Can you see Justin Timberlake as Finn’s older brother? Glee’s executive producer Ian Brennan sure can. “That’s hilarious!” he exclaimed to reporters, after the show’s panel at San Diego’s Comic-Con. “I hadn’t heard that [rumor], but that would be totally awesome.”

Just don’t hold your breath for JT to make an appearance anytime soon. Senior year at McKinley High is less about the gimmicks, and more about the glee club.

“I think this season there will be more focus on story,” says Brennan. “It’s sort of a long goodbye for some of these characters, and the clock is ticking down. Just the fact that this is the senior year for a lot of the kids, it just adds a thrust and a gravitas to the storytelling. I’m really excited about it.”

Though the creators said Glee is not losing Finn, Rachel, or Kurt, the fact that they’ll be leaving McKinley High adds a certain melancholy to the show as the characters go through their final year of high school. “I think we have some of the best stuff we’ve ever done coming up. We really, really made a conscious decision to think through story arcs for the entire season, so we have them plotted out,” says Brennan. ”Anytime you can do that it makes the actual writing fun. You’re freed up within the scripts to let it bust. I’m looking forward to it.”

That includes a boyfriend for Mercedes (“He’s a real dude,” says Brennan), meeting Mike’s parents, and yes (!), there is a tribute episode in the works, which made the executive producers visibly excited. “I would love to spill who I think it could be but this table would light on fire, it’s so awesome,” he said, his face lighting up. “Literally, your heads will explode!”

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