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Idina Menzel: Headed Back to Glee!

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We know who is leaving Glee after next season. But now we have major scoop on someone who will be returning:

Deadline Hollywood reports that Idina Menzel is nearing a deal that would bring her back to the show as Rachel's mom - for up to 12 episodes!

Idina Menzel on Glee

Menzel originated the role of Shelby Corcoran on season one. No word yet on just how or why she'll return, but it's safe to assume Shelby will play a significant role in Rachel's post-high school plans.

"I'm really excited the that Idina is joining the family again," said Ryan Murphy. "We missed her last year and we're happy that she is coming back."

We agree! This gives us hope that season three really will focus on character development, as various Glee spoilers have teased.

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Hopefully this'll mean Quinn and Puck facing the fact that they've given up a baby, they seem to have forgotten.

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My first thought: AWESOME!!!!!! My second thought: Wow, that's gotta be akward. Having to teach the biological mother of your daughter AND your real daughter you abandoned because you got a new one... I just hope they know what they are doing!

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Sorry, but I can't say that I share your enthusiasm for this. A season is 22 episodes, each running just over 40 minutes. In the case of Glee, there are about 5 songs per episode and a huge ensemble cast.
RIB have already said that most of the current students are graduating at the end of these 22 episodes. The majority of Glee's devoted fan base, who buy the music, concert tickets and will pay to see the movie over and over again, are primarily interested in the "kids." We already know this is our last season with beloved favorites and we have big hopes and dreams for more character development for underutilized characters like Santana, Dave, Tina, Mike, Mercedes, Blaine, ect. We have questions about relationships either established or hinted at like is Brittana endgame and will Rachel choose career over Finn or how can Finn grow enough to continue that relationship beyond high school?
But instead, RIB have already touted Sue Sylvester have a 20 episode arc, Will Schuester is to have a big arc this season, the Glee project winner gets an arc that lasts at least 7 episodes and Ryan has mentioned introducing up to 4 new characters this season. Which he needs to in order to get the audience hooked on them before the main stars depart en mass at the end of the season. So no, I'm not in the least excited about a 12 episode story line for a guest star from the first season. Call me greedy but I want as much of those 862 minutes of screen time to be about the characters that hooked me on the show in the first place. This is just another distraction and I fear that Season 3 will be the disjointed mess that Season 2 so often was.