Filled with spoilers and details about the upcoming season, Killian Woods takes a look at the return of hit show Glee to the airwaves.
Garnering 19 Emmy nominations, a People’s Choice award for Favourite New TV Comedy, a Golden Globes gong for Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Glee has thoroughly enjoyed its off-season.
Following on from last season, the show shadows Glee choir New Directions, as they plot their route from sectionals to nationals being held in New York, while also chronicling the slushy facials and show tunes they churn out with ridiculously little preparation.
This new season of Glee will see a spate of new characters join the show to add various twists to the plotline that is always under threat of becoming stale. Guest star John Stamos of ER fame is expected to add spice to the love story ever brewing between Emma Pillsbury and Will Schuester. In light of his Broadway experience, we may also see him belting out a tune or two.
Recurring characters gracing the show include new football coach Shannon Beiste, played by Dot Jones, who presents a central figure for Will and Sue Sylvester to collectively vent their anger.
And even more fresh-faced competition comes in the form of Filipino singer/actress Clarice Pempengco, who provides stiff competition for New Directions’ female lead Rachel Berry. Other guest stars set to feature during the upcoming season include Javier Bardem and Susan Boyle, with the former Britain’s Got Talent star featuring in a special Christmas episode.
After overindulging musical numbers in certain episodes at the cost of plot, show creator Ryan Murphy has promised a conscious effort will be made for each episode to have an average of five songs. Even though more focus is being planned on the development of certain characters, a host of tribute episodes to specific artists have been lined up throughout the series.
After Super Bowl XLV on the 6th of February, a special show dedicated to the work of either Michael Jackson, Prince or The Beatles will air, with another earlier tribute show set to focus on Britney Spears.
Since airing the final episode of season one in early June, a worldwide craving for more buoyant show tunes from the pupils at William McKinley High has lead to the commission of two new series of the hit show. So we are at least guaranteed another two seasons worth of Glee tunes to bolster the already sizeable list.
Season 2 of Glee premieres in Ireland at 8pm on TV3 tomorrow night.