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 Lee – Gloria 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.
Scott Stoute blogs at Screen Rant.