Jane Lynch Jane Lynch

You've heard that comedy legend Carol Burnett is guest starring on Fox's Glee as Sue Sylvester's mother. And now here are your first details about the character and the exciting news that brings her to town during November sweeps. Looking to steal some of the glory away from the over-the-top wedding Kurt's planning for his dad and Finn's mom (think doves and glitter!), Sue (Jane Lynch) announces to the school that she, too, is getting married. To whom, you ask? All I'll say is that it's the only person Sue views as her equal.

Then Carol breezes in as mama Doris Sylvester. "She and I sing a duet, 'Why, Oh Why, Oh Why, Did I Leave Ohio' from [the Broadway musical] Wonderful Town," reveals Jane, explaining that Sue's mom and dad abandoned her in Ohio so she could take care of disabled sister Jean while they took off hunting Nazis. "I guess all the Nazis have been caught, so Mother comes back — but there's still a lot of resentment. We're going to see another level of Sue's vulnerability. This has a lot to do with why Sue is so mean." As for working with Carol, "I'm a little nervous, but I can't wait to get in scenes with her," Jane says. "It's like playing tennis with a master."  

Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine now!