‘Glee’s’ Divine Casting Coup

by | October 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM | Fall TV Preview 2012, Glee

Bette Midler (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

So Ryan Murphy is publicly casting people on the spot now? How could Bette Midler say no (“Glee” gods forbid)?

Perhaps now that musical TV has spread to “Smash” and “Nashville,” the Zeus is feeling more desperate to snag Hollywood’s favorite singing actors for “Glee” before they can be lured elsewhere. That’s the logic we’re going with as to why Murphy would choose to offer Midler a yet-to-be-conceived role from the stage of an awards ceremony in front of an audience, according to Vulture.

Midler’s response to Murphy via Twitter indicates she’s willing to help brainstorm ideas for her character. Bubbe Berry is a fun idea – though her maternal resemblance to either Jeff Goldblum or Brian Stokes Mitchell would be a stretch – that could further showcase Rachel’s familial destiny to giddily entertain.

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Or she could go the somber route, a la Whoopi. We’re voting for feather boas and tap shoes over professorial glasses and a clipboard.

And for the fresh-faced Gleeks who have no idea what’s so special about being the wind beneath someone’s wings, The Hollywood Reporter has word that “Glee” has also grabbed up one of your generation: “American Idol” Season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez.

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Sanchez’s vocal talent is off the charts, but her acting chops are a question mark. On the one hand, she had success with her charismatic alter-ego, Bee Chez, on “Idol,” but she couldn’t quite bring herself out of Jennifer Holliday’s shadow during their finale duet of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” Then again, it’s difficult to imagine anyone overpowering arguably the most powerful performer of the most powerful power ballad in musical history.

In other words, the fact that she didn’t completely disappear from sight during that performance gives her some heft in our book and makes us uncharacteristically optimistic about this bit of stunt-casting.