Pretending - Glee Cast
We’re two weeks away from the season 2 finale of Glee, but EW is ready to reveal some scoop on May 24′s episode. Glee fans will be thrilled by what the producers have in store for this epic ender, in which New Directions travel to the Big Apple to compete in nationals. Over the course of a whirlwind week of filming in April, the cast and crew shot at various New York landmarks, including Times Square, Lincoln Center, and Central Park. Many of these locations will be seen in a major musical number that finds the cast singing a mash-up of Madonna’s “I Love New York” and Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.” Co-creator/exec producer Brad Falchuk, who also directed the episode, says that filming in Manhattan allowed for some expansive shots of the city.
“We’re [normally] either shooting inside a soundstage or we’re shooting in Los Angeles, pretending it’s Ohio,” he says. “That means it has to get very small. You can’t get too wide because you might catch a palm tree. So being in New York was like, ‘Hey, man — go big and go wide!’”
So what else can fans expect? For starters, the return of Cheyenne Jackson and Charice, who play Vocal Adrenaline’s coach and star vocalist, respectively. Also look for a cameo from musical-theater icon Patti LuPone, who runs into Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele) at a restaurant. And Matthew Morrison’s Will Schuester will have a dramatic solo in which he sings “Still Got Tonight,” one of the songs off his own debut album. “It’s very reflective,” Morrison says of the performance. “He’s kind of faced with a decision of whether he’s gonna be on Broadway or stay with the kids and keep going down that path. There’s also a lot of emotions about his relationship with Emma and the possibility of giving up that.” Meanwhile, Rachel and Kurt (Chris Colfer) will visit some hallowed ground, the Gershwin Theater where Wicked is performed eight times a week. It’s an appropriate location for the pair, who duetted on Wicked’s signature song, “Defying Gravity,” early in Glee’s first season. This time they tackle another tune from the musical (we won’t ruin the surprise for you spoiler-phobic Gleeks). “It was always my dream to get to play Elphaba on stage every night,” says Michele. “I was very close to stealing one of Elphaba’s brooms.”
Meanwhile, Finnchel fans will be excited to hear that Rachel and Finn have quite the night out together in the city. “I have an epic date with him,” says Michele of the sequence, which takes the pair through Central Park and the West Village. “Even I was melting inside every time I saw Cory in that suit with flowers. He does take her on this fabulous day, this amazing date. It’s every girl’s mini–romantic comedy in one Glee episode.” Michele also reveals that the nationals performance will feature more original music. How will it all end? Not surprisingly, Team Glee won’t say. Teases Colfer, “I will tell you this: All the characters have major dreams come true in the final episode.” Adds Falchuk, “I think that at the end, everyone will hopefully feel real good.”
Regis and Kelly
This episode might be called “Funeral”, but it’s about more than just a literal death – following with the theme, the New Directions kids all experience a “death” or loss of some sort in this next new Glee episode.
Check out our guide for episode 21 of season 2, “Funeral”:
New Directions is hard at work on their set list for Nationals, and it’s Jesse St. Sexy James who jumps at the opportunity to give his McKinley rivals a helping hand.
The kids might be formulating a winning set list strategy, but not all is so hunky-dory within the walls of McKinley as one of the kids experiences the death of a loved one.
Pure Imagination - Glee Cast
Try a Little Tenderness - Glee Cast
1- He’s back on Glee.
2- He’s half-Mennonite. Sort of. We’re still fascinated and want to know more. Even after all these years. Even though we actually do know more.
3- He’s the cutest person you’ve ever seen, even though he’s not. But he is. You know what I mean?
4- He and Lea Michele had some weird shenanigans going on during Spring Awakening when they pretended to be fake in love with each other. Not that they aren’t actually in love with each other, because I think they actually are. But not in love in love. But it was kind of fascinating-yet-disturbing-yet-charming, and no one could have achieved that as artfully as Jonathan Groff.
5- We’ll wonder forever if he’s actually a horrible person on the inside. Because all of his characters are and it’s easy to extrapolate. And then we’ll wonder why we don’t care one way or the other.
6- Yeah, there’s six. To make up for the first one. At one point in time, he was technology averse and always had a marginally phone-like device on him that could not, under any circumstances, be categorized as a “smart” phone. Maybe he’s caught up by now. You know, hanging out in Los Angeles and all. But it was still really endearing. Really.
“How do you see the show evolving in Year 3?”
It’s senior year, and we’re writing toward an ending that’s very emotional and dramatic. I’ve always been adamant that the show should be real in terms of timelines. Next year, there will be four new cast members, kids that come in with their own stories. We’re hiring five new writers who start in June. I believe in the law of physics: You go from being an underdog to whatever the show became - award-winning.
“Are there plans for more tribute episodes, a la Madonna, Britney Spears and, most recently, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours?”
If we do any tributes next year, it will only be one. We’ll make a two-hour television movie out of it, and that will be it. I don’t want to reveal what the tribute is about, but we finally got permission.
“Will the Glee Season 2 finale feature the sort of cliffhanger/holdover of TV’s glory days?”
Yes, in Act 6 of the Glee finale there are four plot reveals - all about relationships, moving forward and resolving some - which will hopefully keep the audience interested over the summer. It’s one of the reasons why I wanted to delay publication of the script - those things get out, though in this day and age, you can’t keep anything secret.
(9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT)
NEW DIRECTIONS HEADS TO NATIONALS ON THE “GLEE” SEASON FINALE AIRING AT A SPECIAL TIME TUESDAY, MAY 24, ON FOX
Patti LuPone, Jonathan Groff, Cheyenne Jackson and Charice Guest-Star
The kids of New Directions travel from Lima to New York City to compete in Nationals. While in the Big Apple, they take in all of the sights from Times Square to Broadway to Central Park in the all-new “New York” season finale episode of GLEE airing at a special time Tuesday, May 24 on FOX.
Cast: Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester; Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester; Lea Michele as Rachel Berry; Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson; Jayma Mays as Emma Pillsbury; Dianna Agron as Quinn; Chris Colfer as Kurt; Kevin McHale as Artie; Amber Riley as Mercedes; Mark Salling as Puck; Jenna Ushkowitz as Tina; Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez; Heather Morris as Brittany S. Pierce; Mike O’Malley as Burt Hummel
Guest Cast: Harry Shum as Mike Chang; Chord Overstreet as Sam Evans; Ashley Fink as Lauren Zizes; Darren Criss as Blaine Anderson, Patti LuPone as Herself, Jonathan Groff as Jesse St. James; Cheyenne Jackson as Dustin Goolsby, Charice as Sunshine Corazon
You could say Glee‘s Season 2 finale, airing May 24, has been two years in the making. After all, it was always co-creator Ryan Murphy’s intention to shepherd his freakishly talented group of misfits to meet their destiny: the fictitious national glee club championships in New York. And like the Fox show’s characters, who devour Manhattan in a frenetic first-timer’s visit, Glee hit NYC over five days in April with the sort of precision you might expect of a commando military mission: 10 moving targets, including Times Square and Central Park, which serve as part of the glee club’s life-changing tour of the city. The episode ends with the climactic competition and a death — victim as yet unknown …
Even with the franchise ambitiously expanding into 3D movies, a national tour and an Oxygen reality series (The Glee Project), it was the L.A.-based show’s first major location shoot, and pulling it off took the proverbial village. Forty of its 175-person crew were flown east, including executive producers Murphy, Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk (who directs) and Dante Di Loreto, as well as first assistant director Leo Bauer and most of the cast. Local crew swelled Glee‘s ranks to over 100. Price tag: $6 million. A hefty budget even for a show that this season averaged an impressive 3.9 rating in the coveted 18 to 49 demo.
The result is, as Murphy describes it, “a place of possibilities — the New York you dream of.” The production also found a way to reference the city’s iconic imagery from such classics as On the Town, Hair and Taxi Driver, but with legions of Gleeks at every location, the shoot became more like a post-modern version of the Beatles fandom flick A Hard Day’s Night. Grab your earplugs …
Picture 2: Lea Michele gets a final touch-up at the Gershwin Theater, where her character Rachel and Colfer’s Kurt will sing “For Good” from Wicked
More about the pictures here