Ryan Murphy Engaged - Glee Cast to be Replaced?

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Glee creator, Ryan Murphy called into the Ryan Seacrest radio show this morning to talk about the ailing Glee Project (it’s not doing so well in the ratings–not that Ryan mentioned it), but of course talk turned to the upcoming season of Glee.

“We start shooting the third season mid-August,” says Murphy, ” and it will be back on the air I believe the second or third week of September.”

Reportedly, there is a rumor that Glee Project contestants would be replacing graduating Glee cast members in Season 4.  Murphy confirms the entire original cast will be seniors Season 3, and will graduate in May, but even when pressed by Ryan,  he would not elaborate on what exactly will happen to beloved Glee cast members once they earn their diplomas.

Ryan asked if Murphy would be cleaning house, “I don’t think of it in terms of eliminating or replacing,” says Murphy, “Because I think the thing about this cast is people love them and they are incredibly talented. They’ve left sort of an indelible mark.”

“The thing that I wanted to do and the cast wanted to do, we didn’t want to have a show where they were in high school for 8 years. We really wanted it to be true to that experience. We thought it would be really cool if we were true to the timeline.”

So does that mean kids will be leaving the show? Or will the focus of Glee split–to concentrate not only on the high schoolers, but also the kids making their way in a post-Glee world?  The latter would be a terrible idea–diluting the original premise of the show would ruin it.  And frankly, I can’t imagine Murphy being able to manage all the storylines coherently. He’s having a hard enough time as it is.

But…I suspect Murphy and I are on the same page, ““We’ve got Matt Morrison and Jane Lynch who will stay and be the male and female lynchpins of the series,” he says, “but I think the fun thing about the show is it’s a celebration of youth and talent and I think that just like with the original cast, I think finding those young unknown people and giving them an opportunity to break into the business and become stars is a really fun and exciting thing and is the spirit of the series.”

WHAT HE SAID.

I can’t see FOX losing popular characters entirely. I suspect there will be a spinoff featuring some of the graduating seniors. Kurt and Rachel talked about moving to New York (with Blaine!) in the Glee finale.  A new series featuring popular Glee actors like Chris Colfer, Lea Michele and Darren Criss playing their Glee characters coping with post-high school life could catch on–and FOX could potentially have yet another hit TV show.

At the end of the interview, The openly gay Murphy announced that he was engaged to his boyfriend. “I’m with a great fellow now who I’ve known for 15 years and we just got engaged and I’m very excited about it!”

Murphy didn’t name names, but ONTD posted this photo of a man named David who is supposedly Murphy’s boyfriend.

Listen to the interview here:

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  • blowfish

    Congrats to Ryan Murphy and his boyfriend. How exciting for them!

    In terms of the future of Glee…..I really hope they bring in some fresh faces this year to continue the story after the core kids graduate. I have also read some people think a couple of the kids could not actually graduate (Britney or Puck). But I hope they just let them graduate and focus on the high school.

    BUT…..I would be first in line to watch a series focusing on Blaine, Kurt and Rachel in NYC! And didn’t Santana say she was moving there too?

  • superfudge

    Good Lord. One Glee is more than enough, another isn’t necessary. This will flop harder than Golden Palace!

  • St.Lucia

    They graduate and Glee will be no more. Unless they do something with the original cast after graduation….

    Regardless, I’m invested in THIS group of kids. While I’m sure Ryan could continue the show with a new group of kids, he’ll be hard pressed to receive the ratings or the exposure he’s had with this set. They’re a wonderful bunch and he really did hit something magical with them all. It’ll be hard to find another Rachel, Artie, Brittany, or Kurt, etc, anywhere. Not that I want him to find any that are like the current members, but what other awesome misfits can we care about like we do these?! :)

    I vote for spinoffs! :) Or make them all unable to graduate. :)

    Also congrats to Ryan and his boyfriend!

  • larc

    A big mistake was made with Glee at the start, IMO. There should have been sophomores, juniors and seniors with seniors leaving and the others moving up a grade for the next season. A new crop of sophomores should be brought on board with each new season just like a real high school. As it is, they’ve painted themselves into a corner that is likely to be clumsy to correct at best.

  • cookbunny

    I would have loved to have asked Ryan who he considers “original cast.” Does he mean just Season One? Would this mean that characters like Sam, Sunshine and Lauren would not graduate? Too bad he made Lauren a junior (by virtue of her running for prom queen). He REALLY didn’t think ahead and should have started adding sophomores in Season Two, not wait until Three!

    And BTW, don’t forget, Fox has NOT greenlit a Season Four yet (at least, not that I’ve heard). For all we know , S. 3 might tank and the network won’t renew it.

  • sdmama

    Remembering Blain was added later, and see how popular he became, I think it all depends on who they find to add to the mix. If they make a spin off on Broadway or whatever, I would like the producer to remember that Jesse St.James already graduated, too.

  • leome

    Regardless, I’m invested in THIS group of kids. While I’m sure Ryan could continue the show with a new group of kids, he’ll be hard pressed to receive the ratings or the exposure he’s had with this set. They’re a wonderful bunch and he really did hit something magical with them all. It’ll be hard to find another Rachel, Artie, Brittany, or Kurt, etc, anywhere. Not that I want him to find any that are like the current members, but what other awesome misfits can we care about like we do these?!

    I watch Skins UK and every two years they change the cast. I’ve loved all three casts so far. At first you think no one can replace the others, but then new ones come and you fall for them too. It also didn’t hurt Friday Night Lights, even though it was done a bit different in that show.
    If Glee wants to continue I think bringing new people would be great. It’s refreshing, they can tell new stories and bring new characters to the mix.

  • Allison

    At first you think no one can replace the others, but then new ones come and you fall for them too. It also didn’t hurt Friday Night Lights, even though it was done a bit different in that show.

    You said just what I was going to. I cared so much about Matt, Smash, Tyra, Landry and others, but the graduating seniors were gradually replaced by a new cast I grew to quickly embrace – Luke, Vince, Becky, etc. The adults stayed to anchor the show.

  • St.Lucia

    At first you think no one can replace the others, but then new ones come and you fall for them too. It also didn’t hurt Friday Night Lights, even though it was done a bit different in that show.

    I understand that to a degree, but who is going to anchor the show? Mr. Schue and Sue? The New Directions are all SENIORS so they’ll ALL need replacing, Glee and Ryan Murphy’s biggest mistake in my opinion. He should have had them all at various grades in high school. That way when the seniors leave, we could welcome a new cast but also have some of the old members continue to stay.

    I’m still hoping that some of them don’t graduate(like Brittany, lol), because I think to have the smoothest transition would be to keep some of the old.

    I sure hope Ryan Murphy has considered this if he wants longevity with this show. Or maybe that wasn’t the intention. Maybe it was supposed to just be 3 seasons.

  • St.Lucia

    A big mistake was made with Glee at the start, IMO. There should have been sophomores, juniors and seniors with seniors leaving and the others moving up a grade for the next season. A new crop of sophomores should be brought on board with each new season just like a real high school. As it is, they’ve painted themselves into a corner that is likely to be clumsy to correct at best.

    I agree 100%.

  • idolfan92

    Having just attended this afternoon’s Glee concert, I have to agree that replacing the entire Glee Club at the same time will be a problem. The current one is loved so much. I want to see the show last a long time, but they really should have the grades staggered so we only lose 3 or 4 a season. Plus when you replace them all at the same time, everyone’s going to try and compare the new cast with the old, like “That’s the new Rachel” or “That’s the new Santana.” If they staggered them they could have, say, two somewhat-similar characters at the same time, and when one graduates it wouldn’t look like the other “replaced” them.

  • dinaa68

    I just love this cast so much, and although I like characters like Sam and Lauren, they are not as close to my heart as Kurt, Rachel, etc are. I also watch Friday Night Lights, and I agree that FNL has been able to create a cast of characters that are as compelling as the first set of students. But I don’t know if Glee will be able to duplicate this. I know that spinoffs aren’t usually successful, but I would be very interested in a spinoff that included Kurt, Rachel, Artie, and a one or two others. The thought of tv every week without Kurt Hummel / Chris Colfer makes me very sad indeed.

  • Grammie Kari

    Now, Chris is the youngest cast member, right? I also thought he was in a lower grade than the others. I think finding some outstanding singers may be more difficult. If Murphy was smart, he would cast at least one popular American Idol former contestant.

    No wonder the Glee Project has low ratings – it is on the Oxygen station, and I don’t know one person who gets that channel. The shows concept is good, and there were at least three that I could see fitting right in the Glee series. Big mistake made here.

    Personally, I love the idea of a Glee spin-off with Rachel, Kurt, Blain, and Santana. It would be a talented Friends show!

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Now, Chris is the youngest cast member, right? I also thought he was in a lower grade than the others.

    Chris Colfer is the youngest of the cast members. Kurt Hummel, however, will be a senior next year like the rest.

    In the NYC episode, he and Rachel talked about moving out to NYC city together–with Blaine.

  • smartalek

    First of all, the whole glee club cast probably wants to move on after season 3 since they all have opportunities to look forward to. Lea probably wants to get back to Broadway and transition her way into film. Chris Colfer who in my opinon will easily get cast on Broadway, not to mention various writing and production duties he involves himself with, should be busy. Even Matthew Morrison said in an interview recently that he’s done after one or two seasons. Ryan Murphy would probably have to offer him a lot of money to keep him interested in even staying for S4 since Matt would like to move on/get back to Broadway. Glee is just not one of those things that can keep going forever. While I would certainly watch a new cast on TV, I’m less likely to buy their music and I sincerely doubt I’d rush to see them in concert like I did with this current cast.

  • Grammie Kari

    In the NYC episode, he and Rachel talked about moving out to NYC city together–with Blaine.

    That’s right – I thought that would be a great idea, but like smartalek says the cast probably wants to move forward.

    I just turned on Bravo and it says the Glee Project is on. I need to watch more to decide if I like it or not. I think this is THE ONE we’ve been talking about.