Idina Menzel: Headed Back to Glee!

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We know who is leaving Glee after next season. But now we have major scoop on someone who will be returning:

Deadline Hollywood reports that Idina Menzel is nearing a deal that would bring her back to the show as Rachel's mom - for up to 12 episodes!

Idina Menzel on Glee

Menzel originated the role of Shelby Corcoran on season one. No word yet on just how or why she'll return, but it's safe to assume Shelby will play a significant role in Rachel's post-high school plans.

"I'm really excited the that Idina is joining the family again," said Ryan Murphy. "We missed her last year and we're happy that she is coming back."

We agree! This gives us hope that season three really will focus on character development, as various Glee spoilers have teased.

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Glee Quotes

Rachel: I'm just scared. I haven't been this scared in my whole life. You know, when I was in high school and I had all these big Broadway dreams, I just got used to everyone laughing at me and I figured one day I would make it and I would show them that I'm not a joke anymore. And then I did and it all fell apart and I realized that there is a whole different kind of lauging that is way worse. So...I can't. I can't fail again.
Mercedes: Rachel, we're all going to fail again and again...the hardest part is just getting up, shaking it off, and getting on with it. Let me tell you this, when you sing? Nobody's laughing.

God as my witness, I will break her down.

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