'Glee': Idina Menzel returns in a big way

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idina-menzel-glee-s1.jpgWe still have yet to meet Rachel's two dads on "Glee," but we'll be seeing a lot more of her mom in the coming season.

Idina Menzel, who appeared in five episodes of the show's first season, will return for Season 3. And while at first blush it sounds like co-creator Ryan Murphy is already going back on the no-guest-stars pledge he made a few weeks ago, that may not necessarily be the case.

Why? Because Menzel will be around for about half the season. Deadline reports that she's signed on for as many as 10 or 12 episodes, and her character, Shelby Corcoran, will take a teaching job at McKinley High School.

When we last saw Shelby, she had adopted Quinn's ( Dianna Agron) baby, said goodbye to Rachel ( Lea Michele) -- whom she had given up for adoption as a teenager -- and headed off to New York. Her return (along with the baby's, we're presuming) will make life more complicated for Rachel and Will ( Matthew Morrison), who had a fling with Shelby when she was the coach of Vocal Adrenaline.

There's no word yet on when Menzel will make her first appearance on "Glee's" third season, which premieres Sept. 20.

What do you think of the news? How do you think it will affect Will, Rachel and the rest of the characters?
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