance) for PaleyFest 2011, with key members of the cast and creative team on hand to share all the scoop about Kurt/Blaine, Finn/Rachel, Santana/Brittany and just about every other permutation of romance featured thus far on the effervescent show.
TV Squad was on hand for the press line and panel to score all the gossip that is certain to have fans Gleeking out; join us after the jump for more. Warning: spoilers ahead.
We had the opportunity to catch up with Cory Monteith (Finn), Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (Executive Producers), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Jane Lynch (Sue) and Matthew Morrison (Will) on the press line, and they had plenty to share about upcoming episodes, from Kurt and Blaine's burgeoning relationship to Finn and Rachel's on-again-off-again romance. Check out the video below for more on the carousel of couples, some teasers about Nationals, and which lovely lady Will Schuester is pining for most.
Due to work commitments, regulars Lea Michele, Dianna Agron and Chord Overstreet weren't able to attend the panel, but the audience seemed just as content with the rest of the cast, letting out eardrum perforating squeals of, well, glee for stars such as Colfer, Darren Criss and Mark Salling -- and it certainly sounded like the "Brittana" contingent was out in full force as well.
Though many of the spoilers were vague, Murphy and the creative team were happy to hint at big things to come.
Quinn and Finn and Rachel
Though many fans weren't thrilled to see Finn and Quinn 2.0, we shouldn't count the tenacious Rachel Berry out just yet -- as Monteith told us on the press line, "Finn is being used by Quinn for her prom queen aspirations, and I think he's gonna wise up to that at some point, and maybe that'll send him back in the other direction ... "
He later elaborated during the panel; "I know that there are a lot of people who really want Finn and Rachel to be together, but at the same time, it's really interesting when they're clearly in love with each other and they're apart -- it makes for good television. I think there's a different dynamic with Finn when he's with Quinn, and with Rachel, and when he's single."
Ryan Murphy was, unsurprisingly, entirely on board with having a storyline that "creates conflict on the show," which Rachel and Finn's star-crossed romance most certainly does, especially amongst their vocal fans. He pointed out that Quinn is Finn's first love, which makes him more accepting of her flaws.
"[It's] a fascinating relationship for me because it's an idealization of love, it's not real love," Murphy said. "I would forgive my first love anything, not my second boyfriend. And [Quinn's] the temptress, she's the obstacle to keep these two apart."
Don't despair, though, "Finchel" fans -- Murphy promised that the love triangle between Quinn, Finn and Rachel would be a "big focus" in the final six episodes of the season. "People are complicated," producer Brad Falchuk said. "[Finn] forgave Quinn eventually, so he'll forgive Rachel eventually."
Kurt and Blaine
It's been a long time coming, but finally, fans got to witness the hotly anticipated Kurt and Blaine kiss during this week's 'Original Song,' and both Colfer and Criss agreed that it was way overdue.
"I think if they drew it out any more, the fans would've killed themselves," Colfer quipped. Criss concurred, "Someone asked me outside if I thought it was the right time, and I said, well, it certainly wasn't the wrong time. I think it was easy for us because the foundation for it was laid out so well, and a moment like that was so easily fallen into. It certainly felt right."
But it won't be entirely smooth sailing for our adorable couple; as Falchuk told us on the press line, "What happens when two people start dating? Everything goes bad, right?"
Murphy hinted that the next big trial for our twosome would be the upcoming prom episode: "That story is ripped from the headlines ... Can you imagine two boys wanting to go to the prom together in Ohio?" (Though a performance from the Warblers will no doubt bring some cheer to the occasion, regardless of who gets the crown ... )
Still, while Kurt and Blaine have some rocky roads to traverse, Murphy later admitted that he has no interest in making the couple "martyrs" for their cause.
"I think we always knew they'd get together," he said. "For me, it was very important that Kurt gets a happy ending. And it was always important for me that -- particularly after the bullying storyline -- he has a moment of joy. I just wanted that for him."
But before Kurt gets that happy ending, he'll have to face the possibility of leaving his new beau to head back to New Directions; as Colfer accidentally spilled during the panel, "I'll miss [the Warblers] horribly, but I'm excited to be back [to McKinley]." At the audience's shocked gasps, Colfer realized the slip, but knew that there was no point trying to cover up the revelation, scoffing, "Oh, like you didn't know!"
We're just glad that Murphy teased that Blaine "might have to try out for New Directions in season three," since his romance with Kurt has fast become our favorite part of the show.
Brittany and Santana
While Kurt and Blaine have enjoyed a slow build, the Brittany and Santana romance came somewhat out of left field -- though the girls haven't been shy about experimenting with each other, few were expecting the heartfelt and surprisingly weighty revelation that Santana was in love with her BFF.
Naya Rivera -- the tana of "Brittana," or the San of "Santittany," depending on your preference -- spoke of how humbling the experience of exploring Santana's sexuality has been.
"It's been really overwhelming ... On Twitter, every day since then, I've gotten the sweetest notes from people, things that really just warm my heart. One girl told me that she had been thinking about committing suicide, and a lot of people said that scene gave them courage to come out to their parents and their friends.
"I think it's something that's very important, and I hope that we handled it responsibly, which I think that we did," Rivera said. "The response has been overwhelming, but I'm more than honored to play it."
The producers admitted that they're far more interested in exploring who Santana is as a person and how hard it'll be for her as she figures out who she is "as a major character on this top show on TV who's a lesbian." Similarly, executive producer Dante di Loreto said, "whether she's dating someone or not is not really what we're getting at here," although they plan to utilize Brittany as an integral part of exploring Santana's character as she evolves.
When asked how she might write the ending to Santana and Brittany's love story, Rivera joked, "I'd probably get [Brittany] pregnant, and then have a spin-off," before sobering enough to admit, "I feel like Santana should be with her because she's been so damn sad and that's just not her. I would like to see her end up with Brittany."
Will and Emma
Despite the trials and tribulations that Will and Emma (Jayma Mays) have suffered thus far, Matthew Morrison is rooting for the pair to succeed.
"There's something that's so great about their relationship and people really want it, and I really want it for Will," Morrison said during the Q&A. "I think they deserve each other, I think they can help each other so much -- I hope it happens."
Before the couple can get it together, though, there are two people standing in their way: John Stamos as Emma's hunky husband, Dr. Carl, and Gwyneth Paltrow as Will's flaky fling, Holly Holliday.
"[Emma and Carl] are going to have a rocky relationship coming up," Morrison predicted on the press line. "I think towards the end of the season, they're really going to pump up the "Wemma" storyline." Similarly, he admitted that Holly is "kind of a flighty character, so that's only going to last as long as she can have it last."
Though she's only got one more appearance this season, Paltrow will be back for more episodes in season three, according to Murphy.
Puck and Rachel
Mark Salling, the man behind Noah Puckerman, pointed out that Finn and Rachel are kind of the core couple of the show, but also conceded that the "contrast between the really good girl and the really bad boy" is fairly fascinating, so he wouldn't rule out a "Puckleberry" reunion in the future, even though he's currently fairly settled with Lauren.
"Puck gets around, so it's all good," Salling said. Unfortunately, there was no word from the panel on whether Puck would get back around to Quinn any time this season. Sorry, shippers!
Mercedes Gets Some Lovin'
We've all been waiting for our soul diva, Mercedes, to get herself some action this season -- and none more-so than Amber Riley. Luckily, for those itching for a Mercedes storyline that doesn't involve tater tots, Murphy confirmed that there are plans for a love interest for our resident Aretha -- the tentative plan is to cast him from this summer's 'Glee' reality show. Hell to the yes!
The Legion of Doom
As Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison told us on the press line, Sue will be assembling a "Legion of Doom" to try and take down the glee club; amongst its members: Will's bitter ex, Terri Schuester (Jessalyn Gilsig), disgraced ex-New Directions coach Sandy Ryerson (Stephen Tobolowsky) and Vocal Adrenaline coach Dustin Goolsby (Cheyenne Jackson).
Expect New Directions' longstanding rivalry with Vocal Adrenaline to regain some momentum in the final six episodes.
In addition to the aforementioned guest stars, Murphy also promised that we'll see Kristin Chenoweth return to Lima to perform a one-woman show, following the failure of her all-white version of 'The Wiz.'
Continuing the original song theme, we'll hear an apt ditty from our boozy Broadway singer, entitled 'It's 10AM and I'm Drunk'. And with the return of Vocal Adrenaline comes the return of Charice, who has already shot a number of scenes for the show. Fingers crossed for another spectacular duet between her and Rachel.
And The Rest ...
-- As Murphy announced on the press line, we'll see the return of Kurt's closeted bully Dave Karofsky (Max Adler), and Murphy hopes that they'll be able to give the storyline an "uplifting" conclusion. "The tone of the show is inspiration and aspiration, so I hope we can make it a positive thing," he said.
-- We've already seen a number of episodes dedicated to the cumulative work of an artist's career, but Murphy revealed that the next tribute episode would instead focus on a group's specific album: Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours'.
-- In the interests of pushing themselves creatively, Murphy also hinted that he's aspiring to write an episode where every single line is sung instead of spoken -- in true 'Glee' fashion, it could either be utter genius, or a total train wreck.
That's a wrap from 'Glee' and our coverage of PaleyFest; are you excited about the spoilers that were revealed, or does it sound like your favorite couple is getting pushed to the sidelines? What do you think of Kurt and Blaine's budding romance? Are you on board with Santana and Brittany? Share your thoughts below!
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