Glee fans are in for some serious heartache. Showrunner Ryan Murphy says their favourite characters who were juniors last season – including Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith) – will graduate from McKinley High in May 2012.
Murphy spoke to Ryan Seacrest on his radio show last Friday, and announced the stars will follow the natural progression of their characters in the upcoming Season 3 of the hit show.
“I don’t think of it in terms of eliminating or replacing. Because I think the thing about this cast is people love them and they are incredibly talented. They’ve left sort of an indelible mark,” he said.
“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 eight 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.”
While it’s true that it’s a little unfeasible to keep kids in high school for eight years, Glee won’t be the same without Rachel, Puck, Finn and Quinn!
Murphy said although the students of McKinley will move on, Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch as Will Schuester and Sue Sylvester will remain as the “male and female lynchpins of the series.”
The new students at McKinley High will be filled by newbies who will be introduced into the show throughout the next season.
Casting calls have already been announced with an “Adele-meets-Susan-Boyle” character description among the spots available.
A spin-off competition titled The Glee Project will open up a seven-episode story arc in the show for the winner.
Murphy said there is a revolving door policy at Glee: “I think the fun thing about the show is it’s a celebration of youth and talent and I think that just like with the original cast, I think finding those young unknown people and giving them an opportunity to break into the business and become stars is a really fun and exciting thing and is the spirit of the series.
“This year we introduced two new people to success, Chord Overstreet and Darren Criss and those guys have done pretty well. So, I think every year, which will be fun about the show is a new class comes in and this year I think we’re probably going to have a couple people who come in now and again in January.”
With so much going on in his life, has Ryan had the time to find love in his life? “I have, I’m with a great fellow now who I’ve known for 15 years and we just got engaged and I’m very excited about it!”
It will be interesting to have a brand new cast on Glee, but I think it will be hard to pull off. The original cast are favorites among fans and I can’t think of any show that has had a 95 percent turnaround in cast members over one season.
On the upside, it leaves the original cast of Glee open for movies, furthering their music careers, reality projects, concerts, more television shows or whatever else is on their bucket-list. I just hope we’ll see more of them! Would be sad to see them disappear totally from the public eye.
I’m still not sure how I feel about this announcement… although that wouldn’t stop me putting my hand up for an audition!
You can listen to the full interview here.