TV: Demi Lovato to join ‘Glee’ and more news about the Monteith tribute

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
Glee will return to Fox on September 26

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Actress/singer Demi Lovato is in talks to join Glee in a significant arc for season five.

The X Factor judge will play Dani, a NYC-based struggling artist friend of Rachel and Santana’s. She will also interact frequently with Adam Lambert’s incoming character, and the two will perform several numbers together.

According to TV Line, Lovato will appear in at least six episodes, beginning with the second part of the show’s Beatles tribute, which will air Oct. 3.

Lovato previously starred in the Disney Channel series Sonny with a Chance, which ended two years ago, and the Camp Rock movies with the Jonas Brothers.

I said it with the announcement of Lambert’s presence on the show: Glee should not bring already known stars in as guests to interact with the main younger cast. It is a different question when bringing on Idina Menzel as Rachel’s (Lea Michele) mom or Kristin Chenoweth as Will’s (Matthew Morrison) old friend but bringing in known names for arcs as college friends or flings will definitely interrupt the flow of the show. Who knows? Maybe Lovato will surprise us all? But I must say I’m not thrilled for the casting of either Lovato or Lambert. Hopefully, their guest spot doesn’t turn into anything more permanent.

Glee season five will premiere Sept. 26 after being pushed back a week after the death of star Cory Monteith in mid-July. The first two episodes of the season will be Beatles tributes while the third episode will pay tribute to Monteith. It was revealed earlier that the episode will deal directly with drug addiction, the cause of the star’s death. However, show creator Ryan Murphy has recently stated that the Monteith’s character Finn Hudson will not die of a drug overdose.

“At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose — that was something we had considered,” Murphy said in an interview with Deadline. “But we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that. Basically, what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died. The idea being, how somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, ‘This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life.’ That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way.”

“But I think it turned out to be a lovely tribute, and it’s a very heartfelt look at how young people grieve,” Murphy added. “After that, we’re going to take two weeks or three weeks down to get our heads together because it’s been a really hard thing to write. We loved Cory and we loved Finn and it feels like a huge loss and a huge heartache not to have either of them around. We’re trying to craft an episode that’s not just about us grieving but about a lot of the young fans grieving.”

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