Entertainment Weekly intern Vlada Gelman is covering PaleyFest ’10 for The Ausiello Files. Here’s her report from last night’s Glee panel.
You Say “Hello”: The audience was treated to a screening of the April 13 episode, “Hello,” which finds Sue back at work and back to terrorizing Will. She charges Brittany and Santana with seducing Finn, who’s now sort of dating Rachel even though he isn’t quite over Quinn. Meanwhile, Rachel catches the eye of Vocal Adrenaline’s lead singer Jesse St. James, played by Lea Michele’s former Spring Awakening costar Jonathan Groff. Will and Emma continue to be adorable as they try to start dating, but a couple of things stand in their way, including Vocal Adrenaline’s coach (Idina Menzel) and an admission from Emma.
Set List: The episode features several songs with the word “Hello” in them after Will tasks the New Directions kids with finding a new take on it. Finn channels his “inner rock star” with The Doors’ “Hello, I Love You.” Rachel, mad at Finn, focuses on the first syllable with All American Rejects’ “Gives You Hell,” but then makes sweet with Groff in a duet of Lionel Richie’s “Hello.” Groff and the Vocal Adrenaline team also tackle AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell.” Other songs featured in the episode include Neil Diamond’s “Hello Again” and The Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye.”
Team Puckleberry: After being surprised by the reaction to the pairing of Puck and Rachel, exec producer Ryan Murphy confirmed that “they will get back together. We do give them another go.” But the writers want to keep Puck the great bad boy that he is, so he’ll sleep with pretty much every girl on the show. He’ll also be “trying out a new look” in an episode, Murphy said of the mohawk-less Mark Salling, before adding, “It might be come back.”
The Power of Madge and Gaga: As everyone knows, the show’s second episode back will be a Madonna tribute featuring 10 songs. Mercedes and Kurt try to give Sue a makeover in the episode, which leads to Jane Lynch performing “Vogue.” But the Material Girl is not the only one getting the Glee treatment. Another episode will tackle a Lady Gaga cover. “We reached out to her and she said, ‘Yes. I love the show,'” Murphy said. Additionally, Kurt will be singing Bette Midler’s “Rose’s Turn,” which Chris Colfer told Murphy was a personal favorite of his. But those hoping for a Coldplay or Bryan Adams cover will have to wait. The artists didn’t give the show clearance to use their songs.
Star Power: “If you have a Tony, you can get on the show,” Murphy said of their guest star criteria. Neil Patrick Harris, who, as previously reported here, plays an old glee club rival to Will (Matthew Morrison), showed up for his first day of work Monday after opening the Oscars the previous night. He and Morrison will sing two duets, including one you already know about (Aerosmith’s “Dream On”) and one you don’t (a Billy Joel number). Kristin Chenoweth also reprises her role as April Rhodes in the third episode back.
The Parent Trap: Viewers will learn more about Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) in an upcoming episode that explores why she’s so damaged. Meanwhile, two other adults on the show will get closer when Kurt hatches a plan to get his dad and Finn’s mom together so he can move in with Finn. In other parental news, producers said we won’t be meeting Rachel’s gay dads this season.
Too Risque for TV: Although the show pushes the envelope, there are still many lines that get left on the cutting room floor. “Shut your mouth before I rape it,” was a Sue crack that made it past the censors only to get cut by the self-editing producers at the last minute. Another line that got ditched from “Hello”: “She wears floor length skirts that make her look like she escaped from a polygamist cult.”
Glee Live: Murphy said that they may add more dates to the Glee concert tour, which sold out most of its dates within seconds. The tour will feature the entire cast singing the show’s greatest hits “with special appearances by Matt and Jane in some capacity.”