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The move is not surprising, considering the 100th episode of any show is reason to throw a bit of a party, what with the possibility of syndication rights for re-airs of old episodes becoming available. It’s also nothing to snuff at, regardless of your opinions, because it’s not everyday that a television show can manage to hang on long enough to reach such a goal. Staying viable and wanted on television for that long is akin to riding a unicycle on a tightrope 400 feet in the air, trying to deliver ice cream cones to the waiting crowd on the other side.
So it makes sense that Murphy will spend much of the episode paying tribute. Premiering March 18 in its 8PM time slot, the 100th hour of McKinley High Hijinks will include a remix-and-mashup-apalooza featuring the top 10 Glee songs, as selected by the fans. It is said the episode will, according to the Hollywood Reporter, center on the current cast’s impending march towards graduation. Prepare yourself for a bevy of nostalgia and memory-recounting. (No word if those kooky puppets will be making a second appearance.)
And hopping on board the good ship will be some of the series’ popular guest stars and original show choir performers. Murphy has tweeted that many of the cast are set to return to not-so-mean streets of Lima, Ohio for what is sure to be a superstorm of singing, dancing, and jazz-handied life lessons worth celebrating (as the show is generally wont to do). So far confirmed to appear in the episode are fan favorites Heather Morris (who left the series prior to the birth of her son earlier this year), Harry Shum Jr, Mark Salling, recently crowned winner of Dancing with The Stars Amber Riley, and even occasional guest star Kristin Chenoweth.
ALL The Glee Originals received invites today to be in our 100th episode! More to follow.— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) December 3, 2013
Heather is IN for Glee 100th!— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) December 4, 2013
Kristin Chenoweth is IN for Glee's 100th! Love her!— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) December 4, 2013
Harry is IN! More to follow...— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) December 4, 2013
Mark is IN for the 100th! More great news coming...— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) December 3, 2013
Amber is IN for episode 100! More to follow...— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) December 3, 2013
There are, of course, still several faces up in the air. Dianna Agron (Quinn) is one of the few original stars that did not appear in the tribute episode for Cory Monteith that aired earlier this year, despite her character’s previous relationship with Monteith’s Finn Hudson. Additionally, there is the question of Matthew Morrison’s on-screen wife, Jayma Mays — who was downgraded from series regular last year — who has appeared on occasion throughout the show’s fifth season, but is busy starring in CBS’ The Millers. No doubt Mays will likely return, but mum’s the word on the Agron front.
Either way, the celebratory episode will no doubt be a joy for fans of the series. Just make sure your harmonies come correct.
Glee’s 100th episode will air on March 18 on FOX.