ryan murphy ian brennan glee tca awards gi 320 'Glee' behind the cameras: Live from TCA press tour

Fresh off of their dual win at the Television Critics Association Awards on Saturday (July 31), the creative team behind “Glee” reunite for FOX’s official day during press tour on Monday, Aug. 2.

Sitting on the panel are co-creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, EP Dante Di Loreto, choreographer Zach Woodlee, music producer Adam Anders and costume designer Lou Eyrich, who’s spoken to Zap2it a number of times.

So, there aren’t any of the stars present today, but this will hopefully give us a better idea of what’s on tap for Season 2.

Join us as we live blog the panel:

4:24 p.m. – We’re running a little late are we? ‘S okay. We’re drinking our “Glee” sodas and listening to the soundtrack whilst we wait.

4:25 p.m. – Aww, remember “Don’t Stop Believin'”? We’re treated to a look back at the mark “Glee” made internationally and in the media over its freshman season.

4:27 p.m. – They’re here! First question is already about how long they can stretch the high school experience for these characters. Murphy makes the same joke about Brittany (Heather Morris) being able to be held back each year. Nevertheless, he does say there’s a responsibility “to be true to the high school experience.” But overall, no real plan. They’d love to make it to Moscow or Copenhagen for the International show choir competition.

4:30 p.m. – The turnaround time for the music, costuming and choreography is pretty tight. Each episode is about eight days. Anders usually works one episode ahead of them. Average an hour per song per person, but let’s say with “Bohemian Rhapsody,” that was eight days. Sheesh.

4:31 p.m. – Woodlee compares himself to Mr. Schue since he has to be the cheerleader, having the cast learn the choreography on time.

4:33 p.m. – Di Loreto says that clearances for music has been varying, but generally positive. Ryan Murphy got a mix tape from Paul McCartney recently. “I thought I was being punk’d.”

4:34 p.m. – “Glee” is usually the “ultimate pop culture fan love letter,” but Murphy still gets a thrill seeing covers of songs from “Funny Girl” and the like.

4:35 p.m. – Eyrich: “It’s a dream job” despite how hectic it is. “It’s more of a challenge to dress them as normal high school kids than the crazy costumes” because she has to keep them young looking.

4:36 p.m. – Musical numbers can range from two to 10 per episode, and that might mean 100s of costumes. Same with the Madonna tribute episode, they’ll try to pull out iconic looks for the Britney Spears tribute episode.

4:37 p.m. – Murphy confirms that Cheyenne Jackson (Vocal Adrenaline coach), John Stamos (Matt Morrison’s rival) – who sent clips of himself in “Cabaret” wearing almost nothing. Kristin Chenoweth is back.

4:38 p.m. – Dude who plays piano was the guy who played during the auditions for the kids. The one direction Murphy gives him: “You hate those kids.” Watch for him glaring at the kids on the show. “He’s like a low paid teacher at the school who helps out.” He may or may not get any lines in the future.

4:40 p.m. – What clicked for Murphy was when they went on tour because all the characters had their fans come out strong. That’s why they’re getting bigger storylines this year, scaling back the musical numbers.

4:41 p.m. – As long as the device is somewhat grounded in reality, Brennan says the audience will go with it.

4:42 p.m. – They go through a concept meeting where they work together scene by scene. There’s little second-guessing because they’re under such a time crunch.

4:43 p.m. – Murphy is okay with breaking the fourth wall every now and then because they had originally referenced “Election,” which breaks a lot of rules. Brennan acknowledges he’s a “self-make-fun-of-er.” Murphy says this works because it’s set in high school, where there are lots of firsts: first love, first etc.

4:45 p.m. – The first episode back is called “Auditions” because it’s like daily life is always an audition. Third episode is about faith. The Britney Spears episode will have Mr. Schue denying that they’ll be singing Britney. The Super Bowl episode is the only other tribute episode planned this year.

4:47 p.m. – Joss Whedon had seen the pilot and that’s how he got to direct. They keep wanting him back, but he’s directing a movie. But as soon as he’s done, maybe he can come back.  Adam Shankman will be directing one of the first 10 episodes.

4:48 p.m. – The Paul McCartney package he sent to Murphy had two CDs and the note said something like, “I hope you consider using one of these songs.” One of them was “Michelle.” Murphy hopes to use something from him, but probably not a whole episode.

4:49 p.m. – Anders enjoys the mashup songs because he’s a songwriter and that allows him to be creative. An original music episode will play during the second half of the season. The kids’ assignment will be to write their own songs. They’re hoping for about five songs for that episode.

4:51 p.m. – In response to a comment that the characters (like Quinn) are inconsistent, Murphy says, “You’ve never worked with me then.” He points to Quinn being hormonal and that teenagers have ups and downs. Brennan thinks they got more consistent by the end of the first season.

4:53 p.m. – Murphy would love to have a real school competing on the show, but they don’t have the time. But yes, all-male choirs would be great to feature, other show choirs that they’ve helped in Los Angeles.

4:54 p.m. – For every two pieces of merchandising that Murphy approves, he turns down 10, so he’s proud of them. Something that will happen is a Sue Sylvester autobiography that will have Jane Lynch go around the country signing them as Sue. Their Christmas episode hopes to have Susan Boyle on it, so two soundtracks — one for fall, one for spring.

4:56 p.m. – Mike O’Malley’s character needs to figure out the Kurt-Finn relationship, which will hopefully be delved into more this season.

4:56 p.m. – Mike O’Malley’s character needs to figure out the Kurt-Finn relationship, which will hopefully be delved into more this season.

4:58 p.m. – How do they keep level-headed? Frankly, they don’t feel like it’s been that long ago since everything was new, that they’re still underdogs. Murphy recalls the “Big O” weekend — the Oprah and Obama weekend — and they shared what they were doing a year before. It was a grounding experience. “They’re sweet and lovely kids. They got sucked into something they didn’t know would be so big.”

5:00 p.m. – And that’s it!

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