'Glee' Covers 'Grease': NeNe Leakes Guest Stars (PHOTOS)

12/22/2011 02:08 pm ET

"Grease" is the word for "Glee" when it returns from its brief break on Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. EST.

Helping the show celebrate its return is guest star NeNe Leakes. Yes, "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star NeNe Leakes. That's not enough star power? Helen Mirren is also reportedly making a vocal appearance. Yep, the Oscar-winning Dame will provide the voice for a character's inner monologue.

"We found out that her real name was Linnethia... which I am obsessed with now," Michele said. "She's awesome. She plays the new swim coach ... We literally raided her trailer."


WATCH:
Lea Michele and Chris Colfer spill details on NeNe Leakes' guest role.

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