Glee Season 2 Episode 9: A Very Glee Christmas
Finn tries to bring a little holiday cheer to McKinley High, and Artie discovers that Brittany still believes in Santa. Meanwhile, the teachers pick their Secret Santas, and one manipulative coach rigs the gift-giving in her favor.
About Glee Season 2The second season of the musical comedy-drama television series Glee premiered on September 21, 2010 on Fox in the United States, and is expected to consist of 22 episodes. The season will initially air in the 8 pm (ET) time slot on Tuesdays, then move to the 9 pm (ET) time slot on Wednesdays after a special episode following the 2011 Super Bowl. The season was produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ryan Murphy Television, with series creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk as executive producers, alongside Dante Di Loreto.
The series focuses on a high school glee club called New Directions, set within the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio. Season two will follow the club through sectional and regional show choir competitions, to the national competition in New York City.
CastThe twelve main cast members from season one will return for season two: Matthew Morrison as glee club director Will Schuester, Jane Lynch as cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, Jayma Mays as guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury, Jessalyn Gilsig as Will's now ex-wife Terri Schuester and Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Jenna Ushkowitz as glee club members Quinn Fabray, Kurt Hummel, Artie Abrams, Rachel Berry, Finn Hudson, Mercedes Jones, Noah "Puck" Puckerman and Tina Cohen-Chang, respectively. Heather Morris has confirmed to TV Guide's William Keck that she and Naya Rivera, who portray the currently recurring roles of Brittany Pierce and Santana Lopez respectively, will be promoted to series regulars. Mike O'Malley, who plays Burt Hummel will also become a series regular in season two.
Supporting cast member Harry Shum, Jr. will have an increased role as glee club member Mike Chang, dating Tina, who breaks up with Artie due to his careless attitude. Dijon Talton will, however, not return to the role of Matt Rutherford. He will be written off as having transferred. Guest stars Jonathan Groff, Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel will return as Jesse St. James, April Rhodes and Shelby Corcoran respectively,and Murphy is hopeful that Neil Patrick Harris will return as Will's high school rival Bryan Ryan.Kurt will get his first boyfriend and they will become a school power-couple, and Charice Pempengco will play a foreign exchange student named Sunshine Corazon from the Philippines and rival to Rachel. On June 8, 2010, it was announced that John Stamos, who was derided by Emma in "Acafellas" as having "more certainty than talent", has been cast as her new love interest.Susan Boyle will guest-star in the Christmas episode as a cafeteria worker,and Javier Bardem will guest-star during the second half of the season as an ex love interest of Sue.Dot Jones will appear as football coach Shannon Beiste, replacing Patrick Gallagher as Ken Tanaka.Chord Overstreet will play Sam Evans, a transferring student athlete who befriends Finn at first, but ends up becoming his rival.Cheyenne Jackson will play Vocal Adrenaline's new coach, Dustin Goolsby, replacing the role previously played by Menzel.Sue Sylvester's mother will also be introduced this season, to be played by stage and screen legend Carol Burnett.Meat Loaf and Barry Bostwick, who both starred in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, will appear in Glee's Halloween Rocky Horror tribute episode,playing right-wing television station managers and colleagues of Sue.On September 22, 2010, Murphy confirmed to the BBC that Gwyneth Paltrow will appear as a substitute teacher who takes over for, and catches the interest of, an ailing Will for two episodes in November. Darren Criss will play a charismatic gay student named Blaine from a rival glee club who will befriend Kurt.
In January 2010, it was announced that open auditions would be held for three new roles to be introduced in Glee's second season. They were open to amateurs and professionals aged 16 to 26, and were intended to be the subject of a multi-part television special, set to air in the lead-in to the second season premiere in fall 2010, with the new cast members revealed in the first episode. Murphy commented: "Anybody and everybody now has a chance to be on a show about talented underdogs. We want to be the first interactive musical comedy on television."On June 22, 2010, Josef Adalian of New York magazine revealed that the reality show would not go ahead, due to Murphy's desire to concentrate on the main series, and fear that the distraction of the reality show may damage Glee. Adalian reported that the production team would still choose several winners from the entrants and invite them to appear on Glee for at least one episode.