A “Thriller” for Glee’s Post Super Bowl Show

A “Thriller” for Glee’s Post Super Bowl Show

After Super Bowl XLV is over, Fox TV is hoping football fans will stay tuned for an episode of Glee, on Sunday, Feb. 6. It will be extra special, and have a gridiron theme to it reported Glee stars Matthew Morrison and Chris Colfer.

All the actors from the acclaimed musical series are excited about the big post Super Bowl show, the most desirable slot in broadcasting.

Without ruining the surprises in the show, Morrison and Colfer were able to drop a few hints about the Super Bowl episode. Morrison said, “There will be a football involved. And a big performance of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller,’ plus a lot of pyrotechnics, fire, shooting people out of cannons.”

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Matthew Morrison

Colfer said, “I’m surprised there were no fatalities after we shot that episode, because it was insane. It’s by far the most expensive episode we’ve ever done. There was one scene, I kid you not, they had two ambulances on standby. It’s a big production.”

Morrison added, “This whole Glee thing has been one of those things, kind of like ‘how can we top ourselves and how can this get any bigger?’ I don’t think it can get any bigger than the Super Bowl. But it probably will. I don’t think our writers were ever afraid to do anything.”

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Chris Colfer

In the highly anticipated Super Bowl-theme episode, Mr. Schuster (Morrison) and Coach Beiste (Dot Marie Jones) devise a plot to bring together the warring glee club and football team members. The McKinley High School football team will be preparing for the state championship.

Meanwhile, Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), desperate to win cheerleading Nationals, launches a dangerous plan to bring home a trophy.

And the big musical number of the show is Michael Jackson’s iconic hit “Thriller.” The show will also cover songs by the country group Lady Antebellum, Black Eyed Peas, and Katy Perry. Singer Darren Criss, a new Gleek favorite for his recurring role, will also be featured.

All the stars deserve credit for their hard work on the show. They include Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Diana Agron, Mark Salling, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley, Heather Morris, Naya Rivera, and Chord Overstreet, playing the kids in the New Directions glee club.

Playing their teacher, Morrison said he doesn’t mind the hard work involved with putting together big musical numbers on the show each week, “because it’s nice that an hour of music is back on TV, and it’s thriving. It’s so great to be a part of that.”

Glee also has a Valentine’s Day themed show coming up. On Tuesday, Feb. 8, Glee presents the “Silly Love Songs” episode. Although love is in the air at McKinley High, when the glee club sets up a kissing booth for Valentine’s Day things don’t go as planned, and hearts end up getting broken.

For all the Glee fans who might have missed a few episodes this season, “Glee Season 2, Volume 1,” DVD set has just been released by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. It has the first ten episodes from season two, including the memorable “Britney/Brittany” episode with Britney Spears, and “The Rocky Horror “Glee’ Show.”

The Season 2 set also has never-before-seen footage, including a bonus song recorded exclusively for the DVD release. For Gleek fans everywhere.


Frank Barron is the former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, having served twice in that capacity. In between, he was West Coast news director for Billboard Publications, supervising their five magazines. Barron also created the western TV series “The Man From Blackhawk” for the ABC network. For more than three decades he and writer-wife Margie Barron have covered Hollywood for Production Update magazine, and they currently contribute to numerous publications. Frank started in showbiz as publicity director for the KHJ radio and television station. Before moving to California, he was a sports editor in New Jersey.

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