Say what you will about its lack of “geek cred,” Glee has an overabundance of Gleek cred, filling the impressive Ballroom 20 on the last day of Comic-Con yesterday. Last year, the event was the start of an impressive viewer campaign by creator Ryan Murphy and the cast, and executive producer Brad Falchuck made sure to remember that during this year’s panel. “We create this show in a large dark room and we have no interaction with you. We owe all the success of the show to you people here,” he says. After devoting nearly 30 minutes of their allotted hour panel to clips from last season, the Glee crew took questions from the audience and revealed some key bits of the coming season, so read below for more.
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The Madonna episode was one of the highest-rated all season for Glee, she was thrilled with the episode and Murphy is planning a second Material Girl go-round, he says. “We don’t know when we’ll do it but we will do it.” While most episodes take eight or nine days to film, the Madonna episode took 12. “It went over budget very early on. I told the studio what I told the kids: ‘Do it for Madonna,’ ” says Murphy, who added that the Vogue video featuring Jane Lynch took an entire day by itself.
Chris Colfer, who plays the talented boy-diva Curt, was a popular one among fans. Murphy says he’s working on getting him a boyfriend on the show, and when asked what the difference between him and Curt was, Colfer says, “I didn’t know who Marc Jacobs was before the pilot, I don’t really like 10-inch heels and I am a huge, huge nerd.” (Just to drive that point home, he was clad in a Transformers shirt.)
Right after Colfer admitted that he wanted the show to tackle Time Warp as a potential showstopper, Murphy told the crowd that they would be doing an entire episode devoted to the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. Murphy is also planning a Britney Spears episode that centers on Heather Morris’ dippy Brittany — “We’re doing it in a very fun, hallucinogenic way” — and another big tribute episode to air after the Super Bowl.
However, he’ll be cutting down musical numbers per episode — probably five rather than eight — because he found fans wanted to spend more time with the characters. “People think we’re going to get bigger and crazier,” Murphy says. “We’re going to go in a different direction and that is because of the people here. The second season is designed to be a little more intimate.”