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Great news, Gleeks! Four seasons in, McKinley High continues to be a hot destination for A-list stars. Come fall, you can expect two of them to pop up on Glee (Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on FOX): Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker have both signed on for multi-episode arcs.
Let's not forget that Parker got her TV start as an awkward teen-aged nerd in the sitcom Square Pegs. What a brave move, all these years later, to return to that house of torment known as high school! Then again, Parker has long since metamorphasized into her generation's fashion "it" girl. Mean girls and acne can't touch her now.
Parker will be playing a mentor to Chris Colfer's character, Kurt, who's one of a handful of seniors who'll graduate and move on to a performing arts school in New York City. The show will also continue to follow the kids back at the McKinley High glee club, including some new characters.
As for Hudson, little is known about her role apart from the fact that she'll do a six-episode arc in the fall. We know she can sing (she costarred in the 2009 movie musical Nine), but would she play a teacher like Gwyneth Paltrow and Ricky Martin did? Of course, she could always play a funny rival to frequent guest star Kristin Chenoweth's boozy character, April.
Hudson's specialty -- big screen romantic comedies -- aren't doing well at the box office these days. "The best way forward for Hudson might lie not just in switching genres, but switching mediums, too," says Vulture, which goes on to quote a talent agent suggesting that she try TV. "The logical segue would be television, or something like that," he says. “You do a Mary Tyler Moore–style show, or an action franchise." Or, maybe, Glee?
We can't wait to check out both Hudson and Parker next season, when Glee moves to Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET!