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Glee fans will be happy to know that even though they will be not getting any new episodes for five whole, really long weeks (seriously, Glee?), they will still be able to get their fix. This is because it looks like Ryan Murphy will be bringing Glee into the New Normal universe in an upcoming episode of his first season.

In the show, Bryan Collins (played by Broadway star Andrew Rannells) is shown as a TV producer, specifically a producer for a musical comedy called Sing. Sound familiar? He even says something along the lines of “I just broke up this couple – now millions of teen fangirls are crying.” Kurt and Blaine, anyone? So it’s no secret that the character of Bryan is largely based on Ryan Murphy himself (Bryan/Ryan – so subtle), which cast members have confirmed, and now it seems like its going to get even more like Murphy’s own life.

Through the use of doppelgängers, New Normal viewers will get to see some of the cast from Bryan’s show Sing, which uncannily look a lot like the actors from Glee. For instance, the lead of Sing is Clea (and if we take off the “C,” we get…) and is described as a “petite and attractive brunette.” The male counterpart is an “attractive 30-something actor” called Mike Madison and it wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination to guess he is Matthew Morrison’s lookalike.

It’s a great idea, very meta, and will definitely be entertaining to see how Murphy pokes fun at his own actors. No news as of yet for who will be playing the doppelgängers, but Lea Michele told Murphy that she loves the idea, so there should be no hard feelings. E! Online has revealed that fans can expect this to happen on the eighth episode (in three weeks), but this does give anyone who hasn’t seen the show yet time to catch up.

Who are some other lookalikes you would want to see on the show? What do you think the characters of Clea and Mike will be like?

  • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

    Am I the only one who thinks this idea sounds unoriginal and lame?

    • http://twitter.com/EmmaBeatcha Emma Beatcha

      I wonder if Murphy’s sudden web presence makes it seem unoriginal. Twitter let us in his head, so we don’t need to be in it again through Bryan? I feel like that’s a pretty good bet.

      Otherwise, I don’t think it’s as unoriginal as it could have been. It’s incredibly meta, and will probably lend a lens into Murphy’s mind that we don’t see in Glee or on Twitter.

    • Marie


  • andy

    This sounds like a TERRIBLE writing decision – hijacking his own show to parody his own life? Ryan Murphy is the worst showrunner in the history of television if this is his idea of what an audience wants. Like, I honestly do not even have the words to describe how stupid this is. Perhaps instead of making a mockery of one of his shows while ignoring the characters of a second one for second rate storytelling, RM&Co should focus on making two quality or semi-respectable programs. How anyone can think that Glee fans will get their fix of the show over the hiatus with this sham is beyond me. It’s desperate measures to get to people watching The New Normal.

    • http://www.facebook.com/eric.buxton.58 Eric Buxton

      Thank you for this! Murphy really is a terrible show runner. The way he ran American Horror Story into the ground is staggering. This idea is just tacky and self absorbed

      • http://www.facebook.com/stevenamccall Steven McCall

        Since when is a show being majorly popular, and receiving 17 emmy nominations ‘running it into the ground’?

        • http://www.facebook.com/eric.buxton.58 Eric Buxton

          Oh please! The man underhandedly put the show into the mini-series category just to get more nominations and he didn’t even win won himself, only Jessica Lange got that honour. Most Emmy critics agree that the show wouldn’t muster that many nominations had it rightfully been put into the drama category.
          But to answer your real issue- the show started out strong but within a few weeks the show’s mythology started to change on a weekly basis while also contradicting itself week by week. Countless plot points were raised and then quickly abandoned without so much as a whimper. Yes, the acting was great and the visuals at times were fantastic but from a story telling prospective it was excruciating to watch

  • Linda

    Sounds great to me. I love his weird humor. I don’t understand all the Ryan Murphy hate. Either you like his shows or you don’t. If you don’t, don’t watch, but why waste your time spewing venom?

    • Andy

      Liking his shows has nothing to do with it. I am a huge glee fan and the first couple episodes of The New Normal were very promising. Doesn’t mean that I have to think this is a good idea, or that my dislike of it is “spewing venom”

  • Peg

    I love Glee and I have really enjoyed The New Normal. This Glee parody episode sounds like it will be fun, so I’m really excited about it. I’m not going to analyze whether this is self-indulgent or unoriginal. It sounds entertaining to me, so I’ll tune in and enjoy!

  • http://twitter.com/1c2a3p albert

    Oh geez it will probably be one scene. People make to much of of small stuff. But the Sing/Clea stuff only needs to be very limited and no need to bring other lookalikes into it or it would be over kill.

    Also FYI it isn’t glee fault there is a long hiatus. Baseball playoff is all.

  • Marie

    Well, the character of Bryan is painfully, obviously Ryan Murphy himself (the character is even named Bryan. If he could, I’m sure his last name would be “Schmurphy”). I personally found it amusing, and I feel like a lot was explained about Glee when he told “Clea” that she was his favorite. :-P I will say that whatever guy was supposed to be Darren was nowhere near as cute as him. :-P

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