(Cross-posted from my Glee blog, Gleeks United : head on over there for all your Glee-related news, gossip, and recaps!) Welcome to the first installment of a new feature here at Gleeks United where we profile a huge Glee fan with an awesome story to tell! To kick us off is Lisa Djakalovic, a marketing and publicity intern at Canwest, who was lucky enough to be an extra during the filming of "Sectionals" and met the show's cast and crew while she was there! Check out Lisa and her friend Cheyanne with Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) in the photo to the left, and read my Q & A with Lisa below! Editor's note: There are a few minor spoilers for "Sectionals" in this interview, so if you want to remain blissfully unspoiled for the episode, come back and read my interview with Lisa after you watch it on Wednesday night! Gleeks United: How did you get the opportunity to be an extra in episode 13, "Sectionals"? Had you heard about the show before you went to the taping? Lisa Djakalovic: I was interning at Warner Brothers this summer in L.A. and I had Tuesdays off. Every Monday I would use Twitter to search for free things to do in the city (interning does NOT pay well). This particular Monday I noticed that if you were one of the first 50 people to tweet back to a Glee message you could win two free tickets to see a taping of the show and be an extra! I sent in my tweet right away but thought I was probably too late as I noticed the contest tweet was posted about 45 minutes before I responded. About an hour later I got an e-mail notifying me that I was one of the lucky 50 people to get tickets! Before leaving for L.A., I had seen the first episode of Glee when they aired it for the first time after American Idol. I was immediately hooked. It had a Freaks and Geeks feel to it (which by the way is another totally rad show). I couldn't believe I had to wait so long to see the rest of the season. To avoid any sort of withdrawl I watched the first episode over and over again via the World Wide Web. Tell us more about the experience of being an extra on Glee! What scenes did you see, songs did you hear, etc.? The entire experience was such a trip! I arrived with my friend Cheyanne at around 7:00 am to be sure we were close to the front of the line. It paid off because we were seated right in the front row balcony, pretty much securing a spot to be on film! The e-mail had instructed us to wear autumn-like clothing because the scene was taking place in Ohio in the fall. Luckily, the theatre had AC; otherwise it would not be pleasant considering it was actually late July in Southern California. The e-mail said that they needed us for about three hours. Those three hours actually turned out to be eight! I had no idea setting up different camera angles would take so long. At first they had everyone in the audience do a standing ovation and they filmed that, doing about 4 takes. This was after waiting for about two hours just sitting around watching the crew set up. To make the time go by a little faster, all of the cast members and the creators of the show came up to the balcony in groups throughout the day and did a Q & A with us. It was amazing. Because I had an aisle seat, I literally sat beside each of the cast members (I tried not to squeal like a 13-year-old girl at a Jonas Brothers concert - it was hard but I resisted). The majority of the cast was super nice and some of them even came to talk to us more than once. The whole Q & A was filmed so hopefully (fingers crossed!) it ends up in the extra features on the DVDs. After waiting around for what seemed like forever, filming finally got underway. "Don't Rain on My Parade" was the first scene with Lea Michele's character coming through the back door of the auditorium. Poor Lea had to do this take about 25 times from all different angles. After this was complete, Cheyanne and I went for some lunch then came back to see a couple of takes of the whole cast performing "You Can't Always Get What You Want." After that it was getting late and we were all tired, so we decided to head home. On our way out the door we received a red Glee t-shirt to thank us for our time. It was a great way to end the day! Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to bring cameras in so I didn't get pictures with any of the gleeks. However, towards the end of the day my fearless friend Cheyanne snuck in her camera (that was being held outside) and landed us a picture with Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch)! It was actually pretty funny because during the day Cheyanne had befriended Jane Lynch's mother while waiting in line to use the ladies room, and it was Jane's mom that took the picture and then told Jane how nice Cheyanne was. Which cast/crew members did you get to meet and what were they like in person? I guess I answered this question above, but I have much more to say! It was a really weird day for the cast. They mentioned that this was the last episode they would be filming and didn't know if they would be back to film more. It would all depend on if people liked the show and if FOX picked it up for a second season. Being up in the balcony, when you looked down you could see the cast members mingling, hugging each other, and taking pictures with their digital cameras to remember their time together, in case it was the last time they would work together. Nobody knew at this point that Glee would become such a huge success! During the Q & A, I asked Cory Monteith to name his favourite karaoke song. He said anything by the band Foreigner! Almost every cast member was asked what their favourite episode to shoot was and they all said the wheelchair episode ("Wheels"). And when asked about their favourite part about being on the show, they all said working with their best friends - too sweet! Who's your favourite cast member and which Gleek can you relate to best? The cast and crew members were unbelievably nice and were genuinely grateful to us for being there and being fans of the show. I would say the top three nicest of the nice were Cory Monteith, Mark Salling, and Chris Colfer - all three came up to talk to us more than once throughout the day. Dianna Agron was also a big sweetheart. The biggest surprise was how warm Jane Lynch was with the audience and how un-Sue-like she is in real life. She talked to us the longest (about an hour) and answered everyone's questions, even if they weren't about Glee. She was awesome and I am now her fan for life. I hate to say it but Lea Michele was a little disappointing. She was the only cast member that didn't really seem into the Q & A. Understandably, she was probably thinking about the shoot, so I don't blame her and still think she is super talented. It was just an observation I had. It's hard to say which Gleek I relate to the most. They are all such colourful characters and they all have something in them that I think we can all relate to. That's probably one of the reasons why the show is so successful. If I had to pick one to be my BFF though, I would choose Kurt! There would never be a dull moment with him and he would have some stellar fashion advice. What's your favourite song that's been performed on the show so far? What would be your dream song to be sung on Glee? It's so hard for me to pick one song that I love so far. "Defying Gravity" was unbelievable, the boys' "It's My Life/Confessions" was hilarious, but my iPod tells me that "Sweet Caroline" has been played the most! Probably not an obvious pick, but something about a good-looking boy and a guitar just gets me every time. I am a huge Bruce Springsteen fan, so much so that I even named my dog after him. Because of this unhealthy obsession, I would have to say if the cast sang any song from The Boss' catalogue I would be one happy lady! I can't wait to see where this show takes us! Thanks again to Lisa for being my very first interview! Are you a self-proclaimed Gleek with a story to tell? If you think you or someone you know might be profile-worthy, e-mail me at email@example.com and I'll feature you here on Gleeks United!
One secret may lead to a disaster that costs the Glee club a sectionals victory. FOX releases a clip from the Fall season finale that exactly describes how complicated the situation is and what kind of prevention that the members of the club are planning. Mercedes, Kurt and the others are planning to keep Rachel and Finn in the dark about the fact that Quinn's baby's father is actually Puck and not Finn. [Spoiler Alert] When asked whether Finn finally finds out Quinn's secret, Cory Monteith said, "Yes, he does." Cory himself is a fan of Rachel-and-Finn combination, saying "Finn, obviously! You never know though. You never know which way it's going to go. I think maybe Rachel and Finn are meant to be together, but I don't know if they will be together." The last episode airing this year, "Sectionals" is set for December 9. Sue's scheming hits an all-time high, and with Emma and Ken's marriage looming, Will makes a decision that could change his life forever. New episodes will be aired starting April 13. Source & Preview
In case you haven't heard, after this Wednesday's episode of Glee , we won't get another new episode until April 13--yes, more than four months away! We've heard about waterboarding and sleep deprivation, but this just seems an unusually cruel form of torture. So to tide us over, the producers have to be planning something crazy good for the "fall finale," right? Indeed, 'cause Cory Monteith (Finn) just told us something he probably shouldn't have. Read at your own risk... When asked what his favorite song is in this Wednesday's fall finale, Cory tells us flatly: "You'll have to wait and see." And when asked if Finn finds out Quinn's huge secret, that Puck is actually the father of her baby, Cory answers: "Yes, he does." ??!! Perhaps Cory got his memos crossed about which question he was and wasn't supposed to answer? Regardless, we'll take it! 'Cause this is most assuredly good news for any and all fans rooting for a Finn-Rachel hookup (not to mention anyone who can no longer stand watching dumb-as-dirt Finn keep believing his baby was conceived by kissing in a hot tub). Just like Terri's foam-rubber bomb the week before, the outing of this secret has been a long time coming. And surprise, surprise, Cory says he's rooting for Rachel and Finn. When asked which guy is better for Rachel--Puck or Finn--Cory says with a laugh, "C'mon! You know what I'm going to say to that. Finn, obviously! You never know though. You never know which way it's going to go. I think maybe Rachel and Finn are meant to be together, but I don't know if they will be together." Mark Salling (Puck) is hoping Puck ends up with Rachel because, as he says, "The PuckleBerry fans are rabid!" True dat. [By the way, Cory and Mark also set some rumors straight on their real-life love lives. Read that here .] So what about poor, lonely and ever-ballooning Quinn (Dianna Agron)? Who should she be with? "Mr. Schuester," Cory says. "That's what I think. I think there's gotta be a red herring in there somewhere." Minor problem: She's a minor! But maybe Quinn will discover her baby daddy is a pretty good option after all... Who are you rooting for in the season finale? Anything else you can't wait four more months to see? Hit the comments. Source: E!Online - Spoiler Alert: Glee Love Quadrangle Is About to Explode
I'd like it to be known that Glee brings families together. At a family birthday party last weekend, my uncle and I danced to the Glee version of "Bust a Move". Ok, my uncle's no Matthew Morrison, but he was still bustin' it, even if he is nearly 50. The Glee Fall finale will be airing on December 9th and it's the moment we've all been waiting for: Sectionals. Will the Glee Club win? Or will they pull a Mystery, Alaska and lose, but learn an important lesson about pride? (uhâ¦.sorry for spoiling Mystery, Alaska for everyone, but since it's so old I figured it was OK). Most importantly, what song will they perform? Check out the photos we posted previously and check out the promo below. ITâS TIME FOR SECTIONALS ON THE FALL FINALE OF "GLEE" ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, ON FOX Rapper Eve Guest-Stars Sectionals is finally here for the Glee Club, but when Quinnâs secret unravels, the club may not be able to recover in time to compete. Meanwhile, Sueâs scheming hits an all-time high, and with Emma and Kenâs marriage looming, Will makes a decision that could change his life forever in the fall finale âSectionalsâ episode of GLEE airing Wednesday, Dec. 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GLE-113) (TV-14 D, L) To Read More Click here .
Yes, we know gleeks around the gleekosphere want to see Tony winner Idina Menzel show up on Glee to play Rachel's birth mother, the same one who's the perfect mix of beauty, artistry and intellect her gay dads were looking for. I mean, they look alike! That should be enough reason, right? Well, the message has been sent, and the Broadway star admits she would love to appear on the show... well, she didn't exactly say it herself. In fact, it was her husband, fellow actor Taye Diggs, who teased the possibility. "I know that she would love that," he told Fancast, adding that the resemblance between the two would make the casting "awesome". Now, there's no concrete details yet, but Diggs is pretty excited at the possibility. "They [Menzel and Lea Michele] know each other, so we knew that [resemblance] existed far, far before the TV world did," he said. "[They] are fans of each other." Refresher: both made names for themselves on Broadway--Michele for Spring Awakening; Menzel, for Wicked, where "Defying Gravity" came from, as we all know. Also helps that Menzel is a gleek, too. "We are just so happy to see a lot of these theater kids get the opportunity to do some television work," Diggs said. "[They're] doing a really great job, and I hope some more will follow." Now, Ryan Murphy and the rest of the writing staff, I do hope you got that message loud and clear. Source Here
Before going on a long hiatus, " Glee " presents an episode where the singing club goes to competition. Sectionals is finally here for the Glee Club, but when Quinn's secret unravels, the club may not be able to recover in time to compete. "The last episode is called 'Sectionals.' It's the best episode," Matthew Morrison aka Will said. "It's the kids performing and not particularly winning maybe. Or if they do win, we have to start dealing with their celebrity; them at school thinking they're too hot because they won sectionals. We have regionals after sectionals, so we have a long way to go." Meanwhile, Sue's scheming hits an all-time high, and with Emma and Ken's marriage looming, Will makes a decision that could change his life forever. After the December 9 episode, "Glee" will come back with new episodes starting April 13. Source & Preview
Only two more episodes of Glee before it goes on the longest hiatus ever at least, it'll feel that way - until April 13th (at which point it will go head-to-head with LOST's final season on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.). We've already posted photos for the December 2nd episode, but now FOX has released photos and a short synopsis for the December 9th episode, where the team must compete in Sectionals. It looks like we might be left with a cliffhanger. It looks like Eve is back as a guest star again as the rival choir director. IT'S TIME FOR SECTIONALS ON THE FALL FINALE OF "GLEE" ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, ON FOX Rapper Eve Guest-Stars Sectionals is finally here for the Glee Club, but when Quinn's secret unravels, the club may not be able to recover in time to compete. Meanwhile, Sue's scheming hits an all-time high, and with Emma and Ken's marriage looming, Will makes a decision that could change his life forever in the fall finale 'Sectionals' episode of GLEE airing Wednesday, Dec. 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GLE-113) (TV-14 D, L) Cast: Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester; Jessalyn Gilsig as Terri Schuester; Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester; Lea Michele as Rachel Berry; Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson; Jayma Mays as Emma Pillsbury; Dianna Agron as Quinn; Chris Colfer as Kurt; Kevin McHale as Artie; Amber Riley as Mercedes; Mark Salling as Puck; Jenna Ushkowitz as Tina Guest Cast: Eve as Grace Hitchens; Iqbal Theba as Principal Figgins; Patrick Gallagher as Ken Tanaka; Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez; Anna Camp as Candace Dykstra; Bill A. Jones as Rod Remington; Patricia Forte as Donna Landries; Heather Morris as Brittany; Josh Sussman as Jacob Ben Israel; Dijon Talton as Matt Rutherford; Peter Choi as Emcee; Harry Shum as Mike Chang; Thomasina Gross as Perfect Engleberger Source & More Photos
Watch a sneak peek of GLEE"Mattress" Episode 12 which airs Wednesday December 2(9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Synopsis: When the Glee Club is left out of the yearbook because of budget cuts, everyone seems to be relieved that they won't have to suffer the ridicule of years past. Everyone except Rachel, that is, who wants her legacy cemented in print. Meanwhile, Quinn makes it her mission to be in the Cheerios yearbook photo, and Will and Terri's relationship is shaken to its core in the all-new "Mattress" episode of GLEE airing Wednesday, Dec. 2 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Source & Preview
The end of " Glee " this year will be marked with the club going to sectionals. Photos from the Fall season finale have been released to reveal the team's effort to win the competition. In one picture, Kurt, Puck and Jacob are seen sitting together to discuss a strategy. Sectionals is finally here for the Glee Club, but when Quinn's secret unravels, the club may not be able to recover in time to compete. Meanwhile, Sue's scheming hits an all-time high, and with Emma and Ken's marriage looming, Will makes a decision that could change his life forever. Matthew Morrison aka Will said in an interview with TV Guide, "The last episode is called 'Sectionals.' It's the best episode. It's the kids performing and not particularly winning maybe. Or if they do win, we have to start dealing with their celebrity; them at school thinking they're too hot because they won sectionals. We have regionals after sectionals, so we have a long way to go." After the December 9 episode, "Glee" will be taking a long hiatus to come back with new episodes starting April 13. Source & More Photos
Check out photos of the GLEE Fall Episode Finale episode "Sectionals" (Episode 13) which airs Wednesday December 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Synopsis: Sectionals is finally here for the Glee Club, but when Quinn's secret unravels, the club may not be able to recover in time to compete. Meanwhile, Sue's scheming hits an all-time high, and with Emma and Ken's marriage looming, Will makes a decision that could change his life forever in the fall finale Sectionals episode of GLEE. Source & More Photos