According to E! Online, Glee is currently shooting a tribute episode to Whitney Houston that will include 8 songs from her catalog.

A reliable show source told E the show “will not be a typical tribute..”  and that, “unlike the show’s Madonna and Michael Jackson episodes, the Whitney tribute is more of a “character piece” that focuses on Glee‘s graduating seniors having a real hard time letting go.”

Today, Lea Michele tweeted: “Starting a new episode today. A very special tribute to one of the worlds most amazing singers. Very excited about this one.”

Can I say UGH? Double UGGHH?? Triple UGGGHHH???  Last summer, when Creator Ryan Murphy was talking up the season, he promised there would only be ONE Season 3 tribute episode. But now there will be at least THREE.

There was the Michael Jackson episode a few weeks ago.  Production just wrapped on Episode 16,  a Saturday Night Fever tribute, and it looks like the very next episode will be this Whitney thing.   It’s only been a couple of weeks since she passed–did the producers just throw this show together?

I know the ratings are down, but this is getting a little desperate. Whatever, Ryan.

 
  • too-cool-for-school

    Let the excessive Whitney tributes begin. *sigh*

    No disrespect to her, of course. We’ve just already seen this happen once with Michael Jackson tributes. It becomes classless at the point they start using them just for ratings or money, and irritating once they over-do it and make everyone never want to hear those people’s names again.

  • Anonymous

    Eh, I usually end up liking most if Glee’s tribute episodes. Also I believe that Ryan Murphy actually believes things when he says them, but just (obviously) changes his mind a lot. If they’re truly largely tying this in to the seniors letting go, I think it could work.

    As for the overhyping of Whitney tributes now, it’s one of those things that’s just going to happen, whether it should or not. I mean American Idol just did the same exact thing, first, so its not just beginning with Glee. If anything it began with Idol.

  • too-cool-for-school

    I know I didn’t specify, but I was including Idol too in my frustration. Not just Glee. :^)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pretty-Horsey/100002304831654 Pretty Horsey

    Why?

    I couldn’t agree with you more MJ.

  • sf3456

    Well…it was only a matter of time.  Shouldn’t be surprised about this because they were talking about doing a Whitney tribute hours after the woman died.  They saw dollar signs. 

    Ugh.  This is so shameless and tasteless.  This is going to be a mess.  And people should get on them about this, but they won’t.

  • http://twitter.com/farmgirlsings Ali Marilyn Rose

    They should stop.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh as well. Not that I think Glee will not do a fantastic job. I’ve always loved the tributes episodes. I’m just never a big Whitney fan. Besides Amber has already sang most of the ones I do like. Mixed feelings about this.

  • Anonymous

    Eh. Why get frustrated? We all knew this was going to happen.

    Amber Riley did such a nice with “I Will Always Love You” that I’m looking forward to this.

    How is this tasteless? Sure, they make money, but they are paying tribute to one of the greats that had such a huge impact on music.

  • TwigLA

    I’m really sick of tribute shows and I’m also sick of the never ending Whitney hype and coat tail riding on her death.

    Yes she was a very talented singer with a very unfortunate life story.

    Ugh.

  • Anonymous

    I’d rather see the talented cast of Glee do this and make it part of their story than whatever Simon Cowell has cooking up his sleeve. And you all KNOW he’s planning something. Wouldn’t be surprised if Uncle Nigel got wind of it and decided to do it on Idol first.

  • Anonymous

    Well, on the hand, if no one does a tribute for her, her life story would be even more unfortunate. 

  • sf3456

    Well, Amber Riley is not going to sing all of the songs.  That cast can’t do Whitney songs.  How is this tasteless?  They’re doing this just to make money off of the woman’s death.  It’s opportunistic.  It’s wrong.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure that money they are going to make is to her daughter and family as well. On the good side. its a win win for both.

    I have confidence I’ll be buying whatever the Glee cast is singing.

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes a tribute is just a tribute. The music industry and hollywood are filled with people who admired Whitney or were influenced by her. This could just be their way of showing it. I don’t think it’s always about money and opportunism (or perhaps I’m just being naive!) . By the way, my mom was really sad about Whitney’s death and watched practically every Whitney biography aired on TV. It drove me crazy, but I think there are fans who just see these tributes as a way of remembering her.

    By the way, even if you wait 1 year, 5 years or 10 years after someone’s death before producing a biography or a tribute, you’re still making a profit. Is there an appropriate grace period in order to not be considered opportunistic?

  • Axxxel

    I don’t mind a Whitney Houston tribute but not this soon. Maybe in Season 4. They already did 3 tributes : West Side Story (spread over several episodes), MJ and Saturday Night Fever. I love tributes but too much is too much…
    Besides Amber Riley, Lea Michele and Darren Criss… I cannot see the rest of the cast sing her songs…

  • Axxxel

    Maybe you are not defending Glee but you are defending Whitney Houston.

  • Axxxel

    Yeah, it would be great if Glee would show a storyline about legal drugs or abuse of other legal substances (coffee, cigarettes) in the Whitney Houston episode.

  • Anonymous

    The cast and the music ppl in Glee are professionals. After 300 plus songs they have to be. I’m sure they will know how to adjust the songs to the cast’s vocal range and ability (lol! I hope I’m right). I have faith :)

  • Anonymous

    Coffee? 

  • RemusL

    EVery time Glee covers a song, it’s essentially a tribute of sorts. The discussion should be more about whether the appropriate songs are chosen for the scenario they are portraying. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I think the handwringing over “tribute episodes” is way overblown.

  • Axxxel

    hehehe… coffee… well, Glee is a drama and comedy… it would be fun to have an episode on abuse or addictions of substances or so.. maybe addiction to coffee is too adult ? Maybe e.g. addiction to videogames or social media or other things…

  • Axxxel

    I thought that Chris’ solo was “Staying Alive” from the Bee Gees ? Well at least according to a non-reliable spoiler.

  • Axxxel

    “And people should get on them about this”… sorry, my english is not that good… what do you mean by this ? 

  • sf3456

    “And people should get on them about this”… sorry, my english is not that good… what do you mean by this ? 

    People should complain and question them doing this so soon after Whitney’s death.

  • Axxxel

    Thanks for the explanation !! Totally agree ! I have to admit that I did complain in a tweet to 2 Glee actors about this.. but am not sure whether this is efficient. Reading from Lea Michele’s tweet above, they are already shooting the tribute episode sigh sigh….
    Am not sure whether Ryan Murphy has a twitter account, maybe Brian Falchuk has ?

  • Anonymous

    Haha! Coffee addiction will apply to me and I believe lots of ppl. It’ll be funny   topic for sure! 

    As for Chris’s solo. I think I also read from some non-reliable source that Staying Alive was with Naya. (I’m so hoping this is so). I think I remember at a Prop 8 interview Chris said that he was going to record a big big song and he was hoping he’ll do it justice. I remember thinking they have finished Bee Gee at that time. But I’m not sure. I’m not good that keeping track of time and stuff like that. I just want a Chris solo. lol! 

  • Anonymous

    The discussion should be more about whether the appropriate songs are chosen for the scenario they are portraying.

    The problem is that tribute episodes nearly always twist the plot in convoluted ways around the songs, rather that the songs being chosen because it fits the narrative.  Glee does not have a good track record on this.

  • Axxxel

    Chris and Naya rarely sing together on one song…I faintly remember Bad Romance and Constant Craving… So if and if the Saturday Night Fever episode is already wrapped up… No wonder you were thinking of a Whitney Houston song as a solo for Chris.

    Personally I would love to see Chris singing an duet with an unexpected duet partner like Dianna Agron or Chord Overstreet or even Mark Salling…. But more in the style of “Summer Nights” (Chord Overstreet/Amber Riley)… A duet but still seperately performed.

  • http://twitter.com/Carolinacharms Carrie Charms

    This week, she became the first woman to have 3 albums in the BB 200 top 10. I think she had a total of 7 in the top 100. Greatest Hits still at #2. Bodyguard at #5, #1 for soundtracks. Preacher’s Wife #5 for soundtracks. IWALY has moved several hundred thousand, reached HOT 100 top 10 but then radio stopped playing it even as sales continued to increase week over week. The lack of reportage is strange, I agree.

  • Anonymous

    deleted. wrong post

  • Anonymous

    O wow, she’s selling. Thanks for the info!

  • Axxxel

    Just discovered on Youtube that Kurt (Chris Colfer) had a short duet -with harmonies- with Quinn (Dianna Agron) in the middle of the song “One of us” (final group song in the episode “Grilled Cheesus”) but it is cut out and not shown in the episode…but you can see here… http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=gKSRUHEkUOQ&feature=endscreen
    .
    So there was already a Kurt/Quinn duet. Sort of… Now I would love to see a Kurt/Puck or a Kurt/Sam duet…

  • Anonymous

    Hi, I saw that video some while back. Chris is so adorable there.:). Its not on the DVD. Don’t know where they got the video from. I can’t imagine a Kurt/Puck duet. The voices are so different. But I’d love a Kurt/Sam duet.