Tim Stack
June 09, 2010 AT 07:00 PM EDT

Image Credit: Adam Rose/FoxIt’s going to be hard for Gleeks to face the long, hot summer without any new Glee episodes, now that the first season has sadly come to an end. But those rabid fans are in luck: EW has some scoop on what we’ll be seeing next year. “We’re plotting the first 11 and we already know the first six of them and they’re really big fun, moving episodes,” says co-creator Ryan Murphy. “We always go back to the idea of how does our society treat and feel about funding for the arts, and the answer is not very good.” Here’s what else Murphy says to expect in Glee‘s second season:

  • More Musical Tributes: “The Madonna episode was so popular, I think I’m gonna do two tribute episodes — one in the fall and one in the spring — and we’re figuring out who those artists are.”
  • New Characters: Murphy already let it slip that Susan Boyle might be appearing but he and producers are also looking to add some new members to the club, including a boyfriend for Kurt. “I just want him to be an everyday dude,” says Murphy. “And I want him to be sort of struggling [with his sexuality] and Kurt helps him deal with it and in the process they fall for each other.” Also look for a potential love interest for Mercedes and a Carrie Underwood-esque, Christian country singer who will be a rival to Rachel. “When people hear we’re going to do that, they will expect that we’re making fun of her,” says Murphy. “We’re not. The show is about inclusiveness and about giving voices to a lot of people.”
  • A Major Season Finale: “I know that season two ends with Nationals in New York. I don’t know if they’ll make it — we haven’t figured that out.”

What do you think PopWatchers? Are you more excited about season two? Or are you still going through Glee-withdrawal?

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