Glee Season 5 has been on a break for a while. After airing the first three episodes this fall, the show took a month-long hiatus to give everyone a chance to breathe a bit after October 10's heart-wrenching Season 5, Episode 3: "The Quarterback," a tribute to former star Cory Monteith (Finn), who passed away unexpectedly this summer. When Glee returns November 7, the show will have to prove it can continue on in a post-Cory world. Will Glee ever be the same without Finn? Can fans get behind a Glee that is not quite as Glee-ful?
The network is betting yes. FOX went ahead on and renewed the show through the end of Season 6. This plan hasn't changed, though it does seem likely that Glee will end after that... in the Spring of 2015.
But Spring 2015 is still very far away, and we've still got plenty of new episodes in Season 5 left to come. We’ve been hard at work tracking down all the teases and scoop we can find about the rest of this season. Here’s what we’ve managed to uncover so far.
Characters New and Old
New faces. Glee is constantly adding new characters, and this season is no exception. There will be number of new characters this season, including a love interest for Sam named Penny, an African American McKinley cheerleader named Bree, and a new male lead. Get more info on the new characters here.
Famous faces added. As always, Glee is also bringing on some famous faces. American Idol's Adam Lambert is joining the cast as Kurt's new rival in NYC as soon as Episode 4, and we already met Disney star/X-Factor judge Demi Lovato's struggling young artist named Dani, a love interest for Santana. (Learn more about Demi's character here.) And speaking of celebs on Glee, NeNe Leakes has already been back back!
Original cast members cut. We're glad that the newbies are good, because it's going to be hard to distract us from the fact that five of the original cast members have been cut as series regulars, and will only be appearing as occasional guest stars, if that. So, who's officially out as a main character? Heather Morris (Brittany), Dianna Agron (Quinn), Mark Salling (Puck), Amber Riley (Mercedes), and Harry Shum Jr. (Mike)
Five Cast Members promoted. In more positive news, Melissa Benoist (Marley), Jacob Artist (Jake), Becca Tobin (Kitty), Blake Jenner (Ryder), and Alex Newell (Unique) have been promoted to series regulars. For the full list of which cast members are in and which are out, check here.
Season 5, Episode 4: “A Katy or a Gaga”
Your basic summary of what to expect.
We live for the idea of Glee covering Gaga’s “Applause.”
Oh, and speaking of shirtless guys...
We love their bright pink and purple hair!
These two need a mashup name. Samny? Pem? Hm.
The former American Idol will make his big Glee debut!
We wonder what these two might be up to this time!
Does this girl never sleep? We don’t know how she does it.
- Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” performed by Sam (Chord Overstreet), Marley (Melissa Benoist), Artie (Kevin McHale), Ryder (Blake Jenner), and Blaine (Darren Criss)
- Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake,” performed by Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Unique (Alex Newell), Jake (Jacob Artist), and Kitty (Becca Tobin)
- Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night,” performed by Starchild — Listen to the full song here!
Season 5, Episode 5: “The End of Twerk”
Fox's basic summary of what to expect.
Okay, not really. But at least one other character does appear to be joining her in going under the needle.
This episode will be sandwiched in between two tributes. November 7’s Season 5, Episode 4, “A Katy or a Gaga” features the music of Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, while November 21’s Season 5, Episode 6: “Movin’ Out” is a tribute to Billy Joel.
Over at McKinley, one of the New Directions will be bullied by a new jock named Robbie. Back in NYC, a “hip and cool tattoo artist” named Louis will give someone some new ink.
Ryan Murphy <3s Miley Cyrus.
The Glee creator took to Twitter to explain his reason for wanting to honor the pop superstar on his show. “I really love her. I think she's wildly talented and very smart,” he said. Hear that, New Directions? Get ready to twerk.
One of the current McKinley couples appears to be headed for a split.
— Beyoncé’s “If I Were a Boy,” performed by Unique (Alex Newell)
— Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” performed by Marley
— “You Are Woman, I Am Man” from Funny Girl, performed by Rachel and Paolo (Ioan Gruffudd)
— Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” performed by Artie (Kevin McHale), Bree (Erinn Westbrook), Kitty (Becca Tobin), Jake, and Schue
— The Royal Concept's “On Our Way,” performed by New Directions
Later This Season
Nothing's been confirmed so far. But as the show tries to find it's footing in a post-Cory world, one option that creator Ryan Murphy is strongly considering is to cut McKinley High from the show entirely. What's more, the change could happen as early as sometime this season.
If that is the case, we hope most (read: ALL) of the graduating seniors end up in NYC.
Here's the thing. We know it's only about May in Glee's timeline. And we know December 5's Episode 8 will ba a Christmas special. So unless Glee plans to skip graduation entirely, it sounds like we likely have a time jump situation on our hands.