‘Glee’ Co-Creator Says Fan-Favorite Cast Members Will Graduate

Published 3 years ago by , Updated December 3rd, 2010 at 3:40 pm,

glee cast graduation Glee Co Creator Says Fan Favorite Cast Members Will Graduate

It looks like the cast of Glee will eventually graduate. Unlike Bart Simpson who appears to be perpetually trapped in the purgatory of fifth grade for twenty years, the Glee producers are hoping to make the series believable in a true-to-life application.

From Lea Michele’s Rachel Berry to Chris Colfer’s Kurt, some of Glee’s most beloved characters face replacement – if the show breaches the four season mark.

Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy stated in a recent TV Guide interview that he expects some of the stars of his hit show to depart in 2012:

“I think you have to be true to the fact that here is a group of people who come and go in these teachers’ lives – they graduate and they’re gone. When some of them finish their run at high school it will be very teary episodes. For me it will be particularly tough but a new crop (of actors) will come in.”

If Saved by The Bell: The New Class or the ninth season of Scrubs happen to be entering your mind at this point, you’re not alone. Replacing established talent in a proven formula is never easy. And Murphy knows it. In the past, Murphy has claimed he would “hold back” Brittany year after year due to her questionable intelligence. But, while tricky, replacing several members of the cast may ultimately prove beneficial to the life of the series, especially since both Mark Salling and Cory Monteith are each a full decade older than their on-screen characters.

“Every year we’re going to populate a new group,” Murphy says. “There’s nothing more depressing than a high schooler with a baldspot.”

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Glee, which premiered September 9, 2009, is only halfway through its sophomore season. As a result, some expect the Glee phenomenon to fade long before the decision to proceed with a fifth season ever has to be made. The program’s biggest stars, however – Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, etc. have all become established talents in their own right. Consequently, they will likely have no shortage of career options after “graduation.”

At this juncture, it isn’t clear if Fox is in agreement with the eyebrow-raising comments made by Ryan Murphy. The network may be far more reluctant to let the kids go and trust the life of the series to Mr. Schu and Sue Sylvester until another captivating class of characters is fashioned. For now, the public response to Murphy’s comments as expressed on fan message boards and via news article feedback, suggests that Glee‘s most loyal viewers – and there are many – can’t bare to think of “their kids” departing after graduation.

If that viewer loyalty remains intact two seasons from now, it’s a safe bet the necessary creativity – and money – will be available to keep the kids in high school a tad longer than the Glee creator originally anticipated.

Source: TV Guide

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  1. Lol, I was just thinking about this a yesterday. Let them graduate. You can’t keep them in high school forever. So the best bet would be to let them go and get new people. It’s ALOT more realistic. Just don’t IMMEDIATELY push the new people into the forefront. Move the lesser characters to more major roles and then have the freshies get their bearings. *nods* yea, this could totally work.

    Saved By the Bell didn’t work because the original class had all went to college together. Scrubs didn’t work because they had never meant to have a ninth season.

    • Also, Degrassi is working out fine with new people

      • Yeah I was just thinking about Degrassi. But still people will always compare the new cast to the original. Just look at Skins. I mean the Skins casts are always consistently good, but there are still a lot of haters. Anyway I think the Glee craze will fade by the time a fifth season reaches especially if the cast leaves.

  2. As long as we dont end up with a “Saved by the Bell: The New Class” scenario, I think we’ll be good.

  3. I’m tired of all three – let’m go…PLEASE let them go!!

  4. It actually premiered May 19, 2009. FOX aired the pilot and continued the first season on September 9.

  5. I like the show, it’s harmless, uplifting and genuinely funny, and damn Lea Michelle is hot!

  6. All I can say is having adults in high school worked out fairly well for “Beverly Hills: 90210.” 25 year old Luke Perry (Dylan McKay) is the reason I watched that show year after year. Ian Ziering (Steve Sanders) was 26 when show started and Gabrielle Carteris (Andrea Zuckerman) was a whopping 29 year old playing 16.

    Not bad for a ten year run but the show followed them to college and then out into the “real world.” You know… as real as you can get in Beverly Hills.

    • And in Buffy as well, If I remember rightly the guy who played Xander was in his thirties!

  7. I say it works fine introduce some freshman and sophmores next season entangle them in them with the main cast members through the ever present love stories and then as cast ages just replace as you go just like a real highshchool.You can give more life to some by for example having Puck stay back a year(would fit with the character)and having older students tranfer in.Have some of the characters have younger siblings and have the older cast come in for guest spots.(they will probably get more famous after they leave the show)

  8. I was hoping people would’ve graduated last year. You’d think the captain of a nationally ranked cheerleading team and the captain of the senior football team would both be seniors.

  9. Hardly a harmless show, its perfectly glamorized the teenage elites that are in every high school.

    Made them out to be the best, the most popular, the favorites. While everyone else is a pesant, a subserviant, a lower life form, a goth.
    Clicks are the food chain in the US High School reality. Glee only polarizes the overall jock/cheerleader mentality that wants to dominate the click pyramid.

    Yeah team,,,!

    Personally I find the show, way over the gay top in terms of what I want to spend my time watching.

    Translation: I don’t care for this kind of show.

  10. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! They can’t leave! The show won’t be right without them!! Idk.. They could all go college or sumthin! I don’t wannt them to leave :[