TV Guide Magazine: And what are you shooting now?
Cory: We’re shooting two different episodes. One, “Born This Way,” is a classic Glee episode where we explore embracing the things about ourselves that we don’t like and tailoring our performances around that.
TV Guide Magazine: Judging by the title, I’m guessing this is the episode in which homophobic Karofsky finally comes to terms with who he is?
Cory: For sure, and there’s a little blackmail involved. It gets kind of heavy. And then the second one we’re shooting now is “Night of Neglect,” which is an episode focusing on artists that may have been neglected or underappreciated over the years.
TV Guide Magazine: In other words, one-hit wonders?
Cory: That’s the idea. We were trying to clear a Bjork song, but they couldn’t track her down. Apparently she doesn’t have a phone number. I know they’ve also trying to get Kristin Chenoweth back [as April Rhodes] for an episode if she’s available.
TV Guide Magazine: And then you’re off to New York City for Finals?
Cory: I couldn’t be more excited. We’re going to shoot there for like a week and a half at the end of April.
Gleeks, I’ve got such amazing scoop that I almost piddled in my pants when I heard it so I can’t imagine how you’re gonna react: EW has learned exclusively that the phenomenal Gwyneth Paltrow is officially reprising her role as Holly Holliday for TWO episodes of Glee in the spring and she’s gettin’ it on with Mr. Schuester!!! Says co-creator Ryan Murphy, “Gwyneth is coming back for two episodes. She’s coming back specifically to date Will [Matthew Morrison]. Those two have become really good friends in real life and had really good chemistry. She’s coming back as a sex education teacher. Gwyneth and I are emailing, talking every week: What are we gonna sing? We’re trying to do something fantastic. So she’ll be [in episodes] 15 and 16. She comes back [to film] in January and she’s with us for three and a half weeks I think.”
You think that would be enough but I have even more redonkulous news: Lady Gaga just this week gave the Glee producers clearance for tackling her highly anticipated new single, “Born This Way,” which hasn’t even dropped yet! Murphy reveals that the song will be used in a March or April episode and will be centered around closeted gay bully Karofsky (Max Adler). “I love that that song is anthem,” says Murphy. “This show is by nature optimistic and I think a character like Karofsky could turn to booze or pills or alcohol and kill themselves or do something dark. But I also love Max and I love that character and I sorta want that character to have a happy ending. So I don’t really know what that’s going to be, but I do know we’re going to do a whole episode that’s about that song.”
And there’s one more Glee favorite returning: Kristin Chenoweth. She will be back as April Rhodes in the last batch of episodes of the season for a multi-episode arc.
This year the Creative Arts ceremony for the Emmy Awards may be as exciting as the main ceremony with a ton of interesting categories with big stars.The big awards of the night will most likely be for Guest Actor and Actress in a Drama and Comedy Series. Nominated are:
Guest Actor in a Comedy
Will Arnett, 30 Rock
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock
Neil Patrick Harris, Glee
Mike O’Malley, Glee
Fred Willard, Modern Family
Eli Wallach, Nurse Jackie
Guest Actress in a Comedy
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Kristin Chenoweth, Glee
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
Betty White, Saturday Night Live
Jane Lynch, Two and a Half Men
Singing with Matt Morrison is like butter on a biscuit. We go together. Somehow it just feels right.
Q: Kristin, Idina, Jonathan Groff, NPH. Is there a window for them to come back?
Ryan: Sure. Jonathan’s in a play in London, Neil is on another network, so it’s hard. But I’m writing another episode for Kristin.
A Newsweek article recently written by one Ramin Setoodeh argues that openly gay actors cannot accurately portray straight characters.
While it’s OK for straight actors to play gay (as Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger did in Brokeback Mountain), it’s rare for someone to pull off the trick in reverse… The fact is, an actor’s background does affect how we see his or her performance.
He goes on to point out the performances of Sean Hayes (opposite Chenoweth in Promises, Promises), which he describes as ‘wooden and insincere’, and Jonathan Groff on Glee, who he calls an ‘average theater queen’ - implying that in both cases, the actor does a poor job of playing the role because he is openly gay.
If you’re feeling like you might want to punch Ramin Setoodeh in the face right now, as I do, don’t worry. We’re in good company.
Kristin Chenoweth, being the wonderful person and supporter of the GLBT community that she is, posted a comment on the article. This is just the last bit - you can go see the full comment (and story) here.
Audiences aren’t giving a darn about who a person is sleeping with or his personal life. Give me a break! We’re actors first, whether we’re playing prostitutes, baseball players, or the Lion King. Audiences come to theater to go on a journey. It’s a character and it’s called acting, and I’d put Hayes and his brilliance up there with some of the greatest actors period. Lastly, as someone who’s been proudly advocating for equal rights and supporting GLBT causes for as long as I can remember, I know how much it means to young people struggling with their sexuality to see out & proud actors like Sean Hayes, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris and Cynthia Nixon succeeding in their work without having to keep their sexuality a secret. No one needs to see a bigoted, factually inaccurate article that tells people who deviate from heterosexual norms that they can’t be open about who they are and still achieve their dreams. I am told on good authority that Mr. Setoodeh is a gay man himself and I would hope, as the author of this article, he would at least understand that. I encourage Newsweek to embrace stories which promote acceptance, love, unity and singing and dancing for all!
To which I can only say, go Cheno. You tell that ignorant son of a bitch!