Glee First Looks: Darren Criss! Gwyneth Paltrow!

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After only airing one episode in the past three weeks, Glee returns for the rest of November with a vengeance. Or at least with a pair of major guest stars.

First, Darren Criss debuts this Tuesday as Blaine, a student at a different school who many believe will become Kurt's boyfriend. The actor will only say that his character will serve as a mentor for William McKinley's only openly gay student.

But Kurt appears instantly smitten with him when they first meet, as depicted below. Watch the pair interact and Criss take on a Katy Perry hit now, courtesy of the episode "Never Been Kissed."

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A week later, on November 16, Gwyneth Paltrow will come on board as a substitute teacher. Check out two photos from her guest-starring gig, as first posted by E! News. Looks like someone will be singing in the rain...

Gwyneth on Glee
Special Glee Guest Star

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Glee Quotes

Artie: I thought I was over someone, but I still think I have feelings for them.
Brittany: The Clintons?

I had it all planned out. I was gonna make it big on Broadway and maybe make a Woody Allen movie. And then when we were ready, I would just, come back and he'd be teaching here and I'd walk through those doors and I would just say 'I'm home' and then we would live happily ever after.