Mark Salling: New "Glee" season is "bigger and badder"

Actor Mark Salling poses for the cameras as cast members from the hit TV series Glee and guests attend the world premiere of Glee The 3D Concert Movie in Westwood, on August 6, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J.BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Mark Salling arrives for the premiere of "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" on Aug. 6, 2011, in Los Angeles.

(CBS) Mark Salling says "Glee" fans should expect big things from Season 3.

The actor, who plays resident bad boy Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the show, told Celebrity Circuit that he's excited for Gleeks to see what's coming.

"It's just bigger and badder than ever," he said. "We've got some new characters, we've got some new writers and there's a lot of musical theater numbers. It's good times."

Salling explained that there will be "slightly fewer" guest stars this year, as compared to last season's celebrity cameo and tribute episode-heavy season. But, he added, there are still some new characters coming to McKinley High.

"There will be so many new things, but there will also be your old favorites, too," he said. "So there will be something for everyone."

And will Puck be getting himself into trouble, as per usual? "He wouldn't have it any other way," Salling said of his character.

The actor also discussed his involvement with the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign, an initiative from ConAgra Foods and Feeding America to help raise awareness about child hunger. People can help, he added, by organizing school food drives or UPC label drives to help donate meals to kids in schools.

"It is just such an easy way for people to help fight child hunger, which is a very huge problem here in the United States," Salling said of the campaign, adding, "I'm just happy to be a part of ["Glee"] and have a platform to talk about great charities such as this one."

"Glee" returns for its third season Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT on Fox.

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