LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The cast of “Glee” will perform a mash-up version of Michael Jackson’s legendary song “Thriller” in February as part of a special after the Super Bowl football game, Fox television said on Thursday.
But the special episode will not be devoted entirely to the music of the late “King of Pop”, and “Thriller” will be performed mixed in with another unnamed song, officials at the network said.
“Glee” producers have been working for months on the special episode of the TV musical comedy that will be aired immediately after the National Football League championship on February6. The annual Super Bowl is traditionally the most-watched event on U.S. television, drawing more than 100 million viewers.
Previous rumors have included reports that “Glee” producers were working on an entire Jackson-themed show, or a tribute to the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Entertainment Weekly, which was first with the “Thriller” news, said the post Super Bowl episode will also feature cover versions of tunes by Katy Perry, The Black Eyed Peas and country band Lady Antebellum and will be the most expensive in the 18 month history of “Glee”.
It will also have a sports theme in keeping with Super Bowl Sunday, and will be co-sponsored by General Motors with limited commercial interruptions, Entertainment Weekly said.
Emmy-award winning “Glee”, about a group of high school misfits in a show choir, has become a pop culture phenomenon since its 2009 debut, producing hit albums and singles.
Previous episodes have been devoted to the music of Madonna, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga, also boosting sales for the back catalogs of those and other artists.
Jackson, whose 1982 “Thriller” album is the biggest selling in history, died in Los Angeles in June at the age of 50 after a prescription drug overdose.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Christine Kearney