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OMG, what will be done without Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith on Glee…. they make the show…they all make the show! But Ryan Murphy is trying to keep the show as real as possible and that means…having some of the kids graduate (no Saved by the Bell action here!!). It will be a sadÂ graduation! So basically Lea, Cory and Chris have job security for one more year!
According to THR,
Glee regulars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer will not be back for the fourth season of the Fox musical hit.
In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, series co-creator Ryan Murphy said that the three regulars will be among the characters who graduate at the end of the fallâ€™s upcoming third season.
Colfer, Michele and Monteith are â€œnot going to be back at all for Season 4,â€ Murphy said. â€œYou can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic, or you can be really true to life and say when they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year.â€
Murphy added that planning for the future beyond high school will be a heavy theme during Season 3, noting that â€œmore characters are leaving than are stayingâ€ when graduation time comes at the seasonâ€™s end.
â€œWeâ€™ve never done anything by the book,â€ he said, adding that whoâ€™s graduating and whoâ€™s staying will be revealed in the Sept. 20 season premiere. â€œWe made that decision and I involved Chris and Lea and they thought that was a good idea. 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.â€
Murphy and co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennanâ€™s decision to graduate the trio — among others — has been well-received by the showâ€™s new writers, he said. The group recently returned to work and are writing story lines that include several charactersâ€™ parents as the college talk heats up.
â€œWe already made the decision before the new writers came in, but everybody likes where weâ€™re taking it and what weâ€™re writing toward,â€ Murphy said, noting that while he loved the â€œrelationship rouletteâ€ from Season 2, the upcoming run would find everyoneâ€™s love lives more stable.
â€œIâ€™m much more interested in Leaâ€™s character — not so much on her relationship with Finn, but more on what her dreams are beyond high school and how she plans on getting them,â€ he added. â€œThatâ€™s what my senior year was about.â€
Murphy acknowledged that while he hasnâ€™t discussed graduation plans with Monteith yet, he presumes heâ€™s aware that Finn will be among those graduating. â€œHe knows he was a sophomore when the show started.â€
They will all probably have great careers anyways!
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