Gleeks, I honestly have zero idea who is playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday (Wikipedia tells me it’s the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers), but I’m hella certain that I will be tuning in for the post-game episode of Glee. But this super-sized episode could even attract non-Gleek eyes based on today’s big premiere: EW can EXCLUSIVELY reveal the opening Cheerios dance number set to Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.” It’s a veritable boob-a-palooza — with more bikinis than an episode of Jersey Shore — produced to keep eyes glued to the screen even after the big football game is done. “I think our opening number is going to retain a lot of male viewers,” says co-creator/executive producer Ian Brennan. The Glee team knew that they would need to lure in the football audience and adjusted the episode to reflect those potential new viewers. “We put stuff in there understanding that there are a lot of dudes who watch the Super Bowl,” says co-creator/executive producer Brad Falchuk. “It was making sure that the dudes who refuse to watch Glee are like ‘Wait a second!’” Based on the clip below, I think they succeeded. Watch all the pyrotechnic glory after the jump.
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