According to creator and show runner Ryan Murphy, the “Glee” gang we’ve come to know and love will indeed graduate at the end of the third season. (This would be the year to take the Nationals title, guys!)
“That is true,” Ryan told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show, when asked if he’d be casting an entirely new “Glee” generation. “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.
“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,” he continued. “We really wanted it to be true to that experience. We thought it would be really cool if we were true to the timeline.”
Ryan emphasized that Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch would stay on as the “linchpins” of the series.
To be sure, “Glee” isn’t the first show to basically replace its entire cast. The UK version of “Skins” has made a habit of recasting after a couple of seasons, and the series continues to be a fairly strong performer for E4—though there’s really no telling how a cast change-up will affect the Fox musical series. Sentiment for the show has been on a bit of a decline of late, and there’s no trickier proposition than asking viewers to embrace what will, in essence, be an entirely new show.
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