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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 07/26/2010

What we learned about 'Glee' at Comic-Con

By Jen Chaney

The "Glee" panel at Comic-Con. (Photo by Jen Chaney)


The geeks at Comic-Con morphed into Gleek mode during a scream-filled, Artie-appreciative panel discussion Sunday afternoon. During said panel -- and during a brief press conference that preceded it -- some interesting details about the show's second season emerged.

For those who missed all the info during yesterday's "Gleek" Twitter-ama, here are the highlights:

Show creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy confirmed that there will be a Britney Spears episode, featuring six songs by Miss "Oops, I Did It Again." During the press conference he said, "Brittany will sing one." I initially thought he meant Britney, as in Spears, but in retrospect, I believe he was referring to the Brittany played by Heather Morris. Still, will be interesting to see if Spears eventually gets involved somehow. The cast is getting the script for the episode today, and Murphy promises it will be a weird, "hallucinogenic" treatment.

Ryan Murphy confirmed that both Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth will return for season two of "Glee," though not in regular roles. On the whole, Murphy said during the press conference, he's trying to avoid attention-getting guest stars on a regular basis. Nevertheless, Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt, is advocating for Julie Andrews to play his grandmother.

The "Glee' crew is currently in negotiations with a major artist who will be the source of a tribute in the big post-Super Bowl episode. Murphy would not say yet who that artist is.

Kurt will indeed get a boyfriend this season, though the actor who will play him was not announced. Murphy said: "I think [Kurt] should have a boyfriend and they should be prom king and king."

One of the season two episodes will focus on religion. Murphy said it will feature R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion," "Papa Can You Hear Me?" from "Yentl" and a trip to Mercedes's church, where she may be belting out a solo.

There will be another Madonna episode. And it sounds like "Glee" will bring us a full-on "Rocky Horror Picture Show" episode, which explains one of the comments Chris Colfer made to me in the video below, which also features Amber Riley, Jenna Ushkowitz and the fans' beloved Kevin McHale.

So now we know a *little* more about where season two is headed. How do we feel Gleekers? Excited by these developments, or wished they would ditch the Britney (but not the Brittany)?

By Jen Chaney  | July 26, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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call me when Danny Trejo makes a guest appearance...

Posted by: quintiliusvarus | July 26, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

i'm with you quintiliusvarus....

Glee at comic con? what has comic con come to? media frenzy for all?

seriously don't get it or see why it's allowed.

Posted by: reeblite | July 26, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Concur that Glee doesn't belong at ComicCon; but, then again, so much of the Con has been coopted by Hollywood anyway.

That said, I really wish they'd ditch the whole single-artist, tribute episode format. Some of the very best episodes are the ones with songs from different genres, artists, and decades.

When they stick to just one artist, it feels like they shoe-horn plot around the songs, rather than find songs that really complement the plot, character development, or scene.

Posted by: CJH2 | July 26, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

"Murphy said during the press conference, he's trying to avoid attention-getting guest stars on a regular basis." -- Good move. Idina, Kristen, Neil Patrick Harris all grew tired pretty quickly. The cast is talented enough without guest stars.

Besides, with all the big-name cameos, I was beginning to think the show was called, "Murder, She Sang."

What I would have liked to have heard about "Glee" from Comic-Con:

* Finn and Rachel will no longer do that stupid dance move where they walk in circles around each other.

* Sue will cut back on the hair jabs at Will because they've become so scripted and desperately trying-for-clever that it's painful.

* Themes around one artist wil no longer happen (I agree with CJH2 above). That Lady Gaga "episode" in particular was just bad; between that and all the guest stars, it's like the show decided to jump the shark early and just get it over with.

* Once, just once, the cast will actually pretend to learn a new song and we'll hear their actual singing voices live without a full orchestra and serious overproduction.

Don't get me wrong, I like the show OK. But I'm not living for the next episode and iTunes release. It's cotton candy; enjoy it, then move on.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | July 26, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Adore "Glee" but if anything belongs at Comic.Con it's "The Big Bang Theory."

Posted by: cllr | July 26, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm impressed by how quickly Glee managed to turn me off with the theme episodes and guest stars. Nothing I'm hearing from this suggests I'm going to feel an overwhelming need to start watching again.

Posted by: MaxineofArc | July 26, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Totally agree with others re stop doing episodes completely devoted to one artist. I hate those episodes and I pretty much love Glee.

Posted by: Lizka | July 26, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

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