For the second consecutive season, “Glee” opted to air an episode unrelated to Thanksgiving on the beloved Thursday holiday.
This year, however, “Glee” is forgoing the Thanksgiving theme completely. Next week’s episode, which also serves as the fall finale, shifts its attention directly to Christmas.
Entitled “Previously Unaired Christmas,” the episode, which is fictitiously pitched as an episode FOX would not allow to air last year, will also mark the end of “Glee”‘s run in the Thursday at 9PM timeslot. When it returns from hiatus on February 25, 2014, it will do so in its new Tuesday at 8PM slot.
A first look at the episode, including the full synopsis, still images and two behind-the-scenes shots, follows:
Sue Sylvester introduces the episode as a Christmas special that FOX did not allow to air from last year. The members of New Directions audition for roles in McKinley’s living Nativity Scene. Meanwhile in New York, Rachel, Kurt and Santana work as Santa’s elves at a mall in the all-new “Previously Unaired Christmas” episode of GLEE airing on Thursday, Dec. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GLE-508) (TV-14 D, L)
Cast: Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester; Lea Michele as Rachel Berry; Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel; Kevin McHale as Artie; Jenna Ushkowitz as Tina; Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez; Darren Criss as Blaine Anderson; Chord Overstreet as Sam Evans; Jacob Artist as Jake Puckerman; Melissa Benoist as Marley Rose; Becca Tobin as Kitty Wilde; Alex Newell as Wade “Unique” Adams; Blake Jenner as Ryder Lynn; and Lauren Potter as Becky Jackson.
Guest Cast: Dot Marie Jones as Coach Beiste