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'Glee': No tribute episode post-Super Bowl? Smart move.

November 11, 2010 |  9:54 am

204Gs2ep204_Sc35_MY-3066 After months of rumors about which artist “Glee” would pay tribute to in its post-Super Bowl episode — Michael Jackson? Bruce Springsteen? — it looks like the show is going in a different direction. Movieline reports that the “Glee” producers are “strongly reconsidering” the tribute idea in favor of a “regular” episode. This seems in line with co-creator Brad Falchuk's comments to PopWrap last month that “there's no Springsteen tribute” coming up.

This is a smart move. This season's tribute episode to Britney Spears was one of the weakest episodes. In fact, most of the show's “event” episodes this season have failed to live up to their hype. They seem so intent on servicing the stunt or gimmick that they completely miss the mark with the characters and storytelling. A “regular” episode for the post-Super Bowl slot is a welcome idea, especially since the best episode so far this season was the stunt-free, special guest star-free “Duets.” The episode simply focused on the main cast of kids and played to the actors' strengths:  Lea Michele and Chris Colfer's star quality, newcomer Chord Overstreet's charm, Dianna Agron's ability to give Quinn depth. And the songs were delightful. “Duets” was a highlight in an otherwise uneven season.

But this being “Glee” and the Super Bowl, I'm sure it'll be far from an ordinary episode of “Glee.” Perhaps a special guest star will be featured? Maybe we'll finally meet Rachel's dads? Or maybe the episode will have some big, romantic moments, especially now that Darren Criss is reportedly in talks to become a series regular, according to Deadline. But does “Glee” have the patience to save a big romantic moment for Kurt until the Super Bowl in February? And let's not forget that Rachel and Finn still haven't revealed the truth about their first times to each other. Sounds like the perfect post-Super Bowl confessional moment leading up to their first time together.

Readers, do you agree that this season's “event” episodes have failed to impress? What would you like to see in “Glee's” post-Super Bowl episode? Are you glad they've nixed the tribute episode idea?

— Vlada Gelman (follow my TV musings on Twitter at @stayingin)

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Photo: Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Quinn (Dianna Agron) in “Duets.” Credit: Michael Yarish / Fox.