This Week’s Podcast: A Winter Without Glee

This week’s CHML podcast runs the gamut from Tiger tales to Glee. Scott Thompson thinks the press should stop hounding Tiger Woods to come clean. I’m thinkin’ that’s never going to happen. You can listen in here.
The Glee talk surrounds Wednesday night’s fall season finale. If you haven’t screened it yet,

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Finn (Cory Monteith) finally found out that he was never the baby daddy and, as Monteith suggested to me a few weeks ago, “loses his shit.” Nevertheless, the gang get their act together at Sectionals and kick ass on the Stones’ “Can’t Always Get What You Want,” with Rachel (Lea Michele) belting out a Streisand standard. The opening solo Wednesday night, by Mercedes (Amber Riley, right), was a stunner.
I liked the episode from the week before, with that incredible marital meltdown between Will and Terri (Matthew Morrison and Jessalyn Gilsig), even better. The mid-season finale worked, but seemed too tied together.
Everybody got their happy ending except Terri. Things look grim for Montreal-native Gilsig on this series as Will and Terri seem completely kaput. The episode ended with Will and Emma (Jayma Mays) finally sharing a few cooties and that’s where we’re all left hanging until April when the series returns with nine new episodes.
Why the big break? Everything sits in December, but Fox also seems to want to avoid the Olympics in February and just re-launch Glee in April. Seems like a long time to make fans wait, but they can buy all those CDS and DVDs in the meantime.
Those won’t even begin to go into production until January, but here’s what we know so far:
Wicked Broadway star Idina Menzel (above right) is in negotiations to play a key role in the back nine story arc. Menzel’s character would be the coach of McKinley High’s arch rival glee club, Vocal Adrenaline. Menzel’s Broadway co-star, Kristin Chenoweth, already got into the Glee act earlier this season.
Another hot rumour–Menzel’s character would eventually be revealed to be Rachel’s birth mom. So far, Rachel has only talked about her two gay dads. That Menzel/Michele resemblance thing is spooky.
Jonathan Groff, who sang opposite Michele in Broadway’s Spring Awakening, has inked to do a five- to six-episode guest stint as Vocal Adrenaline’s lead male vocalist–and a potential love interest for Rachel Berry. Look out, Finn.
One more reason for Glee glee–Buffy boss Joss Whedon is booked to direct one of the back nine episodes.

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