February 3, 2011 / 3:22 AM / 7 years ago

"Glee" pumps up on steroids for Super Bowl show

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - TV musical “Glee” is pumping up the volume -- and the action -- for its post-Super Bowl episode this coming Sunday, says its star Jane Lynch.

“We are doing an episode of ‘Glee’ that is on steroids,” Lynch, who portrays conniving cheerleader coach Sue Sylvester, told reporters on Thursday.

Lynch said Sylvester must work up a new routine for her high school squad of Cheerios, and their high-spirited tumbling must be bigger, better and badder than anything the boys and girls on the team have performed before.

So, Sue brings in a human-launching cannon, much to the chagrin of Principal Figgins. Her aim is to send Brittany (Heather Morris) flying over the squad of cheerleading Cheerios, but Figgins blocks it -- twice -- causing the manipulative Sylvester to scheme her away around him.

“It’s definitely Sue Sylvester on the warpath,” Lynch promised.

“Glee” is the smash hit comedy about a group of geeks in a high school glee club led by teacher Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison). Sylvester, of course, is the head of the popular Cheerios, and Schuester’s arch rival.

The show has become a break-out success with critics and audiences for the Fox network, and the second-half of its current season kicks off just after professional football’s Super Bowl championship game which also airs on Fox.

The time slot is widely coveted because the Super Bowl is the most-watched TV program of the year in the United States. Last year’s game was seen by 106 million people, so appearing just after it exposes the show to numerous potential new fans.

“Glee” is known for outrageous stories and show-stopping musical routines, so its plans for the post-Super Bowl show have been widely speculated about.

Earlier this week, celebrity magazine “Entertainment Weekly” published a story saying the opening routine would feature the Cheerios in bikini tops doing a dance set to Katy Perry’s smash hit song, “California Gurls.”

“We put stuff in there understanding that there are a lot of dudes who watch the Super Bowl,” executive producer Brad Falchuk told the magazine. “It was making sure that the dudes who refuse to watch ‘Glee’ are like ‘Wait a second!'”

In her conference call, Lynch was asked the gay story lines in “Glee” and the different audience targets for the two shows: football mainly for sports-loving guys, and “Glee” targeted to mostly women and some musically-minded men.

Lynch, who is lesbian, said she hadn’t thought about the question, but added, “I think it’s terrific when these two come together.”

Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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