The Tony Award winner will reprise her role as Rachel Berry’s biological mom Shelby Corcoran in the upcoming third season, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy told Deadline Hollywood this week.
“I’m really excited that Idina is joining the family again. We missed her last year and we’re happy that she is coming back…”
Idina first appeared in the first season as the coach of McKinley High New Directions’ rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline. Shelby will return from New York to Ohio to join McKinley High as a new teacher in a major arc that could span as many as 10 or 12 episodes. After adopting Quinn and Puck’s baby girl, she is expected to complicate matters for her daughter and her former flame, Glee club leader Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison).
Idina’s return comes on the heels of news that Rachel, Finn, and Kurt will be among the popular characters graduating at the end of the third season.