Glee returns for Season 4 on Thursday, Sept. 13 (Fox, 9/8c) with some big names — Kate Hudson! — and some big changes, and we’ve got a sneak peek at the new school year, which finds Rachel getting knocked down a peg.
“I bet you were a big star in Iowa,” Hudson’s tough-as-nails NYADA instructor tells the former New Directions soloist. Yes, she got the state wrong, which should tell you everything you need to know about Rachel’s place in this hierarchy.
Meanwhile, there’s a battle brewing back at McKinley High to save the integrity of the glee club. Maybe the return of The Glee Project runner-up Alex Newell as “Unique” — which leads to a hilarious Brittany zinger — will help?