Glee: Chord Overstreet OUT, Darren Criss, Harry Shum Jr. IN
Oh wow! Looks like poor Mercedes is going to have to find a new boyfriend, because Chord Overstreet, who plays her current love interest, Sam will NOT be returning to Glee for Season 3!
Darren Criss and Harry Shrum Jr. will be back. TV Line has the scoop:
First the good: Darren Criss (Blaine) and Harry Shum Jr. (Mike) have officially been upgraded to full-time series regulars, effective this fall with the start of Season 3.
And now for the not so good news…
Chord Overstreet’s series regular option has not been picked up. However, a source close to the show says the actor — who joined the Fox hit last fall in the recurring role of McKinley transfer student Sam Evans — could return as an occasional guest star.
Chord tweeted earlier tonight, “It’s been a good year. Too bad it’s over. Time for summer and starting fresh.”
His character joined Glee in September. His character was never fleshed out, never got a decent backstory until the end of the season, when Sam’s family became homeless and it was revealed they were living in a hotel room together after his dad lost his job.
In the finale, it was revealed that Sam and Mercedes had become a secret couple. It seemed like the producers were finally ready to flesh out an interesting storyline for both characters.
Not. Another plot line left to twist in the wind. Sads.
Sam was a boring character, but I lay that problem fully at the feet of the producer/writers who failed to write him decent stuff. Sam remained a cipher the entire season.
It’s no surprise that Darren Criss and Harry Shum Jr. are coming back. Darren was the breakout star of the season and was part of the only decent, fully developed plotline of the season–the Chris Colfer/Kurt Hummel bullying saga.
This new development has got to be disappointing for Chord. But he doesn’t plan to remain idle. Yesterday, he tweeted, “getting close to the end of the tour, cant wait to start working on my album when i get home!!! im gonna go full on!”
Some of Chord’s best moments
I could not find a video of his Sections performance of “Time of My Life” with Quinn ANYWHERE.
Lucky – Sam and Quinn
From “Duets” – So freaking charming!
Baby – Sam
In the “Comeback” episode, Sam channels his inner Bieber
From “Original Song” We’ll miss that Trouty Mouth…
Corey Monteith & Lea Michele visit Chord Overstreet (Apology, Tears)
The “Rumors” episode. When Finn and Rachel learn the truth about Sam’s homelessness, they come for a visit. Sam/Chord finally got a storyline, but is was not meant to be…
It’s Friday Friday…
From the “Prom Queen” Episode: Sam, Puck and Artie celebrate “Friday”