“Glee” News: Who’s Staying, Who’s Leaving, Plus the Upcoming Movie

| by Michael Allen

“Glee” cast news often exceeds the drama on the show.  In just the last couple of months, stars have come and gone, stayed, and then left again. In a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest back in June, “Glee” producer Ryan Murphy said the "Glee" stars entering their senior year would graduate from the show at the end of the season.

Later, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy said that Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith were "not going to be back at all for Season 4. The thing that I wanted to do and the cast wanted to do, we didn't want to have a show where they were in high school for 8 years. We really wanted it to be true to that experience. We thought it would be really cool if we were true to the timeline."

The announced departure of Michele, Colfer and Monteith didn’t ring well with “Glee” fans, who took another kick to the gut when Darren Criss was made a series regular for the third season, but Chord Overstreet was passed over. After fans cried foul, Overstreet was offered the opportunity to continue on “Glee” as a guest star with a rumored series regular position in midseason.

When it seemed as if things were settling down, more “Glee” cast drama was revealed at the San Diego Comic Con this weekend. 

According to, “Glee” co-creator/executive producer Brad Falchuk told fans that Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith would not be leaving the show, “they are not going anywhere.” However, Falchuk added that Chord Overstreet turned down the above mentioned offer and is leaving the series.

Falchuk said, "We wanted him back because we like Chord personally and had some good stories planned for him and with Mercedes. He decided he would have opportunities elsewhere that he would like to pursue, and we can't force him to work. We told him to go with God."

Also appearing at the San Diego Comic Con, “Glee” co-creator Ian Brennan gave some hints about the upcoming season’s storylines: Sue Sylvester will still be running for Congress, another “tribute” episode will be aired during the second half of the season, Mercedes will get a new beau (whom she met over the summer) and viewers will finally meet Harry’s parents.

In addition to the show’s producers, “Glee” cast members Darren Criss, Harry Shum, Dot Marie Jones and Jenna Ushkowitz appeared at the Comic Con to answer questions from fans. Criss said that Blaine and Kurt will be “in the honeymoon phase” and will move on to the next level of their relationship.

Along with the TV comings and goings announced in San Diego, there was a trailer preview of the “Glee 3D: The Concert Movie.” Director Kevin Tancharoen said that the upcoming flick would be a mix of the live stage show and “Glee” fans talking about how their lives have been affected by being a “gleek.”