'Glee' exclusive: It's NPH vs. Matthew Morrison!

glee-harrisImage Credit: Glee: Carin Baer/Fox; Harris: John Shearer/WireImage.comIt’s official: Neil Patrick Harris’ forthcoming guest appearance on Glee will without a doubt be legen — wait for it… here it comes — dary.

I just got my hands on some fresh intel surrounding Harris’ role in the Joss Whedon-helmed episode, so you best stop reading, spoilerphobes!

According to a Glee insider, NPH will play Bryan Ryan, a high school glee club nemesis of Will’s (Matthew Morrison) who resurfaces as a board member at William McKinley.

“Flashback scenes will show Bryan picking up girls and getting all the cool solos,” reveals the source, “while Will sits off in the sidelines.”

The stage for a present-day rematch is set when Harris’ character announces his intent to cut the arts programs at the school. “Show choir ruined his life, made him feel he could be a star, but all he could do is book Carnival cruises,” explains the insider. “Now he wants vengeance.”

The episode — which I’m told features a climactic duet between Harris and Morrison — goes before the cameras next week and is slated to air during May sweeps.

Legen — wait for it… here it comes — dary stuff, right? (That’s the last time I’m doing that, BTW. Swear.)

BTW, Glee returns with the first of nine new episodes in 40 days.

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    • Katheryn Mae

      Agreed! And I LOVE your username! YAY FOR GLEE! ♥

      • Bob

        I like NPH. But HIMYM has sucked soooo had this season, I may have to tune back in to the very twee Glee show just to see him sing!

        Thank god he’ll be singing!!

    • Michael

      RIGHT!?!?!?! It’s gonna be awesome!

      Side note: can’t believe no one’s said “Jumping the shark?” yet.

    • lime

      Why does the name Bryan Adams = ha! ?

      • Carly

        Bryan Adams is a Canadian singer-songwriter who had a string of pretty big hits back in the 80’s and 90’s. That’s the only Bryan Adams I can think of.
        Also, Joss is directing the NPH episode? This is a thing of beauty.

      • John Smith

        Bryan Adams is a singer, so they made a play on his name. Google Bryan Adams.

      • Lisa

        I don’t know if this is relevant but I believe I read somewhere that Bryan Adams was the only artist who refused to let Glee use his music. I don’t remember where I read this, it was a while ago.

      • Natalie

        Will NPH be Canadian then? That would be randomly awesome.

      • PSac

        Bryan Adams not letting Glee use his music was in the big EW print article on Glee.

      • Indra

        Thank you Siggi. It’s true. I find it a cagllanhe to find and maintain the proper patterns using both hands. I have a natural rhythm I find myself going back to. You’re vids are a big help to us newbies!!

    • Lucy

      super dooper!!

    • mags

      I AGREE!!!

  • Pepper

    Sounds delicious!!!

  • Luminosity

    That sounds amazing! Can’t wait!

  • Allison

    OH MY GOD. This is going to be epic, awesome and, of course, legen–wait for it–dary. The match up between those two is going to be awesome. Now if we can just get Justin Timberlake to play a relative of Will’s that would be amazing.

    • My

      Great casting. Timberlake has the right kind of hair.

    • Ashley

      brilliant beyond brilliant idea abt timberlake.

    • BlatantURLPimpingMustDie

      Seriously, friends – the “legen-[stall]-dary” shtick has GOT to stop. That goes for writers, readers… everyone.

      • Mary

        Seriously, you sound like Ted. “Legendary” is AWESOME ::voice in high pitched::

      • jennk29

        That goes double for the whole “seriously” shtick!

  • CH

    THIS makes the annoying LOST spoiler not sting so much. The duet here will be fantastic.

    • Griff

      What was the annoying LOST spoiler?

      • elena

        That Michelle Rodriguez is back.

    • SO WHAT?

      We don’t care about “Lost” (is that show even still on???). This thread is about the awesomeness of GLEE!!

      • Heather

        You realize there ARE people out there that have the capacity to watch both shows, right? Being a Lost fan and being a Glee fan are not mutually exclusive!

      • Bobby’s Robot

        Some folks like both shows, and you know darn well that “that show” is still on.

      • Kim

        Ausiello tweeted a Lost spoiler without a spoiler warning … so to make up for it, he said he’d post a legendary Glee spoiler. Hence the comment about the Lost spoiler.

      • Fine let’s talk about Glee

        The first time I saw it, the plot was terribly thin and the musical numbers were nothing more then filler drag out the episode. I shut it off after the third one. If I wanted to watch music videos doing covers of songs I didn’t like in the first place I could switch to a cabe music chanel.

      • Courtney

        If I wanted to see bad spelling and grammar I’d be a grade school teacher.

      • Mea Culpa, I should of spell checked that.

        But if you were a grade school grammar teacher it would still be more entertaining then sitting through an episode of Glee; more enlightening too.

      • Stratton

        Ugh, speaking of grammar, it’s “should HAVE”, not “should of.” Sorry, that’s the one thing I just can NOT let go.

      • It’s funny . . .

        I say Glee is a limply plotted excuse to showcase cover song music videos and the only response I get is a critique of my spelling and grammar. But go ahead. I freely admit it sucks as much as the show does.

      • House_Draven

        If you don’t like GLEE, then why are you reading this article, much less investing so much time and energy into these ridiculous comments? Are you a troll? You’re certainly acting like one.

      • tothegrumpybadgrammarguy

        Well what did you want? You know you’re in the minority in your opinion. Obviously so because all these quality stars are lining up to guest and to have their music featured… oh, you know you watch it… :)

  • Ann

    Holy awesomeness, Batman!

  • Swarley

    SO EXCITED…this is going to be LEGEND-ARY!

  • Ruthie

    NPH is going to SING? I cannot WAIT for this episode!

    • KJ

      Of course he is going to sing! Haven’t you watched Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog? Joss Whedon + NPH = pure genius!!

      • DocRules

        Joss Whedon + anyone = genius.
        NPH + anyone = genius.
        Put them together? Awesome.

    • Mary

      Oh my God, YES! He use to be in “Rent” too.

      • broadway fan

        He traveled with Rent – He was in NY for Cabaret’. All this was way before Dr Horrible – he has an amazing stage voice.

  • Toto

    So excited for this!!!!

  • Lindsey

    Could this BE any more exciting!!! NPH/Morrison duet WHAT?!?

    • Rebekah

      I know…my mind nearly exploded at the awesomeness of this spoiler!

  • Susana

    OMG it’s gonna be so awesome!

  • Eugene

    O MY GOSH…….

  • kat

    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! perfection!

  • Ashley

    *twirls* i dont think i can recover from this scooptastic news today. 40 days can not get here soon enough for me!

  • crispy

    Wow, that legendary joke is so played out, they don’t even do it on the show anymore. Did this columnist used to write for Entertainment Tonight? It features their trademark brand of hack.

    • SO WHAT?

      SHUT UP!!

      • duh

        No, you shut up!

      • Natatat

        You know whats cool? When people tell other people whats cool. Because you’re the God of the English language right?

        I think “hack” is so played out : )

      • Luis

        you wanna learn rthhym? watch john lennon, greatest rthhym guitar player ever. He will help a lot of you aspiring guitarists. just be prepared to learn a few new chords..

    • josh

      I’m with you crispy! It’s so over — ready for it — done.

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