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Fox is planning a big night of music-focused TV for early next month. In addition to a super-sized 90-minute results episode of American Idol, Glee fans will get a special episode of the musical-dramedy as the show celebrates its 500th musical performance milestone with a classic song from a classic comedy. Because of the bigger Idol episode, that means Glee will air a half-hour later than usual. Details ahead.

Fox made the announcement today that on Thursday, March 7, they'll kick off primetime with an hour and a half of American Idol (8:00-9:30 p.m. ET life/PT tape-delayed), which will reveal America's votes to determined which contestants will become finalists in the singing competition's twelfth season. The episode will be followed by Glee, which will air from 9:30-10:30 p.m. ET.

Fox says Glee is celebrating "Animal House-style" as members of New Directions will perform the classic R&B hit "Shout" to mark the 500th musical performance. No mention on whether or not anyone will be dressed in togas for this performance, but it would certainly be fitting. The movie reference appears to be relevant to the theme of the episode, which is titled "Girls (And Boys) on Film," and will have the New Directions kids tasked with choosing a song from a movie. Animal House still seems kind of random for the Glee-verse, but as a fan of the comedy, I'll take it. The episode will also have Santanta getting a bit too comfortable at Rachel and Kurt's New York loft.

The above is the exciting news. On the not-so-bright side, Glee fans should anticipate a gap between episodes. This Thursday night, the new "I Do" episode will air. "Girls (And Boys) on Film" is the next new episode after that, which means two Thursdays in between this week and the next new episode.

For those of you unfamiliar with Animal House, here's the "Shout" scene from the classic 1978 comedy.

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