Looks like Sue Sylvester will be picking on someone her own size — or at least in her own age group — during Glee‘s third season. When I spoke to exec producer Ryan Murphy in June, he noted that he was working on “an amazing 20-episode arc for Jane Lynch” that would partly focus on her character’s campaign for Congress, and now, TVLine has discovered that her political rival will also have ties to [WARNING: SPOILER AHEAD!] William McKinley High School.
Yes, folks, according to buzz circulating in Glee circles on Emmy day, Our Lady of Track Suits will be facing off against none other than Kurt’s dad, Burt Hummel (Mike O’Malley), in her race for office. That’s good news for fans of the always terrific O’Malley, who was nominated for the 2010 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series on the strength of his portrayal of a gruff, widower dad grappling to embrace and support his high-maintenance gay teenage son. Pairing up O’Malley with Emmy winner Lynch opens up the possibility for some serious dramatic fireworks, while tethering Sue’s new story arc to the corridors of McKinley.
Last spring, O’Malley was cast in the Fox pilot Family Album, but said he was still guaranteed six episodes on Season 3 of Glee. With the former show not having earned a spot on Fox’s schedule, and O’Malley now Sue’s Political Enemy No. 1, who’s hoping we see more Burt Hummel in Season 3? Sound off below, and to stay up to date on all the latest Glee news, follow TVLine on Twitter @TVLineNews.