One of the things that is important when you are a showrunner is that you manage to develop some sort of flexibility based on current events. At the start of the year, “Glee” executive producers Ryan Murphy seemingly had no thought in his head about doing any tribute episode to go along with the ones for Michael Jackson and “Saturday Night Fever” that have been planned for some time. However, then came the tragic passing of Whitney Houston.
During the “Heart” episode on Valentine’s Day, producers were kind enough to honor Whitney’s memory with a title card at the end of the episode. Even back when Houston was alive and well, the plan was to have Amber Riley’s character of Mercedes belt out a rendition of “I Will Always Love You” — and this part of the hour just happened to be a rather unusual coincidence. With this, producers have made up their mind to honor the soulful superstar further.
In news that was first reported by E! News Friday, the episode following the “Fever” tribute (and the one that will presumably air on April 24) is going to be a musical tribute to Whitney in all of her glory. However, the show is looking to supplement their story about the students preparing for graduation to Houston’s music rather than just framing the episode all around the songs and then adding some story. (Based on the Britney Spears tribute, we already know that this doesn’t work particularly well.)
While it’s not confirmed, we are betting that this will be the last tribute of this season considering that the show only has some much time from here on out to cover graduation, nationals, and set up how exactly the show is going to work with Lea Michele, Chis Colfer, and many other actors’ characters moving on to the next phase of their lives. Lea has already confirmed via Twitter that she and Naya Rivera will be tackling one duet during the episode.
What do you think about the idea of a Whitney tribute?