Can you believe Glee is airing its Season 4 finale on Thursday? It seems just like yesterday when Rachel, Finn, Mercedes, Quinn, Mike, Puck and Santana graduated from McKinley High. Don’t expect another commencement ceremony on the finale this season. Ryan Murphy is splitting up the school year between Season 4 and Season 5. Instead, here’s what to expect on Thursday.
Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) might or might not get engaged. An older lesbian couple (Kurt and Blaine in 20 years *wink*) played by TV vets Meredith Baxter and Patty Duke will undoubtedly play a factor in that. With regards to New Directions, they compete at Regionals against a formidable team headlined by Frida Romero portrayed by American Idol Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez.
In the meantime, Rachel heads to her Funny Girl callback. Will she choke or will she be Broadway bound for Glee Season 5? More importantly, what is she singing? Find out below. A few of the artists covered on the finale include Icona Pop, The Script, Celine Dion, Little Mix, DJ Zedd and an original track. Check them all out below.
When FOX gave several shows renewal notices for next season and Glee wasn’t on that list, some were worried that the musical show was in danger of getting axed. Don’t worry Gleeks. The McKinley High group isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The show still averages 8.7 million viewers weekly, according to the network. In addition, the show has produced more than 53 million digitally downloaded singles as well as sold 13 million albums. Cash cow indeed.
FOX renewed the show not only for Season 5 but Season 6 as well. Clearly, negotiations were holding back the renewal announcement. It also looks like Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and company will remain intact behind the scenes. There were reports that they were leaving to focus on other projects.
“‘Glee’ debuted as the first and only successful musical comedy series on television, and more than four years later, it continues to defy genres, break new ground and have a significant impact on popular culture,” Reilly said in a statement. “Week in and week out, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Dante DiLoreto and the entire ‘Glee’ team deliver a series that not only delights and surprises fans, but also inspires them to talk about, share, debate and engage with the show — and I’m absolutely thrilled to have them on board for another two seasons.” – Kevin Reilly, Fox Broadcasting Company chairman of entertainment
Two legendary actresses from classic television shows have signed on to appear as a lesbian couple on the FOX musical show. Even though the network hasn’t officially renewed the show, both actresses are expected to return should Glee come back for a fifth season. STOP READING NOW if you don’t want any details about the Season 4 finale.
Ryan Murphy hailed “Shooting Star” as one of Glee‘s most powerful and emotional episodes they’ve ever filmed. Was he right or did he exaggerate? I say “yes” and “no.”
The episode felt like two different parts. The events leading up to the gunshots were a tad silly and didn’t really fit in. I love Brittany (Heather Morris) but the whole asteroid Armageddon drama and Lord Tubbington subplots didn’t work here. Also, I like Ryder’s “Catfish” dating storyline, but again it would’ve been served better in a different episode. PS: Who do you think it is? I’m calling Unique.
Where “Shooting Star” shined were the moments it showed the students dealing with the fact they were about to die. For the most part, the cast isn’t pushed with their acting abilities, but did they ever impress during those tense moments. I was on the edge of my seat and really felt their emotion. Brittany was a revelation as she stood in a bathroom stall hiding out. Who knew she should could act as well as she dances?
In the end *SPOILER ALERT* there was no gunman but rather it was Becky (Lauren Potter). She brought the gun to Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) and accidentally triggered two shots. In the end, Sue took the fall for Becky and was forced to leave her position.
Was I hoping for some bloodshed? No, but the resolution seemed like a cop out. I guess Ryan Murphy was careful not to construct a story that made the show a procedural crime drama. Law & Order: Lima Heights anyone? After all the show is about singing and pimping singles on iTunes. Check out all of last night’s performances below.
After a three week hiatus, Glee returns with a brand new powerful episode. Taking a page from Law & Order’s ripped from the headlines mantra, the FOX musical show tackles gun violence. Co-creator Ryan Murphy tweeted last week, “Just saw the rough cut of next week’s “Shooting Star”. It is the most powerful emotional Glee ever. So proud of the cast & crew.”
“Shooting Star” kicks off with a bang. When the kids hear two gun shots fired, they barricade themselves in the choir room…. but not everyone is together. A couple of members of New Directions are still roaming around the hallway.
There are no New York scenes in this episode, but it’ll have other storylines. Brittany (Heather Morris) believes an asteroid is coming, while Ryder (Blake Jenner) continues to question the identity of his online Catfish crush. Given the seriousness of the episode, only three songs are performed. Check them all out below.
With graduation coming soon on Glee, it’s time to meet some parents. Up until now, not much has been revealed about Artie’s (Kevin McHale) family life. That’s all about to change, according to an announcement made by Ryan Murphy on Twitter.
“So thrilled to announce my friend [BLANK] is playing Artie’s mom on Glee!” Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter. “There is nothing this woman can’t do!”
Have any ideas on who he’s referring to? Here’s a hint. This actress has played one of television’s most memorable and hilarious moms in history. She had a signature walk and loved to have sex on the sitcom. Currently, she stars on a hit cable show. Find out who below.
It certainly has been a news-filled week for the personal lives of Glee stars. A few days ago, it was revealed that Cory Monteith was voluntarily admitting himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction. Reports say that it was his girlfriend Lea Michele who persuaded him to seek help. This isn’t the first time Monteith entered rehab. Back in 2011, he revealed to an interview with Parade that he had a “serious problem” with drugs at the age of 19. The 30-year-old star received supportive tweets from the cast and show.
Speaking of the show, a couple of episodes ago, Rachel (Lea Michele) had a pregnancy scare. Even though she found out she was without child, turns out a cast member in real life is. US magazine exclusively reports that one of the actresses is about three months along and starting to show. The source says, “It’s totally unexpected, but they are incredibly happy and excited.” Find out who and check out the cute baby daddy below.
It’s kinda ironic that Glee did an episode dedicated to guilty pleasures. Isn’t the FOX show one of the guiltiest ones around?
The biggest complaint of Glee in the past couple of seasons is the lack of plot in the episodes. The performances used to work seamlessly as plot devices to push season storylines and build characters. Some say the show is merely a vehicle to push singles to cash in. Truthfully, I don’t disagree with a lot of viewers’ sentiments. While fun to watch, “Guilty Pleasures” really had nothing going on. Even Mr. Schu (Matthew Morrison) didn’t bother showing up. New Directions had to give themselves their own assignments.
The one big thing that transpired was Rachel (Lea Michele) finally confronting Brody (Dean Geyer) about his male hooking ways. With their breakup, I hope this doesn’t mean we’ll be deprived of Geyer’s sexy body. At least we’ll always have that amazing shower scene from the season premiere. SIGH. Can’t they just keep him around and parade him shirtless in the background?
As mentioned earlier, the performances were lots of fun. At least Murphy can still bring it when producing the musical numbers. Check them all out below, along with my thoughts on each one.
check out all the performances after the jump