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GLEE: If I Cast Some Guest-Stars…

Yesterday I read that Javier Bardem will potentially be guest-starring on GLEE next season. He’s one in a growing list of celeb fans of the show who’ve either lobbied to be cast, been suggested by fan groups to Glee it up (a la Betty White on SNL) or just talked about while we all stand around the platinum-encrusted water cooler of discussion known as Industry Gossip.

During the first part of this past season, I was a HUGE “Gleek,” as the show’s rabid fans have been called, watching every week, DVR’ing, and re-watching, loving the show’s spiky mix of over-the-top pop, heartstring-tugging, and bitchy, witty one-liners. Any show that—in its first episode—cites Guys and Dolls and Beyonce, has a character use the word “irony,” and has its band of misfit characters harmonize Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” (far and away Journey’s best single and one of my all-time favorite songs) was destined for quick cancellation—but I loved it.

The second half of the season didn’t wow me as much as I’d hoped: theme episodes seemed a little too pre-determined; song choices (and performances—a Funky Bunch riff?) felt a little uninspired. There even seemed to be a dearth of really good and cutting Sue Sylvester material, almost as if the little show about high school outcasts felt somehow threatened by the mature mean girl on the set and sought to put her back in her (supporting actress) place for a little while. That said, when the show was good, it was really good: it even got me to appreciate Idina Menzel.

Which leads me to my next point: what really worked for me in the final few eps, more often than not, were the guest-stars.  Jonathan Groff, Lea Michelle’s Spring Awakening co-star, played the wonderfully named Jesse St. James with just the right amount of teen drama queen aloofness; Kristin Chenoweth returned as boozy April Rhodes; and best of all, Neil Patrick Harris played the bitter Bryan Ryan, falsetto-battling with Schuester in one of the best performances of the season. Harris would probably make a perfect Mr. Schu if he wasn’t already on a hit show, and if GLEE didn’t seem to need the glee coach to break into silly play-that-funky-music-white-boy-isms every so often (which Matthew Morrison, bless his Broadway-by-way-of-suburban-Cali soul, does so, um, energetically.)

So, in honor of the impending arrival of Bardem and the cute coupla appearances by Pink Lady Sandy (oops, I meant Olivia Newton-John), I’m making my picks for eventual GLEE guest stars:

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MONDAY: Boys (Still) Behaving Badly…

Quote of the Day: “I don’t like this groove/Try and give me something I can croon to…” “Nasty Girl” by Vanity Six

No comment on Chris Brown, and the “accident” that prevented Rihanna from being at the Grammys last night. I’ll comment on that at a later date. Don’t sleep…

That said, let’s get to something fun, something strange, and something hilariously stereotypical to start our Monday…

Remember those hunky Marines doing that funny/sexy/sorta awkward Cha-Cha thing last week? Well, apparently their Army counterparts are trying to one-up their seafaring friends. Apparently the Army guys’ slogan must be Simper Fedelis, from what I can tell by this video making the Internet rounds. (For the record, I used to LOVE “Don’t Stop Believin’”…Now, with The Sopranos using it in the finale (clip here), and this…it seems like everybody’s favorite cheesy rock ballad. Or, at least, everyone’s sorta coming out the closet about loving it…) 

Are these guys for real? Maybe they should have been singing Styx’s “Too Much Time on My Hands”…?

Okay, so male strippers/porn star couple Jordan and Aden Jaric fly into Boston to do a show at a local club. They’re important. They’re expected. They’re necessary to the cultural life of any city, right? They even have a blog…So what do they get? A police escort, apparently. And a local patrolman is in hot water. Don’t ask, don’t escort…Watch the news story below:

And then there’s The Real World, MTV’s long-running soap of ambitious, angsty twentysomethings who manage to have sex on the brain and yet seem to have no brains in their heads. That’s an amazing physical feat, isn’t it? Anyway, in this clip from the current season, which takes place in Brooklyn USA, a Mormon guy seems fascinated by the Latino guy’s use of Magnum condoms—but it’s what the other white kid says, straight-faced and plain-spoken, that got to me. (Thanks to M for sending me this; To M: No I’m not sad I wrote a book called HUNG, and all the “hung” stuff I get in the mail as a result of it…and no, I never get tired about hearing about the fascination so many white dudes have for colored cock…it makes me laugh!)

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