Meet Tonight’s Very Special GLEE Guest Star!

on the set of gleeThe TV Addict on the set of GLEE with TVGuide’s Natalie Abrams

Lost amidst the deafening buzz surrounding Emmy-winner Kristin Chenoweth’s guest spot on tonight’s brand new episode of GLEE comes the debut of Hollywood’s next big thing: Your very own TV Addict.

No, seriously.

Way back in April, I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to play what some (read: my mother) might call a pivotal role — Audience Member #24 — on the FOX hit.

Arriving promptly at noon, my day started off with a trip to my very own trailer. Or so I thought. 

Looking around at my so-called accommodations, I was shocked to discover that not only was there no satellite TV or blu-ray player, this wasn’t actually my trailer! Rather, it belonged to my “co-star”, Jane Lynch, who not only assumed I was there to do some sort of publicity designed to advance her career, but had the nerve to inform me that “extras” don’t get their own trailers.

Extras? WTF?!?!

Luckily for the cast and crew, I’m nothing if not a survivor. Which is why after only the briefest of fits, I promptly put on a brave face to meet one of GLEE’s many costume designers, who was given the arduous task of making me look like I still belonged in high school. One McKinley High letterman jacket later (would you believe my first!), and I was ready for my close-up.
Little did I know said close-up would involve me spending the next few hours (alongside fellow journos-turned-stars-waiting-to-be-discovered @natalieabrams and @msntv) trapped inside a stuffy auditorium learning how to applaud on cue as the ridiculously talented cast of GLEE performed Queen’s “Somebody to Love” again and again and again.

Now, don’t get me wrong, the first, second and even third time I watched the performance was pure magic, although I’ll admit my mind did occasional wander to a dark “I could totally do that!” place. But the 42 time… well, okay still magical — particularly when Amber Riley’s Mercedes does a solo that defines the word “showstopper” — but you people need to know that being an extra is downright exhausting! All that clapping, standing, smiling, clapping again. 

But years from now, you will all look back on tonight’s episode as the moment that a star was born… assuming I don’t wind up on the cutting room floor.

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  • natalie

    Um, lol. love it Daniel!

  • Ace

    Too funny. I’ll keep my eye out for you.

  • theTVaddict


    We’re sitting stage right, off to the side (Clearly they didn’t want us upstaging the stars!)

  • Tim

    that was funny. i’ll def look for u ‘in the crowd’. hey, u gotta start somewhere. lol very cool and funny ariticle.

  • Jennifer

    After the show airs tonight, i plan to sell various momentos from the tvaddict’s past to his millions of fans…….

  • Briana

    really? um… audience member #24: of COURSE that’s being an extra. and extra’s aren’t bad-they’re a necessity. and of COURSE they don’t get their own trailer. I would have just been happy to go, I wouldn’t have complained at all. So just get off your high horse and accept the fact that you have to start small if you want to be big.

  • Todd W in NC

    Woops. Sorry, I forgot to look for you. Did they even show many crowd shots?

    As for the episode, the plot “twist” at the end was predictable from a mile away, but the final musical number at the end made it worth it. I hope this isn’t the last Queen song the group performs.

  • Kristen

    Briana, go look up the word sarcasm in the dictionary. It’ll make life easier.

  • Ace

    Sorry, TVA, I didn’t see you either. Everytime they showed the crowd it was too dark to see anyone. You could tell that a few people in the audience were wearing that same letter jacket though.