At "Glee's" second Comic-Con appearance, creator Ryan Murphy and members of the cast dropped a few hints about the upcoming season on Sunday.
The Gleeks gathered at the Con learned that there will be a "Rocky Horror Picture Show"-themed episode, and that the number of songs this season would only be five or six, instead of eight (citing a desire to bring the show "back to its roots" and focus more on the story).
Later, speaking to reporters, Murphy gave a little more insight into the upcoming Britney Spears-themed episode: "We'll be doing six Britney songs, and Brittany will be doing one [the 'Glee' character, not the pop star]." That episode is set for September, and he was mum about the possibility that Spears herself might guest star.
In fact, Murphy was wary of having too many guest stars on the show, for fear of "going in a 'Love Boat' direction."
Chris Colfer, though, is "heavily campaigning" to have Julie Andrews guest star as Kurt's grandmother.
Who would the cast like to see on the show? "As a fan, Maxwell, because I'm in love with him," said Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes on the show. "But as someone I admire and want to work with, Queen Latifah."
What about a movie? "I was offered that and said no. They have wanted to make a movie out of 'Glee,' and I just declined because it's too early, and I don't know what that movie would be," he said, though he didn't rule it out forever "If we do a movie, we might do a 3-D concert version of us in Radio City. I would be interested in that."
Murphy also shot down the rumors of a Justin Timberlake guest appearance: "I think that would be down the line, but if we did do that, he would be the brother of Matt Morrison, no question."
Look for religion to be tackled in an upcoming episode, with R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" and "Papa Can You Hear Me?" from "Yentl."
Murphy talked about the challenge of these characters eventually graduating high school. "This show has a commitment to Fox to run through three seasons, not one. I think we do have a responsibility to deal with what's going to happen," he said. "Heather [Morris, who plays Brittany] can stay on til she's 30. Heather can be held back every season."
Murphy also said he would love to see Artie come to Comic-Con in an episode, something that sounded interesting to actor Kevin McHale as well.
Murphy said that in the new season, the members of New Directions are "even bigger losers than before, having taken a very public third place. So the theme of this season is, 'Do you have what it takes to win?'" Gleeks everywhere would probably say yes.