Glee‘s Ryan Murphy had several reveals about Emmy nominee Jane Lynch’s snarky Sue Sylvester and our favorite pinkie-holding cheerleaders during the show’s 45-minute panel at Fox’s Television Critics Association stop Monday. Post-panel, he also touched on all things Brittana.
Warning: Possible spoilers ahead.
“We decided Brittany is going to be held back every year, now we only need to find 11 more kids,” he said about our favorite “dolphins are gay sharks” jokester. He was, of course, kidding when responding to a question about how the writers plan to keep the cast going over the course of the series, noting that the writers have “mapped out four years with the original cast.”
Murphy added that with Season 2’s goal to focus more on supporting characters, there will be “big stories” for both Heather Morris (Brittany) and Naya Rivera (Santana), including the Britney Spears tribute, which is an episode “designed to show off the skills of Heather Morris.”
“Heather is doing the Britney Spears episode and Naya will have a bigger story line this season,” he said. “We’re committed to making Naya the world’s meanest cheerleader ever. Diana [Agron] is back to being a cheerleader this year so those two are duking it out to see who will be the queen bee of the school. Heather is a lot more comedy, a lot more promiscuity, a lot more typical Heather-crazy-one-liners funny.”
As for how the lesbian kiss will play out, Murphy said fans should rest easy and that it will be handled properly.
“I hate it on TV shows — and there’s one show I won’t name right now — where it’s like why aren’t these characters kissing? Don’t they have a child?” Murphy said. “That’s ridiculous to me. I don’t understand that. If I would do it on my show, I would just have them do it in every scene and not make a big deal about it. I don’t think that you have to announce a ‘very special episode’ — weren’t they doing that back during Roseanne? That just seems archaic and outdated to me and as a gay man I would never do that. I would make it very organic and do it several times and not make it a stunt.
“I’m directing the episode and they’re going to kiss a couple times. The key is to do it a couple times so it doesn’t seem forced,” he added.
Ryan Murphy and Jane Lynch discuss “Glee” season 2