'Glee's' Post-Superbowl Episode to Mash-up Michael's 'Thriller' -- Is Nothing Sacred?
'Glee's' Post-Superbowl Episode to Mash-up Michael's 'Thriller' -- Is Nothing Sacred?
Meghan Carlson
Meghan Carlson
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Everyone who doesn't care about football (where my ladies and gays at, holla!) has been talking about it for months: What stops will Glee pull out, and which big stars will they cover, in their big post-Superbowl episode? Well, Tim Stack at EW has got the scoop:

"A Glee source confirms to EW exclusively that Glee will be tackling Michael Jackson's iconic "Thriller" for their post-Super Bowl episode...but with a twist. The Jackson classic will be performed as a mash-up with another song, yet to be chosen. But the supersized episode, which our source says will be the most expensive in Glee history and likely one of television's priciest episodes ever, will also feature covers of tunes by Black Eyed Peas, Lady Antebellum, and Katy Perry."

Huh. A "Thriller" mashup. In the same hour as Black Eyed Peas and Katy Perry. More on that in a minute, but first, finish your ice cream because here comes another SCOOP:

"Although "Thriller" is featured in the episode, it will not be a Michael Jackson tribute episode. Nor will it be a tribute to Bruce Springsteen, as rumors have suggested. In fact, our source says that the only pop star truly considered for the Super Bowl episode was Sir Elton John (expect a John tribute episode as part of Glee's back nine episodes)."

An Elton John tribute episode? That was one of my dream themes! Thanks, Ryan Murphy!

As for the plot of the post-Super Bowl episode, Stack says it will "keep with the evening's sports theme and focus on the local football championship and Sue Sylvester's cheerleading regionals (the "Thriller" mash-up will be played during halftime of the onscreen pigskin game)."

We can also expect to see Blaine (Darren Criss) and Coach Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones) appear in the episode. Well both of those announcements deserve an unequivocal "Yay!" But what about this "Thriller" business?

All I can say is that I'm more nervous than excited, given Glee's inconsistent track record so far in season 2. I am comforted by the news that this will be the show's most expensive episode ever, as that hints to the notion that perhaps they're investing heavily into making sure they do the song justice. But how will Michael's epic undead hit translate to the football field? And while I'm all for mash-ups (more than you know, really), I'm not as keen on mashing up an untouchable classic like "Thriller." Why mess with perfection? Not that Glee hasn't taken the risk before (and it's paid off ... at times), but the chance of screwing up a truly iconic song is incredibly high in this case. Call me cynical, but I can already hear the boos. And the hoos.

But hey, let's look on the bright side. At least it's not a full-on tribute episode. Those of us who love our Glee songs with a hefty side of actual plot development are very happy to hear that news.

What do you think: Will Glee's "Thriller" thrill you, or does the idea of a Michael mashup half-time show scare your music-loving soul?




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