'Glee' Super Bowl Episode To Feature Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'11/18/2010, MTV
After a string of high-profile guest stars and theme episodes, "Glee" will reportedly take on Michael Jackson's "Thriller" next in a mash-up with a yet-to-be-chosen song for the show's post-Super Bowl episode, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The episode, which will be co-sponsored by General Motors, is said to be the most expensive of the series' history and likely one of television's priciest episodes ever. Despite the cast's "Thriller" mash-up, the broadcast will not serve as a tribute episode to the late King of Pop, but will feature contemporary covers of the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Antebellum and Katy Perry.
As for how Jackson's song will be incorporated into the show, the EW source revealed that the episode will have a sports theme by focusing on the local football championship and Sue Sylvester's cheerleading regionals. The "Thriller" mash-up is expected to play onscreen during the game's halftime.
In addition to the timeless tune, Darren Criss and Dot-Marie Jones will reprise their roles as Blaine and Coach Beiste for the big time production.
Earlier this year, rumors swirled about who the post-Super Bowl episode would pay homage to, including Bruce Springsteen. However, the source admitted that the only star considered for the episode was Elton John. Gleeks can expect a tribute episode for John as one of the season's remaining episodes.
Back in August, "Glee" star Lea Michele shared her idea for the episode. "I think they are saving Justin Timberlake for the Super Bowl episode," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "They have to be, because he is so perfect for our show. He has to be on it! When I met Jessica Biel, like a loser, I asked her to tell Justin to come on our show. [Laughs.] She was a little taken aback and said, 'Um, OK. I'll tell him.' "