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'Glee' to tackle Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' for Super Bowl episode?

11/17/2010 by Kristina Lopez

It seems like the writers of 'Glee' are pulling out all the stops for their big Super Bowl episode next year and the biggest trick up their sleeve will be a mash-up of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and a song yet to be named, according to Entertainment Weekly.

That's not all, the McKinley High kids will also be performing songs by Black Eyed Peas, Lady Antebellum, and Katy Perry. So despite rumors popping up on the internet, the episode will not be a tribute to Michael Jackson.

According to the magazine, the episode is also the most expensive in the show's history and could likely end up being one of the most expensive television episodes ever. The plotline will have a sports theme to tie into the Super Bowl and will focus on a local football championship as well as cheerleading regionals.

Darren Criss is also expected to make an appearance. Criss, whose character Blaine was introduced as a mentor to gay student Kurt, who is being bullied in school, was recently made a regular cast member on the show, co-creator Ryan Murphy says.

"I think there's a hunger for him and a positive relationship role model. He'll definitely continue through the year and longer. We just signed a deal with him," Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter.

The show's production companies have not confirmed or denied whether Blaine, who is also gay, and Kurt, played by Chris Colfer, will become involved romantically.

Meanwhile Thriller could be on its way to the silver screen with "High School Musical" director Kenny Ortega on board to direct, but fans may have a long wait before it hits theaters.

"It is still in very, very early stages of development," Ortega told Entertainment Weekly. "The [Michael Jackson] estate would have to sign off on it. I have been a part of some early creative meetings and if all goes well, I think it could happen in the next couple of years.

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