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Glee returns :: Kurt dates, Rachel gets a rival and Will does ’Rocky Horror’

by Fred Topel
Monday Sep 20, 2010

Glee returns after a groundbreaking debut season with further developments of its most powerful storylines. Series creator Ryan Murphy promises to follow-up on the scene where Kurt (Chris Colfer)’s father Burt (Mike O’Malley) yells at Finn (Cory Monteith) for using the F-word.

"We always had a master plan, which will come to fruition in season two," Murphy said. "I think that Mike O’Malley’s character needs to sort of really learn more about the Finn-Kurt relationship and sort of learn about Kurt’s feelings and have an opinion on that. That’s something that we’re going to do a whole episode about, that Kurt sort of has to deal with the idea of young romantic love. But I think it’s very difficult for that character in his high school environment. I don’t think he knows anybody else like him."

It was great drama and satisfying to see a man defend his gay son on national television. Kurt and Finn were forced to live together because their parents are dating. What Mr. Hummel doesn’t know is that Kurt does have a crush on Finn. Finn is straight so he has to deal with the issue of unwanted advances too.

"People wrote articles that Finn wasn’t treated fairly," Murphy said. "I don’t know if it’s about treated fairly but I think that there’s a complete other side that we are going to explore where he will get to tell his side of the story and what he feels has happened. But I love that storyline and I like that we’re doing even more with the Kurt and Mike O’Malley characters."

The gay storyline

Colfer is excited to revisit that issue in the new season. "It was such an almost groundbreaking but also very touchy subject when we filmed it," Colfer said. "It’ll be interesting to see if Burt stands by what he said to Finn or if he kind of regrets it, so it’ll be interesting either way. I think everyone overreacted to the situation. Kurt was overreacting with his emotions for Finn and Finn overreacted by calling him that name and the dad of course overreacted by defending him. I think it was more about his own personal circle rather than it was about Finn’s action in that moment."

Glee is giving a voice to anybody who’s ever been unpopular, whether it’s because they liked to sing or they dressed differently or because they were gay. Representing the gay storyline, Colfer gets to see firsthand the impact the show makes on viewers.

"It’s very hard to read fan mail without having tissue nearby to cry your eyes out because there’s so much improvement the world can make," Colfer said. "It’s almost like you can feel it in the room when you’re filming it. It’s going to mean something to someone. It’s going to be very, very important to someone watching out there. It’s like an energy change."

Some fans won’t admit it, but Colfer knows they’re avid viewers. "On the street it’s usually just like, ’Are you the guy from Glee?’ And if it’s a guy, he always says, ’Oh, my mom or my girlfriend love you.’ Never him, never him and you’re like, ’Sure, right, like you don’t watch the show too.’ Then of course the messages from fans are very, very touching and sad and inspiring all at the same time."

On a lighter note, Kurt will be dating this year. Murphy promised to give him a boyfriend. Now he just has to find out who gets the part. "I don’t know what Kurt’s type is. I just hope that it’s someone less attractive than me because I do not want to be the weak link of the couple. It’s horrible. Probably tall and gangly, that’s probably his type."

Representing gay characters on television makes an impact for the cause of acceptance. It’s also still a fun show about kids who burst into song. "I think it’s a lot of fun because it’s such a roller coaster," Colfer said. "It’s really interesting because I try to make Kurt have just as much passion when he’s talking about wanting equal rights in the show as much as he is when he wants to do Britney Spears in glee club. I just try to make sure that he’s always passionate."

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