*On the heels of last night’s “Glee” featuring a trifecta of Jackson songs – one from the Jackson 5, one from Janet and one from Michael – a full-on Michael Jackson-themed episode is being hustled into production for a scheduled airdate of Jan. 24.
According to TV Guide, producers are planning to feature around 12 of the singer’s songs and are fast tracking the writing of the script, with the first half set to be filmed before Christmas. The second half will be completed when the actors return in early January before airing later that month.
Insiders say Michael’s family has given “their enthusiastic support” for the project and hope that it will return the focus to his music rather than his controversial death in June 2009.
Show creator Ryan Murphy says the show’s cast members are “flooding him with requests to sing their favorite Jackson numbers.”
Below, “Glee’s” Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Santana (Naya Rivera) lead a mash-up of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and Destiny Child’s “Survivor” for sectionals in the Dec. 6 episode.