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Paul McCartney peddled his tunes to "Glee's" Ryan Murphy

"Glee" will do an episode that includes several Paul McCartney tunes, but it nearly didn't happen because when show co-creator Ryan Murphy got a "mix tape" from McCartney, he said, "I thought I was being punked."

But, when Murphy opened the package and found inside two CDs and a handwritten note that said:

Hi Ryan,
Hope you can use some of these songs for 'Glee'.

and "some of these songs" included the Beatles 60's love ballad "Michelle," "I was gobsmacked - I grew up with the guy," Murphy told critics attending Summer TV Press Tour 2010 at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel on Monday.

Murphy plans to use plenty of McCartney tunes, but the Artist Formerly Known as The Cute Beatle is not getting the full-episode tribute treatment, Murphy said. That distinction is reserved for the likes of Madonna, Lady Gaga and, this coming season, Britney Spears and an unnamed pop star who will be the focus of the post-Super Bowl episode.

And, Susan Boyle is lined up to do the show's Christmas episode.

Have you noticed the guy with the John Denver hair playing the piano in the show? That's the same guy who played the piano for the cast members when they were auditioning, Murphy said.

"He was very cool. We put him in black and we've only given him one stage direction, which is 'You hate those kids'," Murphy said, adding, "I have this whole back story where he goes home to all his voodoo dolls."

Matthew Morrison, who plays teacher Will Schuester on the show, publicly dissed reports of that Britney Spears episode, before he was informed it was true. For that, Murphy has condemned him to deliver the line, "No, we're not doing Britney Spears" repeatedly throughout the episode.

Fox loaded up the critics with "Glee" glasses and "Glee" silly straws in which to consume "Glee" sodas during the Q&A session, as well as a "Glee: The Beginning" prequel novel:

Rachel Berry paused outside the door to Principal Figgin's office just long enough to straighten her kneesocks and smooth down the sides of her corduroy skirt...

"I'm very proud of the merchandise," Murphy said, because "for every two things I approve I turn down 10."

In the works: an autobiography for Jane Lynch's sadistic cheerleading coach character Sue Sylvester, with plans to send Lynch out on book tour, in character.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 2, 2010; 9:46 PM ET
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010  
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"In the works: an autobiography for Jane Lynch's sadistic cheerleading coach character Sue Sylvester, with plans to send Lynch out on book tour, in character."

I am so there, I love that character and Jane Lynch.

Posted by: onlytheshadowknows1 | August 2, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Yes, we need McCartney songs on "Glee", but NOT THE BEATLES!! C'mon, putting Beatles' songs in Glee (or American Idol, etc.) is like saying, "For this episode, the cast will be breathing oxygen!!" It's just too rote. What Glee needs is a good sampling of solo McCartney/Wings tracks. Those are much better suited to "Glee" than the Beatle stuff.(God, I can just hear Lea Michele doing "Maybe I'm Amazed." Beautiful).

Posted by: biograph19851 | August 3, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

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