Paltrow, Chenoweth returning to 'Glee'
Christmas is past, but "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy is promising more Holiday episodes - as in Holly Holiday, the sex-education teacher played by Gwyneth Paltrow in November. The Oscar-winning actress will be reprising her role in episodes 15 and 16 this season.
"She's coming back specifically to date Will," the glee-club coach played by Matthew Morrison, Murphy told Entertainment Weekly. The two actors "have become really good friends in real life and had really good chemistry," he said.
Paltrow, he added, "comes back [to film] in January . . ."
Paltrow also sings her own vocals in her new flick, "Country Song," in which she portrays a fallen country star looking for a comeback.
Kristin Chenoweth also will be returning as filthy-rich reprobate April Rhodes in a multi-episode arc toward season's end.
Murphy also said Lady Gaga's still-unreleased new single, "Born This Way," will be used in a March or April episode focused on closeted gay bully Karofsky (Max Adler).
"This show is by nature optimistic and I think a character like Karofsky could turn to booze or pills or alcohol and kill [himself] or do something dark," Murphy said. "But I also love Max and I love that character and I sort of want that character to have a happy ending. So I don't really know what that's going to be, but I do know we're going to do a whole episode that's about that song."