Glee will celebrate its 100th episode with some high-profile guests. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gwyneth Paltrow (who won an Emmy in 2011 for her previous Glee guest spot as substitute teacher Holly Holliday) will reprise her character in the upcoming two-part episode, which airs on March 18th and 25th.
The episode will reportedly focus on Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) and her quest to shut down the New Directions glee club. A handful of former cast members – including Kristin Chenoweth (April), Heather Morris (Brittany), Harry Shum Jr. (Mike), Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Mark Salling (Puck) – will return for the two-part episode and say their emotional goodbyes to Matthew Morrison’s character, Will Schuester.
Also joining the parade of guest stars is Gossip Girl veteran Chace Crawford; in an interview with E! Online, Matthew Morrison said Crawford will appear as a “Yalie degenerate” named Biff. Meanwhile, showrunner Ryan Murphy has been excitedly tweeting about casting of the 100th episode for over a month. “Kristin Chenoweth is IN for Glee’s 100th!” he tweeted on December 4th. “Love her!”
The century-mark extravaganza will also feature a series of Glee remixes selected from a fan vote. After that guest-stuffed two-parter, the beloved Fox musical will shift focus to a story in New York City, with several episodes focusing on Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer), Blaine (Darren Criss), Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Sam (Chord Overstreet).
“At the end of season six, Lea’s Rachel was going to have become a big Broadway star, the role she was born to play,” Murphy said. “Finn was going to have become a teacher, settled down happily in Ohio, at peace with his choice and no longer feeling like a Lima loser. The very last line of dialogue was to be this: Rachel comes back to Ohio, fulfilled and yet not, and walks into Finn’s glee club. ‘What are you doing here?’ he would ask. ‘I’m home,’ she would reply. Fade out. The end.”