The Fourth Season of Fox's 'Glee' Will Feature a 'Show-Within-a-Show' and Guest Stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Hudson
"Glee" is being moved to Thursday from Tuesdays where it will follow "The X Factor" in the fall and "American Idol" in the spring.
Fox Broadcasting made that announcement early Monday morning, but held off on confirming reports that Britney Spears and Demi Lovato would be joining Simon Cowell and Antonio "L.A." Reid as judges on "X Factor" this season. E! News, which earlier reported that Spears would join "X Factor" in a one-year, $15 million deal, reported Monday that Lovato is in as the fourth judge.
TMZ reported a Spears sighting in New York City where Fox is announcing its fall schedule to advertisers Monday and Tuesday at the Beacon Theater. The network is expected to introduce Spears and Lovato to the ad community on Tuesday.
Kevin Reilly, president, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Co., referred to "The X Factor" as a "culture-driving hit" and "Idol" and "Glee" as "strong returning tentpoles." While he called the "Idol" trio of judges "terrific" with "incredible integrity and authenticity," he did acknowledge that show underperformed in the ratings that there would be tweaks to "Idol."
Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker will do multiple episodes as guest stars on "Glee." Details on their roles have not yet been reelased, but they will join a star-studded list of guests that includes Ricky Martin, Idina Menzel, Gwyneth Paltrow, and most recently, Lindsay Lohan.
In addition, "Glee" will have a "show-within-a-show" format that bounces between McKinley High in Ohio and a performing arts school in New York City. The Ohio storyline will continue with a slate of new characters, while the show-within-a-show format will likely feature returning cast members Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith, whose characters have all been headed toward NYC arcs.