If you're Comic-Con, how do you fight off the typical Sunday blahs? By paneling the eternally chipper "Glee," of course. Many of the biggest names from FOX's breakout musical-dramedy hit were absent on Sunday (July 25) afternoon in Ballroom 20, but plenty of GLEEk favorites remained.
Click through for HitFix's live blog of the "Glee" festivities...
1:18 p.m. The room is mostly still full after the amusing panel for FOX's "American Dad." I'm not going to imply that perhaps some people were merely sitting through that panel to save seats for "Glee," but perhaps some people were merely sitting through that panel to save seats for "Glee." I kinda hope some people are sitting through all of this to get to "Sons of Anarchy." Alas, my instinct looking around the room is that this is probably more of a GLEEk crowd than a SAMCRO crowd.
1:22 p.m. I'm sleepy.
1:36 p.m. TV panels at Comic-Con, at least for returning network shows, are tough. The "five-minute sizzle reel of last season's action" isn't an efficient use of time.
1:36 p.m. This sizzle reel, however, is generating much excitement. There are squeals for every musical solo and every character appearance. Chris Colfer is getting the loudest shrieks, particularly for the "Single Ladies" clip. However, at the rate we're going, this may be the longest clip package yet.
1:42 p.m. We haven't gotten to the midseason finale yet and the clip reel is already over six minutes.
1:45 p.m. 10 minutes. Though we just skipped ahead to the Madonna episode, thankfully.
1:48 p.m. Much approval for the Artie Can Dance musical number from the Joss Whedon episode. And yes, we're at 13 minutes. Look, I don't want to say that this is emblematic of everything that is wrong with "Glee" when it goes wrong, but this isn't a show that has ever had a clear sense of "excess."
1:53 p.m. We're up to the scene with Mike O'Malley's totally Emmy-worthy confrontation scene with Cory Monteith. That's some utterly spectacular acting, also spectacular by Chris Colfer in the scene. But we're approaching 20 minutes. Of a clip package.
1:56 p.m. Wow! We're having a "Glee" panel.
1:57 p.m. "For us, it kind of began right here," says Brad Falchuck, perhaps forgetting that FOX gave the show a post-"American Idol" airing and zillions in promotion. Yay, Comic-Con!
1:58 p.m. "Every day I get thousands and thousands of emails and Facebook messages and Twitter replies... about how much that scene effected them," Colfer says of the O'Malley scene, calling O'Malley "flawless."
1:58 p.m. Amber Riley loved her character's relationship with Finn.
2:00 p.m. "I felt like I was doing something bad. I was like 'I need to get back in the chair,'" recalls McHale of the "nervous energy" that came from the Artie Dancing scene.
2:01 p.m. Jenna Ushkowitz loved shooting her scene pretending to be a vampire and says that she's personally a "Vampire Diaries" fan, not that she'd name a favorite character on that show.
2:02 p.m. Heather Morris' favorite Britney lines include "gay sharks" and "there was a mouse in mine."
2:04 p.m. Ryan Murphy says the Madonna episode went over budget early on and that it took 12 or 13 days to shoot it., four or five days more than the usual episode. His words of inspiration, "Do it for Madonna." He calls it the most fun they had all season.
2:05 p.m. Favorite moments? Riley says "Bad Romance." McHale praises the KISS episode ("I've never been taller in my entire life").
2:06 p.m. Murphy says that the show will be concentrating on the characters and possibly smaller stories in Season Two, calling it more "intimate." He says there will be "a couple tribute episodes," promising maybe five musical numbers per episode instead of eight. This is *exactly* the opposite of the change they meant last season.
2:07 p.m. The Britney Spears episode will make fun of Matthew Morrison's red carpet comment about not wanting to do a Britney Spears episode. He promises it will be done in a fun and hallucinogenic way. Murphy says that they're in negotiations to make the Super Bowl episode a really big tribute episode, but they're in negotiations, so he can't give us any indications.
2:08 p.m. A reference to singing Justin Bieber songs gets boos from the audience.
2:09 p.m. "I want to do 'The Time Warp,'" Colfer says and Murphy tells him that they will, indeed, be doing a "Rocky Horror" episode. Woo!
2:11 p.m. The Kurt-and-Finn relationship will continue to be explored in future episodes. A questioner calls Kurt's behavior to Finn "creepy" and Ryan Murphy says he disagrees. The Mike O'Malley/Kurt/Finn triangle will continue to be important. "It gives us a platform to discuss things that people don't really talk about on television," Murphy says.
2:11 p.m. Naya Rivera and Heather Morris are aware that there's a fanbase that supports the Brittany/Santana relationship. Murphy says that they're writing an episode and debating whether or not the characters should kiss.
2:13 p.m. There's agreement that they were more scared to meet Oprah than President Obama.
2:14 p.m. Much love for Chris Colfer. He's asked about the differences between Chris and Kurt. "I had no idea who Marc Jacobs was before we shot the pilot," says Chris, who calls himself a huge, huge nerd. "I'm very awkward and Kurt, he just thinks he's superior to everyone around him and what's not to like about that?"
2:16 p.m. Many people apparently have pet peeves involving Amber, including a weird vocal exercise with her tongue.
2:17 p.m. Jenna was the only castmember to be in an actual glee club in high school. Ryan Murphy was also in glee club.
2:18 p.m. They have an upcoming episode in which Tina has fallen out of love with Artie and in love with Mike (Harry Shum Jr.). So more time for Mike.
2:19 p.m. Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth will both be back this season. Colfer says he got their blessing for his version of "Defying Gravity."
2:21 p.m. Time for details on Kurt's upcoming boyfriend: "We're definitely going to do that," Murphy promises. Murphy wants Kurt to have the high school experience that he never had. He wants Kurt and his boyfriend to be Prom King and King. "We're going to definitely do that in the second season. I think that's an important thing to put into the world," Murphy says.
2:22 p.m. Heather Morris' favorite part of the season was when she got to wear the cone bra.
2:23 p.m. Murphy is trying to capture the feeling of being an Outcast Family that he had in his own glee club days.
2:24 p.m. Murphy expects we're going to meet more of the characters' families. He really wants to see Rachel's gay dads. And maybe Brittany's family. "I imagine my parents work for NASA," Morris says.
2:25 p.m. "This is a show about why the arts matter," Murphy says, adding that he loves the feedback they've gotten from teachers and people involved in the arts.
2:27 p.m. Folks also love Riley. Does she have any solos coming up? She doesn't know. "Yes," Murphy answers. He promises that in an upcoming episode about religion, they'll go with Riley's character to her church. He says that Colfer's character will also go to church, leading to a funny uncomfortable reaction.
2:28 p.m. Having musical experience isn't required for directors, for logical reasons, though Joss Whedon's musical experience was part of what made him attractive to Murphy. He adds that most of their directors are huge movie musical fans, so they get to tap into their inspirations.
2:29 p.m. Are we going to get any older musical theater songs? Murphy welcomes suggestions for Golden Age musicals they can use, including "Guys & Dolls" and "Carousel." He says they're just getting started and he looks forward to doing those numbers as fans.
That's it for "Glee" y'all... We're going to have an assortment of cast interviews coming up in a few days, so stay tuned!!!
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