TV: An American Idol alum and three new characters to join ‘Glee’

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
Glee will return to Fox in the fall 

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Ryan Murphy announced via Twitter Wednesday that Adam Lambert will join the cast of Glee.

“I am thrilled to announce that the super talented Adam Lambert is joining the cast of Glee this fall,” Murphy said.

As of now, it is unknown about what role Lambert, the runner-up in American Idol’s eighth season, will play. Personally, it doesn’t matter.

Remember when this show was about the underdog? Murphy specifically casted unknown actors in order to make the show feel real. Lambert is famous whether you like his music or not — for the record, I do not. Giving him a role just messes with the core dynamic of the show.

So I guess Murphy can cross off “selling out” on his checklist of horrible ideas he has for the show. It should be after Blaine and Kurt’s wedding and before sustainability since that seems to be the only topic of interest the show has yet to cover.

This casting announcement comes right at a time when other details for new characters have been announced. According to TV Line, the show is casting for characters Ruby, a new African-American McKinley student; Julie, a cute and quirky 20-something; and Ryan, also 20, who sings and plays guitar (an apparent must).

Hopefully these newbies will foster inspiration for decent writing.

In more casting questions, the fate of Vanessa Lengies and Samuel Larsen is still unknown. Lengies, who plays Sugar, has signed on to ABC’s new comedy Mixology. Larsen, who plays Joe — remember that one time they said his name — received buzz in June for cutting his famed dreadlocks. Yes, that is the major news surrounding Larsen.

Neither Sugar nor Joe have been featured much in either season three or four, meaning their presence in season five is in no way necessary. Both characters would magically disappear for weeks and then suddenly return when the glee club had to perform. Obviously that’s just a great example of how well thought out the writing is on the show.

Even with all of this news about casting for season five, I am still dreading the impending next two years the show is guaranteed. A true miracle must occur in season five in order for me to stay on board.

How do you feel about Lambert joining the show? Are you still watching? Let me know @buzzlightmeryl

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