Ryan Murphy has given some interviews in the last couple of weeks regarding the seemingly mass exodus of characters from Glee. While I understand that the high school journey usually only lasts four years, I am still very concerned. If you want read the full spoiler from TV Guide, click on the next cut!
At least four characters will be leaving next season (Rachel, Finn, Puck & Quinn) and I would assume that almost all of the others will “graduate” the following year. Ryan Murphy stated in one interview that he looks to the acceptance of Chord Overstreet (Sam) as proof that the audience will accept new characters on the show. I do love Chord; however, we didn’t lose eight to ten characters in a two-year period to get him. Do you think that this many actors going out in such a short period of time will devastate the show? I also remember the character of Jesse going to college and “majoring” in show choir, so is it impossible to think dual storylines between McKinley High and a local community college where the original New Directions could land would work? I kind of thought it would be cool if the team wins nationals (here’s hoping!), decides to stay together and takes a no-name college in Lima, Ohio to the big leagues. Now, I am willing to eventually let a few of these characters go, but the entire original “student” cast? That’s a killer!
Matt Roush: There’s no question Glee will be at a crossroads if Ryan Murphy sticks to his guns and graduates a large percentage of his core original cast at the end of next season. But I find it hard to imagine the show will completely write out so many indelible characters all at once. At the same time, it’s hard to imagine characters like Rachel and Kurt sticking very close to Lima, Ohio after graduation and having it be believable — not that Glee is all that worried about credibility most weeks. Your community college idea isn’t the worst option I’ve heard, but this also may be the opportunity the show needs to reinvent itself, which may not be a bad idea even after only three seasons. Few shows have burned as bright as Glee, but that often comes at a cost. I’ll be very curious to see how this transitional season plays out. In the meantime, I’m obsessed with The Glee Project — which at least is a start at repopulating New Directions.