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...

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Wish they'd got someone like Tina Arena who has an awesome voice (seriously Lea's voice reminds me of hers, and she's also a stage alumni, check her out if you've never heard of her) instead of just going for a big name (probably for the sake of it, like Britney Spears), I don't think Gwyneth is much cop (she's a lousy actress, always looks insincere, like she's about to laugh), can't stand her.


omg! Heck yesss, umbrella ella ella, this is gonna be awesome, I KNOW IT!


Gwyneth Paltow? cool :) But it would be even cooler if her husband Chris Martin of Coldplay can guest star in Glee!


Its a mashup of Umbrella and Singing in the Rain

Anna maria

is it umbrella? i cannot fathom the thought of Gwynneth singing Rihanna..


This makes me excited, Im looking forward to hearing Gweneth sing.

Glee Quotes

You know, a great big fat person once stood on this stage and told a group of a dozen or so nerds in hideous disco outfits that glee, by its very definition, is about opening yourself up to joy. Now it's no secret that for a long time I thought that was a load of hooey. As far as I could see the glee club was nothing but a place where a bunch of cowardly losers go to sing their troubles away and delude themselves into thinking that they live in a world that cares one iota about their hopes and dreams, totally divorced from the harsh reality that in the real world there's not much more to hope for than disappointment, heartbreak, and failure. And you know what. I was exactly right. Thats exactly what glee club is. But I was wrong about the cowardly part. What I finally realized, now that I'm well into my late thirties, it takes a lot of bravery to look around you and see the world not as it is but as it should be. A world where the quarterback becomes best friends with the gay kid, and the girl with the big nose ends up on Broadway. Finding the courage to open up your heart and sing about it. That's what glee club is. And for the longest time I thought that was silly, and now I think it's just about the bravest thing that anyone could do.


[to Finn] You know, I don't really know what's going to happen between us, but I know that you used to be the guy that would make me feel like the most special girl in the whole world, and it doesn't feel that way anymore. Now it just feels sad and confusing. And the worst part is that it doesn't even feel that bad anymore.