Scoop: Glee Casts Skylar Astin in 'Explosive' Role

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Skylar Astin GleeTalk about a Pitch Perfect piece of casting.

Skylar Astin has booked a guest stint on Glee in a role that will likely draw comparisons to the character he played in last year’s big-screen musical-comedy hit.

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According to sources, the actor-singer — who’s currently starring in TBS’ rookie sitcom Ground Floor — will play Jean-Baptiste, the lead singer of Throat Explosion (aka New Directions’ competition at Nationals).

As confirmed by Darren Criss’ Instagram account (see photo, above), Astin’s episode is currently in production and is slated to air in March.



Comments (84)

  • Aw, I was wishing his role was more substantial than that. Oh well, it’ll be great to see him on the show!

    Comment by A – December 11, 2013 07:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes, Yes and YES!

    Comment by Mark – December 11, 2013 07:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • lmao way to make the Lima leads look bad! Skyler is so much better then Darren Criss, Chord Overstreet and the model of mediocrity Nebwies! Thank God he was smart enough to just do a guest shot and be be stuck in the crap fest Lima is!

    Comment by Glee – December 11, 2013 07:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree with you. Lima with will fade to black with Skylar on the show. He is so charismatic. Just outshines and eclipses Darren.

      Comment by Mena – December 12, 2013 01:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good role for him. He’ll just be added to the other pointless guest stars.

    Comment by Bryn – December 11, 2013 07:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • lol well there goes any realistic chance on ND winning anything. then again it’s glee.

    Comment by none – December 11, 2013 07:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He’s kind of old. I would have guessed him in one of the coaching roles.

    Comment by Tiffany – December 11, 2013 07:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I guess Skylar is set up for just 1 episode since he is busy with his show but WHAT A WASTE OF TALENT!!. Glee could use a good actor/singer in Lima and make it more interesting. And He is so gonna win….well, it´s Glee. It´s not about good singers/vocals anymore. At least, not in Lima

    Comment by may – December 11, 2013 07:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It was like VA

      Comment by telly – December 11, 2013 07:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh man… I was hopin he was going to be on NY! You know the only good part of Glee now…

    Comment by snuggs – December 11, 2013 07:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The gaga choir. They scared me.

    Comment by tina – December 11, 2013 07:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love the sexual innuendos that the Glee Club names have.

    Comment by Jess – December 11, 2013 07:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Except this one is a bit jarring. Probably on purpose.

      Comment by telly – December 11, 2013 07:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And the fact that they never directly acknowledge it. 5 seasons and not once has somebody made a “nude erections” reference. A rare case of embracing subtlety in their writing.

      Comment by wordsmith – December 11, 2013 07:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I thought ND was the only one with the innuendo?

      Comment by wefouj – December 11, 2013 08:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jean Baptiste. So French.

    Comment by raspberries – December 11, 2013 07:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh la la. I hope he’s very gays and very pretentious. But then I thought the same thing when I heard Glamberts character name

      Comment by telly – December 11, 2013 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Gaga I mean. Stupid autocorrct.

        Comment by telly – December 11, 2013 07:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TinaNOOo.gif

    Comment by JEli – December 11, 2013 07:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I could have sworn they already competed in Nationals. The competition format has gotten so boring, I have no idea who Throat Explosion is or why Glee is having Nationals in the middle of the season.

    Comment by Taylor – December 11, 2013 07:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The senior year has been split between season 4 and partially 5

      Comment by JEli – December 11, 2013 07:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Unlike previous seasons, last season didn’t show a complete school year. The season finale last year showed “regionals,” which seems to be sometime during late winter/early spring. This season picked up immediately after that and depicts the end of that school year, including “nationals.”

      Comment by CMG – December 11, 2013 07:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • That’s really weird, but thanks for the clarification. Glee, for no good reason, decides to screw with the timeline in the 4th and 5th season? Heh. Maybe I’ll tune into this episode for Skylar. Season 4 was so bad that I haven’t watched a single episode of season 5.

        Comment by Taylor – December 11, 2013 07:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Yeah it’s bs. Idk why they won’t write the timeline so it makes sense. There’s no overall arch anyway, each ep is filler.

          Wwish it was more…. continuous.

          Comment by cherie – December 11, 2013 07:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • They screw with the timeline because if they didn’t, the only kids left in school would be the newbies and people would care even less about the McKinley storyline.

          Comment by wordsmith – December 12, 2013 01:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sigh I thought maybe he would interact with Lea/Rachel but I guess he will just have a small guest part with Lima.

    Comment by Amy – December 11, 2013 07:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Way to old for being in HS glee, this is ridiculous!

    Comment by DavidSask – December 11, 2013 07:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wish he was for the NY side of the show, but I guess once again ND won’t deserve to win. I haven’t thought they deserved to win Sectionals or Regionals this cycle.

    Comment by Lori – December 11, 2013 07:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well they definitely aren’t that great anymore..

      Comment by Josh – December 11, 2013 09:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ND vs mini Gagas. Gaga is about disarming spectacle, and this club seems to practice every hour of the day. I don’t fancy their chances.

    Comment by frank – December 11, 2013 07:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was really hoping that he’d join the NY gang and work with Lea. I may have tuned back into the show for that.

    Comment by V – December 11, 2013 07:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glee hasn’t moved to Nyc. I don’t think they will. I heard 1D are going to be on the lima side next year.

    Comment by stylesmalik – December 11, 2013 07:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thank god we’re not getting another guest star in NYC when really what they should be doing is let the seniors graduate and move there.

    Comment by SS – December 11, 2013 07:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They can bring Jean with them ^¥^

      Comment by skylarastinrocks – December 11, 2013 07:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes :$

        Comment by noclaire – December 11, 2013 08:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Pack him in a suitcase ;3

        Comment by madras – December 11, 2013 08:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • most of us don’t want Blam in NY , just leave Rachel,Naya, and Kurt alone. When Blam gets there they will take all the screen time.

      Comment by san – December 11, 2013 08:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I want blamtina to have their own apartment

        Comment by freema – December 11, 2013 08:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I want them to live together but I don’t want that apartment anywhere close to the Hummelberry Lopez residence. But we can’t get what we want and Sam will probably hook up with Rachel >.<

          Comment by Amanda – December 11, 2013 08:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • There’s also Artie, who I assume it will be convenient for to live on campus?
            I predict a lot of apartment jumping because some of these kids are high strung. Part of me hopes it’s like a season of friends except maybe not as close as being neighbours.

            Comment by freema – December 11, 2013 08:23 PM PDT  
      • No, They won´t get screen time. They will be swaging in the back again but they will make NYC boring and Sam is so boring for Rachel and Chord in not a good screen partner to Lea but I hope Blam move out to LA

        Comment by mary – December 11, 2013 09:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, right!! Lets Blam graduate and move on to NYC so they can RUIN THE ONLY GOOD PART OF GLEE!!!

      Comment by mary – December 11, 2013 08:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Aw no, they’re sweethearts.

        Comment by freema – December 11, 2013 08:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I don’t care if they can cure the blind, Sam and Blaine are boring and hog screentime with mediocre songs and stupid story lines. I don’t want them in NY either. I’m okay with Artie, Tina, and eventually Kitty going there, but the show should definitely only focus on Rachel, Santana, and Kurt if it wants to be decent and watchable again.

          Comment by Amanda – December 11, 2013 09:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Absolutely!!

            Comment by Mena – December 12, 2013 02:05 PM PDT  
      • Well they have post school plans in the big Apple. That’s their decision. They have friends there and its where they want to work and go to school.

        Comment by brittanad – December 11, 2013 08:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Its called glee club not sex and the city. It should remain 50 per cent lima until the end of season 6

        Comment by wefouj – December 11, 2013 08:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • The Lima side is killing the show right now, their best actors are currently in NY. Since last season when the focus was on Blam and the newbies the ratings have declined, right now only about 3 million people watch the show and others fast forward thru the Limas side. What story in Lima is interesting right now, has their been any character development? Does anyone care about Jarley?

          Comment by tj – December 11, 2013 08:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • It doesn’t matter what side the show focuses on, NY or Lima, they’re hemorrhaging viewers and it would take something major to get people back. I mean, this last episode featured a lot about the NY gang (and no Blam/Blaine/Klaine, in sight) – and yet it had the lowest ratings in the show’s history (that wasn’t on a holiday). I do agree, though, that overall the show needs to narrow its focus and tell the stories of the graduated/soon to be graduated characters – in particular, Rachel, Kurt, Blaine, and Santana. They are by far the show’s most popular group and I think part of the problem is that they have way too much going on and are trying to do too much.

            Comment by Ann – December 11, 2013 08:58 PM PDT  
          • Chord and Jenna are popular next, and I would have Artie always because hes been there pretty much all the time.

            Comment by ylv – December 11, 2013 09:07 PM PDT  
          • It is too late, my point was more they started losing viewers last season when the focus was on Lima and people were hoping it would change, but it did not. There was a bait and switch tactic being used, the promos would show Finn, Rachel and Kurt, but some episodes they were barely in. You screw your fans and they stop watching.

            Comment by tj – December 11, 2013 09:11 PM PDT  
          • People like Artie, and maybe we can keep kitty.

            Comment by bda – December 11, 2013 09:13 PM PDT  
          • @Ann If you want to blame NY for the poor Christmas episode ratings, I don’t think it’s a very accurate assessment. Viewers wouldn’t know whether Lima or NY would be featured going into an episode. As a former live viewer, after watching the previous episode that was mostly about Blaine and puppets, I didn’t tune into the next one. Fans have given up on Glee as a whole, and the McKinley part of the show has been the main focus during its rapid decline.

            Comment by Tim – December 11, 2013 09:26 PM PDT  
          • Not many people viewed TPM, as they were all eating Turkey doubt that made an impact. What threw me, was that the next episode didn’t fit into the timeline, so where was the continuity?

            Comment by effrington – December 11, 2013 09:33 PM PDT  
          • Its been disposable television all too often since Cory went. There’s no point to any of the things the characters might do in order to reach the punchline.

            Comment by pamfinchels – December 11, 2013 09:36 PM PDT  
          • If what you’re saying is glee doesn’t make sense. It is one of those shows that requires a lot of its viewers. When it comes to suspension of disbelief and just switching off your brain.

            Comment by admittedly – December 11, 2013 09:40 PM PDT  
          • @effrington Glee hasn’t had a concept of a timeline for quite a while. The show is supposed to currently be set in April/May of 2013 and they’ve been singing songs by Lady GaGa, Katy Perry and Robin Thicke that weren’t released until later that year. Nothing makes sense. Extending the school year, to watch a continuation of a terrible season 4, was a fail of epic proportions.

            Comment by Timeline? – December 11, 2013 10:25 PM PDT  
          • To Ann. I agree with a lot of what you’ve said. But, the writing has been awful. NY is only thing that has the potential for something new creativity songs, stories, character evolvement, the writers need to get started. Graduate the seniors already. Move them onto wherever. Bye bye. Get gone. They to get the NY party started. They keep dragging it out with the drivel of Lima. Glee sucks so badly. I just don’t have the patience to wait for the drivel to end.

            Comment by Mena – December 12, 2013 02:13 PM PDT  
      • lol right? Rachel, Kurt and Santana are doing just fine on their own

        Comment by Cam – December 11, 2013 08:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • . I still want Heather back, still want Brittana. As much as I enjoy Santana tormenting hummelberry and vice versa.

          Comment by hal – December 11, 2013 08:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lady Gagas artpop was uninspired though. What’s the relevance of a choir who worships a contemporary artist who relies on shock value.

    Comment by freema – December 11, 2013 08:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • How can a bunch of Katys and Gagas compete against a bunch of Gagas. Well, it’s obvious again. Their differences will be their strength.

      Comment by themuse – December 11, 2013 08:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I never got how the glee clubs differences were their strengths. Like whenever they’re against Vocal Adrenaline, how did being different help?

        Comment by lolidk – December 11, 2013 08:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • something to do with Funk.
          And not being robotic

          Comment by hell if i remember – December 11, 2013 08:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • individuality. But I don’t know not too much about how the panels judge showchoir. I think choir is about working seamlessly together, but with your own small flair.

            Comment by hatty – December 11, 2013 08:37 PM PDT  
        • They weren’t trained or overpolished

          Comment by ylv – December 11, 2013 08:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Idk who that is but he’s pretty too.

    Comment by themuse – December 11, 2013 08:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t get why people are complaining about his age. He’s younger than Jenna Ushkowitz and Becca Tobin, the same age as Darren Criss, and only a year older than Melissa Benoist. If we’re going to get on them about age, Mark Salling and Corey Monteith were a year older than Skyler currently is when Glee started and they were supposed to be Sophomores. They’re closer in age to Matthew Morrison than Chris Colfer, their “classmate.” And Corey was closer in age to Jayma Mays than he was to Lea Michele (not by a lot but still).

    Comment by H – December 11, 2013 08:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I miss Cory :(

      Comment by noclaire – December 11, 2013 08:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You are not alone. Glee misses Cory,too. They really don’t know how to continue the stories without him, therefore so many filler episodes. They wasted his talents last season, now it is too late to rectify the situation.

        Comment by tj – December 11, 2013 08:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • So much said that is truth. I bet Glee writers are wishing in hindsight today. Cory was such a huge piece of Glee’s puzzle.

          Comment by Mena – December 12, 2013 02:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How haven’t they pulled together a Spring Awakening Mini-Reunion yet with Rachel/Tina/Jesse St. James/Nurse Penny and now Jean-Baptiste?

    Comment by Kalee – December 11, 2013 08:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So that’s four Spring Awakening alums or did I lose count?

    Comment by dude – December 11, 2013 09:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Lea, Jonathan Groff, Skylar, Jenna and Phoebe Strole (Sam’s nurse crush) so that’s 5!

      Comment by Maggie – December 11, 2013 09:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is going to be another one of those instances where they tell us ND won even though anyone with ears can tell the other show choir was way better isn’t it?

    Comment by Thomas – December 11, 2013 09:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Potentially. I hate when they do that, can’t they write it so it makes sense,

      Comment by minton – December 11, 2013 09:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ah, the glee comments section… where being endlessly negative has become an art form…

    Comment by murley – December 11, 2013 10:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Personally, I’m wondering when, if ever, last year’s “season” is going to end. We’ve had the FALL FINALE and they kids still haven’t had Nationals, prom, or graduation.

    So, WHEN WILL THEY?

    Even though they have 14 episodes left this season and one more 22-episode season after that, I’m getting the sense that only one more year of life in Lima is gonna be covered. That’d make Rachel a Junior at NYADA, which means never seeing her character graduate.

    And I’m still ticked off that they have never moved away that much from the original cast; this show would feel a lot fresher if they were making more NEW stars every season, and keeping their focus more on McKinley High.

    Comment by Craig Hansen – December 12, 2013 03:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If they failed to make ‘NEW stars’ it’s surely not for lack of trying! The Glee Project was about nothing else but finding new stars. The new Lima-cast is about nothing else but finding new stars. But actors becoming stars is just something you can’t force to happen, if the audience doesn’t accept those new faces. You can’t force someone to become a breakout star if people just aren’t interested in them. No matter how much screentime you give them. No matter how much you sideline the people the audience actually wants to see.
      Does anyone still remember ‘magical’ Damian McGinty? Is he in any way still relevant to the show? Has he ever really been? Was there any point in wasting so much screentime on his irrelevant character? No. But OMG did they try to make him happen! Same goes for most of the permanent additions to the cast ever since the start of season two. The producers decide about what actors they want to promote, shove them into the spotlight and start telling everyone how great they are supposed to be. But the viewers decide about their favorites for themselves! They don’t start loving and rooting for some random actors and characters, because the writers tell them to do so, even more so if it’s at the cost of beloved actors and characters.
      The powers behind Glee failed to recreate the show’s original success, because they 1) introduced pointless screentime-suckers and bland copies who are ment to replace the original cast but lack all the quirks and qualities that made the original cast special and 2) sidelined or dismissed anyone, old or new, who could actually be an asset to the show so as to not distract from the few chosen ones. Those mistakes made them achieve exactly the opposite of what they wanted: They ruined most of the show by force-feeding the audience with a slew of replacements that just didn’t click, while most of the viewers just wanted to see ‘their’ stars they had grown to love get more screentime, development and capable on-screen-partners who would SUPPORT BUT NOT REPLACE them.

      Comment by kaley – December 12, 2013 05:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • To make this more on topic: Skylar Astin would have been a great support for the NY part of the show, but he’s just wasted on the New New Directions who consist almost solely of bland and pointless filler-characters. Way to cast pearls before swine.

        Comment by kaley – December 12, 2013 05:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Going to be a waste of an actor if he only acts opposite the incredibly mediocre Darren Criss and Chord Overstreet.

    Comment by Brian – December 12, 2013 05:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great news! He is SO cute and charismatic, I love it! Wish he’d have some interaction with Rachel though, he could be a perfect new guy for her.

    Comment by Ruby – December 12, 2013 07:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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