Glee Season 6 Casting: Five New McKinley High Students!

As we reported earlier, Glee will be moving the action back to Ohio for it’s 6th and final season, and casting notices TVLine got their hands on appear to back that up.  Five new characters are being cast as McKinley high sophomores.

Roderick – Chubby and shy with a voice like Otis Redding, his looks don’t match with his talent. Described as, “a true goober.” He’s the show’s new underdog.

Spencer – He’s the new resident “football stud” who just so happens to possess an incredible voice. He’s also gay. But, per the casting notice, “he’s post-Glee gay — no one messes with him about his sexuality because he will kick their asses if they do.”

Jane – Righteous, ambitious and unconventionally pretty, she’s funny because she doesn’t have much of a sense of humor. She wanted to be a Warbler but tradition kept her from joining so she jumps ship to the New Directions.

Mason and Madison – Male and female twin Cheerios. They’re super-positive and extremely weird. Mason gives off a gay vibe (spoiler alert: he’s not).

What we heard is that McKinley high originals will be back in Ohio to help revitalize their hometown Glee clubs. Rachel (Lea Michele), will head up New Directions, while various other favs take charge at rival clubs (possibly Blaine (Darren Criss) as head of the Warblers). Mr. Shue (Matthew Morrison) could be running Vocal Adrenaline.

We heard that Lea Michele (Rachel), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Darren Criss (Blaine), Chord Overstreet (Sam)  and Artie (Kevin McHale) will return as series regulars while Amber Riley (Mercedes), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) and Naya Rivera (Santana) will be recur for a few episodes each. None of the McKinley high newbiews are set to return–at all. Remember, co-creator, Ryan Murphy, promised a time jump. The kids will likely have graduated from high school when the action picks up.

As far as the new characters: They all appear to be your typical McKinley high tropes–except for the gay McKinley high football player. That’s something new. But if you recall, Ryan had initially planned to cast a football player to be Kurt’s love interest in season 2 (reportedly, Sam was initially cast to be Kurt’s eventual first boyfriend, but Ryan felt he had more chemistry with Quinn (Dianna Agron)).

Glee will return for a 13 episode final season on FOX at midseason. Prodcution is set to begin in September.




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  • Mr. Right

    Glee is part of the spiritual war that Hollywood has been waging on morality. Thank God I don’t watch a show that God wouldn’t approve of.

  • Vetle

    Three words: Nellie, Aylin, Michael. :(

    (edit: I’ll throw in Cameron too)

  • girlygirl

    It seems odd to introduce a bunch of new characters when they know it is the show’s final season.

  • Rand

    Are you serious? If God doesn’t approve it’s mainly because it’s horrible now. Also, why come to a Glee blog post about new characters to speak about your view on the show’s morality? It wouldn’t hurt if you stay in your secret place and speak to God about it.

  • Incipit

    How Droll. I guess you have a direct line to the TV viewing list of a God who approves of smug self-righteousness, then. That seems small, but whatever floats your boat…smh.

  • Larc

    They probably want to maintain enough interest to survive for the 13 episodes that are scheduled.

  • Mindy Redington

    If the old regulars are back as instructors, they need students to be in the clubs, so they have to cast somebody. It doesn’t mean the focus will be on the new students.

  • mjsbigblog

    Not really odd, when you consider that the action is moving back to Ohio after a time jump.

    I suspect the focus WILL be on the original cast members, but if Rachel comes back to Ohio to revive New Directions, there have to be glee club members to direct and perform songs. This casting news does not surprise me.

  • DeanD

    I’m really hoping that since this is a condensed season of episodes, the writing, characterizations and story will be tighter and more reminiscent of season one’s glory.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I always find it interesting that ‘God’s’ likes and dislikes seem to perfectly align with those of the ones proclaiming such intimate knowledge.

  • girlygirl

    If there is a God, he probably doesn’t have time to watch television. There are a lot more far important things in the world for him to focus his attention on.

  • mjsbigblog

    Reminder: Please keep your comments on topic. Which is–new casting for Glee season 6, and any general discussion around the upcoming season.

  • ozbilege123

    Aylin might be SO jane! I love Aylin!!!

  • 1RealityCheck

    Only 13 episodes and adding so many new characters? Did all the other underclass Glee members transfer or will be there too? There sure are a lot of gay high schoolers at McKinley. Doesn’t sound exciting or anything that would increase vieweeship

  • lkingcorn

    Sounds like the stories will be centered around the competing glee clubs. Guess all credibility surrounding Rachel is out the window. Have to wonder how

  • lkingcorn

    It sounds like it might take 13 episodes to figure out what’s going on.

  • scoobynacks

    The three words I’d want from that would be Nellie, Nellie, Nellie.

  • scoobynacks

    The credibility with Rachel’s situation went out a long time ago so I guess they just decided to commit. They totally lost me with the Santana understudy thing. She’d never be cast as a Fanny Brice understudy in a million years if Rachel was the lead.

    I have no objection to bringing in newbies. If they have to go back to Lima, you need new Glee kids. I just resent the choices they’ve made to do to Rachel what they did to Sue which is to have her do whatever the plot requires.

  • sunchick

    Well then, it seems really odd to come up with a concept for the final season that requires a bunch of new characters. If they wanted to focus on art education they should have done the time jump, and had now famous Rachel organize a New Directions reunion concert to raise money for arts ed at McKinely. Rachel tracks them all down and we catch up with everyone as Rachel does. Mr. Shue is asked to help with the set list, maybe Blaine recruits some old Warbler friends to do a number in the show for Warbler nostalgia. At least it would be fun to see everyone back together in an old school glee performance in the finale. I literally have zero interest in watching random newbies perform.

    At this point I think I’m just going to consider the S5 finale the end of the road and call it a day. This final season sounds like the absolute worst idea Ryan Murphy has ever thrown at Glee, which is saying a lot. Why would all the characters come back to Lima and work as teachers and choir directors when only Sam seems like he could have been heading that way?

  • supersonic

    “Post Glee gay”? Ryan Murphy is the worst.

    Seriously, why are they trying to focus on a slew of new characters? This is the last damn season. Focus on the characters that you already have and try to wrap up the show.

  • Landon Cox

    What happened to Rachel’s drive? Now she’s dropped out of college to move back to Ohio to coach a glee club? Or is there at least a time jump?

  • mmb

    Didn’t Rachel already drop out of NYADA for Funny Girl? I’m guessing there is a time jump..either that or most of the action happens in a short period of time when the NYC folks can be home to help out with glee club for a month or something