I just got off the phone with Stephen Tobolowsky, who was talking about the upcoming 15th Anniversary Edition of Groundhog Day, which hits the shelves on DVD and Blu-ray on January 27. Towards the end of the interview, he also gave us some information about his possible return as Bob Bishop, who was killed by Zachary Quinto's Sylar this season on Heroes, and he also told us about his new show on Fox that he's filming, Glee, from Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy.
So, I know that Bob Bishop is dead on Heroes, but that often leads to more work on Heroes, which we've seen before. Have you heard anything if they'll bring your character back for guest spots or anything else in future volumes?
Stephen Tobolowsky: When we shot the Sylar death scene, they cut out the actual scene where Sylar kills me. Now, we shot that. It took a whole day to shoot this big fight I had with Sylar and, instead, they just had a reveal of me in the chair. (Executive Producer) Greg Beeman on the show said, 'You know, we're thinking of bringing you back.' I go, 'Greg, my brains have been sucked out. I bet you tell that to all the dead people on Heroes.' I have not heard anything specifically for me, myself. I'm on to a new show, which is going to be on Fox called Glee. It's being put together by Ryan Murphy, who did Nip/Tuck and it is hysterical. So, if the guys in Heroes want to bring me back, they're going to have to bring me back with kind of blonde streaks in my hair.
So can you talk about your role in Glee at all?
Stephen Tobolowsky: Oh, absolutely. First of all, the idea of the show, it's got music in it, it's about high school glee clubs, but Ryan has brought in all these ringers in from Broadway. We have all sorts of Broadway singers playing roles on the show that are incredible. The humor is decidedly dark humor, decidedly vicious. Anyway, I play the old glee club teacher who, I think I've been fired for feeling up the boys too much, but I insist that I'm not gay. I think I'm going to end up selling medical marijuana on campus for money and run a string of delousing parlors. I'm not sure, but I think that's the direction it's going in. It's enormously funny and there's all this incredible singing in it. They want to premiere it after American Idol, I heard. I don't know for sure, but that's what I heard. It has the potential for being really special.
Check back in the next few days for my full, awesome interview with Tobolowsky for the new Groundhog Day DVD.