'Glee' Season 2 Spoilers: Kurt's boyfriend, tribute episodes, and NYC

cory-monteith-glee-return.jpgThe " Glee" finale aired only days ago, and we're already missing our Sue Sylvester fix. We've got the best-selling soundtracks and reruns to keep us Gleeking out all summer -- plus the novel -- but we're still counting down the days to Season 2. "Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy tells EW what we can expect next fall for all of our favorite characters.

"We're plotting the first 11 and we already know the first six of them and they're really big fun, moving episodes," Murphy says. The writers haven't lost their focus. "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."

The Madonna tribute episode this spring was a fan favorite and produced a No. 1 record, and Murphy says there's more where that came from. "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," he says. Ahem, Ryan, Zap2it has some ideas.

In Season 1, we watched the heartbreaking scenes where Kurt ( Chris Colfer) and his father ( Mike O'Malley) came to terms with his sexuality. In Season 2, Kurt will finally get that much-anticipated boyfriend when a new guy joins New Directions. "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."

Kurt isn't the only one who will have some luck in the romance department! Mercedes ( Amber Riley) is going to have a love interest of her own. We hope he'll treat her better than Puck did during their brief fling.

We already know that a Christian singer will join the club. Murphy says she'll be a little bit country -- they're looking for someone with a Carrie Underwood vibe, and she'll be a rival to Rachel ( Lea Michele). They're not looking to make fun of the character, though... at least, no more than they make fun of everyone else. "We've taken a couple jabs at the right wing this year, so what I want to do with this character is have someone who Christian kids and parents can recognize and say, 'Oh, look - I'm represented there, too," Murphy says. "When people hear we're going to do that, they will expect that we're making fun of her. We're not. The show is about inclusiveness and about giving voices to a lot of people."

As for the competition? Murphy says that the season will end with Show Choir Nationals in New York City. Can New Directions get there, even after losing Regionals? "I don't know if they'll make it -- we haven't figured that out," Murphy says.

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