A proposal, a Michael Jackson tribute, and new family members: Glee casting and upcoming episode news round-up
After tomorrow’s holiday extravaganza for episode 9, “Extraordinary Merry Christmas”, Glee will take its usual winter hiatus, with no new episodes until January 17. But just because we’ll have a month of no Glee, doesn’t mean that new scoop won’t still be coming our way! To help keep you in the loop on the most important Glee news, here’s a quick rundown of what’s to come:
- More New Faces to the New Directions Family Tree: Following the news that Gloria Estefan has been cast to play Santana’s mom in an upcoming episode, comes the announcement that Fox is now in talks with rapper Pitbull to play Santana’s older brother! Entertainment Weekly also reports that Estefan’s episode will no longer be the same episode as Ricky Martin’s, likely to make room for a big family number featuring both Estefan and hopefully Pitbull. And in even more exciting family casting news, the same EW article claims that Fox is finally beginning to cast for Rachel’s gay dads! Finally!
- Get Ready for More MJ: It seems that New Directions’ Sectionals performance was just a taste of what the next half of this season has to offer! Glee‘s first tribute episode of season 3 will indeed honour the King of Pop himself, Mr. Michael Jackson. Airing on January 24 (the second episode back after the winter hiatus), TV Guide says that the episode will feature 10-12 songs from MJ’s extensive catalogue…the only question now is which ones? In addition to “Man in the Mirror” last week, Glee has also previously performed “Thriller” and “P.Y.T.” in season 2.
- Episode 10 is called “The Proposal”: And yes, there will indeed be a proposal! In this episode, the first one back after the winter break, TV Line reports that Will is going to propose to Emma…but what we don’t know is if she’ll say yes or not! I, for one, am a little weary of the fact that this will be Emma’s third engagement in the same number of seasons. Yikes. But fear not, non-Wemma fans, this episode will also feature “Summer Nights” from Grease, as part of the storyline that’s pushing Sam and Mercedes back together! Check out some more great photos from the “Summer Nights” filming, over at The Daily Mail.
What do you think of all these developments, gleeks? Are you excited to meet more of Santana’s family, and finally meet Rachel’s dads? Who do you think should play Rachel’s dads? What Michael Jackson songs do you hope Glee will cover in its tribute episode? Do you think Emma will say “yes” to Will? And how excited are you about New Directions performing a Grease song? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Songs, videos, stills & more!: All you want to know about episode 9, “Extraordinary Merry Christmas”
With the holiday season in full swing and Christmas just a few short weeks away, it’s time for Glee‘s annual holiday episode! Get ready for lots of holiday songs and cheer – because really, what would a holiday episode be without all that?! Spoilerphobes, it’s preview post time, so avert your eyes if you don’t want to see the official synopsis, episode stills, full songs and a bunch of sneak peek videos from this week’s episode. First, here’s the synopsis:
When New Directions is asked to perform at two different events on the same day at the same time, they have a tough decision to make. Will they choose correctly and spread Christmas cheer, or will their ambition get the best of them?
Competition episodes always have the possibility to be amazing on Glee, and sometimes, like last night, they truly deliver. “Hold on to Sixteen” felt like a slightly more mature version of the season 1 Sectionals episode – the same great music, the same great performances, the same magical feeling…yet with this fabulous underlying theme of youth and growing up. The kids of McKinley High (at least the ones that we see on Glee) seem to always be pushing themselves into adulthood through whatever means necessary. They’re the kinds of kids that just can’t seem to wait to grow up/to be stars/to leave Lima, and finally we have an episode that works to make them celebrate their youth. Quinn is obviously the main target of this storyline, particularly with Sam quoting Mellencamp to her, but the episode also addressed the topic of growing up too fast with Sam himself, and it’s really an issue we’ve seen with all of these characters at one time or another. I love the idea of New Directions maturing as a group, yet in doing so, is realizing the importance of each other and treasuring this time. High school is an experience you only get once, after all! Now let’s break the episode down a little further, shall we?
Favourite Character: I don’t know how to praise just one character this week! This episode was so strong because it was truly an ensemble affair. Sam’s return was excellent (and I wasn’t much of a Sam fan last season, but I thought he was really great this week, especially with his fight to get back Mercedes), Quinn showed amazing range from crazy psycho and all the way back to the lovely girl we used to know, Rachel was also really wonderful in her scenes with Quinn…and let’s not forget about all the amazingness that was Tina and Mike Chang. That girl deserves mega-props for not only going to talk to Mike’s dad, but also secretly submitting his dance school applications!
It’s Sectionals time! This week marks the first competition episode of Glee‘s third season, and I’m super excited. Competition episodes, be it Sectionals, Regionals, or Nationals, are always exciting in the world of Glee, so I’m expecting nothing less than awesomeness from this episode! Spoilerphobes, it’s preview post time, so avert your eyes if you don’t want to see the official synopsis, episode stills, full songs and a bunch of sneak peek videos from this week’s episode. First, here’s the synopsis:
In an attempt to recruit a few more members, Finn tracks down former teammate Sam Evans and convinces him to come back to the glee club. Tina comes to the defense of Mike and encourages him to pursue his dream while McKinley prepares to host the big sectionals performance.
Latin music fans, get ready to get excited! According to TV Line and Entertainment Weekly, Fox is currently in talks to secure two big guest stars for a January episode of Glee: Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan! Here’s all of the scoop we’ve gotten so far:
TV Line announced the news that Ricky Martin’s in negotiations to play “the hottest Spanish teacher ever in the history of Ohio.” Sounds like Mr. Schue’s got some competition! will apparently take the lead in two musical numbers in the episode, which is currently scheduled to air sometime in late January. Just to tease his fans a bit more, Ricky even slyly tweeted about his future appearance on the show:
Entertainment Weekly released the scoop that Gloria Estefan is currently in talks to play the role of Santana’s mother! Although we met Santana’s disapproving grandmother in the last episode, her parents remained off-screen, so it makes sense that we’ll be seeing her later on. Gloria will be appearing in the same episode as Ricky in late January, and the episode will apparently feature some of Gloria’s own music, as well as some other bilingual tunes. And just like Ricky, Gloria also used Twitter to tease her fans about the upcoming role:
So gleeks, what do you think of these big guest star announcements? Glee has been shockingly devoid of guest stars so far this season, so these two will definitely shake things up. Are you excited to see celebrities back on Glee again, or do you prefer when they focus on the cast? How do you think Ricky and Gloria will fare? Let me know in the comments!
“I don’t want to fight anymore. I’m just too tired. I have to just be me.”: I Kissed a Girl (3×07) Gleecap
Sometimes I really do think that Glee is best when it’s messy. “I Kissed a Girl” was all kinds of messy, from Santana’s storyline, to Puck/Shelby/Quinn’s storyline, to Beiste/Sue/Cooter’s storyline, to Rachel’s storyline…and while I’ve seen several reviews of this week’s episode that condemns it for its messiness, I thought it all worked surprisingly well. Sure, I’m getting a bit tired of the Puck/Shelby drama, too, but I thought that their complex drama was fantastic to watch, just like it was to see all of the emotions Santana went through this week. The main storylines that are currently on Glee aren’t ones that can or should be wrapped up in pretty, little bows, and I’m pleased to see that the show is properly acknowledging that. Quinn’s story, in particular, is an excellent example this – even two seasons later, Quinn still hasn’t fully recovered from the hell she went through in the first season. Even though this was frequently glossed over in season 2, I’m happy to see that the show is embracing its mess, and making much more well-developed characters in the process. But enough about the hot messes from this week, let’s break this episode down a bit more, shall we?
Favourite Character: Santana just keeps consistently blowing me away, week after week. The range of emotions she showed this week were stunning, and her scene with her grandmother was flawless. That speech…that speech! Getting to see so much of Santana’s true feelings about life and love was tear-worthy in and of itself, but watching her break down after her grandmother’s rejection was truly heart-breaking. Props must also be given to Puck this week, who gave a killer performance, delivered hilarious dialogue, and had some incredibly lovely scenes, particularly the one in Quinn’s bedroom, and his speech about how they all abandoned her.
Get out your wallets, gleeks – it’s time for the first Glee soundtrack of the season! (Aside from the Christmas album, of course!) Glee: The Music, Volume 7 will be available for purchase on December 6 through all major retailers, and you can already pre-order it through Amazon and iTunes. The album features 15 of the biggest songs from this season so far, including two songs from tonight’s episode, “I Kissed a Girl”, and three from next week’s Sectionals episode, “Hold on to Sixteen”. Check out the full tracklist below…and then get an advance listen of the entire album, which is currently streaming online courtesy of AOL!
1. “You Can’t Stop the Beat”
2. “It’s Not Unusual”
4. “Run The World (Girls)”
5. “Fix You”
6. “Last Friday Night (TGIF)”
7. “Uptown Girl”
9. “Hot For Teacher”
10. “Rumor Has It/Someone Like You”
11. “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”
12. “Constant Craving”
15. “Man In The Mirror”
What do you think of the new Sectionals songs, gleeks? Do they live up to past years’ competition performances? And what do you think of New Directions performing all Jackson family songs? Share your thoughts in the comments!