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Press Tour 411: Highlights from the 'Glee panel

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In attendance: Exec producers Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, and Dante Di Loreto, choreographer Zach Woodlee, music producer Adam Anders, and costume designer Lou Eyrich.

* Glee is going smaller in season two. “I felt instead of going bigger and over-stuffing it in season two, let’s go under it,” said co-creator Ryan Murphy. “We’re scaling it back and concentrating on the stories.” Supporting characters like Brittany, Santana, Tina, and Mike Chang will get more play and each episode will only contain four or five musical numbers. That said, Murphy isn’t doing away with the big-budget tribute episodes. Among the splashy installments planned: A Britney Spears-themed hour, a post Super Bowl episode (Murphy is in talks with a number of artists), an episode featuring all-original music, and a Christmas ep that will hopefully guest star Susan Boyle.

* Brittany is really, really stupid. “We decided she was going to be held back every year,” Murphy said when addressing the post-high school question. He also revealed that they have the first four years of the series with the original cast mapped out, but haven’t thought beyond that.

* We might be getting some Paul McCartney on Glee. Murphy received a mix tape from the legendary Beatle for consideration on the show.

* Brad the piano player is the anti-Gleek. “I’ve only given him one direction: You hate those kids,” said Murphy. “We have a whole backstory where he goes home and does voodoo dolls.”

* The title of the season premiere is “Auditions. “The idea is that even if you’re not in high school, everything in your daily life is an audition,” said Murphy.

* Hairspray director-turned-So You Think You Can Dance judge Adam Shankman will helm one of the first 10 episodes of season 2.

* Sue Sylvester is coming to a Borders near you. Will’s nemesis will pen her memoirs this season and the book will be available in bookstores.