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January 31, 2011  | by: Alissa Katz

Glee's New Directions

Something evil will be lurking in the dark after Superbowl XLV. Fox’s Glee will air a brand new episode following the biggest televised event of the year, featuring a rendition of Michael Jackson’s iconic 80s music video.

The post-Superbowl episode on Feb. 6 will include a mash-up that includes the King of Pop’s ‘Thriller’ and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ ‘Heads Will Roll.’

The number, argued to be the best one in the episode, takes place during halftime at McKinley High School’s football championship game. The cast goes all out with their zombie makeup, not leaving out the gushing scars and protruding bones.

According to Entertainment Weekly, this episode will be Glee’s biggest financially. It set the show back somewhere between $3 to 5 million, and money wasn’t the only burden. Shooting unexpectedly cost more time since a few cast members came down with the flu in December when the scene was originally set to film. Kevin McHale, who plays Artie, said he recorded the lead vocals to the mash-up with a 102-degree fever.

The episode is not a tribute to Michael Jackson alone, since New Directions will also sing covers of songs by the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Antebellum and Katy Perry.

The installment will be the show’s first since their very Glee Christmas, which aired December 7.

Gleeks have even more to look forward to when another new episode will air at the show’s regularly scheduled slot Tuesday, Feb. 8.

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