'Glee' adds guest stars Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker for next season

'Glee' future guest star Sarah Jessica Parker says she'll be a 'mentor of sorts.'

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'Glee' will follow both students at Lima High School and three characters who will be living in New York.

The shining star of Glee is looking to remain just as bright next season by adding the glamorous Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson as the latest A-listers to appear on Fox’s hit musical comedy. Fox is not saying much about what roles the two actresses will be taking on – but Parker let the news slip to Kelly Ripa this morning on Live! that she would be playing a “mentor of sorts.”

No word on whether either will sing – but Hudson has been confirmed for a six-episode arc, with Parker also appearing in a yet-to-be disclosed muti-episode arc. Hudson and Parker will join a star-studded list of guest stars that includes Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Goldblum, Ricky Martin, Idina Menzel, and Gwyneth Paltrow – who has also expressed interest in reprising her role as the beloved substitute teacher Holly Holliday.

While details on Glee’s season 4 are still very limited – Show star Lea Michele has described creator Ryan Murphy’s ambitious plans for the upcoming season as “groundbreaking” and “revolutionary for television.” Next season Glee will convert into “show-within-a-show” style format that will bounce between McKinley High in Ohio and the performing arts school NYADA in New York City. The Ohio storyline will feature a set of new characters as well as those returning who did not graduate yet – while the NYC arc will center on returning cast members Lea Michele (Rachel), Chris Colfer (Kurt) and Cory Monteith (Fin).

Glee will also give its third season finale a star-studded send off. The finale titled “Goodbye” is set to air May 22nd and will contain guest-appearances from everyone’s favorite human train wreck Lindsay Lohan and internet loud mouth Perez Hilton. Lohan and Hilton will portray judges for Nationals along with Entourage’s Rex LeeGloria Estefan will also make a special guest appearance as the mother of Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera), with Estefan stating “I’m a big Gleek myself!”

Besides a new show set-up, Glee will also be moving to a new night. Fox will be creating a more music-centric Thursday night line-up this Fall by pairing Glee with both The X Factor (in the Fall) and the American Idol results show (in the Spring). President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Co, Kevin Reilly calls the shows “culture-driving hits” and “strong returning tentpoles.” – and has announced that Britney Spears and Demi Lovato have been confirmed to sit on the judges panel alongside L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell on X Factor this fall.

Fox’s Tuesday nights will now stick to comedy, with returning series New Girl and Raising Hope alongside freshmen shows Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project, starring Mindy Kaling of The Office.

Scott Stoute blogs at Screen Rant.

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