Changes are a comin’ on “Glee.” In addition to confirming that season six of “Glee” will be the show’s last, Fox’s Programming President Kevin Reilly broke down what Gleeks will see as the series enters its final season and a half.
“[Show creator] Ryan Murphy pitched the arc all the way through next season. What’s going to happen this year is the kids will graduate and we’re going to go to New York exclusively through the second half of the year, and then he’s got some ideas about what we’re going to do next year for the final year,” Reilly told reporters at the TCA press tour on Monday.
Going into the show’s current fifth season, writers had to readjust the storyline to reflect the July death of Cory Monteith. Now, fans are starting to get a clearer picture of what the Fox series will look like as it moves closer to its final episodes. And that means there are likely to be some major cast shake-ups.
“Some are going to be graduating and moving on. Creatively, it would be ridiculous if everybody moved to New York, so there’s going to be some who are going to graduate and move on,” Reilly said. “And they’ll come back in when we do special episodes.”
But, he promised that one of the show’s leading ladies will always have a job, regardless of the new directions the show is going in. “They’ll always be a part of it, and I think the way it’s going to dovetail next season is you’ll see some familiar faces coming around in some capacity, but for this season there will be a graduation, and several of the cast members will move on and a few others will move to New York,” he said. “We’re not going to be in Ohio for more than a few… As long as there’s a show, there’s Jane Lynch.”
“Glee” will return from its winter hiatus on February 25. Star Lea Michele previously teased to MTV News that things will get juicy for Rachel and Santana when the show gets back on the air. Rachel and Santana are among the characters already living in the Big Apple.
“I think that the next two episodes coming up, I think they’re called ‘Frenemies’ and ‘Trio,’ are my two favorite episodes that we’ve done so far this season. I haven’t seen them yet, but they were the most fun to shoot. So I can’t wait for you guys to see what’s gonna happen. It is [juicy],” she said. “I read the scripts and I was like ‘Oh my god.’ ”
In March, the show’s 100th episode will air. For it, they are welcoming back a number of familiar faces, including Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as a brand-new face, Chace Crawford. The 100th episode will include remixes of songs that previously appeared on the series.