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‘Glee’ Books Lindsay Lohan and Whoopi Goldberg as Guest Stars

Whoopi Goldberg and Lindsay Lohan on Glee
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You know, I watched NBC’s ‘Smash‘ last night, and while admittedly still finding its feet, I found myself thinking that the show hopefully wouldn’t reach that ‘Glee‘ level of pop disaster.  Now, just as quickly as one ‘Glee’ casting raises hope, another sets the disaster bar way, way lower.

A pair of casting announcements, a duet if you will, as TVLine reports that Emmy-winning, Grammy-winning, Oscar-winning and Tony-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg will guest star for three episodes on FOX’s singing sensation ‘Glee.’  The flip side of that, but the one likely to receive all the buzz, is that pop tragedy Lindsay Lohan is also in talks to appear in one of the season’s final episodes.

‘The View’ host Whoopi Goldberg will appear for a three-episode arc during May Sweeps as Carmen Tibideaux, a “theatrical grande dame” and New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts professor presiding over Kurt and Rachel Berry’s auditions for the prestigious academy. Staying for roughly three episodes, it’s believed she’ll provide some kind of decision on the pair, segueing into how ‘Glee’ will play out Kurt and Rachel graduating at the end of the season.

And now…the flip side.  Though negotiations are not get complete, ‘Glee’ is courting Lindsay Lohan to appear as herself in one of the season’s final episodes, acting as a celebrity judge for the glee club Nationals competition.  ‘Glee’ would mark yet another step in the troubled actress’ “comeback” tour, having hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’ with moderate success some weeks ago.

Lohan may yet be joined by other celebrity judges on the panel, as the show has previously featured singer Josh Groban and ‘Grease’ actress / ’80s pop star Olivia-Newton John guesting as themselves.

I…I can’t.  As much as I want to cut ‘Glee’ slack and give it further time to develop its voice, I’m having flashbacks to the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con panel wherein Ryan Murphy stressed that the coming season would focus more on developing characters than featuring high-profile guest stars.  Let’s just hope they don’t allow Lindsay to sing.

‘Glee’ returns to FOX on April 10 with “Big Brother,” featuring ‘White Collar‘ star Matt Bomer guesting as Blaine (Darren Criss)’s elder brother.  What say you?  Do you like the idea of Lohan and Whoopi Goldberg guesting on the notoriously-troubled series?  Give us your take on this pair of “Lindsane” ‘Glee’ castings in the comments below!

Me?  I have my own reaction.

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