The small screen's muckety-mucks have gathered in Pasadena for the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, and the big news to come out of the event thus far involves that much-talked about "Glee" spin-off series starring Chris Colfer, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith. Namely, that there won't be one.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly confirmed that the trio will indeed graduate this season, but instead of transitioning to a new series, the rite of passage has sparked an "interesting idea that I think is going to give us something cool to dig into for next season."
Speculation has run rampant about the fate of McKinley High's seniors ever since Ryan Murphy dropped the premature bomb back in July that Rachel, Finn and Kurt would not be returning for season four. Talk of a New York-based spin-off heated up later that month, but now that the Big Apple is out of question for the soon-to-be alumni, where will their storylines lead now?
If "Glee" producers insist on keeping NYADA-bound Rachel and Kurt in Lima, Ohio, I can only hope they make a logical case for such an abrupt about-face. To think that the characters' arcs would be stifled just to keep them on the series for another season would be disappointing.
As recently as last month, Lea was still hoping for a spin-off. "I think that that would be an incredible idea, so we'll just have to see what happens," she told MTV News during the junket for "New Year's Eve." "I definitely think everyone is looking into all different options, so I think it will be something really exciting. I can't say what it will be, but I think it will be something really fun. I know that me and Cory [Monteith], Chris [Colfer], Naya [Rivera] are graduating, Amber [Riley] too. We love our job, love this show and we really would be happy to be on it in whatever form it would be, so we'll see what happens. But I'm a New Yorker so if Rachel Berry gets to hit up New York City I'm going to be the happiest girl in the whole world."
Here's hoping Lea can be content for another year in Lima, Ohio.
What do you think, Crushers? Are you sad that the spin-off is dead? Or do you think Rachel, Finn and Kurt belong in Lima? Sound off in the comments and on Twitter!