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Glee to lose three cast members

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy has announced a bombshell that has fans taking notice. When the Fox favorite begins its third season this fall, it will be the final year on the show for stars Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn) and Chris Colfer (Kurt) -- and likely the final one for other, as yet unrevealed cast members.

It's practically unheard of for a television show to send off beloved characters before the series has gone to an end. Look at the original Beverly Hills 90210 which had its cast members stuck in senior high for far beyond the three years it takes in real life, or the cast of Happy Days. But Murphy is adamant that Glee reflect a real-time sense of progression and that it was always in the cards should the show be a success.

"We made that decision and I involved Chris and Lea and they thought that was a good idea," Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter. "They both trust the writing and trust me and felt that it would be great to have an open and closed experience for them to go out while they were on top."

From the producer's comments it seems that the only cast member that was not told of the creative decision was Cory Monteith, but that "He knows [Monteith's character] was a sophomore when the show started."

It sounds like a radical idea: a high school TV show that moved its characters off-screen as they graduated high school. No one knows if Glee's audience will accept the idea but there are other cast members that can step up and fill in senior roles. Plus, there's also a Glee reality show airing on Oprah Winfrey's Oxygen channel that sends its winner to star on the Fox show.

Murphy is open to a spinoff series that might show Rachel and Kurt trying to achieve their professional showbiz careers but he places that decision on Fox's broadcasting executives to make.

-The Hollywood Reporter.
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Posted: 10 years 27 weeks ago

I'm glad Glee is sticking with real world realism, like rehearsing random songs all year long that they will not be singing in competition. Also, traveling to said competitions with the idea of singing original songs, and not even having written the songs yet.

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Posted: 10 years 27 weeks ago

You know way too much about that show, man.

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Posted: 10 years 27 weeks ago

Television without pity made a list of 10 reasons why it's so laughable that Glee's letting actors go for realism:

http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/telefile/2011/07/reality-bites-glee.php

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Posted: 10 years 25 weeks ago

Apparently it was revealed at the Comic Con panel that although the characters are graduation, that doesn't mean they'll be leaving Glee.

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline