Comic-Con Live-Blog: FOX's 'Glee'
Happy Sunday, Comic-Conners.
TV is taking over Hall H this morning, starting with "Glee." As always, we'll see how my wifi holds up, but attempts will be made to live-blog.
10:08 a.m. The "Glee" panel is running late. The room is packed. If things get really tense, there may be angry singing from the audience.
10:13 a.m. We open with a 3-D clip. It's a shameless tease to make us put on our silly glasses.
10:15 a.m. OK. Real clip now. This will be the best chance to watch teenage girls scream in 3D since that Justin Bieber movie. There's a funny into with Heather Morris talking about how good her boobs look in 3-D. Or maybe it's Britney talking about how good her boobs look in 3D? It's hard to tell. Either way, why aren't we seeing her boobs in 3D? Instead, we're just watching teenagers talk about how "Glee" has helped them build their self-esteem. In 3D.
10:17 a.m. I take back any cynicism. Heather Morris singing "Slave 4 U" in concert IS what 3D was made for. That was kinda remarkable.
10:23 a.m. Not my cup of tea, but The Warblers doing "Teenage Dream" looks fun, too.
10:28 a.m. "You're going to get a chance to see interaction of characters behind the scenes and fans of the show and how the show has impacted their lives," Kevin Tancharoen says of the "Glee: 3D" film." "That was the weirdest thing I've ever seen," Criss says of watching the clips on the big screen.
10:27 a.m. What's the story with Lea, Chris and Cory leaving. "I don't know where that reporter got that information," Falchuk says, throwing a reliable Hollywood Reporter reporter under the bus. "Just because they're graduating doesn't mean they're leaving the show," he says. He adds, "A number of the original people are not graduating this year." He concludes "They will not be leaving the show."
10:30 a.m. "I can tell you that Tina's a junior," Falchuk adds. "I am!" squeals Jenna Ushkowitz.
10:33 a.m. "We really do want to spend some time with these characters in the first nine episodes," Falchuk says. And what of Chord Overstreet? Falchuk says that Harry Shum Jr. and Darren Criss are regulars now because they earned it. "For reasons Chord is aware of, we decided not to make him a regular," Falchuk says. Ouch. Apparently Overstreet has turned down the option to return in a recurring capacity this season. "Chord decided that he would have opportunities elsewhere that he would prefer to pursue," Falchuk says. So Mercedes is going to have a new boyfriend in the premiere. He compares the relationship to the one between Cuba Gooding Jr. and his wife in "Jerry Maguire."
10:33 a.m. Dot Marie Jones will be back next season. Since she's on this panel, it's not a huge surprise. "Lot of huggin'," Jones says of reactions from fans. "Everybody has been fantastic. Fans for The Biest are awesome," she says.
10:35 a.m. Falchuk reassures Jenna and Harry that their characters are going to remain coupled for a while. We're also going to meet Tina's parents. Somebody asks about meeting Mike's parents as well, but Ian Brennan responds, "Maybe they're the same."
10:36 a.m. "It's been incredibly bizarre and wonderful and I feel so lucky to be on this panel," Criss says, calling this "a thrill-ride." He adds that "It's been eerily wonderful." Where are Blaine and Kurt heading? "They kinda in the honeymoon phase... I hope they continue to learn and grown together, just like any relationship should," Criss says. "They're good. They're solid. They've got problems... You've got two stars dating each other, so there's going to be some troubles, but they're solid," Falchuk says.
10:37 a.m. The know who the winner of "The Glee Project" is and they're happy with them. Zach Woodlee promises we'll be happy with the result.
10:38 a.m. "I can't confirm that. That's very cool that that's out there in the air," Criss says of rumors that he's going to be joining the cast of "How to Succeed..." on Broadway.
10:39 a.m. Audience question time. The first query is about Criss' solo album. "I don't know. Between 'Glee' and I guess hypothetically a Broadway musical... I'll be quite busy and an album is a hard thing to pull off," he says. But he adds, "I would love to, but we're all very busy."
10:40 a.m. They're asked about the episode with the deaf school. "It was incredibly moving on the day and everyone was so articulate and accomplished so much in a few hours," Dante di Loreto says.
10:42 a.m. Which comes first? Music or storyline? "It's always the story first. Always. It would be like making a movie based just on the action sequences," Falchuk says.
10:42 a.m. Will we see more families? Will we meet Rachel's dads? They had a scene with Rachel's dads in the second episode. They even cast the roles and the actors showed up. "When you're in high school, the parents stop being the major influence on your life. You're sort of on your own," Brennan justifies.
10:44 a.m. Bartie or Brittana? The cast/producers are confused. "I do like Britana," says Ushkowitz. "Santittan is so much funnier," Brennan interrupts. "We weren't surprised, because we knew there were a group of people looking for something like that," Falchuk says of the Britana pairing. "It was like 'Oh my God,' how did we get so lucky to find those two actors," Brennan says, recalling that Morris was cast as a background dancer and Naya Rivera was cast as a pretty face.
10:47 a.m. "Yes," Falchuk says of the possibility of building a spinoff around Chris Colfer and the other actors who Falchuk said previously weren't leaving. "I think we're leaning against doing it," Falchuk says, though he adds that there have been discussions. Falchuk and Murphy are too busy with their new FX drama.
10:51 a.m. "I would be intimidated to sing a Disney song. Disney's a tough machine to get ahold of, as far as rights are concerned. I don't know, but I'd probably want to sing something from 'Aladdin,'" Cris says.
10:52 a.m. How are they like their characters? "I look like Mike Chang. Very similar," Shumm says. Shumm later says "He's a stand-up guy." Is Dot like Coach Biest? "In some ways yes and in some ways no," Jones say. Well, OK. She's not as mean as Biest is, except for when she is.
10:53 a.m. Were Harry and Heather Morris on the LA dance scene before the show? Apparently Harry shot Heather dance at a convention long before the show, but they didn't realize this until four months ago. "We knew of each other. It's a small world," Shumm says.
10: 56 a.m. Did the show's popularity take away from its creative this past season? The producers agree "No." Dante di Loreto says, "The stories that are coming out are going to really knock your socks off. IT's going to be the most extraordinary season ever." "We didn't sit down to write a phenomenon," Brennan adds.
10:56 a.m. Will Coach Biest find love this season? "We haven't thought of that. Or we've thought of that, but we haven't come up with anything yet," Falchuk says."She spent a lot of time playing the obvious character for her. Knowing her, she's literally one of the mushiest people I've ever met," he adds.
10:57 a.m. "Sue's running for Congress, in case you didn't hear. On the Sue Sylvester Liberty for America Party," Brennan says. "She's tried destroying Will and the Glee Club at a local level. Now she's going to try to do it on a national level," Falchuk says. He adds, "Sue is running on a No Arts platform."
10:59 a.m. "The ability to cut and do it again is always a challenge when shooting a live show," says "3D" director Kevin Tancharoen. "Everyone is a fan of a different character and it's really hard to capture in a live event," he adds.
11:00 a.m. Last question. Do the writers know somebody like Britney. "They flutter on little wings in the air and sometimes you just pick them up," Brennan says. "It's one of the most fun things about our job is writing that character. It's really a remarkable opportunity," Brennan adds.
That's all, folks.