Not Leaving Glee After All

OK, so what’s the deal with the “senior” cast members on Glee anyway?

Just two weeks ago, showrunner Ryan Murphy seemed to imply that Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), and Chris Colfer (Kurt) would be leaving the series after the upcoming third season, a direct result of the impending high school graduation for their characters. The reactions of the actors indicated that this was their belief also.

However, either because this was all a big misunderstanding, or because there’s a power struggle behind the scenes of the show, or because of the largely negative reaction to the news (which included the revelation that the actors learned of their fates via the media and not from Murphy himself), there seems to be a gigantic backtrack in progress. On Sunday during the Glee panel at Comic-Con, one of the other executive producers on the show, Brad Falchuk, insisted that the Glee Three would be staying after all. Huh?

“Because they’re graduating doesn’t mean they’re leaving the show. If you have Lea Michele under contract, you don’t say, ‘We’re going to let you go,’” said Falchuk. He did confirm the departure of Chord Overstreet, who played Sam during Season Two and apparently decided to leave when he wasn’t promoted to series regular status.

While the biggest fans of Glee will likely cheer the news about Michele, Colfer, and Monteith, there are some issues of plausibility to consider (assuming that’s even a concern for a series where a football team once did the “Single Ladies” dance before kicking a game-winning field goal). Rachel in particular has ambitions of being on Broadway, but Glee is set in Lima, Ohio, which is pretty far removed from the bright lights. Perhaps the producers will invent a college with a killer theater program to explain why she is still hanging around west-central Ohio instead of auditioning for Chicago.