New Directions will channel Michael Jackson during the Super Bowl episode

When “Glee” returns to the airwaves after the Super Bowl on Feb. 6, the episode will be the series’ most ambitious yet. The special episode (which will undoubtedly have its largest audience to date) will pay homage to both football and the King of Pop when New Directions performs “Thriller” at a football game halftime show. “It was a huge production. We we’re shooting that until 6:30 in the morning,” “Glee” star Cory Monteith (Finn) told “Access Hollywood” during the Television Critics Association press tour. “We shot all night, and it was probably one of the most physical numbers that we’ve ever done. I was lifting Naya Rivera at one point in the dance. It was really active. We had the whole USC band wrapped in to this number as you can see in the photos. It was awesome.”

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