‘Glee’ Creator Axes Lea Michele, Chris Colfer & Cory Monteith For Season 4

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While the hallways of  William McKinley High School will be echoing with the sweet lyrical sounds of New Directions in Glee season 3, fans of the series better prepare for a major change that’s coming next year, as series creator Ryan Murphy has revealed that fan-favorites Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith won’t be returning for season 4.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy spoke about wanting to maintain a level of realism with the series, and how the fictional graduation (and actual departure) for Kurt Hummel, Finn Hudson and Rachel Berry is the best way to secure that fact: Murphy notes, “You 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.”

Despite the obvious truths that Murphy speaks of, many fans will certainly be unhappy with three of the series’ favorite characters leaving at the end of season 3. Unfortunately, a graduating class of three isn’t realistic either – even if the series only focuses on a select few members of the student body – so prepare for other cast members to be leaving. As Murphy plainly lays out, “more characters are leaving than are staying.” For those interested on who else will be given a fictional farewell, Murphy promises that all will be revealed in the Sept. 20 Glee season 3 premiere.

Fortunately, the planned graduation of the series’ famed trio won’t catch the actors off-guard, as Murphy ran his plan by two of the three axed cast members.

Murphy explains:

“We 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.”

What about Cory Monteith? Well, he wasn’t exactly brought in on the process like his soon-to-be former cast mates. In fact, Murphy just assumes that Monteith knows his time on the series is up. “He knows he was a sophomore when the show started”, Murphy notes.

As for Glee season 3, fans can expect this season to focus on the graduating class, and their plans after high school. With production currently underway for the upcoming season, Murphy says that they’re already creating storylines that will include some of the departing character’s parents showing up to help them with the collegiate plans.

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One of these people just found out that they’re getting fired

Even though fans are likely to be saddened by the news that Michele, Colfer and Monteith will be leaving, one can’t fault Murphy for wanting to keep the series honest in it’s handling of the characters’ stories. Of course, since Glee has maintained a similarity with the hit-creating Disney machine, which creates pop sensations and then cleans the slate in order to start over, it’ll be interesting to see how these departures impact the series. Considering the fact that the audience that watches Glee isn’t made up of the same age group that Disney has made its riches with, one shouldn’t be surprised if Glee takes a ratings hit because of it.

While the lyrical sensations and marketing ingenuity between Glee and the numerous Disney hits may be similar, the older audience that Glee entertains on a weekly basis has loftier expectations for their favorite series - specifically, they actually care about the characters (and their musical talent). Despite the fact that it can be said that Disney’s younger audience certainly enjoys the characters of their favorite of-the-moment Disney push, they’re much more entertained by the overall premise and supplement additions (i.e. music, products) than the actual storytelling involved.

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Of course, if you’re of the group that follows the law that is Murphy’s, you’ll have to rely on the notion that Glee is absolutely original in every way. As Murphy says, “We’ve never done anything by the book.” I suppose that statement is said in ignorance of the precedence that both Disney and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers have set by doing what Glee is currently doing for many years previously.

That being said, Sue Sylvester: 3; New Directions: -3


Glee season 3 premieres September 20 on Fox

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source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. I’m sure a lot of people are going to be upset, but at least the other singers will finally get more time to shine. Plus I’m ready to see some new faces.

    • Except more then these 3 or leaving. The other haven’t had a chance cause they are either weak singers or weak actors.

      If they can’t write for the true break out stars like Chris and Lea then who says they can write for new people.

      Glee is over it might last the 4th season but that will be it. The cast members that might stay aren’t strong enough to carry a storyline much less a whole show.

  2. Murphy: ““You 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.”

    Glee routinely shows the lives of teenagers who frequently break out into song, with music coming from some omniscient source and everyone is versed in the exact choreography, but grauduation dates? Yeah, that’s what’s pushing the unrealistic element.

    • Truth. Murphy has created the most unrealistic high school ever: teacher openly abuse the students, singers can learn songs at the drop of a hat, and there’s an equal number on guys and girls in a glee club. I think it would have been more believable if he had kept the characters in high school forever.


  4. I dont know if I will be able to love glee like I do now if Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith wouldnt be in it. I mean I like them and I dont want to say goodbye to them at least not yet, beside I dont even know if I’m gonna like the new actors or not

  5. And the rest aren’t graduating? I thought they (most of them) were in the same grade

  6. This perplexes me, its a TV show, who cares if its real, some of the most popular shows on television lasted years while characters never “graduated” or aged. I was bummed about last season being as bad as it was, now this is just making me not even care about next season

  7. I don’t mind them replacing people, makes sense that people graduate from high school, the show clearly follows a normal timeline. I’m sad to see Lea go, but I don’t much care for any of the other named actors.

    I could see Heather Morris’s character being held back and I would love to see more done with her.

  8. Glee is too much too soon too fast. The first 13 episodes were absolute magic and then they started messing with the formula and chemistry. Now its some mutated version of itself and characters and storylines are terrible. Matthew Morrison is hardly even much of a major character now. He is almost like a supporting one but a much needed one still simply because he is the Glee Director. The last several episodes there has been very little of Mr. Schuester in the plot. Sue is getting boring and its like they diverted so far from what they had that the show is basically burning itself out. Very sad since it really had promise and a poignant cast of characters at the start. No Lea, Chris, and Corey means no more me as a viewer! Not even Mr. Schuester and Emma can get me to stay!

  9. I can see the logic in the decision but the politics involved. Lea and Chris are wonderful but why was Cory left out of the loop. “He knew it was coming.” that is a cop out on the part of Mr. Murphy.

  10. So if Kurt leaves.What will happen to Blaine? Are they still goin to be together.I mean Blaine and Kurt.I agree it does make sense to make it more realistic to make it looked like real high school.Do I smell possiable plan of an spin-off? With those 3 or with Blaine? I wonder…….

    To me it be more sense if was Puck,Finn,Mike graduating.Because they are kinda the oldest of the cast.I don’t understand why Kurt has to go.When he didn’t have too much of an plot or story in Season 2.

  11. I heard that they are keeping Darren, Chris, and Lea in season4 and try move to new York together while everone else leaves