GLEE Will Air Michael Jackson Tribute Episode on January 24 Featuring 10-12 MJ Songs

     December 6, 2011


You may recall that Fox slotted an episode of Glee after this year’s Super Bowl.  The audience overlap is limited, but the minds behind Glee did their best to appeal to football fans by putting some of the kids in pads for that week’s centerpiece dance number.  Remember that more is better on Glee, though, so they were also zombies, singing a mashup of Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller” and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll.”  Glee followed up on the Jackson thread with tonight’s episode (which I have not yet seen), which featured “Man in the Mirror” and The Jackson 5 song “ABC,” as well as Janet Jackson’s “Control.”  So it comes as no surprise when creator Ryan Murphy announced earlier today that he will follow up on tributes to Madonna, Britney Spears, and Lady Gaga with an episode devoted to the King of Pop.  It took time to talk the Jackson estate into the idea, but with their approval, the writers will fast track production on the episode so it will be ready to air on January 24.  The cast will shoot half of the episode before the holiday break and finish the rest in early January.  TV Guide says to expect 10-12 of Jackson’s songs to be Glee-d.

Hit the jump to see the “Thriller” scene from the Super Bowl episode.

The tribute episodes have been a mixed bag so far.  I hated the Madonna episode, rather liked the Britney Spears episode (mostly because it was heavy on Heather Morris), and have no recollection of the Gaga episode.  So let’s call it a wash?

I, like most Americans, am a big fan of the Michael Jackson catalog, so I am intrigued by the potential.  Especially now that I have developed a new appreciation for Glee in contrast to Murphy and co-creator Brad Falchuk‘s other show, the truly awful/wonderful American Horror Story.  But the “Let’s rush this out there as quick as we can” mentality is not promising.  I am willing to keep in open mind through the new year.  Fingers crossed that “P.Y.T.” makes it in there. [Edit: Whoops.  Artie sang "P.Y.T." for the Valentine's Day episode last year.  And it's not bad.  I guess that is why I thought it would be a good fit.]



  • Strong Enough

    oh yea i can’t wait to see the token black chick shake her ass

  • mari

    pyt is my favorite mj song. but they already did it last season, i think for the valentines day episode, with artie as lead.

    •!/colliderbrendan Brendan Bettinger

      You are correct. I totally forgot, but I like the Glee version. Edited the post to reflect my mistake.

  • morag

    so i dont usually come on sites to hate but this reallt bugs me. there are to many differences between glee and mj, first up glee are actually good, im not saying mj cant sing im just saying i could quite easily name a hundred people who deserve ‘king of pop’ more than he did. second of all glee is set in a school – dont know if you see the irony there, they go to school-schools have kids-mjs a peado, doesn’t seem appropriate to me. now before anyone buts in with there stupid comments, im as much intitled to an oppinion as any of you and yes mj was found innocent (by a jury of his peers) so it doesn’t really count, there was outrage at suggesting gary gliter was in glee so how come just coz hes a more famous peado (king of the peados you could say) that makes it ok. glee is a great show but i for one will not be watching this episode.

    • matt

      Michael Jackson >>>>>>>>>>>> Glee

    • R

      Jackson wasn’t found innocent, he was found not guilty. There is a big difference.

      Also, him being the King of Pop is just that. The King of Popular music. Idiot. I don’t like Jackson, but you’re truly an idiot.

      Come back when you can name one hundred people that made an LP as big as Thriller.

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