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    Posted: 07 Apr 2010 at 18:17

Second chunk of 'Glee's' first season to feature more music, guest stars like Neil Patrick Harris



A new episode of 'Glee' was written just for Neil Patrick Harris, and 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' creator Joss Whedon will guest-direct.

Neil Patrick Harris' upcoming guest role on Fox's "Glee" was tailor-made for the actor, even before they confirmed he was available to shoot it.

"When we were writing the character, we were like, 'Oh my God, what if Neil's too busy and can't do it?" co-creator and executive producer Brad Falchuk told reporters in a conference call Tuesday. "We would have had to rewrite the whole episode."

Thankfully, Harris was available.

Harris will play a high school rival of Matthew Morrison's character, Will Schuester. He will be "singing and dancing and being funny," Falchuk said. "All of the things that make him great."

Harris' episode will air next month.

"Glee," Fox's musical comedydrama about a high school glee club, returns Tuesday at 9:28 p.m., after "American Idol." The new episodes pick up right where they left off last fall, with the New Directions still feeling the glow of their big win at sectionals. The series stars Morrison, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Jane Lynch, among others.

In addition to Harris, guest stars for the remaining nine episodes of the first season include: Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel, Mike O'Malley returning as Kurt's dad, and Kristin Chenoweth also returning. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon guest-directs the episode in which Harris appears.

The new episodes feature a lot more music, a lot of Madonna and even a few new voices.

Falchuk said audiences responded well to the musical performances on the show throughout the first 13 episodes, so they decided to add even more per episode this time around.

"If you look at most shows, they hit their stride in season two or three," he said. "So we're still learning the voice of the show and what works and what doesn't work."

The much buzzed-about allMadonna episode is set for April 20, and features the first vocal performance from Lynch.

"It wasn't hard" to convince her to sing, said Falchuk. "We just gave her the script, and when she saw it and what she'd be doing, she was so excited."

Audiences will also hear Naya Rivera, who plays Cheerio Santana Lopez, sing for the first time on Madonna's "Like a Virgin." Rivera and Heather Morris, who plays fellow cheerleader Brittany, are more prominent in upcoming episodes.

"They're like this weird, wonderful, brilliant comic duo that we stumbled upon," Falchuk said. "It's such a gift to have them and they're actually my favorite characters to write for now."

As in any high school, the relationships between the characters are ever-changing, but Falchuk promises a type of resolution to Rachel and Finn's blossoming love.

"The Finn/Rachel relationship is the core of the show. It's the bridge of the two worlds - the popular jock boy and this unique glee club girl - and we always are going to explore that relationship in many different ways," said Falchuk. "But by [the season finale], we'll reach a, at least, temporary conclusion to that."

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Season two of Fox's 'Glee' offers up symphony of spoilers pre-premiere



The cast of 'Glee.' Creator Ryan Murphy and the cast have revealed a number of spoilers prior to the premiere of season two of the Fox show.

Neil Patrick Harris singing Billy Joel, Jane Lynch going "Vogue," and an encore by Kristin Chenoweth - welcome to the second season of "Glee."

Cast and producers of the Fox show leaked a symphony of spoilers at the 27th annual William S. Paley TV Festival on March 13.

“I keep saying, bigger, better, and no pregnancies!” co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy quipped.

And he wasn't exaggerating.

Along with Quinn Fabray's stomach, "Glee" itself will be expanding this season. Fox is finalizing a deal to add three episodes to the series, pushing it from 22 episodes to 25, which is not to mention the amount of music in each episode. While there are around three or four musical numbers in the first 13 episodes, this grows to around six or eight in the last nine.

"More music, more comedy, and more Jane Lynch!” Murphy told the crowd.

But the "Glee" creator considers the biggest spoiler to be the revelation that Rachel (Lea Michele) will have a new love interest this season. The sweater-set loving goody two shoes will fall for the lead singer of rival glee club, Vocal Adrenaline (headed by Broadway alum Idina Menzel).

The role will be played by Jonathan Groff, a New York theater star who was nominated for a Tony for his 2007 performance in Broadway's "Spring Awakening," which also co-starred Michele.

Love is in the air for a number of the Glee clubbers besides Rachel. Kurt (Chris Colfer), who in the past has looked at Finn longingly in between bars, will find a boyfriend. Meanwhile, Puck will forget all his promises to Quinn, and spend much of the season trying to dethrone Warren Beatty as world's biggest player.

While the cast makes hormonal tributes to one another, musical tributes will make up an equally large portion of this season. Lady Gaga, Steve Perry and Madonna are thee mega-musicians who will get some glee-ful attention.

"I called [Madonna] up and wrote her a letter and said we want to write up a tribute to you and she said yes and she cooperated in every way possible," Murphy said. "We do 10 songs altogether. Jane is going to do 'Vogue.'"

But a couple of musicians were not so forthcoming. British band Coldplay and Canadian rocker-cum-crooner Bryan Adams  reportedly refused to have their songs covered by the show.

As for casting, Neil Patrick Harris will play a rival from Will Schuester's glee days, who now has the power to determine the fate of New Directions. They will duet on both an Aerosmith and a Billy Joel song.

And a favorite from last season, Kristin Chenoweth's boozy April Rhodes, will be back to belt out a few tunes, beer in hand.

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