Five Dream Glee Guest Stars

There's nothing on TV right now, and won't be until Christmas, so all we can do is look into the future and anxiously await the return of our favorite shows. Like Glee! Now, we know the back nine episodes are already written and guest stars (like Idina Menzel and Jonathon Groff) have already been lined up, but I was entertaining myself while bored this afternoon and thought: Who else would be a great guest star? You know, like, of those few actor who can actually sing. Or those singer who can actually act. Here are some of my ideas.

MERYL STREEP

The Part: Streep can pretty much play anyone (even an old Jewish rabbi in Angels in America) convincingly, so really she could do anything on this show. But I think it would be neat to see her as an aging Broadway diva type who's passing through town on a third-rate national tour of some awful show and agrees to meet with the kids to give them some sage career advice. Of course, she ends up bumming everyone out more than she helps them.

The Song: Clearly, "I'm Still Here" from the musical Follies would fit here. Or maybe "Send In the Clowns"?

HUGH JACKMAN

The Part: The strapping Aussie would be perfect as a smooth competitor for Emma's affections, giving Will a true run for his money. In the end he'd turn out to be either a) a vainglorious blowhard b) actually gay or c) both. Jackman can do comedy and drama with equal aplomb, so he'd be a perfect fit for this tart, bittersweet little show.

The Song: Oh, anything really. Jackman's got a big, rich voice that's perfect for thundering show-stoppers. But for the purposes of his plotline, I'm envisioning a little Tom Jones "Sex Bomb" action.

AMANDA SEYFRIED

The Part: The Mamma Mia! and Big Love star showed plenty of comic chops in Mean Girls, so I'd love to see her as a manic bizarro-Rachel from another high school. You know, same unwieldy ambition, same nagging insecurities, but maybe just a bit more evil. Worse still? She totally smooched Finn a couple of summers ago when they were at singing camp (which we'll find out he went to at some point, I'm sure of it).

The Song: Well, it would be terrific to see Rachel sing Dolly Parton's "Jolene" about her nerdy rival, but Seyfried would need a song herself. So how about a sweet camp-memories song like Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby", sung to Finn just a little bit menacingly.

HARRY CONNICK JR.

The Part: The crooner-turned-thespian could be an interesting and unexpected suitor for Sue Sylvester, wooing her with words and music while trying to sell her a used car. He's got a kind of smarmy charm that would acquit itself nicely in that kind of role.

The Song: It would need to be something romantic, but a little bit off. Maybe something like "Every Breath You Take", sung in full stalker mode.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER

The Part: The ultimate city gal could small-town it up as a depressed 7-11 manager who Will helps realize her full potential. Another romantic foil for the whole Wemma (like it?) love affair.

The Song: Hah, what about Tracy Chapmans's "Fast Car." There's a convenience store line right in there! If that's too much of a story song, maybe she could purr "You Don't Know Me" to an oblivious Will.

What do you think? Who's on your dream guest list? And what would they sing?

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Oct 07, 2010
How about Billy Joel?
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Jun 24, 2010
LEA SALONGA would be great on the show.
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Jan 24, 2010
Kevin Bacon (Footloose) and Debbie Allen (Fame)
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Jan 09, 2010
Oh wow, I totally agree with woodstock-chan...it would be amazing if Stockard Channing appeared in the show! She has the most gorgeous voice and is one of our most-underrated stars.
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Jan 04, 2010
I love all these ideas!
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Jan 04, 2010
My guess would be Sara Ramirez. After all, she did her part in Spamalot and most notably her part in Um Jammer Lammy. :)
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Jan 03, 2010
When I read the title of the article, I actually thought - Harry Connick JR......he's amazingly talented in both acting and singing. Although he should be singing something more jazzy/swing. Could be a jazz/swing themed episode maybe....
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Jan 02, 2010
Will/Emma = Wilma. Better, yes?
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Dec 28, 2009
I can't believe no one talked about Julie Andrews!! She would be so great for the show!!
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Dec 19, 2009
Christopher Walken!!!! and he must have a dance number. He could play a creepy new janitor whom Will catches rehearsing his act after hours one night at school and discovers that Walken is actually a former Broadway star. He lost his career due to some kind of love loss. He also would make a great love interest for Sue, and teaches the Glee kids how to max out their showtune dancing. He ends up finding himself again and returning to Broadway.
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Dec 19, 2009
While we try to wrap our minds around this concept/shape, Lea Michele told E! News that she hopes Rachel and Finn get together when the show returns to Fox in September.
http://ezinearticles.com/?Bowtrol-Colon-Cleanse-Review---Does-Bowtrol-Cleanse-Work?&id=2926555
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Dec 19, 2009
This list is awful. 1. Cheyenne Jackson. 2. Alan Cumming. 3. Joel Grey 4. Nathan Lane. 5. Bebe Neuwirth

Personally I'm super excited for Idina Mezel to guest appear in the spring. I'm crossing my fingers for Kristen Chenowith to return!
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Dec 19, 2009
@tammanycall: Alan Cumming and Megan Mullally would be great. Also someone I forgot to mention but would love to see: Stockard Channing. PLEASE.
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Dec 18, 2009
Hugh Jackman would be awesome !! great idea !!
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Dec 18, 2009
I think someone mentioned this earlier, but I would definitely add Alan Cumming to this list. Perhaps as the coach of a rival cheerleading squad? I would love to see him battle with Sue Sylvester.
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Dec 18, 2009
I would love to see Hugh Jackman on Glee!! That would be so amazing!!!
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Dec 18, 2009
Interesting list. I think I agree with all of the actors but I don't know the songs except for Every Breath You Take so I don't have an opinion of them.
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Dec 18, 2009
Mariah Carey... or Christina Aguilera or Gwen Stefani all can act okay
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Dec 18, 2009
Would love to see Hugh! Maybe as the sexy grounds keeper at the school? Give him an excuse to be shirtless.
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Dec 18, 2009
NPH needs to be on that list!
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Dec 18, 2009
Amanda Seyfried is such a talented actress and it would be awesome if she appeared on glee :).
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Dec 18, 2009
i agree with meryl!! she is awesome and i would looove to see her im also thinking john travolta and hey if we get idina how about taye diggs??
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Dec 18, 2009
Why is Neil Patrick Harris not on this list???? (not sure if the spelling is correct but you get my point)
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Dec 18, 2009
I'm not sure who Amanda Seyfried is, but everyone else on this list would be terrific- would love to see any of these people on. I was also very happy to hear that Kristin would be returning.
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Dec 18, 2009
I like your choices for the actors,but not so much the songs.
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Dec 18, 2009
HUGH JACKMAN yes yes yes! He is amazing, gorgeous and has a wonderful voice. I absolutely loved the Academy Awards opening.
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Dec 18, 2009
Jennifer Garner has an amazing singing voice--in the end of the first season of Alias she sang a song... I can't remember what it was, but she has a greay voice and can, after five years of Alias, become anyone and anything. She would be great on Glee. Plus, Victor Garber, her Alias dad, is already there most of the time.
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Dec 18, 2009
Love the list! :D:D:D
Get cracking at getting those actors there, Glee people!
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Dec 18, 2009
Agreed!
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Dec 18, 2009
Horrible list
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Dec 18, 2009
Oh please, not more singing..
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Dec 18, 2009
Guest stars: Victor Garber, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelly Bishop, Alan Cumming, Megan Mullally.
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Dec 18, 2009
@schlacko i want to slap you for that insignificant comment! i won't sit here and defend glee coz a) its viewers speak for themselves b) the cast and writing is AWESOME c) the songs make it fun to wach d) ryan murphy is the show runner e) 4 golden globe nods means even the big boys in tv land see glee as a good show... need i go on



as a response to laserwave i completely agree i want more chenoweth (i cant get enough of here and still miss her as olive snook but thats a completely different rant) AND with idina menzel coming back on the show it would be cool to reunite the wicked stars so to speak



hmmmm who else?



i dont know really, with Glee any guest star they bring on is utterly fantastic and seems to work for the show but i would like to see a famous singer come on the show playing an awkward/narcissistic part. maybe justin timberlake, rhianna, xtina or even madonna herself as a judge in regionals.
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Dec 18, 2009
Totally hugh, meryl, connick, and midler all the glee coaches from the other schools who try to ruin glee i would totally watch that scenerio.
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Dec 18, 2009
Ohhh....Adam Pascal is such a good idea. Honestly, I think that Anoop Desai from American Idol (not really sure if he can act, but eh) would fit right in. And I think Adam Lambert would be great for the competition show choir because he kind of cops an attitude anyways.
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Dec 18, 2009
I'd love to see more Chenoweth on the show!
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Dec 18, 2009
Hugh Jackman: Yes! SJP: That would be a big "no way"...
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Dec 18, 2009
Adam Pascall as Will's best bud from high school glee club. Ended up as some successful lawyer/wall street/politico type and returns home for what he says is a short visit. When hes home is is totally hanging around Will and Glee all the time and coming up with the worst advice. Turns out he went home to escape his wife and the media because he got caught in an underage prostitution ring. Oh and he totally bangs Santana.
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Dec 18, 2009
Good call Woodstock-Chan Bette Midler would be great on the show!
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Dec 18, 2009
Harry Connick Jr. would be absolutley amazing! He would just probably have to play someone who's mean...to go with Sue...
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Dec 18, 2009
Yes to Meryl and Amanda (and a doubly hardcore chocolate-covered yes were they both to be in the same episode), but where's NPH? And may I suggest the lovely Bette Midler as a senile but charming judge of... anything?
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Dec 17, 2009
Ugh Hugh Jackman. Gonna slap a no on that one.
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Dec 17, 2009
Barbara would be great. But seriously, who else is panicking that no Glee until April? Anyway, I think it would be great if a band came. No clue about singers, really, don't listen to American music much, other than Glee, but some cool band to show the kids professional group dynamics.
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Dec 17, 2009
No please not Sarah Jessica Parker!!!!!!! She is soooooo annoying!
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Dec 17, 2009
You forgot Barbra Streisand to play Rachel's crazy grandmother :) How awesome would that be, she has to be the ultimate guest star surely!
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