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Huge Glee News! Murphy To Replace Cast Members After Characters Graduate!

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We're going to hate to see some of them go, but we have to admit - this is a pretty smart creative move!

Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, has revealed that a majority of his young cast will most likely leave the series by 2012, as their characters will be graduating from High School - and Chord Overstreet's Sam is the first of the next generation of Gleeks!

He explains:

"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. 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. 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."

Wow! When he explains it like that, you can understand why they're doing it!

Cory Monteith and Mark Salling are already pushing their late 20s, they won't be convincing high school students for too much longer!

We suppose that we'll just have to enjoy our time with them now, and trust the producers to find equally talented newbies to succeed them!

So sad!

What do U think?? Do U agree with the direction Murphy is taking for the series??

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59 comments to “Huge Glee News! Murphy To Replace Cast Members After Characters Graduate!”



  1. 1

    Cory is a baby face, he's going to look younger far into his 30s, the dude is 28 and I thought he was younger than Lea Michelle!

  2. kizzy says – reply to this


    2

    If my love Cory leaves I'm not watching anymore!

  3. hrg says – reply to this


    3

    what other direction could he go with the series? I though everyone kind of assumed there would be a new cast after they all graduated in season 3……Im really confused why this is huge news.



  4. 4

    No, No, No, No, NOOOO! I'm gonna pretend I never saw this.



  5. 5

    noo :(



  6. 6

    well it worked for skins when they got a whole new cast for series 3 soo i can imagine it working well but yeh the actors on it now really make the show theyre going to need some strong actors to replace them.x



  7. 7

    honestly, without this cast, the show wouldn't be worth the hype anymore. when cory and lea are no longer on the show, i will not be watching.



  8. 8

    It will make it more realistic. And just cause they graduate, doesn't mean they won't ever come back! Maybe they'll will come back as guest stars and be mentors for the new glee clubbers :)



  9. 9

    RYAN MURPHY IS THE DEVIL >:(!!!!!!



  10. 10

    I actually like that idea.. it gets old seeing the same characters over and over again.. and I have no desire to follow people into their college years.. Bleh.



  11. 11

    Clearly they think this is not just the flash in the pan I believe it to be. You really think Glee will still be going strong in 2012?! Don't make me laugh…



  12. 12

    Makes sense if they want to keep the show on TV for years. That's what should be done in every teenage show, focused entirely in high school.



  13. 13

    I think that after the current kids graduate, the show should end. I don't plan on watching after they go.



  14. 14

    BH 90210 made it work all those years why can't he??? It WON'T be the same and the show will become more like a made for tv reality show with people coming and going as they already do.



  15. 15

    Uh, Sam is supposed to be their age, clearly Ryan Murphy needs to re-evaluate that plan, unless of course he wants him to fail a grade, something that would have nothing to do with when he entered WMHS. Glee is good because of the cast they have, and a different cast would mean an 100% different show. I don't think I'd keep watching it.



  16. 16

    Is that a shark I see? Yup, I think it is. Better jump, quick, Glee!



  17. 17

    Why not just end the show after the third season?
    end it while it's still good. I hate it when they continue with a show only because it's popular until it jumps the shark and they have to end it because noone is watching it anymore.
    I love glee but I'm loyal to the cast now.



  18. 18

    As long as Brittany S. Pierce (Heather Morris) and Santana (Naya Rivera) get their own spin-off series where we can watch them make sweet lady kisses, I'm cool with this.



  19. 19

    NO! The cast is why I watch the show! Whatever will I do without Cory and Lea's amazing chemesty??! Ugh this news is almost as devistating as the finchel break up last night.



  20. 20

    I'm watching this show only for Finn and Cory Monteith. If he leaves, I'm outta here!



  21. 21

    Re: gilheyer – I agree 100000% with you!! Cory Monteith is so amazingly cute, and a great actor. without him and Lea, the show is going to go downhill..fast.



  22. 22

    …isn't Sam the same age as the rest of them?

    Anyways, when this cast leaves, I don't think I'll be watching anymore. This show isn't particularly special and the writing's pretty poor. Without THIS cast, Lea, Corey, Kevin, Jenna, Harry, Dianna, etc., I don't think many people will be that interested. And I REALLY don't see this show making it to 2012. He seems to only have had one season worth of plot. The fact that he thinks he's got another two years and more to get an entire new cast…I doubt it.



  23. 23

    if you change the cast…the show wont last. people have grown to love the people…and if you take them away…it wont be the same at all.
    a new cast…means a new show. i dont get why they just done end it after they graduate.



  24. 24

    Fuck that! No Lea = No Glee. Good luck with that Ryan Murphy, you tit!



  25. 25

    Maybe Rachel can come back as a helper for Mr. Shoe? Because Rachel (Lea) is irreplaceable!



  26. 26

    i must say first that i absolutely love the show. i have been disappointed at times with some of this years episodes. but i do watch it for rachel, finn, quinn, sue etc. their back and forth is what makes the acting part of the show work. rachel is without peer as far as the singing part. but i do believe mr. murphy has gotten in his own way this year when writing and arcing some of the story lines. perhaps he should start a new drama based show that can address the major issues of teens and carry on with the original thrust of season one. great entertainment with comedy and singing intertwined. the witty and at times innuendo heavy dialogue kept me laughing and loving this show. mr. murphy has taken himself far too seriously. he caught some luck with the success of the show and now seems to see himself as a visionary. i will probably piss off some gleeks but if i want to see teen issues and drama i can watch degrassi. leave our beloved main characters on the show as long as they want to be. it's worked before many times.



  27. 27

    I have a lot of admiration for these actors, their quoted esteemed outside prizes and kitsh. I do not see how I can become attached to the serie once again, that can make a shock within the community of gleeks. I am not sure that it is one very good idea, he(risue big person(main part) by wanting to make a radical change .From a Tunisian's huge fan of Glee



  28. 28

    Re: lovelikecrazy – OMG I soo agree!!! I couldn't believe what happened last night!!!!!!!!!!



  29. 29

    OMG I dont want 2 see them go but then again we'll prob all be dead in 2012 lol



  30. 30

    An idea ripped off from Skins UK… worked for them, sure the 2nd set took a while for the Skins fans to warm up to but it worked…especially considering Effy stuck around… so basically Chord Overstreet is Glee's Effy, cool.



  31. 31

    Skins did it. Degrassi does it. Good for Ryan Murphy for coming to his senses. Originally he said that they would never graduate. What a horrible idea. The show has been a great vehicle for some of these actors. Let them graduate and move on to bigger and better projects.



  32. 32

    To be honest I don't think it's a great idea either. Whoever said it's not that great of a show writing wise is completely right. It's not like other shows like Buffy with enough wit and snarky writing to carry it much longer. How many more seasons do we need of 80s and 90s songs and the occasional current hit, sectionals, regionals, state? They've done the teen pregnancy, the bullying, the parents remarrying…how much story is left? Ride the wave with these kids and then let it go. I love Glee but I'm realistic about it. But then Ryan is the one who created Nip/Tuck, the show that jumped so many sharks they could've built an aquarium.



  33. 33

    HELL NO!!!! This better be a rumor because the cast is what makes the show. I thought Ryan Murphy said on Oprah or something the kids won't graduate because it's not meant to depict really high school or something. Plus Chord Overstreet is cute and everything but I just don't like him for some reason.



  34. 34

    Doctor Who replaces the Doctor and the companions without any phasing out and they've been on the air since the 60's. Yeah you might not like it when you get a new Doctor and the one that just left was your favorite, but it grows on you. I will always love David Tennant's Doctor and Rose, but Matt Smith's Doctor and Amy are still good.

    Singular characters don't make a show. I'ts the group. And when one person in the group leaves, it's up to the others to pick up the slack or invite someone new in. If you don't like it, no one is forcing you to watch it.



  35. 35

    I think he's getting a little ahead of himself. Season 1 was phenomenal; this season not so much. They seem more concerned with adding famous guest stars than actual storylines. He's just lucky that Fox has already renewed it for a 3rd season, but beyond that.. we'll see if they continue to go downhill. If he can't even pull it off with the cast that made this show a hit in the first place there is no way he can do it with a bunch of newbies.



  36. 36

    I think it is a good idea cause it does get a little boring having to see the same people over and over again.I was dissapinted in the last episode but it is a Great show! I would also like to see Murphy make a show on what they do after they Graduate and maybe Finn and Rachael get married and have thier own little glee family:)



  37. 37

    I was actually thinking about how they would go about that. Would they remain in high school forever [which, to me, wouldn't make much sense] or would they have the original cast graduate and gradually add more kids in each season? If you think about it, with new freshmen coming in every year, we'll still be used to the previous characters and such. Idk. I would have to keep watching to see how it would go because before Glee even started, I didn't know who the people in the cast were so who's to say I won't like new people coming in? I guess as long as Sue, Schue, and Emma at least stay in it, it shouldn't be THAT bad.



  38. 38

    it worked with skins…



  39. 39

    Mark Salling should prepare for departure….he looks 30



  40. 40

    its gonna b hard espicially since finchel is the best couple on tv…



  41. 41

    that show will not be the same without lea. and i don't want it to turn into degrassi.

  42. katv says – reply to this


    42

    no way!!! it´s not gonna be the same…



  43. 43

    30 year olds playing teens in high school is tired and gives completely silly and unrealistic expectations for fans of the show actually of that age group. Maybe if you hired people to play their own age in the first place you'd have some wiggle room in a season or two; nothing against the current actors but c'mon. If replacing the entire cast and remaining the top rated show sounds easy…I dunno, talk to Lorne Michaels first…



  44. 44

    This is how I thought it would be from the start, and it's the right way to go. They wont all graduate together, as I'm sure some characters are older than others. They can also fail a character or 2 (puck and Brittany would be easy fail targets, I think). But I'm sure a lot of characters would have recurring roles after graduating.



  45. 45

    Degrassi did this and it did not work.Although it hasnt been cancelled it doesnt have the charm it use too. I expect this will happend to Glee.The show willl never be the same.And it will ide



  46. 46

    Of course he has to do that. Otherwise the show would end after season 3.



  47. 47

    this cast made the show. if they leave it will just be like degrassi, a never ending tv thats not as good as in the begining but still watched. most people are attached to them. if they change the cast it might be for the worst but i guess well just have to wait and see



  48. 48

    I really was over by GLEE's season 1 spunk, quirky social commentaries & fun along with the cast being much more believable. Much love to my fellow GLEEKS, but I'm not convinced by Cory or my favorite, Mark, that they are high school students. I liked the babyface, slightly thicker Cory (his acting & some of his covers) better in season 1. Easy on the eyes that he may be, he looks a bit more gaunt and his singing over-the-top facial expressions in season 2 looks a bit much. Thank goodness to theater make-up because I agree that Mark & Cory and others would look way much older! I wish the outgoing cast the best in their next career phases. For good laughs, I still will re-watch the director's cut GLEE pilot.



  49. 49

    Re: Kristen Kay Jordan – It's nice to read a reasonable opinion here! I agree 100% with you!



  50. 50

    2012? what the hell grade are they supposed to be in now? are they honestly playing 15 year olds? LOOOOOOL

  51. pj88 says – reply to this


    51

    It works for Degrassi, but I think this is a big mistake, BIG.. HUGE. There are a few that could move on , but I think the show would come to a big halt if Corey or Lea were let go from the show.. they are the stars and 2012 would be way to early in the development of the show to see them go.



  52. 52

    Re: hrg – No kidding….this isn't the Simpsons, after all!



  53. 53

    Well it worked well for Skins to replace the actors every two years. It'll make it more realistic rather than having a group of people stay in high school for 4+ years. I will miss them though! I wonder if the original cast will make guest appearances!?



  54. 54

    When Cory and Lea leave the show, so will I. I couldn't imagine Glee without them (especially Cory!!).



  55. 55

    nah, just do it like The Simpsons! Who needs to graduate!? Lol, no it makes sense though. But it will be hard not to hear Lea's beautiful voice all the time



  56. 56

    Re: lalalollie
    I think they are playing 15 year olds… remember in an older episode Rachel mentioned her birth year and it was something ridiculous that made her 15!

    But in all honesty, how many times can we watch the same plot? Gotta sing well to get into sectionals, then into regionals. Ok so we lost, gotta get better. Are they going to lose every time? What if they win regionals finally? What will be the thrill? I love the songs, but the plot is thinning out now. First season was amazing, second has been hit or miss. The bullying episodes have been the best so far and true to the original Glee



  57. 57

    I would NEVER watch the show without Lea Michele. Not a single episode. Ryan Murphy is kidding himself if he thinks he can easily replace all the actors that made the show.



  58. 58

    As everyone else has said, show won't be the same. As mentioned, too, Degrassi has done it. But to be honest, I've stopped watching the new season because they replaced almost all the characters. Sure, you'll win some new fans, but the majority of old fans will leave once you replace the characters, and this goes for most shows.



  59. 59

    He said on Ophra that they will never graduate lol. I wouldnt watch if they change the cast it just wouldnt be the same