Hamptonite Gwyneth Paltrow will be among the stars returning to Fox’s musical hit Glee for its two-part 100th episode celebration on March 18 and 25.
Paltrow won an Emmy for her guest-starring role as substitute teacher Holly Holiday during the show’s second season. During her time on the show she sang covers of Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” (watch the video below), Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” and Adele’s “Turning Tables,” and received surprisingly high praise from critics. It seems Paltrow’s hubby Chris Martin isn’t the only one with pipes in their family.
Paltrow’s character was also a hit with fans. During her time on the show, Holly Holiday dated glee club coach Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), provided sex counseling to newlywed naive guidance counselor Emma (Jayma Mays) and dentist Carl Howell (John Stamos), and she helped cheerleaders Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana (Naya Rivera) express their love for each other.
This year, in Glee‘s Season 5, Paltrow is expected to sing a cover of Florence + the Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over,” as well as an as-of-yet-unannounced second song.
In addition to Paltrow, Glee will welcome back guest-star Kristin Chenoweth (who played drunk glee club alum April Rhodes), as well as original cast members Dianna Agron (Quinn), Heather Morris (Brittany), Mark Sailing (Puck), Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Harry Shum Jr. (Mike Chang). Glee was hit with real-life tragedy last summer when star Cory Monteith fatally overdosed on a combination of heroin and alcohol. Monteith, who was 31, had been open about his struggles with addiction and was taking a leave from the show so he could go to rehab. While the show did kill off his character, Finn Hudson, creator Ryan Murphy opted not to give a reason for the character’s death and instead crafted an episode around memorializing and celebrating his life.
Murphy has confirmed that Glee will conclude in Season 6, to air next year.
Watch Paltrow perform “Forget You” as Holly Holiday in Glee Season 2 below.