'Glee' Plans Michael Jackson Tribute Episode
'Glee' Plans Michael Jackson Tribute Episode
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
This season's big tribute episode of Glee has finally been revealed, and the artist getting the honor is Michael Jackson. According to TVGuide, the late King of Pop's music will take center stage in the January 24 episode, which will feature up to a dozen different Jackson songs.

Jackson will become the fourth musician to get honored with his own Glee episode, following Madonna in season 1 and Britney Spears and Fleetwood Mac in season 2.

Apparently the late announcement came because Glee creator Ryan Murphy was trying to finalize the deal with the Jackson family so they would approve of the show using the songs (in other words, don't hold your breath for any jokes at Jackson's expense). In addition, the show is trying to rush the episode, so while the writers have only started working on it, the episode will begin production on Friday and will be completed after the cast returns from a holiday break. In other words, I'm not about to hold my breath for some brilliant episode since they're rushing it into production.

While Murphy and the other producers always claimed that there would be one tribute episode in season 3, it doesn't change the fact that the second half of the season seems to be reverting to the show's old, bad habits. Not only is there a tribute episode, but the show is also getting back to big name celebrity stunt casting, with Ricky Martin as  Spanish teacher and Gloria Estefan as Santana's mom.

This won't be the first time Glee has tackled Michael Jackson. The show did a "Thriller" mash-up in its post-Super Bowl episode as well as "P.Y.T." in season 2. And this season, the New Directions performance at Sectionals involves the Jackson 5's "ABC" and Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror."

What songs might we hear? Well, given Mercedes' impending spot in the middle of a love triangle with Shane and Sam, "Black or White" seems appropriate. And hopefully we'll get some "Bad," "Beat It," "Billie Jean" and "Smooth Criminal."

Glee airs Tuesdays at 8pm on FOX.

Source: TVGuide
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