Harry Shum Jr. bumped up to regular on 'Glee'

glee-duetsImage Credit: FoxLooks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of Mike “Other Asian” Chang on Glee: Harry Shum Jr. has been promoted to a series regular. Now maybe he can have some more lines! Or maybe a Mike Chang-focused episode? If Glee can give Terri as much screen time as it did this week, it can give the mysterious Mike Chang some more robust storylines. We can’t be too far from a Mike/Tina-centric installment, can we?

Shum has definitely had a bigger role this season, from his “Sing” duet with Tina to his “Make ‘Em Laugh” number with Matthew Morrison a few days ago. But I can’t be alone in wanting more Mike Chang. I mean, look at the guy dance:

Ugh, I love him. Given how bendy and emotive he is as a dancer (see above), he’d crush “If I Only Had a Brain” from The Wizard of Oz. (Now that I think of it, why hasn’t there been a Wizard of Oz ep of Glee? Hmm….) I also feel like “Mr. Cellophane” would be a perfect anthem for the once-invisible Mr. Chang, but Kurt sang it in the pilot.

Okay, PopWatchers, what number do you want to see Harry Shum Jr. perform? What should his break-out song be?

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  • rebecca

    If we’re going purely with songs from musicals… what about “Ladies Choice” from Hairspray? :-)

    • Marcus

      I’d support that ten fold!!!!

  • Rolo Tomasi

    What? Glee news on EW? What a crazy concept.

    • Rolo Tomasi

      He should perform Mr. Roboto by Styx

      • Lorie

        Great idea! That would be so cool.

    • Greg

      *Gasp* I know, right? I mean, EW covering -entertainment- news?! Utterly Shocking! I’m writing a sternly worded letter RIGHT NOW to demand they start covering the White House.

      • Rolo Tomasi

        The point being, they cover Glee excessively with numerous article every day.

      • Bobby’s Robot

        And then, of course, there are the people who complain about it excessively.

      • goat


      • Rolo Tomasi

        Yup, that’s my goal is to point out how ludicrous it is when other shows are neglected and this show wasn’t even in the top 20 rated shows last week.

      • Traci

        @ Rolo They post about Glee because we click on the articles.

      • i love lamp

        @ Rolo – almost half of the top 20 shows are sporting events or reality tv – take those out and Glee is among the top 20 scripted shows.

  • John T.

    Poor Dijon Talton (Matt) must be really upset, ousted to make room for the new guy and the other dancer gets bumped to a regular.

    • Woot

      I feel bad too, but there didn’t seem to be any potential in his character.

      • John T.

        I understand, that’s show business for you.

  • Doug

    All Glee needs is a new regular. The characters are stretched thin enough as it is. In two months, they’ll have 50 characters who say one line per episode.

    • Tank Girl

      But it gives EW an excuse to write about Glee so who cares?

  • Kath

    yay!!! I cannot wait to see more of Mike Chang :)

  • damian

    I have always appreciated the eye candy he provides but I can’t help but think there are a million other good looking asian kids who actually look like they belong in high school, can dance AND can sing not getting an opportunity to be on a show about singing kids. There is zero chemistry between the actors that play Mike and Tina and on top of that they have the same last name (although Tina’s is Cohen-Chang).

    • Or Bosley!

      How do you know Harry Shum Jr. can’t sing? The show hasn’t really given him a chance. He may surprise you one day.

      Also, everyone in the cast in the cast is at least in their mid twenties. I think Harry looks as much like a high schooler as any of the other cast members. So to say he shouldn’t get this role because he isn’t in high school is kinda lame, dude.

      • Rhonda

        Everyone isn’t in their twenties. I think that Amber Riley (Mercedes), is actually still a teenager.

  • Chichi

    Now make Max Adler a reg too and I’m shippin’ this ish hard!

  • steph

    yessssssss FINALLY. I could watch him dance all day.

  • Angie

    I’m glad he’s been given a spotlight performances in 2 episodes (Duets and Paltrow epi’s).

  • Dani C

    I loooove the idea of a Wizard of Ep…Mike would kill “If i only had a brain”! And I also wouldn’t mind seeing he and Mr. Schue do a little “Anything you can do, I can do better” Could be epic watching these to really go at it!!

  • Angie

    LOL – I thought he was a regular.

  • Adwina Lambert

    as long as he dances shirtless that’s fine by me tee-hee!

  • DC

    I think if they were to ever do a Michael Jackson episode Mike Chang would be amazing doing some of MJ’s moves. Smooth Criminal (just for the dance moves) Remember the Time (as a tribute to Tina) etc etc. Chang as MJ = instant classic

    • Cat

      Oh yes!
      Maybe they’ll feature him in the Thriller ep.

  • Robbie

    His acting has improved with the added material, well deserved promotion. Now they need to give him a dance routine with Brittany. Those two are always fantastic in any dance number, no matter how small their role is in the number my eyes are drawn to them because they are so good.

  • Heather

    Two options:

    Another ‘Singing in the Rain’ song: Broadway Melody (Gotta Dance)
    Mike’s song in Chorus Line: I Can Do That

    Both are ‘dance-based’ songs, so would fit into his niche.

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