PaleyFest 2015: Our Liveblog Coverage of the Glee Panel




Friday, March 13th (7:00pm)

Moderator: Tim Stack (Entertainment Weekly)

Panelists: Jane Lynch, Lea MicheleDarren CrissChris Colfer, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Heather Morris, Chord OverstreetDot-Marie Jones.



Tonight is the Glee panel, celebrating the end of the series.  We’ll be bringing you all the up-to-the minute action as the panel gets under way!  Stay tuned — the panel will begin at 7:55 PST.

AN: As you might have seen in my “5 Burning Questions” post, I’m what some people might call a “bitter ex-Glee fan.”  To that end, I’ll be making my way through an airplane bottle of double espresso vodka during this liveblog.  Don’t worry – I’m a professional.


  • The Paley audience is getting treated to the “2009” episode – the penultimate episode of Glee.  I mean, I guess it’s a treat.  Depends on how you see these things, really.
  • Let’s get this show on the road.  Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly is on hand as moderator.  Stack has moderated Glee panels at Paley’s of yesteryear, so this isn’t his first time at the rodeo. He’s also covered the show for the last 6 years.
  • Cast members Jane Lynch, Lea MicheleDarren CrissChris Colfer, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Heather Morris, Chord Overstreet, and Dot-Marie Jones are on hand tonight.
  • Chord Overstreet gets introduced as Trouty Mouth, which if you’re a new viewer to Glee won’t make any sense at all.
  • Mark Salling’s earring can be seen from space.
  • The cast talks about “2009” – next week’s episode which is a flashback episode.  Lea Michele says it was hard to get back to season 1 Rachel Berry.  Chris Colfer says it was fun to revisit and rediscover the character.
  • Mark Salling – Slushie Specialist.
  • Darren Criss notes that he wasn’t originally going to be in the episode, but a scene was written in last minute.  Last minute is what Glee is best at.
  • Glee wrapped about 2 weeks ago. Jane Lynch: “This hiatus is going to go on a good long time.”
  • Lea: “I cried the whole week.”  Chris confirms that Lea was the most emotional about the end of the show.

Darren Criss (c) The Paley Center


  • Stack takes the convo back to the pilot.  Much of the cast was so young at the beginning and had their first jobs.
  • “There’s a long of things that you will never know.” I’m sure.  If nothing else we’re all waiting for the Glee E! True Hollywood Story.
  • Salling lied about his age at the audition.  He said he was 19 but he was 26.
  • Darren auditioned for the pilot, which was his first audition, and he’d auditioned for the part of Finn, who was played by the late Cory Monteith.
  • Oh yeah you guys, Glee did a mall tour back in the day.
  • Amber Riley one sang for the president.  Then she won Dancing With the Stars.   You decide which was better.
  • The cast looks back on the Madonna episode. Lynch: “I don’t dance!”  Perhaps not, but that’s what back up dancer are for.
  • Favorite moments from season 1? The Fleetwood Mac episodes, “Rumors,” which I don’t believe was from season 1 at all.
  • Heather Morris demonstrates the bizarre Britney Spears voice she used.
  • Darren: “Britney Spears got to dance with Heather Morris!”
  • The audience cheers at the mention of Darren Criss’ performance of the actually iconic Teenage Dream.
  • “I feel like an audience member listening to all this stuff!” – Criss
  • Darren has the rehearsal video of Teenage Dream on his computer.  Countdown to Criss’ computer getting hacked by a fan.
  • Chord Overstreet didn’t know he had a big mouth until he got the script with “Trouty Mouth.”

Chris Colfer (c) The Paley Center


  • Dot Marie Jones really enjoyed working with Jane Lynch.
  • Kristin Chenoweth was a cast-favorite guest star. Plus she brought snacks. That’ll do it.  I’m partial to Matt Bomer but that’s another story.
  • Huge cheer goes up for Mike O’Malley, who plays Kurt’s father, Burt.
  • “It was probably the most gratifying experience for me.” – Colfer on working with O’Malley
  • Here comes the Klaine-talk. “I think it’s much bigger than Chris and I.” – Criss on Klaine.  Criss notes the power of when it comes to fan interaction with couples on a show.
  • “We were porn for most young girls.” – Colfer, continuing to not understand his fanbase at all.
  • “I love Funny Girl, but Ryan loves it more than me.” 
  • “[Rachel] worked really hard” – Lea about Rachel getting her dream role on Broadway in the show ie. the biggest lie anyone has ever told on the Paley stage.
  • Chris felt a lot of pressure about writing an episode in season 5.
  • Darren talking about the two songs he wrote for this final season.
  • “I wrote basically a love note to the entire series.” – Criss on the song he wrote.
  • Darren’s song made Lea break down and cry.  The compliment fest between Lea and Darren has gone on for like five minutes.

Amber Riley (c) The Paley Center


  • “Puberty” – Chris’ response to what the last six years have been like.
  • “Menopause” – Jane’s rebuttal.
  • The cast basically looted the entire set – literally taking things off the walls.  Chord and Darren took tiles of the soundproofing from the choir room.
  • The cast received pieces of the stage from the auditorium set.
  • The nostalgia is high on the panel, which makes sense, but the mood is light, even recounting the private final moments they spent together after the show wrapped.
  • Stack brings up the late Cory Monteith.
  • “We always had a lot of accidental fun.” – Colfer about working with Monteith.
  • The cast shares how the show has changed their lives.  Riley gained even more confidence about her banging, curvy body.
  • Audience question time.  Always dangerous.
  • The first woman does not have a question.  Why are you taking up valuable Q&A time?  Ma’am you should be parenting your children, not the show.
  • Apparently no one has a real question for the cast.  This dude just asked for a selfie.
  • The biggest screams of the night go up at the mention of Darren Criss going back to Broadway for Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
  • It took an HOUR for the hair and makeup team to give Darren the “Blaine hair” – which was awful, purely awful.
  • Chord desperately wanted to do country music on the show.
  • This Q&A is proving why questions should be moderated or screened before the panel begins.
  • It’s official – Kurt and Blaine’s future kids are going to attend private school.  I expect nothing less.
  • Apparently half of this audience has already met Darren Criss before.  Not sure if Darren has met these people in return.
  • Well the panel is over and the audience basically just stormed the stage like this was a boyband concert.  Good night and good luck. 

Tim Stack and the Cast of Glee (c) The Paley Center

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