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'Glee' Fan Paul McCartney Offers Tunes to Show

Beatle woos creator Ryan Murphy with a mixtape

August 3, 2010 1:50 PM ET

Madonna isn't the only huge star impressed with Fox's hit show Glee: Paul McCartney sent a mixtape featuring his music to Glee creator Ryan Murphy in an attempt to convince Murphy to include some of the songs in the upcoming season. "I received some fantastic mixtapes from Paul McCartney a couple of weeks ago. I thought I was being punked!" Murphy said at yesterday's Television Critics Association panel in Los Angeles. "It came out of blue in a package, handwritten, and it had two CDs and it said, 'Hi Ryan, I hope you will consider some of these songs for Glee' ... I had heard that he is a fan of the show. I was gob-smacked ... so of course we are going to do something with him." Murphy didn't elaborate whether he'd just feature McCartney's music or recruit the Beatle for a guest appearance, Reuters reports.

Meet Glee's season two guest stars.

One Brit who will definitely appear next season, however, is Britain's Got Talent phenom Susan Boyle, who will guest as a singing lunch lady on next season's Christmas-themed episode. Boyle will join a group of Glee Season Two guest stars that already includes John Stamos, Idina Menzel, Charice Pempengco and possibly Britney Spears, who might appear in an episode that focuses entirely on her pop discography.

Glee has previously dedicated episodes to the music of the Material Girl — a sequel to "The Power of Madonna" is rumored to be in the works — as well as Lady Gaga, and Murphy says that a Season Two episode next February might focus on a "musical artist that we are in negotiation for" who experts believe is Michael Jackson.

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