It’s been over a month already since our favorite singing underdogs lost their leading man. In the aftermath of the tragic news, it was hard to picture what Lima would even look like without Finn Hudson. There was talk that Glee would simply cancel itself—but the show must go on and it looks ready to knock our knee socks (er, knee-high boots) off in season 5 with new guest stars, new relationships and a Beatles-inspired set list … plus a “gut-wrenching” tribute episode to Finn/Cory. SPOILER ALERT!
Here’s a “quick” rundown of what to expect when Glee premieres on September 26:
The season will kick off with a 2-part ode to the Beatles, for which the episode titles are rumored to be “Love Love Love” and “Tina in the Sky with Diamonds.” Check out the sneak peek below, brought to us by Blaine W. Anderson himself, Darren Criss:
From this, we can gather the following:
- Darren is as adorable and hilarious as ever. His quick little transformation into Blaine at the end, I can’t even.
- The gang goes to a carnival?
- The proposal is still a mystery, buuuut this photo was recently leaked, so Klainers, it ain’t over yet!
- All the mentions of the “box” just reminded me of the infamous box scene that was cut from last year’s Christmas episode—knowing the writers, we might be about to get hit with that blast from the past and the engagement ring some of us are hoping for (for the record, I’m not one of those people) might end up being just a lil bowtie made out of gum wrappers. Wouldn’t surprise me at all. Oh, how quickly Kurt was ready to say yes back then …
- Sue is back. And principal. Again? Really?
- The gang’s all jazzed about Nationals. Zzzzz.
- No glimpse of New York.
That last bit might mean Lea’s first appearance won’t be until the final act of “The Quarterback” where she reportedly has a “limited but incredibly powerful” presence. She sings. Enough said. Apparently Santana also plays a memorable part in Finn’s farewell. The Cory tribute also brings together some members of the Glee family we haven’t seen in a while: Mercedes, Mike, Puck and Emma, plus Coach Bieste and parents to Furt, Burt and Carole. But … no Brittany or Quinn. Heather’s pregnant, what’s Dianna’s excuse? Guess she’s too busy making movies to pay homage to her former on-screen on-again/off-again flame. (Probably an unfair statement, but I’m pretty annoyed by her absence.) UPDATE: Ouch. Sorry, Dianna.
I am so dreading this episode. I’ll probably use an entire box of tissues. I couldn’t even keep it together during Lea’s heart-breaking Teen Choice Awards speech. It still makes me cry. (She was, of course, wearing her Cory necklace.) Ryan Murphy has mentioned on more than one account that they plan to take a long hiatus after the tribute to determine exactly how to proceed with the rest of the season.
Filming of the tribute episode began last week and Lea traded her Cory necklace for Finn’s on the first day of filming (right). Her incredible strength has apparently been keeping the entire cast grounded, as told to E! by Matthew Morrison.
E!’s sources have also said the following about the sure-to-be heart-wrenching episode: “You will cry from beginning to end.” “I cried as I read it, on every page.” Brace yourselves.
On a lighter note, season 5 has some surprises for us! Such as …
Next came the news of Demi Lovato and Phoebe Strole, courtesy of a Lea Michele tweet. Demi will reportedly play “Dani, a NYC-based struggling artist friend of Rachel and Santana’s who will regularly appear with Adam Lambert’s incoming character.” And also Santana’s new love interest (left)? Would you ship #Dantana?
Phoebe Strole is a fellow Spring Awakening alum (speaking of which, when can we have Lea’s GBF J.Groff back?) and her role will be as Sam’s new love interest, “Penny Owen, a college sophomore who wants to get into nursing school.” Wonder how the heck they meet?
E!’s Spoiler Chat mentioned that RIB (AKA Glee’s own unholy trinity: co-creators Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk) are looking to cast a new male lead: “This character will be a major recurring guest star in the new season. All we know right now is that he’ll be handsome, older than the kids at McKinley and in New York, and duh, he can sing. Maybe a new teacher?”
Three new girls are being cast, according to TV Line: “At least three new female recurring characters, including African-American McKinley newbie Ruby, and twentysomethings Julie and Ryan. Interestingly, actresses auditioning for Ryan must be able to sing and play guitar. Potential portrayers of Julie just need to be cute and quirky.”
TV Line also reported that old favorites Heather Morris (Brittany), Mark Salling (Puck), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike) and Dianna Agron (Quinn) will not be returning this year, save for an occasional guest spot. With the exception of Morris, didn’t we already know that? That’s essentially how it was last year. Obviously Morris’ pregnancy was going to throw Brittany’s storyline out of whack (but MIT, seriously?) so that doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
Meanwhile, the newbies—Melissa Benoist (Marley), Jacob Artist (Jake), Becca Tobin (Kitty), Blake Jenner (Ryder) and Alex Newell (Unique) have all been promoted to series regulars. So a totally NYC-centric season is out then? Wishful thinking.
Oh, and Coach Roz is back. *eye roll*
I think that just about covers it! So PSA readers, what are your thoughts on the upcoming season of Glee? How will the show go on without Finn? How long will it take until Rachel falls in love again (for real this time, not with a male hooker)?
What Beatles song do you hope they cover?
Season 5 of Glee premieres Thursday, September 26 at 9 on FOX.
P.S. Season 4 of Glee is now available for pre-order on Amazon. It will be released October 1.