Joss Whedon Goes Behind the Glee Camera

Joss Whedon is roaming the high school halls again—but he's not in Sunnydale anymore.The beloved creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is also the man behind next Tuesday's episode of Glee, "Dream On," which features guest-stars Neil Patrick Harris, Idina Menzel, and Molly Shannon. We sat in on a conference call with His Jossness as he discussed his stint on TV's most musical show.

On being a guest director:
"I've done it once before with The Office... It helps if the show is wonderful! You have to make sure that you're fulfilling their needs, but you don't have to be the guy who sees the big picture."

On whether he'd guest-direct another episode of Glee:
"Totally! If I had the window, and they would take me, then yes, in a heartbeat."

On his experience directing musical episodes:
"Doing Buffy and Dr. Horrible were both great prep for something like this. Knowing... the difference between a musical number and a regular scene is very useful. It's something I'd like to spend a lot more time doing."

On working with Neil Patrick Harris:
"I am so tired of that guy. Why do they always make me direct that guy? My only complaint was that I wanted to shoot even more of the kids than I was able to. That and craft services issues, not having caviar. No, [Neil] is one of those people who expresses what I wish I could express myself. He's like a muse. He's also friends with Matt [Morrison], so the rivalry-friendship kind of informs itself. He's always cooperative, always imaginative."

On the plot of "Dream On":
"It was, 'Let's take the things that are at the core of what people are.' With Will (Matthew Morrison), it's his desire to perform and what people have to give up. With Rachel (Lea Michele), it's who her mother is. And Artie (Kevin McHale) thinks about if he'll ever get out of the chair. These are hard personal things that they don't necessarily talk about with other people. There was a real thematic coherence that brought them all together. It's important to understand why these three storylines were in the same show."

On other shows he'd like to guest-direct:
"I don't want to direct the shows that I'm a fan of anymore. It's like a giant slough of spoilers! But after Glee, Friday Night Lights is probably the show that blows me away the most.

On being involved with lots of shows that are set in high school:
"I don't feel like I've been pigeonholed. I like high school shows! They tap into something very primal."

On Glee's lasting legacy:
"It's groundbreaking because [it gets to] people who don't normally embrace song and dance... It sneaks up on you while you're having a great time."


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You can actually see by watching the trailer that this episode completely has Joss' name written on it. It has a completely different feel to it than any other Glee episode
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Joss, take something to HBO or Showtime. Please...
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I might actually watch this one. Just maybe.
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Stay away from Friday Night Lights you pompous douche-bag. I love Angel, and I think Dr. Horrible was a stroke of genius. But Joss Whedon's handling of shows makes me fear his touch on any of the things I already love. First, I hate Glee so I don't really care if Joss Whedon screws it over but getting Dollhouse renewed and under his control made it worse than the first season which was controlled by Hollywood blue suits. So beware. I like the people around Joss Whedon like Tim Minear, David Greenwalt and Jeffrey Bell who can actually make a show work and not get it canceled right away. Angel is my favorite show of all time because Joss Whedon takes a back seat and allows his writers to create something spawned by Joss Whedon but made great with good story ideas, ways to follow through and acting miles way from the campy show that was Buffy.
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Joss Whedon + Glee = a dream come true!
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I am soo happy I think I might literally Jump outta my skin it's like finding out your fave flavor of ice cream has zero calories! My two favorite things in the world are going to combine, my heart is too full. I will anxiously await that wonderful hour of television. And watch it several times in one night to make upi for the people who won't watch at all!
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no, tard it's joss. look it up. and the episode is going to be FANTASMIC!!!
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Josh Whedon. I totally love Buffy and Dr. Horrible. He'll do fine. Dude, it's Josh.
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this is going to be epic!!!... Can't wait!!!
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I saw the musical episode of Buffy and Dr. Horrible, and Glees great too in my opinon, so this episode should be good hopefully
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Joss Whedon is the greatest television genius of this decade, so I can't imagine this being bad. Even though I don't watch Glee, so I have no idea if it's good or not.
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I don't really watch Glee. Seen a few episodes here and there cause nothing was on, but I'm for sure going to watch this one cause of Neil and partly cause of Joss
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Constant cancellations have finally made his mind snap, Joss mate, work on Dr Horrible Part II rather than this trash.
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joss + glee = 1 super shiny hour of tv
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This is a mistake...
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Well, I'm a Joss fan but him directing the episode still does not incite me to watch the show.
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