Glee season three launches on Sky 1 September 22nd

by Lisa McGarry

Corey Monteith as Finn Hudson in Glee Season 3

The third season of GLEE, the smash-hit, award-winning musical comedy comes exclusively to Sky 1 HD from Thursday 22nd September, airing just days after its US broadcast.

A pop culture phenomenon, GLEE follows an optimistic teacher at McKinley High (WILL SCHUESTER played by Matthew Morrison) as he tries to inspire a group of oddball teenagers to realize their true star potential and restore the school’s show choir, New Directions, to its former glory. Hampering Will’s musical ambitions at every turn is nemesis, SUE SYLVESTER (Golden Globe® winner Jane Lynch), the conniving cheerleading coach of The Cheerios, who this season takes her anti-Glee campaign to a whole new level as she runs for Congress on a ‘no arts’ platform – to put a stop to glee clubs nationwide, not just the New Directions.

Viewers last saw New Directions head to New York for Nationals, where they failed to rank in the top ten and as they return to McKinley High, Will sets his sights on taking the Glee Club back to (and winning) Nationals. He sets about on a recruitment drive – charging the kids with helping to bolster the club’s dwindling enrollment but soon discovers he may need to break his own rules in order to achieve his objective.

The aspiring stars of New Directions returning for a new term include RACHEL (Lea Michele) and KURT (Golden Globe® winner, Chris Colfer) who, inspired by their Broadway experience, set their sights on colleges… only to discover they aren’t as uniquely talented as they had always assumed. FINN (Cory Monteith), who still finds himself the target of Slushee facials compliments of the school’s hockey team and QUINN (Dianna Agron), who quits the Glee Club and falls in with a considerably darker crowd.

Powerhouse diva MERCEDES (Amber Riley), will start the new term with a new love interest in the shape of MARCUS (LaMarcus Tinker, Friday Night Lights), a McKinley Titans’ linebacker. BRITTANY (Heather Morris) and SANTANA (Naya Rivera) return to the Cheerios, with Santana discovering she has a new and surprising adversary in the form of BECKY JOHNSON (Lauren Potter).

Completing the chorus line are ARTIE (Kevin McHale), and TINA (Jenna Ushkowitz), PUCK (Mark Salling), and last season’s newest recruit, LAUREN ZIZES (Ashley Fink).

Stepping onto the stage this season and fresh from winning The Glee Project, Damian McKinty is set to join McKinley High as RORY, a foreign exchange student who moves in with Brittany’s family. Fellow Glee Project winners Samuel Larson, Lindsay Pierce and Alex Newell will also make their debut appearances alongside new addition, American Dreams actress Vanessa Lengies who will star as SUGAR, one of McKinley’s ‘mean girls’.