In today's perfect casting news, Kathy Griffin will appear on an up-coming episode of Glee! as Tammy Jean, a judge at regionals who is "recent Tea Party candidate and home schooler -- a Sarah Palin type." I smell Emmy number 3.
Show creater Ryan Murphy said the purpose of this character is to make the show more open to religious conservatives. No really, he said that:
"We've taken a couple jabs at the right wing this year," he said to TV Guide. "So what I want to do with this character is have someone who Christian kids and parents can recognize and say, 'Oh, look -- I'm represented there, too!' If we're trying to form a world of inclusiveness, we've got to include that point of view as well."
Then he laughed and yelled Psyche! It's Kathy Griffin! Home school moms think she's the Anti-Christ! That's why I cast her!
OK, he didn't say that but he should have.
h/t LC NY Bureau Chief Doug