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Joss Whedon Talks GLEE

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Joss Whedon Talks GLEE

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Fan favorite Joss Whedon returns to the small-screen musical on the May 18th episode of GLEE. Add to that the glory of guest stars Idina Menzel, Molly Shannon, and Neil Patrick Harris and this is easily one of the most anticipated episodes of anything this side of the LOST finale.

   By : TAMARA BROOKS

Fan favorite Joss Whedon returns to the small-screen musical on the May 18th episode of GLEE. Add to that the glory of guest stars Idina Menzel, Molly Shannon, and Neil Patrick Harris and this is easily one of the most anticipated episodes of anything this side of the LOST finale.

Whedon’s past experience with BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and DR. HORRIBLE’S SING-A-LONG BLOG and “knowing the reality of shooting” musical numbers certainly helped. “Glee is probably the hardest show to direct in history…[but] [i]t’s not my first rodeo,” says Joss. He did get to upgrade his resume though. “There’s more real hardcore dancing on the show…[I] got to really shoot some real dancing, other things I’ve done has just been movement.” In case you’re wondering, for this particular episode the singing was either performed live or by the actors singing to a pre-recording. Neil’s duet with Matthew Morrison was done live with earpieces (which is so very impressive and will blow you away).

Joss Whedon Talks GLEE

Speaking of Neil (who guests as Will Schuster’s high school rival Brian Ryan), this marks the second collaboration between the two. “I’m so tired of that guy,” Joss jokes. “I’m tired of the pain. My only complaint was I wanted to shoot even more of the kids than I got to. That and certain craft services issues in not having caviar – that’s in my rider.” Whedon then gets serious. “He’s like a muse and he’s friends with [Matthew Morrison] so that friendship informs [the] rivalry.” When Harris reviewed the script, he came back with very specific questions to help build his character and had ideas that included the vocal arrangements and how the type of guy he’s playing would sing. Joss’ simple conclusion: “Neil’s the man.”

That sort of attention to character is something very important for a show that’s not just about the singing and dancing. “The idea of the episode ‘Dream On’ is let’s take the core of what people [long for] – Will in wanting to perform, Rachel about who her real mother is, and Artie getting out of that chair. There’s a real coherence that brought them together on an emotional level.” The interaction between the characters of Will and Brian influenced the tone as well. “I think you can see there’s a little bit of a western element in there,” says Whedon. “That really came from the music but worked in with the rest of the narritve on how they face off later. …Brian is not the most stable guy I ever saw so it’s just about tracking it and making sure it doesn’t seem random. [That’s] just as much Neil’s job as mine.”

Joss, who’s love of musicals is no secret, was extremely happy to have worked on the show which is one of his favorites. “This is their world and I’m privaleged to walk in it,” he says. “To work with a troop of people who are still young and fresh…you can’t beat that.” Would he direct a second episode? “Never! Never! Oh…wait. Yes. If I had a window and they’d have me I’d do it [again] in a heartbeat.”

Glee : Dream On – Airs Tuesday, May 18th On FOX

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