Glee Graduating? Ryan Murphy Confirms that Current Cast Will Eventually Move On

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December 2, 2010

Back in 2009 when Glee first started, everyone was speculating whether the New Directions McKinley high schoolers would indeed ever graduate – or would the nature of the show take a less realistic route for the sake of keeping on members of the cast? While it was an interesting question and one that needed to be asked, it hasn’t been addressed outside the fandom…until now.

Recently co-creator/executive producer, Ryan Murphy shed a little light on the plans for the series, as far as the future of McKinley goes. And as far as Murphy knows right now, the plan is to keep things real. “Every year we’re going to populate a new group. There’s nothing more depressing than a high schooler with a bald spot. 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.”

Sam Evans (played by Chord Overstreet) has been so well received by the fans as a new character that Murphy feels even more confident in the decision to eventually graduate current castmembers (he’s predicting around 2012). “I was concerned about that (whether to have characters graduate and leave the show) because those kids caught on so quickly – but I think one of the things I’m very happy we’ve been able to do this years is we’ve brought in new characters. I think if you can keep regenerating – and I didn’t think we could – I didn’t know if people would want those characters (like Sam) but they do.”

Of course Ryan Murphy isn’t the only one not looking forward to letting go of all these talented first Gleeks we (and the Schuester) have grown attached to. “Teary goodbyes” won’t be the half of it. But I’m all for keeping the realism aspect of Glee intact. What do you guys think? I’m interested to hear your thoughts/ideas in the comments!

Source: News.com.au

  • Jo-E

    Then where are all the freshman this year?

  • Em

    Honestly, I’d like them to at least TRY to find somewhere to put these characters that they’ve created… Whether college, (with a Glee club, of course), or something like that. I think these writers could come up with an idea. I would not want to watch this show anymore if all the main characters they have now, besides Will, Emma, and Sue, were gone.

  • Tessa

    this would ruin glee for me

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa7785 Melissa Kurtonic

    To be honest… it is a show centered around a high school glee club and the characters involved who ever they may be… it’s not a show about finn and rachel or quinn and sam… so having the characters move on to make room for new ones isn’t so far fetched…. atleast that’s what I think… and who knows it may bee interesting to see some new plots and people come through the high school it gives kudos to Will Sue and Emma but it also gives the other members of the Glee cast a chance to move on and expand their horizons.

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa7785 Melissa Kurtonic

    To be honest… it is a show centered around a high school glee club and the characters involved who ever they may be… it’s not a show about finn and rachel or quinn and sam… so having the characters move on to make room for new ones isn’t so far fetched…. atleast that’s what I think… and who knows it may bee interesting to see some new plots and people come through the high school it gives kudos to Will Sue and Emma but it also gives the other members of the Glee cast a chance to move on and expand their horizons.

  • Patt1

    i think they will definitely not write off all the characters but its kind of bittersweet because you don’t want to see rachel leave, but you don’t want her sticking around to help with glee club either… you want her to go off to star on broadway and she really can’t be on the show and living her dream at the same time

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1590640116 Tyrone Escat

    This will totally SUCK!! Like a kick to the balls…. but will move on..it will be even better….Go GLEE!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1590640116 Tyrone Escat

    this will totally SUCK!! Like a kick on the balls!!! but we will manage and GLEE will be more better than b4!Go GLEE!

  • Numbuh34

    Chris Colfer goes….I go. Simple as.

  • yiyi

    NOooo!! I love Chris SOO MUch…

  • Soulful Moments03

    Im seeing some substitute teachers ..or Assistants…I just dont know about them leaving the show completely!

  • Soulful Moments03

    Im seeing some substitute teachers ..or Assistants…I just dont know about them leaving the show completely!

  • Treestumpwitch

    New characters are tolerated because the other cast are still in it. If the cast change in such a huge way it will destroy what made it special in the first place. I’d prefer a shorter run of quality episodes than a watered down sell-out run where you dont know who anyone is – oh just don’t care.

  • Sammy_07

    I think the show works because all the characters are individuels. If you take them out, you would throw so much away. I mean, are you gonna create a new Glee club with such a variouty of people? If Ryan Murphy can pull that one off, he would be the best producer, but I don’t see it coming.

  • Theforrester47

    they left Puck out for like 2 episodes and i didnt really seem to notice, some characters are less neccesary than others, I could see Puck, Tina, and Mike leaving…

  • Jess

    I agree that it would be unrealistic to keep them on for too long. In saying that, these characters are what has made the show as good as it is. As much as it pains me to say this, when it comes time for this group to graduate, I think the show should finish up. I would prefer to look back on this show as a great show that I was devastated to see go rather than a show which passed its expiry date.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001661407762 Stephanie Rigby

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!but i undesrtand at one point you have to let go :(

  • Punkylove04

    i dont think should all be graduated at the same time, i mean they couldnt have all be freshmen the first season, would finn honestly been captian of the football team his freshman year, no. i mean if they want it to be real, some characters like finn and quinn who couldnt possibly have been freshman last year should graduate this year, if they let them all graduate at the same time its going to be like saved by the bell: the new class all over again and it wont sell to much change at once

  • NoGleeGraduation :x

    I really, really, really don’t want them to go away :( I mean, if one day, they graduate, I’ll stop watchin Glee, it’s like they said, they’re Glee. If the original characters, and the ones who won some attention, Finn, Rachel, Kurt, Mercedes, Tina, Artie, Mike, Brittany, Santana, Puck, Quinn, Sam. I mean, it’s perfect now, and I’d rather that, if they graduate, the Glee over.

  • Rachel Gleek :)

    keep the same characters please changing them will suck and if you just want new characters then make them join glee as new characters :)

  • Mommybrassard

    If puck werent on this show I wouldnt watch, I LOVE PUCK!!!!! he needs more parts and singing

  • Starlight

    So, it’s popular opinion that glee is getting worse this season, and even though I love the show and have faith in Ryan Murphy, the show’s already getting somewhat repetitive. The characters they have are amazing, and they haven’t even started some of the backstories! /ranting/
    Anyway… if Kurt goes, cya glee. xx

  • shellybelly

    I feel like some of the characters are already getting stagnant. They’re really not growing at all, just facing the same childish issues over and over. I think that they have to keep moving and, yes, eventually graduate so that their characters can stay true. If their characters don’t find direction soon, I might just stop watching anyway. =S

  • Anacarolina1994

    Here, in Brazil, we have a soap opera, (the brazillian ones are not as bad as the mexican ones, i swear) that is now on its 15th year. It is like that: it’s about teenagers on high school and every year they change the characters and the main plot. Some kids watch it, but everybody else is tired of the same stories over and over again only differing on little details. I understand that is not lucrative for FOX to end Glee in 2012 since it’s such a big hit, and I, personally, would hate it to end so soon. But, at the same time, I’m afraid it gets like this soap. Everybody will start hating it and forget how great it is now.

  • Pemily95

    Um…no. This can NOT happen.

    Maybe Finn can just fail a couple of classes.

  • KylieMoore

    I think they should just add new characters but keep the cast. Glee wouldn’t be Glee without Kurt,Artie Rachel,Finn,Mr.Sheuster, ect. It’s realistic in a lot of ways, but I honestly think if they kept the cast for a couple more years and just added one or two new characters every season, Ryan could pull it off. If they get rid of Kurt, Artie, Mr.Shue,Finn or rachel, I can guarantee people would stop watching it. Because without them….there is no glee. If they get rid of Chris Colfer…as much as I love the show… I’m gone to. I have tons of people who would agree with me.

  • Countrygirl4010

    this would 100% ruin glee 4 me, I understand the concept and reasoning but if Mark Salling and/or Kevin Mchale go I’m gone.

  • Countrygirl4010

    this would 100% ruin glee 4 me, I understand the concept and reasoning but if Mark Salling and/or Kevin Mchale go I’m gone.

  • Shan

    Do it gradually. Keep them all for at least another year, while bringing in new faces. Then let Finn and Quinn graduate. The next year, Rachel gets to graduate and have her dreams come true. All the while, new faces are coming in, and we’re falling in love with them along the way. Truthfully, Glee has turned into one gigantic songfest anyway. The first season had more plot, and now it’s been way too much singing and not a lot of plot. I like the characters and the dynamics and seeing them actually talk. Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE the songs. But when it’s mostly song and very little talking, I lose interest. I could see a 2 hour musical and get less songs than Glee puts out in an hour sometimes.

  • Erica Durden

    Nooo!!! I don’t want to lose any of my fav gleeks! It would totally ruin the show for me! I can’t see it without Rachel and Finn or Quin. Screw realism Saved by the Bell did it for years!

  • GLol Catf

    eh just cut some of them gradually like the asians (no offense) because they are really minor characters

    they did this in season one, remember that black football player in glee club? he had about 2 lines and at the start of season 2 mr schuester just says that he moved away

  • TyzerBenz

    Realism? Have ya seen the show?!?!

  • GleeFan1

    Please no i love Glee the way it is nothing can ever change how it is. The characters are great, and if you get rid of them you might not be able to get other people that can sing, act, and dance.

  • Tweety092

    If this was going to come up they should have been adding new characters as the show went on since 2009 now they will just have a delema when all the cast is wiped and new ones come in, besides not all of the Glee club should have been a graduating class and really they should have started as freshmen because there has only been two seasons and that would put then at grade 11 in the new season not 12 now? They really should have though this through!

  • LALA>

    is sam graduating? :(

  • C Rei

    If the current cast leaves……..I won’t remain a fan any longer.  Don’t mess with a good thing!