Ryan Murphy Confirms Katey Sagal For GLEE Role

Ryan Murphy Confirms Katey Sagal For GLEE RoleGLEE mastermind Ryan Murphy has taken to his Twitter to announce a pivotal bit of new casting: Katey Sagal will play Artie (Kevin McHale)'s mother on the show!

Yet, one major question still remains: will she sing?

Of course, Sagal famously once backed up legendary diva Bette Midler as one of her famous Harlettes for years in the late-1970s and early-1980s before MARRIED... WITH CHILDREN, so she certainly has got the stuff - and then some! Additionally, Sagal has released two solo albums over the years as well as contributed to the Sons of Anarchy soundtrack (a series on which she starred, created by her husband Kurt Sutter).

Murphy Tweeted: "So thrilled to announce my friend Katey Sagal is playing Artie's mom on Glee! There is nothing this woman can't do!"

Judging from his comment, we may get to hear the former Harlette sing after all!

Bette Midler is back on Broadway at long, long last these days, after all, too - starting previews in John Logan's I'LL EAT YOU LAST tonight, directed by Joe Mantello, as a matter of fact - so a former back-up singer made good would fit right in in the scheme of things in the entertainment world thus far in 2013, especially on GLEE.

Also, it has previously been announced that Broadway/Hollywood star Idina Menzel will make her grand Glee return later this month, so it is not out of the question to suspect that the two New Directions mothers may share a moment or two in the final episodes of Season Four, coming up starting later this month. Who knows what Ryan Murphy has up his sleeves for divas this dynamic and dynamite?

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So, are you particularly pumped to see this exciting new addition to the Glee family?

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